Thursday, October 18, 2012

X is for X as in Mannix - Family History Through the Alphabet - Week 24

This is my contribution to Week 24 of Gould Genealogy's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. The letter this time is X.
Image from Gould Genealogy & History

I have no surnames or given names or locations relevant to my family history beginning with the letter X. I have decided instead to feature a surname which includes the letter X within it, Mannix. 

X is for...X as in Mannix
Mannix is the maiden surname of my Great Great Grandmother, Catherine (Kate) McCarthy (1842-1917). Catherine Mannix was baptised 22 May 1842 in the Catholic Parish of Milltown, County Kerry, Ireland, the daughter of Michael Mannix and Mary Bowler of Clash. The baptism sponsors were Jeremiah Foly and Catherine Murphy. Other children of this couple baptised in Milltown parish were:
Michael Mannix and Mary Bowler were married on 16 February 1832 in the Catholic Parish of Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. The marriage witnesses were John McCurtayne and Thomas O'Hurly. The Church record transcriptions are include many other Mannix's. 

It is known that other Mannix's, cousins of Kate, also immigrated to Australia, including James Mannix who lived at Strathfieldsaye near Bendigo

A family story, and similarities of appearance among my McCarthy relatives, suggest that Archbishop Daniel Mannix (1864-1963, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne for 46 years) was also a 'cousin' of Kate. His family came from Charleville, County Cork, so if there is any family connection it is probably at least as far back as the eighteenth century. 

Please also see my previous post M is for McCarthy for more information about Catherine's family. 

Sources:  Various Australian Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates, Church record transcriptions at accessed 15 October 2012.
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  1. It will be interesting to see if the connection to Archbishop Mannix comes to light. You've got some good lineage there Aillin :-)

  2. I love that you have even recorded the sponsors ... such a good genealogist. Gold star to you ;-)

  3. What an unusual surname and a great choice for the letter X.

  4. eXtremely thorough research.

    Thank you for the link to Irish Genealogy. I don't think I have used this website before but will tonight!


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