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My DANAHY Family of Boston, Massachusetts

Irish Family Names by Brian de Breffny (1982)

DENNEHY    O'Duineacha  C. of Cork and Kerry

The name DANAHY is most commonly spelled in that manner in the United States, although the Killarney parish register uses DINNAHY most often.  Other spellings are DANEHY, DENEHY, or DONNAHY.

Generation No. 1

1.  TIMOTHY1 DANAHY was born in County Kerry, Ireland.  He married (1) MARY DOHERTY 24 November 1825 in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney).  She seems to have died before 21 February 1838.  He is probably the Timothy Dinnahy who married (2) ELLEN FINNIGAN 21 February 1838 in Killarney (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney).

The marriage of "Ty. Dannehy and Mary Doherty" is recorded in the register of the Roman Catholic Church, Killarney.   Mary Doherty Danahy may have died in the 1830s, as no children are recorded for the couple after 1831 and a marriage for "Ty. Dinnahy and Ellen Finnigan" is listed in the parish register on 21 February 1838.  No other Timothy Danahy appears in the register during that time period.

A baptism appears in the Records of the Roman Catholic Church, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland 1785-1818, 1819-1839 that could possibly be Timothy Danahy. 

Pg. 212
Timothy Dinnahy
son of Dl. & Nora Keefe
bp. Killarney 30 Apr 1791
wit. Matthew Doherty & Mary Leary  

Timothy Danahy was not listed in the 1852 Griffith's Valuation Lists for the parish of Killarney, but there is a record of a death for a Timothy Danahy in Killarney in 1883.

Name: Timothy Danihy
Registration district: Killarney
Record type: DEATHS
Registration date - quarter and year: Jan - Mar 1883
Estimated birth year: 1796
Age: 87
Film number: 101592
Volume: 5
Page: 251
Digital GS number: 4200674
Image number: 00026
Collection: Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes 1845-1958

There were five Mary Dohertys baptized in Killarney between 1795 and 1810.  The most probable to be the Mary Doherty who married Timothy Danahy is:

Mary Doherty, bp. 28 November 1803, daughter of Thomas Doherty and Ellen Curtyane.  The sponsors were Charles Curtayne and Catherine Doherty.  The family resided in Killarney.  Thomas Doherty was listed as a witness at the 1825 marriage of Mary Doherty and Timothy Danahy, and an Ellen Doherty served as godmother to their daughter Mary Teresa in 1829.  This Mary Doherty had only one sibling, Ellen, baptized in 1807.

The three Danahy children immigrated to Massachusetts, but there is no mention of the parents in the Reardon-Danahy family bible.

Children of Timothy Danahy and Mary Doherty, baptized Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland:


Denis5 Danahy bp. 25 October 1826; d. 26 April 1913, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA.


Mary Teresa Danahy

bp. 4 October 1829; d. 22 August 1899, South Boston, Suffolk Co., MA.



Ellen Danahy

bp. 28 August 1831; d. 14 October 1857, Malden, Middlesex Co., MA.

Generation No. 2

2.  DENIS2 DANAHY (TIMOTHY1) was baptized 25 October 1826 in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney), and died 26 April 1913 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics).  He married CATHERINE W. CRIMMINS 2 November 1845 in Killarney (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney), daughter of JOHN CRIMMINS and WINIFRED O'NEALY.  She was born about August 1829 in Killarney, and died of phthisis 18 January 1871 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 240, p. 11).

Denis Danahy was baptized at Killarney, 25 October 1826; Michael Sullivan and Hannah Doherty served as his sponors.  He lived first at Killarney, where his two eldest children were born.  He immigrated to the United States, arriving in Boston, Mass. supposedly on 15 April 1851 although no record of that arrival has been located.  He settled first in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA, but by 1856 was living in Roxbury where he resided for almost 60 years.  His citizenship papers dated 20 Apr. 1858 list him as being from County Kerry.

He was a tinsmith and stove dealer by trade, proprietor of D. Danahy and Son at 2044 Washington St., Roxbury, from about 1875 to 1903.  The 1860 census lists him as a tinsmith, the 1880 census as a store keeper.  In 1900, even though Denis had four surviving children he was lodging with the Burns family in Boston.  By 1910 his daughter Mary was living with him again.

Denis made his will on 19 May 1903 (Suffolk County Probate #171144) leaving his personal and real estate at 8 Louise Park, Roxbury, in equal shares to his daughters Mary A. and Ellen G. Danahy.  He mentioned his sons Timothy and John thusly:  "I have in mind at the making of this will my sons Timothy J. and John H. Danahy and my will is as herein stated."  Fr. Timothy J. Danahy was named his father's executor.  Denis died of arteriosclerosis at age 86.  An appraisal of his estate showed $856 in banks, $100 worth of furniture, a double house and lot at 8 Louise Park, Roxbury worth $8,000 and a lot in Calvary Cemetery worth $500.

Denis, his wife, and all of his children except Ellen are buried in a large lot in St. Mary's Cemetery, Needham, Mass.



Timothy Joseph5 Danahy

b. 8 December 1846, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney); d. 5 November 1923, Newton, Middlesex Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics).
   Timothy was baptized at Killarney 13 December 1846.  His godparents were Michael Doyle and Hannah Doyle. He grew up in Malden and Roxbury, MA. On 26 October 1868 he entered Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. He is listed in the Holy Cross directory as attending the Prep school from 1868-1870 and the college from 1870-73. He didn't graduate. He studied at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Troy, NY, and was ordained as a priest 22 December 1877.  He served at St. John's Church, Quincy, Mass., and as pastor of St. Joseph's Church, Needham for 25 years.
   His cousin, Elizabeth Cavanagh, said that Fr. Danahy damaged his vision while studying for the priesthood, and that he went to Lourdes where he regained his lost sight.  He vowed then to build a church in honor of the Blessed Virgin.  He built Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church in Newton Upper Falls, and served as its pastor for 33 years until his death. He died at the rectory at 76 years of age.
   There is a record of Rev. T. J. Danahy, 45, clergyman, traveling to Europe on the ship Catalonia, from Boston to Queenstown to Liverpool, arriving there in August 1892 (UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960).  He returned to New York a few months later aboard the RMS Etruria, which arrived in New York 17 October 1892 from Liverpool and Queenstown. He was listed as: Thomas J. Danahy, 45, minister; intended destination, New York; citizen of the USA (New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957). Several months later he sailed to Bermuda as a record shows his return on 13 February 1893 at the Port of New York of Rev. T. J. Danehy, 46, clergyman, on the British steamer SS Orinoco. His intended destination was Boston (New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957).
   In his will (Middlesex County probate #144133) he left $600 to Ellen E. Driscoll and $400 to Catherine Maguire, housekeepers at the rectory.  He also left $100 to his assistant Fr. Dennis Donovan "for masses I may have missed."  Fr. Donovan also received the Bronzes, Shakespeare, the lady bearing a porphony over her head and the Roman Emperor.  His Madonna and its appurtenances went to Rev. Fr. Driscoll of Rome.  $200 went to his sister Helen and $5 to his brother John.  The remainder of his estate of $7,761 went to his sister Mary A. Danahy.   Rev. Florence J. Halloran of Wakefield was named executor.  A lengthy obituary in the Boston Globe records that his funeral was attended by Cardinal O'Connell and Mayor Edwin O. Childs.  There was no eulogy at Fr. Danahy's request. 
   The History of the Catholic Church in the New England, Volume 1, by William Byrne & William Augustine Leahy, states:

The mother parish, to which Rev. Timothy J. Danahy was appointed, after Father O'Brien's death, still included Needham, parts of Waban, and of Newton Highlands, besides the village of Upper Falls. In the first of these places Father Danahy has built a church, St. Joseph's, which was dedicated in 1894 by Archbishop Williams. It is a wooden chapel, adapted to the requirements of a small but generous congregation, and attended regularly from St. Mary's as a mission. The town of Needham is in Norfolk county, and its population of 3000 inhabitants is very largely non-Catholic, the number of natives of Ireland being 212, of French 33, of Italians 3, and of English-speaking Canadians 270.   Father Danahy served thirteen years as an assistant in Quincy before coming to St. Mary's. He is aided in his labors by one curate, Rev. Cornelius J. Riordan. The parish has enjoyed prosperity from the beginning, and is ripe for further developments.

   His gravestone at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Needham, reads:
In Memoriam
Rev. Timothy J. Danahy
born: Dec. 8, 1846
ordained: Dec. 22, 1877
died: Nov. 5, 1923
Pastor of St. Mary's Newton Upper Falls for 33 years
& of St. Joseph's Needham for 25 years


Mary Ann Danahy

bp. 2 February 1849, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney); d. 4 July 1927, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics).
   Mary was baptized at Killarney 4 February 1849.  Her godparents were James Donoghue and Wenny Criming).  She never married, and after the death of her mother kept house for her father.  Mary's probate record (Middlesex County Probate #164893) lists her estate valued at $8,933 of personal property.  Her brother John was named administrator, and John and their sister Helen were listed as the only heirs.  Her obituary in the Somerville Journal of 8 July 1927, read:

Miss Mary A. Danahy, sister of the late Rev. T. A. Danahy, for thirty-five years pastor of the Catholic Church in Newton Upper Falls, died Monday at 30 Dover Street.  She was seventy-five years old, a native of Ireland, and an old resident of North Cambridge.  The funeral was held Wednesday morning from the residence of her sister, Mrs. George P. Whiton, 26 Burnside avenue, and a solemn high mass of requiem was celebrated at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church, Newton.  Burial was at Needham.  Miss Danahy also leaves a brother, John H. Danahy, of New York City.


Theresa Danahy

b. 25 December 1853, Malden, Middlesex Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 82, p. 126); d. 12 June 1869, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 222, p. 94).
   Theresa died at aged 15 years.  Her death certificate lists the cause of death as 'unknown’; bur. St. Mary's Cemetery, Needham, MA.


John H. Danahy

b. 10 April 1856, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 97, p. 289); d. 6 December 1939, Allston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics).
   John was in the tin, stove and furnace business with his father from 1875 to 1900 at which time he may have moved to New York City.  He was living in New York in 1915 when his father's will was probated, but no street or number was given in the probate record.  He returned to Massachusetts about 1928.
   John executed his will on 28 July 1939 (Suffolk County Probate #293412).  He left money to his cousins Mamie Cavanagh and Teresa Galvin.  He left money and his Howard clock to a Charles I. Quirk.  Wilton M. Hoag received money and all furniture and personal items.  Money was left to Saint Mary's Infant Asylum, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the Home for Destitute Catholic Children.  He never married, and at the time of his death the probate record  stated that he owned a home in New York City, and listed his occupation as 'retired soldier.'  His cousin Elizabeth Cavanagh said he was a retired major and served in the Spanish American War.  She also said he was an instructor at Wakefield High School, Wakefield, Mass., but there is no record of his having been affiliated with the school although the 1930 census listed his occupation as “Teacher - High School” and said that he was a veteran of the World War.


Catherine W. Danahy

b. 25 May 1860, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 133, p. 318); d. 22 April 1879 of phthisis age 18 years at Boston (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 312, p. 93).
   Catherine was baptized 27 May 1860 at St. Patrick’s Church, Boston.  Her godparents were Charles F. Lions and Margaret Healy; bur. St. Mary's Cemetery, Needham, MA.



Ellen Gertrude [Helen] Danahy

b. abt. 1869, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA; d. 25 January 1938, Somerville, Middlesex Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics); m. George Parker Whiton, 19 August 1907, Needham, Norfolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Marriages 1841-1910, v. 571, p. 400), s. of  George H. Whiton and Mary C. Eldridge; b. 8 July 1863, Hingham, Plymouth Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, , v. 160  p.282); d. 16 December 1938, Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics)
   Helen and George had no children, although he had four children including a son William L. from an earlier marriage to Nellie F. Parsons.  George and Helen lived at 12 Vincent St., Cambridge in 1920.  He was a voicer overlooker, piano tester and inspector at a piano company. 

3.  MARY TERESA2 DANAHY (TIMOTHY1) was baptized 4 October 1829 in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney), and died 22 August 1899 in South Boston, Suffolk Co., NS (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 495, p. 372).

She married TIMOTHY REARDON 30 March 1856 in Medford, Middlesex Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Marriages 1841-1910, v. 100, p. 187), son of TIMOTHY REARDON and ELIZABETH LEE.  He was baptized 11 December 1825 in Killarney (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney), and died 10 July 1904 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, 1904 v. 15, p. 518). 

Mary Teresa Danahy arrived in Boston 5 January 1850 on the 190 ton brig LEVIATHAN of Cork.  The family bible reads:  “Timo. Reardon, landed in Boston, June 10, 1850.  Mary T. Danahy landed in Boston, Jan. 6, 1850.”  Her brother Denis and family lived in Malden in the early 1850s, and Mary may have been living with them.  At the time of their 1856 marriage both Mary and Timothy were recorded as living in Malden. They were married by the Rev. John Ryan, pastor of St. Mary's Church in Medford, which accommodated the Catholic populations of Medford, Malden, Arlington, and Everett, Mass.  The church was built in 1855 and the first Mass held on Christmas morning.  It was called St. Mary's until 1866 when it became the Church of the Immaculate Conception.  In the late 1870's the area of Medford where the church stood was annexed to Malden.

Mary and Timothy had six children. Although all six lived to adulthood, only two married and left descendants. For more information on the REARDON family see “Ed Galvin's REARDON Family of boston, Massachusetts."


4.  ELLEN2 DANAHY (TIMOTHY1) was baptized 28 August 1831 in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney), and died 14 October 1857 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 112, p. 135).  She married JOHN CRONAN, son of MILES and HANNAH CRONAN.  He was born about 1827 in Ireland and died 15 April 1887 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 383, p. 159).  He married second, MARGARET SULLIVAN, 25 November 1858 in Boston, (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Marriages 1841-1910) daughter of JEREMIAH SULLIVAN and MARY RYNES.  She was born about 1833 in County Kerry, Ireland, and died 27 February 1908 in Malden (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 63, p. 80). Mary, and presumably her husband and family, was buried in St. mary's Cemetery, Malden.

Ellen was baptized at Killarney 28 August 1831 with James Monaghan and Margaret Sullivan serving as sponsors.  She and John Cronan may have arrived in Boston, Mass., 28 April 1849 on the ship "Element."  Although their names appear in different places on the passenger list, their respective ages of 18 and 24 years would be appropriate.  They settled in Malden, Mass. which at that time boasted a growing colony of Irish immigrants.

Ellen Cronan died at age 24 of "child bed."  No birth or death of a child was recorded at that time.  Her death, recorded in the Reardon-Danahy family bible, is substantiated by City of Malden and Massachusetts State death records.  No record of her burial place has been located.

John Cronan was a tanner in census records, but a currier at the time of his death.  John and his second wife Margaret had seven children as well as raising his daughter Margaret from his marriage to Ellen Danahy.




Margaret T.3 Cronan

b. 4 August 1855, Malden, Middlesex Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 91, p. 126); d. 16 December 1875 in Malden of consumption age 20 years (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 275, p. 144).
    She was living with her father and step-mother in Malden in 1860 and 1870.


©  Edward L. Galvin, 2009