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James Keenan, Sr
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Birth: Sep. 11, 1777, England
Death: Sep. 27, 1837
Nantmeal Village
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA

Husband of Mary Ann 'Polly' SHENEMAN. Father of: Benjamin Keenen, John Keenen, Jacob Keenen, James M. Keenen, Joseph Keenen, Maria Keenen and Phoebe Keenen.

The family name has been found spelled as both KEENEN and KEENAN. James and Mary's son, John and most of John's descendants, have chosen the spelling of KEENEN. The original ancient Irish family name was O'Cianain.

Keenan (CianŠn) is a male Irish name which means "ancient, distant". Keenan is an Anglicisation of the Irish name CianŠn which is a diminutive of Cian. The ” CianŠin clan (Keenan) were the traditional historians to the McGuire clan.

Recorded as O'Keenan and more usually Keenan, this is an Irish surname. Found mainly in the Ulster and northern counties of Fermanagh and Monaghan, it originates from the ancient pre 10th century Gaelic name O' Cianain meaning "The descendant of the faithful one" or similar. It may not have been entirely coincidence that the clan was famous throughout the Medieval Period for producing both high-ranking members of the church, and early historians, in several cases the same thing. The first recorded scribe was Adam O' Caianain, who was also the canon of Lisgool in Fermanagh. He is mentioned in the annals known as the "Four Masters" as being the historian to the famous Maguires of County Fermanagh
Family links: 
  Mary Ann Sheneman Keenan (1786 - 1871)*
  Benjamin Keenan (1806 - 1882)*
  John Keenan (1808 - 1880)*
  Margaret Ann Keenan Ubil (1825 - 1898)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Marys Episcopal Church Cemetery
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Family
Record added: Aug 17, 2009
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James Keenan, Sr
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James Keenan, Sr
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James Keenan, Sr
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Rest in Eternal Peace...Keep watching over all of us. Until the day we meet...Love, Your great, great, great granddaughter
 Added: Sep. 8, 2009

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