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 James Keenan, Sr

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James Keenan, Sr

  • Birth 11 Sep 1777 England
  • Death 27 Sep 1837 Nantmeal Village, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Warwick, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 40776177

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'Cianan.

Keenan (Cianán) is a male Irish name which means "ancient, distant". Keenan is an Anglicization of the Irish name Cianán which is a diminutive of Cian. The Ó Cianáin 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' Cianain, 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.


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  • Created by: Family Guardian
  • Added: 17 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40776177
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Keenan, Sr (11 Sep 1777–27 Sep 1837), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40776177, citing Saint Marys Episcopal Church Cemetery, Warwick, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Family Guardian (contributor 46819359) .