The Creaney's are proving extremely elusive, due to residing in Ireland. A great fire in the Belfast Record Office in 1922 meant that a lot of records were lost, especially parish records.
My reserch only takes me back to limited information on my Great Great Great grandparents. We do have at least two branches of the family in the USA, but probably more.
The surname has changed over the years and derivatives include:
McCranny, Cranny, Craney, Creany
The surnames associated with the Creaney's include:
Blackburn, Bowers Smith, Gear, Hall, Lowe, McElveen, Morehead, Thompson, Reinstadtler (anglicised to Rayne-Sadler due to persection of Germans in WW2),
My Great Great Grandparents were GEORGE CREANEY (born 1835 Derryshaw, Parish of Tynan, Armagh) (died 19 Nov 1918 Dundalk) & ELIZA HALL (born c.1832 Derryshaw & died 5 Jan 1892 Louth). They married 07 Jun 1856 Armagh Registry Office, Armagh.
All I know about George was that he worked at a place called "Falmer Hall", Dundalk and worked as either a gardener or a steward. The people who owned Falmer Hall werenamed "Beggar". George had around 7 or 8 brothers and lived in Keady, Armagh. George is buried in Jonesbow graveyard, Dundalk.
GEORGE CREANEY's father was JOHN CREANEY & ELIZA's father was JOSEPH HALL
GEORGE and ELIZA had 5 children:
SARAH JANE (born abt 1852 Co Armagh) (died 1944)
JOHN (born 08 Mar 1857 Keady, Co Armagh) (died Jun 1942)
GEORGE ALEXANDER (born 01 Mar 1866 Barronstown, Dundalk, Co Louth)
MARGARET (born 25 May 1870 Barronstown, Dundalk, Co Louth)
WILLIAM THOMAS (born 04 Jun 1873 Falmore Roche, Dundalk) (died 18 Oct 1921 Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey, Kent) - my Gt Grandfather
There is possibly another daughter - MINNIE who appears in the 1911 Census with MARGARET & is stated as being a "sister"
GEORGE married again to Elizabeth (Lizzie) Jones after Eliza Hall died 5 Jan 1892 - 12 April 1894
SARAH JANE married ROBERT BLACKBURN - Bet. Oct–Dec 1879 Dublin North, Dublin. They had 2 children: Sarah Elizabeth & Margaret
JOHN married FLORENCE MARY GEAR - 18 Nov 1884 St James, Hampstead, Middlesex. They had 4 children: Edith Elizabeth, Florence Mary, George Alexander & Eleanor
GEORGE ALEXANDER married MARGARET MCELVEEN had 2 known children Elizabeth Edith & George Albert (Alfred)
MARGARET married JAMES THOMPSON - 1887. Only 1 known child: John
WILLIAM THOMAS married ELLEN WHITE (see WHITE page) - 31 Oct 1904 Wickham Bishop, Essex. They had 4 children: Charles Edward, Evelyn Lucy & Nellie Norah (twins) - Nellie was my grandmother & Muriel Elizabeth
WILLIAM THOMAS CREANEY & ELLEN WHITE's children:
CHARLES EDWARD (born 10 Oct 1905 Sheerness) (died 1 Oct 1976 Sheerness) married ELLEN ELIZABETH BAKER - Sep 1935 Sheerness. They did not have any children.
EVELYN LUCY (born 26 Aug 1910 Sheerness) (died 14 Sep 1999 Minster, Isle of Sheppey) married ALBERT VICTOR KING - 14 Sep 1934 Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey. They had 3 children: Kathleen, Leslie & Victor
NELLIE NORAH (my grandmother) (born 26 Aug 1910 Sheerness - A Twin) (died 24 Jul 1995 Wisdom Hospice, Chatham, Kent) married JOHN CHARLES CECIL PIPER (see PIPER page)- 17 Feb 1931 Minster Abbey, Minster, Isle of Sheppey, Kent). They had 2 children: David Charles & Margaret Elizabeth (my Mum)
JOHN CREANEY & FLORENCE's children:
EDITH ELIZABETH (born Aug 1885 Dublin & died 1958 in Ontario, Canada) married ARTHUR EVANS MOREHEAD (born 5 Jan 1887 in Limerick & died 1959 Ontario, Canada) - Jul 1912 in Limerick & had 2 children: Elsie F.A. (born 23 May 1916) & Edith
FLORENCE MARY (born 12 Jun 1887 Dublin & died Oct 1973 Shrewsbury, Shropshire) married PERCY BOWERS SMITH (born 4 Nov 1882 Fulham & died 1954 Harrow) - 25 Dec 1911 in Limerick & had 2 children: Edith Alexandra Eleanor (born 11 Sep 1912) & Eileen Florence Louvain (born 16 Feb 1917)
GEORGE ALEXANDER (born 11 Aug 1889 Leinster, NI & died 4 Apr 1957 Limerick) - he never married
ELEANOR (born Jul-Sep 1900 Limerick & died 21 Mar 1993 Limerick) - she never married