has not been established when Hugh Meaney was born but it is thought to have
been c.1863 but could well be earlier.
married Martha Rogan on 31st March 1883
in Dromara Roman Catholic Chapel. Both are registered as living in Dree townland
a few miles S.East of Dromara at the time of their marriage.
and Martha had seven children: William(1), John, James, Hugh,
Mary Jane, William(2) and Patrick.
was present when Martha aged 37 died of pneumonia on 3rd July 1899
in Drinn townland Dromara.
1901 census shows the effect of Martha’s death on this family. On 31st
Hugh, a widowed 38-year-old farm servant, was living with sons James aged 12 and
Hugh aged 7 in Dree townland in a house described as a 3rd class
private dwelling. With walls of stone, brick or concrete; a roof of thatch, wood
or other perishable material; the house had no outbuildings, two windows at the
front and consisted of two rooms containing one distinct family of three people.
other members of the family: Mary Jane aged 9, William(2) aged 5 and Patrick
aged 3 are recorded as living at Nazereth House Orphanage, Ormeau Road, Belfast
at this time.
Hugh and Martha’s second eldest son John Meaney aged 14 could possibly be the
one recorded as living at a house in the Square in the village of Kilkeel
working as a servant to James McGovern a sixty-four year old widowed Tinsmith.
 Photocopy of actual marriage registration
 Photocopy of actual death registration
 1901 Census Dree, Dromara, Co.Down. FHL Film No: 0827679.
 1901 Census Nazareth House, Ormeau Road Belfast. FHL Film No: 0829084.
 1901 Census Kilkeel Village. FHL Film No:0829994.