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The Marrinan Family Line

Revised 08-Sept-2002 

Robert Mark SHARP is the 5th lineal descendant of Cornelius MARRINAN.  This relationship is through his paternal great grandmother, Mary T. (MARRINAN) SMITH 

          The Name MARRINAN is rather uncommon and is only found in Ireland along the coast of County Clare.  The only published description of the origin of the name I have found is in Irish Family Names written by Patrick Kelly, 1939. According to this source, Marrinan is a derivative of Manannan, as is O Manynane, O Mananan, Murnane, Murnain, Murnan, Mornan, and Warren. Manannan was a magician of the Isle of Man, son of Lear who was one of the principal sea gods of pagan Irish mythology. Both the root form of this surname and its variants originated in Western Ireland before the 9th century.  The Annals indicate that they are contained in several maritime clans of Munster and Connaught. They are especially noted in connection with resistance to Viking invasions of the west coast of Ireland.  

          Cousin John Brown, who has been to Ireland twice, has discovered another interesting story above the Marrinan name. When in Ennistymon, Ireland, he visited with Michael Marrinan, the proprietor of a local pub.  According to his story, thename Marrinan goes back to the time of the Spanish Armada.  In the 16th Century, Phillip, King of Spain, decided that he would invade Great Britain.  He sent 160 ships in his armada.  The English found out that they were coming and met them at the entrance of the English Channel with a fleet of about 80 ships. Although outnumbered, the English were able to turn the armada away due to superior gunnery and to a great storm which had ensued.  One of the Spanish ships was wrecked on the coast of Clare.  Michael Marrinan's story says the survivors came ashore with a sword in one hand and a bag of gold in the other.  The Irish had no love of the English, so they took in the Spaniards and hid them in the hills.  When things quieted done, they came to the towns and married some of the Irish girls.  Thus, there is a premise that Marrinan is a corruption of a Spanish name.

           Another account by Michael Marinan of County Clare dismisses the origins described above.  By his account, the best known expert on the origin of Irish names is Professor Edward McLysaght whose work superceded a man called Woulfe.  He indicates the Spanish Armada notion has long been debunked.  Most of those who came ashore were either slaughtered or returned to Belgium, under Spanish rule, for ransom. According to Michael Marrinan, "The derivation from Mannanan is probably far fetched also. In medieval fiants the name Iwarrynawne comes up. The genetive or possessive case is still used in The Irish language as in ‘the house of' or 'wife of'."  He goes on to say, "If someone was formally addressing me they would say 'a Mhichil ui Mharanain', phonetically a Viheel ee Varrinawn. There is a place in Tipperary called lios Varrinawn.  In our family it was always said we were sent to Clare (Brean Tir--Sour land) under the Comwellian edicts of 1660s. We trace our family in West Clare to 1700. Obviously there are huge stories here all of which are being examined from various angles.  As for an ethymological derivation we lean towards O Muireanain descendant of little Muireann. Muireann is not an uncommon first name here."  

 First Generation   

          1.  Cornelius1 Marrinan[i] was born 1818.  Cornelius died 23 Jan 1892 at 73 years of age.[ii]  His body was interred 25 Jan 1892.[iii]   

          He married Ellen ??.  Ellen was born 1820.  Ellen died 5 Dec 1894 at 74 years of age.[iv]  Her body was interred 8 Dec 1894 in New Paris, Preble Co, OH.   

                    Cornelius Marrinan and Ellen ?? had the following child:  

             2 i. John2 Marrinan was born Jan 1837.  

 Second Generation    

          2.  John2 Marrinan (Cornelius1)[v] was born in Ennistymon, Clare, Ireland Jan 1837.[vi]  John's birth date has not been accurately recorded.  It ranges from 1835 based on the 1880 census to 1845 based on his age on the 1920 census John died 1924 in New Paris, Preble Co, OH, at 87 years of age.  His body was interred 1924 St. John's Catholic Cem, New Paris, Preble Co, Oh.   

          He married Ellen Fitzgerald in Greenville, Darke, Oh, 31 May 1866.[vii]  Ellen was born in Macroom, County Cork, Ireland 1841.  Ellen was the daughter of Andrew Fitzgerald and Elizabeth "Ellen" ??.  Ellen died 1920 in New Paris, Preble Co, OH, at 79 years of age.  Her body was interred 1920 St. John's Catholic Cem, New Paris, Preble Co, Oh.[viii]  

          During the early 1800's, Ireland had a terrible famine due to the potato blight.  A great many Irish emigrated to the United States during that period, as did John Marrinan. It is most likely that he sailed from Galway, which is the largest port near Ennistymon.  He arrived in 1865 according to his entry in the 1920 Federal Census for Ohio.  From New York, he found his way to Cincinnati.  There he was offered some money to join the Army (approximately 1865).  However, the Civil War ended before he was ready to go. 

          He came on north and settled in New Paris, Ohio. It is not clear at this point why he chose New Paris. However, it is likely that there were other people from the same part of Ireland who had urged him to join them there.  There is a lot of limestone in County Clare as there is in the New Paris area.  He went to work for Samuel Smith 'burning lime' in the lime kilns on the north and south ends of town. This was very hard and hot work. My Aunt Julia Brown had related the story that she would take her father lunch at the lime kilns. She would get there at about the time he had 'drawn the lime' and even on the coldest days of winter he would be drenched with perspiration.  

          After coming to New Paris, he married Ellen Fitzgerald  They were married at St. Mary's Church. Greenville is approximately twenty miles north of New Paris.  According to their marriage certificate Ellen was from County Cork, Ireland. She had emigrated to America in 1866.  

          There is a list of Marrinan births and deaths in a book called The Queen of Angels. I'm guessing that this book was used as a family Bible of sorts.  Based on the names in the book, it might have belonged to John Marrinan.  It was published in 1881, so many of the earlier dates would have been inserted from memory.  It is also clearly written by two different hands.  The last entry is 1907. There are some interesting references to grandpa's and grandma's. From the dates and ages I'm guessing that these are a generation older than John Marrinan.  It gives the following information:  

          Grandpa died Jan 23st at 7 oclock AM buried Jan 25 1892 aged 74 years 
         
Grandma died Dec 5th 5 oclock PM buried Dec 8, 1894 at New Paris aged 75 years 
         
Grandma Fitzgerald died 4 30 oclock buried March 30 1897 age 90 years  

          In 1920, the children John, Katherine, and Patrick were still living at their parents home in New Paris.  

                John Marrinan and Ellen Fitzgerald had the following children:  

                 3 i. John M.3 Marrinan was born in New Paris, Preble Co, OH 27 Mar 1867.  John died 1941 at 74 years of age.  His body was interred 1941 St. John's Catholic Cem, New Paris, Preble Co, Oh.  He married Laura Leuellen "Doll" Bennett 1 Plas, 29 Nov 1894.  Laura was born in Milton, Wayne Co, IN 29 Nov 1874.  Laura was the daughter of Isaac Duncan Bennett Jr. and Etha Linda Marshall.  She married Frank Swadener bef Mar 1921.  Laura died in Dayton, Montgomery, Oh.

                 4 ii. William C. Marrinan was born in New Paris, Preble Co, OH 25 Oct 1868.  William died 1929 at 60 years of age.  His body was interred 1929 St. John's Catholic Cem, New Paris, Preble Co, Oh.  He married Susan M. Tobin 26 Oct 1897.  Susan was born in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co, OH 28 Feb 1870.  Susan died 26 Oct 1953 in Springfield, Clark, Oh, at 83 years of age.  Her body was interred Oct 1953 St. John's Catholic Cem, New Paris, Preble Co, Oh.

                 5 iii. Catherine M. (Kate) Marrinan was born in New Paris, Preble Co, OH 02 Nov 1871.  Catherine died 1928 at 56 years of age.  Her body was interred 1928 in New Paris, Preble Co, OH.  She married Martin J. Cunningham.  Martin was born 1868.  Martin died 1932 at 64 years of age.  His body was interred 1932 St. John's Catholic Cem, New Paris, Preble Co, Oh.

                 6 iv. Michael Marrinan was born in New Paris, Preble Co, OH 29 Sep 1876.  Michael died 02 Jun 1907 at 30 years of age.

                 7 v. Patrick Marrinan was born in New Paris, Preble Co, OH 11 Mar 1878.  Patrick died 14 May 1965 in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN, at 87 years of age.  His body was interred May 1965 St. John's Catholic Cem, New Paris, Preble Co, Oh.

             8 vi. Mary T. Marrinan was born 11 Dec 1878.

                 9 vii. Hannah Marrinan was born in New Paris, Preble Co, OH 23 Apr 1881.  Hannah died 17 May 1903 at 22 years of age.  Her body was interred 1903.  She married Omar Davisson.  Omar was born 1879.  Omar was the son of George B. Davisson and Martha Jane Marshall.  He married Zella Porterfield.  Omar died 1959 at 80 years of age.  His body was interred in New Paris, Preble Co, OH.

               10 viii. Julia Beatrice Marrinan was born in New Paris, Preble Co, OH 23 Jan 1887.  Julia died 6 Sep 1962 in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN, at 75 years of age.  Her body was interred Sep 1962 in Earlham Cem, Richmond, Wayne Co, IN.  She married Albert "Brownie" Brown in Eaton, Preble Co, OH, 10 Sep 1913.  Albert was born in Labette Co, Ks 22 Jan 1888.  Albert was the son of William Brown and Mary Alice Mcpherson.  Albert died 2 Mar 1945 in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN, at 57 years of age.  His body was interred Mar 1945 in Earlham Cem, Richmond, Wayne Co, IN. 

 Third Generation    

          8.  Mary T.3 Marrinan (John2, Cornelius1)[ix] was born in New Paris, Preble Co, OH 11 Dec 1878.[x]  Mary died May 1905 in New Paris, Preble Co, OH, at 26 years of age.[xi]  Her body was interred May 1905 Springlawn Cem, New Paris, Preble Co, OH.   

          She married Harry Alexander Smith in Eaton, Preble Co, OH, 04 Oct 1893.[xii]  They were married by the rector of the Church of the Visitation in Eaton.                  


[i]. (hereafter cited as MARRINAN e-mail, Marrinan, Michael 09/03/02).  
[ii]
. (hereafter cited as MARRINAN-006, Marrinan Family Bible).
[iii]
. Ibid.
[iv]
. Ibid.
[v]
. (hereafter cited as MARRINAN-003, Brown, John letter); and  (hereafter cited as MARRINAN-012, Irish Family Names).  
[vi]
. (hereafter cited as MARRINAN-007, Marriage Record - John Marrinan); and . (hereafter cited as MARRINAN-014, Marrinan Research).
[vii]
. (hereafter cited as MARRINAN-005, Marriage Cert. - John Marrinan); and MARRINAN-007, Marriage Record - John Marrinan.
[viii]
. (hereafter cited as MARRINAN-002, Grave Markers- St. John's Catholic Cem).
[ix]
. (hereafter cited as MARRINAN-001, Obituary - Mary T. Smith).  
[x]
. MARRINAN-006, Marrinan Family Bible.
[xi]
. MARRINAN-001, Obituary - Mary T. Smith; MARRINAN-006, Marrinan Family Bible; and  (hereafter cited as SMITH-030, Obituary-Mary T. Marrinan Smith).
[xii]
. (hereafter cited as SMITH-015, Marriage Licence-Harry A. Smith).

See THE SMITH FAMILY LINE