Johana Cullinane was born in about 1807 in Ireland, according to her Chicago death certificate. She married Richard Carey 30 January 1826 in Mahoonagh, County Limerick, Ireland. Richard came from the nearby parish of Ballingarry. The witnesses at the wedding were John Cullinane and Patrick Kiely. Since weddings were generally held in the bride's home parish, the Cullinanes were most likely from the parish of Mahoonagh.

Johana and Richard's son was christened in Mahoonagh in 1838. By 1849, Johana and Richard were living in Ballingarry, in the townland of Common, near Richard's family.

Carey marriage

Mahoonagh parish register 30 January 1826 for Richard and Joana Cullinane (in Latin)

The Mahoonagh parish records start in 1811. Johana was born before the parish registers started, but it is possible that her parents had other children after 1811.

The following Cullinanes were found in the early Mahoonagh registers, up to 1830:

21 February 1811 Richard Mackay and Mary Cullinane married,
Witnesses: Thomas Mackay and Thomas Cullinane
31 January 1813 Dennis, son of Thomas Cullinane and Joanna Lynch, baptised
Sponsors: Patrick Cullinane and Mary Lynch

March 1813 Laurence, son of Thomas Griffin and Margaret Cullinane, baptised
Sponsors: James and Mary Griffin

3 June 1816 Catharine, daughter of Patrick Cullinane and Ellen Kennedy, baptised
Sponsors: Patrick Heily and Susanna Keily

16 February 1817 Patrick, son of Thomas Cullinan and Mary Lynch, baptised
Sponsors: Michael Lynch and Margaret Maly

16 September 1818 Ellen, daughter of Thomas Cullinane and Ellen Lynch, baptised
Sponsors: Edmund and Margaret Maly

March 1829 John, son of Michael Cullinane and Margaret Connel, baptised
Sponsors: John Conel and Mary Cullinane

Thomas or Patrick Cullinane are possibilities for Johana's father, or her parents may not have had children after 1811. Thomas' wife is a bit of a mystery - her name is recorded as Joanna Lynch, Mary Lynch, and Ellen Lynch. Is this a mistake in the parish register, or did Thomas marry three different Lynch sisters? Patrick Cullinane and Ellen Kennedy only have one recorded baptism, in 1816, but some of the very early parish register entries are very faded and difficult to read.

After 1829, no Cullinanes are found in the parish register, reviewed all the way to 1850. No Cullinanes are found in the Tithe Applotment in the late 1820s. The Tithe Applotment was assessed only on properties of one acre or more. The Cullinanes may have been agricultural laborers, living on less than an acre. No Cullinanes are found in the Griffiths Valuation tax record for Mahoonagh in 1851.

Where did all the Cullinanes go? It's possible that they moved to adjoining parishes, like Johana who moved to Ballingarry. They may also have emigrated out of the country. A search of the nearby parishes show a few Cullinanes in the adjacent parish of Knockaderry, and more in Ballingarry.

Cullinanes in Knockaderry

6 February 1838 Patrick, son of Patrick Kiely and Margaret Cullinane, baptized
Sponsors: Dennis Cullinane and Margaret Sweeny

15 March 1844 John Cullinane is a sponsor at the baptism of Catherine, daughter of James O'Donnell and Helen Madigan

26 May 1845 Ann Cullinane is a sponsor at the baptism of Helen, daughter of Bartholomew Healy and Helen McKennedy

10 December 1848 Mary, daughter of Michael Cullinan and Margaret Scanlon, baptized
Sponsors: Patrick Ryan and Johana Cullinan

Cullinanes in Ballingarry

Cullinanes are found in Ballingarry in the Tithe Applotment, including Michael, Patrick and Denis Cullinane in 1830.

Cullinanes are also found in Richard's home parish of Ballingarry, including Patrick and William Cullinane in the same townland of Commons in Griffiths Valuation in 1852. Other Cullinanes listed in Ballingarry were Joseph and Michael Cullinane.



  Extract from Griffith's Valuation, 1852, Ballingarry parish

The Ballingarry parish registers start in 1825. It is possible that some of Johana Cullinane's siblings also moved to Ballingarry. These Cullinanes are found in the Ballingarry parish registers:

3 February 1825 John Cullinane married Helena Sheehy
Witnesses: Patrick Cullinane and Daniel Sheehy

5 June 1825 John, son of Thomas Cullinane and Catherine Browne, baptized
Sponsors: John Lee and Margarey Dempsey

25 July 1825 Catherine, daughter of Edmund McEniry and Anna Cullinane, baptized
Sponsors: Thomas Cullinane and Helen Cuthbert

4 September 1825 John, son of Dennis Cullinane and Helen Davern, baptized
Sponsors: William and Catherine Kirby

27 November 1825 Dennis, son of William Cullinane and Mary Trehy, baptized
Sponsors: James Trehy and Mary Dillane

5 February 1826 William Cullinane and Helen Fitzgerald of this parish
Sp John Carroll and Margaret Fitzgerald

12 June 1826 Mary, daughter of William Cullinane and Margaret Keane, baptized
Sponsors: John Cullinane and Joanna Cullinane

19 November 1826 Joseph, son of Patrick Cullinane and unreadable, baptized
Sponsor: Joseph Cullinane

19 April 1827 Catherine, daughter of Michael Cullinane and Alice Doneen, baptized
Sponsors: John Lourdan and Catherine Cullinane

6 December 1827 Bridget, daughter of Dennis Cullinane and Helen Davern, baptized
Sponsors: Michael Fitzgerald and Honora McCann

27 April 1827 Thomas, son of William Cullinane and Mary Keane, baptized
Sponsors: James Connors and Margaret Lee

12 February 1830 James Delany and Alice Cullinane of this parish,
Sponsors: Michael Leary and Mary Connors

SOURCE: Mahoonagh parish register online at; Ballingarry parish register online at; Knockaderry parish register online at



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