Meehan

 

 

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The Irish name Meehan comes from the native Gaelic O'Miadhachain Septs, taken from a word meaning "Honorable".  The name was mainly found  in the counties of Donegal, Galway and Leitram.  Other variants  of the name are: Mee, Mea, Meighan, Meegan,  Mehegan, Meghan and many others.
 

Origins of the Meehan Surname

THE ORIGINS OF THE MEEHAN SURNAME was compiled by Anne Smith based on input from Aidan Meehan. The following is a copy of that article.
 
 According to “Devenish, its History and Antiquities”, published by the Clogher Historical Society, the Meehan family were originally “herenachs” of Devinish Island, Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. “Herenach” is a term used to denote a family with a hereditary title to a church property. They are usually descendants of the family of the founder of the monastery or church, and caretakers of any relics or artifacts pertaining to the original founder.
 
 The Meehan’s originated as the hereditary kinsfolk of St. Laserian, better known as St. Molaise of Devenish. This Molaise is reputed to be a relative of the legendary St. Columcille and, as his confessor, was instrumental in the latter's choice of Iona as a place of exile from Ireland. St. Molaise is the patron of Devenish Island, which he founded in the 6th century, and, in 543 A.D., the year of Columcille's exile, he is recorded as an aged hermit. The relic left to the custodianship of the Meehan’s is a manuscript, known as the Soiscel Molaise or St. Molaise's Gospels.
 
 Most countries in the world that have produced the codex-form book have had a few highly valued and special examples, often holy books of saints or royal books of kings. These prized volumes would have received protective coverings created by skilled craftsmen and decorated with elaborate artwork. Almost all countries apply this attention to the book itself, the paper and the binding: all save one. Ireland seems to be the only country to have used book shrines extensively; a few shrines have been found in other countries, mainly of Irish workmanship during the middle ages when these shrines were popular in Ireland, and but a few that pre-date this period and have no Irish connection. These book shrines were known as “cumdrachs”.
 
 Thus the Meehan family originated as the guardians of the box, or cumdrach, of his manuscript of the gospels. This cumdrach is one of the greatest treasures of Ireland and the Meehan family was its custodians until the 19th century when the last Meehan of the hereditary line, a Protestant minister named Thomas, donated it to the Royal Academy, which later became the National Museum of Dublin.
 
 The book shrine of the Soiscel Molaise is the second oldest existing cumdrach and bears an inscription that allows it to be dated within twenty-four years (1001-1025 A.D.) A description of the box in 1973 noted that one narrow side is missing and openwork silver plates are riveted to the remaining sides. That on the front contains a series of small panels forming an equal-armed ringed cross. Between the arms are four large panels depicting the symbols of the evangelists and around the edge there is a row of narrow panels” (Lucas 1973: 127).
 
 As herenachs, the family had hereditary rights in perpetuity to land on the island and the monastery supported the family in return for access to the cumdrach of the patron on special feast days such as the Devinish Patron Day on 12th September. This was a local holiday, lasting all weekend, and endured until the 19th century, when, at the behest of a puritanical official guardian of morality, it was terminated as an occasion of rowdy drunkenness and debauchery.
 
 The Meehan’s moved off the island to a domain of their own in Co. Leitrim and this they called Ballymeehan or the Town of the Meehans, a little south-west of Upper Lough Erne. At some point, a part of this large family moved off into the regions of Sligo and Donegal, where they remain to this day.
 
 There are a number of legends associated with the Molasie cumdrach and various Meehans down the centuries. One such relates how the shrine was lost, and later found by a humble parish priest, who was given a vision of angels descending and opening the well of Molaise on the island, in the wall of which was hidden the box. He brought it to church, before the assembled members of two feuding factions, and made each swear peace on it under pain of insanity. It is reported that not a few left the church as raving lunatics!
  
 Such was the hold of this tale on the imagination of succeeding generations, it is related by a local judge of the19th century, that the cumdrach was often hired by the courts to swear in a Roman Catholic miscreant, who otherwise might have no trouble perjuring himself on the English King James' version of the Bible. In the 13th century there was a dispute between three Meehans - the abbot of Devenish, the bishop of the diocese of Devenish, and the local parish priest. The priest had the box in his possession but the other two were claiming priority to the precious object by way of status. The story highlights the differences between the traditional rule of the abbey versus the diocesan authority of the Irish church. Abhorring the scandal of two princes of the church engaged in public conflagration, the priest burnt the contents of the box to protect the tender consciences of his flock! The tale may be told as a guise to cover the reality of a manuscript that has been lost.
 
 The box of the bookshrine is a classical house-shaped box. Made of yew, the original of which was covered in gold and silver, with a Celtic cross on the front, it is inscribed with the evangelists' symbols and a prayer request for the abbot who instigated its application in the 11th or 12th century. A side panel contains a small figure of an ecclesiastic with forked beard and holding a holy water sprinkler in his hand. Its lid is missing but would have been roof-shaped. Some side panels are also missing. One is reported as having been prised off by a current custodian and sold to a watchmaker in Sligo.
 
 There is a coat of arms for the Meehans: a shield divided by a chevron and three bucks. It was granted to a Meehan by King James for his part in the Battle of the Boyne. The newly ennobled Meehan then fled to France to enjoy his new status and, as a consequence, there are probably French Meehans to add to the clans' world-wide dispersion.
 
 Meehan, along with its variant Meighan, comes from the Irish O'Miadhachain and is a derivative of the word “miadhach” - meaning “honourable”. Alternatively, it may derive from O'Maoithain and comes from the Gaelic word “maoth” which means “tender”. While the name is prolific in east Connaught, Donegal and Fermanagh areas, it appears that a separate family adopted the name in the late Clare and Galway times. In Monaghan, and there alone, it has been anglicized to Meegan.

 

Descendants of Owen Meehan (O'Meehan)

Generation 1

1. OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN) was born Abt. 1762 in Ireland, and died Bef. 1844 in Quebec, Canada. He married ANN BRADDON Abt. 1800 in County Donegal, Ireland. She was born in County Donegal, Ireland.

Children of OWEN (O'MEEHAN) and ANN BRADDON are:

2. i. PATRICK2 MEEHAN, b. 1807, County Donegal, Ireland; d. 22 Mar 1866, Hemmingford, Huntingdon Co., Quebec.

3. ii. WILLIAM MEEHAN, b. 1811, Birch Hill, near Creeslough, Clondahorky Parish, County Donegal, Ireland; d. 07 Jun 1870, Chateauguay Co., Quebec, Canada.

4. iii. ANDREW W. MEEHAN, b. 1815, Castletown, Clonbeg Parish, Co. Donegal, Ireland..

5. iv. CHARLES MEEHAN, b. 1820, Castletown, Clonbeg Parish, County Donegal, Ireland.

6. v. BERNARD MEEHAN, b. 1822, Castletown, Clonbeg Parish, County Donegal, Ireland.

Generation 2

2. PATRICK2 MEEHAN (OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 1807 in County Donegal, Ireland, and died 22 Mar 1866 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon Co., Quebec. He married ANN FLOOD 1836 in Ireland, daughter of JAMES FLOOD and ELIZABETH WOODWARD. She was born 1819 in Lettermore, Convoy Parish, County Donegal, Ireland, and died 1880 in Wisconsin, USA.

Children of PATRICK MEEHAN and ANN FLOOD are:

i. EDWARD H.3 MEEHAN, b. 01 Apr 1837, St Lawrence, New York, USA; d. 01 Apr 1900, Arkansaw, Pepin Co, WI. Buried St. Henry's Cemetery, Eau Galle, Dunne Co. WI.

7. ii. JAMES MEEHAN, b. 1841, Hemmingford, Quebec; d. 20 Aug 1901, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA.

8. iii. ELIZABETH (ELIZA) ISABELLA MEEHAN, b. 14 Jun 1842, Hemmingford, Huntingdon Co., Quebec; d. 18 Feb 1921, Plum City, Eau Galle, WI. Buried St. Henry's Cemetery.

9. iv. WILLIAM P. MEEHAN, b. 15 Mar 1845, Hemmingford, Quebec; d. 23 Sep 1899, Pepin County, WI. Buried St. Henry's Catholic Cemetery, Eau Galle, WI.

v. ANDREW MEEHAN, b. 01 Aug 1849, Hemmingford, Quebec; d. 14 Jul 1931, Durand, Pepin Co., WI.

10. vi. CATHERINE ISABELLA MEEHAN, b. 26 Oct 1851, Hemmingford, Quebec; d. 21 Feb 1917, Durand, Pepin Co., WI. Buried St. Henry's Cemetery Eau Galle, WI.

3. WILLIAM2 MEEHAN (OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 1811 in Birch Hill, near Creeslough, Clondahorky Parish, County Donegal, Ireland, and died 07 Jun 1870 in Chateauguay Co., Quebec, Canada. He married MARIA PHELIN.  Burial: 1870, Buried at Parish of St.-Jean-Chrysostome Cemetery.

Children of WILLIAM MEEHAN and MARIA PHELIN are:

i. EDWARD3 MEEHAN, b. 1849, Died in infancy.

11. ii. WILLIAM MEEHAN, b. 15 May 1852, Chateauguay Co., Quebec, Canada; d. 1921, St. Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec, Canada.

iii. JOSEPH MEEHAN, b. 15 Jan 1859, St. Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec, Canada; m. THERESA CAMPION, 21 Apr 1896, St. Patrick, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

12. iv. CATHERINE MEEHAN, b. 10 May 1861, St-Jean-Chrysosthome, Quebec.

v. JOHN MEEHAN, b. 05 Sep 1863, St. Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec, Canada.

vi. GLADYS MEEHAN, b. Jul 1890, Chateauguay Co., Quebec, Canada.

4. ANDREW W.2 MEEHAN (OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 1815 in Castletown, Clonbeg Parish, Co. Donegal, Ireland.. He married MARY CAMPBELL 06 Jan 1841 in St. Chrysostome Church, Chateauguay Co., Quebec.

Children of ANDREW MEEHAN and MARY CAMPBELL are:

i. ANN3 MEEHAN, b. 26 Nov 1841, Chateauquay, Quebec.

ii. JOHN MEEHAN, b. 29 Aug 1843, Chateauquay, Quebec.

iii. MARY MEEHAN, b. 1845, Chateauquay, Quebec.

iv. ARCHIBALD MEEHAN, b. 1847, Chateauquay, Quebec.

v. ARTHUR MEEHAN, b. 07 Mar 1848, Chateauquay, Quebec.

vi. MARGARET MEEHAN, b. Jun 1850.

vii. JANE MEEHAN, b. 24 Apr 1852, Chateauquay, Quebec.

5. CHARLES2 MEEHAN (OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 1820 in Castletown, Clonbeg Parish, County Donegal, Ireland. He married ROSE MCCORMICK 19 Feb 1844 in St-Jean-Chrsostome, daughter of FELIX MCCORMICK and MARY MCMULLIN.

Children of CHARLES MEEHAN and ROSE MCCORMICK are:

i. MARGARET3 MEEHAN, b. 1846; m. HUGH SAVARY, 1867, St-Antoine Abbey.

ii. FELIX MEEHAN, b. 1848.

iii. JANE MEEHAN, b. 1849.

iv. JOHN MEEHAN, b. 1853.

v. ANDREW MEEHAN, b. 1855.

vi. PATRICK MEEHAN, b. 1857.

6. BERNARD2 MEEHAN (OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 1822 in Castletown, Clonbeg Parish, County Donegal, Ireland. He married SUSAN MCHUGH.

Children of BERNARD MEEHAN and SUSAN MCHUGH are:

i. BERNARD3 MEEHAN, b. 1845, St. Malachie, Chateauguay Co., Quebec, Canada.

ii. FRANCIS MEEHAN, b. Mar 1846; d. 04 May 1848, St. Malachie.

iii. MILES MEEHAN, b. 1854, St. Malachie, Chateauguay Co., Quebec, Canada.

Generation 3

7. JAMES3 MEEHAN (PATRICK2, OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 1841 in Hemmingford, Quebec, and died 20 Aug 1901 in Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA. He married ELIZABETH RAYBURN 1871 in Wisconsin, USA.

Children of JAMES MEEHAN and ELIZABETH RAYBURN are:

i. MARGARET4 MEEHAN.

More About MARGARET MEEHAN: Adoption: Pennsylvania, USA

ii. KATIE MEEHAN, b. 1883, Pepin Co., WI.

8. ELIZABETH (ELIZA) ISABELLA3 MEEHAN (PATRICK2, OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 14 Jun 1842 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon Co., Quebec, and died 18 Feb 1921 in Plum City, Eau Galle, WI. Buried St. Henry's Cemetery. She married OWEN BRADY 04 Aug 1869. He was born 1824, and died 21 Apr 1892 in Pepin Co. WI.

Children of ELIZABETH MEEHAN and OWEN BRADY are:

i. MARY ANN4 BRADY, b. 1869.

ii. WILLIAM BRADY, b. 1870.

iii. EDWARD BRADY, b. Abt. 1872.

iv. JAMES BRADY, b. Abt. 1874.

v. KATIE BRADY, b. Abt. 1876.

vi. ELIZA BRADY, b. Abt. 1878.

9. WILLIAM P.3 MEEHAN (PATRICK2, OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 15 Mar 1845 in Hemmingford, Quebec, and died 23 Sep 1899 in Pepin County, WI. Buried St. Henry's Catholic Cemetery, Eau Galle, WI. He married MARY ANN PARKER 1869 in Cedar Falls, Dunn, Wisconsin. She was born 03 Feb 1854 in Nauvoo, IL, and died 30 Aug 1924 in Pepin County, WI. Buried St. Henry's Catholic Cemetery, Eau Galle, WI.

Children of WILLIAM MEEHAN and MARY PARKER are:

i. LENORE4 MEEHAN, d. Died in Infancy.

13. ii. ESTHER BAMBER MEEHAN, b. 1870, Near Cedar Falls, WI; d. 13 Nov 1901, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA.

iii. KATHERINE ISABELLE MEEHAN, b. 1872.

iv. ANNA MAY MEEHAN, b. 20 Jun 1874.

v. EDWARD PATRICK MEEHAN, b. 17 Mar 1878.

vi. JESSIE REBECCA MEEHAN, b. 1880.

10. CATHERINE ISABELLA3 MEEHAN (PATRICK2, OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 26 Oct 1851 in Hemmingford, Quebec, and died 21 Feb 1917 in Durand, Pepin Co., WI. Buried St. Henry's Cemetery Eau Galle, WI. She married JAMES BLACK, son of JAMES BLACK and JANE BOURKE. He was born 11 May 1844 in Banbridge, Cromore Parish, County Down, Ireland, and died 25 Jun 1925 in Buried Glenwood Cemetery, Picton Ontario.

Children of CATHERINE MEEHAN and JAMES BLACK are:

i. JOHN4 BLACK, b. 1870, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA.

ii. WILLIAM BLACK, b. 08 Nov 1872, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA; d. Aug 1963.

iii. JAMES BLACK, b. 1875, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA.

14. iv. SAMUEL BLACK, b. 15 Jul 1877, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA.

15. v. FREDERICK BLACK, b. Nov 1879, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA; d. Dec 1962.

16. vi. GEORGE B. BLACK, b. 03 May 1882, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA; d. 13 Mar 1956, Tuolumne, California, USA.

17. vii. CHARLES H. BLACK, b. 16 Feb 1885, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA; d. May 1966, Minot, Ward, North Dakota.

viii. ISABEL ANN BLACK, b. Jul 1888, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA.

ix. MARTHA BLACK, b. Mar 1891, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA.

x. RUTH BLACK, b. Oct 1895, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA.

11. WILLIAM3 MEEHAN (WILLIAM2, OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 15 May 1852 in Chateauguay Co., Quebec, Canada, and died 1921 in St. Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec, Canada. He married MARY L. JENKS. She was born Apr 1850 in Potton, Quebec, Canada.  Buried at Parish of St.-Jean-Chrysostome Cemetery

Immigration: 1895, Champlain, Clinton, New York, USA; Immigration: Moved his family to US.

Children of WILLIAM MEEHAN and MARY JENKS are:

i. SUSAN E.4 MEEHAN, b. 1880, Quebec, Canada.

ii. MABEL MEEHAN, b. Mar 1882, Quebec, Canada.

12. CATHERINE3 MEEHAN (WILLIAM2, OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 10 May 1861 in St-Jean-Chrysosthome, Quebec. She married ALPHONSE COSTELLO 1889 in St.-Jean-Chrysostome, son of PETER COSTELLO and MELANIE PORCHERONE.

Child of CATHERINE MEEHAN and ALPHONSE COSTELLO is:

i. TIMOTHY4 COSTELLO.

Generation  4

13. ESTHER BAMBER4 MEEHAN (WILLIAM P.3, PATRICK2, OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 1870 in Near Cedar Falls, WI, and died 13 Nov 1901 in Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA. She married WILLIAM BURNS COBURN 13 Feb 1888. He was born 30 Aug 1859 in Huntingdon Co., Quebec, Canada, and died 24 Nov 1933 in Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA.

Children of ESTHER MEEHAN and WILLIAM COBURN are:

i. EFFIE5 COBURN, b. 12 Apr 1889, Wisconsin, USA; d. Died in Infancy.

ii. LILLIAN HERVINE COBURN, b. 07 Jul 1891, Wisconsin, USA; d. 1953; m. DAVID OGDEN, 24 Mar 1910.

18. iii. CLINTON EDWARD COBURN, b. 31 Mar 1894, Wisconsin, USA; d. 15 Feb 1977, Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA.

iv. JESSE ISABELLE COBURN, b. 19 Nov 1897, Wisconsin, USA; d. 31 Aug 1971; m. ARCHIE RICHARDSON, 05 Nov 1920.

v. WILLIAM COBURN, b. 1901, Wisconsin, USA; d. 1901, Died at birth.

14. SAMUEL4 BLACK (CATHERINE ISABELLA3 MEEHAN, PATRICK2, OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 15 Jul 1877 in Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA. He married MARTHA. She was born 1864.

Child of SAMUEL BLACK and MARTHA is:

i. RUTH B.5 BLACK.

15. FREDERICK4 BLACK (CATHERINE ISABELLA3 MEEHAN, PATRICK2, OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born Nov 1879 in Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA, and died Dec 1962. He married ANNA 1905. She was born 1881.

Children of FREDERICK BLACK and ANNA are:

i. ROSE5 BLACK, b. 1907, Pepin Co. WI.

ii. RAYMOND BLACK, b. 1908, Pepin Co. WI.

iii. WILLARD BLACK, b. 1910, Pepin Co. WI.

iv. KATHRYN BLACK, b. 1916, Pepin Co. WI.

16. GEORGE B.4 BLACK (CATHERINE ISABELLA3 MEEHAN, PATRICK2, OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 03 May 1882 in Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA, and died 13 Mar 1956 in Tuolumne, California, USA. He married EVELYN V. ?. She was born 1887 in Wisconsin, USA.

Children of GEORGE BLACK and EVELYN ? are:

i. MARVEL K.5 BLACK, b. 1907, Foxholm, Ward, North Dakota.

ii. RALPH G. BLACK, b. 1908, Foxholm, Ward, North Dakota.

iii. GEORGE R. BLACK, b. Mar 1910, Foxholm, Ward, North Dakota.

iv. JANE H. BLACK, b. Mar 1910, Foxholm, Ward, North Dakota.

v. JAMES H. BLACK, b. 1911, Foxholm, Ward, North Dakota.

vi. BERNARD M. BLACK, b. 1912, Foxholm, Ward, North Dakota.

17. CHARLES H.4 BLACK (CATHERINE ISABELLA3 MEEHAN, PATRICK2, OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 16 Feb 1885 in Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA, and died May 1966 in Minot, Ward, North Dakota. He married LORA L. ?.

Children of CHARLES BLACK and LORA ? are:

i. WALTER C.5 BLACK, b. Oct 1909, Rock Elm Twp., Pierce Co., WI.

ii. MYRNA BLACK, b. 1916, Ward, North Dakota, USA.

iii. BERNICE BLACK, b. 1918, Ward, North Dakota, USA.

iv. MILDRED BLACK, b. 1925, Ward, North Dakota, USA.

Generation 5

18. CLINTON EDWARD5 COBURN (ESTHER BAMBER4 MEEHAN, WILLIAM P.3, PATRICK2, OWEN MEEHAN1 (O'MEEHAN)) was born 31 Mar 1894 in Wisconsin, USA, and died 15 Feb 1977 in Arkansaw, Pepin Co., Wisconsin, USA. He married ELIZABETH FLEMING 22 Jun 1920.

Children of CLINTON COBURN and ELIZABETH FLEMING are:

i. WILLIAM KENNETH6 COBURN.

ii. ELIZABETH BONITA COBURN.

iii. PATRICK LEROY COBURN.

iv. MARY ARCELLA COBURN.

v. KATHERINE BERNADINE COBURN.

vi. RITA JUANITA COBURN.

vii. CLEMMONS CLINTON COBURN.

viii. PATRICIA JEAN COBURN.