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John DINAN or DYNAN born @1806 ?Cork Ireland

John DINAN or DYNAN born @1806 ?Cork Ireland

Posted: 4 Sep 2010 5:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: DINAN, DYNAN,
I'd love any help possible with my elusive John DINAN born @1806 in Ireland, possibly the Cork area.We believe one of his relatives worked as/with the Harbourmasters of Cork.
All we know is John DINAN moved to England before @1835,lived in Manchester with his wife(Ann ?Griffiths, born in Holyhead Wales) for a while and his first ?two children were born there. On 1841 census he is living with family in Liverpool and by 1851 census he has disappeared. He suddanly went with his ?brother/cousin to USA ?New York from Liverpool between 1842-1851 and fought and ?died in the American Civil War (however the dates of Civil War are later than him emmigrating so why he went initially I'm not sure).
I've tried everything I can think of so now I'm wondering if anyone with DINAN family in Ireland in the late 1700 or early 1800's could please help. If you have a DINAN family that has a son or sibling called John born @1806 please could you see if he could possibly be mine...please.
I have been told there was a DINAN family in the Queenstown/Cobh area of Cork at the right time who were associated with the Harbour board of directors/commissioners and had something to do with being Timber merchants if this could help anyone think of connections.
I'd love to hear anything that might help. Thanks

Re: John DINAN or DYNAN born @1806 ?Cork Ireland

Posted: 9 Jun 2011 1:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have a link with a James Dinan born in around 1828. My relations, Dinan, of which James would be my Great Great Grandfather, according to what my mother told me, came from Cork to the UK.
There may not be any connection but thought I would respond.

Re: John DINAN or DYNAN born @1806 ?Cork Ireland

Posted: 29 Jan 2012 8:47PM GMT
Classification: Query

This may not be too useful, but I have come across this surname 3 times as baptismal sponsors for children of William Dooly and Honora Riordan at the Cork City Cathedral (St Mary & St Anne)
1775 Catherine Dynane
1776 Thomas Dynane
1777 Denis Dinane

Best regards
Ed McCarty

Re: John DINAN or DYNAN born @1806 ?Cork Ireland

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 2:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Ed,
Thanks for the info, they are the first Dynan possibilities earlier than 1800 that I have so it could be really useful, even if it's not actually them I should be able to access their family line that way. Thank you so much for helping. If I find out anything interesting I'll update it here.
Thanks again and Best Wishes,

Re: John DINAN or DYNAN born @1806 ?Cork Ireland

Posted: 2 Apr 2015 11:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Lindyloo,

My 3-greats grandfather was a John Dinan, born in Ireland, I am not sure where, supposedly around 1815. There's an interesting map of the Dinan surname, ca. 1850, at:

This John Dinan came to NYC from Liverpool aboard the ship H.H. Boody, arriving 13 July 1850. He's the only Dinan on that pasenger list, but it's possible his cousin had a different surname.

Do you think wife Ann may have died prior to 1850? In NYC, this John Dinan married one Mary Brennan and prior to 1860 moved to New Castle, Westchester, NY. Their children were born in 1854, 1856, 1858, and 1863. (I'm descended from Mary Ann, born 1858.) In the 1860 census, he's in New Castle. It's possible that he served in the Civil War, though he's in the 1870 census, so this John Dinan didn't die in the war.

What's the evidence that your John Dinan moved to England before ~ 1835? That's very interesting. And the evidence that he died in the Civil War? These may be two separate people.



Bev Pierce

Re: John DINAN or DYNAN born @1806 ?Cork Ireland

Posted: 19 Mar 2016 12:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dynan, Dinan
Hi Bev, Thank you for sharing your info and sorry it's taken me so long to reply, I've only just found your message.

I suspect we are talking about two different John Dynan/Dinan's for a few reasons, but here's the info you requested.
My John Dynan was married in 1827 at Cathedral Manchester to Ann Parry the entries are listed on Ancestry and etc. One son John was born @1829-32 maybe in Holyhead, Anglesey where his mother came from and is on the 1841 census with his maternal Grandparents. There may have been other children but we know of at least three others born in Lancashire, England, Charles born 1835-6, James Griffith 1838 and Ann born @1842.
John (senior) emigrates to New York in 1850 on the 'Lady Franklin'and I've found the Ships manifest with his info on it to confirm it.
Unfortunately I can't find anything further after that date and certainly nothing as yet re evidence for Johns death during the Civil War and his age makes it a bit unlikely but family tales said he died at BullRun/Manassas and that would put it at 1861-62. [However I now believe this death at Bull Run was actually his son with the same name! Family tales getting muddled I think]
On the 1851 England Census his wife Ann lists herself as 'widow', but I can't find a death for John in New York or anywhere else!
Thank you for the info about John Dinan on the Ship Broody, it's always possible that there is still a family link but more distant. Unfortunately there are so many John Dinan/Dynan/Dynon et so that it's all so confusing. More Irish bapt records are becoming available on line but without knowing their parents it's almost impossible so far to match the right records to our people. I'm just hoping things will improve or we get a lucky break sometime!
Thanks for your help and please keep in touch if you find out anymore or if I can help you with anything, Best wishes, Lynn

Re: John DINAN or DYNAN born @1806 ?Cork Ireland

Posted: 19 Mar 2016 9:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Lynn, thanks so much for being in touch. I'm still puzzling over the Dinans and Brennans in my family, and not sure how to proceed. Best of luck to you!
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