Patrick Durnan **
- Born: ca. 1802, Ireland
- Marriage (1): Anne Magrath **
- Died: 28 Aug 1875, Crummer, Fermanagh, Ireland aged about 73
- Buried: Aug 1875, Catholic Churchyard, Kinawley, Fermanagh, Ireland
Other names for Patrick were Patrick Dornan, Patrick Durneen, Patrick Durnian and Patrick Durnien.
Patrick and Ann's children were all christened with the surname recorded as Durneen, Durnian or Durnien. It was not uncommon for the priests to use variants of name spellings. They were christened in Kinawley which is south of Enniskillen. Crummer Townland where the family farm is apparently located is just a few miles north of Kinawley.
According to the Griffith Survey for Crummer taken in 1862 there were 2 heads of family named "Dornan" in Crummer. Patrick had about 10 acres and Mary about 5 acres. Patrick would appear to be our Patrick and Mary was possibly his sister.
The 1901 Census records Owen Durnan, aged 46 and living on the home farm with his wife Mary aged 32 and no one else. The farm of 20-30 acres was in Crummer.
Philip E Leonard, as a creamery worker in 1937-1940 near Crummer, recalls the name Owen Durnan (Patrick's son) as one of the suppliers whose milk came in on a "van" or long cart which collected and delivered the farmers supplies daily. Owen would then have been in his 80's. After he died his wife, Mary, returned to her family home in the next townland to live out her days with one (possibly 2) spinster sister(s) and an unmarried brother. The Durnan farm was purchased by a neighbour who died in August 2007. In the 1901 Census the house was described as a typical Irish cottage of stone and thatched roof. A "private dwelling" with "three windows in the front wall" classed 2 out of 4 (ascending), "4 rooms" for "1 family of 2 persons occupying". Head of Household "Owen Durnan farmer" and his wife "Mary housewife", both RC and both could read and write. "Speak Irish Language" was obliterated.
Most of their children emigrated to Australia. For a time it is believed that Patrick's brother Thomas and his wife Mary Maguire lived on the farm with them.
It appears that Patrick and Ann are buried in the Kinawley Catholic Church graveyard. Their surnames are DORNAN on the Monumental Inscription but as they are the only people there with a surname like Durnan, and the ages are pretty well spot on I believe this is them. The Inscription reads:
To Patrick Dornan d. 28 Aug. 1875 a. 73; his wife Ann d. 18 Feb.1883 a. 72.
Death certificates have been requested for both Patrick and Ann from GRONI but they advise that they are unable to find them.
Noted events in his life were:
• He worked as a Farmer on 30 Nov 1872 at the time of his son Patrick's marriage.
• He worked as a Farmer at the time of his daughter Mary's marriage on 24 Sep 1865.
• He worked as a Farmer according to daughter Annie's marriage certificate on 2 May 1883.
Patrick married Anne Magrath **. (Anne Magrath ** was born circa 1811 in Ireland, died on 18 Feb 1883 in Crummer, Fermanagh, Ireland and was buried in Feb 1883 in Catholic Churchyard, Kinawley, Fermanagh, Ireland.)