I just came across your post on Richard Meenan.I wish that I had done so in 2008.
My great great grandfather was John Meenan, he was from Gortmacrane.
Since the Kilrea records start in 1846, I do not have my great-grandmother's birth cert, (Bridget's,) or any of John and Margaret Meenan's children born before that date, but I believe the Joseph and Lawrence you mention are among my great grandmother's brothers.The Andrew and Catherine that are mentioned in the thread are listed below. I believe those listed below are (SOME of) Bridget's siblings. Bridget was born about 1845, the first year of An Gorta Mor.She married Dominic McKenna, who was living in Gortmacrane at that time, and they moved to Tullyheron Townland near Glen Chapel (St. Pat's) outside Maghera.I have the particulars on the family.
Some Children (my great gran, Bridget Meenan's siblings,) of John and Margaret Meenan, Christening Sponsors and Christening date:
Margaret Ann (Sponsors, Frank and Ann Cassady from Gortmacrane) 22 May 1847.
William John (Sponsors, Henry and Rosana O'Neill) 27 Jan 1849.
Richard (lists John Meenan as father with ELLEN as the mother,sponsors Richard McMullan from Rasharkin and ELLEN Meenan from Gortmacrance) 25 March 1851.I think they recorded the witness as the mother. I believe Richard's mother was Margaret McMullan.(See Richard's marriage below.)
Andrew (Sponsors, William McMullan from Rasharkin and Biddy McShanefrom Gortmacrane)16 Oct 1853.
Catherine Ann, (Sponsors, Charles and Betty Cassady of Gortmacrane) 22 April 1856.
John Christopher, (Sponsors, Charles and Biddy Meenan of Gortmacrane)16 Nov 1858
Peter (Sponsors, Patrick and Catherine Mullan from Rasharkin) 31 March 1861.
Veronica (Sponsors, Henry Henery (no address) and Mary McCann from Drumagarner) 18 July 1863 A
Richard was a stonemason from Gortmacrane.He married Elizabeth Diamond from Gortmacrane (father James, a farmer)4 Feb 1877 (Witnesses were Frank Cassidy and Margaret Darragh.Frank was also a Sponsor of some of the other siblings above. I think the Cassady's - or Cassidy's are kin.)
Catherine Anne from Gortmacrane married Francis McDonald, a labourerfrom Gortmacrane (father Charles, also a labourer)4 October 1879 atKilrea Registry Office.Witnesses were Henry Henry (Sponsor of Veronica's Baptism) and Kate O'Kane.
For others searching the Meenan line, if you are unfamiliar with the area, some of the witnesses and sponsors are from Rasharkin, which is a few miles from Kilrea (across the River Bann) in CountyAntrim.
I had wondered what happened to my Grandfather's mother's family and I am most grateful for the information provided by Kate and Karen in this thread.I have shared that information with a distant Meenan cousin in Ireland.I would be delighted to hear from you all and would appreciate learning about your ties to the Meenan line.