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Grannary, Canada.

Updated January 21, 2014

debcadogan@aol.com


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The purpose of my genealogical hobby has evolved into curiously trying to locate Grannary as a surname in time, it seems not to be a common surname in Western Anglo populations. In family folklore we were Irish and this surname seemed slightly more found in non-Anglo Europe. To try sorting some of this through we've participated in genetic studies which reveal that our haplogroup is found in the North West of Ire. for some 3000-5000 years, it is found within the ancient Ui Niall clan (FTDNA). I have found many spelling variations for Gra(e)n(n)a(e)ry as a surname, inclusive of adding Mc and Mac to it but nothing that I have found is standardized. On Internet searches, there was a Joh Grenrie alias Withiell in Cornwall UK, year 1621. I consider him to be a plausible candidate for some direction towards an intersection with recognized surnames that are genetically related to Grannary by some degree and seemingly found in or around the 1600's, in Cornwall UK. This Joh Grenrie would fit nicely as a tangeable connection to some related surnames in theory, albeit maybe too coincidental a find. Otherwise, there was an ancient Crusader line of a Granerius family (http://fmg.ac/) alluded to above and also noted by Dr. A.V. Murray, an author and researcher of medieval studies. This Granerius gave way to a Granerii surname in non-Anglo Europe, he was said to be "Flemish from the diocese of Thérouanne" (A.V. Murray) and not from one of the Celtic cultures as I understand it, or not from the NW Irish model of DNA as was the ancient patriarch of this Grannary lineage. The nationalarchives.gov.uk has from Fermanagh a MacGrannery alias Grannary. In the Montreal Quebec Archives I found James Granary (with one N) in the early 1800's. His point of origin was written on microfilm as Fermanagh. He was a cloth weaver. His wife was Elizabeth Collins. Records traced show that this James Granary and Eliz. Collins are the Quebec Grannary's earliest known ancestors that I have found.
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