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Michael Henneberry  1835-

    Born near Galbally, County Limerick, Ireland.  Arrived in New York with his parents, David and Jane, aboard the Argyle.  He was living with his mother, Jane,  from the 1850 Grundy County Illinois  census.   Michael became a citizen on June 9, 1856 in Grundy County.  The witnesses were his brothers James and David Henneberry.     Based on the following information, it is believed that Michael and his wife, Margaret, moved to Montana in 1863 and settled in Dillon in 1866.

Henneberrys in Montana

In the 1880 and 1900 census, Garrett Henneberry (brother of Michael) and his wife, Nora, were living in Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana.  Butte is 60 miles north of Dillon.  

David R. Henneberry, the son of Michael & Garrett's brother Patrick Henneberry moved to Montana and later moved to San Mateo County California.

Joseph S. Henneberry, son of John Henneberry (possible brother or cousin of David) and Mary Reeves Henneberry moved to a ranch in Montana.  Mary Reeves is believed to be related to Bridget Reeves who married David S. Henneberry II (another brother of Michael and Garrett).  

     Source:   Society of Montana Pioneers  Volume 1, 1899.  
MICHAEL B. HENNEBERRY, born in County Limerick, Ireland.  Came to the United States.  Place of departure for Montana, Dubuque, Iowa; route traveled, across the plains; arrived at Alder Gulch, June 18th, 1863, Occupation, stock grower.  Residence, Red Rock.

MICHAEL & MIDGE HENNEBERRY:  Source:  History of Southwestern Montana

The Henneberry family was one of the very early pioneer families of Beaverhead County. Michael Angelo Henneberry was one of 11 children born to Michael B. Henneberry and his wife Margaret. Michael B. came across the plains to Alder Gulch in 1863, where he and his cousin, James Ryan started a store. In 1866, Michael B. established his ranch and with his cousin Ryan built the Great Beaverhead Wagon toll road. Before this the canyon was impassable for wagons. The road was operated for 10 years and then sold to Mr. Barrett who operated it for three more years, when it was opened to the public. 
(NOTE:  the Ryan and Henneberry families were from Galbally, County Limerick)

Michael Angelo Henneberry lived his entire life on the ranch south of Dillon. He married Midge Nelson and they had three children: Archie, Paul and May. After Michael Angelo's death in 1940, Midge (Bunny) moved to their home in Dillon where she lived until her death in 1954.

Archie married Lillian Ulm and they lived on the ranch for many years. At the time of his death in 1947, he was a Beaverhead County Commissioner.

Paul married Louise Viemann in San Francisco after serving in World War I. They had two sons, Paul Jr. and R. Michael. They resided in California but returned to Montana for several years and operated the Pipe Organ Lodge. Paul Jr. was a pilot in World War II and was killed on a bombing mission over Rumania. R. Michael resides in San Francisco and still owns part of the original ranch.

May Henneberry married Francis Tonrey and, with the exceptions of some winters in California, lived all her life in Dillon. In later years, she told many interesting stories about the early days on the ranch. The ranch was at Grayling railroad siding and they often flagged the train to come to town to shop. May died in 1984 at the age of 87.  

    History of Southern Montana -- CHAPTER VIII:  Tom Selway broke some land the same year Henry Burfiend broke his land. Henry Hayman -- called Little Henry -- had spaded up a, piece on the adjoining land near the river, and had sold his crop for $1,500. This was in 1864. In 1865, he bought a yoke of oxen of W. B. Carter, plowed and put in more land, but the grasshoppers ate him out, he became disgusted, and packed up and went to Oregon. Mr. Burfiend had a partner, named Frank Jacobs. Then seed was very high. They paid 25 cents per pound for seed oats and bought of
They paid 25 cents per pound for seed oats and bought of Mr. Henneberry, one sack of seed potatoes, for which they gave $55.00.

    Brief history of Bannack and Alder Gulch.  Source State of Montana.  Historical List

    When the Territory of Montana was established on May 26, 1864, Bannack became the first territorial capital and in 1869 it became the first county seat of Beaverhead County. During most of 1863, however, there was little in the way of government authority or law enforcement. The sheriff was the notorious Henry Plummer who used his office to cover his leadership of an outlaw gang that systematically robbed and murdered miners and travelers for their gold. His career as an outlaw was cut short by vigilantes on Sunday morning, January 10, 1864, when he was hung from the same gallows he had ordered built to hang a horse thief.  Soon after, the remainder of the gang met a similar fate or else were banished and at least a semblance of law and order settled on Bannack.

By this point Bannack was already starting to decline. New strikes at Alder Gulch in 1863 and Last Chance Gulch in 1864 drained off a large part of Bannack's population. Miners were having problems getting enough water to work the placer deposits while others felt the main placer bars had been worked out -- although it has been estimated that by this point only about seven percent of the area's gold had been taken. Bannack's period as a territorial capital was also brief. By the time the first legislature convened in December of 1864, the population center had shifted to the Alder Gulch area and the lawmakers voted to move the capital to Virginia City. However, Bannack continued to produce gold through a variety of mining technologies.

    The first discovery of placer gold in Alder Gulch, Madison County,  occurred on May 22, 1863, when a small group of prospectorspanned the creek while on their way back to Bannack. The party had discovered what would become the richest placer strike in the history of the Montana Territory. The prospectors, however, had lost most of their supplies in an encounter with the Crow Indians and had to return to Bannack following the initial strike. They tried to keep the discovery a secret, but word inevitably got out and a horde of some 200 men followed them back to Alder Gulch. As word of the rich diggings along Alder Gulch became known, there was a general exodus from Bannack where the placer workings were starting to play out. Miners swarmed up and down Alder Gulch and within a year the population would swell to an estimated 10,000 people.  An estimated $30,000,000 in gold was taken from the gulch between 1863 and 1866. During the following 23 years an additional $10,000,000 was taken from the gulch by sluice boxes, pans and rockers.

Henneberry Land Purchases in Beaverhead County, Montana
James, William F. and Michael A. are sons of Michael B. Henneberry.
Archie C. and Paul are the sons of Michael A.

Name Acreage Township Date
Archie C. 120 9 R.South April 5, 1920
Archie C. 200 9 April 5, 1920
Archie C.  160 9 Jan 17, 1922
James 320 4 Nov 11, 1898
Margaret B. 40 9 April 25, 1894
Michael A. 200 9 Sep 12, 1924
Michael A. 160 9 Aug 29. 1889
Michael B. 160 9 Jan 14, 1888
Michael B. 200 9 Jan 31, 1889
Midge B. 40.92 9 Jan 21, 1931
Midge B. 34.89 9 Jan 21, 1931
Paul 38.15 June 27, 1936
Paul 320 9 June 27, 1936
William F. 160 9 Dec 9, 1887
William F. 80 9 Dec 12, 1888

    Below census records for "a Michael".  The Michael living in Dubuque County is believed to be a relative of David and Jane.  Sarah and John could be the children of Michael.  The Michael living in Jackson County could be a brother or cousin of David Henneberry.

Heneberry, Michael    State : IA  Census     
    County : Jackson Co. 
   Location : Butler Twp
    Year : 1852    Page # : 033
Hennebery, Michael    State : IA
    County : Dubuque Co.
    Location : Dubuque
    Year : 1860    Page # : 382
Henneberry, John    State : IA
    County : Dubuque Co.
    Location : 1 W. Dubuque
    Year : 1870    Page # : 080
Henneberry, Sarah    State : IA
    County : Dubuque Co.
    Location : 4 W. Dubuque
    Year : 1870    Page # : 238

Michael's brothers, Patrick and Francis Henneberry, had moved to Iowa after 1884.  Census records for 1900 show Patrick living in Lake Township, Pocohantas County, Iowa and Francis living in Washington Township, Webster County, Iowa. 

A Michael Hennebry from Gerion, Iowa  served in the Civil War from Illinois:  Co. K 22 Inf.

The Pocahontas Genealogy Society provides information on a Michael Heneberry family living there in the 1800s.  It is believed that two Henneberry families were living near Gilmore City, Iowa in the late 1800's. 

Family one:  Patrick Henneberry, son of David and Jane Cussen Henneberry.
Family two:  Michael Henneberry (1808-1882).  Michael "could"  be the brother of David (1797-1849).  His parents "could" have been William and Margaret Henebry from Galbally, County Limerick, Ireland.  We know that William and Margaret had sons named David,  Michael and James.  Click Here for family history.

Pocahontas Record:  Friday, Feb 20, 1903.  Vol 20, No. 43.
Marriage license issued to Joseph Henneberry, age 26 and Julia M. Wolfe, age 19.
Married on Feb 19, 1903 in Gilmore City, Iowa by Fr. Stephen Butler.  Vol 5, page 84. Children of Julia Wolfe Henneberry are Josephine Heneberry and Merle Heneberry.  (Note: Joseph could be the son of Patrick Heneberry and Julia Magner Henneberry.  See Patrick on this site.)

Pocahontas Record:  Thursday, Oct 3, 1912.  Vol 29, No. 24.
Joseph Henneberry and Agnes Peterson were united in marriage at the St. Johns church last Tuesday morning.  They will make their home on the Henneberry farm north of Pioneer.
County Marriage Records:  Vol 7, page 234.
Joe Henneberry, age 24, born Pioneer, Iowa.  Father, Michael Henneberry, mother, Mary Calligan.  Agnes Peterson, age 23, father, William Peterson, mother, Elenora Scott.   Married by Fr. Stephen Butler in Gilmore City, Iowa on Feb 12, 1907. 

County Marriage Records:  Vol 5, page 150.
William L. Henneberry, age 24.  Bride;  Stella Springer, age 22.  Married by Fr. Stephen Butler on Nov 18, 1903 in Gilmore City, Iowa.

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Garrett Henneberry  Sept. 1845-

    Garreth Henebry was baptized on September 15, 1845 in the Church of Christ the King in Galbally.  The sponsors were William Henebry and Elizabeth Pickett.  Arrived with his parents, David and Jane, aboard the Argyle.   In the 1880 and 1900 census, Garrett and his wife, Nora, were living in Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana.  He worked in the copper mines.   Butte is 60 miles north of Dillon where it is believed that Garrett's brother, Michael had moved to in the 1860's.  Speculation:  After Garrett died, his nephew David Henneberry, the son of Garrett's brother John Henneberry moved to Montana and later moved to California.  No records for children of Garrett.

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Henry Henneberry  1823-

    Arrived aboard the Argyle.  Henry was the nephew of David.   Perhaps the "first" Bess listed on the ship's manifest was the sister of Henry.  Speculation:  Some of the family moved to Missouri.    See Bessie Henneberry below.  Henry (b. July 26, 1824) and Elizabeth (Bess b. March 31, 1823) were the children of Thomas Henebry of Kilscanlan, the brother of David.

    Hennebery, Henry    State : MO    County : Franklin Co.   
    Location : Being 31st Dist    Year : 1850 Census
    Page # : 027

Henry Henneberry age 45 from Germany, Mariah age 52 from Germany, Lauica Westbrook age 13 from Germany and Frederick Brookmeir age seven  months.   This is NOT the Henry who arrived on the Argyle.  Some family members have insisted the surname came from Germany.

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Elizabeth (Bessie) Henneberry - 1834-Oct. 8, 1898

    Arrived aboard the Argyle.  She was living with her mother in Braceville Township, Grundy County, IL during the 1850 census.    She married Dennis Hayes on Feb 23, 1857 in Will County, license # 3034.  Dennis may have been the sister of Mary Hayes who married William, Bessie's older brother.  In the 1870 census, she was living in Felix Township, Grundy County with children; David, William age 9, John age 7, Dennis age 6 and Margaret age 5.  On adjacent farms in 1870 were her brothers William, David, James and Patrick and James Cushing and his family.  In the 1880 census, she was living in Wilmington Township, Will County, IL with her husband Dennis and eight children.  The oldest two children, David and William were born in Missouri.    There were eleven children:   eight boys and three girls.  Bessie is buried in Mt Olivet Cemetery in Wilmington, IL.

Children of Bessie Henneberry Hayes and Dennis Hayes:  

William C. Hayes m. Emma Nolen in Will County on Feb 14, 1880, Lic # 7941. John Hayes m. Maggie A. Reid in Will County on Sep 14, 1882, Lic # 9264. Dennis Hayes m. Katie Kavanaugh in Will County on Sep 4, 1894, Lic # 15926.
Margaret Hayes m. Bernard Ingoldsby in Will County on Nov 5, 1895, Lic # 16585. Mary Jane married John O'Brien. 
  Children of Mary Jane and John O'Brien: Margaret, Jay, Thomas, Elizabeth, Earl, Francis, Leo, Lawrence, Mary and Stella.
Thomas (Mar. 14, 1866-Apr. 24, 1866)
David F. Patrick Elizabeth
Joseph (Feb 1868-May 16, 1869) Michael  


Click Here for more information on the Henebry/Hayes/O'Brien Connection.

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Mary Bridget Henneberry - Feb. 1839 - Nov. 14, 1906

Photo taken in studio of J. Kegebein on Library Street in Morris, Illinois.

    Bridget was baptized on Feb. 2, 1839 in the Church of Christ the King in Galbally.  The sponsor was Elizabeth Henebry.  She arrived aboard the Argyle with her family.  The 1850 census indicates Bridget was living with her mother, Jane, in Braceville Township in Grundy County, IL.   The 1860 census shows Bridget working for a William White family in Felix Township in Grundy County.  On Feb. 8, 1868, Bridget applied for a marriage license (# 3179 Grundy County) and was married to James Tynan (Tinan, Tynon) on Feb. 13, 1868 by Father Thomas Ryan.  It is believed that James Tynan was from County Tipperary.

    The 1870 and 1880 census shows them in Mazon Township, Grundy County, IL.  They had eight children:  three boys and five girls.   One of the daughters "could" have been Sister Veronica of the Sisters of Charity.  Bridget is buried in Mt Olivet Cemetery in Wilmington, IL.

Buried in Mt. Olivet 


James Tynan              
Bridget Mary               
Elizabeth A.                 
James William              
Elizabeth Connelly       
Jan. 1, 1830 - March 4, 1912
Feb. 6, 1840 - Nov. 14, 1906
Mar. 14, 1881 - Mar. 22, 1890
1879 - 1941
1887 - 1973


                  Children of Mary Bridget and James Tynan: 

Michael Jane E. Margaret
David Mary Ann (married Francis Kelly) Theresa (married James C. Barr)
James William Elizabeth (Mar. 14, 1881-Mar. 22, 1890)  

Source:  Morris Daily Herald. Thursday, Nov. 15, 1906:
"Highly Respected Grundy County Lady Passes Away.  Mrs. James Tynan Died Wednesday Evening as a Result of a Lingering Illness With Diabetes.
Mrs. James Tynan, one of the pioneer settlers in this county, died at her home 2 1/2 miles east of Mazon at 9 o'clock last night after a lingering illness with diabetes.
Deceased was born in Ireland in 1840.  Her parents emigrated to America coming directly to Illinois, shortly afterward and she has made her home in this county since.   She leaves a husband and seven children, Michael, James and David of Mazon, Margaret, Mr. James and Mrs. Mary Barr of Mazon and Veronica of New Orleans to mourn her loss.
She was a lady of estimable character and was highly respected by all who knew her.   During her many years of residence in this county, she made hosts of firm, earnest friends who will grieve for her sad demise.  The funeral will be held from her late home a 9 o'clock Friday morning and from the Coal City Catholic church at 10:30 o'clock.   Burial at Wilmington cemetery."

Tynan Surname - Teimhnein

"Tynan, occasionally spelt Tinan and Tynnan was formerly O'Teynane and O'Tyvnane; the last approximates phonetically to the Irish form Teimhnein.  It is originally a Leix surname, and is found in that part of the country today in considerable numbers as was the case in 1659 when Petty's census was taken: at that time the name was also numerous in the adjacent part of Co. Kilkenny (barony of Galmoy), and in 1665 eleven families of Tynan appear in the hearth Money Rolls for various parts of Co. Tipperary.  The Fiants, which are the best guide we have to population distribution in the sixteenth century, show that counties Leix and Kilkenny were equally their habitat at that period.  The most noteworthy person of the name was Katherine Tynan (1861-1913) poetess and novelist."  Edward MacLysaght, More Irish Families, Dublin, 1996, page 205.


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