Cody/Hanley of Clogher (Clonoulty), Co Tipperary

The Cody/Hanley family lived at Annesgrove (Clonely townland) in Clogher civil parish (Clonoulty R.C. church parish), County Tipperary, Ireland. Neither husband nor wife were from Clogher (Clonoulty). Husband Patrick Cody was from Kilvemnon (Mullinahone). Wife Mary Hanley was from Glenkeen (Borrisoleigh). By the end of 1903, all members of this family were either deceased or emigrated from Ireland. One son immigrated to Australia. Another son immigrated to Lancashire, England. Eleven children plus the widowed mother immigrated to America.

Of the immigrants to the United States, one daughter went directly to Mobile, Alabama. The remaining ten children and the widow came to Saint Louis, Missouri. Three children became nuns, one died as a teenager, two became firemen, and one a gangster.


Clonely is located about midway between Cashel and Thurles. The townland is low and relatively flat. It lies east of the Slievefelim Mountains between the Multeen and Marlow Rivers about six-and-a-half kilometers west of Holycross. An atlas with the detail of a Hammond's Contemporary World Atlas, will show Cashel, Holycross, and Thurles which should give some idea of the location.

Surnames and church records

Given names and surnames, are listed as found in the records. The Cody surname is sometimes spelled Coady. Where there are spelling variations, the last or most recent spelling has been used, apparent typographical errors excluded.

The Cody/Coady surname first appears in parish christening records in 1804 (known records begin in 1798) when the first of five children of John Cody and Mary Brien are christened there. A second family, Edmund Cody and Bridget Foley, appears two years later, in 1806.

A second Cody family

A second Cody family lived in Clogher civil parish (Clonoulty) during the same time period and we have artificially connected the two families. There is no direct evidence that the two families are actually related. The connection shown here is artificial - maybe hopeful?

The two families are presented together partly because the surname was not common in the parish. In addition, many of the children had the same given names and, if naming conventions popular at the time were followed then the two famlies may have been related. The second Cody family mentioned is that of Patrick Cody (ca1793-1881)and Margaret Dwyer who first appear in parish records with the christening of a child in 1830. They lived in Marlow townland. The first family mentioned, Patrick Cody (1830-1903) and Mary Hanley, first appear with the christening of a child in 1868.

We don't know where Marlow-Patrick was born. He was born before the earliest known Clonoulty christening records. Assuming that his own first born son was christened at Clonoulty and was named for his father, then Marlow-Patrick's father name was Edmund. It is unlikely that his mother was Bridget Foley, wife of the Edmund Cody in the parish by 1806, because she would have had to deliver children over a 35-year period since her last child was christened in 1826. It is possible of course that Bridget Foley was Edmund's second wife and that he, Edmund, was Marlow-Patrick's father.

If Marlow-Patrick Cody is a son of either of the first two Cody couples then he was probably born somewhere else - before that family moved to Clonoulty parish. Probably, that is, because there are six-years of church records before the first Cody entry is listed. It's less likely that Marlow-Patrick is the son of Edmund Cody and Bridget Foley because there is twenty years between the first child of theirs christened in Clonoulty in 1806 and the last child of theirs christened there in 1826.

Marlow-Patrick Cody's son Edmund and his wife Elizabeth Crone, daughter of the Nason Crone mentioned above, lived in Cloonyross, the townland adjacent to Clonely. Descendants of theirs live in Cloonyross to this day.

The Question

We are now ready for the question - why did our Annesgrove-Patrick Cody come to this area and settle on the townland adjacent to Edmund Cody? Was it coincidence that Annesgrove-Patrick purchased the estate of Nason Crone and that Marlow-Patrick's family was in the same parish? The answer may be that Annesgrove-Patrick Cody and Edmund Cody, son of Marlow-Patrick, knew each other. They may have been related, as close as first cousins. If true, then Marlow-Patrick Cody would be Annesgrove-Patrick's uncle. And, then - our friends Harry Bourke, who lives in Cloonyross and Con Ryan, who lives in Dublin, and are both descended of Edmund Cody, would be fourth cousins to Gerry Cody McCarthy's generation.

That's our story and we're sticking to it!