Cranney, Martin

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Martin Cranney (1795–1870) was an Irish-born New Brunswick politician. He was a resident of Chatham, New Brunswick and represented Northumberland County in the 14th New Brunswick Legislative Assembly from 1847 to 1850.

Cranney came to New Brunswick in 1815 and settled in Chatham. He married a local girl, Ann Waddleton. He was, among other things, a magistrate and a shipping agent.

Cranney is significant as he was one of the first Roman Catholics elected to the Assembly and it was during the sitting of this 14th New Brunswick Legislative Assembly that responsible government came to New Brunswick. He held a number of public offices in the Chatham area and was one of the most prominent Catholic laymen of his time in the Miramichi Valley.

Martin Cranney was the proprietor of a large mercantile establishment and was also Inspector of Customs for the Government. His son, Thomas, assisted his father in both commercial and official duties, the two working together until 1850. Martin Cranney then resolved to see the West, and carrying this resolution into effect he and his son started for California, leaving the other members of the family in New Brunswick. They made the trip via Cape Horn, and, arriving in the Golden State, at once began work in the mines. This occupation did not prove agreeable to the father, and he soon became ill, and concluded to return to New Brunswick.

Cranney is buried in the cemetery of St. Michael's Basilica in Miramichi, New Brunswick, in what was formerly Chatham.

Cranney was married twice and had a large family. Several of his children migrated to the State of Washington to enter the lumber business.

Children of the first marriage:

1) Elizabeth Cranney b. 1822, d. 27 Nov 1862, married 4 Feb 1845 William Taylor of Gloucester County, NB
2) Catherine Cranney born c1829
3) Mary Cranney m. Sep 1851 Edward Daley Jr. of Chatham, NB
4) Rebecca Cranney m. 23 Jul 1850 Thomas O’Kane of Chatham, NB
5) James Cranney born c1835, m. 17 Feb 1860 Elizabeth Catherine Taylor d/o George Taylor of Chatham
6) Michael Cranney b. c1838, d. 19 Jan 1838
7) Thomas Cranney went to Washington.

2nd marriage c1860 to Theresa McKinnon, a native of PEI, b. - , d. 1897 at Oak Point, NB.

See PANB:MC80/2184 W.D. Hamilton’s Dictionary of Miramichi Biography.

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