#19 Finding Marnell’s

A while back I wrote a blog about Mary Charlotte Cobine, my paternal great grandmother.

At the end of my blog I throw a question out regarding Mary’s obituary and the reference of three names with the surname Marnell. The obituary was read by a few family members and some of us read it as the Marnell’s were Mary’s uncles and some of us (me included) read it as though they were Mary’s brothers.  Ok, but, how,  I knew that Mary’s mother’s maiden name was Guilfoyle, unless she had been married before and had three sons with the surname Marnell.

All resources were exhausted trying find a connection with the surnames Marnell to Cobine and Guilfoyle.



June 28, 1921 (pg 6) 

FENNELL – In this city , June 27, 1921 Mary C , beloved wife of Martin M Fennell, loving mother of Marion, Martin Jr., Paul and Edwin Joseph Fennell, and sister of Mrs. Howard P Anderson and John, Michael, James Marnell, a native of New York City. (New York paper please copy)

Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral tomorrow (Wednesday June 28th, 1921 at 8:30 o’clock a. m. from her late residence 56 Parnassus Ave , thence to St. Agnes Church, where a requiem mass will be offered for the repose of her soul, commencing at 11 o’clock.  Intermit to Holy Cross Cemetery. 

So here I am two years later and I’m randomly searching in the Newspaper archives of the San Francisco Chronicle (such fun) and there is answer to my question.

May 12, 1893 SF Chronicle page 5 

Court Notice:

John & Kate Cobine granted permission to adopt Mary 12 & Annie 6 Marnell.  Parents Michael & Annie are both dead.

Michael Marnell & Ann Guilfoyle, both from Ireland, married in Manhattan, NY and had five children. Michael died in 1888 and Ann died in 1892.  The boys were sent to Mission of the Immaculate Virgin, Mt Loretta Orphanage, Staten Island, NY.  The two girl were adopted by they’re mother’s sister, Kate Cobine (nee Guilfoyle).

Michael Marnell   –                   Annie Guilfoyle

b.1830 Ireland                            b. 1843 Ireland

d. 11/2/188 Manhattan, NY     d. 1892 New York


John b. 9/1879

Mary Charlotte b. 1881

James Joseph b. 1883

Michael b. 1885

Annie b. 1887


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