DULANEY FAMILY                                                                          (from: http://home.comcast.net/~d.dulany/oldemail.htm)

Dulany : THE NAME in its form, Delaney is a Norman name, form De l'aunaie, meaning "from the alder grove.' and doubtless some of those bearing the name in Ireland are of Norman stock. However, in the majority of cases it was adopted as the anglicized form of the original Irish O'Dubhslaine the word dubh, meaning 'black,' and slan, meaning 'defiance' or possibly taken from Slaine, a topographical name which most likely refers to the River Slaney. The name evolved from O'Dubhshlaine to O'Dulany to finally Delany, although the name is found in old records with the various spellings of O'Delany, Delane, and Dillane.

In modern America the forms used are mostly Delany. Dulany, Delaney, and Dulaney. It is interesting to note that the name has changed from Delany to Dulany to Delaney to Dulaney all in the same generation. One child within the family carrys the surname of Dulany, while another another carrys the name Delany. Generally, there areseveral reasons for the change in name patterns. Officials who were writing the names into public records, such as census, land records, marriage and death records wrote them as they thought they should have been spelled. Which makes the job of tracing ones family roots very difficult and confusing.

The second reason for name changes comes from within the family unit itself. Events, whether internal or external in nature, play a large part in how family members interact with each other. Name changes where the easiest way in which to rebel or disassociate oneself from dis-agreeable situations. And it was certainly much easier to change a name then, than it is now. For example, Joseph, Daniel, and Thomas Delany changed their name to Dulany after their arrival in the colonies. It has been said that they disapproved of their father's marriage to Sarah, thus they changed their nameto show their disapproval. Descendants of Thomas Delany would change their name again after the Revolutionary War, hoping to disassociate themselves from their Loyalist cousins of Maryland. Many family members added the 'e' to the name or took the Irish spelling of the name, Delany/Delaney.


"Traditionally, the Delany clan was said to have been descended from one of the ancient clans of septs which migrated to Ossory, in the County Laoightis, Ireland, with King Herman, one of the five sons of Melisius, from Spain 1000 years before the birth of Christ. He was king and monarch of all Ireland and resided in Ossory at a place called Rathbeagh, pronounced "Rawbay." Ancient Ossory is now County Kilkenny, southern Tipperary, and the Barony of Upper Ossory, in Queen's County." (Dulany-Furlong, pg.4)

The home of the O'Delany's was Tuath-Na-Toraidh, when translated means 'the people of the district of the towers.' Tuath-Na-Toraidh was also located in Ossory, in fact, within miles of Rathbeagh. "The O'Delanys were chiefs of the territory called Coilluachtarach, now known as Upperwoods, at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, near the source of the rivers Nore and Barrow in County Lexis." (Dulany-Furlong, pg. 5) Today the name is prominent in the four baronies of Queen's County (now Leix) and in the five baronies of County Kilkenny.

The O'Delany Clan was a social and political force in Queen's County and was of ancient origin, Irish records mention Felix o'Dulany, a Cistercian monk, who was Bishop of Ossory from 1173 to 1202. He built the Cathedral of St, Canice in Kilkenny and he was interred at Jerpoint Abbey. ( Source: William M.Hennessy, The Annals of Loch Ce,Kraus Reprint, Ltd., 1965, Vol. 1., pg. 223) The fact that Felix O'Dulany was the Bishop of Ossory presents evidence that the family was of high standing in the community, The hierachy of Ireland in those times was composed from the sons of the kings and chiefs of the area. And accordingly, "there was no other country in which purity of blood was so severely guarded as in Ireland, the kings and chiefs to the humblest in the clans being of the same blood and held in strict accountability for the preservation in all its purity." ( B.L. Dulaney, Something About the Dulaney (Dulany) Familyand a Sketch of the Southern Cobb Family 1700-1920, Washington D.C. pg. 13)

The bard O'herrian, who died in 1420, in his topographical poem enumerating the Munster clans, refers to the Chiefs of the O'Dulanys: (Dulany-Furlong, pg. 5)

High chief of the productive territory,

From the delightful Coil Oughterugh

Is O'Dubhlaine, the man of hospitality,

From the mountains of the most delightful.

Thomas Delany's own family seems to have had social and political prominence in Ireland. Daniel Delany, his brother, was born in Queen's County, Ireland and is recorded dying in the year 1750. It is said he married into the "Uniacke' family, who like the O'Dulany clan were of ancient origin and highly distinguished in both England and Ireland. His nephew, Dr. Patrick Delany, was an alumni of "Trinity College, Dublin, Chancellor of the Christ Church, prebendary od Saint Patrick's Cathedral (Protestant), Dean of Down. A man of much knowledge and an author, he was a close friend to Jonathan Swift. His wife wife, Mary (Granville) was the niece of the first Lord Landsdowne, and a special friend of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III." (Dulany-Furlong, pg. 5-6)


The sons of Thomas Dulany arrived in Port Tobacco, Maryland in April of 1703. Joseph, Daniel, and William were bound in articles of redemption to the captain of the ship that had transported they to the Colonies. It was the right of the captain to sale at his own discretion these articles and make them indentured servants to the buyer. However, it appears that they made satisfactory arrangements upon their arrival for there is no evidence that they were indentured to any resident or planter in the Maryland area. Evidently, Joseph obtained and served an apprenticeship in a local doctor's office, William taught school, and Daniel studiedlaw in the office of Col. George Plater of Saint Mary's County, Maryland.

Thomas Delany, Sarah his wife and his son, Thomas arrived in Maryland in 1709. According to an entry in the MarylandCalender of Wills, Thomas Delany, age 19 witnessed and signed a will of one of the crewman of the vessel Mary out of London, England in the year 1709. The will was later recorded and probated in Maryland that year. Settling in Port tobacco and later Joppa, Maryland, the county seat of Maryland. Thomas changed his name to Dulany, to conform with his three son's name who had arrived before him.

Thomas Delany/Dulany's descendants are now spread across America. Descendents of a rich Irish heritage. Possibly the descendents of kings and certainly, the descendents of educated and enlightened men who helped to ensure the birth of a new nation.

THOMAS DELANEY...Later DULANEY (1662-1738)

Thomas was born in Ireland in 1662. He immigrated to the Maryland Colony in 1709 and was preceeded by his 3 sons. He died on April 4, 1738 in Baltimore at the age of 76.

JOSEPH DULANEY (1682-1769)                                                             

Joseph and his two brothers (Daniel & William) arrived in Port Tobacco, MD in 1703. His wife was Mary Lewis of Richmond, Virginia. 

JOHN DULANEY (1718-1803)

John was born in Virginia in 1718. He died in 1803 in Madison, Virginia. His wife's name was Frances Stanton born in Orange, Virginia in 1723 and died in Madison, Virginia in 1804.

JOSEPH DULANEY (1744-1814)

Born in Albemarle County, Virginia on May 6, 1744; Joseph Dulaney married Frances Hume (1756-1814) in 1774. He died on July 20, 1814 in Madison, Virginia. If the Dulaney's contributed a soldier to the American Revolution, it would likely have been Joseph but this is being researched as we have no information.   


William was born February 21, 1776 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

JAMES DULANEY (1805-1832)


William Patrick Dulaney was born on November 18, 1828 in Missouri. On November 29, 1854 he married Frances Ruth Jeffries (1836-1885) who was born in Kentucky. He died at Hale, Missouri on March 2, 1899.


Charles was born April 23, 1865 and married Jessie Elma Thatcher on December 23, 1888. They lived most of their lives in Carroll County, Missouri. 


Frances was born in 1900 at Hale, Missouri. She married Eugene Muck on December 3, 1921. They had 3 children; Charlie, Lois and Helen.

 Front Row: Mother: Jessie Thatcher Dulaney, on lap is Beth Dulaney, Eldest Girl: Jessie (Nell) Dulaney, Father: Charles Dulaney, on lap Frances Dulaney (married name:Muck). Back Row (In no order): Clifton Dulaney, William Dulaney, and Everette (Goodie) Dulaney.

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