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They had the following children.

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Angela O'CONNOR [Parents] was born on 16 Jun 1963 in Kilbaha, Co. Kerry. She died on 23 Nov 2006 in Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Angela married Sean LOWNEY on 16 Mar 1995 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  F ii Living.
  F iii Living.

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They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  M iii Living.

John TREACY [Parents] was born in possibly about 1787 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He died in possibly 21 Feb 1848 in probably Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was buried in Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary. John married Mary LOOBY (caution: not verified) in possibly 2 Feb 1818 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

There is a Tithe Applotment (1826) record for a John 'Tracy' who leased eight acres in Soloheadbeg. This is possibly our John above. The only other Treacy listed for Soloheadbeg is Thomas Treacy. Could Thomas have been the father or a brother of our John?

If our John Treacy was the John Treacy who married Mary Looby in February 1818, then he died on 21 February 1848 aged 60 (this information comes from a headstone on a Treacy plot in Kilfeacle). It is perhaps surprising that the Treacys of Soloheadbeg were buried in Kilfeacle, approximately 12km away, rather than in the local Solohead cemetery (there is no church or cemetery in Soloheadbeg itself). There are no Treacy headstones to be found in Solohead, but of course this is no proof there are no Treacys buried there as many families in those days would not have been able to afford to erect a headstone. I thnk it likely that my Treacy family settled in Soloheadbeg from the Kilfeacle area.

Although we think John died in 1848 it is a possibility that he died between 1851 and 1856 because Griffith's Valuation (1851) lists him as the owner of the property, whereas the revision to Griffith's Valuation (1856) lists his wife as the owner.

The (only) witness at the marriage of John Treacy and Mary Looby was Thomas Treacy, indicating he may have been the father or a brother of John; and among the sponsors at the baptisms of the children of John Treacy and Mary Looby were Michael, Catherine, Ellen and Margaret Treacy, indicating they may have been siblings of John (baptismal records have been located for Catherine and Ellen, sisters of John) .

Mary LOOBY (caution: not verified) was born in abt 1790s in probably Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. She died on 5 Feb 1865 in probably Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was buried in probably Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary. Mary married John TREACY in possibly 2 Feb 1818 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

It is known that John's wife's first name was Mary, but there is uncertainty regarding her last name. It is a possibility that it was Looby because, buried in the same plot as Nicholas Treacy (c.1805-1848), whom we think was a brother of Mary's husband John, is a John Treacy (c.1787-1848), husband of 'Mary Treacy alias Looby'.     

Given that rural people in 19th century Ireland tended to marry locals, it is likely that Mary Looby came from the parish of Soloheadbeg, and it is a possibility that she was from the townland of Newtown because the only Loobys listed in Griffith's Valuation (1850s) for the parish of Soloheadbeg occupied land in Newtown.  

Among the sponsors at the baptisms of the children of John Treacy and Mary Looby were Eliza and John Looby, indicating they may have been siblings of Mary.

The children listed below marked 'Caution: not verified' are the children of John Treacy and Mary Looby, who may well NOT be the children of OUR John Treacy.

Looby (also spelled Luby)  is a common surname in the Tipperary/Waterford/Limerick area. It is derived from the Irish name Ó Lúbaigh which comes from the word 'lúbach' meaning 'cunning'.

They had the following children.

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Catherine TREACY (caution: not verified) was born about 18 Nov 1818 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 18 Nov 1818 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Catherine's baptism were Timothy Keogh and Eliza Looby.
  M ii Thomas TREACY was born in possibly about 8 Nov 1821. He died on 24 Dec 1895.
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Ellen TREACY (caution: not verified) was born about 22 Sep 1824 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 22 Sep 1824 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Ellen's baptism were Michael Treacy and Catherine Treacy.
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John TREACY (caution: not verified) was born about 31 Mar 1827 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 31 Mar 1827 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 21 Mar 1848. He was buried in Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at John's baptism were John Looby and Ellen Treacy. John died when he was only 20 years of age.
  M v Denis TREACY was born about 1831. He died on 19 Mar 1899 from bronco-pneumonia.
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Mary TREACY (caution: not verified) was born about 1831 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She died on 31 Jul 1844. She was buried in Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary.

Mary died at the age of 13.
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Bridget TREACY (caution: not verified) was born about 16 Jan 1838 in probably Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 16 Jan 1838 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

The only sponsor listed on Bridget's baptismal certificate is Margaret Treacy. The certificate also shows the family's address to have been Newtown (presumably the townland of Newtown in the parish of Soloheadbeg).

Edmond CAREW was born in possibly 1820 in probably Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. He was christened in possibly 18 Feb 1820 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 17 Nov 1897 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. Edmond married Mary HANLEY on 20 Feb 1849 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Many of Edmond's descendants now use the Carey surname. I have no idea why they would have done this as the names sound very different. However, in Co. Tipperary - and perhaps in other Irish counties too - the names appear to be synonymous. Carew is the name of an Anglo-Norman family which settled in Tipperary in the 13th century, while Carey is the anglicised form of several Irish names including Kerin(s) and Keary.  Both the Carew and Carey names are very numerous in Co. Tipperary.

Our Carew/Carey family came from Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. Note that in older documents, Soloheadbeg is spelled Solloghodbeg.

It is being presumed that Edmond's father was also named Edmond because (i) the custom at the time was to name one's first-born son after the child's paternal grandfather - Edmond's eldest son was named Edmond, (ii) the only record of a Carew or Carey in Soloheadbeg in the Tithe Applotment Books (1826) relates to an Edmond Carew (who leased seven acres), and (iii) Tipperary Family History Research (TFHR) has found a baptismal record for an Edmond Carew whose father's name is also Edmond (the mother's name is Mary Gavin). It is the only baptismal record found for an Edmond Carew in Solohead between 1809, when TFHR records begin, and 1831, when they end; the baptism took place in 1820, a likely date for a man who had children born between 1849 and 1869.  

This baptismal record could well be that of Edmond above, but there isn't sufficient proof. For this reason I am not applying all the other information I have gathered on the family of Edmond Carew (senior) and Mary Gavin to our Edmond. Instead I have put it in the Connected Families page (click on Carew) on this website and maybe some day a definite link might be established. There is much to suggest that Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin were the parents of our Edmond: for instance, one of the witnesses to our Edmond's marriage in 1849 was Thomas Carey (Edmond, son of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, had a brother named Thomas). In addition, sponsors at the baptisms of our Edmond's two eldest children in 1849 and 1851 included William Carey, Mary Carey and Michael Carey (Edmond, son of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, had siblings named William, Mary and Michael). If our Edmond's parents were, in fact, Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, the absence of Carew/Carey sponsors at the baptisms of his remaining seven children may possibly be explained by the emigration of his siblings. With the exception of Edmond, it is believed that they all emigrated, most if not all going to Newfoundland, Canada. Growing up, and in correspondence with Carew/Carey relatives in Ireland during the course of my research, I never heard mention of any Newfoundland link to my family, but this doesn't necessarily mean that our Edmond wasn't connected to the family of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin. However, proof is required.

In case there is a connection, a direct descendant of a Thomas D'Arcy with Solohead connections has told me that there is a headstone in Solohead graveyard, believed to be Thomas's, with the name of Thomas's wife, Catherine Carew, also engraved on it. Thomas was born about 1814 and died in 1877 aged 63. Could Catherine have been related to our Edmond above, a sister perhaps?  

Notes:

1. If Edmond was in fact a son of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin, then he had a twin named Patrick and his baptismal sponsor was Catherine Flinn (no other sponsor listed).

2. According to his death certificate, Edmond was aged 80 when he died in 1897 (ties in roughly with the date of baptism of Edmond Carew, son of Edmond Carew and Mary Gavin). The cause of death was "probably decline of life".

Mary HANLEY was born about 1826 in possibly Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She died on 6 Apr 1899 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. Mary married Edmond CAREW on 20 Feb 1849 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Unfortunately not much is known of Mary's family. Given that Mary was married in the parish of Solohead (formerly spelled Solloghod) at a time when marriages typically took place in the bride's parish, it is possible that the Hanleys came from that parish. Another possibility is that, given that the neighbouring parish of Soloheadbeg (formerly Solloghodbeg) used the Solohead church, and given that Mary's husband probably came from Soloheadbeg, the Hanley family may well have come from Soloheadbeg.

According to records from Tipperary Family History Research, the marriage of Mary and Edmond was witnessed by Thomas Carey and William Carew.

Besides the surnmames Hanley and Carew, names that occur more than once amongst the baptismal sponsors of the children of Mary and Edmond are Godfrey and Ryan, so it is possible that the Hanleys and the Carews were related somehow to these families.

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There is a possibility that our Hanleys might be connected to the Hanley family of both Margaret Lloyd in New Zealand and Judy Smith in Australia. Margaret's great-grandmother Ellen Hanley and Judy's great-grandfather Michael Hanley were siblings, born in Solohead in 1818 and about 1825 respectively to Michael Hanley and Ellen Lonergan (Ellen's baptismal sponsors were William Meighan and Mary Ryan and Michael's were John Lonergan and Honora Lonergan). Sometime afterwards, possibly between 1830 and 1843, their family  was evicted from their farm in Solohead and they moved to Cooga in the parish of Doon, Co. Limerick. Family lore has it that the Hanley farm was on Lord Stanley's estate and could be seen from the the big house, as a result of which the residents wanted to be rid of the tenants, hence the eviction. It is possible that they were offered alternative land in Cooga by Lord Stanley because in Griffith's Valuation (1850s), Lord Stanley is shown to be their landlord in Cooga. Descendants of this Hanley family still live in Cooga.

I have been unable to make a connection between Margaret and Judy's Hanley family and mine but just in case they are related, here are some more details about their great-grandparents' family:

Ellen and Michael had a sister named Julia who was born in 1815 (baptismal sponsor was William Lonergan). According to Julia's baptismal certificate, the family lived in Kilmurry (there are Kilmurrys near Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel in Co. Tipperary but it seems more likely the Hanleys lived in Kilmurry, Co. Limerick, which is closer to Solohead). Ellen and Michael also had a brother John who was born in 1824 (sponsors were William Cranitch and Margaret Godfrey). It seems that Ellen (mother of Julia, Ellen, Michael and John) died shortly after John's birth because it appears her husband, Michael, married Johanna O'Doherty in 1826. They had a son, Cornelius, in 1827 (sponsors were were Edmond Hanley and Catherine Leamy), who must have died in infancy because a second son named Cornelius was born to the couple in 1828 (sponsors were John Doherty and Johanna Doherty). Cornelius married Hanora Carew in 1856 in Galbally and their children, born in Doon, were Bridget, born 1859 (baptismal sponsors were Julia Hanley and John Hickey); Eliza, born 1861 (sponsors Bridget Madden and Michael Tobin); Richard, born 1865 (William Coffey and Catherine Coffey); Mary, born 1867( Daniel Tuohy and Margaret Hickey); Patrick, born 1869 (John Hanley and Julia Hanley); Julia, born 1872 (Richard Lloyd, Catherine Hickey); and Hanora, born 1878 (James Carew and Bridget Hickey).

Ellen married Patrick Tobin in Doon in 1843 and following his death she married John Lloyd in Doon in 1853. Witnesses to Ellen's marriage to John were Conor (Cornelius) Hanley and Bridget Hanley, and among the sponsors at their children's baptisms were T. (Thomas?), Con, Julia, Patrick, Kitty and Bridget Hanley. Richard Lloyd, a son of John and Ellen and grandfather of Margaret, emigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand around 1877.

Ellen's brother Michael married Johanna Sheehy in 1851 in Doon and their first child, Michael, was born in Doon in 1852. The family emigrated to Australia around 1853 where four more children were born, Johanna (born 1854), Bridget (1856), Richard (1857) and John (1859). The family had settled in Maitland, NSW when, sadly, Michael senior died in 1860, aged only about 35, following a fall from a horse. Johanna, his wife, died in Casino, NSW in 1905.

We know at least four of the five children of Michael and Johanna married and had families: Michael married Margaret Slattery in 1877 in Branxton, NSW and they had 11 children; Johanna married Francis Nicholas in 1877 in Branxton and thay had one child; Johanna's second husband was Henry Hartley whom she married about 1881 in Lismore, NSW and with whom she had seven children; Bridget married Michael Patrick Doolan in 1881 in Lismore and they had six children; Richard married Hanora Ellen Adams in 1890 in Casino and they had two children.

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I have also had contact with Michael H. Ryan who is a descendant of Thomas Ryan (believed to have been from Soloheadbeg) and Julia Hanley who married in Solohead/Oola on 21 January 1854. Could Julia have been related to our Hanleys? In case there is a connection, here are some details on the children of Thomas and Julia Ryan:

Thomas, born 1855, probably in Soloheadbeg
Thady (also known as Timothy), baptised 30 July 1856 in Tipperary (ancestor of Michael H. Ryan)
Bridget, baptised 8 December 1857 (although Michael also has a baptismal date of 18 February 1857 for possibly the same person - could the first Bridget have died?)
Richard (although no documentation has been located for him)

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Details of another Hanley family from Soloheadbeg come from Seamus Carrabine whose great-great-grandfather Patrick Hanley was born in Lisobohane, Solohead about 1842. Patrick, who may have had a brother named William, married Hanora English and they had 10 children, one of whom died in childhood. Seamus's great-grandfather, James, who was the seventh of the 10, was born in Soloheadbeg on 19 June 1878. All nine children who survived to adulthood emigrated to the United States and three, Timothy, Patrick and Edmond, joined the NYPD. It is believed that Edmond eventually became Deputy Chief of the NYPD.

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Information on yet another Hanley family with Solohead connections comes from Marguerite Hanley, whose husband's great-great-grandfather, Edmond Hanley, was born in 1825 in the parish of Solohead and Oola. Edmond's parents were Edmond Hanley and Mary Fox and his siblings were John (born 1818), Ellen (1819), William (1822) and possibly a Mary and Anne. Edmond Junior married Mary Mulcahy from Murroe, Co. Limerick in 1855 and their children were Martin (Marguerite's husband's great-grandfather), Patrick, Edmond, Bridget and Mary. Martin married Annie Connell in 1886 and their children were Mary Josephine, Patrick, Edmond, Annie, Bridget, Honora, Johanna, John (Margurite's husband's grandfather), Peter, James and Martin.

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And in case it may relate to our Hanley family here is the text of an obituary from a Chicago newspaper that was passed on to me:

Barnes, Catherine, nee Hanley, June 3, 1888, aged 60 yrs., native of Sologhead (Parish Solloghodbeg), Co. Tipperary. Funeral from resid., 623 W. Erie St. to St. Columbkille's Church to Calvary.

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Any help in proving - or disproving - a connection between the above Hanley families and mine would be much appreciated. If you think you can fill in any gaps, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com. Many thanks.

Note: The Hanley surname is numerous throughout Ireland, especially in north Munster and in Connacht. The Hanleys were originally a sept of Co. Roscommon. The Irish form of the name is "Ó h-Áinle" from the Irish word "áinle" meaning "beauty".

They had the following children.

  M i
Edmond CAREW was born about 9 Jul 1849 in possibly Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 9 Jul 1849 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Edmond's baptism were William Carey and Mary Carey. Edmund's surname appears as "Keary' in the baptismal register.
  F ii Mary CAREW was born about 29 Apr 1851. She died after 2 Apr 1911.
  F iii
Catherine CAREW was born about 18 Feb 1853 in possibly Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 18 Feb 1853 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Catherine's baptism were John Hanley and Maria Hanley.
  M iv
Timothy CAREW was born about 30 Jan 1855 in possibly Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 30 Jan 1855 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Timothy's baptism were Edmond Godfrey and Julia Hanley.
  F v
Johanna CAREW was born about 17 Feb 1857 in possibly Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 17 Feb 1857 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Johanna's baptism were Cornelius Hanley and Sarah Hanley.
  M vi Daniel CAREW was born about 1 Apr 1859. He died on 30 Nov 1930.
  F vii Sarah Agnes (Agnes) CAREW was born about 22 Dec 1863. She died in 1935.
  M viii
John CAREW was born about 21 Oct 1866 in Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 21 Oct 1866 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at John's baptism were Anthony Ryan and Margaret Godfrey. The family's address on the baptismal record is given as Newtown. Presumably this is the townland of Newtown in the parish of Soloheadbeg, and John's birthplace.
  F ix
Bridget CAREW was born about 27 Aug 1869 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 27 Aug 1869 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Bridget's baptism were John Ryan and Johanna Ryan.

Martin Joseph TREACY [Parents] was born on 16 Nov 1883 in Murgasty Cottages, Murgasty, Co. Tipperary. He died on 19 Jan 1977 in Fermoy, Co. Cork. He was buried in Kilcrumper Old Cemetery, Fermoy. Martin married Catherine FOGARTY on 17 Jun 1919 in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Martin's baptism were Edmond Carew and Bridget Carew.

According to the 1901 census return for his mother's household in Murgasty, Co. Tipperary, Martin, aged 17, was a baker. By the time of the 1911 census he was a gasworks manager, living on The Quay, Carrick-on-Suir (presumably in the house hat adjoined the gasworks on the Quay) with his widowed mother. His older brother Thomas would subsequently become manager - and later owner - of the Carrick gasworks.

Martin was later appointed manager of the gasworks manager in Wicklow. We know he was living in Wicklow in 1916 because The Irish Times editions of 21 and 28 October 1916 mention that a "Mr Martin Tracey (sic), gas manager, Wicklow, saved the life of a boy named Robert Culbert, Strand street, Wicklow... Mr. Tracey jumped in and brought him ashore in an unconscious condition." It is known that Martin's brother Timmy was living in Wicklow in 1918, which makes me think that Timmy may have been living with Martin as the Treacy family appears to have had no other Wicklow connections.

In 1919 Martin was transferred to Fermoy, Co. Cork as manager of the gasworks there. It appears that he lived in Fermoy for the rest of his life, although I have heard mention of his having lived in Cobh, Co. Cork at some point.

Catherine FOGARTY [Parents] was born in Portlaw, Co. Waterford. She died on 5 Jan 1964 in Fermoy, Co. Cork. Catherine married Martin Joseph TREACY on 17 Jun 1919 in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

Catherine was matron of a workhouse or hospital (presumably in Fermoy).

Martin and Catherine, who lived in Duntahane, Fermoy, had no children.

Marriage Notes:

Martin and Catherine's marriage certificate gives an address of Carrick-on-Suir for Catherine and Wicklow for Martin.


John MORAHAN was born in Abt 1810s in probably Co. Leitrim or Co. Roscommon. He died on 25 Aug 1896 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. John married Mary BERTRIDGE on 24 Mar 1836 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

It is not known where John was born but it seems he was not a native of the townland of Cloonfeacle (in the parish of Kiltoghert) where he eventually ran his farm. The Tithe Applotment Books, compiled for Co. Leitrim in 1833, do not list any Morahan householders in Cloonfeacle, but by 1856 when Griffith's Valuation was carried out for Kiltoghert, John was farming in Cloonfeacle. He may well have come from the parish of Kiltoghert as there is an entry in the Irish Linen Board's 1796 list of flax growers for a James Moraghan (Moraghan is synonymous with Morahan) who grew flax in Kiltoghert. Could James have been related to John? And according to Griffith's Valuation, carried out for Co. Leitrim in 1856 and 1857, there were a number of other Morahans in Co. Leitrim at that time, all of them living in Kiltoghert, John being the only Morahan in the townland of Cloonfeacle.    

It has been suggested that John may have been born in Co. Roscommon or had family connections in the county. This could well be true; although John had died by the time of the 1901 census, if one looks at the returns of the six Morahan households in Co. Leitrim at the time of the census, it can be seen that five of the six heads of household give their place of birth as Co. Roscommon (John's son, Owen, being the exception), and five of the six heads of household, including Owen, had wives who were born in Co. Roscommon. Furthermore I am told that many Morahan and Moraghan families in the area have roots in the Boyle/Cootehall region of Co. Roscommon (less than 12 miles from Cloonfeacle).

In case there is a connection between John's family and the other five Morahan families from the Co. Leitrim census returns, here are their details (with county of birth being Leitrim unless otherwise specified):

TOWNLAND / PARISH / HEAD / OCCUPATION / OTHER OCCUPANTS (family members only; servants, etc. not included)
Drumod town / Annaduff / Peter (35) / publican/widower (b. Co. Roscommon) / Francis (7), Peter (6), Margaret (sister, 21, b. Co. Roscommon)
Sranadarragh / Drumreilly / Owen (32) / tea dealer (b. Co. Roscommon) / Maryann (32), Charles (9), Mary Agnes (8), Lily (6), Annie (5), Caroline (4),
                                                                                      May (2), Eugene (1 month)
Carrick-on-Shannon town / Kiltoghert / Thomas (50) / coach builder (b. Co. Roscommon) / Nora (44, b. Co. Roscommon), Mary Elizabeth (20), Delia (18),
                                                                                       Nora (16), Kathleen (13), Bernard (11), Anna(9), Thomas (6),
                                                                                       Bridget McDonough (70, mother-in-law, b. Co. Roscommon)
Carrick-on-Shannon town / Kiltoghert / Patrick (27) / printer (unmarried, b. Co. Roscommon) / Owen (20, b. Co. Roscommon, brother perhaps?)
Carrick-on-Shannon town / Kiltoghert / Timothy (58) / RIC pensioner (b. Co. Roscommon) / Thomas (23, b. Co. Mayo), Edward (19), Timothy (15),
                                                                                        Joseph (13, b. Co. Roscommon), Patrick (11, b. Co. Cavan),
                                                                                        Bertram (8 months)

Getting back to the life of John above, it has been discovered he was involved in an abduction in his youth. On the night of 7 April 1836, eight men, including John and brothers Robert and William Bertridge (who were John's brothers-in-law) forced their way into the house of a Mrs. Hanley who was a widow and lived in the townland of Pullymaughel (also spelled Pollnamoghil) in the parish of Aughrim, Co. Roscommon, a few miles south-west of Cloonfeacle, and kidnapped Mrs. Hanley's daughter Catherine. The police were quickly contacted, Catherine was rescued, and John and the Bertridges were arrested and sentenced to death but were subsequently granted a 'free pardon', possibly due to the influence of the Bertridges. The reason for the abduction is unclear, but such abductions were not uncommon in the late 18th / early 19th century. For information on the practice of abduction in Ireland at that time, and for further details on this particular abduction, please refer to the notes for Robert Bertridge.  

According to John's death certificate, he was 72 years old when he died in 1896 (his son, Owen, was present at his death), which means he was born about 1824, which cannot be the case as he married in 1836. The age of the John Morahan who was tried for the abduction was 23 in 1836 so it is more likely that our John was born about 1813.

Through this website I have received information on three other Morahan families from the Carrick-on-Shannon area. I am unable to make a connection between them and our Morahans, but just in case there is a link, here are their details:

Brothers Joseph and Thomas Morahan, whose father's name was Bernard, were born around the middle of the 19th century and both worked as coach builders in Carrick-on-Shannon. Joseph married Mary Rutledge in 1879 and later settled in Co. Sligo, and Thomas married Nora McDonough in 1880. It is known that Thomas and Nora had nine children: Mary Elizabeth, Delia, Norella, Kathleen, Bernard (Sonny), Anna, Thomas, Addy and Gertie.

Two brothers from another family, James and John Morahan (born around the 1870s, possibly in the townland of Cloonmaan in Co. Leitrim, near Carrick-on-Shannon) were boat builders in Carrick-on-Shannon. Their father, John, was also a boat builder and had four other children that we know of: a Mrs. McDonnell in San Francisco, Catherine Harvey, Patrick and Charles.      

The third Morahan family was that of Charles Moraghan, a tenant farmer from Cloonmaan who married Elizabeth Corrighan (also spelled Currigan). They had 10 children:
John, baptised 17 August 1838 (could John possibly be the boat builder and father of boat builders James and John above?)
Catherine, baptised 9 July 1840
Mary, baptised 22 August 1841
Bernard (Barney), baptised 15 September 1843
Margaret, baptised 2 November 1845
Cornelius, baptised 27 November 1847
Patrick, baptised 6 February 1850
Michael, baptised 5 November 1851
Elizabeth, baptised 26 May 1853
Peter, baptised 17 February 1856

It is thought that some of the sons of Charles and Elizabeth, including Barney, may at some point have served with the Metropolitan Police in London. Barney married Mary Clancy from Curries, Co. Roscommon on 18 February 1878 in Cloonfad in the parish of Aughrim, Co. Roscommon. They had one son, Joseph Patrick. Mary died on 21 December 1885 aged only 34. In 1882, when Joseph was eight, he and his father emigrated to New Zealand and settled in Christchurch. Barney remarried, and it is believed that his second wife, who may have been related to his first wife, emigrated to New Zealand at the same same time as Barney. There were no children from the second marriage. Thanks go to Peter Morahan in New Zealand, a great-grandson of Barney for providing all the above information on the descendants of Charles Moraghan and Elizabeth Corrighan. Other details on this family are available on Peter's website, www.morahan.co.nz

I have also been given information on other Morahan families in Co. Roscommon whose details are worth noting as it is a possibility that they too might be connected to our Cloonfeacle Morahans. One family is being researched by Loree Muldowney in California whose Muldowney great-grandfather's sister Bridget married a Eugene Moraghan. Loree thinks Eugene's father may have been Thomas Morahan from the townland of Moigh near Cootehall. Bridget's father was probably John Muldowney of Moigh. Known children of Bridget and Eugene are Thomas (baptised 10 December 1843, baptismal sponsors Thomas Moraghan and Maria Moraghan, probably died before 24 February 1852), John (baptised 22 December 1844, sponsors John Muldowney and Maria Moraghan), Patrick (baptised 3 February 1847, sponsors Eugene Doyle and Ellenor Boyde), Timothy (baptised 30 December 1848, sponsors John Lynch and Bridget Lynch), Mary (baptised 1 April 1849, sponsors John Moraghan and Bridget Muldowney), another Thomas (baptised 24 February 1852, sponsors Michael Brennan and Maria Salmon), Ann (baptised 22 June 1856, sponsors Timothy Muldowney and Mrs. Moraghan), Bridget (baptised 11 February 1858, sponsors John Moran and Bridget Murry) and Joanna (baptised 26 August 1860, sponsors Patrick Moraghan and Joanna O’Hara). All the children were baptised in Ardcarne (Cootehall). Unfortunately nothing is known of the family after 1860.

Muldowney researchers might be interested to know that Bridget's brothers John and Thomas emigrated to Sandusky, Ohio, while another brother, Timothy, stayed in Cootehall where he ran grocery/bakery in what is now the Watersplash pub. And for researchers of the Cootehall Morahans, Loree found a Tithe Applotment record (1823-1837) for an Owen (interchangeable with Eugene) Moraghan in Foxhill, which is adjacent to Moigh and Cootehall. In Griffith's Valuation (1847-1864) she found two Owen Moraghans, one in Annaghmona and one in Cleaheen, both in Tumna parish which is near Cootehall.

Another family of Roscommon Morahans included a John Morahan (1833-1885) who moved with his family to Leeds in England where he lived for 10 years before emigrating to the United States in 1853. It is not known what parish in Roscommon John was from but it is known his mother's surname was Kelly. If you think you are connected to this family please get in touch with John S. Morahan, a great-great-grandson of John's, who lives in Baltimore, Maryland and who can be contacted at johnmorahan@hotmail.com.

Note: Morahan is an unusual surname in Ireland but is not uncommon in Connaught. It comes from the Irish 'Ó Murcháin' of which there were two septs, one in Offaly and one in Leitrim. The name is sometimes spelled 'Moraghan', or shortened to 'Moran'.

Mary BERTRIDGE [Parents] was born in Abt 1810s in possibly Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon. She died in probably 18 May 1853 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Mary married John MORAHAN on 24 Mar 1836 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Witnesses to the marriage of Mary and her husband, John, were Michael Tanzy and Margaret Lenahan. Mary and John appear to have inherited Mary's father's land.

The Leitrim Genealogy Centre found a death record for a Mrs. John Morahan from Cloonfead, Kiltoghert who died 18 May 1853. Because there is no such place as Cloonfead in Kiltoghert, the Centre suspects that it is actually Cloonfeacle. Therefore it is being assumed that the record relates to our Mary. No age was given.

They had the following children.

  M i
John MORAHAN was born in Aug 1840. He was christened on 9 Aug 1840 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Sponsors at John's baptism were William Bertridge and Mary Foley. I can find no definite reference to John as an adult. As the eldest son it is surprising that he did not get the farm. Did he die young? Did he emigrate? There is no John Morahan listed in the 1901 census for Co. Leitrim, although there are a couple of Co. Roscommon entries for a John Morahan, one of whom was aged 62 and a "boat and car builder" from nearby Carrick-on-Shannon. But there is no evidence to link this John to our John.
  M ii Owen MORAHAN was born in Dec 1842. He died on 3 Feb 1928.
  M iii
Michael MORAHAN was born in Jan 1845. He was christened on 17 Jan 1845 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Sponsors at Michael's baptism were William Bertridge and Bridget (surname illegible). I can find no further information on Michael - there is no Michael Morahan listed in the 1901 census for either Co. Leitrim or Co. Roscommon. However, I did come across a reference to a marriage in 1872 of a Michael Morahan from Grange, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim to a Brigid Hunt.
  F iv Bridget (Biddy) MORAHAN was born in Jul 1847. She died after 2 Apr 1911.
  F v
Mary MORAHAN was born in May 1850. She was christened on 12 May 1850 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were William Bertridge and Catherine Meehan.

Michael Joseph MORAHAN [Parents] was born on 13 Jul 1879 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 14 Jul 1879 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 7 Mar 1959 in Denver, Colorado. Michael married Emily Marion LOGAN on 7 Sep 1910 in St. Patrick's Church, Galway.

I AM INDEBTED TO DAN MORAHAN OF PINE, COLORADO FOR ALL HIS HELP WITH MY MORAHAN RESEARCH.

Sponsors at Michael's baptism were William O'Hara and Mary Ellen Doyle.

Michael worked on the railroads in Ireland and England prior to emigrating to the United States where from 1903 to 1948 he worked as an locomotive engineer with Chicago, Burlington & Quincy in Lincoln, Nebraska. Michael returned to Ireland in 1910 in Ireland to marry Emily Logan. The following month Michael returned to Lincoln and Emily lived with her in-laws until she joined her husband in the United States a year later. According to the ship manifest, Michael lived at the time at 33 S. 10th St., Lincoln.

Michael and Emily later moved to Denver, Colorado, where Michael worked for Colorado Southern. He was engineer on the first diesel engine used by Colorado Southern in Colorado.

Note: Michael had a cousin named Patrick Mullany who lived in New York City in 1910. According to Ellis Island records Michael was going to join Patrick in New York prior to his return to Nebraska. It is possible that Michael may have been related to Patrick through his aunt, Ellen O'Hara, who was married to a Patrick MULLEANY. Perhaps Ellen and Patrick had a son named Patrick who emigrated to the United States. There is another MULLEANY connection in that Patrick O'Hara who was Ellen's first cousin once removed was married to a Mary Jane Mulleany.

Emily Marion LOGAN [Parents] was born on 22 May 1884 in Greatmeadow, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 1 Jun 1884 in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. She died on 7 Jul 1966 in Denver, Colorado. She was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Golden, Colorado. Emily married Michael Joseph MORAHAN on 7 Sep 1910 in St. Patrick's Church, Galway.

Sponsors at Emily's baptism were John McHugh and and Honora Connaughton.

It is known that Emily and Joseph were somehow related. The connection seems to be through the Meehans: Emily's grandfather on her father's side married a Winifred Meehan who, it is thought, was closely related to (perhaps a sister of) Ellen Meehan who was Michael's grandmother on his mother's side. If Winifred and Ellen were indeed sisters, this would have made Emily and Michael second cousins.

Emily used to sign her name as Emily Maurine Morahan so it is possible that her middle name may have been Maurine rather than Marion.  

Emily died in the Mercy Hospital in Denver.

They had the following children.

  F i
Florence Camilla MORAHAN was born on 18 Jul 1912 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She died on 9 Feb 2003 in Westminster, Colorado. She was buried on 15 Feb 2003 in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Golden, Colorado.

Florence worked as an industrial nurse for the Denver Tramway Company.
  F ii Emily Maurine (Patricia) MORAHAN was born on 23 Jan 1914. She died on 14 Oct 1996.
  M iii
Frances (Frank) Joseph MORAHAN was born on 26 Nov 1915 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He died on 9 Nov 1995 in Denver, Colorado. He was buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Sheridan, Colorado.

Frank was a master electrician and served as a medic in the U.S. Army during World War II.
  M iv Lawrence (Larry) Patrick MORAHAN was born on 2 May 1921. He died on 22 Feb 1987.
  M v
Gerald Thomas MORAHAN was born on 15 Sep 1926 in West Byron Place, Denver, Colorado. He died on 4 Jun 1998 in Michigan. He was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Golden, Colorado (Dominican plot).

Gerald  was ordained a priest  in the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa. His religious name was Bertrand and he spent his entire ministry working in parishes, beginning at St. Margaret Parish, Boyce, Louisiana. In 1956 he was assigned to St. Vincent Ferrer parish, River Forest, Illinois, and in 1958 he was sent to Holy Name parish, Kansas City, Missouri. In 1970 he returned to St. Vincent Ferrer parish, where he spent the next 13 years, after which he began ministry at a new parish, St. Gertrude's, in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. He served there as an associate pastor until his death 15 years later.


John MORAHAN [Parents] was born on 17 Nov 1875 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 18 Nov 1875 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 24 Jan 1953 in Barna, Co. Galway. He was buried in New Cemetery, Galway. John married Elizabeth MAGUIRE on 10 Jun 1908 in Clones registration district, Co. Monaghan.

Sponsors at John's baptism were Lawrence O'Hara and Mary Morahan.

John joined the RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) in 1896 and was stationed in Barna, Co. Galway. In 1916 he was awarded a bronze medal for bravery from the Royal Humane Society for swimming 100 yards out from Barna pier to save a young man who was drowning. John continued to serve in the RIC until it was disbanded in 1922 (when the Irish Free State was established).

Elizabeth MAGUIRE was born about 1885 in Co. Fermanagh. She died on 9 Dec 1950 in Barna, Co. Galway. She was buried in New Cemetery, Galway. Elizabeth married John MORAHAN on 10 Jun 1908 in Clones registration district, Co. Monaghan.

They had the following children.

  M i Eugene Lawrence (Larry) MORAHAN was born on 10 Aug 1909. He died on 19 Mar 1974.
  F ii Anne (Annie) Ellen MORAHAN was born on 23 Jul 1911. She died on 17 Jan 1981.
  M iii John Patrick Augustine (Gussie) MORAHAN was born on 24 Jul 1912. He died on 5 Feb 1992.
  M iv
Michael Joseph MORAHAN was born on 18 Nov 1914 in Barna, Co. Galway. He died on 3 Nov 1992 in Galway. He was buried in New Cemetery, Galway.

Fr. Michael was a Jesuit priest. He worked in Hong Kong, Alaska, Los Angeles, New York and Ireland. While in Hong Kong, he became fluent in Cantonese, and was able to use this skill with Chinese immigrants when he worked as a police force chaplain for the NYPD and LAPD. In Ireland, Michael worked at the Marian Shrine in Knock.

A book about Fr. Michael, 'Pitch my Tent in the Lord: Memories of Fr. Michael Morahan SJ', was written by Padhraic Faherty and published in 1993.
  M v William (Willie) Thomas MORAHAN was born in 1918. He died in Jan 1986.
  M vi
Martin Paul (Paul) MORAHAN was born in 1921 in Barna, Co. Galway. He died on 14 Jul 1991 in London. He was buried in New Cemetery, Galway.

Paul never married. He lived in Fort Eyre, Shantalla, Galway prior to moving to London where he worked in health care.

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