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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.


Living [Parents].

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? 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? 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, and it is likely her surname 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.

Not long before her death in February 1865, Mary made a will which was to lead to two consecutive legal disputes between her sons Thomas and Denis. According to an account of the second court case in The Nenagh Guardian of 14 June 1873, Mary's will had stipulated that her 14-acre farm was to go to her eldest son, Thomas, who was then to pay Denis £300 within two years. If Thomas did not pay the £300 within that time period then Denis was to get the farm and pay Thomas £300. The will, which was described by the judge in the 1873 case as having been "drawn up by an ignorant attorney's clerk", could not be proved, resulting in a dispute between the brothers that lasted until 1872, nearly eight years later. The Nenagh Guardian account does not give details as to the exact origins of this first dispute but it does tell us that throughout the lengthy litigation period Thomas and Denis lived together on the farm and managed it jointly. The will was finally proved in November 1872; according to The Irish Calendar of Wills and Administrations, probate was granted on 28 November 1872 to Denis “under decree 15 November 1872 Treacy v Treacy'”. At this point it appeas Thomas offered the £300 to Denis who refused it on the grounds that Thomas had forfeited the farm by not paying him the £300 within two years of their mother's death, despite the fact that the will had not been validated. Denis ended up losing the second case, the Nenagh Guardian telling us the judge ruled that Denis "was not entitled to rely on the alleged forfeiture and therefore he continued the injunction to restrain the defendant [Denis] from proceedings to obtain possession of the farm as against the plaintiff [Thomas]. The plaintiff should lodge in court £300 within a month... the brothers in the meantime remaining conjointly in possession of the farm". It appears Denis remained in Soloheadbeg following the verdict (presumably not on the farm, given the dispute) as his residence at the time of his marriage in 1894 was Soloheadbeg and his son, Sean, was born there in 1895 and he himself died there in 1899. Thomas had married in February 1873 and remained in Soloheadbeg for a year or perhaps two (presumably on the farm) after which he and his family moved to Tipperary town. Mention was made in The Nenagh Guardian article above that the farm was held under a lease which had just seven years left to run, but it is unclear if the seven years dated from the time the will was drawn up or from the time of the second court case. It is possible that Thomas's departure from Soloheadbeg was due to the expiration of the lease.

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.

  F i
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.
  F iii
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.
  M iv
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 (cause of death unknown).
  F v
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.
  M vi Denis TREACY was born in between about 1831 and 1848. He died on 19 Mar 1899 from bronco-pneumonia.
  F vii
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 [Parents] was born about 18 Feb 1820 in Soloheadbeg area, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 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.

Edmond was Patrick's twin. Edmond's baptismal sponsor was Catherine Flinn (no other sponsor listed).

It appears that all of Edmond's siblings who reached adulthood emigrated, most if not all going to Newfoundland, Canada. Thomas Suttles, a Carew/Gavin descendant, has kindly sent me a transcription of an interesting letter written in 1878 by John, one of Edmond's brothers, to their sister Nancy. John was living in Newfoundland and Nancy was living in the United States. In the letter, John mentions the death of his mother, Mary, in Newfoundland in 1863; reference is also made to a sister, Johanna, also in Newfoundland, a brother, Michael (whereabouts unknown), and the widow of another brother, Thomas, who was living on Prince Edward Island. John also mentions a relative who "was some time ago in Ireland and went to see brother Edward", supporting the theory that Edmond (the name Edmond is interchangeable with Edward) was the only sibling to have remained in Ireland.

Although Edmond carried the Carew surname, some of his children went by the name of Carey. The two names appear to have been interchangeable in Tipperary at that time.    

According to his death record, Edmond died at the age of 80 of "probably decline of life".

In case there is a connection with Edmond's family, 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 Edmond above?

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 (previously spelled as Solloghodbeg) used the Solohead church, and given that Mary's husband probably came from Soloheadbeg, the Hanley family may well have come from Soloheadbeg.

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

I have been DNA-matched by Ancestry to a descendant of an Ellen Hanley who was baptised in Solohead on 26 April 1846 and who married a William Grogan of Ashgrove, Bansha, Co. Tipperary. Ellen and William lived in Ashgrove and had a son named Timothy (1873-1930) who married Hannah Kirk. Timothy and Hannah had a son named Timothy who was born in Dublin in 1919 and died in Huddersfield in 2000. Timothy (junior) and his wife, Alice, raised a family in Huddersfield. If the DNA-connection is through the Hanleys then it appears Ellen could have been a niece or a cousin of Mary above.  


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.


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)


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.


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.


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.


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 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".

Marriage Notes:

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

They had the following children.

  M i Edmond CAREW/CAREY was born about 9 Jul 1849. He died on 1 Aug 1924.
  F ii Mary CAREY was born about 29 Apr 1851. She died on 30 Sep 1929.
  F iii Catherine (Kate) CAREW was born about 18 Feb 1853. She died in 1934.
  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. He died in possibly 10 August 1929 in New South Wales.

Sponsors at Timothy's baptism were Edmond Godfrey and Julia Hanley.

Timothy may have emigrated to Australia and may be the Timothy Carew from Paddington, NSW, a carter, who died aged 74 on 10 August 1929 and is buried in Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney.
  F v Johanna Mary CAREW/CAREY was born about 17 Feb 1857. She died after 1 Jun 1911.
  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 on 3 Apr 1935.
  M viii John Joseph CAREW was born about 21 Oct 1866. He died on 12 Jun 1935.
  F ix Bridget CAREW was born about 27 Aug 1869. She died in 1941.
  M x Michael CAREW (caution: not verified) died.

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, Co. Cork. 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 that adjoined the gasworks on the Quay) with his widowed mother. In late 1914 Martin was promoted to manager of the gasworks in Wicklow and was replaced in Carrick by his elder brother Thomas.

We know from The Irish Times editions of 21 and 28 October 1916 that Martin saved a boy from drowning during his time in Wicklow: "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 (and probably their mother) 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 he lived in Fermoy (in Duntahane) for the rest of his life.

Catherine FOGARTY [Parents] was born about 1885 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 [Parents] was born about 1813 in 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 exactly 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).

It is possible John was born in 1816 as a John Morahan, son of a Dominic Morahan and Mary Killelea, was baptised on on 27 April 1816 in Killukin, Co. Roscommon. However I have no proof that this John was our John above.

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 another Morahan family 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.

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

Mary BERTRIDGE [Parents] was born about 1815 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 about 7 Aug 1840. He died on 21 Sep 1911.
  M ii Owen MORAHAN was born about 10 Dec 1842. He died on 3 Feb 1928.
  M iii Michael MORAHAN was born about 15 Jan 1845. He died on 6 Apr 1901.
  F iv Bridget (Biddy) MORAHAN was born about 15 Jul 1847.
  F v
Mary MORAHAN was born about 10 May 1850 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 12 May 1850 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were William Bertridge and Catherine Morahan. Unfortunately we have no other information on Mary.

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.


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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