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Eugene MORAHAN [Parents] was born on 15 May 1885 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 28 Jul 1935 in 283 Tara St., San Francisco. Eugene married Margaret CLAFFEY on 15 Feb 1920 in St. Michael's Church, San Francisco.

Eugene emigrated to the United States in April 1909 and made his way to Butte, Montana where his brother Laurence was living. From his Declaration of Intention (to become a US citizen), made in Montana in March 1911, we know that Eugene was working as a miner in Butte at the time and that he was was 5ft 11ins tall with light brown hair and blue eyes.

Sometime prior to 1920 Eugene moved to the San Francisco area where it is known he worked as a foreman in the shipyards, a steelworker (as per the 1920 census), an automobile mechanic and eventually a labourer doing odd jobs (as per the 1930 census). It is known that he was living in San Mateo, south of San Francisco, in 1920. At some point during the 1920s he visited his brother Michael in Denver and gave each of Michael's children $5, a big sum in those days.  

Eugene died tragically at the age of 50 when a fire broke out at his home on Tara St. in San Francisco. His wife, Margaret, was away at the time visiting in the San Mateo area, when in the early hours of Sunday, 28 July 1935 the fire department was alerted to the fire at 283 Tara St. It is believed that Eugene had been smoking his pipe and listening to the radio as usual in the sitting room before going to bed and that the blaze was caused by the pipe which had been left smouldering in the sitting room. The fire was confined to the sitting room but Eugene died from "carbon monoxide poisoning, first and second degree burns to his face, arms, chest and legs". The coroner's report adds that "a quart bottle containing some wine was found in the bedroom".

Margaret CLAFFEY [Parents] was born about 1884 in Corramore, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon. She died after 28 Jul 1935. She was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, California. Margaret married Eugene MORAHAN on 15 Feb 1920 in St. Michael's Church, San Francisco.

Other marriages:
GIBBONS, John

Margaret and her first husband, Eugene Morahan, had no children. They lived at 283 Tara St. in San Francisco, just around the corner from Margaret's sister Cecilia and her family who lived at 511 Mount Vernon Avenue. It is believed that Margaret and Eugene struggled financially.

Margaret's second marriage, to John Gibbons, was apparently arranged by a matchmaker named John Nerney.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage of Eugene and Margaret were Thomas Nerney and Agnes Naylor.


Joseph (Joe) Kevin MOLLOY [Parents] was born on 2 Jun 1878 in Ballyfermoyle, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He died on 10 Apr 1948 in Hollymount, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon. He was buried in Ardcarne Cemetery, Hollymount, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon. Joseph married Bridget Linda (Linda) MORAHAN on 8 Jul 1918 in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Joe was one of a family of 19 children (five from his father's first marriage and 14 from his second). According to his marriage record, Joe was a farmer and was living at the time in Derrynargon, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Joe and Linda left Derreenargon around 1940 and moved to a farm in Hollymount, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Bridget Linda (Linda) MORAHAN [Parents] was born in Mar 1883 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 19 Mar 1883 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died on 30 Apr 1958 in Hollymount, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Ardcarne Cemetery, Hollymount, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon. Bridget married Joseph (Joe) Kevin MOLLOY on 8 Jul 1918 in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

This picture of Linda was taken on the occasion of her engagement. She married Joe Molloy in July 1918 so it is likely the photo was taken in 1917.

Note: Cyril Mattimoe, a relative of Joe's, did extensive research into the Molloy family in the late 1970s and late 1980s. In his notes, alongside a reference to the marriage of Linda and Joe, is a mention of the marriage in 1849 of an Edward Molloy and an Anna Morahan. There is no further refernce to Edward or Anna in Cyril's notes so we cannot tell if they were related to Joe or Linda. This needs to be looked into.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage of Joseph and Linda were Edward A. Molloy and Liz Noone.

They had the following children.

  M i Eugene MOLLOY was born on 20 Apr 1919. He died on 24 Aug 2004.
  M ii Martin MOLLOY was born on 20 Apr 1919. He died on 18 Apr 1988.
  F iii
Mary (Maureen) Theresa MOLLOY was born on 11 May 1920 in Derreenargon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. She died on 20 May 2004 in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Ardcarne Cemetery, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Maureen, a nurse, spent all her working life in London before retiring to Ireland.
  M iv
Joseph (Joe) Kevin MOLLOY was born on 21 Mar 1922 in Hollymount, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon. He died on 16 Feb 1952 in Birmingham, West Midlands. He was buried in Ardcarne Cemetery, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Joe, who lived in Birmingham, died in a motorcycle accident aged 29.
  F v
Josephine (Sr. Mary Eugene) MOLLOY was born in 1923 in Derreenargon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. She died on 25 Aug 2016 in Canterbury, Kent. She was buried in Canterbury, Kent.

Sr. Mary Eugene lived in Churchtown in Dublin for many years. Towards the end of her life she moved to a convent in Canterbury where a sister was living. She died at the age of about 93.
  M vi Augustine (Gus) MOLLOY was born on 1 Oct 1925. He died on 10 Feb 2013.
  F vii Living.
  F viii Margaret (Rita) MOLLOY was born on 21 Apr 1927. She died on 2 May 2020.

Patrick (Paddy) MORAHAN [Parents] was born on 21 Oct 1887 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 23 Oct 1887 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 5 Mar 1965 in Houston, Texas. He was buried on 8 Mar 1965 in Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston, Texas. Patrick married Opal Emma COLLIER on 29 Jul 1947 in County Clerk's Office, Houston, Texas.

Sponsors at Paddy's baptism were John Morahan and Mary Hunt.

Paddy emigrated to the United States in 1911. According to Ellis Island records, he and his sister-in-law, Emily, (wife of his brother, Michael) travelled together, arriving in New York on 5 October 1911. On the ship manifest, Paddy's occupation was given as "clerk" and his final destination was Houston, Texas where his brother, Lawrence, lived. There is another Ellis Island record showing a re-entry to the U.S. for Paddy on 20 November 1922. By this time his home was Houston and he was a U.S. citizen having been naturalised in 1920. From Paddy's Declaration of Intention (to become an US citizen), made in Houston in January 1914, we know he was 5ft 9ins and had brown hair and grey eyes.

Paddy worked as a salesman for Standard Printing and Litho in Houston from 1911 until 1947 and then as a salesman for two other companies until 1962. Apparently his family was displeased when he married Opal, who was a divorcée.

Paddy's death was due to a heart attack. He died in Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston.

Opal Emma COLLIER [Parents] was born on 5 May 1906 in Oklahoma. She died on 5 Jul 1974 in 4404 Junius St., Dallas, Texas. She was buried on 12 Jul 1974 in Dallas City Cemetery. Opal married Patrick (Paddy) MORAHAN on 29 Jul 1947 in County Clerk's Office, Houston, Texas.

From Opal's death certificate we know she had worked as a clerk in a drug store. The cause of death was "arteriosclerotic heart disease".


Thomas (Tom) J. MORAHAN [Parents] was born on 24 Jan 1891 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 25 Jan 1891 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 10 Apr 1949 in Dublin. He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Thomas married Mary LAYDEN / LEYDEN on 7 Aug 1918 in St. Patrick's Church, Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim.

Thomas was a primary school teacher. In 1912 he was appointed principal of Annaduff National School outside Carrick-on-Shannon. However, the locals objected to the job going to an outsider, so they organised a boycott. A drum would sound in protest every morning at 10 o'clock; parents withdrew their children and sent them to other schools further away; the school was broken into and record books were taken; and Tom had to escorted to and from school by gardaí from Dromad and Dromsna stations. Tensions ran high for at least a year, but, thanks to the intervention of another teacher in the school, parents eventually started sending their children back, and Tom continued to teach at Annaduff until shortly before his death in 1949 at the age of 58. He had been suffering from tuberculosis for 16 years and died in Hume St. Hospital in Dublin.

Mary LAYDEN / LEYDEN [Parents] was born about 1886. She died on 30 Jun 1976 in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Mary married Thomas (Tom) J. MORAHAN on 7 Aug 1918 in St. Patrick's Church, Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim.

Mary was a member of the Layden family which owned the Arigna coalmine in Co. Roscommon. According to her marriage record, she was a primary school teacher from Spencer Harbour; her father was a farmer. Witnesses to the marriage were Joseph Doyle and Tessie Layden. It is believed Mary and her huusband, Tom Morahan, were in some way related but I have been unable to establish exactly how.

I am told Mary and Tom lived in the old Morahan family home in Cloonfeacle for a number of years before moving to Summerhill in Carrick-on-Shannon. The farm portion of the 23-acre Morahan property was sold in the 1930s so the move to Summerhill may have been made around then. The family was definitely living in Summerhill by 1942 as the death record of their 17-year-old daughter Bernadette, who died that year, gives her home address as Summerhill. It is though that Mary moved to Dublin after Tom's death in 1949.

They had the following children.

  M i Kevin MORAHAN was born about 1919. He died.
  F ii Veronica (Vera) MORAHAN was born in 1921. She died in Jul 1998.
  F iii
Bernadette MORAHAN was born about 1924 in possibly Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon. She died on 25 Jan 1942 in Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin. She was buried in Dominican Covent, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Bernadette entered the convent, joining the Dominican order in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. She died very soon afterwards however of sarcoma of the thigh aged just 17.

'unknown' TREACY (male) [Parents] was born in about 1760s. He died in probably Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. 'unknown' married 'UNKNOWN'.

'Unknown' above lived in the parish of Soloheadbeg (also spelled Solloghodbeg) in Co. Tipperary. It is a possibility that 'unknown' was named Thomas because it appears that his two sons, John and (probably) Nicholas, named their first-born sons Thomas, probably following the tradition at the time of naming the eldest son after the paternal grandfather.

There is an entry in the Title Applotment Books of 1824 for a Thomas Treacy of the townland of Glebe in the parish of Solloghodbeg. Could this Thomas be 'unknown' above?

'UNKNOWN' died. 'UNKNOWN' married 'unknown' TREACY (male).

They had the following children.

  M i John TREACY was born in possibly about 1787. He died in possibly 21 Feb 1848.
  M ii Nicholas TREACY (caution: not verified) was born about 1805. He died on 25 Mar 1848.

Michael RYAN [Parents] was born in probably Emly, Co. Tipperary. He died. Michael married Eleanor (Lena) CAREW on 9 Feb 1932 in Emly, Co. Tipperary.

Michael was from Boro Road, Emly, Tipperary.

Eleanor (Lena) CAREW [Parents] was born on 14 Aug 1901 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She died after 28 Jun 1974. Eleanor married Michael RYAN on 9 Feb 1932 in Emly, Co. Tipperary.

In the 1911 census return for the Carey household, Lena's name is listed as 'Elena'.

Marriage Notes:

Lena and Michael were married in Emly on the same day as her brother, Ned, married married Catheine Fahey in Cappawhite, about 15 miles away.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  M iii Living.
  F iv Living.
  F v Living.

Daniel CAREW [Parents] was born about 1 Apr 1859 in Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 1 Apr 1859 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 30 Nov 1930 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. Daniel married Mary COFFEY on 1 Mar 1897 in Solohead Chapel, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Daniel's baptism were Daniel Hanley and Honora 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 Daniel's birthplace.

According to the 1911 census, Daniel was a farmer and farrier (blacksmith). He and his wife and children are the only Carew family listed in Soloheadbeg. Assuming he inherited the family farm, it is probable that his elder brothers, Edmund and Timothy, had died or emigrated.

Mary COFFEY [Parents] was born about 1862 in probably Gortanerrig, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She died on 17 Aug 1933 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. Mary married Daniel CAREW on 1 Mar 1897 in Solohead Chapel, Co. Tipperary.

According to the 1911 census, Daniel and Mary had four children born alive, three of whom were alive in 1911.

Mary died of stomach cancer.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses were John Treacy and Julia Mahoney.

They had the following children.

  M i Edmond (Ned) CAREW was born on 2 Apr 1898. He died on 28 Jun 1974.
  F ii
Ellen CAREW was born on 24 Mar 1899 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She died on 23 Apr 1899 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary.

Ellen died at the age of four weeks.
  F iii Maria (Mary Ann) CAREW was born on 11 Jan 1900. She died on 26 Feb 1981.
  F iv Eleanor (Lena) CAREW was born on 14 Aug 1901. She died after 28 Jun 1974.

John (Jack) LYNCH [Parents] was born about 1879. He died on 16 May 1966 in Nazareth House, Mallow, Co. Cork. He was buried in St. Columba's Cemetery, Bweeng, Mallow, Co. Cork. John married Margaret (Madge) O'SULLIVAN on 2 May 1918 in Burnfort Church, Glantane, Co. Cork.

Other marriages:
'UNKNOWN',
O'HANLON, Ellen, Eileen (Ellie)

Jack was a farmer. Madge was his second wife, his first wife, with whom he had two sons, having died. Jack had been living in Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork before his marriage to Madge and later lived with Madge and their young family in Glynn in the cottage where Madge had grown up. The cottage eventually passed to a nephew of Jack's third wife, Ellie, but it is not known if it remains in the ownership of this nephew's family. It was derelict when seen by me around 2004.

Margaret (Madge) O'SULLIVAN [Parents] was born on 27 Nov 1897 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She was christened in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She died on 21 Apr 1925 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. She was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Stuake, Co. Cork. Margaret married John (Jack) LYNCH on 2 May 1918 in Burnfort Church, Glantane, Co. Cork.

Madge died died of tuberculosis aged only 27. She is buried with her parents in the O'Sullivan family plot in Donoughmore Cemetery, although her name is not listed on the headstone.

They had the following children.

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

John (Jack) O'SULLIVAN [Parents] was born about 19 Jan 1890 in Glynn, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He was christened on 19 Jan 1890 in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He died on 16 Mar 1975 in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. John married Josephine (Jo) SHAW on 24 Aug 1926 in New Ross, Co. Wexford.

According to information from the Mallow Heritage Centre, the sponsors at Jack's baptism were Patrick Regan and Elizabeth Crean.

Jack was a railway company employee.

Josephine (Jo) SHAW was born on 1 May 1894 in possibly New Ross, Co. Wexford. She died on 14 Apr 1977 in probably Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Josephine married John (Jack) O'SULLIVAN on 24 Aug 1926 in New Ross, Co. Wexford.

I am told Jo may have come from New Ross, Co. Wexford, which seems likely as she was married married there. Jo and her husband, Jack, lived in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, later moving to Fairville, College Road, Cork before retiring to Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

They had the following children.

  M i Seamus O'SULLIVAN was born on 3 Jul 1927. He died on 1 Nov 2004.
  F ii Máire O'SULLIVAN was born on 21 Apr 1931. She died on 4 Mar 2014.
  M iii Michael John O'SULLIVAN was born on 8 Oct 1933. He died on 15 Mar 2001.

James (Jimmy) O'SULLIVAN [Parents] was born on 17 Dec 1883 in Ballyknockane, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He was christened on 17 Dec 1883 in Analeentha Church, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork. He died on 6 Oct 1959 in Waterford. He was buried in Ferrybank, Co. Waterford. James married Mary (Mollie) MURPHY on 10 Jun 1918 in Church of St. Mary, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.

According to information from the Mallow Heritage Centre, the sponsors at Jimmy's baptism were James Doody and Mary Ann Murphy. It is possible that Mary Ann Murphy was Jimmy's aunt, "Big Mary" Murphy.

Jimmy worked for the railway company. At the time of his marriage in 1918 he was working as a railway guard in Waterford city (his address was Sally Park in Waterford); by the time his baby daughter Maura died in 1920 he was a stationmaster in Dunmore Upper, Co. Kilkenny; and at the time of the death of his infant twins, Maura and Michael, 11 years later he was a signalman at Castlecomer Junction, Dunmore.

Mary (Mollie) MURPHY [Parents] was born on 5 Nov 1891 in Cahir, Co. Tipperary. She died on 11 Aug 1968 in Kilkenny. Mary married James (Jimmy) O'SULLIVAN on 10 Jun 1918 in Church of St. Mary, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.

Mary's address at the time of her marriage in 1918 was Church St., Cahir.

They had the following children.

  F i
Mary (Maura) Ann O'SULLIVAN was born on 25 Mar 1919 in Dunmore Upper, Co. Kilkenny. She died on 3 May 1920 in Dunmore Upper, Co. Kilkenny.

Maura died at the age of 13 months from bronco-pneumonia from which she had been suffering for 14 days.
  F ii
Julia (Sr. Aquinas) O'SULLIVAN was born on 27 May 1920 in Dunmore, Co. Kilkenny. She died on 5 Jan 2004 in Drogheda, Co. Louth. She was buried in Ballapousta Cemetery, Ardee, Co. Louth.

Sr. Aquinas was Reverend Mother at the Convent of Mercy in Dundalk, Co. Louth. She retired to Ardee, Co. Louth.
  M iii James (Jimmy) O'SULLIVAN was born on 5 Jun 1921. He died on 9 Jul 2011.
  F iv Alice (Leshia) O'SULLIVAN was born on 31 Jul 1922. She died on 1 Jan 1999.
  F v Mary Ellen (Eileen) O'SULLIVAN was born on 8 Jan 1924. She died on 19 Mar 2016.
  M vi Patrick O'SULLIVAN was born on 1 May 1925. He died on 16 May 1979.
  F vii Living.
  F viii
Catherine (Kitty) (Sr. Constance) O'SULLIVAN was born on 1 Mar 1929 in Dunmore, Co. Kilkenny. She died on 2 Nov 2016 in Ferrybank, Waterford.

Kitty entered the Sacred Heart of Mary Convent, becoming Sr. Constance. She lived in Lisburn, Northern Ireland and in England, later returning to Ireland where she lived in Ferrybank, Waterford.
  F ix
Mary (Maura) O'SULLIVAN was born on 20 Jan 1931 in Castlecomer Junction, Dunmore, Co. Kilkenny. She died on 9 Feb 1931 in Castlecomer Junction, Dunmore, Co. Kilkenny.

Maura died just 20 days after her birth from [what looks like on her death record] "Premature Birth Syncope". Her twin, Michael, had died just two days previously from the same condition.
  M x
Michael O'SULLIVAN was born on 20 Jan 1931 in Castlecomer Junction, Dunmore, Co. Kilkenny. He died on 7 Feb 1931 in Castlecomer Junction, Dunmore, Co. Kilkenny.

Michael died just 18 days after birth from [what looks like on his death record] "Premature Birth Syncope". His twin, Maura, died of the same condition two days later.
  F xi
Siobhan O'SULLIVAN was born on 16 Aug 1932 in Waterford. She died on 26 Apr 1952 in New Zealand.

Siobhan entered the convent but died not long afterwards at the age of 19, while still a novice. She was a member of the Mercy order in Auckland, New Zealand, her name in religion being Sr. Mary St. James.
  F xii Breda O'SULLIVAN was born on 8 Nov 1934. She died in 2017.

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