Descendants of John MORAHAN (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

Second Generation


3. Owen MORAHAN (John ) was born in Dec 1842 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 12 Dec 1842 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 3 Feb 1928 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

The only baptismal record found by the Leitrim Genealogy Centre for an Owen Morahan baptised in Kiltoghert gives a baptismal date of 12 December 1842 and parents' names of John Morahan and Mary RUTLEDGE (sponsors were Mathew Gaffney and Ann Jones). The genealogist from the Leitrim Genealogy Centre thinks that 'Rutledge' should actually read 'Bertridge' given the similarity between the names and the fact that there is no evidence of any more baptisms around that time in Kiltoghert where the mother was Mary Rutledge. Nor is there any record of a marriage in Kiltoghert between a John Morahan and a Mary Rutledge whereas a marriage did take place between John or James Morahan (it is unclear on the actual certificate) and Mary Bertridge on 24 March 1836 in Kiltoghert. Furthermore Owen's date of baptism doesn't conflict with the baptism dates of John Morahan's and Mary Bertridge's other children, or with their date of marriage.

According to his death certificate, Owen died of 'old age'.

Note: In some documents, Owen is listed as "Eugene" (these names are interchangeable in Irish families).

Owen married Margaret O'HARA, daughter of Laurence O'HARA and Eleanor (Ellen) MEEHAN, on 4 Feb 1875 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. Margaret was born about 10 May 1851 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 10 May 1851. She died on 28 May 1940 in Derrynargon, Keadue, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

Witnesses to the marriage of Margaret and Owen were James Barrett and Bridget O'Hara, Bridget presumably being Margaret's sister.

Owen and Margaret farmed in the townland of Cloonfeacle near Carrick-on-Shannon.

Margaret died at the home of her daughter Linda Molloy and was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, as were her husband, Owen, and their two their children who died young, William and Gretta. Their gravestone, if there was one, is no longer visible.   

Note: The O'Hara family is twice connected to another family being researched - the Gordons of Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Margaret O'Hara's daughter, Mary Morahan, married Cormac Gordon whose older sister, Bridget Gordon, was married to Margaret's younger brother, Laurence O'Hara.

They had the following children.

+ 7 M i John MORAHAN was born on 17 Nov 1875. He died on 24 Jan 1953.
+ 8 F ii Mary MORAHAN was born about 5 Aug 1877. She died on 20 Jan 1932.
+ 9 M iii Michael Joseph MORAHAN was born on 13 Jul 1879. He died on 7 Mar 1959.
  10 M iv
Lawrence (Larry) Aloysius MORAHAN was born on 7 May 1881 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 8 May 1881 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 29 Jul 1970 in Roebuck Road, Dublin. He was buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, Dublin.

Sponsors at Larry's baptism were Michael Hunt and Ellen O'Hara.

Following studies at St. Patrick's College in Drumcondra, Dublin (Larry is listed as a 19-year-old student at the college in the 1901 census), Larry became a school teacher and it is known that he was teaching in Dublin in 1903. In 1904 he emigrated to the United States and possibly spent some time in Chicago before moving to Montana. We know that in 1906 he was living in Butte, Montana where a very large number of Irish were living at the time, attracted by the plentiful supply of jobs in mining. Larry himself worked for the Irish-run nationalist Butte Independent newspaper ("Published Every Saturday by Mulcahy, Morahan and Hunt").  A copy of the paper from January 1911 includes the Morahan name in the list of publishers, indicating he was still in Butte at that time, but later that year he moved to Houston, Texas - Ellis Island records show that his brother Paddy, who arrived in New York in October, was planning to join him there. Larry became naturalised in Houston on 9 May 1912.  

The 1920 census shows Lawrence and Patrick living in the same rooming house in Houston. Lawrence was now working as a clerk in a tax assessment company, although family sources say that he continued to work in the newspaper business in Houston. Larry eventually returned to Ireland and lived in Galway. Much later he moved to a nursing home in Roebuck Road in Dublin, where he died aged 89. There is no stone marking his grave in Deansgrange Cemetery.
       
Lawrence married Mary (Molly) Teresa HURLEY, daughter of John HURLEY and Ellen 'UNKNOWN', on 17 Sep 1925 in Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Galway. Mary was born in 1889 in Galway. She died on 14 Jan 1951 in Galway.

According to her marriage certificate Molly was a shop keeper from Dominick St. in Galway. She and her husband, Larry, had no children.
+ 11 F v Bridget Linda (Linda) MORAHAN was born in Mar 1883. She died on 30 Apr 1958.
  12 M vi
Eugene MORAHAN 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 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".
       
Eugene married Margaret CLAFFEY, daughter of John CLAFFEY and Bridget BYRNE, on 15 Feb 1920 in St. Michael's Church, San Francisco. Margaret 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 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 matchmaker John Nerney.

Marriage Notes:

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

  13 M vii
Patrick (Paddy) MORAHAN 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.

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.

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

       
Patrick married Opal Emma COLLIER, daughter of George Wesley COLLIER and Sarah SANDERS, on 29 Jul 1947 in County Clerk's Office, Houston, Texas. Opal 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 had been married before but the marriage had ended in divorce. From her death certificate we know she had worked as a clerk in a drug store. The cause of death was "arteriosclerotic heart disease".

  14 M viii
William H. MORAHAN was born on 20 Sep 1889 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 21 Sep 1889 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 24 Apr 1912 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

William died of pneumonia aged only 22, just over three months after the death of his younger sister, Gretta.
+ 15 M ix Thomas (Tom) J. MORAHAN was born on 24 Jan 1891. He died on 10 Apr 1949.
  16 F x
Margaret (Gretta) Mary MORAHAN was born in Jun 1894 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 23 Jun 1894 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died on 1 Jan 1912 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was buried on 3 Jan 1912 in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

According to family sources, Gretta died of tuberculosis, although the cause of death given on her death certificate is nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys), the duration of which was a year. She was only 17 years old.

5. Bridget (Biddy) MORAHAN (John ) was born in Jul 1847. She was christened on 17 Jul 1847 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died after 2 Apr 1911.

Sponsors at Biddy's baptism were John Morahan and Catherine McGowan.

Bridget married Michael HUNT, son of John HUNT, on 2 Feb 1873 in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Michael was born in possibly Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 18 Oct 1899 in probably Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Witnesses to the marriage of Michael and Bridget were John Noone and Mary Ann Barrett.

On the (transcribed) marriage certificate, Michael's address is given as "Cur aughrim" which is presumably Coraughrim (also spelled Corraughrim), a townland in the parish of Kiltoghert. After their marriage Michael and Biddy lived in Coraughrim.

They had the following children.

  17 M i
John HUNT was born about 1875 in probably Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
  18 F ii
Margaret HUNT was born about 7 Jul 1877 in probably Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 9 Jul 1877.
  19 M iii
Thadeus (Timothy) HUNT was born about 7 Sep 1879 in probably Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 9 Sep 1879.
  20 M iv
Dominick HUNT was born about 1883 in probably Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
  21 F v
Bridget (Bridie) HUNT was born about 1886 in probably Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
  22 F vi
Evelyn HUNT was born about 1891 in probably Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
  23 M vii
Joseph HUNT was born about 1892 in probably Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
+ 24 M viii Eugene HUNT was born about 1895. He died on 11 Jul 1966.

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