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

Second Generation


2. Winifred MORAHAN (caution: relationship to brother John not verified) ('unknown' ) was born about 1805 in possibly Bellanagare, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1857 in Bellanagare, Co. Roscommon.

I discovered Winifred's existence from a public family tree on the Ancestry website as my husband, Joe Gordon, was DNA-matched by Ancestry to a great-great-granddaughter of Winifred's. The type of match indicates that Joe and Winifred's great-great-granddaughter are third or fourth cousins.

Winifred's birthplace and approximate year of birth, as noted here, come from the Ancestry tree. The year of birth ties in more with Winifred being a sister of John and Charles rather than, say, a niece so I have positioned her as a sibling of theirs in my family tree. However, I have no proof whatsoever that Winifred is indeed a sister of theirs; and Joe's connection with Winifred's great-great-granddaughter may in fact be through another family. However, my hunch is that they are related through the Morahans, especially as Morahan is not a common name in Ireland and my husband's Morahan family appears to have Co. Roscommon origins.

The family that owns B. J. Morahan's pub in Bellanagare (which nowadays seems to be spelled as Ballinagare) appears to be connected to Winifred's family as a member of that family has told us they are definitely related to the family of a Patrick Mannion from Knockroe, Ballinagare. This ties in with Winifred's marriage to a Patrick Mannion from Ballinagare. Apparently the Knockroe property was inherited by a Bridget Morahan sometime between 1890 and 1910. However I have been unable to determine how Bridget may have been related to Winifred and Patrick, and I could find no Bridget Morahan - or indeed any Morahans - in the townland of Knockroe, Ballinagare in either the 1901 or 1911 census. It is surprising the Knockroe farm was not inherited by one of Winifred and Patrick's children. However it appears most of Winifred and Patrick's grandchildren emigrated to the United States, which may account for the property ending up outside the immediate family.    

Given the gap between the births of Patrick and Mary below, it is likely Winifred and Patrick had more children than those listed.

Winifred married Patrick MANNION. Patrick was born about 1800 in Bellanagare, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1898 in Bellanagare, Co. Roscommon.

They had the following children.

+ 9 M i Thomas MANNION was born about 1822. He died on 4 Aug 1908.
  10 M ii
Michael MANNION was born about 1828 in Co. Roscommon. He died in 1900.
+ 11 M iii Patrick (Pat) MANNION was born about 1828. He died on 21 Jun 1908.
+ 12 F iv Mary MANNION was born about 1846. She died on 21 Oct 1919.

3. Charles MORAHAN (caution: relationship to brother John not verified) ('unknown' ) was born in probably 1812 in Co. Roscommon. He was christened in probably 3 Jul 1812 in Killukin, Co. Roscommon. He died.

My husband, Joe Gordon, has been DNA matched with a great-great-great-grandchild of Charles, which is not surprising given that the Morahan surname is uncommon and  both Morahan families were from the Carrick-on-Shannon area. However, up until the DNA matching we had come across no evidence to connect the two families. My husband's DNA results indicate that Charles was a close relative of Joe's great-great-grandfather John Morahan who was born probably in the 1810s in probably Co. Leitrim. It is possible Charles and John were brothers but they could also have been first cousins, or otherwise closely related. In order to link them in my family tree I have positioned Charles as a brother of John but, as this relationship has not been proved, I have added a caution.

I have not yet come across any proof, although I think it likely, that Charles's and Joe's family were connected to another Morahan family in Carrick, that of coach builder Bernard Morahan whose sons Thomas (born about 1849) and Joseph (born about 1854) were also in the coach-building business.

A Charles Morahan, an 82-year-old widower and boat builder, died in Cleaheen, Co. Leitrim on 9 November 1890, indicating he was born around 1808, which would tie in with him being a sibling of John (and possible sister Winifred). The informant on Charles's death record was a grandson named Thomas Morahan of Cleaheen. Another Charles Morahan died aged 79 on 20 April 1891 in Cloonshannagh, Tarmonbarry, Co. Roscommon. However, I think it unlikely that either of these was our Charles above as our Charles lived in Cloonmaan.

Charles married Elizabeth (Eliza) CORRIGAN. Elizabeth was born about 1815. She died on 2 Dec 1885 in Cloonmaan, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

The informant on Eliza's death certificate was a grandson named Charles Morahan whose address was Clombrislawn, Cleaheen, Carrick-on-Shannon). However I have been unable to determine which of Eliza's sons had a son named Charles who lived in Clombrislawn - and there may have been more than one grandson named Charles in Clombrislawn).

Note: I have also seen Eliza's surname spelled as Currigan.

They had the following children.

+ 13 M i James MORAHAN was born about 1836. He died on 4 Feb 1912.
+ 14 M ii John MORAHAN was born about 15 Aug 1838. He died on 22 Oct 1906.
  15 F iii
Catherine MORAHAN was born about 7 Jul 1840 in Cloonmaan, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 9 Jul 1840.
  16 M iv
Mary MORAHAN was born about 20 Aug 1841 in Cloonmaan, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 22 Aug 1841.
+ 17 M v Bernard (Barney) MORAHAN was born about 13 Sep 1843. He died in 1932.
  18 F vi
Margaret MORAHAN was born about 31 Oct 1845 in Cloonmaan, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 2 Nov 1845.
       
Margaret married Roger MCDERMOTT on 29 Jan 1874 in Co. Roscommon. Roger died.
  19 M vii
Cornelius MORAHAN was born about 25 Nov 1847 in Cloonmaan, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 27 Nov 1847.
  20 M viii
Patrick MORAHAN was born about 4 Feb 1850 in Cloonmaan, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 6 Feb 1850.
+ 21 M ix Peter MORAHAN was born about 15 Feb 1856. He died on 4 Dec 1938.
  22 F x
Elizabeth MORAHAN was born about 24 May 1853 in Cloonmaan, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 26 May 1853.

4. Bridget MORAGHAN (caution: relationship to brother John not verified) ('unknown' ) was born about 1813 in possibly Co. Roscommon. She died on 9 Mar 1886 in Ballinvilla, Croghan, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

My husband, Joe Gordon, has been DNA-matched by Ancestry to great-great-grandchildren of Bridget's. The type of match suggests Joe and this great-great-grandson are 4th-6th cousins. The connection appears to be through the Moraghan/Morahan family (Joe's grandmother was a Mary Morhahan from Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim who family appears to have come originally from Co. Roscommon).

Bridget married Patrick BARRETT. Patrick died before 9 Mar 1886 in probably Ballinvilla, Croghan, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

They had the following children.

+ 23 F i Mary Ann BARRETT was born about 1856.

5. John MORAHAN ('unknown' ) was born about 1813 in Co. Leitrim or Co. Roscommon. He died on 25 Aug 1896 in Cloonfeacle, 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 johnmorahan@hotmail.com.

John married Mary BERTRIDGE, daughter of William BERTRIDGE and Catherine REYNOLDS (caution: not verified), on 24 Mar 1836 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Mary 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.

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.

+ 24 M i John MORAHAN was born about 7 Aug 1840. He died on 21 Sep 1911.
+ 25 M ii Owen MORAHAN was born about 10 Dec 1842. He died on 3 Feb 1928.
  26 M iii
Michael MORAHAN was born about 15 Jan 1845 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 17 Jan 1845 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 6 Apr 1901 in Queensland, Australia.

Sponsors at Michael's baptism were William Bertridge and Bridget [what looks like] McAweeney.

Michael emigrated to Australia at the age of 18. He and his wife, Bridget, along with his brother John, arrived in Brisbane on 28 May 1863. We do not know if Michael and Bridget had any children.
       
Michael married Bridget HUNT. Bridget died.
+ 27 F iv Bridget (Biddy) MORAHAN was born about 15 Jul 1847.
  28 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.

7. Thomas MORAGHAN (caution: relationship to brother John not verified) ('unknown' ) was born in possibly Dec 1820 in possibly Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 21 Dec 1820 in Killukin, Co. Roscommon.

Thomas may have been born in December 1820 as a baptismal record has been located for a Thomas Moraghan (sic), son of a Dominic Moraghan and Mary Killelea, who was baptised on 21 December 1820 in Killukin, Co. Roscommon. See my notes above for Thomas's father for my reason for thinking Dominic and Mary could be the parents of our Thomas. Several public family trees on the Ancestry website have Thomas's birth year and birth place as 1790 and Cleaheen, Tumna, Co. Roscommon. However, I have seen no evidence to support this. The same trees show his wife to have beeen Annie Wynne who was born around 1810 in Co. Sligo and died in 1870 in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, but I have been unable to find proof of this.

Although Thomas is likely to have been born in the Roscommon/Leitrim area, his son James was born in King's County (Co. Offaly) and his son Pat in Co. Westmeath, which leads to to believe Thomas was not a farmer, at least not in the early 1850s, when James and Pat were born. The fact that both James and Pat were a soldier and militia sergeant respectively suggests that Thomas himself might also have been an army man, which would have involved postings around the country.
 
!My husband, Joe Gordon, has been DNA-matched by Ancestry with both a descendant of Thomas's son James and a descendant of Thomas's son Pat; Joe's great-great-grandfather was John Morahan who farmed in Kiltoghert, Co. Leitrim. The type of match indicates that John and Thomas were very close relatives, perhaps even brothers, which is why  have positioned Thomas as a brother of John's in the family tree. However I have no proof of such a connection - he may have been a first cousin, for example - so I have added a caution.

It is possible that Thomas, who appears to have used the Moraghan spelling of his surname, was also related to brothers Owen and Roger Moraghan who were born in Cleaheen, Tumna, Co. Roscommon around the 1800s.

Thomas married 'UNKNOWN'. 'UNKNOWN' died.

They had the following children.

+ 29 M i James MORAGHAN was born about 1850. He died on 5 Jun 1915.
+ 30 M ii Patrick (Pat) MORAGHAN was born about 1853. He died in 1928.

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