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

Third Generation


7. John MORAHAN (Owen , John ) 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.

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).

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

They had the following children.

+ 25 M i Eugene Lawrence (Larry) MORAHAN was born on 10 Aug 1909. He died on 19 Mar 1974.
+ 26 F ii Anne (Annie) Ellen MORAHAN was born on 23 Jul 1911. She died on 17 Jan 1981.
+ 27 M iii John Patrick Augustine (Gussie) MORAHAN was born on 24 Jul 1912. He died on 5 Feb 1992.
  28 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.
+ 29 M v William (Willie) Thomas MORAHAN was born in 1918. He died in Jan 1986.
  30 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.

8. Mary MORAHAN (Owen , John ) was born about 5 Aug 1877 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 7 Aug 1877 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died on 20 Jan 1932 in Dublin. She was buried in Fairymount Cemetery, Co. Roscommon.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were John Morahan and Jane Murray.

Witnesses to Mary's marriage to Cormac Gordon were John Gordon and Belinda Morahan. Presumably Belinda was Mary's sister, Linda.  

Mary died in St. Vincent's Hospital in Dublin following complications from a hernia operation carried out at either St. Vincents' or the hospital in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. The cause of death, according to the death certificate, was 'strangulated intestinal hernia (5 days)' and 'cardiac failure'.

Mary married Cormac GORDON, son of Thomas GORDON and Anne FOLEY, on 7 Feb 1906 in Jamestown, Co. Leitrim. Cormac was born on 26 Feb 1870 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He died on 13 Sep 1939 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. He was buried on 15 Sep 1939 in Fairymount Cemetery.

Cormac ran the Gordon family farm in Kilgarriff.

Cormac died following a stroke ("hemiplegia (14 days)" and "cardiac failure", as specified on his death certificate).

They had the following children.

  31 F i
Kathleen (Sr. Teresa Mary) GORDON was born on 24 Nov 1906 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died in Nov 1989 in Dublin. She was buried in Sisters of Charity convent cemetery, Donnybrook, Dublin.

Kathleen was a teacher. At the age of about 30, after she had seen to the education of her youngest siblings, she entered the convent of the Sisters of Charity.
+ 32 F ii Josephine (Jo) Margaret GORDON was born on 18 May 1908. She died in Jun 1985.
  33 F iii
Ann Emily (Emma) GORDON was born on 10 Aug 1910 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 14 Aug 1910 in Fairymount Church, Co. Roscommon. She died on 16 Jan 2012 in Dublin. She was buried on 19 Jan 2012 in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin (grave OH 70.5, St. Bridget's).

Having trained at the Munster Institute in Cork, Emma worked for many years as a hotel housekeeper in Dublin. Emma, who never married, died at the age of 101. She is buried with her aunt Lizzie McDonnell (née Gordon) and her first cousins Annie and Emma McDonnell in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. I am told that this grave is located beside those of other relatives, including Emma's aunts Kathleen Clarke (née Gordon) and Bea O'Hara (née Gordon).
+ 34 F iv Linda GORDON was born in Jul 1912. She died on 11 Aug 1986.
+ 35 M v Thomas (Tom) GORDON was born on 9 Jul 1914. He died on 28 Apr 2001.
  36 F vi
Irene (Sr. Austin Peter) GORDON was born in 1916 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1987 in Dublin. She was buried in Sisters of Charity convent cemetery, Donnybrook, Dublin.

Irene was a member of the Sisters of Charity order.
+ 37 M vii Patrick (Paddy) GORDON was born on 6 Jul 1919. He died on 9 Jan 1984.
+ 38 M viii Cormac GORDON was born on 20 May 1921. He died on 8 Nov 2009.

9. Michael Joseph MORAHAN (Owen , John ) 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.

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.

Michael married Emily Marion LOGAN, daughter of John Joseph LOGAN and Anne (Annie) Josephine MCPARTLAND, on 7 Sep 1910 in St. Patrick's Church, Galway. Emily 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.

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.

  39 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.
+ 40 F ii Emily Maurine (Patricia) MORAHAN was born on 23 Jan 1914. She died on 14 Oct 1996.
  41 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.
+ 42 M iv Lawrence (Larry) Patrick MORAHAN was born on 2 May 1921. He died on 22 Feb 1987.
  43 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.

11. Bridget Linda (Linda) MORAHAN (Owen , John ) 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's residence at the time of her marriage was Cloonfeacle, Co. Leitrim.

Bridget married Joseph MOLLOY, son of Martin MOLLOY and Anne 'UNKNOWN', on 8 Jul 1918 in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Joseph was born in 1878 in possibly Derrynargon, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. 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.

According to his marriage certificate, Joseph was a farmer and lived in Derrynargon, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Joseph, Linda and their family lived in Hollymount, near Carrick-on-Shannon.

Marriage Notes:

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

Bridget and Joseph had the following children.

  44 M i
Martin MOLLOY was born on 20 Apr 1919 in Hollymount, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1988. He was buried in Birmingham.

Martin and Eugene were twins. Martin lived in England.
+ 45 M ii Eugene MOLLOY was born on 20 Apr 1919. He died on 24 Aug 2004.
  46 F iii
Mary (Maureen) Theresa MOLLOY was born in 1920 in Co. Roscommon. She died on 20 May 2004. She was buried in Ardcarne Cemetery, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Maureen worked as a nurse in England. She retired to Ireland.
  47 M iv
Joseph (Joe) Kevin MOLLOY was born in 1922 in Hollymount, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon. He died on 16 Feb 1952 in Birmingham.

Joe, who lived in Birmingham, was killed in a motorcycle accident.
  48 F v Living.
+ 49 M vi Augustine (Gus) MOLLOY was born on 1 Oct 1925. He died on 10 Feb 2013.
  50 F vii Living.
+ 51 F viii Living.

15. Thomas (Tom) J. MORAHAN (Owen , John ) 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 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.

Thomas married Mary LAYDEN / LEYDEN, daughter of Michael LAYDEN, on 7 Aug 1918 in St. Patrick's Church, Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim. Mary was born about 1886. She died on 30 Jun 1976 in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

Mary was a member of the Layden family which owned the Arigna coalmine in Co. Roscommon. According to her marriage certificate, 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 until Tom's death in 1949 (although the farm portion of the 23-acre property had been sold in the 1930s). However, the death certificate of their 17-year-old daughter Bernadette (who died in 1942) gives her home address as Summerhill, Carrick-on-Shannon. It is believed Mary may have moved to Dublin after Tom's death.

They had the following children.

+ 52 M i Kevin MORAHAN was born about 1919. He died.
+ 53 F ii Veronica (Vera) MORAHAN was born in 1921. She died in Jul 1998.
  54 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.

24. Eugene HUNT (Bridget (Biddy) MORAHAN , John ) was born about 1895 in probably Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 11 Jul 1966 in Coraughrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

Eugene and his family lived in Coraughrim.

Eugene married Mary Teresa O'MALLEY, daughter of Patrick O'MALLEY and Elizabeth 'UNKNOWN', on 3 Mar 1930 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. Mary was born in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died in Apr 1979 in Sligo.

Mary was from Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

They had the following children.

  55 M i Living.
  56 F ii Living.
        Living married Living.
  57 M iii Living.
  58 F iv Living.
        Living married Living.

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