Mary Rooney1

F, b. 1 June 1851, d. 10 April 1938
Last Edited=10 Nov 2014
     Mary Rooney was born on 1 June 1851 in County Sligo, Ireland; Mary Ann Rooney daughter of John Rooney Sr. and Katharine nee Devany Rooney was born June1, 1851 in County Sligo, Ireland. She had intended to come to the United States with parents and two brothers John Jr. and Patrick but was unable because she had contracted a childhood disease such as measles or whooping cough. She was left in Ireland with some good friends of the family who were scheduled to come over later. Her parents and her brothers could not cancel their passage on the ship as they would lose their turn and would have to wait a very long time before a ship would be available. As soon as she recovered from her illness and the friends’ passage was available, they started for America in a sailing ship. After being at sea for a week or more, they were caught in a severe storm. During the storm, the ship’s Captain ordered all passengers to go below where they were locked in the ship’s hold. After three days the storm blew itself out and they were allowed up on the deck. The Captain informed the passengers they had been blown almost back to where they had started from. He said anyone who wished to return home were free to go. No one left as the weather had calmed and they were anxious to get to America because the living conditions in Ireland under England’s rule was very bad, people were starving and they were taxed heavily. Mary Ann was 11 years old when she left Ireland and used to tell us many stories of how the Irish people were mistreated. One story she told of the English Lords who would ride through their fields of ripe grain fox hunting on horseback with their fox hounds, which of course knocked down the crops they were depending on to pay their high taxes and rent on the small fields they farmed. If they were unable to pay their debts to the Crown of England they were fined or imprisoned. This caused very real hardships on the people of Ireland. This is why they were so very anxious to come to America. Those who had come to America saved their money and sent it to those they left behind to help them leave their homes and seek a better future in America. Mary Ann (Grandma) along with her friends, who had cared for her, finally arrived in New York Harbor in 1862. She also told that the ship after being in New York 3 days sank in the harbor, of course everyone had gone ashore. It would certainly appear that God in his Providence saved them.2,3 She married Thomas Francis Murnane, son of Patrick Murnane and Ann Adams, on 19 February 1876 in Lacon, Marshall County, Illinois, United States.1 Mary Rooney died on 10 April 1938 in Benton Township, Butler County, Kansas, United States, at age 86.3 She was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States.3
     She appeared on the census of 11 June 1880 in the household of Thomas Francis Murnane in Saratoga Township, Marshall County, Illinois, United States; There is a boy, John, aged 11 mentioned in the census. This is James Edward Marnane, son of Thomas and Elizabeth McMannus.4 Mary Rooney appeared on the census of 8 June 1900 in the household of Thomas Francis Murnane in Benton Township, Butler County, Kansas, United States; The 1900 Federal Census lists his birthdate as January 1842.2 Mary Rooney appeared on the census of 1 March 1905 in the household of Thomas Francis Murnane in Benton Township, Butler County, Kansas, United States.5 Mary Rooney appeared on the census of 30 April 1910 in the household of Thomas Francis Murnane in Benton Township, Butler County, Kansas, United States.6 Mary Rooney appeared on the census of 1 March 1915 in the household of Thomas Francis Murnane in Benton Township, Butler County, Kansas, United States.7 Mary Rooney appeared on the census of 2 February 1920 in the household of Thomas Francis Murnane in Benton Township, Butler County, Kansas, United States.8 Mary Rooney appeared on the census of 7 April 1930 in the household of Thomas Francis Murnane in Benton Township, Butler County, Kansas, United States; Also living with Thomas is John Rooney, aged 72, brother-in-law.9

Family: Thomas Francis Murnane b. 22 Jul 1843, d. 2 Mar 1938

Citations

  1. [S111] The Henry News Republican, March 2, 1876. "At Lacon, Feb. 19, Thomas Marnan of Whitefield and Miss Mary Rooney of Sparland."
  2. [S127] June 8, 1900 Census Record, Provo, Utah, United States, Roll: 472; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 3; FHL microfilm: 1240472.
  3. [S289] Marnane Family History, online http://www.mculhane.com/familyhistory/…
  4. [S126] June 11, 1880 Census Record, Provo, Utah, United States, Roll: 234; Family History Film: 1254234; Page: 283B; Enumeration District: 142; Image: 0752.
  5. [S273] March 1, 1i905 Census Record, Provo, Utah, United States, Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009, Roll: ks1905_16.
  6. [S128] April 30, 1910 Census Record, Provo, Utah, United States, Roll: T624_433; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0003; Image: 543; FHL microfilm: 1374446.
  7. [S274] March 1, 1i915 Census Record, Provo, Utah, United States, Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009, Roll: ks1915_26.
  8. [S129] February 2, 1920 Census Record, Provo, Utah, United States, Roll: T625_523; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 870.
  9. [S130] April 7, 1930 Census Record, Provo, Utah, United States, Roll: 695; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 7; Image: 115.0; FHL microfilm: 2340430.