Don't know if you ever received my e-mail, thus I'm posting it here. Since I wrote to you last November, I have determined that Hugh Mooney and Margaret Boorman had two other sons of record: Richard Mooney and Patrick Mooney.
I would love to hear if you can establish some linkage with your line.
Thank you for writing to me about Boorman/Mooney and Rasharkin.
This is what I know. My great-great grandfather, Andrew Mooney, who was born in Ireland around 1809-1813 immigrated to Scotland, and worked in Lanakrshire until his death in 1879. His death certificate cited his parents as Hugh Mooney, farmer, and Margaret Boorman.
Many years later, my genealogist cousin living in Glasgow noted that Boorman (and I assume its variants) is a rare name in Ireland and that it is pretty much confined to Rasharkin and environs. That was exciting news, particularly when I looked at Griffith's valuation and found so many Mooneys as well as Boorman (can't recall the spelling).
Here is an excerpt from my Mooney Family history. The Margaret noted in the few paragraphs was my grandmother, born in Coatbridge in 1882, the daughter of Andrew Mooney and Mary Rankin.
The first Mooney in our line for whom I found annotation on record was Hugh Mooney, Margaret’s great grandfather. He is identified on his son, Andrew’s, death certificate, as a small farmer. Since Andrew was born between 1809 and 1813, I would suspect that Hugh flourished sometime between 1780 and 1850. His wife’s name was Margaret Boorman. Hugh and Margaret were from Ireland. Angela Kirk from Glasgow informs me that Boorman is a very uncommon name in Ireland, and I have only found it listed in the Parish of Rasharkin in County Antrim in the Griffith's Valuation. In the fragmentary 1851 census returns for Rasharkin, I found a number of entries for Mooneys, but none for Boorman.
The 1851 Griffith's Valuation for Ireland lists a Hugh Mooney living in the townland of Drumack, Parish of Rasharkin, in County Antrim. There is also a Hugh Mooney, age 19, living in the townland of Ballymaconnelly in the same parish. There is also a Boorman in that parish.
Andrew Mooney, Margaret’s grandfather, born between 1809 and 1813, is the only child of Hugh Mooney and Margaret Boorman I have been able to identify with certainty.
In the 1841 Scottish census, I located an Andrew Mooney, age 30, born in Ireland, living with a Patrick Mooney, 31, and his family (and several others) at Galloways Cross in Kirkintilloch. Andrew worked as an agricultural laborer, as did Patrick. .
This Patrick had been born in Ireland, and was living with his wife, Margaret (given as Money), 31, and their children: Hugh, 2, Liza, 2, and John, 9 months.
The two may have been brothers, but there is no evidence that this was so. One might suspect that they were brothers given that Patrick's oldest son was named Hugh. I am still researching this possibility
Sometime prior to 1836, Andrew Mooney was married to an Ann Green, who must have died young. Ann is noted as a prior spouse on Andrew's death certificate. Between 1841 and 1851, Andrew married Ellen McGarrity, the daughter of Edward McGarrity, laborer, and Rose O'Hagan, all natives of Ireland. Ellen was born circa 1811-1815.
In the 1841 Scottish census, there was a Helen McGarrity, age 25, employed as a cotton carder and living as a lodger on Broad Street, Barony, Lanarkshire. She was born in Ireland.
In the 1851 Scottish census, Andrew, 42, is still living in Kirkintilloch, Dumbartonshire at the "Monkd LyCoe House". He was employed as a railroad laborer. His name is spelled "Menuey". Living with him are his wife, Helen, age 40, and his children: Ann, 15 (who I suspect was the child of a prior marriage) who was employed as a hand loom weaver of cotton, Hugh, 7, scholar, Rose, 5 (all born in Ireland) and Helen, 2, born in New Monkland, Lanarkshire. A Mary Maragity, 50, employed as a hawker, also lived with the family. This may have been Helen's sister or aunt.
The birthplaces and dates of Andrew and Helen’s children suggest that the family came to Scotland from Ireland sometime between 1846 and 1849, although Andrew was evidently working in Scotland earlier.
In the 1861 Scottish census, Andrew, age 50, was living in Bathgate, West Lothian at Mid Street. He was employed as a railway laborer. His wife's age is given as 48. His children, Rosa, age 15, and my great-grandfather, Andrew, age 10 live at home. Ann and Hugh are both unaccounted for. Helen, 13, was living with her spinster aunt or great-aunt, Mary McGarrity in Kirkintilloch and employed as a laborer. Also residing in the household are a Charles Mooney, age 34, identified as a lodger and a railway laborer, and an Owen Martin, age 65, also a lodger and general laborer. It is possible that Charles was a brother or cousin, but I have not traced him.
In 1871, Andrew was living at Coatbridge, Old Monkland, at 18 Buchanan Street. His age is given as 62 and he was employed as a laborer. His wife, Helen, age 60, and his son, Hugh, age 26, lived with him. There is also a John Sweny or Surry, age 6, living in the household and identified as a grandson. He was born (according to the census) in Bathyde, which I believe was Bathgate, Linlithgowshire. I believe this was John Sweeney, Rose (Mooney) Sweeney's oldest son.
Andrew died at 4:05 p.m. in Brown Square, Langloan, in the Middle District of Old Monkland, on October 30, 1879. He was employed as an iron works laborer or platelayer. According to his son, Hugh’s death certificate, Andrew was employed as a railway surface man, while according to his son, Andrew’s death certificate, he was a platelayer. He was 66 and had suffered from chronic bronchitis for two months at the time of his death. His wife, Ellen or Helen was present at his death.
In the 1881 census, Helen or Ellen Mooney, age 70, is listed as living at 113 Rosehall, Old Monkland, Middle District, Lanarkshire. She was living with John Slaven (misspelled as Shaven), 54, a laborer, born in Ireland, and a Mary Slaven, 49, also born in Ireland, and their children: Neil, 31, a laborer, born in Kirkintilloch; John, a coal miner, age 30, also born in Kirkintilloch; Edward, age 22, a laborer in the iron works, and James, 16, a laborer in the iron works, both born in Kirkintilloch.
I note that Andrew and Helen's son, Andrew, was married in 1876 and that his marriage was witnessed by a James and Edward Slaven. Based on the 1881 census, and assuming they are the same men, Edward would have been 17 and James 11. In the 1871 census, the Slavens lived at 53 Buchanan Street, Coatbridge, at the same time the Andrew Mooneys lived there. At the time the Slavens had Rose, 20, John, 19, James, 15, and Edward, 13.
Suspecting a relationship between Ellen (McGarrity) Mooney and the Slavens, I discovered that Mary Slaven had been born around 1834, the daughter of John Crawford and Mary McGarrity. It may be that the latter was a sister of Edward McGarrity, Ellen's father. Or it may be that she was the daughter of Ellen's older sister (see below). Mary died in Coatbridge on September 24, 1899 at the age of 65. She was the widow of John Slaven, a railway surfaceman, and the wife of William Callaghan, also a railway employee. She is listed on her death certificate as illegitimate. She died of bronchitis.
Helen or Ellen McGarrity Mooney died 5:15 a.m. on October 28, 1884. She was a widow living at 19 Stankards Row, Uphall, Linlithgow, Scotland. She died of dropsy of four months’ duration, and her son, Hugh, was present at her death. Her age at death is listed as 69.
Andrew Mooney and Helen McGarrity had at least five children: Ann, Hugh, Rose - all Irish born - and Helen and Andrew, both born in Scotland.
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