8 April 2003
Does anyone researching late 18th century and early 19th century Wexford genealogy, especially for Enniscorthy and its vicinity, recognise the following families?
One of my great-great grandfathers, JAMES MOONEY, was a farmer at Enniscorthy, Wexford in the early 19th century. According to his death certificate (he died in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 23 September 1873) he would have been born in or about 1787, a son of cooper JOHN MOONEY and his wife ELLEN BOURKE.
About 1808 or 1810 in Dublin he married DOROTHEA GETHINGS, who had been born in or about 1792 in Wexford, a daughter of farmer THOMAS GETHINGS and his wife MARY ROBERTS.
James and Dorothea had some eleven MOONEY children, all in Ireland ('deceased by 1866' means already dead by the time Dorothea died on 3 May 1866 in Melbourne):
1. Martha (deceased by 1866)
2. John (born about 1813/14; died 9 April 1873)
3. Thomas (deceased by 1866)
4. Michael (deceased by 1866)
5. James (born about 1818 Wexford; married Alice LEAR in
1845 Melbourne; died 19 October 1869)
6. Mary (born about 1819/20)
7. Ellen (born about 1821)
8. Joshua Roberts (born about 1828; married Isabella CONDRON [from Crosserlough Parish, Co. Cavan] in 1862 Melbourne; died 23 July 1883 Prahran, Melbourne)
9. William (born about 1828; married Sophia ROBERTS [daughter of William ROBERTS of Enniscorthy] 20 August 1856 Geelong (south west of Melbourne)
10. Eliza (born about 1829; married Charles LISTER 25 August 1852 Brighton, Melbourne; died 24 February 1854)
11. Fanny (Frances) (born about 1831; married John Pounder ROBERTS from Enniscorthy 31 December 1859 St Kilda, Melbourne; died 1872)
The fifth offspring, James Mooney the younger, was in Melbourne [founded 1834/35] by 1845, and by 1848 was living in the bayside village (now a suburb of Melbourne) of Brighton, where he ran the Royal Hotel for several years. By the early 1850s he was the licensee of the Royal Hotel on the Boulevard at St Kilda, a bayside settlement only three miles from the centre of Melbourne. He persuaded his family to emigrate to Melbourne; they came via Plymouth, leaving there on the 'Lady Elgin' on 16 December 1852, and arrived at Melbourne on 26 March 1853. They settled in St Kilda, near the Royal Hotel.
The eighth offspring, my great grandfather Joshua Roberts Mooney, was formally engaged to teach the children of emigrants on the 'Lady Elgin' to read and write, and to distribute the text books upon arival. In the 1850s he ran a coach service between his brother's hotel in St Kilda and Melbourne. Joshua also served on the first Council of the Municipality of St Kilda, with three one-year terms, from 1857/58 to 1859/1860. Still later he was the licensee of several Melbourne hotels in succession, including the Prince's Bridge Hotel (better known now as Young & Jacksons, especially for its French oils portrait of nude 'Chloe', about 120 years young), where his father James senior died. He himself died at his Royal George Hotel, Chapel Street, Prahran (an inner Melbourne suburb) in 1883, leaving a widow and five daughters.
Please make contact if you recognise these people.
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