Dear William, your message was a God-send. We have been trying for about 15 or 20 years to connect our Texas branch of the Maroney clan with Captain Philip Delancy Meroney. We were pretty confident that the relationship was there, but we could not make a connection from James "Dempsey" Maroney to Henry. We did not know about Philip. Let me provide you an update that with your help fills in the blanks.
Henry Maroney had a son, Philip. Philip had a son, James "Dempsey" Maroney, who you had little information on. James Dempsey was my Great Great Grandfather. He married Hannah E. McCurdy (b. January 23, 1842 in Villa Rica, Fulton Co., GA; d. Feb 14, 1928 in Lamar Co, Texas) in Albertville, Alabama. He died on Oct 13, 1921, in Lamar Co, Texas. Both Hannah and James Dempsey are buried in a beautiful, small country cemetery East of Paris, Texas (Red Oak Cemetery in the community of Blossum, Texas). The cemetery is fenced, has huge live oak and red oak trees and a white gazebo.
James and Hannah had twelve children.
James T b. Apr 16, 1862,
Sarah C b. March 18, 1865
Mary S b. Jan 17, 1867
John M b. Apr 23, 1869
Robert Henry b. Feb 28, 1871 (my Great Grandfather)
Charles W b. June 19. 1873
Fannie A b. May 9, 1875
Samuel E b. Sep 30, 1877
Lizzie F b. Dec 13, 1879
Julia M b. Feb 17, 1884
William "Will" L b. March 27, 1888
Lillie M b. Aug 4, 1890
Robert Henry was born in his mother's hometown of Villa Rica, Ga. He died March 10, 1950 in Vernon, Texas. Robert Henry was married to Wimuth or Mallie Belle "Belle" Davis (b.Apr 26, 1881, in Rock Run, Ala; d. Apr 28, 1966, in Wichita Falls, Wichita Co, Texas. They were married in Lewisville, Texas near Dallas.
Rogert Henry and Belle had 11 children.
John Layfette Maroney b. July 13, 1901 (my Grandfather)
William Dewey "Dewey" Maroney
Robert Earl "Earl" Maroney
Fred Kirk Maroney
Carl Benjamin Maroney
Walter Lee Maroney
Wilmuth Bell Maroney
John Layfette Maroney (d. Dec 1, 1974 in Wichita Falls, TX) married Jenny Era Bryant (b. Feb 10, 1902 in Commerce, Hunt County, Texas; d. Sep 9, 1994 in Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., Texas) on Dec 25, 1920 in Dallas, Texas.
John and Jenny had eleven children. (We grandkids called them "Big Poppa" and "Grannie".)
Mary Frances b. Dec 24, 1921 deceased
Helen Margaret b. Aug 1, 1923
John "Johnny" Jr. b. Apr 3, 1925
Billie Dean "Deanie" b. May 12, 1927 deceased
Harold Wayne b. July 9, 1929 (my father)
June b. Mar 26, 1932 deceased
Don Henry b. March 14, 1934
Jeanine b. Apr 10, 1937
Jimmy Kent b. Aug 5, 1940
Karen Sue "Sue" b. Dec 5, 1942
Mickey Bryant b. Oct 29, 1944. deceased--Mickey, the baby of the family, was an ATF agent; he died in the Oklahoma City Bombing.
Harold Wayne married Erma Jean Vessels (b. Nov 2, 1928 in Levelland, Texas) n Oct 18, 1946 in Wichita Falls, Tx. Harold and Erma Jean live in Kerrville, Texas and have five children.
Larry Wayne b. May 17, 1947
Randall "Randy" Keith b. Jan 19, 1949
Mark Stanley b. July 21, 1953
Bradley "Brad" Kent b. Feb 2, 1960
Laura Jill "Jill" b. Feb 1, 1965
I have lost count now, but as a child remember playing hide-and-go-seek with my cousins in Wichita Falls. There were 1l boy cousins before the first girl cousin was born. In all, I am sure that I have at least 57 first cousins, grand children of John Layfette and great great grandchildren of James Dempsey. I married Joyce Delane Johnson on Dec 21, 1966, and we have two sons, Jason Wayne and Judd Hoyt, and one 3-year old grandson, Tucker Wayne.....We have been doing our part here in Texas to keep the Maroney line going.
Thanks to your help and wonderful message, Tucker Wayne can prove that he is ten generations removed from Philip Delancy Meroney, and like his distant ancestor, Tucker is red headed.
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