The first Mooney in our line for whom I found annotation on a record was Hugh Mooney, Margaretís great grandfather. He is identified on his son, Andrewís, 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 wifeís 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, and a few for Borman and Boardman.
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, Margaretís 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 Helenís children suggest that the family came to Scotland from Ireland sometime between 1846 and 1849, although Andrew was evidently working in Scotland earlier.
Any help or connections would be welcome......
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