Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Moloney of Dromalty headstone !!!!!!

I was contacted this week by Maresa McNamara of Co. Clare in Ireland - she has been tracing her RYAN family tree of Knockore, Limerick. In searching for RYANs, she came across a headstone at the Caherelly graveyard in County Limerick, about 10 to 15 miles from Dromalty:

Transcript, Caherelly grave yard in Co. Limerick
Erected by Mary Moloney alias Ryan
Of Drumalty
In memory of her beloved son
Patrick Moloney
Who departed this life oct 18
1858 aged 25 yrs and also of 
her father William Ryan of 
Knockroe who died
March 27th 1817
Age 78 yrs.

This one headstone amazingly adds new information to our family tree from a time when I didn't expect more information - prior to the parish records starting in the 1840's.

Before this headstone, we knew of three children of William MOLONEY and his wife Mary nee RYAN, of Dromalty/Drumalty in Limerick.

1. John MOLONEY (1841 - 1912). Lots of evidence including a short autobiographical note, teaching application, assisted immigration record, marriage and death certificates. Came to NSW in 1864, where he married Ellen MEYRICK/MERRICK of Tower Hill/Tuogh, adjacent to Dromalty. Teacher, lived mainly in Redfern, but also taught afield at various points in his career.

2.William MOLONEY (1846 - ?). The only information we have comes from research that Tom Element engaged. The baptism of William appears in the records for the Roman Catholic parish of Cappamore (in which Dromalty lies). William was baptised n 4th May 1846, parents William and Mary MOLONEY, and godparents Patrick MOLONEY and Mary MCKNIGHT. It is not clear if MCKNIGHT is a maiden name and the godparents were married. All other children before 1846 predate parish records.

3. Ellen MOLONEY (abt 1848 - 1911). Identified initially from assisted immigration records when she arrived in Australia in 1868. Married George TALLANT in 1873 in Sydney and had a number of children. Lived in Darlinghurst (next to Redfern) and died in 1911.

Now we can add an older son, Patrick MOLONEY (abt 1833 - 1858), based on the headstone data above. Given the date of birth, it is more than likely that William and Mary MOLONEY of Dromalty had other children also.


Aillin said...

What a lucky find for your research!

Maree said...
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Maresa McNamara said...


Would you know if any of Mary Ryan Maloney's descendants have taken DNA genealogy tests? I would love to compare tests. These Ryans are so elusive that DNA is the only way to advance with them.