Mooney Family - Tuam Galway Ireland to Australia

Our Mooney family came to Australia from Tuam Galway Ireland.


John Mooney (? - ?)

John Mooney is the first member of our family, for whom I have found any records. Very little is known about John at this time. John married Bridget Corcoran about 1790 in Tuam. The known children of this marriage were:

  • Patrick Mooney (Abt 1791-1873) married Mary Ford in Tuam - "Patrick Senior"
  • Thomas Mooney (1802 - 1884) married Bridget Goodwin in Tuam
  • John Mooney (1805-1809) married Anne Martyn in Tuam
  • Margaret Mooney (1807 - 1884) married Charles William Corlis in Tuam

Between 1839 and 1860 all four children, and most of their grandchildren, migrated to Australia. Most settled in and around Taralga (after a short stay in Bathurst), while some were pioneers in the Condobolin and Hartley regions.

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Patrick Mooney (1791-1873)

Patrick Mooney married Mary Ford about 1819 In Tuam Galway. Children of the family were:

  • Thomas Mooney (1820 - 1919) married (1)Mary Gannon (ii) Catherine McGilvray (nee Smith) - "Governor Tom", lived in Taralga
  • Mary Mooney (1822 - ?) married Patrick Ford - settled in America
  • Catherine E Mooney (1824 - ?) married Malachi Hession
  • Margaret Mooney (1826 - 1892) married Lawrence Moran - lived in Sydney
  • Bridget Mooney (1828 - ?) probably died in Ireland
  • Patrick Mooney (1833 - 1892) married Ann Quinn - "Big Paddy", lived in Taralga
  • Michael Mooney (1835 - ?) probably died in Ireland
  • John Mooney (1838 - 1929) married Alicia Collins - lived in Sydney

Patrick and Mary's daughter, Margaret, arrived in Australia on the "Susan" in 1841, having travelled with her aunt, Margaret Corlis. In 1849 she married Lawrence Moran.

Patrick and Mary's sons, Patrick and John, arrived in 1856, on the "Vocalist". Their passage was paid by their sister, Margaret Moran.

In 1857 Patrick and Mary, together with their son Thomas, daughter-in-law Mary (nee Gannon) and grandchildren John, Patrick and Thomas, arrived on the "Mary Ann". Their son-in-law, Lawrence Moran, paid for their passage. Patrick Mooney also had a child under his care on the ship; Mary Ford who was aged 8. Her parents, Patrick and Mary Ford, were living in America. Mary was Patrick's grand-daughter. Mary married Michael O'Keefe on 2 May 1866. They were the great grandparents of Johnny O'Keefe.

In 1860 Patrick and Mary's daughter, Catherine Hession, together with her sons Thomas and John, arrived on the "Tudor". Catherine is listed as a widow, I have not yet found details of her husband, Malachi's death. Nothing more is known about Catherine after she arrived.

Patrick (Big Paddy) and Thomas Mooney held land at Guinecor jointly with their brother-in-law Lawrence Moran. Big Paddy and his wife Ann had their home on Portion 9 of the Parish of Guinecor. Thomas may have also lived in one of the houses on this Portion. His son Patrick ("Little Paddy") and daughter-in-law Margaret Hearley lived on Portion 101, and also had a house in Taralga.

Thomas Mooney built the Argyle Hotel at Taralga. His brother Patrick also held the licence of the Argyle.

Thomas Mooney (1802-1884)

Thomas appears to be the first of the family to migrate to Australia. He came out on the "Hero of Malown" which arrived 24th April 1839, with his wife Bridget (nee Goodwin) and children John, Patrick and Mary. Also under Thomas' protection were Bridget Corlis (daughter of Michael Corlis and Margaret Connor, and a niece of his sister Margaret) and Bridget Costello (daughter of Michael Costello and Mary Farmington). Bridget Costello's connection (if any) to the family has not yet been determined. Thomas and his family settled in Sydney.

John Mooney (1805-1889)

John Mooney married Ann Martyn on 21 August 1835 in Tuam Galway. Children of this marriage were:

  • Patrick Mooney (1836 - 1913) married (1)Ellen McCormack, (ii) Sarah Gallagher, (iii) Sarah Jane Tierney, (iv) Catherine Aylward - "Red Paddy", lived in Taralga
  • Bridget Mooney (1838 - 1921) married (i) Thomas Maher, (ii) Thomas Croke
  • Thomas Francis Mooney (1844 - 1926) married Mary Jane Philomena Hughes
  • Margaret Mooney (1843 - ?) probably died in Ireland. Baptised in Tuam 26 February 1843.
  • Catherine Mooney (1846 - 1921) married Richard Cusack

Ann Mooney died about 1855. John and his children came out on the "Mary Ann" in 1857, their passage paid by John's brother, Thomas, who at that time was living at Globe Street Sydney.

In 1873 Thomas Francis Mooney ("Lachlan Tom") left Taralga for Condobolin. He had worked in and around Taralga as a blacksmith and coachbuilder with his cousin, John Quinn, and is credited with forging the first single furrow plough in the Taralga district. From an initial holding of 320 acres, Thomas built this up to a total holding of nearly 26,000 acres.

Margaret Mooney (1807-1884)

Margaret was the second to arrive, with her husband Charles William Corlis, and their children Margaret, John, Michael and William, and Margaret's niece Margaret Mooney (daughter of Patrick Mooney and Mary Ford) in 1841 on the "Susan". Bridget Mooney (nee Corcoran) was still alive, but her husband was dead. Charles Corlis' brother, Patrick and his family also came out on the "Susan".

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Patrick Mooney (1836-1913)

Patrick Mooney arrived in 1857 on the "Mary Ann", with his father John, and three siblings. Patrick married four times.

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Patrick married Ellen McCormack (1846-1967), the daughter of Michael and Mary McCormack, on 27 December 1864 at St Ignatius Church, Taralga. Witnesses to the wedding were John Mooney and Sarah Ann McCormack. Child from this marriage was:

  • Ann Sarah Mooney (1866-1950) married John Thomas Wood in Wagga Wagga

Patrick next married Sarah Ann Gallagher (1846-1875), the daughter of John and Mary Gallagher, on 30 May 1874 at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney. Child from this marriage was:

  • Mary Teresa Claire Mooney (1875-1947) married William Spence at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney

Patrick next married Sarah Jane Tierney (1846-1875), the daughter of Peter and Catherine (nee O'Brien) Tierney, on 7 July 1877 at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney. Children from this marriage were:

  • Catherine Agnes Louisa Mooney (1879-1955) married Robert Alexander Gordon at Taralga. Read more about the Gordon Family...
  • Patrick Thomas Emmet Mooney (1881-1959) n.m.
  • Peter John Cecil Mooney (1883-1968) married Johanna Cecelia Sullivan at Crookwell
  • Michael Joseph Bede Mooney (1885-1949) married Otelia Mary Josephine Mooney (daughter of Thomas Francis Mooney and Mary Jane Philomena Hughes) at Goulburn
  • Bridget Clara Ethel Mooney (1887-1887) n.m
  • Vincent Clement Leslie Mooney (1889-1973) married (i) Elsie Irene Stephenson at Crookwell, (ii) Dorothy Margaret McAlister at Goulburn
  • Sarah Jane Mooney (1895-1895) n.m. - Sarah was born 6 August, and died 2 November 1895. Her birth was registered as Sarah Jane, whilst her death was registered as Ann Jane. She was listed as Sarah Jane on her mother's death certificate. Sarah was cared for my a Mrs Fitzgibbon of Taralga, after the death of her own mother when she was 8 days old.

Sarah Jane Tierney was baptised at Donaghpatrick, County Galway, on 10 February 1851. Sponsors were Michael Tierney and Bridget Flynn. Sarah's sister, Mary, was baptised there on 20 June 1852. The marriage notice for Patrick and Sarah Jane states that Sarah Jane was the third daughter of Peter Tierney. Sarah Jane died at the Cooma Hotel in Goulburn on 14 August 1895. This was located on the corner of Mundy Street and Braidwood Road. She died eight days after giving birth to her daughter Sarah. Her cause of death is given as an attack of apoplexy. She is buried at St Patrick's Cemetery with her daughter Kate and son-in-law Robert Gordon Legend has it that Sarah had six sisters who migrated from Ireland to America. This has yet to be verified.

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Patrick next married Catherine Aylward (1857-1933), the daughter of John and Mary Aylward, on 6 September 1896 at Goulburn. Children from this marriage were:

  • John Mooney (1897-1969) married Alice Blanche Collins at Sydney
  • Ellen Mary Magdalene Mooney (1899-1957) married Ernest Vincent Lawler in Goulburn

Patrick, together with his father, John, held land at The Meadows, near Taralga. Patrick died at Taralga on 18 July 1913, and was buried at Stonequarry Cemetery.

Bridget Mooney (1838-1921)

Bridget Mooney arrived in 1857 on the "Mary Ann", with her father John, and three siblings. Bridget married Thomas Maher (?-1862) on 22 January 1861. Child of this marriage was:

  • Honora Maher (1862-1897) married John Power

Bridget next married Thomas Croke (1832-1910), the son of Edmund and Ellen Croke, on 9 May 1863 at Goulburn. Children of this marriage were:

  • John Croke (1864-1937) married Mary Jane Collins
  • James Croke (1866-1902)
  • Thomas Francis Croke (1868-1948) married i. Margaret Florence Cusack, ii. Mary Alice Elliott
  • Michael George Croke (1869-1953) married Frances Eleanor McCabe
  • Ellen Croke (1870-1870) n.m.
  • Patrick Joseph Croke (1874-?)
  • Unnamed Croke (1874-1874) n.m.
  • Catherine Ellen ("Sis") Croke (1877-1959) n.m.
  • Daniel Lawrence Croke (1879-1957) married Annie Hennessy

Thomas Francis Mooney (1844-1926)

Thomas Mooney arrived in 1857 on the "Mary Ann", with his father John, and three siblings. Thomas married Mary Jane Philomena Hughes (1848-1935) on 21 January 1869 at Goulburn. Children of this marriage were:

  • Anne Jane Mooney (1869-1953) married John Fisher Dawson
  • John Francis Joseph Mooney (1871-1878) n.m.
  • Michael Edward Mooney (1874-1878) n.m.
  • Patrick Sylvester Joseph Mooney (1876-1972) married i. Alice Mary Sparks, ii. Veronica Margaret Doyle
  • Philomena Mary Mooney (1878-1968) married Joseph Basil May
  • Otelia Mary Josephine Mooney (1885-1981) married Michael Joseph Bede Mooney (son of Patrick and Sarah Jane (nee Tierney) Mooney
  • Thomas James Mooney (1888-1907) n.m.
  • Marguerite Mary Thomasine Mooney (1891-1939) married Eustace Street

Catherine Mooney (1846-1921)

Catherine Mooney arrived in 1857 on the "Mary Ann", with her father John, and three siblings. Catherine married Richard Cusack (1849-1927) on 25 July 1871 at Taralga. Children of this marriage were:

  • James Joseph Cusack (1872-1907)
  • Anne Sarah Cusack (1874-1963) married Henry John Bath
  • John Joseph Cusack (1877-1965) married Sarah Teresa Toohey
  • Thomas Cusack (1879-1929)
  • Bridget Marcella Cusack (1881-1924) married Joseph Kelly
  • Henry Francis Cusack (1872-1907) married Evelyn Emily Hitchman