O'Moroney family genealogy

Of Clare, and America

Arms: Az. three crosses-crosslet or, betw. as many boars' heads, couped above the shoulders, ar. langued gu. Crest: A lion ramp. ar. holding between the paws a sceptre or halbert, or. Motto: Amicis semper fidelis.

THIS family name is one of the anglicised forms of the Irish O'Maolruanaidh, which is derived from Maolruanaidh (or Mulroona) Mór, a younger brother of Conchobhar (or Connor) who is No. 106 on the "O'Connor" (Kings of Connaught) pedigree. Other forms of this ancient family name were—O'Mulrooney, O'Mulroney, O'Moroney, Moroney, Moroni, Mulrooney, Rooney, Roney, Rowney, etc. According to O'Dugan's Topography, O'Maolruanaidh was one of the three chiefs of Crumthan or Cruffan, a district comprising the barony of Killian and part of Ballymoe, in the county Galway. The O'Moroney portion of the family more lately settled in the co. Clare, where many of them still remain; and whence some members of the family emigrated to America some 120 years ago, and others more lately. Descendants of those emigrants are now located in the States of Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, and Louisiana: among them being Mr. Timothy Moroney of New Orleans, living in 1887.

We are unable to trace the genealogy of the family farther back than Pierce Morony, of Clown Meagh, whose Will bears date 8th Dec, 1678, and who married Margaret, dau. of Theobald Butler, by whom he had (with four daughters, the youngest of whom Catherine, was wife of Thady Quin, an ancestor of the Earl of Dunraven) two sons, of whom the younger was:—

2. Pierce Morony, who m. and had issue two sons and four daughters. The elder son was Edmond.

3. Edmond, of Poulmallen, co. Clare: elder son of Pierce; was twice m.: first—to Mary-Anne, dau. of Ralph Westropp, Esq., of Maryfort, by whom he had four sons and four daughters:

I. Thomas, of whom presently.

II. Westropp.

III. John.

IV. Ralph.

I. Jane.

II. Hannah.

III. Mary-Anne.

IV. Elizabeth.

He m., secondly, Blanche Vincent, of Limerick, and by her had two sons and three daughters:

V. Edmond.

VI. Exham.

V. Elizabeth.

VI. Blanche.

VII. Susannah.

4.Thomas (d. 1832) of Milltown-House, J.P., High Sheriff of the co. Clare, in 1796: eldest son by the first marriage; m. in 1776 Frances (d. 1793), dau. of Edmond Morony, Esq., of Cork (by Mary, his wife, dau. of Francis Goold, Esq.), and left at his decease five sons and three daughters:

I. Edmond.

II. Thomas-Harrison, of whom presently.

III. Francis-Goold.

IV. Henry.

V. John.

I. Mary.

II. Anne.

III. Frances.

5.Thomas-Harrison Morony (d. 13 Jan., 1854), of Milltown-House, J.P.: second son of Thomas; m., 20th March, 1809, Anna Burdett, and had issue three sons and five daughters:

I. Thomas (b. 1809), who in 1833 m. Anna-Maria, eldest dau. of George Dartnell, Esq., of Limerick, and d. leaving issue one son and three daus.: I. Thomas, who d. in 1836. I. Rose. II. Anne. III. Emily, who d. 1854.

II. Burdett, of whom presently.

III. Henry, b. 22nd, Nov., 1819; and d. unm. 18 April, 1841.

I. Charlotte, who in 1837 m. Thomas Barclay, Esq., of Ballyarkny, and had issue.

II. Frances, who m. the Rev. Michael Fitzgerald, rector of Kilfarboy, and vicar of Kildysart, in the co. Clare, and had issue.

III. Anna-Maria, who in 1868 m. William Duckett, Esq., J.P., of Duckett's Grove, county Carlow.

IV. Emily, who in 1851 m. Edward Griffiths, second son of Louis Griffiths, Esq., of Cheltenham, England, and had issue.

V. Louisa, who d. unm. 4th July, 1857.

6. Burdett Morony (b. 18th June, 1815, and living in 1876, but since deceased, of Milltown-House, co. Clare, J.P. and D.L., High Sheriff 1861-62: second son of Thomas-Harrison Morony; m., on 11th June, 1847, Eleanor Lucinda, dau. of George Dartnell, Esq., of Limerick. Mrs. Burdett Morony; relict of said Burdett Morony, now (1887) occupies Miltown-House, Milltown-Malbay, co. Clare.