This page is deliberately not comprehensive. Its main purpose is to provide context for the multiple Moran-Healy or Healy-Moran marriages. These include the marriages of William James Moran (son of James Moran and Mary McDonald) to Mary Jane Healy, William John Moran (son of Patrick Moran and Sarah Granahan) to Julia Ann Healy, Mary Moran (daughter of John Moran and Mary Golden) to John Healy, and our own direct ancestress Catharine Moran (daughter of Anthony Moran and Mary Connors) to Michael Healy. Not shown here is the marriage of a different Patrick Moran (of unknown parentage) and a different Catharine Healy, of whom further details will be found on the Healy page.
We have checked the parish register of St. Philip Neri, Kitley Township, Leeds County, a digital edition of which became available on the LDS FamilySearch website in January 2012. However, there are no Moran baptisms prior to 1852.
The present Moran family must be distinguished from that treated in Wilfred Bruce (1897-?), The Moran family of Ireland and Kitley Township, Leeds Co., Ontario, 1838-1978; A genealogical record of the maternal ancestors and family of his late wife Mabel Phillips, who died November 3, 1954 (1978), 34 pp. The author was aware that there were already Morans living in Kitley township when his ancestor George Moran arrived, and writes (p. 3) that there is “no proof that [they] … were related to George Moran.”
The reconstruction presented below is supported by autosomal DNA matches among several persons tested at Ancestry.com:
- The present writer, a descendant of Catharine (Moran) Healy;
- a descendant of Mary (Moran) Cunningham;
- a descendant of Margaret (Moran) McAndrews.
We should like to thank the following persons for their assistance:
- Margaret Quigley, for information on the family of William John Moran, who married Julia Ann Healy.
- Lisa Mills (not a Healy descendant), who together with Suzanne Elliott, below, discovered the evidence permitting the identification of Catharine (Moran) Healy.
- Suzanne Elliott, for evidence permitting the identification of Catharine (Moran) Healy, and for copies of pages from the 1978 Moran genealogy.
The following persons were probably siblings:
- 1 Anthony Moran, born probably in 1802.
- 2 John Moran, born about 1806-07.
- Catharine Morin [sic], who served as a baptismal sponsor to Margaret Moran, daughter of Anthony Moran, in Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, on 29 October 1848.
- Thomas Moran, who served as a baptismal sponsor to Patrick Moran, son of Anthony Moran, in Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Smith’s Falls, on 24 February 1850.
1. Anthony Moran, of Bastard Township, Leeds County, of Mara Township, Simcoe County, and of Carden Township, Victoria County, born probably in 1802 (aged 50 in 1852, 58 in 1861, 68 in 1871, 76 in 1878) in Ireland, died 17 December 1878 in Victoria County, of consumption, from which he had suffered for the previous two years. Unfortunately, at that era Ontario death registrations did not yet ask for the names of the parents of the deceased. He married by 1830, presumably in Ireland, Mary Connor(s), born around 1805 (aged 45 in 1852, 58 in 1861, 65 in 1871, 73 in 1881, 86 in 1891) in Ireland, still alive in 1891 (no death registration found). Her maiden surname is given as Connor in the 1877 marriage record of her daughter Margaret, and as Connors in the 1881 marriage record of her son Patrick. It will be noted that one of the sponsors at the baptism of her son Patrick Moran in 1850 was a Vellary (?) Connor.
Anthony Moran and his wife were enumerated in Bastard Township in the 1852 census, in which Anthony is called a farmer.
They were enumerated in Mara Township, Simcoe County in the 1861 census, in which Anthony is again called a farmer.
They were enumerated in Carden and Dalton Townships, Victoria County North, in the 1871 census, in which Anthony is again called a farmer.
In a newspaper announcement published in 1874 seeking the whereabouts of his son James (see below), he signed himself “Anthony Moran, Balsover P.O., Victoria county, Ontario, Canada.” The widow Mary Moran is found in the household of her son Patrick in the 1881 census of Carden Township, Victoria County North, in 1881,
and again in 1891.
Anthony and Mary (Connors) Moran had ten known children (the absence of marriage data in this list should not be taken as indicating that no marriage occurred):
- 3 Catharine Moran, born about 1830 (aged 21 in 1852, 32 in 1861, 40 in 1871, 50 in 1881, “about 55” at her death in 1884) in Ireland.
- Martin Moran, born about 1833-34 (aged 19 in 1852, 25 in 1861, 40 in 1875) in Ireland. As Martin Moran, watchmaker, aged 40, born in Ireland and residing at Kingston, he married 2 June 1875 at Trenton, Hastings County, by Roman Catholic rites, Margaret McAulay, born 1844-45 (aged 30 in 1875), residing at Trenton at the time of their marriage. The record gives the names of the parents of the parties as Anthony Moran and Mary ____ and Daniel B. McAulay and Ann ____, but does not supply the maiden surnames of the mothers. The witnesses were Daniel B. McAulay and Eliza Trainor, [both?] of Trenton.
- James Moran, born about 1834-35 (aged 18 in 1852, 24 in 1861) in Ireland. He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1861, but not in 1871. In earlier versions of these notes he was confused with a somewhat older man of the same name who remained in the area (see under “Unplaced Persons” below). However, he cannot have been the man who remained in the area, as on 31 January 1874, his father published a newspaper announcement seeking his whereabouts:
[Seeking] JAMES MORAN, who left Mara, Ontario, Canada, some 13 years ago; when last heard from, about seven years ago, was in Madison, Wis.; he stated he owned some town property there. Information of his whereabouts will be received by his affectionate father, Anthony Moran, Balsover P.O., Victoria county, Ontario, Canada.
- Mary Moran, born about 1836 (aged 16 in 1852) in Ireland, died 11 February 1914 in Kawkawlin Township, Bay County, Michigan, of chronic endocarditis and nephritis. She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1861, but not in 1871. Her death record names her as Mary Cunningham, daughter of Anthony Moran and Mary Conner; the informant was John Cunninghman, of Kawkawlin. She married 14 Oct 1860 in Ontario, Edward Cunningham, said to have been born 21 June 1831 in co. Mayo, Ireland. They were living at Orillia, Simcoe County, Ontario, at the birth of their daughter Margaret in 1868. Known issue:
- Sarah Ann Cunningham, born 1 April 1862 at Orillia, Simcoe County, Ontario, died 3 December 1939
at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. She married in 1884, Alexander Bourgeau, born 5 April 1858 at Aylmer, Elgin County, Ontario, died 13 May 1936 at Detroit. They had twelve children.
- Catherine Cunningham, born 1864.
- Mary Jane Cunningham, born 27 May 1866, died 18 March 1914.
- Margaret E. Cunningham, born 8 April 1868 in Orillia Township, Simcoe County, Ontario, died 12 May 1944 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, aged 76 years. Her death record names her as Margaret E. Murray, widow, daughter of Edward Cunningham and Mary Moran. She married 27 October 1890 at Bay City, Bay, Michigan, John Murray (spelled Murry in the marriage record), born 1857-58 (aged 32 years in 1890) in Michigan, son of David Murray and Catherine Malchrome. The record describes them as John Murry, aged 32 years, son of Davud [sic] Murry and Catherine Malchrome, born in Michigan, and Margaret Cunningham, aged 22 years, born in Canada, daughter of Edward Cunningham and Mary Moran.
- Bridget Cunningham, born March 1870, still alive in 1952.
- John James Cunningham, born 13 July 1875 in Canada, died 13 November 1950 at Bay City, Bay County, Michigan, aged 75 years. His death record describes him as a widower, and names his parents as Edward Cunningham and Mary Moran.
- Michael Cunningham, born 22 September 1875, died 28 March 1907.
- Edward Anthony Cunningham, born 9 October 1877, still alive in 1952.
- Anthony Moran, born about 1837 (aged 15 in 1852) in Ireland; still living unmarried with his parents in 1861, but not in 1871.
- Bridget Moran, born about 1839-40 (aged 13 in 1852, 20 in 1861) in Ireland; still living unmarried with her parents in 1861, but not in 1871.
- Ann Moran, born about 1843 (aged 9 in 1852, 17 in 1861) in Upper Canada, died ____ at Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1861, but not in 1871. She married 1 April 1861 at Mara Mission,
Mara Township, Simcoe County, Edward O’Donnell, said to have been born ca. 1831 in co. Mayo, Ireland, alive in 1882. The marriage record, the original of which has not been seen, apparently names her parents as Anthony Moran and Mary Connor. Known issue:
- Patrick James O’Donnell, born 24 January 1862 in Mara Township, Ontario Co., Ontario, died 1 June 1917 at Long Island City, Queens County, New York.
- Anthony O’Donnell, born 2 July 1863 in Mara Township, died 12 September 1933 in York County, Ontario, and buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Toronto.
- Mary Ellen O’Donnell, born 7 February 1865 in Mara Township, died 1951, Uptergrove, Ontario, Canada
- Margaret Ann O’Donnell, born 8 February 1868 in Mara Township, died 11 June 1946.
- John E. O’Donnell, born 26 November 1870 in Mara Township.
- Katherine Agnes O’Donnell, born 28 January 1873 in Mara Township.
- Michael O’Donnell, born 21 September 1874 in Mara Township, died 6 September 1920 in York County, Ontario.
- Bridget O’Donnell, born 24 October 1876 in Mara Township.
- Sarah Josephine O’Donnell, born 14 September 1878 in Mara Township, died 19 July 1927 in York County, Ontario.
- Daniel Vincent O’Donnell, born 7 August 1880 in Mara Township.
- Maria O’Donnell, born 13 May 1882 in Mara Township.
- Edward Moran, born 26 April 1847 at Brockville, Leeds County. He married 12 Aug 1884 at Mayville, Clark County, Wisconsin, Margret (McMamora) Leonard, born ____ at Manorhamilton, Ireland, widow of ____ Leonard and daughter of Felix McMamora and Susan McGlaughlin. The marriage record names his parents as Anthony Moran and Mary O’Connor.
- Margaret Moran, born 27 October 1848 in Ontario, baptized 29 October following in Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, with sponsors Patrick Connolly and Catharine Morin [sic], died 20 February 1903 at Wolverine, Nunda Township, Cheboygan County, Michigan, aged 54 years. Her death record names her as Margaret McAndrews, daughter of Anthony Moran and Mary O’Conner. She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1871. She married 30 January 1877 at Victoria Road, Victoria County, James McAndrews, born in May 1851 (aged 26 in 1877) in Ontario, also died 20 February 1903 at Wolverine, son of Patrick McAndrews and Catherine Meehan. At the time of their marriage both parties were of Carden Township, Victoria County, and the groom was a farmer. The record names the bride’s parents as Anthony Moran and Mary Connor. They had issue:
- Phillip John McAndrews, born 29 April 1877, died 28 November 1894.
- Catherine Mary McAndrews, born 6 October 1878.
- Anthony McAndrews, born 1880, died 28 November 1894.
- Patrick McAndrews, born May 1882.
- James McAndrews, born July 1884, died December 1969
- William McAndrews, born August 1887, died November 1966.
- Mary Gwendolyn McAndrews, born 7 November 1889, died 24 February 1967.
- Llewellyn McAndrews, born March 1893.
- Patrick Moran, born 11 February 1850 (per baptismal record), probably in Leeds County, baptized 24 February following in Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, with sponsors Thomas Moran and Vellary (?) Connor, died 9 February 1921 of asthenia, and buried 11 February following at Brechin, Ontario. He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1871. Enumerated in Carden township in 1881 and 1891, as above. He was the original patentee of concession 2, lot 7, and his descendants still held the land about 1920. He married 21 August 1881 at Victoria Road, Victoria County, Margaret Connolly, born 1857-58 (aged 23 in 1881) in Eldon Tp., predeceased her husband (who is called a widower in his death record), daughter of James Connolly and Elizabeth Burke. At the time of their marriage the groom was a farmer, of Carden Township, Victoria County, and the bride was of Eldon Township in the same county. The record names his parents as Anthony Moran and Mary Connors. The informant for Patrick Moran’s death registration was his son, William Moran, of Brechin, Ontario.
2. John Moran, Leeds County, Ontario, born about 1806-07 (aged 45 in 1852, 54 in 1861, 64 in 1871, 74 in 1881) in Ireland, died 4 November 1889, and is buried in Saint Philip Neri Cemetery, Leeds County, although there does not appear to be a corresponding entry in the church’s burial register. He was very likely a brother of Anthony above, as his son Edward is called a “cousin” to the sons of Anthony’s daughter Catharine (Moran) Healy (see below). He married by 1847, Mary Golden. Their issue included:
Mary Moran, born about 1848, died 1929. She married 8 February 1865 in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, in the town of Kitley (now Toledo), Kitley Tp., Leeds Co., John Healy, born 1838-39 (aged 13 in 1852) in Canada, a labourer in 1852, still alive in 1880, son of Owen Healy and Bridget O’Horo. They had issue.
- 4Edward Moran, born in 1852-53 in Leeds County.
3. Catharine Moran, daughter of Anthony Moran and Mary Connor(s), was born about 1830 in Ireland (aged 21 in 1852, 32 in 1861, 40 in 1871, 50 in 1881, “about 55” at her death in 1884) in Ireland, died shortly before 17 May 1884, when as Mrs. Michael Healy she was buried “in the graveyard adjoining the R.C. church of Philipsville in the presence of John Hart and Thomas Rogers.” Catharine was still living unmarried with her parents in 1852, but not in 1861. She is almost certainly the one of this name who married some time after the taking of the 1852 census, but probably by 1854, Michael Healy, of Bastard Township, Leeds County, Ontario, born about 1819-21 in co. Mayo, Ireland (according to his tombstone), died 27 September 1881, and buried two days later beside his parents in Philipsville Roman Catholic Cemetery, Bastard Tp., the burial record giving his age as 63 years but his tombstone as a more plausible 57 years. The witnesses to his burial were Thomas Hart and Patrick Moran. He was a son of John Healy and Mary O’Connor.
John and Catharine (Moran) Healy had 13 children, for whom see the Healy page. Their sons included an Anthony, whose godfather was a Anthony Moran (apparently the paternal grandfather). Other baptismal sponsors to her children included a John Moran and a Maria Moran, serving together in 1858. Furthermore, three of her sons, Martin, Thomas and Owen “Haley,” are named as cousins in the death notice of her kinsman (probably first cousin) Edward Moran, below. Finally, the identification is supported by the DNA evidence mentioned above.
4. Edward Moran, son of John Moran and Mary Golden, was born in 1852-53 (aged 8 in 1861, 18 in 1871, 27 in 1880, 44 in 1897) in Leeds County, Ontario, Canada, died 24 or 25 March 1897, and is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Boonville, Oneida County, New York, Section C, lot 14. He married Johanna Mulchy/Mulcahy, born 7 November 1856 at Hawkinsville, Oneida Co., New York, died 24 July 1936 at Forestport, New York. His death notice, a copy of which was kindly supplied by his great-granddaughter Suzanne Elliott, mentions a number of family connections:
The remains of Edward Moran, who died at St. Elizabeth’s hospital, March 24, were brought here Wednesday. Mr. Moran was well known here, having been a resident for a long time. He was a man possessed of a genial and kind disposition[,] ready at all times to do his neighbor a kindness or to lend a helping hand when any were in distress. He leaves a wife and two children, John, of Grant, and Kate, of the State hospital, besides other relatives. The funeral was held Friday from St. Patrick’s Catholic church, Rev. Father Pendergast, of Boonville, officiating. After saying mass for the departed, Father Pendergast, in well chosen words[,] admonished his hearers of the great consequences of sin. The bearers were Martin, Thomas and Owen Haley, [and] Thomas, William and Dennis Mulchi, cousins of the deceased. The remains were places in the Catholic cemetery at Boonville.
These Healy brothers’ mother, we believe, was Catharine Moran (no. 4 above), wife of Michael Healy, who had three sons not only of the right names, but born in the order stated in the notice. Chronologically, Catharine could easily have been a cousin of the deceased. Although Edward Moran’s sister Mary also married a Healy, her sons certainly did not include a Martin or a Thomas Healy.
5. Patrick Moran, of Bastard Tp., Leeds Co., Ontario, of unknown parentage, was born 1823-24 (aged 57 in 1861) in Ireland, died 8 July 1900, aged 75 years, and is buried in the Church of the Japanese Martyrs (Roman Catholic), Philipsville, Bastard Tp., with his wife Sarah Granahan, born about 1824 (aged 56 in 1881, 64 in 1886) in Ireland, who died 2 September 1886, aged 64 years. They were in Ontario at the birth of their son Michael in 1847 or 1848, but in the U.S. from 1852 to 1856 at least, as evidenced by the births of two daughters there. They had however retured to Canada by 1861, when they appear in Bastard Tp., in the census, which calls Patrick a farmer; there were two other Moran families in the immediate vicinity, both headed by men about the same age as Patrick.
They appear in the 1881 census of Bastard & Burgess Townships.
- Michael Moran, born 1847-48 (aged 13 in 1861) in Ontario, a laborer in 1861. He married 16 October 1877 in Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, Mary Ann Hughes, daughter of James Hughes and Bridget Heffernan. The record names him as a son of Patrick Moran and Sarah Granahan. Margaret Quigley notes: “This couple moved to Dakota Territory in 1880 and are found on the 1885 Territorial census. Later he is widowed and living with Andrew [Hughs] and Catherine and listed as brother-in-law. Died about 1918.”
- Margaret Moran, born 11 August 1850 (per baptismal record) in Kitley Tp. (per her marriage record), baptized 20 (?) September following in Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, as a daughter of Patrick Moran and Sarah Grannahan, with sponsors John Moran and Mridget Maloy. She was still living umarried with her parents in 1881. She married 26 or 28 November 1882 in Leeds Co., by Roman Catholic rites, James White, born 1856-57 (aged 25 in 1882) in Kitley Tp. (per his marriage record), son of Thomas White and Mary Kelley. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names her parents as Patrick Moran and Sarah Granahan, both parties were residing in Kitley Tp.; the witnesses were Michael Judge and Eliza McCann, both of Kitley.
- Catherine Moran, born 1851-52 (aged 9 in 1861) in New York; married by 1881, Andrew Hughs. Margaret Quigley notes: “Andrew Hughs and Catherine Moran’s only daughter was Julia Ann Hughes. Her death certificate tells that she was born in Smith Falls, Ontario, and that her mother’s maiden name was Moran, and that she was born in New York…. Andrew and Catherine moved to Minto, ND in the early 1890s.” They were the great-grandparents of Margaret Quigley’s husband.
- Mary J. Moran, born 1856-57 (aged 24 in 1881) in the U.S.; still living unmarried with her parents in 1881.
William John Moran, born 19 September 1858 in Bastard Tp., baptized 5 January 1859 in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, in the town of Kitley (now Toledo), Kitley Tp., Leeds Co., with sponsors John Moran and Elisabeth Long. He married 19 April 1887 at Phillipsville, Bastard Tp., Leeds Co., Julia Ann Healy, born 1 January 1868, baptized (as “Ann”) 12 May following in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, with sponsors James Hart and Eliza Ann Rundy (?). She was a daughter of Francis Healey and Anne Rape, and sister to Mary Jane Healy below.
- Anthony Francis Moran, born 21 ____ [illegible] 1861 (?), baptized 7 April 1861 in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, with sponsors Daniel Kelly and Catharine Moran.
- (?) Celia Moran, born 1872-73 (aged 8 in 1881) in Ontario; perhaps on chronological grounds more likely to have been a granddaughter. Margaret Quigley notes that she is not found in any census but that of 1881.
6. James Moran, of Bastard Township and later of Boonville, Oneida Co., New York, son of Michael Moran and Catherine Moran of Bastard Township, was born 1827-28 (aged 82 in 1910), and was still alive at the taking of the 1910 census, when he is found at Boonville. He married (1) 12 November 1848 in Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, “his cousin” Honora Moran, widow of Darby O’Malley and daughter of ____ Moran, born about 1824, died 1861. The record of their marriage, which was witnessed by Patrick Rape and Margret [sic] Deane, is unusually full, describing them as “James Moran, son of Michael Morin and of Catharine Morin of Bastard, and Hanora Morin widow of the late Darby O’Mally, co. Mayo, his cousin,” and recording the testimony of a witness that “O’Mally died about three years ago.” It does not however supply their ages. He married (2) probably in 1862, Mary McDonald, born 1837-38 (by calculation), died 9 December 1885, aged 47 years, and as “Mary McDonald wife of Jas. Moran” buried in the Church of the Japanese Martyrs (Roman Catholic), Philipsville, Bastard Tp. We have not established with absolute certainty that the James Moran who married Honora Moran was the same man who married Mary McDonald, but it seems likely in view of the chronology. If this is true, it rules out the possibility that the James Moran who married Mary McDonald was a son of Anthony Moran (no. 1 above) and Mary Connor, as has sometimes been claimed. Note too that the man found in the 1910 census of Boonville, New York, is substantially too old to have been the son of Anthony Moran and Mary Connor. Known issue:
- Catherine Moran, born 15 October 1849, baptized 18 November following in Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Smith’s Falls, as a daughter of James Moran and Honora Moran, with sponsors James Bryen and Sibly Moran.
- Honora Moran, born 1 December 1865, baptized 1 January 1866 in the Roman Catholic Church of Kitley and Philipsville, Leeds County, as a child of James Moran and Mary McDonald, with sponsors Peter Connors and Catherine Meyers.
William James Moran, born 1865-66 (aged 22 in 1888) in Bastard Tp., or more precisely at Portland (per the 1903 birth record of his son Bernard), alive in January 1916. He married 20 October 1888 at Phillipsville, Bastard Tp., Leeds Co., after publication of banns, Mary Jane Healy (called Jane in the 1871 census), born probably in 1864 (aged 6 in 1871, 16 in 1881, 24 in 1888) in Bastard Tp. (per marriage record), or more precisely at Portland (per the 1903 birth record of her son Bernard); alive on 23 August 1941, when as “Mary Jane Moran of the City of Moose Jaw in the Province of Sask[atchewan]” she made a very belated declaration of the facts concerning the birth of her daughter Margaret. She was a daughter of Francis Healey and Anne Rape, and sister to Julia Ann Healy above. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents including the maiden surnames of the mothers, both parties were of Bastard Township and were Roman Catholic in religion, and the groom was a laborer; the witnesses were James O’Horo and Annie O’Horo, [both?] of Westport. At the time of the birth of his daughter Margaret in 1893 he was a farmer. William James Moran and Mary Jane Healy were living at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, at the births of two children in 1898 and 1903, they are enumerated there in the 1900 census, in which he is called a blacksmith,
and he is mentioned as a brother, “William James Moran of Chicago,” in the January 1916 death notice of Elizabeth J. (Moran) Mulchy, widow of William Mulchy. However, we have not found him in the census in 1910 or 1920. Known issue:
- Francis J. Moran, born in August 1889 (per 1900 census).
- James B. Moran, born in Jan. 1891 (per 1900 census).
- Margaret Mary Lillian Moran, born 2 September 1893 in Portland Tp., in Leeds Co.
- Annie Moran, born September 1895 (per 1900 census) in English Canada.
- Katie Moran, born 7 April 1898 at Chicago.
- Joseph A Moran, born June 1900 (per 1900 census).
- Bernard Moran, born 8 October 1903 at Chicago.
- Thomas Edmund Moran, born 28 July 1873, baptized 5 April 1874 in the Roman Catholic Church of Kitley, Leeds County, as a child of James Moran and Mary McDonald, with sponsors Peter Herrefan and Elizabeth McDonald.
William Moran, son of John Moran and Maria Hipson, was born 1855 in Ireland, died 24 January 1926 at Toledo. He married (1) Maria Morrison, died 1910. He married (2) Cynthia A. Price. His death notice reads:
It was a great shock to the people of this community [Toledo] when the word went forth Sunday afternoon, the 24th inst, that William Moran had passed away after a very brief illness. On Friday he suffered an attack of acute indigestion, but very few knew of it, and on Sunday, to the consternation of his near ones attending him, and to the great surprise of all, he suddenly passed away.
The late Mr. Moran was born in Ireland in 1855, a son of the late Maria Hipson and John Moran and when the boy William was six years old his parents came to Canada and settled in this district, where deceased spent the last years of his life. In his younger days he spent some time in Michigan, also in Western Ontario and later in Smiths Falls. He was an expert cabinet maker and actively followed that vocation up to the day he became ill. He also did considerable work as a painter.
Deceased was the possessor of many sterling qualities, very quiet and unobtrusive in his manner, but ever ready to lend a helping hand when called upon. He was strictly honest and industrious to a fault and in his unassuming way he exerted a great influence for good in this community, where he was held in high esteem. In politics he as a Conservative and in religion was of the Anglican faith.
The late Mr. Moran’s first wife formerly Miss Maria Morrison passed away in 1910. Their two children survive to mourn a loving father: Mrs. G. Gould of Alhambra, Cal., and Mortimer A. Moran of this place. A few years ago he married secondly Miss Cynthia A. Price, who survives also to mourn his loss. Of a family of eight there survive four sisters and one brother: Mrs. Thos. Rae, of Flint, Mich; Mrs. R.C. Russell of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Alexander McQueen, of Morefield, Ont.; Mrs. Sanford Morden, of Niagara Falls, NY., and Robert Moran of Alpena, Mich. A brother, John Moran died some time ago, while a sister Mrs. G.R. Mack, of Detroit Mich., passed away last August.
1. ||Victoria County death registrations, 1878, no. 014423.
|2. ||1852 census of Canada West, Leeds County, township 188 (Bastard), pt. 2, p. 93. The entry reads:
name occupation birthplace age
Anthony Moran farmer Ireland 50
Mary housekeeper " 45
Catharine spinster " 21
Martin labourer " 19
James " " 18
Mary --- " 16
Anthony labourer " 15
Bridget --- " 13
Ann --- Canada 9
Edward --- " 7
Margaret --- " 4
Patrick --- " 2
entire family's religion Roman Catholic
|3. ||1861 census of Ontario, Simcoe County, Mara Township, district 2, p. 26; Library and Archives Canada microfilm no. Roll: C-1057. The entry reads:
name occupation birthplace age cond.
Anthony Moran farmer Ireland 58 m
Mary * " 58 m
Martin labourer " 25 s
James " " 24 s
Mary Anothy** " " 22 s
Bridget * " 20 s
Ann * U.C. 17 s
Edward * " 14
Margaret * " 12
Patrick * " 10
entire family's religion Roman Catholic
* There are ditto marks here, but they should have been blanks
** sic, and noted as male; an obvious error in which Mary and
Anthony have been combined into one
|4. ||1871 census of Ontario, Victoria County North, Carden and Dalton townships, 053c, p. 13; LAC microfilm no. C-9982. The entry reads, in part:
name gender age birthpl. occ. cond.
MORAN Anthony m 68 Ire farmer married
MORAN Mary f 65 Ire ----- married
MORAN Edward m 24 Ont farmer
MORAN Patrick m 21 Ont farmer
MORAN Margaret f 22 Ont -----
entire family's religion Roman Catholic; ethnicity Irish
|5. ||1881 census of Ontario, Victoria County North, Carden Township, 130d, p. 14; LAC microfilm no. C-13243. The entry reads, in part:
name gender age birthpl. occ. cond.
MORAN, Mary f 73 Ire farmer widow
MORAN, Patrick m 29 Ont farmer
CONNORS, Daniel m 6 Ont
CONNORS, Hugh m 16 Ont
entire household's religion Roman Catholic; ethnicity Irish
|6. ||1891 census of Ontario, Victoria County North, Carden Township, 120c, p. 16; LAC microfilm no. T-6373. The entry reads, in part:
name gender age cond. relat. b.p. f.b.p. m.b.p. occ.
MORAN, Patrick m 38 married ---- Ont Ire Ire farmer
MORAN, Margaret f 38 married wife Ont Ire Ire
MORAN, Bridget Ellen f 8 ------- dtr Ont Ire Ire
MORAN, Elezebeth f 6 ------- dtr Ont Ire Ire
MORAN, Mary f 4 ------- dtr Ont Ire Ire
MORAN, Anthony m 2 ------- son Ont Ire Ire
MORAN, Daniel m 11 ------- lodger Ont Ire Ire
MORAN, Mary f 86 widow mother Ire Ire Ire
entire family's religion Roman Catholic; ethnicity Irish
|7. ||Hastings County marriage registrations, 1875, no. 003136.
|8. ||Boston Pilot, 31 January 1874, as excerpted in Ruth-Ann Mellish Harris, Donald M. Jacobs, & B. Emer O’Keeffe, The Search for Missing Friends (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1989?–), 7:351.
|9. ||Michigan Death Registrations.
|10. ||Dianne Bray, “Chambers Family Tree,” public member tree at Ancestry.com.
|11. ||Dianne Bray’s tree at Ancestry.com.
|12. ||We draw heavily here on Dianne Bray’s tree at Ancestry.com.
|13. ||Michigan Death Registrations.
|14. ||Michigan Marriage Registrations.
|15. ||Michigan Death Registrations.
|16. ||This and other unsourced information on her has been taken from the website “Ramara Carden Dalton” at http://ramaracardendalton.com/.
|17. ||“Ramara Carden Dalton” at http://ramaracardendalton.com/, which traces further descendancy.
|18. ||Wisconsin, County Marriages, at FamilySearch. Image of original record failed to load on 19 January 2018.
|19. ||“Donella24’s tree” at ancestry.com, which unless otherwise stated is our source for our statements on her family. This tree’s author is a direct descendant of Margaret’s daughter Mary Gwendolyn (McAndrews) Morford.
|20. ||Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995, at FamilySearch.
|21. ||Ontario Marriage Registrations, Victoria County, 1877, no. 010635.
|22. ||Despite the fact that his marriage record places his birth in Mara Township, Simcoe County.
|23. ||York County death registrations, 1921, no. 001771. The record names his father as Anthony Moran, born in Ireland. In one place in the record the name Edward has been inserted before Patrick, but we have not seen any record during the subject’s lifetime in which he is so called.
|24. ||Watson Kirkconnell, Victoria County Centennial History (1921), p. 226.
|25. ||Ontario Marriage Registrations, Victoria County, 1881, no. 11207.
|26. ||His age is given rather inconsistently in census records as 40 years in 1861, 48 in 1871, and 63 [!] in 1881, this last entry being inconsistent not only with the others but also disagreeing with his tombstone, which gives his age later that same year as 57.
|27. ||Death notice of Edward Moran, Boonville Herald, 1 April 1897, p. 2, from a copy kindly supplied by Suzanne Elliott.
|28. ||1861 Census of Canada, Leeds Co., Bastard Tp.; Library and Archives of Canada microfilm no. C-1043. The entry reads:
name occupation age
Patrick Moren farmer 40
Sara Moren ---- 40
Michal Moren labourer 13
Margret Moren ---- 11
Catherin Moren ---- 9
Mary J. Moren ---- 7
William John Moren labourer [!] 3
Entire family is said [erroneously] to have been born in U.C.; religion given as
"Church of Room" [sic].
|29. ||1881 Census of Canada, Ontario, District 110 (Leeds South), Subdistrict G (Bastard & Burgess South), Division 1, p. 70; PAC microfilm no. C-13232 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,868]. The entry reads:
name cond. gender age birthplace occupation
Patrick Moran M M 57 Ireland farmer
Sarah Moran M F 56 Ireland
Margaret Moran F 27 Ontario
Mary J. Moran F 24 USA
William Moran M 21 Ontario farmer
Celia Moran F 8 Ontario
Entire family Irish in ethnicity and Catholic in religion
|30. ||Mariages Catholiques de la Region de Perth, Ontario, comp. Peter Andersen & Hubert Houle (Ottawa, 1986), 112.
|31. ||The church register says 28 November; Leeds County marriage registrations, 1882, no. 006086, says 26 Nov.
|32. ||Mariages Catholiques de la Region de Perth, Ontario, comp. Peter Andersen & Hubert Houle (Ottawa, 1986), 113.
|33. ||Leeds County marriage registrations, 1888, no. 006623.
|34. ||1900 U.S. Federal Census, Illinios, Cook County, Chicago, Ward 13, enumeration district 399 p. 8B; NARA microfilm no. 261; FHL microfilm: 1240261. The record reads:
name relationship age birthdate birthplace father mother occ.
William J. Moran head 31 December 1868 Eng. Can. Ireland Ireland
Mary J. Moran wife 34 November 1865 Eng. Can. Eng. Can. Eng. Can.
Francis J. Moran son 10 August 1889 Eng. Can. Eng. Can. Eng. Can. *
James B. Moran son 8 Jan. 1891 Eng. Can. Eng. Can. Eng. Can. *
Margaret B. Moran dau. 6 September 1893 Eng. Can. Eng. Can. Eng. Can. *
Annie Moran dau. 4 September 1895 Eng. Can. Eng. Can. Eng. Can.
Katie Moran dau. 2 April 1898 Illinois Eng. Can. Eng. Can.
Joseph A Moran son 5/12 June 1900 Illinois Eng. Can. Eng. Can.
All Canadian-born members of the family received U.S. citizenship in 1895.
The parents stated they could read and write.
* These three children "at school"
|35. ||Utica NY Herald Dispatch, __ January 1916, from a copy kindly supplied by Lisa Mills.
|36. ||Leeds County birth registrations (delayed), 1941, no. 902016.
|37. ||Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922, at Ancestry.com.
|38. ||Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922, at Ancestry.com.
|39. ||Death notice of William Moran, 27 January 1926, Athens Reporter, as transcribed in “Toledo — News from the Village — 1924 to 1930,” at http://www.lynmuseum.ca/2017/10/16/toledo-news-village-1924-1930/.
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