Margaret MOLONEY, nee HOGAN of Killokennedy

Today provides one of those opportunities to link families together, though there frustrating gaps in the information, like what is the name of the sister who lived in Ireland.

Margaret Moloney, nee Hogan, is of interest to me because she comes from Broadford, a specific research focus on mine.

Starting with this obituary what can we learn about Margaret?

  • Married to Bartholomew Moloney
  • No children
  • Sister is Mrs Patrick Bourke (christian name Catherine -more on her in coming days)
  • A sister in Ireland
  • Four sisters (in Australia or Portland?)
  • a brother in Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Parents John and Mary Hogan
  • very young when she emigrated
  • Born circa 1843
  • Bartholomew died circa 1899 or 1900
OBITUARY. (1925, October 1). Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), p. 31. Retrieved March 18, 2014, from
OBITUARY. (1925, October 1). Freeman’s Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 – 1932), p. 31. Retrieved March 18, 2014, from

Margaret’s birth falls just around the time the Broadford RC parish records commence, but her name does not appear there. It’s possible that she is one of the children of John Hogan and Mary Smith of Killokennedy, but further research would be required, and perhaps a copy of the marriage certificate.

I also searched the State Records of NSW Immigration indexes and then the shipping lists. There were three possibilities across the period 1855 to 1868:

  • Margaret (19) in 1863 on the Spitfire, from Ennis (unlikely)
  • Margaret (14) in 1867 on the Sir Robert Sale, from Tulla (more possible)
  • Margaret (21) on the Montmorency arriving 29 November 1864, from Broadford.

From what we knew the latter was the likeliest so I checked my East Clare database and I have her listed. From the Board Immigrant Lists (microfilm 2482, ref 4/4986) I find that this passenger’s details were as follows:

She was a dairymaid, aged 21, could read and write and was Catholic. Her parents were John and Mary Hogan of Killokennedy, and both were alive (there are several listings for John Hogan in Killokennedy parish on the Griffiths Valuations). Margaret also stated that she had sisters in the colony, Honora and Bridget Hogan, living in Campbell St, Sydney.

Using the NSW BDM online index search I found the following marriage:


Using the same option I also found Bartholomew’s death:


I also looked at the Rookwood Catholic Cemetery search facility and found Margaret’s burial through her husband’s (note the different spelling):

Names: Bartholemew Maloney

Service Date:15 Dec 1899 Date of Death:14 Dec 1899

Age:58 Gender:M Register Number:19108 Burial Type:Burial

Location:Section Grave Mortuary 1; Area : A Grave : 555 .5  Interred in this burial site :


Given Name

Service Date





15 Dec 1899





11 Jul 1928



It’s probably not surprising that the details are verifiable from the records, as the information would have come from her sister. I have had a brief look for Margaret’s emigration but haven’t conclusively pinned her down. If she was young when she arrived, it’s likely she arrived as part of the immigration wave of the early 1860s. During this period the local parish priest of Broadford was working quite hard helping the young people to emigrate as Ireland was again in a dire situation, and with America in the throes of a Civil War, it was no longer such an appealing option.

I found it interesting that Margaret’s brother had found his way to the western coast of the USA, but also interesting to reaffirm that emigrants would choose whichever place best suited them, irrespective of whether they had family in another place -or perhaps they chose a favoured sibling to emigrate to/with.

My next step was to try to find out more about sister, Catherine Bourke nee Hogan, and also Margaret’s husband Bartholomew (thank heavens he wasn’t called Michael, Patrick or Thomas!).


12 thoughts on “Margaret MOLONEY, nee HOGAN of Killokennedy

  1. Hello, I am also interested in a Roughan family from Broadford (barbane town land) circa 1870-1910. While on a recent visit we visited the Killokennedy cemetery just east of Broadford. I was hoping to find grave of Bridget Woods Roughan died 1896. The cemetery is very overgrown and few stones are readable or even accessible, but I recall seeing more than one Hogan name. I’m sorry I didn’t photograph. If you can get someone to clean a few, it may give a hint where to look next. If you come across anyone knowing of Edmond (Ned) Roughan and or a Matthew Roughan possible father or uncle. They bought the land after prior owner Patrick Burke. You can contact me by email to discuss further

  2. I am also descended from Broadford Kilokennedy family Kinsley / Kingsley – I am descended from Patrick Kinsley and Mary Healy’s son Thomas who married Jane Donovan , their daughter mary Kingsley born 1861 Kilokennedy, Broadford is my 2 x Great Grandmother – other names in the family are: Crotty, Donovan, Lyons, Larkin. Moroney, Ryan, Healy, Slattery – I would be very interested in any Broadford research as I am unable to trace the family beyond Patrick and Mary. who emigrated to south Africa with their younger children. their oldest son Thomas remained in Broadford where he married Jane Donovan. His family all emigrated, with daughters Mary and Catherine Kinsley going to America and Patrick, Thomas, Michael and Bridgid going to Australia, Jane Donovan Kingsley his wife and their mother also emigrated to Australia where she died in 1904. happy to share any information hat may be helpful to other Broadford, kilokennedy families.

    • Hi Carl, thanks for getting in touch with such an interesting question. It’s all too easy for the rest of us to forget that some went to South Africa. I’ll give it some thought. I will probably contact you via email. Pauleen

      • Hi Pauline – thanks for your email I have recently found that Mary’s Healy’s mother’s maiden name was Rochefort and the Healys were from O’Callaghan Mills near Sixmilebridge also have been trying to link the Kingsley/Kinsley family that I am descended from to origins in Ballyhogan Tipperrary where the name is more plentiful – Ballyhogan is still within the same Parish so quite possible that their origins are there. I look forward to sharing any information.
        Kind regards from Belfast Carl

  3. Donat Burke and his wife Margaret Boland Burke lived on the property under Partick Burke’s lease. Matthew Roughan took over the lease from the landlord Col. L. Smith in the 1870’s. The property is in Derra, Broadford. Donat and Margaret moved into Broadford and set up a shop.

    • hi, I have tracked the property (which is in Barbane) via the cancellation books in Dublin. It shows Donat Burke lessee in 1856 from Charles L Smith. Matthew Roughan buys in 1872. Do you have any info about this Matthew Roughan? in 1894 he carves off a small piece of the property and leases it to Edmond (Ned) Roughan my ggrandfather. I am wondering what if any is the relationship between Edmond and Matthew?

      also, now that church records are online, i came across a baptism record of a family member and the sponsors address was Sydney? was it likely someone would return from Australia? seems like an expensive and difficult trip

      • If the sponsor surname was Kinsley / Kingsley it is possible, my family the Kingsleys were in Kilokennedy, Cloungaheen, Barbane ( descendants of same family are still there on same land) – the 3 sons Michael, Patrick and Thomas emigrated to Australia, Michael returned in the late 1880s to bring his mother Jane and sister Bridgid out to Australia which he did in 1891 he took his mother and sister first to New York to try and convince his other sisters to leave New York and go to Australia, this wasn’t successful and he and his mother returned to Ireland and then emigrated to Australia (Sydney) so yes it was a difficult journey back then not only time wise but also as you say; expensive. but in this case was done. So if the sponsor was a Kingsley / Kinsley surname then it was my family member.

      • hi Carl, Thanks for your response and my apologies that I hadn’t replied. That’s so interesting to hear about Michael returning to collect his mother and sister. Also your comment reveals how the emigrants went where it suited them..lucky Jane & Brigid didn’t decide to stay in New York 😉 Thanks so much for sharing this information. Pauleen

      • hi Helen, good to hear from you despite my delayed response. I have no other info on the family at present so can’t identify the relationship between Edmond and Matthew but I’d be surprised if they weren’t kin of any sort. Did you trace the books forward to see what happened to each plot of land as one person died? Re the baptism, perhaps the person had a proxy stand for them but perhaps the person had visited Ireland again. I’ve seen a few cases, but it certainly wasn’t common.

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