Margaret MOLONEY nee HOGAN and her sister Catherine BOURKE

In my previous post I was documenting the deaths of Patrick Bourke of O’Brien’s Bridge, and his wife Catherine Bourke nee Hogan from Broadford. It’s been so long since I’ve posted on this site it took me a while to twig that I’d already posted about Margaret Moloney from Killokennedy, and mentioned I’d be looking for her sister Catherine Bourke. As there’s additional information available from different Trove articles I thought it best to add a supplementary post.

The Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1942), Thursday 16 July 1925, page 20

The Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 – 1942), Thursday 16 July 1925, page 20

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Saturday 11 July 1925, page 11

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 11 July 1925, page 11

Referring to my East Clare database and baptisms from the parishes of Kilseily and Killokennedy, I believe that Catherine and Margaret were both children of John Hogan and his wife Mary Smith from Killokennedy. Post-Famine, the priests started adding the townland information to the registers which certainly makes a difference when you’re trying to differentiate one Hogan from another.

Margaret Moloney nee Hogan would have been born circa 1843, right before the registers commence so it’s unsurprising her name is not there. However I did find several other children: Michael baptised 1852, Anne in 1854, James in 1857 and Catherine in 1855. I wonder if the latter is the one I’m looking for. Catherine Bourke’s age at death in 1931 was stated as 65, making her estimated year of birth 1866 or 1865. Did they just make a mistake with Catherine’s age, or did the child born in 1855 die and her name given to the younger child? I haven’t recorded the baptisms beyond 1858 so either is possible.

However, we do know from the immigration records that when Margaret arrived on the Montmorency in 1864, her sisters Honora and Bridget were already in Sydney. It is from Margaret’s obituary that we are able to narrow down her sister Catherine’s arrival. Catherine Hogan emigrated on the Peterborough ex Plymouth, arriving in Sydney on 15 January 1878 (NSW Reels 2140-1, [4/4802] p.1). She is a farm servant from Clare, aged 19. It is through the Immigration Deposit Journals that we can accurately pin her down. Her deposit of £2 was paid by Ann Hogan (sister/cousin?) as was the same amount for Mary Moloney. Both are shown as coming from Killokennedy and their referee was the ubiquitous Rev John Bourke PP (no relation to Catherine’s husband, as far as I know).

Catherine’s relationship to Margaret is clear from the obituary and also the funeral notice, but the Moloney, McAlary and Martin nieces and nephews would take rather more unravelling. It is still unclear whether Margaret and Catherine’s other sisters were still alive as suggested in the original post’s obituary. If not, why are none specifically mentioned in the funeral notices? Perhaps I’ll find them as I continue my searches for East Clare Emigrants.

Montmorency (ship), John Oxley Library, out of copyright.

Montmorency (ship), John Oxley Library, out of copyright.

1 thought on “Margaret MOLONEY nee HOGAN and her sister Catherine BOURKE

  1. Hello! I also have a Moloney ancestor from East Clare — Killaloe: my great grandfather, James John Moloney (b 1876 – d 1937, NYC).

    That said, I have discovered that my great grandfather Moloney appears to have been adopted. There is no baptismal or birth certificate for him and the parents listed on his NYC death certificate, Patrick Moloney and Sarah Storan, had a number of other children, all duly baptized at St. Flannan’s Cathedral — including another son, Roger, who was baptised three months before James was supposed to have been born (28 December 1876). He uses this date on his U.S. naturalization papers and his WW1 draft card, so I tend to think that that is at least the date he THINKS he was born! He did have another brother die a few years before (1871, I think) on December 28, so I wonder if that has any meaning. Oddly, his mother also died in NYC on December 28 (1906-ish). So, although I have Sarah’s parents’ names now — Storan and Kennedy — I think it unlikely that I am descended from them. I think it more likely that James was adopted from either a Moloney relative who died or gave birth out of wedlock.

    In a weird twist, there is also a connection to the Hogan name. As I researched James, I found that as a corrections officer at the Tombs in NYC, he testified at the “trial of the century” in 1915. It was the trial of Police Lt. Charles Becker for murdering a gambler and mobster, Herman Rosenthal. He was the first Police Officer in the country to be executed. In an article I can’t seem to locate again, under cross examination, James is accused of being untrustworthy bc, the prosecutor said, he was known for using the alias, “James Hogan.” As it so happens, there WAS a James Hogan born in Tipperary (Eastern part, so not that close to Clare) on…. 28 December — but a year earlier in 1875.

    So, I am very interested in exploring family connections among the Moloneys and Hogans.

    Any thoughts?

    Patty Moloney Figliola

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