James COONEY and Catherine MULROY
County Mayo, Ireland to Ottawa, Canada

 November 12, 2011:
Dear Al,

I have just discovered and much admired your "Bytown or Bust" website. For
several years I have been trying to trace descendants of my great
grandfather's brother, James Cooney (same name as mine), who settled in
Bytown shortly before 1850. He was born in 1822 in the Parish of Meelick,
near Swinford, County Mayo, married Catherine Mulroy, on February 21, 1846 at
Meelick, and had one daughter, Mary (born February 5, 1846) before leaving
Ireland with his family during the famine. From Census records, I have
learned that after arriving at Bytown, he had the following children:
Margaret Cooney, born 1852; Bridget Cooney, born 1854; John Charles Cooney,
born 1856; and Edward Cooney, born 1858.  James Cooney died October 31,
1873 (information from his will). His wife, Catherine Cooney died April 26,
1900. (I have an extensive genealogy of her family.)

Mary Cooney, the eldest daughter, married Francis Rogers. She died February
5, 1910 (according to the tombstone in Notre Dame cemetery). Francis Rogers
died on March 7, 1900 (according to the notice in the Ottawa newspaper). He
ran a confectionary business which was continued in the family for at least
four decades. The children were: Charles, James and William, and a daughter
Alice Forbes (wife of J.W. Forbes). I have a little information about this
family up until about 1940, and nothing thereafter. I am very interested in
knowing if there are family members living in Ottawa today.

The other two daughters married and moved to the USA. Margaret married
Patrick Forrest and moved to Towner, North Dakota; and Bridget married
Charles Maloney and moved to Adair, Iowa. I have some information about
their families from the US Census records.

John Charles Cooney was the one who was closest to my branch of the family.
(I have a letter written by him to my grandfather.) He was a telegrapher
with the CPR and then with Parliament, and died on December 19, 1919. He
married Margaret BURNS on February 14. She died August 17, 1922. I do not
have much information of her family, but perhaps it ties into yours. They
had one child who died as an infant. Then Margaret's sister died leaving
two orphans, whom they adopted. I have some information on one of them,
Alexander Regan Cooney (who moved to New York).

Edward married Martha, and may have had one son, who I have not succeeded
in tracing. Edward died on December 7, 1916 and is buried in the family
plot at Notre Dame cemetery, the only surviving Cooney family tombstone
(section J).

A few years ago, I contacted some Cooneys in Ottawa and learned that there
are two other families who arrived later and are not related. So far, I
have been unable to identify any living relatives from this branch of the
family. Any suggestions?

You can e-mail me at:      Jim_Cooney@placerdome.com

I look forward to hearing from you,

Jim Cooney 

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