The Maloney Connection.
Michael Lane of Shravokee, County Clare, Ireland was born in 1788 and married Catherine Moloney.
Two of their sons James Lane and Patrick Lane came to Victoria, which in those days was in the Colony of New South Wales, and traveled with their cousin Jeremiah (Jerry) Maloney.
Their names appear on the manifest of the "Neptune" which arrived in1841.
The Moloney name is sometimes spelt Maloney on various certificates possibly due to the Irish accent.
Whilst James Lane and his brother Patrick Lane never married
Jerry Moloney married Margaret Doherty at Belfast (Port Fairy) on
November 1st, 1844.
They were married by The Rev. Daniel MacEvey in in the presence of His Grace, The Most Rev. Archbishop Polding, who was the Archbishop of Sydney. They had both journeyed from Geelong on horseback to further the interests of the Catholic Church in the area.
The Western District, of what was to become Victoria, had started to become populated mainly by laborers from Ireland who were Roman Catholics and at that time there were very few places of worship in the area as evidenced by the delay in Church marriages and baptisms..
Many of these Irish laborers had been bought
out to the colony by William Rutledge who had bought his third Special Survey in
1843, to the north of Warrnambool. he named the 5120 acres "Farnham" and the
boundaries stretched from present day Koroit to the bank of the Merri River.
He bought out families from Ireland at his expense to work the farm and established a private village which he called "Woodford" after a friend of his. .
The wedding of James Moloney and Margaret
Doherty took place in Belfast at Mr. Cronin's large
new building "Belfast Inn". Other religious services were conducted on
the same day tincluding
Margaret had been previously married in Ireland to Dennis Kilfoy and had two children.
They were to have a further four children -:
|Thomas Jeremiah Moloney
|Mary Ann Moloney
Roderick Moloney was baptised on November 6th, 1843 and his parents gave their address as Port Fairy.
The records for the Marriage and Baptism were submitted to the Government from St. Francis Church, Melbourne.
Margaret Moloney died in October, 1862 aged
47, and the informant was her
husband who listed her parents as Edmund Dougherty and her mothers name as
Mason. She was shown as being born in Ireland and had been in the colonies 21
Margaret was buried at Warrnambool Cemetery.
Jeremiah Moloney at the time of his wife's death listed himself as an Innkeeper at Woodford which is near Koroit. They were residents of Woodford at the birth of Thomas in 1846.
John McCarthy had jumped ship and built a small inn on the east bank of the river which he named The Traveller"s Rest. He was the licensee from 1849 to 1853. This was before James Brock was killed in a riding accident and whose widow continued operating the Woodford Inn for a couple of years before a violent robbery gave her a distaste for the place, and she handed the lease over to Jeremiah Moloney.
He was listed as the second licensee of the Traveller's Rest having the license from 1853 to 15th April 1862.
Jeremiah Moloney of Yangery was granted a deed in January 1853 to 316 acres which appeared in the Government Gazette. The land was situated on the eastern side of McVicar Street, Koroit. .
Jeremiah Moloney died of heart disease at Tower Hill, Koroit on
July 12th, 1865 at the age of 47. His son James Moloney of Koroit was the
informant and Jeremiah was shown as a farmer and his parents were listed as
Patrick Moloney and his mothers name was unknown. He was buried at Warrnambool
Prior to his death on July 12th, 1865 Jeremiah Moloney made a will dated June 27th, 1865 in which he made three bequests.
1. To his son James Moloney, who was 21 years
old, he left 105 acres of land being Portion 47 in the Parish of Yangery where
He also left him 90 acres of land being Portion 34 in the Parish of Koroit, for a period of 5 years and then it was to pass to his other son Thomas..
2. To his son Thomas Moloney, who was 17 years old, he left the above 34 acres of land being Portion 34 in the Parish of Koroit which was to pass to him 5 years from the date of the will. He left Thomas a further sum of 200 Pounds to be paid to him after the five years. This was to paid out of the future profits from the Yangery property.
3. To his cousin James Lane he left the sum of 25 pounds a year for life, as long as he lived in Victoria. This was also to be paid out of the future profits of the Yangery property. James Lane and Jeremiah Moloney came out on the same ship to Australia.
From the above it confirms that as James Lane was a cousin of Jeremiah Moloney then it is probable that the mother of James Lane, i.e. Catherine Moloney and the father of Jeremiah Moloney, Patrick Moloney were brother and sister.
The following is a rough family tree of the son of Jeremiah Moloney - Thomas Moloney and his son Roderick Moloney -:
Jeremiah Moloney b1818 d1865 m Margaret Doherty b1815 d1856
Children of Jeremiah Moloney
|Thomas Jeremiah Moloney
m05-05-1868 Sarah Jane Fox
Mary Ann Moloney
|Children of Thomas Jeremiah Moloney b1848|
Children Of Roderick Moloney
m Gladys Lee
Click here for obituary of Roderick Moloney which appeared in the Warrnambool Standard in June, 1939.
The following is a rough family tree of James Moloney, the other son of Jeremiah Moloney.
|Jeremiah Moloney b1818 d1865 m Margaret Doherty b1815 d1862|
|Children of Jeremiah Moloney|
Catherine Kelly 1865
|Thomas Jeremiah Moloney
Sarah Jane Fox
|Mary Ann Moloney
|Children of James Moloney|
Did not marry
Jeremiah Moloney b1883 enlisted in the First World War and was a
driver in the 5th Field Company Engineers.
His age was given as 31 at time of enlistment on 30th August, 1915 and he was single at that time and his occupation was Horse Trainer.
He gave his Next of Kin as James Moloney, High Street, Koroit, Victoria.
He returned to Australia on 8th May, 1919 and saw service on the Western Front.
James Lane's mother and Michael Lane's grandmother Elizabeth Gleeson when she married her husband Thomas Lane brought Peggy Moloney a cousin of her husband to Shravokee from what is now Heffermans's near Larkin's Pub (at crossroads to Parteen/Garraun) on the Limerick/ Broadford Road). This may have been as early as 1815.
Michael Lane senior, who was James
Lane's nephew, arrived in Victoria in 1864 Victoria on the ship "Great Victoria"
and was accompanied on the voyage by Ellen Moloney and Mary Moloney.
He was living at Woodford when he married Ellen Moloney in 1870. She was the daughter of Michael Moloney and Ellen Bolton of County Clare.
Witnesses at the wedding were a Michael Moloney and a Bridget Moloney. Bridget may have been a sister of Ellen Moloney.
Ellen Moloney was one of 9 children and had a brother Roderick Moloney back in County Clare.
None of Ellen's brothers came to Victoria but all her sisters came -:
The following are their Family Trees as supplied by Peter Brennan.
Mary Moloney who married John Ryan. They lived at Hopkins Point. Mary died in 1923.
Click here for Family Tree of John Ryan & Mary Moloney.
Margaret Moloney who married James Downey in 1864. They lived at Koroit.
Click here for Family Tree of James Downey & Margaret Moloney.
Catherine Moloney who married Michael Hennessy. They lived at Crossley. Catherine died in 1924 aged 76.
Michael Hennessy & Catherine Moloney Had no Children.
Click here for Family Tree of Michael Hennessy & Catherine Moloney.
Bridget Moloney who married John Quirk in 1873. They lived at Geelong. Bridget died in 1925 aged 85.
Click here for Family Tree of John Quirk & Bridget Moloney
Thomas Lane, Roger Lane and Margaret Lane
whose parents were Thomas Lane and Ellen Moloney of County Clare,
Ireland, all came to Victoria between 1854 and 1867 and lived in the Koroit
area. They all had a connection with Michael Lane senior and are most probably
At the wedding of Roger Lane and Margaret O'Brien at Belfast (Port Fairy) in 1877 a witness to the wedding was a John Moloney.
If you add to or correct any of this information -:
Please email Ray Lane
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