John Rooney

John Rooney

Birth
Ireland
Death 19 May 1880 (aged 59)
Minnesota, USA
Burial Padua, Stearns County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 189514756 · View Source
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Obituary, originally published 28 May 1880, Sauk Centre Herald:

One day last week John Rooney St. of the town Raymond, was killed while on his way to mill with a load of wheat. The wagon upset, and when found he was dead, having been buried under the load.

Originally published August 1998, Padua Cemetery, by Ginny Walz Borgerding

John Rooney was born in Ireland June 24, 1820, the son of Michael and Catharine (Caulfield) Rooney. He was the fifth child of twelve children. Around 1843, as life became more unbearable in Ireland, John emigrated to Canada where two brothers and a sister had earlier immigrated to.

Mary McCool was the daughter of Michael and Sarah (Flannigan) McCool. They lived in Hull, Canada.

John married Mary McCool on October 16, 1844 in Canada. They had twelve children:

Catherine - married William Joseph Martin
Michael J. - single
James - married Annie Egan
Sarah Ann - married John Darcy
John G. - single, moved to Montana
Hugh - married Winnifred Rooney 1st cousin
Patrick - married a Miss Reading
Thomas T. - married Ellen Rooney, and Anna Murphy
William - married Helena Riedel
Mary Ann - married Dennis Egan
Elizabeth - married Thomas Egan
Joseph - died as an infant

About 1867, John and some brothers and other relatives, traveled to the United States to locate some homestead land in Minnesota. Later, they returned to Canada to bring their families to the Padua area. John and Mary homesteaded 160 acres of land located about 1 1/2 miles southwest of Padua, and became farmers. Their farm machinery consisted of a breaking plow and a cradle. After John's death, son William farmed the homestead, and after William's death, his two sons Howard and Leo farmed the homestead.

John was killed in 1880 when a load of wheat he was hauling to town tipped over onto him. Mary continued to live on the farm, with her son William, until her death in 1893.

John and Mary's children Catherine Martin, Michael J., James, Thomas T., William, Mary Ann Egan, and Elizabeth Egan are buried in Padua. John's mother, Catharine Rooney, and brothers and sisters Patrick, Thomas, Catharine Killeen, and many other relatives are also buried in Padua.


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  • Created by: Randall Rooney
  • Added: 6 May 2018
  • Find A Grave Memorial 189514756
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Rooney (24 Jun 1820–19 May 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 189514756, citing Saint Anthony of Padua Cemetery, Padua, Stearns County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Randall Rooney (contributor 49135360) .