Descendants of William Maloney
of County Laois, Ireland

County Laois

Generation #2: Brother of Michael Maloney

William (1William) Maloney

William Maloney was born 1816 in Mont Mellick, County Laois, Ireland. In 1845 County Laois, Ireland, William married Margaret Maloney b. 12/25/1817 in Ireland.

Mildred Shay b. 1918 wrote an unpublished history of her Shay family entitled "The Shays, From Ireland to Iowa." According to Mildred, the Shays, Maloneys, Easons, and Dowlings were all from Queens County (County Laois) Ireland and probably interrelated back in Ireland:

Eight members of the old Maloney family came to America in May 1866, direct to Mt. Ayr, Iowa, by railroad to Eddyville, Iowa, then by the old stage line to Mt. Ayr, Iowa. It took two stages to haul the ten people and their luggage. [They came with John Dowling and his brother Joshua.]

Early History of Ringgold County, p. 123.

And, that interrelationship explains why a successful Irish family would immigrate to rural Iowa. Mildred's immigrant ancestor, Luke Shay b. 1824, was remarkably successful. He was the largest provider of commodities to the Chicago Mercantile from southern Iowa, shipping 150 carloads of livestock annually. In 1867, Luke assumed the contract to operate the stage between Eddyville IA and Nebraska City NE. Did Luke write to his Maloney cousins in Ireland, suggesting they migrate to Iowa?

William and Margaret farmed near Maloy. In the 1880 Ringgold Co IA Census, niece Ellen "Nell" is listed as niece/servant.

William died 9/3/1877 and is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ringgold Co IA.

William Maloney Margaret Maloney
03 Sep 1877
aged 61y
Maloy IA
25 Dec 1817
11 Nov 1903
aged 86y
Maloy IA
 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 Marget MALONEY   Self   W   Female   W   60   IRE   Farmer   IRE   IRE 
 Mathew MALONEY   Son   S   Male   W   21   IRE   Farming   IRE   IRE 
 William MALONEY   Son   S   Male   W   20   IRE   Farming   IRE   IRE 
 Danial MALONEY   Son   S   Male   W   14   IRE   At School   IRE   IRE 
 Ellin MALONEY   Niece   S   Female   W   16   IL   Servant   IRE   IRE 


    1. Michael Maloney

    2. Katie Maloney

    3. Julia Maloney

    4. Matthew Maloney

    5. Sarah Maloney

    6. William Maloney

    7. Daniel Maloney


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