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James Rooney of Ireland


James Rooney of Ireland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2007 and Revised 15 Aug 2009

We received the following information from Carol Ward in her email of 22 Oct 2007 and Judy Dunn in her email of 2 Nov 2007. For the Prentice cennection, see #2v, John James Rooney and Jane Montgomery Prentice:

1. James Rooney was probably b. c. 1815-1825 and probably in Ireland at an unknown location.

He m. Bridget McMahon, probably in Ireland. Son:

  1. James Rooney, b. 1856. . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

2. James Rooney, b. 1856, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, and d. 5 Feb 1910, age 54, in an accident at bridge of weir in the grounds of quarries orphan homes. He may have been b. in Ireland as a Scotland birth record has not been found. Carol Ward relates that she has been told that the Rooneys left Ireland in the time of the potato famine.

James appears with his family in the 1891 census in Houston and Killellan, Renfrewshire.

James m. Agnes Welsh in St. Mirrens Chapel, Paisley, Renfrewshire on 1 Jan 1881. She was b. 1856 , dau. of Alexander Welsh and Mary McLauchlan. Alexander and Mary had been m. 7 Jul 1851 at Abbey Paisley.

  1. Patrick Rooney, b. c. 1877, Paisley, Renfrewshire. At home in 1891. He m. Unknown. Children per Carol Ward, email, 7 Nov 2007:
    1. Patrick Rooney, b. 1907.
    2. Bridget Rooney, b. 1910.
    3. Kate Rooney.
  2. Bridget Rooney, born 1881, Paisley, Renfrewshire, and d. c. 9 Jan 1953, age 73, and bur. Toowong Cem., Brisbane. At home in 1891. She m. Daniel Joseph Williams, b. 1885, amd d. c. 24 Mar 1958 and also bur. Toowong Cemetery. He was the son of John Williams and Ella Murphy. They emigrated to Brisbane, Queensland in the early 1900s. Children:
    1. Jack Williams.
    2. Madeline Williams.
    3. Danny Williams.
  3. Ellen Rooney, born 1884, Houston, Renfrewshire, and d. Feb 1932, age 48 years.. At home in 1891. Children:
    1. John, b. 1906 and d. 12 Apr 1978.
    2. Agnes. She m. Hugh Doherty and emigrated to Victoria, Australia. She d. in Melbourne in 1989. Children:
      1. James Doherty.
      2. Helen Doherty.
      3. Theresa Doherty. She m. Mr. Fitzmaurice per her email of 15 Aug 2009.
      4. Alexander Doherty, b. ???? and d. 1931.
  4. James Rooney, b. c. 1885, Houston, Renfrewshire. At home in 1891.
  5. John James Rooney, b. 7 Feb 1886 and d. 30 Jul 1960, Queensland, Australia. He m. Jane Montgomery Prentice, b. 13 Feb 1884, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire and d. 31 Aug 1936, Brisbane, Queensland,Australia. For more about his descendants, see our Spring 2000 article about James Prentice of Dalziel, Scotland .
  6. Elizabeth Rooney, b. c. 1890, Houston, Renfrewshire. At home in 1891.
  7. Alexander Rooney, born 3 Jun 1892, Crosslee, Scotland.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  8. Mary Rooney, 19 Jun 1897 and d. 12 Nov 1960 (but Lynette Day says she d. in 1963 per her email contained in Scott Prentice's email of 21 Apr 2012). She m. Dugald McCulloch on 27 Oct 1919 in Scotland. They emigrated to Australia aboard the "Demosthenes", arriving in Queensland on 27 Mar 1929 (but Lynette Day says they emigrated in 1927 per her email contained in Scott Prentice's email of 21 Apr 2012). Children:
    1. Agnes McCulloch, b. in Scotland.
    2. Dugald McCulloch, b. in Scotland.
    3. Mary McCulloch, b. in Scotland.ARY MC CULLOCH
    4. Helen McCulloch, b. in Scotland.
    5. Thelma McCulloch, b. in Australia.
    6. Lenord McCulloch, b. in Australia.
    7. Madeline McCulloch, b. in Australia.
    8. Kevin McCulloch, b. in Australia.

3. Alexander Rooney, born 8 PM 3 Jun 1892, Crosslee, Scotland, and d. 19 Mar 1979, aged 87, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. . He was the 7th child of James and Agnes Rooney.Alexander.

He married Agnes Kelly in Aug 1914, age 22 years. She was b, c, 1892 and d. June 1971.They are both buried together in the Toowong Cemetry, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. They had 9 children:

  1. Mary Rooney born 1915 died 1936, age 21 years.

  2. James "Jimmy" Joseph Rooney, b. 31 Jan 1916 and d. Jul 1996, age 80. He m. Mabel "Dainty" Aschton. She was b. c. 1915 and d. 1988 age 73. Bothare buried at the Mt.Gravatt Cemetry, Brisbane. Queensland. Son:
    1. Cecil Rooney. He m. married Bev/Beverly Whatman. Children:
      1. Steven Rooney.
      2. Elisa Rooney.

  3. Francis Patrick Rooney, aka Francis John "Frank" Rooney, aka Mickey Rooney. He was b. 26 Jun 1917 and d. 10 Feb 1975, age 57. He is bur. in the Anzac Section of the Mt. Gravatt Cemetery, Brisbane. He married Mavis Cooper who was b. 22 Feb 1923 . They had 3 children.
    1. Graham Rooney, b. 1 Aug 1945. He m. Elaine Kirchner.
      1. Lesa Rooney
      2. Andrew Rooney.
    2. Denis Rooney, b. 28 Oct 1948. Children:
      1. Kim-Marie Rooney.
      2. Laurel Rooney.
      3. Kelly Roonery.
      4. Christopher Rooney.
    3. Marilyn Rooney, b. 1951. She m. Eric Dance. Children:
      1. Karen Anne Dance, b. c. 26 Sep 1968.
      2. Brett William Dance, b. c. 25 Apr 1970. Children:
        1. Anthony William Dance, b. 22 Dec 1989.
        2. Renee Tania Dance, b. 24 Dec 1992.
        3. Ellie Rose Dance, b. 25 Jul 1997.
      3. Trevor John Dance, b. 12 Nov 1976. Step-children(?):
        1. Declan John Beard, b. 22 Apr 2003.
        2. Jack Denis Damion, b. 14 Apr 2007.

  4. Agnes Rooney, b. 1920 and d. Oct 1973. She m. Ruben Henry Charles Pearson. They have 2 children:
    1. Raymond Pearson. He m. Lynn. Daughter:
      1. Anna Pearson.
      Terrence Pearson. He m. Janet Hobbs.

  5. John Joseph Rooney, b. 1 Oct 1921, and d. 14 Nov 1980 in Albury, N.S.W. Australia. He married Narelle Betty Bertram, aka Betty Narelle Bertram, who was born 6 Sep 1927. They m. 8 May 1948. They had 6 children:
    1. Judith Narelle Rooney born 08/09/1948 married 1st Brian Lindsay Simcoe 17/12/1966 divorced 5 Sep 1983. They had 4 children:
      1. Baby girl Simcoe, b. stillborn on 30 Aug 1972.
      2. Amanda Narelle Simcoe, b. 28 Aug 1974. She m. Paul Rollond on 14 Jan 1995. They have 3 children:
        1. Teagan Narelle Rollond born 29/04/1994.
        2. Jarrad Paul Rollond born 02/03/1998.
        3. Rayden James born 04/09/2007.
      3. Glenn John Simcoe born16/06/1976. Daughter:
        1. Paris Jaide Simcoe born 12/05/2003.
      4. Marc Lindsay Simcoe stillborn 11/05/1978.

      Judith m. 2nd Raymond Dunn 08/06/1985 no children of the marriage.

    2. Donald John Rooney born 04/10/1949 married Ingrid Bulmer. They had 3 children.
      1. Natasha.R.Rooney February 1975.
      2. Natalie R.Rooney 13/06/1976
      3. Nanette.R.Rooney born May 1980.
      Donald m. 2nd Meryl Mulloy on 9 Nov 1985.

    3. Kevin Joseph Rooney born 7Jul 1953 and d. 26 Aug 1979.

    4. Theresa Mary Rooney born 19 Apr 1959. David Hard is their father. Children:
      1. David Rooney (alson known as David Petty) born 2 Jun 1976.
      2. Leanne Rooney born 29 Jul 1977. She m. Craig McMillian. Daughter:
        1. Charlotte Rose McMillan born 29 Oct 2007.

    5. Alan James Rooney born 2 Jul 1961. He m. Tracey Weaver 1981. They had 3 children:
      1. Michael Rooney born 4 Jan 1982. Children:
        1. Tyler Rooney born 18 Nov 1998 mother Renee Clarkson.
        2. Isiah Rooney born 5 Oct 2001.
        Children of Michael Rooney and Rebecca Cross:
        1. Kayla Louise Rooney born 2 Aug 2004.
        2. Kyle Rooney born 18 Nov 2005.
        3. Kylesha Hope Rooney born 31 May 2007.
      2. Matthew Rooney born 15 Oct 1984 died 11 Nov 1999.
      3. Tanya Rooney born 12 Jan 1989. Children:
        1. Jayden born 25 Sep 2004.
        2. Damien born 13 Mar 2005.
        3. Emily born 12 Sep 2007.

    6. Milinda Ruth Rooney born 2 Aug 1962. Daughter:
      1. Fiona Lee Rooney born 6 Nov 1982.
        1. Chloe Rooney Brooks born 17 Aug 1999.
        Milinda then m. Robert Filewood on 27 May 1995. They have 3 children:
        1. Cody Lee Filewood born 2 Nov 1995.
        2. Kyle Filewood stillborn 11 Jul 1997.
        3. Tanesha Ranae Filewood born 28 Sep 1998.

  6. Joseph Rooney, b. 1925 and d. 2002. Did not marry.

  7. Eileen Rooney, b. 1927. She m. Mervin Collis who d. 2004. They had 3 children:

    1. Debra Collis.
    2. Carmel Collis.
    3. David Collis.

  8. Tommy Rooney born 2 May 1929 died 29 Nov 2006 aged 77. He m. Joan Allison on 13 May 1950. They had 3 children:

    1. Tommy Rooney born 31 Oct 1959. Did not marry.
    2. Trevor Rooney born 13 May 1953. Children:
      1. Jason Thomas born 28 Apr 1988.
      2. Thanee Embry born 8 Mar 1990.
      3. Travis born 12 Mar 1994.
    3. Tony Rooney born 21 Jan 1955. He m. Anita. They had 3 children:
      1. Amy born 5 May 1984.
      2. Jon Michael born 24 Apr 1986.
      3. Meija Anita born 17 Oct 1987.

  9. Alexander Rooney born 1932 died December 1994 aged 62 Did not marry.

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