man Patrick ROONEY‏‎, son of Michael ROONEY and Catherine CAULFIELD‏.
Born ‎2 Feb 1808 Ireland, died ‎9 Apr 1889 Bangor, Pope, Minnesota, USA‎, 81 years, buried ‎Apr 1889 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
Cause of death: Old age

Married ‎± 1837 Ireland (approximately 32 years married) to:

woman Elenor TRACY‏‎
Born ‎1816 Ireland, died ‎25 Apr 1869 Padua, Stearns Co, MN‎, 52 or 53 years
Ellen died of a stroke.

The "Tracy" name seems to disappear in the Gatineau valley after the 1861 census.


woman Maria ROONEY‏
Born ‎28 May 1837 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Canada, died ‎26 Aug 1905 Bangor Twsp, Pope Co, Minnesota, USA‎, 68 years, buried ‎28 Aug 1905 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
Mary died at age 68 of Paralysis.
man Patrick ROONEY‏‎
Born ‎1 Nov 1837 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎13 May 1909 Philbrook, Fergus County, Montana‎, 71 years
Sauk Centre Herald
April 17, 1875

Caught __

On Tuesday U.S. Marshall McLaren visited this section of country, and unearthed a small distillery in what is known as the Rooney Settlement, about nine miles from Sauk Centre, and arrested the proprietor, Patrick Rooney, and secured his still. He stopped overnight here with his prisoner and proceeded with him to St Paul on Wednesday.

The "still" was likely located in the general area of Richard, Josephine & Francis Rooney's farm.

The 1870 census says he was born in Ireland.
woman Elenor ROONEY‏
Born ‎Mar 1841 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎14 Nov 1902 Raymond, Stearns, Minnesota, USA‎, 61 years, buried ‎18 Nov 1902 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
Elenor died of paralyasis.

John Martin, Sr. wrote about Eleanor Rooney and her husband Patrick Egan in Canada in 1870. Elenor's father Patrick was in Minnesota at the time.
man Joseph ROONEY‏‎
Born ‎18 Oct 1843 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎15 Aug 1854 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Canada‎, 10 years, buried ‎1854 Farrellton, Quebec, Can
man Michael Tracy ROONEY‏
Born ‎2 Aug 1845 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Canada, died ‎1922 Hobson, Judith Basin, Montana, USA‎, 76 or 77 years
Michael T Rooney (aka Black Mike) built the first permanent building in Billings, Montana . He was the first of the three brother to go to Montana. They first settled in Miles City, then moved to Billings, then Judith Basin. He was a contractor in freighting and ditching, and there's a big Rooney ditch above Utica, irrigating land on the south bench.

His Montana death index says he died in 1923, while his gravestone says is was 1922.
man John J ROONEY‏
Born ‎11 Jul 1847 Wakefield Twp, Ottawa, Quebec, Canada, died ‎Feb 1894 Hobson, Judith Basin, Montana, USA‎, 46 years
John died of pneumonia, leaving his wife with some young children. His uncle, Michael J. Rooney, helped Sarah with "rearing up" the four youngest children.

John Rooney's wife, Sarah Tracy, was a "double" first-cousin to him: Both his parents were siblings to her parents.

John was buried in an unmarked grave, Utica, Judith Basin, Montana
man Thomas ROONEY‏‎
Born ‎6 Jul 1849 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎10 Dec 1868 Padua, Stearns Co, MN‎, 19 years
Thomas Rooney died of a gunshot accident at Sand Lake in early December 1868. He is the first Rooney buried in the Padua cemetery. According to the obituary of his uncle Thomas Rooney (1814 or 1817-1897), the Rooney family was in the Gatineau River Valley north of Ottawa until 1867.
woman Catherine Ann ROONEY‏
Born ‎2 Apr 1852 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎2 May 1939 Los Angeles, CA‎, 87 years
woman Elizabeth T ROONEY‏
Born ‎31 Mar 1854 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎30 Aug 1936 Sauk Centre, Stearns Co, MN‎, 82 years, buried ‎4 sep 1936 Sauk Centre, Stearns Co, MN
A WPA Interview


Eliza (Rooney) Brown was born in the Gatineau River district in Ontario, Canada in the year 1854, a daughter of Patrick and Elenor (Tracy) Rooney. As a little girl she saw her father, a lumber contractor, clear the timber for their home on the Gatineau River on what is today part of the city of Ottawa.

In 1862, Patrick and Eleanor (Tracy) Rooney migrated to Minnesota by ox team, taking up a homestead in Raymond township, Stearns county. The Padua church of today is located on part of this original homestead and she herself planted some of the trees that now adorn the church yard. The old Red River Trail passed their home and here the young lady for years saw the ox teams, freight laden, plod their weary way toward the Red River Valley and the Dakotas.

On September 10, 1872, Eliza Rooney was married to John A Brown, a young man who had seen service on Mississippi River packets, transporting supplies for the Union soldiers during the civil war. The young couple settled on what is now known as the "Old Brown Farm", fourteen miles south of Sauk Centre. On this farm ten children were born. They are John A. Jr. who died in 1925; William A.; Henry H.; George F.; Thomas A.; Emily;

Eliza (Rooney) Brown's life might stand out as a beacon light to people of successive generations, to those who know only the trials of their own times. It was her pioneer spirit, the spirit of the ox-team and covered wagon days, that prompter her to carry on, when in 1893 her husband died, leaving her with ten small children, the oldest 18 and the youngest 2 years old, with their living to be made from the farm .

Eliza Brown went into the fields with her boys and carved out for her family their living and education. Eliza Brown carried on, doing a man's work on the farm, driving a team of horses fourteen miles to Sauk Centre each week to do her shopping, doing a mother's work in her home, raising a family. She was of the Catholic faith.

The last few years Eliza Brown made her home with her children in Sauk Centre. She died August 15, 1936 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Malloy.


Sept. 10, 1936 Herald
Mrs. Eliza T. Brown Buried
Services Held At St. Paul's Church
Thursday Morning Largely Attended

Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza Brown, pioneer resident of Stearns County who passed away in this city on August 30th, were held in St. Paul's Catholic Church Thursday, September 3, and the thronged church together with the hundreds of people who viewed the remains at her home at tested to the love and esteem in which the lady was held.

A Solemn Requiem High Mass was celebrated. Rt. Rev. Monsignor August Plachta, Rector Mayer, of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church was Deacon of the Mass and Reverend Vincent Fettgather, of Brooten, Minn. was Subdeacon of the Mass. the funeral sermon was preached by Rt. Rev. Monsignor Plachta.

The three priests accompanied the remains to Calvary Cemetery where the Ritual for the Dead was recited.
Mrs. Eliza T. Brown was born near Ottawa, Canada, March 21st, 1856. Her father was John Rooney. Her mother's maiden name was Eleanor Tracy . More than 70 years ago, she came with her parents to what is now the Padua district in this county. Here later the young lady was married to John A. Brown and with him built up the farm known today as the Old Brown Farm. On this farm their ten children were born.

Besides the ten children the deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. Catherine McKenna, Seattle,Wa., and by thirty-one grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

The active pall bearers were Mr. Thomas Kinsella and the following nephews of the deceased: George and Frank Brown, William Riley, Joseph Egan and Frank Hoffman.

Honorary pall bearers were Dr. J.A. Dubois, J.F. Cooper, O.W. Winslow, William M. P., Henry Borgmann all of Sauk Centre and Mr. Charles Riley, Sedan. Minnesota.