Born 6 Jun 1823 County Mayo, Ireland, died 22 Aug 1922 Bangor, Pope, Minnesota, USA, 99 years, buried 24 Aug 1922 Sedan, Pope Co, MN
Bridget was born in Ireland in 1823, came to Canada in 1838, married Thomas Rooney in 1854, and settled in Stearns County in 1867 - BUT, the 1900 census says she came to the U.S. in 1871. That census also says she had 6 kids of which 4 are still alive, and that matches our records.
She died of chronic myocarditis with contributory causes of embolism of right knee at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Landwehr, at the age 99. (She's listed with that family in the 1920 census.) She suffered a paralytic stroke about 3 1/2 months before her death.
Mrs. Thomas Rooney
Mrs. Thomas Rooney, or Grandma Rooney as she was affectionately known by those who knew her, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Landwehr, residing two miles south of Sedan. She was at the time of her death more than 99 yrs. old. She had been well until about three and a half months ago when she suffered a paralytic stroke after which she was confined to her bed. Until about four years ago she kept house for her son Thomas. She had been a resident of the community in which she lived for 55 years. She and her husband were some of the very first settlers in this part of Minnesota.
Deceased was born in County Mayo Ireland on June 6, 1823. She came to America in 1838 and settled first in Ottawa, Canada. In 1854 she was married to Thomas Rooney, and in 1867 they came to the United States and settled first in the western part of Stearns county. About 32 yrs. ago they removed to Pope county and settled near Sedan. Mr. Rooney died 28 yrs. ago.
Following are the surviving children of the deceased: J. P. Rooney, of Glenwood, county commissioner of Pope County, Hugh Rooney and Mrs. Frank Landwehr of Bangor township, and Thomas Rooney, hardware merchant in Sedan.
Funeral services were conducted last Thursday at the Catholic Church with interment in Sedan Catholic cemetery.
There was a very large attendance at the funeral services and the large number of floral offerings showed how much she was loved and esteemed by those who knew her. A very large delegation from Glenwood attended the obsequies.
The Herald joins in expressing sincere sympathy to the bereaved family .
WPA Project sponsored by "The Pope County Historical Society." Copied from the August 31, 1922 "Glenwood Herald" on May 16, 1939.
Married 11 Oct 1856 Farrelton, Wakefield, Quebec, Canada St. Camillus Church (40 years married) to:
Thomas ROONEY, son of Michael ROONEY and Catherine CAULFIELD.
Born 17 Mar 1817 Athlone, Roscommon Co, Ireland, died 23 Apr 1897 Bangor, Pope, Minnesota, USA, 80 years, buried Apr 1897 Padua, Stearns Co, MN, 1st marriage to: Ellen WARD, 2nd marriage to: Bridget BROWN
Died, at his home in Bangor Friday evening April 23rd, Thomas Rooney, aged 83 years. Deceased was born near Athlone, County Roscommon, Ireland in 1814 [his gravestone says he was born in 1817]. In 1847 he emigrated to Canada, settling near the Gatineau river, where he remained until 1867 when he removed to Raymond township, Stearns county, Minn. in which place and in Bangor, Pope county he resided until his death. His death was caused by cancer of the throat which the best available medical skill sought to overcome in vain. The last six months of his life were months of intense suffering which death alone had the power to allay. The funeral services were held from the Raymond Church on Sunday and the large procession which followed his remains thither was an indication of the high esteem in which he was held. Whole souled kindness and benevolent affection made him an ever welcome gue t where-ever he went and those who knew him best will be saddest for his departure from this world. A wife, three sons, Michael, John, and Thomas and two daughters, Winifred and Mary, are left to mourn his death, and scores of relatives and friends will cherish his memory through life.
Glenwood Herald, April 30, 1897.
Geraldine says, "The 26 hour shoeless walk in 1844 from Parish Moore to Sligo for my great grandfather Thomas, his sister Catherine and the two wee boys must have been a nightmare."
Geraldine writes: "Thomas Rooney, Jr obit says he came from Canada with his family to Getty Grove in 1871. So Thomas and Bridget could have been in Minneapolis from 1867 to 1871. [I cannot for the life of me find them in this period, after spending quite a few hours doing lots of searches - David.]
"I'm wondering is it possible to check church/government death records in both Canada and Minnesota to see if another child was born to Thomas and Bridget between 1867 and 1871 but did not survive.
If we located a child, we can maybe get a better date for when they came to Minnesota.
"We know definitely Thomas & Bridget were in MN in 1871 as their last living child, Mary Ann, is born in Raymond Township on Sept 1, 1871."
The family is listed in the 1875 Minnesota state census in Raymond Township, Stearns County with all the other Rooney's and relatives.
Emigration ... Parish Moore to Sligo to Liverpool to Grosse Isle to Ottawa
Thomas Rooney, his sons Michael & John and his sister, Catherine Rooney
Departed Liverpool (via Sligo) 9/13/1847
Arrived Ottawa 11/01/1847
Thomas Rooney's younger son, Baby John, died on the voyage. Deplorable ship conditions.
Ship: the Lord Ashburton
1. Mary Ann ROONEY
Born 4 Apr 1858 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died 21 Aug 1870, 12 years
2. John Patrick ROONEY
Born 11 Feb 1860 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died 25 sep 1942 Brooten, Stearns County, Minnesota, 82 years, buried Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota, USA
John P. Rooney's naturalization record is at the Pope County courthouse, date 29 march 1897. He was at one time a Pope County commissioner and, according to Ambrose Gaffaney, had a wry sense of humor.
The Minnesota death record on Family Search has his birth year as 1858.
They were farming in Grove Lake in 1910.
3. Peter ROONEY
Born 13 Jan 1862 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Canada, died ± 1885, approximately 23 years
4. Winifred Sophia ROONEY
Born 3 Aug 1864 Wakefield Twsp, Gatineau Co, Quebec, Can, died 16 May 1942 Bangor Township, Pope, Minnesota, USA, 77 years, buried 18 May 1942 Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota, USA
Cause of death: Pulmonary edema due to hypertension and encephalitis (transmitted from horses to humans).
Hugh and Winifred were first cousins.
Mrs. Hugh Rooney
The Hugh Rooney home at Brooten was saddened last Saturday, May 16, when the mother of the home passed away at 11 A.M., following an illness of a few minutes.
Winifred Rooney was born at Ottawa, Canada on August 3, 1864, and was therefore 77 years, 9 months and 13 days old at the time of her death. Her parents were Thomas and Bridget Rooney. She came with her family to Padua and was there united in marriage to Hugh Rooney in 1889. Their union was blessed with five sons and two daughters. A son, Harry, preceded his mother to the grave. The surviving sons and daughters are: Rupert and Arthur of Brooten, Peter and John of Milwaukee, Wis., and Mabel and Emily at home. A grandson, Roland Rooney, made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Rooney, since his mother died when he was an infant. He is now in the U.S. Navy and had been home on a week's furlough and had left eight days before for Panama and so was unable to be present at the funeral. Besides her husband and children, Mrs. Rooney leaves a sister, Mr. J. F. Landwehr and a brother John P. Rooney, both of Sedan.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 19th at 10 A.M. from the Church of Immaculate Conception of Sedan, of which she had been a faithful member. The services were conducted by Rev. Adolph Schmidt. Burial was made in the Brooten cemetery. Pallbearers were: Steve Mitchell, John Redmond, James and Edmund Rooney, Jack Casey and Joe Egan.
Mrs. Rooney was a kind and loving wife and mother, always willing to do things for her family and friends. She will be sadly missed by all who know her.
Those from a distance attending the funeral were: Miss Anne Mitchell, Miss Donna Syverson, Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. James Martin, Eden Valley, Mrs. Sam Stauffer, Mr. Mike and Mr. Owen Batterbury of New London.
Taken from the Pope County Tribune of May 21, 1942.
Typed for the Pope County Historical Society September 18, 1972 by Muriel Mattson.
5. Thomas James ROONEY
Born 3 Jul 1866 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Canada, died 24 Jul 1934 Sedan, Pope Co, MN, 68 years, buried 26 Jul 1934 Sedan, Pope Co, MN
When he was five years old Thomas moved with his parents to Gettys Grove in Stearns Co, MN (the 1900 census says he and his mother, who is living with him at the time, came to the U.S. in 1871, so that matches). From there he went to Sedan, MN where he was in the hardware and general store business for forty-five years. (The 1900 census says he's a hotel keeper.) He died of heat exhaustion and acute myocarditis. He never married.
Thomas J. Rooney's naturalization record is at the Pope County courthouse, dated 29 March 1897.
Thomas J. Rooney
Thomas J. Rooney, old and respected resident of Sedan passed away after a short illness last Tuesday at the age of 68 years. The cause of his death was heart failure.
Deceased who was born in Wakefield, Canada was the son of Tom and Bridget Rooney who were natives of Ireland. The deceased came to the United States as a young child and settled with his parents at first at Gettys Grove, Stearns County, Minn. Later he removed to Pope county and he has been a resident of Sedan for the last 45 years. He conducted a hardware store in Sedan and has been engaged also in other business. He was a member of the Catholic church.
He leaves to mourn his passing brothers and sisters, namely John P. of Sedan, Winnie Rooney of Bangor and Mrs. J. T. Landwehr of Sedan, Minn.
Funeral services were conducted in Sedan this morning by the Rev. Vincent Fettgather and the remains were laid to rest in the Sedan Catholic cemetery. The pallbearers were Johnny Rooney, Francis Rooney, Constant Rooney, Art Rooney, Lewis Rooney and Bert Rooney. The deceased was a man of many friends and one who commanded the respect of all with whom he came in contact. The Herald joins in the sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
Glenwood Herald of July 26, 1934, page five col. four
Pope County Historical Society
copied by James Whittemore
typed Oct. 7, 1940
6. Mary Ann ROONEY
Born 1 sep 1871 Raymond Twsp, Stearns Co, MN, died 25 Jun 1963 Glenwood, Pope, Minnesota, USA, 91 years, buried 28 Jun 1963 Sedan, Pope Co, MN
Mary Ann is named after an older sister who did not survive. This Mary Ann died at the age of 91 at the Glenwood hospital after being hospitalized for one month with a broken arm.