man John ROONEY‏‎, son of Michael ROONEY and Catherine CAULFIELD‏.
Born ‎24 Jun 1820 Galway, Ireland, died ‎19 May 1880 Padua, Stearns Co, MN‎, 59 years
The 1844 John R. Rooney and Mary McCool marriage record at St. Paul's Catholic church, Aylmer, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada:

"The sixteenth day of October, one thousand eight hundred and forty-four, after the banns of marriage have been once published at the parish (place?) of the mass of our mission between John Rooney of Wakefield son of age of Michael Rooney and Catherine Caufield [or Callfield], County Galway in Ireland, on the one part, and Mary McCool of Hull, daughter under age of the late Michael McCool and of the late Sarah Flannigan [or Flanigan] on the other part; no impediment having been discovered and whereas the publication of two bans has been by us granted in virtue of our powers, we the undersigned priest missionary have received their mutual consent to marriage and have given them the nuptial benediction in presence of Eliza Paul, James McCool, James Cassidy and Bernard Cassidy, who as well as the parties have declared they could not sign.
J. Desantels, priest"

This family, through Sarah, is in the 1851 Canada census of Quebec (Canada East), Ottawa (county), Wakefield. The family through Thomas (8 kids) is in the 1861 census of Canada, Township of Wakefield. Next to him is his brother Thomas Rooney and Bridget and their three children (the oldest being from Thomas's first wife).

Sometime during 1865 or 1866 the family moved to Minnesota. They we're found in the 1865 Minnesota state census.

[There's a John Rooney in the 1869 Minneapolis city directory as a laborer, living between Helen and Oregon streets, which are the 2nd and 3rd streets south of Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. Minneapolis and St. Anthony were joined in 1872 under the name Minneapolis. He is more likely to have lived in St. Anthony, so this one may not be related.]

John and family are in Raymond Township, Stearns County in 1870.

Helen Felling's papers: John Rooney (the father) left with a team of oxen to get [or to sell] a load of seed wheat about a mile north of his home. His wagon tipped over and the sacks of grain smothered him [he was found dead buried under the load]. He is listed in the 1880 federal mortality schedule of deaths in Stearns county, the cause of which is listed as "accidental." The Sauk Centre Herald reports this on May 28, 1880.

Married ‎16 Oct 1844 Aylmer, Hull, Quebec, Canada St. Paul's Catholic Church (35 years married) to:

woman Mary MCCOOL‏‎
Born ‎1823 Donegal, Ireland, died ‎30 Nov 1895 Padua, Raymond, Stearns Co, MN‎, 71 or 72 years
According to maps made from Griffiths, McCool is almost exclusively an Ulster name. The name concentrates in Donegal.

December 2016: An online family tree of distant relatives has identified the location of the birth (1823) of our great, great grandmother Mary McCool, who married John Rooney. They provided a picture of where she and her parents, Michael McCool and Mary (or Sarah) Flanagan, lived in Cullionboy, Donegal.

The McCool homestead was a two-room thatched roof stone structure with an attached shed which was used for the animals. This building, located in the townland of Cullionboy--about 5 miles from Donegal Town--was inhabited until 1967 and, as can be seen in the recent photo, is still standing, minus the thatched roof.

One of the witnesses to her marriage to John R. Rooney was her brother James McCool. Also perhaps an Eliza McCool and two people with the last name Casidy (Cassidy?).

In the 1851 census of Rigaud, Vaudreuil, Canada, there is a family of "McCall" next to the Avon John Rooney and family, and the Mary has the correct birth year. Parents were Denis McCall and Helene Chanan.


woman Catherine Bridget ROONEY‏
Born ‎14 sep 1845 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎25 Jan 1911 Sedan, Pope Co, MN‎, 65 years, buried ‎28 Jan 1911 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
William Martin and Catherine Rooney were married at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic church in what is today northeast Minneapolis on July 7, 1867. (The cities of St. Anthony east of the Mississippi and Minneapolis west of the Mississippi, merged into one, Minneapolis, in 1872.) Witnesses were John J. Darcy and Mary Tracy. The French priest, Rev. Felix Tissot, performed the ceremony. Fr Tissot is buried in the "circle" in St. Anthony Cemetery in Minneapolis
Two years later John Darcy married Catherine's younger sister Sarah at the same church with the same priest. They had a son they named Felix.
Mary Tracy would have been Catherine's 24-year-old first cousin, daughter of her aunt Ann Rooney.
As of 2016, the St. Anthony parish records are at the Church of the Holy Cross in Minneapolis, about a mile north of St. Anthony of Padua (612-789-7238) on University Avenue.
Also, see

Glenwood Herald
February 3, 1911


Mrs. Catherine E. Martin of Sedan is called Home After Long and Useful Life.

At her home in Sedan, Minn. on Wednesday, January 25, Mrs. Catherine E. Martin passed away at the age of sixty five years. Death had been expected for some time for the doctors gave up hope long ago, and Death alone could furnish relief from a long term of pain and suffering which began several years ago [carcinoma of the rectum].
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Father Sharer of Padua in the Catholic church at Sedan on Saturday at nine o'clock and interment was made in the cemetery at Padua, in the afternoon of the same day, and the body laid beside that of her husband William J. Martin who had died just eight months before.
Deceased whose maiden name was Catherine B. Rooney, was born in Canada September 14, 1845, and was therefore, at the time of her death in the 66th year of her age. In the early sixties she emigrated with her parents to Minnesota and settled in Minneapolis, which was then little more than a village. Here she was married to William Martin in 1866 [actually, July 7, 1867]. They moved to Stearns county in 1873, whe re they lived for 12 years engaged in farming till 1885 when they move d to Bangor, Pope county. In June 1908, they moved into town finding farm work some what strenuous for their advancing years and here she passed away as above noted surrounded by a number of sorrowing friends and relatives.
Six sons and four daughters live to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother, also six brothers and one sister survive her. The sons are, John F. Martin, Frazee, Minn., James E. of Kensington, W. E. and Chas. H. of Sedan, T. C. of St. Paul and E. L. Martin of Windham, Mont. The daughters are, Mrs. James A. Gaffaney of Forada, Margaret Julia and Elizabeth of Sedan. The brothers are, Michael and John Rooney of Montana, James and W. E. Rooney of Padua, T. T. and Hugh M. Rooney, Brooten and a sister Mrs. Dennis Egan of Padua.
Kind and loving in disposition, a great friend of the children of all ages, her sympathies were always with the young. She will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends, and the loss to her home is irreparable, indeed.
The Herald joins in extending sincere sympathy to the friends and relatives of the deceased.
man Michael J ROONEY‏‎
Born ‎16 Feb 1847 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎16 Jan 1932 Raymond, Stearns Co, MN‎, 84 years, buried ‎18 Jan 1932 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
Michael Rooney is in the 1870 U.S. census of Ward 2, St. Anthony, city of Minneapolis as a laborer. He was 23 - b. about 1847 - in Canada. Alongside him are his sister "Kate," married to William Martin and their two kids and William's brother John, brother Michael, age 23, and perhaps a cousin, Patrick Killeen, age 40, born in Ireland and probably a Civil War soldier, born in Galway according to those records.

Mike never married. He was living with his sister and brother-in-law William Martin and family in the 1875 census of Stearns County, Minnesota.

After the locusts destroyed the crops, he went hunting buffalo in Montana. He lived in Billings for years. Ambrose Rooney said they used to call him "sheep mountain Mike." While he was gone he lent his farm to his sister Catherine and brother-in-law William Martin. He spent his retirement with his brother William in Padua. Cause of death: Auricular fibrillation, cardiac decongestion, prostate hypertrophy.
man James ROONEY‏
Born ‎29 Apr 1848 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎10 Jun 1926 Stearns Co, MN‎, 78 years, buried ‎12 Jun 1926 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
James Rooney is in the 1870 U.S. census of Ward 2, St. Anthony, city of Minneapolis as a laborer. He was 21 - b. about 1849 - in Canada. Alongside him are his sister "Kate," married to William Martin and their two kids and William's brother John, brother Michael, age 23, and perhaps a cousin, Patrick Killeen, age 40, born in Ireland and probably a Civil War soldier at Ft. Snelling in 1865, born in Galway according to the war record.

The 1900 census says James was born in April 1846. It says they were married 22 years (1878). But two of their children were then born before the marriage: Mary in 1872 and John in 1875! They had 7 children of which 6 are alive at this point. They lived in Prescott, Wisconsin from about 1874 to 1885. However, one child, John Charles, was born there in 1875 and by 1881 the next child was born in Stearns County, Minnesota.

James's naturalization record is in the Pope County courthouse, dated March 29, 1897 and witnessed by Thomas J. Rooney and Joseph C. Egan.
woman Sarah B ROONEY‏
Born ‎2 Jan 1851 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎11 Jul 1895 Miles City, Custer, Montana‎, 44 years
man John G ROONEY‏‎
Born ‎26 sep 1852 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Canada, died ‎after 1900‎, at least 48 years
John Rooney, age 17, is helping on the farm of his sister and her husband, John J. and Sarah B. Darcy, in Hartford Township, Todd County, Minnesota in 1870. He also appears with his parents in the same 1870 census; I wonder if he got in on both censuses!

He's in the 1880 Miles City census along with a number of other boarders, probably miners. It says he's married, but no family listed with him. In the 1900 census, he's a boarder in Miles City, Custer, Montana. Can't find him after that.

There is a Find-a-Grave site with John Henry Rooney, b. 1854, d. 1926 in Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana - Saint Patrick' s Cemetery. But Butte is on the west side of Montana, while Miles City is on the east side, and the wrong middle name.
man Hugh M ROONEY‏
Born ‎5 Jun 1854 Wakefield Twsp, Gatineau Co, Quebec, Can, died ‎27 Jul 1948 Bangor Township, Pope, Minnesota, USA‎, 94 years, buried ‎29 Jul 1948 Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota, USA
Hugh and Winifred were first cousins.

Hugh M Rooney was born in Ottawa, Canada and immigrated, with his family, to the U.S. about 1864 (or 1869, according to the 1895 census). They moved first to St Anthony Falls, the site of the present city of Minneapolis, which at that time was so small the town could be covered in a half hour by horse and buggy. Hugh attended a parochial school there until they moved to Padua, MN.
In 1889, he was united in marriage to Winifred S Rooney at Sauk Centre, MN. They moved to the farm near Brooten where they made their home until the time of their deaths. Winifred died in1942, at the age of 77 years. Hugh was a lumberman in northern Minnesota for a time, and grew well acquainted with the Indians, learning their languages and customs. He lived also in Montana for a short time, engaged in hunting. Family stories are built around these early days, when his party would often sleep on the ground during the winter, shooting 15 or 20 buffalo before breakfast. At times the Indians would cause trouble, ruining the buffalo skins, terrorizing the men, and breaking up camp .
It would appear that Hugh's cousin Michael W. Rooney probably accompanied him to Montana, as he often talked about hunting buffaloes and being acquainted with the Indians. This was at the time when the locusts ate the farmers' crops and of necessity they had to go elsewhere to earn money.
Farming, however, was Mr Rooney's livelihood, and he practiced it for 60 years. Hugh was 94 years of age at the time of his death and had resided on the homestead five miles west of Brooten for almost 60 years.

Newspaper Article: 9 Jun 1899
Hugh Rooney and Family Narrowly Escape Death by Fire
Bangor township in this county was the scene, on Tuesday evening of last week, of a terrible fire caused by a bolt of lightning, during the rain and thunder storm on that evening, the house of Hugh Rooney of the village of Brooten was struck by lightning and almost instantly burned to the ground. The bolt entered the chimney, scattering the brick all over the lower floor, Mr. Rooney was partially stunned by the shock but recovered his physical and mental activity in an instant and with the assistance of his wife managed to rescue the children who were asleep upstairs, by Mrs. Rooney handling them out through the window from which she afterward jumped herself. In their scant night clothing they made their way in the drenching rain to the house of a neighbor where they were sheltered through the night. Some of the children were obliged to stay in bed the next day until kind neighbors came to their assistance with clothing. Mrs. Rooney who was in a delicate condition, gave birth to a child after reaching the neighbors house, the excitement and exertion no doubt hastening the process of parturition. According to latest report mother and baby as well as the other members of the family were getting along all right. It certainly was a narrow escape from death on part of these people, wither by the electric stroke or the fire it instantly originated. The loss to Mr. Rooney is a severe one, as he is a poor man, but he may consider it a fortune that the lives of his dear ones were saved.
From the Glenwood Herald of June 9, 1899

Cause of death: Cardiac decongestion at age 94. According to his grandson Roland Rooney, Hugh was the last person in Pope County to be "laid out" at home. They placed the casket on two chairs or saw horses in the front parlor. Chairs were set up for mourners paying their respects. Person were assigned to take turns during the night sitting in the parlor with the casket.

A note from probably June 1975, from Ambrose Rooney: He said his sister Helen once asked Hugh Rooney if he'd tell her all about all the old relatives so she could write it down. He said, "Sure," and that he'd come over sometime soon and tell her about them. He died the next week. So this must have been July of 1948.
man Patrick J ROONEY‏
Born ‎25 Feb 1856 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎1907 Montana‎, 50 or 51 years
Patrick was born in Quebec, Canada but is in the 1875 census of Raymond Township, Stearns County with his birth family. His marriage is documented and the certificate downloaded. I can't find out any further documentation about Patrick after their 1903 marriage in Montana. However, in the 1920 census of Billings, Rose is listed with their son Joseph and she is a widow.
man Thomas T ROONEY‏
Born ‎6 Jan 1859 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎28 Nov 1925 Sedan, Pope Co, MN‎, 66 years, buried ‎2 Dec 1925 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
Thomas died at age 66 of heart trouble.

Ellen's grandfather John on the Avon Rooney side, given his date of birth and now in 2017 two instances of DNA matches on Ancestry (including one between David Gaffaney and Andrew Minzghor, who would be a 5C1R), was very probably a brother to Michael Rooney on the Padua Rooney side, making Ellen and her husband Thomas second cousins. That was a stated assumption among the relatives of long ago.

Tom Rooney stuttered except when he swore. He always smoke a pipe. Someone gave him a cigarette, and not being accustomed to it he left it to burn in his mouth. When it got short enough it started burning his whiskers. He said, "Damn your cigarettes!" and never touched another.
man William Edward ROONEY‏
Born ‎29 Oct 1862 Wakefield Twsp, Gatineau Co, Quebec, Can, died ‎14 Nov 1938 Raymond Twsp, Stearns Co, MN‎, 76 years, buried ‎16 Nov 1938 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
William was born in Canada and moved to Minneapolis, with his parents, when he was three years old. They lived there three years, and then moved to Raymond township where they homesteaded 160 acres located about 2 1/2 mile southwest of Padua. Their original farm machinery consisted of a breaking plow and a cradle.

William continued to live there for the next 70 years until his death, at age 76 years. From a wilderness of hazel brush and oak trees, the Rooney's, in two generations had built one of the nicest and most modern farm homes in the township. During the first years, Will Rooney, walked from his home to St Cloud, a distance of at least fifty miles, for supplies such as flour, sugar, coffee and salt.

For almost half a century, he served as chairman of the school board in District 7 and was also a director of the creamery board at Padua.

Cause of death: Cerebral thrombosis (Paralysis of right side and muscles of respiration on right); with contributory causes of congestive bronchitis (due to the right sided respiratory paralysis). Scrotal hernia, left side, for 20 years. Ambrose Gaffaney attended his funeral.


Will Rooney was born October 29, 1863 at Ottawa Canada. His parents were John Rooney and Mary (McCool) Rooney. John and Mary (McCool) Rooney were born in Ireland. They were the parents of the following children: Michael; James; John; Hugh; Patrick; Tom; Will; Mary Anna; Catherine; Sarah; and Lisa.
John and Mary (McCool) Rooney came to Minnesota in 1866 and homesteaded 160 acres of land in Raymond Township, which is now occupied by Will Rooney. His farm machinery consisted of a breaking plow and cradle.
Will Rooney was married to Helene Riedel on April 5, 1889. Her parents were Peter and Mathilda (Schultz) Riedel. Helen Riedel was born in Germany June 7, 1877. There were married in St. Anthony's Catholic Church at Padua by Father Welp.
To this union were born twelve children who are: Edmund J., born March 4, 1900; Joseph D., born October 12, 1901; Felix J. born October 16, 1902; Walter E., born July 29, 1904; Mary Helena, born May 3, 1906; Agnes Mathilda, born September 2, 1908; Emmet W., born June 18, 1910 ; Leo A., born May 10, 1912; Robert G., born August 22, 1914; Howard A., born August 13, 1916; Leonard J., born March 19, 1918; Catherine Marvel, born April 29, 1920. There are thirteen grandchildren. The boys are all farming in Raymond township except Emmet who is a bookkeeper .
Will Rooney has been a member of the school board for forty-five years .
From a wilderness of hazel brush and oak trees the Rooneys, in two generations, have built one of the nicest and most modern farm homes in the township. During the first years Will Rooney walked from his home to St. Cloud, a distance of at least fifty miles, for supplies such as flour, sugar, coffee and salt.
The Rooney family is of the Catholic faith.

Interviewed: Will RooneyDate: September 15, 1936
By: Dorothy Hansmann
woman Mary Ann ROONEY‏
Born ‎6 Jan 1865 Wakefield Twsp, Gatineau Co, Quebec, Can, died ‎6 May 1937 Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota, USA‎, 72 years, buried ‎8 May 1937 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
Mary died at age 72 of some sort of embolism.
woman Elizabeth A ROONEY‏
Born ‎8 Nov 1866 St. Paul, Ramsey Co, MN, died ‎11 Aug 1904 Sedan, Stearns Co, MN‎, 37 years, buried ‎13 Aug 1904 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
Elizabeth died in childbirth, as did her baby, who was 0. Elizabeth and her husband Thomas were first cousins once-removed, both on the Rooney side.
man Joseph ROONEY‏‎
Born ‎1867, died ‎1867‎, under 1 year old