Marriage Return for Timothy Mahoney and Mary Bohan – 1889

Source: New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.

Source: New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.

I just received this marriage return for my second great-uncle, Timothy Mahoney, from the New Jersey Archives. I ordered it online on February 8th, 2017, and received it in the mail in less than three weeks. I so wish that the town in Ireland, or at least the county, was on the record, but it does give some new information. My family thinks our Mahoney clan came from County Cork, Ireland.

For the first time I have found concrete evidence as to Mary Bohan’s parents. Since she put down on census returns that she emigrated to the USA in 1889, it is possible the couple knew each other back in the old country. Timothy emigrated in 1884 or 1885, per his census returns. For the rest of his life, Timothy was always listed as a tailor in census returns and town directories.

Timothy Mahoney died in Newark, Essex County, NJ on 22 May 1921. Mary Bohan Mahoney also died in Newark, of accidental poisoning, on 6 May 1933. Her age at death was listed as 61 years, 9 months, and 9 days. From her age at her marriage, most likely she was really born about 1866 in Ireland. For the 1910 Federal USA Census she listed her birth as May 1865.

The church listed, St. James Church, is still active today in the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey in Woodbridge, Middlesex County. The parish celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010.  It is a Roman Catholic church, and the priest, Father James F. Devine, who was the person listed officiating the marriage, helped build the second church.

"Original St. James Church" - Michael Krull, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen, Editions de Signe, Strasbourg, France, 2005. Book in possession of Maryann Barnes.

“Original St. James Church” – Michael Krull, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen, Editions de Signe, Strasbourg, France, page 82, 2005. Book in possession of Maryann Barnes.

“St. James was founded in the village of Woodbridge in 1860, however Mass was celebrated in households. In 1865, the a small wooden chapel was built on the south side of Main Street. St. James soon became a mission of St. Mary’s in Perth Amboy. In 1877, Woodbridge received its first resident pastor, Fr. Stephen Berteloni, who served until his death four years later.

Fr. James F. Devine was appointed the new pastor of St. James. Fr. Devine laid the cornerstone of a new wooden church in 1887. The church was consecrated in 1888, and on this occasion, the church was officially dedicated to St. James the Less. Fr. Devine also invited the Sisters of Mercy from Bordentown, New Jersey to start St. James School, which was to be housed in the old converted chapel.” ~ [Original Source: Michael Krull, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen, Editions de Signe, Strasbourg, France, 2005. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._James_Catholic_Church_(Woodbridge,_New_Jersey)%5D.

By the time of the birth of Timothy and Mary’s first son, John Joseph Aloysius Mahoney, on the 18th of  December 1890, the family lived in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey. Their son was baptized at Saint Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral-Catholic, Newark, on the 25th of December 1890 [Source:  ancestry.com, New Jersey, Births and Christenings Index, 1660-1931, Provo, Utah, 2011] .

John Aloysius Mahoney - 1922 - photo curtesy of C. Mahoney.

John Joseph Aloysius Mahoney – 1922 – photograph curtesy of C. Mahoney.

Timothy and Mary Bohan Mahoney had at least six other children – all born in Newark, New Jersey. It has been wonderful to hear about this branch of our Mahoney clan from some newfound cousins!

For searchable New Jersey vital records databases and records request forms, use this link:  https://wwwnet1.state.nj.us/DOS/Admin/ArchivesDBPortal/index.aspx

Good luck finding new records of your family!

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Doran Y-DNA Results

Brothers Bernard and William Doran

Brothers Bernard and William Doran

The Y-DNA results are in from a family member and the haplogroup is R-M269. The test was done at Family Tree DNA out of Houston, Texas.

The photograph of the Doran brothers was taken in Harrison, Hudson County, New Jersey in the early 1940s. Bernard and William were both born in Belfast, Antrim County, Northern Ireland. The shorter of the two, Bernard, was born in 1890, and William was born in 1893. They also had another brother, Joseph, but he didn’t have any children. Their sisters were Ellen “Nellie” and Elizabeth Doran.

Y-DNA is passed down from father to son, and only a male can be tested. The test done by Family Tree DNA shows that at the 12-marker level there is a match with two others with the Doran surname. Any of the Doran sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons of Bernard and William Doran will be in the same grouping. The R-M269 haplogroup is the most common European y-chromosomal lineage carried by over 110 million European men, with a high frequency in Spain, Portugal, Western France, and Ireland.
For this Doran test, the ancient origins were 46% Hunter Gatherer, 39% Farmer, 14% Metal Age Invader, and 0% non-European. There is a Doran surname group through Family Tree DNA, and at this time there sixty members. Along with the spelling of Doran there are other variations. In our family the name was sometimes Dorran.
This image shows the ancient migration map of this haplogroup.
Haplogroup R1b (Y-DNA). Source: Wikipedia

Haplogroup R1b (Y-DNA). Source: Wikipedia.

We hope to find out more about our Doran ancestry through DNA testing. Good luck with your research!
Copyright 2017 by Maryann Barnes and Genealogy Sisters.
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Researching Timothy J. Mahoney – born in Ireland and died in New Jersey in 1921

Timothy Mahoney's Death Certificate. Source:: New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, Trenton, NJ.

Timothy Mahoney’s Death Certificate. Source:: New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, Trenton, NJ.

I’m always so excited when I get a genealogy record back in the mail, and I recently received the death certificate for Timothy J. Mahoney. He died in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey on May 22nd, 1921. His parents were listed as John Mahoney and Bridget Buckley, and he was born in Ireland in 1865. From census records it is likely that he was born earlier than that. As per the policy of the New Jersey Department of Health, the cause of his death was redacted.  The turnaround from New Jersey was under three weeks.

My sister and I have been researching this Timothy Mahoney for quite some time. He just seemed to fit into our Mahoney clan, since his children had similar names to our grandmother’s family. We still don’t know where in Ireland our Mahoney family came from. I’m hoping that either his gravestone or an obituary will add more information.

What we do know is that he married Mary Bohan, on September 1st, 1899 in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Mary was born in in Ireland, age 23, estimated birth year of 1866.

New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FZGV-2LZ : 31 March 2016), Timothy Mahoney and Mary Bohan, 01 Sep 1889; citing , Middlesex, New Jersey, United States, Division of Archives and Record Management, New Jersey Department of State, Trenton.; FHL microfilm 495,710.

New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FZGV-2LZ : 31 March 2016), Timothy Mahoney and Mary Bohan, 01 Sep 1889; citing , Middlesex, New Jersey, United States, Division of Archives and Record Management, New Jersey Department of State, Trenton.; FHL microfilm 495,710.

In the 1898 Newark, New Jersey Holbrook Directory, Timothy Mahoney was listed as a tailor. My sister and I had been interested in looking up the NJ directories from 1898 since that was about the year that our great-grandfather, John Mahoney, had moved with his family from Brooklyn, New York to Harrison, New Jersey. There were no Mahoney’s listed in the Harrison or Kearny, NJ directories for 1898. From what we found out, John Mahoney didn’t move until after he was held for questioning in the death of Patrick Gilligan in November of 1898, in Brooklyn. Possibly he moved to New Jersey since his brother, Timothy, was living there.

Source:  Holbrook's Directory for Newark, NJ, 1898.

Source: Holbrook’s Directory for Newark, NJ, 1898, copied at the New Jersey Archives, Trenton, NJ.

Timothy Mahoney had immigrated from Ireland in 1884 and Mary Bohan in 1889. From the 1900 Federal Census, Timothy Mahoney was born June 1861 and his wife, Mary, in May 1865. His occupation was Tailor. They had been married 11 years, and they had four children, all living: John, Timothy, Michael, and Jeremiah. [Source: http://www.ancestry.com, Year: 1900; Census Place: Newark Ward 1, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: 962; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0009; FHL microfilm: 1240962].

In the 1910 and 1920 Federal Census returns, Timothy Mahoney continued to be listed as a tailor in Newark.  Mary Bohan Mahoney died of an accidental poisoning on April 6, 1933, aged 61 years, 9 months, and 9 days. Using the age calculator at ancestry.com, Mary’s birthdate was Wednesday, June 28th, 1871. Since her estimated birth year from her marriage record differs, it is still unclear if this date is correct.  They were both buried at the Holy Sepulchre Roman Catholic Cemetery, in East Orange, NJ. Timothy and Mary Bohan Mahoney’s children were: John (1890-1984); Timothy (1895-1968); Michael (1897-1908); Jeremiah (1899-1971); Bridget Margaret (1901-1995); Lawrence (1904-1966); and Honora “Nora” (1909-?) [Sources: http://www.findagrave.com and http://www.ancestry.com family trees].

I recently saw this quote, “Your life is made of two dates and a dash. Make the most of the dash.” ~ author unknown.  When researching family history it is all about what happened during that dash. Good luck searching for your roots!

Copyright 2017 by Maryann Barnes and Genealogy Sisters.

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