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Moran Family History

Moran and McCaffrey Family History

Anthony Moran (1834-1909) was born in County Mayo, Ireland. We don’t know when he emigrated.  Family lore says he came to America with a brother, worked the coal mines in Pennsylvania, and had a first wife (name unknown) who died and left him with young children.  On Anthony’s 1863 Civil War Draft Registration he is married and a miner in Ashland, Pennsylvania.

In the 1870 census, the family is living in Ashland Middle Ward, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania. Head of household is Anthony Moran, age 40, occupation: Dry Goods Dealer; his wife Bridget, age 23, occupation: Keeping House; Martin, age 13; Mary, age 8; Michael, age 6; and Lela, age 2.In the 1880 census, we pick up the family in Melrose Iowa. Magically, Bridget has aged only 7 years to 30 years old. Anthony is 50, occupation Foot Potion Peddler; daughter Mary is 18, occupation Servant; son Michael is 17, occupation Laborer. Martin and Lela are not listed.  However, Anthony, age 3, and Joseph, age 9 months have joined the family. In 1883 Anthony and Bridget have another son William.

Anthony Moran and Bridget McCaffery Moran lived in Melrose Iowa until Anthony’s death in 1909 and Bridget ‘s death in 1916.Mary Moran married a man named Fox and lived in McGregor Iowa.  Family lore says that Michael Moran left home and lost touch. We don’t know what happened to Martin Moran.  We assume Lela died between 1870 and 1880.When he grew up, Joseph moved to San Francisco, was called Patrick J., married a woman named Nellie, and fathered four children: John, Thomas, and twins Adelaide and Madeline.  William remained a bachelor in Melrose Iowa.  Anthony (called Thomas Anthony) became a physician and practiced in Melrose, Iowa. Dr. Tom fathered four children — Walter, Mary, Tom, and John. John was my father.

Brother, where art thou?

Prologue:  The following post incorporates research done by my brother William Moran and Melrose Iowa genealogist John P. O’Brien.  When they came to America, my Irish great-grandparents could neither read nor write.  They had no telephone, no automobile, no good roads.  Our far-flung family stays in touch with telephone, email, … Continue reading

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