Michael Rooney was a farmer/laborer who married Margaret Rooney (nee Connelly). Marriage records for Michael and Margaret show they were married on Jan. 9, 1859, in Athenry, Co. Galway. However, there is a variant (or misspelling) in the church record that shows Reeney instead of Rooney. Records show they had three children: John (1860-1935), Martin (1864-1939) and Michael (1862- Oct. 6, 1949).
- Records show the Rooneys likely lived in Athenry, Co. Galway, for generations.
- The 1901 census shows Michael Rooney, sr., was living with his son, Martin, in Aughrim (Lisheenkyle West) about two years prior to his death.
- Michael Rooney, sr., died April 24, 1903 with his daughter-in-law, Mary (Martin) at his side.
- We have not found the grave marker for Michael sr.