James Moroney
Catherine Kiley
Michael K. Moroney
Catherine Barry
(Abt 1837-1880)

Michael P. Moroney


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Elizabeth Bertha Bilek

Michael P. Moroney 105

  • Born: Aug 1871, Illinois 13,63,86,123
  • Marriage: Elizabeth Bertha Bilek in 1897 34,96
  • Died: 20 Aug 1923, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA at age 52 124
  • Buried: 23 Aug 1923, Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, IL 31,63

bullet  General Notes:

A "Michael Maroney" broke a window by throwing a shovel through it for the purpose of being arrested. Article entitled, "Denied Bridewell Lodging, breaks Window And Gets It." 10-20-1911 (Chi. Tribune) "Au Revoir, but Not Good-By," Said Michael Maroney to Sergeant, Then Hurls Shovel Through Pane. Michael Maroney, a man without a home, last night hurled a shovel through a plate glass windown in the store of P. Izenstein, 628 South Clark Street.
A few moments before Michael had been in the Harrison street police station and asked to be sent to the bridewell [prison].
"You haven't done anything to be pinched for," was Sergeant Arthur Danahy's reply. "On your way."
"You won't lock me up?" asked Maroney.
"Very well, sir. Au revoir, but not good-by."
A little later Patrolman Cronin heard the crash of broken glass and found Maroney talking to the moon.
"You won't, hey?" he was inquiring.
"Just wait till I get a cobblestone."
"Never mind the cobblestone, interrupted Cronin. "You win."
"By rights," said Patrolman Cronin to Sergeant Danahy after he had booked the triumphant Mr. Maroney, "I ought to run youse in, too, as an acces'ry befure the fac'."

A JOHN Moroney married a Mary Fitzgerald at All Saints (image 56/263).

A Michael "Maroney" gave $2.00 towards the building of the main altar of Holy Family church 1863-1865. From book, Holy Family Parish, Chicago: priests and people. Edited & arranged by Jos. J. Thompson. Printed 1923, Chicago. A Michael "Moroney" married Catherine Corcoran on Feb. 7, 1875 at Holy Name Cathedral. Probably no relation.

bullet  Research Notes:

No will/probate available on Ancestry 9-2015


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth: around 1876. 92

Residence, 12 Jun 1880, 277 28th St. Chicago, Cook, IL. 25 Living here are Michael Moroney as head, Catherine, his wife; John, age 13, his son; Michael, age 8; Eliza, born Nov. of 1880, daughter; Catherine, age 4, and Mary, age 6 -- daughters.
From page 43, Enumeration Dis. 38.

Residence, 1882, 431 26th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 126 Shown as a "carbldr" for his occupation.

Occupation: laborer, 1896, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 85

Residence, 1898-1900, 429 26th, Chicago, Cook, IL. 85 Probably the wrong Michael Moroney!

Occupation: laborer, 1898, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 85

Residence, 1900, 3226 Lowe Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 127 Best guess is it says 3226. Other guess: 3228.

Occupation: Flagman, 1900. 127

Residence, 11 Jun 1900, 524 28th St., Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 34 Living here are Michael "Morooney", Lizzie as his wife, and son John. (That would be John Visckocil Moroney.) Also living here are the five Haag family members, the four Hannes, and the seven Heidermans. The source for this is the 1900 census. However, in the City Directory for the same year, flagman Michael Moroney is listed as living at 322? Lowe. Figuring the census was taken in June, then it's probable that he lived at the Lowe address in the early months of 1900, or even 1899.

Occupation: Flagman for the Railroad, 1 Jun 1900, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 34

Residence, 12 Apr 1902, 411 26th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 92

Residence, 13 Apr 1908 through 1910, 2918 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 92 The person who filled out Harold's birth cert certainly couldn't spell with a darn. She spelled Harold "Harld", Emerald Ave. is "Emarald", so did she get this house number correct? I'm not sure. The census for 1910 has them living nearby so this could be wrong. He's listed as living at 2918 Emerald in the 1910 city directory, listed as a laborer.

Occupation: Laborer, 18 Apr 1908, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 128

Residence, 20 Apr 1910, 2915 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 13 Living here were Michael Moroney, wife Elizabeth, John Viskocil (Elizabeth's son by her first marriage), Tessie, Clarabelle, Helen, Harold, and some other families by the name of Vesely, Williams, McGre??ra, and Fitzmorris. Ward 4.

Occupation: laborer on a street car, 1910, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 13

Residence, 1911, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 85 In 1911, there are two Michael Moroneys listed. First, Michael K. was a laborer living at 455 W. 26th. (There was a M.S. Moroney living at that 455 W. 26th address in 1915 and his phone # was Calumet 2879. This would have been Matthew Moroney, so Michael & Matthew maybe were brothers. Matthew died from this home in the 1950s.)
Then there was a Michael P., a tinner, living at 2918 Emerald.

Residence, 1916, 2920 Wallace Street, Chicago, Cook, IL. 80 His phone # was Drover 9524.

Death, 20 Aug 1923. 129 Cause of death - Intestinal obstruction. The doctor that signed the death cert was Helen Moroney Hegarty's Dr. Gowan, who delivered her children and in later years wished was still around to help her upon her dying. Witness to the death of Michael was Anna Moroney of 455 W. 25th St. Note that an Anna Moroney of that same address died earlier in that same year. (That Anna Moroney was his step-mother)So perhaps Anna who signed his death cert was an unmarried sister, wife, cousin, ...? Then why wasn't she listed in the obit? Where is her name in old census records?
I looked at the All Saints (Wallace St) deaths 1908-1925 and he's not listed. He'd probably moved parishes by then.

Obituary: Chicago Daily News, 21 Aug 1923, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. Someone cut out of the newspaper this person's obit and saved it in a Bible. This is exactly how it reads, one obit directly above & next to the other: What a story can be concocted to go along with the whys of this appearing as it does! To me, it certainly indicates strife between his siblings and Elizabeth. And where is Anna Moroney mentioned? She signed the death cert. Note that the first obit first ran on 8-21-1923 and the next day both obits appeared.
MORONEY - Michael Moroney, beloved son of the late Michael and Catherine Moroney (nee Barry), fond brother of John, Mrs. Mary White, Sister Mary Alicia, B.V.M., and Matthew. Funeral Thursday, at 9 a.m. from chapel, 751 W. 78th st., at Halsted to All Saints' church, by autos to Calvary. For information phone Stewart 9700.
MORONEY - Michael Moroney fond father of Harold, Claribell, Mrs. J. Hagerty [sic] and Mrs. C.E. Nettleton, beloved hsuband [sic] of Elizabeth Moroney (nee Bilek). Funeral from chapel 751 W. 78th st. to All Saints' church.

Copies of these obits in my file. I found them on microfilm I borrowed.

Funeral: Calvary Cemetery. Funeral Thursday at 9 a.m. from chapel 751 W. 78th Street at Halsted to All Saints Church, by autos to Calvary [cemetery].

Buried in the south half of lot 9, middle of block B, section D according to the cemetery office.


Michael married Elizabeth Bertha Bilek, daughter of Matej Bilek and Rosalie Kuthan, in 1897 34.,96 (Elizabeth Bertha Bilek was born on 28 Nov 1872 in Cep, Bohemia,106 died on 17 Feb 1942 in Chicago, Cook, IL, USA 107 and was buried on 21 Feb 1942 in Cedar Park Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois 63,108.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Marriage, 2 Aug 1922, 8 p.m, 2920 Wallace Street, Chicago, Cook, IL. 125 That marriage date can't be right! Gram was born in 1903 so that's waay off.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

There's no record of their having been married at All Saints Parish (Chicago: Wallace St) . I checked the marriage register at the church at least twice. Checked Bilek, Viskocil/Vyskocil, and Moroney/Maroney. And also note that Michael's brother attended & got married at All Saints (John Joseph, who m. a Fitzgerald.) So where is this marriage? My guess as of 2-2-2015 is that they never married, just shacked up -- producing 4 children. Then Michael went on to marry in the Catholic church because technically he hadn't been divorced and could marry legitimately.
Also checked All Saints/St Anthony Parish (Chicago: 28th Pl)>Marriages 1898-1907. No luck.

If they went to the Justice of the Peace to get married, note that "Justice of the Peace Court records were destroyed as allowed by Illinois statute in the early 1970s." -- records from 1871-1963 according to the Cook County Circuit Court's office.

The state of IL has no record of their marriage either. Ditto Michigan.

Also checked ss Cyril & Methodius Parish (Chicago: Hermitage) Marriages 1892-1908 for the year 1897, 98, and 1899. This church had Thomas Bobal as pastor. No marriage records found for any family member during this period at this church. Note there is more than one SS Cyril & Methodius Parish.

Checked the All Saints records available online beginning at Image 56/263, which is for marriages beginning Sept. 19, 1896. I ended up at Dec. 31, 1900. Nothing there.

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