MICHAEL EDWARD ROONEY was apparently born in Sligo, Ireland,
about 1794. He may have had a sister or mother named BRIDGET O'CONNOR.
According to his son's death certificate, Michael's wife
was named MARY DELLING.
Michael and his wife used to attend the forbidden Catholic
masses at Sligo's "Mass Rock" with their son William, a mere babe in arms,
and there was much fear that his crying would attract Protestant or military attention. (Mind you, I've also heard that it was Mike's parents who attended the Masses, with a priest disguised as a working man holding Mass in a cave and fearing that Mike, a babe in arms, would cry and give them away. Date-wise, that makes more sense, I think.)
Pat McCann and John O'Connor were two Rooney cousins who
emigrated to NYC, and my great-aunt used to write to Pat in Ballygall,
Sligo, after he returned there.
Do our lines cross paths anywhere?