THE JOHN MALONEY SENIOR FAMILY
OF GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
John Maloney Senior was
born in Ireland about 1755. John’s first wife and the mother of his
children was Nancy Elizabeth, whose surname is not known. John and
Nancy Elizabeth were in Pennsylvania by c. 1787 where their
daughter, Margaret “Peggy”, was born. The family had migrated into
Virginia by c. 1791 where their son, John Junior, was born. The
Maloney Family remained in Virginia until at least 1795, when their
youngest son, William, was born. The family arrived in Greene County
about 1798 when John appears in Captain Edward Tate’s District where he
owned 250 acres of land. In 1799 John transferred his Masonic
membership from County Atrium, Ireland.
John and Nancy
Elizabeth Maloney left an enduring legacy in Greene County through their
children. Many of these children were prosperous and well respected
citizens of Greene County whose contributions to the early community are
numerous. This family maintained a close and long standing relationship
with three other early Greene County families. These were the families
of Jotham Brown Senior, who died about 1797 in Montgomery County,
Virginia, although most of his children settled in Greene County c.
1805; Christopher Cooper Senior, who came to Greene County in 1803; and
Zopher Johnston Senior, who came to Greene County in 1790. These four
families would intermarry multiple times in Greene County and later in
Missouri where descendents settled during the mid-1800’s.
John’s first wife,
Nancy Elizabeth, died prior to 1828. On August 7th of that
year, John remarried Rebecca Kinney “at the house of William Luster”.
Rebecca appears to have died by 1830, when John is living with his son,
William. At the time of the 1840 census, John lived with his son,
John Maloney Senior
died before the 1850 census. It is not known where he and his two wives
are buried. Two of his sons, and a grandson, all of whom died in the
1840’s are buried at the Mount Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church
“Cross Anchor” Cemetery on Old Baileyton Road and Babbs Mill Road.
John’s son, Robert, deeded 2 ½ acres of land in 1841 for a Church and
Cemetery. This gift could have coincided with his Father’s death.
Because sons, Robert and Hugh, and Hugh’s son, Thomas Fleming, are
buried side-by-side, this gives the impression of a Maloney Family
plot. Buried very nearby is John’s daughter, Peggy, the wife of Jotham
Brown (Junior). Several old fieldstone markers are in this area.
The children of John
and Nancy Elizabeth Maloney were:
born in September 1781 or 1782 in Ireland. He was a Justice of the
Peace for many years. On 10-28-1812, Hugh married Susanna Conway
Sevier. Susanna and Hugh had three children before her death on
5-4-1816: (1) William Conway, born on 7-13-1813, who
married Louisa Charlotte Cureton. Conway died on 1-5-1882. (2)
Thomas Fleming, born on 1-3-1815, who died unmarried on
7-22-1841. (3) Mary Jane, born 1816, who married John
Jackson Foster. Mary Jane died on 8-5-1910 in Missouri. Hugh Maloney
remarried on 4-27-1817 to Mary Ann (“Polly”) Easterly. Hugh and his
second wife, Polly, had two sons: (4) James, born c.
1818-1820; and (5) George, born after 1820. Hugh Maloney
died on 10-8-1840. He is buried in the Cross Anchor Presbyterian Church
Cemetery. For more information on this family please refer to
the Hugh Maloney Family.
born August 1784 in Ireland. Robert was a Captain in the War of 1812.
He was a tailor in the town of Greeneville and the mentor and personal
friend of young Andrew Johnson, who would later become President of the
United States. On 5-8-1805, Robert married Catherine Cooper, a daughter
of Christopher and Jane Brown Cooper. Robert and Catherine had 12
children: (1) John, born c.1807, who married Ellen
Wright on 5-19-1831. John died after 1870 and before 1880. (2)
Elizabeth, born c. 1809, who married Samuel Parrott on
12-11-1827, and they lived in Parrottsville, Tennessee. (3)
Margaret “Peggy”, born c. 1811, who married Lewis Fonville on
11-29-1827. They left Greene County before 1860 and migrated to
Indiana. (4) Nancy, born on 10-10-1812, who married
Newman Caldwell (Calwell). Nancy died in the 1840’s and is buried at
Cross Anchor Cemetery. (5) William D., YOB
unknown, who died at the age of 18 before 1848. (6) Hugh,
whose YOB is unknown and is believed to have died in childhood;
(7) Jane, born on 2-16-1817, who married Doctor Francis Fowler
on 12-18-1837. Jane died on 8-15-1869 and is buried at Old Harmony
Cemetery in downtown Greeneville. (8) Catherine D., born
on 5-29-1820. Catherine married Landon Carter Johnson on 2-19-1841.
Catherine died on 12-17-1899, and she and her husband are buried only
steps from the Maloney Family plot at Cross Anchor. (9)
Valentine Sevier, born c. 1823, who married Amanda Sarah Bowers
on 6-16-1854. Valentine died after 1880 and before 1900. (10)
Emeline (“Emily”), born on 4-5-1825, who married William A.
Harmon on 2-25-1847. Emily died on 10-26-1918, and she and her husband
are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery. (11) Mariah, born on
3-5-1828, who married Walter C. Willis on 7-5-1854. Mariah died on
1-24-1903, and she and her husband are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery.
(12) Robert Dickson (Junior), born on 5-1-1831, who married
Mary L. Williamson on 12-2-1875. Robert Junior died on 4-24-1906, and
he and his wife are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery. Robert Maloney
Senior died on 6-16-1848 and is buried at the Cross Anchor Presbyterian
Church Cemetery next to his brother, Hugh. Robert’s wife, Catherine
Cooper Maloney, died on 11-15-1862. For more information on this
family, please refer to the Robert and Catherine Cooper Maloney Family
and to the Christopher and Jane Brown Cooper Family.
born c. 1785. On 3-13-1805, Elizabeth married Jonathan King. The
bondsman was Hugh Maloney, Elizabeth’s brother. This family is found in
the 1830 Greene County census. The household of John King included two
males, age 5 to 10; one male age 20-30; and one male age 30-40; three
females, age 0 to 5; one female age 20-30 and one female age 60-70. In
1830, John King and his family resided one household away from
Elizabeth’s Uncle William Maloney, and two households away from
Elizabeth’s sister, Peggy, wife of Jotham Brown (# 4, below). John King
is not in the 1840 Greene County Census. Nothing further is known about
“Peggy”, born 6-26-1787 in Pennsylvania. Peggy married Jotham
Brown (Junior) in Greene County on 10-08-1807. Jotham, born 10-02-1783
in Virginia, was the son of Jotham Brown Senior and his wife, Phebe.
Jotham Junior and Peggy had six known children. These children were:
(1) Robert, born on 6-26-1808, who married Anna Babb.
(2) Hugh, born on 9-24-1809, who married Sarah Sample;
(3) John, born on 5-13-1813, who married Sarah Woolsey;
(4) James, born on 7-31-1815, who married Jane Marie McAmis;
(5) Martha, born on 11-5-1821, who died unmarried on
6-30-1897; and (6) Alexander, born on 11-5-1823, who
married Jane Babb. Peggy Maloney Brown died on 12-2-1858. Her husband,
Jotham Brown, died on 7-21-1859. They are both buried at the Cross
Anchor Presbyterian Church Cemetery very near Peggy’s brothers, Hugh and
Robert Maloney. Numerous descendants of the Jotham and Peggy Maloney
Brown Family are buried at Cross Anchor Cemetery. For more
information on this family, please refer to the Jotham Brown Family.
5. John (Junior),
born c. 1791 in Virginia. John Junior served in the War of 1812 in his
brother, Robert Maloney’s Company. On 12-6-1821 John Junior married
Jennie Sample. John Junior and Jennie are in the Greene County 1840
Census. Shortly thereafter, the family removed to Sullivan County,
Missouri. Jennie Sample Maloney died between 1844 and 1849. John
died after 1860. The children of John and Jenny Sample Maloney are:
(1) Probably Thomas Justis, born c. 1822. He is not
in the Greene County marriages, nor in the 1850 Greene County census,
nor in Sullivan County, MO. Nothing further is known about him.
(2) Hugh S., born c. 1823, who married Rhoda Bennett on
7-4-1847 in Sullivan County, Missouri. (3) Samuel, born
on 3-30-1829. He is in his father’s household in 1850 and later married
Nancy Leach. (4) Sarah Margaret, born on 5-22-1832, who
married Jacob Bowman. (5) Nelly, born on 1-29-1834, for
whom no information is available; (6) Joseph B.,
a twin born on 11-8-1838; (7) William C., a twin born on
11-8-1838; (8) Eliza Ann, born on 7-29-1840, who was
unmarried at the time of the 1860 census; (9) Martha
B. Annes, born on 5-29-1843 in Missouri, who married Wiley
Johnson on 8-24-1862. For further information on this family
please refer to the John (Jr.) and Jennie Sample Maloney Family.
born 4-4-1793 in Virginia. ”Jennie” married Christopher Cooper Junior
on 8-21-1822. They migrated to Sullivan County, Missouri in 1851.
Jennie and Christopher Junior had four children: (1) Hugh M.,
born May 1827, who married Elizabeth Catherine Dell. (2) William,
born on 7-13-1829. William may not have married. (3) Robert S.,
born on 5-30-1834, who married Tabitha Jane Shanklin. (4) Nancy
M., born on 11-25-1838, who was blind and never married.
Christopher Cooper Junior died on 5-23-1865. Jennie Maloney Cooper died
on 11-12-1877. They are both buried at the Campground Cemetery in
Sullivan County, Missouri. For further information on this
family, please refer to the Christopher (Junior) and Jane Maloney Cooper
born c. 1795 in Virginia. William married Lydia Cooper on 3-23-1822.
Lydia was a daughter of Christopher Cooper Senior. William and Lydia
left Greene County shortly after the 1850 census and settled in western
Tennessee in Obion County with their younger children. Their three
oldest sons remained in Greene County. William and Lydia had eight
children: (1) William Alexander, born on 6-22-1821??
(this year of birth appears to be incorrect, based on his parent’s
marriage date??) William Junior married Nancy Keller on 12-15-1843 in
Greene County. William Junior died in Greeneville on 7-3-1904 and is
buried at the Midway Presbyterian Church Cemetery. (2) James
Madison, born on 7-2-1823, who married Mary Armitage on
7-27-1848. James died in Greeneville on 5-20-1896 and is buried at the
Albany Cemetery. (3) John Q., born on 8-4-1826, who
married Nancy Jones on 6-25-1860, then Mary Emma Jones on 1-31-1866.
John died in Greeneville on 10-21-1904 and is buried at Carter’s Chapel
Cemetery. (4) Elbert S., born c. 1828, who married and
lived in Obion County, Tennessee; (5) Elizabeth J., born
c. 1832, who married James T. Pardue on 1-17-1856 in Obion County.
Elizabeth was in Stoddard County, Missouri by 1875. (6) an
unidentified daughter born between 1831-35, who appears to have
died in childhood; (7) Nancy Ann, born on 6-23-1835, who
married John C. Blackshear on 3-1-1859 in Obion County and migrated to
Stoddard County, Missouri in 1871; (8) Thomas B., born
c. 1837, who married and died in Obion County. For further
information on this family, please refer to the William and Lydia Cooper
Maloney Family and to the Christopher and Jane Brown
Probably Thomas, born before 1792. The only Maloney Family in
early Greene County was that of John and Nancy Elizabeth Maloney.
Thomas never appears in a Greene County tax list or in a census. Yet,
on 1-29-1813, “Tom Melony” witnessed a land purchase by George Graham
for a farm located on Pigeon Creek. Zopher Johnston Senior also bought
land on Pigeon Creek, and the Graham Family lived in Northern Greene
County where the Maloney, Johnston, Brown and Cooper Families resided.
Thus, it is very possible that “Tom Melony”, who was “of age” by 1813,
was a son of John Maloney Senior.
THE HUGH AND SUSANNA CONWAY MALONEY
OF GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Hugh Maloney, born
September 1781 or 1782 in Ireland, was the son of John Maloney Senior
and his wife, Nancy Elizabeth, whose surname is not known. The Maloney
Family lived in the northern part of Greene County in what would later
become Civil Districts 11 and 12. In 1809, Hugh lived on a 130-acre
farm in this area. Hugh Maloney Esquire was a very prominent citizen of
early Greene County. He was a Justice of the Peace for many years. On
10-28-1812, Hugh married Susannah Conway Sevier, born 6-9-1776.
Susannah was first married to John Sevier. She was the daughter of
Henry Conway (1749-1812), who was a Virginia Officer in the
Revolutionary War, and Henry’s wife, Sarah Hundley. The family names of
Sevier, Conway and Hundley would carry forward in future generations of
the Maloney Family.
Hugh Maloney left the
northern area of Greene County and purchased the 100-acre farm of Hugh’s
Father-in-Law, Henry Conway Senior. On 3-6-1815, Hugh Maloney, his
wife, Susannah Conway Maloney, and Hugh’s Father, John Maloney Senior,
paid $1,000 for the Conway farm in Warrensburg. This area was to become
Civil District 4. It is said by some historians that Andrew Johnson
(later President) and his bride, Eliza McCardle, were married in
Warrensburg. If this is the case, they were surely married on the
Conway/Maloney Farm. Hugh Maloney’s brother, Robert, was the bondsman
for the marriage.
Susannah and Hugh had
three children before her death on 5-4-1816. Susannah is buried with
her father outside of the fence of the Maloney Family Cemetery near
Warrensburg. Many of Susannah and Hugh’s descendants are buried in
this Cemetery (* denotes family members buried there).
The children of Hugh and Susannah Maloney were:
Conway*, born 7-13-1813. Conway was yet another prominent
family member in early Greene County. He is shown in many Greene County
records with the formal title of “Esquire”. Conway married Louisa
Charlotte Cureton. The children in their 1850 and 1860 household
included: (1) Susannah “Susan” C.*, born on
12-23-1840; died unmarried on 8-18-1864; (2) Hugh D.*,
born on 6-6-1842; died 9-7-1902. Hugh married Annie Scruggs. Hugh and
Annie had six children, of whom five are known: (i) Alice*
(1871-1928), who married Charles Elijah Kidwell; (ii) Louise R.*
(1873-1930), who married J. Henry “Hal” Herring, the widower of Louisa’s
Aunt Nancy Maloney; (iii) Emma Lucy* (1880-1880); (iv) Hugh C.*
(1878-1955), who married Lena McCorkle. They had four daughters. (v) an
unnamed infant daughter* (1887-1887). (3) Sarah M. “Sally”,
born on 10-27-1844, who married Joel P. Johnson on 8-24-1865, bond by L.
F. Cureton. Sally and Joel Johnson had one child, William Lewis
Johnson, born 9-1-1866. William Lewis Johnson died on 2-19-1935,
leaving no descendants. Sally died on 12-24-1867 and is buried in the
Maloney Cemetery on the Smelcer farm, S.E. of Warrensburg. (4)
Thomas Fleming, born on 12-6-1846, who was a lawyer in Greene
County. Thomas married Eliza M. “Lillie” Stover in Carter County on
10-14-1875. Lillie Stover was the granddaughter of President Andrew
Johnson, and is buried in the Presidential plot in Greeneville. Lillie
and Thomas did not have children. After Lillie’s death, Thomas left
Greeneville and married Flora Hope. They had one daughter, Theodora,
born c. 1886 in Ohio. Thomas Fleming Maloney died on 3-17-1904 in
Utah. (5) Hundley S., born on 2-25-1849. Hundley was a
Soldier. He married shortly before the 1870 census, when he and his
seventeen year-old bride, Laura, resided with Hundley’s parents. By
1880, Hundley lived in Sheridan, Yamhill County, Oregon. Hundley was
married three times and fathered 16 (known) children. He died in Weber
County, Oregon, after 1920. (6) Richard Marion*, born on
3-23-1851. He was a doctor in Greeneville and died unmarried on
4-23-1894. (7) William C. (Jr.)*, born on 3-22-1853; died
on 5-28-1865. (8) Nancy “Nannie”, born on 3-12-1855, who
married J. Henry “Hal” Herring after 1880. Nancy died on 1-5-1883 and
is buried in the Maloney Cemetery on the Smelcer farm. (9) John
Alexander*, born on 10-8-1857. John married Allie Smith,
and secondly to Della Lotspeich. John was a merchant in Warrensburg and
had five children. John Alexander Maloney died on 8-30-1895.
(10) Emma Louise*, born on 3-18-1860, who died unmarried on
William Conway Maloney
died on 1-5-1882. His wife, Louisa Cureton Maloney, died on
8-21-1886. They are buried in the Maloney Family Cemetery in
Warrensburg. For further information on the William
Conway Maloney Family,
please refer to the book, Historic Greene County and It’s People,
page 219-220, published by the Greene County Historical Society in
1992. Descendants of this Family lived in Greeneville into the 20th
Fleming, born 1-3-1815. Thomas died unmarried on 7-22-1841 and
is buried beside his father at the Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church
Cemetery. The executors of Thomas F. Maloney’s Estate were his
brother, William Conway Maloney, and his uncle, Christopher Cooper
Junior. The will of Thomas Fleming Maloney is transcribed with this
3. Mary Jane,
born 1816. In the 1830 Census, Hugh’s two youngest sons are in his
household. His daughter, Mary Jane, is not. After her Mother’s death
in 1816, Hugh Maloney placed his infant daughter with his sister’s
family, Christopher and Jane Maloney Cooper. On 3-13-1841, Mary Jane
Maloney married John Jackson Foster, the son of Mercy Johnston and
Robert Foster (Senior). Mary Jane and John J. Foster migrated to
Harrison County, Missouri in the 1850’s with numerous intermarried
families of Brown, Cooper, Johnson, Sample, Willis and Weston. Mary
Jane and John Foster had ten children. Mary Jane Maloney Foster died on
8-5-1910. John J. Foster died on 3-11-1890. They are both buried in
the Foster Cemetery on their farm in New Hampton, Harrison County,
Missouri. Many of their descendants and those of other Greene County
families are also buried there. For more information on this
family, please refer to the John Jackson and Mary Jane Maloney Foster
Hugh Maloney remarried
on 4-27-1817 to Mary Ann (“Polly”) Easterly. Polly, born 12-3-1793, was
the daughter of Johann Easterly and Mary Harpine. Polly Easterly
Maloney filed for divorce on 9-6-1820. The divorce was lengthy and
bitter. Polly alleged “abuse”; Hugh said Polly had been a “disobedient
wife”. When the divorce was filed in 1820, Hugh and Polly had only one
child. It would seem there was a brief period of reconciliation,
because when Hugh died in 1840, he named two sons with his second wife.
Polly Easterly Maloney and her two sons did not remain in Greene County,
and nothing about Hugh’s “second family” is known.
The two children of
Hugh and Polly Easterly Maloney were:
born c. 1818 – 1820, for whom no information is available.
born after 1820, for whom no information is available.
Hugh Maloney signed his
Will on 10-3-1840. The witnesses were Hugh’s brother-in-law,
Christopher Cooper, and Zopher Johnston (Junior) who was married to
Christopher Cooper’s sister, Phebe. Hugh left $10 to each of his two
sons with his second wife, Polly Easterly Maloney. To his daughter,
Mary Jane, he bequeathed a horse and cow, and any of the household
furnishings her two older brothers “thought necessary”. Hugh’s two
oldest sons, William Conway Maloney and Thomas Fleming Maloney, were
bequeathed all of Hugh’s lands and the remainder of his very large,
personal Estate. Hugh’s son, Thomas Fleming died less than a year after
his Father. The entire estate was inherited by William Conway Maloney.
Hugh Maloney died five
days later on 10-8-1840. He is buried in the Mount Pleasant
Presbyterian Church “Cross Anchor” Cemetery on Old Baileyton Road and
Babbs Mill Road. Why Hugh was buried here, and not in the Maloney
Family Cemetery in Warrensburg is a mystery. Perhaps, he was buried at
Cross Anchor because his parents were buried there. Hugh’s brother,
Robert Maloney who died in 1848, is also buried at Cross Anchor. Hugh
and Robert as well as Hugh’s son, Thomas Fleming are buried
side-by-side, clearly indicating this was the Maloney Family Plot at the
Cross Anchor Cemetery.
OF HUGH MALONEY
Transcribed by Stevie
“ I Hugh Malony do make
and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making
void all other wills by me at any time made.
First I direct that my
funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as
possible, out of any moneys that I may die pofsefsed (possessed)
of, or may first come into the hands of my executor. Secondly I give
and bequeath to Thomas F. Malony one half of my farm on Chuckey River
including the Island Thirdly I give and bequeath to my son W. Conway
Malony the other half of the above described tracts of land Fourthly I
give and bequeath all the residue of my personal Estate to be equally
divided between Thomas and William Malony excepting a good horse milck
cow bed and some other things to house keep such as Thomas and William
may think necessary to Mary my daughter and ten dollars each to my two
sons by my last wife James and George Malony
Lastly I do hereby
nominate and appoint Christopher Cooper (his name is crossed out and
replaced with) William Smith of Little Chucky and W. Conway Malony
In witness whereof I do
to this my will, set my hand and seal this third of October 1840
Signed sealed and
published in our presence and we have subscribed our names thereto in
the presence of the Testator this 3rd day of October 1840
name expunged by order of the Testator before said
Hugh Maloney Seal
Junior was the brother-in-law of Hugh Maloney. Zopher Johnston was the
brother-in-law of Christopher Cooper Junior.
Hugh Maloney is buried
in the Cross Anchor Cemetery. This section of the Cemetery may well
have been Maloney land. In 1841, Hugh’s brother, Robert Maloney deeded
2 ½ acres for a Church and Cemetery. The Church is the Mount Pleasant
Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Church was built before the Civil
War and was accidentally burned by Union troops. The present day Church
was rebuilt before the turn of the 20th Century. Sunday services are
THOMAS FLEMMING MALONEY
Transcribed by Stevie Hughes
Spelling and punctuation unchanged:
“ I Thomas Maloney do
make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and
making void all other wills by me at any time made. First, I direct
that funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as
pofsible (possible), out of my moneys that I may die pofsefsed
(possessed) of or may first come into the hands of my executors.
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my brother William Conway Maloney, all
of my estate both real and personal. Lastly, I do hereby nominate and
appoint my brother, William Conway Maloney and Christopher Cooper my
In witnefs (witness)
whereof I do, to this my will set my hand and seal this the 22nd
day of July 1841
Thomas Maloney Seal
Signed, sealed and
published in our presence, and we have subscribed our names hereto in
the presence of the Testator. This the twenty second day of July 1841
Wm T. M. Outlaw
A. C. Maxwell
THE ROBERT AND CATHERINE COOPER MALONEY
OF GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
THIS FAMILY HISTORY IS DEDICATED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. RICHARD HARRISON DOUGHTY (1923-2003)
Robert Maloney and
Catherine Cooper were married in Greene County, Tennessee on 5-8-1805.
Robert was born in 1784 in Ireland to John and Nancy Elizabeth Maloney.
Catherine was born on 3-2-1788 in Virginia to Christopher and Jane Brown
Cooper. Robert Maloney Esquire was a prominent citizen in early Greene
County. Between 10-14-1813 and 2-8-1814, he served as a Captain in the
War of 1812 in Col. William Lillard’s Regiment of East Tennessee
Volunteers. Robert was a tailor in Greeneville. He became a mentor and
a close personal friend of the future President, Andrew Johnson. Robert
Maloney was the bondsman for Andrew Johnson’s marriage in 1827 to Eliza
McCardle. Some historians speculate Andrew Johnson was married in
Warrensburg. To my knowledge, this is unproven; however, if the future
President did marry in Warrensburg, he was most probably married at the
Maloney Plantation of Robert’s brother, Hugh Maloney.
In the 1830 Census,
Robert and Catherine Maloney lived in town on Irish Street and had 11
children in their household. By 1840, Robert had retired from the
tailor business, and he and Catherine had moved into northern Greene
County in District 12 near their intermarried families. By 1840, most
of their children had married, leaving only five children at home.
Robert Maloney died on
6-16-1848, and his Will was probated in July. He is buried at the Cross
Anchor Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery at the junction of Old
Baileyton Road and Babbs Mill Road. In 1841, Robert had deeded 2 ½
acres of land for a Church and Cemetery.
After Robert’s death,
his widow, Catherine Cooper Maloney remained for awhile on their
District 12 farm with her youngest three children. By the 1860 Census,
Catherine had moved into town and lived with her youngest son, Robert
Dickson Maloney. Catherine Cooper Maloney died on 11-15-1862. Although
there is no tombstone, it is presumed she is buried near her husband at
the Cross Anchor Presbyterian Church. It is possible she is buried
with her parents in the Old Cooper Burial Ground near today’s Spider
Stine Road. A picture of Robert and Catherine Cooper Maloney is
included on page 50 of Richard Harrison Doughty’s book, Greeneville
One Hundred Year Portrait. Mr. Doughty was one of their many, many
Robert and Catherine
Cooper Maloney are believed to have had 12 children. Several of their
descendants remained in Greene County into the 20th century,
and a few into the 21st century. During the 1800’s and into
the twentieth century, several of the children resided on North Main
Street, in the block adjacent to the T. Elmer Cox Genealogy Library in
Greeneville. Several of these homes predate the Civil War are still
standing. A descendant, Richard Harrison Doughty, occupied one of these
homes until his death in 2003.
The children of Robert
and Catherine Cooper Maloney are:
born on 4-1-1807. John married Ellen Wright on 5-19-1831. John
operated the Maloney Hotel located on Main and Summer Streets in
Greeneville, also known as the Maloney Tavern. He was a Justice of the
Peace for Greene County, and he was an Alderman for the town of
Greeneville during the 1830’s when Andrew Johnson was the Mayor. John
Maloney was a prosperous citizen with assets of $4,500 in 1850. John
and Ellen’s children enumerated in their 1850 household were: (1)
Martha A., (2) Catherine, (3) Elizabeth,
(4) Susan, (5) Emma, and (6) Laura
Maloney. Ellen Wright Maloney died on 3-10-1882, age 75 years.
In her notice of death, she is referred to as the wife of Major John
Maloney. Her children were listed as Mrs. Godfrey (Elizabeth), Mrs.
Brumley (Susan), Mrs. Yost (Catherine), Mrs. Stevens (Laura), Mrs.
Rosenblatt (Emma) and Mrs. Chockey (Martha). A picture of John and
Ellen Wright Maloney is found on page 70 in the book, Greeneville One
Hundred Year Portrait, by Mr. Richard Harrison Doughty. As of this
writing, the burial place of John and Ellen Wright Maloney has not been
located. They may be buried at Old Harmony Cemetery in downtown
born c. 1809. Elizabeth married Samuel Parrott on 12-11-1827. This
couple left Greene County shortly after their marriage. The family
lived in Parrotsville in Cocke County, Tennessee in 1850. The children
in their 1850 household included: (1) Malvina; (2)
Margaret; (3) George; (4) Elizabeth;
(5) Robert M.; and (6) John Parrott. There
could be additional children.
(“Peggy”), born c. 1811. Peggy married Lewis Fonville on
11-29-1827. Lewis and Peggy Fonville lived in District 12 in Greene
County. In the 1850 Census, Lewis’ trade was that of a “Saddler”. The
children in their 1850 household included: (1) Caroline;
(2) Eliza; (3) Emeline; (4) John;
(5) Nancy; (6) Susan J.; (7) Lewis;
(8) Catherine; (9) Margaret; (10)
Martha; and (11) Mary Fonville. This family was
no longer in Greene County by the 1860 Census. By 1880, Lewis had died
and his widow, Margaret Maloney Fonville, was living in Hendricks,
Indiana. Two of her daughters, Eliza and Mary, and one son, John, were
in Margaret Maloney Fonville’s 1880 household. By 1880, the son, Lewis
(L. L. Fonville) lived in Independence County, Arkansas with his family.
4. William D.,
year of birth unknown. Genealogy records found in the T. Elmer Cox
Library indicate this son died unmarried at the age of 18, and indeed,
he is not named in his Father’s 1848 Will. William’s burial place is
not known. He is presumably buried at the Cross Anchor Church Cemetery
near his father.
year of birth unknown. Papers found in the T. Elmer Cox Genealogy
Library indicate this son died in infancy.
born 10-10-1812. Nancy married Newman Caldwell about 1831-35; however,
their marriage is not found in the Greene County marriages. In 1830,
Newman Caldwell, is a single man in the Census. In 1840, Newman and his
family lived four households from Nancy’s father, Robert Maloney Sr.
Nancy and Newman’s 1840 household included one son age 5 to 9 and one
daughter under five years of age. Nancy Maloney “Calwell” died in
September 184?. She is buried at the Cross Anchor Presbyterian
Church Cemetery. Newman remarried on 5-21-1849 to Betsy Hays. Newman
and his second wife, Betsy (age 23) are in the 1850 Greene County Census
with five children in their household. The first four children were by
Newman’s first wife, Nancy Maloney Caldwell. These children are:
(1) Robert; (2) Maria; (3) Catherine;
and (4) Jane Caldwell. The fifth child, George, age 8
months, is Newman’s son by his second wife, Betsy Hays.
born 2-16-1817. Jane was named for her maternal grandmother, Jane Brown
Cooper. Jane married Francis (“Frank”) Fowler on 12-18-1837. Andrew
Johnson made Frank’s wedding coat, which today is on exhibit at
President Andrew Johnson’s Tailor Shop in Greeneville. Frank Fowler was
a doctor in early Greeneville. He and Jane, along with one young son
are found in the 1840 Census. Frank Fowler died at the age of 27. He
is buried at the Old Harmony Cemetery in Greeneville: Dr. Francis
Fowler, born 9-26-1813; died 10-1-1840. His widow, Jane Maloney Fowler,
is in the 1850 census with her son, William, age 10. In the 1860
Census, Jane was a “Seamstress” and her son, William F. Fowler,
was still in her household. Jane and her only child lived on Main
Street, directly across from her Mother, Catherine Cooper Maloney, and
her sister, Mariah Maloney Willis. Jane Maloney Fowler died on
8-15-1869. She is buried at Old Harmony Cemetery with her husband.
Jane’s son, William F. Fowler, age 30, “Dentist” is in the 1870 Greene
County census with his wife, Anna, and infant daughter, Nannie. Dr. W.
F. Fowler (1839-1915) and his wife, Annah Snapp Fowler (1847-1918), are
buried at Oak Grove Cemetery.
8. Catherine D.,
born 5-29-1820. Catherine married Landon Carter Johnson on 2-19-1841.
“Carter” Johnson, born on 8-21-1819, was the son of John and
“Caty” McKahen Johnston. The family was in Bradley County, Tennessee in
1850. The children in their 1850 household included: (1)
Caroline, (2) Volentine, (3) William,
(4) Catherine, and (5) Nancy. Catherine
and Carter Johnson had returned to Greene County by 1854 when Carter is
in the District 12 Tax List. By 1860, three more children were born
(6) Robert, (7) Meriah and (8) Emily
Johnson. Landon Carter Johnson died on 1-11-1880. Catherine
Maloney Johnson died on 12-17-1899. They are both buried at the Cross
Anchor Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. For further
information, please refer to the Landon Carter and Catherine Maloney
9. Valentine S.,
born c. 1823. Valentine Sevier Maloney married Amanda (Sarah) Bowers on
6-16-1854. In the 1860 Census, Valentine was a tailor and lived in town
on Depot Street. Two children were in their household, (1)
William F. and (2) Robert J. (“Bobby”), born on
5-18-1860 who died in childhood on 5-25-1866 and is buried in Old
Harmony Cemetery in downtown Greeneville. By 1870, Valentine was the
County Clerk of Greene County. Children born between 1861 and 1870
were: (3) Franklin (“Frank”) and (4) Emma (Mary).
The last child born after 1870 was (5) Walter W. Maloney.
In the 1900 Census William and Walter were still in their widowed
Mother’s household. Valentine Sevier Maloney died after 1880 and before
1900. His widow, Sarah Bowers Maloney, still lived in Greeneville in
1900. In the 1900 census, Sarah stated she had five children, of whom
four were living. By 1910, none of the Maloney sons were in
Greeneville. The youngest son, Walter W. Maloney, a musician, lived in
North Carolina. It seems probable Valentine and his wife both died in
Greeneville. Valentine S. Maloney was a very prominent man in early
Greene County. As of this writing, the burial place of Valentine and
his wife have not been located. For such a prominent family to be
buried in unmarked graves is nothing less than amazing. Valentine and
his wife are surely buried at either Old Harmony Cemetery or at Oak
Grove Cemetery chartered in 1883, but was possibly a burial ground
before that date.
“Emily”, born 4-5-1825. Emily married William A. Harmon on
2-25-1847. William Harmon was a teacher in Greeneville. The Family
lived on North Main Street, across the street from Emily’s sister, Jane
Maloney Fowler. The Harmon home still stands in today’s Greeneville, and
is known as “Harmony House”. Emily and William A. Harmon had six
children: (1) Robert Isaac; (2) Elizabeth Catherine;
(3) Valentine Maloney; (4) Mariah Julia;
(5) William Walter; and (2) Francis Dana Harmon.
Two of their sons died only days apart in 1854 and are buried at Old
Harmony Cemetery: Robert I. (born 12-31-1847; died 12-21-1854) and
Valentine M. (born 8-3-1851; died 12-25-1854). The family of William A.
and Emily Maloney Harmon remained in Greeneville. Some of their
descendants continue to live in Greeneville in the 21st
century. Their daughter, Elizabeth Catherine Maloney (1849-1891)
married John Harrison Doughty (1830-1910). As fate would have it, their
son, Willis Henry Doughty (1877-1955) married Bonnie Gaye Maloney
(1883-1961). Bonnie Gaye was descended from Robert Maloney’s brother,
William Maloney, whose wife was Lydia Cooper, sister to Robert Maloney’s
wife, Catherine Cooper. Willis Henry Doughty and Bonnie Gaye Maloney’s
son, Richard Harrison Doughty (1923-2003), much beloved educator,
historian, author and humanitarian was thus the product of two pioneer
families of Maloney and Cooper, where brothers (Robert and William
Maloney) married sisters (Catherine and Lydia Cooper), in the very early
years of Greene County. Richard Harrison Doughty is buried at Oak Grove
Cemetery near his forbears. William A. Harmon died on 11-17-1891.
Emily Maloney Harmon died on 10-26-1918. They are both buried at Oak
Grove Cemetery in Greeneville. (Please refer to the lines of
descent of Richard Harrison Doughty that accompany this article.)
born 3-5-1828. Mariah married her cousin Walter C. Willis on 7-5-1854.
Walter C. Willis was a teacher in Greeneville, and he was a member of
the School Board. He and his class of 1876 are pictured in Richard
Harrison Doughty’s book, Greeneville One Hundred Year Portrait.
Walter was also a Carpenter by trade, and in 1880, his occupation was
stated as a Hardware Merchant. Walter and Mariah were members of the
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in downtown Greeneville. They lived in
town on the Rogersville Road near the train depot. Walter C. Willis,
born 12-10-1824, died on 3-27-1884 and is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery.
His wife, Mariah Maloney Willis, died on 1-24-1903. She is buried
beside him. They had no children. For further information on
Walter C. Willis, please refer to the article on The Willis Brothers of
Greene County, Tennessee.
Dickson, born 5-1-1831. Robert was a carpenter by trade and
lived with his Mother. In 1862, he built a house for his elderly
Mother, Catherine Cooper Maloney, on Main Street near Spencer Street in
Greeneville. After his Mother’s death, Robert lived with his sister,
Mariah Willis, in 1870. Robert married late in life. On 12-2-1875, he
married Mary L. Williamson, the daughter of L. H. and Julia Painter
Williamson. Robert Maloney was a skilled carpenter and executed much of
the work on the beautiful Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Main
Street. Quoting from the book, Greeneville One Hundred Year
Portrait: “The steeple and cornice, long admired for the beauty of
woodcarving, were designed by James F. Fields, and much of this work was
executed by Robert Dickson Maloney.” Robert Dickson Maloney died on
4-24-1906. His wife, Mary, died on 3-15-1921. They are buried at Oak
Grove Cemetery. Robert and Mary Maloney had only one child, Julia Kate,
born 5-10-1882. On 10-3-1918, Julia married Winfield S. Babb, whose
first wife Sallie Hankins Babb, had died the previous year. “Miss
Julia” was a much beloved school teacher in Greeneville for sixteen
years. Julia Kate Maloney Babb died on 11-21-1950. She and her
husband are buried at the Cross Anchor Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Julia had no children.
Persons who are
interested in this Maloney Family may wish to read the 1920’s journal of
Dr. William Walter Harmon, a son of William and Emily Maloney Harmon.
Dr. Harmon’s diary was published in the centennial publication of The
Greeneville Sun newspaper, The Greene County Story.
WILL OF ROBERT MALONEY
Transcribed by Stevie
Spelling and punctuation unchanged:
“I Robert Maloney being
weak of Body but of Sound Mind and Memory. Do, make and publish this My
last Will and testament, Hereby revoking and making void all former
Wills by me made
First my Will is that I
be buried in a Christian like manner and that my funeral expenses and
all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of the
moneys on hand or that first comes into the hands of my executors.
2 I Will unto my
beloved Wife Catharine and my two sons, Valentine and Robert Maloney all
my personal Estate after my just debts and funeral expenses are paid and
after my daughter Mariah is portioned off agreeable to the balance of my
daughters that has married and left me. With addition of a horse beast,
saddle and bridle, worth seventy five dollars and after my daughter
Mariah is portioned of the balance of the personal Estate remains to be
equally divided between my beloved wife, Valentine and Robert Maloney
3 I will unto my
beloved Wife the plantation that I now live on during her natural life
or widowhood and that Valentine Mariah and Robert Maloney shall have
their support off the plantation provided they remain on said plantation
and help to make it and take care of their Mother and at the death or
widowhood of my beloved Wife the plantation to be equally divided
between my two sons Valentine and Robert Maloney by Valentine paying
Robert two hundred dollars out of the price of his half of said
plantation for the benefit of said Robert and to school him.
4th I Will
and Bequeath unto my son John Maloney the eleven acre __(word not
readable)___ that is joining the lands of Azariah Dobson the heirs
of John Rhees and others.
5th I Will
in addition to what I have willed to my two sons Valentine and Robert
Maloney two town lots No. 17 & 18 in the West end of the town of
6th My Will
is that the two hundred acres of land that I own on Chucky Mountain on
the headwaters of the Dry fork of Camp Creek also the twenty five acres
that I own lying on the South side of Chucky River adjoining Pierces
Island and others to be sold by my Executors and the money arising from
the sale of said lands to be appropriated to the finishing the house
that I now live on.
further enjoin it on my Executors to attend to all Suits in Court or out
of Court and Collect all Debts of any kind that may be due to me or
coming to me and if their be any money left after the procenting of the
suits to be paid over to the family that are at home for their support
I do nominate and
appoint William C. Maloney and Valentine Maloney my Executors of this my
last Will and testament.
In testimony whereof I
do set my hand and affix my seal this 15th Day of May 1848
R Maloney Seal
Signed sealed in our
And we have subscribed our
Names at the request of the testator
Robert Maloney died less
than two months after signing his Will. He is buried beside his
brother, Hugh Maloney, at the Cross Anchor Cemetery.
The Will was probated on
July 3, 1848:
“Valentine Maloney, Wm
C. Maloney, John Maloney and Wm A. Harmon all of Greene County and State
of Tennessee, are hold and firmly bound unto the State of Tennessee the
sum of three thousand dollars; which payment, well and truly to be made,
we bind ourselves, our Heirs Executors and Administrators, jointly and
severally, firmly by these Presents—Sealed with our seals, and dates
this 3rd day of July 1848.”