THE MALONEY FAMILY

OF GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

 Contributed by Stevie Hughes


THIS FAMILY HISTORY HAS BEEN COMPILED FROM PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS IN TENNESSEE, ARKANSAS, INDIANA, MISSOURI AND OREGON; AFFIDAVIT BY CATHERINE COOPER MALONEY ON BEHALF OF HER MOTHER, JANE BROWN COOPER, TO OBTAIN A REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION UNDER THE SERVICE OF CHRISTOPHER COOPER; GREENE COUNTY MARRIAGES 1783-1868 BY GOLDENE FILLERS BURGNER; GREENEVILLE ONE HUNDRED YEAR PORTRAIT BY RICHARD HARRISON DOUGHTY; THE BOOK, GREENE COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE, PUBLISHED BY THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY; THE COURT RECORDS OF THE DIVORCE OF HUGH MALONEY; THE 1815 LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY HUGH MALONEY AGAINST THE HEIRS OF GEORGE GASS; THE 1840 WILL OF HUGH MALONEY; THE 1841 WILL OF THOMAS FLEMING MALONEY; THE 1848 WILL OF ROBERT MALONEY (SENIOR); THE WAR OF 1812 ROSTER OF THE CAPTAIN ROBERT MALONEY COMPANY; THE FAMILY BIBLE OF JOHN MALONEY JUNIOR; THE FAMILY BIBLE OF EMILY MALONEY HARMON; THE ESTATEMENT SETTLEMENT OF DR. FRANCIS FOWLER; THE 1920’S JOURNAL OF DR. WILLIAM WALTER HARMON PUBLISHED IN THE GREENEVILLE SUN NEWSPAPER; THE BOOK, THIS SMALL TOWN OSGOOD (MISSOURI) BY RUTH RAWLS FISHER; GENEALOGY PAPERS IN THE T. ELMER COX LIBRARY IN GREENEVILLE; THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF FAITH WESTON TODD; GODSPEED’S 1888 HISTORY OF STODDARD COUNTY, MISSOURI;  AND FAMILY INFORMATION FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF HUGH MALONEY,  ROBERT MALONEY, WILLIAM MALONEY, JOHN MALONEY JUNIOR, MARGARET “PEGGY” MALONEY BROWN, AND JANE MALONEY COOPER

 

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, Robert.  

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:

1.   Hugh, 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.

2.  Robert, 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.

3.  Elizabeth, 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 this family.

4.  Margaret “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.

6.  Jane, 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 Family.

7.  William, 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 Cooper Family.

8.  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 FAMILY

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:  

1.  William 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 4-24-1880.  

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 Century.

2.  Thomas 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 article.

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 Family.

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:

4.  James, born c. 1818 – 1820, for whom no information is available.

5.  George, 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.

 

WILL OF HUGH MALONEY

Transcribed by Stevie Hughes

Spelling and punctuation unchanged:

“ 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 my Executors

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

Christopher Coopers name expunged by order of the Testator before said

                                                                                                                                Hugh Maloney Seal

Christopher Cooper
Zophar Johnson”

Transcriber’s Comments:

Christopher Cooper 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 still conducted.

WILL OF 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 Executors.

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

Witnefs

Wm T. M. Outlaw
A.  C. Maxwell
William Brown”

 

THE ROBERT AND CATHERINE COOPER MALONEY FAMILY

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 descendants.

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:

1.  John, 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 Greeneville.

2.  Elizabeth, 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.

3.  Margaret (“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.

5.  Hugh, year of birth unknown.  Papers found in the T. Elmer Cox Genealogy Library indicate this son died in infancy.

6.  Nancy, 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.

7.  Jane, 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 Johnson Family.

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.

10.  Emeline “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.)

11.  Mariah, 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.

12.  Robert 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 Hughes
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 Greeneville

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.

7th  I 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 presence
And we have subscribed our
Names at the request of the testator

                Chas. Gafs  (Gass)
                Dawsin Pitt”

Transcriber’s Comment:

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.”

 

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