Amy Crow poses the question, "What ancestor do you have that you feel like you’ve only researched halfway?" and I would have to say Matthew Moynahan (1770-1860). I feel like there is still so much more to know about him.
Matthew and Honora Moynahan had nine children and I only know the names of five:
And Mary is known only because Matthew bequeathed all of his "real and personal property" to his son Timothy "except one bed and bed clothes which I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Moynahan." I know her name but I have found no records of her whatsoever.
There are two sons and two daughters of Matthew and Honora Moynahan who remain nameless this far.
This post is about a death certificate that may have provided clues to one of the nameless daughters: Johanna.
I was excited and curious about a death register that I located at Family Search for a Joanna (Moynahan) Sullivan (1806 - 1891) daughter of Matthew and Honora Moynahan.
|Return of Deaths for Washtenaw County, Michigan (1891)|
|Ann Arbor Argus: Feb 10, 1891|
|Panoramic view of the city of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., Michigan 1880.|
Source: Libraray of Congress
|1884 | Washtenaw, Webster | 2596|
Source: Seeking Michigan
On the 1884 census I found husband Patrick (76 years) (b. 1808 in Ireland), wife Johanna M. (78 years)(b. 1806 in Ireland) and daughter Hanna C. (52 years)(b.1832 in Michigan).
According to the census, Patrick had one eye and Johanna was both blind and deaf at the time.
We also learn that Patrick was a farmer and Hanna (single) was "at home" likely as the sole caregiver for her parents.
Only Hanna and Patrick can read and write (despite not having attended school?) and Patrick and Johanna have resided in the state of Michigan for 54 years (and Hanna for 52 years).
This means that Patrick and Johanna arrived in the state of Michigan approximately in the year 1830
Then I located a history book that had more details on the Sullivan family:
- University of Michigan: History of Washtenaw County, Michigan : together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships...and biographies of representative citizens : history of Michigan.
|Source: History of Wastenaw County Michigan|
|1880 census (showing Eugene - 35 Years old)|
Perhaps the way to resolve this would be to locate the 1830 marriage record in New York? I have placed a request to the angels at RAOGK: Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.