I sent this message by indivual E-mail to RP Meehan and am now putting it out for anyone who might be of assistance.
I am convinced that there are horse-thieves somewhere in my wife's background since nobody seems to want to admit that they are related to her.
For the benefit of my children, I am trying to trace my wife's ancestry.
My wife, Margaret Mary (Peggy) Loughney, was born in Pittston, Pa on August 18,1921. She died on May 16,2002.
Her grandfather was James Loughney who was born in Ireland in approximately 1842. His wife was named Mary aho was born in Pa in about 1847 and died in Pittston about 1901
they had 8 children: BridgetDOB 1862 approx PatrickDOB 1863 approx MaryDOB 1865 approx JohnDOB 1867 approx PeterDOB 1869 approx Michael William DOB Sept 26, 1873(PEGGY'S FATHER) Catherine DOB 1875 approx AnnDOB 1879 approx(married man named Redding)
My wife, Peggy, was the daughter of Michael William Loughney who died on April 2, 1947. Peggy's mother was Mary Clare O'Boyle born November 21, 1883 in Pa and who died on November 25, 1947. The were married on February 14,1912
Peggy graduated from Pittston High School in (I believe)1937. She also attended Scranton-Lackawanna U of Scranton for one year in 1938.
If it is any help to you we have records of the family since the time of James Loughney. If you have any info prior to him, I would like to have the benefit of your research.