I have a picture of my great grandfather, William Mahaney who lived in Ritchie County, now in West Virginia.He had three sons, William,Homer and Charley.Homer was my grandfather and my father, Homer Willard Mahaney is 82.This line stops with us.There is only one male decendant from Homer's bunch and he is a bachelor.If you would like a copy of the pictures, e-mail me and I will zap them to you in an attatchment.Hope to here from you soon. Also, I am not convinced about the Mahaney-Mahoney business.It is not a phonetic exchange.However, I have not been able to find any difinitive record of any Mahaneysin ships logs.Since they all got it wrong exacly the same way in this county including the ey at the end of the name, and since even the poorest people in Ireland could read and write, unlike other countries emigrants,I am not convinced.
ps. According to my father, William Sr had an accent and was from the old country.He only remembers Williams second wife, Malinda.Doesn't know what Williams first wife's name was.
There are still plenty of Mahaneys in Rithcie Co.Try the cities ofHarrisville, Pensboro, Cairo Wv.Also, Calhoun County Wv