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William Lee Maroney
From Nell in M.S.
Commercial Appeal Sunday Sept 15, 1974 Section 6 , page 7
DESCENDANTS OF THE SPIRIT OF '76
By Paul R. Coppock
About two miles south of Byhalism Miss., in the Watkins Cemetery is an old
gravestone which has become the center of attention for descendants of a
soldier in the American Revolution. The family has assembled previously in
Memphis and is planning a big gathering in 1976, 200 years after the war.
The headstone says," Martha, consort of P. Maroney of Revolutionary memory,
died August 20,1858, age 93 " In small letters at the bottom it says, "
Erected by son-in-law, T. K. Young "
OF COURSE the real reason for interest in the little cemetery near Byhalia
is "P. Maroney, " who was Capt. Philip Delancy Maroney. " a Tall redhead
from Ireland. He was living in Annapolis, Md, when he enlisted troops and
equipped them at his own expense. He then entered the Continental Army as
Captain of the First Maryland Battalion of the Flying Camp.
His commander was Baron Johannn DeKalb from Bavaria, a major general who
was killed at Camden. He later was in the command of Gen. Nathaniel Greene
in the Carolinas.
Maroney fought at White Plains, Brandywine, and Yorktown and he was present
when Cornwallis surrendered.
Captain Maroney was born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1734. The original
name of the clan was translated into English as " O'Moroney, " although some
parts of the family spelled it "Maroney" or "Meroney." The clan was of the
highest rank for centuries and was allied with two other clans in Limerick,
Tipperary and Galway along the banks of the River Shannon.
PHILIP MARONEY was distinguished by being a Protestant in a Roman Catholic
area. His mother was a " de Lancey, " a French Huguenot, with relatives in
the New York legislature and the Social Register of New York.
He crossed the Atlantic with a party of Huguenot immigrants about 1767. He
used the name "O'Maroney" at first but gradually dropped the "O," Perhaps it
was a bit to fancy to write "Philip de Lancey O'Maroney."
He married Sarah Nelson in Baltimore but she soon died and he went to war a
widower. In 1785 he married Martha Semms Massey in Franklin County, N.C.
About 1800 he moved to the Greenville District of South Carolina, where he
owned an inn near Traveler's Rest. He lived to be 96
Philip Maroney had three children by his first wife. There was a daughter,
Sarah. The first son, William Britton Meroney, born in 1773, became a
Presbyterian minister in South Carolina. The younger son. Philip de Lancey
Meroney II, born in 1775, lived in Smith County, Tenn., and became wealthy
as one of the first Tennessee iron makers. The younger son had 13 children
and 10 of them lived to be 85.
THERE WERE seven children of Capt. Philip Maroney's second marriage: Henry,
George Washington, Lloyd, Rachel, Elizabeth, Deila ( who was called Nancy )
Best Known of Philip Maroney's descendants was Casey Young, repeatedly
elected to the House of Representatives from the Memphis district. He was
the son of Rachel Maroney, who married Tandy Kee Young, and the grandson of
the Captain in the Revolution.
Casey Young was the member of Congress who obtained authority for the
original Memphis bridge and for the first Custom House on the bluff, usually
called Federal Building. He wrote the bill that established the National
Board of Health, and was chairman of the National Bureau of Health, both of
which were important to Memphis because of the yellow fever epidemics. He
also handled the legislation which brought the Marine Hospital to Memphis.
CASEY YOUNG had extraordinary charm on the platform in an era in which
oratory had a high value.
Born at Tuscaloosa, Ala., he lived on a farm near Byhalia from age 10 until
he grew up. His father had moved in 1838 under frontier conditions, while
the Indians were moving out. With tutoring from his father, attendance at
Marshall Institute, and guidance of a good lawyer, he became an attorney in
Memphis in 1859.
His career in the law was interrupted by the Civil War. He became a
Confederate Lieutenant- Colonel of cavalry and served with Gen. N.B.
Forrest. He returned to Memphis and the law but, after less than 10 years of
peace, politics began to take over his time.
Young won the Memphis seat in Congress in elections of 1874, 1876, 1878 and
HE LOST IN 1880, when William R, Moore, Republican whosesale drygoods
merchant, took over for one term. Young made two other races. His first
appearance as a Democratic candidate was in 1872 but his party split without
much campaigning and Barbour Lewis, prominent carpetbagger, was elected. He
went back into politics in 1896 when the party divided on the gold-silver
question. Representative Josiah Patterson and Casey Young were both defeated
by Edward Carmack, on a contested count.
Casey Young died Aug. 17 1899. His was a big name in a turbulent period of
Tennessee politics. It was after the fading of reconstruction policies, a
time little remembered and poorly understood by modern voters.
Prominence came to another Tennessee descendant of Captain Maroney, Mrs.
Katherine Meroney Drake of Smithville. The family hails her as Tennessee's
first woman judge.
HUNDREDS OF Maroney and Meroney names are heard, especially in Tennessee,
Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Who they are and how they are related has
become the special interest of James R. Maroney of 1255 Vinton.
Twice the scattered clan has gathered for Memphis reunions,, partly because
of the James Maroney collection of information, partly because Memphis is a
central location, and partly because the widow of their Revolutionary War
ancestor is buried only a few miles away. They will meet again in 1976.
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