Last name Maroney, Marony, Marona, Maroni-not sure on spelling. Family stories say that his name was Avis maroney and he changed his last name to his first name.
He was married to a Mary Avis b.1817(not sure if this is her maiden or married name, she was possibly born in VA) They had 1 son named Joseph b. 1844, WV and lived in Fayette, WV. According to a census Mary had 4 children, but I cannot find names. They called her husband "old avis" but not sure if it was his first name or last. I can't find any link other than the stories passed down. There was a Tom Maroney about the same age as Joseph Avis, that lived in the same town, but I can't find a link. Any information would help.