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David Looney Family
By Frances Fox
Taken from Ye Olde Ancestors, June 24, 1991
Written permission given by the New Boston Genealogy Society
to post this information to the Bowie County TXGenWeb site.
An affidavit written by Judge C A Wheeler identifies the first family
of David Looney. He married Isabella Lawhon born about 1800
and died about 1839. Their children were:
These are the only children listed in the affidavit, so we will have
to assume that the next child belongs to the next wife who was a widow
of Jacob Wright. Jacob Wright's family came to Texas in 1837
and died soon afterward. His wife, Terry Wright, claimed the
headright of 640 acres and it is in her name. James Bowie School
is on the Terry Wright headright which is south of the David Looney
headright. Terry was born in 1804 in Montgomery County, North
Carolina, the daughter of James Poer and Mary Cochran. Terry
married Jacob Wright in Madison County, Tennessee. They must
have had four children:
The third wife of David Looney was a Mrs Sarah A Davis, burn 1816 and died 1887. Their only child was Pleas Duke Looney, born 1857, died 1899 Bowie County. P D Looney married Mary Margaret "Maggie" McGee. They had ten children.
The Looney name originated on the Isle of Man as far back as 1050. There are red stone monuments with the Looney name on them that can still be read that date back to 1600. Some of the descendents still live there.
Two Looney families came to America in the early 1700's. The families of John and Robert Looney, both sons of Joseph Looney of the Isle of man. Now we estimate that David Looney who came to Bowie County was born in 1795 using his age as reported on the census. None of the family members know the parents of David Looney, but they are so close to connecting with the ones that came to America in the 1700's, maybe just two generations.
There is a picture of a historic, two-story long house, that was built back in the 1700's in Alabama and is considered to be quite unusual. It was built by a Looney family and this may be the right family.
The John Commodore Perry Looney, born in 1822 in Tennessee and died 1885 in Carrol County, Arkansas, family record is also on file with the New Boston Genealogy Society in the New Boston Public Library.
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