Niagara County

Maloney Family

Notes on the Maloney Family of Youngstown and Niagara Falls

The following is some information I pulled together after finding the 1927 article of James Maloney who talked about his work at the Cataract Hotel in Niagara Falls. I do NOT intend this to be a complete family listing, as I am not related to the family and I have mostly pulled this information from online census records and some newspaper articles. There may certainly be some missing information and even incorrect information (due to the sources used). If you are a family member and would like to correct or add to this information, I would welcome it! - Lisa Slaski

Michael and Margaret Maloney

Michael Maloney and his wife Margaret were both born in Ireland about 1825. They were likely married in the area of Youngstown, Town of Porter, Niagara County, NY and moved about 1854 to Niagara Falls, where they resided the rest of their lives.

1850 Census, Porter, Niagara, NY: McDonald, Angus, 23, New Brunswick; Milony, Michael, 33 (or possibly 23?), laborer, Ireland; Milony, Margaret, 21, Ireland

1860 Census, Niagara, Niagara, NY: Malony, Michael, 30; Malony, Margaret, 40; Malony, James, 9; Malony, Margaret, 7; Malony, Bridget, 4.

1865 Census, Niagara, Niagara, NY: Maloney, Michael, 46; Maloney, Margaret, 45; Maloney, James, 13; Maloney, Margaret, 11; Maloney, Bridget, 10.

1870 Census, Niagara Falls, Niagara, NY: Maloney, Michael, 45; Maloney, Margaret, 48; Maloney, Maggie, 17; Bridget, 15.

1875 Census Niagara, Niagara: Maloney, Michall, 51; Maloney, Margaret, 50; Maloney, Bridget, 19.

1880 Niagara, Niagara: Malony, Michael, 50; Malony, Margaret, 59.

Michael died about 1887:

Source: The Niagara Falls Gazette (unknown year, between 1886 and 1889)

Michael Maloney died at his residence on Ontario street Monday morning, in the 63d year of his age Mr. Maloney was born in Ireland and came to this country about 40 years ago, stopping first at Youngstown. He remained there but a short time, when he came to this village and married a lady who came over in the same vessel with him. New Years would have been the 38th anniversary of their wedding. Mr. Maloney has been in the employ of the Brewing Company ever since its organization, working up to Saturday noon last. Of late years he has been troubled with dyspepsia, which was, the immediate cause of his death. He leaves a widow, one son, James, and two daughters, Mrs. Jos. McDonald and Mrs. John Mahoney, besides many friends, to mourn his loss. The funeral is being observed from St. Mary's church this morning. The deceased was one of the charter members of Branch 1, C. M. B. A.

His wife, Margaret, died in 1899:

Source: The Niagara Falls Gazette, Saturday, May 6, 1899

Mrs. Margaret Mahoney [sic]

Mrs. Margaret Maloney died this morning at her home on Main Street. She was born in County Clare, Ireland, and came to this country with her parents when quite young. She was a resident of Youngstown for many years and came to this city in 1854, where she has lived ever since. The deceased leaves two daughters. Mrs. Joseph McDonald and Mrs. John Mahoney, and one son, James Maloney, all of this city.

The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's Church and the interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

They had 3 children: James, born about 1851; Margaret, born about 1853, married Joseph McDonald; and Bridget, born about 1855, married John Mahoney

James and Margaret Reilly Maloney

James Maloney was born in Youngstown in 1851. He was long employed by the Cataract Hotel in Niagara Falls as the head porter. He married Margaret Reilly between 1870 and 1875 and they had at least 3 children: Edward (b. about 1874), James (b. about 1878, probably died young), and Mary M. (b. about 1883).

Margaret Reilly Maloney, the wife of James Maloney died before the 1892 census and it appears that his mother-in-law and perhaps his mother along with other possible relatives were living with or near him and his young family:

1892 Niagara, Niagara (names are listed sequentially with no breaks for households, so they may not all be related): Maloney, James, 39, porter; Malone, Edward, 17; Maloney, Mary, 9; Reilly, Mary, 68, Ireland, a, housekeeper (probably mother-in-law?); Murphy, Ellen, 30, Canada, a; Maloney, Margaret, 72, Ireland, a, housekeeper (possibly mother?); McNiff, Bridget, 58, Ireland, a; Sullivan, James, 25, Canada, a, builder; Sullivan, Bridget, 29, Canada?, a, housekeeper; McNiff, Thomas, 26, Canada, c, brakeman; Sullivan, Gertrude, 1, US.

His son, Edward, died at the age of 21, in 1895:

Niagara Falls Gazette, Wednesday, July 31, 1895


Edward Maloney was Instantly Killed at Electric Light Station Early This Morning.


There is Not the Slightest Mark or Burn on His Body to Show What Killed Him

Never Spoke Alter he Received the Current

Edward Maloney, aged nearly 21 years, son of James Maloney, head porter at the Cataract House, was instantly killed this morning at the power station of the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Electric Light and Power Company in this city. Maloney was night dynamo tender and it is thought received between 3,000 and 3,500 volts in his body while standing along side one of the arc machines.

The accident occurred about 3:30 o'clock this morning, while Maloney was engaged in shutting down the big machine. He was assisted by the engineer, Joseph Crosby, and the latter had just turned off the switch when he turned and saw Maloney lying on the floor against the wall. He asked him what was the matter, but the boy only gasped and twitched. Crosby immediately took hold of him and shook him, but found that he was unconscious. He called the fireman, Thomas Harvey, and together they carried Maloney into the open air and tried every means of resuscitation known to them.

Dr. W. H. Hodge, was hastily summoned but when he arrived the boy had been dead some time. The doctor, however, tried for an hour to resuscitate him but it was unavailing. The doctor announced that death was instantaneous.

Coroner Slocum took charge of the case and empaneled the following jury: Frederick Leappie, W. A. Snyder, C. M. Norris, D. H. Treichler, Thomas McMahon and O. J. Haserman. The jury will meet tomorrow evening in the police court room in the city building.

A peculiar thing about the accident is that there are no marks whatever upon Maloney’s body. From all indications the young man received the full voltage of the machine. He evidently took hold of the live wire just a second before the switch was turned. He was standing on the cement floor, which was a good conductor, instead of wooden planks surrounding the machine. The 3,500 volts passed through him and he did not know what killed him. Engineer Crosby took hold of the wire after the switch was turned but received no shock whatever. Dr. Hodge said it was the most complete and sudden taking away of a human life he has ever seen and clearly demonstrates that electricity is the most sudden and painless death that can be devised. The appearance of the features and body denote in no wise how death came. The features are so life like that one would think the boy sleeping.

Superintendent Chapin stated that Maloney has been studying electricity and has been around the power station since his company first started. He was bright and learned rapidly. Being sober and industrious Mr. Chapin gave him a position as soon as he thought the young man qualified. A vacancy occurred about two months ago and he was put on as dynamo tender. He, it was supposed, understood the danger attached to live wires thoroughly.

The remains were taken in charge by Undertaker McKenna and were afterwards removed to the home of the father No. 443 Main street.

Besides a father, the deceased leaves a sister, Miss Mary Maloney.

The funeral will be held Friday morning at S t Mary's Church.

The question of resuscitation was generally discussed on the street and has been in papers throughout the country but it is the opinion of Dr. Hodge and electricians here that the high voltage and complete circuit killed Maloney instantly and there is no hope of resuscitation where the conditions for a current are so favorable.

James Maloney from the 1927 newspaper article (below)

In 1927, he spoke of his years of working at the Cataract Hotel:

Source: The Niagara Falls Gazette, Wednesday, October 26, 1927

Interesting Reminiscences

Some Incidents of the Early Days of the Old Cataract House as Recalled by James Maloney, for 52 Years an Employe of the House

The city authorities may be happy in possession of the service of James Maloney, day watchman at the city service yard on Cayuga avenue. At that point is stored valuable machinery and material required to keep the streets in proper repair and in a state of cleanliness. Nothing can be taken from the plant, or added to during the day without the knowledge of Mr. Maloney, who has a personal pride in seeing that the city of his adoption and where he has lived for 71 years of the 76 years of his life, keeps pace with the best kept cities of the country.

Mr. Maloney was born in Youngstown in 1851 and when less than six years old he moved with his parents to Niagara Falls. For many years they lived on Third street, amid a sparsely settled section. He now lives with his daughter at 433 Main street, within view of the waterway and equipment that is continuing to develop a mighty municipality. He is one man in Niagara who sees the dreams of pioneers of electrical experts of the past come true.

Employed at Stone Tavern

He attended the Fifth and Third street schools and while still very young he obtained employment, at the old stone tavern that occupied the present site of the Imperial hotel, Falls and Second streets. Cummings & Hammond conducted the establishment and it was there that Mr. Maloney learned the rudiments of hotel life that subsequently fitted him to occupy a position at the Cataract house, of happy memory, for a period of 52 years.

A half century in one establishment equips one with a wealth of memories and Mr. Maloney is richly endowed in that respect. He has vivid recollections of the Whitneys, Jeraulds and Porters whose names figured largely in the operation of the famed hostelry many years ago. He speaks tenderly of the arrivals and departures of the days gone by, when he handled much of the baggage of noted people of International fame, to say nothing of the newlyweds who coyly sought accommodations at the hotel of the period. He upsets some theories, erroneously entertained, he says, about traditions pertaining to the Cataract.

Not Original Eagle Tavern

He says the Cataract is not the original Eagle Tavern, which was situated nearer the upper rapids and which carried an insignia in the form of the king of birds, done in wood, and richly engraved, standing about three feet tall. This relic, on the elimination of the original tavern, Mr. Maloney says, was removed to the Cataract hotel, the front of which was graced with its presence until a few years ago, when P. A Porter disposed of the building. The insignia, together with the first guest register of the hotel, were taken away by Mr. Porter who was recognized as the foremost historian of the Niagara frontier. In its place was left a small iron eagle that stood upon the desk of the hotel clerk until the later days of the hotel's best business period. On the larger eagle appeared the figures 1822.

Mr Maloney can unhesitatingly trace the story of the hotel with much accuracy. He recalls the advances made to Mr. Porter by Col. Girard of New York, who dreamed of establishing a Crystal Palace out of the ancient hotel, a rendezvous that would outshine anything else in the nation. The price to be paid Mr. Porter, Mr. Maloney says, was $135,000, according to his recollection, and of this amount the promoter paid down $15,000. The balance was to be paid within three months. At the end of that time the colonel failed to toe the mark and he was forced to relinquish possession of the venerable block. Nineteen years ago Mr. Porter disposed of the property to the present owner.

Many Celebrities

Mr. Maloney, with evident pleasure, tells about the visits of celebrities to the hotel when both the building and himself were in their prime. The red coach, tally-ho's, drawn by blooded stock, that carried the Carys of Buffalo and other ancient frontier wealthy families to the hotel for week-end stays; the national characters such as Lincoln, Generals Grant, Sheridan and other war leaders of the Civil war period, have left their autographs behind them. Royalty was too numerous to keep track of, but the coming of Li Hung Chang, wise old oriental diplomat, was something not to be easily forgotten. He also recalls the coming of Boss Tweed of New York. All these guests had corps of servants and much baggage.

The wizard of China, Mr. Maloney says, was never in a hurry about anything. He was heavy of build Maloney often aided in getting the guest to the upper section of the hotel where his apartments were. Chang never indulged any physical exertion he could dispense with. His pipe was filled, lighted and put in his mouth by servants who seemed to anticipate their master's slightest need. He had his own cooks, victuals and in his retinue were agents whose duty it was to taste the food served before their august master. From the southland, after the Civil war, droves of well-to-do families arrived to spend the season, or a better part of it. In those days the hotel opened May 1, and closed Nov 1.

The Great Bell

The narrator also tells of a great bell that was suspended above the hotel to summon the kitchen attaches and waiters to their duties. Chiefly colored help was employed, and between times these would abandon the hotel for a loll or sleep in the woods that surrounded the building and where now are sections of land calling for thousands of dollars per foot. This bell is believed to have been taken over by Mr. Porter.

Tragedies about the falls were few in those days, Mr. Maloney says. He remembers Blondin and Ferrini crossing the gorge on the tight ropes, and the jam of people who witnessed the stunts. But no such crowds as would today witness an up-to-date test of skill at Niagara.

He mentioned, at least one birth in the hotel, that of Scott Wilson Weatherly, about the year 1870. The parents came here from the south for a few months visit and, incidentally, to have an heir born near the falls.

But two tragedies stand out in the memory of Mr. Maloney. One was a Buffalo woman who, while despondent for several days, finally took poison and died. The other was a man who rambled moodily about the hotel and grounds dally until he decided to cut his throat. This was accomplished in his apartment. The suicide exercised some little care in his parting. He placed a wash basin under his chin while he made the incision, and most of the blood was in the basin. When becoming weaker the man lowered the basin and threw his head backward. He was found in this position later. But he had not harmed the floor rug to any appreciable extent.

Mr. Maloney has retained his splendid physique in spite of the years that have flitted around and over him. He is as wide awake as he was when he started to work at the Cataract when a little more than 18 years old, and, considering his age, very little less active.

James' daughter, Mary, died at the age of 43:

Source: Niagara Falls Gazette, Monday, October 5, 1931

Well Known Woman Called by Death

Miss Mary M. Maloney Succumbs after Short Illness.

Miss Mary Margaret Maloney, 43 years old, of 433 Main street, died at Mount St. Mary's hospital at 9 o'clock last night, after an illness of about three weeks. Miss Maloney was well known throughout the city, having tor the last 17 years been employed as a collector. She began her business career as a collector for the old Niagara Falls Journal.

Miss Maloney is survived by her father, James Maloney, of the same address. She as a life-long resident of this city and was born only a few doors away from her late residence. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

The funeral ill be held from her late home at 8:30 a. m. Wednesday and from St. Mary's church' at 9 o'clock. Burial will be In St. Mary's cemetery.

The Niagara Falls Gazette, Monday, October 5, 1931

Maloney - In this city, Oct 5th, 1931, in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Mary Margaret Maloney, daughter of James Maloney and the late Margaret Reilly Maloney. Funeral from her late home, 433 Main Street, Wednesday morning at 8:30 and 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church. Interment in St. Mary's cemetery.

James Maloney died in 1937:

Source: The Niagara Falls Gazette, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1937

Maloney - Died Jan. 10th at 433 Main St., James Maloney, father of the late Mary M. Maloney. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral from his late residence, 433 Main St., Wednesday morning at 8:30 and 9 o'clock at St. Mary's church. Burial in St. Mary's cemetery.

Joseph and Margaret Maloney McDonald

Margaret Maloney, daughter of Michael and Margaret Maloney, was born about 1853. She married Joseph McDonald about 1873. They had ten children: Patrick, b. about 1876 (probably died young), Mary, b. about 1878, Francis, b. about 1880, Margaret, b. about 1881, Hugh, b. about 1883, Michael, b. about 1883, Joseph, b. about 1885, Agnes, b. about 1887, James, b. about 1889, Anna, b. about 1893.

1900 Census, 415 Third Street, Niagara Falls ward 2, Niagara, NY: McDonal, Josef, Oct 1846, married 27 years; Margaret, Aug 1853; May, Mar 1878; Francis, Oct 1879; Maigaret, Mar 1881; Hugh, Feb 1883; Michael, Feb 1883; Joseph, May 1885; Agnus (daughter), June 1887; James, Nov 1889; Anna, Aug 1893.

Joseph died in 1902:

The Niagara Falls Gazette, Thursday, November 13, 1902


Joseph McDonald of No. 415 Third Street Died This Morning

Joseph McDonald of No. 415 Third Street died at 7:30 o'clock this morning at the Memorial Hospital where he was removed at 1:30 o'clock yesterday morning to bo operated upon for peritonitis. The operation was performed by Dr. Herman Mynter of Buffalo and Drs. William H. Hodge. A. J. Lawler and James H. Meehan. However it was not thought that the patient would recover on account of his illness being of a serious nature. Mr. McDonald rallied well from the operation but later his condition grew worse and he gradually passed peacefully away. Mr. McDonald was taken ill on Saturday last. A diagnosis showed peritonitis and an operation was advised.

Joseph mcDonald was nearly 58 years of age. He is a native of Ireland. At the age of four years he was brought to the United States by his parents who settled in the old village of Suspension Bridge. For nearly 53 years deceased made his home here. For 14 years, Mr. McDonald was in the coal business. Previous to that time he was in the employe of the New York Central railroad as a car repairer. He was widely known and highly respected and one of the best known and exteemed residents of the city. For over 10 years he acted as treasurer of St. Mary's church and was also a trustee. He was a member of Branch No. 1 C. M. B. A. A family, wife and nine children survive, also a sister, Mrs. John Meehan. The children are Mary B., Francis, Margaret, Michael, Hugh, Joseph, Agnes, Anna and James.

The funeral will be abserved at 9 o'clock Saturday morning from St. Mary's Church. The Rev. William J. McNab will officiate and the interment will be made in St. Mary's cemetery.

His wife, Margaret Maloney McDonald, died in 1919:

The Buffalo Express, Friday, December 26, 1919

Mrs. Margaret McDonald, 67 years old, widow of Joseph McDonald, died last night at her home, No. 415 Third street. She had been ill five days of pneumonia. Mrs. McDonald was among the most highly esteemed women of the city and her death caused deep regret throughout the city. Before her marriage she was Miss Margaret Maloney and was a native of Youngstown. She was the mother of Francis M. McDonald, manager of the McDonald Coal company. the funeral will be held on Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from Saint Mary's Catholic church in Fourth street.

John J. and Bridget Maloney Mahoney

Bridget Maloney, daughter of Michael and Margaret Maloney, was married about 1880 to John Mahoney. The had 4 children: Margaret, b abt 1881, d. 25 Feb 1924, married William J. McMahon (had a son, William J. McMahon, jr.); Mary Agnes (apparently never married), b. about 1884; Daniel John, b. about 1887, married Jessie Mackay (apparently had not children); and Josephine J., b. about 1891 (apparently never married).

It appears that her husband died about 1910, as he is in the 1910 census with the family, but she appears listed as a widower in the city directory in 1911.

Bridget died in 1926:

Source: The Niagara Falls Gazette, Thursday, March 18, 1926

MAHONEY - In this city, March 17, 1926, Mrs. Bridget Agnes Mahoney. Beloved mother of Daniel J., Mary A., and Josephine J.; sister of James Mahoney, all of this city. Funeral from the home, No. 437 Tenth street, Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock and at St. Mary's church at 9 o'clock. Burial, Riverdale cemetery.

It's interesting that her grandson, William J. McMahon, is not listed. He was still living at the time of the 1930 census, with his father and a couple of his sister's and their children.


The following information from and legal advertisement published several times in late April 1908 in the Niagara Falls Gazette, looking for heirs of an estate also appears to be connected with this family, but I do not know in what way. Perhaps there is just a coincidence at work here, but I thought it migh be worthwhile to post anyway:

John O'Hare and Mrs. John O'Hare, his wife (if any), County of Clare, Ireland:
Patrick O'Hare and Mrs. Patrick O'Hare, his wife (if any), Sydney, Australia;
Bridget O'Hare, County Clare, Ireland;
Kate O'Hare, Sydney, Australia:
Catherine McMahon, Poulawilllau, Milltown Maulby, Ireland;
Ellen Connellon, Lesroe Ennis, County Clare, Ireland;
John Crehan and Mrs. John Crehan, his wife (If any). North Tonawanda, New York;
Patrick O'Hare and Mrs. Patrick O'Hare, his wife (if any), residence unknown;
James O'Hare and Mrs. James O'Hare, his wife (If any), residence unknown;
Winifred Neylon,
Catherine Wallace,
Margaret O'Brien,
Mary Maloney and
Kate Maloney, all of Stillriver, Mass.:
Grace Griffin and
Annie Revard, both of Toledo, Ohio;
William Griffin and Mrs, William Griffin, his wife (If any), Centerville, Pa.;
Cornelius Griffin and Katherine Griffin, his wife,
Daniel Burke and Mrs. Daniel Burke, his wife (if any), and
Elizabeth Burke, all of Youngstown, New York;
Catherine Curry,
James McGraw, unmarried,
Peter McGraw, unmarried:
John McGraw, unmarried:
James Maloney, widower,
Margaret McDonald and
Bridget Mahoney, all of the City of Niagara Falls, New York;
Thomas Burke and Mrs. Thomas Burke, his wife (If any),
Emma B. Domini and
Susan B. Stephens, all of the City of Detroit, Mich.;
and Mary B. Relman, of Summit, New Jersey;
heirs at law of Thomas O'Hare, deceased:

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