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LOONEY Surname Genealogy


LOONEY Surname Genealogy

Genealogy of Looney, Lewney, Luna, and other variants of the Looney Surname

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What is your Looney Lineage?

Started by Teresa McVeigh. Last reply by John Homman Dec 12, 2012. 10 Replies

Thomas and Jane (HARMAN) LOONEY

Started by Teresa McVeigh. Last reply by Ian Looney Aug 15, 2012. 2 Replies

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Comment by James Joseph Corless on June 5, 2014 at 5:28pm

My ancestors spelled their surname LOONIE. My 2nd great grandfather was James J Loonie born in Tralee, County Kerry, in 1839. He emigrated to the US in 1850 and arrived in New York on the ship Universe. He fought for the Union in the US Civil War and he married Mary Murphy, also of Ireland and had a son and two daughters.

Comment by Christine Thiessen on January 16, 2010 at 8:06am
My conncection in the Looney family is through Nancy, the daughter of Isam & Anny Lightfoot- Looney. Isam was the son of Benjamin & Mary Johnson-Looney. Benjamin was the son of Robert & Margaret Rhea, and Robert was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Llewellyn-Looney who arrived here from the Isle of Mann about 1731. My brick walls are the Looney wives also. Anny Lightfoot and Margaret Rhea in particular. Love this blog!
Comment by Teresa McVeigh on July 12, 2009 at 4:18pm

Tilton says that that Thomas Looney and Jane Harmon had a daughter named Louisa or Lovice. She could have been named for her aunt. Tilton says this Louisa's grandfather was ADAM Harman and includes this:

1764, November court--Loues Looney, grandchild of Adam Harmon, obtained judgement against Adam Harmon on his 101b. bond dated 28 Feb. 1754 to Loues Looney with lawful interest from July 29, 1746. (Could this be the DOB of Loues Looney?) Witnesses were John Crockette and Ann Crockette.--Tilton 1:15

Other Tilton notes:
1746, Nov. 19 Road ordered from Adam Harmon's to the River and No. Branch of Roan Oak. Workers included Thomas Looney. Augusta Court Order Book No. 1, p. 130 (Chalkley's Chronicles I:23)

The home of Adam Harmon near Englis' Ferry on New river was visited by Indians and furs and skins stolen.--History of SW VA, Summers, p. 51--Cited by Tilton 1:16

1766, Aug. 22--Loues Looney deposed by commission.--Tilton 1:15

1766, Dec. 26--At Ft. Chiswell David (2) Looney and James Briggham signed a note to William Thompson, agreeing to accept 20 pounds from Henry Harmon. [This refers to settlement of a suit brought by Lovice (3) Looney against her grandfather, Capt. Adam Harmon, in 1764. Lovice deposed by commission 22 August 1766.]--Tilton 7:3

1766, Dec. 26--At Fort Chiswell David (2) Looney and James Brigham addressed the following to Mr. William Thompson at Back Creek: " We your Humbe Servants have this day met and compromised the matter in regard to the money attach'd in your hands on behalf of Louicy Looney with Henry Harmon on his leaving Twenty pounds Virginia currency in your hands." (Document 2QQ98, Preston and Va. Papers in Wisc. Hist. Soc.) Cited by Tilton 1:16

Margaret Harmon was the daughter of Capt. Adam Harmon, an immigrant from Germany and one of the first permanent settlers on New River in the early 1740's. (Cites Harmon Genealogy of Southern Branch by J.N. Harmon of Tazwell, VA, 1925)--Tilton 1:15

These look like entries from Chalkley's Chronicles [on-line on the VA GENWEB site]. I would check there for more info.

A Rachel Harman married Peter Looney (Robert 1's grandson).

Comment by Ruby Coleman on July 12, 2009 at 3:36pm
My information came primarily from other researchers and I don't think it has been documented well, if at all. This is from my notes. I have not corresponded with Billie Redding Lewis for several years. "According to Billie Redding Lewis, her name should be spelled Harman and not Harmon. The Harmans were early German immigrants into Pennsylvania and then down through the Shenandoah Valley to the New River Settlement of southwest Virginia and from there into Washington Co., VA. Both the Harman and Looney families were great Indian fighters, but often when living in the New River settlement the burnings and kidnappings by the Indians were so bad the Harmans moved down to North Carolina into the Moravian Settlement, then returned to Virginia. The Harmans came as a group of brothers, the eldest being Heinrich Adam Harman,known as Adam. With him came Daniel, Mathias, George, John, Valentine and Jacob. Adam had a Bible in which he wrote that he had 11 children, but only 9 have been veritified. The 10th was a girl named Lovisa or Lonis who married a Looney." The name was in Lewis' notes shown as Margaret Jane. I have no documentation. Lewis at the time was researching a lot of original documents, but I never received anything as definite proof.
Comment by Teresa McVeigh on July 12, 2009 at 12:21pm

I just read the Tilton manuscript concering Thomas Looney's line (in the first section). I looks like at the time Tilton wrote this (1963) they were not sure of any child of this Thomas Looney except Lovice, although she might have had a sister Mary. I would be very interested in any documentation you have about Mary's parents. Thomas's wife was Jane Harmon, who might have also been named Margaret. Do you have any documentation that Jane and Margaret are the same? Is she Adam Harmon's daughter?

Comment by Teresa McVeigh on July 12, 2009 at 11:21am
I have not researched that line, but would like to know more about it. Thomas was the son of Robert Looney (Sr.) and Elizabeth (possibly Llewellyn) who immigrated from (probably) the Isle of Man about 1731 to Pennsylvania. Thomas died in an Indian Raid in VA. I have this note about Margaret:

1746, Apr. 15--"Petiton of Margaret Lundey--her clothes taken by David Logan, constable on attachment vs. her deceased husband Thomas Lundey at suit of Daniel Harriss, be returned." Augusta Order Book 1,26--Tilton 1:14

The Tilton Looney manuscript is not always accurate, but has some good information. It is transcribed at

Your best bet for finding information on this line is probably the Rootsweb Looney list, which has many Looney researchers.
Comment by Ruby Coleman on July 11, 2009 at 8:51pm
I am researching Mary Looney born about 1746, d. 1781, married George Birdwell (ca 1721-ca 1781). Mary's parents were Thomas Looney and Margaret Jane Harmon/Harman. They were all very early in Virginia and down into northeast Tennessee.

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