Page 437, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




F. C. MOONEY was born in Fayetteville, West Virginia, July 5, 1837, and is the eldest of eight children born unto J. S. and Margaret (Bailey) Mooney. His father died in 1854, at the age of forty-five years, and the mother passed away in 1885 at the age of sixty-six years. Their surviving children are: Mrs. L. V. Garrison, of Ladonia, Missouri; Mrs. Susan Nall, of Kansas City, Missouri; and the subject of this review. In his early youth F. C. Mooney learned the tanner's trade and followed this pursuit until nineteen years of age, when he went to Bowling Green, Missouri, where he learned the plasterer's and mason's trades. He was engaged in business along those lines until 1860 when he went to Mexico, Missouri, but soon returned to Bowling Green where he resided until after the inauguration of the Civil war. He then enlisted in Company D, Tenth Missouri Infantry, and was made drum-major of the regiment. In 1863 he received an honorable discharge on account of disability. He participated in the first battle of Corinth, in the engagements at Iuka, Shiloh, in the second battle of Corinth and in the siege of Vicksburg, and was discharged at St. Louis, Missouri, November 18, 1863.

Mr. Mooney returned to Bowling Green where he continued to reside until 1880,—the year of his arrival in Kansas. He settled in Elsmore, Allen county, upon a farm of eighty acres which he purchased and improved, continuing its cultivation until 1892 when he sold that property and took up his abode in Elsmore. There he purchased a home and has since worked at his trades of plasterer and stone mason. He is an excellent workman and is therefore always able to command a good position.

In 1864 occurred the marriage of Mr. Mooney and Miss Catherine Beisley, a native of Pike county, Missouri, and unto them have been born ten children. In order of birth they are as follows: William; Edgar; Charles; Catherine, the wife of William Sullivan; Lee; Anna, the wife of Walter Samuels; Mary A., died 1877; Lilly V., died 1882; Robert and Herbert, who are still with their parents. The family is well known in Elsmore and its representatives enjoy the high regard of many friends. In his political views Mr. Mooney is a Populist and is now serving as a notary public. He maintains pleasant relations with his old army comrades through his membership in Elsmore Post, No. 13, G. A. R., and in its gatherings there are recalled many incidents that occurred upon the tented field or on the firing line. As a citizen Mr. Mooney is public spirited and progressive, manifesting the same loyalty to his duties as when he followed the nation's banner to the south.

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