Looney, Edward, (c 1825 - ) Ireland, Van Brunt corner Elizabeth
and his wife Catherine
440 Van Brunt corner of Elizabeth
1870 Brookly Eagle liquor dealers list VAN BRUNT corner Elizabeth, Looney E.
Birth of Edward Looney Senior: C 1825 Ireland - Death ????
Immigration: After 1852 before 1855. They were in the 1855 census.
Marriage: Catherine born circa 1825 in Ireland - immigration c 1851
Children: Several children were born in Ireland: Edward, Junior c 1845, Michael c 1852
- Edward c 1845 - 1889
Birth: C 1845 Ireland
Occupation: Police Detective
Marriage: Marie/Mariah Lally
1870: Edward Looney 25, caulker,
Maria Looney 25
Edward Looney 5
Patrick Looney 4
Maria Looney 3
Michael Looney 1
- Edward c 1865
- Patrick/William c 1866- 1901
Marriage: Elizabeth Donnelly
Occupation: Police department
Margaret, Edmund, Helen.
1892 Patrick Looney policeman and Elizabeth, both age 25
1900: Ward 12 159 Van Dyke
Patrick W Looney 31, patrolman,
Lizzie D Looney 29,
Edna Looney 7,
Margaret Looney 5,
Edmund Looney 3
✟ March 30, 1901 Patrolman, P. W. Looney, 165 Coffey street,
son of Detective Sergeant Looney, after a brief illness.
Born in the 12th ward, in service since April 1889. Married 10 years survived by his wife and four children.
165 Coffey street, Patrick W. Looney age 35, late police officer of the 45th Precinct, son of the late
Detective Edward Looney and Maria Looney (nee Lally), beloved husband of Elizabeth Looney (nee Donnelly)
Looney Patrick W 35 y Mar 27 1901 6038 Kings
1915: E 10th street,
Elizabeth D Looney 40,
Edna May Looney 20, bookkeeper,
Margaret M Looney 19, office worker,
Edmund P Looney 18, collector,
Helen E Looney 14, at school
- Maria c 1867
married Irving McGee
See Joseph below.
- Michael 1869 - 1901
Looney Michael Jul 23 1893 Kings 3277
✟ March 09, 1901, Michael Looney beloved husband of Mary Watt and son the the
late Detective Sargent Looney, 88th and 4th ave Holy Cross Cemetery.
Looney Michael F 31 y Mar 9 1901 4663 Kings
- Joseph 1874
Margaret, age 19, and Joseph Looney age 18 were listed in the 1892 Census, no occupations
with Maria McGee, age 24, and her family, Irvin age 29 pipe fitter, and James age 1
Joseph Looney was listed with them again in 1900.
Ward 12, 88 Dikeman,
Irving McGee 37, fireman,
Mariah McGee 32,
Janis McGee 8,
Albert McGee 6,
Mary McGee 4,
Joseph McGee 2,
Sarah McGee 0,
Joseph Looney 25, boarder, operator,
1875: frame, $2,000, 96 Dikemany, Edward "Luney", 30, police officer,
wife Mary Luney 29,
son Edward Luney 10,
son Patrick Luney 9,
daughter Mary Luney 8,
son Michael Luney 6,
daughter Catherin Luney 4,
daughter Maggie Luney 3,
son Frank Luney 2,
daughter Ellen Luney 1, two families he did not own the house.
1880 Census: 94 Dikeman street, Edward Looney 35, detective, born Ireland,
Mariah Looney 34
Edward Looney 15, in oil yard,
William Looney 14, in brokers office,
Mariah Looney 12
Michael Looney 11
Catharine Looney 9
Margaret Looney 8
Joseph Looney 6
1877 known as "Ned the nipper"
1888, 1890, 181 Dikeman
"Detective Edward Looney, formerly of the Brooklyn Central Squad, who was confined in the
Bloomingdale Insane Asylum about a year ago, died there yesterday. Paresis was the immediate cause of
death. He was first taken ill in July, 1888.
He imagined that he was enormously wealthy. He drew checks for millions of dollars and tired to get several
banks to cash them. While suffering in this way he lost his wife and soon had to be sent
to the asylum.
DETECTIVE EDWARD LOONEY DEAD December 13, 1889
Edward Looney died in Bloomingdale Asylum for the Insane where he had been confined for 12 months.
He had been shot while involved in the capture of the burglar
Paul Harrington in February 1883. He was involved in the unraveling of the Wright murder case.
He suffered from paresis* and imagined he was in the "possession of large means" betting heavily on the horses.
Several years before he had lost his wive and several children.
Detective Looney was about forty-five years old, and first went on the force twenty
years ago, serving under Capt. (now Inspector)
Reilly in the old Van Brunt street station. He did all the work on what was known as the "Erie Basin
mystery," when Bernard Farren, a sailor, was thrown overboard with heavy weights on his body. Looney finally
arrested the murderer.
For this he was made a detective and assigned to the Central Squad.
Eight years ago while following up Paul Harrington, and escaped burglar, Looney was shot in the neck.
He and Deceptive Corr had tracked Harrington to the corner of Sixty-six street and Third Avenue,
this city, when
Harrington turned on them and fired. Both detectives were wounded. Harrington was subsequently captured
and sent up for ten years."
(NY Times, December 13, 1889)
He was frequently mentioned in the Brooklyn papers. He seemed to have been very popular.
In September 1888 it was reported that he was in poor health.
His funeral was held at 181 Dikeman street. He was "very popular with his colleagues".
His funeral was "largely attended by city officials, members of the force and others".
Here's his favorite drink mix:
Bury four fingers of brandy beneath a cold seltzer lemonade;
drop a couple of absinthe tears over the tomb; deck the sod with a forget-me-not
in the shape of a dash of
Chartreuse, finish off with strawberries and other blossoming plants,
and you have before you the most
blissful of beverages. A necktie for the gods, although I say
it myself. What do yo call it
'Old Shoe,' of course and it fits every time.
*general paresis - paralytic dementia; a form of neurosyphilis in which chronic meningoencephalitis causes gradual loss of cortical function, progressive dementia, and generalized paralysis.
Detective Edward Looney of the Central squad, Brooklyn, who has been slightly demented for several months, was taken to Bloomingdale Asylum yesterday by Detectives Lowery and Mahoney. He was committed on papers made out by Judge Clement on affidavits of Drs. Terry and Ford, who decided that Looney was suffering from paresis.
NY Times October 4, 1888
1890 Probate: Edward J. Looney of 205 Conover Street, son of Edward Looney who died 13the December 1889, $100,
Edward J. Looney full age, Patrick W Looney full age,
Marie McGee, daughter full age,
Michael F Looney, son minor,
Margaret Looney daughter minor, and
Joseph V Looney son, minor. No will.
- Michael c 1852 Ireland
Marriage: Caroline McCabe
Mary, Nellie, Edith, Eddie, Katie, Hugh, Carrie
1870: Michael age 22 caulker, born Ireland and Carrie, age 19, with apprentice caulker James McCabe age 18
1880: 44 Van Brunt,
Micheal Looney 28, ship caulker,
Caroline Looney 28
Mary Looney 9
Nellie Looney 2
Edward Looney 1
Jas Mccabe 26, brother in law, ship caulker,
1892: Michael Looney age 42 Harbor Master,
Caroline age 40, Mary 18, Nellie 14 Edith, 9, Eddie 11, Katie 8 Hugh 5 Carrie 3
1885, 1894 Michael Looney Dockmaster
1890: M. F. Looney was vice president of the 12th ward Democratic Association.
✟ March 1902, Michael F Looney, 96 Beard Street, prominent in the 12th ward, "where he was born"
age about 50, mother age 90 still living**,
ardent supporter of Michael J Coffey, dockmaster at the Wallabout, superintendent of the Street cleaning Department,
brother of Detective Sergeant Looney "who was shot and killed by Hogan, the bank robber"*, widower, survived by
three daughters and to sons.
* he is not die of his gun shot wounds, the bank robber was Harrington.
**Catherine Loony was born circa 1825.
She would have been about 76 not 90.
1910: Ward 12, Nelson street, Caroline Looney 50, widow, no occupation,
Edward Looney 24, timekeeper, contractor,
Hugh Looney 22, bookkeeper, factory, three families in building.
✟Joseph c 1856 - 1876
Among the dead was
On the night of December 5, 1876, over 300 people
(including some of the actors)
who had come to see the popular actress Kate CLAXTON in "The Two Orphans"
died in a fire that engulfed the Brooklyn Theatre.
The L-shaped theatre built in 1871, occupied a large portion
of the Johnson Street blockfront. Started by a kerosene lamp, that swept
up the ceiling and turned the auditorium into an inferno. The
theatre had no fire escapes and and only 5 narrow exits.
Unidentified bodies were buried in a common grave in Green-Wood Cemetery.
A monument was erected to the victims of one of the worst fires
in history. Modern fire prevention in public places resulted
in part from the tragedy.
6 December 1876
LOONEY, Joseph, 242 Conover
Brooklyn Theater Fire
Brooklyn Eagle listed his address as Conover near Dikeman
No 20. The body of Joseph Looney, age 24,
a ship caulker. He resided with his mother at 242 Conover street and is a brother of Detective Looney, of the Central office
December 11, 1876 Joseph Looney, brother of
Edward Looney was buried from his home at 205 Conover street. His casket was richly
trimmed and covered with floral tributes.
About 300 young men turned out and follwoed the herse to
Holy Cross Cemetery.
Joseph Looney had only been married six weeks
when his wife died, and just seven week from that day he met his own sad fate at the
✟ Looney Joseph 24 y Dec 5 1876 11330
John c 1858
In 1880 Census with his parents.
Married James Tooney. See Catherine in census below.
- Bartholomew c 1862
1900 Ward 12, 205 Conover:
Barthlomew Looney 31
Catherine F Looney 28
Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1901
1910 169 Coffey st Bartholomew wood calker ship yards, and Catherine, no children.
1915 Barth Looney, age 50 ship caulker, and Catherine
1925 Bart Looney, ship caulker, and Catherine, Coffey street
✟Looney Bartholomew 58 y Dec 18 1930 24421 Kings
Jeremiah c 1864
Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1891
✟ Looney Jeremiah 29 y Nov 28 1891 19400 Kings
1855 Census: Manhattan, E.D. 9, Ward 11, New York City, New York, New York, United States
, Edward Loney M 29, sawyer,
wife Cathrin Loney F 29,
child Edward Loney M 10,
child Michael Loney M 6,
child Joseph Loney M 3,
child Hannorah Loney F 0, Joseph and Honora born New York rest born Ireland.
Civil War Draft Registration: Ward 12 -
Conover near Reed, Looney, Edward, age 34, married ship sawyer, born Ireland
and Same address, Looney Bartholomew age 20, wire drawer, unmarried born Ireland
1864, 1869 Edward Looney, Conover c Elizabeth sawyer.
h Dikeman n Richards,
Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1871
1871, Looney, Edward, liquors Van Brunt c Elizabeth
1872, 1873, 1874, 1876, 440 Van Brunt Edward Looney liquors.
1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1882, 1884, 1888, 1890, 1891, Looney Edward, 205 Conover
1870 Census: Looney, Edward, 45, ret liquor dealer, Ireland,
Honora 10, Bartholomew 8,
Looney, Edward, lab. h Conover n Partition, 1870 directory.
1874 John Thomas stole $8 from Edward Looney's liquor store
in Van brunt near Elizabeth
1875: Ward 12, ED 1, 69 (?) Van Brunt, frame $1,000, Edward Loony 50 Ireland, sawyer,
Kate 45, wife, Jeremiah son 10, Michael son age 6, only family in the building, not owning.
1880 census: 205 Conover street,
Edwd Looney 60, ship sawyer, Ireland,
Catherine Looney 54, keeping house,
John Looney 23, no employment,
Bartholomeu Looney 12, at school
Death of Edward Looney Senior
1892: Ward 12, ED 1 Toumy James 48, Ireland, Ship wrig,
Norah 37, US., Clara 14, William 12, Joseph 1,
Looney, Catherine, 67 Ireland Annie Toumy 19 Sarah Toumy 17
1900 Census Conover street 205, Looney, Catherine, widowed,
born 1825, age 74, 12 children 3 living,
born Ireland, imm. 1847 no occupation,
Bartholomew, son, born 1869, ship caulker,
Catherine, wife, born 1871.
They are the only family in the house. 205 Conover between Partition and Vandike.
Van Dyke st, Toomey, Norah head 50, US, Clara 27, novelties,
William 25 laborer,
Joseph 14, Looney, Catherine, mother 87 Ireland 54 years in US, two boarders
1906 165 Coffey Street, Elizabeth Looney
(The City Record, Volume 34, Part 8
By New York (N.Y.)
??? Widow of Jeremiah????
✟ 1916: Looney Catherine 96 y Dec 6 1916 23921 Kings