James Monroe Roney

May 1847–1 December 1908 (Age 61)
Indiana, United States

The Life of James Monroe

When James Monroe Roney was born in May 1847, in Indiana, United States, his father, Micheal Roney, was 22 and his mother, Isabella Huiet, was 19. He had at least 3 sons and 1 daughter with Susanne Healey. He lived in Detroit Ward 4, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1900. He died on 1 December 1908, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, at the age of 61.

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James Monroe Roney
Susanne Healey
Isabella K Roney
George L. Roney
Charles Allen Roney
James Monroe Roney Jr

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World Events (8)

1848 · State Capital Moves to Lansing

Age 1

Detroit fought to maintain the Capitol within its jurisdiction, but communities in the growing western part of the state had reasons for wanting a move inland. This move would make the Capitol more easily defensible in case of another war between the British and the U.S. like that of the War of 1812. Proponents of moving the capitol also sought to make the government more accessible to the people throughout the state. Construction began in 1847 on a temporary state capitol building in Lansing. It was a simple two-story wood frame structure, painted white with green wooden shutters and topped by a tin cupola. The building was sold when the permanent capitol building opened in 1879 and, like the first capitol, it was later destroyed by a fire in 1882.
1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

Age 7

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.
1868 · The Railroad Refrigerator Car

Age 21

During the mid-19th century, attempts were made to ship perishable products by rail. The Western Railroad of Massachusetts was the first to experiment with the concept, but it was only functional in cold weather. In 1868, William Davis, of Detroit, patented a refrigerator car that used a frozen mixture of ice and salt to keep everything cold for shipment. It could be used in all weather and in all seasons. He sold the design to George H. Hammond, a Detroit meat packer, who built a set of cars to transport his products to Boston using ice from the Great Lakes for cooling.

Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Rooney .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • James M Roney, "United States Census, 1900"
  • James M Roney, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James in entry for James M. Roney and Helen L. Holland, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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