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  • Absalom Looney, Sr. (c.1729 - 1796)
    Military service: Duty under General George Washington during the Revolutionary War* Discovered a beautiful valley of the Bluestone River (presently in West Virginia), since known as Abb's Valley. p.51...
  • Alexander Looney (1883 - 1971)
  • Benjamin Rhea Looney (1748 - 1783)
  • Benjamin Looney, Jr/ (1772 - 1830)
  • Betsy Looney, (Adopted by John Brown) (c.1791 - c.1860)
    Chief William Webber Looney married Betsy Webber daughter of (Adopted) Capt. Will Webber and Anitsiskwa Sarah Cherokee in 1797 in Overhills, Settico. Betsy was born in 1780 in Overhills, Settico. She d...

About the Looney surname

According to some accounts the Looneys are said to be of Scotch origin, more often they are considered to befrom Ireland where the O'Looneys were chiefs of Montir Loney, a district known as the Monter Loney Mountains in the county of Tyrone. It is also a Munster surname found chiefly in Cork and Clare, Ireland. Variants of the name are O'Looney; O'Lowney; Lowney; O'Luinie, Lonney, Lunney, Luna, etc.

The Looneys descended from Robert Looney of Augusta and Botetourt Counties, Virginia, and said to have come from Ballagilley Farm about 3 miles south of Ramsey in Maughold Parish, Isle of Man; or possibly from Ballalooney in Amogary Parish. They claim that an ancestor fought with marlborough in Flanders (ca 1708-1709) in the reign of Queen Anne.