Cornelius Howran and Mary Mahoney
The family name of Howran is an interesting one. The name appears in historical records using both the Howran spelling as often as it is found written as Houran or Houren. Both forms of the name have continued in use on to the present day, among the descendants of Cornelius and Mary Howran who settled in the Newcastle District of Upper Canada.
Cornelius Howran and his wife, Mary Mahoney were pioneer settlers who arrived with the Robinson Emigration of 1825. Born in 1776, Cornelius was a man nearing fifty years of age when he brought his family to Upper Canada. Mary was a dozen years younger than her husband. Their children ranged in age from fourteen years down to just age two years, that year in which the family sailed from Ireland. Four more children were born after the family settled in Ennismore Township.