Beginning in the 1850's, newspaper advertisements in Bytown (Ottawa, Canada) began to appear soliciting new settlers to homestead in Iowa, USA. By this time, most of the good farmland in the Ottawa area had been taken up and patented and it was difficult for a large second generation here to acquire a livelihood by farming. There were also incidents of social and religious natures which gave impetus to families to leave. Some of the families who left to go to Iowa can be found on this web page. Prior to the Irish famine years, 1846-1854, most of the Irish emigrants who came to Canada (British North America), were persons with some capital who were able to purchase new farmland in the wilderness and most of them stayed in Canada. The second generation of these families, however, facing land shortages here, often moved to the United States mid-west. During and after the famine years, immigration to Canada, relative to the United States, decreased as can be seen in the following graph: ... AlSend an e-mail to Jean, Alexa Pritchard, Joann O'Meara Baird, Carol Wilson, Jerry O'Meara, Jane Boston, Carolyn, Joseph Hanrahan, Jim Slattery, Michelle Steed, Maureen Moore, Michael Daley, Louise Atcheson, Lynn Logue, Mary Quinlan, Mary Jo Guinan, Marilyn and Al Lewis
Stumbled across your site & amazed at the surnames found there which are in my family tree! My ancestors were from Ireland to Ontario to Iowa...... Blanchfield, Burnett, Costello, Hanrahan, Houlahan, Kelly, Kilroe, McGinn, Murphy, O'Grady, O'Meara, Spain and Tierney. I will surely alert other searchers. Thank you!! Jean in Iowa. USA.
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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Posted by Alexa Pritchard on Thu, 08 Jun 2000 to the Carleton County Genweb System: Surname: COLLIGAN, COSTELLO, CROSSMAN, DUNN, GILLESPIE, GORMLEY, HANRATTY, HANRAHAN, HICKEY, KELLY, MARA, McCABE, McGINN, MEARS, MURPHY, O'MEARA, ROANE, ROWAN, QUINLAN, SHEA, SPAIN, SULLIVAN, TIERNEY, WATERS / WATTERS, WHITE Looking for the family of William Shea, born 1770 Tralee, Ireland, last lived in County Cork and worked in the Royal Cork City Regiment. Married Cecilia Kelly and left for Canada August of 1799 with the 41st Regiment of Foot. Settled in Richmond, Ontario after the war of 1812-1814. Some of their children emigrated to Petersville, Iowa. firstname.lastname@example.org Sgt. William Shea of the 99th Regiment settled in Richmond, Goulbourn Township, in 1822. His sons and daughters, and grandchildren together connect all these families in marriage. By the 1850s some of his daughters moved to Petersville Iowa with their husbands, inlaws and friends. I have compiled my research with that of family experts from many of the above into one readable book which includes photos, obits, signatures, maps, etc. If you have anything to add to it please contact me. Willing to share information.
Send Email to Alexa Pritchard ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- E-Mail from Joanne O'Meara Baird: I wondered if your might have any more information about those two Thomas O'Meara's that were in Canada at the same time? One married Ellen Tierney, One Elizabeth TIERNEY. You mentioned a data base, do you know if you have any history of Costello, McCabe, Tierney, McGinn, Meagher (could that also be the same as MEARA)? Most of my people left Canada about 1851 and went to Clinton County, Iowa. I have most of the cemetery photos from there and also the ones from St. Patricks in Fallowfield,I think, or maybe it is St. Phillip's in Richmond. St. Patricks and St. Phillips were both churches in that area. I have one relative, Mary Ellen Byrne that married a John Joseph McGinn(1899) I do not know if that is birth date,marriage date, or death date. Of course I wonder also if you know any more about Honora O'MEARA THAT married John Grady. She could be one of mine also. Actually if you know any thing about any of the O'Meara's that would be wondeful. THERE WERE four in the early Militia. The two Thomas O'M and a Pat and I think one more. I have read Bruce Elliott's book and found out much of what I know from that book. He is great. Well, do not mean to be a pest, I am sure you are busy. Happy Hunting, Joann O'Meara BAIRD from Phoenix
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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am searching for my great grandfather, John C. Kelly, who was born in County Clare in 1832. I do not have his parents or town in which he was born. He left Ireland (no date) and went to Canada where he married Margaret Healy in 1863. After marriage, the couple moved to Atlantic, Iowa in the USA where their children were all born. He died in December 21, 1908 in Anita, Iowa in USA. He was Catholic so I have searched thru records but found that churches did not keep birth records until 1864. Found Griffith's list of 1855 under Clare County Library and several John Kellys listed - would like to know if this list has just names of individuals or the names listed are the same person, living in different areas - have no way to check from USA - LDS did not have records for this library. The above e-mail was sent by email@example.com
My gggrandfather John Winters came from County Monaghan through Philadelphia to Lockport, NY to work on the first expansion of the Erie Canal in 1840. He married an Ontario Irish immigrant Margaret Caughlin / Coughlin in 1845 and moved to Illinois to work on a canal in LaSalle County and then to Mt. Pleasant Iowa where he started a quarry that helped build the Burlington RR. I often wondered how he met his wife. Perhaps a worker leaving Canada to work on the Erie Canal introduced his daughter to a young fellow Irish worker. For anybody interested in 19th Century check out: U.S. Travel Narratives ... Search on the time and locations you are interested in. Pat Winters Molly Harrington wrote: My gg grandparents settled in the tiny little town of Mt. Zion in southeastern Iowa. Mt. Zion boasted only a few families, but almost all of those families were headed by Irish immigrants! My great great grandfather and his siblings, and maybe his cousins, as well as his wife and her siblings, Boyd and Quinn surnames, all ended up in Washington County, Iowa by 1865. (There are also relatives named Swift, and Tobin) The great great grandfather was from County Down, according to the funeral home records, but I'm not sure about his wife's family, and my great grandfather's family may have landed in a neighboring county (Flynn), but I haven't been able to figure them back across the pond yet.
Three different obits published 1905 in IA for my gg grandmother, Catherine (or Katherine) Walsh (or Welsh) Brennan. Again, anyone related? From the Emmetsburg Democrat June 21, 1905: Mrs. Brennan, aged 97, is Dead Mrs. James Brennan, one of Iowa's best and oldest women, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. Leahy, of Emmetsburg township, Friday after an illness of some duration. At times during the past ten years, she was quite ill and the members of the family often thought she could not recover because of her age, but she invariably rallied and went about again as hearty as a woman of 70, for she had an iron constitution and an indomitable will. However, last week she fought her last battle with sickness and willingly and happily yielded her soul to her maker at the ripe old age of 97, seven months and eight days. She was without doubt the oldest woman in this section of Iowa, if not in the entire state. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon. The procession was perhaps the largest ever witnessed in Palo Alto County. Had it not been for the heavy rain storm, the number of teams in line would doubtless have been over 200. The services were conducted in Assumption church by Very Rev. J.J. Smith. The burial was in St. John's cemetery. The surviving members of the family are two sons, six daughters, 69 grandchildren. The sons are Edward, of Great Oak, and M.F. of Osakis, Minnesota. The daughters are Mesdames D. Sherlock, M. Joynt, P.R. Jackman, Isaac Stewart, and P. Leahy, of this county, and Mrs. Mugan of Jefferson, Iowa. The grandsons and granddaughters are among the leading and influential fathers and mothers and young men and women of our county. Six grandsons-Joseph and Michael Joynt, James B. and John H. Sherlock, Frances Jackman, and Michael Brennan -were the pall bearers at the funeral. Catherine Walsh was born in the county of Kilkenny, Ireland, November 2, 1807. When she was a small girl her parents came to America and settled near Stratford, Ontario. There she was married at the age of 18 to James Brennan. They lived for about 40 years in the neighborhood of Stratford. In July, 1865, they came to Palo Alto County. June 18, 1856, Mr. Brennan died. Two sons, John and James, who were for many years prosperous farmers in this county, died several years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Brennan were the parents of fifteen children, but all are dead except those whose names are given above. A long, a remarkable career was that of the memorable lady whose departure from this life is mourned by so many relatives and friends. Two years more, and she would have been a centenarian. What marvelous changes have been wrought in this and other lands since she was a child. She settled in the province of Ontario when it was a little better than a wilderness. She resided there for abut forty years and witnessed its steady, its wonderful development. Then she came west and saw a stretch of prairie vast as an empire become one of the most productive and splendidly improved in the world. Mrs. Brennan was never idle. She was a part of the active, busy world in which she lived. Providence endowed her with a willing heart and a rugged constitution, and she used them to administer to the needs of those who had the first claim to her guidance and assistance. Her Christianity was practical. She was ever ready to help others and she was always determined to attend church and comply with her religious obligations when the condition of her health permitted her to do so. She was an interesting, pleasing converser and she was intellectually keen and witty. Her mind was clear to the last. She talked freely with those about her of the final summons, which she fully realized was soon to come. What a treasure the memory of the career of such a venerable, such a worthy Christian lady is to the surviving sons, daughters and other relatives. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Unknown newspaper, also with picture.. 1905 The Grim Reapers Work Oldest Resident of the County Passes Away at the Advanced Age of 97 Years Mrs. James Brennan In the last issue of the Tribune we called attention to the venerable Mrs. James Brennan, who had lived to enjoy nearly a hundred years of health and happiness. But since that time the hand of death has touched her and she has been called to her eternal reward. For the past two months Mrs. Brennan has not been very well and her children could notice that she was growing very feeble and feared that she would not live long. They were not mistaken in their fears for Thursday night at 2 o'clock she quietly passed away seemingly without struggle. She had lived to a good old age and was content to go. Katherine Welsh was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, Nov. 2, 1807, and when very young crossed the ocean and with her parents located in Canada. At the age of eighteen she was united in marriage to Mr. James Brennan at Stratford, County Perth, Canada. To this union 15 children were born and ten of them came to this country with their parents, who came here in July 1865, having moved the previous fall to Boone County. Each of these children married and live in this county. All are well to do and Mr. and Mrs. Brennan had the pleasure of having their children and grandchildren near them. On June 18, 1886, Mr. Brennan died and since that time Mrs. Brennan has made her home with her children, though for the greater part of the time she lived with her daughter, Mrs. P. Leahy, at which place she died. The deceased was probably the oldest woman in Palo Alto County. She lived in a simple way and her life, while responsiblilities rested upon her, was one of honest toll, devoted to her home and children. She came here in the early days when settlers knew naught but hardship and work. She and her good husband labored diligently day by day to support their children and bring them up as best they could, teaching them the lessons that would make them good citizens and Christian men and women. What eulogy to this woman is necessary? Her life and work has eulogized her. Though she may not have been known outside of Palo Alto County, still she has done a noble work. She was a zealous Christian and her every act of life was in accordance to what she believed was right, she faithfully performed each duty resting upon her and her devotion to her home and family was remarkable. She was charitable to all and was kind-hearted and generous. While the inactivities of old age has for a number of years removed her from close association with many people, yet those who knew her some years ago will remember her good qualities and extend sympathy to her sons and daughters who survive her and mourn her loss. For though she has lived many years beyond the average person a mother grows none the less dear as years go by, and her loss is keenly felt. She leaves six daughters, Mesdames P.R. Jackman, Dan Sherlock, Michael Joynt, Patrick Leahy, Isaac Stewart, all of whom reside in this county, and Mrs. Ann Mugan who lives at Jefferson, Iowa. Of the four sons who came to this county with her only two are still living, Martin F., who is a resident of (Owakis?) Minn., and Edward Brennan, who lives in Nevada Township. Her son James died in April 1895, and John in September, 1900. Sixty-eight grandchildren and fifty-one great grandchildren survive her. The funeral services were conducted by Very Rev. J.J. Smith at the Assumption church Sunday at 2 o'clock and the remains laid to rest in St. John Cemetery. The pall-bearers were her six grandchildren, Mike and Joe Joynt, John and James Sherlock, Francis Jackman and Mike Brennan. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Palo Alto Reporter, June 22, 1905 CATHERINE BRENNAN At her home with her daughter, Mrs. Leahy, on June 16, 1905 at 1:30 o'clock in the morning, occurred the death of Mrs. Catherine Brennan. The death of the deceased was due to her extreme age, she having reached the age of 97 years, 7 months and 8 days, an age that but few attain. A couple of months previous to her death Mrs. Brennan was spry and vigorous, and although near the century mark, she always kept busy at something. Mrs. Brennan was born in the county of Kilkenny, Ireland, November 8, 1808, and when but 16 years of age she emigrated to Canada and settled near Stratford. It was there two years later, in 1836, she was married to James Brennan, and the family continued to reside there until July, 1865, when they came to this county and settled on a farm in Walnut township, now occupied by Paul Schaney. On June 12, 1886, Mr. Brennan died. To Mr. and Mrs. Brennan fifteen children were born, eight of whom survive her. She also had about fifty grandchildren and a goodly number of great grandchildren. The deceased was a woman of piety and was a consistent member of the Catholic church. She was kindhearted and generous and always stood ready to do a generous or neighborly act. ... Cathy Joynt Labath Visit Cathy Joynt Labath's page for Irish Genealogy in Iowa
Hi Alexa: There's a new rootsweb mailing list which just started a few days ago and is booming already. You may be interested in it due to your interest and expertise in the Irish who went from our area to Petersville. Here's a quote from Cathy Joynt Labath, the listowner: "Well, I think I have the beginnings of the THE IRISH IN IOWA page up now. So far I have most of the Irish born "A" surnames from the 1880 IA Soundex and the Irish born from the 1875 Patron's Index of the Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of IA. I have lots more...but I'm not retired yet so time is limited...Your contributions to the page also gratefully accepted no matter how small. Ideas are also always welcome." The Irish in Iowa http://www.rootsweb.com/~iarecrds/ IA-IRISH list IA-IRISH-L-REQUEST@rootsweb.com Cathy" ----------------------- Alexa: By the way, are copies of your book still available? I think some of my ancestors may have gone to Iowa. (McCabe's who married Burns and Christophers). ... Al Lewis
AL, Alexa sent me the Irish in Iowa web site. Looks great. I can add a lot when it comes to O'Meara, McCabe. My Grandmother Margaret McCabe O'Meara married Thomas James O'Meara in 190l in Buck Grove Iowa, they had only one son- Leo, my dad. Margaret McCabes father was Michael McCabe Born 1834 and died 1898 in Iowa. They owned land in Shelby Co. Iowa in 1893 between Defiance and Earling, IA. They were buried in Earling Iowa. I have a plot map with their name on it, along with Shea, O'Meara, and a few other names that we are all familiar with. So I will be happy to add what names I can to the Iowa site. joann o'meara baird
From the Iowa/Irish Mailing List, April 7, 2001 Joan - I suspect that Illinois and Iowa reminded our Irish ancestors of Ireland - good places to farm and raise families. The following is an old letter I found on a Phelan mailing list (rootsweb) - It might give you an idea about the attraction the midwest held for the Irish settlers: "Sorry I did not send this earlier, but just got a free moment and thought some might find this letter interesting. I copied this from an unpublished manuscript written by my late cousin Father John Phelan. The manuscript is a history of the various legs of the Phelan, Fling / Flynn? etc families that immigrated to Minnesota from various parts of Ireland. There are several other letters contained in the manuscript and I will try to post those as soon as possible. This first letter of Michael D. Phelan to his brother John is torn and the date lost, it was written in late 1875 or 1876. 'Dear John Myself and family are well thank God. I never got better health since I came to America then I do at present. We have an Irish climet here, no fever or ague or yellow fever as in other parts of the country. Dear John, the New Years gift I received this year was a young Cathrine. She was born on the 31st of December at noon and reborn (baptized) on New Years day. She is a fine child very like my Father, Lord have mercy on him, and Mother also-two rosy checks, high cheek bones, broad thick body comely features and two lively deep blue eyes. she has black hair and modest and beautiful asspect like her Mother, Ann and I do believe she will have her manner and disposition and if she does I will never want to have better. With this letter I send you two new papers, one daily and one weekly which will give you a great deal of information. There are one or two articles" (the letter here is torn away) 'My father in law is a comfortable farmer, lives about six miles from town. There is no tailor or weaver or sickplate about him; he is decent of an old stock of Farmers in the County Kilkenny between Kilkenny and Ballyragget and related to the great Doctor Doyle late of Carlow. My mother in Law is a Fitzpatrick of the same place and a near relative of Bishop Phelan late of Kingston Upper Canada, one of the greatest, most pius and most useful Bishops of N. America, all born in the same part of Kilkenny. From this you must say I have joined as good a mission stock of family as any old island can produce. I myself being a true Milesian by Father and Mother as may be seen in McGeoghean's History of Ireland page 132 and elsewhere. I have not seen an acquaintance but one since I left home. I am surprised out of fourty cousins or more that some of them do not come to seek if not a better at least a more independent home in America and not remain in down trodden Ireland yet dear supporting the luxury and rackrents of the landords the drones of the land and propping up thereby the typrany of old tottering, rotten and corrupted England the curse and frown of other nations. I hope generations yet to come will see the Emerald Isle rise like Phoenix from the dying embers of Saxon England, that they will see her shine in the meridian of her ancient greatness, take her stand among the nations of the earth and be recognized the surving and sparkling gem of the British Isles. Surly all my cousins cannot find comfortable homes in Ireland. Better for some them while they are young and able seek for them in the wide wide domain of unoccupied lands in Western America especially in Minnesota so like Ireland in soil, crops and climate. The best potatoes in America are raised here. Here they would find homes if not by their made money they would by their labor in a few years. I live on the western banks of the great Mississippi the queen of rivers in N. Amerrica, twenty hundred miles above New Orleans in a new town started five years ago and now numbering two thousand inhabitants (Inver Grove), I keep a store here built by myself last year situated in a good stand for business. Would none of your boys, brother Williams or John Meagherrs boys come out and seek homes in the west here. Dear John answer this letter and send me all the news you can. What cousins are out to America and who are going to come out. The cheapest route to is by the river by New Orleans. Boats do not arrive untill the latter part of April at this place. March and August are about the best time to leave home to come by New Orleans to escape sickness and ship fever. Is Mary Phelan two Marys and Eliza out in St. Louis? How is Phil Kelly and family also Mike Dwyer, does he live in Elliotts place yet? Who is Ann Fennely Johns married to? Is the Doctors wife married again? Is Father Pendergast alive? Dear John my wife Ann sends her love to you all. She is long to see some of my people. Id like to see some Phelan, Meagher, and Lannigans out here to people the new country. My heart would glow and brighten with gladness to see them. Give my love to Mary, John, Catherine and Bridget and all the family to sister Judy, John Meagher and all his family, to Brother Williams family, to Brother Thomas and Family to James and Pat Lannigan and Family and to all inquiring friends. Is my cousin Mike Sullivan still a member for Kilkenny? Is Dean Reneham still in Maynooth? Is Dean MacDonnell of Cashel still alive and though last not the least, venerable for his grey hairs Tom Haynes is he yet alive? I remain dear John your affectionate brother, M.D. Phelan.' I apologize for the length of this letter and hope some find it of interest." ***************** Quite a wonderful letter to read! Kathleen
Here's another interesting "old letter" from the Iowa Irish list (April 8, 2001): Both William Condon and Catherine Williams Condon were born in Ireland. William was born in 1795 in Townsland, Kiltankin near Ballyporeen, County Tipperary. Catherine was born in 1800 in Waterford. They were married on Thursday, the 19th of February, 1824 in the corrigvested Catholic Church (now the Assumption) at Ballyporeen in the diocese of Waterford. They were farmers and worked the land diligently. Their first child Maurice arrived on the 16th of December, 1824 and died at birth as did their fourth child William in 1830. Two years would pass before Patrick was born. The year was 1826 in a little village named Clogheen near Ballyporeen when Patrick made his appearance. He would be the first living child to be born to William and Catherine. The years passed and the children kept coming. James 1828, William 1830 (who died at birth), John 1832, David 1835, William 1837, Mary 1849, Ellen 1843, Thomas 1845 and Johanna 1846. The records show that a devastating potato blight arrived on the Irish land in 1845 and continued through 1850. It was a most disastrous event that caused hundreds of thousands of deaths. The young family regrouped and continued to work the land, but the seed had been planted in their minds that someday they would leave the land of their birth and go to America. Two years after the start of the potato blight, in the year 1847, Patrick and James left for America. Patrick was 21 years old and James was 19. The six weeks journey ended in Pennsylvania. The Atlantic crossing was uneventful, but now they must work to replenish their depleted funds. In 1850 John and David came to America and after a stopover in Pennsylvania went on to Omaha, Nebraska where they both worked driving stage coaches and teaming between Omaha and the Rocky Mountains. After working hard and saving they were later able to homestead in Johnson Township in Webster County. Back in Pennsylvania, Patrick and James had saved some money and sent for the rest of the Condon family that was still in Ireland. William (Dad) and Catherine (Mom) along with William, Ellen, Mary and Johanna arrived. It was about the time that things got pretty bad on the East Coast of America. After 5 years of mass immigration from Ireland, the area was clogged with poor Irish immigration seeking to start a new life. Signs sprang up on businesses saying "Irish Need Not Apply" and eventually the immigration laws were tightened. Several years passed and the youngest of the Condon family, Johanna, died. Thomas, the youngest son did not come to America and probably died in Ireland. William II ventured west to Colorado where he was a Pony Express rider and later killed by Indians. Patrick, about this time, conferred with his brother after learning of the vast prairies (to the west) with unclaimed acres, the clear creeks and timberland. A decision was made for James to leave Pennsylvania and head west. After a summer and fall of getting his affairs in order, he purchased a stage coach ticket and headed west--destination Des Moines, Iowa. The year was 1855 and winter arrived in the area about the time James arrived on the scene. After some debate it was decided to head northwest of Des Moines to the area around Fort William (Fort Dodge). James along with nine other men set out on foot along the perilous trail. The journey took four days and ended in Fort Dodge, then only a row of log cabins. In 1856, brother Patrick followed and settled there also. Patrick then went on northwest of the settlement to an area rich in prairie top soil near Lizard Creek. He applied for, and settled on the land in section three of Johnson Township in Webster County, Iowa. The arduous task of clearing and cultivating the land began, and shelter from the elements was the top priority. Although it was hard work from sun up to sun down, they made good progress. Things were going along fine when a short time later William and Catherine arrived from Ireland to make their home with their son on the frontier of America. Patrick was now 30 years old. Bridget Meagher was born in 1830 in Waterford, Ireland. Waterford is located in the southwest part of the country near the St. George Channel, the body of water that separates the British Isles from Ireland. Waterford is an industrial community most noted for its Waterford crystal plant. County Cork, where Patrick Condon was born is about 50 miles southwest of Waterford and its coast line is on the Atlantic Ocean. There is no information on Bridget's early life or for that matter any portion of her life prior to meeting Patrick. We could assume that she migrated to America sometime after the Condons and then moved westward to join other friends and family near Iowa City and then later on move again to the area around Clare, Iowa. It was in late 1859 that Bridget met Patrick and fell in love. It was to be a comparatively short courtship, because on Sunday July 22, 1860, Patrick Condon took Bridget Meagher for his wife in a ceremony at St. Mary's Church in Iowa City, Iowa. Bridget was 30 years old and Patrick was 34. After the ceremony they returned to the Condon homestead in Webster County. Patrick was the most intelligent of the Condon family. It was he who surveyed and laid out most of the roads in Jackson Township. He was also the first supervisor elected in Webster County. The young family worked hard and settled into a frontier family routine. William would be the first child born to Pat and Bridget, he arrived in 1861, the year the Civil War started. It was interesting to note that when they were building roads in those early days, that compensation for 8 hours labor and the use of an ox team was $1.00. In the year 1862, Patrick was torn between going into the Civil War or staying home to feed his young family. During this time, a person would be excused from military duty if he could supply a substitute to go in his place. A few of Patrick's friends collected $500.00 and were able to secure the service of a Condon cousin to go in place of Patrick (for the $500 fee of course!). The war ended before the cousin had to go, he took off and kept the $500 anyway!! Patrick resented this, and from then on there were strained relations between the two branches of the Condons. Patrick stayed home, and he and Bridget continued to have more children. John arrived in 1863, Patrick Jr. in 1865, James came in 1867, Margaret arrived in 1870, Mary Ellen, the baby of the family, was delivered in 1873. Four boys and two girls completed the Bridget and Patrick Condon family. James, the fouth child of Bridget and Patrick, went through the normal childhood of a person brought up on the frontier. His father and older brothers taught him the many facets of farming, and he also had the basic primary formal education. At the age of 16, his school education was over and he became a bearer of the hard knocks in the real world helping his family scratch out a living on their 172 acre farm. In 1881, Clare, Iowa was founded and given this name because of the number of its residents that came from County Clare, Ireland. The need for a town was evident with the coming of the railroad, an extension of the Des Moines, Fort Dodge line to the area. The actual town was plotted in the spring of 1882, and work on a depot, and other community buildings, began in earnest. In 1883, James was 16 years old, and he did not know that less than a mile to the west lived a young lady that would be his partner for life (Mary Margaret Lawler).
August 17, 2001 I just noticed your posting listing the Hanrahan name. I had two great aunts who married Hanrahan's - Agnes born 1868, died 1957 and Margaret. That is really all I know about them as I have just started working on that family. I did leave their surname off - it is Loftus and they Lived in Madison County, probably in the Irish settlement. If any of this sounds familiar, I would be willing to share information. I do have some info about their parents. Helene Fennessy and Al Lewis ======================================= August 17, 2001, From Jean in Iowa: Hanrahans in my family: Daniel Hanrahan b. abt. 1777 in Ireland d. May 1861 in Canada Spouse: Ellen Unknown b. abt. 1778 in Ireland d. Clinton CO. Iowa "Daniel Hanrahan, a farmer and an early settler in Canada, where he reared his family, and there his death occurred. After this event, in May 1861, his widow & all the family came to Clinton County, IA, the father having come in the Fall of 1860, bought land and returned to Canada and in the spring moved the family here. His wife spent the remainder of her days here, dying at the advanced age of 90 years. The family consisted of 8 children, all of whom settled in this county all died here." Source: 1911 Clinton CO. Biographies Children: 1. William Hanrahan b. 1802 D. March 6, 1880. Buried in Clinton Co. IA Spouse: Ellen FLynn b. abt. 1811 Co. Cork, Ireland d. Dec. 11, 1878 Buried at Clinton CO. IA 2. Daniel H. Hanrahan b. 1805 in Ireland d. March 1897 in Clinton CO. IA Spouse: Jane Gormley b. Canada d. 1891 in Clinton Co. IA 1842 Canadian Census-"16 years in the province and Daniel (son) & his wife Jane Gormley are living with Martin and parents, Daniel & Ellen plus infant grandson Billy 3. Mary Hanrahan b. 1805 in Ireland d. April 24, 1879 in Clinton CO. IA Spouse: James Waters b. 1801 d. Oct. 14, 1873 in Clinton Co. IA 4. Martin B. Hanrahan b. 1814 Co. Tipperary, Ireland d. Feb. 3, 1889 in Clinton Co. IA Spouse: Eleanor 'Ellen' COSTELLO (daughter of Matthew & Ann O'Meara Costello b. May 9, 1827 d. Sept. 29, 1898 in Clinton Co. IA In the biography it lists 8 children, but I have only 4.........also notice the gap in children's ages between Mary & Martin......... a possiblity is 4 returned to Canada........and perhaps this is your line. Please keep in touch as I would like to complete this branch of the tree. My ancestors were the COSTELLOS: Matthew & Ann O'Meara Costello Jean in Iowa
February 7, 2002: Hi. I have a Patrick Brady (no dates) married to Elizabeth McAffrey. Their daughter, Catherine b. Jan. 24, 1830 married James McGinn in 1851 in Canada.....After James' death in Iowa, Catherine remarried William Hawn......SO...I don't know if that is the same Pat Brady you are referring to. IF he's the same, yes, I would appreciate a picture. Thanks, Jean (see below, dated February 7, 2003)
July 18, 2002: Surnames: Hughes, O'Brien, Spain, Quigley, Sullivan Wolfe's History of Clinton County, Iowa; Vol 2; B.F. Bowen & Co; Indianapolis, Indiana: 1911 To be an efficient and honorable agriculturist in the highly favored section of eastern Iowa, where the soil responds generously to the hand which cultivates it, is to be assured of a comfortable home and favorable surroundings. Among the successful farmers of Clinton county is Richard Hughes, of Berlin township, who was born on the farm where he now lives, April 9, 1857. His father was Richard Hughes, and his mother, prior to hermarriage, bore the name of Esther O'Brien, both natives of Ireland. These parents came to the United States in the late forties, and after spending a year or two in La Salle county, Illinois, moved to Clinton county, Iowa, and settled on sixty acres of land in Berlin township, which Mr. Hughes purchased of the government. He bought other land at intervals, until in due time he became one of the largest owners of real estate in the county, his holdings at one time amounting to over six hundred acres, all in the township of Berlin. He was one of the leading farmers in his part of the country, manifested an active interest in public affairs, and enjoyed the esteem and the confidence of the people of his community, besides holding worthy prestige as a public-spirited citizen. He lived an honorable life, which terminated on September 20, 1901, his wife dying on the 4th day of October, 1907. Richard and Esther Hughes reared a family of ten children; namely: Michael, of Lyon county, Iowa; Richard, of this review; Anna, who lives in Plymouth county, this state; Katie, of Berlin township; Patrick, whose home is in the county of Plymouth; Thomas, who resides in Berlin township, near the family homestead; William, who lives on the old homestead; James, a resident of Lost Nation, this county; Mary and Ellen, deceased. Richard Hughes was reared on the home place in Berling township and enjoyed such educational advantages as the common schools afforded. He early decided to be a tiller of the soil, and in 1901 bought eighty acres of land belonging to the homestead, to which he has added other places from time to time until he now owns two hundred acres of the farm, on which he has made a number of valuable improvements. He devotes his attention to general agriculture and the breeding of fine live stock, his specialties being Norman horses, Shorthorn cattle, and Poland-China hogs, in the raising of which he has been remarkably successful, his reputation as a stockman being second to that of no other man in this part of the state. Financially, he has been exceedingly fortunate, being among the wealthy and influential farmers of his township, with a sufficiency of this world's goods at his command to insure an easy and prosperous future. Like all men with interests of the community at heart, he takes an active part in public affairs, and has well-grounded convictions concerning the question of the day, being an uncompromising Democrat in politics and a leader of his party in the township of Berlin. While zealous in the defense of his principles, he has never sought or desired office, notwithstanding which he has served his fellow citizens in various public capacities and proved true to every trust which they reposed in him. Religiously, he was reared under the influence of the Roman Catholic church and has ever remained true to the teachings of the same, belonging at this time to the congregation of worshipping at Hughes Settlement, of which his wife and children are members also. On the 23d day of January, 1883, Mr. Hughes was united in marriage with Margaret Spain, whose parents, John and Bridget (Quigley) Spain, natives of Canada, came to Iowa in 1851, and were among the early residents and well-known families of Clinton county. The following are the names of the children born to Mr and Mrs Hughes: Esther, wife of Joseph Sullivan; Catherine, Joseph, Ellen, Ignatius, Marguerite, John and Ligora. Mr. Hughes and his estimable wife have been zealous in religious and charitable work and their neighbors and friends speak in high terms of their many sterling qualities of mind and heart. They have a pleasant home, in which hospitality abounds, and all who cross their threshold are greeted with a welcome, which delays as long as possible their departure. Possessing a pleasing personality, with a manner which inspires confidence, Mr. Hughes is one of the most popular citizens of his community, a fact made apparent by his faculty of winning and retaining warm personal relationships. Cathy Joynt Labath The Irish in Iowa http://www.celticcousins.net/irishiniowa/index.htm
October 14, 2002: Hello, this is in response to a genealogy posting by Joan Baird. I hope this reaches you. I am interested in a comment you make that you have records of Clinton, Iowa cemeteries. Relatives of mine lived there in the late 1800's and I am most eager to learn whether any of their names appear on Clinton, Iowa tombstones or cemetery records. The last name is Hendricks, possibly a William and Amanda, also some of their offspring may be buried there. Will appreciate hearing from you if you show any Hendricks in your records. Carol Wilson E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
November 10, 2002: Hi Joanne I'm a descendant of William O'Meara who bought farmland in Hayes Township, Ida County, Iowa south of Ida Grove north of Schleswig in 1875. After reading the information that you put on the internet about your relatives from Clinton County relocating to Crawford County I'm wondering if you might have information about my greatgrandfather William O'Meara. He was born in Tipperary County, Ireland in 1830 according to an obit in the Ida Grove newspaper and died in 1917. I have been trying to find out when he came to the U.S. and the names of his siblings if had any. His parents were William O'Meara and Alice Pierce. In my research I first found William working and residing in Davenport. He was listed in the Davenport City Directory in 1858 where employed as a silverplater. His name continued to appear in subsequent directories until 1863. He was apparently married at that time because his daughter was born there in 1858. I can not find any record of the birth or information about his wife. I'm still trying to check the bapitismal records of the Catholic churches in Daventport extant at that time. He also appeared in the U.S. Federal Census in Davenport in 1860. I have no record of his whereabouts after 1863 until he showed up in a Chicago City Directory listed as a painter. He continues to appear in sequential city directories of the City of Chicago until 1873. He also appeared in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census for Ward 9 Chicago. He apparently continued to work and reside there until 1875 because according to data I obtained from the Cook County Registry of births my grandfather was born there that year. He moved to Ida County in 1875 and resided there until his death in 1916. I personally acquainted with Patrick O'Meara of Delmar (Petersville) Iowa. In our visits he didn't think that we were related.Possibly not. But if O'Mearas from Clinton county relocated in Crawford county and my grandfather purchased land in Ida County perhaps there was a distant relationship. I can't help but think that my great grandfather must have known other O'Mearas who resided in this area at that time. So I wondering if you might have information concerning a possible relationship? Sincerely, Jerry O'Meara email@example.com
February 7, 2003: I received this e-mail about a year ago and unfortunately misplaced it until today. My apologies to Jane Boston. ... Al Dear Al - I can not find the thread that this e-mail belongs with. Jean may wish to contact the museum at Stittsville as they have this Brady family tree. It was prepared by Joan Hyde ( a descendant of John - 1st born son of Patrick and Elizabeth- brother of Catherine - who also ended up in Iowa via New York). Our Bradys are also included, but we have different info. - however Joan's research seems very well done. I have tried to contact her; both her postal and e-mail addresses are not current. My g-grandfather was Patrick (1838-1915) who married Mary Ann McCarthy (1852-1918). They lived at Munster and had 12 children - therefore many descendants. My grandfather was John who settled in Stoughton, Sask. - the only family member to stay in western Canada. I know little of the rest of family, excepting long lists of names. Do you have a suggestion as how I could straighten up other muddle (which is too complicated to include in this note). Jane Boston, Calgary
February 17, 2003: I've been fascinated with the connection between Bytown and Dubuque, Iowa. We are connected to the James and Anthony English family. James was Anthony's father and grandfather to Mary English, who married Andrew Erskine (a Scotsman). They all lived in Dubuque in 1860. Andrew and Mary moved to Rapids City, Illinois--across the river--and Anthony moved to Newton, Mo. where he went under the name of James Anthony English. But I cannot find what ever happened to Andrew Erskine, his wife Mary or who Mary's parents were. I also can find no death records for Mary's grandparents, James and Mary (?) English. James was a stone mason and according to one message from "Wendy" I discovered that they were from Antrim, Ireland and he had worked on the Rideau Canal in Canada near Ottawa. If you can put me in touch with Wendy or others who have information on this English family I would be very appreciative. Thank you, Carolyn firstname.lastname@example.org
May 22, 2003: I am a related to the Hanrahan's from Petersville, Iowa. My Dad, Joseph William Hanrahan was born in Petersville Iowa 4-21-13. His father Wilfred moved to the Iowa City area after marrying my Grandmother Veronica Crimmins. My name is Joseph Wilfred Hanrahan born in Iowa City, Iowa. I can be contacted by e-mail at home email@example.com _________________________________ Hello Joseph Great naming pattern! I've looked through my notes and can't find Wilfred. . .but lots of Williams. My research starts back in the early 1800s and is based around the gang from Richmond Ontario that moved to Petersville Iowa in the 1850s. Petersville isn't that big a place so they have to be related to each other but right now I don't know how. Can you go back one more generation or do you have more family history? Alexa _________________________________ Alexa, My great grandfathers name was Daniel Hanrahan and he was married to Jane Gormley. I have Daniel and Jane's family bible with all of their children names in it. For more specifics I need to be home to look in that bible, but my Grandfather, Wilfred Charles Hanrahan, went by Bill. He died in May 1955 in Iowa City. My Grandfather was married to Veronica Crimmins who was from the Cascade/Dubuque area. I was born in May 1955 right after my Grandfather died and that is how I got my middle name Wilfred and my Dad's first name Joseph. My parents, Joseph William Hanrahan and Jane Ann Beasley, had 9 children and 8 of us are still living. I, Joseph Wilfred Hanrahan, am the oldest boy of 5 with 3 Sister's. Many of us kids have the names of my Great Grandfather Daniel's siblings. My Dad Joesph William Hanrahan was born in Petersville, Iowa in 1913, March 21st. He died in Iowa City Jan 2001. Dad always said that his ancestors came from Cork County and Clare County Ireland and the Petersville Clinton County area in Iowa. In fact "Red" Hanrahan runs a funeral home in Clinton, Iowa and he was a cousin of Dad's. I don't know Reds real first name but the family is still in Clinton, Iowa. If you have any information about other relatives of mine, I would appreciate learning about them. Sincerely, Captain Joseph Hanrahan
June 5, 2003: Hi Al: First to answer your question if I am sure I am looking in Ottawa I have to say I am not sure. I am willing to try. Here is my story see if it is worth persuing. I am looking for the idenity of my great grand parents (the Slattery's); they had three childern. Name Birth Place Family Who Raised Place Raised Mary Ellen 1868 Ill Thomas Spellman & Mary Ann Monahan Clinton, Iowa David 1870 Ill Dennis Quinlan & Nancy Evans McHenry, Illinois John 1871 Ill John Sullivan & Elisebeth Collins Worthington, Minnesota This is the triangle I mentioned in my first note. The story passed down was that the family was split up because of the Chicago Fire. After being with this for awhile I doubt it; it looks more like the family was split around 1876 but I am guessing. The only other piece of information I have is a copy of a letter dated 1883 from a catholic priest to Dennis Quinlan written for Mr. Slattery. Mr Slattery had just found out that David was with him and he was looking for the whereabouts of his daughter. Also that a James Burke known to Denis might be of help in that matter. To condense about twenty years it goes like this. Lizzy Collins is Nancy Evans niece; Nancy Evans mother was Mary Grady; Mary Grady Evans brother was William Grady who was married to Mary Burke who had a brother Dennis who had a son James. (I think that some time after the Civil War they passed a law in Hartland twsp McHenry Co. that stated that half of you get married to each others brother or sister and move to Worthington, Minn. If anyone comes looking it will be hard to find you.) On to the Iowa side of the triangle. Mary Ann Monahan Spellman who raised my grand father's (John) sister was born in Ottawa. Her parents were Barthel (Bart) Monahan and Mary Burnett(e). They had two other childern John and Bart. John Monahan married Ann Powers and Bart married Mary Goodall (b. Ottawa). Lets break that down Bart Monahan Sr. is John Costello's brother in law John Monahan is John O'Meara's brother in law When I opened your web page the first thing I see is an announcement in Petersville for a family reunion of the Costellos. I know the above and I also know that Bart is buried in Petersville. I keep browsing the page and see an OMeara looking for a John Grady. (I am looking for a John Grady from the above clan; he went missing between 1860 and 1870). I then go to Bytown or Bust site punch up Slattery and the first thing up is an OMeara family with a Slattery in their family tree. I have tried to keep this as brief as I could: I think I have covered most of the bases. Please read this over and refer me to anyone who you think might be able to help. After reading more of the info in your site I think that John Grady is a stretch though. Al if you could pull a Slattery born before 1845 out of the hat. This is the first time I considered Ottawa so I really don't have any good questions but I think you know what I am looking for. Thank you Jim Slattery E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
January 6, 2004: Hello Jim & Al I went to the Costello reunion in Petersville in June and flew back again in November to put their book together "150th Anniversary of ImmaculateConception 1853". The book contains information on the current members and their families plus a full cemetery record dating back to 1853. You'll find many of the Richmond names there. I should also add that I met up with Joseph Hanrahan while there, thanks to a contact through your web site. Marie Shea married Hugh Gormley, their daughter Jane married Daniel Hanrahan and they too moved to Petersville in the 1850s. I have been working on a book for several years "Family Friends and Neighbours of Sgt William Shea 41st Regiment". It includes the families that left Richmond Ontario and settled in and around Petersville Iowa. I have completed the early Costellos, John Grady, and the O'Mearas so I might be able to help but I'll need more details. There is one John who married Honora Meara (1790s) John Roderick Grady who married Elizabeth Sullivan in 1869 plus their nephew John. Then there is William Grady and Ellen Costelo's son John b 1877. Henry and Margaret had a John b 1863. Then there was John b 1826 and his wife Mary Houlihan. O'Meara and Slattery connection is Peter William O'Meara's second wife Elizabeth Slattery b 1879. They married June 18, 1913. Mary Goodall did marry B. J. Monahan. Her mother was Catherine Tierney and her father, Arthur. Mary and Bartholomew have a young son buried with them at Petersville, Bart.R. 9 y 14 days. I have the Quinlans too. I won't even attempt the Costellos until I have more details from you. Alexa
May 10, 2004: I am researching McCabes in Iowa. You mention on your web information that some McCabes moved to Iowa in the 1850s. I am looking for the ancestors of Mary A McCabe who was married to John Hans Ide. I know her parents were James McCabe and Mary McGovern. Thank you, Michelle Steed Email: email@example.com
September 27, 2004: New Book by Alexa Pritchard: Family ,Friends & Neighbours of Sgt. William Shea, 41st British Regiment of Foot, by Alexa Pritchard, ISBN 0-9682818-3-4, August 2004, Ottawa, Intrepid Communications or by e-mail from Alexa Pritchard
January 14, 2007: Hi Al, A person sent me your link and told me to ask you to link me up. My family were pioneering settlers of Lanark County, Ontario. Some were in the Nepean area as well. My branch left and settled in Butler County, Iowa abt. 1865. I have a website, but my World Connect file is more up to date. I will enclose both links. You already have a discussion going with Joe Kenney, who is a cousin of mine, but that is one branch of the family. Our family were the only Canadian branch to leave Canada, so we actually probably have more descendants up there than here in the USA. So, it is not just Doyle and Smith, there are many other surnames in our family tree. My family were from County Waterford, Ireland. Richard Doyle / Catherine Griffin (Paternal)--From Waterford, Ireland John Smith / Matilda McCabe (Maternal) from County Cavan, Ireland From these two branches, marriages changed the last name of the daughters who married and so on in Canada. Here are some of the surnames connections to my family: Cummins / Cummings, Hogan, McCauley, Darrien, O'Brien, Cardiff, McMahon, Murphy, Behan, Closs, Beacock, Lavoie, Murphy, Dunne / Dunn, Enright, Eccles, Gibbons, Manion / Mannion, and many others....these are all on my World Connect file on rootsweb. Thanks for such a great online site by the way. bfn, Maureen Moore Maryland, USA -- My Family Tree: http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=agatha_1 My Family Website: http://members.tripod.com/mmoore52/index.html
January 16, 2007: Thanks to Michael Daley for the following story of the McEvoy family from Osgoode Township. Some family members went to Iowa in 1871:
McEvoy Families from Osgoode to IowaIn the year 1871, Edmund McEvoy & his cousin Edward Patrick, with their families, left Osgoode Township searching for greener Pastures, or a better way of life They traveled together to Chicago. Edmund, born Nov. 14, 1836, son of John McEvoy and Anastasia Powers Married June 19, 1861 in Osgoode to Mary Kelly, daughter of William Kelly and Margaret Kilfoyle of Osgoode Township, Ontario. Edmund interested in cattle, settled in the Missouri Valley Iowa, close to the Omaha Market Running water and shade, all advantages in the cattle business. Edmund had a family of 9 boys and 2 girls. Mary died April 27, 1885, After Mary’s death. Edmund, while visiting a cousin, Pat Grace of Adair, Iowa, met Pat’s mother-in-law, Mrs. Ellen Hearn, a civil war widow with 6 children. Ellen and Edmund were married Nov 3, 1887 at Stuart ,Iowa. Edmund bought 80 acres of land on the edge of Adair, rented 40 acres, and with a partner, Mike McManus, bought out a large General store. Between the two projects, He was able to keep the 2 families provided for. The step-mother was loved by all the McEvoys, "she was Great". Edmund & Ellen visited Osgoode in 1907. On a Saturday morning, after breakfast while staying at the Kemptville Hotel, Edmund was suddenly taken ill with heart trouble. Physicians were immediately summoned. He passed away early Sunday Morning, August 25 ,1907. Richard McEvoy, Edmund’s youngest brother, accompanied the body back to Adair. The obituary from the “THE ADAIR NEWS,” reads [in part only] "A large concourse of sorrowing friends attended the last rites to him who had been a good man in life, a friend to everyone, a peace lover, a God-fearer. His passing has cast a gloom over the daily of Adair. He was a familiar figure on the streets, in the church and many homes. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery, south of Adair" Edward Patrick McEvoy, son of Michael McEvoy and Mary Costican of Osgoode, Ontario. Edward Patrick, his wife Catherine Conway, (married in 1861) with their young families, having parted company with his first cousin, Edmund and his wife in Chicago, continued by rail to Algoma Iowa, and from there took a covered wagon to the North West of Emmetsburg, about six miles. The year before two Conway men, brothers of Mrs McEvoy had settled there so the McEvoys had place to land when they arrived. Edward Patrick, known as E. P., grew wheat during the Civil War and done very well on it. He was able to buy 600 acres of land north of Emmetsburg. E.P. was very much embued with the cooperative spirit and was responsible for establishing the first cooperative creamery in a little town called Osgood, (with out the E on the end). Later he and another man were responsible for establishing the Farmers Mutual Insurance Assn. that was of a great help to the early settlers. He was not highly educated but seemingly a notch above most of the people of the time, as a result he was often called on to give speeches for various occasion, presided at farmers institutes, presided at teachers institutes, etc., he also purchased the first grain reaper in the county. He died in Feb 1912. ... Michael Daley
March 28, 2008: Below is a photo of David Atcheson and Margaret Robinson from Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. Sitting is their daughter Margaret. This photo was taken in West Bend, Iowa, USA. ... Louise Atcheson e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
April 8, 2008:
Irish Emigration from the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada area to Howard County, IowaThanks to Lynn Logue for the following: From "The History of Assumption Parish" Cresco, State of Iowa, USA: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church dates from the year 1858, making it the oldest Catholic Church in Howard County. Four pioneer Catholic Families from North Gower, Ontario, Canada moved to the area about that time. Their names were: Ryan, Welsh, Hannegan / Hannigan, and Christmas. Masses were celebrated in their homes by missionary priests from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA, and by Father Clement Lowrey, pastor of the Catholic Church in Decorah. When neither was available the four families boarded a wagon and drove to Spillville, 20 miles away to attend Mass. The original four families were soon joined by another twelve families named: Long, Schaefer, Mullen, Sweet, Carroll, Donahue, Glass, Ploff (Plouffe?), Logue, Conry, Barnes and Reynolds. Together they built the first church and established a cemetery at Vernon Springs in 1863 and 1664. ... Lynn Logue
May 13, 2008: Thomas O'Meara and Ellen Tierney (daughter of Denis Tierney) also moved to Iowa from Nepean in the early 1860's.
April 18, 2011: Hi Al: Here is the photo of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Powers at their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1913 in Portsmouth, IA. Seated in the middle, from the left, (the older folks) are Honora (Power) Powers and Richard Powers; next to them are Mary (Murray) Guinan and Thomas Guinan; next is Margaret (Drew) Wear. The family members are all Powers, Wears, and Monaghan. No Guinans. We can't figure out why the Guinans are included in a family photo. They did not come to Iowa from Canada; however, I am thinking that the Powers probably did, and maybe the Wears. Possibly at the same time as Patrick and Mary Quinn Coughlin (from Renfrew County), whose daughter Blanche married Frank Guinan, son of Thomas and Mary. Hoping someone can solve this riddle. Bob and Mary Jo Guinan, Nebraska
Bob and Mary Jo: Here is an Enright family whose daughter married a Thomas Guinan - possibly the man in the above photo? ... Al March 14, 2012 The above table is transcribed here for easier searches. Children of Michael Enright and Catherine Hartney (Some to North Dakota)1849 Mary, born in Bagot Township, Ontario, Canada, subsequent children born Lanark County 1850 Edward Michael, died young 1852 Bridget, who married David Fergo 1854 James, who died in 1912 1856 Margaret 1858 John, died young 1860 Michael Joseph, born Ramsay Township 1862 Johanna "Catherine" m. Driscoll, died 1962 1865 John Joseph, died 1921 1867 Honora Annie, who m. Thomas Guinan 1870 Patrick Edward, died in 1910 Source: The Kerry Chain - The Limerick Link by Carol McCuaig, page 99 ISBN 0-919137-36-9
March 14, 2012: My Jeremiah Cullen, wife Catherine and daughter Mary, came to Quebec in 1852. I'm wondering if there would be any records of them there? They apparently didn't stay very long and are in Dubuque Co. Iowa in Dec. 1857 when Mary married Michael Gilligan. They left New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland on the ship Borency. I have a copy of their ticket. They lived in Grangecon Hill, Ballynure, County Wicklow on the lands of Pierce David Mahoney. There is a family connection to the Mahony's. David Mahony's father was Barrister to Daniel O'Connell. Thank you if you can give me any guidance on locating them in Canada. Marilyn
September 24, 2015: This weekend I met Bonnie Dodge at the 2016 British Isles Family History Society conference. Bonnie is the Librarian for the Genealogical Society of Linn County, Iowa. She is knowledgable about Linn County and the state of Iowa in general.