Anna Margaret Wertenberger Ryan

F, (1844 - 1903)
Anna Wertenberger Ryan,
1844-1903
Father*Daniel Wertenberger
Mother*Margaret (Mrs Daniel) (?) Wertenberger
ChartsRyan/Noonan family
Birth*Nov 1844 Canaan Tp, Wayne, Ohio (OH), United States (US)1 
Marriage*1 Jan 1870 Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa (IA), United States (US); Groom=John Ryan2
Married Name1 Jan 1870 Ryan [Wertenberger] 
Death*Sep 1903 Wooster, Wayne, Ohio (OH), United States (US)1 
Burial*16 Sep 1903 Polk, Ashland, Ohio (OH), United States (US)1 
Biography* Anna Wertenberger Ryan, 1844-1903:
Born in Ohio to parents born in Pennsylvania, Anna grew up in Wayne County, Ohio. In 1850, the family was farming in Canaan township. Anna was the sixth oldest of seven children listed. It is probably here that, while still a teenager, she met her future husband. Anna was married to John Ryan by the Rev. Dundean in Marshalltown, Iowa. She bore four children, two of whom died as infants. In 1875, the family was living in Fillmore County, Minnesota where her husband's family lived. In 1880, they were in Taylor township, Marshall County, Iowa and by 1900 in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio.

Anna died at age 58. 

Family

John Ryan b. 12 Apr 1831, d. 19 Mar 1915
Children
Last Edited26 Jan 2012

Citations

  1. [S552] Ryan-Wertenberger Family Group Sheets, rec'd 12/1994 from Sheila Ryan, prepared by Frances Ryan Stewart, Clarkston, Michigan (MI).
  2. [S462] John Ryan, Military Pension File, National Archives,.

John Franklin Ryan

M, (1877 - 1949)
Father*John Ryan (1831 - 1915)
Mother*Anna Margaret Wertenberger Ryan (1844 - 1903)
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
Birth*5 Jan 1877 Henry, Iowa (IA), United States (US)1 
Marriage*24 Dec 1907 Ashland, Ohio (OH), United States (US); Bride=Minnie Aurora Hartman Ryan2 
Residence*12 Sep 1918 Waterford, Washington, Ohio (OH), United States (US)3 
Death*6 Mar 1949 Ashland, Ashland, Ohio (OH), United States (US)4 
Burial*9 Mar 1949 Savannah cemetery, Savannah, Ashland, Ohio (OH), United States (US)4,5 
Biography* John Franklin Ryan, 1877-1949:
Born in Iowa to a father born in Ireland and a mother born in Ohio, John spent his early years on farms in Henry and Marshall Counties in Iowa. In 1887, the family moved back to his mother's native state of Ohio and settled in Ashland County. In 1900, the family was renting at 197 Spink Street in Wooster, Wayne County. John was a student in university. In 1907, John was living in Mount Gilead, Morrow County, Ohio and working as a teacher in a public school. In 1910, he owned a mortgaged home in Mount Gilead. By 1915 John was principal of a high school in East Palestine, Ohio. In 1918, when he registered for the WWI draft, John resided in Waterford, Washington County, Ohio and was teaching at a school there. John was of medium height and build with blue eyes and black hair. In 1920, he owned a home free of mortgage on Market Street Extension in Unity township, Columbiana County and taught in a public school. In 1930, he and Minnie owned a $5,000 home at 518 Cottage Avenue in the 1st ward of Ashland, Ohio's. John was employed as a public school teacher.

John, 72, died on a Sunday. 

Family

Minnie Aurora Hartman Ryan b. 19 Mar 1877, d. 19 Aug 1962
Children
Last Edited11 Feb 2016

Citations

  1. [S462] John Ryan, Military Pension File, National Archives,.
  2. [S18] Obituary,.
  3. [S1697] World War I draft reg from <Ancestry.com> (subscription req'd).
  4. [S552] Ryan-Wertenberger Family Group Sheets, rec'd 12/1994 from Sheila Ryan, prepared by Frances Ryan Stewart, Clarkston, Michigan (MI).
  5. [S1896] http://www.findagrave.com/

James Edward Ryan

M, (1879 - 1933)
Father*John Ryan (1831 - 1915)
Mother*Anna Margaret Wertenberger Ryan (1844 - 1903)
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
Birth*20 Oct 1879 Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa (IA), United States (US)1 
Marriage*c 1903 Polk, Ashland, Ohio (OH), United States (US); Bride=Ida Adeline Barrick Ryan2 
Death*6 Dec 1933 Willard, Huron, Ohio (OH), United States (US)3 
Burial*8 Dec 1933 Polk, Ashland, Ohio (OH), United States (US)3 
Biography* James Edward Ryan, 1879, 1933:
James was one of four children. Two of the children died young and were probably the first and second born based upon the number of years between the parents marriage the birth of the oldest of the surviving two. The family lived in Marshall County, Iowa in James youngest years. By 1887 the family lived in Polk, Ashland County, Ohio. And by 1900 at 197 Spimk Street in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio. In 1910, James, wife Ida and two sons were living on Main Street, Council Grove, Morris County, Kansas. James was a brakeman on a railroad. When he registered for the WWI draft in 1918, James was living at 503 South Main in Willard, Huron County, Ohio and was employed as a conductor on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. He was of medium height and build with gray eyes and brown hair. In 1920, he and Ida owned their home on Tiffin Street, Willard Village, Huron County, Ohio. He was working as a brakeman in a railroad yard. By 1925, they owned a home at 503 Main Street in Willard. James had been promoted to yard foreman. By 1930, the house was valued at $3,000. At his death, James had worked for the B&O Railroad for 17-years.

James, 54, died on a Wednesday. His son Ervin was the informant on the death cert. COD acute cerebral meningitis (2-weeks). James was attended by Doctor H. H. Ewing. Undertaker E. Raymond Secor of Willard was in charge. 

Family

Ida Adeline Barrick Ryan b. 30 Mar 1885, d. 9 Sep 1925
Children
Last Edited10 Feb 2016

Citations

  1. [S462] John Ryan, Military Pension File, National Archives,.
  2. [S552] Ryan-Wertenberger Family Group Sheets, rec'd 12/1994 from Sheila Ryan, prepared by Frances Ryan Stewart, Clarkston, Michigan (MI).
  3. [S1747] Ohio Death cert's, 1908-1953.

John Francis Brennan

M, (1864 - 1940)
Father*Martin Brennan (1836 - 1903)
Mother*Mary Ryan Brennan (1835 - 1919)
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
Birth*27 Dec 1864 Chatfield Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1,2 
(Witness) Marriage17 Feb 1890 Chatfield, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Groom=William H. Brennan, Bride=Margaret Ruddy Brennan3 
Marriage*27 Nov 1890 Saint Bridget's, Simpson, Olmsted, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Bride=Ellen Kavanaugh Brennan4 
Death*13 Mar 1940 Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1 
Note*14 Mar 1940 obituary: Rochester Minnesota) Post Bulletin, Thursday 14 March 1940/p.2/c.15 
Burial*16 Mar 1940 Saint Bridget's cemetery, Simpson, Olmsted, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1,2 
Biography* John Francis Brennan, 1863-1940:
John, a first generation Irish-American, was born and grew up on a farm in Chatfield township, Fillmore county, Minnesota. Circa 1895, he moved to Olmsted County. In 1900, John, married and with two children, owned a farm free of mortgage in High Forest township (Stewartville P.O.), Olmsted County, Minnesota. John retired by December 1919 and by 05 February 1920 had moved to Rochester where he owned a house, free of mortgage, at 1116 (or 1016) Center Street West in the 2nd ward. By 1930 the house's value was estimated at $10,000.

John, 76, died at home on a Wednesday. Cause of death was endocarditis and broncho-pneumonia. Son Francis was the informant on the death cert. John was survived by his wife Ellen; four children, Francis, Mary, Joseph and Mercedes all of Rochester; five sisters, Sr Mary Canise, O.P. of Chicago, Mrs P. H. Manahan, Mrs Anthony Sharpe, Mrs John Tuohy and Mrs P. H. Laivell, all of Chatfield; one brother William of Preston and six grandchildren. The funeral was held on Saturday at St John's church. Macken funeral home was in charge. 

Family

Ellen Kavanaugh Brennan b. 8 Apr 1866, d. 2 May 1954
Children
Last Edited31 Oct 2017

Citations

  1. [S551] Compiled and written by William E. Gallagher, The Brennans of Chatfield, A Family History, 1800-1987 (self-published),.
  2. [S592] Minnesota death certificate.
  3. [S39] Fillmore county marriage record.
  4. [S18] Obituary, hers.
  5. [S18] Obituary,.

William H. Brennan

M, (1866 - 1948)
Father*Martin Brennan (1836 - 1903)
Mother*Mary Ryan Brennan (1835 - 1919)
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
Birth*9 Sep 1866 Chatfield Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1,2 
Marriage*17 Feb 1890 Chatfield, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Bride=Margaret Ruddy Brennan, Witness=John Francis Brennan, Witness=Bridget Ruddy, priest=Rev. Edmund J. O'Connell3 
Note*17 Jul 1948 obituary: Rochester (Minnesota) Post-Bulletin, Saturday 17 July 1948/p.41 
Death*17 Jul 1948 Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)2 
Burial*19 Jul 1948 Calvary cemetery, Chatfield, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1,4 
Note22 Jul 1948 obituary: Chatfield (Minnesota) News, Thursday 22 July 1948/p.1/c.41 
Biography* William H. Brennan, 1866-1948:
William, a first generation Irish-American, grew up on a farm in Chatfield township, Fillmore County, Minnesota. William, his brother John, and their five sisters were reared on a farm during the days when southeast Minnesota agriculture production was mainly wheat. It was necessary for farmers to haul considerable of their produce to Winona for marketing. Circa 1898, he moved with wife and children to a farm in Section 18 of Carrolton township where they remianed for almost 50-years. By 1910, William owned that farm free of mortgage. In 1912, he was a member of M. W. A. and was treasurer of School District no. 51. About 1946, William and Margaret moved into Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota.

William, 81, a resident of 423 Fourth Avenue SE, Rochester, died on a Friday at Saint Mary's hospital in Rochester after a 21-day stay. Cause of death was hepatic insufficiency and carcinoma of the liver. His physician was W. A. Bennett of the Mayo clinic. William was survived by wife Margaret; two-daughters Mrs A. M. Gallagher of Minneapolis and Mrs W. E. Doyle of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; five-sons Paul and John of Rochester, Ray and William of Chicago, and Martin of Portland, Oregon; five-sisters Mrs Margaret Sharpe, Mrs P. H. Laivell, Mrs Patrick Manahan and Mrs John Tuohy all of Chatfield and Sr Canice of Sinsinewa Mound, Wisconsin. The funeral was held Monday at Saint Francis catholic church, Rochester with Rev Raymond Jansen officiating. Pallbearers were Joseph and Francis Brennan, John O'Shaughnessy, Cyril and Leo Tuohy and either William Dempsey or Vernon Moore. Undertakers John H.Towey & sons, Rochester were in charge of arrangements.

William's birth year is inscribed on his tombstone as 1865. 

Family

Margaret Ruddy Brennan b. 29 Mar 1867, d. 26 Oct 1949
Children
Last Edited31 Oct 2017

Citations

  1. [S18] Obituary,.
  2. [S592] Minnesota death certificate.
  3. [S39] Fillmore county marriage record.
  4. [S8] Tombstone.

Margaret Brennan Sharpe

F, (1867 - 1952)
Father*Martin Brennan (1836 - 1903)
Mother*Mary Ryan Brennan (1835 - 1919)
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
Birth*28 Aug 1867 Chatfield Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1 
Marriage*26 Aug 1898 Chatfield, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Groom=Anthony Sharpe2 
Married Name26 Aug 1898 Sharpe [Brennan] 
Death*8 May 1952 Zumbrota, Goodhue, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1 
Burial*10 May 1952 Calvary Cemetery, Chatfield, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1,3 
Note*15 May 1952 obituary: Chatfield (Minnesota) News, Thursday 15 May 19521 
Biography* Margaret Brennan Sharp, 1868-1952:
Margaret grew up on a farm in Chatfield township, Fillmore County, Minnesota. After her marriage, she and her husband lived in Chatfield City.

Margaret, 84, died on a Thursday. 

Family

Anthony Sharpe b. 10 Dec 1866, d. 14 Aug 1942
Children
Last Edited9 Oct 2015

Citations

  1. [S18] Obituary,.
  2. [S18] Obituary, his.
  3. [S8] Tombstone.

William Ryan

M, (c 1788 - 1866)
RelationshipGreat-grandfather of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsThomas McCarthy ancestors
Ryan/Noonan family
Birth*c 1788 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland1 
Marriage*21 Feb 1830 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland; wit: Patrick Noonan, Hugh Moloney & Christy Russell (1.12.0); Bride=Margaret Noonan Ryan2 
Death*21 Feb 1866 1 
Burial*Feb 1866 Carrolton Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1
Biography* William Ryan, 1788-1866:
When they first arrived in the United States, William and Margaret Ryan may have lived in the Nutmeg State of Connecticut for a few years. And William may have been naturalized there. It would have been important for William to become naturalized so he could vote. 3 Shortly after William gained citizenship, the Ryans migrated to Minnesota. The 1912 History of Fillmore County, Minnesota maintains that the Ryans came to Fillmore County directly from Ireland in 1851, while the 1882 History of Fillmore County, Minnesota claims that they came in 1855 via Iowa. Margaret Noonan's obituary claims they came in 1855 also. The writer of Margaret's obituary is unknown but was probably her daughter Mary Ryan Brennan who probably came about the same time.

William and Margaret, and all seven of their children, did indeed come to Fillmore County, Minnesota. And, by 1855. The Ryans settled along a nine-mile stretch of farmland between the villages of Lanesboro and Fountain. According to the Fillmore County Recorder of Deeds in 1994, only one family along this stretch in the late 1800s was not Irish. To this day, this area is known locally as Irish Ridge. The road connecting Lanesboro and Fountain is designated County Highway 8.
In July of 1855, William purchased 120 acres in Section 18 of Carrolton Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota Territory from the United States Government. The Minnesota Territory, which had been made a separate territory in 1849, became the Gopher State of Minnesota, the 32nd state in the union, in 1858.

What a difficult life they must have endured during those first years in Minnesota. Building a rudimentary shelter - hardly worthy of being called a house - probably of sod. Clearing land with simple tools, probably by hand. Could they have afforded an ox or a horse? Planting crops. Harvesting, again, by hand. By the 21st of September in 1857, in a pre-statehood territory-wide census, William and Margaret still didn't have a house big enough for their entire family. They were living in Carrolton township with just their two oldest sons, John and Thomas. The younger five children were living elsewhere. Mary and James were living with innkeeper Charles and Eliza Cole at the Midary(?) House in Chatfield. The three youngest, William, Michael, and Daniel, were living with Joseph and Hesire(?) Elliott who were neighbor farmers in Carrolton.
In June 1860, William bought eighty acres in Section 7 of Carrolton Township from C. G. Ripley. In April 1864, he bought 120 acres in Section 13 of Fountain Township, Fillmore County from George Patchew. By January 1865, William had acquired another forty acres in Section 18 of Carrolton Township from his son Thomas and another 160 acres from F. B. Simon, and had sold the original 120 acres to his son Thomas. In October 1865, he bought another 120 acres in Section 13 of Fountain Township from Jane Demick and her husband.

On 20 February 1866, William signed his last will and testament naming Jeremiah O'Brien as his executor. The will signing was witnessed by Martin Brennan, his son-in-law, and by Henry Wells. William Ryan died the next day. His will was probated in Fillmore County Probate Court, Preston, Minnesota on 3 April 1866 by Dryden Smith, Judge of Probate. William's 520 acres in Carrolton and Fountain Townships were divided among his heirs as follows:
      wife Margaret - 200.5 acres,
      son James - 46.75 acres,
      son Thomas - 6.75 acres,
      son William - 70 acres,
      son Daniel - 93 acres, and
      son Michael - 103 acres

Of the 200 acres in Section 18 of Carrolton Township, 160 acres went to wife Margaret and 40 acres went to son James. Of the 80 acres in Section 7 of Carrolton Township, 40.50 acres went to wife Margaret, 6.75 acres went to son Thomas, 6.75 acres went to son James, 13 acres went to son Daniel, and 13 acres went to son Michael. Of the 240 acres in Section 13 of Fountain Township, 80 acres went to son Daniel, 90 acres went to son Michael and, 70 acres went to son William. In addition to the land, William left $200 to his daughter Mary (wife of Martin Brennan) and $200 to his son John. The residue of his estate was left to his wife Margaret. A large tombstone is erected in his memory in the Catholic Cemetery in Carrolton Township. This cemetery is located partly in the southeast corner of Section 7 and partly in the southwest corner of Section 8. The tombstone is inscribed:
      WILLIAM RYAN
      DIED
      FEB 21, 1866
      AGED
      78 Years
      -+-+-+-
      A native of the parish
      of Galbaly Co.
      Limerick Ireland
      -------
      may his Soul rest
      in peace, Amen. 

Family

Margaret Noonan Ryan b. c 1807, d. 20 Apr 1892
Children
Last Edited26 Oct 2016

Citations

  1. [S8] Tombstone.
  2. [S979] Parish record.
  3. Under the naturalization laws in effect at this time, an alien was required, among other things, to declare his or her intention to become a citizen at least two years before admission to citizenship, and; to reside in the United States at least five years and in the state for one year. Children of the successful applicant, if under the age of twenty-one, became citizens automatically with their parent. In 1855, citizenship was granted to alien wives of U. S. citizens, also automatically. During the time that William Ryan might have been in Connecticut, three men of that name were naturalized there. Unfortunately, all three are younger than expected by from eight to ten years. The most likely of the three, a resident of the town of Seymour, declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States at a Special Session of New Haven County Court in November 1851 and was naturalized in New Haven Superior Court in April 1854 at age 58.

Margaret Noonan Ryan

F, (c 1807 - 1892)
Margaret (Noonan) Ryan,
c1807-1892
Father*Mr. Noonan
Mother*(Mrs) Buckley Noonan
RelationshipGreat-grandmother of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsThomas McCarthy ancestors
Ryan/Noonan family
Birth*c 1807 Ireland1 
Marriage*21 Feb 1830 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland; wit: Patrick Noonan, Hugh Moloney & Christy Russell (1.12.0); Groom=William Ryan2 
Married Name21 Feb 1830 Ryan [Noonan] 
Death*20 Apr 1892 Chatfield Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)3,4 
Burial*21 Apr 1892 Carrolton Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)3,4 
Note*5 May 1892 obituary Preston (Minnesota) Times, Thursday 5 May 1892.3 
Biography* Margaret Noonan, c1807-1892:
In February 1868, the widow Margaret sold her 160 acres in Section 18 of Carrolton Township to her son William and her forty and one-half acres in Section 7 to her sons Thomas and James. At a fair and festival held by the Fountain Catholic Church on 21-23 January 1873, Margaret was chosen "Most Popular Old Lady" by a majority of twenty-one votes over her nearest rival, Mrs. Mulroy of Fountain. Final tally: 180 to 159. Between three and four hundred people attended the three-day, alcohol-free event, which grossed six hundred dollars. Margaret remained in Fillmore County and lived out her days with her various children. She died on 20 April 1892, at the age of eighty-five, in the home of her daughter, Mary Ryan Brennan, and was buried in the Carrolton Cemetery.

Women were not honored equally with men in Margaret's time. They essentially gave up their identity when they married. They couldn't vote. They acquired citizenship automatically when their husbands were naturalized, so few were naturalized on their own. They were less likely to have an obituary published to mark their passing and, indeed, were often not memorialized in stone. Or worse, were memorialized trivially as, for example, "Mrs John Doe." In Margaret's case, however, she got the last laugh. While she and her husband William are both honored by all who are descended of them, William's only personal memorial is the large tombstone anchored firmly to the ground in the Catholic Cemetery in Carrolton Township. Margaret, on the other hand, is memorialized in a much more personal, portable and reproducible way - a photograph survives her! 

Family

William Ryan b. c 1788, d. 21 Feb 1866
Children
Last Edited22 Oct 2016

Citations

  1. [S38] Fillmore county death record.
  2. [S979] Parish record.
  3. [S18] Obituary,.
  4. [S8] Tombstone.

Thomas Ryan

M, (1833 - 1905)
Thomas Ryan,
1833-1905
Father*William Ryan (c 1788 - 1866)
Mother*Margaret Noonan Ryan (c 1807 - 1892)
RelationshipGrandfather of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsThomas McCarthy ancestors
Ryan/Noonan family
McCabe/Conerty family
Ryan/McCabe family
Birth*11 Dec 1833 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland1 
Christening13 Dec 1833 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland1 
NoteDec 1864 map: Hilton Head, South Carolina area
Marriage*2 Jul 1868 Fountain, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Bride=Margaret McCabe Ryan2 
Note1 Jun 1880 1880 census/schedule 2/productions of agriculture
Death*11 Nov 1905 Jasper Tp, Hanson, South Dakota (SD), United States (US); pneumonia, tubercular eye ulcer3 
Burial*14 Nov 1905 Saint Peter's Cemetery, Edgerton Tp, Hanson, South Dakota (SD), United States (US)4,3
Note*17 Nov 1905 obituaries Alexandria (South Dakota) Journal, 17 November 1905 and a second newspaper of unknown name and date.3 
Biography* Thomas Ryan, 1833-1905:
Thomas Ryan was five feet five inches tall, with dark complexion, dark hair, and grey eyes. He weighed 140 pounds. The middle finger of his left hand was amputated at the second joint circa 1849. In 1865 he contracted rheumatism. As a result, he suffered stiffness and pain in his right knee, right wrist, and left hip. Not surprisingly, he walked with a limp. "Thomas was a 'spindling, frail looking sort of fellow... he always had a peculiar walk --- kind of swinging his legs, or one of them, as if he had no joints in them." (Timothy Dustin, Pvt, Co H, 4th Minnesota Infantry). The second of seven children, Thomas's first recorded event on this planet was his christening. This took place on 31 December 1833 in the Catholic Church in the village of Galbally in County Limerick, Ireland. His sponsors were Thomas Collins and Bridget Dalton.

Thomas first appears in the United States in the 1850 census of Seymour, New Haven County, Connecticut. He, his four younger brothers and his one sister, are living with Peter and Bridget Ryan. Peter, age forty-six, and Bridget, age forty-four, were both born in Ireland. Any relationship between Peter or Bridget and Thomas, et al. is unknown. He spent some part of the next six years in Dubuque, Iowa where he was employed for several years at the Key City House. Thomas was a United States citizen by 1857. It is unknown where or how he attained this status. He would have been granted citizenship automatically, as a minor child, if his father had become a citizen before December 1854. Thomas bought 40 acres in Section 18 of Carrolton Township in Fillmore County, Minnesota from the United States government in September 1856. He sold this acreage to his father, William, in May 1863 and bought another 120 acres in the same section from his father in January 1865. The recorded sale date of the 11th is peculiar because he was in the Army at Fort Snelling on that date. Thomas sold that piece to his brother James in December 1877.

Thomas Ryan reluctantly served the Union's cause during the Civil War. Drafted for one year on 4 November 1864, he failed to report. On 5 January 1865 Thomas made the mistake of going into Preston, Minnesota, about four miles from the farm. There he was arrested and transported by stage via Rochester to Fort Snelling in Saint Paul, arriving there on 8 January. The stage tipped over on the road between Rochester and Saint Paul but no one was hurt. At Fort Snelling, Thomas was mustered into Company H of the 4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry as a private on 5 January 1865. A charge of desertion for failing to report was later dropped without courts martial. However, he was to be officially listed as AWOL from 4 November 1864 until his induction on 5 January 1865. The $15 reward for his arrest and delivery was deducted from his pay. The desertion charge would come back to haunt him later because, even though the charges were dropped, his records were never updated to reflect that fact. On 20 January, he and about two dozen other drafted men and substitutes left Fort Snelling by stage for La Crosse, Wisconsin, where they were put on a train for New York City.5

In New York City the recruits boarded a ship for Hilton Head, South Carolina. The squad, under the command of Captain Elliott, marched to Blairs Landing where they drew arms and then proceeded to Pocotaligo on the Savannah Railroad. 6 The squad spent six weeks to two months in Pocotaligo and never engaged an armed force. Their main job was guard duty. On several occasions, members of the squad were sent out to burn Confederate barns but Thomas was never among them. The squad routinely slept on the ground without shelter, of even a tent, and during this period Thomas contracted rheumatism. Before the group moved out, he had become disabled by the rheumatism and diarrhea. The squad went back to Hilton Head and boarded a boat for North Carolina where they marched inland and joined the rest of Company "H" of the 4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry under the command of First Lieutenant Eberhard Lieberg at Raleigh, North Carolina on 25 April 1865. Lee had surrendered 16-days earlier, on 9 April 1865, ending the war. And Lincoln was shot on 14 April 1865. The company later moved from Raleigh to Washington, D.C. Thomas endured most of the marches after the squad left Pocotaligo from the inside of the regimental ambulance. The Company moved from Washington to Lexington, Kentucky by rail and by boat. He was discharged at Lexington on the 19th of July. Upon return of the knapsack, haversack, and canteen he had been issued, Thomas was paid $10.53 for his services.

Thomas returned to Fillmore County and three years later, on 2 July 1868, was married to Margaret McCabe at Saint Lawrence O'Toole's Catholic Church in Fountain, Minnesota by the Reverend Matthew. In August of that year, he bought 80 acres in Section 19 from B. B. Spencer. He sold part of that 80 acres to the Southern Minnesota Railroad Company (SMRR) in January 1870 and the rest to Adam Zimmerman in November 1874. In partnership with his brother James, he bought two wood lots in Section 7 from his mother, Margaret, in February 1868. He sold his half in one of the wood lots to his brother James in November 1877 and sold his half of the other one to James in December 1877. In late 1877, Thomas, his wife, Margaret, and their five children moved to Grant Township, Sioux County, Iowa. Per the 1880 agricultural census, Thomas owned 82-acres of land. The farm was valued at $1,600 including land, buildings, fencing, implements, machinery and livestock. The value of goods produced on the farm in 1879, including goods used, sold or on-hand, was $700. Goods produced included calves born, butter, eggs, hay, corn, oats, wheat, flax and potatoes. A detailed transcript of the census schedule is attached to the note above dated 01 June 1800.

In August 1889, Thomas applied for an Invalid Pension from the Bureau of Pensions, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. His claim maintained that he had contracted rheumatism while in the Union Army and as a result, was disabled to the point that he could not earn his livelihood as the farmer he had been all his life. This initial application was denied on legal grounds. A second application, made in July 1890, rattled around in the bureaucratic maze for sixteen months before finally being approved in November 1891. The second request was examined four times by three individuals. Documents in the file include six affidavits, one doctor's sworn letter, one medical examination report, and ten depositions. Bureau officials took several different positions in various combinations in their attempts to deny Thomas a pension. These were: 1) he contracted rheumatism before entering the service; 2) he was faking sick while in the service to avoid marching; 3) he contracted rheumatism after leaving the service; 4) he doesn't have rheumatism now (i.e., he isn't disabled); and 5) he wasn't an honorable soldier, he was a deserter, and therefore wasn't entitled to a pension. Thomas eventually reaped the rewards of his persistence - $12 a month.

Thomas and Margaret moved for the last time in 1901 to Jasper Township in Hanson County, South Dakota. In July 1905, Thomas became ill and then contracted pneumonia on October 30th. He died at home twelve days later. A contributing factor in his death was a tubercular ulcer of the eye. He was buried in the Cemetery of Saint Peter's Catholic Church, Farmer, South Dakota. Thomas' obituary in the Alexandria (South Dakota) Journal, presumably from information supplied by his wife, Margaret, claims that he participated in Sherman's march to the sea during the Civil War. Thomas's unit, Company "H" of the 4th Minnesota, did in fact participate in that infamous march. However, Sherman's march ended with the fall of Savannah, Georgia in December 1864, which predated Thomas' induction into the army. After the fall of Savannah, Sherman turned northward through the Carolinas and reached Raleigh in April 1865. So, Thomas's squad may indeed have joined the General's army, but not until after the war had ended.

Epilogue

The three oldest daughters, Annie Walker, Kitty McCarthy, and Mary McHugh were all in farming at the time of their mother's death. The Walkers farmed near Windom, Minnesota; the McCarthys near Rock Rapids, Iowa; and the McHughs near Watertown, South Dakota. The children sold the 160 acre farm in Jasper Township on 23 Jan 1907 to Harvey Brayton for $1 and other valuable considerations. Harvey also assumed existing mortgages totaling $2,000. Their son William married Winnie Mulhearn in that year and moved to Mitchell where he was employed as a wagon driver. Daughter "Nonie" married Edward McHugh, a farmer near Plankinton, South Dakota.

Thomas Ryan had come to this country at the age of thirteen. He left his native Ireland at the height of An Gorta Mór, The Great Hunger, during which so many people died of starvation and disease. Without assets, he managed, by the age of twenty-two, to acquire some real property. He married Margaret McCabe who was no better positioned than himself. Together they struggled through late frosts, droughts, insects, early frosts, failed crops, barren cows, depressed prices, and economic recessions to improve their lot and raise seven children to adulthood. They both lived to see their older children make progress in raising the level of prosperity of the next generation. A fine example of the American dream realized. Sadly however, by 1928, there were no members of this Ryan family actively engaged in farming. None of the twelve grandchildren of Thomas Ryan and Margaret McCabe ever made his or her living as a farmer. Thus ended a chapter in the history of this Ryan/McCabe family that began seventy-two years earlier when Thomas Ryan, at the age of twenty-two, bought his first farm. 

Family

Margaret McCabe Ryan b. 29 Aug 1845, d. 10 Jan 1906
Children
Last Edited31 Oct 2017

Citations

  1. [S257] Galbally Parish, County Limerick, Ireland christening record.
  2. [S202] Thomas Ryan, Military Pension File, National Archives,.
  3. [S18] Obituary,.
  4. [S8] Tombstone.
  5. During the Civil War, President Lincoln would periodically issue an order to draft a specific number of men. The number so ordered would be allocated among the northern states down to the county level. The county would then 'draft' the necessary number of recruits. Residents of the county would raise money among themselves to pay a 'bounty' to volunteer substitutes for the draft so that their sons wouldn't have to go.
  6. After General Sherman's Army left Savannah, Georgia it marched northeast along the Savannah-Charleston railroad and crossed the Broad River at a place named Blair's Landing. There an encampment was formed for the purpose of collecting scatterd men and detachments from Sherman's Army. (The Broad River on maps today is named the Harbor River. Blair's Landing is not identified.). Pocotaligo in Jasper County, South Carolina was a railroad station and depot on the Savannah railroad a few miles further east from Blair's Landing. Today it is shown on Google Maps as an unincorporated community.[Some of this information was extracted from a letter by J. R Zearing to his wife dated 29 March 1865 at Hilton Head, South Carolina.The letter was published in "Transactions of the Illinois State Historical Society for the year 1921"/pages.194 & 195] P.S., A Confederate military sketch of the area dated December 1864 is attached above to an event entitled Note Dec 1864:. The sketch shows the railroad from Savannah to Charleston, Pocotaligo, Hilton Head and the Broad River.

James Ryan

M, (1837 - 1916)
Father*William Ryan (c 1788 - 1866)
Mother*Margaret Noonan Ryan (c 1807 - 1892)
RelationshipGranduncle of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsRyan/Noonan family
Birth*31 Oct 1837 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland1,2 
Christening11 Nov 1837 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland1 
Marriage*7 Dec 1862 Winona, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Bride=Winifred Considine Ryan3 
(godfather) Christening11 Feb 1895 Saint Mary's Church, Chatfield, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Principal=Rex William Delaney4 
Marriage*13 Oct 1896 Winona, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Principal=Bridget Gallagher Welch Ryan3 
Death*22 Jan 1916 Winona, Winona, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)5 
Burial*25 Jan 1916 Carrolton Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)6,2 
Note27 Jan 1916 obituary: Chatfield (Minnesota) Democrat, Thursday 27 Jan 1916.6 
Note*28 Jan 1916 obituary: Preston (Minnesota) Republican, Friday 28 Jan 1916.6 
Biography* James Ryan, 1837-1916:
James birth date is not written in his 1837 christening record. His tombstone lists his birth date as 31 Oct 1839. We have combined the day and month on his tombstone with the year of his christening to arrive at a birth date. James christening sponsors were Patrick Connors and Bridget Rawley. He emigrated Ireland in the late 1840s and first appears in the United States in the 1850 census of Connecticut living with all but the oldest of his siblings in the household of Peter and Bridget Ryan of no known relation. James came to Minnesota in 1855 or 1856 and in 1857, he and his sister Mary are living with innkeeper Charles Cole in Chatfield City, Fillmore County, Minnesota. There are eleven tenants at the inn, six of whom are Irish and all eleven tenants are between 16 and 25 years-of-age. James and Mary have both been naturalized (made U. S. citizens). If they were under 21 when their father became a citizen they would have been granted citizenship automatically. By 1860, James is living with his parents in Carrolton township, Fillmore County and farming. By 1870, he is married with four children and owns his own farm, worth $3,000, in Carrolton township. He has another $640 worth of personal property.

In 1878, James owned a total of 414-acres in Carrolton township consisting of 360-acres in section 18 plus another 54-acres in section 7. The section 18 portion consisted of two parcels: the south-east-quarter (160-acres) plus the east-half of the north-east-quarter (80-acres). The section 7 lot consisted of 54-acres in the west-half of the north-east-quarter. By 1895, the year his wife died, James had reduced his holdings to 334-acres consisting of 280-acres in section 18 and the 54-acres in section 7. He married for the second time in 1896. Circa 1898, James left the farm in Carrolton and moved to Winona County. In 1903, he was living in Lewiston. By 1915, he had reduced his holdings in Carrolton township to 80-acres, all in section 18.

James died on a Saturday at age 77. He was survived by his second wife Bridget, two sons - Will, living on the old homestead in Carrolton, John of Winona, and three daughters - Mrs. Mary Toomey of Lanesboro, Mrs. Liza Travis of La Crosse and Mrs. J. L. Delaney of Chatfield. His funeral was held on Tuesday. 

Family

Winifred Considine Ryan b. 2 Jun 1842, d. 8 Apr 1895
Children
Last Edited26 Oct 2016

Citations

  1. [S257] Galbally Parish, County Limerick, Ireland christening record.
  2. [S8] Tombstone.
  3. [S1843] MACO eCounties., Minnesota Official Marriage System - Marriage Index (published on the World Wide Web by MACO),.
  4. [S68] St.Mary's (Chatfield, Minnesota) christening record.
  5. [S1859] Winona county death record.
  6. [S18] Obituary,.

Mary Ryan Brennan

F, (1835 - 1919)
Mary Ryan Brennan,
1835-1919
Father*William Ryan (c 1788 - 1866)
Mother*Margaret Noonan Ryan (c 1807 - 1892)
RelationshipGrandaunt of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsRyan/Noonan family
Birth*10 Apr 1835 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland1,2 
Christening21 Apr 1835 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland; godmother=Bridget Noonan1 
Marriage*23 Nov 1862 Carrolton Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Groom=Martin Brennan, priest=Rev. Michael Prendegast, Witness=Michael H. Ryan3 
Married Name23 Nov 1862 Brennan [Ryan] 
Death*26 Oct 1919 Chatfield, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)2 
Burial*28 Oct 1919 Calvary Cemetery, Chatfield, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)4,5 
Note*30 Oct 1919 obituary Chatfield (Minnesota) News-Democrat, Thursday 30 October 19196 
Biography* Mary Ryan Brennan, 1835-1919:
Mary's birth occurred in April of 1835 based on the date of her christening, which took place on the 21st of April in that year. The day of the month for birth was calculated from her age at death as recorded in her county death record. And even though Mary's age at death, as recorded, is off by two years - she was 84 when she died, not 82 - the month calculates as April and is believed to be correct, so we have chosen to display the calculated day as well. All the records we have from which Mary's year of birth can be calculated - save the christening record - suggest that she was born in 1837 at the earliest. It's very possible that Mary did not know what year she was born. Mary's christening took place in Galbally parish, County Limerick, Ireland and was sponsored by Bridget Noonan (her mother's sister?). Mary emigrated in the second half of the 1840's, presumably in the company of her parents, and first appears in the United States in the 1850 census of Seymour, New Haven County, Connecticut. She is listed with Peter and Bridget Ryan, together with all but the oldest of her six brothers. This is the only record we have of Peter and Bridget Ryan and neither of them are of any known relation.

Mary moved to Fillmore county, Minnesota with her parents circa 1855. She and her brother James lived with innkeeper Charles Cole in Chatfield until the Ryan homestead was built. By 1860, Mary was living with her parents in Carrolton township. She was married to Martin Brennan in 1862 by Catholic priest Michael Prendegast before witnesses Michael Ryan (her brother) and Bridget McGrath. The marriage took place in Mary's parent's home in Carrolton township. After their marriage, she and Martin lived in Chatfield township. In the next fifteen years, Mary bore eight children the last of which died at age two. All of the children were born at home in Chatfield and all were christened at Saint Mary's church there. After her husband's death in 1903, Mary lived her remaining years with her daughter Hanorah (Mrs. Patrick) Laivell.

Mary, 84, died at her daughter's home on a Sunday morning. The funeral was held the following Tuesday from Saint Mary's church and was officiated by the Rev. Maddock. A birth year of 1837 is inscribed on her tombstone. 

Family

Martin Brennan b. 17 Mar 1836, d. 5 Jun 1903
Children
Last Edited31 Oct 2017

Citations

  1. [S257] Galbally Parish, County Limerick, Ireland christening record.
  2. [S38] Fillmore county death record.
  3. [S39] Fillmore county marriage record.
  4. [S592] Minnesota death certificate.
  5. [S8] Tombstone.
  6. [S18] Obituary,.

William Ryan

M, (1840 - 1892)
Father*William Ryan (c 1788 - 1866)
Mother*Margaret Noonan Ryan (c 1807 - 1892)
RelationshipGranduncle of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsRyan/Noonan family
Birth*Apr 1840 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland1 
Christeningb 6 Apr 1840 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland1 
Marriage*21 Jun 1868 Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Bride=Anastasia Wadden Ryan, priest=Rev. Thomas O'Gorman2 
(godfather) Christening5 Mar 1876 Saint Mary's Church, Chatfield, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Principal=Hanorah Evangeline Brennan Laivell3 
(godfather) Christening13 Nov 1879 Saint Lawrence, Fountain, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Principal=Josephine Ryan Howard3 
Death*22 Jan 1892 Farmington tp, Lake, South Dakota (SD), United States (US)4 
Burial*24 Jan 1892 Saint Thomas Cemetery, Madison, Lake, South Dakota (SD), United States (US)5 
Note*5 Feb 1892 obituary: Chatfield (Minnesota) Democrat, Friday 05 February 18926 
Biography* William Ryan, 1840-1892:
William's christening sponsors were John Neill and Ally Dawson. He first appears in the United States in 1850 living in Seymour, Connecticut with five of his siblings. In 1857, William is farming in Carrolton township, Fillmore County, Minnesota and living, together with two younger brothers, with Jasper Elliott, a farmer born in Iowa. By 1860, he is living with his parents. By 1870 William has a farm of his own in Carrolton township worth $2,800 plus $625 of personal property. In 1878, he owns a total of 240-acres in section 18 - the northwest quarter of the section (160-acres) plus the west half of the northeast quarter (80-acres). In 1887, they moved to Lake County, Dakota Territory, and homesteaded a tree claim near what would become Ramona. They were neighbors to the Mulvihill family. On 25 Jun 1890, William purchased 160-acres in Section 8 of Farmington township in Lake County, South Dakota from the U.S. General Land Office. The Ryans were originally members of St. Ann Catholic Church at Badus. When the parish was divided, they went to the new St. Williams Church in Ramona.

William, age 51, died on a Friday at his home in Farmington township. He had been taken ill with la grippe, contracted pneumonia and died a short time later. William was survived by his wife and eleven children. His funeral was held at the Catholic Church in Badus township, Lake County on Sunday. The Rev. William Maher officiated and the burial was in the cemetery connected with that church. It was estimated that 400 people attended the service and there were 100 vehicles in the procession. William's body was later moved to St. Thomas Cemetery, Madison, South Dakota. [NOTE: William's birthdate calculated from the death date (01 January 1892) and age (49y/09m/08d) on his tombstone would be 08 April 1842. We know from his christening record he was actually 52 when he died and that his birth day may be off by a few days also.]

Some of this bio was excerpted from an article on the William and Anastasia Ryan Family in a History of Lake County, South Dakota. 

Family

Anastasia Wadden Ryan b. 27 May 1847, d. 1 Apr 1922
Children
Last Edited1 Nov 2017

Citations

  1. [S257] Galbally Parish, County Limerick, Ireland christening record.
  2. [S39] Fillmore county marriage record.
  3. [S68] St.Mary's (Chatfield, Minnesota) christening record.
  4. [S980] Retyped obit - Elaine Kearin.
  5. [S8] Tombstone.
  6. [S18] Obituary,.

Michael H. Ryan

M, (1842 - 1922)
Father*William Ryan (c 1788 - 1866)
Mother*Margaret Noonan Ryan (c 1807 - 1892)
RelationshipGranduncle of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsRyan/Noonan family
Birth*Sep 1842 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland1 
ChristeningSep 1842 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland1 
(Witness) Marriage23 Nov 1862 Carrolton Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Bride=Mary Ryan Brennan, Groom=Martin Brennan2 
(Witness) Marriage26 Nov 1865 Carrolton tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Groom=Patrick M. Brennan, Bride=Margaret Noonan Brennan2,3 
Marriage*30 Jan 1867 Preston, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Bride=Johanna Hanley Ryan, priest=Edward Essing, Witness=Daniel J. Ryan2 
Death*4 Mar 1922 Chicago, Cook, Illinois (IL), United States (US)4 
Burial*6 Mar 1922 Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook, Illinois (IL), United States (US)4 
Biography* Michael H. Ryan, 1842-1922:
Michael's christening date is not recorded but we can surmise from the dates of christenings before and after his that it was either the 6th or 7th of September. His sponsors were James Ryan and Margaret Ryan (his father's siblings?). Michael came to Minnesota from Ansonia, Connecticut and in 1857 he and two of his brothers were living in Carrolton township, Fillmore County with farmer Jasper Elliott. By 1860, Michael was living with his parents. By 1870, he owned his own farm in Fountain township and had amassed $4,500 worth of real estate and another $1,200 worth of personal property. In 1886, Michael left Fillmore County for Chicago, Illinois where he lived at 589 West 18th Street in the 6th ward. By 1892, he was living at 871 South Ashland in the 9th ward. By 1900 Michael had moved down the block to 860 South Ashland and was working as a shipping clerk. In 1920, he lived with his daughterJosephine and her husband Herbert Howard. According to family lore the family, while in Chicago, lived in Saint Pius parish, Corpus Christi parish and Visitation parish. It's not known in what order.

Michael, 79, of 928 West Garfield, died at home on a Saturday of myocarditis, chronic nephritis and arterio sclerosis. His doctor was D. H. Wright of 1531 East 68th Street. The undertaker was Tho's H. Blake of 712 West 31st Street. 

Family

Johanna Hanley Ryan b. c 1847, d. 31 Jul 1892
Children
Last Edited20 Sep 2017

Citations

  1. [S257] Galbally Parish, County Limerick, Ireland christening record.
  2. [S39] Fillmore county marriage record.
  3. [S551] Compiled and written by William E. Gallagher, The Brennans of Chatfield, A Family History, 1800-1987 (self-published),.
  4. [S1808] Chicago, Illinois death record.

Daniel J. Ryan

M, (1845 - 1908)
Father*William Ryan (c 1788 - 1866)
Mother*Margaret Noonan Ryan (c 1807 - 1892)
RelationshipGranduncle of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsRyan/Noonan family
Birth*8 Apr 1845 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland1 
ChristeningApr 1845 Galbally, Limerick, Ireland2 
(Witness) Marriage30 Jan 1867 Preston, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Groom=Michael H. Ryan, Bride=Johanna Hanley Ryan3 
Marriage*29 Jan 1871 Chatfield Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Bride=Mary Doran Ryan3 
(godfather) Christening23 Jan 1876 Saint Lawrence, Fountain, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); Principal=Thomas Ryan4 
Death*18 May 1908 soldier's hospital, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas (KS), United States (US); throat cancer5 
Note*19 May 1908 obituary: Albert Lea (Minnesota) Evening Tribune, 19 May 1908.5 
Burial*22 May 1908 Carrolton Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)5 
Biography* Daniel J. Ryan, 1845-1908:
The seventh and last child of William Ryan and Margaret Noonan was born in Galbally Parish, County Limerick, Ireland. He was christened there in April of 1845 and sponsored by John Ryan (his father's brother?) and Catherine Dawson. Daniel was the most careful and accurate of William and Margaret's children. He consistently recorded dates involving himself and his children correctly. Immigrating in the late 1840s as a small child, he was living in Seymour, New Haven Connecticut in 1850. After 1850, Daniel probably lived for a time in Iowa before appearing in Fillmore County, Minnesota in 1855. He lived in Carrolton and Fountain Townships in Fillmore County from 1856 to 1887, in Brownsdale, Mower County, Minnesota from 1887 to 1892, at 234 Newton Street in Albert Lea's 3rd Ward, Freeborn County, Minnesota from 1892 until 1906.

Daniel grew to a height of 5-feet, 5-inches and weighed 170-pounds. He had hazel eyes, dark hair, a dark complexion, was devoid of any permanent marks or scars and never suffered a broken bone. Daniel received at least an elementary education because he could sign his name as well as read and write. He served the union cause during the civil war as a private in Company I of the 1st Minnesota infantry. On 10 April 1865, two days after his 20th birthday, Daniel enrolled at Rochester, Minnesota for a period of one-year and was paid $33.33 of a $100 bounty. He was discharged on 14 July 1865 at Jeffersonville, Indiana. He was due $66.67 from enlistment less $40.61 for clothing, arms, and equipments issued to him.

After returning from the service, Daniel took up farming. He had more than a little success, amassing real property worth $4,000 and personal property of $800 by 1870. Daniel also was active in the community. He was the enumerater for Fountain Town and Village in the 1885 state census. Daniel continued farming until the mid-1880s when he turned to buying and selling livestock. In 1895, Daniel was a saloon keeper. In 1900, he was renting in Albert Lea and working as a laborer. His wife Mary died in November of that year. Daniel applied to the War Department for an invalid's pension on 18 July 1904 claiming disabilty due to rheumatism. On 10 December 1904, this application was rejected on the grounds that a rateable degree of disability was not demonstrated. This in spite of the surgeon's certificate attesting to his condition and recommending a rate of $6 per month.

Note: General Robert E. Lee surrendered on 9 April 1865. Daniel joined the next day. The 1st Minnesota was in Virginia at war's end and remained there at least until June. The exact involvement of Company I during this period is not known to me. However, Company I was actually being formed at the time of Daniel's enrollment and it could not have joined the regiment before the shooting war was over.

On 14 September 1905, Daniel wrote to the Commissioner of Pensions and requested reconsideration with an examination by a pension board other than the one originally applied to in Albert Lea, Minnesota. The reason for the change of venue request was made because, Daniel felt a member of the Albert Lea board was "inimical to me on account of a personal encounter had between us some years ago ..." This request was denied on the grounds that too much time had lapsed between the original rejection and the request for re-examination. On 9 June 1906, Daniel applied for an invalid pension for a second time. This time he claimed total disability from heart disease (10 years) and kidney trouble (2 years) as well as rheumatism contracted in Virginia in 1865. The attached surgeon's certificate did not support his claim, describing him as "a well preserved man," and the second claim was rejected on 6 Septmber 1906. On 8 April 1907, on his 62nd birthday, Daniel applied for a regular pension. This application was approved on 18 September 1907 and he was awarded a pension of $12 per month.

On 29 Oct 1906, Daniel applied for a homestead of 160-acres in South Dakota at $0.50/acre ($80 total). In 1910, this farm was in Kiser township, Stanley County. He built a 10x12 frame house with tarpaper roof and papered walls, a barn of about the same size, and two (2) root houses. Daniel occupied the house on 26 April 1907. He became very sick the following winter and on 3 February 1908 was taken to the Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Daniel remained there for about a month before being admitted to the Soldiers National Home in Leavenworth, Kansas. He remained there until he died on Monday, 18 May 1908 of throat cancer or carcinoma of the tongue. Daniel's body was transported to Fountain, Minnesota arriving on Thursday afternoon. He was buried in Carrolton township Catholic cemetery the next day with his wife and children.

Epilogue

Daniel's seventh and youngest son, George, had taken up residence with his father on the Midland farm circa 01 December 1907. George remained on the place, after his father was taken to hospital, until a prairie fire destroyed all the buildings on 18 April 1908, about 2-months after his father left. The buildings were rebuilt by 1 June 1909 and George returned to live there on 1 November 1909.

Daniel's sixth son Frank "Barney" Ryan died of consumption on the same day as his father. 

Family

Mary Doran Ryan b. 1846, d. 11 Nov 1900
Children
Last Edited31 Oct 2017

Citations

  1. [S982] Pension application.
  2. [S257] Galbally Parish, County Limerick, Ireland christening record.
  3. [S39] Fillmore county marriage record.
  4. [S68] St.Mary's (Chatfield, Minnesota) christening record.
  5. [S18] Obituary,.

William Henry Ryan

M, (1869 - 1941)
Father*Thomas Ryan (1833 - 1905)
Mother*Margaret McCabe Ryan (1845 - 1906)
RelationshipUncle of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsRyan/McCabe family
Birth*16 Jun 1869 Carrolton Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1 
(Witness) Marriage7 Jun 1887 Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa (IA), United States (US); Bride=Anna Gertrude Ryan Walker, Groom=William Francis Walker2 
(Witness) Marriage6 Nov 1895 Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa (IA), United States (US); Bride=Mary V. Ryan McHugh, Groom=Edward E. McHugh2 
(Witness) Marriage27 Nov 1900 Saint Patrick's church, Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa (IA), United States (US); Groom=Daniel Waldo McCarthy, Bride=Katherine Henrietta Ryan McCarthy2
Marriage*6 Feb 1907 Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa (IA), United States (US); Bride=Winifred Mulhern Ryan, priest=Rev. James McCormack, Witness=Eugene P. Mulhern, Witness=Mary B. Mulhern Theis2 
Death*25 Sep 1941 Mitchell, Davison, South Dakota (SD), United States (US); cardiovascular renal disease; Witness=Winifred Mulhern Ryan3,4 
Note*26 Sep 1941 obituary: Mitchell (South Dakota) Daily Republic, Friday 26 September 19415 
Burial*27 Sep 1941 Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa (IA), United States (US)3,4,5 
Note1 Oct 1941 obituary: Sheldon (Iowa) Sun, Wednesday 1 October 1941.5 
Biography* William H. Ryan, 1869-1941:
William Henry Ryan grew up farming with his parents in Sioux County, Iowa. In May 1894, he purchased the eighty acre farm adjoining his parent's farm. He and his parents sold their joint holdings in January 1901 and moved to South Dakota. In March 1901, William purchased half of a 160 acre farm in Section 1 of Jasper Township in Hanson County, South Dakota from Amy and J. Renkin for $1,250. In addition, he assumed responsibilty for $400 of an existing $800 mortgage on the property. On the same date, his mother Margaret purchased the other half of the farm and assumed the other half of the mortgage. William, his parents and siblings moved onto the farm in the same month. After their mother Margaret died, William and his siblings sold the 160 acre farm in Jasper Township on 23 Jan 1907 to Harvey Brayton for $1 and other valuable considerations. Harvey also assumed existing mortgages totaling $2,000. William married Winnie Mulhearn in that year and bought a house on Eighth Street in Alexandria, South Dakota where he was employed as a dray wagon driver. After 1910, William and Winifred moved to 405 East Second in Mitchell, South Dakota.

William, 72, was retired and living at 405 East Hanson Street in Mitchell when he died on a Thursday of cardiovascular renal disease. His funeral was held on Saturday from Holy Family Church in Mitchell. Services were conducted by Msgr J. M. Brady. William was buried with his wife's family in St. Patrick's, Sheldon, Iowa. 
Last Edited31 Oct 2017

Citations

  1. [S202] Thomas Ryan, Military Pension File, National Archives,.
  2. [S42] O'Brien county marriage record.
  3. [S8] Tombstone.
  4. [S95] Davison county death record.
  5. [S18] Obituary,.

Anna Gertrude Ryan Walker

F, (1870 - 1961)
Father*Thomas Ryan (1833 - 1905)
Mother*Margaret McCabe Ryan (1845 - 1906)
RelationshipAunt of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsRyan/McCabe family
Birth*14 Sep 1870 Carrolton Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1,2 
Marriage*7 Jun 1887 Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa (IA), United States (US); Groom=William Francis Walker, Witness=William Henry Ryan, Witness=Rachel Walker Dougherty, priest=Rev T. J. Sullivan3 
Married Name7 Jun 1887 Walker [Ryan] 
(godmother) Christening17 Jan 1909 Holy Name church, Rock Rapids, Lyon, Iowa (IA), United States (US); Christened=John William McCarthy4 
Death*19 Aug 1961 Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)5 
Burial*21 Aug 1961 Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa (IA), United States (US)6,5 
Note*25 Aug 1961 obituary Windom (Minnesota) Reporter, 25 August 1961/p.65 
Biography* Anna Ryan Walker, 1870-1961:
Anna moved with her parents from Fillmore County, Minnesota to Grant Township, Sioux County, Iowa in 1877. She was married to William Walker at St. Patrick's in Sheldon, Iowa by the Rev. T. J. Sullivan. The marriage was witnessed by her brother, William Ryan, and by her husband William's sister, Rachel Walker. After their marriage in 1887, Anna and William farmed in Capel Township, Sioux County, Iowa. They moved to a farm in Great Bend Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota in 1908 and then retired to Windom in Cottonwood County circa 1914. After husband William died in 1926, Anna moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she lived the remainder of her life. In 1930, she was renting an apartment, for $25.50 per month, at 3721 Grand Ave in Minneapolis 13th ward. Daughters Kathryn and Ann were with her.

Anna, age 90, died on a Saturday. Her funeral was held at Most Holy Trinity in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She was buried next to her husband in St. Patrick's cemetery, Sheldon, Iowa. 

Family

William Francis Walker b. 20 Mar 1865, d. 16 Sep 1926
Children
Last Edited18 Oct 2015

Citations

  1. [S202] Thomas Ryan, Military Pension File, National Archives,.
  2. [S654] Memorial card.
  3. [S42] O'Brien county marriage record.
  4. [S142] Holy Name christening record.
  5. [S18] Obituary,.
  6. [S8] Tombstone.

Mary V. Ryan McHugh

F, (1872 - 1960)
Father*Thomas Ryan (1833 - 1905)
Mother*Margaret McCabe Ryan (1845 - 1906)
RelationshipAunt of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsRyan/McCabe family
Birth*18 Mar 1872 Carrolton Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1,2 
(Witness) Marriage8 Feb 1893 Hull, Sioux, Iowa (IA), United States (US); Groom=Anthony Quinn, Bride=Anna Cecilia McCabe Quinn Curtis3 
Marriage*6 Nov 1895 Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa (IA), United States (US); Groom=Edward E. McHugh, Witness=William Henry Ryan, Witness=Katherine Henrietta Ryan McCarthy, priest=Rev. P. F. Farrelly4 
Married Name6 Nov 1895 McHugh [Ryan] 
Death*15 Feb 1960 Watertown, Codington, South Dakota (SD), United States (US); carcinoma of rectum1,5 
Note*16 Feb 1960 obituary: Watertown (South Dakota) Public Opinion, Tuesday 16 February 1960/p10.5 
Burial*17 Feb 1960 Saint Mary's Cemetery, Watertown, Codington, South Dakota (SD), United States (US)1,5 
Biography* Mary Ryan McHugh, 1872-1960:
Mary, born in Carrolton township, Fillmore County, Minnesota, grew up in Sioux County, Iowa. She was married to Ed McHugh at St. Patrick's in Sheldon, Iowa by the Rev P. F. Farrelly with her siblings William & Kittie Ryan serving as witnesses. After their marriage, Mary and Ed farmed in Sioux County, Iowa. First in Grant Township and later in Floyd Township. At one time, they owned a hotel and saloon in Ocheyedan, Osceola County, Iowa. Mary and Ed moved to Watertown in Codington County, South Dakota in 1903 and by 1920 were living at 304 First Avenue. In 1930, her husband died in 1928, Mary was living with widow A. H. Amy at 719 3rd St NW in Watertown's 2nd ward. Later, she lived with her daughter, Mrs. Scott Crichton.

Mary, 87, died at the Watertown hospital of carcinoma of the rectum. At the time of her death, Mary's residence was listed as Scott's Hotel, Watertown. Her funeral was held at Immaculate Conception Church. Mary was survived by one daughter, one grandson, three great grandchildren and three sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son and one grandson. 

Family

Edward E. McHugh b. 12 Jun 1863, d. 22 Nov 1928
Children
Last Edited22 Sep 2018

Citations

  1. [S114] Codington county death record.
  2. [S202] Thomas Ryan, Military Pension File, National Archives,.
  3. [S57] Skamania county marriage record.
  4. [S42] O'Brien county marriage record.
  5. [S18] Obituary,.

Ellen F. Ryan

F, (1879 - 1962)
Father*Thomas Ryan (1833 - 1905)
Mother*Margaret McCabe Ryan (1845 - 1906)
RelationshipAunt of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsRyan/McCabe family
Name Variation Nellie 
Birth*26 Mar 1879 Grant Tp, Sioux, Iowa (IA), United States (US)1 
Death*11 Jan 1962 Davison, South Dakota (SD), United States (US); acute pulmonary congestion, diab2,3 
Burial*15 Jan 1962 Saint John's Cemetery, Plankinton, Aurora, South Dakota (SD), United States (US)4 
Note*18 Jan 1962 obituary (Aurora County) South Dakota Mail, Thursday 18 January 1962/p.1/c.24 
Biography* Nellie F. Ryan, 1879-1962:
Nellie lived at home until her mother died. After that unhappy event, she lived with her brother Will in Alexandria, South Dakota. No record of her after Will moved to Mitchell, South Dakota until 1930 when Nellie is living with her sister Nonie Maher in Aurora County, South Dakota.

Nellie lived the rest of her life in Plankinton. She never married and died, at age 82, of acute pulmonary congestion - heart falure and diabetes. 
Last Edited6 Mar 2016

Citations

  1. [S202] Thomas Ryan, Military Pension File, National Archives,.
  2. [S112] Aurora county burial permit.
  3. [S95] Davison county death record.
  4. [S18] Obituary,.

Thomas J. Ryan Jr

M, (1881 - 1929)
Father*Thomas Ryan (1833 - 1905)
Mother*Margaret McCabe Ryan (1845 - 1906)
RelationshipUncle of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsRyan/McCabe family
Birth*18 Nov 1881 Grant Tp, Sioux, Iowa (IA), United States (US)1 
(Witness) Marriage8 Feb 1910 Alexandria, Hanson, South Dakota (SD), United States (US); Bride=Hanora Hortense Ryan Maher, Groom=Edward Francis Maher2,3 
Death*1929 4 
Biography* Thomas J. Ryan, 1881-1929:
After the home farm in Jasper Township, Hanson County, South Dakota was sold on 23 January 1907, Thomas was boarding on Main Street in Alexandria and supporting himself by doing odd-jobs. Don't know what happened to him after that. According to family lore he was considered something of a black sheep. Also according to family lore, Thomas died in 1929. But, have no clue as to where, when or under what circumstances. His death has not been recorded by the Coyote State of South Dakota during the years 1920 through 1939. 
Last Edited3 Sep 2018

Citations

  1. [S202] Thomas Ryan, Military Pension File, National Archives,.
  2. [S113] Hanson county marriage record.
  3. [S18] Obituary,.
  4. [S1621] Family lore.

Hanora Hortense Ryan Maher

F, (1886 - 1974)
Father*Thomas Ryan (1833 - 1905)
Mother*Margaret McCabe Ryan (1845 - 1906)
RelationshipAunt of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsRyan/McCabe family
Name Variation Nonie 
Birth*14 Mar 1886 Iowa (IA), United States (US)1 
Marriage*8 Feb 1910 Alexandria, Hanson, South Dakota (SD), United States (US); Groom=Edward Francis Maher, Witness=Thomas J. Ryan Jr, priest=Rev. M. Traynor, Witness=Anna F. Maher2,3 
Married Name8 Feb 1910 Maher [Ryan] 
Death*28 Jul 1974 Mitchell, Davison, South Dakota (SD), United States (US)4,5 
Note* obituary (newspaper name and date unknown).3 
Burial*31 Jul 1974 Saint John's Cemetery, Plankinton, Aurora, South Dakota (SD), United States (US)3,4 
Biography* Nonie Ryan Maher, 1886-1974:
Nonie's obituary (author unknown) lists her birthplace as Preston, Minnesota. This seems unlikely since the family had left Minnesota in 1877 and was living in Sioux County, Iowa when she was born. Circa 1901, the family bought a farm in Hanson County, South Dakota. After her parents died, the farm was soldand Nonie moved to the town of Alexandria in the same county. She was married there to Edward Maher before witnesses T. J. Ryan, her brother, and Anna F Maher, Edward's sister. The couple farmed northwest of Plankinton in Aurora County, South Dakota until Edward's death in 1925. Nonie then moved into Plankinton, where she worked in the telephone office. When her health began to fail, she moved into the Aurora-Brule Home in Plankinton.

In 1974, Nonie Ryan, 88, the last living child of Thomas Ryan and Margaret McCabe, died, on a Sunday, in the Mitchell, South Dakota hospital of senility & arteriosclerosis. Funeral services were conducted the following Wednesday by the Rev. Donald Molumby. Casketbearers were Roger Newell, Edward Nolan, Ephraim Mairose, Lex Weller, Milo Stange and Sylvester Weniger. Preceding Nonie in death were her parents who are buried in Farmer, SD, two brothers, William and Thomas and five sisters, Margaret Ryan, Mrs. W.H. Walker, Mrs. Edward McHugh, Mrs. D.W. McCarthy and Nell Ryan. She was survived by nieces Margaret (Mrs. Scott) Crichton of Watertown, SD and Mrs. Kathryn Koch of Saint Louis Park, MN and a grand niece, Miss Trudy McCarthy of San Francisco, CA. Out-of-town relatives and friends attending the funeral were Mrs. June McCarthy of Sioux Falls, SD, M/M Carrol Hamilton and daughter of Macy, Nebraska, Larry Fredericksen of White Lake, Marie and Rose Schabot of Mitchell, M/M Tom Long of Springfield, South Dakota, M/M L.W. Schabot of Mitchell, M/M Melvin Hess of Dell Rapids, South Dakota. Nonie was laid to rest next to her husband, Edward, and her sister, Nell. Cazer Funeral Home was in charge of arrnagements. 
Last Edited31 Oct 2017

Citations

  1. [S95] Davison county death record.
  2. [S113] Hanson county marriage record.
  3. [S18] Obituary,.
  4. [S112] Aurora county burial permit.
  5. [S96] South Dakota Aurora county death record.

Margaret L. Ryan

F, (1876 - 1894)
Father*Thomas Ryan (1833 - 1905)
Mother*Margaret McCabe Ryan (1845 - 1906)
RelationshipAunt of Thomas Duane McCarthy Sr
ChartsRyan/McCabe family
Birth*20 Apr 1876 Carrolton Tp, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US)1 
Christening21 May 1876 Saint Mary's Church, Chatfield, Fillmore, Minnesota (MN), United States (US); priest=Rev. William Riordan, godmother=Ellen McCabe Laivell, godfather=John Joseph Laivell2 
Death*1894 3,4 
Biography* Margaret Ryan, 1876-1894:
Christened on 21 May 1876 at Saint Mary's in Chatfield, Minnesota by the Rev. William Riordan. Sponsors were her mother's sister, Ellen McCabe Laivell, and the sister's husband, John Laivell. 
Last Edited26 Jun 2009

Citations

  1. [S37] Fillmore county birth record.
  2. [S68] St.Mary's (Chatfield, Minnesota) christening record.
  3. [S202] Thomas Ryan, Military Pension File, National Archives,.
  4. [S402] 1895 state census, Sioux County, Iowa,.