Scott Co, Iowa USGenWeb Project

Descendants of Patrick McGovern

Patrick McGovern, born 1810 in Ireland.  He married 40. Elizabeth (---), born 1807 in Ireland; died 2 Jan 1860; buried in Long Grove, Scott, Iowa.
 
Notes for Patrick McGovern
    US Census DeWitt Twp. Clinton Co. 5 June 1880 day laborer living with family of Augustus Verstreet age 70

    Children of Patrick McGovern and Elizabeth (---) were as follows:
    23  i   Anne Catherine McGovern, born 24 Dec 1836 in Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ireland; died 26 Dec 1923 in De Witt, Clinton, Iowa; buried 28 Dec 1923 in De Witt, Clinton, Iowa.  She married on 7 Feb 1861 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa August Verstreet, born 8 May 1827 in Kanegem, West Flanders, Belgium; christened ; died 20 Nov 1907 in De Witt, Clinton, Iowa; buried 22 Nov 1907 in De Witt, Clinton, Iowa, son of Jacobus Verstraeten and Francisca Goethals.
        ii  Elizabeth McGovern, born Dec 1844/49 in Ireland; died Jun 1902; buried in Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa.  She married on 12 Oct 1875 in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois Michael J. Tiby, born 20 Jun 1840/42 in Herbertstown, Limerick, Ireland; died 21 Apr 1903; buried in Dunlap, Harrison, Iowa.
        iii Mary McGovern, born Aug 1848 in Ireland.  She married in 1868/69 James McCabe, born 10 Mar 1849 in Ireland.

Submitted by: Michael J. Kearney
              1135 5th Avenue North
              Clinton, Iowa 52732

e-mail:  Michael.Kearney.WG64@Wharton.UPenn.edu
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JAMES KEARNEY & BRIDGET WALSH

I am researching the following ancestors who lived in Davenport and Scott County in the mid 19th century.

James Kearney, born 1817 in Ireland; died 13 Jun 1897 in Welton Township, Clinton, Iowa.  He married (1) Julia (---), born 1812; died 10 Oct 1844 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa; (2) on 22 Jul 1845 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa 17. Bridget Walsh, born 1813 in Kilkemile Parish, Tipperary, Ireland; died 13 Dec 1878; buried in De Witt, Clinton, Iowa.
 
Notes for James Kearney
    From: "The Search for Missing Friends - Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot" Volume II 1851-1853 p. 26 8 March 1851.  Of Jeremiah Dunigan, from parish My Ross, Roscarbery, Co. Cork, when last heard of he was in New Orleans.  Information on him will be thankfully received by his sister, Johanna, or his cousin, John Burk, care of Mr. James Kearney, Davenport, Iowa.
   
    MARRIAGE: License Number 178 p. 48 September 20, 1845 J.A.M. Pelamourgues.  Ceremony performed on 22 July 1845 Page 5 Marriage Book 1839-1882.
   
    NATURALIZATION: Scott County District Court Volume C, p. 186 Tuesday 31 October 1848. Swore intention to be naturalized Friday 14 March 1845.
   
    1850 US Census taken 22 August 1850 lists James as 30, A cartman with Real Estate valued at $350 in District No. 4 of Scott Co.
1860 US Census show James Kearney to be 45 years old.
1870 US Census shows James Kearney to be 50 years old property worth $6,000.
   
    Joyce Giaquinta, Manuscript Librarian of the Iowa State Historical Department in Iowa City, wrote on July 31, 1980 - Enclosed are copies of the tax record for James Karney for 1854 and 1853.  He was also listed in 1849, 1850 and 1851 with the same property.  In 1849 he had 2 cows valued at $16, 4 hogs, valued at $4.  He paid $1.25 tax including poll tax.  In 1851 he had 1 cow, 1 horse and 1 pleasure carriage.  The value of the 40 acres was $80 in 1849 and $140 in 1851. 
There were town lots listed in Davenport in 1849 and 1851 which do not appear in 1853.  He owned lots 6 and 7 in Block 52, valued at $25 in 1849 and $300 in 1851.  Part of the section was SW1/4 SE1/4 of Section 2 Twp 78 Range 3 valued at $400 in 1853.  In 1854 he had lot 6 in Block 52 valued at $600.
   
    On 11 February 1847 Harvey & Pelagil Leonard conveyed to James Kearney lots 6 and 7 in block No. 52 in the City of Davenport for $100.  This was recorded on p. 246 on 13 February 1847.  On 24 April 1855 James & Bridget Kearney conveyed to Ellen Fitzgerald lot 6 in Block No. 52 on Rock Island Street of Davenport for $1,000
   
    On 1 February 1848 the United States of America conveyed to James Kearney the SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 2 in Twp. 78N of Range 3 of the 5th Principal Meridian 40 acres Certificate 4784.
   
    In the county election for coroner of August 1851, J. Carney, the Democrat, defeated T.V. Blakemore, the Whig 447 voes to 418 votes.  In the election for coroner of August 1853, James Karney, the Democrat was defeated by L.B. Collamer, the Temperance Party candidate, 883 votes to 347 votes.  History of Scott County Iowa Interstate Publishing Co. Chicago 1882
   
    On 9 March 1854 Samuel & Ann Hoffmann conveyed to James Kearney a strip of land 15 ft. wide along the north side of SE 1/4 of SE of section 2 in Twp 78 N of Range 3 east of 5th Principal Meridian.  Kearney agreed to build a good and substantial fence along the south line of the strip of land.  p. 188 Book "L" of Deeds.
   
    On 7 April 1854 James & Bridget Kearney conveyed to Hans Detlef Hamann the SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 2 of Twp. 78 No of Range 3 East of the 5th PM containing 40 acres also a strip of land 15 feet wide along the North Side of the SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 same as purchased from Samuel Hoffmann for $1,000 recorded on p. 245 of Book "L" of Land Deeds.
   
    Iowa State Census Township of DeWitt Volume 40 Page 354 Line 182 Census returns filed July 28, 1856
   
    1860 US Census page 140 taken 1 August 1860 in Welton Twp. of Clinton Co. lists James as 45 years with Real Estate valued at $500.
   
    1870 US Census page 24 taken 28 July 1870 in DeWitt Twp. of Clinton Co. lists James as 50 years with real estate valued at $5,000 and personal property valued at $1,800.
   
    1880 US Census page 30 taken 17 June 1880 in DeWitt Twp. of Clinton Co. lists James as 65 years old.  His is living with his son's family.
   
    OBITUARY: Clinton Herald Tuesday 15 June 1897.  DeWitt, June 14, James Kearney, Sr., an old settler of the State since 1844, and of this county since 1854, died at his residence seven miles west of DeWitt, in Welton township, Sunday morning, age 80 years and three months.  He was born in Ireland and came to Philadelphia in 1840, and thence to Scott County near Davenport, as above noted.  He was at one time in the early 50's coroner of that county.  He leaves one son, James, Jr., and his family on the home place, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. John Stephens of DeWitt, and many friends mourn his demise.
 
Notes for Julia (---)
    Funeral Record: St. Anthony's Church Records Journal of J.A.M. Pelamourgues
1838-1866 Died on 10 October 1844 of Billious Fever
 
Notes for Bridget Walsh
    1850 US Census taken 22 August 1850 lists Bridget as 35 years old, born in Ireland.
   
    1860 US Census page 140 Welton Twp. Clinton Co. taken 1 August 1860 lists Bridget as 48 years old, born in Ireland.
   
    1870 US Census page 24 DeWitt Twp. Clinton Co. taken 28 July 1870 lists Bridget as 55 years old, born in Ireland.
   
    BURIAL: St. Joseph's Cemetery, De Witt, Iowa.

    Children of James Kearney and Julia (---) were as follows:
        i   James Francis Kearney, born 26 Sep 1844 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa; died .   Notes: Page 9 of the baptismal records of Father Pelamourgues of St. Anthony's Church.

    Children of James Kearney and Bridget Walsh were as follows:
    8   i   James Kearney, born 23 Jul 1849 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa; christened 24 Jul 1849 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa; died 13 Dec 1927 in De Witt, Clinton, Iowa; buried in De Witt, Clinton, Iowa.  He married on 6 Jan 1877 in Lanesboro, Fillmore, Minnesota Susan R. Crowley, born 7 Mar 1858 in Lanesboro, Fillmore, Minnesota; died 24 Dec 1925; buried in De Witt, Clinton, Iowa, daughter of James Crowley and Mary Ellen Burke.
        ii  Mary Ann (adopted) Eberhardt, born 10 Apr 1849 in Murg, Switzerland; died 23 Jul 1924 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa; buried 25 Jul 1924 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa.  She married in 1875 John B. Stevens, born 5 Mar 1825 in Belgium; died 22 Apr 1910; buried in Davenport, Scott, Iowa.   Notes: 1850 Census taken 22 August 1850 lists Mary Ann Everhart as 7 years old, born in Germany. 1860 Census taken 1 August 1860 lists Mary as 12, born in Switzerland. OBITUARY: Mrs. Mary Ann Stevens, a resident of Davenport for the past 25 years, died at the family home, 1001 East 29th Street, Wednesday at 1 o'clock, after an illness extending over the past two weeks, although she had been ailing for some time.  She was born in Murg, Switzerland, April 10, 1849, and was 79 years of age.  She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. J. H. Dvorak of Hawkeye, Iowa, Mrs. H.W. Fert of Davenport, Iowa, Mrs. W.H. Walter and Miss Mary Black of Davenport also.  One step-son Peter Stevens of Moline, also survives, and one step-daughter, Mrs. Alphone Searns of Mineral, Illinois.  There are also eight grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Friday from the family home, 1001 East 29th Street, at 8.:30 o'clock, to St. Paul the Apostle Church at 9 A.M.  Interment will be made in St. Marguerite's Cemetery.

Submitted by:  Michael J. Kearney
               1135 5th Avenue North
               Clinton, Iowa 52732

e-mail:   Michael.Kearney.WG64@Wharton.UPenn.edu
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