Davenport Democrat; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; Aug 25, 1943

Mrs. Donahue, DeWitt Called
Long Time Resident of Community Dies in Son's Home
     DeWitt, Ia.- Mrs. Mary Ann Donahue, 91, resident of this community several decades, died at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in the home of her son, Joseph, with whom she had lived in recent years.
     Mrs. Donahue was born July 18, 1852, in County Mermanagh [ Fermanagh], Ireland, and came to this country when a girl. Her first years were spent in Boston, Mass., where her marriage to Patrick Donahue took place Sept. 25, 1874. He preceded her in death 19 years.
     The son, Joseph; a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Blanche, also of DeWitt; 24 grandchildren and three great grandchildren survive. Six children preceded her in death. The body is in the L.J. Fitzpatrick home.



Correctionville News; Correctionville, Woodbury, Iowa; January 26, 1911

     Mary Anne Irwin was born in Co. Fermanagh, Ireland, Oct. 13, 1845. She was married in June 1869 to Wm. Dawson of Co. Tyrone, in which county they lived on their own farm until March, 1899, when they decided to come to the United States, as most of their family had preceded them to this country. Her husband only lived two months after their arrival, since which time she has made her home with her two sons and a daughter, Sam, Stewart and Anna Dawson, living two years in Plymouth county and the balance of the time in Cherokee county, Iowa, where the Silent Messenger came and carried her home at 9:20 o'clock p.m., January 12, 1911. She joined the Methodist Episcopal church in early life and remained a faithful Christian.
     Mrs. Dawson leaves nine children, seven sons and two daughters, to mourn her death.