Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, Feb 17, 1939

Jas. Nally Died in City Friday
Aged Citizen. Funeral Held Monday. Was Born in Ireland 82 Years Ago.


James Nally, 82, well known aged Emmetsburg citizen, died at his home in this city Friday following an illness of some duration. Due to his advanced years little could be done to restore the failing man to his usual good health.
The funeral was held Monday at 9:00 a.m. A requiem Mass was celebrated in the St. Thomas Catholic church by the assistant pastor, Father Kavine. The remains were interred in St. John's cemetery. The pall bearers were David Joynt, Thos. Kerwick, Wm. Collins, Joe Joynt, Alfred Muir and James Collins. The Foy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
James Nally was born in Ireland on April 15, 1856. He was 82 years of age at the time of his passing. He came to America at a comparatively early age. Mr. Nally was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Nally of [Galway] Ireland. He was united in marriage October 18, 1894, to Miss Annie Hester. Mr and Mrs. Nally made their home on a farm northwest of Emmetsburg for many years. They moved to Emmetsburg perhaps a quarter of a century ago. Mrs. Nally passed away a number of years ago. The deceased is survived by a daughter, Mrs. J.H. Crawmer of Emmetsburg and three grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Peter Collins, of this city, and by two brothers-Thos. Nally of Emmetsburg and Edward Nally of Kansas City, Mo.
Mr. Nally enjoyed the sincere friendship of a large number of friends in Emmetsburg and among other folks in Palo Alto County who will be saddened to learn of his death. He was a genial, law-abiding citizen. He was a faithful member of his church and did all within his power to further its mission among mankind. His family knew him as a fond husband and father who provided everything within his means for their comfort and well being. Sincere sympathy is extended to those who mourn his passing.

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Daily Times, Davenport, Scott, Iowa, Oct 28, 1895

Mrs. Mary Shields, widow of Richard Shields, passed away this morning at the residence of her son, Thomas, 1426 west Seventh street. She had been in poor health for sometime past, and owing to her advanced age her condition had gradually become more critical until within the past few days it was seen that the end was only a question of a short time. The deceased was an old-time resident of Davenport, having lived here for nearly half a century, and her many good traits of heart and hand won for her many friends who will learn of her death with regret. She was seventy-six years of age, and was born in county Galway, Ireland, coming to Davenport as stated nearly fifty years ago. Five children and one sister, Mrs. John Cavanaugh, all of this city, survive her, the former being Mrs. Ann Vreeland, Thomas, Andrew, John and James.

Daily Times, Davenport, Scott, Iowa, April 22, 1896


This morning at the residence, 1409 Locust street, occurred the death of Mrs. Bridget Kelly, an old lady well known in this city. The deceased was born in County Galway, Ireland, seventy years ago. She came to Iowa in 1864 and has reared a large family in this city. One week ago she was taken with a cold which developed into pneumonia and which finally caused her death. Her husband died some time ago. Seven children are left to mourn her death. Michael, John, Andy and Thomas, living at home, Mrs. M.J. Malloy, 1714 Marquette street, James of Beardstown, Ill., and Mrs. G. Alex of Chicago.
The funeral arrangements have not been completed as the arrival of the relatives who live elsewhere is uncertain and the funeral announcement will therefore be made later.

Daily Times, Davenport, Scott, Iowa, October 7, 1896

At noon today at his home, 1132 Farnam street, occurred the death of Thomas Jones, the veteran drayman, at the age of sixty-four years from diabetes of two or three years standing. The deceased was born in Ireland in 1832 and came to this country nearly half a century ago. He has been long a resident of this city where he was universally respected by all with whom he had acquaintance. His wife and two daughters, Mrs. John Gillen and Maggie, at home, survive him. A brother, P.C. Jones, also survives him.
The funeral will be held from the family residence Friday morning with funeral services at the Sacred Heart cathedral. Interment will be at St. Marguerite's cemetery.

Fonda Times, Pocahontas Co, Thursday, April 4, 1912


    JOHN COSGRIFF the venerable gentleman who has been making his home with
his daughter, Mrs. Frank McCreary,  for several years past died last Sunday
morning after an illness of short duration  While he had been ailing all
winter, it will be remembered that just recently he fell off the porch of the
McCreary residence and it is thought that this hastened his demise.
    John Cosgriff was born in Galway Co. , Ireland on June 21, 1823 died at
Fonda, Iowa on March 31, 1912, age 88 years, eight months and 10 days.  He
came to America in 1844.  He was married to Catherine Machel May 7, 1851 and
to this union 11 children were born, six of whom survived him.  they are
Anthony, homas and William Cosgriff,  Mrs. James Mendenhall  living in
Absarokee, MT.,Mrs. Catherine Brown of WA. state.  and Mrs. Frank McCreary of Fonda, Iowa at whose home he died.
 Funeral services were held at the Columbkill Church in Churdan, April 1st,
1912 after which interment was made at the Cedar Creek Cemetery, 5 miles from
Churdan., at which place his wife had been laid to rest something like 15
years ago.
    Mr. Cosgriff came to Iowa in March, 1858, settling in Cedar Co., where
he resided until March, 1881, when he moved to Big Timber, MT., remaining there
until 1909, when he came home with his daughter, Mrs. Frank McCreary.  On
February 26, 1912, he came with her to Fonda and the same evening he fell off
the porch, receiving injuries that caused his death.  
    He was a man of examplary habits and was loved by all who knew him.  Mr.
& Mrs. McCreary and family are very thankful to their many new found friends
and neighbors  who have so nobly helped them during this time.

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Independence Con. , Buchanan Co, IA, 6 May 1908


   Mrs. Bridget Quinn died Friday May 1, at her home one mile east  of this
city, after a lingering illness. Bridget Burke was born in Athenry, Galway
County, Ireland in 1822.  She was married in 1848 to John Quinn, and five
years later, together John and B. M. Quinn,
  They came to America, settling in Baltimore.  A few years later, they
came to Dubuque and in 1858 removed to Buchanan County, which
has since been Mrs. Quinn's home.  Her husband died Sept. 16, 1895.
  Mrs Quinn was a noble, Christian woman, and was highly respected by all
who knew her.  She leaves to mourn her death, two sons: John , who lives 5
miles east of here, and Robert, who lives 2 1/2 miles north of Winthrop.  A
brother, Thomas Burke, and a sister, Mrs Will Higgins, also survive.
   The funeral occured Monday morning from St. John's church, and was
conducted by Rev. Father O'Dowd.  Interment at the Catholic cemetery.

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Conservative, Buchanan Co, IA,   20 Sept. 1905


John Quinn died at his home one and one half miles East of this city
Friday after an extended illness.
  The deceased was born in Ireland in 1824.  He married Bridget Burke in
1850, they came to America in 1852, and located in Buchanan County in 1855.
Surviving members of his family are his widow and three sons, James of
Denver, Colorado; John, a Byron Twp. farmer, and Robert, who lives near
Winthrop.  Mr. Quinn was a most excellent man of genial  nature and
exemplary life.  He achieved success in the things in life most worth living
for.  He was a consistent member of the Catholic Church and the funeral
occurred from St. John's on Monday with interment at the Catholic Cemetery

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Wednesday morning March 10 at 9:00 occurred the death of Mrs. Ellen Higgins,
after an illness continuing over a period of one year, the last 3 months of
which she was confined to her bed.  Death was due to paralysis of the
bowels.  Miss Ellen Burke was born in Ireland 84 years ago.  She came to
this country in 1854 and lived for a short time in Maryland before coming to
this city.  Here she was married to Wm. Higgins, whose death occured 7 years
ago.  One daughter, Miss Mary Higgins survived to mourn the loss of a
devoted home-loving mother.  A brother, Thomas  Burke, who lives east of
Indep., also survives.  To them is extended the sympathy of their many
friends.  Her only sister, Mrs. John Quinn, died last May.  Mrs. Higgins was
a good Christian woman, and  a faithful member of St. John's Catholic
church, from which place the funeral occurred Fri. morning at 10:00, Rev.
Father Craney officiating.  Out of town relatives and friends were Mr. and
Mrs. Clancy of Dubuque; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kuhn of Walker; Robert Quinn and
Miss Alice Quinn, John Kinney, and Miss Mabel Kinney of Winthrop; Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Duffy and Mrs. Peter Duffy of Fairbank, Mrs. Michels of
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Bulletin Journal  27 Sept. 1896
  A very sad fatality is the death yesterday of Robert Burk, who lived just
east of the city.  Mr. Burk was walking into town to post some letters, when
he was taken with a hemorrhage of the lungs.  When found (about 4 in the
afternoon) he was lying on the Forrester Bridge in an unconscious state.  He
was removed to his home and a doctor was summoned, but death had claimed him
before medical aid arrived.  Mr. Burk was about 66 year of age.  He was born
in Arthenwright, County Galle, Ireland, and came to this country in 1857.
Has been a resident of this county for over 40 years, and is well known as a
quiet, industrious and honorable citizen.  In 1859, he was married to Anna
McLaughlin, of this place, who survives with four children: Mrs. A. Cupman,
of Chicago; Margaret and Rose of New York City; and Robert Burk, Jr., who
lives near the paternal home.  The funeral will occur Saturday morning from
St. John's Church.

Bulletin Journal  Oct. 3, 1896
  The funeral of Robert J. Burke, whose sudden death occurred last week, was
held from St. Joseph's Catholic church last Saturday morning, Rev. O'Dowd
officiating.  The high esteem with which Mr. Burke was held in the community
was attested by the large number who paid their last respect to the dead on
this occasion.  Mr. Burke was born in Co. Galoway, Ireland, 66 years ago.
He was a highly educated man, having taught school in that country before
his removal to America, which occurred in 1857.  He completed his education
in New York, afterward coming to this place.  Mr. Burke was a man whose
sympathies and interests were always enlisted on the side of right, and
possessed those sound principals and sterling qualities which command the
admiration of all.  In his home life, where the true test of manliness is
made, he was a loving husband and father, whose constant thought was for the
happiness and betterment of his wife and children.  His last action in this
world was to carry messages of love to his absent daughters.  When about
three blocks from home, he was taken with hemorrhage of the lungs.  He
turned back and was overtaken by Mr. Moffit, a neighbor, who carried him
home.  He lived about 15 minutes after reaching home, and was conscious to
the last.  He was married to Anna McLaughlin, a native of Co. Armagh,
Ireland, in 1859, who has always been a helpful, loving companion.  Three
daughters: Mrs. A. Copman, Margaret and Rose of Chicago, and a son, Henry,
who lives near home, are also left to mourn the death of their father.

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Bulletin Journal  Aug. 6, 1914
  Thomas A. Burke, a highly respected resident of Independence since 1862,
died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. S. Gibson, east of town, Saturday
morning, Aug. 1, after a three weeks illness of a complications of diseases.
He had always been healthy and a man of great vitality up to his final
illness.  News of his death was received with keen regret by his many
friends.  Funeral services were held in the St. John's  Church Monday
forenoon.  Monsignor J. J. Garland officiated.  Burial was in the Catholic
Cemetery.  Pallbearers were: A. T. O'Brian, John Curran, J. J. Lundy,
William Neer, Richard Keene, and J. D. Moloney.
  Thomas A. Burke, the second youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Burke, was
born in Co. Galway, Ire., in 1830.  He sailed from Liverpool in the spring
of 1854, reaching NY City on 5-22-1854.  He resided in New York for 8 years,
leaving there on 2-14-1862 and coming west to Iowa as far as Dubuque by
rail, and from there to Independence by stage coach.  He settled on a farm
one mile east of this city, where he has since lived.  He was one of a
family of five children, all of the others, Mrs. John Quinn, Sr., Mrs. Wm.
Higgins, James and Robert Burke, having passed away.  Mr. Burke was married
to Miss Bridget Moran in New York
in 1859.  After coming here, Mr. Burke followed the vocation of farming
until 15 years ago when he retired.  His wife died on 2-4-1901, since which
time he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Gibson.  To Mr. and Mrs.
Burke were born three children, Henry and Catherine, who died in infancy,
and Mrs. Maria D. Gibson, of Independence.  Mr. Burke also leaves to mourn
his death eight grandchildren: Mrs. Robert Duffy, Fairbank; Misses Katherine
Gibson, Cedar Rapids; Anna, Burlington; Nellie, Sioux City; Leone,
Josephine, and Mabel at home, and Thomas A. Gibson of Turner, Wisconsin.
All except Thomas were present at the funeral.  Other out-of-town relatives
and friends at the funeral were: Mrs. Ed. Ehrler, son, and daughter; Robert
Duffy, Fairbank; Mrs. Robert Burke, Chicago; Mssrs and Mesdames Henry Burke,
Hazelton; Andrew Kuhn, Walker; and Peter Duffy, Oelwein, Miss Genevieve
Greeley, Chicago; Robert Quinn and Frank Kinney, Winthrop.
  Mr. Burke was a life long member of the Catholic Church, he was an
industrious man of steady, frugal habits, he made a success oh his farming
work, won the friendship of a large circle during long years of residence in
this county and at his death, his many friends keenly sympathize with the
sorrowing relatives in the death of this good man.

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Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; Sunday, May 30, 1926

    Mrs. Bridget Gerety died at her home, 1228 College avenue, at 3:30 p.m.
Friday after a short illness. Until a few days ago she had been enjoying
good health.
     She was born in County Galway, Ireland, March 21, 1871, coming to
Davenport 30 years ago, direct from Ireland. She was married to Andrew
Gerety, Aug. 18, 1900 at Peoria, who preceded her in death a number of years
ago. Surviving are two sons, Andrew and Francis, both of Davenport and three
sisters, and two brothers, Mrs. P.H. Timothy, Mrs. John Gould, Davenport,
and Mrs. Patrick Britten of Ireland; Thomas J. Conboy, Davenport, and Mark
Conboy of Ireland.
     The body was taken to the Stapleton mortuary and was removed to the
late home Saturday afternoon, where the funeral will be held Monday at 8:30
a.m. to Sacred Heart cathedral at 9. Interment will be in St. Marguerite's

Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; Monday, May 31, 1926

The Gerety Funeral
     Funeral services for Mrs. Bridget Gerety were held this morning from
the late home, 1228 College avenue, to Sacred Heart cathedral at 9 o'clock.
The Rev. Richard Egan celebrated a requiem high mass, pronounced the burial
absolution, and also officiated at the grave side in St. Marguerite's
     The pallbearers were H.E. Mennen, John Coughlin, William Maher, J.C.
Garvey, John Leahy, and Frank McDermott.

[ Note: in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index Bridget Conboy married
Andrew GERATY August 18, 1900 in Henry Co, IL. Certificate number 6679. Vol.
2 pg. 231]