MICHAEL HIGGINS, B. 1832, DIED FEB 28, 1896:
"Death of Michael Higgins. Michael Higgins, for 23 years a respected citizen
of West Township, died at his home there Feb 28 from pneumonia. Mr. Higgins
was born in Co. Leitrim Ireland in 1833 (?); and came to the United States in
1858. He lived in New York City two years (see 1860 Census?), then moved to
Ohio where he stayed one year, then returned to New York. In 1862 he moved to
Illinois, living in Rock Island County 11 years, and from there he came to
Iowa  and to Montgomery Co. in 1872.  He had resided since that time on the
farm he first purchased in West township. Mr Higgins was married in December
1877 to Miss Catherine Ward in Hamburg, IA.   Four children where born to
them, three of whom, two sons and a daughter, are living, the oldest son
dying in 1887.  Mr. Higgins was a member of the Catholic Church. He was
esteemed and respected by all who knew him. His family is left in good
circumstances. The funeral was from St Mary's Church in Red Oak, last
Saturday morning. There was a large attendance."

His tombstone stated that he died aged 65 years.

His death certificate stated that he died February 28, 1895 at 7:30 pm, of
bronchitis, according to the informant, his widow Kate Higgins. He was buried
Mar 2, 1895 from St. Mary's Catholic Church of Red Oak, Iowa.

Michael was married to Catherine Ward b. 17 June 1853 in Co. Monahan, Ireland
and died 15 Feb 1938 at age 84 in Red Oak, Montgomery Co, IA.

In the 1900 Census of Montgomery Co, is listed Peter Ward, Catherine's
brother Peter Ward, brother b Mar 1875 25 single b. Ireland emigrated 1887,
been here 13 years, naturalized, farmer, reads, writes and speaks English.

These great-granduncles of mine were born in Drunkeerren, Co. Leitrim, Ireland and died 
in Red Oak, Montgomery Co., Iowa. 
Being researched by Anne


HUGH HIGGINS (brother of Michael) B. MAR 1832 in Drumkeerin, Co. Leitrim,
Ireland, died 21 Sep 1907 at age 69 in West Township of bronchial pneumonia,
widowed, born Ireland.

He was married to Catherine Ellis, b. 1843, died 15 Oct 1878, Both Hugh and
Catherine are buried in Old St. Marys Cemetery, Red Oak, Montgomery Co, Iowa.

These great-granduncles of mine were born in Drunkeerren, Co. Leitrim, Ireland and died
 in Red Oak, Montgomery Co., Iowa. 
Being researched by Anne




Death Record
Gilheney, Mrs. Mary
79 years old
Born: Ireland   Father Unknown Mother unknown
Occ: Retired
Informant: Mary Tague
DOD: July 6, 1911
Burial: St. Marguerites Cemetery, July 7, 1911 

OBITUARY---Democrat & Leader-July 6, 1911
An attack of apoplexy brought on by the excessive heat is given as the cause of death of Mrs. Mary Gilheney, which occurred at Mercy hospital at 11 o'clock Wednesday night. She had been as well as usual up to a short time before she was found in her room in an unconscious condition, but only lived a short time and never regained consciousness.
She was born in Leithrim, Ireland, in 1832, and come to this country at an early age, living a short time at Providence, R. I. There, she was married to Patrick Gilheney, and moved to Davenport soon after their marriage. She was preceded by him in death 23 years ago, and had made her home for the past 15 years at Mercy hospital.
She is survived by Mrs. N. Reynolds, a sister, of Providence, R.I., and several children and grand children of her brother, Patrick Tague, and sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Flynn, both of whom preceded her in death several years ago.
The funeral will be held Friday morning at 8 o'clock from Sacred Heart Cathedral, with burial at St. Marguerite's cemetery. 

OBITUARY---Daily Times-July 6, 1911
Mrs. Mary Gilheney, an old resident of Davenport, died last night at 11 o'clock at Mercy hospital where she had made her home for the past fifteen years. Mrs. Gilheney had not been in good health lately and yesterday afternoon when one of the sisters went to her room to visit her she found her suffering considerably. She had become enfeebled by the extreme heat and this induced apoplexy, which resulted in her death last night.
Mrs. Gilheney was 79 years and was born in County Leithrim, Ireland. She came to America at an early age and lived in Rhode Island, where she was married at Providence to Patrick Gilheney. They came west soon afterwards and made this their home. Mr. Gilheney died about twenty-five years ago.
The deceased had no children of her own, but shared with her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Flynn and her brother, Patrick Tague, in the care and rearing of their families. She leaves a number of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews in the city to whom her memory is endeared by many acts of loving kindness and solicitude.
Scarcely twenty-four hours before her death in the same hospital building from where her spirit departed there came into the world a tiny little great-grandnephew, the son of Mrs. Albert F. O'Hern, who was the grand-daughter of the sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Flynn.
The nearest surviving relative is Mrs. N. Reynolds of Providence, R.I., a sister of the deceased.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 8 o'clock from the Sacred Heart cathedral, with the interment in St. Marguerite's cemetery. 

OBITUARY---Democrat & Leader-July 11, 1911
Gilheney Funeral
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Gilheney was held this morning at 8 o'clock, from the Mercy hospital, with services at Sacred Heart cathedral at 9 o'clock. Rev. E.T. Jackson, celebrated requiem mass, pronounced the absolution ceremony and preached the funeral sermon. The funeral was, largely attended. The pallbearers are as follows, were all nephews of the deceased: J. A., T. J., Joseph, James, and Raymond Feeney and John Tague. The internment was made in St. Marguerite'

Submitted by Dave Tague

Gravestone photo  lists maiden name as TAGUE and that she was b. in Co. Leitrim
Also, married name listed as GILHEENEY on stone.
Husband, Patrick, also of Leitrim, died Sep 10, 1887 according to stone. See info below.


PATRICK GILHEENY (husband of Mary Tague Gilheeny)
Patrick Gilheeney died Sept. 10, 1887 

Death certificate#
1. Patrick Galena
sex: male  color: white
2. Age: 50 yr - mo - dy -
Occupation: laborer
3. Date of death. Sept 10, 1887
Hour: 12  M. Married
4. Nativity &place where born: Ireland
5. How long resident in this State? 22 years
6. Place of Death: 747 Eastern Ave. Daveenport, Iowa
7. Cause of Death: Typhoid fever
8. Duration of Disease: 18 days
Physician: P. M. Bracelain M. D.
9. Place & date of burial: Sept. 11, 1887
St. Marguerite's Cemetery
Dated at: Sept. 10, 1887
Undertaker: Wm Lavery Co.
Residence: 218 East 4th St., Davenport, Iowa 

OBITUARY---Democrat & Leader-September 11, 1887
GILLENEY-In Davenport, Saturday, Sept. 10, 1887, Patrick Gilleney, late of County Leithrim, Ireland.
Funeral from St. Marguerite's Cathedral at 2 o'clock this (Sunday) afternoon

Submitted by Dave Tague




Death: Davenport, Iowa
Name Elizabeth Flynn
Sex: Female  Color: White
Age: 65 years
Occ: none
Date of Death: December 23, 1891
Marital Status: Widowed
Birthplace: Ireland
How long in this state: 30 years
Place of Death: 408 E. 12th Street
Cause: Pnemonia  Duration: 5 days
Physician: P. M. Bracelain MD
Burial: St. Margeurites Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa
Burial Date: December 23, 1891
Undertaker: James F. Halligan


Obituary-- The Davenport Democrat  December 23, 1891 p. 1
The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Flynn occurred today at 10 o'clock at her home, the residence of her son Thomas Flynn, 406 East Twelfth Street. The deceased was 65 years of age and her death was due to the grippe. She was born in County Leithrim, Ireland, but came to America 30 years ago. She lived first in Providence, R.I., but afterward removed to Davenport. Her surviving children are Thomas Flynn and Mrs. Michael Feeney. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Friday from the Sacred Heart Cathedral with internment at St. Marguerite's cemetery. 

Obituary-Democrat & Leader December 23, 1891 p.3
Mrs. Elizabeth Flynn
Another old resident of Davenport has departed from this life, Mrs. Elizabeth Flynn, who died this morning at her home, 408 E. 12th Street. Thus another of those, whom the prevalent grippe has claimed for its victims. Mrs. Flynn was sick only about a week, having complained of a cold, which afterwards developed into a case of pneumonia, beneath which she sank until death relieved her from from her suffering. She was an estimable woman, beloved by all her acquaintances for her gentleness and kindly spirit. She leaves two children to mourn her loss; a son Thomas, and a daughter, Mrs. Michael Feeney. Mrs. Flynn was a native of Ireland and had reached the age of 65 years. She was a resident of Davenport for 30 years. Funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from Sacred Heart Cathedral. 

Obituary--Catholic Messenger December 25, 1891 page 5

Death of a Good Woman

During the past year death has gathered in a rich harvest of our old and much respected Catholic settlers and none more esteemed than Mrs. Elizabeth Flynn whose death occurred Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the residence of her son Mr. Thomas Flynn, 408 East Twelfth street, after an illness of about one week with pneumonia. Deceased was born in County Leithrim, Ireland, in 1827 immigrated to Providence at an early age and came to Davenport about thirty years ago, and this city has since been her home. She leaves many warm friends who admired in her the many noble traits of her character. She was a consistent and steadfast Catholic and after long years spent in performing faithfully the duties of her life, has gone to receive the promised reward. She leaves to mourn her death two children, Mrs. Michael Feeney and Mr. Thomas Flynn. The funeral will take place from Sacred Cathedral at 2 o'clock P. M. Friday. Interment will be at St. Marguerite's cemetery. May her soul rest in peace.

Submitted by Dave Tague




OBITUARY---Democrat & Leader- August 23, 1906
At 8 o'clock Wednesday morning at his home, 707 Eastern avenue, occurred the death of Patrick M. Tague. The deceased was born in Ireland and was 75 years of age. He is survived by two children, Mary and James,and a sister, Mrs. Mary Gilleney. 

OBITUARY---Daily Times-August 22, 1906
The death of P.M. Tague occurred at 8 o'clock this morning, at his home, 707 Eastern avenue. The deceased was 75 years of age. He is survived by two children, Mary and James, and a sister Mrs. Mary Gilleney.
The funeral will be held at the Sacred Heart cathedral at 9 o'clock. Internment will be in St. Marguerite's cemetery. 

OBITUARY---Catholic Messenger-August 30, 1906
The death of Patrick M. Tague occurred at his home, 707 Eastern avenue on Wednesday after a lingering illness. He was born in Ireland seventy-five years ago. Two children, Miss Mary and James, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Gilleney, survive him.
The funeral was held Friday morning with services at the Sacred Heart cathedral at 9 o'clock. Rev. Joseph O'Donnell officiated. Frank Boyler, David Gainey, Matthew Flynn, John Moore, and Joseph Feeney. Burial was made in St. Marguerite's cemetery.

 Submitted by Dave Tague


Davenport Weekly Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Oct 17, 1899

     Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the residence 417 West Eighth street occurred the death of Patrick M. Heeney. Deceased was but eighteen years of age. He was born in County Leitrim, Ireland and came to this state when but two years of age.
     He was a bright young man and had the foundations laid for a liberal education. He attended St. Anthony's school and later entered St. Ambrose college where he continued his studies.
     Deceased is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ann Heeney, and Mrs. John Mannion, Miss B. Heeney, Miss Lizzie Heeney and Miss Nellie Heeney, sisters and John Heeney, a brother.
     The funeral will be held from the residence with services at St. Athony's church at 3 o'clock Monday morning. Interment at St. Marguerite's cemetery.


Ruthven Free Press ; Ruthven, Palo Alto, Iowa; Wednesday, October 23, 1918 

    Patrick Geelan died at his home at Ayrshire early Saturday morning. He suffered from rheumatism for many years and for a long time was not able to leave his house. The latter part of the week he seemed to be improving some but early Saturday morning he took a change for the worse and he did not linger long. The funeral was held on Monday. Services were conducted at Sacred Heart church at that place. The pastor, Father Lynch, officiated. At the close of the mass, he preached an impressive sermon calling attention to the many admirable traits of Mr. Geelan, his love of his faith and his sincerity in practicing it. The burial was in the parochial cemetery. The pallbearers were John McBride, Martin B. Kane, Martin Conry, Peter Waldron, James Hagan, and Dennis Noona.. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends.
    Patrick Geelan was born at Mohil, in the county of Leitrim, Ireland, in 1836. Hence he was eighty-two years of age. In 1862 he came to the United States. He resided in Illinois for a number of years. He was married at Wilmington, that state to Miss Anna Doyle. Mr. and Mrs. Geelan came to Iowa in 1884. They located on a farm in Highland township where they resided for many years. They were economical, energetic and thrifty and they became prosperous. Mrs. Geelan died on May 15, 1915. During the past few years Mr. Geelan and his son James resided at Ayrshire. The deceased is survived by his only son. His brother Michial resides at Ruthven.-- Democrat.