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Darby O'Dea

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Knocklong, Limerick, Ireland
Death: circa February 12, 1882 (65-81)
IL, USA
Place of Burial: Camp Grove, IL, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas O'Dea and Ellen O'Dea
Husband of Johanna Day
Father of Mary Hickey

Managed by: Linda Marie Kamins
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Immediate Family

About Darby O'Dea

Birth* Darby Day was born circa 1806 in Knocklong, County Limerick, Ireland.

He was the son of Thomas Day and Ellen _____.

Marriage* Darby Day married Johanna Murnane, daughter of James Murnane and Catherine Mary Flynn, on February 6, 1842 in St. Ailbe's Church, Emly, County Tipperary, Ireland. The couple were married "in the presence of" James Murnane (Johanna's father), Patrick Murnane perhaps Johanna's brother who was married to Ann Adams) and Hannah Adams (perhaps Darby's sister).1

Living* Darby Day and Johanna Murnane were living in 1842 in Kilteely, County Limerick, Ireland.

Emigration* Darby Day emigrated on April 10, 1848 from Galway, County Galway, Ireland.2,3,4,5

Immigration* He immigrated on May 11, 1848 to New York, New York.6

Change Res* Sometime around 1848, Darby and his family moved from New York on westward ending up in Minden Township, Montgomery County, New York. Although this was promarily a German community, he may have earned a living in the linen mills in the area.

Cen-Head* Darby Day was head of household on the US Census Population Schedule 1850 of September 14, 1850, Minden Township, at Montgomery County, New York.7

Change Res Around 1852, Darby and his family continued moving westward ending eventually in the small town of Henry, Marshall County, Illinois.

Land Purchase* On May 1, 1857, Darby purchased a home in Henry, Illinois, from Robert Davis for $95.00 (Lot 31 in Davis Addition). Note that filing date was November 27, 1871, the same date he filed for the sale of this property.8

Cen-Head* Darby Day was head of household on the US Census Population Schedule 1860 of June 4, 1860 at Henry, Marshall County, Illinois.9

Tax Record* On March 1, 1864, Darby paid state and local taxes. Included in the list of items for which he was taxed are 1 dog, $244 assessed value and $232 equalized value on his house. His taxes were State $0.74, County $1.18, Bridge $0.79 and School District $1.32. Darby did not pay his taxes himself; they were paid by Henry Kline of Henry,Illinois.10

Cen-Head* Darby Day was head of household on the Illinois State Census 1865 of July 3, 1865 at Henry, Marshall County, Illinois. No names except the head of household are listed in the census. However, the record indicates that there were one male (Jeremiah) and two females in the household less than 16 (Johanna and Margaret), one male between 10 and 20 (John or James), one female between 40 and 50 (Johanna) and one male between 50 and 60 (Darby).11

Cen-Head* Darby Day was head of household on the US Census Population Schedule 1870 of June 14, 1870, Saratoga Township, at Marshall County, Illinois. Note that although Darby and his family are now living in Saratoga Township in Marshall County, he has not yet sold his home in Henry Marshall County), Illinois.12

Land Sale* Darby sold his home in Henry to John Martin on September 22, 1871 for $200.00.8

Cen-Head* Darby Day was head of household on the US Census Population Schedule 1880 of June 8, 1880, Valley Township, at Stark County, Illinois.13

Death* Darby Day died on February 12, 1882 in Valley Township, Camp Grove, Stark County, Illinois.14,15

Burial* He was buried after February 12, 1882 in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Camp Grove, Marshall County, Illinois.16

Note*

Bigraphical Note

Because he took up residence in the Parish of Kilteely and because his first three children were born in that Parish, we should begin our search for Darby O'Dea's origins in this area of County Limerick.

We know very little about Darby other than he was a laborer and that he was probably born early in the 19th century (circa 1810). There is no record of his birth or baptism although birth and marriage records are generally available in this area from 1811. The lack of vital records for Darby may indicate that he was one of the younger children in his family. Given the usual naming conventions of the 19th century for children, we might deduce that Darby's father was Thomas O'Dea (first son) and that his grandfather was John O'Dea (second son). He married Johanna Murnane when he was about 32 years old in St. Ailbe's Church in Emly, County Tipperary, on February 6, 1842.

We know that Johanna Murnane was born and raised in Emly Parish. Besides her marriage record, we also have her baptism record; she was born in April 1819 in the townland of Dromcomoge in the Parish of Emly. Her parents were James Murnane and Catherine Flynn. We also have the marriage record for James and Catherine Murnane; they were married in the Parish of Knocklong on April 3, 1810. The Parishes of Emly and Knocklong abut one another. Dromcomoge, in fact, is almost exactly between the two villages. If we add Kilteely to the map, we end up with a triangle with sides about 5 miles in length.

Although we cannot be certain, James Murnane's parents may have been Thomas and Ellen Murnane, both buried in the churchyard of the Parish of Hospital (about 10 miles east of Kilteely). There is a stone in that graveyard that indicates that it was erected for Thomas and Ellen Murnane by their sons, Phillip and James Murnane of Dromcomoge.

Darby and Johanna left Ireland during the famine to move to America; however, their families would have remained behind. Although there are not many records covering this period in Ireland, one of them, Griffith's Valuation of Ireland, covers the years roughly 1848 to 1864. The Valuation lists land-plots and the individual either living on or renting the land. It does not list spouses or children.

Since Darby and Johanna first settled in Kilteely after their marriage in 1842, we should begin there. However, a careful search of the Valuation shows no Days, O'Days, Deas or O'Deas living in the Parish of Kilteely when the valuation was made. There are, however, a number of Murnanes living there: two Hughs and a Mary in the village and a James in Ballyvouden. (We know that this James is not Johanna's father--see below.)

Moving back to the site of their marriage, in Emly we find two Murnanes (spelled Mournane), both living in the townland of Dromcomoge--Patrick and James. This James Murnane is most certainly the father of Johanna, and Patrick may be his brother. There are no Days, O'Days, Deas or O'Deas living in the Parish of Emly.

Lastly, because it is so close to both Kilteely and Emly, we should take a look at Knocklong. And here we find a large number of people who may have been related to Darby or Johanna. First of all, we find 4 Flynn families; one of these may have been Johanna's grandparents: however, we have no way of determining which family it may be because we do not know the name of her grandfather.

In Knocklong, we also find several Murnanes listed. One of these, Phillip, may have been James Murnane's brother (Johanna's uncle) who was mentioned on the gravestone in Hospital. Given the proximity to Dromcomoge, it is likely that all three, Phillip, Cornelius and Catherine, are relatives of Johanna's.

Most importantly, however, in Knocklong we find listed no less than 6 different Dea's--Andrew, Edmund, Jeremiah, John, Patrick and Thomas--all living in the same Townland of Grange. It may be possible that some or all of these people are relatives of Darby Dea. Note especially that there is both a Thomas and a John Dea living in this Parish,

the names that we postulated as Darby's father and grandfather.

Given what we have found in the Valuation, perhaps we might postulate the following. We know that Johanna was born and raised in Dromcomoge; it may be that Darby was born and raised in the Parish of Knocklong in the townland of Grange. Dromcomoge and Grange are barely five miles apart; Dromcomoge is about 3 miles east of the village of Knocklong and Grange is about 2 miles southwest of Knocklong. One of the Murnanes from Knocklong, Catherine, is also from Grange.

In the early 19th century, marriages in Ireland were arranged. Given the proximity of the two families, and the possible connection between them in the person of Catherine Murnane of Grange, it is possible that a match would have been proposed between Darby and Johanna. It is also likely that their fathers, James Murnane and Thomas Dea, would have known each other since they both had connections to the village of Knocklong and would have met each other at various fairs held in Knocklong during the year.

After their marriage, the young couple would have looked for a place to settle down. In Ireland at this time, the families of the couple may have tried to provide a bit of land where they could build a small cabin and where Darby could assist either his father or father-in-law with farming. However, if Darby was one of the younger children in his family, there may have been no land available for the young couple. In this case, their families would have cast about with various relatives to see if a place for the young couple could be found. We know they ended up in Kilteely, and although there are no Deas in that Parish, there are several Murnanes. Perhaps it was to one of these families that Darby and Johanna went after their marriage.

If Darby was one of the younger children in his family, the likelihood of him inheriting any land after the death of his parents would have been almost nil. It may be that during the period between 1842 and 1845, Darby and Johanna began to think about emigration. When the famine broke out in Ireland in 1845, it could have done nothing but encourage their decision. And lastly, if their first son, Thomas, died in Ireland as an infant in 1847 as a result of famine related illness, there would have been very little to hold them to the land or their families.

Family

Johanna Murnane b. 20 Jul 1819, d. 15 Nov 1902

Marriage* He married Johanna Murnane, daughter of James Murnane and Catherine Mary Flynn, on February 6, 1842 in St. Ailbe's Church, Emly, County Tipperary, Ireland. The couple were married "in the presence of" James Murnane (Johanna's father), Patrick Murnane perhaps Johanna's brother who was married to Ann Adams) and Hannah Adams (perhaps Darby's sister).1

Children

   * Ellen Day+ (circa August 8, 1843 - January 1, 1933)
   * Mary Day+ (circa May 12, 1845 - April 18, 1882)
   * Thomas Day (circa July 20, 1847 - before May, 1848)
   * John Day+ (May 23, 1848 - February 13, 1929)
   * James Day+ (January 29, 1851 - December 11, 1937)
   * Jeremiah Day+ (December 19, 1856 - April 12, 1932)
   * Margaret Day (February 7, 1858 - August 22, 1891)
   * Johanna Day+ (February 11, 1860 - December 1, 1947)

Citations:

  1. [S176] Parish Priest, Marriage and birth records found in the Register of St. Ailbe's Church, Emly, Ireland. (Emly, Ireland: St. Ailbe's Church, continuous and on-going), Parish Register Reference: EY/36. Hereinafter cited as Church Records for St. Ailbe's Church.
  2. [S179] Anonymous, Lloyd’s register of British and foreign shipping (London, England: Cox and Wyman, continuous and on-going through 1913), The following information on the Barbara is given in the annual volumes of "Lloyd's Register of Shipping" for 1846/47 - 1849/50: master: [James] Mackay; owner: Persse & Co; port of registry, Galway; port of survey, Liverpool; destined voyage, New Orleans. The Barbara is last listed in "Lloyd's Register" for 1849/50; no reference to a wreck or other casualty is posted against the entry, so I do not know whether her removal from the "Register" is an indication she was no longer in service, or that she had been sold to other owners, either British or foreign, [who] chose not to continue her registration with Lloyd's.. Hereinafter cited as Lloyd’s register of British and foreign shipping.
  3. [S180] Anonymous, Arrivals (a list of ships arriving in the Port of New York for the day) (New York, New York: The New York Herald, May 11, 1848), "British Bark Barbara. Mackey. Galway, Ire. 32 days in ballast and 250 passengers, to Pierce & Brooks.". Hereinafter cited as Arrivals.
  4. [S181] Anonymous, For the Flourishing City of New York (a series of advertisements) (Galway, Ireland: The Galway Mercury, March 18, March 25, and July 22, 1848). Hereinafter cited as For the Flourishing City of New York.
  5. [S184] Anonymous, For the Flourishing City of New York (advertisement) (Galway, Ireland: The Galway Vindicator, March 18, 1848). Hereinafter cited as For the Flourishing City of New York.
  6. [S178] Ed. Ira A. Glazer, The Famine Immigrants: lists of Irish immigrants arriving at the Port of New York 1846-1851 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1983), Vol. 2 July 1847-June 1848. Hereinafter cited as Famine Immigrants: lists of Irish immigrants.
  7. [S182] United States Census Office, 1850 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Minden Township, Montgomery County, New York (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850), Listed in this Census Record are Darby (34), Johanna (30), Ellen (7), Mary (5) and John (1).. Hereinafter cited as 1850 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Minden Township, Montgomery County, New York.
  8. [S188] County Clerk, Deed and Land Registers for Marshall County, Illinois (Lacon, Illinois: Marshall County Clerk, continuous and on-going). Hereinafter cited as Deed and Land Registers for Marshall County.
  9. [S191] United States Census Office, 1860 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Town of Henry, Marshall County, Illinois (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860), Listed in this Census Record are Darby (50), Johanna (40), John (10), James (8), Darby (Jeremish) (6), Margaret (3) and Johanna (6 months).. Hereinafter cited as 1860 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Town of Henry, Marshall County, Illinois.
 10. [S185] County Clerk, Tax Records, Henry, Illinois (Lacon, Illinois: Marshall County Clerk Office, 1864). Hereinafter cited as Tax Records, Henry, Illinois.
 11. [S938] State of IllinoisCensus Office, 1865 State of Illinois Census, Henry, Marshall County, Illinois (Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Archives, 1865). Hereinafter cited as 1865 State of Illinois Census, Henry, Marshall County, Illinois.
 12. [S190] United States Census Office, 1870 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Saratoga Township, Marshall County, Illinois (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1870), Listed in this Census Record are Darby (55), Johanna (50), James (19), John (21) and Margaret (12).. Hereinafter cited as 1870 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Saratoga Township, Marshall County, Illinois.
 13. [S189] United States Census Office, 1880 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Valley Township, Marshall County, Illinois (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880), Listed in this Census Record are Darby (68), Johanna (60), Jeremiah (24) and Margaret (21).. Hereinafter cited as 1880 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Valley Township, Marshall County, Illinois.
 14. [S177] Anonymous, The Wyoming Post (Wyoming, Illinois: The Wyoming Post, unknown publish date), Died (list of three people who died the previous two weeks). (February 23, 1882).
 15. [S186] Norma Horton and Edith Collee, compilers Margaret Herberger, An Index of St. Patrick's Cemetery (typewritten manuscript) (Toulon, Illinois: Unknown, October 23, 1956), Jeremiah Day, d. February 18, 1882, age 73 yr.. Hereinafter cited as An Index of St. Patrick's Cemetery.
 16. [S186] Norma Horton and Edith Collee, compilers Margaret Herberger, An Index of St. Patrick's Cemetery.
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Darby O'Dea's Timeline

1809
1809
Knocklong, Limerick, Ireland
1845
May 12, 1845
Age 36
Knocklong, Limerick, Ireland
1882
February 12, 1882
Age 73
IL, USA
February 12, 1882
Age 73
Camp Grove, IL, USA