What Was Happening in History During This Time?
At the turn of the century, the descendants of James and Bridget and Patrick and Phoebe Grannan are now in 8 distinct and separate families in Reeve Township, Daviess County, Indiana.
James Grannan and Catherine Murphy Family
Owen Clark and Mary Ellen Grannan Family
Michael Cahill and Bridget Grannan Family
George Grannan and Mary Alice Buckley Family
John Fanning and Margaret Elizabeth Grannan Family
Patrick E. Grannan and Bridget Tucker Family
Peter J. Grannan and Helen McGinnis Family
James Murphy and Anna Grannan Family
In 1890 - 1891, Patrick's health was failing and he transferred his lands to his children before he passed away in 1893. According to the Index of Land Deeds compiled by Denise Grannon, and the actual land deeds of Patrick, Peter, and Phoebe that I possess, it appears the families all lived close by on the above lands by ~1891.
I am very interested in anyone who may remember this school or can point me towards more information about it. Please email me using the link at the bottom of these pages.
James Grannan and Catherine Murphy Family. James Grannan (1848 - 1896) married
Catherine Murphy (1849 - 1929) on April 11, 1877. Catherine's gravestone
shows her birthdate as 1850 but a book on cemeteries of
The 1900 Census shows the following
info for this household:
- Catherine Grannan, head of household,
- Patrick, son, 22
- John, son, 18
- Mary, daughter, 14
- Lizzie, daughter-in-law, 23
- Rosa Clark, niece, 8
Four years after James' death, the daughter Mary would die in 1900 at the age of 14 of "lung problems." The headstone pictured here is of James, Catherine, and Mary.
was born 14 Sep 1849 (gravestone shows 1850) in
James and Catherine had three children. Click on the links below to see the Patrick D and John A Grannan family lines:
- Patrick D. Grannan January 4, 1880 - August 11, 1914
- John A. Grannan 23 June 1881 - 17 Jul 1947
- Mary Grannan 1886 - December 15, 1900 (14 years of age)
The Owen Clark and Mary Ellen Grannan Family:
Mary Ellen Grannan was born 28 June 1849 and was baptized on 15 Jul 1849 in St. Peter's church where she is listed in Book 1, page 116-2. She married Owen Clark 1 May 1877 in Daviess County. Her baptism record from St. Peter's says she was baptized in St. Patrick's, recorded in St. Peter's. St. Peter's Bk 1, 116-2. Her parents were James and Feby Ann Mullin. (Patrick maybe??). Sponsors were Martin Fitzpatrick and Mary Grannan.
The Martin County, Indiana Index to Birth Records A-Z 1882-1920 , Page 36 shows a "Clark Owen J Mary E Grannon M W Dec 26 1886 COH- 1 182". This shows that in 1886 they lived in Martin County when one child was born.
In 1898 Mary Ellen was listed in the History of The Catholic Church in Indiana on pages 653-654. It states she is the "Widow of Owen Clarke, Resident of Logootee." Therefore I know that Owen died sometime before 1898. Further, Bridget Grannan's obituary does not list her as a surviving sister in 1930, so I can assume that Mary Ellen passed away before 1930.
Additionally, the 1900 census of Reeve Township shows Phoeba Grannan as having 8 children with 6 still alive. But it also shows Clark children living in Peter's house (2) and Catherine's house (1). I know James was one child that died before 1900, so Mary Ellen must have been the other. If her husband Owen died sometime before 1898, and Mary Ellen died by 1900, it explains why the Clarke children were living with relatives.
But I have no further information then this. If anyone has anything to add to this line, please drop me a line and let me know.
The Michael Cahill and Bridget Grannan Family
Bridget was born in 1852. I
surmised this from the 1870
She married Michael Cahill on 22 Oct
1873. Michael Cahill was born approx 1852 and his father was an
They had 4 children:
Ann Theresa Cahill (8 Dec 1882 – 2 Jun 1971)
George William Cahill (19 Aug 1885 - 1961)
Unknown Cahill (married Lewis Dant)
Unknown Cahill (married John Zinkan) possible name is Mayme
I also beleive there may be a 5th child
Cleophus Cahill (9 Jul 1887 - ?)
However, Michael Cahill's obituary only lists 4 children.
died 16 Dec 1911 and Bridget died 7 Mar 1930. This family is buried in
St. Peter’s Cemetary in
George W. Cahill married Mary E. Unknown. They had at least one child. Mildred Cahill (1912 – 27 Nov 1913) who is buried next to them in St. Peter's. This is all the information I have on them.
The George Grannan and Mary Alice Buckley Family
George Grannan, son of Patrick Grannan and Phoebe Mullen, was born in 1853. He married Mary E. Walsh in 1886. Mary Walsh was born May 21, 1866, making her 20 years old at the time of her marriage to George. However, only two years into their marriage, Mary would die on December 8, 1888 at the age of 22. I found her death listed on an index of Daviess County Death Records but I don't have the actual death certificate or their marriage certificate. I would like to find out how she died.
So far, I have found no record of any children from this marriage. Below is a picture of Mary Ellen Walsh's headstone and her obituary from 1888. The obituary is not a very good copy, so it is posted here as a thumbnail picture. Click on the thumbnail picture to bring up the actual obituary.
After the death of his first wife (Mary Walsh), George Grannan married Mary
Alice Buckley on 3 May 1892 and had 8 children, one of which died at
birth. I have a record of an unmarked grave in St. Patricks’ Cemetary of an "infant son of George Grannan"
that died at birth on November 6, 1904. George Grannan died on January
21, 1913 in
Click here to see the more info on the George Grannan line
The John Fanning and Margaret Elizabeth Grannan Family
Margaret Grannan was born 2 Oct 1855 and was baptized 15 Oct 1855 in St. Patrick's church (recorded in St. Peter's). She married John Fanning 15 Nov 1887.
record has her names as "Margaret Elizabeth Padget"
but shows parents as Patrick Grannan and Phoebe Ann Mullen. Also Peter's
obituary lists her as a surviving sister living in
John Fanning was a hardware merchant in Barr/Reeve township. He is also listed in the Daviess County Democrat Vol. 17, No. 8. Saturday, January 12, 1884 as "Fanning J. H. J. P., of Barr twp."
I have no information on any children from them. If anyone has any further information on this please let me know.
The Patrick E. Grannan and Bridget Tucker Family
Patrick was a farmer and a member of the Fanning Hardware Company (see the 1860 page for more interesting information on Patrick and Bridget).
Click here to see the Patrick E. Grannan line.
The Peter J. Grannan and Helen McGinnis Family. (my great-grandfather) was born in 1859 (see previous section on 1860s).
The James Murphy and Anna Grannan Family. Anna was also known as Annie and is listed as Annie Grannon in her marriage record. Her Baptism record at St. Patrick's on 20 Oct 1867 shows Patrick and Phoebe as parents. However, she could be the mysterious "Agnes Fitzpatrick" noted on the 1870 census.
She married James Murphy on 11 Apr 1893. They had two children: One born 9 Apr 1900, and one born 22 Mar 1907. I show in the index of land deeds that James Murphy owned 80 acres in Reeve township. See map above of family locations.
Also, during my research in
The only other information I have on Anna Grannan is that she moved to Indianapolis by 1929, since she is listed as a surviving sister living in Indianapolis in 1929 in Peter's obituary. If anyone has any further info, please let me know.....
Or view by family info:
1. Patrick D. Grannan (Individual Family page)
2. John A. Grannan (Individual Family page)
D. George Grannan (Individual Family page)
1. Blanche Grannan (Individual Family page)
F. Patrick E. Grannan (Individual Family page)
1. Leo J. Grannan (Individual Family page)
2. (Individual Family page)
G. Peter J. Grannan (Individual Family page)
1. Walter Grannan (Individual Family page)
H. Anna Grannan
II. Mary Grannan
III. James Grinnon
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