Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Patrick & Johannah (Genan) McGraw



My great-great-great grandparents, Patrick and Johannah (Genan) MCGRAW are buried in Saint Edwards Catholic Cemetery in Afton, Iowa.

PATRICK MCGRAW and wife, JOHANNA, both born in County Clare, Ireland, came to the United States before 1855 and worked on the railroad in Pennsylvania until 1865, when he moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, where he farmed until he moved to Ringgold County, Iowa, north of Beaconsfield.

Both are buried at Afton. He died February 25, 1888, age 80 years. She died September 17, 1901, age 82 years.

Children: JOHN; MICHAEL; PATRICK; BRIDGET, who became SISTER MARY AMELIA, Sisters of Charity of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; JAMES; THOMAS; MARTIN.[1]
SOURCES:

1 "A History of the Catholic Church, Decatur County, Iowa: Together with Biographical Sketches of Early Families, Priest and Mother Parishes" By Edward J Harkin, published by s.n., 1956.

Photo of Patrick and Johanna's headstone by Find A Grave volunteer
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1 comment:

Ambar said...

There seems to have been a fair bit of chain migration from County Clare to Iowa. My many times g-uncle Rev. Michael M Tierney was in Iowa from approximately 1873 to his death in 1914. In reading up on his travels and searching for weddings, etc that he might have done, I see other families from Clare mentioned over and over again.