Earliest known ancestor Florence Francis Driscoll b. 1829, County Cork.
The family records, though not backed up by historical documents, say that in 1856 Catherine Donahue (or Donaghue) Driscoll (1802-1877) and seven of her fourteen children left County Cork, Ireland, and settled in Providence, RI. There is no record of where in the U.S. they landed (this was several years before Ellis Island or even the immigration center at the tip of Manhattan), or even if they came to the U.S. at the same time. Catherine's husband and the seven other children remained in Ireland. Nothing is known of them. Since Catherine's emigration was shortly after the famine years in Ireland, perhaps there were deaths among the other family members.
Several businessmen in Providence RI purchased a large tract of land in Illinois and named it Providence Colony. Their purpose was to produce a profit from the tillage of the land. Four years after arriving in Providence, Catherine and her children moved to the Providence Colony, most likely for work opportunities.
Catherine died in Illinois in 1877 and is buried in a cemetary near Tiskilva. Her son Florence Francis Driscoll is my great-grandfather. His date of birth in County Cork is not confirmed, although our family records list it as June 7, 1829. His death in Illinois on November 19, 1905 is confirmed by newspaper obituaries.
Florences' seventh child William Edwin Driscoll (1872-1963) is my grandfather. He moved from Illinois to South Dakota in 1908. .
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