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the john daly & 
isabell mcbreen family 

JOHN DALY (1807-1881) 
ISABELL McBREEN (1818-1859) 

John Daley was born and raised somewhere in Ireland. It is not known where he and Isabell were married but their first two children were born in Ireland. Some time in the late 1840s John and Isabell emigrated to the U.S. and by 1853 this family was residing in Ohio. By 1856 the family had moved to Minnesota and was settled on a farm located in Eagan Twp. Isabell appears to have had a brother who also located in Eagan. This brother must have died because his children were raised by John and Isabell. Some time in the early 1860s, John purchased a farm in Lebanon Twp. of Dakota Co. and moved the family from Eagan. He and his wife remained on this farm until their respective deaths. Both John and Isabell are buried in Highland Cemetery in Lakeville Twp. MN. 


Catherine (1841-1910) ?? St. Josephs Rosemount MN 
Martin (1847- ) (No information available) 
Patrick (1853-1917) Mary McCarthy (1880) St. Josephs Rosemount MN 
            Margaret Diffley (1899) 
Michael (1855-1902) ?? (Moved to Ely MN ???) 
James (1856-1913) Catherine Diffley (1894) St. Josephs Rosemount MN 
Phillip (1857- ) (No information available) 
Ellen (1858- ) (No information available) 
John (1859-1911) ?? (St. Josephs Rosemount ??) 

PATRICK DALY (1853-1917) Son of John Daly & Isabell McBreen
MARY McCARTHY (1856-1892) Dau. of Bartley McCarthy & Catherine Hyland

Patrick was born at an unknown location in Ohio and traveled to Minnesota with his family. He was raised on farms owned in both Eagan and Lebanon townships in Dakota Co. before his marriage to Mary in 1880. Mary was born in Saratoga New York and came to Minnesota while still an infant. Her family settled on a farm in Empire Twp. of Dakota Co. Following their marriage Patrick and Mary apparently set up housekeeping on a farm in Empire where they remained until Mary's untimely death. 


John (1882-1898) St. Josephs Rosemount MN 

After Mary's death, Patrick returned to the family farm in Lebanon Twp. There was only one child known to have resulted from this marriage and he also died young. 

PATRICK DALY (1853-1917) Son of John Daly & Isabell McBreen 
MARGARET DIFFLEY (1874-1963) Dau. of Michael Diffley & Elizabeth Hogan 

In 1899, shortly after the death of his only son, Patrick married a second time. The is not much information available about Margaret. She was born in Strokestown Co. Roscommon Ireland and came to Minnesota to live with one of her relatives who settled in near by Rosemount. She must have met Patrick through the fact that his brother had married one of her cousins. After their marriage, Patrick and Margaret remained on the farm until Patrick's death. 


John (1900-1964) Marie P. Tracy ( ) St. Josephs Rosemount MN 
Elizabeth (1901-1979) Thomas McCann ( ) St. Josephs Rosemount MN 
Phillip (1904-1933) St. Josephs Rosemount MN 
Mary (1908- ) Alfred Fisher ( ) (No information available) 
Veronica (1911-1920) St. Josephs Rosemount MN 

JAMES DALY (1856-1913) Son of John Daly & Isabell McBreen  [obit]
CATHERINE DIFFLEY (1861-1923) Dau. of William Diffley & Catherine Corcoran 

James was born in Eagan Twp. shortly after the family had arrived in the area. Most of his youth was actually spent on the farm purchased by his father in Lebanon Twp. In 1894 he married Catherine and moved into the village of Rosemount. Catherine was also born and raised in Eagan Twp. She was the daughter of one of the earliest Irish settlers in the area. 


Herbert ( -1909) St. Josephs Rosemount MN 
James ( ) (No information available) 
John W. (1899-1939) Estelle LeMay ( ) St. Josephs Rosemount MN 
Mary M. (1899-1900) (St. Josephs Cem. ???) 

JOHN DALY (1900-1964) Son of Patrick Daly & Margaret Diffley
MARIE P. TRACEY (1901- ) Dau of Edward Tracy & Mary O'Rourke 

Marie is listed as having been born in St. Paul. 

This family file contains the research notes of Mr. Kevin Geraghty as of March 1999. Mr. Geraghty is researching the families and descendants of those buried at the Highland Cemetery. For more information or to contribute to Mr. Geraghty's research, please send him e-mail at

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