john o. gorman & mary quealy family
of dakota and otter tail counties
JOHN O. GORMAN (1817-1882) (Parents
MARY QUEALY (1825-1883) (Parents Unknown)
John and Mary were both natives of Ireland. They were married 25 August 1851
at St. Joseph's Church in Albany, New York per the
East Otter Tail
County History v.1 (1977). Sons Michael and Daniel were born in Pennsylvania
before the family came to Minnesota in about 1856 and settled in Eagan Township.
Mary appears to have been either a sister or cousin of
Patrick Quealy. John seems to have been
a brother or cousin of Michael,
and Margaret Gorman Quealy.
for John and Mary's grandson, Willie Murphy, states ". . . John Gorman
and Mary Qualy Gorman, who came with a colony from Ireland to southern Minnesota,
from there six families moved by ox team to Ottertail County, Minnesota,
in 1850-1860. Gorman Township, Ottertail County, was named for John Gorman."
Michael (1853- ) Sarah
Daniel L. (1855- ) Katherine
John (1857- ) (Not listed after 1860)
Catherine (1858- ) Thomas Murphy 1875 (Otter Tail
Mary (1860- ) (Gorman Twp., Otter Tail Co. 1880)
Margaret Agnes (1862-1931) marr Michael Durkin
(1859-1943) St. Henry's, Perham
David R. (1864-1932) marr Katherine Bridgeman
(1891) St. Henry's, Perham
Richard (1868- ) St. Paul 1910?
In the 1870 census, Catherine seems to be visiting the Catherine Quealy Hoy
family in St. Anthony, Minnesota. Visitors to the Patrick Quealy farm included
John O., Michael and Walter Gorman are recorded as founders of Gorman Township,
Otter Tail County where John served as the first township commissioner in
1873. Daughter Catherine and Thomas Murphy farmed in adjacent Hobart
Township and moved to North Dakota around 1890. John O. Gorman and
Mary Quealy are buried at St. Henry's in Perham, Minnesota.
John and his sons gave their name as O'Gorman and this
was changed in the records to Gorman or with middle initial O. Gorman. The
family was using the name Gorman by the 20th Century. Early records
indicate that John's name was John T. O'Gorman.
Baptism records for children John and Mary
MICHAEL GORMAN (1853 - ) Son of
John O. Gorman and Mary Quealy
SARAH (1862-1902?) (Parents Unknown) Lake Sybil Cemetery
Michael was born in Pennsylvania and spent his childhood in Eagan. As
a young man, he accompanied his family to Perham, MN. Michael and his
family lived on a farm in Hobart Township, next to Gorman Township, Otter
Minnie ( - May 1898)
Leonard (November 1882 - )
Charlotte Amelia (Abt. October 1886 - April 1889) Lake Sybil Cemetery
Agnes G (April 1888 - )
David Raymond (July 1890 - )
Frank (July 1893 - )
Richard (September 1898 - )
Leonard, was born in Montana and and David, was born in Canada or Washington.
In 1898, the Perham Bulletin reported that Michael Gorman had
moved to Duluth but the family was in Hobart Township in 1900 when the census
was taken. Michael possibly died in 1908 and is buried at the Lake Sybil
Cemetery in Ottertail County. Frank Gorman, 1893-1917, is also listed
as a burial at Lake Sybil Cemetery.
DANIEL L. GORMAN (1854 - ) Son
of John O. Gorman and Mary Quealy
KATHARINE (1859 - ) (Parents Unknown)
Like his brother Michael, Daniel was born in Pennsylvania, spent his childhood
in Eagan, and migrated to Otter Tail County as a young man. Daniel
and Catherine farmed in Gorman Township until 1907 when Daniel became a rural
mail carrier. In 1907, the couple moved to Perham Township and by 1920,
they were living in Perham Village.
Eugene Richard (1880 - ) marr Pearl Ida (1906)
Raymond (1884- 1976) marr Francis Grace McGraw
Margaret (1884 - ) married Brandel (Portland,Oregon 1932)
Bernadine (1887 - 1929) (Portland, Oregon 1929)
Boy Gorman (1888 - Bef. 1900)
Blanche (1895 - 1932) (Portland Oregon 1932)
Daniel Monroe (1898 - ) (Vancouver BC 1932)
Luella (-1932) marr L.J. Sperry
Blanche and Luella tragically died in a gas explosion in April 1932 in Winnipeg.
Daniel's obituary published in The
Perham Enterprise, 9 Sept 1932 stated: " Mr. Gorman is survived
by his wife, three sons and one daughter. The children are Gene Gorman of
St. Paul, Mrs. Tolis Brandel of Portland, Ore., Ray Gorman of Wabasha, Minn.,
and Monroe Gorman of Van Couver, B. C." Daniel is buried at St. Henry's in
Baptism record for Daniel
CATHERINE GORMAN (1858-1893)
Dau of John O. Gorman and Mary Quealy
THOMAS MURPHY (b 1845 in County Mayo, Ireland)
Murphy's biography, "Thomas M. Murphy was born in County Mayo Ireland,
November 10, 1845, and came to Long Island, New York with his brother in
1861. An elder sister had migrated in 1852 making her home with an uncle
in Indiana. Thomas and John traveled to Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and to
Ottertail County, Minnesota, September 1870. Thomas Murphy and Katherine
Gorman were married November 5, 1875, they farmed near Frazee, Minnesota.
Mr. Murphy worked with the railroad construction crews building the N. P.
Marge (1876-1876) Gorman Township, Ottertail County, Minnesota
William (1879-1940) marr Anna Bertha Riedman (1882-1936)
John (1881 -)
Henry Thomas (1882-1941) marr Edwina M. (1881-)
Maria G. (1884 -).
Michael Bernard (1886-)
David P. (1888-1890) buried Sacred Heart Cemetery, Potter Township
Emma E. (1891 - 1893) buried Sacred Heart Cemetery, Potter Township
Agnes E. (1892-1893) buried Sacred Heart Cemetery, Potter Township
Richard (1893-1893) buried Sacred Heart Cemetery, Potter Township
Marge and William were born in Minnesota and the other children are believed
to have been born in Amenia or Barnes County, North Dakota. In 1881
the family moved to Amenia, Cass County, North Dakota, and in 1883 to Sanborn,
North Dakota." Catherine is buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery,
Potter Township, Barnes, North Dakota.
Baptism record for Catherine
MARGARET AGNES GORMAN (1862-1931)
John O. Gorman and Mary Quealy
MICHAEL DURKIN (1859-1943) born England
Michael Durkin was a founder and early postmaster of Luce Village in Otter
Tail County where the Durkins operated the general store for several years.
By 1920, the family had moved to Perham. Margaret and Michael
are buried at St. Henry's in Perham, Minnesota.
Grace (1882-1959) marr Matthias J. Smithlin (1878 -1941)
Mary Irene (1884 -1930 ) marr. James Parnell Jones
Blanche (1886 -1968 ) marr (1920) Byron Hompe (-1926) Son of John B. Hompe
& Ella E. Nottingham
Catherine (1893 -)
James (1904- ) marr Dorothy M. Schneider
Grace and her husband, Matthias J. Smithlin, had at least four children
and moved to Canada.by 1920; he was a telegraph operator. For more
on Smithlin, see the
Reff Family Tree by Lisa Cordero. In 1917, Ralph Durkin was in
Belgrade, Montana. In 1929, Blanche and Georgia were living in southeast
Minneapolis. On 17 November 1932, the Perham Enterprise reported
"Perham friends have received announcements of the marriage of James Durkin,
former Perham boy, to Miss Dorothy M. Schneider at Hardin, Montana, on November
DAVID R. GORMAN (1864 - 1932) Son
of John O. Gorman and Mary Quealy
KATHERINE BRIDGEMAN (1867 - 1903) (Parents Unknown)
Richard H. (1892 - 1937) buried Sawtelle National Cemetery, Los Angeles,
Isabel (1894 -1964) Brown ( ) buried Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota
David Arthur (1895 - 1964) buried Sawtelle National Cemetery, Los Angeles,
Catherine (1897 - )
Almira (1898 - 1909)
William J. (1900-1972) buried Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery,
John T. (1900 - 1988?) Lois Louise Souter (Hominy, OK 1977)
David was born in Dakota County and moved to Otter Tail County as a child.
His biography states that he attended school in Rosemount, Minnesota.
By 1889, David was in Tacoma, Washington. He married Katherine
Bridgeman, a native of County Clare Ireland, in Perham and
the young couple returned to "the Pacific Coast" for a few years. David
Arthur Gorman was born in Canada or Washington. The family returned to the
Gorman Township farm where David was visited by
William Gorman in 1898. In 1900, the
family lived in Minneapolis. They were living in the Merriam
Park neighborhood of St. Paul when Katherine died in 1903. She an David were
buried at St. Henry's in Perham. In 1903, David R. Gorman is listed as operating
a hotel at 1938 West University in St. Paul. A bookkeeper residing
at the hotel was "Lula Gorman."
See the David R. Gorman biography and
Bridgemen Gorman's obituary.
EUGENE RICHARD GORMAN Son of Daniel
L. Gorman & Katherine
PEARL IDA Dau of ??? and Blum
Katherine G. (1907- )
Neil? C. (Abt 1912-)
Irene M. (Abt 1915-)
Katherine was born in Minnesota and the other children were born in Wisconsin.
Eugene worked for a railroad as an engineer and later as a superintendant.
For more on Katherine G., see
Family Gedcom by Teri Popp.
RAYMOND GORMAN (1884-1976) Son
of Daniel L. Gorman & Katherine
FRANCIS GRACE MCGRAW (1878-1996)
Rosemary Katherine Gorman (1915 -1997 ) marr Franklin Spidell (1909-1970)
Blanch Gorman (1927-1928)
Daniel Raymond Gorman (1926-1993)
Raymond was a U.S. postal employee working on trains. Raymond and Francis
lived in Wabasha, Wabasha County, Minnesota. Daughter Rosemary and
her husband, Franklin Spidell, lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more
- Van Der Wal Family - a gedcom by Ken Sadjak
WILLIAM MURPHY (1879-1940) Son
of Catherine Gorman & Thomas Murphy
ANNA BERTHA RIEMAN (1882-1936) Dau of Frederick Riedman
Maria (1905-) in North Dakota
Frederick "Fred" (1916-)
Thomas Michael (1916 -1990) (Los Angeles County, California 1990)
"Willie" Murphy biography. William, Anna , and daughter Margaret
are buried at Fairview Cemetery, Sanborn, Barnes, North Dakota.
HENRY THOMAS MURPHY (1882-1941)
Son of Catherine Gorman & Thomas Murphy
EDWINA M. - b: 1881 in Wisconsin
Child (Thomas?) (Aft. 1905 - Bef. 1910)
Mary V. (1908- )
Catherine G. (1916-)
Henry was an insurance agent in Bismarck, ND. He is buried at St. Mary's
Cemetery in Bismarck
|This family file contains the research notes of Mr. Kevin Geraghty
as of 1999 with additional information provided by Shawne FitzGerald.
Special thanks to Karen, Pam Jeans and Shirley Spidell. Mr.
Geraghty is researching the families and descendants of the Dakota County
Irish. For more information or to contribute to Mr. Geraghty's research,
please send him e-mail at kgerag @ aol.com.
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