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michael gorman and ann murphy family of eagan

MICHAEL GORMAN (1827-1898) (Parents Unknown)
ANN MURPHY (1833-1912) (Parents Unknown)

Michael and his wife were both natives of Ireland. Michael and his wife apparently resided somewhere in Pennsylvania and New Jersey until at least 1856. By 1858, Michael and his family were residing in Eagan on a farm next to the one settled by John Gorman.


John (1856- Feb 1870) buried St. Peters Mendota MN
Anna M. (1858- 1835) Michael Burnham Silk (married 1888)
Margaret (1858- ) Henry Keefe (married 1875) (Lebanon Twp. )
Michael (1862-1885) St. Peters Mendota MN
William (1864- ) (marr Sara Lynch 1894) (502 Stryker Ave. St. Paul ?)
Susan ( ) (Listed only in 1865)
Dennis J. (1868- ) (Left Eagan by 1885)
Joseph (1873-1924) Mary Kelly (1896) (west side St. Paul)

John was born in Pennsylvania, Anna was born in New Jersey and the rest of the children were born in Minnesota.  Michael died in 1894. Ann was apparently residing at 208 Styker Ave on St. Paul's west side at the time of her death in 1912.   Both Michael and his wife are buried at St. Peter's cemetery in Mendota.

ANNA M. GORMAN (Abt 1858-1935) Dau of Michael Gorman and Ann Murphy
(Abt 1861-1944)

  • Catherine or Esther M. Silk b: March 1890 in Minnesota
  • Frances M. Silk b: 09 May 1891 in Minnesota d: 22 December 1963 in Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • Agnes C. Silk b: January 1893 in Minnesota (possibly married McKenzie)
  • Joseph Silk b: June 1895 in Minnesota
  • Harry L. Silk b: 28 August 1897 in Minnesota d: Probable: 31 December 1967 in Dakota County, Minnesota
  • Claude M. Silk b: 29 November 1902 in Minnesota d: Probable: April 1966 in Minnesota

Anna and Michael spent the early part of their marriage in west Saint Paul in the area around St. Michael's Church.  In 1900, the family was living at 1025 Bayliss.  By 1910, the family had moved to southeast Minneapolis and the 1910 and 1920 censuses show them living at 41 Southeast 27th and 41 Lenox Street.  Michael worked for a railroad - in 1890, he was an engineer living at 502 Stryker in Saint Paul; by 1920, he was a towerman.

MARGARET GORMAN  (August 1858 - ) Dau of Michael Gorman and Ann Murphy
HENRY KEEFE (8 April 1856 - ) Parents unknown


Annie Keefe
Infant Son Keefe b: 16 November 1877 d: 17 November 1877
John Edward Keefe b: 1878 in MN d: Probable 24 May 1953 in San Diego County, California
Lulu R. Keefe b: October 1884 in Minnesota
Harry Keefe b: January 1887 in Minnesota
Agnes Keefe b: January 1889 in Minnesota
William J. Keefe b: Abt. July 1890 in Minnesota
George F. Keefe b: June 1894 in In Minnesota
Joseph B. Keefe b: September 1896 in Minnesota
Clarence or Elmer Keefe b: June 1899 in South Dakota

Margaret was born in New Jersey and Henry was born in New York.  This couple operated the popular Rosemount House hotel in Rosemount.  The Rosemount House was destroyed by fire in 1877.  In 1900, it appears that Margaret and Henry were living in Enterprise Township, Roberts County, South Dakota with their five youngest children.

WILLIAM H. GORMAN (1864  -?1930) Son of Michael Gorman and Ann Murphy
SARAH ANN LYNCH (1871 - ?1950)

William was born in Dakota County, Minnesota and Sarah Ann was born in New Hampshire. This William Gorman is likely the same William Gorman who was best man at the marriage of David Quealy (son of Patrick Quealy and Margaret Gorman) and Susan Hyland.  He is believed to have been a cousin of Dave Quealy and also David R. Gorman, son of John O. Gorman.


  • Henry or Harry Gorman b: March 1895 in Ramsey County, Minnesota
  • Lauretta Gorman b: June 1896 in Ramsey County, Minnesota
  • James A. or Elbert J.Gorman (1898-1946) born Ramsey County, probable burial St. Anthony of Padua in northeast Minneapolis
  • Mary Ellen b: 05 February 1899 in Minnesota d:  probable: 07 August 1970 in Ramsey County, Minnesota
  • Unknown Gorman b: Abt. 1901  died 1901?
  • Alice or Virginia Gorman b: Abt. 1904
  • Charles Dowd Gorman b: 28 June 1906 in Hennepin County, Minnesota d: probable 21 January 1988 in Lansing, Ingham, Michigan

William H. and his wife, Sarah Lynch, started their married life in west Saint Paul in the area around St. Michael's Church.  In 1900, William and Sarah were living on Spring Street in northeast Minneapolis.  By 1910-1920, the family was living in Robbinsdale, Hennepin County, Minnesota.  William was a salesman.

See the Rooney Family Gedcom by Robert Willits for more information on Elbert J. Gorman.

DENNIS J. GORMANY (1868  - ) Son of Michael Gorman and Ann Murphy

Dennis left Dakota County after 1885.

JOSEPH FRANCES GORMAN: (March 1872 - ) Son of Michael Gorman and Ann Murphy
MARY ELLEN KELLY (1872-) Parents Unknown

Joseph was born in Dakota County, Minnesota and his wife, Mary Ellen, was born in Wisconsin.  This couple seems to have been living in Fargo, North Dakota when the 1920 census was taken.  

This family file contains the research notes of Mr. Kevin Geraghty with contributions from Shawne FitzGerald.  For census records for these families, contact Shawne FitzGerald at sean at  Mr. Geraghty is researching the families and descendants of the Irish in Dakota County Minnesota.   For more information or to contribute to Mr. Geraghty's research, please send him e-mail at kgerat at

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