john lenihan &
mary lynch family
JOHN LENIHAN (1812-1881) (Parents
MARY LYNCH (1826-1880) (Parents Unknown)
John Lenihan was born somewhere in County
Kerry Ireland. It is not known when he came to this country or where
he resided prior to his arrival in Minnesota. It is not known when or where
John was married. Nothing is known about his wife except that she was also
born in Co. Kerry Ireland. She appears to have been related to Timothy Lynch
who settled in Lakeville. John apparently had a nephew named Thomas Lynch.
John and Mary were known to have arrived in Minnesota some time prior to
1855 and sometime in the mid 1850s the moved to Dakota County where they
made a claim of 160 acres in Lakeville Twp.
Bridget M. (1855- ) Michael Roach ? (1875) (St. Paul ??)
Malachi J. (1857-1935) Catherine Derham (1881) All Saints
Peter (1859 )
John (1861- )
Thomas ? (1864- )
Elizabeth (1864- )
Ellen (1866- )
Sometime in the early 1870s John and his family moved to another farm in
section 17 of Empire Twp. where John and Mary remained until their deaths.
Both John and Mary are buried in Highland cemetery in Lakeville Minnesota.
Their daughter Bridget married Michael Roach and moved into St. Paul. Michael
apparently died in 1888 and it is not clear what happened to Bridget after
MALACHI J. LENIHAN (1857-1935) Son
of John Lenihan & Mary Lynch
CATHERINE J. DERHAM (1861-1947)
Malachi was born and raised in on his father's farm in Lakeville Twp. and
later moved with his family to Empire Twp. Malachi was educated in Lakeville
and went on to graduate from St.Paul Collage. After working for a time in
notions store in St. Paul he moved to Benson MN where spent nine months in
a general merchandise store. In 1880 Malachi returned to the town of Lakeville
where he purchased a general store in partnership with Pat Donovan. He was
married soon afterward in 1881. He built a new store in 1886 and again in
1900. He also operated a creamery in town from about 1896.
Frank W. (1885-1947) All Saints Lakeville MN
John L. (1893-1988) Josephine P. ( ) All Saints Lakeville
James M. (1899-1973) All Saints Lakeville MN
Mary V ( - ) James. C. Fitzgerald (1913) (St. Paul 1915)
(son) ( - )
Malachi eventually became the sole owner of his business and remained in
Lakeville most of his life. He also founded the Lakeville Creamery Co.
Both Malachi and his wife are buried in the cemetery of All Saints
church in Lakeville Minnesota. Malachi is said to have had a cousin named
John Sullivan who was a attorney in Minneapolis and who may have died in
JOHN L. LENIHAN (1893-1988) Son
of Malachi J. & Catherine Durham
JOSEPHINE ( )
John was born in Lakeville 8-10-1893
Florence ( ) John McHugh
Mary ( ) Milan McCarthy
By 1958 John was living in Edina Minnesota. He died 2-17-1988.
|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