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PATRICK McSHERRY ( - ) (Parents Unknown)
( - ) (Parents Unknown)

Patrick McSherry was according to family tradition a fairly well to do land owner and horse breeder somewhere in County Leitrim Ireland. However, some time in the 1830s or 1840s he lost most of his holding due to confiscation by the English which in effect reduced his family to near poverty. Nothing is known about his wife and virtually nothing is known about the rest of his family. Some of his children appear to have emigrated to the United States in the late 1840s but there is no evidence that he ever came over. The date of his death and the location of his burial are unknown.


John (1829-1913) m. Margaret Hyland (1857)
Edward ( - ) (Moved to Montana ??)
Frank ( -1907) ?? (Lived in St. Paul ??)(San Francisco Cal ??)

The only information about this family has been obtained in connection with John McSherry who settled in Dakota Co. MN. There were known to be other McSherry families located in St. Paul and other areas of Minnesota but no clear relationships are indicated. The limited information on Frank and Edward listed above is largely derived from gossip columns in the Dakota County Tribune that would imply some relationship. However nothing is real known about them except their respective names. (top)

JOHN McSHERRY (1829-1913) Son of Patrick McSherry & ????
MARGARET HYLAND (1834-1888) Dau.of Edward Hyland & Maggy Hennley

John McSherry was born on his father's estate somewhere in Co. Leitrim Ireland and emigrated to the the United States in the late 1840s. He apparently settled for a time in New York and than traveled to Minnesota in the early or mid 1850s. By about 1857, John had settled in the town of Hastings Minnesota and served as the one of the first sheriffs of the Dakota County. Some time in the late 1850s John also acquired a farm in Lakeville Twp. In 1857 he was married to Margaret Hyland, the daughter of an early settler in the Lakeville area.


John B. (1857-1931) buried St. Josephs Rosemount MN
Bernard ( - )
Edward J. (1860-1934) m. Mary McKiernan ( ),
buried St. Josephs Rosemount MN
Frank W. (1862-1932) m. Elizabeth Fitzgerald (1901)
buried Calvary Cem. St. Paul MN
Margaret (1865-1946) buried St. Josephs Rosemount MN
Mart (1866-1965) buried St. Josephs Rosemount MN
Catherine (1869-1938) m. Thomas A. McCann (1901)
buried St. Josephs Rosemount MN
Thomas (1873-1957) m. Marion Bohan (1917) buried St. Josephs Rosemount MN
Bernard (1878-1927) buried at the Highland Cemetery

Some time after the birth of their first child in Hastings, John and Margaret moved to John's farm in Lakeville Minnesota. In 1888, Margaret died and was buried at Highland Cemetery in Lakeville Minnesota. John remained on the family farm until his death in 1913. John Jr. served as sheriff of Dakota County and resided in Hastings Minnesota.

EDWARD J. McSHERRY (1860-1934) Son of  John McSherry & Margaret Hyland
MARY McKIERNAN (1862-1940) (Parents Unknown)

Edward McSherry was born in Lakeville (or Hastings) Minnesota and was raised on the family farm in Lakeville. Some time in the 1880s Edward moved into the city of St. Paul and may have resided for a time in Minneapolis. It is not known when or where he was married. He eventually moved out to the west cost and lived for a time in Seattle Washington.


Regina ( - ) m. Frank Fox (Living in L.A Cal. 1940)
Raymond J.( - ) (Living in Mpls. 1940)
( - ) Mrs. Zeta Swanson (Living in St.Paul 1940)

It is not known for certain whether or not Edward ever moved back to Minnesota or where he died. His wife was however living with her daughter in Los Angeles at the time of her death in 1940. Edward died Sept 5, 1934.  He is buried in Rosemount. The location of Mary's burial is not known.

FRANK McSHERRY (1862-1932) Son of  John McSherry & Margaret Hyland
ELIZABETH FITZGERALD ( -1960) (Parents Unknown)

Frank was born and raised on the family farm in Lakeville Minnesota. It is not known where he was married or whether or not he had any children. He died in California in 1923 and his body was shipped back to St. Paul for burial in Calvary Cemetery. His wife died in 1960 and is buried with him. No more information is available at this time.

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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