The Farley Hass Jennings Lass Maher O'Connor Families

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  • ID: I380
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 10 NOV 1836 in County Waterford, Ireland
  • Death: 17 JAN 1910 in Hawarden, IA, US
  • Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery, Emmet, Union County, SD, US
  • Occupation: farmer, county commissioner 1
  • Note:
    Thomas came to America at age seventeen and landed in New
    York,. He stayed a short time in New York City before
    moving to Yonkers, NY. Then, he spent two years living on
    a farm near London, Canada.
  • Note:
    He later purchased a farm in Davis County, Wisconsin where
    he met and married his wife. They cleared out sixty acres
    of his heavily timbered land, and later sold and came to
    Union County, Dakota in 1870. Thomas and his wife built
    the first house in their immediate locality before building
    a better one 1893.
  • Note:
    Thomas was reported to have always had an association with
    St. Joseph's Catholic church at Emmet and was the man who
    hauled the first load of lumber used to build the church.
  • Note:
    Thomas and Catherine Ronan opened a general store in 1880
    and ran it for six years. They also started the post
    office of Emmet located within the store, where Thomas was
    postmaster for nine years.
  • Note:
    Thomas served as county commissioner from 1881 to 1884 and
    from 1890 to 1893 as a member of the Democratic party.
    Thomas was also a candidate for the legislature from his
    district as well as for the office of sheriff. Thomas and
    his wife retired from farming in 1905 and moved to
    Hawarden, IA.
  • Note:
    Thomas' biography lists his county of residence in
    Wisconsin as having been Door County instead of Davis
  • Note:
    Thomas' golden wedding anniversary announcement in the
    "Hawarden Independent" reported that he was elected county
    commissioner in 1880 and again in 1893. It also reported
    that Union county made its first appropriation to erect a
    bridge across the Sioux River at Calliope, Iowa because of
    the efforts of Thomas Ronan. The article also reported
    that Thomas served as chairman of the Emmet township board
    from its time of organization to the time of Thomas'
    resignation when he decided to move to Hawarden, Iowa. The
    article reported that Thomas and his wife moved to
    Hawarden, Iowa in 1902 when his age no longer permitted him
    to be active enough to maintain his old homestead near
  • Note:
    Info from Thomas' obituary and from his biography on page
    114-115 in Memorial_and_Biographical_Record. Other info
    from his golden wedding anniversary announcement in the
    6 May 1909 issue of the "Hawarden Independent."

    Marriage 1 CATHERINE MULVIHILL b: DEC 1838 in County Limerick, Ireland
    • Married: 2 May 1859 in Davis County, Wisconsin, US
    • Note:
      The golden wedding anniversary announcement of Thomas and
      Catherine Ronan in the 6 May 1909 issue of the "Hawarden
      Independent" confirmed the year of the their wedding date
      (although, it was mistakenly listed as 1659 due to a typo)
      and also provided the month and day. It listed the place
      of their wedding as Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    1. Has No Children THOMAS RONAN
    2. Has Children JAMES "JIM" A. RONAN b: 21 FEB 1862 in Brown County, Wisconsin, US
    3. Has No Children MARY RONAN b: 3 SEP 1876 in Emmet, Dakota Territory, US
    4. Has No Children MAURICE RONAN
    5. Has No Children JOHN RONAN
    6. Has No Children WILLIAM RONAN
    7. Has No Children RICHARD RONAN
    8. Has No Children ELLA T. A. RONAN b: 11 MAY 1879
    9. Has No Children CATHERINE RONAN b: 3 APR 1875

    1. Date: AFT 1892
      Author: Beresford Republic staff
      Title: Beresford Republic
      Abbrev: Beresford newspaper
      Publication: Beresford, SD
        Name: Beresford Public Library

      Media: FILM
      The newspaper was first published in 1893
      and was known as "The Union County Republican."
      The name was later changed to "The Union County
      Republic" and then to "The Beresford Republic"
      in 1898. It was Beresford's second newspaper.
      No copies of issues that were published
      before 1897 are known to exist. The volume
      and issue numbers published on the front page
      were sometimes inconsistent with those published
      during the paper's earliest years and were
      therefore unreliable. Publication dates are a
      more reliable means of identifying specific issues.

      Page: 6 Vol. 14 No. 32
      Date: 27 JAN 1910
      Quality: 2
      Note: Thomas Ronan's obituary
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