Iowa County Democrat; 16 May 1895
At his home in Washington Twp, May 5th 1895, Cornelius Delaney aged 66 years.
The deceased was a native of Ireland, and was born in County Tipperary in November 1829 and grew to young manhood amid the beautiful scenes of the Emerald Isle. Then attracted by the superior advantages offered a young man in the new world, he determined to come to America. In November, 1849, he set sail with his father for New York, where they landed New Year's Day, 1850. Being of a very energetic and ambitious nature, he soon secured employment on a farm in Long Island. The fidelity with which he performed his duties is best attested by the fact that he remained seven years in the employ of the same man with whom he first engaged after landing. Having accumulated some means, the west offered more inviting fields for investment, so in 1857 he came to Iowa and settled in Muscatine. In the meantime the members of the family who had remained behind at first had come to America, and were again reunited in their Iowa home. In 1859 death claimed the father and Cornelius, being the eldest of the brothers, the care of the family naturally devolved upon him. He bore the task bravely and cheerfully, and gave to the younger members a father's care and solicitude, which is gratefully remembered by them to this day. In 1862 he made an overland trip to California, but three years later returned to Iowa and settled in Iowa County, where he made his home till the time of his death. He was a man of unblemished life, and his name was a synonym for integrity and uprightness.
A wife, four sons, a daughter and three brothers survive him.
His life was an open book, and when the final summons came he passed quietly and peacefully to the reward that awaits a well spent life.
The funeral occurred Wednesday, the 8th inst., from the Catholic church at Watkins, and was largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev. Father Brogan.
Marengo Republican; May 9, 1895
Mr. Cornelius Delaney, an old and well known resident of Washington township, died rather suddenly Monday, after only a few hours' illness. He was 66 years of age, and has been a resident of Washigton township many years. He was well acquainted over the county, and the news of his death will be learned with regret by all his acquaintances. The funeral occurred at 11 o'clock yesterday at the Catholic church in Norway, Father Brogan peaching the funeral sermon.
Cedar Valley Daily Times; unknown
Hold Funeral Wm. Delaney at Watkins Church.
Benton County News (Special to Daily Times) Watkins, Sept 27: Funeral services for Wm. Delaney, 92, Civil war veteran and a resident of Benton county 63 years, were held at St. Patrick's Catholic church Wednesday morning by the Rev. Father Meyers. Burial in the Norway cemetery. Mr. Delaney died Monday while on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. W.F. Callahan near Marengo. Mr. Delaney served during the four yeas of the Civil war with an Illinois regiment. The family home, where he resided with his daughter Miss Julia is near Watkins. He was the only old soldier attending the Memorial Day services this year at Norway. Last May the American Legion presenteed him with a silk pocket flag. Surviving are the two daughters, Mrs. Callahan and Miss Julia Delaney. John Delaney of Marengo is a nephew and there are three nieces, Mrs. W.F. Hogan, Mrs. Ed Hogan, and Mrs. H.J. Murphy, all of Marengo. Andrew Conley is the only remaining veteran of the Civil war in this community.
William Delaney, 92, Civil War Veteran of Benton County, Is Dead
Watkins. Sept. 26 -- Funeral services for William Delaney, 92, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.F. Callahan, near Marengo, Monday were held at St. Patrick's church in Watkins this morning. The Rev. Father Myers conducted requiem high mass. Burial was in Norway cemetery.
Mr. Delaney enlisted in Illinois and served during the four years of the Civil war. He came to Benton county soon after his release from service. The family home where he resided with his daughter, Miss Julia Delaney, is located near Watkins. He was visiting Mrs. Callahan for a few days when he contracted a cold. His advanced age hastened his death.
His wife and two sons preceded him in death some years ago and the two daughters survive. John Delaney of Marengo is a nephew. Mesdames W.F. Hogan, Ed Hogan, and H.J. Murphy of Marengo are nieces.
Mr. Delaney was the only Civil war veteran to attend the Memorial day services this year at Norway. He was noted for his faithful attendance at these exercises and last May the American Legion auxiliary presented him a silk pocket flag in token of appreciation. It was a solemn scene as the crowd watched the veterans kiss the flag, with tears rolling down his cheeks.
Only one other veterans remains in this community. He is Andrew Conley.