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Descendants of Jeremiah Hurley


Jeremiah Hurley was born 1797 in Kilbeggean, Co Galway, Ireland, and died July 13, 1872 in Near Elkader, Clayton, Iowa, Usa. He married Margarite Daley in Ireland, daughter of James Daly and Mary. She was born in Ireland.

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The follow information is taken from a book THE HURLEY FAMILY - probably found in Salt Lake Family History Center

The inscription on Jeremiah's tombstone in St Joseph Cemetery in Elkader, Iowa is very weathered and difficult to read. It gives his birthplace which appears to be Kilbeggan, but might also be Kilbennan or Kilbeccan.

Jeremiah was a farmer, Catholic.

Jeremiah Hurley , b. 1797, Ireland (perhapes Kilbeggan Parish, County Galway); d. 13 July 1872, probably at home near Elkader, Clayton Co, Iowa. (date taken from tombstone ); buried. St Joseph Cemetery, Elkader, Clayton Co, Iowa.

Occcupation farmer; Catholic, military record is unknown. Married probably between 1820-1825, Ireland, to Margarite Daley, of whom no more is known except that she did not come to the United States with the rest of the family. 

Their known children were:

1. Mary Ellen
2. Patrick Henry
3. John
4. Michael
5. Bernard
6. Martin
7. Timothy

1860 Census - Higland, Clayton, Iowa pg 62
Jeremiah Hurley 60 farmer Ireland
Patrick 32 farmer Ireland
Martin 20 farmer Ireland

1870 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 13
Jeremiah Hurley 70 at home Ireland (living with son, Martin, and his
Jeremish came from Kilbegnet Parish, near the town of Cragg in County Galway on the Roscommon border.

As told by Philomena Hurley Rutherford
The Hurley's came from the south of Ireland to the West - to County Galway specifically. The y were part of the Donal O"Sullivan Beare entourage - 1,000 men, women and children - who mad e an epic winter march from Kerry to Leitrim in the late 1590's or early 1600's. Only a handf ul reached the Leitrim destination. The others were killed or died enroute. A handful, amon g them our Hurley Anscestors, were injured in a battle near Mount Mary, and too weak and il l to carry on stayed behind. Some survived their wounds, and so here we are.

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No more is known about Margarite except that she did not come to the United
States with the rest of the family.


Children of Jeremiah and Margarite


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The names of the children and their yrs of birth were found in the 1860 and1870 U.S. Census of Highland Twsp, Clayton Co., Iowa.

Children of Mary and Patrick Shields:


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Tim immigrated in 1847
He was Naturalized on March 30, 1857 
He fought in the Mexican War 1847-1848
He purchased land in Highland Township, Clayton County, Iowa on June 9, 1855 and on May 1, 1855. 
He sold land to John Hurley (brother) on Nov.14, 1855
Patrick Hurley (brother) on Dec 15, 1855 
Jerimiah Hurley (father) on April 15, 1856
Michael Hurley (brother) on Aug 15, 1856 
Jeremiah Hurey (father) on Mar 3, 1856
No record of Tim after 1864. There is no mention of Tim in his father's will in 1872.

Children of Patrick and Katherine:

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Information on this family was mostly from the U.S. Census (1870 & 1880) ofClayton Co, Iowa and from Sister Ellen Joseph, the daughter of Joseph WalterHurley.

1870 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 13
Patrick Hurley 44 farmer Ireland
Catherine 24 housekeeper Ireland
Kate 5 at home Iowa
Mary 2 at home Iowa
Cecila 2/12 at home Iowa
Barney 5 at home Iowa (whose child?)

1880 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 13
Patrick Hurley 53 farming Ireland
Katherine 35 keeping house Ireland (liver complex)
Katherine 15 work at home Iowa
Mary 13 Iowa
Cecila 11 Iowa
John 7 Iowa
Margaret 5 Iowa
Julia 3 Iowa


Children of John and first wife Mary Conboy:
Children of John and second wife Mary Nevins:

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1860 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 162
John Hurley 28 farmer Ireland
Mary 28 Ireland
Maggie 7 Illinois
Michael 3 Iowa

1870 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 14
John Hurley 40 farm laborer Ireland
Margaret 16 keeping house Illinois
Michael 12 at home Iowa
Jerimiah 9 at home Iowa
John 6 at home Iowa
Ann 3 at home Iowa
Catherine 1 at home Iowa
Barney 33 farm laborer Ireland (John's Brother)

Taken from booklet complied by Vernona Linley 1976-1978

John Hurley's obituary: "Grampa Hurley" was a seventeen year old Irishman when he set sail for America on November 18, 1846 and landed in New York on January 6, 1847. He was industrious and energetic, working diligently at whatever he could find to do. He stayed in New York for four years, during which time he married Mary Conboy. In 1853 they moved to Chicago, then a wilderness with a few shanties. In Chicago he worked at laying bricks for the first railroad built there. In 1854, anxious to see more of this wonderful land, they and their little daughter, moved to the state of Iowa at the place that is now Elkader, Clayton County, Iowa. After a short time, through hard work and frugalty, he saved enough to bring the remaining family to America to be near him. This remaining family consisted of his father, five brothers and one sister. They all made homes near him. When his wife, Mary Conboy, died on May 6, 1869 , she left him with eight children to care for. Some five years later he married Mary Ann Nevins. She died three and one half years later, leaving him two more children. After thirten more years , in 1892, he disposed of his farm and came to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Michael Borman, near Black Earth, Wisconsin. He enjoyed there his grandchildren and his armchair by the fireside. He died April 26, 1909, Monday, 10:30 P.M. of gangerine. He was 80.

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Not much is known about Mary Ann - no info on parents or place of birth - maybe she is buried in Volga, Clayton Co, Iowa. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Children of Michael and Ann:

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1860 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 162
Michael Hurley 26 Farmer Ireland
Anna 20 Ireland

1870 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 14
Michael Hurley 36 Farmer Ireland
Anna 33 Keeping House Ireland
John 9 at home Iowa

1880 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 35? BPOF BPOM
Michael Hurley - 48 - Farmer - Ireland - Ireland - Ireland
Annie 45 Keeping House Ireland Ireland Ireland
John 18 Work on farm Iowa Ireland Ireland
Julia 4 Iowa Ireland Ireland
John 16 nephew Iowa Ireland Ireland

Have copy of Michael's death certificate - he was 65 when he died from heart disease.

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Have copy of Ann's death certificate. It lists her name as Mrs Mike Hurley. She was 72 whe n she died of central congestion.


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1860 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 162
Barney Hurley 25 farmer Ireland
Katherine 21 Ireland
Margaret Ann 5/12 Iowa

1870 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 14
Barney Hurley 33 farm laborer Ireland (living with brother John,
without wife and child)

1880 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 12
Bernard Hurley 46 farming Ireland
Kathern 30 keeping house New York
Bernard 14 work on farm Iowa (son of 1st wife?)
Jeremiah 3 Iowa
William 1 Iowa

1900 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 6
Birth yr M toUS inUS
Barney Hurley 05/1840 60 26 Ireland 1850 50 farmer
Cathrin 05/1852 48 26 New York (11 children, 10 living)
John 09/1876 23 Iowa farm laborer
Michael 02/1881 19 Iowa
Stella 07/1885 15 Iowa
Timothy 07/1886 13 Iowa
Catherin 08/1888 11 Iowa
Hellen 04/1891 9 Iowa
Annasta 05/1893 7 Iowa
Agness 05/1893 7 Iowa


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Childrens names were gotten from 1870 census of Clayton Co, Iowa and 1880 cesus of Center Precient, Holt Co, Nebraska. Their years of birth were assumed. The other birthdates were gotten from Holt Co. courthouse.

1870 Census - Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 13
Martin Hurley 34 farmer Ireland
Margaret 26 housekeeper Connecticutt
Ellen 7 at home Iowa
Timothy 2 at home Iowa
Jeremiah 70 at home Ireland

John Michael Hurley [Michael - Jeremiah] was born August 11, 1861 in Highland Twsp, Clayton, Iowa, Usa, and died February 29, 1944 in Waterloo, Blackhawk, Iowa, Usa. He married Mary Agness Dunn January 16, 1884 in Strawberry Pt, Clayton, Iowa, Usa, daughter of John Dunn and Bridget McDonald. She was born April 21, 1858 in Cox's Creek, Clayton, Iowa, Usa, and died February 29, 1944 in Waterloo, Blackhawk, Iowa, Usa.

Children of John and Mary


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Christina married Joe Little and had a son Luke Little.


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In 1959 Ray was a mortician in Waterloo, Iowa.

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1900 Census -Highland, Clayton, Iowa pg 53
John Hurley 08/1864 35 16 Iowa Ireland Ireland
Mary 04/1856 44 16 Iowa Ireland Ireland (8 of 9 children living)
Christina 10/1884 15 Iowa Ireland Ireland
Michael Ray 10/1888 11 Iowa Ireland Ireland
Mary Helen 10/1890 9 Iowa Ireland Ireland
Elizabeth 11/1892 7 Iowa Ireland Ireland
Calista M. 11/1894 5 Iowa Ireland Ireland
Maria 04/1899 1 Iowa Ireland Ireland
Lulu 05/ 1900 0 Iowa Ireland Ireland

Have a copy of marriage record.
Have copy of death certificate.


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Have a copy of death certificate.



More information on the family connections:

Golinveaux and Butterfield Connections : Gustavus Golinveaux ~ Ida May Butterfield
James Daly / Daley Connections