Tama County Iowa Biographies

Daniel Tierney

From A History of Tama County, Iowa Vol II;
Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1910.

Daniel Tierney owns and operates, in connection with his son, John O. Tierney, a splendidly improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres in the southwest quarter of section 12, Buckingham township. Born in County Limerick, Ireland, in 1837, he was left fatherless when but six years old, his parents, Owen and Margaret (Quad) Tierney, having been farming people there. Of their family of six children, only two sons, Daniel and Timothy, are living, the latter a resident of Sedalia, Missouri and a veteran of the Civil war, in which he served four years as a member of the Twelfth New York Regiment, Company G.

Daniel Tierney in his youth received very limited educational advantages, and as a lad of sixteen he came with his mother and the remainder of her family to America, and going at once to Attica, New York, the mother established her home there, and died at the age of seventy-seven years, in 1880. In that city Daniel Tierney spent five years as an employee in a livery stable, and then coming to the West in the spring of 1862, he located in Winnebago, county, Illinois, near the city of Rockford, where he was engaged in farming until his enlistment in 1863 in Company B, One Hundred and Forty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. His services continued on until the close of the war, and he experienced the hardest rigors of army life, and at one time, during a mounted infantry charge, he was wounded in the foot, which rendered him slightly crippled for life. Receiving his honorable discharge in July 1865, he returned to Illinois, and three years later in 1868 came to Iowa and bought a farm in Buckingham township, while in the following spring of 1869 he brought his family to his new home. But in 1882 he sold that property and purchased the farm he now owns, which he improved in a splendid manner, and is successfully engaged in a general line of agriculture.

In the city of Rockford, Illinois, in 1865, Mr. Tierney married Miss Honora Craegen, a native also of County Limerick, Ireland, born in 1841, and a daughter of Patrick and Catherine (O'Rourke) Craegen. She was twelve years old when she came to America and to her new home at Troy, New York, where some of her brothers were then living, and later she joined another brother in Rockford, and she lived there until her marriage. This union has been blessed by the birth of eight children, but three died when young, and a daughter, Catherine, died at the age of twenty-seven years. Those living are: Margaret, the wife of James Gallogly, a merchant in Buckingham, and the mother of three sons, Daniel James, Ralph Michael, and Thomas LeRoy. Mrs. Gallogly had taught school some time before her marriage. John is at home with his parents and assists his father in the operation of his farm; Helen is also at home; and Honora is the wife of Ted Carrigan, their home being in Buckingham township, and they have two children, Francis D. and John J.

Mr. Tierney is an independent political voter, and is a member of the J.G. Safley Post, No. 125, G.A.R. The religious home of the family is Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Blessing.

Submitted by Cathy Joynt Labath

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