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Michael Humphrey
Monona Twp.

Michael Humphrey, one of the Pioneers of Clayton County, was born in County Limerick, Ireland, Sept. 29, 1834, and emigrated to Canada in 1848. he remained there one year, then went to Racine, Wis., where he was employed by Judge Burchard, and had the entire supervision of his farm for four years. In 1853 he came to Clayton County and located on his present farm, where he has resided for thirty years. In 1856 he married Mary McGuire, who was born in County Caven, Ireland, in 1831. They have six children – Kate, Mary, Lewis, Lizzie, Peter and Theresa. Mr. Humphrey came to the county poor, but by industry has accumulated an ample competency. He owns 280 acres of land in Clayton County and 1,000 acres in Allamakee County, valued at $15,000. Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey are members of the Roman Catholic church at Monona, and have done much to build it up. He has a fine stone residence which was built in 1869, at a cost of $4,500, with a beautiful grove surrounding it. His father died soon after coming to the country, and his mother died in Clayton County, at the advanced age of seventy-two.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1044-1045
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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