IAGenWeb Project - Clayton co.
updated 11/23/2020

Misc. St. Mary's Church Records
McGregor, Clayton co. Iowa

Records found with Ruddy Family Connections
-extracted from church records by Michael Ruddy, June 1966


Baptism Records

James Walker, baptized May 3,1868, parents: John & Catharine Walker, sponsors: Richard Ruddy & Mary Anna

Brigeham Jordan, baptized October 19, 1868, parents: Patricio Jordan & Anna O’Maely, sponsors: Thomas Reddy, Julia & Margarita Manahan

Miriam Roddy, no date, parents Thomas Roddy & Joanna Waters

Louis Patrick Ruddy, baptized October 19, 1876, parents: Thomas & Jane Ruddy

George Vincent Witush, baptized February 20, 1884, parents: not given, sponsors: Michael Ruddy & Mary Ruddy

James Duffy, baptized August 3, 1884, parents: James & Mary Farmer, sponsors: James Farmer & Mrs Ruddy

Margarita Reddy *, baptized August 1, 1885, parents: Daniel Reddy & Annie Baker, sponsors: Anna & Patrick Manahan                                                  

Rosa Maltilda Kupp, baptized September 13, 1885, parents: not given, sponsors: Hugh Fagan & Mrs Ruddy

William Whitish, baptized February 21, 1886, parents: George Whitish & Mary Wooden, sponsors: Thomas Ruddy & Mrs Thomas Ruddy

Ellen Honora Reddy *, born June 20, 1887, baptized July 3, 1887, parents: Daniel Reddy * & Anna Baker

Edward McAndrews, born December 7, 1887, baptized January 1, 1888, parents: Peter McAndrews & Mary Terry, sponsors: Thomas Reddy & Mary McAndrews

John Ruddy, born May 9, 1891, baptized June 13, 1891, parents: Daniel Ruddy & Anna Baker, sponsors: Henry Gallegher & Ceciia Maquire

Confirmation Records

Edna Ruddy, confirmed June 6, 1920

* ”Ruddy” see book 4 page 150
~contributed to Clayton co. IAGenWeb by Michael Ruddy. Mike's email address can be found in the Surname Registry for 'Ruddy'



The Catholic Ladies' Aid Society held their annual meeting at the home of Mrs. R. O'Brien. The following officers were elected for the coming year:
Pres. - Mrs. W. B. Pilkington
Vice Pres. - Mrs. P. McGuire
Treas. - Mrs. C. F. Limbeck
Sec. - Mrs. Susie Theviot
~Clayton County Register, Thur. 21 Feb. 1929. McGregor column
~contributed by Reid R. Johnson


Rev. John J. Horsfeld

McGregor, Ia. - The Rev. J.J. Horsfeld is retiring after 52 years of service in the priesthood. The last 28 years were as pastor of St. Mary's Church in McGregor and Marquette.

Now 82 years of age, he has been desirous of retiring for some time. Announcement that his resignation had been accepted was made Friday by the Most Rev. Francis J.L. Beckman, Archbishop of Dubuque.

A native of Dubuque County, Father Horsfeld completed his theological course at the Grand Seminary in Montreal, Canada. His first pastorate was at Cherry Mound, Allamakee County. He then served at Jesup and Parkersburg, coming to McGregor in May, 1916.

On Dec. 20, 1941, his 50th year in the priesthood was observed with a Golden Jubilee celebration at McGregor. At that time high church dignitaries and prominent Northeast Iowa citizens eulogized the priest and the man at a testimonial dinner attended by 500 persons.

Father Horsfeld will live in McGregor. The Rev. Vernon J. Peters, former pastor of St. Peter's Church, Clermont, will succeed him as pastor of the McGregor and Marquette churches.
~Telegraph-Herald, Dubuque, IA, June 11, 1944 (included the photo)
~transcribed by S. Ferrall
~Note: in many records his surname is spelled Horsfield. He died June 3, 1949 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. The North Iowa Times printed a very long obituary/tribute to him that included a detailed accounting of his education, pastorates and misc. personal info. - born at Epworth, Dubuque co., IA Feb. 11, 1862; survived by a brother, James Horsfield of Epworth.


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