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KEAN, Dennis. Born 1814, Co. Clare. Ontario, Canada; Syracuse, N.Y.; Chicago; Davrenport, Iowa, USA.
Donated by Cathy Joynt Labath, Iowa, USA.


Source: The History of Clinton County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

Dennis Kean, farmer and stock raiser and dealer, Sec. 32; P. 0. Big Rock, Scott Co.; owns 180 acres of hand where he lives, valued at $35 per acre, and 710 acres of land in Crawford Co., Iowa; son of Murty and Ellen Kean; born in May, 1814, in County Clare, Ireland; in spring of 1845, emigrated to America, stopping in Lanark, Canada West, now Ontario; in the spring of 1848, went to Syracuse, N.Y.; engaged on the railroad; they were then putting down the first Trail that was laid in the United States; in the fall of 1848, came to Chicago. Ill., and worked on the Galena Division of the C. & N.-W. R. H.; in the spring of 1849, came to Davenport, Iowa, and the same year to this county and entered his land, but continued working in Davenport till 1852, when he moved on his farm. Married Mary Rasp, July 15, 1847; she was born in Canada in 1826; have eleven children living—Michael J., Ellen. Hannah, John T., Murty, Maggie, James, Bridget, Mary A., Eliza and Dennis, Jr.; lost one daughter—Catharine. Has served as Trustee of township several years. Members of Catholic Church; Independent.

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