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MCCORMICK, Michael. Born 1829, Ireland. Died 1898. Ontario, Canada; Lake Co. Iowa, USA.
KEARNS, Honora. Born 1835, Co. Clare. Died 1889.

Donated by Cathy Joynt Labath, Iowa, USA.


Source: Flickinger, Robert E. The Pioneer History of Pocahontas County, Iowa. Fonda: G. Sanborn, 1904.

McCormick, Michael (b. 1829; d. 1898), one of the early pioneers, was a native of Ireland and in his boyhood came with his parents to upper Canada, now the province of Ontario. In 1854 in Gray county he married Honora Kearns, and in 1871 located on Sec. 22, Lake township. He was a lonely settler on the frontier for a number of years but did not become discouraged. He improved his farm on the prairie, increased it to 320 acres, and occupied it until the time of his death. He participated in the organization of Lake township and two of his sons, John, and Patrick, have been prominently identified with its history since that event.

His wife who was a native of Clare county, Ireland, died in 1889 in her 54th year. Their family consisted of eleven children, two of whom, Anna and Mrs. Mary Walsh, died in 1895.

John (b. Can. 1855), owner of the old home farm in Lake township, occupied it until 1899 when, accompanied by Elizabeth and Nora, two of his sisters, he moved to Gilmore City where he has since been engaged in the drug business. In Lake he was a trustee two years, clerk four years, president and secretary of the school board each five years. Michael M. is the owner and occupant of 240 acres on sections 21 and 22. Patrick H. married Bridget, daughter of John Cain, and lives at Pocahontas. Mary married Philip Walsh, a farmer, and died in 1895, leaving five children, Margaret, Thomas, Philip, Edward and Nora. Thomas P. is the owner and occupant of 80 acres on Sec. 21. Margaret married William Bollard and lives on the old farm. Nellie lives with her sister Margaret and Rosa with her brother Patrick.

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