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TUOHEY, E. Born 1838, Co. Clare. Buchanan County, Iowa, USA.
Donated by Cathy Joynt Labath, Iowa, USA.


Source: C.S. Percival and E. Percival. History of Buchanan County, Iowa. Cleveland: William Bros., 1881

E. Tuohey was born in County Clare, Ireland, in the year 1838. He came to America in May, 1847; landed in New York; soon afterwards went to Canada; then, after some travelling and moving, finally settled in Middlefield township, in 1854, on the spot where he still resides. This makes Mr. Tuohey one of the oldest settlers in this township. In 1854, he entered forty acres of Government land. Since that time he has made several additions, and some sales, besides giving eighty acres to his son. He now owns three hundred acres of excellent land supplied with water and wood. Wolves and deer were abundant at the time he came here, and were frequently seen in large droves. Mr. Tuohey started poor, but now possesses a fine property, all acquired by his own work. He is now considered one of the wealthiest and prosperous citizens. Mr. Tuohey was married in County Clare, in 1838. They have twelve children, with names and ages as follows: John, aged twenty-four; Mary Ann, aged twenty-two; Lawrence, aged twenty-one; James, aged eighteen; Thomas, aged sixteen; Margaret, aged fourteen; Bridget, aged twelve; Jane, aged ten; Celia, aged eight; Edward, aged six; Agnes, aged four; William Francis, aged two. Mrs. Tuohey's mother, Mrs. Margaret Flannigan, is now living with her daughter. She is a native of Ireland, County Clare, and is now over seventy years of age. The family are Catholics. Mr. and Mrs. Tuohey brought up a large and industrious family. Their oldest daughter has taught five terms of school and is at present teaching in her home district. The family have many friends. Mr. Tuohey will build a new residence this season, large and convenient.

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