Obituary of Ellen O'Brien Darling, 1920
||Ellen O'Brien Darling Obituary, 1920
||Quilty & Topeka, Kansas
||The Topeka Daily State Journal on the Library of
Congress Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
|| Catherine Green, Kansas, USA (Ellen’s great-great
Ellen O'Brien Darling was the daughter of
James O’Brien and Ellen Murrihy, both believed to be from the Quilty
area of west Clare. A son of theirs, Michael, was baptised in Mullagh
Church on 26 July 1841 when the address given was Tromra. James and Ellen
moved to the USA with their family and are buried at Topeka, Kansas.
From The Topeka Daily State Journal, April
12, 1920, p.4.
Kansas on Steamboat
Mrs Ellen Darling, Pioneer, is Dead -
Mrs Ellen Darling, one of the pioneers of Kansas, died Sunday, April
11th, at the home of her son, C.A. Darling, in Kansas City, where
she was visiting. She was 81 years of age.
Ellen O’Brien Darling was born in County
Clare, Ireland, in 1839 and came to this country with her parents
when she was a child. They first settled in Connecticut.
In the “days of bleeding Kansas” when pioneers of the
North and South hurried to Kansas in the fight for and against planting
slavery in the big territory, her parents answered the call of the
anti-slavery faction. They travelled to St Louis by railroad and
went from St Louis to Leavenworth by steamboat, as there were no
railways in this country at the time.
Mrs Darling’s marriage to T.J. Darling took place five days
after the declaration of the Civil war. Her husband fought thru
the war and the wife remained in Kansas. A child was born and died
during the war.
Mrs Darling lived in Topeka for twenty-six years and for the last
seven years made her home with her daughter, Mrs William Connors,
1122 Western Avenue. Besides her husband, two children have died.
The surviving children are:
Mrs William Connors, Topeka; C.A. Darling, Kansas City, Mo; J.W.
Darling. LaSalle, Ill; T.J. Darling, Temple, Texas. Seventeen grandchildren
have survived. Mrs Darling was a sister of the late Dr M. O’Brien,
a pioneer resident of Topeka.
Funeral services will be held at 9 o’clock Monday morning
from the Church of the Holy Name. Burial will be in Mount Calvary