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Michael Collins

Michael Collins was one of the early pioneers in Iowa.  He sailed through Lizard Creek to join his brother Hugh and together they built the first home - a log cabin in Pocahontas.  His cousin Rodger Collins had also pioneered in this area.  They left pre famine times in Ireland but were faced with other pressures in this new land.  Weather was extremely severe in winter and there were dangers from local Indians.  Pocahontas was called after one of the most well known Indian women in early American history.

Michael was born in Doonbeg, County Clare in 1821.  He settled first in Pittsburg but

Peter Lillis

Peter Lillis from Ross, Kilballyowen, County Clare was the youngest of the family of 10 born to John Lillis and Margaret (nee Keating)

on the last house on the Loop Head Road.  His siblings were Pat Lillis, Lawrence Lillis, John Lillis, Mary A Lillis, Martin Lillis, Tom Lillis, Michael Lillis.  He emigrated to the USA and met his future wife, Mary Rose Kelly from Sligo in New York.  They settled in Jersey City and he worked on the railroad.  Their three daughters were Ann Marie Lillis, Margaret Lillis and Eleanore Lillis.

Ann married Bill Flanagan who later became interested in politics and

Catherine Fogarty (Mahoney)

Catherine Fogarty was born in Aiglsh, Corofin, County Clare in 1863.

She was the third of eight children born to Patrick Fogarty and Mary Maroney.

She had an older brother John Fogarty and younger brothers Patrick Fogarty, James Fogarty (died in 1884) Daniel Fogarty.

She left home  for America - probably arriving in May 1885 at Boston Port on the Cephalonia.

Her older sister Mary was already living in Ashland, Wisconsin.  Mary had married a man called Sullivan and her children were

Agnes Sullivan, Ann Sullivan, Emmett Sullivan, James Sullivan and probably another J Sullivan.

It is

Thomas Clancy

Thomas Clancy left Doonbeg for Detroit.  Sometime later his father Harry Clancy and his mother Mary (Houlihan) also travelled to Detroit with (8 ?) more children.  This was just one of the Clare Clancy families who made a new life in Detroit.

We are keen to gather more information.

Thomas had a son Thomas Clancy 1927 - 2012 and several sisters.

Henry Anderson O'Donnell

Henry Anderson O'Donnell was one of four sons of John O'Donnell of Trough who ran away from home around 1779.

The others were John O'Donnell, Charles O'Donnell, and Edmund O'Donnell.

They went to the East Indies and John ended up in Baltimore as a wealthy merchant.

Henry Anderson had a military career and became a Lft. Colonel.  He had an Indian mistress around 1786 and his son Henry O'Donnell was born in 1787.  He was brought to Baltimore after one year by his Uncle John O'Donnell.  In later years, the lands of the estate in Trough were willed by John to his brother Henry Anderson.


Bryan Fergus O'Loghlin

Bryan Fergus O'Loghlin was one of six sons of Michael Ruaidhri O'Loghlin and Bridget Talty O'Loghlin who left Glandine, Kilfarboy after the famine in 1848 - 1851.  In his diary at the time, he noted in Latin "No man is at all times wise, the wisest may make mistakes". One can only speculate as to the misgivings he had regarding the imminent emigration to America.

All of the sons were well educated for their time - able to read and write - and comprehensive journals of their experience were documented and copies are now held in the Library at the University of Wisconsin.

Captain Patrick Keating

Captain Patrick Keating was father to 

Mrs. John J Corbett

James Keating

Thomas Keating

John Keating

Jane McNamara (Keane)

Jane Keane was born in Quilty near Miltown Malby on the 5th of July 1881.  She was the daughter of James Keane and Mary O'Rorke Keane.

She left for New York abroad the Majestic on the 12th of July 1899 and married Thomas John McNamara on the 17th June 1906 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken, New Jersey.

They returned to New York about 1919 where they lived close to her brother Patrick Keane near Morningside Park.  They had 9 children and she was recognised as a "Four Star" mother during World War II when 4 of her sons were overseas.