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Submitted by Tim from Asheville NC

 I have a bunch of Galesburg family stuff. Hope you can use this.

My grandfather ROBERT FARRELL was born there. His father DANIEL FARRELL ran the business FARRELL and MEARS, and men's clothing establishment. Dan's wife, BRIDGET MURPHY FARRELL had a brother who lived and worked there too, HENRY MURPHY. His daughter ANNA MURPHY, married HARRY D FERRIS in 1906 on Galesburg.

Here is the DANIEL FARREL obit:

DANIEL FARRELL BORN Kilkenny Ireland October 1824
Died Galesburg Ill. Dec 12 1907
When Daniel Farrell passed away at 1:20 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Dec 12 1907, at his home on North Cedar Street, Galesburg, Illinois, lost one of its oldest and most respected businessmen and citizens who was active until the last and to the end maintained his interest and concern for the city. On Monday, Dec. 2 1907, Mr. Farrell who was senior member of the firm of Farrell and Mears, was at the store and appeared in his accustomed kindly humor. But he had been failing gradually for some time although he did not allow this fact to interfere with his attending to business matters. He was confined to his home but one week and his illness was due to his advanced age and a complication of uraemfla. He retained consciousness nearly to the end and showed remarkable vitality. At his bedside were his daughter Miss Jennie, and his sons, Will and George, who rendered him every attention during his illness. He received the last sacraments at the hand of the Rev. Father Valfre and it greatly comforted him. His death was peaceful and painless.

Mr. Farrell was born in the city of Kilkenny, of the county of the same name,
Ireland, in October 1824, and he was in his eighty-forth year when he died. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Farrell. In his youth he served an apprentice-ship as a tailor and acquired that skill for which he was so well known here.
When twenty-one years of age, he came to New York City where he lived for three years. In 1848 he moved to Newark, New Jersey, where he was united in marriage to Miss Bridget Murphy. They came west in the early fifties and first settled in Chicago, Illinois. The family moved to Galesburg during the administration of the Hon. Henry Sanderson, the first mayor of the city, and Mr. Farrell was thus here at the time of the celebrated Lincoln-Douglas debate, the facts regarding which he well remembered.
He was first employed here as a cutter by Mr. Henry Mayer. Subsequently he was in the employee of Jacobi Brothers and Mack. Afterward for fourteen years he worked for J.H.Gordon another of the early merchants of this city. In 1880 he formed the partnership with R.H. Mears and since that time the firm has been conducting the gents clothing and merchant tailors establishment on Main Street. As a businessman Mr. Farrell possessed the confidence and esteem of the community his knowledge and experience found good play in the firm. He was known as an upright and square man in his dealings, and his genial manner and warm heartiness made him friends at every turn. In the trade that he learned in his youth he was accurate and painstaking. Until the last illness he contributed to the business Interests of the city and thus all of his life was busy and useful.
In his personal appearance Mr. Farrell was always neat and tasty and careful while in address he was gentlemanly. He was naturally of cheerful disposition and had a good word for all. He was a consistent member of Corpus Christi Church and always interested in its welfare.
Mrs. Bridget Farrell died in 1879. To this union ten children were born of whom four are still living. Will, Miss Jennie, Robert of San Francisco and George. Of those deceased those best remembered here are Daniel Farrell, Jr. who became a prosperous businessman of Omaha and Mary. One brother William Farrell of Valejo, California survives.

Mr. Farrell was married a second time in 1880 to Mary Dornan who died January 13, 1889.
The funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. Monday in Corpus Christi Church.

His second wife MARY DOLAN DORNAN was also a prosperous person, owned the bakery, when she married DANIEL.

Here is HENRY MURPHY obit:

Mr. Henry Murphy

Mr. Henry Murphy died at 5 o'clock this morning at his home at the corner of West and First Streets age 76 years old. The deceased had been ill but a few days, having caught a cold which turned into pneumonia. Mr. Murphy was born in Ireland but had been a resident of the city for many years. By trade he was a tailor and in his line was considered a first class workman. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church and respected by all who knew him. There survive him his wife and seven children; Kate, Theresa, Anna, Joe, and John of this city: Mrs. Mame Lorimer of Monmouth and James, living in Iowa.

It is my understanding that descendents of the FERRIS/MURPHY marriage are still in Galesburg. I have not identified them yet, but would love to know what is up with them.

Tim Morrissey in Asheville NC

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