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Submitted by Tim
from Asheville NC
I have a bunch of Galesburg family stuff. Hope you can use
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.
SKETCH OF HIS LIFE
Mr. Farrell was born in the city of Kilkenny, of the county of the
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.
HIS BUSINESS LIFE
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
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
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
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
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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