Obit: Dempsey, James M. (1829 - 1913)



Surnames: Dempsey, Newbury, Frehan, Hourith, Culnan


----Source: MARSHFIELD TIMES JUN 25, 1913 p.12 col.3

Returns To Old Home

Fred Dempsey of Chicago Brings Body of Father

Bringing the body of his aged father to the old home at Auburndale, Fred Dempsey o£ Chicago arrived in Auburndale Wednesday. His father passed away in Davenport, Ia., at the the age of 84 years. Funeral Services took place at the Auburndale Catholic church. Interment was in the family lot, where the elder Mrs. Dempsey was buried. The Dempsey family lived at Auburndale in the 80s.


----Source: Marshfield News Thursday 26 June 1913 P. 7 C. 4



Fred W. Dempsey of Chicago arrived here yesterday (Friday) from St. Louis, Mo. with the remains of his mother, Mrs. James Dempsey, who passed away at the home of her son, T.A. Dempsey at St. Louis, Mo. where the aged lady had been staying. Deceased was 77 years of age. The family left here in 1898 going first to Chicago, then to Denver, Colorado and lastly to St. Louis. On account of poor health Mr. Dempsey could not attend the funeral which took place today at Auburndale from the Catholic church. She is survived by her husband, four daughters and three sons.

The body of James Dempsey, a former resident of this city, who died at the home of his son in Davenport, Ia., at the age of eighty-one years, was buried in Auburndale last week. He was born in Canada. His wife died a year ago. He is mourned by five sons and four daughters.

----Source: Marshfield Herald Saturday 21 June 1913 P. 1 c. 4


The remains of James Dempsey, a former well known citizen of this city, Auburndale and Mannville, were brought to Auburndale Wednesday of this week for burial. Mr. Dempsey died at the home of his son at Davenport on Sunday of last week at the advanced age of 81 years. He came to Auburndale in 1886 and after a short residence there went to Mannville and later came to this city where he resided until 1898. Since leaving here he has made his home in Chicago, Denver, St. Louis and Davenport where he died. His wife died a year ago and her remains brought to Auburndale for burial. Deceased is survived by five sons and four daughters nearly all residing in different states. Fred W. Dempsey of Chicago, perhaps the best known of the children to Marshfield people, arrived here Tuesday to arrange for the funeral which took place as above stated, Wednesday from the Catholic Church. The remains were accompanied by his two sons, T. A. Dempsey of Davenport and C. L. Dempsey of Chicago, who together with Fred Dempsey were the only children present at the funeral. Deceased was born in Canada, March 8, 1882.


----Source: Marshfield News  Thursday 26 June 1913  P. 7 C. 4


The body of James Dempsey, a former resident of this city, who died at the home of his son in Davenport, Ia., at the age of eighty-one years, was buried in Auburndale last week.  He was born in Canada.  His wife died a year ago.  He is mourned by five sons and four daughters.


----Source: Marshfield Herald  Saturday 6 Dec. 1913  P. 5 C. 5


Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Dempsey of Chicago were here Tuesday, having come up to attend the funeral of Mrs. Jacob Lusk which took place at Auburndale on that day.  Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey are yet in deep mourning over the death of their little daughter who passed away at their home in Chicago November 24th internment taking place at Maple Grove, this state. 


----Source: Marshfield Herald  8 August 1914  P. 4 C. 3



In Tuesday's mail we received a postcard from our old friend F.W. Dempsey of Chicago.  We often get postal cards from him but this one was different for it had a picture of a stork carrying an undressed kid on a pond lily leaf and on which was printed: "Born-to Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Dempsey, July 31st, 1914, an 8 1/2 pound girl."  On the reverse side, with pen and ink, Dempsey discloses a little disgust by writing, "I got the color but not the sex, but her vote counts just the same.  She's got red hair."


Biographical Information

Death Certificate for Catherine Dempsey



James Dempsey           b. 08 Mar 1832, Canada; d. June 1913, Davenport. IA

     Married: abt. 1860, Canada

Catherine Dempsey   b. 22 June 1837, Canada; d. 12 June 1912, St. Louis, MO   

           1900 Census: b. Canada, parents b. Ireland-Ireland     10 of 10 children living



01  Mary Ann Dempsey          1861  Canada

02  John M. Dempsey              1863  Canada

03  Elenor Dempsey                 1863  Canada

04  Francis J. Dempsey            1867  Canada

05  Helen J Dempsey        Jan 1869  Canada 

06  Thomas H Dempsey     Feb 1870  Canada         Imm: 1882    Manager Restaurant

07  Charles L Dempsey      Mar 1872  Canada        Imm: 1884    Cook    (Charles G. Dempsey)

08  Margaret J Dempsey    May 1874 / 1876  Canada                 Dressmaker    (Maggie Jane)

09  Fred W Dempsey        Aug 1877  Canada        Imm: 1884    Electrician on RR

10  Herbert H Dempsey      Oct 1881   Canada                             Cook

11  Agnes E Dempsey        Apr 1886   WI   


Marshfield Public Library

DEMPSEY, MRS JAMES     DEATH    MARSHFIELD HERALD         JUN 15, 1912 p.1 col.5

           Notes: age 77 / died: st louis mo / rites: auburndale cath ch


          **Death Record Available online:

            Name                            Date of Death             County             City      Certificate Number       

               Catherine Dempsey    June 12, 1912      St. Louis                      21453           download pdf


DEMPSEY, JAMES       DEATH           MARSHFIELD HERALD        JUN 21, 1913 p.1 col.4

           Notes: age 81 / died: davenport ia / bur: auburndale wi

DEMPSEY, MR             DEATH           MARSHFIELD TIMES            JUN 25, 1913 p.12 col.4

           Notes: ae 84 / died: davenport ia / bur: auburndale

DEMPSEY, JAMES       DEATH           MARSHFIELD NEWS             JUN 26, 1913 p.7 col.4

           Notes: age 81 / died: davenport ia / bur: auburndale


DEMPSEY, GIRL                 DEATH   MARSHFIELD HERALD        DEC 6, 1913 p.5 col.5

           Notes: parents: m/m f w dempsey / died: Chicago / bur: wi

DEMPSEY, BABY GIRL      BIRTH   MARSHFIELD HERALD        AUG 8, 1914 p.4 col.3

           Notes: parents: m/m f w dempsey of chicago


1861 Census of Canada

Name: James Dempsey     Gender: Male     Age: 28     Birth Year: 1833

Spouse's Name: Kate Dempsey

Race: Native born      Religion: Church Of Rome

Home in 1861: Bathurst, Gloucester, New Brunswick

James Dempsey          28  Father       native born

Kate Dempsey             24  Wife        native born

Mary Anne Dempsey    0  Daughter  (2 months)    native born

Mary Dempsey            60  Mother     Irish


1871 Census of Canada

Name: James Dempsey     Gender: Male     Age: 39    Birth Year: abt 1832

Birth Place: New Brunswick     Marital Status: Married    Religion: Roman Catholic    Origin: Irish

Province: New Brunswick         District: Gloucester   District Number: 183   Division: 03

Subdistrict: Bathurst                  Subdistrict Number: b

Home in 1871: Bathurst, Gloucester, New Brunswick, Canada

James Dempsey          39                1832    (all born New Brunswick)

Catherine Dempsey    34                1837

Mary Ann Dempsey   10                1861

John M Dempsey         8                1863

Elenor Dempsey          6                 1865

Francis J Dempsey       4                1867

Thomas A Dempsey     1                1870

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Mary Dempsey            72  Ireland   1799    Widow


1881 Census of Canada

Name: James Dempsey    Gender: Male    Marital Status: Married

Age: 49    Birth Year: 1832    Birthplace: New Brunswick

Religion: Catholic            Nationality: Irish    Occupation: Farmer

Province: New Brunswick    District Number: 36

District: Gloucester    Sub-District Number: B   Subdistrict: Bathurst   Division: 3

Home in 1881: Bathurst, Gloucester, New Brunswick, Canada

James Dempsey            49

Catherine Dempsey      44

Mary Ann Dempsey     19

John M. Dempsey        18

Elenor Dempsey           18

Francis J. Dempsey       14

Thomas A. Dempsey     11

Charles G. Dempsey       9

Maggie Jane Dempsey    7

Fredric W. Dempsey       4


1895 Wisconsin State Census

Name: James Dempsey     Line: 6     Roll: v226_20

Locality: Marshfield, Wood Wisconsin

James Dempsey      2 males, 4 females     1 born USA, 5 born British America          << Canada


1900 United States Federal Census

Name: James Dempsey     Age: 48    Birth Date: Mar 1832    Birthplace: Canada Eng

Race: White    Gender: Male    Immigration Year: 1884    Relationship to head-of-house: Head

Father's Birthplace: England    Mother's Birthplace: England

Spouse's Name: Catherine Dempsey    Marriage year: 1860    Years married: 40

Home in 1900: Chicago Ward 31, Cook, Illinois [Lake Township]

James Dempsey          68  Canada-England-England      Mar 1832    married 40 years (= 1860)

Catherine Dempsey    62  Canada-Ireland-Ireland           Jun 1837    10 of 10 children living

Thomas H Dempsey    20  Canada    Feb 1870       Imm: 1882    Manager Restaurant     Single

Fred W Dempsey         40  Canada    Aug 1877      Imm: 1884    Electrician on RR     Single

Charles L Dempsey     38  Canada    Mar 1872      Imm: 1884    Cook     Single

Herbert H Dempsey     18  Canada    Oct 1881                             Cook     Single

Helen J Dempsey         30  Canada    Jan 1869     Single

Margaret J Dempsey    20  Canada    May 1876                           Dressmaker     Single

Agnes E Dempsey       10  WI           Apr 1886                            At School     Single


1910 United States Federal Census

Name: James E Dempsey     Age in 1910: 78    Estimated Birth Year: 1832

Birthplace: Canada English      Relation to Head of House: Father

Father's Birth Place: Ireland      Mother's Birth Place: Ireland

Spouse's Name: Catherine Dempsey     Marital Status: Married

Race: White     Gender: Male    Year of immigration: 1884

Home in 1910: Denver Ward 10, Denver, Colorado

Thomas A Dempsey       40  Canada  1870  Widowed    Head    Supt Dining Car - Rail Road

James E Dempsey         78  Canada-Irel-Irel  1832  Married    Father      married 49 years

Catherine Dempsey      72  Canada-Irel-Irel  1838  Married    Mother    9 of 9 children living

Eleanor J Dempsey         44  Canada                1866  Single    Sister

Margaret J Dempsey      35  Canada                1875  Single    Sister

Thomas A Dempsey        4  Colorado-Canada-California  1906  Single    Son 

May C Dempsey         6/12  Colorado-Canada-California  1910  Single  Daughter



Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947

Name: Charles Dempsey     Death date: 03 Mar 1924     Death place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois

Gender: Male     Age: 52     Estimated birth year: 1872   Birth date: 01 Mar 1872

Birthplace: , CANADA

Father: James Dempsey       Fatherís birth place: , CANADA

Mother: Katherine Culnan   Motherís birth place: , CANADA

Occupation: CHEF, RAILROAD      Residence: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Spouse: May Wilson Dempsey

Burial date: 04 Mar 1924     Burial place: CHICAGO, COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Cemetery: ROSEHILL CAM    Digital folder number: 4153208    Volume/page/certificate number: rn 6025



U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 27 April 1942

Name: Frederick William Dempsey Sr    

Age: 64     Birth Date: 19 Aug 1878    Birth Place: Bathurst, Canada

Residence: 1006 Bauer Street, Hammond, Indiana    Race: White   

Occupation: Chicago & Calumet District Transit Co., Hammond, Indiana

Nearest Relative: Mary Dempsey, 1007 Bauer St., Hammond, Indiana

Height/Build: 5í 10Ē, Weight 160      Scar on right hand; speech impediment

Color of Eyes/Hair: Blue / Red; Ruddy Complexion     Signature: (yes)



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