Thursday, March 1, 2012

Irish Immigrant in Rural Minnesota – Patrick H. McGuire

B. 25 Dec 1834 in Ireland
M. (1) before 1859
Wife: unknown
M. (2) 7 Jan 1867 in Henderson, Minnesota
Wife: Mary Toole
D. 1 Apr 1882 in Washington Lake, Minnesota
Emigrated: before 1859

Patrick McGuire has a sketchy background. He was born on Christmas Day 1834 somewhere in Ireland; there are no records that show a more specific location. His death record gave the names Lawrence and Julia McGuire for his parents. He would have been an adolescent at the time of the potato famine; possibly he left Ireland with his parents. Patrick is believed to have settled in New York, and he fathered at least three children there. The name of his first wife is unknown, and she seems to have died between 1863 and 1866.

Patrick moved to Sibley County, Minnesota where he married Mary Toole, another immigrant from Ireland, on January 7, 1867. In 1870, Patrick was living in the town of Belle Plain working as a railroad laborer. Ten years later, he was a farmer in Green Isle, a town with a primarily Irish population. Patrick and Mary had six children between 1871 and 1881.

Of Patrick's children from his first marriage, only daughter Katherine has been identified in records as an adult. In 1881, she married a man named Joseph Renshaw Brown. His father, also named Joseph Renshaw Brown, was a prominent Minnesota pioneer and "Indian agent," and his mother was a half-breed Indian. Joseph and Katherine moved to South Dakota where they had a large family, living some of the time on an Indian reservation.

On April 1, 1882, Patrick died of unknown causes at the age of 47. He was buried in St. Brendan's Cemetery in Green Isle.

Children by unknown first wife:
1. Mary McGuire – B. about 1859, New York

2. Katherine McGuire – 1 May 1861, New York; D. 21 Apr 1939, Peever, South Dakota; M. Joseph Renshaw Brown (1854-1930), 24 Feb 1881, Stevens County, Minnesota

3. Michael McGuire – B. about 1863, New York

Children by Mary Toole:
1. Julia A. McGuire – B. 30 Mar 1871, Washington Lake, Minnesota; D. 18 May 1922, St. Paul, Minnesota; M. Louis Martin La Brie (1868-1911), 1 Jun 1891, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2. Margaret McGuire – B. 7 Aug 1873, Washington Lake, Minnesota; D. 19 Oct 1923, Minneapolis, Minnesota; M. Harry Albert Whittaker (1873-?), about 1902

3. William McGuire – B. 14 Aug 1874, Washington Lake, Minnesota; D. before 1880

4. John McGuire – B. 19 Feb 1876, Washington Lake, Minnesota; D. after 1915

5. Alice McGuire – B. 1 Apr 1879, Washington Lake, Minnesota; D. 1893, Sibley County, Minnesota

6. Johanna McGuire – B. 3 Sep 1881, Washington Lake, Minnesota; M. William Henning (1877-~1904), 25 Apr 1899, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Sources:
1870, 1880 and 1900 U.S. Censuses in Minnesota and South Dakota
Marriage certificate of Patrick McGuire and Mary Toole, Henderson, Minnesota, 7 Jan 1867
Death certificate of Patrick McGuire, Washington Lake, Minnesota, 1 Apr 1882
Marriage record of Joseph Renshaw Brown and Katherine McGuire, Stevens County, Minnesota, 24 Feb 1881
Tombstone inscription of Patrick H. McGuire, St. Brendan's Cemetery, Green Isle, Minnesota
Joseph R. Brown – Minnesota River Center [website]
Birth certificate of Julia McGuire, 23 Jun 1871, Washington Lake, Minnesota
Death certificate of Julia La Brie, 19 May 1922, St. Paul, Minnesota
Marriage certificate of Louis La Brie and Julia McGuire, 2 Jun 1891, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Ends Life in Cell at Rondo Station," St. Paul Pioneer Press, 5 Mar 1911
Death certificate of Margaret Whittaker, 22 Oct 1923, Minneapolis, Minnesota
World War I draft registration card index
Minnesota marriages index, 1849-1950
St. Brendan's cemetery inscriptions, Green Isle, Minnesota
Letter from Hazel Swenson, 30 May 1977, Minnesota

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