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Town of Callan, County Kilkenny (pin location). Dashed lines are county boundaries: Tipperary to the west.

From Callan to Dubuque: In 1840, 25 year old Daniel Dooley came to Iowa from Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.  He began purchasing land in 1848, eventually acquiring 240 acres (according to the 1874 plat map of Jefferson township) northeast of Rickardsville, a very small "city" (current population less than 200) near Dubuque.  In 1850, he had 11 swine, a cow, some oxen, and a horse, was growing wheat, Indian corn, and potatoes, and was making butter.  By 1856, Daniel's younger siblings William and Catherine had joined him on the farm.


William Dooley, ca. 1872

Elizabeth Martin Dooley, ca. 1872
Off to St. Louis: In the late 1850s, William travelled down the Mississippi River to St. Louis, where he soon established himself as a whoesale grocer.  Later census records indicate he was very successful in this business.  In 1863, William married Elizabeth Martin, youngest daughter of another Irish immigrant family in St. Louis.  Their son, Thomas, was born in 1865.  A daughter, Mary Elizabeth, was born in 1867, but died as an infant.  Thomas attended parochial schools, then the Jesuit St. Louis University.  In 1881, at the age of about 45 years, Elizabeth Martin Dooley passed away.  She is one of many family members buried in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.  After college, Thomas worked with his father in the grocery business, though by 1900 he had begun working for an insurance company.  (For many years, he was an insurance broker.)  In 1892, he married Mary Doyle, like himself the american born child of Irish immigrants, at St. Vincent dePaul Roman Catholic church.  Their daughter, Elizabeth, was born the following year.  Twin sons Joseph and William were born in 1895.  In 1897, Thomas began a career in insurance which lasted at least 30 years.  From at least 1900 until his death in 1907, his father, William, lived with them.  (Though I'm not sure whether it was William's or Thomas' house.)  William was buried with his wife in Calvary Catholic cemetery.

Roots in Rickardsville: At about the same time that William left Dubuque for St. Louis, his sister, Catherine, married the boy next door, 18 year old Jean-Baptiste LaBrune (sometimes known as John or Baptiste), the american born son of French immigrants.  (Read more about the LaBrune family.)  By this time, Jean's parents were in their late 60s, and Jean was probably taking over the operation of the LaBrune farm.  Catherine and Jean's first son, John, was born in 1859, followed by Anastasia in 1863 and Mary in 1864.  Jean's mother, Ann, passed away in 1868 and is buried in St. Joseph Callasanctius Catholic cemetery in nearby Rickardsville.  The following year, Daniel Dooley also passed away and is buried next to Ann LaBrune and other members of the LaBrune family.  He left his farm to Catherine's children, though we don't know the details of what eventually became of it.  Catherine and Jean-Baptiste continued to live on the LaBrune farm.  Their last child, born the month after Catherine's brother died in 1869, was named after him:  Daniel.

Keeping in touch: Catherine and William must have remained in contact.  In 1880, the census shows Catherine's daughter, Anastasia, visiting Uncle William in St. Louis.  An 1886 directory shows Anastasia living at William's address.  Since William's wife, Elizabeth, passed away in 1881, perhaps Anastasia was there to help out during her illness, or help take care of the household after she was gone.  Another visitor at William's house in the summer of 1880 was Elizabeth's nephew, James Hogan.  (One of Elizabeth's older sisters, also named Anastasia, had married Daniel Hogan.  Their two children were James [b. 1857] and Michael [b. 1862].  The Hogans lived a short ways up the river from St. Louis, in Alton, Ill.  [Read more about the Hogan family.])  In 1887, Anastasia LaBrune and James Hogan wed in her home town of Rickardsville, Iowa.  They returned to St. Louis to live.

James and Anastasia had three children: Daniel (b. 1889), Marie (b. 1892), and Leo (b. 1900).  Newspaper articles show that Anastasia brought the kids to visit her parents in Rickardsville from time to time.  They undoubtedly visited many of Anastasia's cousins, as well.  Although most of her LaBrune cousins moved to South Dakota after the death of her uncle George in 1873, Edmire LaBrune Cunningham and Mathilda LaBrune Schwind, both close to Anastasia in age, and her brother, John, remained in the Dubuque area.  In St. Louis, Anastasia's daughter, Marie, and Thomas' daughter, Elizabeth, were less than a year apart in age.  And Thomas was a first cousin to both Anastasia and her husband.  Marie's children recalled many years later that they used to visit St. Louis every year (this would have been through the late 1930s) from their home in the Chicago area and would get together with many Dooleys.  I think the Thomas Dooley family and the Anastasia LaBrune Hogan family must have been very close.  Marie's children don't remember any more contact with the Dooleys after about 1940.  This was probably partly due to Thomas' death in 1940 and Marie's worsening Parkinson's during the 1940s.  Though it seemed strange that Marie's daughter attended college in Webster Groves in the early '40s and was unaware that William Dooley, her mother's cousin, lived there.  Nor does Marie's family remember Dooleys at their mother's funeral in the Chicago area in 1949.  Perhaps there was some rift in the family, too.

The Other Thomas J. Dooley:  In 1910, a Thomas J. Dooley is living with the Hogan family in St. Louis.  He was a 48 year old (born ca. 1862) Irish immigrant, about the same age as our Thomas Dooley, Anastasia LaBrune Hogan, and James Hogan cousins.  He was working as a grocery salesman, so may have been working for or with James.  (James and Michael owned the Hogan Bros. grocery store, but it's not clear how long they were in business.)  Thomas passed away in 1916 and is buried with the Hogan family in Calvary cemetery in St. Louis.  A notice in the paper mentionned a brother, William, living in San Francisco.  I assume that this Thomas Dooley was a cousin, but I have not found any further information on him or his brother.

The St. Louis Dooleys:  The Dooley-LaBrune descendants in the Dubuque area are on my LaBrune family page.  The Dooley-Hogan descendants (my own ancestors), all of whom left the St. Louis area, are on my Hogan family page.  What follows is what little I've pieced together about the Dooley-Martin descendants (or the William Dooley descendants) of St. Louis.  If you are a member of one of these families, I would be happy to add any additional information or correct any errors.  Please contact me at roots1@cushings.com .

Elizabeth Dooley O'Neal family: I have little information on Thomas' family, gathered from census, cemetery and obituary records.  Thomas and Mary's first child, Elizabeth, was born in 1893.  She married Charles O'Neal, a salesman (restaurant related at first, but for a steel company for many years) in about 1917.  They had 5 children:  Mary Elizabeth in 1917, Florence in 1919, James in 1921, Joseph in 1925, and Ellen in 1928.

Mary wed William Cramer, probably in the late 1940s.  They had two sons that I know of.  William was an accomplished attorney, and passed away in 1995.  She passed away a year later. Both are buried in Calvary cemetery.

Florence married Robert Burns, proably in the early 1940s.  Robert was a Navy lieutenant in World War II and went on to become an executive with Monsanto.  They had about 5 children, one of whom, 2nd Lt. J. Robert Burns, was killed just days after his 24th birthday, on January 27th, 1968, at the Battle of Khe San, while serving in the Marines in Viet Nam.  Lt. Burns was posthumously awarded the prestigious Silver Star.  Florence passed away in 1974, Robert in 2007.  They are among many Burns family members buried in Calvary cemetery.

James was senior class president at the University of Notre Dame, while enrolled in Naval Officer School.  In about 1942 he married Mary Tierney, and they had about seven children.  In the Navy, James served aboard the USS Canfield in the Sea of Japan.  He had a long career in advertising, which took him to New York City.  Mary was an accomplished artist.  Mary and James passed away there (in Rye, NY): she in 2010, he in 2013.

Joseph died of pneumonia at the age of 3 months.

Ellen married J. Holt Tipton, awarded five Bronze Stars (heroic or meritorious achievement or service) while serving in the Army in World War II. They had five children.  I believe their five children are still living. He died in 1995, she in 2000.

Joseph Dooley family: Thomas and Mary's twin sons, Joseph and William, were born in 1895.  Joseph served in World War I, then, like his father, became an insurance broker.  Sometime before 1920, he first married Edmer Anheuser, a granddaughter to Eberhardt Anheuser, the original owner of what later became Anheuser Busch brewery.  I don't know what happened to this first marriage, but in about 1929 Joseph married Helen Garvin, with whom he started a family. According to his 1943 death certificate, Joseph died violently at the Milner Hotel in St. Louis, but the cause was not determined. Helen continued to raise their young family.  She passed away in 1974.  Both are buried in St. Louis' Calvary cemetery.

William Dooley family: In 1916, William married Cornelia Howe, daughter of Jim Howe, a St. Louis pharmacist and, later, the inventor of TUMS (launched in 1930).  William was Secretary and later an executive of Howe's company all of his married life.  (I don't know if he met Cornelia while working for her father, or was offered the job after meeting her.)  Their three children were David (b. 1917), William, jr. (b. 1921), and Cornelia (b. 1926). William and Cornelia died in 1976 and 1984, respectively, are buried in the Howe family mausoleum in Oak Grove Cemetery in Bel Nor.

In 1944, David was ordained a Catholic priest in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he ministered for 15 years.  In 1959, he returned to St. Louis where he taught and ministered, in St. Louis, Shrewsbury, Clayton, and Chesterfield, until his death from Parkinson's disease in 1995. He is entombed in the family mausoleum at Oak Grove Cemetery. Bill jr. earned a degree in Chemistry for Georgetown University, in Washington, DC in 1943.  He joined the Air Force, earning a degree in Meteorology from UCLA and graduating from the Air Intelligence School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He served as a photograph interpreter in Europe, studying aerial photographs to provide intelligence to military commanders.  A photography enthusiast, he also had his own camera and took some great pictures of prominent persons (Churchill, Eisenhauer, Bradley, ...) during his service. (See http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/241008 .) After the War, he returned to St. Louis where he joined his father at Lewis-Howe Co. In 1947 he married Nancy Repetti; they had three children, all of whom are living, I believe.  Bill earned another degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1950.  In 1955, he was one of the founders of St. Louis Priory School. He served on the Boards of Directors/Governors of that school, as well as those of St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Georgetown University. Lewis-Howe Co. was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in about 1980, from which William retired as Executive Vice-President a few years later.  He died in 2004, Nancy in 2009.  They are buried in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. I know very little about Cornelia.  She passed away in 2007.

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