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Generation No. 1

1. MYLES1 MCNALLY was born Abt. 1812 in Mayo Co Ireland (Source: 1880 Palo Alto Co. Census.), and died 10/04/1891 in Emmetsburg Iowa. He married (1) MYRA HINKLEY. She died Bef. 1846 in Ireland. He married (2) MARY MCDONEL 1846. She was born 1826 in County Cavan Ireland, and died 03/03/1899 in Emmetsburg Iowa.


PALO ALTO REPORTER" - Friday, October 9, 1891:

'Myles McNally, Sr. died at his residence, in this city, last Sunday,

and was buried in the Catholic cemetery on Tuesday. Mr. McNally has

been a resident of Palo Alto county for some 20 years, the 2 of which

were spent in town. He had reached the advanced age of about 92 years

and his death appears to have been the result of advanced age rather

than acute disease.'


According to 1880 census he was living with wife and 3 children:

Robert, age 18; Eddie, age 15, and Terressa, age 13.

He was stated as age 68 and Mary as age 53. This would make his DOB closer to 1812.


From the Palo Alto Reporter, March 10,1899:

Mrs. Mary McNally

The death of Mrs. Mary McNally occurred at her home in this city on Friday morning, March 3, 1899 after an illness of less than a week's duration. The cause of Mrs. McNally's death was la grippe.

Deceased was born in county Down, Ireland, over seventy-three years ago, but when a girl of twelve years of age she emigrated to America, and settled in Wisconsin. In 1843, she was married to Myles McNally Sr., and in 1872 the family moved to Palo Alto County. Eight years ago her husband died, and now Mrs. McNally has been called to join him in the other world. She leaves a family of six children, namely, Mrs. John Joynt, Mrs. J.J. Kane, J. McNally, Patrick McNally and Ed McNally of this county; and C.J. McNally of Austin, Minn.

The funeral took place from Assumption church, on Sunday morning, at 11:30 o'clock, and was conducted by Rev. M.J. Costello. the remains were interred in St. John's Cemetery.


i. MYLES2 MCNALLY, b. 05/13/1842, Newport,Mayo,Ireland (Source: Pension Papers of Myles McNally.); d. 01/16/1929, Emmetsburg,Iowa; m. MARIA KANE, 01/27/1868, Mapletown,Wisconsin (Source: 1900 Census-Palo Alto Co..); b. 09/08/1843, Roscommon,Ireland; d. 03/13/1935, Emmetsburg,Iowa.


Miles fought in the Civil War. He entered service March 10,1862. Enlisted into Company D Seventeenth Wisconsin Veteran Infantry from Waterstown, Wisconsin. Mustered out of service April 5, 1865, term expired.

Engagements: Siege of Corinth,MS; Corinth, MS; Waterford, MS; Champion's Hill, MS; Siege of Vicksburg, MS; Fort Beauregard, LA; Orangeburg, SC; Columbia, SC; Fayetteville, NC; Big Shanty, GA; Keneshaw Mountain,GA; Chattahoochie River, GA; Siege of Atlanta, GA; Jonesboro,GA; Lovejoy's Station,GA; Siege of Savannah, GA. (See certificate of service provided by state of Wisconsin)

1900 Census lists emigration as 1861. Owns own home in Freedom TWP.

From the Palo Alto Tribune Jan. 24, 1929

Citizen Soldier Takes His Leave at Age of 87

Myles McNally Now Numbered With Those of Great Beyond. Died Wednesday.

Myles McNally died at his home in the Fourth ward Wednesday evening , January 16, after a prolonged illness. Funeral services were conducted at the Assumption church at 9:30 Saturday morning. Very Rev. J.G. Murtagh conducted the service and celebrated a solemn requiem high mass assisted by Father McNerney and Father Dunn.

It was a military funeral. Rev. William Veit of Estherville, a chaplain in the World war, preached the sermon. The regular pall bearers were Clem and Maurice McNally, Robert and William McNally and Charles and Edward Kane, all nephews of Mr. McNally. The honorary pallbearers were Legion boys-Sarsfield and Joe Deneen, Jack Higley, Phil Bough, Glenn Brown and Melvin Hand.

Myles McNally was born in the County Mayo, Ireland in 1842. He came to America in 1861, when only a lad of 19 years. He enlisted in the Union army shortly after coming to the United States and served until the Civil War closed.

His record as a soldier was that of a man unafraid-brave,true, and patriotic, ready and willing to suffer hardship and danger and to die, if need be, for the cause which he believed to be worth the sacrifice.

After the war closed he established his home in Wisconsin. On January 27, 1868, he united in marriage with Miss Maria Kane at Mapleton, in that state.

Mr. McNally came to Palo Alto county in 1871 and settled in Emmetsburg township. His wife came in 1873. Eight children, three sons and five daughters were born to them. Two sons and one daughter preceded their father in death. The family grew up in Emmetsburg township.

Mr. McNally was one of the public spirited citizens of the county. He was interested in the schools and in all public affairs. He sreved as a member of the Board of Supervisors for nine years and was regarded as one of the alert businessmen on the board.

The writer remembers one time when Mr. McNally was the only democrat in the county to withstand the ravages of the political battle put up by the republicans. He won, was elected, and qualified-one lone democrat among his friends- the enemies (politically).

He was successful and was able to provide his home with all necessities and many luxuries. He was a reader and kept himself well informed upon all public matters. There was probably no man in the county better known than he. His name was familiar to almost everyone.

He was a member of the Henry Dillon Post, G.A.R., and the last member of the post to survive.

To have lived four score and seven years; to have raised a family of children to honest and honorable manhood and womanhood; to have served his country on the battlefield and in peaceful pursuits; to have borne the burdens of a pioneer; to have, through it all, acquired a goodly share of wealth; to have provided the best things for the home; to have enjoyed these with his family. and withal never to have wavered in the Christian faith or to have doubted the integrity of his adopted country, is a record of which few men can boast. Yet it is a record made by Myles McNally and one that he has left in the memory of his family and of his friends.

Notes for MARIA KANE:

1900 Census lists emigration as 1847. Gave birth to 8 children, 6 living in 1900. Who was 8th child?

She mentioned her father as Martin in papers filed for pension of her husband.


From the Palo Alto Tribune, Wed. March 20, 1935:

Mrs. Myles McNally

Mrs. Myles McNally died at her home in the Fourth ward Thursday, March 14, after a serious illness of a few days, though she had been ailing for a long time.

Funeral services were conducted at the Assumption church at 9:30 Saturday morning. The Very T.J. Finnegan officiated and celebrated a requiem high mass. The pallbearers were all nephews of the deceased. They were Will McNally, Rob McNally, Paul Kerber, Pat Doerning, Ervin Joynt and Charles Kane. Burial was in St. John's cemetery.

Miss Maria Kane was born in County Mayo, Ireland, September 8, 1844. The family came to America in 1848 and located at Oconomowoc, Wis. In 1873 they came to Iowa and Palo Alto county, where she has resided constantly since.

She united in marriage with Miles McNally at Oconomowoc on January 27, 1868. Eight children were born to this union. Two sons and one daughter, preceded their parents in death. The surviving children are Mrs. Michael M Maher of Hastings, Neb., Mrs. Larry Murphy of Bonesteel, S.Dak., Mrs. Art Beaudry of St. Cloud, Minn., Mrs. Dick McNally and W.T. McNally of this city. All were present at the funeral. Mrs. McNally also leaves one brother, Martin Kane of Ayrshire to mourn her departure. Her husband died six years ago.

Mrs. McNally was a woman of fine character. She was humble, earnest and sincere. She was a good christian and a devout Catholic. Always devoted to her ehome, she was ever a true wife and a splendid mother.

It was a half century ago or more since she came to this county. In those days luxuries were unknown., but trials and hardships were plenty. Seh bore her part bravely and was never known to complain of her lot. At that time the family lived on a farm west of this city. The children were taught lessons of industry and economy.

Mrs. McNally's unselfish nature was always evident. She was charitable in word and deed, and kindly acts upon her part were noted everywhere. She lived a long and useful life, and met every duty with a pleasant willingness. Such lives as hers, humble though they may be, are a benediction to those about them.

The writer knew Mrs. McNally well for many years and admired her for her true worth.

To the children and other relatives who survive her the Tribune extends sincere sympathy.


Note: Obit lists DOB as 9/8/1844 in County Mayo, but other info lists DOB as 9/8/1843 in County Roscommon

More About MARIA KANE:

Burial: 01/27/1868, St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Emmetsburg,IA

Emigration: 05/1871, to Wisconsin




iv. ALEX2 MCNALLY, b. 05/1847, Wisconsin (Source: 1900 Census Soundex.); m. MARYETT; b. 07/1859, Iowa.


Living in Rockford,IA at time of brother, Myles' death-1929

1880 IA Soundex 5-46-20-26 of Cerro Gordo Co, Iowa, Owen Township

McNally, Alex,white male, age 31, b. in Wisconsin

,Marietta,NR, age 20, b. in Iowa

,Thomas F, NR, age 1, b. in Iowa


1900 IA Soundex 26-94-2-61 of Floyd Co, Iowa, Rockford Township, Rockford

McNally, Alex Sr White, b. May 1847 age 53, b. in Wisconsin

,Maryett,wife, b. July 1859 age 40 b. in Iowa

,Frank T, son b. Jan 1879, age 21, b. in Iowa

,Alex Jr, son b. Feb 1883, age 12, b. in Wisconsin

,Edward G, son, b. Apr 1890, age 10, b. in Wisconsin



v. ROSEANN MCNALLY, b. 01/19/1850, Ixonie Center,Wisconsin; d. 12/31/1918, Emmetsburg, Iowa (Source: Palo Alto County Death Records-Book 3.); m. JOHN JOYNT, 09/10/1872, Emmetsburg,Iowa (Source: 1900 Census-Palo Alto Co..); b. 01/1845, Gort, Galway, Ireland; d. 02/1912, Emmetsburg,Iowa (Source: Palo Alto County Death Records-Book 3.).


Age 68 yrs,11 mo,11 da. at time of death and a widow.

1900 census listed she had borne 6 children and 3 were living at time of census.

From the Emmetsburg Democrat, Wednesday, January 8, 1919:

Mrs. John Joynt Dead

She was one of the Highly Esteemed Ladies of our County

Mrs. John Joynt of this city, one of the best known ladies in Emmetsburg, died Tuesday evening of last week, at 9:30, at the home of her son, M.W. Joynt, of West Bend. She had been quite ill for some time. The remains were brought to this city Wednesday evening and were taken to the home of her brother, Edward McNally. The funeral was held on Thursday. Services were conducted at the Assumption church. Very Rev P.F. Farrelly officiating. He celebrated a requiem high mass. The burial was in St. John's cemetery. The pall bearers were Peter Bough, John O'Brien, Michael Fleming, J.S. Martin, Daniel Burns and J.K. Martin.

Rose Ann McNally was born at Ixonie Center, Wisconsin, January 19, 1850. She was nearing her 69th year. In 1872 she came to this county with her parents, who located a few miles west of this city. She was married to John Joynt in September, 1872. For many years they made their home on a farm in Emmetsburg township. Sixteen years ago they moved to Emmetsburg. Mr. Joynt died in February, 1912. Mrs. Joynt is survived by her son, M.W. of West Bend, her daughter, Mrs. M.C. Hoben, of Highland township, and a son, Henry Joynt of Emmetsburg township. Another daughter, Mrs. E.F. Murphy, passed away four years ago. Three children died when quite young. Seven brothers and a sister also mourn the death of Mrs. Joynt. The brothers are Myles, John, Patrick, and Edward McNally of this city, Thomas of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Alex of Rockford, Iowa, and C.J. of Austin, Minnesota. An only sister, Mrs. J.J. Kane resides in this city.

Mrs. Joynt was one of the most humble, sincere, conscientious Christian ladies in our county. For years she attended mass every morning and her aspirations and her actions were in admirable harmony with her professions. Providence was generous to her, bestowing upon her a cheerful disposition and many rich spiritual blessings. That she treasured them and safeguarded them was well known to all who were acquainted with her. Her life was consecrated to her God, to the peace and happiness of her home and to the welfare of her country. She was beloved by acquaintances and friends as well as by the members of her own household. She was a thoughtful, obliging neighbor, a watchful, indulgent mother and a warm faithful friend. She provided amply and zealously for her own sons and daughters and her heart went out in motherly sympathy to those who, early in life, were left without the attention and the care of solicitous parents. Though of a highly developed religious nature, she was always cheerful and she was ever willing and ready to participate in innocent domestic amusements. No one could spend a more congenial hour with a neighbor than Mrs. Joynt. In community affairs she was ready for any task which she might, in the assignments of companions and friends, be asked to perform. She had unbounded faith in divine guidance and helpfulness and she was prepared to make the great sacrifices that others might reap the reward and that society might in the end be substantially benefited. All who knew Mrs. Joynt will learn with unfeigned regret of her death. The Democrat extends sincere sympathy to the sorrowing sons, daughters, and other relatives.



Cause of Death: Chronic endocarditis with ruptured confirmation following Bright's disease

Fact 1: 01/02/1919, buried Emmetsburg

Notes for JOHN JOYNT:

Died before Roseanne as her death record states she was a widow at time of death. Still alive in 1900.

1900 census listed as Joint. Marked that he could not read/write English. He emigrated in 1869. Line 9 page 99 (13A).



Was a Resident of Palo Alto County for 42 years.

John Joynt, one of lthe old and respected citizens of our county, died at his home in this city last Thursday afternoon. Although he had not been a rugged man for several years, he was able to be about almost continually until a short time ago. He attended the funeral of the late Very Rev. J. J. Smith about three weeks ago and it is though that the exposure to the cold air was injurious to his physical condition. He was taken with a sudden change and went to bed soon after. he gradually became weaker until he finally passed away. The funeral was held Friday morning. Services were conducted at Assumption church, Father Conway officiating. There was a large attendance. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, of which order he had been a member for many years, were out in large numbers and walked in the procession to the church and to St. Johnís cemetery, where the burial took place.

The pall bearers were John R. and Joseph Joynt, John Finn, W.P. and W.T. McNally, and Joseph Kane, all nephews of the deceased.

Mr. Joynt was born in the parish of Kilmacduagh, county of Galway, Ireland in 1845. He was 66 years of age. He came to the United States in March, 1867, residing in Dubuque county for three years. He became a resident of Palo Alto county in the spring of 1870, subsequently living in this locality. September 10, 1872, he was united in marriage to Miss Rose Ann McNally. Besides the wife, there are two daughters and one son living. the are M.W. Joynt, Mrs. M. Hoben and Mrs. E.F. Murphy, all of this locality. His brothers, Patrick and Michael Joynt, and his sisters, Mrs. Walter Keating and Mrs. Daniel Higgins, also live in this vicinity. Another sister, Mrs. P. Nally, resides in Ireland. Henry Joynt and Mrs. C.G. Worley made their home with Mr. and Mrs. Joynt from childhood until they attained their years of manhood and womanhood.

No one in our country led a more exemplary life than did Mr. Joynt. His motives from a conscientious point of view were much higher than those of the average citizen. He was humble and mild of manner and he was scrupulously honest. He showed by his utterances and by his actions that he had a deep seated faith in providential reward for meritorious deeds and that he feared divine displeasure for human disregard of important precepts and obligations. He was a charitable man. This was particularly noticeable in his attitude towards his fellow citizens. He would not intentionally do any one an injustice and he was very slow to criticise those who might have wronged him. He was a religious man. He would not allow any any temporal consideraton to interfere with the performance of what he regarded as his obligations as a Catholic. He was kind, obliging, patient and cheerful. He realized that a person should be practical and good natured as well as serious and dutiful. One who can stand, in the same neighborhood, for forty years or more, the ordinary test to which he is subjected and maintain successfully the high regard of those who know him intimately an who have an opportunity of realizing his frailities does not need a tribute from the pen of any one to add to the reputation that he has made as a member of society. The writer knew Mr. Joynt as a friend and well wisher for more than a quareter of a century and he feels a personal loos in his death. The surviving members of the family and the other relatives have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.


More About JOHN JOYNT:

Fact 1: farmer

vi. SARAH MCNALLY, b. 07/18/1852, Ixonia Center, Wisconsin (Source: Palo Alto Co. Birth Records-Book 1, Mother age 30 at time of birth of Edward.); d. 03/19/1924, Emmetsburg,Iowa (Source: Obit of Mrs. J.J. Kane, March 26, 1924.); m. JOHN J KANE, 04/17/1871, Mappleton, Wisconsin; b. 12/1848, Ireland (Source: Palo Alto Co. Birth Records-Book 1, John J. Kane age 40 at time of birth of Edward.).


1900 Census lists Sarah as giving birth to 11 children,11 living at time of census.

From the Palo Alto Reporter, Thursday, March 26, 1924:

Mrs. J.J. Kane

Last week we made brief mention of the death of Mrs. J.J. Kane, who passed away at her home in this city last Thursday evening following a long illness. Services were held Saturday forenoon from St. Thomas church, Rev. McNerney having charge. The burial was in St. Johns cemetery. The funeral was very largely attended. The pall bearers were Charles Duhigg, K. J. McElroy, James Bryce, Peter Dally, M.F. Kerwick and Geo. Baker.

Sarah McNally was born at Ixonia Center, Wisconsin, July 18, 1852 and grew to womanhood in her home community. Later the family removed to Mappleton where on April 17, 1871 she was united in marriage to J.J. Kane. They moved to Palo Alto County and made their home on a farm near Crippen, residing there until 1910 when they moved to Camp Crook, So. Dakota. They lived in South Dakota for a couple of years and then moved to this city, which has been their home ever since. Six sons and five daughters came to the home. Ths sons are M.P. of Clinton, John of Cando North Dakota, Ed and Chas of this city and Robert and Joseph of Bowman, North Dakota. The daughters are Mrs. Britt Catern of Camp Crook, South Dakota, Mrs. James Dower of Marengo, Mrs. E.J. Bradley of Graettinger, Mrs. Emil Dahl of Rahme, North Dakota and Catherine, who died a few years ago.

The passing of Mrs. Kane takes from this world one more of Palo Alto's old settlers. Mr. and Mrs. Kane came to this county 53 years ago and with the exception of two years have made their home here. These early settlers are responsible for the many benefits which we enjoy today and needless to say Mrs. Kane did her share of the work to be done at that time cheerfully and willingly. The past few years, of course, Mrs. Kane has not been active due to failing health and the past year or so she has been very low at times, and in spite of all that could be done, the grim reaper final came to claim her. Mr .and Mrs. Kane have many friends in this county acquired during their long residence. They are admired by many. Mrs. Kane was a faithful member of the Catholic church. The sympathy of all goes out to Mr. Kane and the sons and daughters in their sorrow.

Notes for JOHN J KANE:

Soldiers Living in Palo Alto County in 1885

From the Palo Alto Reporter dated July 17,1885

We publish below a list of the soldiers now residing in Palo Alto county who took part in the war of the Rebellion, with their rank and the company and regiment to which they belonged. One of the number, Mr. Jas. Foy, was a soldier in the Mexican War, while Mr. J.M. Hefley took a hand in both the Mexican war, and the war of the rebellion. The list may not be absolutely correct, but is nearly so:

KANE, JJ 2 Lieu I 17 Wis Inf.



1900 Census lists John as emigrating in 1847. Owns own farm.

More About JOHN J KANE:

Fact 1: farmer

vii. JOHN MCNALLY, b. 09/1853; d. 1926; m. MARY ANN KELLY, 02/18/1878 (Source: Palo Alto County Marriage Records-Book 1.); b. 05/1857, Kane County, Illinois; d. 06/12/1941, Freedom Township, Palo Alto Co, Iowa (Source: Book 4 Palo Alto Co. Death Records 1941-1966.).


City Marshall

1880 census lists occupation as laborer. Living in Town of Emmetsburg. In dwelling 3 with Atkinsons. Had a servant, Catherine Stanton living with them.

1900 census lists occupation as drayman. Living in City of Emmetsburg. Renting home. 2 months unemployed. Nephew Aleck living with them. He was age 33 working at steel mill.

1925 census listed John as 70 years of age, with a 3rd grade education. Mary was 65 with a 5th grade education. William was living with them.

From the Palo Alto Pilot, Emmetsburg, Iowa June 19, 1886

Marshal McNally has had one case of "top heavy" that had to be carried to the cooler. $12.50 to the city next morning added to the bitterness and humiliation.



Burial: St John's Cemetery, E'burg, Iowa


Burial: 06/14/1941, StJohn's Catholic Cemetery, Emmetsburg

viii. PATRICK MCNALLY, b. 09/25/1855, Jefferson Co., Wisconsin; d. 07/05/1923, Emmetsburg, Iowa; m. MARGARET ANN HICKEY, 11/25/1879, Emmetsburg,Iowa; b. 10/14/1856, Emmetsburg, Iowa; d. 05/05/1932, Emmetsburg, Iowa.


From the Palo Alto Tribune, Wed, July 11, 1923:

Pat McNally Laid to Rest

Cancer Brings Death to Longtime Resident of County Thursday, July 5

Mr. Patrick McNally died at his home in the Third ward at 2 a.m. Thursday, July 5, after a lengthy illness. For some time Mr. McNally has been in a very serious condition. He was taken to Iowa City in the early spring but it was learned that he was suffering from an internal cancer and could not be helped. He suffered a great deal and, sad though death always is, it came to him as a kindly relief.

Funeral services were conducted at the Assumption Church at ten o'clock Saturday. Monsignor Farrelly officiated and celebrated a requiem high mass, assisted by Rev. J.J. Neppel of Mallard and Rev. L.J. Savage. The body was laid to rest in St. John's cemetery.

The active pall bearers were W.I. Branagan, John O'Brien, Robert Laughlin, James Neary, Dan Burns and T.F. Rutledge. The honarary pall bearers were all grandsons of Mr. McNally. They were Ralph and Edwin Joynt, Herman and Patrick Doering, Francis and Gerald McNally.

Patrick McNally was born at Exonia, Wisconsin on September 25, 1855. He came to Iowa in 1872 and lived on a farm west of town for many years. He farmed for some time before coming to Emmetsburg. He worked for the Creamery company for several years. This was thirty-nine years ago.

Later he engaged in business for himself in this city. This business he conducted for many years.

On November 24, 1879, he was united in marriage with Miss Maggie A. Hickey. To this union ten children were born. All survive their father and were at his bedside at the time of his death.

The seven daughters are Mrs. T.P. Joynt, of Emmetsburg township, Mrs. J.B. Doerning and Mrs. P.J. Grethen of Mallard, Mrs. J.J. Clemon of Sioux Falls, Mrs. W. Mart of Fairmont Minn., Mrs. E.J. Frederick of Osgood and Miss Sarah McNally who is at home.

The three sons are W.P. and R.F. McNally of this city and J.J. McNally of Sibley. He is also survived by his wife, one sister and six brothers. The sister is Mrs. J.J. Kane of this city. The brothers are Myles, John and Edward McNally of this place, C.J. McNally of Austin, Minn., Thomas McNally of Green Bay, Wis., and Alexander of Waterloo. He has also thirty-three grandchildren.

For over fifty-one years Mr. McNally was a resident of this county. In that time he formed a broad acquaintance, and few who knew him would speak ill of him.

In his home he meant much to his family. He was a devoted husband, a kind and indulgent father. The tender care and the devotion which were lavished upon him during his last illness was expressive of the great devotion of his wife and children for him. The exceptionally large attendance at his funeral showed the high regard in which he was held in the community.

While Mr. McNally was congenial and easy to deal with, he had decided opinions of his own, and his convictions, whether right or wrong, were honest and sincere. He was hearty, hospitable and neighborly. He loved to do a good turn to another and was deeply grateful for any kindness extended to him. He had very many admirable traits of character, that were hidden under the cover of unostentation. His life might naturally have been prolonged for many years had it not been for the uncurable cancer. This thought, together with the agonizing absence of a loved one, will make the grief of the bereaved exceedingly difficult to bear. But time and a hope in future reward will bring consolation to their sorrowing hearts.

To them the Tribune extends sincere sympathy.



Mrs. McNally Passes Away at Mallard

Was born in 1856 the First White Child in Palo Alto County

Mrs. Margaret Hickey McNally, daughter of the Judge and Mrs. James Hickey passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ben Doerning of Mallard Thursday, May 5 after a prolonged illness. The most tender care and nursing was given her for the many years she suffered. She was a remarkably patient patient. Death seemed to come at last as a kind relief.

Funeral services were conducted at the Assumption church at 9:30 Saturday morning. The Rev. Father Finnegan officiated and celebrated a requiem high mass. The pallbearers were Ralph Grethen, Harold Clennon, Irvin Joynt, Gerald McNally, and Herman and Arnold Doerning, six grandsons of the deceased. Burial was in St. John's cemetery beside the body of her husband who died some years ago.

Mrs. Margaret Hickey was the first white child born in Palo Alto County. Mr and Mrs. James Hickey came to Ft. Dodge about the time the original Irish Colony came to Palo Alto county and joined the colony here a few months later, in the early fall of 1856.

On October 14, 1856 Margaret was born. The following spring the Hickey family moved farther south across the river and located on section 35-96-33, or in Emmetsburg Township. She attended the country school and later went to school at Ft. Dodge, making the trips to and from that place by stage. Much of fher education was obtained while she helped her mother in the home, or caring for her younger brothers and sisters, or helping her father in the postoffice.

She grew to womanhood on the farm and on November 25, 1879 she united in marriage with Patrick McNally. For five years they made their home on a farm and then moved to Emmetsburg.

In 1888 they took up their residence in their own home here where they resided until July 5, 1923 when Mr. McNally passed away. Mrs. McNally continued to reside there until September, 1930, when she was taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.B. Doerning, where she was cared for.

Mrs. McNally was a woman of fine character. She had a gentle and loving disposition. She was earnest, kind and true to her family and friends. A devoted wife and mother, she never left anything undone which meant peace, comfort or happiness to her loved ones. Her name has always been one of hte prominent ones in Palo Alto County and will always be remembered in the history of the place.

She is survived by three sons, W.P. and Rob of this county and James of Sibley and six daughters, Mrs. Tom Joynt of Emmetsburg Township, Mrs. B.F. Doerning and Mrs. Pete Grethen of Mallard, Mrs. J. J. Clennon of Sioux Falls, Mrs. Nick Marks of East Chain, Minnesota, Mrs. Elmer Frederick of Osgood and Miss Sarah McNally of Mallard.

To all of them the Tribune extends sincere sympathy, and is assured that her blessed memory will be a great consolation to them.




Fact 1: first white child born in Palo Alto Co.

ix. WILLIAM MCNALLY, b. Abt. 1857; d. 03/23/1876, Emmetsburg,Iowa.


Obit in Palo Alto Reporter March 25, 1876

x. CHARLES MCNALLY, b. Abt. 1860, Wisconsin; m. MARY; b. Abt. 1857, Illinois (Source: 1900 Census Soundex.).


Living in Minnesota at time of brother, Miles' death.

1880 Iowa Soundex: vol 5-ed 48-sheet 4-line 35 in Cerro Gordo County, Mount Vernon Township

McNally,Charles white,male, age 20 b. in Wisconsin

,Mary, wife, age 23, b. in Illinois

,Charles, son, age 8 mo. b. in Iowa

1900 Iowa Soundex: not listed

xi. ROBERT MCNALLY, b. Abt. 1862 (Source: 1880 Palo Alto Co. Census.).

xii. EDWARD MCNALLY, b. 06/11/1864, Ixonia, Wisconsin; d. 12/11/1950, Emmetsburg, Iowa; m. JANE JENNIE GRIFFIN, 07/23/1888, Emmetsburg Iowa; b. 03/01/1865, Minnesota; d. 04/28/1912, Emmetsburg, Iowa.


1900 census lists him as deputy sheriff. Owns own home in city of Emmetsburg.

From the Emmetsburg Reporter September 12, 1950

Prominent Local Man Served in Many Civic Jobs

Edward McNally, 86, prominent and longtime resident of Emmetsburg, died in the local hospital Monday morning at 9 o'clock after a lingering illness.

Mr. McNally had been ill for many months and not infrequently critically ill but his great vitality and "will to live" had always carried him through. Since August he had been at the home of his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Joynt, near Emmetsburg and the last week he was treated at the hospital.


Even in his last days he retained his cheerful attitude and sense of humor. When asked one morning recently if a crying child had kept him awake during the night, his eyes twinkled and he said, "No, I probably kept the baby awake."


Funeral services will be held at Assumption church Thursday morning at 9:30 o'clock with the Very W.F. Mason, his pastor and longtime friend, officiating. Burial will be in St. John's cemetery. The body will be at the McNally home at 2108 Fourteenth street, until the time of the funeral. The Martin Funeral Home is in charge.

Few residents of Emmetsburg had lived here so long or been so active in building up the community as Mr. McNally. One of the real "old timers", he came to Palo Alto county with his parents in a covered wagon 75 years ago.

The family settled just west of the Des Moines reiver and began farming operations, the boy, "Ed", putting in some hard licks and long days on the farm. Schools were few and far between and formal education ended with the third grade, but Mr. McNally, with a hunger for learning, "made out" his own education and became one of Palo Alto county's best versed men in business and financial matters.

He was 23 when he met Miss Jenny Griffen in Emmetsburg and a year later they were married. They had eight children, three boys and five girls, six of whom are living. Mrs. McNally passed away 28 years ago and Mr. McNally became both a father and "mother" to the growing family of children. Never shirking this care, he showered attention and devotion on his youngsters through the years he alone bore this responsibility.


He was one of Emmetsburg's best known businessmen, for years serving as head of the McNally Real Estate and Abstract firm. But he alwasy spared time for communitly service and has probably contributed as much as any other person to civic affairs. He served on the draft boards of both World War I and World War II capably, and fairly.


He is a former secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, a former deputy sheriff and a former of the Board of Education. In all of these duties he gave his best efforts.

Mr. McNally had a wide understanding of human nature and helped ocuntless persons when they were in need. His sympathy for the trials of others won him many friends.

He had a big store of "common sense" and contempt for what he felt wer foolish worries. Till well toward the last, he defied hsi doctor's orders and reported for duty at his office, climbing a flight of stairs to reach them.

The community will regret his death and extends sympathy to the family. The six surviving children are Ray and Maurice McNally, Mrs. Floyd McCain, Mrs. Paul Kerber and Mrs. D.W. Joynt, all of Emmetsburg, and Sister Mary Edwardetta of Holy Angels convent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Burial: 12/14/1950, StJohn's Catholic Cemetery, Emmetsburg

Cause of Death: arteriosclerosis




Died Early Sunday Morning After a Long Illness

Sunday morning Mrs. Edward McNally passed away at her home in this city. She was taken ill during the latter part of January. She was given the best of medical attention and she had the assistance of a trained nurse during her long and most trying illness, but it seems that death had claimed her. She retained her courage to the last, ardently hoping that she might be spared to give for a few years longer the loving, motherly attention that her family required; but such, it is evident, was not the will of Providence. She died fully fortified by all of the spiritual advantages that the fervant, confiding Christian could possess in passing from time to eternity.

The funeral was held Tuesday. There was a requiem high mass at Assumption church. Father Conway was the celebrant. The interment was in St. Johnís cemetery. There was a large attendance. The W.O.O.F. and the L.A. of the A.O.H. were present. The pall bearers were Bert Hughes, E.J. McEvoy, W.I.Branagan, J.R. Martin, P.F. McMahon and Peter Bough. There were a number of beautiful floral offerings, the gifts of friends and societies to which Mrs. McNally belonged.

Jane Griffin was born at Caledonia, Houston county, Minnesota, March 1, 1865. She came to Palo Alto county about thirty years ago. July 23, 1888 she was united in marriage to Edward McNally at Assumption church in this city, Rev. Daniel Murphy officiating. Mr. and Mrs. McNally subsequently made their home in Emmetsburg. The surviving members of the family are the husband, three sons and four daughters. The sons are Raymond R., Clement J., and Maurice Edward. The daughters are Elizabeth Genevieve, Mary Bernette, Veronica Kathlene and Mildred Irene. One daughter died in infancy. Her father, Maurice Griffin, who is quite aged, lives at Red Wing, Minnesota, as do also two sisters, Mrs. Richard Walsh and Mrs. Wm. Search. Another sister, Mrs. C.P. McCormick, resides at Houston, Minnesota. There are two brothers, John Griffin of Graettinger and Michael of Seattle, Washington. Mrs. McNally was a member of the W.O.O.F. the L.A. of the A.G.H., the ????????????????????????.

The death of Mrs. McNally is not only an irrepable loss to her devoted husband and seven sons and daughters, but it is keenly felt by our entire community, of which she was an acitve, worthy, and helpful member for nearly a quarter of a century. She was a lady of more than average intelligence, of keen discernment, and of true zeal for the attainment of all that is elevating and edifying in the lives of individuals as well as in the organized efforts of communities. Those who knew her intimately were fully convinced of this predominating purpose in her character. No woman in Emmetsburg understood better her responsibilities in her home and none, we are sure, gave to them closer, more far seeing or more self-sacrificing attention. That her love, care, devotion and maternal ambition had more than ordinary influence on the members her household was unmistakably manifested by them during the uncertain, slowly passing, painful hours of her last illness. To their spiritual and temporal welfare she had given the best years of her pious, thoughful, industrious, helpful life and they, in return, did everything that affection could suggest to assist her, to comfort her and to cheer her. Mrs. McNally was not only one of the most anxious, prudent, and provident of mothers, but she was a warm-hearted friend, an obliging neighbor, a practical social planner, and an exceptionally willing worker in church affairs. In fact she was never indifferent if any local activity in which she felt it her duty to make herself useful. She was always willing to undertake her part and to do it as well as her ability and time would permit. Her confidences in Godís goodness, her readiness to do his holy will as best she could, and her disposition to make any sacrifice that he might require of her earned for her the high regard of those who appreciate sincere motives and enobling Christian deeds, nd they did much to make her laudable efforts successful. She was called at a comparatively early age from those whom she so fondly loved and for whom she had so anxiously and helpfully toiled. May Providence comfort and guide them, during the coming years, and lighten the burden of anguish that now weighs heavily on their tender hearts. The sympathy of all is extended to Mr. McNally, to the sons and daughters, and to the other relatives in their bereavement.



xiii. TERRESSA MCNALLY, b. Abt. 1866 (Source: 1880 Palo Alto Co. Census.).