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James Fagan 1814-1887 and Rose Farley 1816-1889

James Fagan
Parents ?
Born 1814 County Meath, Ireland
Occupation:  Farmer (1856-1880)
Married Rose Farley about 1835 Syracuse, Onondaga, New York
Died 4 April 1887 Washington, Jones, Iowa
Buried St Peters Cemetery, Temple Hill, Jones, Iowa
At the family residence in Washington Township, Jones County, James Fagan, one of the old settlers and highly respected citizens of that township.

Mr. Fagan was born in the county of Meath, Ireland, in the year 1814.  Emigrated from his native land when 14 years old to New Brunswick, From thence to the United States, temporarily to Utica, and afterwards located at Syracuse, New York where he  married Rose Farley, who still survives him, and resided there for 30 years.

In 1852, he came to Iowa and located in Washington Township, Jones County, where he resided up to the day of his death.

The deceased was known for his kind and generous disposition and generous hospitality, and was a christian gentleman in every respect.  

There was born to him in his lifetime, eleven children, seven of whom survive him to-wit: Jas. F and Hugh, who reside in Cascade, John J. and Thomas and Mrs. John Carrick at Washington township; Joseph, residing at Walkerville, Montana, and David D at Portland, Oregon. 

The funeral took place at St. Peters church, Temple Hill Saturday morning and was largely attended.  Rev. E O'Farrell, Rev. J. Kelly of Garryowen, and Rev. L. Roche, of Cascade, officiating.

Thus ends the life of a worthy citizen, a kind husband, and an indulgent father.  
1850 US Census Geddes, Onandaga, New York (age 35)
1856 Iowa State Census (age 41)
1860 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 42)
1870 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 56)
1880 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 65)
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Rose "Rosy" Farley
Parents ?
Born 1816 County Meath, Ireland
Died 26 August 1889 Temple Hill, Jones, Iowa
Buried St Peters Cemetery, Temple Hill, Jones, Iowa
1850 US Census Geddes, Onandaga, New York (age 33)
1856 Iowa State Census (age 40)
1860 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 40)
1870 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 53)
1880 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 63)
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William Fagan
Born 1836 New York
Died in Civil War (this is mentioned in his brother's James' obit)
1850 US Census Geddes, Onandaga, New York (age 18)
1856 Iowa State Census (age 17)

Catherine "Kate" Fagan
Born 1838 Salina, Onondaga, New York
Married John Carrick 1 June 1866 Temple Hill, Jones, Iowa
Children:  Mary, Gertrude, Teresa
Died 6 July 1887 Temple Hill, Jones, Iowa
Buried St Peters Cemetery, Temple Hill, Jones, Iowa
1850 US Census Geddes, Onandaga, New York (age 16)
1856 Iowa State Census (age 15)
1880 Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 40)
1885 Iowa State Census (age 46)
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John J Fagan
Born 4 June 1843 Salina, Onondaga, New York
Military Civil War Company Company I 21st Iowa Infantry
Married Mary Jane Duffy 22 November 1870 Jones, Iowa
Children: John, Mary, Katherine, Angela, William, James 
Died 29 October 1921 State Hospital, Iowa City, Dubuque, Iowa
COD:  Pneumonia
Buried Saint Marys Cemetery, Cascade, Dubuque, Iowa
Taps For War Veteran 
John J. Fagan Died Suddenly of Pneumonia at State Hospital, Iowa City, Saturday 

John J. Fagan, pioneer settler, farmer and civil war veteran died from an attack of pneumonia at the Iowa State Hospital in Iowa City at 11:30 Saturday morning, October 29th. Mr. Fagan had gone to Iowa City for treatment but returned home about the first of October. On the 12th he again returned to the hospital there and about ten days before his death had submitted to an operation, and was 
apparently coming through the ordeal successfully when pneumonia developed on Monday. Members of the family were had been summoned to his bedside and were with him when the end came. His death was a great surprise to his many friends who were unprepared for the announcement of his death although many knew he had been taking treatment and had paid visits to Marshalltown in August and later in to Iowa City. 

John J. Fagan was a son of James and Rose Fagan, the third child of a family of eleven children, and was born at Salina, New York, June 4, 1843, and was therefore, 78 years of age. He came to Iowa with his parents in 1852 and settled in Washington township, Jones county, where he grew up on a farm. When he had reached the age of 19 years the Civil war had been raging between the north and 

south for two years. He determined to enlist, and with other men from Cascade 
and vicinity he enrolled in Company I, 21th Iowa Infantry on August 22, 1862. He 

took part in all the campaigns of that regiment including the siege of 
Vicksburg, Black River, Mission Ridge and other notable battles. He came through 
the war without injury and was honorably discharged on July 15, 1895, after 
nearly three years of service. He returned to Cascade and engage in farming. On 
November 22, 1870, he was married to Mary Jane Flanigan, who preceded him in 
January 2, 1907. Shortly after his marriage he removed to a farm near Anamosa, 
living there until 1883, when he returned to Washington township and purchased 
the present farm from G. G. Banghart, and where he lived up to the time of his 

Mr. Fagan was a familiar figure in Cascade for many years, and will be missed his old friends and associates. He was a stalwart man and the remarkable way he sustained the burden of years, until his last illness was frequently commented on. He was a genial and kind-hearted man, beloved by his children, and highly respected by his neighbors and friends. As a member of the G. A. R., he took an 

active interest in all of its functions from the time of its organization to the 
closing days of his life. 

Some years ago, with his comrade, P. L. Devaney, he revisited Vicksburg, where so many eventful days of his military career were spent and the last encampment he attended was this summer in Waterloo.

Mr. Fagan was a member of the Catholic church and he died fortified by its sacraments, and in full possession of the faith of his forebears. 

The deceased is survived by the following children: Katherine, wife of James Gavin, of Washington township; Angeline, wife of W. J. Kehoe, of Coggon; W. B. Fagan, of Washington township; James Edward Fagan, of Sioux City. His eldest daughter, Mary, (Mrs. P. J. McLean) died in January 1920. His surviving brother, Thomas D. Fagan, of Cascade, is the last of a family of eleven children. 

The remains of Mr. Fagan were brought to Cascade Saturday night and taken to the old homestead, one mile south of Cascade, and Monday morning, October 31, the funeral was held from the residence to St. Martin's Church. Although a soaking rain from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon had made the roads heavy with mud, the attendance at the funeral was unusually large. 

Almost the entire membership of Cascade Post No. 528, American Legion, including the firing squad, was present in uniform, and assisted the surviving members of the, G. A. R. in the last sad rites and tribute to their departed comrade. The funeral services at St. Martin's Church were conducted by Rev. L. Roche who also officiated at the graveside in the Catholic cemetery. The firing salute was 

given and taps from the buglers, closed the earthly career of a gallant soldier

and most worthy citizen
, who had lived to the ripe age of more than three score 

and ten, which Holy Writ prescribes as the allotted time of man.

The casket was borne by the following ex-service men of the world war: Joe Drew, Frank Fagan, Joe Fagan, Ben Dunn, Charles Livermore, Charles Kean, Leslie Moore and George McLees. 

All of the surviving children were present at the funeral, including a grand-daughter, Miss Monica McLean, daughter of P. J. McLean, of Sioux City. The  following friends from Anamosa were present: Maurice and Miss Agnes Fay, Mrs. William Fogarty, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lavey and son, and Mrs. Julia Boyle, of  Sioux City. 

1850 US Census Geddes, Onandaga, New York (age 13)
1856 Iowa State Census (age 12)
1860 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 16)
1870 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 27)
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James Frances Fagan
Born 7 September 1845 Syracuse, Onondaga, New York
Occupation:  Harness maker (1863-1915)
Married Anna G Schmidt 11 January 1870 Cascade, Dubuque, Iowa
Children:  Hubert, Frances, Charles, Herman, William, Alfred, Rose, Frederick, Inez
Died 15 December 1915 Whitewater, Dubuque, Iowa
Buried Saint Marys Cemetery, Casacade, Dubuque, Iowa
Cascade Pioneer, December 23, 1915, page 1, columns 4 - 5

Wellknown and Popular Citizen Answers Death Summons

The death of James F. Fagan, who passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. F. Crawford, Wednesday night, December 15 at 9 o’clock, removed one of the pioneer settlers of Jones and Dubuque counties, and one who was widely known and popular among all classes, and among young and old.

Mr. Fagan's illness dated from the early part of the year while working at his trade as a harness maker for W. A. Rohnkohl in Dyersville. Growing weakness compelled him to quit work and he returned to Cascade the first of June. Never having been seriously ill in his life time he resisted the feeling and the thought of being inactive and went back to Dyersville but in a few weeks was again obliged to give up his work. During the summer months he steadily declined and he realized that the sands of life were running down, but he cheerfully submitted to the inevitable and constantly, fortified by an indomitable religious philosophy he prepared himself for the finale. When the end came he went into the shadow calmly, mentally alert, peacefully, and without pain, as a child passes into slumberland.

James F. Fagan was a son of James Fagan and Rose Farley, natives of county Meath, Ireland. He was born in Syracuse, New York, September 7, 1845, and in 1852 came to Iowa with his parents who settled in Washington township, Jones county, and his early boyhood was spent upon the farm with all the hardships attending pioneer farming. He often referred to hauling cordwood to Cascade with an ox team when quite a small boy, but withal declared it a happy and contented period, that the conditions were endured without much complaint.

At the age of eighteen he decided to learn a trade instead of continuing on the farm and accordingly about the year 1863 he entered the harness and saddlery shop of Hugh Devlin in Cascade and altogether worked for Mr. Devlin for ten or eleven years. On January 10, 1870, he was married to Miss Annie Schmidt, daughter of Mrs. Frances Schmidt, of Cascade, the ceremony being performed, at St. Martin's church by the Rev. Michael Lynch.

In 1876 he started in the harness making business for himself and continued until 1899. In 1893 he received the appointment of postmaster of Cascade from President Cleveland and served a full four years term. Since retiring from the harness business in 1890, he worked at his trade for William Altmann in Monticello, and for a short time at Prairieburg and Ryan, but for the greater part of the time for W. A. Rohnkohl in Dyersville, Cascade and Farley. Mr. Fagan was a master workman at his trade and his products gave great satisfaction to a wide trading area here and wherever he was employed.

As a citizen Mr. Fagan always took a deep interest in public affairs. He was one of the original councilmen of the town of Cascade and helped form the initial local municipal government. Ho was an ardent democrat and unswerving in his political belief and views. He was an omnivorous reader. He had an excellent memory of events in general and local history. He was an ardent member of the Catholic church, and in the early days of the church rendered yeoman service, but was generous and liberal in his consideration of the creeds and views of his neighbors and friends in their belief. He was the soul of geniality and had a smile and a word of good cheer for every acquaintance, both young and old. He cared nothing for wealth and smilingly acknowledged his indifference to the accumulation of it, but the absence of it never marred the even temper of his disposition.

His great sorrow came to him when death removed his beloved wife, whose death occurred on February 3, 1904, and the family circle was broken, and during the intervening years he but waited the time for that glorious reunion which his faith gave assurance, would be theirs, and so the strong man laid down his burden with calm and implicit confidence in the promise of eternal life and we who knew him, likewise feel confident that he is entitled to the full justice of heaven.

To his marriage union, were born nine children: Bertie and Charles, who died in infancy; Frances, wife of C. D. Baldwin, Cascade; Herman, of Dubuque; William F., of Butte, Mont.; Alfred, and Rose, wife of C. F. Crawford, of Cascade; Frederick, of Monticello; and Miss Inez G. Fagan, of Cascade. His surviving brothers are John J., of, Washington township, Jones county; Joseph B., of Butte; Thomas D., of Cascade, and David D. Fagan, of Seattle, Washington. One brother, William, died during the civil war; and two sisters, Mrs. John Garrity and Mrs. John Carrick, died many years ago, and another brother, Hugh Fagan, died in September, 1913. He is also survived by six grandchildren.

The funeral: services were held on Friday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Martin's church, Requiem High Mass being celebrated by the Rev. L. Roche, who in his sermon referred to the genial character and sterling Catholicy of the deceased, after which the remains were laid beside those of his wife in the Catholic burial ground.

Mr. Fagan had been a charter member of St. Martin’s branch of the R. C. M. P. Society, and that branch with St. Aloysius' branch of St. Mary's parish, attended the funeral in a body as a tribute of respect to the old and faithful member of the society.

The pall-bearers were J. P. Lane, P. L. Devaney, B. F. Crawford, T. H. McQuillen, H. L. Dehner, and Jacob Loes.
1850 US Census Geddes, Onandaga, New York (age 11)
1856 Iowa State Census (age 10)
1860 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 13)
1870 US Census Cascade, Dubuque, Iowa (age 24)
1880 US Census Cascade, Dubuque, Iowa (age 34)
1895 State Census Cascade, Dubuque, Iowa (age 49)
1900 US Census Cascade, Dubuque, Iowa (age 54)
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Hugh Fagan
Born August 1848 New York
Military:  Civil War Company I 21st Iowa Infantry
Married Sarah Curley 10 April 1887 Cascade, Dubuque, Iowa
Children:  James
Died 21 September 1913 Cascade, Jones, Iowa
Buried Saint Marys Cemetery, Casacade, Dubuque, Iowa
1850 US Census Geddes, Onandaga, New York (age 6)
1856 Iowa State Census (age 8)
1860 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 12)
1870 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 22)
1880 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 27)
Joseph Bernard Fagan
Born 1850 New York
Occupation:  Harness Maker, Miner, Policeman, Chief of Police
Not Married
No Children
Died 9 Sep 1920 Butte, Silver Bow, Montana
Buried Holy Cross Cemetery, Butte, Silver Bow, Montana
The Anaconda Standard, Saturday, September 11, 1920, page 7, column 4

Montana Pioneer Dies in Hospital

Joseph B. Fagan, Miner and Policeman, Succumbs to Infirmities of Old Age

Another of the men who braved the dangers of the frontier in the early ‘70s passed away at the Butte hospital yesterday. Death was caused by the infirmities of old age. Mr. Fagan was 70 years old.

Arriving in the Treasure state while it was still a wilderness, Mr. Fagan followed the fortunes of the early miner, having lived in various mining centers, finally locating in Butte. News of the discovery of rich gold fields in Alaska caused him to join in the rush to the northland in 1898. He remained in Alaska for a couple of years before returning to Butter. Although a harness maker by trade, he followed mining during the greater part of his life.

At one time he was chief of the Anaconda police force, having served in that capacity for four years. During the time that Jack Quinn was head of the Butte police department, Mr. Fagan served as a policeman in Butte.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock, proceeding from the White undertaking rooms to St. Ann’s church, where mass will be celebrated at 9:30. Burial will be in the Holy Cross cemetery. William Fagan is the only surviving relative in Butte. Other relatives live in Iowa.

1850 US Census Geddes, Onandaga, New York (age 3)
1856 Iowa State Census (age 6)
1860 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 9)
1870 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 21)
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David Dudley Fagan (twin to Thomas)
Born 26 July 1852 Syracuse, New York
Married Alice C abt 1883
Children:  Ray
Died  St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota
David D. Fagan Dead.

Death Occurs at Hospital in St. Paul After Long Illness

David Dudley Fagan, well known former resident, died at a hospital in St. Paul on Saturday, January 17, after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Fagan had not been in good health for the past seven years, having suffered severe prostration in the fall of 1916 from which he never fully recovered his former vigorous health. Two years ago this winter he was confined in the hospital at St. Paul for a number of weeks, with a severe illness, but being a man of extraordinary activity and energy he may be said to have forced himself to recovery.

David D. Fagan, who was a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Fagan, pioneer settlers of Washington township, Jones county, Iowa, was born in Syracuse, New York, July 26, 1852. He came to Iowa with his parents in the fall of that year, and his early boyhood was spent upon the farm in Jones county. In early youth, however, he attended school in Cascade and obtained a liberal primary education. Soon after this he entered the employ of Fay & Croston, who were then the leading merchants of Cascade. He remained with the firm for a number of years and laid the foundation of his knowledge of the merchandising business. Later he went to Anamosa and entered the dry goods house of Lull & Prefect, remaining for several years, and then removed to Monticello where he clerked for Col. John O. Duer. He was a popular and valuable employee and his acquaintanceship was extended over the entire county during these periods.

During this time, about 1879, he was nominated on the democratic ticket for county clerk. It was in the days of the singlestrip ticket and on over half of the tickets of the county his name was mis-spelled, thereby depriving him of the election.

He removed to Iowa Falls for a time and clerked in the Thorp store in that city, but later again returned to Anamosa remaining for a time with Lull & Perfect, but like a great many men of that period, the lure of the west came to him and in the early 80’s he departed for the west coast, residing for a time in San Francisco, and other coast towns in California, Oregon and Washington. He was one of the first settlers in the town of New Whatom, now know as Bellingham on Bellingham Bay, Puget Sound. He engaged in the mercantile business and for many years was known as the leading merchant of that section of the sound country. Prior to engaging in the mercantile line he had been engaged in the publishing business when he gathered the data and published histories of Washington and Oregon settlements. This worked carried him through most of the 80’s and after that it was that he engaged in the mercantile business for which his early business training best suited him.

Mr. Fagan always took an active part in politics, and in 1900 was one of the Washington delegates to the democratic national convention at Kansas City.

Sometime after 1900 Mr. Fagan retired from the mercantile business and engaged with the Ely-Norris Safe and Lock Co., at Portland Oregon, and Seattle Washington, for which firm he traveled throughout the western states until about four years ago, since then he was in charge of the bank safe business of Louis F. Dow Co., of St. Paul, and was thus employed up to the time of his illness before Christmas.

He was a man of genial disposition and affable manners, who possessed the ability to approach either the humble or the austere man. His acquaintanceship was wide, particularly in the west where he lived through a great period in the developmentof the new country.

Mr. Fagan is survived by his brothers, John J. Fagan, of Cascade, Joseph Fagan, of Butte, Mont, his twin brother, Thomas D. Fagan, of Cascade and a large number of nephews and nieces.

The remains arrived from St. Paul Tuesday afternoon and were taken to the home of a niece of the deceased, Mrs. C. F. Crawford, and early Wednesday morning were conveyed to Temple Hill, were services were held in St. Peter's church by Rev. M. J. Farrelly, after which burial was made in the family lot beside his parents.

1856 Iowa State Census (age 3)
1860 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 7)
1870 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 18)
Obituary: Cascade Pioneer, 22 January 1920, page 1, columns 6 – 7
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Thomas D Fagan (twin to David)
Born 26 July 1852 Syracuse, New York
Never Married
No Children
Died 5 Feb 19224 St. Anthony's home, Dubuque, Iowa
Buried St. Peter's Cemetery, Temple Hill, Jones, Iowa
Thomas D. Fagan Dead

Death Occurred at St. Anthony’s Home in Dubuque Tuesday Morning

Thomas D. Fagan, well known resident of Cascade and Jones county, died at St. Anthony's home in Dubuque at an early hour Tuesday morning, February 5th, 1924. He had been at the St Anthony’s home since last July.

Thomas D. Fagan was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Fagan, who were pioneer settlers of Washington township, Jones county, and was born in Syracuse, New York, July 26, 1852, and was brought to Iowa by his parents, together with his twin-brother, the late David D. Fagan, who preceded him in death January 17, 1920, and other members of the family. They settled on a farm in Jones county, where the deceased remained until 1896 when he came to Cascade and lived here up to the time of his removal to Dubuque last summer.

Mr. Fagan is the last member of the large original Fagan family to answer the final summons. Those preceding him, besides his parents, were William, John J., James F., Hugh, Joseph B., David D., Mrs. Kate Carrick and Mrs. Rose Garrity.

After coming to Cascade, Mr. Fagan engaged in various occupations. He was a rugged and honest man and was respected in the community.

He is survived by a number of nephews and nieces in the Cascade and elsewhere.

The remains were brought to Cascade Tuesday night, and taken to the home of Mrs. C. F. Crawford, a niece of the deceased and this (Thursday) morning at 9 o’clock the funeral services were held at St. Martin’s church, after which the remains were conveyed to the family burial plot in the cemetery at St. Peter’s church, Temple Hill.

1856 Iowa State Census (age 3)
1860 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 7)
1870 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 18)
1880 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 21)
Obituary: Cascade Pioneer, February 7, 1924, page 1, column 6
Rosanna "Rosa" Fagan
Born 1855 Washington, Jones, Iowa
Married John Garrity
Died 2 May 1883 Washington,  Jones, Iowa
Buried St Peters Cemetery, Temple Hill, Jones, Iowa
1856 Iowa State Census (age 1)
1860 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 5)
1870 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 15)
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Henry Fagan
Born 1860 Washington, Jones, Iowa
1860 US Census Washington, Jones, Iowa (age 1 month)
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