Settlers V: James D. Farrell and Catherine Farrell

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION on JAMES D. FARRELL and CATHERINE (O’FARRELL) FARRELL

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nformation provided by Kathy Osgood Farrell of Carrollton, Texas: kfosgood@gmail.com.


James D. Farrell was born in County Kildare, Ireland on April 7, 1816 and died August 9, 1912 in Dushore, PA. He is buried at the Cemetery of St. Basil the Great Roman Catholic Church in Dushore. His mother’s name was believed to be Liza, but no more is known about his parents. He married Catherine O’Farrell, also from Ireland but a different county (possibly Wexford), on July 31, 1842, most likely in Philadelphia upon their arrival in the United States. Catherine was the daughter of James Farrell and Mary Daly, who never left Ireland. It took three weeks to come over in the boat.

Their original homestead was a log cabin, which is no longer standing. The second and still existing farmhouse was built in 1893 and the old log cabin where James and Catherine lived was next to this house. Catherine preferred staying in the old house, because the new one looked “too modern”. She was a strong-willed and temperamental individual; two of her brothers also emigrated, but went to New Orleans. They were teachers and died of the yellow fever there. As with their rough contemporaries Michael and Catherine (Sweeney) Sweeney, the Farrells were considered “cured” because they had the same last names before they married. It is said that Grandma Catherine used to can extra fruit and vegetables and sell them to people who were sick.

There are at least three, and possibly four, different Farrell families in the history of Sullivan County. This Farrell family produced 17 children, 9 girls and 8 boys. It is one of the “great families” of Sullivan County, and is related by marriage to the McDonald and Rohe families, among others. Very recently, a picture was recovered that shows the original immigrants, James and Catherine, in 1907 in Dushore with a large number of their children and other relatives. That picture is reproduced here publicly for the first time. Please use the number code to identify each person in the picture. The point of reference for each relationship is James and Catherine.

Click on the numbered picture if you have trouble figuring out who is who!

(1) James Farrell (grandson of James and Catherine, son of Edward and Emma Rohe Farrell ): leftmost in top row
(2) Edward J. Farrell (son of James and Catherine): next to James
(3) Peter Farrell (son of James and Catherine): next to Edward
(4) Tom Coyle (nephew of James and Catherine): next to Peter
(5) Anna Farrell (grand-daughter of James and Catherine, daughter of John and Mary Whalen Farrell): in front of Tom Coyle
(6) John Sullivan (possible grandson, may be son of John and Ellen Farrell Sullivan): directly behind Anna Farrell
(7) Mary (Farrell) Coyle (possible niece of James and Catherine): directly behind John Sullivan
(8) Alice (Farrell) McDonald (daughter of James and Catherine and wife of George McDonald): next to Anna Farrell
(9) Mary Whalen Farrell (daughter-in-law, wife of John Farrell): directly behind Alice
(10) A sister of Mrs. Catherine Dunn (see below) and not a relation: right next to Mary Farrell
(11) John Farell (son of James and Catherine): directly behind the sister of Catherine Dunn
(12) Katherine (Farrell) Smith (grand-daughter of James and Catherine and daughter of Edward and Emma Rohe Farrell): in front of the sister
(13) Catherine Drake Thompson (grand-daughter of James and Catherine daughter of Bernard and Margaret Farrell Drake, husband was Fred Thompson): next to Katherine Smith
(14) George McDonald (son-in-law, husband of Alice Farrell, daughter of James and Catherine): behind Catherine Thompson
(15) Believed to be Ellen Maria Dempsey Dunn (wife of Edward Dunn, a grandson of James and Catherine and son of Peter and Catherine Farrell Dunn): behind Catherine Thompson and in front of George McDonald
(16) Elizabeth “Betty” McDonald (grand-daughter of James and Catherine and daughter of George and Alice Farrell McDonald): in front of Ellen Dempsey Dunn
(17) Katherine “Katie” (McDonald) Fauls (grand-daughter of James and Catherine, daughter of George and Alice Farrell McDonald, married to James Fauls): next to Betty McDonald
(18) Edward Dunn (grandson of James and Catherine, son of Peter and Catherine Farrell Dunn): behind Katie Fauls
(19) Mary Farrell (grand-daughter of James and Catherine and daughter of Edward and Emma Rohe Farrell): next to Edward Dunn
(20) Mrs. John Graham: next to Mary Farrell
(21) William McDonald (grandson of James and Catherine and son of George and Alice Farrell McDonald): in front of Mrs. Graham
(22) Emma (Rohe) Farrell (daughter-in-law, wife of Edward): farthest left in middle row
(23) a child of John Graham: in front of Emma
(24) Albert Farrell (grandson of James and Catherine, son of Edward and Emma Rohe Farrell): next to the Graham child
(25) James D. Farell (patriarch): center middle of picture
(26) Catherine (O’Farrell) Farrell (matriarch): next to James
(27) another Graham child: next to Catherine
(28) another Graham child: farthest bottom right

Document prepared by Robert E. “Bob” Sweeney, bobs@chall.com.

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