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Claffey/Fox/McHale/McGavin (or McGovern) in Iowa:

The following Claffey family started out in Kings County (Offaly) Ireland, went to Canada around 1828, on to Lewis Co., NY around 1837 and at least three daughters moved to Iowa. Am seeking any genealogy details on this family.

01-Charles Claffey b 1799 or 1802, Clonmacnoise, Kings Co., Ireland,

Died 27 Apr 1868, Highmarket, NY

02-----+Ann (Anna Egan) b @ 1800 d 5 Aug 1878, Woodburn, Clark Co.


03----------Thomas b 1822 Ireland

04---------------+Margaret Nolan

05----------Mariah b 1828 in Canada, d 1892 in PA

06---------------+first married a Mr. Hughes

07---------------+second James Leo b. Newport, Co. Tipperary

08----------Elizabeth b 1837 or 38 in Quebec or NY, d Corning, Iowa

09---------------+Dennis Fox b 1831 Ireland, married in Rome, NY

10----------Ellen (or Hellen) b 25 Feb 1840 Oneida, NY d 1 Jan 1878

Woodburn, Clark Co., Iowa

11----------------+Patrick McHale, married 25 Oct 1857 Constableville,

Lewis Co., NY

12----------Ann (or Anna) b 1844 NY, d Iowa d 21 Sep 1900 Lucas Co.

13----------------+John McGavin (or McGovern)

This is Ellen Claffey McHale's youngest daughter

Corning Iowa 9/11/1904

Miss Claire McHale and Ed F. Gauthier

were married Saturday morning at

St. Patrick's church Rev. Father B. J.

Sheridan saying the service. Over two

hundred guests witnessed the ceremony.

The wedding was one which has long

been anticipated and unites two of Corning's

most popular young people. The

bride has taught school for a number of

years in the' county and is classed among

the best teachers and is also a general

favorite among the young people. The

groom has for a number of years clerked

for the Andrews clothing house and is in

every sense a thorough gentleman. He

is to be congratulated upon his choice of

a wife, they will make their home

with Mr and Mrs. Denis Fox, uncle and

aunt of Mrs Gauthier, with whom she

has made her home all her life.- The

church was beautifully decorated with

chrysanthemums and palms and the

bridal pews were draped in white flowers

and white ribbon and enclosed with

heavy ropes of white cord. A large floral

arch, from which hung suspended a

beautiful silver wedding bell, was constructed

in front of the altar through

which the bridal party passed. Upon

their entrance at the church- they were

led by the ring Nearer, .little .four-year old

Vivian Thompson bearing the ring

on a small silver tray -which was decorated

with tiny white chrysanthemums.

Following'were the groomsman Thomas

MaGrath and the bridesmaid, Miss

Mayine Gauthier, followed by the bride

and groom, who slowly marched to the

altar to the music of Mendelssohn's

wedding march rendered by Miss Bertha

Chapman. Rev. Father Sheridan met

them and said the marriage ceremony,

using the ring service. They left immediately

for the bride's home where

the guests were entertained at a fine

dinner. The table decorations were

bride's roses and white ribbon. The

bride was gowned in a beautiful champagne

lace and voile made over champagne

silk, fancifully trimmed in ribbon

and medallions with hat to match. She

carried a lovely bouquet of bride's roses.

The maid of honor wore a champagne

mohair gown becomingly trimmed. The

little ring bearer was dressed in a dainty

white Persian lawn trimmed in white

satin ribbon and insertion. The ushers

were Dan Mack and Arthur Colgan.

One of the pleasant features of the day

was the celebration of the golden wedding

of the bride's uncle and aunt, Mr.

and Mrs. Denis Fox. The following day

a reception was given at the home of

the grooms parents, Mr. and Mra. A. B.

Gauthier, in Mercer township at which

nearly one hundred guests were present.

Mr. and Mrs. Gauthier received many

beautiful and useful presents. Congratulations

are extended to them by their

many friends. The guests from a distance

were Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Fox,

Council Bluffs; Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Oakes,

Emerson; Mrs. G. M. Fox and son, Master

George, Omaha; Charles Fox and

daughter, Miss Angela. Omaha; Mr. and

Mrs. George Davidson and daughter, Miss

Anna, and Mrs. Mac McDonald, Creston;

Miss Rose McGovern, Chariton. They

also attended the golden wedding reception

of Mr. and Mrs. Denis Fox.

See further details on this family on New Mexico page at The Claffey Home Page.

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