Biography of John Driscoll
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John Driscoll, now deceased for many years, a prosperous farmer and stock raiser, residing in section 1, Caledonia township, was born in County Cork, Ireland, Jan. 10, 1839, son of Patrick and Anastasia (Collins) Driscoil. He came to America in 1851, with his uncle, Florence Driscoll, his mother, with several other children, coming in the same year and joining the father, who had preceded them in 1847, at Cincinnati. After their reunion they moved to Kentucky, where they spent a year, and then went to Missouri, where the uncle, Florence, died. After that the subject of this sketch accompanied his parents and the other members of the family to Dubuque, Iowa, where they resided for six years, moving at the end of that time in a càvered wagon drawn by oxen, to Sheldon township, Houston county, Minn., and taking land in sections 14 and 22. From there they removed six years later to section 1, where they built up a farm on which the parents subsequently died, as elsewhere narrated. During there several removals John proved of active assistance to his father and helped to improve both homesteads. He resided at home until 1872, when, on October 29, he was united in marriage, at St. John's church in Caledonia, to Bridget Cahill, who was born in Cork, Ireland, Feb. 1, 1844, daughter of James and Margaret (Borry) Cahill. He and his wife then located on their present farm in section 1, Caledonia township, taking up their residence in a frame house which stood on the place. There was also a log barn and straw shed. By hard work they much improved the place, erected a fine farm house, with other good buildings, acquired in all 320 acres of land and did a profitable business, keeping a good grade of Durham cattle, and Mr. Driscoll being a stockholder in the local creamery and co-operative elevator. Mr. Driscoll died June 26, 1918, and his death was sincerely mourned by a large circle of friends. He and his wife were the parents of five children: Florence, Anastasia, Michael J,. James C. and Margaret. The parents of Mrs. Driscoll, James and Margaret Cahill, never came to this country, dying in Ireland, their native land. They had seven children, however, all of whom came here, namely: Anna, Bridget, Honora, Ellen, May, John and Michael. Bridget, who came with relatives by steamer in May, 1861, resided for ten years in Hartford, Conn., and then came to Houston county, Minn., with a sister.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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