Biography of Terence McCauly
Winona County, MN Biographies

TERENCE, son of Thomas and Mary (O'Flannigan) McCauly, was born in northern Ireland, province of Ulster, County Donegal, On February 5, 1822. His father, Thomas McCauly, was born in 1786 in the same town and house. His (Terence's) grandmother on his mother's side, by name Anna McPhelim, was born in 1742. She was a highly educated woman, and accomplished much good in the country where she lived. Her father, Terence's great grandfather on his mother's side, was Dennis McPhelim, who was born in 1697. He also was highly educated. His (Terence's) father, Thomas McCauly, was in the revolution of 1798 in Ireland. After the Englisli took possession of Ireland he was banished to the hill country of Ireland, where he remained several years. After his term of banishment had expired he returned to his native county, and in the month of August, 1852, he embarked for America. He first settled in Vermont, eight miles from Burlington. He farmed here until 1854, when he left Vermont and came to Dresbach, Minnesota. December 20, 1854, he bought a farm here, on which he lived the remainder of his days. Terence McCauly, the subject of this biography, landed in the United States July 8, 1848. He lived at or near Burlington, Vermont, for six years and then emigrated to Minnesota. October 26, 1854, he landed at La Crescent. He bought land in MeCauly's valley in T. 104, R 5 W., Sec. 31. Mr. McCauly was a justice of the peace of his township for twelve years; was the cause of bringing twenty-two families to this state, many of them settling in this county. Mr. McCauly is a man of rare ability, both natural and acquired. Though accustomed to manual labor, he has always found time to read and acquaint himself with both past and present events. He is well informed on ancient and modern history. But few are better acquainted with the history of their church than he with his (Catholic). His wife, Mrs. Bridget (Gillespie) McCauly, was born in the same town as her husband in 1810, being twelve years his senior. She came to America in 1849; brought up in the Roman Catholic religion, in which faith she has lived a firm believer. Mr. and Mrs. McCauly have no children. By industry and frugality they have obtained considerable property for their latter days, now owning a large and good farm in McCauly's valley. Mr. McCauly is a good substantial citizen, and has been well identified with his township since its early history.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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