|Birth: ||Nov. 2, 1826|
County Kilkenny, Ireland
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1916|
Spouse: Mary Harney
PIONEER CITIZEN CALLED BY DEATH
Mr. Thomas Cahill Passes Away art the Home of his Son, William Cahill, in This Place Monday After a Brief Illness.
FUNERAL TAKES PLACE TODAY.
The death of Thomas Cahill, one of the pioneer residents of the county, occurred on Monday morning the third instant. Some two weeks previously he was attacked with lagrippe of although of a vigorous physical constitution yet on account of extreme old age and the infirmities that accompany it he was not enabled to overcome the attack. It was the general breaking down of the physical system together with the severe sickness that brought the end. During his illness he maintained his uniform cheerfulness, his perfect faith in his maker, his characteristic kindliness of heart that manifested an interest in his friends and passing events. He approached his end with that calm face and resignation that betokens a righteous man, the man of sincere convictions and sublime faith to "wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams."
Mr. Cahill was born on Nov. 2nd, 1826, in the County of Kilkenny, Ireland. At the time of his death he was 89 years, 2 months and 1 say old. He emigrated to America in 1847, landing at New Orleans, La. After a temporary stay in that city, he went to the state of Kentucky, where he remained seven years. Early in the year 1855 he was married to Mary Harney at New Albany, Indianna. Immediately after his marriage in company with his wife he went to Davenport, Iowa, going down on a boat and up the Mississippi to his destination. Here he rented a farm twelve miles from Davenport and remained during the season of 1855. In the fall of 1855 and winter of 1856 he lived at Fort Dodge, Ia., where he bought a farm. Hearing of the wonderful fertility of the soil in Minnesota early in the spring of 1856 he set out on foot in company with the late Captain Moran and John Hogan. He arrived here and entered a quarter section of Lake Elysian as did his companions. They returned to Fort Dodge on foot and later in the season brought their families here, traveling overland with ox teams. Since that time nearly sixty years he has resided here. As the years passed away he accumulated more land and became one of the well to do farmers of the county. Some years ago he turned the farm over to his son, Edward, and came to Janesville to reside.
Mr. Cahill was one of nature's noblemen, kindly, cheerful, helpful to everybody under any and all conditions, any and all circumstances. He possessed a vein of humor, a pleasant smile that was always in evidence and that shed abroad an influence for good, a personal characteristic that remained with him to his dying day. He had a hearty laugh and a pleasant smile that was as pronounced in the latter days as it was in his youth. This was manifested, abundantly only three weeks ago with the writer met him for the last time on our streets. He was a well informed man and always interested in public affairs and in the welfare of the people. For more than forty years he was a member of the Janesville Township Board, most of the time as its chairman.
He was the father of five children, four boys and one girl, the eldest, a boy dying in infancy, John, deceased. These survive him, Mrs. James Byron, of St. Mary's, W. R. Cahill, of Janesville, and Thos. Edward, who resides on the old homestead.
Mr. Cahill was a devout member of the Catholic church and ever reflected in his life the faith that abides in the heart of a sincere Christian gentleman.
The funeral will be conducted today at the St. Ann's Catholic Church, Rev. Father Thos. MacCarthy, officiating. The remains will be laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery.
Janesville Argus 1-5-1916
Contributed by S. R. Allen
John Cahill (1797 - 1866)
Mary Purcell Cahill (1798 - 1885)
Mary Harney Cahill (1825 - 1910)*
John H. Cahill (1857 - 1889)*
Bridget C. Cahill Byron (1859 - 1922)*
William Richard Cahill (1860 - 1937)*
Thomas Edward Cahill (1863 - 1943)*
Thomas Cahill (1826 - 1916)
John Cahill (1831 - 1904)*
Patrick Cahill (1832 - 1916)*
Richard Cahill (1835 - 1913)*
Mary Cahill Sullivan (1840 - 1901)*
William Cahill (1844 - 1923)*
Saint Anns Cemetery
Plot: 18 4 N
Created by: julrene thornberg
Record added: Jul 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73665532