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Daniel J. McDaid
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Birth: May, 1836
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 31, 1913
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA

He was a son of Michael S. & Jennet (or Janetta) (McCoy) McDaid, married to Isadore Sprowls and probably one other whose name is unknown it me. The 1880 Census where he lived in Iowa called him a widower.

***Update: I was recently contacted by a volunteer who was able to give me some info about D. J. McDaid's fist wife. Her name was Julia. Her burial info has been added to Find a Grave and her memorial has been linked to this one! Thank you very much Darin!

Although his obit mentions that he wished to be cremated, he does have a tombstone here. Perhaps his ashes were buried.

His obit:

Daniel J. M'Daid Claimed By Death (Native of West Finley Township, and Former Resident of Iowas Passes Away At His Home in South Franklin Street.)

Daniel J. McDaid, a native of West Finley township, who for the past four months has resided at 26 South Franklin street died at 4:30 o'clock last evening of complications after a protracted illness. Mr. McDaid acquired his early education in the public schools of West Finley township and taught school in that township and surrounding sections for a few years. He later attended Waynesburg college, graduating from that institution.

Mr. McDaid registered as a law student at Wheeling, W.Va., soon afterward and practiced law with William Hubbard, a prominent attorney at that place. Later Mr. McDaid went to Iowa and after prospecting some time located in the law practice at Sac City where he was for a time principal of the public schools. He was elected to the state legislature of Iowa and served two terms, continuing to engage in the practice of law. Attorney McDaid retired from the active affairs of life and soon afterward without solicitation on his part was appointed under the Federal government to act as judge in the settlement of property disputes in Oklahoma territory, where he served acceptably for a period of one year. Soon after resigning from that position, Mr. McDaid came back to West Finley where he remained for a time, after which he made several detours of the country, during which he visited sections of every state in the union and traveled extensively in parts of Mexico, Alaska and in Canada. Mr. McDaid traveled to learn of the countries he visited, taking careful note of general conditions. He gathered much valuable information in this manner and had since taken great delight in imparting such information to his friends. He was a bright conversationalist and in public addresses sometimes gave at the solicitation of friends he was an entertaining speaker.

Mr. McDaid is survived by Mrs. McDaid, formerly Miss Isadore Sprowls, and a sister, Mrs. Catherine Danley, of West Finley. For a few years Mr. McDaid had studied the matter of cremation as a means of disposing of human remains, having become thoroughly convinced that this plan is the proper method. He finally decided to have his body cremated after death and arranged in advance to have his desires carried out. The deceased was a member of the Windy Gap Cumberland Presbyterian church for years. The funeral services have not been arranged. The remains will be taken to Pittsburg Tuesday morning for cremation.

Further info provided by FaG user Chelsea:

The official records also indicate that he was cremated: "Cremated in Pittsburgh, Nov. 21, 1913.

His ashes were buried on 16 December 1913
Age: 77 years
Cause of Death: Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Family links: 
  Michael S. McDaid (1809 - 1892)
  Julia A. Lamoreux McDaid (1841 - 1879)
  Isadore Sprowls McDaid (1856 - 1929)
  Mary J. McDaid (1828 - 1852)*
  Catherine Elizabeth McDaid Danley (1831 - 1917)*
  Samuel S McDaid (1834 - 1889)*
  Daniel J. McDaid (1836 - 1913)
  George Washington McDaid (1838 - 1910)*
  Margaret E. McDaid Gunn (1844 - 1911)*
*Calculated relationship
West Finley Cemetery
West Finley
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section: A, Lot: 44
Created by: Cherie Atkinson Clark
Record added: Jul 29, 2005
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Daniel J. McDaid
Added by: Cherie Atkinson Clark
Daniel J. McDaid
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 Added: Dec. 15, 2008

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