Daniel became a citizen of the United States on September 20, 1852. Daniel came to Springfield, Ohio around 1847. At 27- years-old, he became a U.S. citizen in Clark County, Ohio. The 1860 census of the 4th Ward of the City of Springfield, Clark County, Ohio indicated that Daniel was a blind broom maker. The family story about Daniel's loss of sight goes as follows: Daniel was renting out a house to a family, who did not pay their rent. Therefore, Daniel decided to force the tenants out of the house by climbing onto the roof and covering the chimney with a blanket, while a fire was burning in the fireplace. After the blanket was placed over the chimney the house filled with smoke and the tenants were forced out. When Daniel came down from the roof, the woman of the household hit Daniel on the back of his head with a frying pan which caused him to go blind. I believe this incident occurred between 1859 and 1864, since Daniel is shown as a laborer in the 1859-1860 Springfield, Ohio City Directory and as a broom maker in the 1863-1864 Springfield, Ohio City Directory. The 1859-1860 directory shows Daniel as residing on the east side of Hill between High and Washington. The 1863-1864 shows Daniel as residing on the east side of Gallagher between High and Washington. In the 1874-1875 city directory, Daniel is residing at 140 East Washington. From 1876 to 1885 Daniel is shown living at 36 Gallagher, which no longer exists. The residence was on the north east corner of Gallagher and Washington according to some directories.
The Recorder's Office of Springfield, Ohio indicate that Daniel sold some land to his wife's uncle, Timothy Flaherty on April 21, 1867. Daniel also sold some land on August 31, 1864.
Daniel and Catharine are buried at Lagonda Avenue Cemetery in Springfield, Ohio which is now called: "St. Raphael's Cemetery." St. Raphael's Catholic Church is located on the southeast corner of Spring Street and Washington in Springfield, Ohio (which is a short walk from where the northeast corner of Gallagher and Washington [where Daniel and Catharine lived] once existed.
Husband of Catharine Leonard.