|JOHN GORMAN, farmer, 8ec. 11; P.O. Hale Village; born in Sligo Co., Ireland in 1819; came to America in 1847, and remained one year in Pennsylvania, when he enlisted in the U. S. Regular Army, and stationed at Watervliet Arsenal, N.Y., two years and nine months; received his discharge and paid with a land warrant. Went to Illinois and worked in the vicinity of Chicago for eight years; then took a seven-mile contract on the Air Line Railroad in 1857; then bought eighty acres, and settled in Hale Township of Jones Co., and now owns 275 acres, on which he has made all the improvements, and has a beautiful place. Owns a half-interest in the stone quarry known as Horton's. In politics, Democrat; in religion, Catholic. His wife, Mary Roony, born in Sligo City, Ireland, came to America when young, and married in West Troy, N.Y.; had twelve children, nine living—John, George, Michael, Elecia, Daniel, Kate, Celia, Maggie, Thomas; Thomas died at the age of 3 years; two not named died in infancy.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, Chicago: Western Historical Publishing Company, 1879, p. 640.
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