Ellen Day

F, b. January, 1816, d. April 18, 1904
Father*Thomas O'Dea b. circa 1778
Mother*Ellen _____
     Ellen Day was born in January, 1816 in County Limerick. Although the census records show a variety of dates for her birth, the 1860 Federal Census estimates her birth date as 1820. In addition, her tombstone indiactes that she was born in 1816. Because she appears to have been born last, this leads to the suggestion that a younger sister Ellen, born circa 1798, died.1,2 She was the daughter of Thomas O'Dea and Ellen _____. Ellen Day married Timothy Dorsey, son of Patrick Dorsey and Margaret _____, on February 14, 1847 in County Limerick.3 Ellen Day died on April 18, 1904 in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois, at age 88.2 She was buried in St. Patrick Cemetery, Henry, Marshall County, Illinois.2
     She and Timothy Dorsey immigrated on July 2, 1849 to New York, New York. Timothy and Ellen Dorsey arrived in New York on the Ivanhoe. No children are listed in the manifest. The name is listed as Dacey in the index. Notice that the O'Dea surname was changed to Day almost immediately.4 Ellen Day witnessed the marriage of David Hickey and Mary Agnes Day on November 13, 1866 in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois. Witnesses were Thomas Brown and Helena Darsey.5,6

Children of Ellen Day and Timothy Dorsey


September 3, 1850Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania7
May 1, 1857Both Ellen and Darby purchase land on the same street on the same day.Henry, Marshall County, Illinois8
June 3, 1860Henry, Marshall County, Illinois9
June 11, 1880School Street, Henry, Marshall County, Illinois10
June 4, 1900The record indicates Kate is working as a hotel cook.School Street, Henry, Marshall County, Illinois1
April 18, 1904After Ellen's death, the land she owned on School Street was transferred to her daughter, Kate, by the remaining heirs, probably Margaret and possibly Ellen.School Street, Henry, Marshall County, Illinois11
ChartsPater Familias O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
Thomas (Darby) O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited8 Feb 2021


  1. [S69] June 4, 1900 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: 328; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 44; FHL microfilm: 1240328.
  2. [S74] Ellen Dorsey Cemetery Marker.
  3. [S38] Kilteely Catholic Church, Church Records for Kilteely Catholic Church.
  4. [S100] National Archives Microfilm Publication Passenger List, by Ancestry.com, M237; Microfilm Roll: M237_80; Line: 42; List Number: 862.
  5. [S10] County Clerk's Office, Vital Records Marshall County.
  6. [S134] St. Mary Catholic Church, Church Records for St. Mary'Catholic Church.
  7. [S418] September 3, 1850 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: M432_756; Page: 5A; Image: 254.
  8. [S10] County Clerk's Office, Vital Records Marshall County, Lot 24, Robert Davis and wife to Ellen Dorsey, 5/1/1857, bk. 87, p. 388; Lot 24, Benjamin S. Eldridge and wife to Ellen Dorsey, 2/15/1870, bk. 87, p. 389.
  9. [S43] June 3, 1860 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: M653_210; Page: 42; Image: 41; Family History Library Film: 803210.
  10. [S84] June 10, 1880 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: 235; Family History Film: 1254235; Page: 312D; Enumeration District: 144; Image: 0005.
  11. [S10] County Clerk's Office, Vital Records Marshall County, Lot 24, Ellen Dorsey (by heirs) to Kate Dorsey, 4/18/1904, bk. 88, p. 416.
  12. [S1] Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947, online https://www.familysearch.org