Darby Day

M, b. circa 1805, d. February 18, 1882
Father*Thomas O'Dea b. circa 1778
Mother*Ellen _____
     Darby Day was born circa 1805 in Milltown in the Parish of Aglishcormick, County Limerick. He was the son of Thomas O'Dea and Ellen _____. Darby Day married Johanna Murnane, daughter of James Murnane and Catherine Flinn, on February 6, 1842 in St. Ailbe Church, Emly, County Tipperary. The couple were married "in the presence of" James Murnane, Patrick Murnane and Hannah Adams. James and Patrick were Johanna's first cousins and Anna Adams was the wife of Patrick. Although it was customary to ask brothers and sisters to witness a wedding, Johanna may have chosen her cousins because she was an only child. The wedding took place in Emly and this may explain why none of Darby's siblings were asked to be witnesses since they all lived in Kilteely. Note also that both Patrick Murnane and the family of James Murnane (after he died) emigrated with Darby and Johanna to the United States in 1848. Although James' widow, Nore Keefe, stayed in New York, Patrick and his family moved with Darby and Johanna to Illinois in 1854. It appears the two families were very close.1 Darby Day died on February 18, 1882 in Valley Township, Stark County, Illinois.2 He was buried in St. Patrick Cemetery, Marshall County, Illinois.3,2
     He was a godparent at the baptism of Catherine Bartley in September, 1823 in Kilteely In the Parish of Aglishcormick, County Limerick. Godparents were Darby O'Dea and Bridget O'Dea.4,5 Darby Day witnessed the marriage of Timothy Dorsey and Ellen Day on February 14, 1847 in County Limerick.4 Darby Day and Johanna Murnane emigrated on April 10, 1848 from Galway, County Galway, on the Bark Barbara.6 Darby Day immigrated on May 11, 1848 to New York, New York. Note that the O'Dea surname was changed to Day almost immediately.7,8

Children of Darby Day and Johanna Murnane


from 1830 to 1850The Tenure Books for Miltown cover land rentals beginning in 1830. Most of these leases were for “for life” which meant for the life of the person holding the lease and not necessarily for his or her offspring. Because of the large number of emigrations because of the Famine, this book is hard to read since names were simply crossed out and others written over them when a person left his or her land holding.

From the Tenure Book for Miltown, we conclude the following:

In 1830, Thomas Day, son of John, rented a dairy, house and land (a little over 6 acres ) from Mrs. Charlotte Wolfe and a second house and land (an additional 36 acres) as well. In addition, he rented a couple of acres to John Reordan “at will” (probably a hired man). Over the years, Thomas acquired more and more land in Miltown: 1) a house and land (over 4 acres) from Matthew Day, 2) house and land from Honora Day (the house was apparently destroyed after Thomas took over the property), 3) a house and land from Michael Day, 4) a house and land (about 8 acres) from Sally Day, 5) a bit of land from Norrie Day who was living on it free by permission of the above Sally, and 6) more land from Michael Day.

The other original land holders in 1830 were Robert Day, Thomas Day (son of Darby) and Thomas Bartley. When Thomas died, his lease was taken over initially by his son, Darby, and when Darby emigrated in 1848, the land was taken over by Robert Day. Likewise, when Thomas Bartley emigrated in 1849, Robert took over his land as well.

While there were eleven different land holders in 1830, by 1850, this number had been reduced to four: 1) Thomas, the son of John, and his hired man, John Reardon, Robert Day, Thomas’ brother, and Michael Day, possibly the son of John and brother of Thomas.
Milltown in the Parish of Aglishcormick, County Limerick9
September 1, 18501850 Federal CensusMinden, Montgomery County, New York10
1854It's possible that several families, seventeen people in all, made this trip together to Illinois and that it may have been made in two steps: the first step was to gather in Buffalo, New York, and then to set out from there: Darby and his family, Darby's sister's family (Bridget and Timothy Dorsey), Johanna's first cousins, Patrick and Ann Murnane and family and the widow of James Marnane and family.Henry, Marshall County, Illinois
May 1, 1857Darby purchased Lot 31 in the town of Henry from Robert Davis for $75.00.Henry, Marshall County, Illinois11
June 4, 18601860 Federal CensusHenry, Marshall County, Illinois12
July 3, 18651865 State Census: Darby's family is not listed by name in the census record and are inferred by age here.Henry, Marshall County, Illinois13
July 14, 18701870 Federal CensusSaratoga Township, Marshall County, Illinois14
September 22, 1871Darby sold Lot 31 in the town of Henry to John Martin for $200.00.Henry, Marshall County, Illinois15
June 8, 18801880 Federal CensusValley Township, Stark County, Illinois16
ChartsPater Familias O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
Thomas (Darby) O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited5 Dec 2021


  1. [S15] St. Ailbe Church, Church Records for St. Ailbe Church.
  2. [S214] Find a Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com, (accessed 22 January 2021), memorial page for Darby Day (1809–18 Feb 1882), Find a Grave Memorial no. 53340143, citing Saint Patrick Cemetery, Marshall County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Stephen Cantrell (contributor 48212706).
  3. [S14] Darby Day, Index of Cemetery, October 23, 1956 Dennis Day Files.
  4. [S38] Kilteely Catholic Church, Church Records for Kilteely Catholic Church.
  5. [S162] Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915, online http://www.ancestry.com, http://ifhf.rootsireland.ie/view_detail.php
  6. [S9] For the Flourishing City of New York, The date of imigration is calculated from the date of arrival and the New York Herald indicating that the journey had taken 32 days.
  7. [S7] Darby Day Ship Manifest, by unknown photographer, Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001.Original data: Famine Irish Entry Project, 1846-1851. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.
  8. [S8] Arrivals, "British Bark Barbara. Mackey. Galway, Ire. 32 days in ballast and 250 passengers, to Pierce & Brooks." The following information on the Barbara is given in the annual volumes of "Lloyd's Register of Shipping" for 1846/47 - 1849/50: master: [James] Mackay; owner: Persse & Co; port of registry, Galway; port of survey, Liverpool; destined voyage, New Orleans. The Barbara is last listed in "Lloyd's Register" for 1849/50; no reference to a wreck or other casualty is posted against the entry, so I do not know whether her removal from the "Register" is an indication she was no longer in service, or that she had been sold to other owners, either British or foreign, [who] chose not to continue her registration with Lloyd's.
  9. [S637] Ireland, Valuation Office Books, 1831 - 1856, online https://www.familysearch.org, Limerick, Aglishcormick, Miltown.
  10. [S4] September 1, 1850 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: 533; Page: 247b.
  11. [S10] County Clerk's Office, Vital Records Marshall County, Lot 31, Robert Davis & wife to Jeremiah O. Day, May 1, 1857, bk 33, p. 342.
  12. [S6] June 4, 1860 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Page: 30; Family History Library Film: 803210.
  13. [S3] July 3, 1865 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Archive Collection Number: 103.010; Roll Number: 2182; Line: 3.
  14. [S5] June 14, 1870 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: M593_254; Page: 451B; Family History Library Film: 545753.
  15. [S10] County Clerk's Office, Vital Records Marshall County, Lot 31, Jeremiah O. Day & wife to John Martin, Sept 22, 1871, bk. 32, p. 446.
  16. [S19] June 8, 1880 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: 252; Page: 458C; Enumeration District: 282.