Timothy Dorsey

M, b. 1809, d. September 8, 1854
Father*Patrick Dorsey
Mother*Margaret _____
     Timothy Dorsey was born in 1809 in County Limerick.1 He was the son of Patrick Dorsey and Margaret _____. Timothy Dorsey married Margaret Lafin before 1833 in County Limerick. It is evident from the birth records of Timothy's children, all of them were born in Boheroe. Timothy and his wife, Margaret Laffin, probably lived with his father, Patrick, until she died. After Timothy married a second time to Ellen O'Dea in 1847, they too lived in Boheroe until they emigrated in 1849.2 Timothy Dorsey married Ellen Day, daughter of Thomas O'Dea and Ellen _____, on February 14, 1847 in County Limerick.3 Timothy Dorsey died on September 8, 1854 in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois.1 He was buried in The Old Henry Cemetery, Henry, Marshall County, Illinois. On November 5, 1925, vandals struck the Old Catholic Cemetery at Henry, Illinois. Among the many stones tipped or shattered was that of Timothy Dorsey (d. 1854). (The Henry News Republican, November 5, 1925).1,4
     He and Ellen Day 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.5

Children of Timothy Dorsey and Margaret Lafin

Children of Timothy Dorsey and Ellen Day


September 3, 18501850 Federal CensusTowanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania6
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 uncle's family (Patrick and Ann Murnane), and Johann's step-sister, Margaret.Henry, Marshall County, Illinois
ChartsPater Familias O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
Thomas (Darby) O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited2 Dec 2021


  1. [S42] The Old Catholic Cemetery, Henry Illinois, online http://genealogytrails.com/ill/marshall/OldCatholicCemetery/…
  2. [S51] Minnesota, Death Records, 1866-1916, online https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://…, LDS: volume/page/certificate number: CN 314, film number:     1499028, digital folder number: 4225024, image number: 338.
  3. [S38] Kilteely Catholic Church, Church Records for Kilteely Catholic Church.
  4. [S83] Jean Strange Davis, Heilige Marien Kirche: A History of St. Mary's Parish, Henry, IL, p. 83.
  5. [S100] National Archives Microfilm Publication Passenger List, by Ancestry.com, M237; Microfilm Roll: M237_80; Line: 42; List Number: 862.
  6. [S418] September 3, 1850 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: M432_756; Page: 5A; Image: 254.
  7. [S1] Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947, online https://www.familysearch.org