Johanna Murnane

F, b. July 12, 1819, d. November 16, 1902
Father*James Murnane b. circa 1772
Mother*Catherine Flinn
Johanna Murnane Day
     Johanna Murnane was born on July 12, 1819 in Dromcomogue in the Parish of Emly, County Tipperary. Witnesses were John Kelly and Margaret Keane. Johanna's mother is listed as Mary Flynn.1,2 She was the daughter of James Murnane and Catherine Flinn. Johanna Murnane married Darby Day, son of Thomas O'Dea and Ellen _____, 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.3 Johanna Murnane died on November 16, 1902 in Marshall County, Illinois, at age 83.4 She was buried in St. Patrick Cemetery, Marshall County, Illinois.5,4
     She witnessed the birth of Patrick Murnane on February 9, 1840 in Knocklong and Glenbrohane, County Limerick. Sponsors were Joseph Gubbins and Johanna Murnane.6 Johanna Murnane and Darby Day emigrated on April 10, 1848 from Galway, County Galway.7 Johanna Murnane immigrated with Darby Day on May 11, 1848 to New York, New York. Note that the O'Dea surname was changed to Day almost immediately.8,9 Johanna Murnane witnessed the birth of Cornelius O'Brien on August 7, 1864 in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois. Godparents were Johanna Day and Mrs. Johanna O'Brien.10

Children of Johanna Murnane and Darby Day


September 1, 18501850 Federal CensusMinden, Montgomery County, New York11
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
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
June 8, 18801880 Federal CensusValley Township, Stark County, Illinois15
June 23, 19001900 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, Witnesses to the baptism were John Kelly and Margaret Keane.
  2. [S162] Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915, online,
  3. [S15] St. Ailbe Church, Church Records for St. Ailbe Church.
  4. [S214] Find a Grave, online, (accessed 22 January 2021), memorial page for Johanna S. Murnane Day (16 May 1818–16 Nov 1902), Find a Grave Memorial no. 53340144, citing Saint Patrick Cemetery, Marshall County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Stephen Cantrell (contributor 48212706) .
  5. [S14] Darby Day, Index of Cemetery, October 23, 1956 Dennis Day Files.
  6. [S16] Knocklong Catholic Church, Church Records for Knocklong Catholic Church.
  7. [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.
  8. [S7] Darby Day Ship Manifest, by unknown photographer, Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.Original data: Famine Irish Entry Project, 1846-1851. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.
  9. [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.
  10. [S134] St. Mary Catholic Church, Church Records for St. Mary'Catholic Church.
  11. [S4] September 1, 1850 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: 533; Page: 247b.
  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. [S19] June 8, 1880 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: 252; Page: 458C; Enumeration District: 282.
  16. [S20] June 23, 1900 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Page: 8; Enumeration District: 0136; FHL microfilm: 1240345.
  17. [S38] Kilteely Catholic Church, Church Records for Kilteely Catholic Church.