James C. Duffy is my husband’s 2nd great-grandfather. He was born about 1833 in County Tipperary, Ireland to William and Johanna (Britton) Duffy. He emigrated from Ireland to Quebec, Canada around 1850. On 14 April 1856, he married Katherine (sometimes spelled Catherine) A. Gorman in Aylmer, Quebec. Their first 2 children were born in Alymer: William in 1860 and Catherine in 1862.
|James and Katherine|
Sometime after 1862 and before 1868, the family moved to Ishpeming, Marquette County, Michigan. The following children were born in Ishpeming: Margaret born 1868; Mary Ann born 1870; James F. born 1872; and Rachael born 1873. The 1870 census from Ishpeming indicates that James was a laborer.
After 1873 but before 1878, James moved his family to Renville County, Minnesota where son John was born in 1878. On the 1880 census James was listed as a farmer. The 1900 census indicated that 71-year-old James was a landlord in Renville. Between 1900 and 1910, James and Katherine moved to Yakima, Washington to live with their daughter Mary and her family.
James died at the age of 79 on 31 August 1912 in Yakima County, Washington. Katherine lived to be 86. She died 15 February 1922. They are both buried in Calvary Cemetery, which has served the Yakima Catholic community since 1903. It is interesting to note that the headstone show the name as Duffey. The marriage record of James and Katherine lists the name as Duffy. The stone also has the age of James at death incorrect. Inconsistencies are common in genealogy!