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Thomas Paul Doran

Ira Claude Doran


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March 13, 2011 at 9:45 am

Obituary of Robert Doran

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Henry News Republican
March 4, 1926

Robert Doran Dies of Neuralgia of Heart Thursday

Resident of Henry for over 20 years; funeral services Saturday afternoon.

Shortly after completing plans for his annual health trip to Hot Springs, Ark., Thursday afternoon, Robert Doran passed away while lying on a couch and with his wife sitting beside him.

They had been discussing their yearly excursion to this health resort when neuralgia of the heart brought about the end at 4:30.

Mr. Doran has always been held in highest esteem by a large circle of friends and acquaintances gained through his honesty, his uprightness and industry.

Until about twenty-two years ago Mr. Doran had farmed. Upon retiring from the farm he with his wife, Amanda Baker, moved to Henry.

Miss Baker and he were married December 31, 1898. To them were born six children, a daughter Clara and five boys. The daughter and one son died in infancy, and Clyde and Clifford passed away a few years ago. The mother passed away January 5, 1914.

He was married again several years ago to Mrs. Losty Clover, the ceremony being performed at St. Mark’s church in Peoria.

At the time of his death he was within a few days of his 82nd birthday, having been born March 7, 1844.

Two sons, Clarence of Lacon and Claude of Sioux City, Ia, with his wife, survive him.

He was a member of the Methodist church but never affiliated with any lodges.

Mr. Doran also served with the Union Army in the Civil War.

Funeral services were held at the late home Saturday afternoon at two o’clock, in charge of Rev. H.G. Dusenberry.

Edward, Thomas, Halsey and John Monier, Grover Kirby and Anthony Kern bore the remains to their last resting place in the City cemetery.

The singers were Mrs. H.F. Andrews, Mrs. J.E. Quinn and Sherman Littler.

The services at the grave were conducted by Henry Post. No. 323, American Legion.

Bert Wimer blew “Taps” as a last farewell.

Out-of-town attendants at the obsequies were: Mrs. Mina Monier and daughters, Anna and Alice of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wombacher, Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Monier, Princeton; Mrs. Mina Monier, Princeton; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Doran and family, Lacon; Claude Doran, Sioux City, Ia., and Mrs. Mabel Doran, Peoria.

Written by Michael S. Doran

February 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Biographical Sketch of Robert Doran

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Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois

by John Spencer Burt and W. E. Hawthorne

Together with

Biographical Sketches of Many Prominent and Leading Citizens and Illustrious Dead

The Pioneer Publishing Company


Robert Doran

Robert Doran, who after many years of active, honorable and successful connection with the farming interests of Marshall county, is now living retired in the village of Henry, was born in New Brunswick, March 7, 1844. His father, James Doran, was a native of County Down, Ireland, and on leaving the place of his nativity removed to the Isle of Man, whence he afterward emigrated to New Brunswick. He, too, followed the occupation of farming as a life work. In early manhood he wedded Rebecca Maxwell, a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, and after living for some’ years in New Brunswick they came to Illinois, the father purchasing a farm in La Prairie township, Marshall county. His attention was here given to general agricultural pursuits for a time and he then retired to private life, enjoying throughout his remaining days a well earned rest. He died in 1891 at the age of ninety years, while his wife reached the very advanced age of ninety-six years. In their family were ten children, of whom eight are yet living.

Robert Doran, whose name introduces this review, accompanied his parents on their removal to Illinois when seven years of age and has spent the greater part of his life in Marshall county. He was reared upon the old homestead farm in La Prairie township and acquired his education there in the district schools. When not busy with his text-books his time was largely occupied with the work of the fields and he continued to assist his father until about twenty years of age, when in response to the country’s need he enlisted at Princeton in 1864 as a member of the One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, with which command he saw active and arduous service until the close of the war. After receiving an honorable discharge he returned to his home in La Prairie township and was again engaged in work on his father’s farm until twenty-five years of age, when he was married to Miss Amanda Baker, a native of New York. They began their domestic life upon a farm in this county and until his retirement from business cares were continuously identified with agricultural interests in this locality save for the period of three and one-half years spent in Kansas. Mr. Doran went to that state in 1886 with his family and was engaged in general farming there. He now owns four hundred acres of land in Kansas and also has a valuable farm of a quarter section in La Prairie township. These property interests return to him a good income, enabling him to live retired and yet enjoy the comforts and some of the luxuries of life.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Doran were born six children, of whom two have passed away. Those still living are : Clarence Howard, a resident of Chillicothe, Illinois; Charles Clifford, who is engaged in the undertaking business in Henry; and Robert Clyde and Ira Claude, who are living upon the home farm in La Prairie township.

Mr. Doran exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party, with which he has been associated since he attained his majority. His life has been an honorable and upright one, in harmony with his professions as a member of the Methodist church, and in all of his business relations he has been straightforward and honorable, while his duties as a citizen have been promptly met. He is now managing his property interests but otherwise is living retired, occupying a pleasant and attractive home in Henry, while throughout the county wherever he is known he is held in warm regard.

Written by Michael S. Doran

February 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Map of La Prairie Township, Marshall County, Illinois, USA

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LaPrairie Township is located in the southwest corner of Marshall County and was orginally called Fairfield.  It was part of the Military Tract that was given to soldiers who fought in the war of 1812.  The Old Kellogg Trail of 1825 passed north and south through the western side of the township. In 1833 the Coach Road (Peoria-Galena Trail)  passed through the southeast part through Boyd’s Grove which was the main route to Peoria, Illinois.

William Coulson was the first settler in LaPrairie township. He moved up from Peoria in 1832 and built along the Peoria-Galena Trail in Section 23. In 1838 he built a much larger cabin and kept a wayside inn. Among the first settlers were Elisha Stowell, who settled on the county line two miles east of the western boundary, the families of Solomon Brewer, James Kenyon, James Caldwells, Richard Scholes and Lucas Roots.


I believe the coordinates of the Robert Doran farm are: N 41.04645   W 89.57305

Written by Michael S. Doran

January 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm

1910 Census of Robert Doran

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United States Census, 1910 for Robert S Doran
Name: Robert S Doran
Birthplace: Canada
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Residence: Henry Ward 1, Marshall, Illinois
Marital Status: Married
Race : White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 
Father’s Birthplace: Ireland
Mother’s Birthplace: Ireland
Family Number: 398
Page Number: 17
  Household Gender Age
   Robert S Doran  M 66y
Spouse  Mary A Doran  F 60y

Written by Michael S. Doran

January 18, 2011 at 12:09 am

Descendants of Robert Doran

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•Name: Robert Doran
•Birth: 7 MAR 1844 in Fredericton Junction, Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada
•Death: 25 FEB 1926 in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois, USA
•Burial: 27 FEB 1926 Henry Public Cemetery, Lot 112, Henry, Marshall County, Illinois, USA

Marriage 1 Mary Amanda Baker b: 25 MAR 1849 in New York, USA
•Married: 31 DEC 1868 in La Prairie, Marshall County, Illinois, USA

1. Clara Doran
2. Bertha C. Doran b: 27 MAR 1872
3. Clarence Howard Doran b: 15 NOV 1873 in Illinios, USA
4. Charles Clifford Doran b: 23 DEC 1878 in La Pairie, Marshall County, Illinois, USA
5. Robert Clyde Doran b: 25 OCT 1882 in La Prairie, Marshall County, Illinois, USA
6. Ira Claude Doran b: 28 SEP 1884
7. Lena M. Doran b: JUL 1885
8. Lilla B. Doran b: JUL 1885

Marriage 2 Losta Doelzer b: 15 MAR 1866 in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois, USA
•Married: 18 JAN 1921 in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

Written by Michael S. Doran

January 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Children of James Doran and Mary Rebecca Maxwell Doran

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1 James Doran b: 6 FEB 1806 d: 24 OCT 1893
+ Mary Rebecca Maxwell b: 13 JUL 1801 d: 1 NOV 1897

2 Mary Jane Doran b: 13 JUL 1829 d: 12 DEC 1919
2 John Doran b: 19 MAR 1830 d: 9 MAR 1897
2 Edward James Doran b: 3 FEB 1833 d: 3 MAY 1911
2 William Doran b: 8 MAY 1835 d: 1913
2 Margaret Doran b: 26 MAR 1837 d: 23 OCT 1933
2 Thomas Alexander Doran b: 22 APR 1839 d: 4 MAY 1923
2 Willmina Doran b: 5 JUL 1841 d: 24 MAY 1932
2 Robert Doran b: 7 MAR 1844 d: 25 FEB 1926
2 Andrew Doran b: 7 MAR 1844 d: 26 AUG 1864
2 Phoebe Ann Doran b: 22 FEB 1847 d: 4 MAR 1915