John Kilday[1]

Male Abt 1815 - 1874  (~ 59 years)


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  • Name John Kilday 
    Born Abt 1815  Lettenleague, County Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Oct 1874  Taylor, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Calvary Cemetery, South Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I54573  Wyman
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2020 

    Family Ellen Killoran Click to preview: Ellen Killoran,   b. Abt 1827, Shinrone, Offaly, Leinster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. John Kilday Click to preview: John Kilday,   b. Jul 1846,   d. 21 Jan 1848  (Age ~ 1 years)
     2. John Kilday, II Click to preview: John Kilday, II,   b. Feb 1848,   d. 25 May 1849  (Age ~ 1 years)
     3. Mary E. Kilday Click to preview: Mary E. Kilday,   b. 21 Apr 1850, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1884, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     4. John Kilday Click to preview: John Kilday,   b. 1852, , , Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Catherine Kilday Click to preview: Catherine Kilday,   b. Dec 1854,   d. 24 Sep 1855, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     6. Thomas A. Kilday Click to preview: Thomas A. Kilday,   b. 28 Jun 1857, , , Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1861  (Age 4 years)
     7. William Dennis Kilday Click to preview: William Dennis Kilday,   b. 1858,   d. 23 Feb 1903  (Age 45 years)
     8. Thomas A. Kilday Click to preview: Thomas A. Kilday,   b. 1863,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Annie Kilday Click to preview: Annie Kilday,   b. 1864, , , Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1870  (Age 6 years)
     10. Charles James Kilday Click to preview: Charles James Kilday,   b. 12 Jun 1867,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Charles Henry Kilday Click to preview: Charles Henry Kilday,   b. 13 Jul 1869, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2013 
    Family ID F19317  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Oct 1874 - Taylor, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Calvary Cemetery, South Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 1860 Federal Census: M653 Roll #436 pages 256 - 257 City of Portland ward # 5 recorded: 6/6/1860
      age:40 sugar worker born: Ireland wife: Ellen, age 33, born in Ireland Children: Mary, age10; John, age 8; Thomas A, age 3

      RECHECK occcupation and residence facts that are not recorded on fed census

      John may have died about 1870, his wife and children were ennumerated with John Sr on the 1870 census and he ceased to be listed in the Ptld City Dir.

      John Sr is my designated head of the family, as are the relationships of "uncle Kilday and John E. I know that they are related but the "links are frayed".

      Index to New England Naturalization Petitions 1798 - 1906 Roll #81
      cert # or vol and page: 1-2 US Circuit Court, Portland, Maine Born: 1815 Residence: Portland, ME
      Country of Birth: County Donegal, Lettenleague, Ireland, Date & Port of Arrival in the US: New York, January 11, 1841
      Naturalization Date: August 4, 1851 Witnesses: John Burns,Ptld, ME; Dennis Kilday, Portland, ME

      (NOTE: I am assuming that the birth date is in error ,1805 rather than 1815. Calvary rec assumes birth date abt. 1809; age 65 on
      1870 Fed Census. I may have attributed the Naturalization to the wrong John, see entry below)

      Portland Voter Registration Collection (MeHist Soc: coll #4, vol 27, Naturalization, pg 113
      Date of Approval: Sept 4, John Kilday, Date of Papers: Apr 23, 1851; US District Court

      1870 Federal Census: M593, Roll #541, City of Portland, Ward #4, (call number 145), page 101, lines 8 - 18, June 29, 1870
      real estate value: $5,500 personal property value: $ 2,000, 11 Kildays ennumerated at this residence:
      John, age 65 John E, age 23 John Jr, age 18 Ellen, age 43 Mary E, age 20 William D, age 9 Thomas A, age 7
      Annie, age 5 Charles, age 1 Mary, age 20 Joseph, age 2

      Note for Caroline:
      The Kilday's came from County Donegal, Ireland. Naturalization papers say that they came through the port of NY in 1841. It is clear through record research and oral anecdotal history that they spent their first few years in Louisiana perhaps that is where Dennis met and married Maria. In any event, that is where John E. was born. Shortly after his birth they traveled to New York where William was born. They made their way to Maine where they settled. The early Kilday's worked as laborers at local sugar manufacturers, and did so with distinction. John became a foreman and was a protector of the poor Irish immigrant employees. Through discrimination, business upheavals, and disease (cholera, dysentery and typhoid) they struggled for survival; sometimes living together as a large extended family. (Read through the family tree and see how persistent they were in carrying on the family heritage through the naming of their children.)
      The year that John Coleman was born his Dad was a sugar boiler at the Portland Sugar Company and lived on Danforth Street in Portland. (In 1868, John E and Mary Jane were married at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. One of the witnesses at their wedding was Edward Coleman.) It seems that John Coleman was the first on this family to get out of the rough labor industry and into the "cleaner" side of business. He began working as a clerk for the telegraph company which later became NET&T. His brothers followed his lead. He moved back and forth from Portland to Massachusetts as he climbed the corporate ladder eventually becoming a District Superintendent.
      Research on the Kilday's began with an anecdotal oral history told by Peggy Kilday Sullivan, as told to her by her father, Judge Francis Sullivan. The information that we have gathered has come from State Archives, cemeteries, newspapers and libraries, etc. There is still much to learn: John Sr died in Iowa! what was he doing there; a Lewis Kilday was said to be a soldier in the Confederate Army; what of the two Uncles who came here from Ireland and have not been heard from again; who is Jane Kilday, buried with the family in Calvary; and of course can we find the ship that transported the family to America. 1841 was a difficult time in Ireland and many people left or died, but there is still the chance that we have family still living in Donegal..... That may call for another trip to Ireland. And what of the O'Malley's, that search hasn't even begun!

  • Sources 
    1. [S1401] Gellerson Maine Family Tree, compiled by Deb Gellerson.