THE PATRIOTIC RECORD of the RYAN FAMILY by Jesse Covell
John Ryan Sr. was born in Ireland, May 25, 1815
with his parents to America about the year of 1830. His wife
Murphy was also born in Ireland, June 13, 1820 and came with her
parents to New
York in 1828.
On September 3, 1837, John Ryan and Margaret
Ann Murphy were
married in Newburgh, New York. They lived for several years in
York, where six of their eleven children were born. In 1846 a
daughter was born
at Newburgh, New York. About the year of 1848 they moved to
Laurens, New York,
where 2 more of their children were born.
1850 the family
of father, mother and eight children came to Steuben County,
settled in Section 14 of Scott Township where they purchased forty
land and went to work to make a home. They came by boat via Erie
to Toledo, Ohio, and from there by Canal boat to Fort Wayne,
Indiana. From Fort
Wayne they came by wagon and mud boat to Angola, Indiana and
thence to Scott
Township. They didn’t bring much with them only a will to work and
make a home
in a new country.
For a few years
after arriving in Indiana John Ryan and his two oldest sons,
Stephen and John
Jr. worked in the Foundry at Fremont making plows.
In April 1861 at the outbreak of the Civil War,
Sr. then past 46 years of age took his four oldest sons and
enlisted in Co. A.
44th Indiana Volunteers, being mustered in at Fort
November 12, 1861. James Ryan the youngest of the four sons was
only 16 yrs.
and 9 months old. After serving with his company through the early
the war John Ryan Sr. was discharged for disability in March 1863.
son Stephen Ryan was discharged for disability September 13, 1862,
and tried to
get home and got only as far as Waterloo, Indiana where he died on
25, 1862, age 22 years. John Ryan Sr. was only at home a short
time when he
took another of his sons, Lawrence, who was only 15 years and 10
months old and
enlisted in Co. A. 129th Indiana Volunteers, and they
until the end of the war, John Ryan being past 50 years of age at
the time of
his final discharge. John Ryan had (3) son-in-laws who also served
in the Union
Army during the war (*) I don’t think [think is crossed out and
written above it] this record is equalled any where in the state
and possibly not in the Nation. While the men were all away
preserve the Union, Mrs. Ryan, the mother was keeping the home
and raising a young daughter and son.
John Jr., Michael and James Ryan were all honorably discharged at Indianapolis, Indiana September 14, 1865-serving in the Union Army nearly four years-and going through some of the hardest battles of the Civil War. John Ryan Sr. and Lawrence were discharged at Indianapolis August 29, 1865. All having served their country, Honestly, and Faithfully during the emergency. John Ryan Sr. died in Scott Twp. May 27, 1871 at the age 56yrs. and 2 days. His wife Margaret Ann died November 7, 1893 at the age of 73 yrs. 4 months 24 days.
Written by JESSE COVELL
(*) At this point I think the son-in-law part should be clarified.
John Thompson enlisted with the Ryan Family Nov.12, 1861 in Co. A. 44th Indiana Volunteers-John must have come home at one point of the war and married the daughter, Mary Ryan. Another son-in-law was David Hutchins who enlisted in Co. A of the 129th Indiana Infantry Regiment. He married Julia Ryan after the war-about 1867. Another son-in-law would be Hulbert Hutchins who enlisted in Co. A 129th Indiana Infantry at Kendalville, Indiana After John Thompson died Hulbert married Mary Thompson. June 12, 1877. This would account for the 3 son-in-laws.
Submitted by Sherri Ryan email@example.com
I do not have a date this was written but it is my understanding this was prepared for submission to The History of Steuben County. I have not found this in any History of Steuben County to date.
1. John Ryan Sr. was born on 25 May 1815 in Cork, Ireland. He died on 27 May 1871 in Steuben, Indiana, USA (Dygert Cemetery, Angola, Steuben County, Indiana). He married Margaret Murphy on 03 Sep 1837 in Newburgh, Orange, New York, USA. She was born on 13 Jul 1812 in Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland. She died on 07 Nov 1893 in Scott City, Steuben, Indiana, USA.
Notes for John Ryan:
Came with his family to America about the year 1830 through the port of New York
Notes for Margaret Murphy
Came with her family to America in 1828 through the port of New York
Children of John Ryan and Margaret Murphy are:
· Lawrence Ryan, B: 29 Oct 1838 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA, D: 22 Jan 1839 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA.
· Stephen Ryan, B: 26 Oct 1839 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA, D: 25 Sep 1862 in Waterloo, De Kalb, Indiana, USA; Dygert Cemetery, Steuben County, Indiana.
· John Ryan Jr., B: 17 Nov 1840 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA, D: 24 Mar 1915 in York, Steuben, Indiana, USA; Fremont Cemetery, Steuben County, Indiana, M: Amanda Dygert, 01 Jan 1866 in Steuben, Indiana, USA.
· Mary Margaret Ryan, B: 31 Mar 1842 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA, D: 14 Mar 1920 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, USA; Ray Cemetery, Ray, Indiana, M: John Thompson on 14 Feb 1864 Steuben County, Indiana M: Hulbert Hutchins, 12 Jun 1877 in California, Branch, Michigan, USA.
· Michael Ryan, B: 27 May 1843 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA, D: 12 Sep 1922 in Steuben, Indiana, USA; Dygert Cemetery, Steuben County, Indiana.
· James Ryan, B: 14 Feb 1845 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA, D: 05 Jun 1930 in Scott City, Steuben, Indiana, USA; South Scott cemetery, Steuben County, Indiana, M: Ruth Hill, 31 Oct 1876 in Branch, Michigan, USA.
· Margaret Ann Ryan, B: 02 Aug 1846 in Newburgh, Orange, New York, USA, D: 17 Aug 1851 in Steuben, Indiana, USA; Dygert Cemetery,, Steuben County, Indiana.
· Todd Lawrence Ryan, B: 11 Feb 1848 in Laurens, Otsego, New York, USA, D: 11 Jan 1896 in Steuben, Indiana, USA; South Scott Cemetery, Steuben County, Indiana, M: Leora C Kissinger, 20 Feb 1875 in Branch, Michigan, USA.
· Julia Ryan, B: 24 May 1849 in Laurens, Otsego, New York, USA, D: Bet. 1872-1874 in Steuben, Indiana, USA, M: David Hutchins, 17 Mar 1867 in California, Branch, Michigan, USA
· Owenn Ryan, B: 20 Sep 1851 in Scott City, Steuben, Indiana, USA, D: 09 Oct 1854 in Steuben, Indiana, USA; Dygert Cemetery, Steuben County, Indiana
· Owen Ryan, B: 24 Dec 1855 in Steuben, Indiana, USA, D: Columbia, Hamilton, Ohio, USA; Columbia Cemetery, Columbia Ohio M: Caroline Shaffer