man Patrick Bunam KILLEEN‏‎
Born ‎1826 Roscommon Co, Ireland, died ‎4 Apr 1884 Raymond, Stearns Co, MN‎, 57 or 58 years
Patrick Killeen and his wife Catherine Rooney were natives of County Claire, Ireland and came to North America in about 1837, where were put ashore at Grosse Island, Canada. There were several immigrant Rooney families landed at that place and they moved farther inland and settled in Wakefield Township where they were employed in the timber lands.

When his work in Wakefield Township was finished, Patrick KIlleen removed his family to New York City where Michael was born in 1855. He returned to Canada but was not satisfied to stay there and as there was a big land boom in Minnesota just at that time he decided to locate there. He boarded a steam boat at Lake Superior and came to St. Paul by way of the Mississippi about 1863. He secured an ox team in St. Paul and made his way overland to Stearns County where he obtained 160 acres in Section 24, Raymond township. He hired Joe McDermatt, who had a team of horses and a plow, to put in his first crop which was 10 acres of wheat.

While Indians were always lurking around the lakes near the Killeen home they were never hostile. They stole everything they could, but did not attempt to harm the settlers bodily. One night, Catherine (Rooney) Killeen left her washing on the clothes line, thinking it would dry by morning and when she went out to get the clothing found that Indians had stolen it during the night. It was a very real loss to the Killeen's as they did not have an over abundance of clothing and nothing out of which to make more.

Although, there was a store at Sauk Centre at the time, the Killeens did most of their trading in St Cloud. Eggs were 8 cents per dozen and butter 5 cents per pound.

Married ‎17 Feb 1851 Wakefield, Quebec, Canada
St. Camillus Church
(33 years married) to:

woman Catherine E ROONEY‏‎, daughter of Michael ROONEY and Catherine CAULFIELD‏.
Born ‎1826 Clare, Ireland, died ‎31 Jan 1901 Fort Steele, British Columbia, Canada‎, 74 or 75 years, buried ‎7 Feb 1901 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
Geraldine Felling Walsh:
"The 26 hour shoeless walk in 1844 from Parish Moore to Sligo for my great grandfather Thomas, his sister Catherine and the two wee boys must have been a nightmare… I continue to wonder about Catherine. Why was Catherine still in Ireland if her parents went much earlier to Canada? Why would Catherine, one of the younger members (and a female) not travel with her parents? Possible reasons:
"She was ill; she was in love with a local man and didn't want to go; she was the babysitter for Thomas' children. Perhaps Thomas' wife was sickly and they needed Catherine. To further add to the mystery, my genealogical record shows Catherine being born in County Clare!!! AND IT SHOWS HER DYING IN Cranbrook, B.C.
Now I know Thomas' sister Catherine is buried in the Padua Cemetery so something is definitely wrong with this family record."

David Gaffaney:
The children of Catherine and Patrick Killeen were born in Canada, except for Michael, who was born in New York, and Lizzie, who was born in Minnesota. The family apparently went back to Canada after having lived in New York and then re-entered the U.S. and settled in Minnesota.
In her last years, Catherine lived with her daughter Lizzie (Mrs. Thomas C.) Armstrong in Fort Steele, British Columbia where she died at the age of 74 and Lizzie took her body back to Minnesota for burial in 1901.
[In the 1880 census of Raymond Township, Stearns County, Minnesota, Catherine and her husband are both listed as the same age, and we have his birth year as 1826. She died in January at the age of 74, and it's most likely that her 75th birthday would have occurred some time later in the year, confirming that her birth year was 1826. Also, I don't know where the County Clare birth comes from. Seems more likely to have been Galway or Roscommon.]
Cause of death was heart failure caused by the severeness of an attack of la grippe.
Fort Steele and Cranbrook, B.C. are within a few miles of each other, along a road going northeast out of Idaho.

Fourth cousin Jill DaSilva (, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2/10/2016:
Patrick Bunam KILLEEN and Catherine ROONEY were my 2nd great grandparents. Their youngest daughter, Bridget Elizabeth KILLEEN or (Elizabeth Bridget depending on what record you find) was my great grandmother. She married Thomas Charles ARMSTRONG, a tinsmith, who had been born in Ontario. They met in Minnesota, then moved to Montana and then to Fort Steele, British Columbia, then Cranbrook, British Columbia.
Catherine (Rooney) KILLEEN, died of influenza in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and Thomas, who adored her, built a tin-lined coffin and shipped her body back to Padua, Minnesota so she could be buried there.
There is a facsimile of Thomas's tinsmith shop built at Fort Steele, which is a historic town. My sisters and I, as kids, used to play in the buildings when it was just a ghost town. The shop contains a few items that he built, and there are some remnants of his work in nearby churches and towns.


man Bernard B KILLEEN‏
Born ‎12 sep 1854 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎13 Feb 1927 Minneapolis, Hennepin Co, MN‎, 72 years, buried ‎ Padua, Stearns Co, MN
Bernard was born in Wakefield, Canada, in 1854 and came to Minnesota at the age of 13, living on a farm near Sauk Centre until 1891. On Oct 26, 1881, he was united in marriage with Mary Anne Meagher,of which the union were born six children.

From 1891 to 1904, they occupied a farm near Sedan and in 1904 they moved to Sedan. Mr. Killeen carried mail on a rural route out of Sedan for 15 1/2 years.

Cause of death: kidney trouble.
man Michael J KILLEEN‏
Born ‎19 Feb 1855 Wakefield Twsp, Gatineau Co, Quebec, Can, died ‎28 Jun 1944 St. Cloud, Stearns Co, MN‎, 89 years, buried ‎1 Jul 1944 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
Michael Killeen was born in New York City, NY in 1855 (??).

Michael served on the school board and as Assessor of Bangor township for three years. After Johanna died in 1920, Michael continued farming on his homestead in Raymond township, Stearns County, MN.
man Thomas J KILLEEN‏
Born ‎Apr 1858 New York, died ‎20 Aug 1928 St. Cloud, Stearns County, Minnesota‎, 70 years
The 1900 federal census of Sauk Centre said they had no kids. His brother Michael was one of the witnesses at the wedding.
man Patrick Joseph KILLEEN‏‎
Born ‎14 Jul 1859 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎30 Jun 1931 Sedan, Pope Co, MN‎, 71 years, buried ‎3 Jul 1931 Padua, Stearns Co, MN
When but a young boy, Pat came with his parents to Padua, MN (1866 to the U.S., according to the 1930 census),where he spent his childhood. When a young man of about 18 years of age, he set out to see some of the world, spending a few years working on cattle ranches in various parts of Montana. From there he went to Juno City, Alaska where hes erved as superintendent of a gold mine for ten years. Later he was transferred by the company he was employed by to Johannesburg, South Africa where he spent about twenty years superintending three gold mines in that vicinity. In 1904, he returned to America and made his home with his brother, Barney and family, in Sedan, MN. He made his home in Sedan for 25 years and died at his home there at the age of 71 years "of heat."


Hello Evie,

Thank you so much for the portraits that you sent. It never ceases to amaze me that our relatives made their way to Alaska and beyond in the 1800s.

I'm particularly interested in the portrait that you say might be PJ ( Pat) Killeen as I have never seen it before. The smartly dressed fellow certainly is jaunty looking. Do you have any idea who Mary Jane Callaghan might be? Why would she and Pat Killeen be taking a portrait together?

[David Gaffaney's note in reply: "Regarding Evie's picture of Patrick Killeen (possibly) and Mary Jane Callahan in Glenwood: The only thing I'd like to point out (if not already known) is that I found Mary Jane Calahan (that spelling) in the 1870 census of Raymond Township, Stearns County, on the same page as Patrick Killeen and some of the Rooney's. She's 15 years old and was born in Canada. Her parents were born in Ireland. So in 1880 when that picture was taken, she would have been 25. I wasn't able to find any more about her, and perhaps she married after that photo and her last name changed before subsequent censuses."]

I always notice in the Padua Cemetery that PJ Killeen has a large, prominent headstone. Also, that his parents' stone is of the same quality. I'm presuming that he (or his estate) paid for both stones.

Are there no family stories about PJ Killeen? His obituary doesn't contain any. For such a well traveled fellow, it seems like stories should abound. My mother (Helen Felling) told us that one summer Pat Killeen came home to Padua from Africa and brought along his man servant .... how very exotic for Padua!

She also said that Pat brought ostrich feathers as gifts for all the Rooney/Killeen women. A few years ago, when I was in South Africa, we went to an ostrich farm which had a museum attached. Until then, I had no idea how very highly valued ostrich feathers were during the early 1900s. So the feathers were substantial gifts. The final detail my Mother mentioned was that Pat wore a sizable diamond stickpin in his lapel. WOW!!!

I certainly would welcome any more colorful stories about Pat! And any clues to the name of the company/business for whom he worked all those years. It's possible the company still exists and, if so, they just might have photos and information about Pat.

Thanks, Evie, for the portraits and for all the family information you have shared over the years. I'm hoping that others will share their Rooney family portraits and stories.

Here's to our Irish pioneer ancestors!

woman Mary Ann KILLEEN‏
Born ‎9 Feb 1860 Wakefield Twsp, Quebec, Can, died ‎12 Dec 1935 Helena, Lewis and Clark, Montana, USA‎, 75 years, buried ‎ Helena, Lewis and Clark, Montana, USA
Mary Ann Killeen came to the U.S. from Canada in 1868. She was married to Michael Flavin [Flahaven] in 1879 at 19 years of age. They had 5 children. Michael Flavin was a heavy drinker and died young. Mary Ann left Minnesota and went to Helena, MT and opened a boarding house to support herself and the children.

Leslie McKinney, from the same town in Minnesota, also came to Helena shortly there after and, just by chance, went to her boarding house. She had known him back east and had taught his sister in a little one room school house where she taught before getting married. There was 10 years difference in their ages, and they eventually married on October 19, 1893. She was 32 and he, 22. They had four children: Lucy, George L [Leslie], Leonard, and perhaps a Mary Ann but I can't find her in the records.

Mary Ann and Leslie ran a dairy farm or ranch in Prickly Pear, MT and they furnished the Northern Pacific Railroad and East Helena with milk. Leslie was a very mechanically minded person and had rigged a plumbing system into the house giving them running water and had the dairy running by steam.

At one time, they owned 23 houses in Helena. The houses sold for $2000 and less. The dairy was burned out twice and they lost heavily in buildings and livestock.

Leslie died from a stroke at age 55. Mary Ann made her home in her later years with her daughter, Grace, in Helena. Mary Ann died in her sleep, while visiting overnight, at the home of her son, Leonard, in Hel ena, MT.
woman Catherine Judith KILLEEN‏‎
Born ‎± 1862 Canada, died ‎13 Oct 1875 Padua, Raymond, Stearns Co, MN‎, approximately 13 years
Catherine is in the 1870 census of Raymond Township, Stearns County ("Killion"). She is in the 1875 Minnesota territorial census ("Kate," age 13). Only Dennis and "B.E." (Bridget Elizabeth) of the siblings are in the 1880 census. Catherine would have been about 18 then and either married or dead perhaps.
man Dennis KILLEEN‏‎
Born ‎25 Mar 1864 Wakefield Twsp, Gatineau Co, Quebec, Can
Dennis is in the 1870 census of Raymond Township, Stearns County ("Killion"). He is in the 1875 Minnesota territorial census, age 11. Only Dennis and "B.E." (Bridget Elizabeth) of the siblings are in the 1880 census.
woman Elizabeth Bridget KILLEEN‏
Born ‎24 Jan 1870 Sauk Centre, Stearns Co, MN, died ‎25 Aug 1962 San Jose, Santa Clara, California‎, 92 years, buried ‎ San Jose, CA
Elizabeth married Thomas C Armstrong in 1887. Thomas had gone to Canada from Great Falls, MT via Spokane and arrived by pack train, first settling at Fort Steele, British Columbia, Canada. Later, Mrs Armstrong followed by boat from Jennings, MT, up the Kootenay River to Fort Steele. In 1903, the couple established residence in Cranbrook, BC, Canada. Thomas died in 1938 and Elizabeth continued to live in the old home until 1958. She died at age 92, when she was living with her daughter, Lauretta, in San Jose, CA, where she is buried.