Patrick E. Slowey was born in Ireland, likely County Monaghan (but I’ve heard County Cavan also) between 1815 and 1825. He immigrated to the United States around 1840 and by 1855 he was settled in Wisconsin with his wife Catherine [maiden name believed to be McCabe]. I can only assume they were married by 1852, as that was when their first child was born. They had a farm in Lafayette County
The couple had 9 natural children – Barney, Kate, Mary, Thomas, John, Lizzie, Patrick, Ellen, and Peter – and one adopted son, George Meter. All of their natural children were born between 1852 and 1870 in Wisconsin, and in 1872 he moved them all to Yankton, South Dakota. Patrick became a naturalized citizen in Yankton on October 14, 1875. The couple adopted George in October 1876. There is a story that the Meters were close friends of the family and some tragedy led to George being adopted by Patrick and Catherine, but I am still searching for documents to corroborate that.
I have found a Declaration of Intent filed in November 1848 in the Lafayette County Circuit Court (Wisconsin), but I am still trying to confirm this is the same Patrick Slowey (there were several, apparently). It is possible that he arrived in New Orleans in June 1845 via Liverpool, England.
In June 1881, Patrick purchased 160 acres of land comprised of the southwest quarter of Section 28 in Mayfield Township in Yankton County, South Dakota, under the Homestead Act of 1862. When I was plotting all the land owners on the original plat maps for this township and the neighboring township, I recognized a couple of names: Gemmill and Noonan. James Noonan and William Gemmill provided sworn testimony as to Patrick’s residency and character. Later, one of his granddaughters would marry one of William Gemmill’s grandsons.
Patrick’s first home in South Dakota was a log house with a sod roof. He broke his land using oxen and horses, and had a good farm. He and Catherine were devout Catholics and attended Walshtown Catholic Church. Unfortunately, he would only spend a few years on the farm together with Catherine. She died in August 1884. Patrick continued to live and work on that farm until he died on February 12, 1902, due to “extreme old age hastened by a severe cold,” which he had for a few days. They are buried together in St. Columba Cemetery (formerly Walshtown Cemetery).
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