John McCloskey was the son of Bernard McCloskey and Ellen O'Hern, born in Dubuque, Iowa on Nov. 20, 1869. His father died in 1872 of complications of a chest wound received during the Civil War. In 1877 his mother Ellen died, leaving her oldest daughter, Margaret, alone with John and his sisters, Mary Ellen, born 1860 and Rosanna, born 1866.
Margaret filed for guardianship of the three youngsters and having received the necessary papers, she moved them to Clare, Iowa in Webster County, where O'Hern relatives had settled. They arrived in Clare early in 1881, I believe. John was placed with the family of Andrew and Johanna Funchion - Johanna was his mother's cousin. Mary Ellen and Margaret were together in Clare, and Rosanna was sent to an unknown site. All we know is that John was notified of her death in 1891. Margaret died in 1882 of TB and is buried in the O'Hern plot in Lizard Cemetery, Clare, Iowa.
John grew up in the Funchion household. On July 21, 1897, he married Josephine McDonough, daughter of Terrence and Sarah Owens McDonough. Josephine was born in Iowa about 1873.
I have never found another reference to John and Josephine after their marriage. They obviously left Webster County.
I would very much like to be able to incorporate John's family into our family tree. Would appreciate any help.
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