Joseph, Conway Jr., son of Joseph and Margaret Conway was born
in County Clare Dec. 22, 1824 and died July 15, 1897. He came to America
in 1846 sailing from Limerich on the Emma. He arrived in Oswege, N.Y. on
August 20. In 1852 he came to Rock Island. The next February, with an ax
on his shoulder, he walked to Preemption township, and commenced
clearing land. In June of the following year he received the patent for
his land signed by President Pierce. Joseph had landed in Oswege with a
quarter in his pocket. When he came to Preemption township he had two
hundred dollars. He eventually became the owner of 640 acres. On July
10, 1854 he married Bridget Ayers. She died Jan. 6, 1870 at the age of
39 leaving him with six children namely Thomas, Margaret, Joseph,
Patrick, Mary Ann (later Sister Mary Vincent, RSM) and Martin W.
Elizabeth had died at the age of 10 months. All are buried in St.
Joseph's Cemetery, Preemption except S.M. Vincent, RSM.
Joseph after acquiring enough money, sent back to Ireland and
paid the transportation for his half-sisters Katherine O'Dea (Mrs. Dan
Mack) and Margaret O'Dea (Mrs. Steve Kiniry) and his two nieces Margaret
O'Connor (Mrs. James McManus), and Margaret O'Dea who later went to
Brooklyn N.Y. They must have come to the U.S. early in 1860 as Katherine
helped to care for Patrick Conway, Virginia and Vincent's father, when
he was born Sept. 20, 1860. Katherine continued to live with her brother
Joe until her marriage to Dan Mack after the Civil War. One
granddaughter, Sister Mary Catherine O'Dea in Philadelphia, probably was
the daughter of the Conway killed during the Civil War. The Brooklyn
O'Dea's kept in touch with her while they were still living. The Dan
Macks kept in touch with the family in New York. Lizzie Mack of
Preemption gave the Tom Mack family a beautiful linen tablecloth they
had received from an aunt living there.
Joseph Conway Jr.'s sister, Mary Margaret Conway (1832-1883) also
came to America. She married Francis M. Voris (1831-1897). They first
settled in Garden Grove, Decatur County, Iowa in 1860. For lack of a
Catholic Church, the children were raised Protestants. The children were
Margaret Cordelia (Mrs. Joseph C. Rogers, Calif.), Francis M., John
Archie, and Mary Etta (Mrs. Eastman). Mary Voris choked to death on a
piece of steak. She and her husband Francis M. are buried in the Derby
Cemetery, Derby Iowa, Lucas County.
The Conways had lost track of Mary Margaret Voris (Conway).
Virginia Conway and Sister Mary Janela spent time in libraries trying to
trace her and her husband as Virginia needed the information for her
family history. In 1980, the Voris granddaughters were trying to locate
the Conways. On St. Patrick's Day the two families communicated. Later
two of the granddaughters came to Aledo to meet Virginia and Sister Mary
Janela. written by Sister Mary Janela