The John O'Day and Margaret Maughan Family of South Bend, St Joseph County, Indiana: An Analysis of their Irish Origins and journey to South Bend, Indiana in Census, Church and Other Records

John O'Day appears to have married Margaret Maughan on September 7, 1857 in St Joseph County, Indiana. Thus far, I have been unable to find this family in St. Joseph or Sacred Heart Church Census or records. They may have attended St Patrick's Church in South Bend; however, I have yet to check these records. The core of this family remained in South Bend from at least 1857 through 1900 and were residents on Division Street when the 1880 and 1900 Census was conducted. There is another O'Day family in South Bend during this same period that may or may not be related: Patrick O'Day and Margaret Farrington. They were married at Sacred Heart Church, Notre Dame on August 25, 1864. They appear to have arrived in the U.S. around 1863 and stayed in South Bend through at least January 22, 1920 when Patrick died.

Special Note: There is a list of lot owners in the Cedar Grove Cemetery Microfilm 1637531 item 3 that indicates that the "O'Dea family" owns lot number 177 in Section B. I'm not certain that this lot is tied to this family but it would be worth pursuing to check it out!

The objective of this compilation is to try to establish the earliest possible evidence of this family in the United States through all available resources.

This will most definitely be a work in progress and all findings I speculate on would have to be proven for accuracy with Ireland and U.S. marriage records, church baptismal records and death records among other genealogical resources. Please use this information with that caveat in mind so that nothing is assumed and no stones are left unturned to assure it's your family and the connection is accurate. Please contact me if you feel that you are descended from this family or another South Bend, Indiana Irish Family so that we can share information, see if there were common migration trails followed and delve further back into their origins in Ireland!

Census, Church or other Record Date Born, Baptized, Married Father/ Husband Mother/ Wife Child Occupation; Misc.
Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 Familysearch.org September 7, 1857 Marriage O'Day, John Maughan?, Margaret   Samuel Chora, St Joseph CC
1860 US Census for South Bend, St Joseph County, Indiana Census conducted on June 13, 1860 O'Day, John 24, born in Ireland O'Day, Margaret, 26 born in Ireland O'Day, Mary 1 born in Indiana John was a Day Laborer $300 Real Estate and $50 Personal Estate
1870 US Census for South Bend, St Joseph County, Indiana Census conducted on June 5 and 6, 1870 O'Day, John, 35 born in Ireland O'Day, Margaret 40 born in Ireland O'Day, Mary 12, born in Indiana John is a Laborer with $1000 Home Value; Margaret- keeping home; Mary is in school
" " " " O'Day, Margaret 9 born in Indiana  
" " " " O'Day, James 7 born in Indiana  
" " " " O'Day, Catherine 5 born in Indiana  
" " " " O'Day, Ella 5 born in Indiana  
" " " " O'Day, John 10/12 born in Indiana  
1880 US Census for South Bend, St Joseph County, Indiana District 163; Residence on 132 Division Street Census Conducted on June 25, 1880

O'Day, John 26 born in Ireland as were his parents

O'Day, Margaret 35 born in Ireland as were her parents O'Day, Mary 21 Daughter born in Indiana; parents born in Ireland John worked on the Railroad; Margaret- Keeping Home; Mary was a single dressmaker
" " " " O'Day, Maggie 18 born in IN; parents born in Ireland Maggie was at home and single
" " " " O'Day, James 16 born in IN; parents born in Ireland Single son works in Plow Shops
" " " " O'Day, Katharine 14 daughter born in IN; parents born in Ireland Single daughter in School
" " " " O'Day, Ellen 12 born in IN; parents born in Ireland Ellen is in School
" " " " O'Day, Daniel 5 born in IN, parents born in Ireland  
1900 US Census for South Bend, Portage Township, St Joseph County, Indiana; District 132; Residence on 918 Division Street Census Conducted on June 6 and 7, 1900 O'Day, John, Head 65 yr old widow born on November 1834 Ireland; parents born in Ireland O'Day, Mary, 40 yr old single daughter born May 1859 in Indiana; parents born in Ireland O'Day, Elly, 32 yr old single daughter b May 1869? in Indiana; parents born in Ireland John immigrated here in 1851; here 45 yrs; He owns his home with a mortgage
" " " " O'Day, Daniel, 26 yr old single son born May 1874 in IN; parents born in Ireland Daniel was a Day Laborer
" " ' ' O'Day, Louise 8 yr old grand daughter born September 1891 Indiana; dad born in Indiana, mom in Ireland Louise was in School