I do not remember where I got the last name of Hughes for Catherine. I think is was handed to me on paper by a relative. I see it as Keenan at other times. I am not sure at this time.
Here is some info Name is spelled Katherine in 1880 census. Grave is marked Catherine.
From Death Certificate - Catherine Davitt age 65 Date of Death - July 19, 1900 Born in ?elana, NY Died in Linn Twp Died of Paralysis Place of Burial - St. Patrick’s Cemetary
taken from the Cumming Iowa Centennial 1888-1988
page 206 Mother's Family Tree - Elizabeth M. (Davitt) Watts by Jim Watts
I've been able to trace my family tree on my Mother's side for five generations back to a tombstone which stands at St. Patrick's Cemetery - Irish Settlement. It reads as follows: Henry Davitt - Born in the Parish of Abington, county Limerick, Ireland - March 25, 1784 - Died November 13, 1885. These figures show that he lived just eight years after our Declaration of Independence and died 33 years after the Parish of St. Patrick's, Irish Settlement, was founded.
Henry Davitt, since his wife died at an early age, was left with six children to rear: Michael, Edward, Phillip, James, Catherine, and Margaret.
Henry's eldest son, James, left his homeland and came to America. Once there, James settled around Waterloo, Iowa, and he became a railroad worker. Later, he moved to Warren County where he purchased land and started farming. He was able to save enough money to bring his father (Henry) and the rest of his brothers and sisters to America. As time went on, James married. To this union were born eight children, including my grandfather, Phillip Henry Davitt.
My Grandfather, (Philip Henry Davitt) was the eldest of Jame's eight children. He did not marry until he was nearing his 40th year, therefore falling heir to the home place. There his father, James, becoming blind and his last years, lived with my grandparents and their family until his death.
*************** Information from the 1880 Census from FamilySearch.com NameRelationMarital StatusGenderRaceAgeBirthplaceOccupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace James DAVITTSelfMMaleW57IREFarmerIREIRE Katherine DAVITTWifeMFemaleW46NYKeeping HouseIREIRE Phillip H. DAVITTSonSMaleW26IAFarmerIRENY Mary DAVITTDauSFemaleW22IAIRENY Ned DAVITTSonSMaleW21IAIRENY William DAVITTSonSMaleW18IAIRENY James DAVITTSonSMaleW15IAIRENY Margaret DAVITTDauSFemaleW13IAIRENY Michael DAVITTSonSMaleW10IAIRENY Katherine DAVITTDauSFemaleW6IAIRENY James DAVITTCousinSMaleW12ILIREIRE Henry DAVITTFatherWMaleW96IREIREIRE