Roy, Thank you for your followup. Yes, that is the right Dan Gleason. Since I posted the original query, I have had the Buchanan County Genealogical Society do some research for me and have also had individual replies from several other people. I am in the process of compiling all of this information which I will gladly share when I get it into some sort of organized chaos.
I have found that Daniel Gleason (the elder) was born in Ennis, County Clare, Irelandin 1819. He came to this country "as a young man" and had two children in PA, Mary in 1853 or 1854 (Scranton) and John E, in 1856 (Susquehannah).Mary later married Fergus O'Brien and they settled in Ida Grove Iowa. They had 8 or 9 children. John E. Married Mary Murphy from Dennison Iowa. They settled in Havelock Nebraska. They also had 8 or 9 children. I have most of these names if you need them. Dan's first wife (at this time name unknown) must have died. I next have him in Buchanan County 1860 with no wife and two kids. He married one Ellen McMahon in Independence Iowa in 1865 and had six surviving children from this union. They were: Michael James Gleason (1866- 11/23/49). Edward P Gleason (1869-2/22/1906). Margaret-became Sister Mary Loyola-Sister of Charity (1871?-?), Ella aka Nellie Gleason(June 18, 1874-June 15,1940), married John J. Lundy , Daniel Gleason (April 8, 1876-Sept 8,1944), and Joseph P. Gleason (3/17/1880-11/29/1949).
I am in Ireland frequently and went up to Ennis in April to try to find more information. Without Daniel's parents' names, I was told this will be virtually impossible. So, if you can come up with Dan's mother's or father's name I would appreciate it. I have also sent an enquiry to St. John's Catholic church in Independence. Most of this Gleason family were born, married, and buried from this church. I am hoping there may be some clues in their records. Regards, Dan