Obit of Thomas Donahue 1884
From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
OCTOBER 24, 1884
On Saturday morning, Oct. 18, Thomas donahue, a well known and respected farmer of Charlotte township, passed away, and whil many of his friends knew of his sickness, none were aware of his being so near the end of his earthly life.
Mr. Donahue was born in Ireland in the year 1817, and when a young man in his 20's came to America. He was one of the many who worked on the first great permanent public improvement in the state of Illinois and his ready hand and willing heart combined to do many a hard day's labor in construction the Illinois and Michigan canal.
After the canal was finished, deceased was in the employ for many years of Wm. Reddick, of Ottawa, and still later he was a tenant on one of the Mr. R's farms near Ottawa, where he continued to reside until his removal to his present home in Charlotte township. He was twice married, and both wives are buried in the Catholic cemetery at Ottawa. Mr. Donahue came to Livingston county in 1867, and with other farmers had seen many reverses caused by loss of crops and his lot was certainly not of the smoothest, but withal he was a man of strick integrity, and , whenever opportunity offered, nothing afforded him more pleasure than to pay his debts, and he goes to his grave carrying the name of an honest man.
Deceased leaves a large family of children behind him, all of whom are nearly grown, and all of whom will miss their father's kindness, advice and affection.
The remains were taken to Ottawa via the Wabash Monday morning last, where they were deposited by the side of his wives, which was in accordance with his request.