Mary Quigley’s Da

A Personal Tragedy of an Irish Immigrant Caught on the Kansas-Missouri Border during the Civil War

by Mary Jaffe



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/29/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 464
ISBN : 9781532092206
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 464
ISBN : 9781532092213

About the Book

In 1849, half brothers Michael and Joseph Quigley arrive in America seeking relief from the Irish potato famine. Their dying father tasked Michael to watch over Joe, but young Joe is headstrong and soon runs away. He spends his teen years in the wild cow town of West Bottoms, where his entrepreneurial savvy propels him into a successful business until a worldwide depression sends him scrambling. Joe meets and marries another Irish Catholic, Mary McManus, who comes from a family of higher ilk. The unlikely couple settles in a frontier riddled with lawless violence, which leaves them burned out by Jayhawkers. Natural catastrophes, failed crops, Joe’s military service, and illnesses overburden them, but it is a shocking, single event that leads to the destruction of Joe’s family. Through the eyes of nine-year old Little Mary Quigley—Joe and Mary’s second-born daughter—we observe the ultimate, horrific moment that leaves her and her five siblings orphaned. This particular act becomes their dark family secret and leaves a lamentable legacy that has waited generations to be revealed.

About the Author

This author is a retired public school teacher of music, language arts, art, journalism and adult corrections GED. Her first career was as an employment specialist and social worker. For thirty-five years she was engaged in teaching and for seven years she sang with the Seattle Opera Company. Recently widowed, she has worked for two decades on the histories of ancestors of her family, has been a composer of children's musical theater, and is an outdoor person who was born on a farm. She worked on this book starting in 2010, when her 100 year-old mother passed. She recently turned 73 years old.