Michael and Johanna (Murphy) Geary, 6 North 52 West


In 1880 Bloomington, Illinois, Michael is a day laborer, 45, with Kate 42, both born in Ireland. John is 13, Theressa 6, and Michael 3, all three born in Illinois.

In 1885 Denver, Michael "Garry" is 55, Kate 45, Pat 27, John 18, daughter T. 11, and son M. 8.

Possible - Thresa "Gary" married Albert M. Peters in Denver on August 6, 1890. He's a policeman in 1891, living at 1915 Larimer.

In 1891 Denver, Michael is a laborer, at 266 S. 12th. Edward Geary, a clerk, also lives there.
Patrick F. Geary is a laborer, with his wife a dressmaker, at 3462 Larimer.


Michael E. Geary and Johanna Murphy married in Denver on May 11, 1896.

Michael is a laborer in 1900 Denver, born Sept 1876 in Illinois, married four years to Johanna January 1877 Illinois. They have Robert E. Dec 1897 and Norma Oct 1899, both born in Colorado. Niece Irene Geary Nov 1893 was born in Kansas, and nephew Lester M. born April 1896 in Colorado are with them. So is his father Michael Geary May 1825 in Ireland.

Johanna Murphy is in Monroe County, Illinois in 1880, age 4, with father John 41 born in Kentucky, mother Mary 34, Catherine 10, James 8, John 6, Johanna 4, and Paul 1.

In 1901 Denver, Michael Geary is a laborer, and Michael E. Geary is a guard in the county jail, both living at 234 E. 35th.
Miss Theressa Geary rooms at 1723 Stout.


In 1910 Michael and Johana, both 34 born in Illinois, are farming in Logan County, with Robert 12 and Norma 10.
The next household is an irrigation ditching contractor, so they must be living very near the South Platte river.

Michael Geary claimed a tract in section 22, 6N 53W in 1912.

Michael and Johanna divorced in 1919 in Denver.

In 1920 Denver, Johanna is 43, born in Indiana, Norma 20 born in Denver, and Robert E. 22 born in Colorado. None have occupations.

Johanna is divorced in 1930 Denver, living in a rooming house.

In 1940 she's in Greeley County, Nebraska, 65, with brothers Thomas 79, William 71, and sister Catherine 69, all born in Illinois.

In 1880 Ogle County, Illinois, Thomas Murphy is farming, 60, with Mary 45, both born in Ireland. Elizabeth is 19, Thomas 18, James 17, Terresia 12, and William 10, all kids born in Illinois.

Robert Emmett Geary was born Dec 8, 1897, and registered for WWI in Denver, a student, living with his mother Mrs. M.E. Geary at 1742 Sherman Street, in an apartment. That was only two blocks north of the state capitol building.


J. W. Geary married Bridget Murphy on October 2, 1892 in Golden, Colorado.
John Geary, son of Michael Geary and Kate Fenton, married Agnes Vannais/Vennais, daughter of Hans Vannais and Cecelia Lund, on May 13, 1908 in Silver Bow County, Montana.

John F. Geary, born about 1870, died March 11, 1944 in Butte, Montana, wife Agnes, buried in Holy Cross Cemetery.
In 1910 Boone County, Nebraska Bridget is widowed, 37, born in Illinois, running a millinery store, with Irene 16.

Lester J. Geary registered for WWI in Omaha, Nebraska, a clerk at Cudahy Packaging, born April 27, 1896 in Denver. He was single, supporting his mother.

His mother Bridget Geary was with him in 1920 Omaha, a milliner, 47, born in Illinois, married but no spouse.
In 1930 Bridget is widowed, living in Columbus, Nebraska in a hotel. She's buried in Columbus 1873-1937 # 18065449. It says she was married to John Geary.

Her daughter Irene is also buried in Columbus 1893-1976, # 17756970.
" The Columbus Telegram, June 1, 1976

A former Columbus resident, Mrs. Frank (Irene) Luis, 82, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital, Denver.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. services will be held at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church with Rev. Regis Watts officiating and burial in St. Bonaventure Cemetery. Scripture service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at McKown Funeral Home, where visitation begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Daughter of John W. and Bridget (Murphy) Geary, she was born Nov. 12, 1893 at Newton, Kan., and married Frank Luis at Cedar Rapids, Neb., Nov. 25, 1913. They lived in Columbus many years. Her husband died Dec. 9, 1961, and she moved to Denver in 1966.
Surviving are two sons, Conrad D. of Denver, Francis J. of Englewood, Colo.; four daughters, Mrs. Ray (Theresa) Muller of Van Nuys, Calif., Mrs. Eldon (Mary) Farrar of Monroe, Mrs. William (Irene) Gilmer of Ventura, Calif. Mrs. Stephen (Ann Marie) Campbell of Los Angeles, Calif.; brother, Joseph Geary of Oakland, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One brother, Lester preceded her in death."

Back to Logan County Biographies.