Reverend Daniel Joseph Ryan1

M, b. 3 August 1852, d. 14 July 1900
Father*William Ryan1 b. 14 Dec 1819, d. 19 Jun 1880
Mother*Margaret Keogh1 b. 31 Jul 1826, d. 29 Jan 1899
Last Edited=17 Nov 2014
     Reverend Daniel Joseph Ryan was born on 3 August 1852 in La Prairie Township, Stark County, Illinois, United States.1 He died on 14 July 1900 in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois, United States, at age 47;

According to the Death Certificate, Rev. Daniel Ryan died of nephritis resulting from a severe burn to his right arm seven months previously. Here is his obituary:

Rev. Daniel J. Ryan
Diocese of Alton, IL
By A. Zucbonson
Written & entered 1918

Rev. Daniel J. Ryan
“Thy will, O God, be done”

A man of effable and sunny disposition, efficient and thorough in all undertakings, popular with clergy and laity, such was Father Daniel Ryan the lamented late pastor of St. Mary’s parish of Mt. Sterling. He was the son of William Ryan and Margaret nee Kough (Keogh), born at Kickapoo, IL, August 3, 1852, and ordained at the Alton Cathedral by Bishop Baltes, June 29, 1876. His first appointment was to Grafton from October, 1876-77, whence he was assigned to Virden where he remained from 1877-’81. At this time it happened that Rev. Manasses Kane, founder and builder of St. Joseph’s church, Springfield, was induced to resign. No one was thought a more capable man to handle the entangled affairs of that parish than Father Ryan, who during the next fifteen years proved his unquestioned ability as a wise and prudent pastor and capable administrator. He overcame the difficulties in reducing heavy debt, built a commodious parochial residence and supplied the church with a splendid pipe organ. Father Ryan’s heart and mind were justly centered in the affairs of his beloved St. Joseph’s, which increased and developed under his unflagging care and devotion steadily and constantly. In 1895 our Springfield priest was requested to exchange places with Rev. M. Clifford of St. Mary’s parish, Alt. Sterling. Father Ryan continued his priestly activity with the same eagerness and zeal in the new parish as he was wont to do at Springfield. For three years he successfully directed the destinies of the Mt. Sterling charge, when, on November 23, 1899, he met with a serious accident which, alas, was to cause his premature death. On that day the parochial residence burned down. In his efforts to extinguish the fire and save his home, Father Ryan sustained injuries which ultimately proved to be fatal. With the house he lost his library and all the church records. The badly burned pastor was rushed to Our Savior’s Hospital at Jacksonville, where the best of medical treatment was given him. For awhile our patient seemed to ‘be on the road to recovery. But this was delusive. He lingered till July, 1900, when he had to yield to the inevitable.

Father Daniel Ryan’s remains were buried in the Catholic cemetery of Jacksonville. R. I. P.1 He was buried on 17 July 1900 in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois, United States.2
     He appeared on the census of 30 June 1860 in the household of William Ryan in La Prairie Township, Stark County, Illinois, United States; Mary Day, daughter of Darby and Johanna Day, is in William's household as a servant.3 Reverend Daniel Joseph Ryan was ordained on 29 June 1876 in Alton Cathredral, Alton, Madison County, Illinois, United States.4


  1. [S378] Letter, Mary Shepard to Dennis Day, February 27, 2009, From a copied obituary for Rev. Daniel Ryan (1918).
  2. [S437] Obituary Rev. Daniel Ryan.
  3. [S380] June 30, 1860 Census Record, Provo, Utah, United States.
  4. [S378] Letter, Mary Shepard to Dennis Day, February 27, 2009.