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Decatur Republican; Decatur, Illinois; 5 Sep 1889

One of Our Well-Known Irish Citizens Called Away
From Thursday's Daily.
     John McEvoy, proprietor of the National Hotel, near the Union depot, died this morning at 8:15 o'clock, in the 58th year of his age, after an illness of but three weeks, caused by malarial fever and a severe attack of diarrhoea. It seems but a few days since he was among us in life, exchanging hearty greetings to his friends as was his custom, and he had hosts of personal friends in Decatur and a wide acquaintance in the state- especially among his countrymen. His death, which was unexpected, is received with general regret. He was the treasurer of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which society will have charge of the funeral. Politically the deceased was an ardent Republican and was always active in the support of the party nominees.
     John McEvoy was born in County Galway, Ireland, and came to America in May, 1849, residing at Pittsfield, Mass., until 1856, when he came to Decatur with his family. On April 8, 1855, he married Miss Jane Kenney, who with seven children survive. The living children are James McEvoy, Mrs. Julia Nolan, Richard McEvoy, Mrs. Jane Thompson of Peoria, Patrick McEvoy, Henry McEvoy, and Katie McEvoy. The deceased children are John Patrick and Maria Irena McEvoy. The sisters of the deceased are Mrs. Patrick Grady of Maroa, Mrs. Bridget Cooney of Ireland, and Mrs. Catherine Farrell of Pittsfield, Mass. The half-brothers are Flan, Thos. and Patrick McEvoy.
     During the first seven years of his residence in Decatur, Mr. McEvoy was a Wabash bridge carpenter, when he occupied property on Orchard street, which property he sold and in 1863 he engaged in the hotel business which up to the time of his illness engaged his attention. He owned the National Hotel corner, 40x180 feet, and also several houses and lots in the fifth ward. He leaves his family in good circumstances.

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