biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mrs. ELIZABETH DORNAN, of Jefferson Township, was born in the State of Indiana, Feb. 18, 1834, and is the daughter of William Y. and Sarah (Adams) Moore. Her mother was born in Kentucky and her father in Georgia. Elizabeth was the third of ten children. In the year 1860, she was married to Hugh Dornan, a native of Ireland, born May 12, 1819, and came to this country in the year 1845. By this union there were eight children: William, born Feb. 18, 1861, lives in Boone County, Iowa; Thomas, born June 3, 1862, lives in Nebraska; John, born July 19, 1864, is at home; Aaron, born Jan. 1, 1867, is in Nebraska; Mary J., born July 28, 1868, died Sept. 9, 1884; Sarah E., born Jan. 5, 1870; Edward, July 15, 1871, and Elizabeth, July 10, 1876, are at home. The father of these children died Aug. 7, 1883, of cancer in the face. A great deal of time and money was spent in an effort to cure Mr. Dornan, and the ablest physicians of the country were consulted, among whom we may mention Dr. Bishop, of St. Joseph, Mo., and Dr. D. F. McMillan, of Oskaloosa. But human skill could not save him, and he fell a prey to that loathsome disease. Mr. Dornan was a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church; his widow is a member of the Christian Church. The home farm, which she now occupies, consists of 198 acres of good land, finely cultivated and well improved. Mrs. Dornan is a lady possessing many excellent and noble traits of character, and is highly esteemed by friends and neighbors.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy