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Peter Quigley Family

Peter Quigley was born about 1840 in Ireland and married Mary Gallagher, daughter of John and Mary Gallagher, by 1875. They had three children: Hugh, John, and Maggie J. Quigley
Kansas 1875 Census Cedar Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color   Place/birth Where from
Peter Quigley                35    m    w       Ireland        Missouri
Mary Quigley               35     f     w            Canada            Missouri
Peter Quigley                17    m    w       Wisconsin         Wisconsin
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, March 18, 1875.
A Petition. To the Honorable Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County.
We, the undersigned citizens of Cedar Township, being legal voters, ask your honorable body to appoint Mr. F. M. Osborn Township Trustee in and for this township, and we will ever, etc., this March 3, 1875.
Thomas Bowles, Peter Quigley, John W. Belles, John Haughney, G. W. Burroughs, Wm. Gallagher, Hamilton Gerard, Hugh Gallagher, John Frazee, D. C. Swank, John Hanahan, Wm. Morgan, J. P. Gregg, J. W. Blair, James Baker, F. P. Myers, W. H. Phillips, J. W. Tedlie, Alec. Moses, Zenis Condid, C. E. Victory, John Gallagher, S. J. McCamey, James Phillips, James A. Patton, D. M. Patton, S. G. Butler, Ennis Patton, L. T. Wells, Wm. Callahan, Sanford Day, and Daniel Belles.
The above petition will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners of this county at their next regular session. There is an address petition in the field, the rival candidates being our two J. P.’s. QUID NUNC.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876.
MR. PATTEN, of Cedar Township, informs us that a horse was stolen recently from his neighbor, Mr. Quigley, and sold in Coffeyville to a liveryman. The thief was pursued but not captured. The horse was recovered. Why not organize a vigilance committee, gentlemen?
The following item shows “G. Quigley.” Think this might have been Peter Quigley inasmuch as Cedar Township in 1873 only listed Peter Quigley, age 34. His wife was listed as Mary Quigley, age 27. MAW
Winfield Courier, November 16, 1876. Editorial Page.
Cedar Township: D. W. Wiley, Trustee; J. W. Ledlie, Clerk; Z. Condit, Treasurer; Levi Miller and T. H. Osborn, J. P.; G. Quigley, Constable.
Winfield Courier, April 4, 1878.  
CEDAR TOWNSHIP. DIED. Mr. Peter Quigley died on the night of the 24th ult., of disease of the heart. Mr. Quigley’s health had been very poor for some time past, and at one time he was adjudged a lunatic and was in charge of Otto Smith; but was subsequently released, since which time he has gone on with his business with his usual sagacity.
Winfield Courier, April 4, 1878.  

The rumor that Mr. Peter Quigley died of heart disease has proved incorrect. It seems that Monday the 24th, of last month, in the afternoon, Mr. Quigley was taken with violent pains of a neuralgic character and in order to obtain relief, he took a dose of morphia. Finding that he grew no better and seeing Mr. Ben Caldwell and lady passing, he called them in. (Mr. Quigley was living alone, his wife having left him last summer.)  He told them he was very sick and asked Mr. Caldwell to bring a doctor. Dr. Phillips was accordingly summoned and after examining him pronounced it a case of poison by morphine. At first Quigley denied having taken anything, but after a time he acknowledged having taken four doses, any of which, Dr. Phillips said, would have killed a man. Mr. Quigley lingered until sometime in the night, when he died and was buried on the following day without an inquest. Yesterday I learned that Ben. and Will. Caldwell and a Mr. Early were made very sick by eating of some beans that Mr. Quigley had cooked the day that he was taken sick and, of which, in all likelihood he had eaten. The true inwardness of the case will never be known.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.
                                           CEDAR TOWNSHIP, April 4, 1878.
Last Monday week, the 24th of March, Mr. Peter Quigley died. There is something strange and inexplicable in his taking off. About 12 months ago he was arrested as insane, and after a hearing by his Hon. Judge Gans, he was put into the custody of Mr. A. H. Smith. After a short time he was released, and soon after that event his wife left him.
Since that time Mr. Quigley has been living on his farm attend­ing his business with his usual sagacity. But on the evening of the Monday spoken of, about as Mr. Ben. Caldwell and lady were passing Mr. Quigley’s residence, Mr. Quigley beckoned them to the house, and told them he was very sick and wanted Mr. Caldwell to bring a doctor. Dr. Phillips was accordingly sum­moned, and after an examination, told Mr. Quigley that he had been taking mor­phine. After considerable time and coaxing, Mr. Quigley acknowl­edged having taken four doses to allay a pain that had seized him since eating his dinner. But all that could be done was un­availing, and he died during the night.
I learned this evening from an uncle of Mr. Caldwell’s, that Mr. Caldwell, his brother, and a Mr. Early were made quite sick by eating a pot of beans that was cooked during the day that Mr. Quigley was taken sick, and of which in all probability Mr. Quigley had eaten of also. There was no inquest held. Yours, W. A. METCALF.


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