Friday, March 13, 2009
Daniel and Johannah Larkins
Mrs. Johanna Larkins passed away on July 7, 1890. She died at her home on Hayes Avenue in Sandusky. Mrs. Larkins was 96 years old, and at the time of her death, her husband was 104 years of age. Her obituary in the Sandusky Register stated that "The age of the couple was something remarkable, as very few people reach such an advanced distance in life's journey."
Daniel Larkins was born in Ireland, and he died on May 25, 1893 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas McClain, in Bellevue, Ohio. His obituary in the Sandusky Register indicated that Daniel Larkins had come to the United States in 1830, and first settled in the state of Connecticut. By the 1840 Census, the Daniel Larkins family was residing on a farm in Perkins Township of Erie County. The children of Daniel Larkins were: Patrick, Margaretha, James, Daniel, Johanna, and Gregory. At the time of his death, only two children were still living, Mrs. Thomas McClain, and Mrs. Patrick Kelly, of Elgin, Illinois. Twenty five grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survived Mr. Larkins. Two grandchildren who resided in Sandusky when Mr. Larkins died were John Larkins, an engineer for the Big Four Railroad, and Thomas Larkins, a machinist employed by the Hospital Supply Company.
Dates recorded on U.S. Census records indicate that Daniel Larkins may have actually been younger than the age given on his tombstone and in his obituary. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Larkins are buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Sandusky.
In an article from the March 9, 1844 Sandusky Clarion, Daniel Larkins was on a committee which signed a resolution, and had it published in the newspaper, that the "Sons of the Emerald Isle" resolved to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on temperance principles, without any intoxicating beverages.