Thursday, August 1, 2013

Daniel Larkins, 1859-1880

Daniel Larkins was the oldest child of Patrick and Bridget (Ryan) Larkins. He was born in Sandusky, Ohio, and was baptized at Holy Angels Church by Rev. Alexis Caron. Daniel's baptismal sponsors were Patrick Ryan and Johanna Larkins. The baptismal record below is a part of the collection of Catholic parish records from the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, accessible online at Family Search.

In the 1880 U.S. Census, Daniel was age 21, and still resided at home with his parents Patrick and Bridget Larkins, and his six younger siblings. His occupation was stated as laborer. On Sunday evening, August 1, 1880, Daniel Larkins and an acquaintance, John Leitch, went to the Germania House. Daniel Larkins started to drink, and as he was not accustomed to drinking, the liquor affected him adversely. About four o'clock in the morning on Monday, the body of Daniel Larkins was found on the sidewalk in front of the Germania House. Young Mr. Larkins had a severe wound to the back of his head. John Leitch was sound alseep at the time of the fall of Mr. Larkins, and it is supposed that Larkins probably fell out of the window while leaning out to vomit. An article in the August 3, 1880 issue of the Sandusky Register stated, in part: "Larkins is spoken of by all who knew him as a quiet, sober and industrious young man. Sunday night was the first night that he ever stayed away from home with letting his parents know where he was. It is clearly evident that he got into bad company."

An inquest was held following the death of Daniel Larkins. It was determined that there was no foul play, and that Daniel Larkins fell to his death accidentally. Daniel Larkins was buried in the Larkins family lot at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. His four youngest sibilings ranged in age from 3 to 11. It must have been a difficult task indeed for Patrick and Bridget Larkins to explain to the little ones that big brother Daniel would never be coming home again. Daniel's grave marker is between that of his mother Bridget, and his nephew Edwin Larkins.

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