Philip Donahue purchased land in JoDaviess County, Ilinois in 1857. He was born ca 1810 in Ireland, county unknown. He married Mary Hays and had one son, Philip, born in 1850. The elder Philip died before 1857 when his wife married Phillip Hennessy, stating she was a widow. Philip and Mary Hennessy, and son Philip, moved to Houston County, MN in the early 1870’s where the son married Mary Shortell. She died in 1891 and Philip Donahue moved to Winona, MN with his family.