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Doran, Thomas, (C 1838-1877) Ireland 2 Commerce (Commercial) St., 246 Van Brunt, murdered in his store!!!

2 Commerce

1870 Brooklyn Eagle liquor dealers list, Doran, T. MISCELLANEOUS 2 Commercial st.

On the 1886 map 246 Van Brunt is a frame building in the middle of the block on the west side between King and Sullivan.

Birth of Thomas Doran: C 1838 Ireland


Marriage: Ann

Birth of Ann Doran circa 1836 Ireland


  1. Peter* c 1860

  2. James* c 1862

  3. Mary* circa 1864

  4. Catherine (Kate) circa 1865

  5. Thomas circa 1867

  6. John circa 1869

  7. Matthew circa 1873

*born in Westchester

1860: West Farms, Westchester, New York Post Office: Mount Vernon, Thos Doran 22, laborer, born Ireland, Ann Doran 26, born Ireland, Peter Doran 4/12

1865: Kings, Brooklyn district bounded by Court, Pacific, Amity, and the River. Thomas Doran Father M 30, laborer, Ann Doran Wife F 33, Peter Doran Son M 5, James Doran Son M 4, Mary A Doran Daughter F 2, Kate Doran Daughter F 0

1870 Census: Doran, Thomas, 32 ret liquor store $700 Ireland, Ann 34 Ireland, Peter 10, James 8, Mary 6, Catherine 5 Thomas 3 John 3 months

Not listed 1870 directory.

1875: 97 Imlay, brick $3,000, Doran, Thomas 35, Ireland liquors, Anne 40, Ireland, Peter 15 Westchester, James 14, Westchester, Mary 13 Westchester, Kate 11 Brooklyn, Thomas 8 Matthew 2

1877 Death of Thomas Doran:

July 31, 1877 age 39, City Hospital of knife wounds.

Brooklyn Union Argus 31 July 1877


Fatal Ending of Young McNALLY's Saturday Night Carousal.

Thomas DORAN, the saloon keeper, of No. 452 Fulton street, who was stabbed in the left breast just above the heart, with a large pocketknife in the hands of the youth, Edward McNALLY, of No. 233 Smith street, about two o'clock on Sunday morning, died about 4:30 this morning, in the City Hospital, to which he was taken immediately after he was wounded. Coroner SIMMS, who has been informed of the death, has requested Dr. SHEPHARD to perform an autopsy on the body, which will probably be done this afternoon, and an inquest will then be promptly held. The particulars of the tragic occurrence were fully reported in yesterday's UNION-ARGUS. The arrest of McNALLY was yesterday erroneously attributed to Detective CURRAN. The arrest was made by Special Officer George CURRAN, whose fleetness of foot enabled him to outrun other officers and catch the young ruffian.

In July 1877 Thomas Doran had a liquor store at 452 Fulton street near Hoyt. His family lived upstairs. About 2 o'clock in the morning on Sunday July --, three young men entered the saloon run by Thomas Doran and his family. At the time, Peter Doran, age 17, was closing the bar but he served the three men two rounds of drinks. The were talking loudly and Thomas Doran, who had already retired for the evening, came downstairs and told them to leave that the bar was closed. Francis (Frank) McNally pulled out a knife and flung a glass of beer in Thomas Doran's face. The scuffled and McNally stabbed Thomas Doran. Peter Doran got a gun and fired two warning shots in the air. McNally and friends fled and Thomas Doran followed them until he collapsed from loss of blood. Thomas Doran was taken to the hospital where he died several days later.

It was stated that Thomas Doran had come to the United States from Ireland when he was 17. At one time he had served nearly two years on the police force. He was married with six children: four sons and two daughters, the oldest was 17 and the youngest was four.

The funeral of Thomas Duran was held at place of business at 452 Fulton street. The remains were on view in the front room of the store. Thomas Doran was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.Twenty or thirty carriages comprised the funeral cortege. Doran was buried in Flatbush Cemetery.

Frank McNally, who was only 18 or 19 years old at the time, pleaded self defense. He was convicted of manslaughter in the 3rd degree and sentenced to 2 years in Kings County penitentiary.

30 July 1877 RUM AND THE KNIFE-TRAGIC ENDING OF A SATURDAY NIGHT'S CAROUSEL. A Saloon-keeper Fatally Stabbed in His Own Bar-room, by a Dissipated Youth, at Two o'Clock on Sunday Morning -- Arrest of the Assailant, and Ante-mortem Statement of the Dying Man.

A tragic ending of a Saturday night's carousel occurred in Thomas DORAN's bar-room, at No. 452 Fulton street, about two o'clock on Sunday morning, when Frank McNALLY, a youth of only eighteen years, fatally stabbed DORAN, after having abused him and created a disturbance in his saloon, with three companions. It appears that McNALLY entered DORAN's place about midnight, with three other young men, named Michael TODD, Patrick McKENNA, and John DUFFY. DORAN's son was in charge of the bar-room, and after McNALLY and his companions had been drinking for about two hours, they became turbulent and quarrelsome.

DORAN, who had been asleep upstairs, was awakened by the noise, and he descended to the bar room, where McNALLY and his companions had just refused to pay for the liquor they had drank. He remonstrated with them, and one of them threw a glass of beer in his face, and the others quickly extinguished the gas. DORAN then seized a club to drive the young men into the street. All but McNALLY ran out through the hallway to the street, but the latter remained in the hallway, and attempted to disarm DORAN.

DURING THE STRUGGLE between DORAN and McNALLY, the former struck McNALLY on the head with the club, inflicting two slight scalp wounds. McNALLY then drew a large sharp pointed knife and stabbed DORAN in the left breast immediately over the heart, inflicting a wound his recovery from which is regarded as impossible. DORAN sank down upon the floor and soon became insensible. McNALLY fled to the street, where he seized an empty lager beer keg which he hurled through the window of the saloon, completely demolishing the window.

Detective CURRAN and Patrolman DUNHAM, who were near by, and whose attention was attracted by the noise of the breaking glass, saw and pursued McNALLY, who fled as far as Gallatin place, where he was captured. McNALLY was taken to the Washington street police station, where his knife, still open, and with the blade still blood stained, was found in his pocket. He resolutely refused to say anything about the tragic occurrence, and he declines to make any statement whatever. He was locked up for the night, as were also his companions, who were arrested soon after the stabbing.

THE WOUNDED SALOON KEEPER who is about forty-five years old, and has a wife and several children, was formerly a police officer. He was taken to the City Hospital, where he now lies in a critical condition.

Brooklyn Genealogy Brooklyn Union Argus, August 1, 1877

Result of the Post-mortem Examination -Impanelment of a Coroner's Jury.

A post-mortem examination was made yesterday afternoon, at the City Hospital, by Dr. A.W. SHEPARD, as already announced, on the body of Thomas DORAN, the saloon keeper, of 452 Fulton street, who was fatally stabbed in his saloon with a knife in the hands of the youth Edward MCNALLY, about two o'clock on Sunday moring. The autopsy revealed an incised wound through the cartilege of the fourth rib on the left side, and also through the pericardium or sac containing the heart. Death was clearly the result of active inflammation superinduced by the wound. After the autopsy the body was removed to the late residence of the deceased, where he leaves a wife and a large family of children, and whence it will be taken to Calvary Cemetery for interment to-morrow morning.

Coroner SIMMS impaneled a jury as follows this afternoon: George H. HUDSON, livery stable keeper, 397 Bridge street; H.M. WINTER, millinery, 489 Fulton street; Wm. J. HOSFORD, plumber, 145 Lawrence street; Frederick FINEN, shoe dealer, 525 Fulton stret,; M.J. CARNEY, shoe dealer, 47 Prospect place; George W. LEWIS, auctioneer, 434 Gold street; H.C. MUNDELL, shoe dealer, 315 Fulton street; L.F. MEYER, jewelry clerk, 409 Bridge street; T.J. FAGAN, shoe dealer, 509 Fulton street; William E. MCNULTY, clerk, 203 Livingston street. The jury viewed the body immediately after the impanelment, and the inquest was set down to be held at the Morgue at 10:30 A.M. next Monday. Young MCNALLY will meanwhile remain in the Raymond street Jail.

Brooklyn Union Argus August 1, 1877

How did Ann Doran support herself and her children after the death of Thomas?

Ann Doran 1879, 1880 234 Van Brunt widow of Thomas Doran Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1879, 1880

1880 Census: 246 Van Brunt, Ann Doran 49, no occupation, Peter Doran 20, works in tobacco factory, James Doran 18, hotel waiter, Mary A. Doran 16, works in tobacco factory, Kate Doran 14, works in tobacco factory, Thomas Doran 13, works in glass house, Matthew Doran 6

Ann Doran 1882 246 Van Brunt Brooklyn, New York widow, Thomas Doran Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1882

Ann Doran, Widow Thomas 167 Douglass 1889, 1890 Brooklyn NY

1882: Doran Peter, lab. h 246 Van Brunt

1892: Ward 10, ED 22, Doran, Peter age 32, sexton, Jas 28, trainer, Kate 26, Matt 18 clerk, Annie 65

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