Untangling the McCorristons: Daniel vs. Daniel

Daniel McCorriston of Molokai (1840-1927) (L) and Daniel McCorriston of Honolulu (1845-1899) (R)

Daniel McCorriston of Molokai (1840-1927) (L) and Daniel McCorriston of Honolulu (1845-1899) (R)

One of the things that I ran into when I first started researching the McCorristons of Molokai was the fact that there were two Daniel McCorristons in Hawaiʻi at the same time.

One Daniel McCorriston was a sugar cane farmer on the Island of Molokai. The other Daniel McCorriston, his cousin, was a carpenter on the Island of Oʻahu. The families were reportedly close, which led to the conflation of some facts, both at the time and now.

For example: according to his death certificate and obituary, Daniel McCorriston of Honolulu was born in 1845 and died in 1899. However, his headstone reads that he was born in 1840, the year that Daniel McCorriston of Molokai was born.

What follows is my best attempt to tease out and separate the facts as they relate to each man.

Daniel of Molokai vs. Daniel of Honolulu

Daniel McCorriston of MolokaiDaniel McCorriston of Honolulu
NameDaniel McCorristonDaniel McCorriston
Date of BirthNovember 3, 1840 [1]February 15, 1845 [2]
Place of BirthLimavady, Londonderry, Ireland [1]Coleraine, Londonderry, Ireland [2]
Name of SpouseAnna McColgan [1]Jane Johnson [2]
Date of MarriageMarch 5, 1867 [3]October 27, 1874 [4]
Place of MarriageRoman Catholic church
Honolulu, Oʻahu, Kingdom of Hawaiʻi [3]
Honolulu, Oʻahu, Kingdom of Hawaiʻi [4]
Names of ChildrenMargaret Ann
Sarah Theresa
Edward C
Hugh Patrick
Daniel F
John Samuel
Aileen Annie [1]
Margaret Grace
Frances Della
Daniel Frederick
Isabelle [4]
Occupation(s)Rice miller
Sugar cane farmer
Cattle rancher
Business owner
Saloon keeper
District Magistrate [1]
Carpenter [4]
Date of DeathMarch 13, 1927 [1]June 24, 1899 [2]
Place of DeathKamalō, Molokai, Territory of Hawaiʻi [1]Honolulu, Oʻahu, Territory of Hawaiʻi [2]

Over to You

Have you found yourself conflating Daniel McCorriston of Molokai, born 1840, and Daniel McCorriston of Honolulu, born 1845? Are there other facts that you’re unable to attribute to only one of these men? Leave a comment below, or drop a line to editor@themccorristonsofmolokai.org and we’ll continue untangling together!


  1. Lynn Kanani Daue, “Daniel McCorriston, 1840-1927,” The McCorristons of Molokai (blog), December 17, 2018, https://themccorristonsofmolokai.org/blog/daniel-mccorriston-1840-1927.

  2. “Daniel McCorriston Dead,” Evening Bulletin, June 24, 1899, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/25856170/obituary_of_daniel_mccorriston/.

  3. Marriage record of Daniel McCorriston and Anna McColgan, marriage record dated March 5, 1867, The Roman Catholic Church in the State of Hawaiʻi, Honolulu, HI.

  4. Lynn Kanani Daue, “The McCorristons of Molokai and the McCorristons of Honolulu,” The McCorristons of Molokai (blog), February 11, 2019, https://themccorristonsofmolokai.org/blog/the-mccorristons-of-molokai-and-the-mccorristons-of-honolulu.