Sorry, I don't know when these Ryans first arrived in Rock County or what part of Ireland they came from. I have found very little on Michael so far. There was mention of a "Mr. Ryan, a farmer who loves four miles southwest of this place, died at his residence Monday" in the Janesville Gazette on Oct 27, 1886. This is a little odd since the date matches, but Evansville is northwest of Janesville, not southwest.
The Gazette also had an obit for his wife Margaret. I put a copy at the bottom of this message.
I don't live in Wisc., so access to the files of the Rock Co Genealogical Society is problematic. I found a person to do a lookup for me in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery records and of the Gazette death records. These are the sources of my data. I also have a copy of Margaret's death certif. I know someone in Madison that is going to take pictures of their headstones for me.
Do you know if there is an index to the Evansville Badger newspaper or where copies may be archived?
"MARGARET RYAN IS SUMMONED HENCE
The Deceased Was Eighty Years of Age, and Passed Away Yesterday - Long and Useful Life
Death ended a long life of usefullness yesterday when Mrs. Margaret Ryan answered the final summons and passed away peacefully from the scenes of earth into the life beyond the grave. Deceased was eighty years of age and her death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. T. Flaherty, 1 (?) Maple Court, with whom Mrs. Ryan had made her home for the past two years. Before coming to Janesville Mrs. Ryan had resided near Evansville for over twenty five years and was one of the most esteemed ladies in that part of the county. She was a woman of lovable christian character and enjoyed the sincere friendship of many people in this city.
She leaves seven children, one son, Christopher Ryan of Evansville, and six daughters, Mrs. Charles Hayward, Evansville; Mrs. W. T. Dooley, Janesville; Mrs. John Doran, Coon Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. W. T. Flaherty, Janesville; Mrs. Ed. Garry, Beloit.
Funeral services will be held at St. Patrick's church tomorrow morning at 9:30 o'clock."
Janesville Gazette, Dec. 12, 1901, p. 8, c. 3
Note: maiden name - Margaret Hefferan