NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Daniel Behan, a pioneer in Saranac and one of the first Irish settlers in the Adirondack region, was born in the county of Kildare, Ireland, about the year 1782. He was a glass-blower by trade and followed that occupation in his native country until he was forty years old. In 1822 he emigrated to America, accompanied by his wife, whose maiden name was Timmons, and three of their children, and purchasing a tract of land in Saranac he proceeded to clear a farm. He was for many years an industrious and successful cultivator of the soil, but with the approach of old age he gave up farming and lived with his youngest son at the homestead until his death, which occurred in 1859. His children, all born in Ireland, were: Have these webpages helped you?
Patrick, Michael and Catherine emigrated with their parents and the others came later.
(II) Patrick, eldest child of Daniel Behan, was born in Ireland in 1807, died in Plattsburgh in 1891. He married Catherine Stapleton, who was born in Tipperary, Ireland, and came to this country with her brother Patrick. She died at the age of sixty years.
1. Michael, born in Saranac, July 8, 1848; spent some years in Colorado, and is now residing in Schenectady, N.Y.; married Maria Corrigan (now deceased), and has six children: William, Ona, Florence, Catherine, Hugh and Thomas.
2. Hugh, see forward.
(III) Hugh, youngest child of Patrick and Catherine (Stapleton) Behan, was born in Saranac, Feb. 5, 1850. He attended schools in his native town and resided there until 1880, when he went to Silver Creek, Colorado, taking his family with him and joining his brother Michael, who had journeyed thither some four years previous. With his brother he was engaged in mining in the vicinity of Silver Creek, and they also engaged in prospecting on their own account. They finally located a promising silver mine, which they named "The Two Sisters," in honor of their wives, who were thus related, and having proved the value of their claim by taking out thirty-seven thousand dollars' worth of ore in eighteen months, they sold it for seventy-five thousand dollars.
Returning to his native state Hugh Behan purchased the old Zephaniah Platt farm of one hundred and seventy-five acres, located in Plaattsburgh, on the Beekmantown road, and he has since resided there, devoting his energies to its cultivation. Although possessing a competency he has never permitted his wealth to interfere with his habitual industry, and, like the majority of his race, he has a decided preference for occupation.
In politics Mr. Behan is a staunch supporter of the Democratic party. For a period of seven years he served as a highway commissioner in Plattsburgh, and was a member of the board of examiners for five years. While residing in Silver Creek he has the distinction of polling the only Democratic vote in town.
Mr. Behan married, Oct. 4, 1875, in Cadyville, Anna, daughter of Owen and Ann (Kinlin) Corrigan, and a sister of Maria Corrigan, his brother's wife. Owen and Ann (Kinlin) Corrigan were both natives of Ireland, and the former was born in Roscommon. They resided in the old country for several years after their marriage, and when they departed for America they left behind them their three children, who were to follow them when they had established a home. They settled in Saranac, where the remainder of their children were born. Those born in Ireland were: Patrick, Thomas, Bridget, who died on the passage over and was buried at sea. Those born in Saranac were: Maria, Anna, Ona, Kate, William.
Owen Corrigan died March 24, 1904, aged eighty-eight, and his wife died Aug. 15, 1905, at the advanced age of ninety-two years.
Mr. and Mrs. Behan have had children:
1. Michael, born in Saranac, July 21, 1876, died in early childhood.
2. Thomas, Feb. 18, 1878.
3. Hugh, 1881, died young.
4. A child who died in infancy.
5. Ona, born in Silver Creek, June 9, 1883, died in the tenth year of her age.
6. Frances Maria, born in Silver Creek, Oct. 16, 1885; married Albert Healey.
7. William Daniel, born in Plattsburgh, July 3, 1887.
8. A child, who died in infancy.
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