NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The family of Driscoll is one of the oldest and best in Ireland, and has intermarried with other old and first class families of the island. It was formerly written O'Driscoll, which form indicates the descent from a prominent personage. It was long established in county Cork, and has sent to America many of our best citizens, some of them actively identified with the development of Northern and Central New York.
(I) John Driscoll, resided in Bandon, county Cork, Ireland, where he was a farmer, and married Nancy Connor, of the same neighborhood.
John, Timothy, James (mentioned below), Kate, Ellen and Margaret.
(II) James, son of John and Nancy (Connor) Driscoll, was born about 1800, in Bandon, Ireland, where he resided and died in August, 1846, as a result of an accident while reaping grain with a sickle. He had charge of the landed estate of Lord Poole, embracing several farms in county Cork.
He married Julia Ryan, born about 1799, in the same vicinity, a daughter of Michael Ryan, whose family came originally from county Tipperary, and was of the seventh generation of that name who occupied the same farm. Michael Ryan's mother was a Driscoll.
In 1857 James Driscoll's widow and family came to America, whither one or two of the sons had preceded her. There were seven sons and one daughter, all of whom first settled in Northern New York.
John, the eldest, was a hotel proprietor, and resided in the town of Brasher, St. Lawrence county, until his death.
Timothy, the second, engaged in farming, and is now (1910) living, retired, in Norwood, New York.
James went to California soon after the gold discoveries, and was many years a merchant in San Francisco, where he died.
Michael resides in Maynard, Massachusetts.
Dennis went to California with his elder brother, engaged for a time in mining, and died in San Francisco.
Patrick is mentioned below.
Daniel engaged for a time in mining in California and died in San Francisco.
Nancy is wife of Henry Lantry, residing in Helena, N.Y.
(III) Patrick, sixth son of James and Julia (Ryan) Driscoll, was born March 29, 1842, in Bandon, Ireland, and was about fifteen years old when he came with his mother to America. He attended the country schools in St. Lawrence county and the St. Lawrence Academy at Potsdam. He engaged a part of the time in farming, and was for some time clerk in Dunton's Hotel at Winthrop, N.Y. During part of his life he was employed in railroad operations on the Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain railroad, starting in as a brakeman and working several years as a freight conductor until about 1870, when he engaged in farming in the town of Lawrence. For a time he continued farming, then returned to railroading, from which he was compelled to retire by an injury which impaired his eyesight.
He died Oct. 16, 1898, on the farm in Lawrence.
He was active in the parish work of the Roman Catholic church, and was a steadfast supporter of the Democratic party in public matters.
He married, in 1868, Hannah Dullea, born Jan. 26, 1848, in Lawrence, daughter of Dennis and Mary (Lantry) Dullea, of that town. Her grandfather, Dennis Dullea, was a farmer of Dunmanway, county Cork, Ireland. His son, Dennis Dullea, born in Sept., 1814, in Dunmanway, came to America in June, 1842, and settled at Lawrence, where he was engaged in farming and died Aug. 7, 1909. He was the owner, at one time, of two large farms, one in Lawrence, the other in Potsdam, on each of which he kept upwards of fifty cows. The name Dullea is of French origin, and was transported to Ireland in a very early day. In King James' time one O'Neil removed from Ireland to France, where he married a French woman, whose name was probably D'Ulae. This name was adopted by their descendants who returned to Ireland. Mary Lantry, wife of Dennis (2) Dullea, was born Dec. 25, 1826, in Brasher, and died June 25, 1909. She was the second of the seventeen children (most of whom are still (1910) living), of Barnaby Lantry, a native of county Cork, who came to New York in 1824, and settled at Brasher, where he died April 21, 1861, aged sixty-five years. His wife was Catharine Chambers.
Children of Patrick and Hannah Driscoll:
James F., mentioned below.
Dennis J., an attorney of St. Mary's Pennsylvania.
Henry and Robert, farmers, residing on the parental homestead in Lawrence.
(IV) James Francis, eldest son of Patrick and Hannah (Dullea) Driscoll, was born April 27, 1869, in Malone, N.Y., where his parents were residing at that time. Soon after his birth they removed to Lawrence, where he worked on the farm and attended the locals schools, and was later a student of the Potsdam Normal School, where he was graduated in the classical course in 1896. For ten years he engaged in teaching, a part of the time during his student days, by means of which he was able to pursue his studies. For four years he was principal of the Potsdam village school.
In 1900 he went to New York City and was a teacher in the public schools of that city unil October, 1908. In the meantime he attended the evening classes of the New York Law School, and was graduated with the degree of L.L.B. in 1903. The following year he receive the degree of L.L.M. He was admitted to the bar in June, 1904, and in 1908 began the practice of law in association with Emmet J. Murphy, and has offices at 258 Broadway, opposite City Hall Park.
Mr. Driscoll is actively identified with the Knights of Columbus, affiliating first with Potsdam Council, and is now secretary of Dongan Council of New York City. For two years he was grand knight of the Potsdam Council.
He is a member of the Independent Order of Foresters, and of one of the local Democratic clubs of New York City. He is a member of the New York County Lawyers' Association, and of St. Agnes' Roman Catholic Church, of New York City. Mr. Driscoll has always been a student, and is one of the well-informed men of the metropolis.
He is unmarried.
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