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 long and memorable period of industrial depression and famine which prevailed in Ireland some sixty-five years ago compelled many of its stalwart working people to emigrate to the United States, where abundant opportunities for labor and social improvement were open to them. The neucleus of three large families joined thie exodus and they have now attained the fourth generation in America.
(I) John and Catherine (McMahon) Dundon, who resided in Eskatin, Ireland, were the progenitors of the Dundons about to be mentioned. They reared a family of eight children:
Patrick, who will be again referred to.
Margaret, came to America; married John Meade; resides at what is known as Oswegatchie settlement, town of Diana, N.Y., at the age of eighty-four years.
Ann, who went to Australia, where she married a Mr. Dobson; subsequently removed to New Zealand and had a large family, two of her sons being officers in the British army.
Ellen, who also went to Australia; married a Mr. Gibbons, of Melbourne, and had eight children: Kate, who married Thomas Cusic and is still living in Eskatin, Ireland.
John and Edward came to America about 1845, settling in Columbus, Ohio, where they both reared large families, and a son of John was among the detectives attending President McKinely at Buffalo, when he was assassinated in 1901.
(II) Patrick, son of John and Catherine (McMahon) Dundon, was born in Ireland, March 17, 1835. He emigrated to the United States when young, first locating near Antwerp, Jefferson county, N.Y., at what was then known as the Sterling Ore Mines, in which he was employed for some time, and from there he removed to Diana, Lewis county, where he resided for the remainder of his life.
In politics he acted with the Democratic party, and in his religious belief he was a Roman Catholic. His death occurred Feb. 25, 1907.
He married, at Antwerp, N.Y. 1653, Johanna Sullivan, born in Ireland, May 27, 1834.
1. Sarah Ann, born in Antwerp, April 19, 1854; married Stewart Boyce; died in June, 1883.
2. Alice, born in Diana, July 19, 1856; married (first) John Maloney; (second) Daniel J. Waters, who is employed in the pension department at Washington, District of Columbia; she is the mother of six children, all of her first union: Elizabeth, who maried C.C. Burns; Lila, married Fred Barrett; William, married Mabel Radigan; Alice, married John Brehm; Mary, married Ivan Gotham; and John.
3. Ellen, born March 17, 1858, died in 1892; married Amos Draper, who died in 1900.
4. Edward A., see forward.
5. John D., born May 17, 1866.
(III) Edward A., fourth child of Patrick and Johanna (Sullivan) Dundon, was born in Diana, April 24, 1860. He was educated in the public schools of Diana and at Ives Seminary, Antwerp. When ready for the activities of life he engaged in the jobbing of lumber, tan bark and charcoal, and carried on that business for several years. About 1893 he entered the hotel business, conducting a hostelry in Lewisburg, N.Y., some four years, and for the ensuing three years he was proprietor of the Dillon House at Watertown, N.Y.
At the present time (1910) he is engaged in the boot and shoe business at Harrisville, N.Y., in company with his son James. He also owns and carries on a dairy farm of two hundred and fifty acres of land, situated in Diana, keeping an average of thirty-five cows, and in addition to this property he is the owner of the Kenwood Hotel, which is the leading hostelry in Harrisville.
In politics he was a Democrat until 1896, and while allied with that party he held of offices of justice of sessions and commissioner of highways. From 1896 to the present time he has supported the Republican party, changing his affiliation on account of the silver question. He affiliates with Natural Bridge Court, Independent Order of Foresters, and is a member of St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, Harrisville.
Mr. Dundon married in Redwood, Oct. 16, 1883, Eliza Whalen, born in Antwerp, N.Y., Feb. 3, 1859, daughter of Patrick and Mary (Pierce) Whalen. The Whalens were industrious farming people, and in addition to Eliza they had four children: James P., William F., Robert E., and Rose.
Children of Mr. & Mrs. Dundon:
1. James M., born Aug. 10, 1887.
2. William E., March 1, 1893.
3. Robert J., May 20, 1895.
4. Leo J., Nov. 8, 1898.
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