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.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
This name is honorably associated with jurisprudence in Clinton county, with which region it has been identified more than half a century. It is an old and honored name in Ireland, where many of its representatives have been cultured and useful citizens.
The great-great-grandfather of Judge Robert E. Healey, of whom this sketch treats, was Thomas D. Healey, who served as a member of parliament.
(I) The first of the line of whom knowledge is now obtainiable was Thomas E. Healey, born in 1830, near the city of Cork, Ireland. He was educated in the college of that city, and on attaining his majority he set out to make his way in the land of freedom, and immediately settled at Saranac, New York, where he engaged in agriculture unil 1864, when he removed to Plattsburgh. He purchased a farm on the state road and continued its cultivation until 1874, when he was appointed by General Moffit to the superintendency as contractor for the state to supply wood at Dannemore prison, and filled this responsibile position four years.
Returning to his farm, he operated it until 1900, when he retired from active pursuits and resided in the city of Plattsburgh until his death in 1901. Being an educated man, he was looked up to as an authority by many of his neighbors, and was often called upon to settle disputes and differences. He was a man of strong character, thoroughly upright, universally respected, and was ever willing to do anything in his power to promote the public welfare.
He was a Republican in politics, and filled many positions of trust and responsibility, including those of assessor and highway commissioner.
He married Elizabeth, second daughter of Samuel and Bridget (Cassidy) Nash, of Saranac (see Nash).
1. Patrick Joseph; had wife Genevieve, and children Genevieve and Mary.
2. Mary; married Lewis Ryan of Plattsburgh.
3. Dr. Maurice L., graduated from Plattsburgh high schoo, 1886; spent one year at the medical department of the University of Vermont, and two years at College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City; for four years he was lecturer at Bellevue Hospital, New York City, his labors there being closed by death. A brilliant career, well opened, was thus cut short. He married Alice Hartley.
4. Anna, wife of Samuel McNeal, an attorney at Norfolk, Virginia.
5. Thomas Francis; married Margaret Fassett, now deceased.
6. Robert E., mentioned below.
7. Samuel D., has wife Grace, and son Samuel D.
8. John, sergeant of guards at Dannemora prison.
9. Albert, married Frances Beahan; resides in Plattsburgh.
10. Dennis, died at age of three years.
11. Kate, died at age of fifteen years.
12. Leo, died at age of four years.
13. Male child, died unnamed.
(II) Hon. Robert E. Healey, fourth son of Thomas E. and Elizabeth (Nash) Healey, was born June 10, 1870, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He attended the public schools of his native city, graduating from the high school in 1891, and was two years a student at Union College, Schenectady. He read law in the offices of Hon. J. B. Riley, of Riley & Cantwell, and after two years in the Albany Law School he graduated in the class of 1894. He was admitted to the bar the same year, and immediately began practice in his native town, where he has won distinction and success.
After two years of practice alone he formed a partnership with his former preceptor, under the name of Riley & Healey, which connection continued five years. In 1900 he was appointed recorder of the village of Plattsburgh, and in the midst of his term of three years the city was incorporated, the office of recorder being made equivalent to city judge, Mr. Healey being the first to fill that honorable position. In 1903 he was appointed by governor Odell to the county judgeship of Clinton county, to fill vacancy caused by the promotion of Judge Henry T. Kellogg to the supreme bench, the latter succeeding S. A. Kellogg, deceased.
In the succeeding election, Judge Healey was nominated for the full term of six years on the Republican ticket, and was elected, being now (1910) in the discharge of his duties, and during his tenure of office his decisions have never been reversed. Having always manifested an intelligent interest in the conduct of public affairs, Judge Healey early took an active part in promoting their progress, and is recognized as one of the most public-spirited citizens of his native town. He is now a member of the board of education and of the industrial committee of Plattsburgh.
Identified with many social and fraternal organizations, he is a member of the Plattsburgh, McDonough Social and Commercial clubs; of the Knights of the Maccabees, an insurance body; Plattsburgh Lodge, No. 621, B.P.O.E., in which he is a working member; and Plattsburgh Council, No. 255, Knights of Columbus, in which he has long been a leader. For five and one-half years he was grand knight, and is now master of the fourth degree. He was one of eight delegates of the order from this state to the national convention which dedicated the home maintained by the order at New Haven, Connecticut.
Judge Healty married, May 18, 1897, at Watertown, N.Y., Mary F. Burns, sister of Father Burns, rector of Holy Father's church, in that city, who performed the marriage rite. She was born at Port Henry, N.Y., daughter of John and Margaret Burns, was graduated from Potsdam School in the class of 1896, and taught one year in the Plattsburgh high school.
Robert Burns, born May 6, 1889.
Margaret Elizabeth, Sept. 18, 1900.
Both born in Plattsburgh.
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