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.
Patrick Kennehan was born in Ireland. He came to America, but after a short stay returned to his native land and died there. Children: Kate, Patrick and William.
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(II) Patrick (2), son of Patrick (1) Kennehan, was born in King's county, Ireland, in 1812, and died at Brasher Falls, New York, in 1898. He was educated in his native plae, and for a number of years ws an inspector of weights and measures there. In 1845 he came to Canada, and subsequently settled at Brasher Falls, where he was employed as gardener by Hon. C. T. Hurlburt, the Congreeman. He afterward settled on a farm in that town and followed farming the rest of his life. He was a Democrat in politics.
He married Margaret Mahon, born in West Meath, Ireland, in 1819, died in Brasher Falls, N.Y., in 1870.
1. Kate, lives in New York City.
2. Mary, deceased.
3. Patrick Edward, mentioned below.
5. Marjorie, lives in Watertown, N.Y.
6. Julia, lives in Watertown.
7. Jennie, lives in Salt Lake City.
8. Nellie, lives in Brasher Falls.
9. Lillie, lives in Brasher Falls.
10. Willie, lives in New York City.
11. Bernard, resides on the homestead at Brasher Falls.
(III) Patrick Edward, son of Patrick (2) Kennehan, was born at Osna Brook, Upper Canada, April 26, 1848. He came to Brasher Falls with his parents when he was a young boy, and was educated there in the public schools. He learned the trade of machinist in the shops of David & Company, of Brasher Falls, serving an apprenticeship of three years. Then he worked as a journeyman for a year at Smith's Falls, in Canada, for two years at the Brasher Iron Works, and a year at Huntington, Lower Canada. He started in business for himself at Brasher Falls in 1873 as a manufacturer of threshing machines and other farm machinery and implements. He had a foundry and machine-shop and a woodworking plant. For a time he was in partnership under the firm name of Dishaw & Kennehan. In 1878 the plant was destroyed by fire, but was immediately rebuilt. Since 1893 Mr. Kennehan has been sole proprietor, and the business has grown constantly. Among other products of the plant may be mentioned plows, horse hoes and cultivators, ensilage cutters, and other modern farming appliances. He is one of the leading manufacuturers of this section, a citizen of recognized public spirit and enterprise. He is a Democrat in politics, and has been postmaster of the town.
He is a member of the Independent Order of Forresters and of the Knights of Columbus. He was secretary of the Democratic county committee, and for many years has been chairman of the Democratic town committee. He has served his party frequently as delegate to nominating conventions, and was a delegate to the state convention that nominated Governor Flower.
He married, Dec. 28, 1875, Annie J. Butler, of Brasher Falls, daughter of John and Eliza (Hammill) Butler. She was one of seventeen children, all of whom but one are now living. Her father was born in Ireland in 1821 and died in 1904, son of John Butler, who came to this coutnry in 1833, and died in Madrid, New York, at the age of one hundred and seven years, married Margaret McAvoy.
1. Oswald John, born in 1878; drowned in August, 1891.
2. George Patrick, born in 1881; graduate of Cornell University; mechanial engineer; associated with his father in business; married Meda Seaver.
3. Marion, born in Oct. 1889; student in Potsdam State Normal School.
4. Mabel E., born in 1892, resides with parents.
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