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.
This family is of Irish ancestry, and the branch to which this narrative relates was established in the United States by Peter McGovern. He was born in county Cavan, Ireland, in 1823, and came to this country when eighteen years of age. He first found employment on the aqueduct near New York City, but after a short time removed to High Market, Lewis county, N.Y., where he purchased a farm, which he cultivated succesfully during the remainder of his life. He was one of the sturdy pioneers in that region who stamped the impress of his strong character upon the town where the most of his years were spent. He was a commincant of the Roman Catholic church, and in politics was a Democrat. Have these webpages helped you?
He married (first) Rose Caldwell. Six children, of whom four lived to maturity:
1. Catherine, married John Hanley, of Batavia, N.Y.
2. James, married Mary Ann Bormley, of Lowville, N.Y.
3. John, married Ann Claffey, of Chariton, Iowa.
4. Honora, died at the age of fourteen years.
5. Michael, died at the age of eleven years.
6. Mary, died in infancy.
Mr. McGovern married (second) Katherine McManus.
7. Margaret, married Michael O'Hara of Turin, N.Y.
8. Peter, see forward.
9. Philip, married Eliza Carey; they reside on the old McGovern homestead.
10. Edward, married Annette Collins, of Carthage.
11. Patrick, died in infancy.
Mr. McGovern died Sept. 28, 1901; his wife, Katherine, died Jan. 14, 1891.
(II) Peter (2), eldest son of Peter (1) and Katherine (McManus) McGovern, was born in High Market, Lewis county, N.Y., Feb. 22, 1857. He remained at home, working on the farm and attending the common schools and Lowville Academy until 1875, when, at the age of eighteen years, he came to Lowville, and served an apprenticeship of three years at the blacksmith's trade with Lewis Campbell. This completed, he worked as a journeyman for some time, and June 14, 1882, purchased his employer's shop, which he considerably enlarged, and built up an extensive business in the manufacture of wagons, buggies and sleighs, besides carrying on all descriptions of repairing belonging to the trade. He also carries a large assortment of farm machinery, farmers' supplies, paints, etc. The plant is conveniently located near the business center of the city. The buildings are large and commodious, equipeed with all modern conveniences, and afford ample facilities for handling the large volume of business conducted by Mr. McGovern. He has but recently added a garage for the storage and safe keeping of automobiles. This building is large, roomy, and well lighted. His workmen are altogether competent, and the garage is a great convenience to car owners in the city and automobile tourists. In addition to his large individual business affairs, Mr. McGovern finds time to take an active and useful part as a citizen, and has frequently been called upon to serve in positions of honor and trust. He served six years as trustee of the village of Lowville, and four years as town supervisor, being one of the most influential members of the board, serving on some of its most important committees. He is also a member of the board of water commissioners of Lowville, and a trustee of the public schools.
He is an active member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic church, and of the Knights of Columbus, in which fraternity he is treasurer and past grand knight. In politics he is a Democrat.
Mr. McGovern married, Nov. 22, 1884, Julia Eveline, born in Martinsburg, N.Y., Sept. 17, 1863, daughter of Dennis and Ann Grace Dunn. Her father was born in New Jersey, and his father came from county Cork, Ireland, early in the ninteenth century.
Children of Peter and Julia E. (Dunn) McGovern:
1. Mae E., born May 4, 1886; educated in State street school, Lowville Academy, and the Teachers' training calss; now a teach in District No. 3, Lowville.
2. Edward Clinton, July 8, 1888; educated at State street school and Lowville Academy; is now a student in Hamilton College, class of 1912.
3. William Leo, died in infancy.
4. Kathleen, born May 11, 1891; educated in State street school and Lowville Academy, Teachers' training class; now teaching in Leyden, Lewis county.
5. Eulalia, April 19, 1897; a student in the Lowville Academy, being the yougest student in that institution.
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