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
Owen McGowen was born in county Sligo, Ireland, where he is still living (1910). He has followed farming for his occupation. He married Elizabeth Gildea, who was born in the same county and is living there now.
Children, born in county Sligo:
Bridget, who lives at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Maria, lives in Ireland.
Patrick, lives in Ireland.
Kate, lives with her brother James Joseph at Fort Covington, N.Y.
Rev. James Joseph, mentoined below.
Lizzie, lives in Ireland.
Annie, lives with her brother, Rev. James Joseph McGowan.
Ellen, lives in Ireland.
(II) Rev. James Joseph McGowan, son of Owen McGowan, was born in county Sligo, Ireland, March 18, 1879. He attended the national schools in his native parish. In 1894 he came to America and graduated from the Fort Covington high school. He entered college at Montreal and studied for the priesthood in the Seminary of Theology and Philosophy at Montreal, graduating in 1904. He was ordained in the priesthood of the Roman Catholic church in December, 1904, at Montreal.
His first pastorate was at Plattsburgh, N.Y. in 1904, in charge of Chruch of St. John the Baptist. He remained there one year and was then transferred to the pastorate of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church at Fort Covington, where he has been located since that time. he has been a popular and efficient rector in practical affairs as well as in spiritual. The church has grown in numbers rapidly, and its financial condition has improved greatly. He has been able to effect many improvements in the church property. He is well known and highly respected, not only in his own church, but among all classes and demoninations.
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