Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
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HARRISON. Thomas Harrison, father of Richard J. Harrison, a representative citizen of Greig, New York, was born in county Sligo, Ireland, 1828, died at Amsterdam, New York, 1897. He was educated in the common schools, and upon attaining young manhood emigrated to the United States, landing in New York City. He found employment on a North River boat, plying between New York City, Albany, and followed boating for about two years. He then engaged with Captain Snyder, a tanner, of Shandakin, Ulster County, New York, and learned the art of tanning. After serving three years with captain Snyder, he removed with his family to Port Leyden, Lewis County, New York, where he continued to follow the occupation of tanning in various parts of Lewis County during his active life. He was a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church, and a Democrat in politics. He married at Hudson, New York, 1854, Eliza Greer, born in county Sligo, Ireland, emigrated to this country when eighteen years of age, and after an active and useful life died at Utica, New York, 1890, beloved and respected by all who knew her. Children: 1. Fanny, born 1855; married Charles Dennis. 2. George, August 27, 1856, died 1900. 3. Richard J. see forward. 4. Lillian, married James McDonald; he died 1881, leaving two children, Sadie and Katherine McDonald; Mrs. McDonald married (second) John Riley, and resides at Amsterdam, New York. 5. Joseph, died in infancy. 6. Sarah. 7. James, married Rachel Gibson. 8. Mary. 9. William, died at age of twenty-one years. 10. Delia, died in young womanhood. 11, Nappy, twin with Joseph. 12. Joseph, married Henrietta Sweeney, of Utica, New York.

Richard J., son of Thomas and Eliza (Greer) Harrison, was born January 1, 1858, in Port Leyden, New York. He was educated in the common schools, and later entered the employ of H. J. & G. M. Batchford, prominent tannery men of Northern New York, he having charge of their Otter Lake Tannery, which he successfully managed from 1881 to 1889, when the tannery was forced to shut down on account of the supply of bark being exhausted. At this time C. F. Partridge, of New York City, was conducting a lumber business in Greig, Lewis County, New York, and Mr. Harrison entered his employ as slipping clerk and manager of his lumber yards, remaining until Mr. Partridge closed out his lumber business in Lewis County, when Mr. Harrison began a business career for himself. At first he conducted a summer resort, hotel at Partridgeville, a hamlet near Brantingham Lake, and became very popular as a host. Later he purchased the Burdick Hotel in the village of Greig, which he refurnished, remodeled, and equipped with modern improvement, such as open plumbing, baths, etc., and changed the name to the Harrison House. He has built up an enviable reputation as a genial, efficient and successful hotel proprietor. He and his family are members of the Roman Catholic Church. He voted with the Democratic party until the Cleveland-Blaine campaign, when, believing in a protective tariff, he changed his allegiance to the Republican party, and has since been taking an active interest in the welfare of that organization. Mr. Harrison married at Crogian, New York, Nellie, daughter of John and Mary (Clarey) Harrington. Children: 1. Charles,

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born, 1880; foreman ina textile mill at Utica, New York. 2. Earnest, 1883, serving in the United States Marine Corps stationed at Panama Canal Zone. 3. Maud, 1885. 4. Grace, 1886. Mr. Harrison has given his children a liberal education, believing that such is an essential in their life.

HENRY. Barney Henry was born in the north of Ireland, September 6, 1838. He was educated in his native place and followed the occupation of farmer. In religion he was a Roman Catholic, in politics a Democrat. He came to this country and settle din Copenhagen, New York. He married Elizabeth, born at Copenhagen, New York, January 30, 1850, daughter of Robert and Jane (Wilson) Wilson, of Scotch-Irish ancestry. Children, born at Copenhagen: 1. Florence Elizabeth, October 30, 1876. 2. Frank Wilson, December 16, 1878. 3. Harry John, mentioned below.

(II) Harry John, son of Barney Henry, was born at Copenhagen, November 26, 1880. He attended the public Schools of his native town and was graduated in the class of 1898 from the Copenhagen high school and Copenhagen training class. From 1898 to 1905 he taught school in the county in various public schools. He was elected school commissioner of the second district of Lewis County, New York, and re-elected for a second term, which he is now filling, in November 1908. He is a member of Copenhagen Lodge, No. 831, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Copenhagen, of Orient Lodge, No. 238, Free and Accepted Masons, of Copenhagen; of Carthage Chapter, No. 259, Royal Arch Masons, of Carthage, and of Copenhagen Grange, No. 90, Patrons of Husbandry. He has been noble grand of Copenhagen Lodge, and is now secretary and treasurer of the district grand committee of Jefferson District, No. 3 Odd Fellows. He has served one year as senior deacon, three years a senior warden, and one year as worshipful master of Orient Lodge. He is a member of Copenhagen Club. He attends Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, of which his wife is a member. Mr. Henry has had a typical American career. By is own native ability and efforts he has won his way, starting as an unknown boy in a country town with no advantages of birth, wealth or influence, to a position of large influence in the community in social and political affairs. His ancestors were honest, thrifty and industrious people. His career is an inspiration to the youth and a source of pleasure and satisfaction to his many friends. His influence in educational matters has been inspiring and he was well known throughout the state among educators.

He married, June 30, 1909, at Copenhagen, Emma Florence, born at Lowville, December 17, 1877, daughter of Henry L. and Marion E. (Stoddard) Roberts. Her father was a prosperous farmer, now retired. Children of Henry L. and Marion E. Roberts; 1. Bertha, married C. Leon Ryel, of Copenhagen. 2. Elva, married W. J. Stoddard, of Lowville. 3. Glenn, conducts the homestead. 4. Emma Florence, mentioned above.

HYLAND. The Hyland family is of Scotch-Irish origin. The name is also spelled Highland, Hiland, and Hilland. Branches of the Hilland family are now living in counties Antrim and Downs, Ulster province, Ireland. The Hyland family is most numerous in sections of Ireland.

(I) William Hyland, was born in county Meath, Ulster, Ireland, 1816, died 1890. He came to this country about 1851 and located first in the city of Quebec, Canada. Thence he made his way to Prescott, Ontario, where he loved for a year. He then came to St. Lawrence County, New York, settling first at Moss Ridge, near Richville Station, and later at Canton township where he bought a farm and lived the remainder of

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his life. He was a quiet, industrious man, of good character and influence in the community. He married Mary -----------. Children: 1. John W., mentioned below. 2. Edward, born in America. 3. James, born in America.

(II) John W. Hyland, son of William Hyland, was born December 23, 1842, in county Meath, Ireland. He came to America when eight years old with his parents, and was educated in the district schools of Russell and DeKalb, St. Lawrence County, New York. He was a soldier in the Civil War, being mustered into Company C, Eighty-third New York Regiment, in 1863. He served in that regiment in the Army of the Potomac. In 1864 he was transferred to the Ninety-seventh New York Regiment, Company C, under Colonel Wheelock, and served in that regiment to the close of the war. He took part in the battles of Miners' Run and at Culpepper in the Eighty-third Regiment, He was on duty in the wagon train service in the Ninety-seventh Regiment part of the time. This regiment was in the Fifth Army Corps, General Warren, Army of the Potomac. He was mustered out August 5, 1865. When he left the service he worked for a time in the lumber camps in Pennsylvania for R. C. Scott, a prominent lumberman. After a year and a half he went to Edwards, New York, where he worked for a year in a tannery. In 1868 he married and went to farming in the town of Russell, New York, removing later to the town of Hermon, where he acquired a farm of four hundred acres on which he spent thirty years. He had a herd of fifty cows and made his dairy a specialty. In 1903 he removed to DeKalb and bought a home, retiring from active labor and business. His later years have been spent in the family of his son in Canton, New York. He retains his farm at Hermon. In politics Mr. Hyland is a Republican, in religion, an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a member of Post No. 369, Grand Army of the Republic, of Hermon. He married, in 1868, Christine Nobles, born October 16, 1845, in Edwards, New York, died in Canton, April, 1908, daughter of Alexander and Margaret Nobles. Her father was born in England; her mother in Scotland. Their only child was Nilie Myron, mentioned below.

(III) Nilie Myron, son of John W. Hyland, was born May 4, 1873, in Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York. He attended the district school at Kent's Corners, the high school in Hermon and the Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie, New York. He worked with his father on the homestead at Hermon during his youth. He is a Republican in politics and has been active in the support of the candidates and principles of that party. He was appointed deputy sheriff of St. Lawrence County in 1898 by Sheriff C. C. Caldwell and was made under sheriff of that county in 1904. In 1906 he was elected high sheriff for three years from January 1, 1907. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge at Hermon; St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 32, Royal Arch Masons; St. Lawrence Commandery, No. 28, Knights Templar, of Canton; Media Temple, of Watertown. In religion he is a Methodist. He married December 31, 1906, Minnie Gilbert.

HEUSTIS. Aristides Heustis was born in Holland in 1741. He settled in New Hampshire in Revolutionary times and followed farming there. He died there in 1831, aged ninety years. He married, Prudence Baxter, a native of New Hampshire, and she died in 1833. They had fourteen children.

(II) Daniel F., son of Aristides Heustis, was born in New Hampshire, in 1781. He removed to Coventry, Vermont, where he followed farming and conducted a hotel. He removed afterward to Crown Point, New York, where he had a farm. He died there in 1841. He married, in 1807, Betsey Walker, of Westmoreland, New Hampshire. She died at Crown Point in 1861.

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Children: 1. Eliza, married William Gouldsberry, and lived in Wisconsin. 2. Calvin W., mentioned below. 3. Jane, married Jonathan Sunderland, and lived at Elgin, Illinois. 4. Caroline, married John Hyde and lived at Middlebury, Vermont. Five others.

(III) Calvin W., son of Daniel F. Heustis, was born in Coventry, Vermont, 1817, died at Crown Point in 1902. He worked at home on the farm in his youth, an d attended the district schools. He began at the age of nineteen to work out on farms and as ferryman on Lake Champlain. He was afterwards boatman on the lake and canal for nine seasons, and during the last four years had a half-interest in the business. When his father died he bought the homestead and conducted it the remainder of his life. He married (first) in 1847, Margaret Gunnison, born at Crown Point, in 1925, daughter of George and Margaret (Cross) Gunnison. He married (second) Margaret Phelps. Children of first wife: 1. George A., died at Kansas City in 1887, having a wife and two daughters. 2. Francis E., mentioned below. 3. Milton B., died November 22, 1874. Children of second wife: 4. Elihu B., died in 1882. 5. Margaret, died, aged fifteen. 6. Archie W., killed August 10, 1895, by a train while walking on the railroad with his fiancée, who was also instantly killed. 7. John S., hardware merchant in Fonda, New York. 8. Mary S., teacher in Crown Point. 9. Charles C., civil engineer at Albany. 10. Anna E., teacher at Ticonderoga.

(IV) Francis E., son of Calvin W. Heustis, was born at Crown Point, November 2, 11850, died there March 17, 1906. He attended the district schools of his native town, the Troy Business College, and worked with his father on the homestead until eighteen years old. In 1873 he engaged in the hardware business at Middlebury, Vermont, but after two years sold to his partner and returned to his native town. In partnership with his eldest brother he embarked in the hardware business at Crown Point; three years later he bought out his partner and during the next thirteen years continued the business alone. From 1891 until he was killed in 1895, Archie E. Heustis, his brother, was a partner. After that Francis E. was along again in the business, which flourished and grew to large proportions. He was a Congregationalist in religion, and trustee of the church. In politics he was a Republican. He served as county treasurer of Essex County, was active and influential in public affairs. He was a member of Rescue Lodge, Free and accepted masons, of Crown Point. He married April 25, 1872, Eva, daughter of Hyde R. and Lucina (Breed) Barnett, of Crown Point. Her father was a son of Jedediah and Maria J. (Everest) Barnett. Her sister, Ella Barnett, married Waldo Bristol, her bother, Henry H. B. Barnett, lived in Plattsburgh, and her brother, Cassius C. Barnett, in Newburg, New York. Children: 1. Edith M., married Rufus Sprague, lawyer, New York City, child, Barbara C. 2. George M., mentioned below. 3. Ella L., married Edwin Barker, of Crown Point; son, John Francis Barker. 4. Walton H., merchant in Crown Point, married Mabel V., daughter of Alfred W. and Annie (Bennett) Roscorla, both natives of England. 5. Harold Francis.

(V) George Milton, son of Francis E. Heustis, was born at Crown Point, September 23, 1877. He was educated in the public schools of Crown Point, New York, and at Albany Business College. He engaged in business in 1900 in the firm of F. R. Heustis & Son, hardware dealers, Crown Point. When his father died the firm name was changed to F. E. Heustis' Sons & Company, consisting of Mr. Heustis and his brother, Walton H. Heustis. In 1901 the firm opened a large hardware store in Ticonderoga, New York, and George M. Heustis has charge of it, while his brother is in charge of the store of the firm at Crown Point. Mr. Heustis is a Republican in politics, and a Congregationalist in religion. He married, in 1902, Jessie B., born October 8, 1876, daughter of Sidney and Lydia A. (Wright) Southard. Son, Richard S., born at Ticonderoga, February 4, 1904.

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KELLY. Patrick Kelly was born in county Wicklow, Ireland, 1827, died in Ogdensburg, New York, 1875. His father was killed in the Irish rebellion. He had sisters, Margaret and Mary, and brothers, James F., and John. In 1852 he came to Quebec, Canada, removing to Prescott, Ontario. In 1856 he settled in Ogdensburg, New York, where he resided the remainder of his life. He was a brewer by trade, and was identified with the Crichton Brewery. He was in active business up to the time of his death. He married, 1848, Mary Redmond, of county Wexford, Ireland, daughter of Michael Redmond, and descended from the same ancestor as John Redmond, the leader of the Irish party in Ireland. Children: 1. John, died young. 2. James E., mentioned below. 3. Patrick, born in Ogdensburg, died in Utica, New York; was a mechanical engineer. 4. Ann, died young. 5. Michael, a railroad contractor of Ogdensburg; died in Ogdensburg, New York. 6. William, died young.

(II) James E., son of Patrick Kelly, was born in Prescott, Ontario, November 23, 1853, and when five years of age removed with his parents to Ogdensburg. He received his education in the public schools and the Ogdensburg Educational Institute, and at the age of fourteen, became bookkeeper in the old Crichton Brewery. In 1871 he entered the employ of C. B. Herriman as bookkeeper in his large wholesale grocery. In 1876, through the influence of Hon. Daniel Magone, Mr. Kelly was appointed a manger of the manufacturing department of the Clinton prison, serving for two years under Hon. E. S Winslow, warden. In 1880 the Ogdensburg Coal & Towing Company was organized, and Mr. Kelly entered the corporation, acting first as secretary and bookkeeper, and from 1883 to 1892 as local manager of the Montreal branch of the business. In 1892 he was appointed sales agent at Utica for the New York, Ontario & Western Railroad in Central and Northern New York and Eastern Canada. About this time he entered the retail coal business in Ogdensburg in company with Assistant Postmaster L. B. Leonard, which firm still continues. In 1894 he was appointed postmaster of Ogdensburg by President Cleveland, holding the office for five years. He is a member of the municipal town committee. In politics Mr. Kelly is a Democrat, and has twice been a delegate to the state convention of his party. For three years he ash served as chairman of the Democratic city committee, and in 1902 was elected chairman of the county committee. Since 1895 he has served on the school board, being its president in 1901-02. Upon the establishment of a municipal civil service board in 1900, Mr. Kelly was made chairman of that board. He became the first president of the Oswegatchie Agricultural Association in 1900, and served three years in that office. It is now the best agricultural fair in northern New York. The grounds have been improved, the fences and buildings renovated, and the property is far superior to any fair property north of Utica. He is a director in the Fleming Sovie Furniture Company, and was the organizer and is a director of the St. Lawrence County Savings Bank, also serving as treasurer of that institution. For four years he was president of the broad of public works. He is a member of the Board of Trade; the business Men's Association; the Century Club and Knights of Columbus; also of the Tilden and New York Democratic clubs of New York City. He married, 1886, Mary, daughter of Patrick Spratt, of Rossie, New York. Children: 1. Thomas Spratt, born 1887, died 1903. 2. James Edmund, 1890; a law student in Cornell. 3. Margaret, 1894. 4. Ruth Ann, 1896. 5. Mary Elizabeth, 1898.

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KENNEHAN. Patrick Kennehan was born in Ireland. He came to America, but after a short stay returned to his native land and died there. Children: 1. Kate. 2. Patrick. 3. William.

(II) Patrick (2), son of Patrick (1) Kennehan, was born in Kings county Ireland, in 1812, and died at Brasher Falls, New York, in 1898. He was educated in his native place, and for a number of years was 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 Congressman. 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, died in Brasher Falls, in 1870. Children: 1. Kate, lives in New York City. 2. Mary, deceased. 3. Patrick Edward, mentioned below. 4. John. 5. Marjorie, lives in Watertown. 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 three in the public schools. He learned the trade of machinist in the shop of Davis & 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. Her 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 wood-working 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 ha 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 manufactures 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 Foresters and of the Knights of Columbus. In religion he is a Catholic. 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, December 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 country in 1833, and died in Madrid, New York, at the age of one hundred and seven years, married Margaret Avery.

Children: 1. Oswald John, born in 1878; drown in August, 1891. 2. George Patrick, born in 1881; graduate of Cornell University; mechanical engineer; associated with his father in business; married Meda Seaver. 3. Marion, born in October, 1889; student in Potsdam State Normal School. 4. Mabel E., born in 1892, resides with parents.

JOY. John Joy, son of William Joy, a native of Ireland, was born November 22, 1847, at Waddington, New York. He was educated in the public schools, learned the trade of jeweler, and

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followed his trade at Potsdam, New York, most of his active life. He married Ann O'Driscoll, who was born in county cork, Ireland, about 1845, and came to America about 1867, her father having come previously and made a home at Ogdensburg, New York, where he worked at his trade as shoemaker. Children of John and Abigail Joy: 1. Mary, born August 17, 1874; married Samuel T. Clark, now living at Great Neck, Long Island; children: Daughter, died in infancy, and Anna Clark, born July 5, 1896. 2. William, died, aged five years. 3. Rev. James Edward, mentioned below. 4. Anna Elinor, born April 6, 1879, teacher in New York City.

Rev. James Edward Joy, son of John Joy, was born at Potsdam, New York, November 5, 1877. He attended the public schools, and graduated in 1897 from the State Normal School at Potsdam. Hew began his theological education at the Seminary at Montreal, and completed it at St. Joseph Seminary at Dumwoodie, New York. His first parish was at Gouverneur, New York, where he was in charge in the absence of the rector, and he performed a similar duty at Madrid, New York. He was then assistant to the rector of the Roman Catholic Church, of St. Joseph's, at Malone, New York, under Very Rev. William Rossiter, who has since died. He was assistant to Rev. M. R. Burns, of the Holy Family church at Watertown, New York, for about two years, and afterwards assistant to his uncle, Very Rev. James O'Driscoll, at Canton, New York, for a year and a half. He was appointed pastor of St. Mary's Church at Constableville, New York, July 19, 1907. In politics he is independent. He is a member of Sarto Council, Knights of Columbus, of Canton, New York. In addition to the duties of his own parish, Father Joy has charge of St. Patrick Mission, at Highmarket, New York, of St. Thomas' Mission at Greig, New York, also the Mission held at Glens Falls.


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