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BEHEN Michael Joseph  BEHEN Michael Joseph[1]
Male 1845 - 1922

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  • Nickname  Mike 
    Birth  15 Nov 1845  Philidelphia, Pennslvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    • Baptismal record of St. Francis Xavier Catholic church in Philadelphia list date of birth as November 15, 1845.
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  30 Nov 1845  Philidelphia, Pennslvania, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Michael Joseph Bane
      Parents: Andrew and Mary Bane
      Sponsors: John McCarron and Catherine McCarron
      Rev. P. Rafferty
    Census  1860  Largo, Wabash Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • In 1860 we find Michael living in Wabash, Indiana. I believe this is our Michael for several reasons. The birth date and place are accurate, parents listed correspond the baby book Leona kept. She list great-grand parents of the children as Andrew and Mary Behen, Michael registered for his military service in 1864 and gave his home as Wabash, Indiana. Finally, from Michael's obituary we know he had a brother Dan and Frank, these two are also listed with the family. The following is the information from this record:

      Andrew age 45/8, born Ireland
      Mary age 40 born Ireland
      John age 23 born Ireland
      James age 20 born PA
      Daniel age 18 born PA
      Michael age 16 born PA
      Andrew age 14 born PA
      Frances age 12 born PA
      Catherine age 10 born PA

      The only thing which does not fit with known information is Frances is listed as a girl. There were no other Bahen/Behen....listed in the 1860 census who so closely fit our criteria.
      The baptismal records from St. Francis Xavier Catholic church in Philadelphia also correspond with known data and this census record.
    Military  From 25 Jul 1864 to 23 Oct 1865  Wabash Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    47th Indiana Infantry Company B 
    • Michael J. Behen served in the Army during the civil war. His service was with the 47th Indiana Infantry, Company B. Michael's enlistment card gives his address as Wabash, Indiana. Other information listed is as follows:

      Beahen, Michael


      Enlistment date: July 24, 1864
      Enlistment place: Indianapolis
      Age: 21
      Eyes: Hazel
      Hair: Brown
      Height: 5' 9"
      Complexion: Dark
      Occupation: Blacksmith
      End of service: October 23, 1865--Baton Rouge, LA

      We are certain this is our Michael because on his tombstone it states Co. B 47th Ind. Inf. This has been recorded in the McLean Co. cemetery book incorrectly as the 7th Ind. Inf. When the grass was removed from the tombstone the 4 was reveled. Michael also reports on the 1910 census he is a veteran of the Army and his obituary states he was a Civil war veteran.

      During Michael's service his unit participated in a expedition to Clinton, Louisiana and participated in the campaign against Mobile and the defences of Alabama. There was also a skirmish near Spanish Fort, Alabama. The regiment mustered out October 23, 1865.
    Residence  1879/80  Toledo, Lucas Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    in Toledo and worked on D& M Railroad 
    Census  2 Jul 1880  Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • The 1880 census has Michael J and Elizabeth are living in Council Bluffs, IA. No doubt Mike, as he was listed in 1880, had moved there due to his work on the railroad. However, his occupation was listed as laborer. The family must have been in Iowa for at least part of one year because Frank's birth place is listed as IA in this and all subsequent census records. Frank was born in March and the census was done in July. By 1882 the family was in MO, Norine's birth place is consistently listed in the census records as MO.
    Census  1900  Bloomington, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • In 1900 Michael J list his place of birth as Pennsylvania, place of birth for his parents as Ireland. His occupation is listed as a locomotive engineer. The number of years married to Libbie was recorded as 22 years. From the date of Franks birth (1880) and this information we can calculate an approximate marriage of 1878.
    Census  Apr 1910  St. Charles, St. Charles Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • The 1910 census has the family living in St. Charles, MO. Family members listed are:

      Michael J: age 65
      Elizabeth C. age 54
      Edward S. age 21
      Helena: age 22
      Harold: age 17

      This is also the census record Michael indicates he is a veteran of the civil war.
    Census  Jan 1920  Bloomington, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • In 1920 Michael J and Harold were living with Norine(Behen) and Thomas Campbell family in Bloomington, IL.
    Died  29 Sep 1922  Wabash Hospital, Decatur, Macon Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Taken from Michael J's death certificate.
    Michael J. Behen-death certificate
    Michael J. Behen-death certificate
    Status: Located.
    Michael Behen
    Michael Behen
    Status: Located. Death notice of Michael Behen. Published in the Saturday morning Bloomington Pantograph, September 12, 1922, page 12.
    Buried  30 Sep 1922  St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • St. Mary's cemetery records in Bloomington, IL and personal visit to the cemetery.
    Footstone of Michael J. Behen
    Footstone of Michael J. Behen
    Status: . Footstone is a Civil war veteran's marker. Michael served in the 47th inf. for the state of Illinois.
    Person ID  I23  Behen
    Last Modified  20 Feb 2011 
     
    Father  BEHEN Andrew,   b. 1815, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1866, Largo, Wabash Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  DOWLING Mary,   b. 1812, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1894, Jacksonville, Morgan Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1835  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F11  Group Sheet
     
    Family  STANTON Elizabeth C.,   b. 1851, Adrian, Lenawee Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1917 
    Married  16 Jun 1879  Adrian, Lenawee Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14, 15, 16
    • In the IGI (International Genealogical Index, Mormon). It lists a marriage of a Michael J Behen and Elizabeth Stanton.

      Elizabeth and Michael's marriage record from the state of MI list a marriage date of June 16, 1879. Michael gives his residence as Kansas City, MO and Elizabeth as Adrian, MI. Witness's were Richard Hoban and Katie Phelan, the marriage was performed by Peter Wallace, catholic priest, place of marriage was Adrian, Lenawee, MI.
    Children 
     1. BEHEN Francis,   b. 22 Mar 1880, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1915, Eureka Springs, Carroll Co., AR Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. BEHEN Norine,   b. 13 Jul 1882, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1973, Griffith, Lake Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. BEHEN Helena,   b. 11 Nov 1886, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1918, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. BEHEN Edward Stanton,   b. 12 Dec 1888, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 20 Feb 1959, Calvary Cemetery, Sedalia, Pettis Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. BEHEN Harold Adlai,   b. 27 Nov 1892, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1977, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, CA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F9  Group Sheet
     
  • Photos
    Michael and Frank Behen
    Michael and Frank Behen
    Status: Located. Frankie with his grandpa Behen
    Elizabeth (Stanton), Michael J. and son Frank Behen.
    Elizabeth (Stanton), Michael J. and son Frank Behen.
    Status: Located. This may have been taken in Seattle in 1912. A similar postcard picture exist which is labled Seattle, 1912.
    Michael J. Behen and unknown gentleman.
    Michael J. Behen and unknown gentleman.
    Status: Located. This photo postcard was taken in November of 1912 in Seattle. The postcard was sent to son Ed Behen in St. Charles. The other man may have been Michael O'Boyle, husband of Mary O'Boyle, Libby's sister. The O'Boyle's lived in Seattle at the time the photo was taken.
    Michael J. Behen
    Michael J. Behen
    Status: Located.
     
    Documents
    Map of Indiana
    Map of Indiana
    Status: Located. Map of Indiana with Wasbash County highlighted. Lagro, Wabash Co., IL was home to the Andrew Behen family in the early 1860's. St. Patrick's in Lagro is the burial place of Andrew and Mary Behan.
    1920-Michael J. Behen-Bloomington, IL
    1920-Michael J. Behen-Bloomington, IL
    Status: Located. Michael was living with daughter Norine Campbell
    1910-Michael J. Behan-St. Charles, MO
    1910-Michael J. Behan-St. Charles, MO
    Status: Located. Michael J. living in St. Charles MO., with family Elizabeth (54), Edward(21), Helena(22) and Harold (17).
    1900-Michael J. Behen-Bloomington, IL
    1900-Michael J. Behen-Bloomington, IL
    Status: Located. Michael J (50) and family, Libbie (46), Frank (20), Norine (17), Hellena(13), Edwaard (11), and Harold (7).
    1880-Mike Behen-Council Bluffs, IA
    1880-Mike Behen-Council Bluffs, IA
    Status: Located. Mike Behen and family, Elizabeth and baby Frank.
    1864-Michael Beahen
    1864-Michael Beahen
    Status: Located. Civil War registration card.
    1850-Andrew Bean-Spring GardenWard 7-Philadelphia-PA-Page 447
    1850-Andrew Bean-Spring GardenWard 7-Philadelphia-PA-Page 447
    Status: Located. Andrew Bean-age 38-Milkman
    Mary-age 35
    John-age 14
    Jas.-age 11
    David-age 7 (in Ireland David=Daniel)
    Michael-age 4
    Andrew-age 2
       1860-Andrew Baham-Lagro-Wabash-IN-Page 295
    1860-Andrew Baham-Lagro-Wabash-IN-Page 295
    Status: Located. Andrew Baham-age 45/48-farmer-b. Ireland
    Mary-age 40-b. Ireland
    John-age 23- b. Ireland
    James-age 20-b. PA
    Danl-age 18-b. PA
    Michl-age 16-b. PA
    Frances(female)-age 12-b. PA
    Catherine-age 10-b. PA
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S33] Obituary-Michael J. Behen, September 30, 1922 page 12 (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S4] Death Certificate-Edward Stanton Behen, 31056 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S33] Obituary-Michael J. Behen, September 30, 1922 (Reliability: 2).
      Gives birth as November 13, 1845

    4. [S105] Baptism Records-St. Francis Xavier Catholic-Baptism records-Philadelphia, PA (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S50] 1860 Lagro, Wabash Co., IN-Andrew Bahan (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S45] Military-Civil War-Michael J Beahen, M540 #5 (Reliability: 3).
      Beahen, Michael
      Age 21, eye color as hazel, hair brown, height 5'9"

    7. [S128] City Directory-Toledo, OH (Reliability: 2).

    8. [S35] 1880 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, IA-Mike Behen, Year: 1880; Census Place: Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa; Roll: T9_361; Family History Film: 1254361; Page: 381.3000; Enumeration District: 261; Image: 0768. (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S25] 1910 St. Charles City, St. Charles Co., MO-Michael J. Behan (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S25] 1910 St. Charles City, St. Charles Co., MO-Michael J. Behan, Year: 1910; Census Place: St Charles Ward 4, St Charles, Missouri; Roll: T624_808; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 169; Image: 519. (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S40] 1920 Bloomington, McLean Co., IL-Thomas Campbell/Behen, Year: 1920;Census Place: Bloomington Precinct 8, McLean, Illinois; Roll: T625_386; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 98; Image: 1044. (Reliability: 3).
      Listed as M.J. Behen living with daughter Norine Campbell. Head of household is Thomas Campbell his son-in-law.

    12. [S33] Obituary-Michael J. Behen, Saturday, September 30, 1922 (Reliability: 2).

    13. [S33] Obituary-Michael J. Behen, Page 12 (Reliability: 2).
      Obituary for Michael states Michael and Elizabeth Stanton were married forty-two years ago (Death 1922), makes marriage about 1880. However, Francis was reported as being one-year old when the 1880 census (July 1880) was done; so it stands to reason Michael and Elizabeth were married in late 1878 or early 1879 and Francis was born the next year.

    14. [S35] 1880 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, IA-Mike Behen, 1880 Census (Reliability: 2).
      Francis (Frankie) was reported to be one-year-old in the 1880 census (July) so it stands to reason Michael and Elizabeth were married prior to 1880.

    15. [S91] IGI-Elizabeth Stanton.

    16. [S108] Marriages-Michigan (Reliability: 2).