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BEHEN Andrew[1, 2]

Male 1815 - 1866  (51 years)


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  • Name BEHEN Andrew 
    Born 1815  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Andrew's age is calculated from the 1860 Wabash Co., IN census. His given age in 1860 was given as 45 or 48.
    Gender Male 
    Census 1840  Spring Garden Ward 3, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • There were very few heads of households in Philadelphia, PA at the time of the 1840 census with names which come close to resembling Andrew Behen. I believe this is our Andrew for a variety of reasons. First the place is correct, Philadelphia. Second the ages of the adults (female and male between the ages of 20 and 30). Third the ages of the children, two males under the age of five. This would correspond to the 1860 Wabash census. The two males are John and James, both would have been under five in 1840. No other children are listed. Also the information corresponds with the 1850 census. As an added point of interest the Spring Garden district in Philadelphia was a heavily Irish area with railroad connections. The baptismal records of the younger Behen children were found at St. Francis Xavier Catholic church in the Spring Garden district of Philadelphia, PA. Finally, John's birthplace in the 1860 census is given as Ireland and James as PA. John would have been born in 1837 and James in 1840. This places the family as new arrival's to the United States right around the time of James's birth.
    Census 1850  Spring Garden Ward 7, Philadelphia, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • This census record list is the closest to the correct people and ages I have found in 1850: Andrew, Mary, John, James, Michael and Andrew. But, it list a David where Daniel should exist. However, in Ireland David and Daniel are considered the same name. It also list everyone born in PA. I don't know if this represents a mistake on the census takers part or Mary, busy with a house full of small boys just gave the easiest answer or this is not our family. However, there is no other family I have found which meets our criteria. We know from Michael's birth date and place (1845, Philadelphia) the family was in the U.S. at this time. I have found no matches in Ohio or Indiana. It would have been strange for them to have diverged from the PA to OH to IN migration path. New York or any other Irish conclaves seem to be an unreasonable choice. The baptismal records of St. Francis Xavier also support this census record. Daniel, Michael and Catherine were all baptized at this Catholic church in the Spring Garden district during the 1850's. Their baptismal records and the ages on the census records also agree.
    Census 1860  Largo, Wabash Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Given the information on Michael's Army enlistment card this would have to be our family, see notes on Michael Behen. Family members listed in this census match known information from 1880's forward and known baptismal records. The only quandary is Francis. We know from Michael's obituary he had a brother Francis. There is a Francis listed but shows this child as a female age 12, however this Francis is not listed with the family in 1850. There is growing evidence this was a female cousin and our Francis was born after 1860 in Indiana.
    Died 1866  Largo, Wabash Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • The cemetery records from Lagro Township Cemetery records of St. Patrick's Cemetery list

      Andrew Bahan buried 10/26/1866
      Daniel Bahan buried 10/18/1851
      Daniel Bahan born Suncraft(Suncroft), Kildare Co. Ire buried 3/4/1870 age 51 years
      Mary Bahan born Ireland buried 4/12/1884 age 82 years.

      I believe this Andrew is the father of Michael. There is no other record of an Andrew Behen given in the 1870 census and only a handful of Andrew Behen's born in Ireland in the 1860 census. The Daniel whom died in 1870 may well have been a brother (younger, I think) of our Andrew. The Mary Bahan my very well be the wife of Andrew.

      * See notes on Mary Bahan.
    Buried 26 Oct 1866  Largo, Wabash Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    • See notes on the death of Andrew and Mary Behan. Records are from the St. Patrick's cemetery in Lagro, Wabash Co., IN
    St. Patrick's Cemetery, Lagro IN
    St. Patrick's Cemetery, Lagro IN
    St. Patrick's cemetery 2-Lagro IN
    St. Patrick's cemetery 2-Lagro IN
    Person ID I29  Behen
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2011 

    Family 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  (Age 82 years) 
    Married Abt 1835  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Their first child John was born in Ireland, I am making the assumption they were married in Ireland.
    Children 
     1. BEHEN John,   b. 1837, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. BEHEN James,   b. 1840, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. BEHEN Daniel, Sr.,   b. 15 Sep 1843, Philidelphia, Pennslvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1927, Jacksonville, Morgan Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     4. BEHEN Michael Joseph,   b. 15 Nov 1845, Philidelphia, Pennslvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1922, Wabash Hospital, Decatur, Macon Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. BEHEN Andrew,   b. 28 Feb 1848, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1874, Largo, Wabash Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
     6. BEHEN Catherine,   b. 6 Oct 1850, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1914, Maumee, Lucas Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     7. BEHEN Francis P.,   b. Abt 1852, Wabash, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1927, Chicago, Cook Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    Behan Family History
    Behan Family History
    History of the Behan family from Andrew to Edward.

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Behen Baby Book-Ed and Leona children (Reliability: 3).
      The baby book gives the g. grandparents of Edward Behen as Andrew and Mary Behen

    2. [S50] 1860 Lagro, Wabash Co., IN-Andrew Bahan, Year: 1860; Census Place: Lagro, Wabash, Indiana; Roll: M653_304; Page: 295; Image: 295. (Reliability: 3).
      This data corresponds with Michael J. Behen's military enlistment, the Behen baby book and Michael J. obituary where it list a brother Daniel and Frank.

    3. [S77] 1840-Spring Garden, Philadelphia, PA-Andw Bane (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S78] 1850 Spring Garden, Philadelphia, PA-Andrew Bean.

    5. [S50] 1860 Lagro, Wabash Co., IN-Andrew Bahan, Year: 1860; Census Place: Lagro, Wabash, Indiana; Roll: M653_304; Page: 295; Image: 295. (Reliability: 3).
      This Andrew Behen is the only census record which matches the information in the Behen baby book, Michael J. Behen's obituary

    6. [S58] Cemetery Records-St. Patrick's Lagro, IN, Lagro Township Cemeteries Wabash County, IN book.
      Andrew Bahan (Behen) buried 10/26/1866
      Also listed are

      Daniel Bahan buried 10/18/1851

      Daniel Bahan born Suncraft, Kildare Co. Ire buried 3/4/1870 age 51

      Mary Bahan born Ireland buried 4/12/1884 age 82 years.

    7. [S58] Cemetery Records-St. Patrick's Lagro, IN.

    8. [S58] Cemetery Records-St. Patrick's Lagro, IN, Lagro Township Cemeteries.

    9. [S78] 1850 Spring Garden, Philadelphia, PA-Andrew Bean (Reliability: 2).