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DOWLING Mary[1]

Female 1812 - 1894  (82 years)


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  • Name DOWLING Mary 
    Born 1812  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Her birth is calculated from the age given on her death certificate, 1894.

      Maiden name for Mary was listed on the death certificate of her daughter Catherine.

      On Frank's marriage record he reports mother as Mary Darling.
    Gender Female 
    Census 9 Aug 1870  Chester, Wabash Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Family listed under M. Bahan
    Census 1880  Toledo, Lucas Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 1894  Jacksonville, Morgan Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Cause: of old age 
    • Her death certificate gives the following information:

      Age: 82 years
      Date of death May 13, 1894
      Place of burial: Lagro, Indiana

      This does not quite fit with the cemetery record from St. Patrick's in Lagro, but the numbers are close. A nine on an old tombstone can look like an eight. A trip to the cemetery and a rubbing of the tombstone will be the only way to clear up the date discrepancies.
    Mary Behen-Death certificate
    Mary Behen-Death certificate
    Death certificate of Mary Behen, wife of Andrew Behen and mother of Michael J. Behen.
    Buried 3 Apr 1894  St. Patrick's Cemetery, Lagro, Wabash Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • It is known from Michael's obituary he had a brother Dan from Jacksonville. When further research was done on a Daniel Bahan in Jacksonville, IL it was noted on his death certificate he was born in Philadelphia, his parents both born in Ireland. His age corresponds to the 1860 Wabash census. His obituary also states he was born in Philadelphia and had worked as a blacksmith (same occupation Michael gave on his civil war enlistment). Buried in the same section as Daniel is an unknown Mrs. Bahan age 90, death April 3, 1894. I have tracked down her death certificate and it gave the following information:

      Mary Bahan
      Born: Ireland
      Age: 82
      Death date May 13, 1894
      Widowed

      Buried: Lagro, Wabash, Indiana.


      I think it is telling the family would go to the trouble of shipping a body from Jacksonville, IL back to Wabash, IN in the 1890's, this must have represented a strong disire to be buried with someone, I think her husband Andrew.

      The only fact which does not fit with our data is Daniel's death certificate. It list his father as Daniel. Perhaps the certificate is wrong or the Behen baby book is wrong either way I believe this is our family. It is not uncommon for first name of the decesed parents to be wrong, especially if they died when the children were younger. Daniel's family named a boy each generation Daniel so the name must have held a prominent place in the family history.

      Further research has yielded baptismal records for Michael, Daniel, Catherine and Andrew. Their parents were listed as Andrew and Mary Behan. The baptismal records are from St. Francis Xavier Catholic church in the Spring Garden district of Philadelphia.
    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 I30  Behen
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2011 

    Father DOWLING John,   b. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother HIGHLAND Helen,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married
    • Patrick Dowling's death certificate list name as mother as Helen Highland.

      Highland in Ireland and most of the U.S. is spelled Hyland or Hiland, from:

      The book of Irish families, great & small
      By Michael C. O'Laughlin
      Edition: 3, illustrated
      Published by Irish Roots Cafe, 2002
    Family ID F42  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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  (Age 51 years) 
    Married Abt 1835  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • 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

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Behen Baby Book-Ed and Leona children, Baby book (Reliability: 2).
      Robert Behen's baby book states his grandparents as being Andrew and Mary Behen

    2. [S4] Death Certificate-Edward Stanton Behen, 114 (Reliability: 3).
      Death certificate states place of burial as Lagro, Wabash Co., Indiana.

    3. [S131] 1870-Chester, Wabash Co., IN-Mary Behan (Reliability: 2).

    4. [S127] 1880-Toledo, Lucas Co., OH-Mary Bean (Behan) (Reliability: 2).

    5. [S4] Death Certificate-Edward Stanton Behen, 114 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S4] Death Certificate-Edward Stanton Behen, Cemetery records (Reliability: 2).
      Bahan, Unknown, Mrs. 3 April 1894 90y (from death cert.)

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