Biography of David Dwyer
Franklin County, NY Biographies





David Dwyer, deceased, was an honored pioneer citizen of Chateaugay, where he lived for many years. He was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1832, the son of Owen Dwyer.

David Dwyer was one of a family of five children: 1. James, who emigrated to the United States in 1850 and engaged in fanning in Clinton County, N. Y. 2. David, the subject of this sketch. 3. Honora, who came to this country with her brother David in 1854. She married shortly after her arrival and lived at Torrington, Conn. 4. Timothy, who spent his entire life in Ireland with his parents. 5. Margaret, who came to the United States in 1867 and lived at Chateaugay.

David Dwyer left his native land in July, 1854, and landed in Quebec, Canada, on September 8th. He came directly to Chateaugay and spent the remainder of his life in this section. He became well known as the proprietor of a wheelwright and blacksmith shop.

On Aug. 12, 1860, David Dwyer married Miss Catherine Toohey, a native of County Limerick, Ireland. To them were born eight children as follows: 1. Thomas Henry, born May 22, 1861, associated with his father in business for a number of years, and later proprietor of the Chateau Hotel at Chateaugay. He was married Feb. 6, 1893, to Miss Frances Lyons. He died March 13, 1929. 2. Alice Elizabeth, born Feb. 8, 1863, was married on May 6, 1884, to George A. Tobin, who died Aug. 5, 1931. She died July 19, 1925. 3. Julia Anastasia, born Dec. 25, 1864, died Oct. 1, 1879. 4. Mary (Minnie) Ellen, born March 10, 1867, was a teacher for 18 years in the public schools, and since 1905 has owned and managed the Women's Specialty Shoppe at Chateaugay. 5. David Owen, born May 1, 1869, died in October, 1899. 6. Catherine Agnes, born Sept. 21, 1871, married Daniel Chambers, lives at Albany. 7. Margaret Anne, born Dec. 27, 1877, mention of whom is made below. 8. Winifred B., born Sept. 6, 1881, died July 13, 1918.

Margaret Anne Dwyer attended the public schools of Chateaugay and was married April 23, 1901, to Frank E. Lancto, plumbing and heating contractor, of Chateaugay. They have two children: 1. Francis, born Nov. 28, 1908, a graduate of Chateaugay High School, and attends The Catholic University of America at Washington, D. C., where he graduates in June, 1932. 2. Mary Monica, born May 28, 1911, a graduate of Chateaugay High School, attends the College of New Rochelle, a member of the class of 1932. Mrs. Lancto is Grand Regent of the Catholic Daughters of America in Chateaugay, and District Deputy for the Northern District of New York. She is a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She is active in local politics, being Democratic County Committeewoman and Associate County Chairman.

David Dwyer died July 9, 1888, and his wife died Aug. 20, 1889. Both are buried in Chateaugay Cemetery.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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