Keiron K. Gaynor was born in Ireland. Coming to this country in his early youth, he first lived in Joliet,
Illinois, where he completed his education. The year 1832 witnessed his arrival in Utica. In 1843 he married the
daughter of James Handwright, a pioneer farmer of Marcy, who settled there in 1818. Mrs. Gaynor was descended from
Colonial ancestry. Her granduncle, Richard Handwright, fell at the battle of Quebec, fighting under General Richard
Montgomery in 1775.
After several years' residence in the western part of the city of Utica, which was then a part of the town of Whitestown,
Mr. Gaynor moved his family in 1850 to a farm which he owned near the village of Oriskany, one mile from the Oriskany
battlefield. There Mr. Gaynor took an active part in the events of the town, serving for several years as school
commissioner. His especial care was the education of youth, which he carried out in his own family. While his children
were still in their minority he moved his family in 1864 back to Utica, where they have since resided. The children
are as follows: Thomas L., a veteran of the Civil war, who lives at Springfield, Ohio; William J. mayor of Greater
New York; Dr. Joseph E., who passed away in 1874; Mary E., who lives in the family homestead at Utica; Helen F.,
whose demise occurred in 1902; Mrs. Theresa Gaynor Lynch, who resides in Utica; and Mrs. Emily Gaynor Macaulay,
who makes her home in Brooklyn, New York. Mrs. Gaynor passed away in 1888, while Mr. Gaynor was called to his final
rest in 1897.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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