Biography of Edward M. Corcoran
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Corcoran, Edward M., was born in Queens county, Ireland, September 6, 1846, and came to this country in 1863. From Brooklyn, August 18, 1864, he enlisted in Co. M, 13th Heavy Artillery New York Vols., was mustered in at Fort Riuggoid, Va., and ordered for duty to Kurrituck, Dismal Swamp, N. C., afterwards to Point of Rocks, Va. This branch of the artillery was attached to the Naval Brigade, doing water guard duty on the rivers in Virginia and North Camlina. They also took part in the operations against Fort Fisher, under Admiral Porter and General Butler in December, 1864. After the fall of Richmond they went to that place and conveyed Alex. H. Stephens and Secretary of War Mallory of the Confederacy, to Fortress Monroe, when Mr. Corcoran stood guard over Vice President Stephens. He afterwards guarded the prisoners surrendered by General Lee at Appomattox, at Newport News, and was honorably discharged July 12, 1865, at Hart's Island. He then went to Penn Yan, Yates county, and learned the machinist's trade, came to Trumansburgh in 1868, and entered the employ of Gregg & Co., where he remained five years. May 12, 1870, he married Elizabeth O'Neil, of Farmer Village, who died on November 30, 1893. Their children, all living, are in number four sons and four daughters: Dora E., Mary E., William H. and Edward B. (twins), Angelo, Margaret, Isabel E., and Jo. seph Hendrick, all live in Trumansburgh except Dora E., who married Daniel J. Egan, of Boston, where they live. Mr. Corcoran is a past commander of Treman Post No. 572 G. A. R., at Trumansburgh, which post he helped to organize, and was the first charter member. During 1872-'73-'74 he was in the employ of the Silsby Steam Fire Engine Mfg. Co., at Seneca Falls, but on account of ill health left their employ. In 1875 he engaged in the grocery business in this town on Main street, where he continues. He and family are members of St. James Catholic church.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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