My name is Myra Jean Wheeler. I have been looking for information on my Beahon family and came across a posting on the Family History message board dated Oct. I have been searching for a Patrick Beahon b. 1844, (a different spelling), who was in Saginaw, Michigan and either owned or worked for a sawmill there. He was married to Catherine Salmon b. Ireland and they had 7 children:
Sarah F. Beahon b. Jan 3 1880
Margaret Beahon b. ???
Thomas B. Beahon b. ??? m. Catherine Brannigan b. 1873 Ireland
James Beahon b. ???
William Beahon b. 1881
John Beahon b. ???
Joseph Leo Beahon b. 1882 Saginaw, Mich. (He was my grandfather)
Patrick, John and Thomas are found in the Saginaw, Michigan directories for 1890-1891
Saginaw, Michigan Directories, 1889-90
Thomas Beahon Saginaw manufacturing Co mach hand boards 215 Salt Saginaw MI 1889
John Beahon laborer boards 215 Salt, w s Saginaw MI 1890
Patrick Beahon D Hardin & Co laborer 215 Salt, w s Saginaw MI 1890
Thomas Beahon D Hardin & Co cooper boards 215 Salt, w s Saginaw MI 1890
I am really hoping you have some information on this family, as I see in the posting they were in lumbering in NY and bought property in Michigan. I don't know if John and Thomas are the brothers to Patrick or the sons. I know there are many spelling to this name as follows:
Behan is the usual spelling of the anglicized form of O'Beachain an older form of which is O'Beacain; Beahain, Beaghan, Beahan, Beahon and even Beanare occasional variants ,while in Co. Kerry the Munstertendency is to emphasize the the last syllable and make it Behane. It was not pronounced 'Behayne' of course but 'Behaan'. It is only in the course of the last two centuries that representatives of this Leinster sept settled in Kerry, though we do find one of them at the mouth of the Shannon in the person of Hugh O'Beaghan, who was Bishop of Iniscathy in 1188, before that small see was united to Limerick. Another notable ecclesiastic,the Franciscan Donal or Daniel Beaghan, also called O'Behechan (d. 1541) was Bishop of Kildare at the beginning of the troubles which arose from the attempt to impose the reformation on Ireland. The O'Behans were notable principally as a literary family, two of whom were thought worthy of mention in the Annals of Loch Ce and the Four Masters as 'eminent historians' they were Conor O'Behan (d. 1376) and Donal O'Behan (d. 1411). Brendan Behan was a very succesful playright of the modern day. Very few, if any of the present day bearers
of the name have resumed the prefix O' which properly goes with the name.
If you have any information it would be greatly appreciated.
Myra Jean Wheelerdjwheeler@adelphia.net