14 May 2014

52 Ancestors: #10 Daniel Joseph Coughlin

And the roll call of ancestors continues! This entry in the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge" is my paternal great grandfather, Daniel Joseph Coughlin (1877-1953).

Dan was the 5th son and 7th child of Daniel Coughlin (1837-1911) and Anna/Annie McDonough (1845-1893) born in the Palmer Hill area of Black Brook, Clinton County, New York. In 1905 he married Bridget Agnes Williams (1883-1973) in Lake Placid, Essex County, New York.  They had 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls. He died from fracturing his neck in a farming accident on June 12, 1953 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

I do have a picture of him working the farm at Palmer Hill, Black Brook, Clinton County, New York in the 1930's.

I have been tinkering with a census tracking form. So I used Grandpa Dan as my "test subject".  The only census I have been unable to locate him in is the 1900 Federal Census. He would have been 23 years old in 1900 and I am not sure where he may have been as he did various jobs before he took over the family farm after the death of his father in 1911. It was interested as I reviewed the censuses I have from him and saw the many variations of "Coughlin". Most I have seen on my personal correspondence but a few I had not seen so they have been added to my Names Variations chart!


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  2. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn87070340/1953-05-28/ed-1/seq-6/
    The Adirondack record-Elizabethtown post., May 28, 1953, Page 6, Image 6
    Column 1, last Paragraph:
    “Dan Coughlin of Palmer Hill was taken by ambulance Saturday night first to the Champlain Valley Hospital in Plattsburg and then on to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, where he is a patient in the Neurological Institute building suffering from a fractured neck and complete paralysis of his legs and feet. The injuries occurred as a result of his falling from a wagon while he was working on his farm Saturday afternoon. Doctors at the Institute feel that there is hope of complete recovery.”

    Guess they were wrong.