Patrick FALLON and Bridget KENNEDY
also ML# 269 on the McCabe List - James FALLON
from County Roscommon, Ireland to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1820's
OK, here's another great story from Taylor Kennedy:
January 11, 2002:
I relaxed a bit tonight and read some of the web site regarding folks from
Carleton to the USA -- North Dakota, Minnesota etc. And I thought, Hey, I have
relations that went that way also. So I thought you like to read about it.
Also here are some pics of Calvary Catholic Cemetary in Hankinson, North
Dakota, where some of the Fallon children are buried.
Over the weekend, I'll send some information on Lawrence Kennedy, son of
John Kennedy and Margaret Manion who moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Here's the story on Patrick Fallon and descendents. Take care. Taylor
A History of Patrick Fallon
To supplement the food supply during the potato famine of 1849, my grand -
father John Fallon, living in Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland,went out and
shot a "Royal" rabbit. For this outrage against the "Crown" he and
family were promptly evicted from their country and were given the choice
of settling in either Canada or Van Demens Island. He chose Canada; one of the
little boys he took with him was PATRICK, later to become my father. After
six weeks in steerage, he chose Pembroke, Ontario, as his future home.
Because of the long sea journey there was an epidemic of black measles
which left both the eyesight and hearing of Patrick impaired. This created a
serious problem; education was beyond his reach, so he sought employment
in what the Canadians called " The Bush". We call it the forest. He worked
there for fourteen years; in the spring the loggers would fashion their
winter's work into rafts and bring them down the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers at
the speed of one mile in three minutes. It is well to remember that these
rafts floating down the river formed a peak on which the Rivermen stood and guided
The day eventually came when Patrick said "If I never see a tree again
it will be too soon." He set out for North Dakota in 1879 and settled in De
Villo township; it proved to be a poor choice - what the rain did not destroy, the
hail did. After seven successive crop failures he moved to Elma township where
he lived unti 1919. There he built the first frame house to be found in that
He used to tell about the blizzards of the 1880's. It was a two day
journey to travel by ox-cart to Wahpeton; during the winter months it was
not unusual to be a stone's throw of his own home and not be able to find it. He
would unhook the oxen and walk around the sleigh all night in forty below
temperature. He said it was like fighting one's way out of a barrel of
flour ; the snow was that fine driven by very high winds.
In 1892, sorrow came into his home with the death of his wife
Bridget Kennedy Fallon, leaving two little boys, John, 5, who lived at Harvey,
North Dakota for many years and James who lived in Hankinson , North Dakota.
On 23 May, 1893 my father and Katherine Toole / O'Toole were married at St.
John's in Wahpetonn. Father Albrech officiated. Of this union eight children
were born : Esther, Ralph, Grace, and Erwin are deceased. Four sisters
have lived in Minneapolis for many years ; namely, Sister Teresa Ann, Mrs.
Hugh Gotcha, Mrs. Carl Hartwig and Ruth M. Fallon.
My mother taught in rural schools in the Wyndmere and Greendale
areas. She, too, often told us about the bad storms in the 80's. When she arrived
at school in the morning after a storm, she would find that the snow had
drifted in even with the tops of the desks. In Greendale she boarded at the
home of L.S. Tyson. She often held his infant son on her lap. He later
became supervisor of installation of telephones in Duluth, St. Paul and
The old cottage from which my grandfather was evicted over a
hundred years ago still stands ; the anvil he used is encrusted with rust.
Some years ago two of his grandsons, both doctors, were doing graduate
work at the University of London and visited the thatch covered cottage in
Clairmorris. On returning to the States, one of the doctors became professor
of medicine at Harvard University. The other joined the United States Navy
and distinguished himself by performing many serious operations at sea,
entailing live bullets.
Need one comment on the policy of a country that squanders it's talent.
By Ruth Fallon
With Patrick being a logger, his trips to Bytown (Ottawa, Canada) were frequent. Bridget
Kennedy was a Lodger and working as a servant at a local hotel where she met
Patrick. They fell in love, married April 22, 1879 and left for North
Dakota.( at this point her father removed her from his Will)
Bridget is buried in the cemetery at Great Bend, North Dakota. This is the
first location that Patrick Fallon came to from Ontario. He farmed in the
vicinity. Her grave site is unknown. High water some years ago resulted in
the movement of the stones to a corner of the cemetery, and the site was
lost. The stones were buried.
61656; from Howard Hoovestol of North Dakota - 30 nov 2000.
61656; Patrick remarried a school teacher Katherine O'Toole and eventually
ended up in Minnesota, where he spent the rest of his life. He was very rich
and the local priest convinced him to financially support their church, so
he donated great sums of money for additions and renovations to the church.
Patrick had a bad fall and injured his hip, was a cripple (15 ½ years) until
his death. He and his wife Katherine are buried in Minneapolis.
Descendants of John Fallon
Generation No. 1
1. JOHN2 FALLON (JAMES1) was born Abt. 1823 in County Mayo, Ireland, and died
November 01, 1895 in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. He married MARGARET LAUGHTON Abt. 1850 in
County Mayo, Ireland.
More About JOHN FALLON:
Burial: November 03, 1895, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery
More About MARGARET LAUGHTON:
Burial: April 15, 1900, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery
Children of JOHN FALLON and MARGARET LAUGHTON are:
2. i. PATRICK3 FALLON, b. January 06, 1853, County Mayo, Ireland; d. March 28,
1941, Minneapolis, USA.
ii. JOHN FALLON, b. 1857.
iii. JAMES FALLON, b. 1864.
iv. BRIDGET FALLON, b. July 1860, Pembroke, Ontario; d. North Bay; m.
WILLIAM MCDONALD, November 25, 1903, North Bay, Ontario.
v. MICHAEL FALLON, b. 1851.
vi. PHARAH FALLON, b. 1849.
Generation No. 2
2. PATRICK3 FALLON (JOHN2, JAMES1) was born January 06, 1853 in County Mayo,
Ireland, and died March 28, 1941 in Minneapolis. He married (1) BRIDGET
KENNEDY April 22, 1879 in St. Patricks Church in Ottawa, daughter of WILLIAM
KENNEDY and ISABELLA WATT. He married (2) KATHERINE TOOLE May 23, 1893 in
Wahpeton, North Dakota.
Notes for PATRICK FALLON:
Patrick broke his hip around 1925 / 1926 and was an invalid until his death
Notes for BRIDGET KENNEDY:
From the 1861 Census for the Township of Nepean, District 1, Page 3 : shows
Bridgets' age as being 5 years old making her birth year about 1856.
More About BRIDGET KENNEDY:
Burial: Cemetery at Great Bend, ND
Marriage Notes for PATRICK FALLON and BRIDGET KENNEDY:
Marriage registration at The Ontario Archives ; MS932 Reel # 29 , Reg. #
001779. Patrick Fallon, age 26 married Bridget Kennedy, age 22 on April 22,
1879. Parents of Patrick are John Fallon and Margaret Laughton. Parents of
Bridget Kennedy are William Kennedy and Isabella Watt. Witnesses were John
Kennedy and Catherine Costello. Marriage performed by the Rev. John L.
O'Connor, St Patricks Church in Ottawa, Ontario.
Children of PATRICK FALLON and BRIDGET KENNEDY are:
3. i. JOHN MATHEW4 FALLON, b. February 18, 1880, Breckenridge, North Dakota;
d. January 06, 1941, Harvey, North Dakota.
ii. JAMES ANDREW FALLON, b. May 24, 1881, Fairmount, North Dakota; d. May
06, 1977, Hankinson, North Dakota; m. ADDIE TOOLE, Unknown, ?.
Notes for JAMES ANDREW FALLON:
[Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 1 A-L, Ed. 6, Social Security Death
Index: U.S., Date of Import: Sep 10, 2000, Internal Ref. #188.8.131.52340.170]
Individual: Fallon, James
Social Security #: 501-32-2918
Issued in: North Dakota
Birth date: May 24, 1881
Death date: May 1977
Residence code: North Dakota
ZIP Code of last known residence: 58041
Primary location associated with this ZIP Code:
Hankinson, North Dakota
ZIP Code of address where death benefit payment was sent: 58041
Primary location associated with this ZIP Code:
Hankinson, North Dakota
More About JAMES ANDREW FALLON:
Burial: Hankinson, North Dakota with his daughter Grace
Fact 1: Social Security #: 501-32-29181
Fact 2: Issued in: North Dakota1
Fact 3: Residence code: North Dakota1
Fact 4: Last residence ZIP: 580411
Fact 5: Death benefit payment ZIP: 580411
iii. PATRCIK FALLON, b. Aft. 1885, Fairmount, North Dakota; d. 1889, ?.
Children of PATRICK FALLON and KATHERINE TOOLE are:
iv. RUTH4 FALLON, b. October 21, 1898, Hankinson, North Dakota; d. March
1981, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Notes for RUTH FALLON:
Ruth never married.
v. ESTHER FALLON, b. Unknown.
vi. ERWIN FALLON, b. Unknown, Hankinson, North Dakota; d. 1918, Hankinson,
Notes for ERWIN FALLON:
Died from the flu.
vii. GRACE FALLON, b. August 29, 1900, Hankinson, North Dakota; d. August
30, 1918, Hankinson, North Dakota.
Notes for GRACE FALLON:
Died from an infection from an appendicitis operation.
4. viii. HELEN FALLON, b. Unknown, ?; d. 1982, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
ix. MARY FALLON, b. Unknown, ?; d. August 18, 1980, Minneapolis, Minnesota;
m. HUGH GOTCHIA, Unknown, ?.
Notes for MARY FALLON:
Mary never had children.
Generation No. 3
3. JOHN MATHEW4 FALLON (PATRICK3, JOHN2, JAMES1) was born February 18, 1880
in Breckenridge, North Dakota, and died January 06, 1941 in Harvey, North
Dakota. He married DINA HELENA ARENS July 23, 1908 in Harvey, North Dakota,
daughter of FRANZ ARENS and WILHEMINA HUFFNAGAL.
Children of JOHN FALLON and DINA ARENS are:
i. LEO ARTHUR5 FALLON, b. August 05, 1909, Goodrich, North Dakota; d.
October 16, 1974, Harvey, North Dakota.
5. ii. ALVAH JOHN FALLON, b. July 30, 1911, Goodrich, North Dakota; d.
September 20, 1982, Harvey, North Dakota.
iii. MINA AGNES FALLON, b. May 18, 1918, Goodrich, North Dakota.
iv. CATHERINE FALLON, b. June 13, 1922, Goodrich, North Dakota.
v. GENEVIEVE (PATSY) FALLON, b. April 30, 1930, Goodrich, North Dakota.
4. HELEN4 FALLON (PATRICK3, JOHN2, JAMES1) was born Unknown in ?, and died
1982 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She married CARL JOSEPH HARTWIG
Children of HELEN FALLON and CARL HARTWIG are:
i. JAMES5 HARTWIG.
ii. JOHN HARTWIG,.
6. iii. MARY HARTWIG
Generation No. 4
5. ALVAH JOHN5 FALLON (JOHN MATHEW4, PATRICK3, JOHN2, JAMES1) was born July
30, 1911 in Goodrich, North Dakota, and died September 20, 1982 in Harvey,
North Dakota. He married RUTH OTTO December 16, 1942 in McLusk, North
Dakota, daughter of ADOLPH OTTO and EMILIA RACHO.
Children of ALVAH FALLON and RUTH OTTO are:
i. VALERIE JUDITH6 FALLON,.
ii. KAREN KATHLEEN FALLONm. HOWARD HOOVESTOL.
iii. JOHN ALVAH FALLON,.
6. MARY5 HARTWIG (HELEN4 FALLON, PATRICK3, JOHN2, JAMES1) She married
Child of MARY HARTWIG and DARREL ATKINSON is:
i. CATHY6 ATKINSON, b., Minneapolis, Minnesota; m. MR FRAZIER,
A FALLON Marker in North Dakota
August 8, 2002:
There is a James FALLON on the McCabe List (#269) in 1829. He had come
from County Roscommon, 5 children in his family and all of his near relations
were then in Canada.
December 7, 2002:
I believe the Laticia FALLON is Patrick Fallon's grandmother. I have her listed as wife to
James Fallon. Their sons were John Fallon, Richard Fallon and Patrick Fallon who married Bridget
Kennedy and moved to North Dakota. Patrick was a raftman on the Ottawa River. On Patrick's
marriage register her name is spelled LETITIA. Thought you'd like to know.
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