Researching Family connections
We have been contacted by Ita who is looking for any help we can give in the search for Ancestors of Peter Cannon who was the oldest resident in New York when he died in 1896. His great great grand-daughter April has been trying to trace his roots and the only address was given on his birth records as the village of Baun in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, June 16th, 1778.
Ita, who states she is not a genealogist, has researched her own ancestors and found the process and stories interesting, but is willing to help search for this man’s relatives or place of birth. Ita has been working along the thoughts that perhaps the Baun place-name might possibly be Thallabawn or Lough Baun or Cregganbaun. If anyone has any ideas or thoughts please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Below is an extract from Allegany County Historical Society.
Peter Cannon: -Dec, 17th, 1896: The oldest person in NY State at present Peter Cannon, now an inmate at the Allegany County Alms House has obtained the ripe old age of 118 years. He was born in the village of Baun in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, June 17, 1778. When a young man he came to this country and worked in various locations until he finally located in Belfast, NY where he resided until June 1893 when he was admitted to the Allegany Alms House. For a man of his age he is in remarkably good health. He has two sons, one whom is living in New Jersey, Miss Hyde. Peter is Recognized as being the oldest person in the state of New York. (Taken from Allegany County Historical Society http://www.alleganyhistory.org/culture/stories-and-folklore/fact-based-stories/466-oldest-resident-of-allegany-county-and-new-york-state-peter-cannon-dies-at-age-118