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OCONTO COUNTY
Wisconsin
FAMILIES and BIOGRAPHIES

.BOHAN.
Contributed and hosted by: Anne Franklin

My maternal grandfather, John Anthony Keron, was born in Oconto in 1900, along with his sister, Margaret Victoria Keron McBride, born in 1898, and apparently he had a younger brother, Aloysius Benedict Keron, born in 1902 in Oconto.  The family story is that Aloysius died as a child, but I have no idea where or when he died, or the cause of death.  I wonder if Aloysius is buried in Oconto.  The family relocated at some point to Malden, Washington, so little Aloysius may even be buried in Washington.

My grandfather moved to Butte, Montana and worked in the copper mines, then after he married my grandmother, the family moved to California when he
got work as an iron worker on the Golden Gate Bridge. From there, they moved to the Los Angeles area where he worked in the borax mines in the Mojave Desert.

My grandfather’s parents were John Henry Keron (born in Illinois in 1854) and Almira Bohan.  I now know through your group that they were married on August 24, 1896.  The link to their wedding announcement in an Oconto newspaper was just amazing to see.  I would never have known that Almira’s sister Julia Bohan was her attendant!   I have a beautiful full-length photo of Mae and Julia from the early 1900s, taken in front of a San Francisco home. I think that the Bohan sisters may also be from Oconto.  The fourth Bohan sister was Lizzie.  She married a Murphy, and her descendants are here in California also.

Sincerely,
Anne Franklin

Generation 1

William Bohan was born in County Kerry, Ireland in the second half of the 1700's. According to the 1871 Census for New Brunswick Canada, he was age 95 years and came  to North America and settle in Canada in the year 1830. He was married in Ireland to Mary Spencer also of County Kerry. Mary Spencer Bohan was age 70 years on the 1871 Canadian Census and had immigrated the same year as her husband.. The had their first four children in Ireland. The last four of their 8 children were born in New Brunswick, Canada. The oldest, Jeremiah Bohan, fathered the Bohan line that eventually settled in Oconto County, Wisconsin, USA.

William BOHAN
    Birth: ABT 1786 in County Kerry, Ireland
    Immigration - 1830 Arrived in Canada
    Married: in Ireland
Mary SPENCER
    Birth: ABT 1796 in County Kerry, Ireland
    Immigration - 1830 Arrived in Canada
    Children Of William and Mary Spencer Bohan were:
      * Jeremiah BOHAN b: in Ireland
         John BOHAN b: ABT 1821 in Ireland
         James BOHAN b: ABT 1826 in Ireland
         Julia BOHAN b: 1826 in Ireland
         Mary BOHAN b: 27 MAY 1831 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick, Canada
         Michael BOHAN b: 16 SEP 1833 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick, Canada
         Honora BOHAN b: 9 APR 1836 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick, Canada
         Daniel BOHAN b: 1839 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick Canada
Sources:
Title: Edward Zapp
Note: St. Cloud, Minnesota
Note: data was from actual church records

Generation 2

Jeremiah Bohan came to Canada from his birthplace in Ireland in 1830. He was the oldest child of William and Mary Spencer Bohan. The 1861 census of Canada listed him as being 51 years of age and owning and farming land in Barnaby River, New Brunswick, Canada. He married Bridget Mervick (also spelled Mevick) She had come from Ireland to Canada in 1840. They raised six children and Jeremiah died March 12, 1884 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick, Canada. Oldest son James continued the line that settled in Oconto County, Wisconsin.

Jeremiah BOHAN
    Birth: ABT 1816 in Ireland
    Death: 12 MAR 1884 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick Canada
    Marriage
Bridget MERVICK
    b: ABT 1813
    Children of Jeremiah and Bridget Mervick Bohan were:
       * James BOHAN b: 1 APR 1835 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick, Canada
         William BOHAN b: 12 JUL 1843 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick, Canada
         Julia BOHAN b: 3 JAN 1847 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick, Canada
         John BOHAN b: 23 AUG 1851 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick Canada
         Mary Anne BOHAN b: 10 APR 1859 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick Canada
         Margaret BOHAN b: ABT 1863 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick Canada

Sources:
Title: Edward Zapp
Note: St. Cloud, Minnesota
Note: data was from actual church records

Generation 3

James Bohan was born in  Barnaby River, New Brunswick, English Canada on April 1, 1835. He married Margaret Jane Moloney in Canada and they had their first two children there. The family immigrated to the US in 1867 and settled in the city of Oconto, Wisconsin. James was a laborer in farm work. Four more children were born to them in Oconto before James Bohan died April 29, 1884.

Oconto County Reporter
November 13, 1880
DIED
Mr. James Bohan died at his residence, in this city, on Thursday last.  The deceased has resided in this place for seventeen years, and was much respected.  He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his loss.

The widow Margaret Moloney Bohan continued to live in city of Oconto, raising her children with the help of eldest son William Bohan. Daughter Julia was a school teacher and daughter Mae was a dressmaker living at the Oconto home in 1900. Margaret died in Oconto on March 12, 1902. Julia never married, and she is buried in San Francisco with another of the Bohan sisters, Mae.  Julia was a school teacher in San Francisco and Mae was a hat designer. The fourth Bohan sister was Lizzie (Marie).  She married a Murphy, and her descendants are here in California also.
 

James BOHAN (spelled Bown on the 1880 US census, spelled Bohan on 1900 US census)
    Birth: : 1 APR 1835 in Barnaby River, New Brunswick, Canada
    Baptism: 1 JUL 1855 St. Patricks Church, Barnaby River, New Brunswick, Canada
    Death:  29 Apr 1884  Oconto, Wisconsin, USA
    Marriage:
 Margaret Jane MOLONEY
     Birth: June 1836  English Canada - Both parents were born in Ireland
     Immigration to US 1867
     Death:  March 12, 1902  Oconto, Wisconsin, USA
    Children of James and Margaret Moloney Bohan were :
            William b. Sept 1864   English Canada,   Immigration to US. 1867
            Marie  b. 1865 English Canada,   Immigration to US. 1867
         * Elmyra (Almira, Almera) b. 1869, Wisconsin
            James b. 1873, Wisconsin
            Julie b. Apr 1876  Wisconsin
            Mae (May) b.  Apr 1878  Wisconsin
Sources:
US Census Renumerations, Oconto County, Wisconsin 1880, 1900
Wisconsin Pre 1907 Death Index
Wisconsin Pre 1907 Birth Index
Wisconsin Pre 1907 Marriage Index
Newspaper: Oconto County Reporter
 

Generation 4

Almira Bohn was born 1869 in Oconto, Wisconsin, the first of her family to be born in the US. She had five siblings. Almira became the second wife of John Henry Keron on August 24, 1896 in Oconto.
 

Almira (Almera) Bohn
    Birth: 1869, Oconto, Wisconsin
    Marriage: August 24, 1896, Oconto Wisconsin
Keron, John Henry
    Birth: 13 APR 1854 in Ottawa, La Salle Co, Illinois
    Death: 09 FEB 1916 in Malden, Whitman Co, Washington
    Children of  Almira and John were:
         Margaret KERON b: 23 DEC 1898 in Oconto, Oconto Co, Wisconsin
         John Anthony KERON b: 17 JUN 1900 in Oconto, Oconto Co, Wisconsin



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