DANIEL KEATING. In a land of liberty, where every man is a sovereign in his right of manhood, and wield's Freedom's sceptre, a free ballot, it is of the highest importance that the native intelligence should be of a high standard, and that education, supplemented by moral training, should be widely and generally diffused. In no other way can those ideal results, planned by the founders of our government and claimed to peculiarly and exclusively appertain to republican institutions, be obtained. The proper education of youth is, therefore, the primary and most important consideration of every republic, and the calling of a teacher second to none in utility, necessity, and honor.
Among those who occupy a leading place in the ranks of this honorable profession in Madison County is our subject, Daniel Keating. He was born about two miles north of the village of Cazenovia, November 21, 1854. His father was Maurice Keating, a native of County Kerry, Ireland, where he was born August 1, 1820. He was a son of James Keating, of the same place, who was born in 1784, and died in the Quarantine Hospital, New York City, just after his arrival from Ireland, his fate being like that of Moses,--to see the promised land, but not to enter therein. He was a tailor by trade, and a tenant farmer and dairyman. His wife was Johanna Sullivan; and they became the parents of three sons and five daughters, all but one of whom, a daughter, attained maturity. The mother of these children died in Ireland in 1842.
Maurice Keating, the father of our subject, was the eldest of this family, and in 1849, when twenty-nine years of age, came to America on a sailing-vessel, the voyage between Liverpool and New York occupying forty-two days. On his arrival he found himself with little more than enough money to pay his expenses to Troy, where, however, he soon found employment by the month. He worked some years for wages, and was married in 1853 to Miss Mary Bagley, who was born in his native county, and came over with her mother and stepfather in 1842 .Mr. and Mrs. Keating soon began for themselves, and by industry and frugality have secured a pleasant home about one mile west of Chittenango Falls. The mother of our subject is a woman of rare intelligence, and, notwithstanding the demands upon her physical powers by the care of a large family, is still very healthy and active. To Maurice Keating and his wife, Mary, were born twelve children, of whom four sons and two daughters are now living, our subject being the eldest.
Mr. and Mrs. Keating take an active part in everything calculated to promote the educational interests and material prosperity of their town and county, and are looked upon as among the leading and representative citizens of Canastota.
Daniel Keating was reared to habits of industry and inured to hard labor on his father's farm until his twentieth year, when a thirst for knowledge impelled him to seek a better education, in which ambition his parents encouraged him, and assisted him to the best of their ability, although having themselves but a limited schooling. He received his primary education in the public schools, and later attended Cazenovia Seminary, making his first essay in his chosen profession when in his twenty-third year. Since then he has made school work his business during each winter and for much of the time in summer. He was first elected to the office of School Commissioner some six years ago, in a hotly contested triangular fight, he, a Democrat in a Republican district, receiving a handsome majority over the Republican and Prohibition nominees. His second term was secured by a still larger majority,--some eight hundred votes. He has made a most efficient officer thus far, and perhaps some of his success may be due to the sympathetic co-labor of his talented and amiable wife. He was married November 25, 1891, to Miss Ida L. Griffin, of Oswego County, New York, daughter of Henry L. and Lovina (Gilman) Griffin, of Jefferson County. She was educated at Mexico, Oswego County, and at the Oswego Normal School, commencing to teach when seventeen years of age, which occupation she followed until subsequent to her marriage to Mr. Keating. She was eminently successful in her calling, and enjoys the distinction of being the first lady School Commissioner elected in the State of New York. Her father, Henry L. Griffin, was a ship-
carpenter and farmer, and died at his home near Mexico, in 1875, when fifty-four years of age. He was a soldier in the Civil War, enlisting as a volunteer from Sackett's Harbor, and serving two years. The exposure and hardships incident to camp life greatly impaired his health, and led to his early death. He left a widow and two children, .namely: H. M. Griffin, a miller, of Mexico, N. Y.; and Mrs. Keating. Mrs. Griffin died in March, 1893, when sixty-six years of age. Enoch Griffin, the father of Henry L., was a native of New Hampshire, and married Eunice Thornton, of Vermont; and they came to Jefferson County in an early day. John Gilman, the father of Lovina Griffin, was born in Jefferson County in the year 1800, and in his thirty-fifth year joined the little company of men, and marched away to free Canada from British rule. At their first battle all were taken prisoners, and sent to Van Dieman's Land for life. John Gilman was pardoned after eight years, and, after many hardships in the gold mines of
Australia, finally came home, after seventeen years' absence.
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