DANIEL CORBETT


Daniel CORBETT,
son of John & Mary Burke Corbett,
was born in the workhouse in Scariff,
County Clare,
Ireland
on 6 Mar 1867.


He was the 2nd of 6 children. His father emigrated to Oswego, NY around 1873, found work on the railroad, and saved enough money to send for his wife and four children the following year.

Mary sailed aboard the SS Adriatic in December 1874, arriving at New York on the night of 28 December 1874, having spent Christmas at sea in the north Atlantic with her children Ellen, Daniel, Mary Ann, and Bridget.

The family settled in Oswego, where two more children (sons Jack & Jim) were born.

Daniel attended school in Oswego, and eventually became a machinist in a shop operated by a relative of his mother's. He moved to Watertown, NY in about 1891, and there was married to Josephine Edna Lagoe, a native of Williamstown, Oswego Co.

They were married at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Watertown on 25 May 1892. (Coincidentally, his parents were wed in Sacred Heart Church back in Ireland.)

They built a home at 523 Mohawk Street in Watertown, a house that has now been in the Corbett family for about 100 years.

523 Mohawk St

Daniel was employed for about 25 years as a boiler maker by the Portable Steam Engine Company, then, when Portable Steam Engine Co closed, constructed a building on outer West Main Street in Watertown, where he built and repaired boilers.

Daniel also constructed the massive standpipe which stood in Watertown's Thompson Park for many years. The water tower was a city landmark until it was replaced in the early 1970's. Daniel was active in local politics, and was a member of the Democratic Party. He served on the Board of Health during the construction of much of the city's sewer system, and was elected alderman from the 9th Ward in about 1913. He was also an early member of the North Side Improvement League, Inc. now the oldest non-partisan civic organization in New York state. Lawrence Corbett, Daniel's great-grandson, served as president of the group in 1996 and 1997.



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