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Presented by Deborah Shelton Wood on behalf of Fred Behr, in honor of his family.

Thomas COSTELLO and wife, Mary McDERMOTT left Ireland during the Great Potato Famine which took the lives of over a million Irish. They first migrated to England where son John was born and finally to America. Their next two children, Julia and Thomas were born in Massachusetts. They settled in the state of Minnesota, in the county of Douglas, in a town called Spruce Hill. There they had four more children; Mary, Steven, Ellen and David Costello. Thomas and Mary were the great-grandparents of Arleen Rose Costello, 1919~1990.

A brave Costello man falls in love with a beautiful McDermott maiden. It is most likely that the two star-crossed lovers from this well known legend are ancestors of Thomas Costello and Mary McDermott. Or if one believes in reincarnation....?

Click here to read the lengendary story here. Legend of Una Bhan & Tomas Costello

The lovely Arleen Costello was wife of Otho Moring Behr II. They made their home in sunny southern California. The following is an outline of her Costello family [Costelloe in Ireland].

Ahnentafel, Generation No. 1

1. Arleen Rose COSTELLO was born 11 May 1919 in WA, and died 12 Jul 1990 in Orange Co CA. She was the daughter of 2. Thomas W COSTELLO and 3. Louella WELCH OR ALLEN. She married Otho Moring BEHR II, son of Otho Moring BEHR and Marguerite BAXTER. He was born 26 Oct 1914 in Los Angeles Co, CA.
Ahnentafel, Generation No. 2
2. Thomas W COSTELLO was born ABT 1898 in Minnesota. He was the son of 4. John COSTELLO and 5. Catharine.
3. Louella WELCH OR ALLEN. She may have had a name change due to a step-father. Her name appears both ways in official records.
Child of Louella WELCH OR ALLEN and Thomas W COSTELLO is:
1. i. Arleen Rose COSTELLO was born 11 May 1919 in WA, and died 12 Jul 1990 in Orange Co CA. She married Otho Moring BEHR II, son of Otho Moring BEHR and Marguerite BAXTER. He was born 26 Oct 1914 in Los Angeles Co, CA.

Ahnentafel, Generation No. 3

4. John COSTELLO was born ABT 1853 in Eng. He was the son of 8. Thomas COSTELLO and 9. Mary McDERMOTT.

5. Catharine was born ABT 1882 in Wisconsin.

Child of Catharine and John COSTELLO is:

2. i. Thomas W COSTELLO was born ABT 1898 in Minnesota. He married Louella WELCH OR ALLEN.

Ahnentafel, Generation No. 4

8. Thomas COSTELLO was born ABT 1820 in Ireland.

9. Mary McDERMOTT was born 1825 in Ireland.

Children of Mary McDERMOTT and Thomas COSTELLO are:

4. i. John COSTELLO was born ABT 1853 in Eng. He married Catharine. She was born ABT 1882 in Wisconsin.

ii. Julia COSTELLO was born ABT 1855 in MA.

iii. Thomas COSTELLO was born 1856 in MA.

iv. Hannah COSTELLO was born 1858 in MN.

v. Mary A COSTELLO was born 1860 in MN.

vi. Steven COSTELLO was born 1863 in MN.

vii. Ellen COSTELLO was born 1866 in MN.

viii. David COSTELLO was born 1867 in MN.

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