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A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians, The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. By E. Polk Johnson, Volume III. Illustrated. Publishers: The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago-New York, 1912.
FRANK M. COSTAGAN, postmaster and general merchant, Helena, Mason county, is descended from old Scotch-Irish stock. His ancestors, Scotch Protestants, located in Ireland. There his great-grandfather was born. The latter, with his wife and perhaps other members of his family, were the pioneers of the name in America. He and his son Thomas, Mr. Costagan’s grandfather, were among those who early secured land in Bracken county, Kentucky. There Thomas Costagan, Mr. Costagan’s father, was born. He married Belle McCoy, and they are both living at Helena, he aged seventy-five in November, 1909, she, seventy-four in February 1910. Their wedded life began in the winter of 1862-63. He was the youngest of a family of eight children, and his recollections extend to a time when the country round about his farm home was comparatively new. Belle McCoy was born at Dover, Mason county, a daughter of Robert and Nancy (Davis) McCoy. Nancy Davis was a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1799. With her parents she came down the river by boat to Maysville in 1807. The family settled at Dover, removing after some years to a farm near Brookville in Bracken county, where the father farmed till his death, which occurred prior to the beginning of the Civil war. One of Mr. Costagan’s aunts, his mother’s sister, lives near Xenia, Ohio.
Mr. Costagan, the only child of his parents above mentioned, was born March 19, 1864, and grew to manhood and was instructed in farming on the Costagan homestead, acquiring a public school education, which he supplemented by attendance two terms at the Kentucky University. In 1887 he married, in Fleming county, Miss Mary Fountain, a native of that county and a daughter of Andrew and Louisa (Robb) Fountain. Her father, a native of Delaware, came to Kentucky when he was about forty years old and died, well in years, in the late sixties. He was active in Delaware in his younger days as a woolen manufacturer at Wilmington. It is a matter of interest, somewhat curious, that Mr. and Mrs. Fountain lived for a time at Clarksburg, then the seat of justice of Lewis county, now extinct, with not a building standing on its former site. Other towns as ambitious have failed before the march of time. Mrs. Fountain died in the late nineties. Mrs. Costagan is one of the surviving eight of her nine children. Four of them live in the Blue Grass state, and four have gone to different points in the west.
Since 1878, the Costagans have lived at Helena. Mr. Costagan then gave up farming in Helena precinct, where he still owns a fine farm, well stocked and well improved, and engaged in merchandising. His business is one of the best of its class in the vicinity and under his judicious management is growing satisfactorily from year to year. He was appointed postmaster in 1909 and is popular in that capacity. Mr. and Ms. Costagan are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he adheres to the principles of the Democratic party. As a citizen he is notably public spirited and helpful.