Biography of Thomas T. McConkey


McConkey, Thomas T., is one of the native and representative citizens of Tonawanda, born June 20, 1846. His father, James McConkey, was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, December 25, 1814, reared on a farm, and in 1841 came to America, where he first found employment on a farm. Two years later found him stationkeeper at one of the canal barns in Buffalo, and after two years there he spent two years as cartman in the baggage and express business. From that time his life has been spent on a farm. For many years he was actively interested in public affairs of his town, affiliating with the Democratic party, and was elected justice of the peace, commissioner of highways and other minor offices. In 1845 he married Ann Taylor, who was a native of County Donegal, Ireland, she coming to America in 1830 with her parents. Mrs. McConkey died in October, 1896, from the effects of a fall. Mr. MeConkey is well for a man of his age and resides with his son. Thomas T. received his education in the district schools and two winters in the public. schools of Buffalo. Being the only child he remained on the farm with his parents, and when the proper time arrived he relieved his father of the farm duties and assumed full charge of the business. In 1882 he sold their Tonawanda farm and removed to Grand Island, where he purchased a farm of 160 acres, which he still owns. While there he represented the town on the Board of Supervisors two terms. In politics he is a consistent Democrat and always actively interested in all public affairs appertaining to the welfare of his town. In 1893 he moved back to the town of Tonawanda on account of superior school advantages for his children. January 22, 1874, he married Alice, daughter of Levi Zimmerman of Tonawanda, and their children are David T., Cornelia K., Martha A. and James L. Mr. McConkey is a member of the Maccabees, and of the First Presbyterian church of Tonawanda, in which he officiated as elder for a number of years.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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