Biography of Frank P. Conley
Madison County, NY Biographies





Conley, Frank P., was born in Sullivan, Madison county, January 9, 1850, a son of Anthony Conley, a native of Ireland, who came to Madison county in about 1848, where he resided twenty five years, then returned to Ireland to spend his last days; his wife was Mary Fitzpatrick. Frank P. Conley is a farmer by occupation, a Republican in politics and a member of Morrisville Lodge Wewana No. 678, I. O. O. F. On March 4, 1885, he married Lora A. Berry, daughter of John R. Berry, and granddaughter of Devan Berry, a native of Connecticut, who first settled in this county, in the town of Madison, coming from there to Smithfield in 1819, in which town he spent the remainder of his life, dying in 1864, at the home of his son, John R. Berry, with whom he resided on the farm Mr. Conley now occupies. Mr. Berry married Hannah Golding; they had eight children, two of whom are now living: Mrs. A. J. Beach of Milton Junction, Wis., and George Berry of Fenner. Devan Berry had a brother, Samuel, and a sister, Mrs. Erastus Cleveland, who resided in Madison. John R. Berry was born in the town of Madison in 1812, and was seven years of age when he came with his parents to Smithfield, where he spent most of his life. On March 11, 1846, he married Almena L. Dickey; they had two children: James E., born December 4, 1847, died September 9, 1887, and Lora A. Mr. Berry was one of the leading farmers of Smithfield; he had 200 acres of land which was gained by hard labor and economy. In politics he was a Republican and served as assessor of his town; he died July 11, 1894. Mrs Berry died August 29, 1897. She was a daughter of Joseph Dickey, one of the early settlers of Smithfield, and granddaughter of Daniel Dickey, whom many of the older residents remember, as he was one of the leading men in this vicinity; he served as justice for several years and was familiarly known as "Squire Dickey". He was also at one time member of Assembly; he died in 1858.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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