Biography of Thomas Conniff
Madison County, NY Biographies





Conniff, Thomas, who has been in the shoe business at one location in Oneida for thirty two years, was born in Ireland, Dezember 14, 1837, a son of John and Martha (Brennan) Conniff. His father was extensively engaged in shoe manufacturing in the old country and employed several men. He came to this country with his family in 1846 and settled in New York city. In 1852 he removed to Canaseraga, and in the spring of the following year to Oneida. Thomas Conniff was educated in the common schools and learned the trade of boot and shoemaking under his father. In 1865 he engaged in this business in Oneida, and in 1867 built the block on the north side of Madison street, where he has since conducted his business. He formed a partnership in 1893 with William F. Toher, which still continues under the firm name of Conniff & Toher. In politics Mr. Conniff has been a consistent Democrat; he has served as overseer of the poor two years, and as village trustee one term. In June, 1867, he married Ellen M. Kelly, and of their union five children were born, four of whom survive: Mrs. Henry M. White, Jennie H., Paul R., and Thomas J. Two children, Jennie H. and Paul R., have taken the orders of the church; the former is a member of the Order of the Sacred Heart, and the latter of the Jesuit Order; both were graduates of the Oneida High School with the class of 1888.

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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