Biography of Jerome S. McCarthy
Orleans County, NY Biographies





McCarthy, Jerome S., was born August 31,1855, in the town of Murray. Mortimer McCarthy. his father, was a native of Ireland and was born in the year 1800. He came to America in 1824 and spent the following year at Quebec, Canada, in the employ of the Hudson Bay Company. In 1825 he went to Vermont and for three and one half years was employed in the manganese mines near Brattleboro. In the fall of 1829 he returned to his native country, remaining until the spring of 1834, when he returned to this country, landing at Eastport, Me., with two brothers. They journeyed to Boston on foot, and not finding employment there set out for Brattleboro, Vt. He remained there until the spring of 1845, when he went to Springfield. Mass., and entered the employ of the B. & A. R. R. as assistant engineer in the construction of the bridge over the Connecticut River. He remained in their employ until the spring of 1853, at which time he accepted the position of assistant traveling engineer of the N. Y., L. E. & W. R. R., with headquarters at Olean, N. Y. In the fall of the same year he was trans ferred to Rochester and remained there until the spring of 1855, and on May 9 of that year removed his family to Holley. He was awarded the contracts for widening the canal of sections 291 and 292 of the western division, and was engaged as a contractor on the canal until 1863. In 1859 he purchased a farm just north of the village of Holley, and here he resided until his death) which occurred May 2, 1881. In politics he was a Democrat but never aspired to political office. Mr. Mccarthy was twice married, the first time in Ireland to Margaret Harrington. They were the parents of three children, none of whom are living. He married for his second wife Mrs. Eleanor Stuart May 24. 1848. They bad three children, two daughters, both dead, and Jerome S. Mccarthy, the subject of this sketch, whose life has been spent in his native town. He is a Democrat and has been honored with positions of trust by his party. He was collector of tolls on the canal at Rochester. in 1876, and for a period of nearly seven years. beginning in the fall of 1885, was in the railway mail service. In the years 1891 and '92 he carried on a meat market at Holley, and is at present engaged in the stone business and farming. Mr. McCarthy was married in 1879 to Miss Margaret Kelley, of Warren county, N. Y. Their children are: Anna E., James, Julia E., Mary A. and John P.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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