Biography of Jeremiah Connell
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Jeremiah Connell, who is superintendent of St. Paul's Cemetery, has spent his entire life in Oswego and is a substantial citizen of the community. He was born in this city, Feb. 20, 1871, the son of Jeremiah and Catherine (Hart) Connell.

Jeremiah Connell died in Oswego in 1911. He was a native of Ireland and had lived in Oswego since he was 20 years of age. His wife came here from Ireland at the age of 15 years. She died in 1907. They are buried in St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery. To Mr. and Mrs. Connell were born the following children: 1. Michael, who died in 1856. 2. Margaret, who died at the age of 9 years. 3. William, lives at Oswego. 4. Mary, the widow of Henry B. Featherstonhaugh, lives at Oswego. 5. John, lives at Oswego. 6. Ellen, lives at Oswego. 7. Jeremiah, the subject of this sketch.

After his graduation from the parochial schools of Oswego, Jeremiah Connell followed the trade of machinist for ten years. He then became the owner of several tugs on the St. Lawrence, in partnership with his brother, John Connell. They were the owners of the "Redfern," which was wrecked just east of Oswego harbor while attempting to rescue a disabled vessel. In the disaster, Henry D. Featherstonhaugh, brother in law of Mr. Connell, was drowned. In 1894 the Connell brothers became owners of the tug "W. & J. Connell," which they operated in Oswego harbor for eleven years. They retired from business in 1913 and Mr. Connell resumed his former employment as a machinist. In June, 1923, he accepted the appointment of superintendent of St. Paul's Cemetery.

Politically, Mr. Connell is a Democrat. He holds membership in St. Paul's Catholic Church and belongs to the Independent Order of Foresters and Red Men. He is unmarried and lives with his sisters at 52 East Mohawk Street, Oswego.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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