Biography of Mrs. B. Raney (w/o Michael)
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Raney, Mrs. B., was born in Ireland; she is the daughter of Christopher and Margaret (Powers) Russell of Ireland. Mr. Russell died when Mrs. Raney was a mere child. Mrs. Raney and a brother, John, came to America when he was sixteen and she seventeen years of age. They then sent for their only sister and their mother remained in Ireland, where she died in 1883. John Russell received his education in Ireland and was a good scholar for a boy. He began to work in the iron works of Troy, and soon after he worked in a drug store, and finally in the grocery business as a clerk. He came to Greenbush when still a young man and engaged in mercantile trade, which business he followed until his death, August 12, 1883. His wife, daughter of Cornelius Ryan, mentioned in this work, died in 1878. He left two children: Mary A. and John C. At the death of Mr. Russell, Mr. Raney bought out the business which has since proved very successful. The husband of Mrs. Raney was Michael Raney, who came from Ireland when a young man, and here died in 1878. He left one son, John C., at home. Mr. Russell was city clerk and also village treasurer.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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