Biography of Andrew J. Sharkey
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Sharkey, Andrew J., was born in Ireland; his parents having died he came to Albany; he was the son of Barnett and Bridget Sharkey, both of whom lived in Ballina, Parish of Kilmore, County of Mayo, Ireland. Mr. Sharkey was engaged in the horseshoeing business and with the Hudson River Railroad; he was also employed in the cotton mills in St. Lawrence county for about three years. He then went to Oneonta, N. Y., remaining there for about eight years, returned to Albany, staid a short time in Troy, and then removed to Greenbush in 1881 and is now employed by the Boston & Albany Railroad in the shops. He has made his own property and now owns the place on Secend street where he lives, and a house on East Eighth street. Mr. Sharkey was married in 1853 to Mary Welsh of Ireland by whom he has eight children, of whom three are living: John F. of Greenbush, Bernard L. at home, and Kate M. at home. When a young man Mr. Sharkey spent some time at sea, and when sailing for Galatz, Turkey, was shipwrecked. He has made a beautiful model of the sailing vessel on which he came to the United States; it is called the Atlantic of Liverpool. Mr. Sharkey had a brother, James Sharkey, who was in the late war, and died in Massachusetts. He was left on orphan at the age of eight years, and was employed in a shop making horseshoe nails. He was employed in the Atlantic of Liverpool while coming to this country, which probably accounts for his coming to the United States. He is a natural mechanic but says he never attended school.

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


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