Biography of A. F. Donaghue
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Donaghue, A. F., Massena, a native of Windsor, Vt., born September 27, 1826, a son of William Donaghue, born at Windsor, February 1, 1786. The grandfather of A. F. Donaghue came from Ireland to Abington, Mass., where he married Mary Nash, and they had nine children. In 1787 he went to Vermont, where he died in 1839, and his wife in 1825. William was reared on a farm and for a time taught school, as did all his sisters but one. Mr. Donoghue was eleven years deputy sheriff at Windsor, Vt. He married Sophia Orvise, born February 7, 1786, daughter of David Orvise, of Vermont and they had two sons and two daughters. He died in 1874, and his wife in 1879. A. F. Donaghue received a good education in the common schools, and worked for a time in a meat market in Boston. In 1853 he bought a farm in Massena, which he soon sold and bought another one, which he still owns. He keeps about fifteen cows and thirty five sheep, and also raises thorough bred Chester White swine, besides having a large sugar bush. March 23, 1853, he married Laura, daughter of Ephraim Hyde, and they have four daughters and one son : Isabel graduated from the Normal School of Potsdam, and taught for a time. She is the wife of Orange Dodge of Ogdensburg Academy; Minnie is the wife of Guy Russell, a teacher of music; Dora was a graduate of Ogdensburg Academy. and a teacher. She died March 16, 1892, aged twenty seven years; Helen is the wife of Joseph Clark, a civil engineer for some time in the employ of the N. P. R. R; David was educated at Massena and Potsdam, and has taught several terms of school. Mr. Donaghue is a Republican and a member of Messena Grange No. 704.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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