|Death: ||Mar. 4, 1863|
Pioneer Irish of Onondaga (about 1776-1847), pg 24-26
Author: Theresa Bannan
Published: 1911 by G.P. Putnam's Sons,
New York - London
Patrick Cooney and his wife Bridget Coney Cooney came to America from County Wexford about 1816. They bore the same name with a slight difference in the spelling but were not related until their marriage. Patrick was nineteen and his wife somewhat older when they married and after a few years they set out to better their fortunes, leaving their oldest boy Patrick, two years of age, in the care of relatives. They came first to Utica and worked there for the O' Neils, then Patrick came on to Syracuse to work on the Erie Canal contract. Here he met many Irishmen, among them Thomas Doyle, who worked with him. The men were for the most part young, unmarried men who did their work and passed on to other places. Thomas Doyle and Patrick Cooney remained. There were no Germans or workmen of nationalities other than Irish and American. Michael Cooney and his wife Bridget Sennit came later to Salina. When the work on the Canal was done Patrick Cooney went to Salina and began to boil salt. Fortiine smiled on him and he was soon able to buy a salt-block and a house. He bought wooded land and chopped down the trees to bum in the salt works and so cleared the land for a farm, which is still known as the Oak Orchard farm. Men spent the summer in boiling salt and the winter in chopping wood. They were boarded by their employers, whose wives did the cooking, or were boarded elsewhere at the expense of the employers. As business increased Patrick Cooney depended on hired men to carry on his work. Some boiled salt, others packed it, and some traveled to sell it. He had an accident, breaking his leg, which left him lame. His home was in the house built by Thaddeus Wood and Samuel Matthews at the corner of Turtle and Salina Streets and here came Dr. James Foran to render his services. He was a learned, high-tempered physician and had a difficult case to treat in this fracture. It is natural that one should seek one's acquaintances in a strange land and each pioneer of Onondaga gained a foothold not only for himself but for all those of his town or county in the old country who wished to hazard the fortunes of the new. Those were good old days of hospitality and the simple life. Many came to the Cooney home, conveniently situated near the Canal, the great highway. Some looked over the ground and not liking the salt industry passed on to the west or north. Some remained and made their homes in Salina or other parts of the County.
Bridget Coney Cooney (____ - 1848)*
Note: Aged 60 yrs, 14 days.
First Ward Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Frank K.
Record added: Mar 11, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25189810
Added: Mar. 9, 2014