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Patrick Joseph "P J" McNerney
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Birth: Oct. 8, 1856
Chemung County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 4, 1934
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

h/o Mary Alice Thomas.

Birth: in Elmira, Chemung county, New York.

Census: 1900, age 44 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with wife & two daughters at 2 Cassil Place.

Census: 1920, age 63 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with wife & one daughter at 1500 Grand avenue.

Census: 193, age 73 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri wit wife at 1615 Grand avenue.

Death: cause: nephritis/uremia, Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri, age, 77 years, 3 months & 25 days. Missouri Death Certificate, Informant: Mrs. Alice McNerney, Carthage, Missouri.

Father: Thomas McNerney b: Ireland.
Mother: Kathryn (Houderbros)* b: Ireland.

Marriage: Mary Alice Thomas b:
Married: 13 MAR 1889 Labette county, Kansas.

*Spelling of this name was illegible so may be a variation of this name.

JANUARY 5, 1934


Contractor Constructed Many Lines and Buildings in Southwest - Funeral Tomorrow Morning

Patrick Joseph McNerney 77, prominent general contractor and a long-time Carthage resident, passed away at 8:50 o'clock last night at the McNerney home, 1615 [once, 1371] Grand Ave.

Confined to his bed since the latter part of November Mr. McNerney had been in a critical condition several days. He lost consciousness Wednesday morning and remained in that state to the end. He suffered from a complication of ailments.

Coming to Carthage in the early eighties with his elder brother Martin A. McNerney, from Kansas City, the two entered into the railroad contracting business. They build the White River division of the Missouri Pacific Railroad from Carthage [serving Morrow Mill] to Aurora and the old Carthage and Western Railroad to Pittsburg, Kansas. They also constructed several railroads in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. They later launched into the quarry business which P. J. McNerney was vice president. The late Eugene O'Keefe and the late F. W. Steadley also were interested in the quarry. Mr. McNerney built the Jasper county almshouse (which later became Fair Acres) and Mark Twain School. [He and his brother, Martin McNerney, built the First National Bank building (2 April 1931 became Central National Bank) and the W H Phelps home on Grand avenue.] He was also contractor for highway work in Missouri and Kansas. The last several years he had been the senior member of the McNerney & Newton Construction Company.

P. J. McNerney was born October 8, 1856 in Elmira, New York. When a small boy his parents moved to Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, and it was here he spent his boyhood days. He went to Kansas City with his brother, Martin in the early eighties. P. J. McNerney is the last of his immediate family. Martin McNerney died here October 24, 1907 and another, Tom McNerney, died last spring at his home in Washington, D.C.

While engaged in the contracting business in Kansas, Mr. McNerney was married to Miss Alice Thomas on March 13, 1889 at her home near Oswego.

Besides his wife, Mr. McNerney is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ralph K. Hallett and Miss Martha McNerney, both of Carthage;

two grandchildren;
Ralph, Jr. and Joseph Hallett of Carthage;

and several nephews and nieces including;
Paul McNerney of Carthage
Leo McNerney of Merriam, Kansas formerly of Carthage
Walter McNerney of McKees Rock, Pennsylvania formerly of Carthage
the Rev. Father Michael McInernay (who kept the original form of the family name) of Belmont Abbey, North Carolina, architect for the recently dedicated St. Benedict's Catholic Church of Baltimore, Maryland.
Mrs. Samuel Thornton of Joplin and
Misses Olive and Bernice McNerney of Flagstaff, Arizona

He was a member of the United Commercial Travelers and was a charter member of the Carthage Elks Lodge. He also was a member of the old Light Guard.

Funeral services were conducted at the Knell service home
Dr. W. G. Clinton officiated.


* 1371 verses 1615 (?)

City of Carthage changed street address' for some reason, causing all sorts of genealogical problems!

Undocumented by me, ~ ~ however ~ ~ its been reported, S H Houser an owner of Carthage Foundry and Machine Works (earlier known as Eagle Foundry Works, and around 1896 became the Stout-Parke Foundry and Machine Shop), located at southwest corner of Oak street and Garrison avenue, where now Memorial Hall is located. Reportedly, Houser had purchased land in 1893 and later built a house, at what is now known as "1615" Grand avenue. A few years later he was in financial trouble, probably result of economic panic caused by the 'Cleveland depression' of 1893. His business assets sold around 1897 & home in 1898. The Carthage, Missouri's Victorian Home tour notes "1615" Grand avenue as "S H Houser/Carmean home", and in March of 1982 was recognized as Historic, Carmean House #82005342.

Two Carthage Press news articles appeared August 1898, first stating G L McMillan of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania had bought his brother-in-law's, S H Houser, home for resale. Second article tells of B Hamel of Joplin, Jasper county, Missouri purchasing the home, now 1615 Grand avenue. Then in 1902 another newspaper article reports, Carterville's Albert Foster Carmean purchased a home on Grand avenue from Barney Hanel around 1902 following his election as Jasper county's Circuit Clerk. Its also reported, a stone at that property exists with street number "1371" chiseled in it, remaining as of February 2012 according to current owners, and that James Douglas Clarkson had temporarily resided here under Houser, McMillan & Hamel ownership, after selling his Main street home while building a new home at 807 south Garrison avenue, on what became Jefferson Highway (U S #71) for which he became nationally recognized as a promoter. Albert Foster Carmean is noted living at "1371" Grand avenue in City Directory of 1906-1907 and on 1910 Federal census. 1920 Federal census show Carmean at 1103 south Main street which his death certificate has as location of his 1933 demise. Patrick Joesph McNerney is on Federal census in 1930 as living at 1615 Grand avenue, when the turret was removed due to a water leak problem and Dr Emil Louis Oxeman is said to have resided there in the 1950's. It now, in 2012, is a Bed & Breakfast operatation.

Above analyses by Bill Boggess 03/05/2012.

Family links: 
  Thomas C McInerney (1820 - 1893)
  Catherine Bridget Houlehan McInerney (1825 - 1897)
  Mary Alice Thomas McNerney (1864 - 1952)*
  Blanche Kathryn McNerney Hallett (1890 - 1938)*
  Bridget McInerney Deeghan (1843 - 1925)*
  Michael Houlehan McInerney (1847 - 1923)*
  Martin A. McNerney (1851 - 1907)*
  Mary T McInerney O'Brien (1852 - 1897)*
  John McInerney (1856 - 1893)**
  Patrick Joseph McNerney (1856 - 1934)
  Catherine McInerney (1860 - 1870)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Traditional area Bl 25 Lot 1
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Record added: Jun 29, 2010
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Patrick Joseph P J McNerney
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Patrick Joseph P J McNerney
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In Memory of Patrick J. McNerney Charter Member Carthage, MO. Lodge
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