|Birth: ||Mar. 15, 1846|
County Kilkenny, Ireland
New Castle County
Patrick was the son of John Neary and Catherine Shartel. He was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland on March 15, 1846. His ancestors were all natives of Kilkenny, Ireland and all were buried there except his father.
Patrick grew up in Kilkenny County, Ireland and attended parochial school there. He immigrated to the United States with his father and his sister, Anna in 1858 when he was twelve years old. The family ended up in New York City but almost immediately moved to Wilmington, Delaware. Patrick became apprenticed at Coopering by the age of 14. Coopering is the making of barrels and storage containers that were used to ship goods around the world. By the age of 15, Patrick had given up on Coopering and learned baking. He was a baker when the Civil War began. In 1862 he enlisted in the One HUndred and Fifty Seventh Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers and served in teh army until the end of the war. Patrick participated in the Battle of the Wilderness, North Anna, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. On June 25, 1864, he was wounded in the right arm and was hospitalized for nine months. In March of 1865, Patrick rejoined his regiment and was present at all the important battles until the surrender of General Lee on April 9, 1865. Patrick was on the skirmish line on the morning of the surrender. Patrick left the service at Harrisburg Pennsylvania and went on July 4th to Wilmington, Delaware where he became an apprentice to a carriage blacksmith. He worked as a apprentice for three years and then continued his trade as a journeyman until 1877.
Patrick married Mary Quinn (daughter of Michael Quinn and Bridget Bracken)on May 20, 1870 and they had eight children. Catherine (who died in infancy), Mary Ellen, Elizabeth G, John F, Anna A, (whom they called Nu Nan), Gertrude M, Lucy, and Helen (Helen would die in infancy). Patrick and his family were members of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington. While raising his children, Patrick would work as a blacksmith and then as the constable for New Castle County. He served as constable for four years and then was reappointed for four more years. At the end of his term he resigned and went back to blacksmithing until February of 1883.
In 1883, Patrick would be appointed collector of county taxes for the Northern district of Wilminton in New Castel County. He held this position for three successive terms of two years apiece. After doing this for six years he became interested in building and real estate operations and then became the superintendent and manager of the Broome Street Improvement Company of Wilmington. This company built one hundred and fifty houses.
Patrick then became interested in politics and became a campaign manager in the democratic party. He was an aggressive and fearless leader.
John Neary (1814 - 1884)
Mary Quinn Neary (1851 - 1911)
Mary Ellen Neary Gibney (1872 - 1954)*
Elizabeth G Neary (1875 - 1948)*
John Francis Neary (1877 - 1938)*
Mary Ursula Neary (1879 - 1946)*
Gertrude Mabel Neary (1881 - 1916)*
Lucy M Neary (1889 - 1967)*
Helen Neary (1891 - 1892)*
Patrick Neary (1846 - 1907)
Annie Neary Kerrigan Diamond (1848 - 1904)*
New Castle County
Plot: section 2B, Row CP/WS, Lot 69, Grave 2
Created by: Family History Detective
Record added: Feb 05, 2013
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