JEFFERSON COUNTY IL
MT. VERNON PIONEER DIED FRIDAY NIGHT
Patrick Manion, Resident of City for More Than Half Century
Born in Ireland - Funeral Monday
Patrick Manion, aged 91 years, died Friday night frrom injuries received
from being kicked by a horse. Mr. Manion came to this city more than
sixty years ago. He was born in Galway County, Ireland, but came to
America in 1842, and when he landed in New York he found a place
that was not much more than a village. He enlisted in service for the
Mexican War, but drilled only two days and was discharged as peace
was declared and his services were not needed.
He was married in 1844 and two sons, John and Thomas, survive the union.
He sent back to Ireland for his bride and as soon as she arrived here the
marriage followed. He had only five cents left after getting married, but found
a job without any difficulty and has often remarked that he never wanted for anything.
Following the injury from the kick of the horse he was stricken with paralysis and he
never recovered consciousness after the stroke and lay almost motionless for a week.
Mr. Manion was a contractor and grader and made the streets and built the first house
erected in Ashland City, Tenn. He assisted in the construction of the York & Erie railroad,
which is said to have been the first railroad built in the United States.
He also helped build the Hudson & Delaware canal. He was active in the construction
of the Louisville & Nashville railroad from Nashville, Tenn. to Louisville, Ky. He
owned farm lands about this city and of late years spent his time in farming.
The funeral will be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock at the Catholic church.
Interment at the Catholic cemetery.
Source: January 6, 1912 Mt. Vernon Register News
Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera
Oct 15, 1997
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