William, the son of Hugh and Mary McManus,
was born in Brunswick, Rensselaer County on November 28,
1780 and died in Troy, Rensselaer County on January 18,
1835. His funeral was conducted by Rev. H. B. Judah of
St. John's Episcopal Church in Troy. He was buried January
20, 1835 in a cemetery on the McManus farm. This cemetery
was later excavated and all the bodies were removed to
a plot in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, Rensselaer Co.
William was educated at Lansingburgh Academy
and started his legal career in the office John Bird of
McManus was married on February 24, 1805
in Greenbush, Rensselaer County to Catherine Coons, the
daughter of Philip and Elizabeth Wheeler Coons. William
McManus was a prominent lawyer in the Town of Brunswick
& City of Troy, New York for many years. He served
as justice of the peace, surrogate judge, district attorney
and as a member of the House of Representatives in the
Congress of the U.S. 1825 to 1827. In addition to his
political activities William ran a brick yard, worked
as a surveyor and farmed the "drowned lands"
(wet lands) between the Villages of Eagle Mills &
Clum's Corners in the Town of Brunswick.
Note 1: The unusual middle name of Telemachus
refers to a figure in Greek mythology, the son of Odysseus
and Penelope, and a central character in Homer’s
Note 2: Death notice for McManus was published
in The Troy Daily Whig on January 28, 1835.