John D. Carney
According to my record John D. Carney was the son of John and Mary Dullea Carney born in 1838 in Dumanway Parish, County Cork, Ireland.
I believe that John and Mary had 4 sons John C 1830-1905, John H 1835-1908, John D 1839-1910, and James 1844-1904. I have yet to prove this fact.
All four boys came to the United States and lived in the Erie area. James became a very prominent figure in Erie government. More about them another time.
Back to John D Carney. He came to this country at age 18 in 1856. I have not yet found the ship that he came over on but will up date you when I learn that fact.
I do know that John D lived in Boston for a while before coming to Erie.
At age 22 in 1860 he married Honora Fennessy (by the way, she was called Nora), in the Boston area and they had born James Jeremiah Carney before moving to Erie.
We know that James Jeremiah was born in Boston in 1864 and that the 1900 census show John and Honora, lived at 912 East 10th Street, Erie, Pa. We don’t know when they moved here or why.
The 1900 census list his occupation as a Day Laborer, I don’t know what that means. I never heard of a Day Laborer. I have received a copy of the early life of the Irish immigrant in Pennsylvania. They had a hard time of it when they first came over here. I don’t think John D had it easy.
I have not found a 1910 census for him because I believe he passed away before it came out.
John and Honora had 9 children, James Jeremiah 1864-1936, William P. Carney 1867- ?, John J. Carney 1869-1946, Catherine A. Carney1870-1949, Timothy J. Carney 1872-1935, Frank C. Carney 1873-1956, Peter Donald Carney 1878-1951, Nora Carney 1881- ?, Nellie M. Carney 1882-1959.
As far as we can tell John D. lived at 912 east 10th street until he passed away 8 August 1910. I have yet to acquire his obituary but when I do I will up date this document with any information I get off of it and pass it on to you.
I do know that he was buried in Trinity Cemetery and I think he started the family plot there. You can see most of the family there.
James J Carney
James was born in Boston, Massachusetts, 21 January 1864. He was the son of John D. and Honora Fennessy Carney.
When he was 6 months old his parents moved to Erie, Pa. where he spent the remainder of his life.
He received his early education in St. Patrick’s Parochial School and later attended Clark’s Business College.
James was employed at the Erie City Iron Works for a number of years and then entered the grocery business and operated a grocery store on East Tenth Street for fifty-six years.
James was a life long Democrat. In 1888 he was elected to a seat in the city’s Common Council representing Erie’s Second Ward. He was the youngest men ever to occupy a seat in that body. In 1907 and 1908 he was a Member of the Board of Fire Commissioners. His name is on the corner stone of the fire station on French street now called Pufferbellies.
In 1887 James was united in marrage to Miss. Johanna McCarty a native of Erie County. To this union was born twelve children. One son and one daughter died in infancy. Amoung the other children were Irene Carney Mattis, Marguerite Carney Rectenwald, Catherine Carney Sullivan, Mary Carney, Ellen Carney Coughlin, Edna Carney Klebes, Ethel Carney Eigabroadt, John G. Carney, James F. Carney, William P. Carney.
James was a member of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was active in many charitable movements and was a civic leader.
James Frances Carney
James Frances was born in Erie on 26 July 1896. He was the fourth child born to James Jeremiah and Johanna Mcarty Carney.
The 1900 census shows James living at home with his siblings:
His oldest brother John S. Carney, Next was Irene at 9 years, Marquerite at 8 years, James was 3, Katheryn at 1 years, and last was Ellan at 20 months.
At this time they were living at 760 East 10th street. I believe that this was on the corner of 10th and Wayne. As far as I can tell, they lived upstairs of the grocery store that his father James J. had owned and operated.
In 1910 things were going well James Frances. He was 13 and still going to school. His father was still running the store and they still lived at 760 East 10th street.
We know that at this time his father was involved in the fire department and city politics. The 1910 census shows John G. and Marquerite as working as a clerk, so we have to assume that it was in their dad’s grocery store.
The census also show that William was born and was 11 months old. I think William was the last child born to James Frances and Johanna.
June 5th 1918 World War draft record shows that James had Blue eyes and his hair was Light. So we have to think he had blond hair.
It also states that he was working at General Electric.
By 1920 James is 23 and the oldest child living at home on Tenth street. His father is still running the grocery store and James is working in a office as a supply manager. Looking at the Draft record above taken June 5th 1918 we have to think that is where he worked as a supply manager.
The last census available to date is the 1930 census. By this time James J had married 9 years to Madolyn Kirschner. They lived at 429 East 7th street .
His occupation is a promoter for the amusement company but both draft records list him at General Electric. You have to surmise that he worked two jobs.
We know that James J and Madolyn Kirschner Carney had six children.
The first born was Joseph Frances Carney born 1 November 1921. He married Antoinett J. Operzondek and had five children: Daniel, Joseph, Kathleen, Thomas, and Veronica.
Next born was Doris M. Carney. She was born in January 1924 and past away 2005. In her lifetime she married Harry Howell and they had six children. Gary , James, Michael, Stephan, Timothy, Patricia.
The next born was Jeanne Patricia Carney. She was born 23 March 1927.
In her life she married Neal Henry Kleckner and they had six children, Barbara Suzanne, Christina Mary, Sheila Marie, Duane Brian, Linda Grace, Neal Henry, and a child that past away at birth Joseph Brian.
Thomas L. was the next born on 14 Feb 1930 and past away 10 June 1994 in Palm Beach Fla..
He married Dorothy Bole and they also had six children. David, James, Kathy, Mary, Paul, and Timothy.
I know nothing about the next child Frances Carney except that she was born in 1933
The last child I have is James Jeremiah ( Jerry) Carney Born 30 may 1933. I wonder if he and Frances were twins or if I have her birth wrong.
Jerry married Bonnie M. and had three children, Brian, Candice, and Cynthia Ann.
The World War II Draft record date April 27th 1942 states that James Frances was 45 years old and was still at the General Electric and still living at 429 east 7th’ He was 5 ft. 6 in and weigh 140 lbs. His eyes are still blue but his hair is grey.
James Frances past away in May 1955 and is buried in the family plot in Trinity Cemetery.