Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Veteran of Civil War, Well Known and Respected Citizen Dies at Ripe Old Age


   Patrick Ganley died at his home on Chenango street in this village Sunday, May 22, 1921, aged 81 years.

   Mr. Ganley has enjoyed remarkable health and vigor for a man of his age until within a few weeks when he was stricken with a trouble which his physician thought could be alleviated by an operation.  A little over five weeks ago he was taken to the Norwich Hospital and the operation performed.  Since then he has steadily declined in health until his life's journey was ended.

   Patrick Ganley was born in Athlone, Longford, Ireland, August 22, 1839, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ganley.  His father being dead, Patrick and his mother made the journey to this country in 1853, coming direct to this town where they joined relatives who had preceded them.  They lived near Painter Hill and Patrick continued his schooling at the school there.  In February 1861 he was united in marriage with Miss Ann Martin of Greene.  The Civil War was then raging and as it continued Mr. Ganley felt the call to serve his adopted country and enlisted in Co. K. of the 10th N. Y. Cavalry and served during the remainder of the war.  He took a part in the closing battles at Appomattox, Va.  On being mustered out he returned to Oxford and for a summer engaged in teaming and then took up farming, buying a farm in Smithville, where he remained until coming to this village about thirteen years ago.

   Mr. Ganley was a loyal husband and a good father, a man who made and kept friends.  He will be missed greatly by all who had the honor of his acquaintance.  Mrs. Ganley died in June 1917.  The children surviving are Charles H. Ganley and George B. Ganley of Norwich and Mrs. Minnie Shea of this village.

   Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Rev. Theodore Provost officiating.  Burial was made in St. Joseph's cemetery.

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