Page 347, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




MARTIN FEELEY, one of Allen County's most prosperous farmers, was born in Lockport, New York, October 24, 1854. His father a native of Ireland, and his mother, whose maiden name was Mary Cox also a native of Ireland, came to America in 1845 and settled in Lockport, where they lived until Mr. Feeley's death in 1884, at the advanced age of sixty-nine years. Mrs. Feeley still lives in Lockport. Eight children were born to them: Daniel, of Indianapolis, Indiana; Mary O'Shaunecy; Jennie Johnston and Anna Riley, all living in Lockport and Martin. The other children are deceased.

Martin Feeley lived in Lockport, New York, until he was twenty-five years old, when he moved to Indiana. Before leaving his native State he learned the cooper's trade at which he worked for several years, and when he came west he continued it. He saved money enough in New York to purchase a farm in the west. In 1884 he settled in Carlyle township, Allen County, but in the spring of 1889 he sold his farm there and purchased a better one near Humboldt where he has since lived. He owns 120 acres well improved and stocked, and everything about the farm denotes the presence of a careful and successful farmer.

Before leaving New York Mr. Feeley was married to Miss Julia Johnston. Eleven children have been born to them, all of whom are still living. They are: Mary, Francis and Rhoda, living in Kansas City; Mollie, Daniel, Viola, Julia, Clara, Florence, Emma and Regina, all at home. The family have had the rare good fortune not to have had a death, nor any serious illness.

In politics Mr. Feeley has always been a Democrat, but has taken no active part in political campaigns. He has allowed his judgment as to the best man for the office to rule him.

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