Niagara County

1897 Biography - Richard Donaby

Donaby, Richard, was born in Norfolk, England, December 6, 1835, and was a son of Thomas Donaby, a well known brewer. At the age of twenty-one Mr. Donaby shipped on a merchant vessel bound to Calcutta, where he served with the British East India Company for one year, helping to quell the mutiny of 1856-57. In the spring of 1857 he came to New York city where he remained eight months, when he went to Norfolk, Va., enlisting in the United States Navy as able seaman, on board the battle-ship, Preble, which was almost immediately ordered to Paraguay, S. A., to settle the disagreement of the fall of 1858; after a two years' cruise his ship returned to Boston, where he was honorably discharged. He returned to New York, where at the first call for volunteers, in the spring of 1861, he re-enlisted in the United States Navy and sailed on the Powhattan, commanded by (then) Lieut. David D. Porter. At the expiration of his term of enlistment, in the fall of 1864, he returned to New York city, and entering the service of the New York Central Railroad Company, was sent to Albany as a carpenter (having learned and followed that occupation previous to leaving his home in England, in 1856.) He remained in the Albany shops for fourteen years, when he was transferred to the shops at Niagara Falls as foreman of repairs, and is still in active service in that capacity.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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