Mackenna, Joseph, was born in the North of Ireland, December 24, 1834, and is a son of John Mackenna, who was a contractor, builder, architect and civil engineer, and immigrated to America in 1835, settling in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Joseph Mackenna was reared and educated in Ireland by his grandparents and came to America at the age of twelve years and commenced work with William Griffith, contractor and builder, on the Cataract Hotel at Niagara Falls. He continued at that business until 1855, when he began business in his own interest as contractor and builder, in which he remained for three years, when he entered the New York Central Railroad Company's shops as foreman of car building at Niagara Falls. At the end of two years he entered the service of the Clark Furniture Co. as foreman and remained with them for thirteen years, at which time he began business for himself as a dealer in furniture and upholstery, and carried on in conjunction with this the business of undertaker and still continues in the same business. September 16, 1855, he married Matilda J. Furlong, and they have four sons and one daughter.
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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