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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Jones, Alice Waters
Mrs. Cynthia Foote Conkey,   pp. 147-148 PDF (384.9 KB)

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now entirely restored, she has retired from teaching, and
is spending her declining years in a well earned leisure,
sweetened by the satisfaction that a life well spent has
brought to her all that should accompany old age-honor,
love, a competence, and hosts of friends.
-      MRS. CYNTHIA FOOTE CONKEY              -
          Author-Mrs. Alice Waters Jones
a..n................------a ..-----.I........................................
    Mrs. Cynthia Foote Conkey, who came so early
(1848), with her husband, (Theodore), to their new
home in Wisconsin forests, was born at Canton, New
York, a daughter of Chauncy and Gula (Bird) Foote.
Her mother, Gula Bird, was a daughter of Joseph and
Cynthia (Binny) Bird. Joseph Bird, a native of Vermont,
served in many bloody battles of the Revolution, was
wounded and left under a heap of slain upon the field of
Monmouth, his first encounter, at sixteen years of age;
but he recovered to rally with the "Green Mountain
Boys" for the defeat of Burgoine at Bennington, and
lived to a good old age of ninety-three, carrying the Brit-
ish bullet so close to his loyal heart that the surgeons
dared not extract it. He sleeps in the shadow of the
green hills, he, with others, so bravely defended.
    Mrs. Conkey's ancestors, the Binneys, emigrated
early from England to Massachusetts, and became the
owners of much valuable property in Boston, including
what was known as the "Long Wharf."
    The children of Cynthia and Theodore Conkey were:
Alice Foote Conkey Reid, who died November 21, 1891,
in Dublin, Ireland, Edward Talcott Conkey, who died
November 18, 1881, Helen Bird Conkey, married (ex-
congressman) Lyman Eddy Barnes.

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