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Irish Roots in Grundy County and Franklin County

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:24 am

Leslie Kennedy was born about 1825, in  Quilley, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Leslie KennedyHe was “Captain in charge of the works” before the Civil War and also worked there after the war.


Early Grundy County Coal Mining Operation Sewanee Mining Company, Tracy City, Tennessee–taken about 1868

He interested investors in the coal in the area and the railroad was built up the mountain to move the coal. The company later became the T.C.I. Division of U.S. Steel. Leslie Kennedy was attempting to move his family to Birmingham, Alabama, when he became sick. He came home to Sewanee, Tenn., on the train and passed away on June 30, 1875.


Daniel Conry

Daniel Edmound Conry was born October 19, 1827, in County Roscommon, Ireland. He passed away in  1894, in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pelham, Grundy County, TN.