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CONSIDINE, Thomas. Born 1842, Co. Clare. Canada; Buchanan County,
Source: Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell. History of Buchanan County, Iowa, and Its People. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1914.
Thomas Considine is well known as a pioneer of Buchanan county and Perry township for he has been identified with the agricultural interests in this section since 1857, covering a period of fifty-seven years. He was born in County Clare, Ireland, September 14, 1842, a son of Patrick and Susan (Keane) Considine, who were likewise natives of County Clare. Patrick Considine followed farming in his native county and in 1852, in company with his wife, three sons and one daughter, left the Emerald isle for Canada, the family home being established in Hamilton. There father and sons worked on the railroad for a few years. Their greatest ambition was to get to the United States and make for themselves a good home. To this end they worked diligently and saved their earnings, and in September, 1856, the son, Patrick, Jr., was sent out to invest in farm land. He decided upon Buchanan county, Iowa, as a desirable place in which to live and purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres near Littleton, in Perry township. He then joined the other members of the family in Canada, but the following year they came to this state, though for several months they worked on the railroad, in the meantime making their home in Dyersville. In December of 1857 they took up their abode upon the newly acquired farm and at once undertook the task of breaking and developing land in this then new and largely unsettled region. The father remains on this place throughout the remainder of his life and passed away at the advanced age of ninety-two years. The mother died in 1878 at the age of seventy. He was a democrat in his political views and both he and his wife were devout members of the Catholic church. Their four children were as follows: Patrick, who engaged in farming in Buchanan county and died at the age of thirty-eight years; Michael, who was also engaged in farming in that section and died at the age of seventy-three; Thomas, of this review; and Margaret, the widow of Michael Cunningham, and a resident of Waterloo, Iowa.
Thomas Considine was in his tenth year when the family left the land
of their nativity for Canada, so that his early education was acquired
in the latter place. He worked as a water boy for the railroad company
and was a youth of fifteen years when the family home was established
in Buchanan county, subsequent to which time he continued his studies
in the schools of Littleton. He remained on the home farm until he had
reached the age of twenty-seven years, when he established a home of
his own by his marriage. He purchased a part of his present farm property
in Perry township and has added to it until the place now embraces two
hundred and seventy-three acres. He has improved his property with substantial
buildings and now owns one of the most valuable and up-to-date farms
in that section of Buchanan county.
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