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Friday, March 25, 2011

Ira Porter Conkey

Ira Porter Conkey is the brother of my 3rd Great Grandfather, Eli Theodore Conkey.

Ira is the son of Chauncey Conkey and Sarah Walker Charles.  Ira was born 23 Sep 1844 in North Plains, Ionia County, Michigan.  He was the youngest born child to Chauncey and Sarah.  He can found as a young boy in the 1850 Census in North Plains, Ionia County, Michigan.

There is not much of interest to say about Ira.  He eventually bought the family property originally settled by Chauncey in Ronald, MI.  Ira marries a woman named Sarah in 1888 but I haven't been able to determine what her maiden name was.  Ira remains a farmer his whole life living on the same property until his death.  It is not know if Ira and Sarah had any children - no children are found in any of the Censuses for Ira.  His wife Sarah was the mother of 6 children - as noted in the 1910 Census. They all are presumably born before her marriage to Ira. Sarah's age at her first marriage was 38 years old - that would have been 10 years prior to marrying Ira. Ira is found living in the same place in 1860 through 1910.

At some point the road surrounding Woodard Lake is named Conkey Drive.  I have not found when the road was named this.  The property had been owned by Chauncey, Eli, Ira and then George Conkey.  George is Eli's son.  The property was in the Conkey family from about 1852 to 1948 when George passed away.  Below is a picture of where Conkey Drive is located.

Ira passes away 4 June 1915 in Ronald, Ionia County, Michigan.  Ira is buried in the Woodard Lake Cemetery in Ionia County, Michigan. Below is his headstone and hid death certificate.

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