Index to Lannon Residents - Past & Present
Compiled and Edited by Michael R.
Last Revised 03/03/2005
Dennis McCarty b. circa 1805-10 in
County Cork, Ireland, d. Feb., 1848; (At an early age he landed in Quebec,
Canada, then moved to New York state for 12 years, he came to the Town of
Menomonee in 1842 , which became part of Waukesha County when
the Milwaukee County Territory split in 1846.)
Sarah Judge m. 1837, d. 1891. buried next to
Dennis at St. James
McCarty, b. 1838 d. 1897, m. 1894 at age 64.Buried at St. James. Arrived in
Town of Menomonee at age 4.
Alice Boyle (daughter of John and Catherine nee McCaffery) Boyle)
James Fox (married Sarah McCarty)
In the early annals of the Lannon area
history, Thomas McCarty was a man to reckon with. He owned and operated a 240
acre farm in the Town of Menomonee, southwest of the intersection of Good Hope
and Lannon Roads. Today this farm is a subdivision with streets named Fairview,
Fillmore, Forest View, and Pleasant St.
Young Thomas was reared in Menomonee
Township and attended its' district schools. By Experience and
observation, he became a well-informed man. His family met many
hardships and trials in their early frontier days which only fortified
him to the arduous labors of developing a new farm. His fellow ethnic
townsmen and others. appreciating his worth and ability called upon him
to serve in positions of public trust.
McCarty was brought up as a farmer but his
fame was attained in a larger arena. A Democrat, he was elected assessor at age
31. He was a state assembly member for several years, representing Menomonee,
Lisbon, Oconomowoc, Delafield, Pewaukee, and Brookfield. At the same time, he
was elected to 14 terms as the Town of Menomonee Chairman which entitled him to
a place on the Waukesha County Board where he served on the Building Committee
that built the County Jail.. He served two terms as Chairman of the Waukesha