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Meneely, West Troy NY (Watervliet)
== Meneely, West Troy NY (Watervliet) ==
Andrew Meneely first cast bells as an apprentice to Julius Hanks in Gibbonsville , New York. When Hanks moved his foundry to the east side of the Hudson in Troy, Andrew began his own business casting bells. Andrew Meneely opened his foundry in 1826, the same year he married Philena Hanks, his mentor's cousin Philena Hanks.
From 1836 to 1841 Andrew partnered with Jonas V. Oothout making bells labeled Meneely & Oothout. In 1849 Andrew partnered with his oldest son until Andrew's death in 1851. His other sons (except for Clinton) continued to operate the business into the 1950s.

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