THOMAS E. MAYNE, senior member of the firm of Mayne & Noble, coal-dealers at Oneida Castle, has been successfully engaged in business at that point since 1888. His father, Arthur Mayne, was a native of Ireland, and removed from his native country to England, thence to Canada, and subsequently to the United States, settling in Vernon in the State of New York, where he engaged in a tannery for some time. He married Catharine Mount, who was born in Amsterdam, N.Y., of Mohawk Dutch parentage, and by whom he had ten children, namely: John, living at Oneonta; Mary Ann, Margaret, Isabella, and Sarah, all deceased; Thomas E., the subject of this sketch; William, living at Oneida; Francis, Arthur, Edward Charles, and Fannie, all deceased. Francis served his country as a private in the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh New York Volunteer Infantry, taking part in many engagements, including those of General Grant's campaign in Virginia in spring and summer of 1864. He was honorably discharged at the end of a three years' term of service, while in front of Petersburg. Arthur enlisted in 1861 in the One Hundred and Forty-sixth New York Infantry, and bravely endured the hardships and fronted the dangers of war. He was killed at the seven-day battle of the Wilderness, in May, 1864.
Thomas E. Mayne, the subject of this sketch, was born in Vernon, N.Y., November 10, 1836. He secured a fair education in the common schools, and at the age of fourteen began working in a woollen factory. In 1854 he went to work with his brother john in the foundry at Utica. In 1856 he went to Eaton, and still later was engaged similarly in Gilbertsville and Binghamton, his experience being of great value to him in the handling of iron in all its forms, changes, and transformations. When in 1876 he settled in Oneida, he was familiar with the business in all its details. He and four other gentlemen established the Oneida Iron Works, which under their management became a successful enterprise. In the casting department Mr. Mayne had full control, and the success of the entire plant was mainly due to his ability and experience, and to his knowledge of every detail of the business and of the trade. He was a member of this company till about 1887, and a little later became connected with his present business. He was married in May, 1861, to Mary F. Spencer, of Eaton, by whom he has one daughter, Nellie, now the wife of E. B. Noble, the junior member of the firm. Mr. Noble is a young man of sterling qualities, and is well known in Oneida as having a good capacity for business. He was engaged for some time in the gentlemen's furnishing business, previous to the formation of the present partnership in 1888.
Mr. Mayne has a pleasant home on Lenox Avenue, Oneida, and also a cottage at Sylvan Beach. He has been a most successful business man, and has accumulated a handsome competency, wholly by his own energy and industry, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of all those who know him, and especially those who have had business dealings with him. He takes an active interest in everything calculated to benefit the village of his adoption. Politically, he supports the principles of the Republican party. Mr. and Mrs. Mayne attend the Presbyterian church, of which Mrs. Mayne is a member.
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