I suspect Manis and Nancy emmigrated to NY from Ireland prior of 1851 and located in Dutchess Co. where his first child was born. He moved to Ulster Co. where his next three children were born, and finallyto Constantia where he purchased a farm.
According to both the 1865 and 1875 NYS census, both Manus and Nancy were illiterate.In 1865 he is listed as an alien day laborer and did not own any land.The 1875 census indicates that he was not an alien, and was a land owner and a farmer.
Manis and Nancy had 10 children: Margaret ABT 1851 Mary 4 Juin 1854 Catering Jane 21 Mar 1856 Daniel ABT 1857 Arthur ABT 1860 Edward ABT 1861 Nancy ABT 1865 Ellen ABT 1867 Martha ABT 1869 Bertha ABT 1872
Any information about where he might have originated in Ireland would be greatly appreciated.