Patrick McAnany (1838-1920) immigrated to the United States from County Monaghan, Ireland in 1851. He ended up in Shawnee in 1858, lived with Native Americans and learned the Shawnee language. In 1861, McAnany enlisted in the Union Army. He was shot in the face and had his jaw broken at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in Missouri.
After the Civil War, McAnany lived in Kansas City and was elected as a City Councilman three times. He and his wife Helen Mansfield, a fellow Irish immigrant, settled in Johnson County in 1882 and raised nine children.
McAnany was a successful businessman and farmer, and he lived the rest of his life at the family home in Shawnee, known as “The Groves.” His descendants continue to live in Johnson County.
– Matt Gilligan, Johnson County Museum