Lee County Biography


Ireland numbers many representatives among the best class of citizens in Illinois. There is a stirring quality about the nationality that particularly fits them to be good citizens, and we as Americans are greatly indebted to settlers of Irish birth for the rapid advancement made in the development of this State. He whose name is at the head of this sketch is one of the prominent mason contractors of Amboy, which business he has followed for the past forty-five years. He is one of the old residents of the place, having made Amboy his home for thirty-eight years, and the progress that the county has made, especially that portion in which he lives is as familiar to him as events in his daily life.

The parents of our subject, P. J. and Mary (Touhey) Maloney, were natives of Thomastown, County Tipperary, Ireland. Their decease occurred about five years ago, after having become the parents of a family of five children. The original of this sketch was born in the above named town and county, where he was given a good education in the common schools.

Mr. Maloney, of this sketch, was united in marriage, in 1850, in Holyoke, Mass., with Mary Fitzgerald. Mrs. Maloney was born in Middleton, County Cork, Ireland, and was the daughter of James and Mary Fitzgerald. To them have been granted a family of seven children: William Henry, Daniel Webster, Philip James, John Francis, Mary J., Charles Vincent and Katie. In his religious belief Mr. Maloney is a Roman Catholic, and in politics he votes the straight Democratic ticket. He has never filled any local office, preferring to give his time and attention to his business in which he has been more than ordinarily successful.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892


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