MCALLISTER, JOHN, the junior member of the firm of J. & J.H. McAllister, lumber merchants and extensive farmers, of Morristown, Ohio, a leading business factor and a prominent public citizen, was born August 22, 1851, in Pultney township, Belmont County, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Tarbott) McAllister.
The paternal grandparents of Mr. McAllister were Wallace and Elizabeth McAllister, who came from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Belmont County, in 1807, locating on a farm of 50 acres in Pultney township, near Rock Hill Church, in the shadow of which they lie buried. Elizabeth McAllister is a woman of exalted Christian character, and one of the charter members of the Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, which was organized under an elm tree, standing about one and one-half miles west of Bellaire, on McMechen's Creek. Since that day when the little fervent band of Christian men and women gathered under the spreading branches of the old elm to found a church, three edifices have been erected, the third of which was destroyed by lightning, and the fourth is now building, the intention being to make it a substantial, commodious structure, costing $8,000.
John McAllister, the father of our subject, was an only child, and was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and accompanied his parents to Ohio in 1807. He naturally inherited the home farm and lived upon it until his death, in 1878, in his 77th year. From his parents he imbibed religious principles which guided him through life, making him not only a man of Godly life, but one who scrupulously lived up to all the ordinances of the religious body to which he belonged. In the observance of these rites, he was supported by his wife, and one of the most valued possessions of our subject is his beloved mother's well-read Bible. Both parents were laid away in the cemetery of the Rock Hill Church, in which they had so long worshipped, the mother preceding the father some eight years, dying in 1870, in her 56th year. Her three brothers were: William, a farmer; James, a carpenter; and John, a farmer - all of them prominent men and life-long residents of Pultney township. Mrs. McAllister was the eldest of three sisters, the second being Fanny, who died at the age of 18 years, and Isabel, the only survivor, who is the widow of Daniel Giffen, of Pease township, whose home adjoins the High Ridge United Presbyterian Church property.
A family of 12 children was born to John and Elizabeth (Tarbott) McAllister, namely: Elizabeth, who married Steven White, resides in Owen County, Indiana; Robert, who lives on the old farm; Wallace, who is a farmer in Delaware County, Ohio; Isabel, who married Hugh Giffen, who is a retired farmer of Pultney township; Nancy J., who married Thomas W. Lucas, a farmer of Owen County, Indiana; James, who resides at Kirkwood, is a farmer of Belmont County; Margaret, who married John Giffen, resides on their farm in Pultney township; John H., who is the senior member of the lumber firm, resides at Morristown; Mary F., who married George W. Gillis, resides on their farm in Owen County, Indiana; Joseph, who is the subject of this biography; Martha Ann, who married Thomas Davis, resides at Kirkwood, where Mr. Davis is a sheet roller in the Aetna-Standard Mill; and Sarah C., who married W.L. Brokaw, and resides at Cambridge, Ohio. It is a somewhat unusual circumstance that so numerous a family should all have attained maturity and have passed into middle life without any vacancy in its ranks.
Joseph McAllister was educated in the old Rock Hill school house and assisted his father on the farm until 1871, when he and his brother, John H. McAllister, formed a partnership in carpenter contracting, following this line until 1876, when they became owners and operators of a portable, circular sawmill, and until 1882 they engaged in custom work. In the spring of the latter year they changed their business into one of contracting and furnishing timber from the tree, for railroad constructing, and in this industry they operate not only their own mill, but five others also, having an annual output of from $20,000 to $50,000 worth of lumber, the business reaching the latter figure in 1901. In their own mill they employ 12 men, besides having a full equipment of teams, camp equipage and all the outfit and belongings for such purpose, furnishing their first customers, the Scott Lumber Company of Bridgeport, Ohio, the Aetna-Standard Iron & Steel Company, and the C.L. & W. Railway Company, their operations having been chiefly confined to Belmont County. Their contract has been made for their entire output until 1903, at which time, or soon after, the firm contemplates retiring from business.
The firm of J. & J.H. McAllister also owns fine farming lands in Belmont County, comprising 100 acres, which they have operated for the past five years, making a specialty of wheat growing, realizing this year 30 bushels to the acre. Joseph McAllister has been prominent in civic and township affairs, having held many of the responsible positions in the latter, at various times, and for two terms having been honored by his fellow citizens with the office of mayor of Morristown, serving most acceptably in every instance. In fraternal orders he is a prominent Odd Fellow, and has represented District No. 36, in the Grand Lodge of Ohio, two terms, and is also a member of the encampment branch of the order. He is a member of the blue lodge, F. & A.M., and is vice-chancellor in the Knights of Pythias.
On June 29, 1881, Mr. McAllister was united in marriage with R.E. Jolly, who was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and is a daughter of the late distinguished Prof. E.B. Jolly and Elizabeth Sights, the former of whom was a native also of Pennsylvania, where for 33 years he was a noted educator, being one of the first five teachers to win a State certificate. Professor Jolly died January 2, 1886, at the age of 56 years. He was a life-long member of the Disciples' Church, and a great Bible student, becoming an authority in Holy Writ, for he possessed such thorough knowledge of the Scriptures that he was able to immediately locate a text upon hearing it repeated. He was held in high esteem both as teacher and man. His venerable widow still survives at the age of 73 years, and resides at Taylorstown, Washington County, Pennsylvania. She also is a consistent member of the Disciples' Church and a lover and student of the Bible. These parents reared nine children, the eldest being Mrs. McAllister, and the others being as follows: Frank D., who is a carpenter and contractor, living in Claysville, Pennsylvania; William C., who is a farmer living near Taylorstown, Pennsylvania,; E.M., who is also a farmer, living near Middletown, Pennsylvania; John C., who is a farmer, living near Middletown also; Mattie B., who was a teacher for nine years, died at the age of 25 years; Minnie, who married M.J. McKelebon, a motorman on the electric railroad, residing on Wheeling Island; Susie C., who married William Grimes, in the postal service, lives at Claysville, Pennsylvania; and Lettie May, who is still at home.
The three children born to Mr. and Mrs. McAllister were: Maude E., who is a graduate of the Morristown High School and also of the musical department of Mount Union College, Ohio, a lady of unusual musical gifts; Charles L., who was born January 11, 1884, died July 12th of the same year; and Ethelynd I., who is still a student, and who displays marked musical ability on the violin. Both parents and daughters are members of the Presbyterian Church, in which Mr. McAllister has been a trustee for the past 12 years. In every way our subject is a most worthy citizen and with his family belongs to the best social life in Morristown. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MCBRIDE, AMOS -- who comes from one of the most worthy families of Belmont County, Ohio, is the leading blacksmith and wagonmaker of St. Clairesville, Ohio. He was born in Belmont County March 10, 1855, and is a son of Jonathan and Mary (Harrison) McBride.
Jonathan McBride was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and came to Belmont County at an early day. He was a blacksmith and did all kinds of repairing. His death occurred in 1859, at the age of 49 years, 11 months and 10 days. He married Mary Harrison, who was born in England in 1811, and died in 1879. She came to this country with her parents in 1827. Her marriage with Mr. McBride resulted in eight children, namely: William H., who lives on a farm near St. Clairesville; Sirena, the wife of Franklin Ayers; Elizabeth, the wife of Henry Piper, a glazier and paper-hanger; Robert H., a farmer, of McPherson County, Kansas; Daniel H., who is in the implement business in St. Clairesville; Benjamin S., who is engaged in the grocery business; Mary Ann, deceased; and Amos, the subject of this sketch. Mrs. McBride was a very religious woman, and for many years was an active worker in the Presbyterian Church, as there was no Episcopal Church in the community when she settled there.
Amos McBride attended the public schools of Belmont County, and learned the trade of a blacksmith and wagon-maker under his brother, Robert, and also under John Carlile. He began business for himself in 1876, doing general blacksmithing and wagon work. He often sends specimens of his work as far as Pittsburg and Wheeling, and has an extensive trade in the last-named city. He employs 20 men throughout the year, and his business in undoubtedly the largest of its kind in Belmont County. Mr. McBride is a very influential man, is possessed of unusually good business ability, and is ranked among the foremost citizens of the county.
The subject of this sketch was united in marriage, October 4, 1893, with Josie A. Humphrey, a native of St. Clairesville, and a daughter of Alexander Humphrey. Her father was a farmer in Belmont County for many years. Mrs. McBride's brother, Benjamin C. Humphrey, lives in St. Clairesville, as well as her sisters, Martha and Maggie. Mr. McBride and his wife have two children, namely: Mary Gray and Benjamin A. Mr. and Mrs. McBride are members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. McBride is a Mason, and a member of the blue lodge, in which he has held office. Mr. McBride has been twice a member of the City Council; being opposed to saloons, he was elected on the local option issue. He stands very high in the community, and is admired for his steadfastness of purpose and excellent principles. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McBRIDE, BENJAMIN S., who formerly carried an extensive line of groceries in St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, was born near that city, December 6, 1845, and is a son of Jonathan and Mary (Harrison) McBride.
Jonathan McBride was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and during the years of his active business life followed blacksmithing. He was an expert mechanic, and a man of much ingenuity. In 1833 he married Mary Harrison, who was born in Lancastershire, England. He died in 1859, and his wife died March 9, 1879, aged 68 years. They reared the following children, namely: William H., who lives on a farm in Belmont County; Robert H., who lives in McPherson County, Kansas; Daniel H., who deals in hardware and farming implements in St. Clairsville; Benjamin S., the subject of this sketch; Amos, who is at the head of the McBride Carriage Company; Sirena, the wife of Franklin Ayers, of Washington County, Ohio; Elizabeth, the wife of Henry Piper, of Cleveland, Ohio; and Mary Ann, who died in 1869, aged 19 years.
Benjamin S. McBride attended the public schools of Belmont County, and afterward worked on a farm for some time. On May 1, 1862, he enlisted in Company H, 85th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., to do garrison duty. He was put into active service, followed Morgan into Kentucky, and was on duty until September of that year. After his return, Mr. McBride learned the trade of a blacksmith with his brother, Robert, and worked at it for 25 years. He then sold out to his brother, and in 1901 engaged in the grocery business, carrying a full line of fancy and staple groceries. His store is well patronized, and his customers receive prompt and courteous attention. Mr. McBride is a man of good business principles, and deals honestly and fairly with all.
On December 20, 1877, the subject of this sketch was married to Emma J. White, a native of St. Clairsville, and a daughter of Israel and Arminda White, of this city. They have five children, namely: Benjamin S., who is in the carriage business with his uncle; Amos McBride; Robert H., who clerks in his father's store; Luella A.; Margaret D.; and Sirena E.
Mrs. McBride is a member of the Methodist Church. Mr. McBride has served as councilman, and has been a member of the School Board for four years. He is a Mason, and a member of the G.A.R., in which he is a charter member and quartermaster of Drummond Post, No. 203, of St. Clairsville. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McCARTNEY, WILLIAM H., who during life was one of the substantial and highly esteemed citizens of Belmont County, was born at Linton Mills, Coshocton County, Ohio, June 28, 1840, a son of David and Elizabeth (Heslop) McCartney, the former of whom was born in 1816. On March 21, 1837, he married Elizabeth Heslop, and they reared a family of four children. David McCartney was an extensive farmer and also engaged in the banking business at Fort Howard, Wisconsin. He died at Thomasville, Georgia.
For a number of years William H. McCartney was associated with his father in business and became well and favorably known. He was married to Martha Hunt, who was born November 30, 1842, a daughter of Philip Hunt, of Maryland, who was a well-known stockman and extensive farmer. The union resulted in the birth of the following children: Nellie, who married Dr. J.W. Wellons, one of the rising young physicians of Barnesville, a son of the distinguished Dr. G.S. Wellons; and Jesse T., who was born May 10, 1873, and who is attending the Ohio Medical College. He will graduate in 1903. He resides with his mother on the old homestead, located within a quarter of a mile of the city of Barnesville. This estate comprises 47 acres of well-improved land, while the stately brick residence is one of the handsomest in this vicinity. Jesse T. McCartney, like his father, is identified with the Republican party, and is one of the popular young men of this locality. The family is one held in high esteem throughout Warren township.
William H. McCartney was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He died September 29, 1901. Mrs. McCartney is a member of the M.E. Church of Barnesville, Ohio. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McCARTY, J.F., residing at No. 611 Broadway, Martin's Ferry, has in the last few years attained considerable prominence as an inventor. His articles, including a milk can, a fruit jar, and the Uneda punch have all been exceedingly practical, and have had a large sale. Mr. McCarty is undoubtedly talented, and he is now scarcely past middle age, the public has reason to expect still greater works of him. He was born in Colerain township, Belmont County, November 15, 1858, and is a son of Ezra and Emily (Cope) McCarty.
John McCarty, grandfather of J.F., was a native of Scotland. At an early date he came to the United States, and in the course of time became one of the pioneers of the new State of Ohio. He married an English woman, and they both lived to an advanced age, he being over 90 at the time of his death. Both were widely known and highly respected through the State.
Ezra McCarty, father of J.F., resided in Belmont County for many years of his life. Learning the carpenter's trade at an early age, he afterward followed that occupation for many years. Making a thorough success of his work, he finally rose to the position of a contractor. Many of the buildings, including houses and barns in Belmont County, are the results of his handiwork or supervision. He lived to the age of 74, dying in the spring of 1898. In early manhood he married Emily Cope, daughter of George and Hannah Cope of Farmington, Colerain township. Mr. Cope was a teacher for some years. Later he was engaged in the grocery business. His wife was a Quaker. Both lived to advanced age. Mrs. McCarty died in January, 1879, at the age of 45. To Mr. and Mrs. McCarty were born eight children - George is a contractor in Martin's Ferry; Charles, an architect in Wheeling; J.F., is mentioned below; Edward is a carpenter in Martin's Ferry; Lizzie, deceased, was married to Louis Keyser; Ada married Henry White and resides on a farm in Colerain township; Harry died May 15, 1902, at the age of 34; and William is engaged in the mill business in Martin's Ferry.
J.F. McCarty moved with his parents to Martin's Ferry in 1867 when but nine years old. Here he grew to manhood, and in the public schools procured a thoroughly practical education. With a bent toward mechanics, upon starting out in life he decided to learn the blacksmith trade, and took his apprenticeship with Samuel Heaton, who has the reputation of being the best blacksmith in the State, and who is still carrying on a large business. Results proved that Mr. McCarty had chosen the work for which he was fitted, and he followed his trade from the time he was eighteen until 1897, in all about thirty-one years. His work led to some practical experiments, and about the time he gave up blacksmithing he invented and secured a patent on a machine for separating tin plate. This proved successful and he sold his patent outright to the Aetna-Standard Company for a large sum. His next invention, a hot air heater, came a little too late to receive its merited deserts. But his milk can and his vacuum fruit jar have met with unqualified success. The milk can is so adjusted as to prevent a churning process during travel. The fruit jar is constructed of rubber and glass, may be handled by a child without danger of its breaking, and is one of the most excellent articles for preserving fruit on the market. Among other recent inventions is a Uneda punch, which costs only about $15 and is guaranteed to do the work of a $95 punch. Mr. McCarty has already sold a great many of these, and they are everywhere giving excellent satisfaction.
January 4, 1880, Mr. McCarty married Sarah K. Lewis, who was born in Ohio, daughter of James and Sarah (Martin) Lewis. Mrs. Lewis is now living in Martin's Ferry, where she is highly respected and has many warm friends. Mr. Lewis was an engineer on the ferry boat for 14 years, and was well and favorably known over the county. He died in his 59th year. Mr. and Mrs. McCarty have had two children - Sarah Emily, born October 23, 1880, was a highly gifted girl, who completed her course at the Martin's Ferry High School in 1897 and was intending to continue her studies during the ensuing year, but was stricken with consumption and died September 17, 1897. Clara Belle graduated from Martin's Ferry High School class of 1902.
Mr. McCarty occupies a leading place among the citizens of Martin's Ferry. He is a member of the K. of P. and Uniform Rank, K. of P., and as such has served as chairman of the executive board for some years. As a Republican he exerts a large influence in politics. He and his family belong to the Presbyterian Church.
The Martin family of which Mrs. McCarty is a member has its tragedy, connected with her maternal grandfather, James W. Martin. He was for some time a resident of Brooke County, (West) Virginia; later, he resided in Wheeling; and in 1837 he moved to Martin's Ferry, where he erected what was for years the Martin family residence, a house which is still standing, on Fayette street. And it was here that all his children were born. He was a shoemaker by trade, and followed this occupation for many years in Martin's Ferry. As a man of influence and ability he also served as postmaster of the place for some time. He married Nancy Saunders, and they had eight children, of whom Sarah, the mother of Mrs. McCarty, is the only one now living. It was in 1848 that the sad event referred to took place. Mr. Martin in behalf of his wife, a helpless invalid, had started to see a physician in Wheeling and procure medicine. When sufficient time for his return had elapsed he failed to appear. Nine days passed, and still he absented himself. The family, by this time, fully convinced that something unusual had happened to him, instituted a search. Kind neighbors did their best, but found no trace of him. On the tenth day the grief-stricken wife called her children to her bedside and informed him that he was dead and that his body was in the river. She described minutely the exact spot where she believed he could be found. At her bidding kind friends searched the place, and sure enough found his body. The medicine, which he had obtained, was still in his pocket. There was a dent in his skull, which might have caused instant death. Whether it was received before or after his plunge in the river will ever be a mystery. Mrs. Martin's strange and accurate knowledge of his whereabouts had been revealed to her in a dream. She was not of a superstitious family, and this is the only instance in her life of dreams having any special meaning. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McCLURE, William Alexander, lawyer; born Martin’s Ferry, Ohio, July 9, 1884; son William B. and Rebecca (Fleming) McClure; Scotch-Irish descent; educated Elliott Business College, Wheeling, W. Va.; graduated from same 1903; graduated from Martin’s Ferry High School, Martin’s Ferry, Ohio, 1902; University of Chattanooga LL.B. 1907; moved to Chattanooga 1905; admitted to bar of Hamilton County, Tenn., 1907; admitted to Federal courts in 1907; admitted to bar in Georgia in 1910; valedictorian of Class of 1907 of University of Chattanooga; member Theta Lambda Phi Greek Letter Fraternity; member Presbyterian Church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
McCOMBS, E.E., attorney-at-law and notary public at Martin's Ferry, Belmont County, Ohio, is president of the German Savings Bank Company and president of the School Board. His parents were Hiram M. and Sarah M. (Kemple) McCombs, natives of West Virginia, and our subject was born August 23, 1860, in Marshall County, West Virginia.
Hiram M. McCombs followed agricultural pursuits in West Virginia until 1877 and then located near Mount Pleasant, Jefferson County, Ohio, where he lived until 1880, when he moved to Martin's Ferry and was interested in the grain and feed business until he went on the farm previous to being again engaged in the grand and feed business with his son. Mr. McCombs never held office, but was often of service in helping his friends to office. He and his wife were active members of the Presbyterian Church in West Virginia, before coming to Ohio, and he served quite a while as deacon. His death took place January 2, 1894, but his widow still survives, a much respected resident of Martin's Ferry, where she makes her home with her son, the subject of this sketch. She was the mother of five children, as follows: Charles W.; Ida Bell, who died in 1881; E.E.; Etta A., wife of G.G. Sedgwick, postmaster of Martin's Ferry; and Bessie A., who died at the early age of five years in 1882, a few months after the death of Ida Bell.
The commons schools of West Virginia and Ohio furnished our subject with the education he possessed prior to his locating in Martin's Ferry, where he was graduated from the High School in the class of 1883. Shortly after this, he accepted a position as bookkeeper and teller in the Exchange Bank, now known as the People's Savings Bank, and there remained for about two and a half years, at which time he decided to study law. Securing a certificate, he taught school for one year and read law, and finally enrolled himself among the students in the law school at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1887. He was graduated in the class of 1890, and was admitted to the bar May 29, 1890. He immediately opened an office in Martin's Ferry, and has met with success in building up a good practice. He has been identified with quite a number of important cases so far in his career, but prefers office rather than court practice. He was early admitted to practice in the State and Federal courts. He has identified himself with many of the leading interests of the city, and is held in the highest regard.
January 15, 1891, Mr. McCombs was united in marriage with Cassie B. Chandler, a native of Belmont County, and a daughter of the late Joseph S. and Therza H. (Hogg) Chandler. Her father was for many years a prominent citizen of Mount Pleasant, Ohio, and was a weaver by trade. Mr. and Mrs. McCombs have two children, Frank H. and Ralph E. In religion they are Presbyterians.
Mr. McCombs has never cared for office and the one he now holds as president of the School Board is the only one he has ever accepted. He has now served three years as a member and two years as president. For three years prior to becoming a member of the board, he held the office of president of the City Board of School Examiners, but when he accepted the former he resigned the latter office. In fraternal circles he is a Mason, being past worshipful master of the blue lodge, past high priest of Belmont Chapter, and a member of the council, commandery and shrine. In politics he is a Republican of decided opinions. He is classed among the county's most worthy citizens. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McCONNAUGHY, CAPT. BURGET, a retired coal dealer of Bridgeport, Ohio, and an extensive property owner, was born November 17, 1828. He is a son of Joseph and Rebecca (Glass) McConnaughy, who were among the most prominent citizens of Bridgeport, Ohio.
Joseph McConnaughy was a native of Maryland and his birth dates back to October, 1801. In early manhood he located in Jefferson County, Ohio, and was employed for many years at Moore's Salt Works. In 1831 he came to Belmont County, but the following year returned to Jefferson County to escape the ravages of cholera, which was quite prevalent in Bridgeport for several months. Returning, he engaged in the manufacture of brick and also became an expert bricklayer. He was a contractor and built many of the old residences and edifices in the vicinity, among them the Methodist Episcopal Church at Scott's. He also took contracts for excavating and road building and in that capacity worked upon the old National Road, furnishing stone, etc. He filled many large contracts for hauling, for bridges, buildings, etc. He was a very prominent man in the community. He was one of the organizers of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Bridgeport, and was among the most active members of that church. He donated the lot upon which the church was built in the west end, which is in his first addition to the city. He also served as trustee of his township during the war. His useful career was cut short by his death, January 19, 1887, when he was in his 86th year. He laid out his farm into city lots and in this way he made five additions to Bridgeport, covering a period of 52 years. His wife was a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and she died in 1876, aged 76 years. Ten children were born to this worthy couple, namely: Mary, who married William Taylor; Elizabeth, who married Amos Davis; Milton, a resident of Kirkwood; Burget, the subject of this biography; Matilda, who married J.C. Duncan; James; Joseph; William; Martin L., a resident of Bridgeport; and Emma S., who married James Cochran. All are now deceased except our subject, his brothers Milton and Martin L., and his sister, Elizabeth.
Captain McConnaughy was educated in the public schools of the west end of Bridgeport and also attended a private subscription school. While still in his youth, he began teaming for his father, and at the early age of 17 hauled bacon, lard and tobacco over the old National Road across the mountains to Cumberland, Maryland - a distance of 132 miles. From nine to ten days were required to make the trip each way, and he brought dry goods, etc., back with him. Five horses were used by our subject in making this trip, and his brother Milton, who did similar teaming, drove six horses.
November 21, 1848, when 20 years old, Captain McConnaughy was united in marriage with Elizabeth De Noon, a native of Belleville, Pennsylvania, and the only survivor of a large family. Her father was Elias D. De Noon. One brother, William, served in the war for three years. Another brother, Benjamin, died in the State of New York. A sister, Tabitha, married Miles Hutchinson.
After his marriage Captain McConnaughy continued in the transfer business, also purchasing coal from his father, which he sold and delivered to his customers, and made a very fair income. In the fall of 1860, with his brother Joseph, he loaded coal into boats, intending to go to New Orleans. They started on September 12th, and upon reaching Louisville, Kentucky, the river suddenly fell and they were compelled to lay there until October. They then proceeded on their way together to Helena, Arkansas, where they separated, our subject taking one boat and his brother the other. At St. Joseph, Missouri, and Helena, Arkansas, they began selling coal by the barrel. As they neared New Orleans they exchanged coal for sugar and molasses, and upon reaching that city were compelled to sell out at half price. It was then January 8, 1861, and the climate was uncomfortably warm for Northerners in more ways than one. Hastily disposing of his cargo for what he could obtain, Captain McConnaughy returned to Cairo, Illinois, his brother following three weeks later - each a sadder and wiser man, having lost $600 apiece on the trip.
The Captain has a war record which is second to few in this section. He is a veteran who carried the gun and sword for more than five years and took part in many of the leading engagements. As a soldier of the Army of the Potomac, he made a record that all his descendants can point to with pride. June 5, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company A, 25th Regiment, Ohio Vol. Inf., which was put in the 11th Army Corps just prior to the battle of Gettysburg. The first battle in which he took active part was at Green Brier, West Virginia. This was followed by the battles of Chancellorsville, Second Bull Run, and the great battle of Gettysburg. During the latter every commissioned officer in his company fell, with the exception of one, a second lieutenant. In all, our subject took part in more than 20 important battles and he was also in about 70 skirmishes. January 1, 1863, he re-enlisted in South Carolina, and then went home on a 30 days' furlough, returning at its close to Hilton Head, where he was stationed for six months. November 31, 1864, during an engagement at Honey Hill, South Carolina, he was severely but not dangerously wounded in the thigh. Captain McConnaughy served five years and thirteen days and did not receive his discharge until June 18, 1866, over a year after the surrender of Lee. Enlisting as a private, he was soon made corporal and two years later was promoted to sergeant. Promotion again followed and he became second lieutenant, serving as such, however, only one day, and that at Gettysburg. From first lieutenant he was made captain of Company G, 25th Regiment, Ohio Vol. Inf., and as such received honorable discharge.
Captain and Mrs. McConnaughy have reared four children, two sons and two daughters, and have lost two, Dorcas and William. Those living are Joseph, Emma, Elias and Anna. Joseph has been twice married. His first union was with Mary Birdsall and his second with Mrs. Sarah Radcliff. He has three children, Charles, Harry, and Lottie, and has lost four. Emma has also been twice married. Her first marriage was contracted with Robert McCullough and one child, Burt, who still survives, was the issue. She is now the wife of William Williams. Elias married Jennie Nichols, and they have seven children. Anna, who is the present Mrs. John Oxentine, was first wedded to George Shafer, by whom she had one son, Edward.
Captain McConnaughy is a valued member of Branum Post, G.A.R., and is now serving as senior vice-commander. He was quartermaster of the same for four years. Before the war he served one term in the City Council. Since the war he has served as trustee of Pease township for 13 successive years. He was elected a member of the School Board and has served 19 years, and his service in that capacity has proved most beneficial. He is on the committee for repairs, painting and building. The Captain has been director of the Belmont County Infirmary for four years, filling one long term and one short term. He has been presiding judge in the Second Ward ever since the Austrialian ballot system has been in use, and is filling that position at the present time. Some time since he was elected president of the Home Building & Loan Association, and served as such for nine consecutive years. That organization has recently squared up all accounts and has gone out of existence.
Religiously, our subject is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. November 10, 1872, he was made a trustee and subsequently became a steward. Politically, he is an ardent Republican. However, he did not vote for President Lincoln when he was first elected President on account of being away from home, being at that time in Louisville. In 1864 he made his vote count, being then at Folly Island, South Carolina, when he served as judge of election. He was with Capt. Charles Worth, when that gentleman was shot by a sharpshooter.
Upon his return from the war, Captain McConnaughy purchased 25 acres of land, upon which he opened a coal mine in the following August. By October seven men were at work in the mine, which goes to prove the hustling qualities of our subject. For 16 years this mine was successfully operated, and at the close of that time the land was sold at the same price as the purchase money, having yielded its owner a fair income for all those years and returning him the original sum of investment. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McCUNE, WILLIAM -- for many years a prosperous farmer of Pease township, Belmont County, Ohio, now living in practical retirement, was born in 1836 in the southeast corner of Jefferson County, near the Belmont County line. He is a son of Thomas and Martha (Dunlap) McCune, and is the only one of the family residing in this county. His mother died when he was very young, and his father died in 1848. His great-uncle, Colonel McCune, served in the Revolutionary War.
William McCune was reared on a farm and has followed farming all his life. For 11 years prior to 1901 he conducted a dairy business and then sold out. He and his wife live alone upon the farm, which his largely leased to tenants.
In January, 1858, Mr. McCune married Elvira Alexander, who was born in the house now occupied by our subject in 1839, and is a daughter of Peter and Catherine (Mitchell) Alexander, and granddaughter of Judge James Alexander. Peter Alexander was born on the farm adjoining that of Mr. McCune on the west, on the Burlington Pike. He died in August, 1862, at the age of 57 years. He conducted a store in St. Clairsville for some years prior to 1832, when he located on the farm and built the house in which our subject and his wife now live. The house was all hand work, and is in an excellent state of preservation. He also purchased another farm adjoining, which he rented, and during his lifetime accumulated considerable wealth. His wife lived to reach the age of 76 years, dying in 1885. They were the parents of the following children: Albert James, who died young; Elphenor, who had traveled largely in business, died at Miles City, Nebraska; Ross died young; Josephine C., who died at the age of 14 years; Elvira, wife of Mr. McCune; Adelaide (McKim), a widow, residing in Kansas City, Missouri; James, who served in Holmes' Battery during the Civil War, in which he was wounded, now resides at the National Military Home at Danville, Illinois; Martha Melissa (Munslow) resides at Knoxville, a suburb of Pittsburg; and Mary (Irwin), of Nevada City, California.
Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. McCune, namely: Mary Catherine, Elwood Clyde and Pearl Amsden. Mary Catherine, who died in April, 1885, was the wife of Dr. Aleck McManus, who died in April, 1886. They left one son, Roy E., who is traveling representative for the Ohio Valley Savings & Loan Association, of Wheeling. Elwood Clyde, who died at Beatty's Memorial Hall, Allegheny City, in April, 1885, was preparing for the ministry in the Presbyterian Church and would have graduated in two weeks. Pearl Amsden is the wife of Rev. William Mintier, a United Presbyterian minister, by whom she has two children: Wilma McCune and Wendell Reid, aged four and two years, respectively. Politically our subject is a Democrat; he served in office as pike commissioner, and it was largely through his efforts that the Burlington Pike was constructed. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, of which he has been a member all his life. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McDERMOTT, MATTHEW -- who is part owner and general manager of the McDermott Tool Works of Martin's Ferry, Ohio, is a practical machinist as well as a very successful man of business. Mr. McDermott was born in Ireland, March 2, 1849, and in August of the same year was taken to Canada by his parents, who located at Brantford, Ontario, 75 miles from Buffalo, New York.
From his earliest childhood our subject has been interested in machinery. His father, Peter McDermott, was a wheelwright by trade, and Matthew has doubtless inherited much of his father's skill. One brother of our subject is a miner in Australia, and another, Patrick, is a molder employed in Canada. In 1866 the family moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, and there our subject went to work in the locomotive shops, although previous to this he had been employed in Canada on the Grand Trunk Railway. Since he was 18 years old he has resided in the United States, and for the past 35 years has followed the forging business, a portion of the time being also interested in the oil business. In 1890, associating himself with his brother-in-law, E.H. McDermott, of McKean County, Pennsylvania, the present works were established for the manufacture of oil-drilling tools and forgings of every description, and for the making of dies for enamel work, etc., their output covering everything in their line. E.H. McDermott is no blood relative of our subject, although bearing the same family name. The building occupied was originally intended for the construction of threshing machines, but the whole property is now equally owned by the two McDermotts. It is located in very favorable quarters, with excellent railroad facilities, on First street, opposite the ferry landing, and it requires some 30 workmen, one-half of these being skilled forgers and machinists.
Our subject was married in Pennsylvania to Charlotte Saulsgiver, a lady of German descent. The seven children born to this union were as follows: Peter, who is the bookkeeper for the firm; Edward, who is engaged in the shops of the McDermott Tool Works; Henry, Emmett, Gerald, Reginald and Winnifred, the one daughter of the family. The beautiful family home is situated at Tiltonville, a suburb of Martin's Ferry. The religious connection of the family is with the Roman Catholic Church.
Mr. McDermott belongs to the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association. He is known as a man of integrity and reliability, and his business success may be in a great measure attributed to these qualities. Since he has become manager of the works the trade has increased in a wonderful degree, making almost immediate enlargement a necessity. He is self-made and offers an example of what may be accomplished by the persistent effort of an industrious, self-respecting and energetic man. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McDONALD, J. HARRY, superintendent of the Bessemer department of the National Steel Company in their extensive plant at Bellaire, Ohio, is one of the best-known and most successful business men of the city. He efficiently fills a position of grave responsibility. Since the summer of 1884 he has been a resident of Bellaire, and closely identified with the great corporation noted above, although he had been connected with the steel business in Braddock, Pennsylvania, since 1876.
The birth of Mr. McDonald took place in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, one of a family of 15 children born to Patrick and Christiana McDonald, the former of whom came to Bellaire in 1888, in the steel industry, but who now is a resident of Youngstown, Ohio. Our subject's sisters reside near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, while the surviving sons are located as follows: Thomas, Joseph, Lewis and William are all connected with the steel business in Youngstown; Charles is connected with the iron business at Duquesne, Pennsylvania; Isaac is in the same business at Homestead; Samuel is connected with the Tennessee Coal & Iron Company in Alabama; Francis D. is connected with the Republic Steel & Iron Company at Youngstown; and Robert, who lives in Bellaire, Ohio.
Our subject was educated in the common schools of Allegheny County and began his work in the steel industry when about 20 years of age. His industrial schooling was of the most practical character, and its results are seen in the present responsible position filled with so much success. It has been by firm determination and constant, painstaking effort that our subject has gradually risen from his first humble position to the present one.
The marriage of Mr. McDonald was to a daughter of Joseph Wood, who was a former resident of Bellaire, but now lives in Cambridge. Mrs. McDonald was reared and educated in Bellaire. The two children born to this union are J. Wood and Harry Eugene. The family is located at No. 4139 Harrison street, in a handsome residence erected in 1902 by Mr. McDonald. The fraternal connections of our subject are with Bellaire Lodge, No. 267, F. & A.M.; Chapter No. 107, R.A.M.; and Hope Commandery, No. 26, of St. Clairsville, Ohio, and Black Prince Lodge, No. 57, Knights of Pythias, of Bellaire, Ohio. Mr. McDonald is one of the trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of Bellaire. His political affiliation is with the Republican party.
By a former union Mr. McDonald has a daughter, Lulu M., who married Thomas McGowan, of Bellaire, Ohio. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McDONALD, ROBERT, a competent foreman to the superintendent of the converting and blooming mill of the National Steel Works at Bellaire, Ohio, is a veteran in the steel business, having done his first work in that line in 1875. At that time he entered the Edgar Thompson Steel Works, a part of the Carnegie plant, and has labored faithfully in developing the steel industry ever since. He spent nine years in the Duquesne mill, resigning his situation there to accept his present position at Bellaire, where he located in April, 1898. From 100 to 200 men are employed in the departments under his charge, and as Mr. McDonald has worked his way through all the lower and intermediate departments, he is well fitted to fulfill the duties devolved upon him.
Our subject is a native of Pennsylvania and has one brother, J.H. McDonald, who is superintendent of the department at the steel works of which the subject of this sketch is foreman. The residence of Mr. McDonald is at No. 4269 Noble street. Three years ago he was called upon to mourn the death of his wife, who was a Kentucky lady. Five children blessed their union. The eldest daughter, Bertha, who is eighteen years old, manages the home for her father and looks after the younger children, Clifford, Flora and Esther, whose ages are, respectively, thirteen, eleven and eight years. Foster, the eldest son, who is twenty years old, is employed at the steel works.
Mr. McDonald is a faithful adherent to the Republican party, and uses both his vote and his influence to advance its interests. In fraternal organizations he is allied with the Masons, being a member of both blue lodge and the chapter of Bellaire. In his religious opinions he favors the Presbyterian Church, but his children prefer to attend the United Presbyterian. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McFARLAND, A.J., M.D., one of the most honored citizens of Belmont County, Ohio, is esteemed in his home in St. Clairsville, both for his ability as physician and surgeon, and for those attributes which go to make a kind neighbor and a trustworthy friend.
Dr. McFarland was born in Colerain township, Belmont County, and is the eldest of the family of 11 children of William and Elizabeth (Henderson) McFarland. All his grandparents were of Scotch descent.
William McFarland was born in Ireland, and was brought, when one year old, to America, by his parents, Robert and Elizabeth (Ferguson) McFarland, who settled in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Robert McFarland was a brick-mason and stone-mason, and a builder of chimneys. He worked at his trade in Washington County until his son, William, was about nine years of age, and then moved to Belmont County, Ohio. His only brother, Andrew McFarland, was murdered near Belfast, Ireland. Robert lived to the age of 93 years.
William McFarland, the father of Dr. McFarland, was a farmer and owned an estate located near New Athens, in Harrison County, Ohio, where he died at the age of 87 years. The family was a long-lived one, his sister Mary having lived to the age of 80 years, when she died in the home of her brother, William. The mother of the Doctor was a native of Washington County, Pennsylvania. Both father and mother belonged to that branch of the Presbyterian Church which in their day was known as "Seceders." They were most worthy, Christian people, and reared a family which reflected credit upon them, and also upon the country which a number of the sons assisted in its hour of need. The names of the children born to William and Elizabeth McFarland were as follows: A.J.; Mary; Martha and Elizabeth; James; William H.; Margaret; Nancy J.; Robert; and Sarah. Mary is the widow of James McLane, who served during the Civil War, located in Kansas, and died there in 1883. Martha and Elizabeth were twins. The former died childless, although she reared several of the children of Elizabeth, who was the wife of Rev. John Patterson. James, a minister, rendered four years of service to his country during the Civil War, and died while traveling through Arizona in a railway car. Rev. William H., D.D., also served four years in the army during the Civil War, and had charge of a congregation at Cambridge, Ohio, for 40 years. He is now building up another congregation in Cambridge, and erecting a church. Margaret is a resident of Cadiz, Ohio, and is the widow of Rev. James McCready, whose death occurred as the result of a wound received at the battle of the Wilderness. Nancy J. lives with her sister, Mrs. McCready. Robert, who is a farmer near New Athens, in Harrison County, was also a soldier during the Civil War. Sarah resides with her sister, Mrs. McCready, at Cadiz.
Dr. McFarland obtained a very fair preparatory education and then entered Franklin College, where he remained about three years. For three years, he had private medical instruction from Dr. William Mills, of New Athens, and then came under the care of the distinguished Dr. Hullihen, of Wheeling, West Virginia, who, at that time, had a surgical reputation which was hardly excelled by that of any other practitioner in the world. So eminent was he considered, that he was honored by the city of London, England, with the flattering offer of a position as its chief surgeon. His answer was typical of the man: "Wheeling received me when I was without surgical reputation or fame, and Wheeling will keep me until I die." It was under this noted specialist that Dr. McFarland entered upon his medical and surgical career in the Wheeling Hospital, where his ability was recognized by his assignment to the care of an important ward. Dr. McFarland worked here faithfully until his marriage, and then decided to engage in farming, the demands of his profession having even then made inroads upon his health. In 1859 he settled on the farm and remained there until 1880, although during this time he was obliged to practice to some extent, as patients insisted upon his attention. In 1864, Dr. McFarland, following the example set by other loyal members of his family, enlisted and was sent to Washington City. There he was immediately detailed as a nurse and was very soon made an army surgeon, in which capacity he acted at Mansfield, and later at Fort Sumner. At the latter point he was placed in charge of over 500 patients. The stress and strain were too much for a physician so conscientious as Doctor McFarland, and he appealed to General Augur for release. He was then given the exclusive care of 100 patients, in serving whom the faithful practitioner himself almost broke down. Dr. McFarland suffered a sunstroke on the day of the burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, by the Confederates, having been much exposed in his work, and from that time he has been, more or less, incapacitated by a form of heart trouble. On this account Dr. McFarland has not practiced as actively as he otherwise would have done, and restricts his efforts to the limit of his strength. Dr. McFarland returned home September 9, 1864, in time to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, Mr. McCready. Until July, 1880, he remained on the farm, and then moved to St. Clairsville, which has been his residence ever since. He still owns a small farm which he operates for the pleasure it gives him, and also does a little practice, as before mentioned. In his earlier days his capacity for work was wonderful, and his war record speaks volumes not only for his skill, ability and endurance, but also for the qualities which endeared him to the sufferers to whom he so faithfully ministered.
Dr. McFarland was first married to Margaret Smith, who died in 1873, while visiting her sister in Iowa. The three children of this union were Lizzie G., Luella M. and William S. Lizzie G. is now Mrs. William E. Clark, of this neighborhood, whose children are Margaret, Frances, Samuel Mc., Nannie, Cora and Eleanor. Luella M. is the wife of Thomas A. Clark, a cousin of William E. Clark, and they have one child, William J. William S. is a college graduate and a leading physician at Wellsville, Ohio, who married Lutetia Darrow. In 1875 Dr. McFarland was united in marriage with the widow of Captain Richard M. Lyons, who was killed at the battle of the Wilderness. She is a daughter of Moses Coe, and is of Welsh descent. Both the Doctor and his estimable wife are leading members of the United Presbyterian Church at St. Clairsville, in which he was an elder during a number of years. His interest in the Sunday-school has been active and constant, and he has served as a teacher and in other capacities for a long period.
During late years the Doctor has not taken a very active part in politics, although in his earlier life he was a leader of prominence. He has been urged to accept many responsible positions, and was even proposed as a Congressional candidate, but declined the honor. He holds the respect and confidence of the public, and enjoys the personal affection of those who have been permitted to know him intimately. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McFARLAND, JOHN K., who is efficiently serving as recorder of Belmont County, Ohio, is one of the most prominent and enterprising citizens of St. Clairsville. He was born in Union township, Belmont County, February 19, 1871, and is a son of William G. and Cynthia W. (Kennon) McFarland.
William G. McFarland was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, and in 1871, after marriage, moved to Union township, Belmont County. Here he followed farming until 1901, since which time he has lived in Warren township. He married Cynthia W. Kennon, a native of Belmont County, and a daughter of Abner Kennon. They had but one child, John K.
John K. McFarland received his mental training in the public schools, and lived on the farm until the fall of 1896. He then moved to St. Clairsville, to accept the appointment of deputy county recorder, under A.S. Taylor. Mr. Taylor died in office, and Mr. McFarland was appointed by the county commissioners to fill the unexpired term. The satisfactory discharge of his duties resulted in his nomination by the Republican party, and his election to the office of county recorder, in 1900.
In 1895 Mr. McFarland was united in marriage with Gertrude Taylor; they have had three children - Mary, Kennon and Charles. Fraternally, the subject of this sketch is a Mason, and a member of Lodge No. 419, B.P.O.E. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McGILL, JAMES F., a prominent and successful citizen of Barnesville, Ohio, conducts a large blacksmith shop in this city, and also deals extensively in buggies, wagons and improved machinery of various kinds, being himself a practical machinist.
Mr. McGill was born September 9, 1859, on his father's farm in Warren township, Belmont County, Ohio. He is a son of John and Mary (Moore) McGill. John McGill was born in Belmont County, July 26, 1816, and died February 14, 1896. His widow still survives. He was one of the leading farmers of Warren township, and the family has been held in high esteem there for a long period.
James F. McGill obtained an excellent common school education in Warren township, and at the age of 21 years began to learn the blacksmith's trade. In 1880, he began farming and combined the two lines of business until 1898, when he took a trip to the far West. He located in Oregon, where he worked at his trade until he came back to his native county, and settled in Barnesville, on September 15, 1901. Since that time he has prospered in his business enterprises in this city, and at his shop and ware-rooms carries a stock of goods valued at $2,500.
Mr. McGill was married March 20, 1883, to Ida M. Outland, a daughter of one of Barnesville's representative citizens. Four children were born to this union, namely: Outland T., who died in infancy; Iva P.; Howard C. and Clinton S. Mr. McGill is a member of the Knights of Pythias, in which he is active. He is regarded as one of the progressive young business men of the city, and is considered an excellent mechanic and a trustworthy and honorable citizen. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McGRAW, JOHN H., associated with J.W. Jones, under the firm name of Jones & McGraw, is a representative citizen of Bellaire, Ohio, in every respect. The firm do a most flourishing business and have the most extensive contracts in the city, in the building line, and are well known throughout this section of Ohio. Mr. McGraw is a son of James and Sarah (McCracken) McGraw, his birth occurring in the vicinity of High Ridge Church.
James McGraw was a native of Ireland, and was born in 1848 in County Antrim. He was also a contractor and builder by trade, and an excellent workman. He was united in matrimony with Sarah McCracken, who was also born in Ireland and left her native country at the age of six years. Mr. McGraw was located at first in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, but later removed to Belmont County, where he remained until his death in April, 1893, at the age of 79 years. His wife departed this life some years before, in June, 1880, and left a number of children to mourn her loss. Their union resulted in eight children, of whom the following are yet living: William, who is a farmer and justice of the peace in Colerain township; Robert of Coffee County, Kansas; Margaret (Egan), living in Moundsville, West Virginia; Sarah, who is the wife of A.J. Keyser, residing near Flushing, Belmont County; and John H. The father of these children was a thorough Democrat and esteemed as a dutiful and useful citizen.
John H. McGraw spent his boyhood days on the home place in Colerain township, residing there until he became 20 years of age, when he chose contracting for his business through life and immediately started to work with an uncle, William McGraw. For the past 13 years he has met with unbounded good fortune in his business life, and the firm of which he is a member have charge of probably 90 per cent of the building done in Bellaire, this speaking volumes for their promptness, splendid work, and strict attention to business. They employ about 20 men regularly and by kind, but firm, dealings with the workmen Mr. McGraw not only obtains the best results in the work but continues in their good will and respect. The numerous large contracts which he undertakes are filled to the letter, and thus he has the best wishes and commendation of all citizens. All his life has been spent in Belmont County, and the past 23 years he has lived in Bellaire.
Mr. McGraw was united in marriage bonds with Emma Nelson, who was born in Belmont County, and they have a family of five children, as follows: William and Robert, attending school, and John, Anna and Herbert, who are still at home, the family residence being located at No. 4324 Noble street. The preference in religious matters is given to the United Presbyterian Church, of which our subject is now serving as a trustee. Politically he is nearly always a supporter of the Democratic party, but votes for the man he considers the best for the place. In fraternal circles he belongs to Black Prince Lodge of the Knights of Pythias. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McGREGOR, SAMUEL H. -- lives near Bellaire, in Pultney township, Belmont County, Ohio. He was born December 2, 1843, and is a son of Alexander and Eliza (Harris) McGregor, whose marriage took place in 1837. His mother was born in Wheeling in 1814, and died in 1885. His father was born July 6, 1804, and died in 1851. Alexander McGregor was a son of James McGregor, who was a native of Scotland.
The paternal grandfather of our subject, while yet a tailor's apprentice, was pressed into the British Navy. Upon the arrival of the ship at Baltimore, he deserted his majesty's service and became an American citizen. He married a Miss Gordon and located near Baltimore, Maryland, on a farm which he purchased, and he was the founder of the McGregor family in America. In 1817 he moved his family to Ohio by wagon, and purchased a farm on Rock Hill, in Belmont County, the same farm being now owned by members of the Giffen family. In 1819 he purchased another farm from Samuel Clark, the written deed for the same being now in the possession of our subject, who is the proud owner of this ancestral farm, which passed from grandfather to father and in succession to our subject. This deed bears the date of August 10, 1819, and upon this farm the grandfather passed the remainder of his life. Our subject's father also passed his closing years there.
Alexander McGregor, the father, was one of a family of three sons, all of whom are now deceased. His brother James was born in 1789 and died in 1879. He served in the War of 1812, and received as his portion the farm now owned mainly by J.W. Giffen. Robert, the younger of the sons, never married, and died in Bellaire in 1863.
Our subject was third in a family of seven children. The others are Reuben J., Sarah E., R.E., J.M., Margaret, and Alexander, the latter two having died young. Reuben J. never married, and died June 8, 1879, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, while holding a government position as inspector of harbor improvements. He was a graduate of Washington College, Pennsylvania. Sarah E. is the widow of Andrew Neff. She has three children, the eldest being married, and she resides with our subject. R.E. was for many years a hardware merchant at Windom, Minnesota, and died in February, 1894. J.M. was formerly a druggist in Bellaire. He is now a resident of Windom, Minnesota, where for 12 years he was cashier of a bank. He is now retired from active life, and he has four children.
The substantial brick residence of our subject was erected by his father, but many improvements have been added by Mr. McGregor, who built his fine large barn in 1891. His home farm contains 124 acres and originally consisted of an additional 100 acres, which has recently been sold for coal and railroad purposes. The home farm has practically been conducted by him since early manhood, and for some time he also operated a coal mine on his premises, but this mine was sold some time ago. Mr. McGregor is a staunch Republican and has served in various township offices. He is not a member of any church organization but is a regular attendant of the Coal Brook Presbyterian Church and contributes liberally toward its support. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McKELVEY, A. T.
HON. A. T. McKELVEY, a distinguished citizen of Belmont County, was born March 23. 1844, in the city of Belfast, Ireland. Mr. McKelvey was brought by his parents to America when but five years of age and located in Wheeling, (West) Virginia, where he grew up to manhood. Mr. McKelvey obtained a common school education, but withdrew from school at 15 years of age to enter the Western Union telegraph office, where he served as "messenger boy," while studying telegraphy. When but jo years of age, he was advanced to the responsible position of manager of the Wheeling office. Wheeling was at that time the headquarters of I he Army of West Virginia and all the important dispatches that were exchanged between the headquarters of the army in the Held and the commanding general at Washington passed through his hands. Wherefore his duties were not only arduous and exacting, but, in relation to the government, of a highly confidential character. Mr. McKelvey's health was greatly impaired by the close confinement and long hours of service which the stress of war entailed, ami in 1890 he was obliged to resign his office and seek a restoration of health. To that end he purchased the fruit farm upon which he now resides. Since 1875 Mr. McKelvey has been prominently identified with the agricultural interests of the county. For a number of years he has been identified with the Belmont County Agricultural Society, serving that organization as superintendent of the horticultural department for four years and president of the society for two years. He was one of the charter members of the Belmont County Farmers' Club and has served that organization both as president and secretary. He was employed for many winters as a State speaker at "Farmers' Institutes" and has been a regular contributor to the agricultural press. Mr. McKelvey was chosen to represent Belmont County in the General Assembly of Ohio in 1887. and upon the expiration of his first term was re-elected for a second term. In 1891 he was appointed by Governor Campbell a delegate to represent Ohio in the Western States Commercial College that convened in Kansas City April 15th. He is also a member of the United States Military Telegraph Corps, having served the government in the capacity of military telegraph operator during the Civil War. In church matters he has been an active worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1870. having served in the capacity of Sunday school superintendent for 26 consecutive years.Mr. McKelvey was married April 29, 1869, to Julia S. Irwin, of Wheeling. West Virginia, and the fruits of this marriage were five sons, the eldest of whomâ€”William Thomsonâ€”has but recently passed away. The surviving children are Robert Irwin, Charles Lcavitt. Clarence Hurt and James Thoburn. Mrs. McKelvey is a lineal descendant of Jonathan Zane, one of the heroic defenders of Fort Henry. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio and Representative Citizens. Publ. Biographical Publishing Co. - Chicago, Illinois - 1903 - Submitted by Linda Blue Dietz]
MC KELVEY, DAVID F. - The well cultivated and finely improved farm of David F. McKelvey, located in section 32, Mead township, not only reflects great credit upon its owner, but also demonstrates the great agricultural possibilities of this part of Belmont County. Mr. McKelvey is one of the prominent citizens of Mead township, possessing honorable ancestry, wealth and social position, and is also a representative man in political life. David F. McKelvey was born September 23, 1844, in Mead township, Belmont County, on a farm in the vicinity of his present property, the same now being operated by his youngest brother, Samuel P. McKelvey. His parents were the late Samuel and Lucinda (Creamer) McKelvey, the latter of whom was also born in this county, a daughter of David Creamer, one of the early settlers of Belmont County and one of the very few permitted to see both the dawn and the close of a century. His daughter, Mrs. McKelvey, died July 11, 1885.
Samuel McKelvey was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, and after a voyage of six weeks on the Atlantic Ocean reached Belmont County in 1840, where he purchased a farm in Mead township, from Zachariah Hayes, its original owner, and here Mr. McKelvey died in 1888, when over 80 years of age, having survived all his brothers, viz.: James, David, George, Joseph, Thomas and Weir. They had a sister, Elizabeth, who married a Mr. McCaffrey. The five sons and four daughters of Samuel McKelvey and wife were: David F., of this biography; Robert, Thomas B. and Joseph O., of Mead township; Emma and Narcissa, living on the home farm; Mary E., the wife of John W. Neff, and Nancy Jane, the wife of Theodore Neff, of Bellaire; and Samuel P., born in 1864, who is the capable operator of the home farm, an estate comprising 188 acres, lying in sections 31, 36 and 25. It has been greatly improved under Mr. McKelvey's management.
Reared on the farm, David F. McKelvey has always been deeply interested in agricultural pursuits and has spent the greater part of his life in Mead township. He received a fair education and during his earlier years taught the country schools, but after marriage began his business as a farmer. For several years he farmed at Wegee, but for the past 20 years he has been established on his present farm, a valuable tract of 140 acres, which he has successfully devoted to general farming and stock raising. This land was originally the property of "Tommy" Miles, then the Porterfields, later the McMasters and then was purchased by Mr. McKelvey.
March 24, 1881, Mr. McKelvey was married to Ida J. Alexander, who was born in Pultney township, in 1856, and is a daughter of Samuel Alexander, a pioneer. The two daughters born to this union are Mary and Lucy, both of whom belong to the home circle. In politics Mr. McKelvey has been more than usually prominent and was but lately sent as a delegate to the Democratic Congressional Convention held at Martin's Ferry. For the past five years he has served as township treasurer and is at present one of the school directors. During its existence, he belonged to the Farmers' Alliance. His religious connection is with the United Presbyterian Church. As a commentary upon the great strides made in the county, Mr. McKelvey shows a well-preserved hoghouse on his farm, the same having served as his earliest school house. With pride he can also point out the neat and attractive buildings now serving as education edifices. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McKELVEY, GEORGE C. -- the well-known dairyman at Bellaire, Ohio, is also a farmer of recognized ability, residing at the present time on his place, formerly known as the Jeffers farm, four miles west of Bellaire.
Our subject was born in Mead township, Belmont County, in 1870, and is a son of George and Mahala (Stonebreaker) McKelvey. His mother was also a native of Belmont County and descended from one of the early families of this section. Her demise took place in 1889. Our subject's father was a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, and in company with several brothers, all young men, immigrated to America. He commenced life in the United States as a day laborer on the National Pike, the great gateway between the East and the West, and to whose existence is due the early development of the State of Ohio.
Some time later, in partnership with a brother, George McKelvey purchased a farm in Mead township. In 1876 he removed with his family to Monroe County, Ohio, where he purchased two farms, and spent the remainder of his life in that vicinity. He died in 1891 at the age of 81 years. He and his wife had 12 children. Several members of this family are now deceased. Mrs. Lizzie Clegg, the twin sister of our subject, resides in Monroe County, and two other sisters, Mrs. Mary Walton and Mrs. Isabella Sykes, are residents of the same county. Two other sisters, Mrs. Emily Holmes and Mrs. Nancy Iams, live in West Virginia. One sister resides near Sistersville and one other in Ritchie County, West Virginia.
George C. McKelvey, from his sixth to his twentieth birthday, lived in Monroe County, where he was educated. He had exceptional advantages in that line, and was the recipient of a normal school education. After leaving school he taught four years, having received his first certificate when but 16 years old. He has been twice married. His first union was contracted with Miss Nettie McMahon, of Monroe County, who died in 1889, leaving one child, Forrest. The present Mrs. McKelvey was, prior to her marriage with our subject, the widow of K.F. Jeffers. To the second marriage have been born two children, Earl and Lucille.
About four years ago Mr. McKelvey opened a dairy business at Bellaire, and has been very successful in this business. He has a large patronage, and quality rather than quantity is his prime consideration. He also carries on general farming and stock raising. His farm is well improved, having a comfortable residence and many other substantial buildings. Socially, our subject is a member of Ionic Lodge, F. & A.M., and also Bellaire Chapter, R.A.M. He is a member of Mt. Zion M.E. Church. In politics he has always been a staunch Democrat, and was his party's selection as a candidate for sheriff of Belmont County, and in a county which usually goes Republican by 2,000 votes he was defeated by only 615 votes. He is well fitted for any position to which he aspires. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McKELVEY, JOSEPH O. - a well-known farmer and prominent business man, residing in Mead township, Belmont County, was born February 11, 1854, in this township, being a son of Samuel and Lucinda (Creamer) McKelvey, extended mention of whom will be found in another part of this volume.
Mr. McKelvey grew up on the farm, obtaining a good common-school education, and remained at home until 1885, when he purchased his present farm in section 14, near Vallonia, in Mead township, this fine property being locally known as the old Beach farm. It was purchased from Samuel Day and contains 157 acres, which has undergone wonderful improvements under the practical and energetic methods of Mr. McKelvey. The buildings are of a very substantial character, the residence being large and convenient and all the surroundings testifying to thrift and excellent management. Mr. McKelvey is a first-class farmer, understanding all agricultural subjects very thoroughly, and belongs to a family which has made Mead township noted for its fine farms.
In 1885 Mr. McKelvey was married to Ida B. King, who was born in 1861 in Richland township, being a daughter of the late James King, and a family of five children has been born to this union, namely: James Curtis, aged 16 years; George Embra, aged 14; Lucille, aged 12; Florence B., aged 10; and Morris K., a little lad of two years. The religious membership of the family is with the Bethel Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his farming interests, Mr. McKelvey has been largely engaged in coal optioning, and during the past two years has optioned 16,000 acres, in Mead, Smith, and Washington townships. He has been a life-long Democrat and has been township treasurer and township trustee, being eminently qualified to hold public office. Formerly he was a member of the Order of United American Mechanics. His time is absorbed in his different lines of activity and he is regarded as one of the very active and successful business men of his section of Belmont County. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McKELVEY, ROBERT a substantial farmer of Mead township, Belmont County, Ohio, and also a leading business citizen of Bellaire, was born in Mead township, in 1845, being a son of Samuel and Lucinda (Creamer) McKelvey. The family is of Irish extraction; the grandfather, Robert McKelvey, died in Ireland, leaving a widow. They resided near Omah, County Tyrone. The maiden name of the grandmother was Boyd. After the death of her husband, she came to America with one of her sons, Thomas McKelvey, who later made his home in Richland and Mead townships, Belmont County, and died, unmarried, in the latter township at the home of his brother Joseph. The grandmother of our ____ years old and interred in the United Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Belmont. The sons of Robert McKelvey were: James, who died in Monroe County, although formerly a resident of Belmont; Thomas; Robert; Samuel; George; Joseph and Weir. David Creamer, the maternal grandfather, was a very early settler in Belmont County, driving across the mountains from Maryland and locating in Mead township, where his children were born.
Robert McKelvey was well educated, supplementing what he learned in the local schools with what could be gained through attendance at college at Athens, and also received instruction at a select school at the Bethel Church. For a period of 52 months prior to his marriage, he engaged in teaching and then located on his present farm, in 1873. This property was purchased by Thomas McKelvey from a Mr. Welsh, during the Civil War. In 1873 our subject married Mary J. Neff, daughter of Conrad Neff; she was born in 1856, in York township, this county. The four children of this union are: Icy Della, who is the wife of Dr. J.C. Archer, of Neff's siding, Pultney township; Hova Emerson, who will complete his course in dentistry, at Columbus, Ohio, in March, 1903; Lawrence Earl, who is the very capable manager of his father's farm; and Samuel Neff, who has become an expert electrician, and has done much work on telephone lines.
Mr. McKelvey has not been so engrossed in agricultural pursuits to put aside business opportunities of considerable magnitude, and is very well known for his capacity in many lines of activity. He is president of the Enterprise Telephone Company, a director in the People's Telephone Company and director in the Dollar Savings Bank of Bellaire, looking at all times carefully after the interests of these concerns. His prominence in politics has made him a successful candidate for many local offices; for nine years he has served as justice of the peace, he has been assessor and land appraiser, and was holding the responsible position of township treasurer, at the time he cast his first vote, for a Democratic administration. His fine farm of 210 acres reflects credit upon its excellent management while its substantial and comfortable buildings make an ideal home. Formerly he was connected with the Farmers' Alliance movement. With his wife and family, he attends the United Presbyterian Church, and few men in Mead township stand higher in public esteem. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McKELVEY, THOMAS J., a prominent and successful farmer and a highly esteemed and representative citizen of Belmont County, is located on a fine farm in section 27, Mead township. He was born in Richland township on October 1, 1847, a son of Joseph and Ann Jane (Boyd) McKelvey, the latter of whom was born 73 years ago in Belmont County, and is now a resident of Cambridge, Guernsey County. Her father was William Boyd, who came as a pioneer to the county and who settled and cleared up a farm near Franklin station, where he resided until his death some 12 years ago in advanced age.
Joseph McKelvey was born in Ireland in 1821 and died in this county in February, 1891. When but a lad of 17 years in 1838 he came to the United States, locating in Richland township, Belmont County, on land near our subject's present home, and there he has lived until within two years of his death, this occurring in Bellaire, where he lived retired. A Republican from principle, he always vigorously supported the party. His brothers were: James, who removed from Belmont to Monroe County, and died there; Robert, who resided on Pipe Creek, near Businessburg, has a son, Thomas, who lives near Belmont; Thomas, for whom our subject was named, never married, but accumulated a large amount of land in Mead township and was a wealthy man at the time of death; David was drowned in the Ohio River in young manhood; George, who removed to Monroe County, his son George C. being the present Democratic candidate for sheriff of Belmont County; Samuel; Joseph; and Weir, who resided in both Belmont and Monroe counties, finally settling at Bellaire, where he died and where his sons are prominent citizens.
A family of nine children were born to Joseph and Ann Jane McKelvey, as follows: Thomas J., the eldest; Margaret Ann married Ross Hutchison and died in Kansas; Lizzie married A.D. King and resides near Glencoe; Mary Bell married Clarence W. Neff and they reside near Neff's siding; Sarah Jane, who married James Johnson, and lives in Arkansas; Mattie married Joseph Duncan, a business man of Cleveland, Ohio; Robert was accidentally killed while following his business as a mine inspector in Colorado, leaving his widow, a daughter of Isaiah Neff; and Eva, who died young.
Mr. McKelvey of this record was reared in Richland township, where he was educated and lived until his marriage, when he removed to Mead and purchased his present fine farm, located but a short distance north of Key station. Here he has a farm of 100 acres of the best kind of land, well adapted to general farming and stock raising, and here Mr. McKelvey has just completed a handsome new residence, fitted with every comfort for modern living. In 1876 he married Ada L., a daughter of Peter Neff, and the two children born to this union are Clarence Neff, a druggist engaged with Charles Arnold in Bellaire, who was but recently married to Maggie Knox, of this county; and Roberta May, a young lady at home. The religious membership of the family is in the United Presbyterian Church. Mr. McKelvey is an active Republican. He was formerly connected with the Farmers' Alliance movement. As a first-class citizen, awake to the requirements of modern times, he is held in general esteem, and is respected and beloved in his locality as a good neighbor and exemplary member of society. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McMASTER, ALEXANDER W. a prominent and representative farmer of Belmont County, owning a fine, well cultivated farm in Mead township, is a worthy representative of one of the oldest families of this locality. He was born in 1853 in Mead township, a son of Samuel and Sarah A. (Gregory) McMaster.
Judge Robert McMaster, the grandfather of Alexander, came from Washington County, Pennsylvania, to Belmont County, Ohio, in 1817, accompanied by two children, Samuel and Fanny, the latter the widow of J.A. Weyer, of Powhatan. Grandfather McMaster located in the section north of our subject's present fine farm, buying land in small tracts until he was the owner of many acres. At the time of his settlement in Mead township this part of the county was almost uninhabited, the Taylor and Miles families being about the only residents. "Uncle" Tommy Miles is still recalled as one of the first residents of this section. Ere long, however, other settlers came and the cares and responsibilities of the community increased along with progress and improvement, and as a man of judgment and force of character, Robert McMaster was called upon to assume prominent positions, serving efficiently as coroner, justice of the peace and as Common Pleas judge. He was a man eminently fitted for public life, and this section is indebted to him for much of its early development. His first wife died about 1850, and in 1851 he married Adeline Rankin, and the one son of his union is Dr. R.O. McMaster of the McMaster Hospital of Wheeling. Mrs. McMaster spent the last 15 years of her life after the death of her husband with Mrs. Dr. Piper. Judge McMaster died in 1874, aged 83 years. The children of his first marriage were: George, William, Andrew, Henry, Samuel, Fanny, Amanda, Margaret and Nancy.
Samuel McMaster was reared on his father's farm and remained there until sometime later than 1830, when he moved upon the farm occupied by his son, in section 31, range 3 - a tract of 152 acres. Here Mr. McMaster resided until the fall of 1900, when he removed to the home of a daughter, Mrs. A.D. Creamer, living near Jacobsburg. The mother of our subject was born in March, 1817, on the Duncan farm, near St. Clairsville, and removed in the "thirties" to Smith township, near Jacobsburg. She was a daughter of Patrick and Ella (Dowler) Gregory, natives of Ireland, who died at Jacobsburg and both were interred in that vicinity. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory were: Thomas, Wesley, Pauline, Jimmy, Martha, Ella, Betsey, Sarah A. and Hannah. Mrs. McMaster died in January, 1901.
The marriage of the parents of our subject took place in 1834, and they had a family of seven sons and one daughter born to them, namely: Robert, who died in 1859, aged 22 years; William W., who resides on a farm near Glencoe, Richland township; John W., emigrated to Kansas in 1883 and lives near Wichita, in Sedgwick County, having lived on a part of the Miles land in this county - he married Margaret Porterfield in 1864 and has five daughters and two sons; Dr. J.N., who is a resident of Centreville, Belmont County; Thomas J., who is a farmer in section 31, in Mead township; Albert, who died at the age of two years; Alexander, who is the subject of this record; and Emma S., who married A.D. Creamer and lives in Smith township.
Alexander McMaster was reared on the home farm and educated in the district schools of Mead township. It has been his pleasant lot to remain through life in this most desirable part of Mead township, having always been the home farmer. In 1901 he erected his present handsome residence of eight rooms, which is one of the most complete and convenient houses in his locality. Mr. McMaster has given his attention to general farming and stock raising, mainly standard breeds of cattle and sheep, and has been very successful in both lines.
On April, 1877, Mr. McMaster was united in marriage with Melissa Taylor, who was born in October, 1853, and was reared in the same neighborhood as our subject, a daughter of Frazier and Lucy (Remley) Taylor, the latter being a venerated member of her son-in-law's household. The children born to our subject and wife consisted of three sons and three daughters, namely, Flora E., Ross A., Samuel, Ida, Roberta and Delbert.
In politics Mr. McMaster has always been identified with the Democratic party and exerts a wide influence in its ranks in his section. For 27 years his father admirably filled the office of justice of the peace and is a man of the utmost reliability and the highest citizenship. Following his father's lead, our subject early became connected with the Masonic body. Samuel McMaster was originally a member of Moriah Lodge, No. 105, but later became a charter member of Weyer Lodge of Centreville, and as he joined the organization in 1844, he is probably the oldest Mason in the county. Our subject belongs to Weyer Lodge, No. 541, of Centreville, Ohio, and St. Clairsville Chapter, No. 17, R.A.M. Mr. McMaster with his family attends the Methodist Church at Jacobsburg and is a liberal contributor to its support. Few families in the township are better known or more generally esteemed.
McMASTER, DR. J.N.
A prominent member of an old Belmont County family is found in Dr. J.N. McMaster, who, since the fall of 1871, has been engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery at Centreville, Ohio, where he is also a leading and representative citizen.
Dr. McMaster was born December 30, 1844, on his father's farm in Mead township, being a son of Samuel and Sarah Ann (Gregory) McMaster, and a grandson of Robert McMaster, a pioneer from Pennsylvania, in 1817. The father was born in 1813, and the mother in 1817; the former still survives, but the latter passed away in 1901.
Our subject was reared on his father's estate and secured his education in the local schools, deciding early in life upon his intended career. The outbreak of the Civil War changed, for a time, the current of his life, as on October 7, 1862, he enlisted for service, entering the 9th Reg., Ohio Vol. Cav., participating in the campaign through the South under General Burnsides, Rauseau and the gallant Kilpatrick, who was his last commander. His term of service ended July 16, 1865. Returning home, he began the study of medicine in earnest, teaching school in order to provide the means, attending one term at West Alexander Academy during this time and in the winter of 1868-69 took his first lectures at Starling Medical College. The winter of 1869-70 was spent at the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, where he graduated in March, 1870. His first practice was in association with Dr. William Piper for 18 months, but in October, 1871, he located at Centreville, and this village has been his home during all the succeeding busy years. At different times during this period, he has admitted partners, at one time Dr. G.L. Ramsey, and at another the late Dr. Wilkinson, as the demands upon his strength and time have been too onerous. Dr. McMaster built his comfortable home in 1876 and has his office located in the same building.
On November 27, 1871, our subject was united in marriage with Susan E. Neff, daughter of Henry and Matilda A. (Hall) Neff, the latter of whom died at the age of 49 years, in 1865, and the former of whom resides, aged 92 years, near Glencoe, where Mrs. McMaster was born July 18, 1846. She is one of seven children born to her parents, namely: George Hall, born September 10, 1845, died at the age of nine days; Susan Elizabeth, Mrs. McMaster; Dorcas Ann, born May 2, 1848, the wife of John A. Thompson, of St. Clairsville; Jane L., born March 17, 1850, became Mrs. Helpbringer, and died recently near Glencoe; Vachel Singleton, born August 14, 1852, died at the age of three years; Margaret M.C., born May 9, 1855, married Rev. T.H. Armstrong; and Henry Allen, born July 21, 1859, who resides on his farm in Smith township. Mrs. McMaster is a cultivated lady and was educated at Steubenville. Three children were born to the Doctor and his wife, namely: Elva Leonora, born April 24, 1873, married Rev. A.A. Brown, a Methodist minister of Beverly, Ohio, and they have three children, Chase McMaster, Edna Elizabeth and Stowell Nelson. Rev. William Henry McMaster was born September 17, 1875, and is one of the most brilliant young men this locality has ever produced. On July 27, 1899, he graduated at Mount Union, and graduated also at Drew University, where he took the fellowship prize of $250 in gold, which was to be used for higher education. On June 24, 1902, he graduated at the University of New York, having spent two years in teaching at Drew Theological School, and was ordained a deacon, September 17, 1899, at the Eastern Ohio Conference and preached his first sermon on his 18th birthday. For the past eight years he has been in the ministry and is now stationed at Elmhurst, New York. The youngest son, Samuel Emerson McMaster, was born September 22, 1881, taught school one year, graduated at Lebanon College in 1900, spent 1901 at the Ohio State University, and is now attending the Ohio Medical College at Columbus.
The religious connection of the whole family is with the Methodist Church. Dr. McMaster has served six terms as notary public, being first appointed by Governor Hoadly. He is a member of Hess Post, G.A.R., No. 595, at Armstrong's Mills, and was one of the charter members of Weyer Lodge, F. & A.M., at Centreville, serving for 10 years as its secretary. He belongs also to the Belmont County Medical Society and keeps abreast of the times in his profession. Dr. McMaster is the accredited examiner for these insurance companies: The Mutual Benefit, of New Jersey; the Home, of New York; the Michigan Mutual, of Detroit; the New York Life; and the Prudential. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
Very many of the leading old families of Belmont County were founded in this locality by sturdy pioneers from Pennsylvania, who came hither in the early days of its settlement to secure homes for their large number of children, and such was the case with the McMaster family, so well and favorably known.
Robert McMaster was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, and married Sarah Meeks, who was born across the line, in Washington County, in the same State, and with their children, in 1817, they migrated to Belmont County, Ohio, where Robert purchased a tract of 80 acres from Frazier Taylor, in Mead township, near Jacobsburg. It was probably somewhat improved at the time, as it had been originally the property of the well-known Thomas Miles. Later, Robert McMaster secured 70 acres in Smith township, near Jacobsburg, and here both he and wife died, the latter in February, 1850, at the age of 52 years, and the former in 1874, at the age of 84 years. They had a family of five sons and four daughters born to them, all of whom grew to maturity and some of whom have shown a remarkable longevity, as is notable in the case of the subject of this sketch, Samuel McMaster, the eldest of the family, who was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, on December 6, 1813. The others were as follows: Frances, now Mrs. Weyer, of Powhatan, Belmont County, was born in 1815, also in Pennsylvania; Nancy was born in 1817 and has been deceased many years; Andrew, born in 1818, has also been deceased for a long period; Dr. William was born in 1820, and for some 20 years practiced medicine and conducted a drug store at Bellaire, where he died; George was born in 1822, learned the trade of saddler at St. Clairsville, and practiced the same at Bellaire and Wheeling, where he died; Margaret was born in 1824, married Harvey Porterfield, and died in 1852, of cholera, at Bellaire; Mary Ann was born in 1826, married first, Thomas Fulton, second, William Allen, and, third, William Hoskinson, and resides, a widow, with her daughter at Moundsville; and Henry, born in 1829, who follows a tailoring business at Bellaire.
Our venerable subject has been an active man through many years of his life, engaged in coopering, cobbling, but mainly in farming, and owned the farm where A.W. McMaster now resides. The old home in which he and wife went to housekeeping, in 1835, was destroyed by fire, in 1900, together with contents greatly valued by the family. Mr. McMaster was married November 5, 1835, at Jacobsburg, to Sarah Ann Gregory, who was born near St. Clairsville in 1817, and died January 24, 1901, after a happy married life of 65 years. The children of this union were: Robert Clark, born September 8, 1836, married Angeline Simpson on January 27, 1859, and died March 24, 1859; William W., born March 22, 1838, married Isabel McNiece and they live near Glencoe on a farm, with children - Lizzie, Sadie, Margaret, Annie, Carrie, and Susan, Bertie May being deceased; John W., born July 16, 1841, married Margaret Porterfield and resides in Kansas, their children being Ella, Addie, Emma, Samuel, Minnie, James, and Alice; Dr. James N., born December 30, 1844; Thomas J., born November 13, 1846; Samuel A., born May 12, 1851, died November 17, 1852; Alexander W. was born September 30, 1853; and Sarah E., born October 19, 1860, married September 8, 1881, Atwell D. Creamer, born in Mead township May 9, 1861, and they reside on a farm in Smith township, near Jacobsburg, and have children - Everett, Ernest N., Ila Gail, Susan, and Ethel. In politics Mr. McMaster has always supported the Democratic party and has been called upon to fill many of the township offices, having been supervisor and township clerk, and for 27 years justice of the peace, administering this office continuously for 21 years. His Masonic connection dates back to 1843, when he was received into Moriah Lodge, now of Powhatan, but then of Jacobsburg, and he was a charter member of Weyer Lodge at Centreville, in Smith township. Mr. McMaster has never attached himself to any religious body, although his attendance has always been upon Presbyterian services, with his wife. He has contributed to the building of both Presbyterian and Methodist churches, and has always supported reformatory and moral laws. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McMASTER, THOMAS J. - a well-known farmer and prominent and representative citizen of Belmont County, as well as a member of one of its oldest families, was born November 13, 1846, in Mead township, a son of Samuel and Sarah Ann (Gregory) McMaster, the former of whom still survives at the age of 89 years, coming from a sturdy stock noted for its longevity.
The boyhood of Mr. McMaster was spent in Mead township, where he attended school and remained until the age of 24 years, serving in the meantime, during the Civil War, in Battery A, 1st West Virginia Light Artillery, from 1864 until the close of hostilities. In 1870 he removed to Monroe County, buying a farm near Newcastle, in Green township, and remained engaged there until the fall of 1900, when he returned to Belmont County and purchased his present fine land in the southwestern part of Mead township, from the Dollar Savings Bank Company of St. Clairsville. This was originally a part of the old T.H. Ramsey estate. Mr. McMaster owns 190 acres, which is well adapted to farming, and which he has placed in the finest possible condition.
In 1868 Mr. McMaster was married to Maggie Griffith, born in 1846, a daughter of William and Christina (Gray) Griffith, who came from Pennsylvania to Belmont County 55 years ago and located in Smith township, near Jacobsburg. A family of eight children has been born to our subject and his wife, as follows: Robert A., who died in 1900, at the age of 30 years; William S. is a farmer near Jacobsburg, married Miss McKelvey; James A. resides in Mead township; Mary is the wife of George Taylor and they reside at Banksville, near Pittsburg; and Charles A., Alice R., Homer Eugene, and Maud, at home.
Politically Mr. McMaster has always been identified with the Democratic party. He has been one of the solid, reliable men who are always called upon in a community to accept public trusts, and has served two terms of six years as justice of the peace and three terms as trustee of Monroe County. In fraternal life he has always been prominent, belonging to Monroe Lodge, No. 189, F. & A.M., of Woodsfield, and the I.O.O.F. lodge at the same place. Mrs. McMaster is a member of the Presbyterian Church and Mr. McMaster inclines in the same direction, liberally giving support. He belongs to the G.A.R. Mr. McMaster is held in very high esteem in his neighborhood and is justly regarded one of the representative citizens. His home is one of the most attractive in Mead township, and his hospitality is extended to a wide circle of friends. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McMILLEN, JAMES BATTELLE, M.D., a successful young physician of Somerton, Ohio, is rapidly coming to the front in his profession. He was born at Bethesda, Ohio, in 1872, and is a son of Francis and Mary (Scatterday) McMillen.
The McMillen family came originally from Pennsylvania in the person of James McMillen, the grandfather, who was an early pioneer, settling at first in Pultney, but later in Richland township. In that township the Doctor's parents still live, his father a well preserved man of 77 years, who is a representative farmer of that locality. He supports the Republican party in politics, and he has long been a leading member of the Methodist Church. His wife was a daughter of Euclid and Deborah Scatterday, and was born in Belmont County. She is a valued member of the Methodist Church, and bears well her 70 years. A family of six children was born to these parents, namely, Sansom E., deceased; Euclid S., a manufacturer, at Bethesda; James B., of this sketch; Elizabeth A., and Homer R., at home.
Dr. McMillen attended the Richland township schools and the St. Clairsville High School and then engaged in teaching for a period of five years, in the meantime preparing for medical college. In 1897 he entered Starling Medical College, at Columbus, Ohio, and graduated with credit in April, 1901. He first entered into a partnership with Dr. J.W. Piper at Bethesda, and later came to Somerton, where he has practiced with success ever since. Dr. McMillen is well equipped for his profession, pays close attention to it and has gained the confidence of the community.
On June 25, 1902, Dr. McMillen was united in marriage with Alice B. Lentz, who was born in Richland township in 1875, a daughter of Simon and Annie Lentz. Both the Doctor and his wife are members of the Methodist Church. He is connected with the local orders of Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows. In politics he is a staunch Republican. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
McMILLAN, JACOB : a prosperous farmer of Colerain township, was born and raised on the farm where he now lives, son of Jacob and Sarah (Vale) McMillan. The father, born in York county, Penn., in 1796, died in 1884. He was a son of Thomas McMillan, and grandson of John McMillan, a native of Scotland. The mother, born in York county, Penn., in 1800, daughter of Joshua Vale, a native of Wales. Our subject's parents had five children: Mahlon, deceased; Eli, died 1890; Sarah A., Elizabeth, Jacob and Ira V. Jacob was raised in Belmont county, receiving a common school education in the old log school-house. He and sisters own 101 acres of the old homestead farm, where his father settled and remained till his death. He and family were members of the Society of Friends. ["History of the Upper Ohio Valley" Vol. II, 1890]
McMILLAN, SARAH A. : SARAH A. McMILLAN, wife of Eli McMillan (deceased), who was one of the leading farmers of Colerain township, was born in Pennsylvania, October 29, 1827, died January 5, 1890. He was a son of Jacob and Sarah (Vale) McMillan. He was raised until about twelve years of age in Pennsylvania, came to Ohio with his parents and settled in Colerain township, where he grew to manhood. He received a good common school education. In 1865 he married Sarah A., daughter of Abner and Mary (Dillon) Stillwell. The father was born in Maryland, and came to Ohio in a very early day when St. Clairsville was yet in the forest. He first settled in St. Clairsville, and for several years followed teaming for a living. He began in life without anything, but by hard work and close economy, he accumulated considerable money, and at one time owned over 500 acres of land. He lived to be nearly ninety years of age, a respected and honored citizen. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. McMillan eight children were born: Sarah V., Mary L., Ira S., Isaac N., Albert E., Ina B., Edith O. and Ethel E., twins. The mother was born and raised in Belmont county. Jacob was a member of the Society of Friends and of the Masonic order. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He was an exceptional son. His father bought a farm, and while the other members of the family left home he remained with his parents till he was forty years of age and paid out for the farm and placed all the improvements upon the same. After marriage he purchased sixty-two acres which he left to his family, also five-eighths interest in sixty-two acres more. They are living in a stone house that was built in 1824. His family is well respected by all. ["History of the Upper Ohio Valley" Vol. II, 1890."]
MCNICHOLS, WILLIAM - a substantial farmer and most highly esteemed resident of Goshen township, Belmont County, owning one of the most desirable farms of this locality, was born October 23, 1835, in Goshen township.
Joseph McNichols, his father, was one of the best known and most respected citizens of the township. He died in 1892 at the age of 84 years. For 27 years he followed the trade of gunsmith, on his farm, south of Belmont, in addition to operating a large property. He was a man well known for his integrity and for his staunch adherence to the Republican party. His first marriage was to Charity Newsom, a daughter of Jordan Newsom, a staid and most respected Friend, who left his home in North Carolina and entered land in Ohio, wishing to live and rear his family in a Free State. His wife belonged to the old Morris family of South Carolina. Mr. Newsom was one of the first settlers in the township and built the brick house which our subject now occupies, but he was killed prior to its completion. Our subject bought the farm in 1864, and has resided here since the spring of 1865. Although the old mansion was erected over 80 years ago, it is fairly well preserved, and an observant eye can see the print of the trowel on the mortar at the present time. It evidently was no contract work. Our subject's mother died 42 years ago, and his step-mother resides at Bethesda. A family of four children was reared to maturity, and five others died young - Isaac, Joseph H., Asa and two daughters. Those who were reared were: William, Mary, Thomas C., and Sarah A. Mary was born in 1838 and married Elmore Phillips. They lived on her father's farm for some years, later moved to the farm of Mr. Phillips' father, and later bought a farm at Mount Olivet, where Mrs. Phillips died 34 years ago. Mr. Phillips moved to Harrison County, Ohio, where he now lives. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Phillips are as follows: Josephine, who married Oscar Hibbs, who has been in business at Piedmont for some years; Alonzo C., a resident of Northern Ohio; Ida B. and Jessie E., all having been wards of their uncle, William. Thomas C. McNichols resides at Bethesda, owns a farm south of Belmont, one in Indiana, and is a surveyor and an unusually fine mathematician. Sarah never married and resides most comfortably at Bethesda.
Mr. McNichols was reared on the farm and was educated in the common schools. At the age of 22 he was united in marriage to Nancy J. Russell, a daughter of Samuel Russell; she was born and reared in this vicinity, a member of one of the oldest families. She lived to the age of 62 years, dying June 19, 1902, a most estimable, Christian wife and mother. The nine living children of our subject are: Stephen, who is a traveling salesman, married Laura White, has one son, Myron, and resides at Morristown; Emma, who married John Murphy, a merchant at Bethesda, and has these children - Viola, Oscar, Dorothy and Orville; Viola, who married Lincoln H. Thrall, who is in the cigar business at Bethesda, and they have two children - Gail and Faye; Frank, who is in business with Mr. Thrall, married Hattie Patterson and they have three children - Artie, Gertrude and Myrtle; Charles, who is a farmer, unmarried; and Ross, Mary Alice, Joseph and Ella, who are at home. William died at the age of 21 years. The children are attendants at the Baptist Church. Mr. McNichols has always been generous in his support of all moral movements and religious bodies, but he has never formally connected himself with any, leaning perhaps to the simplicity of belief of his Quakeress mother. Since 1867 he has been connected with the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the local lodge at Barnesville. In politics he has been a life-long Republican, although he has never consented to act in any official position.
Mr. McNichols owns 180˝ acres of land in Goshen township, situated in sections 32 and 26, which he has devoted to general farming. Formerly he dealt in stock, probably for 27 years, during 13 of which he was in partnership with Silas Bailey. On the death of his father, much care and responsibility devolved upon him and for quite a period he was engaged in the settling of the estate. Mr. McNichols stands before his fellow citizens as a man of upright character and peaceable and useful life, and is held in universal esteem. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]