Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897
[p. 461] junior member of the mercantile firm of Major & McCready of Wampum, Big Beaver township, dealers in standard lines of dry goods, clothing, groceries, etc., was born April 14, 1861, near New Galilee, Beaver Co., Pa. His coming to Wampum has proved quite a valuable acquisition to the borough, for he has infused his energy in all public affairs, and is highly regarded as an enterprising, excellent young man.
Our subject's father, Hugh McCready, was born near Galilee, Lawrence County, and met a tragic death in an accident which occurred in Big Beaver township, when he was seventy-six years old. He followed the pursuits of agriculture for the means to satisfy his daily wants. He was a member of the U. P. Church, a strong Republican in politics, and acted as supervisor for some time. He was a son of Stewart McCready of Irish lineage. Mrs. McCready, mother of Hugh J., was born in North Beaver township, and was a daughter of Samuel Hopper, her mother being a Kennedy.
Hugh J. McCready, the subject of this sketch, was brought up near New Galilee, and was a pupil in the district school until he was eighteen. He remained under his father's roof until March, 1887, when he was wedded to Ida Jenkins in Slippery Rock Church in Wayne township. The young couple settled on a farm, where they lived in contentment until 1893, when Mr. McCready bought an interest in the mill at Wampum. For three years he was employed in operating it until the plant was destroyed by fire, when for a year he was at liberty, looking for good business chances of various sorts. The right opportunity came in 1896, when there occurred a change in the general store of Braby & Major at Wampum; Mr. Braby retired and Mr. McCready was taken into partnership with Frank P. Major. The business is large and flourishing, and well rewards the enterprise and efforts put forth to draw desirable custom. Mr. McCready has ever strictly observed that most important factor in the successful public or business life of anyonehonesty. He is a careful, painstaking and square business man of undoubted integrity and substantial ability.
Mrs. McCready was a daughter of John H. and Sophia (Hennon) Jenkins, and was one of a family of seven children. Her father, John Henry Jenkins, was a son of Andrew and Jane (Henry) Jenkins, the latter a daughter of Robert Hunter, a Pennsylvanian of Washington County. Mrs. McCready's grandfather, Andrew Jenkins, was one of the children of Eleazer and Rebecca Jenkins, who came from Ireland to America about the year 1770. Her mother, Sophia Hennon, traced her ancestry to Thomas and Martha (Work) Hennon; Thomas was a son of Joseph and Margaret (Morrill) Hennon, one of the oldest families of Wayne township; his wife was a daughter of Joseph and Martha (Phillips) Hennon. Our subject and wife are the proud parents of five children: Emma Pearl; Maggie Sophia; John; Florence; and Arthur J. The heads of the family are members of the United Presbyterian Church, and are bringing up their children in that faith. Politically, Mr. McCready sides with the Republican party, and has been a member of the borough council.
Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897
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