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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


JAMES McVAY, farmer and wool-grower, and breeder of short-horn cattle, is among the most prominent, influential and successful farmers of Greene County.  He was born in Morris Township, this county, March 21, 1824, and is a son of John and Hannah (Sidwell) McVay, and are natives of Pennsylvania, and of German and Irish descent.  His father was a farmer all his life and died in Greene County.  His family consisted of ten children, eight of whom grew to maturity.  The subject of this sketch is the second and was reared on the farm, attending the subscription schools.  Mr. McVay started in the world with little else than a determination to succeed.  He commenced to buy stock when he was still a young man, buying for other parties a short time, but soon engaging in the business for himself.  He has succeeded in accumulating a handsome fortune.  In 1865 Mr. McVay bought 244,000 pounds of wool.  His land in Greene County amounts to 540 acres, in a high state of cultivation.  In 1840 Mr. McVay married Susan, daughter of Henry and Mary (Williams) Neel, and they are the parents of the following children: Mary M., wife of H. H. Parry; Warren, R. M., William I. And Hannah M., wife of H. C. Snyder; D. L. is deceased.  Mr. McVay is a Democrat.  His wife is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project

Date of Transcription: 5 June 2007

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