History of Greene
JAMES McVAY, farmer and wool-grower, and breeder
short-horn cattle, is among the most prominent, influential and
farmers of Greene
County. He was born in Morris
Township, this county, March
and is a son of John and Hannah (Sidwell) McVay, and are natives of Pennsylvania,
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
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
acres, in a high state of cultivation.
In 1840 Mr. McVay married Susan, daughter of Henry and Mary
Neel, and they are the parents of the following children: Mary M., wife
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
History of Greene County,
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago.
Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County,
Biographies Project –
Date of Transcription: 5 June 2007
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