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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


OLIVER McVAY, a prominent business man of West Union, Penn., was born in Morris Township, Greene County, August 7, 1842.  His parents, Silas and Dorcas (Jennings) McVay, were natives of Washington County, Penn., and of Scotch-Irish lineage.  His father was a stone-mason by occupation, and later in life he engaged in farming and huckstering for many years.  He died in Washington County.  His family consisted of twelve children, eleven of whom grew to maturity.  Oliver was the fourth in the family, and was reared in Greene and Washington counties, receiving a common-school education.  In 1870 he engaged in merchandising, his present business, which he makes a great success.  In 1867 he married Mary, daughter of Daniel Loughman.  Her mother’s maiden name was Rachel Stigner, whose father, Frederick Stigner, was among the earliest settlers of the county.  Mr. and Mrs. McVay have one child, Silas E., who married Elizabeth, daughter of Elias Conger.  They have one child, Pearl.  In politics Mr. McVay is a Republican.  September 16, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Eighty-Fifth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged for disability in 1862.  He is a member of the G. A. R. Post.  Mr. and Mrs. McVay are prominent members of the West Union 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: 30 July 2007

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