ROBERT McNARY, an enterprising farmer and influential citizen of Wayne township, Jefferson county, was born August 23, 1839. He is the son of John McNary, who was born in Washington county, Penn., and died in 1871. The latter, by his marriage to Sarah Maxwell, who was born near Bloomfield, Jefferson county, October 20, 1809, had six children besides the subject of this sketch, viz: Mrs. Sarah J. Thompson (deceased), Harriett I. (decesaed), and Thomas, Mrs. Nancy Taggart, Joseph C. and George W. The father, John McNary was one of the three children, all now dead, the others being Joseph and James. The mother of our subject is one of ten children of James Maxwell, five of whom are dead: William, Mrs. Mary Porter, Robert, George and Samuel, and five living: Mrs. Susan Host, Mrs. Sarah McNary, James, Mrs. Maria Gordon and Mrs. Eliza Thompson. Robert McNary was reared upon the farm, with the advantages of the district school in the way of education. At the age of twenty-two years he enlisted in Company G, Forty-third regiment Ohio volunteer infantry, under Capt. John Ferguson. Entering the service at Mt. Vernon, November 1, 1861, he served three years, and was discharged April 6, 1865, at Goldsboro, N. C. He participated in the battles of New Madrid, Island No. 10, Tiptonville, Iuka, Corinth, Resaca, Kingston, Atlanta, Goldsboro, and was successively promoted for soldierly conduct and bravery first sergeant, second lieutenant, first lieutenant. Since the war he has been engaged in farming, and has prospered in that vocation. He is a republican, senior vice commander of the G. A. R. and with his wife is a member of the Presbyterian church. On February 9, 1870, Mr. McNary was married to Sarah J. Reed, who was born December 5, 1844, the daughter of James and Mary (Mansfield) Reed. Her father was born April 14, 1816, in Westmoreland county, Penn., the son of Adam Reed, who was born December 19, 1789 and died May 28, 1858 and his wife, Mary Christy, born May 12, 1796 died December 7, 1874. There were ten children in the family of the latter: James, Dorcas, William, now decesed, John, Mary A. Leech, Joseph, David, Jane Warren, George W. and Margaret Leech, living. Mrs. McNary's mother was born October 10, 1813, near Bloomfield, Ohio, the daughter of Thomas Mansfield, born near Red Stone, Penn., August 28, 1787, died March 19, 1853, and his wife, Elizabeth Hales, born April 3, 1788, died October 18, 1865. She is living, and had one sister living, Mrs. Mahala Vanhorn. The six other children: Mrs. Jane Scott, Thomas H., John H., Catherine A., Sarah, William M. and Rebecca E., are deceased. Mr. McNary and wife have had three children: Nelson R., now deceased, Laura B. and Mary O., living.
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