JAMES M. McCONNELL, a prominent farmer and stock raiser of Island Creek Township, Jefferson County, resides on the 230 acres of fine land owned by his mother, which land is cultivated by him and his brother, Edward S. McConnell. Mr. McConnell was born in Hancock County, W. Va., October 5, 1869, and is a son of Edward and Annie (McCausland) McConnell.
Edward McConnell was born in North Ireland and was fifteen years of age when he came to America, locating first at Pittsburgh, where he began to work at gardening. He became a fine gardner and had charge of a number of the choice gardens in the Iron City, but afterward, when farming on a large scale, still paid attention to gardening. In 1873 he moved to Island Creek Township where for many years he was a well known citizen and highly respected one. His death occurred in 1896. For many years he had been a member of the United Presbyterian Church at Steubenville. He married Annie McCausland, who still resides on the old homestead, and after marriage they moved to West Virginia where they lived until 1873, when they came to this part of Jefferson County.
James M. McConnell was born at a place in West Virginia, just across the Ohio River from Steubenville and he was five years old when he was brought to Island Creek Township, where he has lived ever since. Since the ending of his school days he has been engaged in farming and stock raising and has proved himself a competent man in this line, his well cultivated acres and fat, sleek stock showing the amount of interest he takes in his vocation. He finds time however to perform every duty of good citizenship. He believes very thoroughly in the public school system and advocates improvements in every way. His views have met with the approval of his fellow citizens and they have kept him a member of the school board for a long period and for two years he was president of this body. He has served also in other township offices and was assessor of Island Creek and Cross Creek Townships, then known as Wintersville Precinct, for two terms.
On May 18, 1904, Mr. McConnell married Miss Maud S. Roberts, of Cross Creek Township, a daughter of H. O. and Carrie (Crawford) Roberts, and four sons have been born to them: William; Frederick, who is deceased, and Charles R. and James E. Mr. and Mrs. McConnell are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Wintersville, Ohio.