Robert T. Mackey


ROBERT T. MACKEY, residing on his valuable farm of 143 acres, which lies in Island Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, has been a lifelong resident of this township. He was born, April 12, 1837, son of Robert and Margaret (Ramsey) Mackey. Robert Mackey was born in Ireland and came to Island Creek Township in 1836, where the rest of his life was spent, and his death occurred when he was in his ninety-second year. He married Margaret Ramsey, who was born in Pennsylvania, and was of Scotch ancestry, her line reaching back to Sir Robert Morris, who was a sympathizer with the American colonies at the time of the Revolutionary War. Robert T. Mackey obtained his education in the subscription schools and the early district schools of Island Creek Township and afterward taught school for a time, but his main business has been farming and stockraising. He has seen many changes take place in farm methods since his youth and, with the assistance of farm machinery, a large part of the heavy toil of old days has been lessened. He raises the grains that do best in his section and always has kept first class stock. On September 24, 1861, Mr. Mackey was married to Miss Mary Rinehart, a daughter of Emanuel Rinehart, an early settler of Knox Township, Jefferson County, and they have had five children: Curtis, who lives in Richland County, Wisconsin; Minnie, who is the wife of Stanton A. McLean, of the same place; Levi, who lives in Island Creek Township; Jennie, who is the wife of Frank Wasson, of Richland County, Wisconsin; and Iva, who is deceased. The mother of the above family died January 31, 1908. She was an estimable woman in every relation of life and for many years had been a member of the Island Creek Presbyterian Church. Mr. Mackey takes only a mild interest in politics and casts his vote with the Republican party.

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