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Samuel McCreary

SAMUEL McCREARY,* a representative citizen and prominent farmer of Hickory Township, resides on his valuable farm of 175 acres, which is situated three miles north of East Brook, on the Neshannock Road, was born on the present place and is a son of Enoch and Margaret (Pierson) McCreary.

Mr. McCreary comes of Revolutionary stock, an ancestry in which every American takes justifiable pride. His grandfather served through the Revolutionary War, under General Washington's command. His father was equally patriotic, leaving his harvest field to go to the front in the War of 1812. The maternal grandfather, Athens Pierson, was one of the first settlers in Lawrence County. The Piersons were Quakers and the family has always been one of the substantial and representative ones of the county from that time. Enoch McCreary and wife settled on the present farm in Hickory Township in 1800, when it was only a wild tract of forest. They cleared up the land and spent their lives here. They had ten children born to them, six daughter and four sons. Samuel McCreary obtained his education in the early township schools. His life has been an agricultural one and he has been more than usually successful as a farmer. For the past twenty years he has been a member of the State Board of Agriculture and has been president of one of the oldest agricultural societies in Pennsylvania. Just prior to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis the commission on agriculture in Pennsylvania selected farmers to enter into a grain-raising contest, two prizes each being offered by county and state for corn, wheat, oats and rye. Mr. McCreary is proud of securing the first medal from Lawrence County and the sweepstake first medal from the state. In addition to general farming he has given a large amount of attention to sheep raising. Since he has come into possession of the old homestead he has made many improvements, erecting a substantial barn and other buildings and enlarging the house to a commodious two-story residence. In every direction the eye notes evidence of thrift and good management.

Mr. McCreary married Elizabeth McDowell, a daughter of Abel McDowell, a prominent farmer of this section. They have had three daughters and one son-Emma J., who married Dr. W. L. Smith, physician, of New Wilmington; Samuel, who has not yet completed his education; Julia. who resides with her older sister, and one daughter, deceased. Mr. and Mrs. McCreary have two grandchildren, Engenia and Hilda Wright. Mr. McCreary takes no very active interest in politics, but always lives up to every demand of good citizenship.

Source:   "Samuel McCreary," 20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens, Hon. Arron L. Hazen, editor, (Chicago, Illinois: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., 1908), 997-998


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