McCREARY, Samuel

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  • Name McCREARY, Samuel 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I1600  Main
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2012 

    Family Margaret 
    Notes 
    • Some time during the year 1802 Samuel McCreary came from the Buffalo Valley, in Union County, in the eastern part of the State, and located on the east side of Neshannock Creek, about two miles northwest of the present village of Eastbrook. He was the first settler on the place, and made the first improvements. He built a round log house, and lived in it with his wife and one child, Enoch McCreary, who was but two years of age when his father came to the county. Mr. McCreary 's brother, Thomas, accompanied him, and they each took up a tract of one hundred acres. Shortly after their settlement Thomas McCreary died, and his was consequently one of the first deaths in the neighborhood. Samuel McCreary was out several times to Erie during the War of 1812-15. He eventually became the owner of some 600 acres of land in the vicinity of the place where he settled, chiefly lying along the Neshannock Creek. He died shortly before the breaking out of the Southern rebellion. The McCreary's were originally from Ireland, emigrating from that country at some period subsequent to the War for Independence between the American Colonies and Great Britain. He was the father of ten children. The first birth in his family after he came to Lawrence County was that of his daughter, Betsey, about 1804. In 1806, another daughter, Sarah, was born, and in 1808, a son, Thomas. [1]
    • Samuel McCreary, the grandfather, was the first of the family to take up his residence in Lawrence County, coming from Eastern Pennsylvania as early as 1802. He settled in the woods in what is now Hickory Township, erected a cabin and set about the task of clearing his farm of its timber and underbrush, a herculean task known only to the pioneer. He served with credit during the War of 1812. His wife's given name was Margaret, and they were married prior to their arrival in this new western country. [2]
    Children 
    +1. MCCREARY, Enoch,   b. 22 Oct 1802,   d. 3 Mar 1856  (Age 53 years)
    +2. MCCREARY, Thomas
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2012 10:49:40 
    Family ID F491  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • About 1810-12 a schoolhouse was built of round logs on what was some years ago the Daniel Davidson property. The building was erected by the McCrearys, who before this had schools in their own houses. McCreary had a still house near by, and during intermissions the teachers in the old schoolhouse were accustomed to go to the still and take their regular drams, a custom which happily does not prevail nowadays. [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S387] 20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Aaron L. Hazen, (Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1908), 31833012051915., 244 (Reliability: 2), 1908.

    2. [S387] 20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Aaron L. Hazen, (Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1908), 31833012051915., 525-526 (Reliability: 2), 1908.

    3. [S387] 20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Aaron L. Hazen, (Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1908), 31833012051915., 281 (Reliability: 2), 1908.