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The original untyped copy was sent to Tom Kearney by Robert McClory of Chicago.  According to Robert’s brother Gene McClory  (who knew quite well the handwriting of Mary Henneberry), the original copy was handwritten by Mary Henneberry. This typewritten transcription was done in Pittsburgh by either Charles (grandson of Leo) or Mary McClory (daughter of Leo). This typewritten copy has not been proofed against the original.

 Summary of notes from aunt Lizzie:

 Dear Henry,


            We made an awful mistake.  My grandmothers sister’s name was Nancy Burns – maiden name.  Her husband’s name was McGuire.


            Bobby Burns, the poet, was a second cousin or third cousin of Mary Burns.


            Aunt Lizzie


The following is copied from the back of large bills advertising St. Patrick’s Dinner, Sunday Sept 14, 1930.  Meals 50 cents & 25 cents.


            John & Bridget McClory crossed from Co. Down to America – to Philadelphia.  In 1838, to Pittsburgh.  They walked across the Allegheny MTs.  They took a canal boat to the mountains, walked over the mountains & then took a train on this side.


            Bridget sewed by hand in Pittsburgh – tailoring.  They lived 13 years in Pittsburgh.  Then they moved to Vinton County, Ohio & lived there for 13 years.  They wanted to leave the city so that their sons could grow up away from city influence. They came to Illinois in 1864 by covered wagon.


            They made preparations, sold out etc., & on their way stopped to visit friends, Doraris, I believe.  Dararis wanted to come also so McClory stayed over a day or so to help them make a covered wagon, sell out & get on the road.  The trip out, I believe took about six weeks.  They stayed in Ohio until the presidential election so that they could get in their votes against Lincoln.  To them he was objectionable because he would be the cause of their boys going to war.


            While they lived in Ohio, raiding parties from across the boarder south of them (20) miles came across & took horses if they found them.  The older McClory boys took the horses & hid in the brush near their home because the raiding parties took boys as well as horses if the boys were old enough.


            While in Ohio, the boys hoed corn much to their dislike.  Up and down the long, steep hills they hoed from morning till night.  They were so excited to here about a country (Ill.) where there weren’t hills & corn could be cultivated.


            In Ohio the women had wool pickings and apparently prepared the wool for spinning.  The women made all the clothes for the family.  Each boy had one pair of pants & a rough shirt & no underwear.


            Henry, as a small child, was sent to get his mother at a wool picking & disliked the long, lonely walk up & down the big hills.


            In the evenings in the winter when others came to visit every boy had to do something to entertain the crowd.  If he refused, he went to bed immediately & missed all the fun.  As a result, each boy practiced something he could do well.  Henry practiced a jig & I believe Mike practiced playing either a Jews harp or a violin.  I believe Ed practiced a jig also.


            On the trip to Illinois the boys walked along & played when the wagons stopped & were eager to continue traveling farther west even when the got to the farm in Illinois.  John, the father, had come to Illinois & purchased the farm some time before the family moved.


            Many Irish distant relatives came to Pittsburgh and visited, cousins, Peter McClory & Pat & Mrs., etc., came over & there were small-pocks marks on his legs.  He had slipped by quarantine.  He died in a few days & his mother “pined” away & soon died.  An older son, Michael, had came over & sent money for them to come over.


            John & many others went out with packs of tablecloths, jewelry, etc. which cost $40 & came back with $120 and had made a good profit.  Many settlers came through the country.


            In Illinois the family lived in a log house & some years later built the farm house.


            John – very straight in carriage, medium weight, dark hair which became white early,  blue eyes, fair, fine looking.  He liked to dress up & wear a top hat & was quite pompous,  & wonted to be complete boss of his sons.


            Bridget – short, chubby, black hair, blue eyes, fair, calm.


Mary Morgan, hot tempered & Thomas McClory (easy-going)

sons & daughters:

1.       John McClory died 1879) a plow-man in Ireland.

            Introduced lints, rope & then leather.

2.       Thomas McClory – stayed home & then moved to Liverpool & became a merchant, I believe.

            (a son ran one of his public houses.  He had public houses.

a.       Patrick (quiet) married Biddie Ward who was a factory worker & was no housekeeper.

b.       Margaret – died young.

3.       Nancy – married John Kearney & came to America (Pittsburgh)

            children: Barney, John, Henry, Mary (died), Maggie.

            Edward – died age 15.

            Henry – disappeared in 1854.  He went to Virginia with government survey & then went west to survey government land.


Laurence Boise

            William – died age 27

            Elizabeth (married John McClory)

            Mary (married Patrick Harrigan)


Peter Dewey (died in his 100th year)

(third cousin to Admiral Dewey)

Married Margaret Clark – Sandy hair)

Peter was a widower for seventy years.  His wife died when he was 30.

1.       Mallie (born 1813?)

2.       Bridget (born 1815 – died 1888) at age 73.

Mallie married at the age of about 40.  She married Charlie Peterson in Ireland.  She lived about 20 miles from Belfast near Kate MacKay’s Bridge and Belle Shotes(?) & Belle Negrehin (?)


            Peter D. was a farm-hand ar a “plow-man” which was an honor or a trade.  He held the plow & someone – He had about 13 A. of land.  He would bring home oat meal to his 2 girls & told them to use what they needed but not to waste away.  The girls cooked for themselves.  He thought they had plenty to eat & he wanted them to learn to work.  Bridget worked for a rich man & then married.


            Peter D. worked for the day for – neighbors.  He was a strong, able man.


            Maggie Kearney married Jim O,Hara (policeman?) in Pittsburgh.  He was a stone-mason.

            Barney Kearney  was a carpenter, was in politics, water works superintendent, stage actor, house plays.  He died suddenly during entertainment.


            Jack May Kit

            John Kearney – stiff headed.


            Arthur Morgan – (Henry L. McClory’s godfather) was afraid of ghost.


            Lorry Boise married Morgan 1837 – County Down\, Ireland


            Mary Morgan died young.  Cow stepped on her.  They lived in Ohio.

            Lorry was slim, hard-working, odd ways.


1.       Willie - served Mass & was a singer.  He went to Pittsburgh & out in the country & died.

2.       Elizabeth (aunt Lizzie) in Ohio lived with the McClory’s

3.       Mary - Married Pat Harrington & lived in Pittsburgh (where she met Pat H.) She was a nice, fair, short, quiet girl.

4.       Annie - a gay, sparty dancer in Ohio & went with grandmother to Pittsburgh & joined the Good Shepards (Sr. Delphine)


John McClory I

            1.    Mary - John, Edward, Clem, Walter, Sarah, Margaret Mary Jane (married John Moran)

2.       Peter - Married Libbie Harrison) son, John E.

3.       Thomas - married Ann Coulter

4.       John - ( married Lizzie Boise) John, Leo, Mary, Anna Marie, Regis, Joseph, Augustine

5.       Patrick - became a Franciscian, Fr. Augustine ?

6.       Edward - ( married Eliz. McAndrews) Henry, Narbert, Mary, Margaret, Gertrude

7.       Henry - (married Jane McAndrews) Joseph, Augustine, Anthony, Landa

8.       Michael - (married Annie Quinn) Regina, Guy, Dorathy, Charles, Augustine



1.       John Moran (married Cathern Coulter) William, Florence, Marcella, LaVern, Thomas

2.       Edward Moran (married Annie McAndrew) Monica, Minnie, Edith, Robert, Clem, Eileen

3.       Clem Moran - (Married Gertrude) Mary, Catherine

4.       Walter Moran - (married Amelia) John, James, Bertha

5.       Sarah Moran (married Joe Schinzler) Madeline

6.       Margaret Moran (married John Smith) Francis & John

7.       Mary Jane Moran - Dolan


John E. McClory - (married Alice McAlister)

            Mildred McClory (married Ray Fromme)

            Mary Jans F. (married Phil McMillin)

            John H. McClory - (married Clara Daugherty

                        James (married Victoria Castills)

            Leo S. McClory - (married Lena (Magdalina) Mathieu

                        Regis, Margaret, Bill, Leo, Jack & Betty (twins), Joe, Robert, Stella, Mary

            Mary  Bridget McClory - Sr. Mary Augustine

            Anna Marie McClory - Sr. Mary Josephine (Annie)

            Regis McClory - (married Agnes Overberk (lived in Illinois)

                        Regis & Richard

            Henry McClory

            Norbert McClory (married Blaunche Eutenyer) died Nov 11, 1918

            Mary McClory - (married Bill Warland)

            Margaret McClory - (married Tom Anderson)

                        Eugene, Margaret, Rita, Francis, Catherine, Anthony

Joseph W. McClory - (married Ann Harrington) Mary & Jane Bernadette

Augustine McClory - died Sept 1888

Dr. Anthony McClory - Married Norma Bohmert

Landa McClory

Regina McClory - (married Charles Walter

Guy McCLory - (married Alice Branick)

            Eugene (married Mary Malone)

            Robert (married Margaret McComish)


Charles McClory

Augustine McClory - (married Agnes Habring)




Patrick McAndrew came from Co. Mays & was a stone mason B. 1824 (?) D. 1869 (age 45) from blood poisoning in his arm.  He married Malanda Abercrombie by the side of the road by a visiting clergyman.  She was barefooted & both in old cloths & wore their wedding clothes.

            Mary Elizabeth - (married Ed McClory)

            Jane - (married Henry McClory)

            Margaret - (married Bernard Wilson?)

                        Bess, Lex, Claude, Marie, Blauche

            John - (married Hannah Ford)

                        Pat, Mansuetta, Luke, Myrtle, Leona, Mark, Ford, Madonna, Robert

            Peter - (married Anna Keck)

            Anne - (married Ed Moran)?

Malauda Abercrombe (mother was Sara Boone)

Mary Keene

Arthur Morgan

Mary Morgan

John Morgan


Thomas Morgan


Paures (sp.?)



Mary Morgan

William Boise

Elizabeth Boise

Mary Boise



Mary Boise

Mary Harrigan

Thomas Harrigan

James Harrigan

Annie Harrigan

Angela Harrigan


Sara Boone (1 ST cousin of Daniel Boone)

1.       Alec Abercrombe (unknown)

2.       John Abercrombe - (married Jennie Sexton

            Perry, Robert, Boone, Olie, Cal, Saul

Malanda Abercrombe - (married 1. En______, 2. Sara

Jones, 3. Sara Lindley, 4. Mandy

            Ed, John, Bess

6.       Elizabeth (Bess) Abercrombe - (married Dan Kinneson

            Willie, Dave, Don, Landa(?), Knects(?)

5.       Eliza Abercrombe - (married John Templeton

                                    Green, Howard, Landa, Frank, Liz


Malanda Abercrombe - a convert after children were all hospitalized.  She had jet black hair & blue eyes.  She was a sober person.  She was a widow 30 years. She had much company & also cared for the farm. She married Pat McAndrew, who was an uncle of Thomas Ruane.


Tom Ruane came from Co. Mays & farmed for Mrs. McAndrew after her husband died.


Sarah Boone married Robert Abercrombe.

She was in Virgina or Kentucky.  After her husband died she lived with the McAndrews.  A cat got on the table.  She took it by the tail & smashed it against the post.  She died at age 77.

1.       Robert - disappeared in gold fields.

2.       John - married Jane Sexton

3.       Perry married Emma Wells & then SaraJames & the Mrs. Luidley & then Mandy.

4.       Liza - married John Templeton (died of diabetes)

5.       Bess - married Dan Kinnesan in Nabraska

Billie, Charlie, Dan, (a girl died)

6.       Malanda - married Pat McAndrew

            Malanda wore a cap.  Very thin. Medium height.  Jet black hair. Decent, honest. A convert at age 70.

Abercrombies lived along the stone quarry an operated a mill.  Sarah was a hard worker.