Name: James McCartney
Birth: 29 JAN 1814 in Franklin Co PA
Death: 18 OCT 1897 in Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery Glasgow PA
Change Date: 19 AUG 2009
JAMES McCARTNEY, an old and highly-respected citizen of Mountaindale, this county, is a son of William and Jane (Wilson) McCartney, and was born in Path Valley, near Spring Borough, Franklin county, Pennsylvania, January 29, l814.
He is descended from a sturdy Scotch-Irish ancestry, his grandfather on the paternal side of the family having emigrated from the North of Ireland to America, and become one of the early settlers of Path Valley, in Franklin county. He married an Irish lady by the name of Ann Wallace, and they became the parents of five children, two sons and three daughters. The eldest of these children was William McCartney, the father of the subject of this sketch. He was born in the valley in which the family settled, took up farming and the trade of a cooper as a means of securing a livelihood, and was one of the pioneer advocates and adherents of the Presbyterian faith in that section. He died there at the age of seventy-eight years, universally loved and respected. He married Jane Wilson, and their union resulted in the birth of seven children, three sons and four daughters, of whom James was the eldest son, and the second child in order of age.
James McCartney remained upon the farm in Franklin county until he was twenty-one years of age. In 1836 he removed to Cambria county and located first at Fallen Timber, where he remained two years engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1838 he purchased a tract of woodland containing one hundred and twenty acres and cleared out the farm upon which he now resides, comprising most of the land upon which the village of Mountaindale is built. This land is underlaid with two veins of valuable coal which are being developed and opened to the markets of the country. James McCartney has always been an ardent believer in the tenets of the Presbyterian church, and a strong believer in the principles of the Republican party, and served for a time as justice of the peace in his township, and then resigned.
April 23, 1835, he married Annie Gallagher, a daughter of Hugh Gallagher, of near Fallen Timber, and one of the early settlers of that part of the township. To this marriage union have been born eight children.
Death of James McCartney Sr.
James McCartney Sr., was born in Franklin county, Pa., on January 29th 1814; died at Mountaindale, this county, October 18th 1897, aged 83 years, 8 months and 10 days. Grandpa McCartney, was he was familiarly known by his large circle of friends, came of sturdy Scotch ancestry, his great grandfather having migrated to this country and settled in Franklin county years before the Revolutionary War. His grandmother, born at sea, was one of the race of William Wallace famed in Scottish history. The subject of this sketch, a son of William and Jane (Wilson) McCartney, was born in Path Valley, Franklin county, but in 1835, at the age of 21 years, settled near Fallen Timber, in what was then White township, this county. Here in April 1835, he was united in marriage to Miss Annie G. Gallagher, daughter of Hugh Gallagher, one of the earliest settlers of Cambria county. In 1837 he moved to the present site of Mountaindale, and prepared a humble dwelling in the wilderness, surrounded at night by roaming bears and howling wolves. But out of this wilderness he transformed a beautiful home, and here reared a large family. In the 60 years that he resided on this place he had a varied experience. In the early days he carried supplies from Bellwood and Hollidaysburg; on the early gray of the Sabbath morning found him, sometimes accompanied by his wife, on his way, on foot, to attend religious services at Elizabeth Furnace, 17 miles away. Mr. McCartney was in his youth a member of the Presbyterian church, and always took an active part in furthering the religious interests of the community. When the Mt. Zion Ev. Lutheran church was formed at Glasgow, forty-three years ago, he was one of the charter members, and was the last surviving one of that devoted band. In his connection with the church he was a leader, and for many years was the senior elder, and represented the congregation at the various conferences or synods. He was personally acquainted with almost all of the ministers who belonged to the Allegheny Synods. Mr. McCartney not only professed to be a Christian, but lived it. Not a person ever doubted his sincerity, and his life has been a continual benediction, exerting at all times an influence for good. He had no enemies, noen knew him but to love him, and the influence of his consecrated life will live for many years in the community. Six grandson ? and Paul Gilmore, Clarence and Hudson McCartney and Lawrence and William McCartney bore the remains to their last resting place in the church yard. Here in the presence of a large assemblage they were committed to the earth to await the final resurrection morning.
1850 census Cambria co White twp PA #73/76
James McCartny 36
Jane A. 14
Nancy J. 6
1860 census Cambria co Shite twp PA #2190/2201
James McCartney 46
Jane A. 24
James S. 12
Sarah E. 10
John A. 8
1880 census Cambria co Reade twp PA #73/93
James McCartney 69 farmer
Jane A. 44 epolectic fits
Nancy I. 37
S. Domer 25
Catharine A. 23
Mary E. 19 gdaughter
Ann Gallagher b: 1813
- James Steven McCartney b: 12 JUL 1848
- George W. McCartney b: 1849
- Sarah Elizabeth McCartney b: 1850
- John A. McCartney b: 1852
- Samuel Dormer McCartney b: 1855
- Amanda Kathryn McCartney b: 20 JAN 1855