Merchant; Alexis, Warren County; is on his father's side of Irish descent, and in his career has manifested all those characteristics which has made so many of his race in the United States good and successful citizens. John Blayney, his grandfather, and John C. Blayney, his father, were born on the Emerald Isle and came to America about 1850, settling in Washington County, Penn., whence, in 1852, they came to Illinois, locating near Monmouth.
John Blayney died in Warren County, in 1897, aged 97 years, and John C. Blayney, who was born in 1834, died May 8, . John Blayney's wife is dead also, and Mrs. John C. Blayney, who was born in 1834, died October 5, 1898. John C. Blayney married Catharine Brownlee, who was born In Washington County, Penn., a daughter of William Brownlee, who was also a native of that county, and they were members of the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Blayney, who was a merchant for twenty years at Alexis, was many times elected to serve on the village board and on the School Board, and was Supervisor of Spring Grove Township. He had two children, the subject of this sketch and a daughter named Elizabeth. Fred H. Blayney, who is a member of the Presbyterian Church and an influential Democrat, has been selling goods since he was a small boy, and is proprietor of a large, well equipped and widely patronized general dry goods and grocery store. He was for three years Town Clerk, and has twice been elected Supervisor of Spring Grove Township.
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