Farmer: Point Pleasant. Township, (postoffiee Swan Creek); is an Irishman by birth and has inherited sterling traits of character from long lines of ancestors on all branches of his family tree. His parents were James and Mary (Riley) Mc Cleary; His grandparents Anthony McCleary and Felix Riley, and his grandmother on the maternal side was Ellen Givena
. Mr. MeCleary received a good common school education and was reared in the faith of the Catholic church. In 1851, while he was yet a small boy, he came to New York on board a sailing.vessel which consumed six weeks and three days in making the voyage. On the way over he was looked after by Julia Haley, a member of a neighboring family in Ireland. His mother had died some years before and his father had come over in 1848, For some years the boy made his headquarters at Mauch Chunk, Penn., his first employment in America having been as a driver of horses on the canal at five dollars a month.
In June, 1881, he ana his father arrived in Point Pleasant Township, where they found work by the month among farmers. In1868, Thomas McCleary bought eighty acres of land of Mr. Harding, which he has improved and of which he has prospered as a farmer and stockraiser.
His father died in 1865 aad about that time Mr, McCleary's brothers, Anthony and Patrick, and his sister, Bessie, came to the township, whence they removed eventually to Henderson County.
Anthony married Johanna Browick, Patrick married Miss L. Kelly and Bessie married James Donovan, who is dead. Mrs. Margaret Sheridan, daughter of Mr. McCleary's aunt, Patrick McCleary, is Mr. McCleary's housekeeper, Her mother was Ellen McCleary, a native of County Mead. Ireland, Mr. McCleary is a Democrat.
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