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  • ID: I2897
  • Name: James F Blayney
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 OCT 1831 1
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    Blayney, James F.
    Posted by: Martha Cross Sargent
    Date: February 17, 2005 03:48PM

    History of Washington County

    James F. Blayney, who is one of West Alexander's most respected retired citizens, came to this pleasant borough in 1893 from his farm of ninety acres, which he still owns, situated in Ohio County, W. Va. Mr. Blayney was born in that county, October 24, 1831, and is a son of Charles and Nancy (Farris) Blayney.

    Charles Blayney Was born in Ireland and was twelve years old when his parents brought him to America and the family settled and remained in Ohio County, W. Va. There Charles Blayney was reared and in early manhood he married Nancy Farris, of that county. Their surviving children are: James F. and Mrs. Martha McDonald, widow of Rev. George McDonald, of West Alexander.

    James F. Blayney obtained his education in the prescription schools in West Liberty district, Ohio County, of which he later in life became one of the school directors. He remained at home and helped his father until the latter's death in 1860, and continued to follow farming and stock raising for many years thereafter, but in 1893 he retired from hard labor and came to his present comfortable home in West Alexander. He has been a very useful citizen here, serving three years on the borough council and taking a deep interest in the growth and progress of the place and its institution.

    Mr. Blayney was married (first) to Miss Margaret Atkinson, who was born and died in Ohio County. One of their two children survives, this being Dr. Charles Blayney, who is a prominent physician at Damascus, Ohio. Mr. Blayney was married (second) to Miss Linda F. Gilfillan, who was born in Pennsylvania. They have one daughter, Mary Elizabeth, who is the wife of Robert D. McCleery, of West Alexander. In his political views, Mr. Blayney is a Republican, his father having been a Whig. He is a leading member of the West Alexander Presbyterian Church, and since 1880 has been an elder in the same.

    (Source: McFarland, Joseph F. 20th Century History of the City of Washington and Washington County, Pennsylvania and representative citizens. Chicago, Ill.: Richmond - Arnold Pub. Co., 1910, 1,438 pgs)

    Father: Charles Blayney b: ABT 1799
    Mother: Nancy Faris b: 30 SEP 1800

    Marriage 1 Margaret A Atkinson b: 27 FEB 1833 in Castleman's Run, Brooke County, West Virginia, USA
    • Married: 30 DEC 1858 in Brooke County, West Virginia, USA 1 1
    1. Has Children Laura A Blayney b: 12 APR 1861
    2. Has Children Charles Trimble Blayney b: 20 FEB 1866

    Marriage 2 Linda R Gilfillan
    • Married: 7 JUN 1872 1
    1. Has No Children Mary Elizabeth Blayney b: 6 DEC 1872

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