Biographical sketch of ANDREW CAVANAGH from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
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The late Andrew Cavanagh was born in Ireland about the year 1828, and was a son of John Cavanagh, but little further is known touching his antecedents or family, though it is probable that he was the only members of the family to come to America.He first located deep in the wilderness in Canada, cleared up a tract of land and engaged in farming.During the late Civil war he came to Michigan and purchased a farm, or the land which he intended to convert into a farm, and he did much in clearing off the forest and in constructing the early roads in Brockaway township.Mr. Cavanagh worked for some years in the lumber region as a teamster, although he was practically a farmer, and followed that vocation with success.
Mr. Cavanagh was joined in matrimony in 1857 with Miss Anna McKay, who was born in 1838, a daughter of Allen and Mary (McPherson) McKay, natives of Scotland, and who in 1851 settled in Oneida county, Ontario, where Allen McKay, who was a quarryman and stone-mason, died shortly afterward, leaving a family of twelve children.To Andrew and Anna (McKay) Cavanagh have been born the following children:William, who is a popular and influential merchant at Yale, Michigan, and is also the efficient town clerk, married Alice Presley; Joseph married Anna Lee, who is now deceased, he being still on the farm; John is assisting on the farm; George, a farmer, married Maggie Johnston; Juston is at home, and Wesley is a dealer in pianos, organs, etc., at Yale.
Mrs. Cavanagh is the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of excellent land, nearly all of which is under cultivation, and under the oversight of herself and sons is worked in a profitable and modern manner.All the cereals indigenous to the soil and climate are raised, while the larger and small fruits are grown for home use, with a surplus to market.Live stock is not omitted as one of the main products of the farm, and the breeding of horses, choice grades of cattle and hogs yield a handsome return that adds no small part to the total income.
Mr. Cavanagh was a Prohibitionist in his political proclivities, but was never active in advocating his principles, permitting all men to reach their own conclusions.He was a member of the Christian church, and a liberal contributor to its maintenance, and was honored as a citizen wherever he was known.He died November 28, 1881.
Although Mrs. Cavanagh and her sons have been very successful in their farming operations, they have met with some drawbacks, and had the misfortune, June 13, 1902, of having their barn consumed by lightning, but the recuperative spirit is strong in the family, and the building is replaced by a more substantial and commodious structure.
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