“Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania” Vol. 3
Author: Jordan, John W., 1840 – 1941
McELHENY – The name of McELHENY is one which is well known in the industrial world in Pennsylvania, and in many other states.
WILLIAM McELHENY was born in Scotland, emigrated to the United States, where he lived for a time in Adams County.From there he migrated to Snowden Township, Allegheny County, Pa., where he was a farmer during the remainder of his life.He married ___ KING, and had children: ROBERT, WILLIAM, VICTOR, SAMUEL, JOHN, of whom further; HUGH, MRS. TORRENCE, MRS. HARA, MRS. WILSON, MRS. KING.Of these SAMUEL, ROBERT and JOHN were scythe makers in Schaler Township.
JOHN McELHENY, son of WILLIAM and ___(KING) McELHENY, learned his trade with his brother ROBERT, and then worked for S. W. Shaw for some years.Later he had a good factory of his own at Little Pine Creek, where he owned a farm of one hundred acres.His widow is now residing on this farm, which was virgin forest when he purchased it about 1821, and he cleared it, converted the timber into lumber in the saw mill which he erected there, and it is now a finely cultivated place.He was a man of much influence in the community, and served two years as justice of the peace.He married MARY, a daughter of JOHN and ELIZABETH (HILANDS) MORROWS, both the MORROWS and HILANDS being pioneer families in Perrysville, Allegheny County.They had children: VICTOR K., MRS. ELIZABETH HURST, JOHN A., of whom further.
JOHN A. McELHENY, son of JOHN and MARY (MORROWS) McELHENY, (pg. 1383) was born on the farm in Schaler Township, August 8, 1834, and spent the active years of his life in general farming.He was a Republican and a member of the Presbyterian church.He married SARAH J., a daughter of HENRY and KATHERINE (SPANG) GRIESMERE.The SPANGS came to this country originally from Holland, became prominently identified with the iron industry here and during the Revolutionary times were noted for their connection with the Hession troops, General Kuyphausen being an intimate friend of GEORGE SPANG, one of the ancestors.Children of MR. and MRS. McELHENY; JOHN H., deceased; ROBERT H.,a Bachelor of Science, lives at Mars, Butler County, Pa.; MARY C., married __THOMPSON, lives at Millvale; CAROLINE L., at home; THOMAS L. W., a water well driller, of Schaler; OSCAR WILLIAM C., a farmer on the homestead; ROY, of further mention.
ROY McELHENY, son of JOHN A. and SARAH J. (GRIESMERE) McELHENY, was born on the McELHENY homestead, in Schaler Township, in 1884.He was educated in the Locust Grove School, in his native township, and then took up the occupation of well drilling, in association with a brother.This partnership was later dissolved, and MR. McELHENY has now been engaged in this line of industry independently since 1910.He resides on the homestead.MR. McELHENY married, in 1907, ELIZABETH STEWART, a daughter of __ and ELIZABETH THOMPSON, and both are member of the Presbyterian church at Glenshaw.They have had children: MILDRED LILLIAN and CHESTER ADDISON.