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John W. Mahoney

Mark Mann (View posts)
Posted: 17 May 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: MAHONEY, JOHNSON, CENEWETH, CECIL, SMETHERS, SMELSER
From the "History of Huntington County, 1914", page 618

JOHN W. MAHONEY

The agricultural interests of Wayne township are ably represented by John W. Mahoney, who is carrying on extensive operations on the "Nowely Blue Grass Farm," a 200-acre tract in section 26, lying immediately east of Banquo. Born in this township March 6, 1851, he is a son of Hugh and Ruth E. (Johnson) Mahoney.

The Mahoney family was founded in the United States by James Mahoney, the grandfather of John, who was born in Ireland and emigrated to the United States in young manhood. He first settled in Tennessee, but several years after his marriage removed to Rush county, Indiana, and during the thirties took up his residence in Huntington county in the vicinity of Mount Etna, there entering land from the Government and in time becoming one of his locality's sterling and substantial citizens. Through a life of industry and persistent effort he accumulated a goodly tract of land, and his many admirable traits of character won him the esteem and respect of the people in his adopted community. Hugh Mahoney was born in Tennessee, and was a lad when he accompanied his parents to Rush county, Indiana, where he was reared and educated. He came with his father to Huntington county when still a youth and was here married, settling on a farm and continuing to follow the pursuits of the soil until his death in 1861. Like his father, he was a man of strong character and an industrious workman, and his earnest efforts brought him a competency and the confidence of those among whom he spent his life. He married Ruth E. Johnson, who was a native of Huntington county, and they became the parents of six children, of whom four are now living: Mary A., who is the wife of Frank Ceneweth, a prosperous farmer of Wayne township; John W., of this review; James F., of Wayne township; and Harriet A., the wife of Henry Cecil, a resident of Huntington, Indiana.

The boyhood and youth of John W. Mahoney were passed on the home farm and the greater part of his education was secured in the school of experience, as his assistance was constantly needed on the homestead and he was given little opportunity to attend the district school. He has been a close observer all of his life, however, and has gained a thorough knowledge of a wide range of subjects, At the age of eighteen years he started out to make his own way. in the world, his father having died when he was but ten years old, and since then he has been self-supporting. He was married April 30, 1881, to Miss Lena Smethers, and at that time they settled on a tract of sixty acres of land, in which he owned a half interest. From time to time he has added to his land, to his buildings and to his improvements, and he now has one of the handsome farms of the township, equipped with the most modern appliances and machinery and stocked with fine cattle. As a business man he has shown his ability and strict integrity, and his standing as a citizen is high.

Mr. and Mrs. Mahoney have two children: James Fremont, a graduate of the public schools, who is assisting his father in operating the homestead; and Florence, who is the wife of Clinton Smelser, who lives on a part of Mr. Mahoney's farm and has one child. Although Mr. Mahoney's is now past sixty years of age he is still active and alert, takes am interest in the matters pertaining to his farm and to his community, and apparently has many years of usefulness before him. He is a member of Mount Etna Lodge No. 304, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is past grand thereof, a member of the Grand Lodge, and popular with his fellow Odd Fellows. In political matters he gives his support to the republican party, but has never bad the desire to hold public office.

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