The Sudden Demise of John McElhaney

John McElhaney, well-known in this city, where he resided for many years, died very suddenly at his residence, in Lewis county, Kentucky, six miles from Portsmouth, last Thursday morning, at seven o’clock, of rheumatism of the heart, in his fifty-ninth year. He had been in his usual health, and his sudden death was a shock to the community in which he lived, and to our people.”

“Mr. McElhaney was born in Ireland, of protestant parentage, in 1820, and followed his brother, Marshall McElhaney, of this county, to America four years later, or about the year 1838. He located at Pittsburg, where he learned the trade of a molder. He was long employed as a molder by Murray, Moore & Co.; was a partner with the late James Grimes in the foundry business. Severing his connection with the firm, he removed to Jackson, associating himself with George Stephenson in a foundry there, and about nine years ago he disposed of his interest to Peter Pickrel, and purchased of Thomas Dugan the fertile farm in Lewis county, Kentucky, opposite this county, where he died.”

“The deceased was twice married his first wife being a Miss Clingman, of this city, and his second wife who survives him, a Miss Prescott, of this county. He leaves a large family of children, most of whom are grown.”

“The remains were brought to Portsmouth yesterday for interment, Reverend Mr. Armstrong of the Kentucky circuit, conducting the funeral services after which; all that was mortal of an industrious and honorable citizen, faithful husband and devotes parents, was laid by the side of his first consort in the family lot at Greenlawn Cemetery.”1

  1. Sudden demise of John McElhaney. (1879, September 13). Portsmouth Times, p. 3.
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