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Free Genealogy Biography of Thomas McKean,
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War

Thomas A. McKean

Thomas A., son of John and Mary (McWilliams) McKean, was born on the old German township homestead, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, May 31, 1829, died there October 10, 1890. He was one of the younger of nine children, and until the civil war always remained on the home farm.

He served during the civil war in Company C, Eighty-fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 85th Regiment, being mustered out with honorable discharge at the close of the war. During the battle of Cold Harbor he received a wound that kept him in the hospital several weeks.

He returned to his farm in German township where he was a highly respected and honored citizen. He was often solicited for important county positions, but the only office he would accept was justice of the peace, which he held many years. He was a leading Democrat, and had a host of warm friends in both parties. He used his influence in favor of the better government and to help others to high office, without any desire to take personal advantage of his own personality and influence. He was a member of the Presbyterian church.

He married Martha Ache, born in Fayette county, January 10, 1841, of Scotch-German ancestry. Children: 1. William Cook, of whom further. 2. Hugh B., now of Delaware county, Pennsylvania. 3. Mary E., married John M. Johnston, of Pittsburgh, now deceased. 4. Margaret, married a druggist, McClellan Brechbill, of Leechburg, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania. 5. Olive, married Charles H. Sloan, superintendent of an iron and steel company, at Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, now of Newport, Kentucky.

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.

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