W.J. McAwley


W. J. McAWLEY, general merchant at Edmon, Armstrong county, Pa., was born in Maysville, this county, July 17, 1878, son of John S. and Nancy (McAdoo) McAwley.

James McAwley was born in 1812, in Huntingdon county, and removed with his father , Samuel , to Westmoreland county. About 1830 he went to Gamble�s salt works on Kiskiminetas township, and for twenty-eight years was engaged in the manufacturing of salt. He bought and operated a farm of 111 acres in this township, on which he resided at the time of his death, Jan. 2, 1895. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Apollo. His wife was Sarah Ripple, and they had eight children, four of whom are now living.

John S. McAwley attended the public schools of his district, and the Elder�s Ridge academy. When only thirteen years old, in 1859, he went into the oil region of Pennsylvania, where he worked for nine years. When his country had need of him he responded to the call, enlisting in August, 1864, under Captain Weaver, in Company J, Ist Pennsylvania Battalion, commanded by Colonel Stewart. Mr. McAwley served four months being present at the burning of Chambersburg. After receiving an honorable discharge he returned to Kiskiminetas, and entering into a partnership with James McAdoo became a general merchant at Edmon, where the firm operated under the name of McAdoo & McAwley. Mr. McAdoo died Aug. 16, 1911, and the business is now under the management of W. J. McAwley, although owned by John S. McAwley.

On Oct. 16, 1877, John S. McAwley was married to Nancy McAdoo, daughter of William McAdoo. One son was born to this marriage, William J.

William J. McAwley was educated in his district school, which he attended until fifteen years old, when he entered Elder�s Ridge academy, from which he was graduated in 1899. Still later he entered Washington and Jefferson College, from which he was graduated in 1900, with a degree of A. B. Following this he took a law course at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating from that institution in 1906, with a degree of LL. B. He is a Democrat, very active in the interests of his party.

On June 19, 1913, Mr. McAwley was married to Flora Bell Stewart, a daughter of DM Stewart, also a resident of Kiskiminetas township.

Source: Page 903, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Nanci Michalkiewicz for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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