William Howard McCafferty


WILLIAM HOWARD McCAFFERTY, M. C., Freepfort, Pa., was born july 22, 1859, in south buffalo township, Armstrong Co., Pa., son of Charles and nancy (Kiskaddon) McCafferty.

James McCafferty, his grandfather, was born in Ireland, and coming to America at an early day located in Pennsylvania, moving from his first home into Butler county, where he lived the remainder of his life.

Charles McCafferty was born in 1825 and died in 1888. He came from Butler to Armstrong county in 1854 and purchased land in South Buffalo township, following agricultural work for a number of years. In local matters he was concerned at all times as became a good citizen and for a number of years served as a member of the township school board. He married Nancy Kiskaddon, and they had eight daughters and one son born to them, the son and tow of the daughters still surviving. Charles McCafferty and wife were members of the Presbyterian Church, in which he was an elder, and he was a member of the General Assembly of that church in 1879, at Madison, Wisconsin.

William H. McCaffeerty attended the public schools until his eighteenth year and afterward, for tow years, wa a atudent at Elders Ridge Academy, going from there to Wooster (Ohio) University. On account of failing health, after two years there, he returned to the home farm in the hope that the outdoor life of an agriculturist would restore him to a normal state of health, and he was not disappointed. On dec. 31, 1885, he was married, at Worthington, PA., to Maggie Clark, who died Sept. 13, 1886, in Nebraska, after which he returned to Armstrong county. In 1887 he entered Western Reserve College, at Cleveland, Ohio, and later became a student in the Western Pennsylvania Medical College, now known as the Medical University of Pennsylvania. He was graduated in the calss of 1889 with his degree of M. D., locating immediately in Butler county, where he practiced until 1892, the year of his removal to Freeport. Here Dr. McCafferty has build up a large and substantial practice and is a valued, interested and useful citizen in every respect. He is a member of the Armstrong County Medical Society and the Pennsylvania State Medical society.

In 1895 Dr. McCafferty was married (second) to Mary McKay, a daughter of Alexander McKay, who was born in Ireland. to Dr. and Mrs. McCafferty eight children have been born, six of whom survive, namely: Charles Hl, who was born Nov. 20, 1895; William Howard, july 2, 1897; Sarah lyle, July 6, 1899; Mary Belle, April 12, 1905; John Sidney, Jan, 29; 1909; and Robert K., Aug. 4, 1910. Dr. and Mrs. McCafferty are members of the Presbyterian church, in which he has been an elder for eighteen years. He is identified with the Prohibition party.

Source: Page 580, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed January 1999 by Connie Mateer for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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