THOMAS McCREERY is one of the prominent and successful farmers of Harrison township, being held in highest esteem by all who know him. He was born in Carroll county, Ohio, October 7, 1826, and came from that county at an early day with his parents, with whom he lived until twenty-four years of age, when he was married. After he became of age he worked with his father until his marriage. After the event he engaged in clearing up an eighty acre contract, which his father gave him, beside working his father's farm on shares. He has added to this property at different times, and at the present owns 417 acres and has given 160 acres to his sons. He also owns a half interest in a large store room in New Corner, and has other property located there.
Mr. McCreery was married October 25, 1849, to Miss Catherine Brown, daughter of Samuel and Phebe Brown, natives of Clinton county, Ohio. He came to this county and located in the western part of it, and was engaged in farming. He was also a cooper by trade. Mrs. Catherine McCreery was born April 7, 1828, and died April 15, 1886. Her remains rest in the Wheeling cemetery, where a beautiful monument marks the spot. She was a devoted member of the Methodist church, and enjoyed the esteem of everyone. By the marriage the following children were born: Samuel J., married to Martha Trout; Hannah Elizabeth, wife of William Jenny; Rebecca, deceased; James William, living at home; Nathan Andrew, married to Nettie Trout; John Wesley, married to Martha Woodring; Sarah L., wife of John Kirkland; and Mary M., wife of Barney Hannan. Mr. McCreery married September 18, 1881, for his second wife, Mrs. Margaret Ellen Anderson, widow of O. Anderson, a native of Clermont county, Ohio, who practiced medicine in Highland county, Ohio, a number of years. Mr. McCreery is a republican in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Maynard) McCreery. Samuel McCreery was born July 9, 1801, in Virginia; emigrated to Carroll county, Ohio, when a young man, and purchased one hundred acres of land, which he farmed, and remained there until 1838, when he came to this county and entered 360 acres of land, then in a primitive state. Mrs. McCreery departed this life February 2, 1889, and her remains rest in the Wheeling cemetery. She was a Methodist and a devoted Christian woman. Samuel McCreery died November 23, 1893, at the age of ninety-two, and was one of Harrison township's most highly respected citizens; he was a member of the Methodist church, and a stanch supporter of the republican party.
A Portrait and Biographical Record of Delaware and Randolph Counties, Ind., A.W. Bowen & Co., 1894