Biography of Michael H. McGrath
Chemung County, NY Biographies





McGrath, Michael H., born in Philadelphia, Pa., December 9, 1817, is the fourth son of M. H. McGrath, Sr., a farmer who reared ten sons and four daughters. In 1834 the father moved to Ohio, where he died in 1847. The family are of Scotch Irish descent. Michael H. early learned the trade of carpenter and joiner and was an architect of considerable not.e. He designed SS. Peter and Paul's Church and many other fine buildings in Elmira. He entered the army from Painted Post, July 6, 1862, enlisting in Company F, Fiftieth Engineers, as first lieutenant and served three years, being promoted on October 3, 1862, to captain, leaving the service with the rank of captain and brevetmajor. Among other engagements he participated in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorscille, the Wilderness, and before Richmond, being made captain for gallantry at Fredericksburg. Returning to Painted Post he came thence to Elmira in 1874 and is a worthy member of Baldwin Post, No. 6, G. A. R. Mr. McGrath married in Aurora, N. Y., October 27, 1840, Lucinda A., daughter of Ralph Cady, a soldier of the War of 1812. She is a granddaughter of Elisha York, a soldier of the Revolution. They have had four children, of whom three survive. The son, Henry A., is a traveling salesman and a daughter is the wife of A. D. Patterson, of Brooklyn, N. Y. Emily A. McGrath, unmarried, resides with her parents in Elmira.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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