Biography of James Quigley
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Quigley, James, was born n of Magherafelt, County of Londonderry, Ireland, February 7, 1853. His grancifather, William Quigley, was a man of wealth and influence, a 33d degree Mason, a sturdy Presbyterian, and took an active part as a volunteer and yeoman with the English government in assisting the Protestants in the North of Ireland in their terrible struggle for religious peace and liberty from 1790 to 1803, during which period occtirred the Rebellion to overthrow the act of union between Great Britain and. Ireland, the outcome of which was its firm establishment. He also took part in the establishment of the public school system of that country. His wife was Jane Campbell, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and they were the parents of six sons and three daughters. He died at the age of sixty five years, and his wife lived to be one huhdred and one years old. John Quigley, father of James, was the youngest of the family, and also did much toward establishing free public schools in Ireland, and was a high Mason. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Benjarnine and Martha Ellison Booth. Mr. Booth was of English parentage, a high Mason, and was a member of the Established church, and lived to be one hundred and three years old. James, who was the oldest of the family, which consisted of five sons and one daughter, remained with his parents until May 13, 1873, when he emigrated to America, coming direct to Geneva, N. Y., where he soon found employment in the nursery business with T. C. Maxwell & Bros., where he remained seven years, when he resigned and removed to Prattsburg where he spent five years in farming, after which he became engaged in the general freighting business between Kanona and Prattsburg, prior to the construction of the Kanona and Prattsburg railroad. In 1890 he engaged in carrying the U. S. mail between Prattsburg and Pulteney, which was a new route recently established. Politically he is a staunch Republican, and in 1890 was nominated and elected constable of his town, being the only Republican candidate elected in the town, and since then has been elected to that office for four consecutive years. In January, 1892, he was appointed deputy sheriff under Holland, and again in 1895 under L. D. Whiting, the present sheriff, and in the past two years has succeeded in bringing to justice several criminals, five of whom were sent to State's prison, and to him is credited the arrest and conviction of the notorious forgers, William J. Daniels and Edward R. Folsom of Harnmondsport, N. Y., for which they were sentenced fourteen years, and ten years, respectively. He was united in marriage, September 5, 1873, by the Rev. William Hogarth, of Geneva, N. Y., with Esther Love, daughter of Thomas and Jane Love, who were old neighbors of Mr. Quigley's in County Londonderry, they having crossed the Atlantic together. Their children are William H., who is an employee of the K. & P. R. R., Samuel J., John C., Thomas L., Benjamine H., Anna and Florence. Mr. and Mrs. Quigley are members of the Presbyterian church.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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