MATTHEW WILLIAM BLEAKLEY, a prominent farmer of Mckory Township, residing on his valuable farm of 112 acres,
which lies one mile east of the East Brook Road, was born October 24, 1870, on the present farm in Lawrence County,
Pennsylvania, and is a son of Samuel B. and a grandson of Matthew Bleakley. Matthew Bleakley was born in County
Down, Ireland, and was an early settler in this section of Lawrence County. The parents of Matthew William Bleakley
now reside on Wallace Avenue, in New Castle, but prior to taking possession of that home they had resided on the
farm on which Matthew William lives, in Hickory Township.
Matthew William Bleakley is an only son. His education was obtained at the Stony Point School, and his business
through life has been of an agricultural nature. The home of Mr. Bleakley is a fine property and has been improved
with a handsome two story brick residence, a commodious barn and excellent out buildings. He is a well informed,
practical farmer and has met with a large measure of success in his chosen vocation.
On February 2, 1898, Mr. Bleakley was married to Mary Elizabeth McConahy, a daughter of Nathaniel McConahy, who
formerly was a very prominent farmer in this section. He served in the Civil War and was a member of Company I,
One Hundredth Regiment, the Round Heads, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Mr. and Mrs. Bleakley have one child,
Samuel Norman. They are members of the United Presbyterian Church in which they are much interested.
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908
Lawrence County Pennsylvania Biographies
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