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Pvt Lawrence Mealey
Birth: 1756
Death: 1808

BIOGRAPHY: History: (from the Carnegie Library)
(Account as found in the Pennsylvania Archives, Pittsburgh, PA.)
"Laurence Maley, Rapho County, Donegal, Ireland. (torn 1756)
Enlisted from Hopewell, Pennsylvania, Feb 21st, 1776. Age 20 yrs. Taken prisoner June 8th, 1776. Paroled August 9th, 1776. Private in 6th Pennsylvania Battalion, Toll of Captain David Griers, company, raised in York County, January and February, 1776.
(Page 223 of Pennsylvania Archives, 5 Series, Volume 2 in Carnegie Library, also page 15 of John Gibsons history of York County, PA; part 1st in Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, PA Gr 974-841 G. 37)

BIOGRAPHY: History: (History of Ritchie County, by Lowther, pg 24 & 25)
"Lawrence Maley-- During the early springtime of the year 1803, Lawrence Maley, a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian, built the first cabin in what is now Union district, one mile east of Harrisville, on the farm that is designated as the "Cannon", but better known to the older citizens, as the Mrs. Ann Harris homestead.
Having a wife and eight children, the eldest, a son, twenty-one years of age, and finding it necessary to clear a cornfield at once, he built a rude shelter, by driving stakes in the ground and peeling popular bark for a roof, upon the bank of the river nearly opposite the residence of Grandison Wolfe, which served for a dwelling until the corn had been planted, when he erected a better one, near the present site of the Cannon residence.
His nearest neighbor was then at Pennsboro, but others soon found their way into this wilderness, and a settlement was formed, which, for forty years, was known at the "Maley settlement."
Mr. Maley was the paternal grandfather of Ritchie county's most distinguished son, the late General T.M. Harris and he was a native of southern Ireland, the son of an Irish nobleman.
He being one of the younger sons of the family was committed to the care of his mothers brother, a Catholic priest to be trained, perhaps for the priesthood; and finding life very unpleasant under such circumstances, he ran away and came to America, near the close of the Revolutionary War.
Landing in Philadelphia, he drifted into the country near by, where he became associated with a family of Seceders by the name of Harper. (The Seceders were one of a numerous body of Presbyterians who seceded from the communion of the established church in Scotland in 1733), an association which resulted in his marriage to Miss Agnes Harper, a little later.
Mrs. Maley inherited a small dowery from her fathers estate, which she exchanged with a man in Philadelphia for a thousand acres of land in what is now the Harrisville vicinity, in 1795; and she and her husband, with Thier family and possessions, started at once to take charge of this new acquisition; but when they reached Harper's Ferry, after a long and perilous journey over the mountains, learning of the hostility of the Indians in this section, they changed their course, and went to the Shenandoah valley, where they remained, in Rockbridge county, until they came to Ritchie, in 1803.
Mr. Maley did not long survive the hardships of this wilderness life, and in 1808, he filled the first grave that was "hollowed out" in the old "Pioneer cemetery," on the Cannon farm, one mile northeast of Harrisville. His wife rests by his side.
Their children were as follows:
William, Thomas and Mrs. Mary McCoy, all of Illinois; Dr. Samuel, James and John of Iowa; Mrs. Agnes (John) Harris and Miss Margaret Maley, who lie sleeping in the Harrisville cemetery."

Family links: 
  Agnes Harper Mealey (1757 - 1802)
  William Maley (1780 - 1858)*
  Samuel L. Mealey (1782 - 1872)*
  Mary Mealey McCoy (1788 - 1858)*
*Calculated relationship
Pioneer Cemetery
Ritchie County
West Virginia, USA
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Record added: Apr 24, 2009
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- Wm. E Smith
 Added: Aug. 22, 2012

- Cara,Tony or TXS
 Added: Apr. 10, 2012
Lawrence was my 5th Great-Grandfather. Thank you for coming to this country and fighting for it's independence.
- Rick Weaver
 Added: Jan. 13, 2012
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