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From: "Leslie Campbell" <>
Subject: HARPER / MALEY
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 1998 15:05:14 -0800


LAWRENCE MALEY m. (MARGARET) AGNES HARPER (details below and more info at my home page: http://www.gv.net/~lesliec/maleyhome.htm

Lawrence O'Mealey, Mealey, Malay or Maley of Scot-Irish ancestry was born about 1756, probably in North Ireland (according to family legend, at Raphoe County, Donegal), died in 1808 in Wood County, Virginia (now near Harrisville, Ritchie County, West Virginia; married (Margaret) Agnes HARPER (daughter of a wealthy farmer residing west of Philadelphia, PA). Date and place of birth not found; death not recorded except it occurred at the farm home one mile east of Harrisville in what is now Ritchie County, West Virginia. They were parents of eight (8) children. Both are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery one-mile east of Harrisville.
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Lawrence, being one of the younger sons of the family was committed to the care of his mother's 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 County nearby 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.
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Mrs. Maley inherited a small dowry from her father's estate which she exchanged with a man in Philadelphia for 1,000 acres in what is now the Harrisville vicinity in 1795 and she and her husband with their family and possessions started at once to take charge of the 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 (VA) until they came to Ritchie in 1803.
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Any connections????

Leslie Campbell
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Researching Surnames: ANDERSON, BLAINE, CAMPBELL, CARLSON, FARRAR, FRICKEY, HARPER, HARRIS, IDE, MALEY/MEALEY/O'MALLEY, MCCONNELL, MCCOY, PERRIN/PEREN, SMITH

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From: Toni Sepaugh <>
Date: Sunday, February 08, 1998 12:17 PM
Subject: searching for HARPERs re:Renee C. Greene

I am also searching for HARPERs,RORERT lived in virginia, about 1750,may be
related to people at HARPER FERRY.but not the founder
Married MARGARET--------- Born MAY 18 1755 DIED NOV 25 1841
PLACE ;GIBSON CO INDIANA

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