Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
HENRY MCILRAVY, Secretary of the
Independent Salt Company, New York City, was born in York, Livingston
County, N. Y., August 10, 1867. He was one of four sons of Charles
McIlravy and Mary Betty Bruce. His brothers, James, with whom he is
associated in business, and William N., are living; Charles died in
infancy: of three sisters, Hannah and Mary are living; Alice died in 1892,
leaving one daughter, Matie Nil-land. Mr. McIlravy ‘s parents came from
the North of Ireland to New York City in 1864, and went direct from there
to the farm in York, Livingston County, N. Y. His father is still enjoying
good health at the age of seventy-five; his mother died, October 1, 1915,
at the age of eighty-four. The name, McIlravy is a shortened form of the
clan name MacGillivray. one of the oldest branches of Clan Chattan, known
in Gaelic as Clan MhicGillebhrath. The Clan
was originally settled in Mull, Scotland.
About 1268, Gillivray. the progenitor, took protection and dependence for
himself and posterity of Farquhard Mackintosh. Other variations of the
name are MacGillvray. MacGilvray. MacGilvra, Macilvray.
Macilvrae, and Macilrevie.
Mr. Henry McIlravy attended the
district school and the New York State Normal School, Geneseo, N. Y., and
taught school for a time, working during his vacations on the home farm.
In 1895. he came to New York and entered the salt business on Hudson
Street with his brother James, borrowing the little capital that he put
into the concern. By steady, consistent, honest work they brought their
business to its present success, and Mr. Henry Mcllravy’s ability,
industry and genial personality have always been an important factor.
Mr. Mcllravy is a charter member,
elder, trustee and Treasurer of the Palisades Avenue United Presbyterian
Church, West Hoboken, N. J., a generous contributor and one of its most
active members. He has been captain of the Hillcrest Bowling Club for a
number of years, and is an energetic and persistent worker in everything
he undertakes; strictly temperate in his habits, neither drinks nor
smokes; a loyal friend, and highly respected by all.
He married, November 9, 1892, Miss
Amelia Dailey, daughter of George B. Dailey, a well-known farmer of
Leicester, N. Y. Their only son, Gilbert Henry, was born July 8, 1902.
They have a beautiful home at 26 Clifton Terrace, Weehawken, N. J., in
Mcllravy takes his greatest pleasure, and where his
friends and neighbours are always hospitably welcome. His business address
is 44 Whitehall Street, New York City.
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