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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Henry McIlravy

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 which Mr. 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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