material below was furnished by Paul McGeady. I have made a few changes
in sentence order, added some prepositions, made a few extra paragraph
breaks, and made some punctuation changes. Otherwise the wording is as
I received it. The research is entirely his, in most cases confirming mine,
but in some cases of details in dates, in conflict with mine.
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The McGeadys of Mauch Chunk
The Two Families
There are two distinct McGeady families who
located in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania in the 1840s. Into this bustling community
the first McGeady families in America arrived driven from Ireland by the
famine. These pioneers, in what a few years before was an Indian wilderness,
today have distinguished descendants on the Eastern Seaboard. The original
McGeadys and their McGeady families are still fondly remembered in the
Mauch Chunk area. The eponymous progenitors were Michael McGeady of Mauch
Chunk proper and John McGeady of "The Liberties" of Mauch Chunk and later
East Mauch Chunk.