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Paul Irvin McElroy, Biography

from Marion County, Kentucky – Biographies

Paul Irvin McElroy resides on the farm where he was born on the 9th of October, 1822.  His father, William E. McElroy, was born in Campbell County, Virginia, February 9, 1776, and came to Kentucky with his father’s family in 1789.  William E. McElroy married Miss Kittie Cleland in 1804.  She died ten years later, leaving five children:  Maria J., Eliza K., Phillip E., Harriet P., and Margaret L., the last named, now aged seventy-five years, being the only survivor.  William E. McElroy married his second wife, Mary Kirk, of Marion County, in 1821; to this marriage were born the following children:  Paul I., Robert L., Cecil F., Lucy (Ray), William T., of Louisville; Dr. James F., of Bowling Green; Samuel R., of Little Rock, Arkansas; Keturah J. (Hubbard), and Sarah; the last named died in infancy.  Mary (Kirk) McElroy died in 1865, aged sixty-nine; she was a daughter of James Kirk, a Virginian, and one of the early settlers of Washington County, Kentucky.  William E. McElroy in early life followed the trade of a carpenter and builder; later he engaged in agriculture and stock raising; he died in 1874 at the advanced age of ninety-nine years.  His father, Samuel McElroy, who came to Kentucky in 1789, settled in Washington County, where he pursued the vocation of farming up to the time of his death in the year 1807.  He was of Scotch and Irish descent; was a veteran in the war of the Revolution, and a member of the Presbyterian Church, in which he was for many years a ruling elder.  Paul I.’s maternal grandfather, James Kirk, was also a soldier in the war of the Revolution; he was of English parentage, and died at the age of ninety-seven.  Paul I. McElroy was reared on a farm, and educated in the common schools of his native county of Marion, and finished at Lebanon in 1839, when he engaged in farming and stock-raising, which he has continued up to the present time.  He is now the proprietor of the “Valley Home” farm, a fine estate of 350 acres, lying one mile north of the town of Lebanon.  He was married October 17, 1865, to Miss Susan McElroy, a daughter of Hon. Hiram McElroy of Union County, Kentucky.  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and departed this life in 1884, leaving four children:  Mary L., Paul I., Jennie F. and Proctor K.  Mr. McElroy is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church, of which he has been a life-long member.  The McElroys have, for 200 years, been prominent as rulers and workers in the church.  Mr. McElroy is a Democrat.  He is president of the Lebanon and St. Rose Turnpike Company, but has persistently refused all offices in which politics held a place.  As a patron of schools he has done much for the improvement of the school system in the county.

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