Portraits of Pioneers: Thomas Mahaffy (1850 – 1921)
26 July 1850 — 1921 (aged 70–71)
The following is an excerpt from a book published by Chapman Brothers, 1884.
Thomas H. Mahaffy, farmer, section 9, Flynn Township, was born July 26, 1850, or 1851, in County Armagh, Ireland. His parents, William and M.A. Mahaffy, were also natives of the “Green Isle,” where they passed their entire lives. When he was 23 years of age he came to America and at first located in Ontario, Dominion of Canada. He went thence to Romeo, Macomb Co., Mich., where he entered the employ of E.W. Giddings, a banker of that place. He came to Sanilac County in the fall of 1879 and purchased the property where he has since resided and operated as a farmer on 160 acres of land. He has cleared and improved about 20 acres.
Mr. Mahaffy was married May 17, 1882, in Marlette to Rebecca Murphy. She was born in Ireland, March 12, 1864, and came to this country when she was 16 years old. Arthur is the name of the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Mahaffy. The parents are members of the M.E. Church, and Mr. Mahaffy is a Democrat in political belief.
Portrait and Biographical Album of Sanilac County; Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Citizens of the County. Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1884.