Portraits of Pioneers: Hugh Mahaffy (1853 – 1931)

Portraits of Pioneers: Hugh Mahaffy (1853 – 1931)

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A snippet from an 1894 plat map showing Hugh’s farm near upper right corner.

Hugh Mahaffy

29 Aug 1853 — 1931 (aged 77–78)


The following is an excerpt from a book published by Chapman Brothers, 1884.

Hugh Mahaffy, farmer, section 9, Flynn Township, was born Aug. 29, 1853, or 1852, in Ireland and is the son of William and Mary Ann Mahaffy. He emigrated to America when he was 23 years of age. He made his first location at Romeo, Macomb Co., Mich., where he lived some years. He was married there March 9, 1875, to Anna E. Murphy. She was born May 31, 1854, in Ireland and in 1869 she went to England where she lived until 1875. In that year she emigrated to the United States and stopped in the city of Detroit where she was soon after married. Three years after that event, Mr. Mahaffy came to Sanilac County and purchased 80 acres of land on section 18 of this township.

In 1880 he sold that place and purchased 160 acres where he has since operated with vigor and good management until he has placed 40 acres under creditable cultivation. Mr. Mahaffy is a Democrat and has held the minor local offices of the township. He and his wife are members of the M.E. Church. They have three children—John A., Rebecca, and William A.K., who at present is a Class-leader in his Church.

Portrait and Biographical Album of Sanilac County; Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Citizens of the County. Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1884.

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