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GALLAGHER, MICHAEL, machinist, Pennsylvania Steel Works, Steelton, Pa., was born in Ireland, in August, 1846. He is a son of John and Bridget (Highland) Gallagher. His paternal grandfather, Owen Gallagher, was a gardener, and was all his life in the same business. He first married Miss Conally, and had two children: Thomas, and Michael. By a second marriage, to a Miss Gallagher, he had two children: John, and Bridget, both deceased. Mr. Gallagher’s maternal grandparents were both born at Cassel Bar, Ireland. Their children were: Mary, who died at Pittsburgh, and who was Mrs. Thomas Reihm: and Bridget, Mrs. John Gallagher. Mr. and Mrs. John Gallagher were both born in Ireland. Mr. Gallagher, like his father was all his life a gardener; he served in some of the finest situations in both Ireland and England. His wife Bridget was the daughter of Patrick and Magdalena Highland, mentioned above. Their children are: Mary, wife of Michael Clark; Annie, wife of Patrick Daily; Michael; Elizabeth, wife of William Burk; Jane, wife of John Kassie; Bridget, wife of Patrick Mitchel, who died in 1888. the father died January 1, 1883, aged sixty-four, and the mother June 26, 1892, aged seventy-five years. They were members of the Roman Catholic church.

Michael Gallagher was educated in the common schools of Ireland. At the age of fourteen he went to England, and for four years and nine months was in the tin business. He then worked in the steel works until 1869. In September of that year he came to this country, landing at New York. A few days later he came to Steelton, and at once engaged with the Pennsylvania Steel Company as a general laborer. In a few months he was made boss hammerman in the hammer mill, and was afterwards promoted to his present position. With the exception of thirteen months spent in Pittsburgh and Chicago, Mr. Gallagher has worked continuously since 1869 with his present employers. He is a Democrat. Michael Gallagher was married, march 30, 1875, to Mary D., daughter of Morris and Julia (Cavana) Murphy. Their children are: B. Agnes, Julia G., and Johanna T.; Anna, died in May, 1882, aged three years and nine months; Minnie, died September, 1881; and John H., died January 18, 1884. Mrs. Gallagher died March 13, 1888, aged thirty-six years. Mr. Gallagher is a member of the Roman Catholic church.

The parents of Mrs. Gallagher were born in Ireland. Upon coming to this country they settled in Steelton, where Mr. Murphy has been constantly employed ever since. His wife was Julia Cavana. Their children are: Johanna, wife of Jere. Daily; Michael, Thomas, Katie, and Ann, the latter born deceased. Mrs. Murphy is deceased, and Mr. Murphy resides in Steelton, and is now married to Barbara Kassie. They have one child deceased.

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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –
Date of Transcription: 10 July 2001
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