a leading citizen of Sidney, O., where he is engaged in the contracting business, has spent the larger part of his life in Shelby county and was born in Perry township, in the old log house in which his mother was also born, on his maternal grandfather's farm, March 14, 1864, and is a son of Lewis B. and Marian B. (Redinbough) McVay.
The McVay family is of Scotch-Irish extraction and from its earliest records has been a sturdy and long-lived one. At the time of death the ages of the paternal grandfather and his four brothers aggregated over 400 years. His name was James McVay and he came early to Shelby county and lived here into extreme old age, being within two years of the century mark at the time of decease. He probably was a native of Pickaway county, O., and his occupation was farming. The name of his wife was Hannah Lamasters and she was of Welsh extraction. They had the following children: Rachel, who was the wife of A. A. Dunson; Jesse R., who has been a resident of
Cass county. Neb., since the Civil war; Louis B.; Martha, who is the widow of John Cargill, resides at Port Jefferson, O.; James, who died in Salem township, was a fanner; and Jane, who is the wife of Lewis Wills, a farmer in Salem township, Shelby county, near Maplewood.
Lewis B. McVay was born in Shelby county in 1839, on the old family homestead in Salem township. In his earlier years he was a butcher by trade but from 1868 until he retired he was engaged in building and has been a resident of Sidney for the past twenty-one years. He married Marian B. Redinbough, a daughter of David and Peggy (Lucas) Redinbough. Her father was of German parentage but was bom in Pennsylvania. Three of his children died early and of those who grew to maturity, Mrs. McVay is
the only survivor. One brother, Solomon D., died at Piqua, O. One sister, Mary Ann, who was the wife of Thomas Eltington, died at Port Jefferson. To Louis B. McVay and wife seven children were born, the eldest of the family being Edd McVay, of Sidney. The next in order of birth, Frank Miller, is a molder by trade and a resident of Sidney. He married Catherine Dunn, who died in the fall of 1910. Anna Mary, the eldest daughter, is Mrs. Stiles, of Evansville, Ind. The four children next born all died in infancy;
Kilty, James, Burney and Burley, the two last named being twins.
Edd McVay attended the country schools in Perry township and also had school advantages at Port Jefferson up to the age of fifteen years, at which time his father considered him old enough to learn a self-supporting trade and he became a butcher and followed that trade for many years. Since 1890, however, he has been engaged in a general contracting business. In politics he is a republican and is influential in local matters, a wide-awake and intelligent citizen, interested in all movements that tend to improve general conditions in this section. In January, 1910, he entered upon his duties as a member of the board of public service, at Sidney, and continued until January, 1912. Mr. McVay has some other business interests and represents Shelby county for the Indiana & Ohio Livestock Insurance Company.
On May 2, 1889, Mr. McVay was married to Miss Lillian L. Cargill, who was born in Shelby county, a daughter of Oliver and Rosanna Cargill, residents of Jackson Center, O. Mr. and Mrs. McVay have had four children, two of whom are now deceased: Jessie, who lived but one year, and Willis C., who died in infancy. The two survivors are: Bessie, who graduated from the Sidney high school bearing off the highest honors of the class of 1911, and is now a student at the Miami University; and Louis O., who is a student in the Sidney high school. Mr. McVay is quite prominent in fraternal circles and belongs to a number of the leading organizations. He is a member of Summit Lodge No. 50, Knights of Pythias, at Sidney; Sidney Lodge No. 60, Odd Fellows; Osceola Encampment No. 63, Sidney; Sidney Lodge of Elks No. 786; Helsherf Temple, D. 0. K. K-, No. 32, Sidney, and others.