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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN BRUCE McCREARY, M. D., of Shippensburg, Pa., a good representative of the medical fraternity at Shippensburg, was born at Gettysburg, Pa., March 25, 1870. David McCreary, his grandfather, was born in 1802, in Adams county, in the vicinity of Gettysburg, son of William McCreary, a native of Scotland.

John F. McCreary, his father, was born in Gettysburg, in 1840. He died in 1891. He was a scholarly gentleman, and for some years a member of the faculty of the Pennsylvania College, at Gettysburg, later becoming principal of the Cumberland Valley State Normal School, a position he held until 1891, when he was succeeded by Dr. G. M. D. Eckels. He married Helen Deardorff, who was born in 1842, in Adams county, near Deardorff Mills, daughter of George and Margaret (Longnecker) Deardorff, of German descent and birth, who were Dunkards in religion. The father of Margaret (Longnecker) Deardorff was Daniel Longnecker, son of Christopher Longnecker, bishop of Conestoga Church in 1724. Mrs. McCreary died in 1890. To John F. McCreary and his wife were born nine children: Gertrude, a teacher at Bethlehem; Helen D. Stokes, Moorestown, N. J.; Carrie A., of Shippensburg; John Bruce; Margaret E., who married John Harper, of Colorado; Alice, deceased; Jean Claude, a teacher in the public schools; Roy Donald, deceased; and W. Harold.

Dr. John B. McCreary received his primary education at Shippensburg. He then read medicine with Dr. James B. Marshall, and was graduated from the University of Maryland in 1892.

In 1894, Dr. McCreary married Miss Mary W. Harper, daughter of William and Nancy (McLane) Harper, of Shippensburg. Mrs. McCreary was educated at Wilson College, Chambersburg, and later studied for a year abroad. One daughter, Nancy Harper, has been born to Dr. and Mrs. McCreary. The Doctor is a member of the Cumberland County Medical Society, of which he is vice-president, and he is also a member of the State Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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