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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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THOMAS B. B. McGUlRE. The family record of the McGuire family as given in old records is as follows:

(I) The great-grandfather came from Ireland and settled in Hampden township, Good Hope district. He was the head of the family in this country, was a trustee of the Silver Spring Church, and lived to an honored and ripe old age.

(II) Francis McGuire, grandfather of Thomas, and son of the pioneer McGuire, was born in Hampden township. In 1817 he married Sarah Silvers, of Virginia, a member of the family after whom Silver Spring was named. Francis McGuire was also a trustee in the church at Silver Springs, and died in 1852, highly respected, aged sixty-three years. His children were: James, Isaac, Joseph, Francis, William and Adeline.

(III) James McGuire, father of Thomas and son of Francis, was born in Hampden township, May 20, 1818, and received his education at that place, but at an early age he engaged in farming. In 1844, he married Mary F. Adams, and Thomas B. B. was born of this union, the mother dying in 1850. In 1855, James McGuire married Sarah A. Dewey, of Hogestown. In religious faith James McGuire was a Presbyterian, and in politics, first an old line Whig, and afterward a Democrat. His death occurred in 1872, while his wife died in 1899.

(IV) Thomas B. B. McGuire was born in Hampden township, Nov. 29, 1844, and received his education at that place, and at Hogestown. At the age of seventeen he went to Mount Joy Academy, and after being graduated therefrom, he enlisted, Aug. 22, 1864, at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, in Company I, 200th P. V. I., Capt. William E. Kearns, commanding. This regiment was part of the Army of the James. Mr. McGuire participated in the battles of Fort Stillman, Petersburg and numerous skirmishes. The young hero was mustered out May 30, 1865, at Alexandria, Va., and returned to his home, to resume farming.

Quietly and unostentatiously, Mr. McGuire farmed at Upper Allen, Cumberland county, until 1873. In the meanwhile, in 1868, he married Mary M. Weigle, of Harrisburg, Pa., descendant of an old German family, who early in the history of the country settled at Baltimore, and became honored in that city. With the exception of a few years, during which he worked in the Pennsylvania car shops, Mr. McGuire has been engaged in farming, until 1900, when he retired from the labors of an active life.

The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. McGuire: James C. S. died at the age of four years; Samuel H.; Hester M.; George K.; Lula Silvers; Thomas S.; Francis C.

Mr. McGuire is a stanch Republican, and takes an active part in local affairs. In religious matters he has followed in the footsteps of his Scotch-Irish ancestors, and is a Presbyterian. The family history contains many interesting incidents dating back to Colonial days.

A sister of Mr. McGuire’s grandmother was the wife of Gen. Nathaniel Greene, of Revolutionary fame, and their daughter. Rose Greene, married Maj. Gen. McFerren. The sister of Gen. Greene’s wife was married to Col. James Quigley, of Hampden township. From the Hogues, a branch of the Quigley family, the village of Hogestown derives its name.

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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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