MEMOIRS of ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA Vol. 1
Northwestern Historical Association, Madison, Wis., 1904
ANDREW J. MALARKEY, a longtime resident of Tarentum, has had a varied and successful career as a Union soldier, driller for oil railroads, and brick manufacturer...His father, HENRY MALARKEY, was born in Butler County in 1791, and his mother, ELIZABETH (WOLF) MALARKEY, at Allegheny City in 1801. DANIEL MALARKEY, the grandfather, was a native of Scotland, born in 1765, and married a MISS MARGARET HINES, of Germany, born in 1764, and died July 8, 1848. He came to Butler County in boyhood, and later engaged in farming, which occupation he pursued until his death, Oct. 10, 1846. His son, HENRY, father of our subject, went to Swissvale in 1864, afterwards to Tarentum, and, in 1872, removed to Missouri. A year later he returned to Pennsylvania, and died at St. Petersburg, Nov. 11, 1873, his wife surviving until 1900. The latter’s parents were natives of Ireland, and became early settlers of Armstrong and Westmoreland counties. HENRY and ELIZABETH MALARKEY had nine children - six sons and three daughters - but of these, only three are now living, JOHN, DAVID A., and ANDREW J. Five of the sons were in the Civil War on the Union side, and two of these, GEORGE and HENRY F., were killed in battle while serving of Company F., 100th Pennsylvania regiment, known as the “Round Heads.” JOHN also belonged to this command, while DAVID A. was a member of the 137th regiment, Pennsylvania volunteer infantry. DANIEL, the eldest son, being exempt from military duty, enlisted and served as a member of the home guard. ANDREW J. MALARKEY, youngest of the children of this patriotic family, was born at Saxonburg, Butler Co., Pa., Aug. 3, 1846...(pg. 342) Young ANDREW enlisted, in June, 1862, as a member of Company F., of the 56th regiment, Pennsylvania militia, with which he served three months. Desiring more active service, he re-enlisted, Feb. 3, 1863, in Company L., 14th Pennsylvania cavalry, commanded by Col. J. M. Schoonmaker. He took part in the severe fighting at Winchester, Fisher’s Hill and Woodstock, and was in many skirmishes during and after the famous Lynchburg raid. On Oct. 3, 1864, he was taken prisoner at Mt. Jackson, in the valley of the Shenandoah, Va., but after a detention of ten days, succeeded in obtaining a parole. With this brief exception, he lost no time with his regiment, to which he returned after leaving prison, and was discharged in September, 1865, at Leavenworth, Kan. After the war, MR. MALARKEY worked in the railroad service for 7 years, and then engaged in the oil business. He drilled for oil from New York to Tennessee, and during his long connection with that business, a period of 28 years, he met with the usual discouragements and disappointments, but on the whole was quite successful. Eventually he retired from the oil business, and for several years has been engaged in the manufacture of brick at Barley’s station, on the Bessemer road. He is also interested in the coal business and in gold-mining in Colorado. Since his retirement from the army, he has made his home at Tarentum, where he owns the finest residence in the town, built by himself on East Tenth Street in 1892....In November, 1864, MR. MALARKEY, married MARY C., daughter of SAMUEL WOLF. He and his wife are members of Methodist Episcopal Church at Tarentum. Of their three children, HARRY E. died at the age of 19 years, SAMUEL H. is with his father in the brick business, and JOHN L. is a lawyer by profession.
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