MATHEW G. HAUGHEY, an esteemed citizen of McLean, is at present engaged
as a stock-dealer, and has been a resident of this vicinity since a child eight years of age, when he removed from
his native State to this county. His birth occurred in Greene County, Ohio, on the 8th of April, 1840. His father,
Joseph Haughey, was born in the Old Dominion, where he was reared and grew to manhood. He was also married in Virginia,
his wife being Miss Esther White, a native of that State. Soon after marriage the young couple removed to Ohio,
settling in Greene County on a tract of timber land of 100 acres, from which Joseph Haughey improved a farm, which
he occupied until 1848. He then sold out and started for the West, accompanied by his wife and nine children. The
journey was made overland and their outfit consisted of six horses, two wagons and a carriage. After about thirty
days' travel they landed in Logan County, Ill., where the father of our subject rented land for two years following.
In the meantime Mr. H. had entered 160 acres on sections 1 and 12 of what is now Mt. Hope Township, where he soon afterward built a house, into which he removed his family in the fall of 1850. He remained there until a few years before his death, and spent his last days in McLean, retired from active labor. His death occurred in 1869, when he was fifty-nine years of age; his widow still lives in McLean. The children now living are as follows: Henry is a resident of Ava, Douglas Co., Mo.; Elizabeth became the wife of Lewis Harley, who is now deceased; Lorenzo Dow lives in Arkansas; John, in Kansas; Mathew G., in McLean; and Mary E., Mrs. Samuel Bevans, in Mt. Hope Township.
The subject of this history was reared to farming pursuits, and remained under the home roof until August, 1862. The Rebellion being then in progress he enlisted as a Union soldier in Co. A, 117th Ill. Vol. Inf., serving until March, 1863, when he was honorably discharged on account of disability and returned home. As soon as his health would permit he resumed farming pursuits until 1866. Then, coming to McLean, he began dealing in grain and stock and later purchased a one-half interest in a drug-store. He subsequently sold this and purchased an elevator, and continued operating in grain until 1884, also in buying and shipping stock.
Mr. Haughey was married in McLean County, Ill., in September, 1872, to Miss Charlotte Snow, who was a native of Brookfield, Mass., and born Jan. 14, 1847. Her parents were Daniel C. and Louisa D. (Rice) Snow, whose sketch appears in this work. Of this union there were born two children Frank M. and Daniel Max. Mr. and Mrs. Haughey are greatly respected wherever known. Our subject is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and socially belongs to Harrison W. Wood Post, G. A. R. Mrs. Haughey is a member in good standing of the Congregational Church.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 686. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.