History of Luzerne County, Pa.,
by H.C. Bradsby, 1893
John B. QUIGLEY, constable, Freeland, was born in Philadelphia, in March, 1848, a son of Bernard and Anna (GALLIGHER) QUIGLEY, natives of Ireland. His father was a carpenter by trade, and died in New Philadelphia the year after his son John came to Jeddo, when the latter was about twenty-one years of age; his mother died when he was ten years old. John was educated in New Philadelphia, and at the age of twenty came to Jeddo, where he engaged at work in the mines, remaining there until 1885, in which year he removed to Freeland, where he has since resided. In 1888 he was elected constable, and has been re-elected once since; at present he is also a member of the Freeland police force. Mr. QUIGLEY was married December 25, 1869, to Miss Harriet AMON, of Jeddo. There have been born to them eleven children, five of whom are living, viz.: Anna E., James B., Thomas, William and Leo. He and his family are members of the Catholic Church; his political views are decidedly Democratic.
Thomas F. QUIGLEY, merchant, Miners Mills, was born in Carbondale, Pa., September 27, 1847, and is a son of Patrick and Mary (FARRELL) QUIGLEY, natives respectively of Counties Roscommon and Queen's, Ireland. They came to America in 1829, and were soon after married, locating in Carbondale, where the father worked at his trade, that of shoemaker, till his death, which occurred in 1850, when he was aged thirty-five years. The family consisted of three children, viz.: Mary A. (Mrs. Daniel TROLAN, Rose Bud, Wash.), Margaret (Mrs. Murthy MOORE, Highland, Wis.) and Thomas F. Our subject received a common-school education, and worked about the mines until the Civil war broke out. On September 6, 1862, he enlisted at Harrisburg in Company K, Forty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was with Gen. BURNSIDE chiefly while in the service, and was discharged July 25, 1865, when he returned to the Taylorville coal region, thence moving to Wilkes-Barre in 1866, and afterward locating in Plains township, where he worked in various mines until 1876. He was then elected assessor and tax collector in Plains township, which offices he held three years; then engaged in contracting and building and dealing in real estate, which he carried on extensively in Plains township till 1884, when, upon being appointed the first postmaster at Miners Mills, he built his present place and engaged in mercantile business, having now a very large trade. Besides his real estate and other interests in Miners Mills, Mr. Quigley is treasurer of the Economic Printing Company of Wilkes-Barre. He was married March 30, 1880, to Miss Eva, daughter of Detrick and Mercy (EVANS) RINES, natives of German and New Jersey, respectively; her father who followed lumbering, and, later, farming, came to Luzerne county in 1835. This happy union was blessed with five children, viz.: Edgar (deceased in infancy), Mary, Eva, T. Francis (a bright, promising little fellow, and the only son, who died at the age of two, deeply mourned by his parents) and Margaret. Mr. and Mrs. Quigley are members of the Catholic Church, she being a convert. He is an active democrat, and has much county and State political influence; he was the first burgess of Miners Mills borough regularly elected for full term, and has been a member of the council. He took an active part in the world-renowned arrest and conviction of "Red-nosed Mike," pleading his case before the justice, securing his acquittal, and afterward obtaining the most exhaustive confession made by the doomed man.Back to Bios Index
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