From "History of Wheeling City and Ohio County, West Virginia and
Representative Citizens," by Hon. Gibson Lamb Cranmer, 1902; Pages 819-820.
Typed by Polly Oliver.
Mr. Carney was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, on Ash Wednesday, in March 1827. His parents were William and Rosanna (Crossbow) Carney. Will Carney, Sr., came to this country in 1856, bringing his wife with him. He was a man of great power, and had a robust constitution. He was a shoemaker by trade, and lived but six months after coming to America, dying at the age of sixty-five years. His marriage with Rosanna Croslow resulted in six children, all of who are deceased except William and his brother, John, who resides on Caldwell's Run, and is contractor. William Carney's mother was a resident of Wheeling until her death, at the age of eighty years, which occurred in 1876. The family were devout members of the Catholic Church.
William Carney, the subject of this biography, was schooled in County Tyrone, Ireland. Since his boyhood days, he has been a contractor, and has worked at the business ever since he came to Wheeling, in 1856. His firm does more work for form 15 to 25 teams, and from 80 to 100 men, for weeks, and at such times his pay-roll amounts to form $ 500 to $ 700 per week. Mr. Carney laid the Elm Grove car line, which runs form Wheeling to the Park, and has been employed to make the excavations for nearly all the great buildings in Wheeling. His word is a good as his bond, and what he says he will do is considered as good as done according to the contract. He owns 10 houses in the city without encumbrance, and has all the work he can do.
Mr. Carney was united in marriage with Bridget Carney in February 1859. Mrs. Carney was not a relative of her husband. She is a very industrious wife, kind and thoughtful, and is a good manager. Mr. and Mrs. Carney have eight children, as follows: William; Peter; James; Katie; Jane; Rosanna; Ella and Charles. William, like his father, is a hard worker and good manager, and is engaged in handling gangs for his father. Peter, who is employed in a Wheeling foundry, married Anna Brahler, and has six children, namely: Frank, Mary, Kate, Henry, Eddie and Johnnie. James is also engaged in bossing and contracting for his father, at Martin's Ferry, Ohio. He married Winifred Glenn, who died July 13, 1898, at the age of thirty-two years. She was a good woman and greatly beloved by all who knew her. Her three children, William, Regina and Etta Vicentia, are now staying with William Carney, where the find a good home. Katie is doing service at home and Jane and Rosanna are also at home. Ella is attending school and securing an education. Charles is employed at the LaBelle Iron Works, in the tin mill, as shipping and weighting clerk. Mr. Carney is a member of the Catholic Church. He has no time for politics and takes very little interest in party matters. Mr. Carney has done well for himself and his children. He has given them all good education, and takes care that they are comfortably situated in life. A portrait of Mr. Carney accompanies this sketch.