From Harriet Taylor Upton, A Twentieth Century History of Trumbull County, Ohio, A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909), Volume 2, pp. 236-237:
JAMES MCCARTNEY, a prosperous agriculturist of Vienna township, Trumbull county, Ohio, was born in Hubbard township, this county, September 20, 1859, a son of John and Susana (Robison) McCartney. The mother was a native of Clearfield county, Pennsylvania, born in 1829. John McCartney, the father, was a native of Ireland, born in 1830, and he accompanied his parents to America about 1845, the family remaining in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, a few years, and then moving to Hubbard township, Trumbull county, where the father, James McCartney (grandfather of James, of this sketch) purchased a farm upon which he lived between thirty and forty years. The grandparents finally went to New Castle and resided with a daughter for six or eight years, and there the grandmother died. The grandfather then made his home until his death in 1885 with his son, the father of James.
John McCartney resided with his parents until about thirty years of age, having purchased a half interest in his father’s place, continuing on the old homestead until 1866, when he sold, reserving the coal rights of the place. He then went to Vienna township, where he bought one hundred and sixty-five acres of land, the major part of which is within Brookfield township. Here he continued to reside until his death, in 1900, his wife having died on the same place in 1895. They were the parents of the following: Mary, unmarried and a resident of Brookfield township; Frank, residing in Vienna township, cultivating his brother James’ farm; Harry, a telegraph operator on the Lake Shore Railroad, residing at Wick, Ohio; and Charles residing with his sister.
James McCartney, of this notice, attended the township schools and remained at home with his parents until twenty-six years of age. He then bought a farm of fifty-three acres, apportion of which had belonged to the father and the balance to his father-in-law, and moved to this place and began general farming. He has devoted his entire life to farming with the exception of a short period spent as construction foreman of the Lake Shore Railroad, and now has one of the best farms in the vicinity, all of which he has earned himself.
Mr. McCartney is a member of the Masonic fraternity and International Brotherhood of Railroad Men. Being in hearty accord with the order, he became one of the organizers for the Order of International Brotherhood. Since old enough to exercise the right of franchise Mr. McCartney has voted the Democratic ticket, and while never an office seeker, he has held the position of member of the school board and other local offices.
In December, 1885, Mr. McCartney was married to Miss Harriet Vinton, born in Vienna township, June 22, 1855, a daughter of Aaron and Ruhama (Snyder) Vinton. Mrs. McCartney’s father was born in New York state in May, 1827, and the mother in Vienna township, this county, December, 1826. Aaron Vinton came to Ohio with his parents when a young man and located near the present McCartney farm. When about twenty-three years of age he purchased a farm near the old homestead place and there continued general farming until his death. The wife and mother spends [sic] the greater part of her time with Mr. and Mrs. McCartney. The four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Vinton were: Rosetta, wife of Mr. Shoff, whose sketch is also in this work; Harriet, Mrs. McCartney; Alfred, residing on the old farm; and Wayne, residing in Moorehead, Kentucky, where he is engaged in mercantile business.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. James McCartney are: Vinton, born July 6, 1887, unmarried, now in Ohio State University, taking a mechanical course in engineering; Roy, born November 13, 1888, at home; Ruby, born February 3, 1890, a graduate of the Hartford high school and preparing herself for a teacher; and Aaron Glenn, born May 25, 1892, who is also at home and studying to be an operator.