History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1887

Neil Duffy Biography

Neil E. Duffy, manufacturer, P. O. Ridge, is a native of Wilmington, Del. His parents are both of Irish birth and are both now living in that place, and are each about 70 years old. He was born September 8, 1851, and learned the trade of coach-making in Wilmington with C. W. Horn.

In 1874 He came to Dublin, where he remained untll 1879, when, being out of employment at hls trade, be went into the clothing business, taking from a prominent Philadelphia house a number of garments. These he distributed and collected personally, doing all his work with the one horse he then owned. From this humble beginning he has grown a business which disburses in wages $1,600 a month among the people of the upper part of Bucks county, and employs seven horses and a number of men, and is steadily increasing. In 1884 he made 59,259 pieces; in 1885, 71,216; and in 1886, 80,704.

His business gives profitable employment to a large number of people, and is no inconsiderable factor in the prosperity of a large number of rural homes.

March 26,1880, he was married to Margaret, daughter of Charles Scott. She was born in Philadelphia, May 18, 1864. They have three children : Edith Ray, Corn, and Edward Scott. Mr. and Mrs. Dairy are both members of the Deep Rum Presbyterian church, and he has a decided enviable reputation as a shrewd, wide-awake man of business, upright and honorable in all his dealings.

Source: History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania; J.H. Battle; Warner & Co.; 1887.

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