Since I have been researching my McGee/McGhee line this week, I thought I would continue with the McGee’s today on Tombstone Tuesday. Those of you who have been to the old section of the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, should recognize the McGee monument. I remember that when I was quite young, I was fascinated by this monument, and thought it would be cool if I was related to the people buried there. Today, I am proud that my 4th great grandparents are among those buried at this monument.
This past week I have been working on the last family to marry the children of William and Rebecca Oney Corel, the McGhee/McGee family. The father of the three children who married three Corel siblings was James Joseph McGhee, born October 28, 1796 in Treanamullin, Stranorlar, County Donegal, Ireland to Margaret Stewart and Thomas M’Ghee. James Joseph was the oldest of eight children all born in Stranorlar Parish, Ireland. The other children are Robert, Adam, Thomas, William, Nancy “Sarah”, Margaret, and Caldwell S. (possibly Stewart).
Family legend states that three McGhee brothers, James Joseph, Adam, and Thomas, arrived in New York from Ireland about 1819. One descendant of James Joseph recalls hearing stories of James working on the Erie Canal, which was constructed between 1817 and 1825. Another descendant wrote of the three brothers being grading contractors for the Illinois Central Railroad, “and finishing their contract in 1852, they had $8,000 in silver dollars which they concealed in nail kegs and traveled by wagon train to Kansas City from St. Louis, and after a time went to Kansas where they took up land east of Lawrence.”
I want to wish a Happy Birthday to Nancy “Nannie” Maryland Corel-LaHay-Dobbins! Today marks the 175 anniversary of her birth. She was a very remarkable woman who lived through much in her life.
James Henry Corel was born on June 3, 1865 to Susannah Clay McGee and James Pickens Corel in Wakarusa Township, Douglas County, Kansas. He was the fifth child, but the first born son.
A new meme has started for the GeneaBloggers (genealogy bloggers) that is called Madness Monday. Madness Monday is the brilliant idea of Amy Crooks of Untangled Family Roots to blog about our elusive brick walls.
This would not necessarily be my first choice for my first brick wall to blog about, but the timing is just too right, since I just finished the Puckett page in the Corel by Chance section only minutes ago!
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Anyone who knows me knows that I am incapable of making decisions and narrowing things down! So, for my first participation in the Smile for the Camera carnival, I have selected eight photos of brothers and sisters from youth to adulthood. I did at least pick only one photo from each family, although I did have a few different photos I could have included, I thought I should save those for another day!
Very little is actually known about Rebecca Oney, but what has been able to be pieced together by census records, land warrants, and the like makes me feel quite honored to call her my fourth great grandmother.
I’ve been working away here on Corel Cousins and just realized that I hadn’t shared with you all what I’ve been doing and what new pages I have added!
The last update blog post I did, I wrote about how I did not think that Robert Emmitt McGlothlin was a child of Judith Leathers and John McLaughlin. Cousin by marriage, Teresa Klaiber, shared some information with me, as well as some conversations she had with her mother-in-law, and now I believe that Robert Emmitt McGlothlin must have at least been raised by Judith Leathers and John McLaughlin. On the McGlothlin page, I share the reasons why I do not think that Judith Leathers is the mother of Robert Emmitt McGlothlin, but since I do believe that she played a part in his life, I also have a link to the information I found on Judith Leathers and John McLaughlin (found here and on the McGlothlin page under Corels by Chance) and what is believed to be their descendants.
William Corel was born April 7, 1828 in Tazewell County, Virginia. William was the ninth child, and second son of William Corel and Rebecca Oney. He married Margaret Ann McGee about 1857 in Douglas County, Kansas. Margaret was born December 3, 1827 in Bellefonte Centre County, Pennsylvania.