I’m still struggling with those darn McGhee/McGee ancestors of mine!
In doing the regular census search for James Joseph McGhee, I have found a James McGhee and a Thomas McGhee in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania in 1820. The funny thing is, this is not my James or Thomas McGhee. This James is shown with three males under 10, two males 18 – 26, and one male 26 – 45. There is also one female 26 – 45. Thomas shows one male 26 – 45, one female under 10, and one female 16 – 261. I have searched enough to find out just who this James McGhee is, but I am not able to say one way or another if he is related to my McGhee’s.
The James McGhee found in the 1820 census in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania is most certainly the James McGhee born about 1755 – 1760 in Northern Ireland that is documented by Mr. Patrick Lowery’s Family Tree. Mr. Lowery makes no mention in his family tree of the Thomas McGhee listed next door to his James McGhee in 1820.
Perhaps there is not a connection between the two McGhee families. I have not been able to find anything on this Thomas McGhee, and he is not in Centre County, Pennsylvania in 1830. The James McGhee died in 1822 and left his land to his two sons, Isaac and John, who are both in Howard Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania in 1830. These are likely the two males 18 – 26 living with James McGhee in 1820.
I still think it’s strange that two McGhee/McGee families would end up in Centre County, Pennsylvania. What do you think?
- Ancestry.com. 1820 United States Federal Census (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourth Census of the United States, 1820. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1820. M33, 142 rolls. Year: 1820; Census Place: Bellefonte, Centre, Pennsylvania; Roll: M33_98; Page: 274; Image: 282. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1820usfedcenancestry&h=215524&ti=0&indiv=try> (accessed 4/20/2007) ↩