For today’s Madness Monday I have decided to not search for an individual or a family, but see if any of my fellow genealogists can help me figure out a bit of a mystery! Before I have even wrapped things up here, I think I have solved my own mystery!
I have a brief manuscript written by Agnes Salathiel Hall, granddaughter of Henry Highland Corel, that details her family history. It is a wonderful piece of history, but some information is a bit warped, and some appears to be downright wrong. That alone should keep me from looking to verify anything she has written, but there is a strange occurrence in 1855, and it may not be as Agnes details, but there must be something!
Today marks the 195th anniversary of the birth of Henry Highland Corel. Henry was born on April 2, 1814 in Tazewell County, Virginia. Henry was the second child and first son born to Rebecca Oney and William Corel.
Henry Highland Corel married Nancy Matney on August 2, 1938 in Tazewell County, Virginia. Nancy and Henry would have seven documented children, the first six were born in Tazewell County, Virginia. Their seventh child was born while they were living in Jackson County, Missouri.
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.”
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!
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.