So I received a message this week that my 7-year-old nephew had a school project and needed to know an ancestor who had immigrated to the US. I can bet that my sister did not expect me to give her a list of nearly 40 ancestors for her son dating back to the 1600s! Once I had completed that little project, I was still feeling that genealogy itch, and since I’ve let my subscription to Ancestry.com expire, I decided to play with the website a bit. I cancelled the subscription for multiple reasons, yes, it is quite expensive, but too many times when I start researching, my ADD kicks in and I get lost in the research I’m doing. Without having that rabbit hole to jump down into, and this genealogy bug getting to me, I may actually get somewhere with this site (at least until the next squirrel comes along to distract me!).
October 28, 1796, in Treanamullin, Stranorlar, County Donegal, Ireland the first child of Margaret Stewart and Thomas McGhee was born, James Joseph McGhee. Across the ocean on July 9, 1806, in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania the first child of Susannah Klee and Jacob Neidigh was born, Anna Maria Neidigh. Later Anna Maria goes by the more Americanized, Mary Ann.
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).