Houston McBay of Lincoln County, Tennessee
Houston McBay, b. abt 1782 in SC. "Early East Tennessee Marriages, 1783-1868", Vol. 1 Grooms, page 237: On October 2, 1809, Hugh McBay married Peggy Phann, by Phillip Phann, sig. Hugh Houston McBay. (Houston was born in 1782. He would have been 27 years of age at the time of the marriage.); From the military Records of the Tennessee Soldiers from the War of 1812:
McBay, Hugh- was drafted into the military and served at the rank of Corporal in the War of 1812 under Colonel Ewen Allison and Captain Thomas Wilson. (Houston was 30 years of age at this time)
We know from court records that Houston purchased 50 acres of land in Lincoln County, Tennessee, on August 31, 1839, from Charles Lynch.
We also know from his will dated August 5, 1856, that his wife was named Margaret and that Elizabeth Snow was his daughter. The Will was proven in court on October 5, 1856 in Lincoln County.
In the 1850 Lincoln County, Tennessee Census shows Houston McBay and wife as shown below:
1850 Lincoln County Tennessee Census
Transcribed by Miss Deane Porch 1970
Route 2, River Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
(Lincoln County Library)
Houston McBay 68 M Farmer 800 S.C.
Margaret 59 F Tenn12
Phillip 37 M Tenn12
Elizabeth Snow 30 F Tenn12
Margaret McBay 22 F Tenn12
James K. 21 M none (dumb) Tenn12 (meaning can't read or write)
Sarah A. Snow 13 F Tenn
Phillip M. 11 M Tenn11
Wiley 9 M Tenn11
Margaret E. 7 F Tenn
Jonathan Bice 17 M none S.C.
no clue as to who Jonathan Bice is, farm hand supposibly
Phillip age 37, is the son of Houston and Margaret, divorced and living at home w/ parents again
Elizabeth Snow, age 30, is his daughter, she is listed in his 1856 will as his daughter. She and her 4 children, Sarah A., Phillip M., Wiley, Margaret E., are living with Houston and Margaret. It is not known the given name of her SNOW husband. However, given the age of the last Snow child was 7 years old he would have had to died or left Elizabeth sometime between 1843 and 1850 where she is found living w/ parents in 1850 census.
After the death of Houston, we find Margaret in Census Reports up to 1880, see below:
Margaret McBay found in 1860 Census as head of household with Elizabeth and 3 of her 4 children found in 1850
1860 CENSUS LINCOLN COUNTY, TN
#788 MARGARET MCBAY F 63
ELIZABETH SNOW F 40
PHILIP M. SNOW 20 M
WILIE 18 M
ELIZABETH F 15
Found in the 1870 Census of Lincoln County, Tennessee
born abt 1791
Found in the 1870 Lincoln County, Tennessee United States Federal Census, living with Mary McBay Eslick, husband James B. and son James M. Eslick. Mary McBay is an older daughter of Houston and Margaret McBay who was found in Lincoln County, Tn already living with husband James B. Eslick in 1850.
District Post Office Roll Page Image Age Real Estate
2 Lynchburg M593-1544 168 51 79 $500.00
Found in 1880 Moore County, Tennessee Census
Mary Eslick, 70, widowed TN VA VA
Marg McBay, 92, mother, widowed, broken leg
Mandy Eslie- niece, 23
(Marg; this would be Margaret Peggy Phann McBay)