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McGhehey families of Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, Oregon, and points between.

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on 2004-08-30 21:30:18

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by csofamily on 2011-10-08 13:23:07

Arkansas McGheheys (although they may have originally been from Scotland, I only found my line starting in Kentucky with the births of George Washington McGhehey and Cyrus McGhehey. I know George's father was John Barnabas McGhehey md to a widow Eliza Underwood. and I believe he was Cyrus father also. They were born two years apart and married in the same county of Kentucky etc. "Barnabas" came to Lawrence County with George. I'm a descendant through George's daughter Lucinda Caroline. For proof of Barnabas's name being John (which I just found out) go to the Strawberry, Lawrence County, ARK 1850 census. Their name was misinterpreted as Gepher or McGepher, but all the family members are there including John B (Barnabas-81 yrs) and George's wife Charlotte Vancil's young nephew, Alfred Vancil.

by SherryWDC on 2013-09-02 19:04:51

Greetings. I have stared at the census for 10 minutes at just do not see John B Barnabas McGhehey in that 1850 census, Family 455. My eyes see GW and Charlotta's son John Benton McGhehey as well as Jacob Sharp, but no Vancil.


1830 Jonesboro, Union Township, IL -- Noone over 30.
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 2 ( Who are they?)
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 7

1840 (not stated) Union, IL
As transcribed-- I can't read a thing on my copy and others had difficulty as well because GW isn't included in the tally..
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 8
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 8


1850 Strawberry Township, Lawrence County, AR
Smithville P.O.
George McGhehey 46
Charlotta McGhehey 39
Catharine McGhehey 12
George W McGhehey 10
John B McGhehey 7
Charlotta T McGhehey 5
Lucinda C McGhehey 2
Jacob Sharp 21

In 1860, which I think is the one you intended to refer folks to, that is one doozy of a transcription, but again, it is son John Benton McGhehey, age 18.

1860 Strawberry, Lawrence, Arkansas
Smithville P.O.
Gus Lowe 24 (clerk)
George McGhehee 56
Charlotte McGhehee 50
John B McGhehee 81
Charlotte McGhehee 15
Lucinda McGhehee 12
Alfred Vancil 18
Charles Dailey 17

1870: Powhatan Post Office, Black River Township, Lawrence, Arkansas
George Mchehey 67
Charlotte Mcghehey 61
Valentine Fletcher 9 (14 year old Wesley Fletcher is living next door in GW's son John B. McGhehey's home)

1880 Black River Township, Lawrence, no Post Office specified
George Mc Ghehey 76 He is here reported to have been born in Illinois, his father in Ireland, and his mother in New Jersey.
Isabela Mc Ghehey 55 (TN, AL, AL)
Sarah Morris 35 Sister in law(TN, AL, AL)


I see no sign of Barnabas outside of Kentucky. In fact, I haven't ever located him there either. But two Barnabas McGee records in Picout, Nova Scotia -- "New Scotland", despite the 1880 census statement re Ireland.

And on we go.

by csofamily on 2014-06-30 23:42:50

SherryWDC Thanks, for the recap of info, very nicely done. It's been awhile since I checked back onto this message board. I did mean the 1860 census and the transcription is what gave the misinformation. "Always look at the original, right?" Yes, Barnabas remains a mystery. I don't know why extra people show up in the earlier census's of 1830 and 1840, but families often took in extra children to help with farm work or childcare. You may have already determined this, but George's wife Charlotte Vancil was the daughter of Edmund Vancil and Rachel Landreth and I have researched their lines back further to the Penrods and Vancils of Somerset County, PA. (Thanks to ancestry's dna testing I have been able to prove this connection to both Vancils and Penrods.) Both families had members who migrated to Jonesboro, Illinois due to Indian uprisings and the fact that land was opened up in Illinois to homesteaders. Charlotte Vancil married George W McGhehey in Jonesboro, Union, Ill. May 27th 1827. Sometime between 1844 and 1848 George and Charlotte's family moved to Lawrence Co, Arkansas. In the 1850 Census the family had Jacob Sharp living with them as a farm laborer. The little 2 year old Lucinda Caroline (my great-grandmother) would grow up to marry Jacob's nephew one day, John James Sharp Jr. born 1846. In the 1860 census, the one with the misspellings and mix-up with John Benton, it shows Charlotte's nephew, Alfred Vancil, living with them. His parents had died the year before (Edmond Vancil born 1809 and Mary) There are Lawrence County Court records which discuss their deaths, the settling of the estate and the care of minor children.

I'm on ancestry...C Sharp Tree

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