We have been told that there is indeed Irish decent, as well as some Dutch on my maternal side.
Have you done any geneological work to find your ancestors? The problem I am having here, is that a lot of court house records have been destroyed by fires, and information lost. I know my grandfather, Andrew Hugh was born in Indiana, and later moved to Kentucky, Spencer and Shelby counties. My grandfather married Eva Jewell, and had 3 children. One of those children was my dad, Glenda Hugh. This is all the information that I can really verify.
If you have any tips, I certainly would love having them.
Thanks, The name is so unusual, and sometimes the spellings vary so, it has been difficult to research.
Funny, I have a McGAUGHEY connection, too, and have never run into anyone researching the surname. Rose Bella McGAUGHEY married my granduncle, Robert McELREA in Edenderry, Co. Tyrone on 19 Nov 1895. They are buried at the Cappagh Parish Church.
Her father was Arthur McGAUGHEY. According to census info, Rose was born in Co. Fermanagh.
My sister had the priviledge of going to Ireland 2 years ago, and one night while in a pub, (can;t remember the name of the town) met someone who was Irish, and was a McGaughey. She got his name, and they have been corresponding, but I don't think that she has uncovered any verifiable facts.
It is so interesting, as that is such an unusual name.
There is so many spellings of the name, but I am sure that they all have one ancestor in common. Just wish I could take a sabatical and travel there and do some research. Want to accompany me?
Joekennedy and kaperc, wish we could connect the family ties. If you ever run across any info on Indiana or Kentucky McGaughey's I would be interested in hearing it.
Not much chance, I'm afraid, since my only known link to the family died there. :-(
Our trip was my birthday present - we arrived there the night Princess Diana died, so I remember it well, seeing the newspapers first thing in the morning on our first day.
What I did was send a letter to all the McElreas I could find in the directory. Several answered and I struck up a correspondence with one man. He found the family plot for me before I got there, AND told me where to find a very old lady who 'might' know something about my family. She turned out to be my mother's cousin, we had a wonderful visit, and she died six weeks later. I was very fortunate. It was a wonderful trip, as I was able to find a few of the places where my ancestors lived, as well as where they were buried, visited the parish church, etc. Everyone I met was so helpful and friendly; I ache to return there.
This probably isn't whatyou're looking for, but it just came to my email inbox and I thought of you.
Company Fall & Winter Catalogue 1906 + by Cloe Collings Myers thanks to Harriet Weatherford for sharing this:
Waveland, Oct 13 -- A pretty autumn wedding occurred Wednesday evening, Oct 11 when Miss Mary Christine Barr became the bride of Mr. D. A. McGaughey, of Greensburg. The simple and impressive ceremony took place at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James W. Barr, at 8 o'clock and was performed by Rev. WH Fertich of the ME Church in the presence of 40 guests. Previous to the ceremony Miss louise Oglesbee played "Simple Confession" by Thome, and during the ceremony she played "The Flower Song" by lang. The bride and groom were unattended. The bride wore a beautiful costume of white French lawn trimmed in Valenciennes and cluny lace and insertion. When the guests arrived they were received by Miss Barr, Mr. McGaughey and Mr. and Mrs. Barr, parents of the bride. The parlor was decorated in white, pink and green. Throughout the room were draped festoons of pink and white crepe paper and the flowers were pink carnations. The bridal couple stood in a bower of ferns, autumn foliage and potted plants, while suspended over them was a large white wedding bell, while the ceremony was being said. The living room was in green and red, sprays of honey suckle, red carnations and salvia being used, and in the dining room red hearts were used in profusion and large bouquets of salvia completed teh decoration. Light refreshments were served by Misses Edith McGaughey, Edith Brown, Etta Brown, Ruby Sharp, Eunice Sharp, Gladys Sharp and Louie Oglesbee. Mr. and Mrs. McGaughey will be at home after oct 16, on a farm one mile east of Greensburg, where McGaughey is a prosperous farmer. Mr. McGaughey has won for his bride one of the most estimable and most popular young laides of this place. She is a graduate of the Waveland HS being a member of the class of 1910 and was also active in church work. http://ibssg.org/montgomery/
Jim, Thanks so much for your information. I will pull out some of my records, and see what information that I have. I know that my Grandfather, Andrew Hugh McGaughey was 82 when he died in 1966. He lived in Indiana as a boy, but to my knowledge, came to Kentucky when he was a teenager, and lived mainly in Anderson, Spencer and Shelby Counties in Kentucky.
Is the census information available on line somewhere? If so, could you furnish me a link to it.
Jim, I looked at my records, and the information I have is that Andrew Hugh McGaughey was born in 1885 in Indianapolis, Indiana. By the 1930's he was in Spencer County, Kentucky. So I don't think anything of what you posted above is related to who I am looking for. He was never in the service, and farmed in Spencer, Anderson and Shelby counties in Kentucky and as far as I can determine, never went back to Indiana.
Ancestry can be a bargain for someone just starting - or if your local LDS library is hard to get to.
However, you can access the census files on Heritage Quest via most local city libraries for free. Check with your library. Searching is a little tricky sometimes, but in some cases I've found their indexing to be superior to Ancestry. It's a flip of the coin, really. I sometimes end up paging through the sections anyway, so I USUALLY find what I need, and I can do it from home.
If you're lucky enough to live near a National Archives, the films are also available there.
And, finally, if you google the areas where your rellies lived, you can sometimes find a GenWeb site where volunteers have transcribed parts of the census. That can narrow the search for you. (Always double-check transcriptions!)
kaperc, no those are new to me. Thanks for the links and the info. I assume by the initials you are referring to Latter Day Saints Libraries? As far as I know there are none close. Our State Historical Society has lots of records that can be accessed on line, and I like to dig through the county court records. You learn all sorts of things there.
I will just keep looking and searching, and I will find what I need some day.
Yes, that's part of the fun - searching. I remind myself to read some of the history, newspapers, etc., too. Colorado has a wonderful collection of newspapers online and I was able to find the story of one of my relatives - he was literally blown out of his bed. We knew he died in an explosion but never knew the details. Along the way, I read lots of other stories, ads, etc. It was fascinating. He died in a town (Aspen) where 100 years later I walked around on a ski trip!
You're fortunate to at least live in the same state!
What I have found absolutely fascinating in reading the county court records, that many children in this area, were apprenticed out to tradespeople to learn a trade. It worked like a boarding school, the child went to live with the trades person, and learned the trade, and when they were deemed appropriately trained they returned to their family, or married and settled in another area to ply that trade. I know that several years ago, families were quite large, and if you could apprentice out the children (boys) mainly, your burden was lifted somewhat. Since this area is mainly agricultural, I think this was a way to get the children into a higher station in life. That meant sacrificing the help on the farm,which was distributed to the other childen in the family, and making do with what labor remained. Such fascinating things that were common practice.
At the other end of the spectrum, I don't know how the poor folk in England (and elsewhere, I'm sure) ever made anything of themselves. They would have 14 children, the father would be killed in the mine, the mother would do whatever she could, then die young herself - and all those kids scattered who knows where? I have parish records of women who had to jump through hoops to get a blanket for their child in the winter from parish funds. One of my family way back was called "The Doctor" because he gave smallpox vaccinations for which he was paid a pittance. I wonder how dangerous it was in those days? Was he magnanimous or just hungry? I pray we are never tested the way our ancestors were - I don't think many of us would be up to snuff! OTOH, I guess it's all relative.
I would hate to live in conditions like our ancestors did, but we never know with all the things we contend with, what we will have to go through before we leave this earth. Pioneer stock was a hearty stock!! I just don't want to have to do it.
I have some McGaugheys in my line from Kentucky ... Milton, KY ... don't know what county though or if it's near your counties. Head of household would be Glen McGaughey who passed away a couple years ago. His wife Marian, I believe, passed away a year or so before him. Kids were Molly, Glen ... EEEKKK ... my mind has drawn a blank. If what I have put down so far is of interest, let me know and I'll contact those still living and get more information.
Milton is in Trimble county, and is not that far removed from the counties I am talking about. The people I would be interested in would be way older that that. My grandfather passed away in 1968, and he was almost 90 at that time, so it would be that generation and the one or two before that. However, you could ask if they are descendants of Andrew Hugh McGaugher, and if so, yes, I would be interested.
For Jim Rader & all McGaugheys: My side of the family went from Cleveland TN to Chattanooga and then to Birmingham AL where I was born in 1945. Of the McGaugheys that Jim Rader posted from the 1930 census, I know Millie Mae (my father's mother), Grace and Wanda were his sisters (lived in B'ham) and Hayden was one of his brothers (lived in Chattanooga). Millie Mae's maiden name was Stansbury and I have recently found her family - sisters, brothers in TN. Of the McGaughey's, I only know that my grandparents lived in Cleveland TN - do not know their first names. My grandfather (Thomas Daniel McGaughey) was born in 1877, divorced Millie Mae sometime in the late 1920's or early 1930's...my father didn't want to talk about it. T.D. (as he was called) and my father (Hadley Boone McGaughey) left Chattanooga together and traveled to Birmingham. As my father use to tell me, then they went to Florida "for awhile" and ended up back in Birmingham "for awhile". T.D. was an attorney by trade, walked with a limp and that's all I know about him. My father stayed in Birmingham to make a life and T.D. moved supposedly to Seattle, Washington...and from there we lost track of him. I never met him. Sometime in the mid-1950's he visited one of the sons (Stansbury) in Chattanooga, TN for an afternoon and then walked out of everyone's life. I have searched and searched for any record of him. Nothing.
I was really happy to find this forum...perhaps someone will have some information. If you would like more details about the McGaugheys in Chattanooga, please let me know.
That is interesting, but I think the McGaugheys that I descend from originated in Kentucky, moved briefly to Indiana, and then at a later date returned to Kentucky. Never heard of any of my branch farther south.
If/when I have additional information, I will post it.