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Although I love this family from Ireland, alas, Roger has helped me see that the last reliable information in this tree belongs to Mary Wright of Somerset, PA, so this is NOT my ancestor. I am leaving the post for those seeking John and what I have found about him..but I have to kiss him goodbye.
John McGalliard was a teacher who was trained as a minister in Ireland. He settled in New Jersey about 1750, and survived for 17 years in the new world. His son was a tailor who took off for Ohio and became a postmaster. Ohio was extreme wilderness at the time. These Irish came to America long before the potato famine to seek a new adventure in New Jersey. What inspired them we will never know.
John, Sr. McGalliard (1710 – 1767)
In looking for the husband of my maternal grandmother’s paternal gr, gr, grandmother’s sister, Catherine Lane, I came across your writeup on John McGalliard, Sr. (b. 1710; d. 1767) your 9th great grandfather. Catherine married James McGilliard (I believe he is John, III’s brother) on 31 December 1809 in Hamilton County, Ohio. She came with her parents, Aaron and Sarah Van Dor(e)n Lane, and siblings to southwestern Ohio in 1797. They settled in what is now Springdale, Hamilton County. I’m a little confused though because you say John settled in New Jersey about 1750 and that “His son (John) was a tailor who took off for Ohio and became a postmaster.” I think you skipped John, Jr. Sources show John, III was the postmaster in Spring Dale, Hamilton County, Ohio. So either John, Jr. never went to Ohio or at some point he migrated back east to North Carolina where he died in 1832.
Hi Roger, I have read about John III the postmaster, and also think there may be some issues with this line. I went to Somerset, PA in person hoping to solve some mystery at the historical society, which took $100 of my money to provide research into this family, but totally ripped me off. I do want to investigate more of this line..they surely all went from PA to Ohio..I wonder about the religion..I think some of mine might have been Quakers. Hamilton County says Anabaptist..but that is a generalization…
I’m sorry you spent $100 for what sounds like not much, if any, information. Can I ask you why you went to Somerset, Pennsylvania? The information I have is that John McGilliard, III and his brother, James, were from Duncan’s Island, Perry or Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Also, from what I read, either their grandfather or great grandfather or possibly a great uncle was a Presbyterian minister who came from Ireland (most likely Northern Ireland) to the colonies to teach and preach. Unfortunately and I’m sure you found this out as well, the names John and James repeat themselves quite frequently in the McGi(a)lliard.
I’ve done some additional research on your Mary and I believe you have mistakenly connected John McGilliard III to your relative. On page 381 of a publication titled “History of Hamilton County, Ohio, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches” published in 1881, the following writeup on Reeves McGilliard is provided:
“The parents of the subject of this sketch were John and Elizabeth (Campbell) McGilliard. The father was born in Pennsylvania in 1788, and at the age of eight years, in 1796, was brought to Springfield Township by his parents, and spent the remainder of his days there, dying in 1878, at the advanced age of ninety years. He was a prominent man in local affairs in his day, filling at different times nearly every township office — as trustee, treasurer, justice of the peace, constable, etc. Elizabeth Campbell, his wife, was born in 1784, and died in 1861, aged seventy-seven years. Among their children was one daughter, Mary, now widow of John Moore, and residing at Mt. Pleasant. There were three sons, Andrew, William, and Reeves, all of whom are still living in Springfield Township. William is the subject of a notice in our previous sketches.”
This book is available online: https://archive.org/details/historyofhamilto01ford
Mt. Pleasant was a town in Springfield Township, Hamilton County. It doesn’t exist now but there is a Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. A Mary Moore shows up in the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 Springfield Township, Hamilton County censuses with a birth date of circa 1807 and Ohio as the place of birth. John Moore was born in 1800 in Hamilton County and died in 1848 in Hamilton County. An Andrew Moore’s Ohio death record for 1912 shows his parents as being James Moore and Mary McGilliard.
I believe you need to look for the surname McGill in Pennsylvania.
Thanks Roger…I have worked on it again and have another tree for Emiline of Somerset:
William Wright (1727 – )
is your 7th great grandfather
John Wright (1755 – 1859)
son of William Wright
John H Wright (1803 – 1850)
son of John Wright
Mary Wright (1816 – 1873)
daughter of John H Wright
Emiline P Nicholls (1837 – )
daughter of Mary Wright
I do not think the McGill family ever was married to these Wrights..You are right about the Wrights, I think
I went to your family tree on Ancestry and noticed that you have Mary McGill being born in 5 May 1804 in Sagerstown, Pennsylvania and dying either 3 August 1898 or 8 March 1898 in Franklin, Ohio. I know it was quite common for children to be born before their parents married (more common now) but I would think a fairly religious couple would not have waited two years. Plus, according to what I have seen, John III and Elizabeth Campbell were married in Ohio. Also, why is her surname McGill when all of her siblings are McGilliards? And, finally, the headstone picture of “Mary wife of Jacob Wright” has her death as 20 September 1886. I know headstones can be wrong, but? Just trying to understand your research and sources.