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About the original McGaughey ancestor (David) who came to America from Northern Ireland



“ My ggg grandfather, David McGaughey, was born abt. 1750 in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. He came to the US in 1772 and married Mary Lytle whose father owned Monmouth Farm. I only have info on the direct line through the McGaugheys to my mother who was born in St. Louis, MO, but I'm trying to find info on David McGaughey in Ireland. Unfortunately, I'm having a hard time of it.”

- Sally Henson 4/27/2007


“Although your David McGaughey doesn't appear to be a direct relation at first glance, I am not so sure. I am aware of 2 "distinct" lines- the William McGaughey lines of Bedford Co, PA that is supposed to have originated in Co. Antrim (and moved down the east coast, through Alabama, Mississipi, Tenn, etc.) and my line that came through Bedford Co and settled in Woodford/Anderson/Shelby Counties, Kentucky by 1790-ish. They too are supposedly from Co. Antrim, although there is no direct link between William's line (one generation older than mine) and my Arthur McGaughey line. I would love to know more about the early folks in your line- to compare with my line in Anderson Co KY (Arthur McGaughey, born 1769 in Ireland-Co Antrim).”

- Stephanie 4/29/2007



None of the names you mentioned are familiar to me. My mother told me that there were three brothers who came over from Scotland who dropped the "a" from MacGaughey, somewhere along the way. I'm trying to find information leading back to Ireland.

The information I have about David is that he was born in Co. Antrim in abt. 1750 and arrived in the US in 1772, but I don't know where he landed. He was one of the first Irish immigrants to volunteer for the Revolutionary War and served as George Washington's aide for most of the war. He married Mary Lytle whose father owned Monmouth Farm. His son, Robert Lytle McGaughey was born on 1/13/1794 in Pittsburgh, PA. His son, David McGaughey, who became a judge, was born on 8/26/1826 in Mt Carmel, IN and married Dorcas Tuttle, after living in IA and KS. Their son, my grandfather, was born on 10/20/1877 in Butler, MO. His name was John Edwin. The only names of children given were those of Judge David.

I got this information from an old newspaper article, possibly published in Butler, MO, after the death of Judge David McGaughey. It gave a history of his life, named his ancestors, their spouses and where they were born.

Yes, we may be related with your branch of the McGaugheys going south and my branch coming west. If we are related, it would most likely be through David's ancestors or brothers, possibly going back to Ireland/Scotland.”

- Sally Henson 7/26/2007



According to the information I have, David McGaughey was George Washington's aide, met his wife, Mary Lytle at the Battle of Monmouth Farm, which her father owned. I got this info from a newspaper article which was evidently an obit for my great-grandfather. sister just threw a wrench in it by telling me that we're related to a Capt. John McGaughey who was Washington's secretary (and made original copies of the Declaration of Independence), owned the farm at Breed's Hill and married the original Molly Pitcher (Mary Ludwig-Hayes)! Now I'm really confused. History puts Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Farm, but I don't know about Breed's Hill.

Here's the information I have:

David McGaughey -- b. about 1750, Co. Antrim, Ireland; married Mary Lytle; d. about 1820, Vermillion, IN

Robert Lytle McGaughey;; b. 1794, Pittsburg, PA; married Mary Clark; d. 1876

Judge David McGaughey -- b. 1826, Mt. Carmel, IN; married Dorcas Tuttle. He had residences in IN, IA, NE and died in Butler, MO

John Edwin McGaughey -- b. 1877, Butler, MO; married Harriet Showalter; d. 1945, St. Louis, MO

Josephine Edwina McGaughey -- b. 1908, St. Louis, MO; married Ormond Apel; d. 1987, St. Louis

Josephine was my mother.

My sister says she has Capt. John's discharge papers, which I hope to see and copy, next month. Since I don't know when Judge David died, I'm not sure when the newspaper article was written. My mother said there were three brothers who came from Ireland (through Scotland), so the names may have gotten mixed up, along the way.”

- Sally Henson 7/26/2007


“I was glad to get your letter and have printed it out to look at it in more detail.  I got as far as the statement that David McGaughey came from Scotland and realized that I have been looking in the wrong place. 
I've been working on the bio that was written about my g-grandfather, Judge David McGaughey and my mother's saying that the McGaugheys came from Ireland.  She also said we were related to the original Molly Pitcher, a fact I'm still trying to convince my sister isn't true.  Mary Lytle was probably a Molly Pitcher, but not the "original."  It's turning out that very little of what I accepted as true is.
When I was little, my aunt (who'd been there several times and found family near Glasgow) brought back a piece of tartan which my mother made skirts out of.  Unfortunately, those are long gone, but I'm sure I've found the pattern in the McEwan tartan.  I have found nothing on their Web site that would link the McGaugheys with that clan, but there's more to what my aunt said.  I'm positive she said we were part of the Campbell clan.  The McEwans are considered a "broken people" which means that that clan broke up, and most of the people went to the Campbells. 
My cousin claims we're part of the MacKay clan.  He may be right, but I'm going on old memories of the tartan.  The MacKay clan has a tartan that looks a lot like the one I remember, but both my sister and I remember red going through it which the McEwan tartan has.  In any case, both the McEwans and the MacKays have/had holdings around Glasgow, so that's where I'll start. 
My cousin is planning on going to Ireland, this summer.  How I'd love to go with him!  The Public Records of Northern Ireland (PRONI), in Belfast, has a lot of references to McGaughey, so I'm hoping he stops there first and finds something of use. 
Another problem with research is that McGaughey wasn't always McGaughey.  There are a number of names that "melted down" to several, one of which is McGaughey.  According to one thing I found, the ancient name is Mag Eachaidh.  The trouble is finding, out of all the mutations, which one is ours.  This Mag Eachaidh did start in Ireland but, as my cousin said, they could have been going back and forth for centuries.  According to him, they were well-to-do merchants.
It's very interesting but frustrating.  I often find myself going round in circles and give it up for a while.  Scotland is another area to look in.    I wish I could find David's parents' names.  According to my mother (who hasn't been right, yet), there were three brothers who came over, and took the "a" out of Mac.  There'd more likely be an "a," if they were from Scotland.  The bio did also say they were "Scottish Covenanters." 

- Sally Henson 3/5/2010


After re-reading your letters, I have a few comments.
Robert Lytle was probably named after Mary's father, who I believe to be Gen. Robert T. Lytle.  It would be logical to assume David and Mary's first son was named after his grandfather.  According to information I've found, he served in the Rev. War.  I think the riverboat in Cincinnati that was mentioned was named after him.  There is an Andrew Lytle House in Cincinnati that may have belonged to his son, which would make Andrew Mary's brother.  That is one of the places in Cincinnati I hope to visit, just to see if I can find a connection.  As for Gen. Lytle owning the farm the Battle of Monmouth was fought on...I still haven't found anything there.
In Ruth Adams' letter of 6/7/61, she mentions Robert's son, David's, birth date as 1825.  The exact date is 8/26/1826, if you're keeping track. 
The U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedlues, 1850-1880 does list David's birth place as Ireland and his estimated birth year as "abt. 1762."  From this, I can only presume that he was born in Ireland.  However, I'll have a look at Scotland to see if I can find anything.

- Sally Henson 3/6/2010

Note: Sally Henson's great-grandfather, Judge David McGaughey, was the older brother of William McGaughey, Jr.'s great-grandfather, Dr. Samuel McGaughey. Both born in the 1820s, they lived in Iowa and Indiana respectively.


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