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Information about David McGaughey’s descendants in history of Franklin Township, Indiana


David McGaughey

David McGaughey, born in North Ireland of Scottish stock and descended from Scotch Coventers, was one of the first settlers in Hanilloe County, Ohio, married Miss Lytle and they had five daughters and four sons: Elizabeth Porter, Sallie, Katherine Woodruff, Mary Powers, and Dr. David McGaughey, of Morristown, Samuel, George, and Robert Lytle McGaughey. He was one of the first settlers in Hamilton County, Ohio, along with Nicholas Longworth and Major James Mann and held offices in Columbia Township. He was trustee in 1803 and township clerk in 1804-1808. Nicholas Longworth held office about the same time. They were also justices.

There is a rumor that ‘Old Nick’, or so he was called, fenced off some of the McGaughey’s ground, and it was finally outlawed by time although the family had tried to get David McGaughey to sign some papers which he neglected. Some of the stated meetings were held at David McGaughey’s home and business of township transacted there. Lyman Beecher along with his young son, Henry Ward, were very good friends and often visited in the McGaughey home. The Kempers were also included in their friends. The old home was located between Allendale and Maderia (now a part of Cincinnati, Ohio). The old neighborhood changed over the years and became the place of millionaires. The old pastures became golflinks and Country Club grounds.

In later years Clara McGaughey Williamson and Ruth Brown Adams visited their cousin, Isabelle McIntosh, and saw the old homeplace in the distance, as it was off the road at that time. The hilly country was beautiful and many lovely homes were being built. It is thought that David McGaughey was an Aide-de-Camp and that the battle of Monmouth was fought on the Lytle farm which was his wife’s maiden name. He was buried in the cemetery of the Presbyterian Church at Pleasant Ridge, Ohio, in an unmarked grave and his wife is buried at Lebanon, Ohio.

The Pictorial Cincinnati Enquirer dated March 4, 1951, shows a picture of the church and cemetery on Montgomery Road and underneath is written these words. Legend says ‘George Washington’s bodyguard in there’. The Historian of the church gave this information in 1947. She found no record of David McGaughey, but in one of the early published histories she found these words. ‘The grave of an unknown Revolutionary soldier’ supposed to be an Aide-de-Camp of General Washington, this grave being close to the front door of the church. The stone was in place until 1880 or there abouts when it disappeared. The Enquirer stated that Pleasant Ridge is attractive and a pleasant place to live.


Robert Lytle McGaughey

Robert Lytle McGaughey (son of David) was born January 13, 1794 and married Mary Ann Clark (daughter of Ezekiel Clark), who was born April 1, 1807. They were married at Indian Hill, Ohio, a picturesque and a place of fine view. Mary Ann as a bride of 16 o 17 years of age was considered one of the prettiest girls on the ‘Hills’. they moved to a farm in Franklin county, Indiana, near Mt. Carmel, which is near Brookville, Indiana. They had twelve children, 6 boys and 6 girls: David, born in 1825, lived in Iowa (perhaps a judge there); Aaron, born in 1826; Samuel, born in 1828; Robert Lytle Jr., born in 1835; Moses, a bachelor; John, married Mamie Lowes, his children were Carl, Clara, John Edward and Robert; Susan, Mary Ann, Jeanne, Elmira, Rebecca, and Marilda, born in 1843, mother of Harry Brown, Edward Brown, Frank Brown, and the youngest, Ruth Brown Adams.

They moved to Franklin Township, Marion county, Indiana, about 1857 when Marilda was about 14 years old. She remembered the awful corduroy roads in comparison to the Brookville Pike. There were many friends in Brookville and Marilda’s father would hitch two horses to their carriage and drive to the grandfather’s home in Ohio from Brookville, Indiana.

Robert Lytle McGaughey and his wife are buried in the cemetery across the road from the New Bethel Baptist church. In the Lowell Heritage book of Warren Township, Marion County, it states that Lytle McGaughey was the last teacher to teach in the Montague School (built in 1840) in the year of 1855.

Robert Lytle McGaughey Jr., Moses, and John owned land on both sides of the Michigan Road to the town of New Bethel.

John McGaughey married Mamie Lowes. They owned and lived in the house formerly called the ‘Smithers Tavern’. They had three sons and one daughter, Dr. Carl McGaughey, who married Helen Downey from Greenfield, Indiana, John E. McGaughey (Ned) who married Mary Bailey from Edinburgh, Indiana, Clara,who married Frank Williamson from Ohio, and Robert who married Margaret from Framingham of Boston, Massachusetts. At the time of John’s death he was County commissioner in Indianapolis and lived in Irvington. McGaughey road between Southeastern (Michigan Road) and Post road was named for this family.

October, 1869, Marilda McGaughey married Dr. Samuel Brown of New Bethel and had three sons; Harry Brown, Frank Brown, Dr. Edward Brown, and Ruth Brown who married Dr. Daniel Adams. Dr. Dan and Ruth had two children, George and Mary. Mary Adams lives in Florida and George lives in Florida and spends some time on his farm on the Thompson Road in Franklin Township. You will read more about this family in another part of the book in the biography of The Adams Family and the Brown Family.

Dr. Samuel McGaughey was born July 22, 1828, married Mary A. Morgan in 1852, and had two sons, Robert and Otto Livingston. In 1858 he married Mary S. Boal and they had four daughters: Rachel who married John Tomlinson, Mellie (deceased), Elizabeth (deceased), Jennie who married Rev. Sam Tomlinson, and one son, Dr Samuel, who married Martha Elliot. Jennie and Rev. Sam Tomlinson had two daughters, Jennie and Mary and one son, Sam. Their daughter, Mary, was married to Sam Krebs. She will long be remembered for her acting under the stage name of Marjorie Main in the Ma and Pa Kettle series. Susan married and was the mother of Mrs. Carrie Handy. Rebecca married William Morrow and had two sons, Walter and Clifford Morrow.

Dr. Samuel McGaughey and his wife, Martha, had three children: John (deceased), William, and mary Jane. William McGaughey is Senior Vice President of N.A.M. (National Association of Manufacturers). Mary Jane married E.A. McIlwain and has two sons: Stephen Elliot, born September 27, 1944, and William John whose birth day is September 9, 1953. Mary Jane’s biography is included in the book Indiana Lives: Hawkins and McClarren. Her son, Stephen E. McIlwain’s biography is included in the book Outstanding Men of America written in 1974. William is studying to become a lawyer.

Robert Lytle McGaughey, Jr. lived on the farm on the west side of the Michigan Road from the Franklin road to the edge of New Bethel. The house was and is now located at the edge of Wanamaker on Clark Drive. He was a member of the New Bethel Baptist church and was a clerk in the church from 1873-1876, He married and had one son, John O. McGaughey, born October 24, 1867. John married Mary Sterling January 7, 1891. They had two sons, Robert L. McGaughey who now lives in Beech Grove, Indiana and Charles who died when he was a few months old.

John married a second time to Julia Tomlinson. They lived on the farm at the corner of Thompson Road and Southeastern in Franklin Township. He later sold the farm and lived in Wanamaker until his death. The farm is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Herman Reasoner. John and Julia were members of the New Bethel Baptist church and are buried in the Orchard Hill Cemetery back of the New Bethel Baptist church.

(pp 85-87)


Acton’s Marjorie Main

When Roberta Crisler Fraley of Acton was in Franklin Township High School, she began keeping a scrap book .... Among the pages of her scrap book are many clippings about Marjorie Main, a person very special to Roberta, and to residents of Acton who were proud of the fact that a home-town girl made it in Hollywood. Roberta first learned that the actress was from Acton when she read an article about her in the Screen Guide Magazine for January, 1941. (The whole issue of the magazine is included in one scrap book.) A few months, however, Roberta saw an article, publicity for her picture with Wallace Beery, “Barnacle Bill”, the showing at Loew’s, which described Marjorie Main as ‘Fairland’s Gift to Movies.’

To settle the matter, Roberta wrote her a letter (on August 8, 1941.) Marjorie Main’s note in answer, postmarked Los Angeles August 21, 1941, was brief but personal:

“Dear Miss Crisler,

Your letter just received. Yes, I was born on a farm near Acton. My grandfather, Dr. Samuel McGauhey, brought me into the world. He was a doctor who lived in Acton.

Please give my best regards to all of your friends.

Sincerely yours,

Marjorie Main "



the Adams family

“Dr. Dan Adams married Ruth Brown, daughter of Dr. Samuel and Marilda McGaughey Brown. Ruth was born October 24, 1883, and died December 1976 in Fort Myers, Florida. Dr. Dan and she had two children, Mary Elizabeth and George Edward. Mary Elizabeth Adams was born January 13, 1913, in Beech Grove. Mary moved to Fort Myers in 1960 and became the first Executive Director of the Lee County Mental Health Association... George E. Adams was born December 3, 1914. He married Leah Geffs ... George and Leah are realtors in Fort Myers.” (See letter from Ruth B. Adams to William McGaughey, Sr. dated June 7, 1961.)

p. 30

Update March 2010: Mary E. Adams died several years ago. She was the family historian. George E. Adams is still alive but living in a nursing home. George’s son, Dan Adams, and his wife Kathy now run the George E. Adams real-estate agency in Fort Myers. Their daughter was getting married this weekend, perhaps on March 27th.


Source: From “Historic Treasures of Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana” published by the Franklin Township Historical Society in 1978. Its president, Velma Ruede, lived in Fairland, Indiana. I received a copy in 1988.

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