Thursday, October 22, 2009

How I found DAVID MC ARTHUR, my Great Great Great Grandfather

Years of wondering about my maternal Grandfather's mother led me to find her at Salt Lake City, Utah. She was four years old, listed in the Federal Census of 1860 Parma Township, Jackson County, MIchigan.

I copied the page (837, not completely), and went to look it over. Then I noticed a couple of farms away a family of Mc Carthy's.
My heart leapt. My grandfather had mentioned he thought his Grandmothers' maiden name was Mc Carthy.

Running back I copied the rest of the page and discovered the whole family.
Checking the census of 1840, 1850, 1870 and 1880, more discovery - the big surprise was that their name was Mc Arthur in every single other census record.

The fabled Mc Carthy's were not Irish Catholics as I supposed but Scotch Presbyterians.

Daniel Mc Arthur b 1811 abt and in New York both parents from Scotland

Hannah Mc Arthur b 1823 abt and in New York both parents born Scotland

I am trying to find the New York birthplace of Daniel and his parents names & when and where in Scotland they originated from.**

Children of Daniel and Hannah Mc Arthur in the 1850 census Parma Twp, Jackson Co MI

Elizabeth b 1835 15 yrs married in 1862 to Senate D. (my line

Daniel Jr. b 1839 11 yrs.

Jane b 1842 8 yrs

John b 1844 6 yrs

Alivia b 1847 3 yrs

Lucy b 1848 2 yrs.

Julia b 1850 6 mos.

William b 1855 not in 1850 census.*

I beleive at least one brothr, sister and mother of Daniel are family living close by listed also in the 1850 census and 1860 census.


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