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George Couey (1837-1916) nephew of George McFarlin
Posted by: Jeremy Tuggle (ID *****7143) Date: May 03, 2004 at 00:39:56
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I am searching for information and ancestry on George Couey who was born November 2, 1837 in Randolph County, Illinois to James F. and Elizabeth McFarlin Couey.

Family stories say that George's father James was only 23 years old when his father and mother both died. James who was the oldest elected to keep all his younger siblings together and raise them as his own children. He sold his father's land in Illinois and moved to Grant County, Wisconsin.

The family story states that most of the Couey family emigrated west during the mid 1800's, some to Oregon and some to California. That is about the only information I have concerning to George Couey's ancestry.

In 1860 my great, great, great, great Grandfather George McFarlin headed a Covered Wagon train from Grant County, Wisconsin to California. George McFarlin was the youngest brother of Elizabeth McFarlin Couey (wife of James F. Couey).

Also on board this Covered Wagon tain was a family by the surname of Taylor. One of the Taylor's later married George McFarlin's daughter Sarah. It is said that the families were of the Baptist Religion and they were very strict.

When the Covered Wagon train reached California some members of the Covered Wagon train must have gone their own ways. George McFarlin's family along with his nephew George Couey arrived at Piety Hill, Shasta County, California in 1860 becoming pioneers of one of the original 27 counties of California, since it was established in 1850.

I am related to the Couey family but not a direct descendant. I am hoping to come across information on the McFarlin ancestry too. The McFarlin family was living at Grant County, Wisconsin, District No. 24, in 1850. My direct lineage through on the McFarlin side is:

George McFarlin - Martha Yelland Miller
Mary Elizabeth McFarlin - Reverend William Samuel Kidder
Charlotte Sarah Kidder - William Joshua Hammans
*Wanda Gladys Hammans/Kidder - Harry William Tuggle I.
* Great Grandparents. (Wanda was adopted by her maternal grandparents)

The McFarlin family is related to me through my paternal side while I have some who are related to me through my maternal side. The reason being is after they stopped at Piety Hill the McFarlin family and George Couey went to live in the lively town of Eagle Creek which became Ono in 1883. Sometime later the Taylor family of the same Covered Wagon train arrived in that town.

George Couey the nephew of George McFarlin married Calpurna Jay who was born February 22, 1838 in Denmark, Perry County, Illinois. The family story stated it was only a few miles from where her husband (George Couey) was born.

Calpurna was a schoolteacher and they had seven children:

1. Frances Ellen (1860-1881)
*2. Dora Alice married Calvin Jefferson Schmidt/Smith
*great, great, great, great Aunt & Uncle on maternal side

3. Ida (1864-1881) Never Married.
*4. George Marion married Martha Alice Taylor
*Martha Alice Taylor is a granddaughter of George & Martha McFarlin

5. Louis
6. Jay
7. Stella married Frank Miller

George Couey the nephew of George McFarlin mined and farmed until his death on December 14, 1916. Calpurna Jay Couey died on February 20, 1914, they're both buried at the Igo Cemetery in Igo, Shasta County, California.

George Marion Couey son of George and Calpurna Jay Couey married Martha Alice Taylor the daughter of Alanson and Sarah McFarlin Taylor. They had a total of eleven children. The Couey family was a prominent family of the town of Ono and a popular pioneer family like the McFarlin's.

Any information on the Couey or McFarlin ancestry would be great,

Jeremy M. Tuggle

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