Elijah Benjamin McIntosh 1799 - 1850
In a October 24, 1998 Query, Robert E. McIntosh stated as follows: “Alexander McINTOSH is in 1810 and 1820 census. These census reports only give number of males and females in household, but it appeared that Alexander had 2 boys, 3 girls and a wife in both. In 1830 both boys are listed, e.g., James and Elijah as head of household. All five children have posted bonds for marriage in Harrison County, (West) Virginia. Alexander was not listed in 1830, so must have died between 1823 and 1830. They lived in the Tygart River area, now Taylor Co.”
In a January 21, 2001 Query, Scott McIntosh U.E. stated as follows:
“In 1716, on the ship Goodspeed, fifty-five Jackobite Rebel Prisoners where sent to Maryland to be sold as slaves for seven years. Alexander McIntosh was sold to Daniel Stewart; Lachlan McIntosh was sold to Henry Miles; James McIntosh was sold to Henry H. Hawkins; and James McIntosh was sold to Robert Hanson. October 17, 1716 is the date Goodspeed sailed.
“The battle was fought in Preston in LancasShire, Scotland 1715 about the first Jackobite rebellion . The reason I am posting is that the Alexander McIntosh may be the father of Alexander McIntosh, b. 1730 Or Alexander, John, and Finlay McIntosh (the last 3 are brothers).
“I know not if the Alexander had returned to Scotland, but someone reading this may know, or find names in this that may find how they ended up in Maryland. I found this on Rootsweb/Ships and did not know of the Crown selling slaves of the name McIntosh.”
Some published genealogical records for McIntosh ancestry claimed that Elijah was born in Tennessee to Charles and Candice (McElhaney) McIntosh. Unfortunately this has been shared, taken for granted, and spread into many family histories. More direct descendants have found that existing records in the central West Virginia area do not support, in fact, disprove that theory.
An older McIntosh appeared in Monongalia and Harrison County records, Alexander, who was most likely Elijah’s father. In 1816, Alexander and Elijah signed the bond for Nancy McIntosh to marry Jesse Davisson. Elijah and Rebecca named one of their daughters Nancy, and one of their sons, Alexander. An Alexander McIntosh served in Captain Uriah Springers Company (Militia) from Monongalia County.
ELIJAH BENJAMIN McINTOSH was born 1 September 1799 according to some family records. I was told when gathering this information that their old home was flooded by the waters of Tygart Lake. Elijah was a farmer and was for many years a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and died in that faith in West Virginia. He married 26 August 1824 Rebecca SAYRE who was born 14 December 1800 to Jedediah and Elizabeth (Weaver) Sayre.
According to the tombstone in the Sayre Cemetery on Pleasant Creek in Barbour County, West Virginia, Elijah died 5 November 1850, aged 56 years, 1 month and 20 days. Rebecca died 7 March 1886, Aged 85 years 2 months and 24 days. According to the Warren County, Iowa, History, the Elijah and Rebecca (Sayre) McIntosh family numbered twelve, nine of whom reached adult age, five of whom were yet living in 1908.
I am interested only in the ancestry of Elijah Benjamin McIntosh. This is all I have to offer on this family. McIntosh is an allied name to the Sayre genealogy on which I am working. I need good information on this now.
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