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Re: Hugh McCaskey of Claysville, Washington Co., PA
Posted by: Becky Barefoot (ID *****3479) Date: May 24, 2007 at 07:24:14
In Reply to: Re: Hugh McCaskey of Claysville, Washington Co., PA by velda stroup of 170

Hi, Velda: Actually, I descend directly from a daughter of John McCaskey, brother to the Hugh McCaskey I inquired about in my posting (if this is the right Hugh). My John was born circa 1771 in, I think, County Monaghan, Ireland and died 18 June 1847 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He married Margaret Gorman. According to the Biographical Annals of Lancaster Co., PA, Beers, 1903, pgs. 116-117, "John came to Lancaster County about 1795 with his wife and brothers William, James and Hugh and brothers-in-law John, Henry and Thomas Gorman. He was the oldest son and a freeholder, inheriting from his father, William McCaskey, who had been a soldier in the British service in America during the Revolutionary War." Actually it is more likely John did not arrive in the U.S. until at least 1800 since his first son James was born in Ireland in October 1799. (His second child John was born 16 August 1801 in Lancaster Co.) Also, it is known for a fact John's brother James McCaskey came to the U.S. not with John but on the ship Rising States, with Captain Stillwell, from Newry, arriving at Philadelphia on June 17, 1812. On the same ship were a Henry Gorman and a James Gorman who were probably family of John McCaskey's wife Margaret Gorman. (The info on James McCaskey's passage is from Passengers from Ireland -- List of Passengers Arriving at American Ports Between 1811 and 1817, by Donald M. Schlegel, 1980, pg. 62.) According to the Annals, John's brothers and Henry Gorman eventually settled in western Pennsylvania and Ohio. I do know that John and his brother William McCaskey are first found on a tax list for Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1803. By 1806 their brother Hugh also is recorded. Hugh does not appear on the tax list after 1810 while John and William are listed in that township through 1817. In the 1820 census John is recorded in Leacock Township, Lancaster County. I have not pinpointed where William and Hugh went after ceasing to appear on the Lampeter Twp. tax list and I have been unable to find any trace of John's brother James McCaskey except for his application for naturalization which listed his occupation as plasterer and indicated he intended to reside in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, and to become a citizen 20 January 1818. It is possible this could be your James Caskey (he may have dropped the "Mc"). Can you tell me where your James' children were born, and approximately when? It's so interesting that a son of James was born in Leacock Twp., but as a tie to this particular family one might expect a son William in honor of his father. Let me know your thoughts.


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