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Re: Humphrey McElyea - Updated Information
Posted by: Deborah (Debbi) Geer (ID *****8816) Date: September 12, 2004 at 19:45:02
In Reply to: Re: Humphrey McElyea - Updated Information by Carole Haas of 335


To be honest, right now Robert who married Mary Morrisett is a problem. For some years, based on the research of Clara Hunt Miller, it was thought that Humphrey was the son of John and Sarah Boone McElyea. However when I found him steadily in the census (1850 onward), the scenario appears to cause a disruption in who's who and who belongs to whom in several McElyea families.

Humphrey Donaldson McElyea was born sometime between 1792 and 1796. John and Sarah Boone McElyea weren't married until 1797, so he can't be their son. Looking at John's brothers the only one that appears who can be his father is James.

Robert McElyea appears to have been born between 1800 and 1810 (1830 census shows him as the male between 20 and 30 years of age). There's a slim chance that he's a son of Humphrey unless Humphrey was born in the earlier mentioned above and Robert was born in the latter year mentioned - puts Humphrey about 18 years of age when Robert was born. Some have thought that because Daniel McElyea was made guardian of Robert's children after his death in about 1838, that the two McElyea men were brothers. This is possible. However it is also possible they were cousins. Some information tends to lean towards Humphrey being Daniel's father. If Humphrey is, then the question "when was Robert really born?" comes into the picture. With Robert's death in a period when census records were "numbers" except for the head of household, a lot of questions will be unanswered unless something can be found in the records of the children.

I tried looking at the numerous Hiram McElyea's to see if something would appear to shed some light, but it appears that the ones I have listed show evidence that Robert is not his son.

There is still one window which appears to be open at this time for Robert's parents - John and Sarah Boone McElyea. According to what I have thus far, Robert could be their oldest child if he were born about 1800. They had a son Hiram born about 1801. With their marriage of 1797, there is a 4-year gap at the beginning when another child could have existed.


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