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Re: Jane McCauley (1807 - 1867) Blair County PA
Posted by: Kathryn Davis (ID *****6894) Date: August 24, 2012 at 08:08:11
In Reply to: Re: Jane McCauley (1807 - 1867) Blair County PA by Jane Curci of 869


Thank you for the messages you have sent about Jane McCauley Wilson and her son, William McKee.

Most of the info you found, I have already come across. I have done extensive searching on Samuel Guilford Wilson and his wife Jane McCauley McKee Wilson and found through census record that they lived in East Wheatfield, Indiana County in 1830, Conemaugh, Indiana County, in 1840, and Beccaria, Clearfield County in 1850 and Antes, Blair County in 1860. Jane died in 1867 and Samuel is found in the 1870 and 1880 censuses, living with his son Joseph.

Interestingly, Samuel Guilford Wilson, his son Joseph W, his daughter Margaret Wilson and her husband Thomas Glasgow, show up in both the Beccaria Twp, Clearfield County census of 1850 and the Antes township, Blair County census in 1850. We have info from a relative that indicates the family was transitioning from Clearfield County to Blair County in 1850 which explains being counted twice.

You asked about William McKee, Jane's son. He was born in 1824 according to the DAR application records I found. His Civil War enlistment papers indicate he was born in Westmoreland County, PA, which borders on Indiana County where Samuel and Jane Wilson lived. We have a letter from a descendant of his that states his father died when he was under two years old and that his mother married a Wilson who lived in Tipton (Antes township), PA. This seems to point to Jane McCauley Wilson as his mother but we haven't found out who her first husband was other than his last name was McKee.

William McKee married Hannah Miller (of Beccaria Twp, Clearfield County) probably around 1846 as their first son, Albert McKee was born in 1847. They had another son, John Silas, and a daughter, Ellen, who married Joseph Ganoe. There may have been another daughter, Jane, who is listed on the 1850 census. She must have died young as there is no further mention of her in later censuses and the family has never mentioned her. William and Hannah McKee moved to White Twp in Cambria County between 1850 and 1856, as they are in the Beccaria township census in 1850 and Hannah is found in the church records of White township, Cambria County, by 1856. Both William and Hannah McKee died in 1889 within a few months of each other and are buried in the church cemetery in White township.

The info you sent on Mary Lindsey is interesting. If she married the James McColley, listed in the DAR bible records, she would have married a very old man. I am guessing she married another James McCauley at this point. But it is intriguing that both James McCauleys died in 1844. Perhaps, she married a son of James McColley, who lived with the Wilsons.

Sorry for the length of this message. This is actually the short version of what I know about William McKee and the Wilsons but am missing one key piece --- who was Jane McCauley's first McKee husband? There was a Samuel McKee who drowned on the Kiskimentas River (between Westmoreland and Indiana counties) in 1826 but his wife was Jane Crawford and after Samuel's death, she married Alexander McKinstry. They had three children -- none named William. This is pretty well documented so I think we can rule out this Samuel as Jane McCauley's first husband.

Hope this isn't too confusing.


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