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Lilly and McGee families
Posted by: Sara Tarpley (ID *****5116) Date: July 09, 2009 at 20:52:26
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I am seeking information on Eliza Jane McGee and her mother Aurely Lilly, who appear in the 1850 Fayette County census:

From the 1850 United States Census for Fayette County, Pennsylvania, p. 29:

German Township - 5th September 1850

Dwelling 89/Family 89

Aurely C. Lilly 58 F widow b. VA cannot read, write
Eliza J. McGee 36 F widow b. PA
William 13 M b. OH
Rebecca Jane 12 F. b. KY
Hellen M. 8 F b. KY
Irena P. 3 F b. KY
George W. 2 M b. KY

A family Bible shows Aurely's name as Irene; that may be incorrect. Eliza's husband was John McGee according to the obituary of his daughter Rebecca. The children may have been born near Louisville, KY, or even closer to the Kentucky-Ohio border.

By 1860 Eliza, Rebecca, and Irena are living in Monongalia County, VA, now WV. Eliza seems to have died before 1870. At some point Rebecca married a Reed, first name unknown, location of marriage unknown; and in 1874 she married Henry Clay Binkley in Chicago, Illinois.

Irena was the first wife of John Keener Durr, who was born in Greene County, PA. They were divorced, and she married Louis Allred, probably in Cooke County, Texas.

Irena and her children returned to Pennsylvania by 1920, when they were in Greene County. In 1930 they were in Fayette County.

Irena's daughter Katherine Durr, unmarried, lived in Uniontown for many years. Daughter Ida married John Heaney, probably in Texas, where she died. Her children Anna Lee Heaney, John Durr Heaney, and Irene Margaret Heaney lived with their aunt Katherine.

Irene married Dr. Francis D. Roelkey, a native of Frederick, MD, in 1914 in Texas. By 1920 they were in Greene County, PA, and by 1930 in Uniontown, Fayette Co., PA, where they lived for many years.

Any information about this family appreciated but am particularly interested in information about Aurely, Eliza, and their husbands.

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