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McCAY (McCOY-McKAY) & BELL Families 1800s Pickens
Posted by: Nancy Clayton Date: January 21, 2002 at 11:11:43
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Always searching for new info about my McCAY and BELL families of 1800s Pickens County, South Carolina. My McCAY line is sometimes spelled as McCOY or McKAY. Please see below for outlines of both familes.

Thank you! Nancy


Thomas H. McCAY (son of Daniel McCay & Betsy STANLEY)
b. 1806 South Carolina
d. 1843 Pickens County, SC

Thomas was a gunsmith, blacksmith, & farmer. He was listed as Thomas McCOY in the 1840 Pickens County Census.
He married Elender BOLLING in August of 1827.
She was b. 1813 in South Carolina. My Elender BOLLING is supposed to be a granddaughter of Samuel BOLLING (1752-1808) of Laurens County, SC. (Great-Granddaughter of Col. William BOLLING (1731-1776) who married Mary Amelia RANDOLPH.)

Thomas died sometime before OCT 1843 - his estate papers were dated Oct 9, 1843. After Thomas McCAY died, Elender remained a widow till after the War Between the States.
Elender then married Anderson GRIFFIN in 1865 in Pickens County. (They had no children.) Anderson GRIFFIN served in the Confederate Army, and lost an arm in battle.
Anderson GRIFFIN was the son of Sargent GRIFFIN and Averillah BARTON.

Children of Thomas H. McCAY & Elender BOLLING:

1. William Bolling McCAY 1828-1909
b. 2 MAR 1833 Anderson County, SC
d. 11 JUN 1918 Gustine, Comanche County, TX
m. Arena Catherine BELL
(daughter of John BELL and Arah Beck SWAFFORD)

2. Elizabeth Caroline McCAY 1830-aft 1873
m. Littleton A. EDGE

3. Jerusha A. McCAY 1832-1919
m. Nathan NEWTON, Thomas CASE, James OWNBY

4. Catharine Laura McCAY 1833-1869
m. Carter DILLARD

5. Sarah Ann McCAY 1835-1864
m. George P. VAUGHN

6. Margarett Emily McCAY 1837-1891
m. Jasper M. BELL, John Thomas NEWTON

7. Daniel W. McCAY 1839-bef 1973

8. John D. McCAY ca 1839-bef 1873

9. Unice Elender McCAY 1841-1917
m. Aaron Madison GARRETT

10. Martha T. McCAY 1842-bef 1873
(might be Jane -- not sure)

11. Jane McCAY bef 1842-bef 1873
m. ________ CLAYTON


George S. BELL born in Virginia around 1784.
m. Sarah _______? born in South Carolina around 1786.

They moved to the Pendleton District (Anderson, Pickens, and present-day Oconee Counties of South Carolina) and had a large family but only three of the sons have been identified

George S. Bell and wife Sarah ________ were on the 1830 Pickens County (formed from Pendleton district) census.

George BELL sold land to his son John BELL in 1831 and 1832.
One of the witnesses was a Gideon Martin. Some of the MARTIN family and another BELL family moved to Mississippi.
They are descendents of a William Bell, born 1727 in Antrim, Ireland. Are these BELLs related to my line?

George BELL bought 150 acres in Cherokee county GA 1/22/1849. The last record for George and Sarah is the 3/13/1855 sale of land to John FLORISH.

George and Sarah died sometime between 1855 and 1860.

Children of George S. BELL and Sarah _________:

> 1. Son, born 1800-1810
> 2. John (my GGG Grandfather - direct ancestor)
born 26 FEB 1807
> 3. Daughter, born around 1810
> 4. Son, born 1810-1820
> 5. Daughter, born 1810-1820
> 6. Daugther, born 1810-1815
> 7. Son, born 1815-1820
> 8. Daughter, born 1815-1820
> 9. Son, born 1820-1825
> 10. James M. Bell, born 1820-1823 SC,
married Evaline M. _______?
They are on the 1850 and 1860 Cherokee GA census records
> 11. Son, born 1820-1825
> 12. Thomas Marion Bell, b c1827 d. 1900?
son: John Marion BELL (1860-1931)
son: Jonathan Raford Bell (1883-1955)

My GGG Grandfather John BELL was born 26 FEB 1807 SC -- he married Arah(Amy)Beck SWAFFORD. She was born 11 NOV 1806, Pickens District, SC. She and John BELL were listed in the 1860 Pickens District Census, and in the 1870 Oconee County, South Carolina census. She died in 1890. John died in May, 1891.

They had ten children:

1. Samuel Milton BELL
b. 26 JUN 1827 Pickens County, SC
d. _________
m. _________

2. Mary Adeline BELL
b. 17 JAN 1829 Pickens County, SC
d. 27 JUN 1914 Simpsonville, SC
m. John M. HOWARD

3. Jasper Milton BELL
b. 26 FEB 1831 Pickens County, SC
d. 28 AUG 1857 Walhalla, SC
m. Margaret Emily McCAY

4. Arena Catherine BELL (my GG Grandmother)
b. 2 MAR 1833 Anderson County, SC
d. 11 JUN 1918 Gustine, Comanche County, TX
m. William Bolling McCAY
(son of Thomas H. McCAY & Elender BOLLING)

5. Rhoda Emaline (Rudy) BELL
b. 27 DEC 1834 Salem, Pickens (Oconee) County, SC
d. 25 JAN 1922 La Jara, Conejos, Colorado
m. John Henry ROSS

6. Sarah Agnes Lucy (Allison) (Arleasy) BELL
b. 21 NOV 1836 Pickens County, SC
d. 21 JAN 1916 Cherokee County, SC

7. George Swafford BELL
b. 16 MAY 1839 Pickens County, SC
d. 26 AUG 1922 Pelzer, SC
m. Harriett GANTT

8. James Andrew BELL
b. 10 MAY 1841 Pickens County, SC
d. 8 JAN 1904 Oconee County, SC
m. (1st) Martha Ann "Mattie" TODD
(2nd) Nina A. GLENN
(3rd) Della BROWN

9. John Harry BELL
b. 6 JAN 1843 Pickens County, SC
d. 13 DEC 1922 Greenville, SC
m. Elvira __________?

10. Agnes Elizabeth BELL
b. 29 APR 1846 Pickens County, SC
d. 28 AUG 1937
m. John William MARTIN


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