Robert E. Cunningham.
*Some chapters of the original work have been omitted in this presentation.*
The material reported herein has come from a variety of sources. According to accepted proper genealogical practices, I have been remiss in my failure to record the exact sources of names, dates, locations, etc., that are given in this family history.
Some of the information came from birth, marriage, and death records in the courthouses of Pleasants County and Wood County, West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio. A few such records came from the Vital Records departments of various states in the United States. Some data for the first three generations of these McTaggart families came from old parish records in Scotland, researched for me by the Scots Ancestry Research Society. I have requested several searches by the Scots Ancestry Research Society (S.A.R.S.) for information on the McTaggart immigrants who settled in Pleasants County. This organization conducts professional searches of vital records in Scotland, which include old Parish records. It found that these particular McTaggart families came from the Parish of Southend, which is at the southern tip of the Kintyre Peninsula in the Argyllshire district of western Scotland.
My mother, the late Laura McTaggart Cunningham, wrote to several members of the McTaggart families in 1944, seeking information from them with the goal of developing a family tree. These individuals replied with information on their lines of the family, but my mother never followed up on the preparation of a family tree. Fortunately, she saved all of the letters, which eventually came into my hands and provided me with a foundation for developing the genealogy of several branches of the family. Also my mother's youngest sister, my late aunt Georgia McTaggart Smith, was a great aid in ferreting out more information and answering numerous questions of mine about the family during a period of extensive correspondence between us from early 1982 until her death in June, 1986.
Two scrapbooks which came into my possession contained considerable information about family members. One had been kept by my late aunt, Mary McTaggart Day, and the other may have been kept by my grandmother Ida Rymer McTaggart. Letters from other early family members provided information on some of the early generations. These are cited in the text or appendices.
In addition, many persons have supplied data to me on numerous branches of the McTaggart families. These include, but are not limited to, the following persons: the late Pare Lorentz of Armonk, N.Y.; Sue Eckley Platzev of Lindale, Texas; Robert Platzer of Boulder, Colorado; Helen McTaggart Allyn of Seattle, Wa.; the late Marion McTaggart Dillon of Martinsburg, W. Va.; Patricia McAtee Larmoyeux of Billings, Montana; Colleen McAtee Ingram of Oakland, Md.; Lawrence Shaffer, Jr., of Duncan, Oklahoma; Franklin Day of Highland, Cal.; Wanda Day Stevens of Corona Ranch, Cal.; Daniel Smith, Jr., of Zanesville, Ohio; June Eden McAtee of Washington, W. Va.; Thelma McTaggart Campbell of Williamstown, W. Va.; Dr. J. Gary Campbell of Portsmouth, Ohio; Nina Hammett of Vienna, W. Va.; Kathleen Forgey of Chesapeake, Ohio; the late Mary Bills Strickling of St. Marys, W. Va.; the late Mabel Ruttencutter Casto of Pompano Beach, Florida; Nancy Boy and Fran Kigans of the Washington County Historical Society, Marietta, Ohio; Linda Showalter of Marietta, Ohio. My apologies to any one who may have been inadvertently omitted.
In the course of gathering all of this information about McTaggart descendants, I have come into possession of many papers and records about the family: birth, marriage, and death certificates, wills, photographs, letters from family members from both the 19th and 20th Centuries, etc. If any readers would like more information about any of these records, or has any other inquiry concerning McTaggart family history, they are welcome to contact me.
The material contained in this family history is an attempt by me to record in an organized manner all information that I have collected over the past fifteen years on the McTaggart families who settled in Pleasants County, West Virginia, in the first half of the nineteenth century. I have attempted to make this record in a reasonably straightforward and factual presentation. To some extent, however, I have written it from a personal standpoint, especially in terms of mentioning my relationship to some descendants of these families.
Much of the information that I have obtained has been second- or third-hand, so errors have undoubtedly crept into these records. Everything that is presented herein, however, is correct, to the best of my knowledge, at the time of this writing.
The McTaggart name is of Scottish origin. According to Ross, The Clans and Tartans of Scotland, the name McTaggart probably originated from an early chief (in 1215 A.D.) of Clan Ross, Fearchar Mac an t-Sagairt (meaning Farquhar the Priest's Son). Thus the name McTaggart is taken to mean "Son of the Priest". The McTaggarts did not constitute a distinct Clan in Scotland, but rather the family was a Sept of Clan Ross. The Clans were major families in Scotland and Ireland; a Clan was made up of a family that claimed descent from a common ancestor. A Sept was a branch or sub-division of a major Clan. Definitions and histories of Clans and Septs can be found in suitable reference books.
A Clan had a plaid tartan associated with it, which was distinct for that Clan and was usually worn as an article of clothing, often as a kilt or scarf. Septs usually did not have a tartan associated with it. A small number of Septs did have their own tartans, however, and the McTaggarts were one such Sept. A reproduction of the McTaggart tartan is appended. The tartan can be obtained from various Scottish shops in the United States or ordered from Scotland, and is available as fabric or in the finished form of scarves, neckties, skirts, kilts, etc.
The name appears to be spelled at least three ways in Scotland - McTaggart, MacTaggart, or Mactaggart. For the families recorded herein, records from Scotland and from the immigrant families that settled in Pleasants County - early birth and death records, gravestones, etc. - all use the McTaggart spelling. A few family members in the United States used the MacTaggart spelling; since the overwhelming majority of records on the family uses the McTaggart spelling, however, that is the one that I will use throughout this record.
Edward Everett McTaggart, a descendant who lived for many years in Marietta, Ohio, traveled to Scotland on at least one occasion, and obtained there what was purported to be a copy-of the McTaggart Coat of Arms. The disposition of this copy after the settlement of his estate is not known. One of his relatives, Mrs. Helen Allyn, is in possession of a wooden plaque on which is carved what is claimed to be the McTaggart Coat of Arms. This might have been the one obtained by Edward E. McTaggart, but Mrs. Allyn is not certain. The family motto on the Coat of Arms is "Ratione non vi" - which supposedly translates as "By reason, not by force". A photocopy of the plaque is appended.
The progenitors of all McTaggart descendants listed herein were Edward McTaggart and his wife Margaret Brown. I have no evidence that they ever emigrated to America. Three of their sons are known to have emigrated to America: William in 1823, Edward (Jr.) in 1839, and Arch in 1845. The families of William and Edward, Jr., are the ones that eventually settled in the present Pleasants County, West Virginia. These families are discussed in more detail in the genealogical portion which follows. (Arch and his family are claimed to have emigrated to Wisconsin.)
Genealogical searches on the families of William and Edward McTaggart, requested by me from the Scots Ancestry Research Society, showed that the families came from the Parish of Southend at the southern tip of the Kintyre Peninsula in western Scotland. (A map of the Parish is appended.) Four place names associated with these families - in which they were born, lived, and/or married - were given by S.A.R.S.: Achinlene (also spelled Achinglene), Caoranbeg, Knocknow, and Glenahervie. These were presumably small villages or crofts where the families lived at various times before their emigrations. I have obtained Ordnance Survey Maps of Great Britain in every scale available, including ones that show highly detailed features of the Parish of Southend, and also a few 19th-century-maps of the Kintyre Peninsula. Of the four place names above that were associated with these McTaggart families, only Glenahervie can still be found on any of these maps.
I have contacted the S.A.R.S. with queries about the other three place-names given in their searches. They state that the names were spelled just as they reported them to me, but that many names in records of the 19th Century were spelled phonetically by clerks entering information into these records. I have also sent queries to the Map Room of the Metropolitan Toronto Research Library, and to the British Consulate in Cleveland, Ohio; neither source could furnish any information on these places. It is possible that the spellings of the three locations were incorrect in the Parish records, or that the names were changed in later times, or simply that they no longer exist. Thus only Glenahervie, where Edward and Mary McGeachy McTaggart lived for a while and where two of their children were born, can be identified at present. All that can be said of William and Jane Reed McTaggart and their two sons Hugh and Edward who were born in Scotland is that they lived in the Parish of Southend at the tip of the Kintyre Peninsula.
All information that I have at the time of this writing indicates that there are apparently no descendants of the two Pleasants County families who are still carrying the McTaggart name. All lines of the family ultimately passed through female descendants, so that after several generations the McTaggart surname apparently is no longer in use by any descendant.
Several given names are repeatedly used by the descendant families, especially male names. There are seven Edwards, five Williams, three Hughs, and three Archibalds among the various generations. Sorting out the Edwards in particular and locating them in their proper places in the descendent generations of the families were the most difficult tasks in preparing this genealogical record. The names of Edward McTaggart, the progenitor of all of these families, and of his son William, the progenitor of the largest branch of these families, were obviously quite honored by their descendants.
The descendants of Edward and Margaret McTaggart's son William and the latter's wife Jane Reed comprise by far the largest branch of the "family tree." The descendants of William's brother Edward and his wife Mary McGeachy comprise a much smaller-portion of the "family tree". All of the members of these families who are known to me at the time of this writing, the dates of their births, marriages, and deaths, and biographical or historical information about them are delineated in the following genealogical portion of this family history. In the many cases wherein these data or personal information about descendants are not given, it is because such information is not known to-me at this time.
All of the McTaggart families delineated in this history are descended from EDWARD MCTAGGART and his wife MARGARET BROWN. Little is known of this couple except that they lived in the Parish of Southend in Scotland, which comprises the southern tip of the Kintyre Peninsula. Their names are given in the death record of their son William at the Pleasants County Courthouse in St. Marys, W. Va., and were also handed down orally through the early generations of the families in America. The Scots Ancestry Research Society conducted a search of old parish records in Scotland but could find no record of the dates of their births, marriage, or deaths. They never emigrated to America.
At least three of their sons are known to have emigrated to America: William, Edward (Jr.), and Arch. The first two and their wives were the progenitors of all descendants listed in this history. Arch McTaggart is reported to have emigrated to Wisconsin in 1845.
The search by the Scots Ancestry Research Society on the families of the sons Edward (Jr.) and Arch disclosed that their father's name was Edward. These are the only other confirmations of the senior Edward McTaggart that I have found, besides his name in the above-mentioned death record of his son William. These records seem to indicate that Edward McTaggart (Sr.) was a farmer. Thus the existence of this Scottish couple is established, but only through these sparse and fragmentary records.
WILLIAM MCTAGGART, son of Margaret Brown and Edward McTaggart, was born on May 1, 1790, presumably in the parish of Southend on the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland. The Scots Ancestry Research Society found no record of the location of the birth of William, or any of the other children of Margaret Brown and Edward McTaggart. He married JANE REED on August 1, 1818, in Caoranbeg in the parish of Southend. She was born May I (or 4), 1791, the daughter of Hugh Reed (b. March 29, 1769) and Elizabeth Brown (b. October 26, 1770). (The search by the Scots Ancestry Research Society reported her name as Jean Reid. Her death record at the Pleasants County courthouse at St. Marys, W. Va., and her headstone at her gravesite both give her first name as Jane. Other family records also give the last name as Reed, not Reid. The S. A. R. S. notes that spelling in the old parish records was not always accurate.)
William and Jane had two sons born in Scotland, HUGH on December 1, 1819, and EDWARD on January 1, 1822. No record of these births was found by the S. A. R. S. William and Jane and their two sons emigrated from Campbeltown, Scotland, on the Kintyre Peninsula in 1823. Hugh was about three and one-half years old and Edward was an infant. Their time and place of arrival in the United States has not been found, but they eventually settled in the Upper Ohio River Valley near the present-day town of Short Creek, W. Va.
Three more children were born to them there: ELIZABETH on July 1, 1824, JANE on August 12, 1828, and WILLIAM, JR., on November 30, 1832. William farmed in this area for about eleven years. He later rode horseback down the Ohio River valley looking for favorable land, to purchase a farm. He came upon land at the present Willow Island, W. Va. (in Pleasants County), owned by Colonel Archibald Henderson who was stationed in Washington, D.C. (Colonel Henderson was the youngest brother of James Henderson, who was in turn the father of John Henderson who married Jane McTaggart [q.v.].) William rode horseback to Washington, met Col. Henderson, and struck an agreement with him to lease and farm Col. Henderson's 603 acres. In 1849, he purchased the upper half of the Henderson farm. In 1855, he sold this farm to Mr. Friend Cochrane and bought the farm of James Henderson on French Greek, also in Pleasants County. A detailed account of the emigration of this family to America, and William's subsequent moves and purchases of these farms is given in a letter written in 1903 by William's nephew Edward McTaggart (b. 1832; q.v.) which is appended.
William and Jane McTaggart had another daughter, MARGARET, born June 9, 1837. This date indicates that she would have been born on the Henderson farm in Pleasants County.
Jane McTaggart died on September 12, 1862 of typhoid fever. William died three months later on December 10, 1862 of consumption (tuberculosis). Both were interred in the St. John Cemetery at Willow Island, W. Va.
The preliminary filing of William McTaggart's estate in Pleasants County, W. Va., on August 4. 1864 showed gross assets of $5,376.65 and debts of $1,528,16, leaving net assets of $3,848.49; Friend Cochrane was the executor. What is apparently the final filing on April 13, 1865, listed assets of $5,200.08 (the increase evidently coming from collected notes plus accrued interest) and disbursements of $4,107.99, leaving $1,092.09 "due the estate." Some of the disbursements had been to his children. The disposal of the amount "due the estate" was not noted, but presumably went to the surviving children.
Jane Reed McTaggart's parentage is noted above. Other Reed children, Jane's siblings, were as follows:
Jane's brothers Hugh and Alexander also emigrated to America and settled in Barlow Township, Ohio, which is in Washington County southwest of Marietta.
EDWARD MCTAGGART, JR., son of Edward McTaggart and Margaret Brown and brother of William, was born presumably in the Parish of Southend on the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland on August 30, 1794 (or 1795). He married MARY MCGEACHY in Knocknow, Southend Parish, on October 7, 1827. She was born on May 28, 1800 (location unknown). They had four children born in Scotland, according to the following information obtained by the Scots Ancestry Research Society:
EDWARD was born on August 26, 1832; his father was listed as "Cottager, Achiniene." He was baptised on August 29, 1832.
NIEL was born on December 16, 1834; his father was listed as "Farmer, Glenahervie." He was baptised on December 22, 1834.
JOHN was born on September 21, 1837; his father was listed as "Farmer, Glenahervie." He was baptised on October 9, 1837.
(These place names, in the Parish of Southend, show some of the moves that the family made during their years of living in Scotland. A discussion of these placenames is appended.)
Edward and Mary and their four children emigrated from Campbeltown, Kintyre Peninsula, Scotland, on June 7, 1839. They arrived in New York in August, 1839. (Their emigration and subsequent life in America is detailed in their son Edward's letter of 1903, which is appended. In it, he stated that they spent six weeks on the ocean journey, which does not agree with the time period of June 7 to August that he sets forth in his letter.) The family then stayed three months in Philadelphia,-Pa. (possibly arranging for transportation to the Ohio Valley), and arrived at the farm of Edward's brother William McTaggart on Cow Creek, Willow Island, Va. (later W. Va.), on December 31, 1839.
Edward worked for some time for his brother William on the latter's farm, and later worked for Mr. George W. Henderson on his farm.
Edward and Mary McGeachy McTaggart had two more children born in America:
Edward McTaggart died on May 8, 1857 of "typhoid pneumonia." His wife Mary and the three sons then living at home, Edward, Niel, and Archibald, moved to Gahaka, a small settlement located where Sled Run flows into Cow Creek. A few years later, they moved to the mouth of Cow Creek at the Ohio River. (See Edward McTaggart's appended letter of 1903.) Mary McGeachy McTaggart died there on March 6, 1867. Edward and Mary were both interred in the St. John Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
ARCH MCTAGGART, son of Edward McTaggart and Margaret Brown and brother of William and Edward, was also presumably from the Parish of Southend on the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland. The S. A. R. S. found that his full name was Archibald, and his marriage record showed that he was the son of Edward McTaggart, Farmer, of Achinglene, the same finding as for his brother Edward. He married MARION MCMILLAN on December 26, 1833. She was the daughter of Malcolm McMillan, Farmer, of Leknacroibh in Campbeltown Parish. This parish is just north of Southend Parish. Other records in Scotland showed that they had a daughter MARGARET, born on November 16, 1834 and baptized on November 19; they were living at this time in Achinglene, Southend Parish. Another record showed they had a son named MALCOLM, born on December 28, 1837 in Bridgeflate and baptized February 25, 1838; this was in the parish record in Kilmalcolm (Renfrewshire). The 1841 census in Kilmalcolm gave the following information:
These figures indicate that Archibald would have been born in 1810 or 1811. The S. A. R. S. searched the parochial registers of Argyllshire for a record of the birth or baptism of Archibald McTaggart, son of Edward McTaggart and Margaret Brown, but found nothing at this time period. Thus the exact birthdates of Archibald and Marion have not been found. The family is reported to have emigrated to Wisconsin in 1845. (See the appended letter believed to have been written by Edward McTaggart of Whatcom, Washington.) I have made no further effort at this time to trace this family or its descendants.
Other brothers and half-brothers or sisters were listed on the early-family tree which may have been prepared by Isabelle McTaggart Page. She perhaps knew of them through oral records passed down through the family. However, I have no concrete information on any of them. The Scots Ancestry Research Society could find no information on a son of this couple named Donald, who reportedly emigrated to Canada. I have requested no searches on any of the other reported children. These children were as follows:
JOHN MCTAGGART, who was listed on this early family tree as a full brother of William, Edward, and Arch, the sons of Edward and Margaret Brown McTaggart, with the notation that he "went to Cincinnati". However, since the above-cited letter from Edward McTaggart (appended) states that brother Arch emigrated to Wisconsin, and makes no mention of any other sibling of William and Edward, it would seem that the inclusion of a brother John in this family is incorrect.
The following persons were listed on the early family tree as half-brothers or sisters of William, Edward, and Arch. If they carried the McTaggart name (which is not clear on this tree that was presumably prepared by Isabelle Page), then they would have been the children of the first Edward McTaggart and a second wife whose name is not known. If they did exist, none is known to have emigrated to America.
MARGARET was a half-sister to the above brothers. There is an enigmatic note an this early family tree that she "Died at Whit Metcalf's". Where this information originated, who Whit Metcalf was, and where he lived is not known. He could have lived in Scotland, or in Willow Island, Va. There is another Margaret in the family, daughter of William and Jane Reed McTaggart (see below). There possibly has been some confusion between her and this Margaret who was listed as the half-sister to the three brothers who emigrated to America.
MARION was listed on the early family tree under the "half- brothers and sisters", but with no designation whether this was a man or woman. The only notation was that this person "married an Armstrong".
DONALD was listed on the early family tree as a "half-brother", with the comment "went to Canada." As noted above, the Scots Ancestry Research Society could find no record, however, of a Donald who was the son of Edward McTaggart and related to the three brothers William, Edward, and Arch, and who ever emigrated to Canada.
This completes the listing of the second generation of the McTaggart family, comprising the children of Edward and Margaret Brown McTaggart. Their three sons who emigrated to America, William in 1823, Edward in 1839, and Arch in 1845, are the only children whose existence can be substantiated at this time. The existence of another full brother John, and half-brothers and sisters Margaret, Marion, and Donald, is in serious doubt.
Children of William and Jane Reed McTaggart*
*HUGH MCTAGGART was the oldest son of William and Jane Reed McTaggart. He was born in Scotland on December 1, 1819, presumably in the parish of Southend on the Kintyre Peninsula. He was three years old when he emigrated with his parents to America, sometime in 1823. He reached adulthood in the present Pleasants County, W. Va., and was married to DICINDA DEVIESE PHILLIPS on October 24, 1847 by the Rev. J. W. Snodgrass. She was born in Ohio, the daughter of Jesse and Mary Phillips, on July 19, 1822. At the time of their marriage, she was living in East Oak Grove, Pleasants County.
They had five children:
Hugh McTaggart farmed on a 90-acre farm located on a hilltop above Cow Creek, about a mile from Willow Island, W. Va. He, his wife Dicinda, and their daughter Isabelle were charter members of the Willow Island Baptist Church when it was organized January 9, 1869. On March 16, 1869, Hugh and Friend Cochrane were named trustees of the church, and designated to locate a building site for the new church. It has been a legend in the McTaggart family that Hugh McTaggart donated the land for the location of the Willow Island Baptist Church, but records indicate that the land was owned by Friend Cochrane; his name was on the original deed for the church land. Hugh evidently did purchase or have set aside land on a direct line to the rear of the church to serve as gravesites for members of the McTaggart family, many of whom are interred at this location.
Hugh was the first treasurer of the Willow Island Baptist Church for a three-year period. He was also the first postmaster at the Cow Creek Post office (later changed to the Willow Island Post Office) from September 3, 1849 to at least, March 29, 1851 when Pleasants County was formed. Late in his life, Hugh deeded his farm and all of its equipment to his son Hugh David (q.v.) and the latter's wife, with the understanding that they would continue to live on the farm and care for Hugh and Dicinda, Hugh David's aging parents. However, Hugh David and his wife decided to move to Oklahoma shortly after this. Dicinda died on September 16, 1905. Her husband Hugh was thus left alone on his farm at the age of nearly 86. Their son William, who owned an adjoining farm, built a room on his house and brought his father there to live with his family. Hugh died there on April 28, 1909 at the age of 89. Dicinda and Hugh are both interred at the Willow Island Cemetery, adjacent to the Willow Island Baptist Church.
One family anecdote that was oft repeated concerned Hugh McTaggart's annual visit to his niece, Margaret Feeney (q.v.), who lived at Barlow, Ohio, in Washington County southwest of Marietta, Ohio. He took a train from Willow Island to Williamstown, W. Va., which is directly across the Ohio River from Marietta. He traveled from there to Marietta and on to Barlow, probably by horse-drawn carriage, to visit his niece. This apparently was a major event in his life each year, and in his eagerness to set out on the journey, would pack his suitcase a week or two in advance of the trip. This became a standing joke in the family, and even in later generations when someone was going on a trip and packed early for it, a family member would remark "Well, Grandpa is ready to go to Barlow."
Dicinda Phillips McTaggart's family consisted of her parents Jesse and Mary, and siblings Jane, Elizabeth, Phoebe, John, Jesse, Jr., and Isaac. The entire family except Dicinda, who was already married, was ready to leave from Marietta, Ohio, in 1849 to join a wagon train heading west. (Whether this wagon train was actually leaving from Marietta, or whether the family was going to join it at some point farther west is not noted in family records.) However, Dicinda was expecting her first baby, so the Phillips family delayed its departure from Marietta until the baby was born (John, born October 30, 1849). The family journeyed to Willow Island to see the baby before leaving for the west. Several members of the family, eventually settled in Iowa (see appendix concerning the Phillips family).
*EDWARD R. MCTAGGART was the second child born to William and Jane Reed McTaggart. He was born on January 1, 1822, presumably in the Parish of Southend on the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland. He was a one-year-old infant when the family emigrated from Campbeltown to America in 1823.
He married MARY D. MOREHEAD, who was the daughter of Samuel Morehead and his wife Sarah Ann Robinson. Where they were living is not known from family records, but presumably it, was in or near Pleasants County. She was born on September 14, 1834. Edward and Mary had six children:
The family apparently lived on or near the farm of Edward's parents, William and Jane Reed McTaggart at Cow Creek, W. Va. Edward R. McTaggart died on April 13, 1868 and his wife Mary D. Morehead McTaggart on September 17, 1868. Three of their children had predeceased them: Mary Jane died on September 10, 1863 at less than four years of age; William Edward died on March 7, 1864 at less than two years of age; Ida D. died on August 4, 1867 at less than four months of age. A communication from a descendant of this family (Pare Lorentz; q.v.) indicated that all members of the family had tuberculosis; this was probably the cause of death of the parents Edward and Mary, and possibly the three small children. Two others of this family would die in early adulthood from tuberculosis, Alice and Thomas (q.v.).
Edward R. and Mary Morehead McTaggart and the three small children, Mary Jane, William Edward, and Ida D. are interred at the St. John Cemetery at Willow Island, W. Va. They share a common headstone, an obelisk with a square base; the names of the deceased family members are engraved around the square base of the headstone. The other three children were raised by Mary Morehead McTaggart's sister, Ann Morehead McTaggart Farson (q.v.).
*ELIZABETH MCTAGGART was the third child born to William and Jane Reed McTaggart. She was born July 1, 1824, presumably near the present-day Short Creek, W. Va., where the family was living after their emigration to America. She was married to JOHN FEENEY on June 11, 1848 by the Rev. Francis Bradock. John Feeney was born in 1824. They had two daughters:
The Feeney family lived at Barlow, Ohio, in Washington County southwest of Marietta, Ohio. Elizabeth McTaggart Feeney died on September 14, 1857. In the 1860 U. S. Census, Alice was listed as living with her grandparents William and Jane Reed McTaggart at Willow Island, Va. (later W. Va.) Since her mother had died when Alice was only five years old, she may have been sent to live with her grandparents, which would account for the fact that she was living with them in 1860 when she was eight years old.
*JANE MCTAGGART was the fourth child born to William and Jane Reed McTaggart. She was born on August 12, 1828, presumably near the present-day Short Greek, W. Va. She married JOHN ARCHIBALD HENDERSON on August 9, 1848. He was born on March 9, 1820, the son of James and Nancy Holiday Henderson. In the 1860 United States Census, his occupation was listed as "miller" but in the 1880 Census, his occupation was listed as "merchant." Jane and John Henderson had eight children:
Jane McTaggart Henderson died on June 9, 1870 of consumption (tuberculosis). (My mother, Laura McTaggart Cunningham, and some of her sisters often related a story that Jane McTaggart Henderson and at least one of her children [probably John William who died in early childhood] were interred in the St. John Cemetery at Willow Island, W. Va. Later other members of this family who died were interred in the Riverview Cemetery at Williamstown, W. Va., so surviving family members had the remains of Jane and her child [and possibly any other family members] removed from the St. John Cemetery and re-interred at the Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown with the other members of the Henderson family. - REC). John Archibald Henderson later married Sophia Cook Kinnaird on January 21, 1877. She was born on October 6, 1820. This couple had no children. Sophia Cook Kinnaird Henderson died on August 22, 1891, and John A. Henderson died on June 13, 1895 in Williamstown, W. Va. Jane and John Henderson are interred at the Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown, W. Va.
*WILLIAM MCTAGGART, JR. was the fifth child born to William and Jane Reed McTaggart. He was born on November 30, 1832, presumably near the present-day Short Creek, W. Va. He married ANN MOREHEAD. She was born on April 22, 1837. She was the sister of Mary D. Morehead who married William McTaggart, Jr.'s brother Edward R. McTaggart (see above), i.e., these two brothers married sisters. William and Ann had no children, and he died on March 8, 1861. He is interred in the St. John Cemetery at Willow Island, W. Va.
Ann Morehead McTaggart later married Joseph Farson, a widower from Rockland, Ohio, on February 15, 1866. He was born in 1824 in West Virginia, and had married Catharine Stag. They had nine children, several of whom died in infancy or early childhood. Catharine Stag Farson died in 1861. Joseph Farson had moved to Washington County, Ohio, in 1866, apparently before, or at the time that, he married Ann Morehead McTaggart. (Information from the History of Washington County, 1788 - 1871.) The 1870 United States Census of Washington County lists Joseph Farson, 46, farmer; Anne E. Farson, 33, keeping house; Benjamin Farson, 20, farm hand; Roberta Farson 17, Joseph A. Farson, 14, and John L. Farson, 13, all in school. Unless there had been any older Farson children who had already left home, this indicates that only four of Joseph Farson's children from his first marriage were still living. They were also raising the three surviving orphan children from the marriage of her sister Mary D. Morehead to Edward McTaggart, Jr. (q.v.), both of whom had died in 1868. They are also listed with the Farson family in the 1870 Census: Alice McTaggart, 15, Sarah A. McTaggart, 13, and Thomas O. McTaggart, 5, all in school.
Ann Morehead McTaggart Farson died on December 19, 1905, and is interred in Joseph Farson's grave plot in the Belpre Township Cemetery in Rockland, Ohio.
*MARGARET MCTAGGART was the sixth child born to William and Jane Reed McTaggart. She was born on June 9, 1838, and was presumably born at Willow Island, Va. (now W. Va.) as her parents moved to the Henderson farm at Willow Island in 1834. She died of consumption (tuberculosis) on October 16, 1855. Her death record at the Pleasants County Courthouse in St. Marys, W. Va., clearly states that she was the daughter of William and Jane McTaggart. There is a possibility that she has been confused in some family records with the Margaret McTaggart who was reportedly the half-sister of William McTaggart and who was noted in an early family tree as having "died at Whit Metcalf's" (see above).
*JANET MARY MCTAGGART was born on May 30, 1830 in Achinlene, Parish of Southend, Kintyre Peninsula, Scotland. She became mute from a fall during childhood. After the family emigrated to America, she was enrolled on September 14, 1846 in the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind at Staunton, Va. School records show, however, that she was only there for two weeks and was then transferred to a hospital with the notation "insane" on her record The hospital to which she was sent was not noted, so there is no record at present of the place and exact date of her death. (In a letter written by her brother Edward in 1903, which is appended, he stated that she died at a school for the deaf in Staunton, Va., in 1850. This is the only indication available on the place and date of her death.)
*EDWARD MCTAGGART was born on August 26, 1832 in Achinlene, Parish of Southend, Kintyre Peninsula, Scotland. After his parents emigrated to America, he lived in the vicinity of Cow Creek and Willow Island, Va. (later W. Va.) and engaged in farming. In 1859, he went to California and worked in the harvest fields. He was planning to go into business in Oakland when he received a letter from his brother Archibald informing him that their mother was in poor health and wished him to return to their home at Gahaka on Cow Creek in Pleasants County, Va., which he did. After her death, he sold the Gahaka property and moved to Williamstown, W. Va. in 1866 where he engaged in merchandising with his brother Archibald for three years. While living in Williamstown, he boarded with his cousin Jane McTaggart Henderson and her husband John Henderson.
In 1869, he sold his half interest in this business and again moved to California and purchased a farm hear Anaheim. He later sold this farm and moved to the vicinity of Puget Sound, Washington. There he engaged in farming and the lumber business. He is given the most credit for establishing the town of Edison, WA., where he had settled around 1870. This settlement was in Whatcom County. He was Chairman of the County Commission, served on the school board and supplied lumber for the first Edison Schoolhouse. He was also postmaster and suggested the name "Edison" for the settlement after Thomas A. Edison. He had been given a land grant of 500 acres where he built a home. There is a street in Edison named McTaggart Drive in his memory.
He married MARY L. JUDSON in September, 1878. She was the daughter of Phoebe Judson, who with her husband had started from Ohio and crossed the western plains in a covered wagon train in 1853 to what was then Washington Territory. They later settled north of Bellingham, Washington, where Mrs. Judson was the first white woman settler in that area. Mrs. Judson wrote a book about their trek across the western plains by wagon, and her later life in Washington, entitled A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home which was first published in 1925. It was reprinted in 1984 by the University of Nebraska Press; a copy of this reprint was kindly furnished to me by Phoebe Judson's great-granddaughter, Mrs. Helen Allyn (q.v.).
Edward and Mary Judson McTaggart had two children:
In 1885, the family moved to Utsalady, WA, and in 1890 to Anacortes, WA. Mary Judson McTaggart died in June, 1894, and Edward and the two children moved to Whatcom, WA, in 1901; this town was later renamed Bellingham, which is the present name. In 1901, Edward and the two children visited various McTaggart relatives in Washington County, Ohio, and Pleasants and Wood Counties, West Virginia. As a result of this visit, his cousin Georgia Henderson Davidson (q.v.) requested of him that he write an account of the emigration of the William and Edward McTaggart families from Scotland to America. He was nearly seven years old when his parents and their four children emigrated to America in 1839. He had a good memory of their subsequent life in America, as well as the life of the family of his aunt and uncle William and Jane Reed McTaggart. He wrote a lengthy letter detailing all of these activates, which he sent to Georgia Davidson in February, 1903. It is appended.
Edward McTaggart retired to Bellingham, WA, in the early 1900's and purchased a home at 2300 Utter Street, which is still standing. (This house was the subject of an article in the Bellingham Herald on August 2, 1980.) He again visited his McTaggart relatives in Ohio and West Virginia at the Christmas season in 1909, and during part of this trip stayed at the home of my grandparents William and Ida McTaggart on their farm near the headwaters of McElroy Run in Pleasants County, W. Va. My aunt Georgia McTaggart Smith, who was twelve years old at that time, could remember Edward quite well, and remarked that he spoke with a soft Scottish "burr". (Because of the several Edward McTaggarts in all of these families, this Edward was always referred to by my grandparents' family as "Washington Ed", relating of course to his settlement in that state.)
Edward appears to have written another letter to an unknown family member in 1915, after the death of his brother Archibald Henderson McTaggart. A page of this letter, unsigned, is in my possession. In it he reiterates briefly the early history of the McTaggart families in America, and notes that of all of the three families that emigrated in the early 1800's - those of William, Edward, and Arch, their wives and children - he is the only one still living. This letter is the one that mentions the emigration of Arch McTaggart to Wisconsin in 1845; it is appended.
Edward McTaggart died on February 15, 1916, in Edison, Washington, and is interred in the cemetery at Lynden, WA. He and a few other early settlers in the Bellingham, WA, area were the subject of an article in the Bellingham Herald on August 27, 1983.
*NIEL MCTAGGART was born on December 16, 1834, in Glenahervie, Parish of Southend, Kintyre Peninsula, Scotland. He died of pneumonia at Cow Creek, W. Va., in December, 1865. He was interred in the St. John Cemetery at Willow Island, W. Va., by his brother Edward. The brothers, including Archibald, had had smallpox. Niel died of pneumonia, rather than smallpox, but his brother Edward was still suffering from it at the time of Niel's death. Because of the contagious nature of smallpox, no one would help Edward inter his brother. Edward had to take the coffin to the cemetery, tie a rope to it and reportedly loop it over a tree limb in order to lower it into the grave. (Presumably, the grave had been dug previously by a grave digger. This event is described in Edward's letter of 1903 to Georgia Davidson, appended.) Niel was interred with his parents Edward and Mary McGeachy McTaggart, and they have a common headstone.
*JOHN MCTAGGART was born on September 21, 1837, in Glenahervie, Parish of Southend, Kintyre Peninsula, Scotland. He was less than two years old when his family emigrated to America in June, 1839. The family tarried for several months in Philadelphia, PA, after their arrival in America, and according to the 1903 letter written by John's brother Edward, John died in Philadelphia, evidently sometime in late 1839.
*ARCHIBALD HENDERSON MCTAGGART was born on March 27, 1843 at Cow Creek, Va. (now W. Va.) He enlisted in the 11th Regiment, H Company, West Virginia Infantry in 1862 (although West Virginia was not yet a state; possibly this military group became known as West Virginia Infantry after the state was formed in 1863). He was later transferred to the 17th West Virginia Infantry and commissioned a Lieutenant. He partially lost the sight of one eye as the result of action in several Civil War battles. (Information from Hardesty, Wood County, Williams District, Vol. 8, p. 111.) He is reported to have "served with distinction" and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. (Other information on Archibald Henderson McTaggart's military career was furnished to me by Mrs. Fran Kigans of the Washington County Historical Society, Marietta, Ohio. These data came from The Citizens Historical Association of Indianapolis, Indiana, dated July 20, 1935, and stated as follows: "He was a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War; on June 6, 1862, apptd. 1st Lieut., 197th Regt., 23rd Brigade, 3rd Div. of the Va. Militia, by F. H. Pierpoint, then Gov. of Va.")
He had been engaged in the merchandising business in Williamstown, W. Va., with his brother Edward during the years 1866 to 1869 (see above). He married CAROLINE (CARRIE) COOK KINNAIRD on September 15, 1868 in a service performed by the Reverend T. H. Monroe. She was born on May 15, 1849 in Williamstown, the daughter of Rufus and Sophia Kinnaird. They had five children:
Archibald McTaggart later was involved in the timber business in Williamstown. He died on July 11, 1915 and was first interred in the Williamstown Cemetery, but his remains were moved to the Mound Cemtery in Marietta, Ohio, on July 16, 1953. Caroline Cook Kinnaird McTaggart died on March 10, 1917. She too was interred in the Williamstown Cemetery, but her remains were moved to the Mound Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio, on July 16, 1953.
*ANOTHER SON (NAME UNKNOWN) was also born to Edward McTaggart and Mary McGeachy McTaggart at Cow Creek, Va. (later W. Va.). His brother Edward mentions in his 1903 letter that he lost his youngest brother who died on the farm of their uncle William McTaggart near Cow Creek. Edward, however, does not give a date for this event or the name of the youngest brother.
The Children of Hugh and Dicinda Deviese McTaggart*
*JOHN MCTAGGART was born on October 30, 1849. Place of birth is not known, but probably was at his parents' farm on Cow Creek, Pleasants County, Va. (W. Va.) As a young man, he went to California in 1869 to visit his aunt, Mrs. Jane Phillips Goddard, sister of his mother Dicinda Phillips McTaggart. A letter which he wrote to his sister Isabelle describing his journey to California, and dated July 18, 1869, is in the possession of the Platzer family, descendants of John McTaggart. He married MARY JANE FEENEY on October 9, 1871 at the Willow Island Baptist Church; she was a charter member of that church. She was the daughter of Phineas P. and Sarah Lowery Feeney, and was born on October 1, 1848. John and Mary Jane Feeney lived on a small farm adjacent to the farm of his brother William (see below), near the headwaters of McElroy Run in Pleasants County. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary at home on October 9, 1921. Mary Jane Feeney McTaggart died on October 19, 1923, and John died on March 4, 1930. Both are interred at the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
John and Mary Jane Feeney had four children:
*ISABELLE MCTAGGART was born on October 9, 1851, probably at her parents' farm on Cow Creek, Va. She was a charter member of the Willow Island Baptist Church, which was organized on January 9, 1869. She married TURNER PAGE on January 9, 1870; he was born on August 13, 1846, the son of William and Rachel Kinnard Page. Turner and Isabelle McTaggart Page lived for many years in Eureka, W. Va. He was listed in the 1880 Census as a farmer by occupation. In September, 1907, they sold their house to Aaron Ruckman and moved to Williamstown, W. Va. where they lived at 423 Columbia Avenue for the remainder of their lives. She is listed in census records as a housewife throughout her life. Turner Page died on February 9, 1919, and Isabelle on November 27, 1947 at the age of 96. At the time of her death, she was the last surviving charter member of the Willow Island Baptist Church. Turner and Isabelle Page are interred at the Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown, W. Va.
Turner and Isabelle McTaggart Page had two children:
*WILLIAM PHILLIPS MCTAGGART was born on May 21, 1854, probably at his parents' farm near Cow Creek, Va. As a young man, he attended one term at Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. Farming however became his primary way of life. He joined the Willow Island Baptist Church in 1872 under the pastorate of the Reverend W. P. Walker. He became a deacon, church trustee, and Sunday School Superintendent at various times at the church. He was ordained a lay minister in the Baptist Church, and on occasion served as an interim pastor at the Willow Island Church during the mid - 1880's. According to a letter I received in 1983 from his youngest daughter Georgia, my aunt, she noted "When my father preached, the number of membership went down quite a bit. He was very radical and in one occasion they expelled several members because the daughters had gone to dances." He was often called upon to conduct funeral services for neighbors (especially ones who may have been among the poorer families of the community).
William McTaggart married IDA VIRGINIA RYMER. (They were my grandparents - REC.) She was born in St. Marys, Va. (later W. Va.), on October 20, 1855, the daughter of Henry Harrison Rymer and Jane Amanda Sharp. Harrison Rymer was born on March 31, 1830 in Pendleton County, Va. (later W. Va.) He was a farmer and tanner. His parents were William B. and Jane Rymer (her maiden name may have been Beverage or Beveridge). They were from Lost Creek, Va., and Harrison County, Va. (later W. Va.). (The Rymers had at least two other sons, Coleman who died of tuberculosis at a young age, and Morgan who lived at Carthage, Illinois.) Jane Amanda Sharp was born on June 11, 1830, the daughter of George Arnold Sharp and DrUsilla Jamison; they lived at Henry Camp, Pleasants County, Va. (later W. Va.).
Harrison and Jane Sharp Rymer had three sons in addition to their daughter Ida Virginia - Wesley Morgan Rymer was born on June 11, 1857; Frank M. Rymer was born on November 24, 1858; William Henry Harrison Rymer was born on November 15, 1860. William died on November 27, 1860, just days after birth. Wesley died of diphtheria on November 8, 1862, and Frank died on February 10, 1860. Henry Harrison Rymer, their father, had died of consumption (tuberculosis) on September 3, 1860 (before the birth of the youngest son William Henry Harrison Rymer). After his death, Jane Sharp and the three remaining children returned to live with her parents George Arnold and Drusilla Jamison Sharp at Henry Camp. The remaining two sons died (noted above) and Jane Sharp Rymer died of tuberculosis on April 21, 1864. Thus their daughter Ida Virginia was left an orphan, with no siblings, at eight years of age. She was raised by her grandparents George and Drusilla Jamison Sharp.
In the 1880 Census, Ida Rymer was living with her aunt and uncle, Spencer Jamison Sharp and his wife Sarah Ann Sharp. Spenter's mother (Ida's grandmother) Drusilla Sharp, 79 years of age, was a widow by this time and was also living with them. George Arnold Sharp had died on January 29, 1878. Shortly before her marriage to William McTaggart, Ida received $500 from the estate of her grandfather,George Arnold Sharp. Some portion of this was used to purchase items for William's and Ida's household. Ida joined the Willow Island Baptist Church in 1895 under the pastorate of the Reverend Harley Cofer.
William Phillips McTaggart and Ida Virginia Rymer were married at the residence of Spencer J. Sharp on November 14, 1883 by the Reverend J. M. Conaway. They lived for a few months with William's parents, Hugh and Dicinda McTaggart, at the latter's farm near Cow Creek, W. Va. They then moved to a house on an adjacent farm (which was later occupied by William's brother John McTaggart). William eventually acquired a farm of 145 acres at this location, purchased in three separate parcels of land. This farm was on hilly land near the headwaters of McElroy Run in Pleasants County, W. Va., and was always referred to by the family as the "Hill Farm" after he acquired a second farm on the Ohio River at Willow Island (see below).
William and Ida Rymer McTaggart had eight children:
Guy and perhaps William Carey may have been born at the home of William McTaggart's parents, Hugh and Dicinda, on their adjoining farm on Cow Creek. The family later lived for a period of time in a house in the bottom land of the farm near McElroy Run (see maps) and Grace and Maud may have been born there. In 1891, William and his brother Hugh built another house on a high elevation of the farm, away from McElroy Run and closer to the farm of their parents Hugh and Dicinda. In part, they used materials from the earlier house to construct this new home. The remaining children, Laura, Mary, Dicinda, and Georgia were born in this house.
William farmed this 145-acre property, raising various livestock and crops, and in particular had an apple orchard of about 1000 apple trees. These were packed in barrels each fall. and sold to various distributors, many being shipped by railroad from Eureka, W. Va. The details of the life of the family on this farm are given in the Memoir of the youngest daughter, Georgia McTaggart Smith, which is appended.
In 1919, William purchased a farm owned by Joseph Cochrane located along the Ohio River about one-half mile north of the Willow Island Baptist Church in Pleasants County. This farm, of about 60 acres, had been a portion of the farm purchased by his grandfather William McTaggart from Archibald Henderson in 1849 (see above). It is not clear from family records whether the house on this farm had been built by the Henderson family or by the elder William McTaggart, but apparently dated from pre-Civil War time.
William also retained ownership of the "Hill Farm" near McElroy Run, and rented it. The second farm at Willow Island was always referred to by the family as the "River Farm", to differentiate between the two farms. William and Ida McTaggart lived at the "River Farm" for the remainder of their lives. They celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary there with family members on November 12, 1933. William died on December 13, 1933 (just three days after his brother Hugh died) at the farm, apparently of a heart attack. Ida died three months later on March 19, 1934. Both were interred in the Willow Island Cemetery.
*JESSE MCTAGGART was born on February 3, 1857, probably at his parents' farm near Cow Creek, Va. He died of croup on April 5, 1857 at two months age. He was interred at the St. John Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
*HUGH DAVID MCTAGGART was born on November 11, 1858, probably at his parents' farm near Cow Creek, Va. As a young man, Hugh had on two occasions lived for a while with Phillips families in Missouri and Oklahoma; the Phillips were siblings, of his mother Dicinda Phillips MtTaggart (q.v.) He was married to MARY ANN (MOLLIE) RUCKMAN at the home of her parents Aaron and Rhoda Outward Ruckman in Eureka, W. Va., on October 21, 1903 by the Reverend O. F. Williams of St. Marys, W. Va. She was born on February 15, 1875. They lived for a few years at the home of his parents Hugh and Ditinda MeTaggart, then moved to Oklahoma for some time (see commentary under Hugh and Dicinda Phillips McTaggart). Mollie Ruckman McTaggart developed cancer and at some point, she and Hugh returned to live in Pleasants County, W. Va. Surgery failed to arrest the disease and she died on September 29, 1911. During his later life, Hugh was engaged in the apple-raising business with Hiram Carpenter of St. Marys, W. Va. He never remarried, and lived for several years with his sister Isabelle McTaggart Page and her family in Williamstown, W. Va. In late life, he lived for a time with his brother William at the latter's farm at Willow Island, W. Va. As his health deteriorated near the end of his life, he again lived with his sister and niece, Isabelle McTaggart Page and Laura Page at Williamstown, where he died on December 10, 1933. He and Mollie Ruckman McTaggart were interred at the Willow Island Cemetery.
*ALICE E. MCTAGGART was born on April 30, 1856. After the death of her parents and three siblings (q.v.), she was raised by her aunt Ann Morehead McTaggart Farson and the latter's second husband Joseph Farson (q.v.) at the Farson farm near Rockland, Ohio. Alice married FRED AMES on May 23, 1880. They had a son CHARLES AMES who died in infancy. Alice died of tuberculosis on October 22, 1881, and was interred in the Belpre Township Cemetery in Rockland, Ohio. Fred Ames later remarried. In the 1900 Federal Census of Belpre Township, he is listed with his wife Dora and four children, Albert,Florence, Arthur, and Bernice. He and his second wife are also interred in the Belpre Township Cemetery.
*SARAH ANN (SALLY) MCTAGGART wag born on May 30, 1857. Like her sister Alice, she was also raised by her aunt Ann Morehead McTaggart Farson and the latter's second husband Joseph Farson at the Farson farm near Rockland, Ohio, after the death of her parents and three of her siblings. According to her grandson Pare Lorentz (in a letter to me - REC), she also had tuberculosis but overcame it by "working in the hay fields, saddling horses, and being in the sun sweating doing manual labor". She married GREENBERRY RUTTENCUTTER on October 5, 1879, at the M. P. Church at St. Marys, W. Va., in a ceremony conducted by the Reverend E. J. Wilson. Greenberry had been born near St. Marys on January 9, 1851, the son of John Frederick and Mary Ann Kester Ruttencutter. He attended West Virginia University and finished his education at Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. He taught school for ten years, then farmed for ten years, and then worked for over 28 years as a travelling salesman in central West Virginia for Citizens' Wholesale Supply Company of Columbus, Ohio. Sally had taught at a private school before marriage.
Greenberry and Sarah Ann (Sally) McTaggart Ruttencutter had five children:
Greenberry and Sarah Ann Ruttencutter celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1929 in Clarksburg, W. Va., where they were then living. A detailed account of the celebration was given in a local newspaper (a copy of which I have - REC). Greenberry Ruttencutter died in 1949. Sarah Ann McTaggart Ruttencutter died on May 1, 1942, at nearly 85 years of age. Of Edward R. and Mary Morehead McTaggart's six children, she was the only one to reach an advanced age. (According to her grandson Pare Lorentz [in a letter to me - REC], his grandmother Sarah Ann claimed that "she married my grandfather Greenberry more for genetic reasons than affection because the Ruttencutters were the longest lived people in the area.")
*MARY JANE MCTAGGART was born on December 9, 1859 and died on September 10, 1863 probably of tuberculosis, at less than four years of age. She is interred in the St. John Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
*WILLIAM EDWARD MCTAGGART was born on May 16, 1862 and died on March 7, 1864, possibly of tuberculosis, at less than two years of age. He is interred in the St. John Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
*THOMAS O. MCTAGGART was born in August, 1863. Like his two older sisters, Alice and Sarah Ann, after the death of their parents in 1868 he was raised by his aunt Ann Morehead MoTaggart Farson and her second husband Joseph Farson on the Farson farm at Rockland, Ohio. However, after Sarah's marriage to Greenberry Ruttencutter, Thomas lived with them for an unknown period of time, since he is listed with their household in the 1880 census. Thomas eventually became a farmer in Belpre Township, Washington County, Ohio. He married MARY MAWHINNEY on December 3, 1885; she was the daughter of Joseph B. and Ammie Wiley Mawhinney. (Joseph B. Mawhinney had moved from Pennsylvania to Parkersburg, W. Va., in 1858, and then to the Rockland area in 1866. He married Amy Wiley, and they had four other children in addition to Mary. He was postmaster of the Rockland office at Cedarville, Ohio, for some period of time starting in 1873. Information from History of Washington County, 1788 - 1871.) Thomas and Mary Mawhinney McTaggart had four sons:
Thomas O. McTaggart died of tuberculosis on March 17, 1894 and was interred in the Belpre Township Cemetery, Rockland, Ohio. Mary Mawhinney McTaggart died on December 8, 1957 at the age of 91, and was interred in the Belpre Township Cemetery.
*IDA D. MCTAGGART was born on April 8, 1867 and died on August 4, 1867 at slightly less than four months of age. She was interred in the St. John Cemetery at Willow Island, W. Va.
*MARGARET FEENEY - date and place of birth and death is unknown. She lived in Barlow, Ohio, at least part of her adult life; there is no evidence that she ever married.
*ALICE FEENEY was born in 1852. She married JOHN MADISON FORGEY, according to a letter from Mrs. Clyde Forgey (to Laura Cunningham in 1944). A letter from another Forgey family member, Kathleen Forgey, to me (REC) in 1985 stated that she had married,MADISON NATHAN FORGEY. In any event, he apparently was always known to the family as MADISON. Madison and Alice Feeney Forgey had seven children:
Date and place of death and interment of Madison and Alice Feeney Forgey is not known.
*MARY ELIZABETH (MOLLIE) HENDERSON was born in January, 1850 in Williamstown, Va (W. Va.). She married RUFUS PUTNAM CAMPBELL on May 22, 1871 in Williamstown, W. Va. He was born in 1840 in Wood County, Va. (now W. Va.), the son of Robert B. Campbell and Letitia Wright. He was listed in the 1880 Census as a merchant. Rufus and Mary Elizabeth Henderson Campbell had three children:
Mary Elizabeth Henderson Campbell died in 1920, and Rufus Putnam Campbell died in 1923 in Williamstown, W. Va. Both are interred in the Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown.
*AGNES JEAN HENDERSON was born on December 25, 1851 in Williamstown, W. Va. She married GUSTAVUS CRESAP SHAFFER on February 28, 1875 in Williamstown. He was born on December 24, 1844 in Kingwood, Va. (now W. Va.), the son of Israel Shaffer (Schaeffer) and Jane Feather. Gustavus and Agnes Henderson Shaffer had four children:
Agnes Jean Henderson Shaffer died of tuberculosis on December 26, 1891 in Williamstown. She is interred in the Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown. Gustavus C. Shaffer died on December 19, 1927 in Temple, Cotton County, Oklahoma and is interred in the Kirkwood Cemetery, Kirkwood, Illinois.
*SARAH MOORE (SALLIE) HENDERSON was born on January 20, 1855 in Williamstown, Va. (W. Va.) and died on July 29, 1872 in Williamstown.
*MARGARET VIRGINIA (MAGGIE) HENDERSON was born on February 15, 1856 in Williamstown, Va. (W. Va.). She married ARTHUR TAYLOR HENDERSON, a cousin, on June 6, 1877. He was born on September 10, 1850, the son of George Washington Henderson and Elizabeth Ann Tomlinson. They had no children, and Margaret Henderson died of tuberculosis on August 7, 1878 in Williamstown, just fourteen months after they were married. Arthur Taylor Henderson died on January 30, 1926. Both were interred in the Henderson family cemetery. It is near Boaz, W. Va., a few hundred yards east of the old Henderson home now known as "Henderson Hall."
*JOHN WILLIAM HENDERSON was born on August 10, 1858 in Williamstown, Va. (W. Va.), and died of diphtheria on February 5, 1861 in Williamstown, at two and one-half years of age.
*FRANCES MARIA (FANNIE) HENDERSON was born on January 25, 1861 in Williamstown, Va. (W. Va.). She lived with her sister Alberta in Williamstown and was employed for several years at the Turner-Ebinger store in Marietta, Ohio. She and her sister Alberta went to Charleston, W. Va., before Christmas, 1940, to spend part of the winter with their sister Georgia Henderson Davidson; Frances died unexpectedly,of a stroke at the home of her sister Georgia on February 1, 1941. She is interred in the Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown.
*JULIA ALBERTA HENDERSON was born on October 12, 1862 in Williamstown, Va. (W. Va.). She lived in Williamstown with her sister Frances. She died of coronary occlusion on July 19, 1942 in Williamstown and is interred in the Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown.
*GEORGIA HENDERSON was born on August 29, 1866 in Williamstown, W. Va. She married JOHN DAVIDSON on November 9, 1887. He was born on February 11, 1863 in Taylor County, W. Va. He acquired considerable wealth in the Cabin Creek, W. Va., oil field and also became involved in real estate in the Charleston, W. Va., area. John and Georgia Henderson Davidson had two children:
John Davidson died on June 18, 1928 in Charleston, W. Va. (According to a letter from Laura Page to Dicinda McTaggart Reese, John Davidson's estate was appraised at $850,000.) His wife Georgia took over management of his properties, and in later life became a world traveller. She died of pulmonary edema on October 18, 1958 in Charleston, at 92 years of age. John and Georgia Henderson Davidson are both interred in the Sunset Cemetery, South Charleston, W. Va.
*EDWARD L. MCTAGGART was born on April 22, 1880 in Edison, Washington. He married CLARA (later CLAIRE) SLACK on March 12, 1909. (They were divorced in 1933 and she later married Roland Abbott in 1936. She died in 1990 at nearly 101 years of age.) Edward farmed his father Edward's farm from 1914 to 1930, near Edison, WA but lost the farm during the Depression of the 1930's. After the loss of the farm, through an arrangement with the bank, Edward and Clara operated from 1930 to 1933 the Varsity Chateau apartments in Seattle, WA., in which roomed 45 male college students. They employed a woman to cook for these students, and the students did the cleaning in return for room and board. Edward and Clara were then divorced and he moved to San Francisco, CA. He moved back to Seattle, WA, in 1962. He was a musician in the Bellingham, WA, area for many years, played the violin and tuba, and headed his own orchestra. Edward L. and Clara Slack McTaggart had one daughter:
Edward L. McTaggart died in Seattle, WA, on January 1, 1968. His ashes were interred on his father Edward's gravesite in the "Old Cemetery" in Lynden, WA.
*MAIE MCTAGGART was born on April 27, 1883 at Fir in Skagit County, Washington. Fir was formerly a stop (but not a town) on the Bellingham - Mt. Vernon, WA, interurban, and now is an unincorporated farming community. She died of tuberculosis on February 26, 1905.
*ASHER KINNAIRD MCTAGGART was born on November 2, 1871. He died at slightly less than one year of age on October 29, 1872. He was interred in the old Williamstown, W. Va., cemetery, but his remains were moved on July 16, 1953, to the Mound Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio. He was the twin brother of Edward Everett McTaggart.
*EDWARD EVERETT MCTAGGART, twin brother of Asher Kinnaird McTaggart, was born on November 2, 1871. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, in 1892. He was associated with several oil companies in Oklahoma, purchasing oil leases. Over time, he was able to purchase several for himself, and became financially independent from the revenue from these leases. He eventually returned to Marietta, Ohio, where he also became involved in some oil companies. He purchased a Italian Villa style home in west Marietta. It had been built by the Putnam family in 1859 and was named "The Anchorage." After his retirement, he became involved in various civic affairs in Marietta. He established a scholarship fund at Marietta College and was on the board of trustees of the college for four years. He was responsible for founding the sport of crew racing, or sculling, at the college, and was always a staunch supporter of the college's Delta Upsilon fraternity chapter. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by Marietta College in 1946. (There is a detailed article on Edward E. McTaggart, his sister Sophia Russell, and "The Anchorage" in The Tallow Light, Volume 26, No. 4, Summer, 1996. This is a publication of the Washington County (Ohio] Historical Society. There have been several other articles on these subjects in the Marietta, Ohio, newspaper, the Marietta Times.)
Edward E. McTaggart died on January 26, 1952. He was interred in a mausoleum at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Marietta, but his remains were moved to the Mound Cemetery in Marietta on July 16, 1953. He never married, and his estate, much of which eventually went to Marietta College, was ultimately valued at approximately $700,000.
*SOPHIA MCTAGGART was born on June 20, 1874. She married FRANK RUSSELL on April 23, 1902. He became fairly wealthy through investments and activities in the Oklahoma oil fields. Frank and Sophia McTaggart Russell had two children:
Frank and Sophia McTaggart Russell eventually divorced. She lived for nearly ten years in "The Anchorage" in Marietta after the death of her brother Edward who had owned the home. She died on February 9, 1962, and is interred in the Mound Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio. (The "Anchorage" later became a nursing home for several years, and was purchased in recent years by the Washington County [Ohio] Historical Society. It is attempting to refurbish the house, to be used eventually as the Society's headquarters. It is occasionally open to the public for tours.)
*BERNARD MCTAGGART was born on June 19, 1880. He died on February 1, 1901 at twenty years of age, and was interred in the old Williamstown Cemetery in Williamstown, W. Va. His remains were moved on July 16, 1953 to the Mound Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio.
*ARCHIE MCTAGGART was born on March 23, 1888. He married ERMA VETTER, daughter of August and Ella Knight Vetter. She was born on March 1, 1886. They had no children and were divorced after several years of marriage. He served in the American Armed Forces in World War I, and eventually settled in California. Archie McTaggart died on July 23, 1956 in the St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California. His death certificate gave his occupation as auto mechanic, and also listed his surviving spouse as DORA A. MCTAGGART (maiden name unknown). He was interred in the Glen Haven Cemetery, which is apparently in Van Nuys, California. Erma Vetter McTaggart died in 1982.
Children of John and Mary Jane Feeney McTaggart*
*RINA MARIAH MCTAGGART was born on July 1, 1872. She married ORLAN HART on January 7, 1900. He was born on May-13, 1871 in Washington County, Ohio, the son of Charlotte Moore and William R. Hart, who was a veteran of the Civil War. (William R. Hart volunteered in 1861 in Company F. 70th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry [O.V.1.]. He served three years, then re-enlisted as a veteran soldier. He died September 11, 1904, in Layman, Ohio.) Orlan and Rina Mariah Hart had two children:
Orlan Hart died on July 14, 1932. He is interred in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va. Rina Mariah McTaggart Hart died on August 12, 1956. She is interred in Harris County, Texas.
*FRANCIS (FRANK) MCTAGGART was born on September 12, 1874. He was listed in census records as an oil operator. He married BIRD STAGE daughter of Zerie and Thomas D. Stage. She was born on December 2, 1884. Frank and Bird Stage McTaggart had one daughter:
Frank McTaggart died of a coronary occlusion on July 28, 1939. Bird Stage McTaggart died at the home of her sister Christine Stage in Lowell, Ohio, on October 17, 1943. Both Bird and Frank are interred at the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
*DICINDA MCTAGGART was born on January 10, 1877. She married AARON SMITH an December 8, 1895. He was born in 1868, the son of Barbara Catherine and Job Smith, Sr. Aaron and Dicinda McTaggart Smith had one daughter:
Aaron Smith died in 1897. Dicinda McTaggart Smith later married PHILIP WALTER REESE on December 15, 1900. He was the son of William Lewis and Anna Bowen Reese. He was an oil field worker in several states, the last one being Texas where they lived for the remainder of their lives. They had three children:
Dicinda McTaggart Smith Reese died on December 15, 1955. Philip Walter Reese died on August 2, 1962 in Hockley, Texas.
*HUGH PATRICK MCTAGGART was born on January 24, 1880. He married MARY ALICE HEDDLESTON on January 8, 1910. She was born on July 10, 1890, the daughter of M. L. and Ruth Ellen McKensie Heddleston. Mary Alice and Hugh McTaggart had two children:
Hugh Patrick McTaggart died of chronic myocarditis on August 2, 1960. Mary Alice Neddleston McTaggart died on March 3, 1984 at nearly 94 years of age. Both Hugh and Mary McTaggart are interred in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
*JOHN EDWARD PAGE was born on December 10, 1870. (In the family, he was always known by his middle name Edward.) He was a cabinet maker and worked for Swan Lumber Company. He was a member of the City Council of Williamstown, W. Va., for 12 years. He married CARY LUSTER UHL, daughter of Elizabeth and J. Frank Uhl, in 1889. They had no children. Cary Luster Uhl Page died on February 13, 1949, and John Edward Page died on May 8, 1958. Both Cary and Edward Page are interred in the Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown, W. Va.
*LAURA BELLE PAGE was born on July 7, 1874. She taught school for many years in Pleasants and Wood Counties in West Virginia. She and her parents eventually lived for many years at 423 Columbia Avenue in Williamstown, W. Va., where she taught school in the Williamstown school system. She was married to JACOB SMITH at her parents' home on September 17, 1930, by the Reverend C. E. Walker of the First Baptist Church of Williamstown. He was born on July 9, 1866, the son of Anne and Absolom Smith of Belmont, W. Va. Jacob Smith operated a hardware store in Williamstown. Jacob and Laura Page Smith had no children and were eventually divorced. Laura Page died on September 29, 1949 in a nursing home near Belmont, W. Va. Jacob Smith died on July 21, 1953. Laura is interred with her parents in the Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown.
*GUY CARLETON MCTAGGART was born on January 23, 1885, probably at the home of his paternal grandparents Hugh and Dicinda Phillips McTaggart near Cow Greek, W. Va. He was married to JUDITH ANN RUCKMAN at the home of her father in Eureka, W. Va., on November 19, 1917, by the Reverend John Shordon. Judith was born on March 22, 1876, the daughter of Aaron and Rhoda Outward Ruckman of Eureka (and the sister of Mary Ann [Mollie] Ruckman who had married Guy's uncle Hugh McTaggart. Thus the uncle, Hugh, and the nephew, Guy, were married to sisters.). Guy began teaching school at the age of eighteen, and taught altogether for 35 years in the Pleasants County, W. Va., school system. He first taught at the Spice Run school, then at Raven Rock, two terms at the Mt. Olive school, three terms at Eureka, and one term at Belmont. He was principal at the Belmont School at one time.
He was elected County Superintendent of Schools on the Republican ticket in November, 1912, to fill a vacancy caused by the death of the predecessor; he defeated C. M. Bailey, a Democrat, in this special election and began his duties in the office immediately because of the vacancy in the position. He won elections for four-year terms to this position again in 1914 and in 1918. He was defeated for re-election to this position in November, 1922, by Ida Pearl Morris. After the endof his term as Superintendent early in 1923, he returned to the classroom as a teacher in the county schools for the remainder of his career as an educator.
Guy was also very active in the Masonic Order and in the Willow Island Baptist Church. Guy and Judith had no children. She died on December 31, 1955 at their home in Eureka, W. Va., and Guy died at the St. Joseph hospital in Parkersburg, W. Va., on October 9, 1965. Both are interred in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
*WILLIAM CAREY MCTAGGART was born on October 10, 1886, probably at the home of his paternal grandparents Hugh and Dicinda Phillips McTaggart near Cow Creek, W. Va. He was always called Carey by the family, probably to differentiate him from his father, also named William. Carey developed juvenile diabetes, probably early in the winter of 1896, and died on March 9, 1896 at the family home an his parents' farm near the headwater of McElroy Run, about one mile from Eureka, W. Va. He was interred in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
*EDITH GRACE MCTAGGART was born on June 14, 1888 at her parents' home on their farm near McElroy Run, Pleasants County, W. Va. She was always called Grace by her family. She married WINTON EGBERT WHITE on April 17, 1920 at the residence of the Reverend L. B. Moore in Parkersburg, W. Va. Winton was born on November 23, 1882, the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Winton White of Ambrosia, W. Va. Winton had been a farmer at Point Pleasant, W. Va. in his early life. At the time of his marriage to Grace, he was working at the Henry Miller Furnace Company in Medina, Ohio, and they lived during the early years of their marriage at 133 West Liberty Street in Medina. They later lived in Zanesville, Ohio, and Parkersburg, W. Va. At one time Winton was employed by the Parkersburg Iron and Steel Company. For many years while they were living in Parkersburg, Grace worked at her home as a custom seamstress. Winton and Grace White had one daughter:
Winton White died on October 24, 1946. Grace McTaggart White died on April 7, 1961. Both are interred in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
*MAUD MCTAGGART was born on February 14, 1890 at the home of her parents on their farm near the headwater of McElroy Run, Pleasants County, W. Va. She never married and lived at home with her parents until their deaths in the winter of 1933 - 34. She then lived for several years with the family of her sister Dicinda McAtee, at several locations in West Virginia, until shortly after the end of World War II. She then lived for about six years with the family of another of her sisters, Laura Cunningham, in Parkersburg, W. Va. In 1952, Maud and her widowed sister Mary Day purchased a cottage in Parkersburg where they both lived for the remainder of their lives. Maud had worked for many years as a seamstress in, various places of employment in Parkersburg. She died on February 4, 1977 and was interred in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
*LAURA VIRGINIA MCTAGGART was born on October 28, 1891 at the home of her parents on their farm near the headwater of McElroy Run, Pleasants County, W. Va. She taught school for a few years in Pleasants County, and went to Marshall College, Huntington, W. Va. for a term. She later attended Mountain State Business College in Parkersburg, W. Va., and worked for a few years as a stenographer at a physician's office in Parkersburg. She married HARRY SPATES CUNNINGHAM on November 8, 1922 at the residence of the Reverend G. E. Bartlett in Parkersburg. Harry was born on June 2, 1886 in Clarksburg, W. Va., the son of Harrison Bloomfield and Mary Frances Brown Cunningham. He was employed as a machinist and foreman at the Parkersburg Iron and Steel Company for 52 years, retiring in 1955. Harry and Laura Cunningham had one son:
Laura Virginia McTaggart Cunningham died at the Camden-Clark Hospital in Parkersburg on August 11, 1973. Harry Spates Cunningham died at the same hospital on January 31, 1978. Both are interred at the Parkersburg Memorial Gardens, Parkersburg, W. Va.
*MARY MCTAGGART was born on June 29, 1894 at the home of her parents on their farm near the headwater of McElroy Run, Pleasants County, W. Va. She taught school in Pleasants County for a few years. She was married to WILLIAM DAY on May 17,1923 at the First Baptist Church in Parkersburg, W. Va. by the Reverend J. C. Killian. William Day was born on November 17, 1897, the son of Mary and John Day of Volcano, W. Va. He enlisted as a Private in the United States Army on September 5, 1918 and was discharged from the service at Camp Lee, Va., on December 19, 1918. He worked in oil fields in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky. William and Mary McTaggart Day had one son:
William Day was killed in an accident near Cloverport, Ky. on May 17, 1930. After his death, his widow Mary and her young son returned to live with her parents at their farm at Willow Island, W. Va., until the deaths of the latter in the winter of 1933-34. She and her son then lived for two years with the family of her sister Grace White in Parkersburg, W. Va. In 1936, she and her son moved to live with the family of another of her sisters, Laura Cunningham, at the latter's home at 607 Charles Street in Parkersburg. In 1952, Mary and her unmarried sister Maud purchased a cottage in Parkersburg where they lived for the remainder of their lives. Mary died on February 15, 1977 in Parkersburg. She and William Day are interred at the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
*DICINDA MCTAGGART was born on January 8, 1896 at the home of her parents on their farm near the headwater of McElroy Run, Pleasants County, W. Va. She was married to JOHN SAMUEL MCATEE on November 26, 1926 at the home of her sister and brother-in-law Laura and Harry Cunningham at 1026 Swann Street, Parkersburg, W. Va., by the Reverend J. E. Elliott of the Lauckport Baptist Church. John Samuel McAtee, who was always known to the family by his middle name of Samuel, was born on July 17, 1900, the son of James and Anna McAtee of Willow Island, W. Va. Samuel was a boilermaker and at the time of his marriage to Dicinda was working for the Ohio Power Company in Portsmouth, Ohio. He worked for several other companies in the Ohio and West Virginia areas during the following decades, and late in his career worked for a few years in Hawaii. John Samuel and Dicinda McTaggart McAtee had three children:
Dicinda McTaggart McAtee died on March 27, 1971, and John Samuel McAtee died at the home of their daughter Colleen McAtee Ingram in Oakland, Maryland, on November 29, 1989. Both are interred in the McAtee family plot at the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
*GEORGIA HELEN MCTAGGART was born on November 7, 1897 at the home of her parents on their farm near the headwater of McElroy Run, Pleasants County, W. Va. She was a graduate of the St. Marys, W. Va., High School, Class of 1917. While there she was the editor of the school yearbook. She also attended Marshall College, Huntington, W. Va. She was married to RALPH SMITH on November 17, 1918 at the home of her parents by the Reverend J. E. Elliott of the First Baptist Church of St. Marys, W. Va. Ralph was born on May 17, 1893, the son of Daniel and Grace Hull Smith. He was a graduate of the St. Marys High School, Class of 1916. He attended the Cincinnati College of Embalming and Undertaking, graduating in 1918. He had been living in New Milford, Ohio, but after his marriage to Georgia, they lived in Pittsburgh, Pa. for a time where he was employed by a mortuary. They later moved to Flushing, Ohio, where he operated a grocery. He was also a director of The Peoples Savings and Loan of Flushing, and was quite active in the Masonic Order. Ralph and Georgia Smith had one son:
Ralph Smith died on February 10, 1959 in Flushing. Georgia McTaggart Smith died at her home in Flushing on June 19, 1986. Both are interred in the Union Cemetery in Flushing.
LENA RUTTENCUTTER was born on July 29, 1880. A newspaper account of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of her parents noted that she held a clerical position in an insurance office in Baltimore.
*MABEL RUTTENCUTTER was born on April 3, 1883. She married JAMES A. NORRIS. A newspaper account of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of her parents noted that she was a farm wife in the Ohio Valley. James and Mabel Ruttencutter Norris had five children:
James A. Norris died in 1936. Mabel Ruttencutter Norris later married GEORGE WALLACE CASTO on January 12, 1941.
*WILEY RUTTENCUTTER was born on August 8, 1885 - A newspaper account of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of his parents noted that he was a businessman in New York City. He married ROSE KENNEDY. Wiley Ruttencutter died in February, 1964.
*ALMA RUTTENCUTTER was born on December 17, 1887. A newspaper account of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of her parents noted that she was a civic worker in Buckhannon, W. Va., and a "writer of ability." She married PARE LORENTZ; they had two children:
Pare Lorentz died in 1936, and Alma Ruttencutter Lorentz died in May, 1965.
*FRIEND W. RUTTENCUTTER was born on April 9, 1890. He joined the military service and was in the Mexican Border War of 1916 - 17. He also served ten months in France as a Ist Lieutenant, 89th Division, A.E.F., in World War I. After the war, he graduated from the Agricultural College of Colorado, and later became a rancher at Brawley, California. He was married (wife's name unknown) and they had one son, RICHARD RUTTENCUTTER, who died at an early age. Friend W. Ruttencutter died on December 19, 1963 and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
*WILEY MCTAGGART was born on November 13, 1886 in Washington County, Ohio. He married LOLA MADOLE on July 16, 1904. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of Thomas Madole and Jennie Trax. A newspaper account of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Greenberry and Sarah Ann McTaggart Ruttencutter on October 5, 1929, stated that Wiley McTaggart was living in Spokane, Washington. In the 1950's, family records indicate that his widow was named MINNIE CUTLIP (presumably she was Wiley's wife from a later marriage). She and Wiley had lived in the State of Washington; she visited her late husband's distant cousin Guy McTaggart several times at his home in Eureka, W. Va., in the late 1950's and the 1960's, until Guy's death in 1965.
*EDWARD THOMAS MCTAGGART was born on December 24, 1888 in Washington County, Ohio. He was a mail carrier for the U. S. Postal Service, never married, and lived at home with his widowed mother in Rockland, Ohio. He died on February 2, 1975, and is interred in the family plot in the Belpre Township Cemetery in Rockland, Ohio.
*FRED MCTAGGART was born on March 13, 1892 in Washington County, Ohio. He died on February 10, 1905 at slightly less than 13 years of age, and is interred in the family plot in the Belpre Township-Cemetery in Rockland, Ohio.
*AUBREY DALE MCTAGGART was born on January 8, 1894 in Washington County, Ohio. He was employed at the Acme Fishing Tool Company in Parkersburg, W. Va., and was active in the Masonic Order. He married BEULAH SOUTHWORTH, and they had one daughter:
Aubrey Dale McTaggart died on January 12, 1953, and is interred at the Parkersburg Memorial Gardens, Parkersburg, W. Va.
*MAGGIE FORGEY was born in 1874. She married C. C. BUMGARDNER and they had three children:
*JOHN A. FORGEY was born in 1877. He married ETHEL BUMGARDNER of Proctorville, Ohio. They had eight children:
*WALTER FORGEY was born in 1878. He married CHLOE HARPER and they lived in May, Oklahoma. They had three children:
*ALBERT FORGEY was born in 1881. He married ADA (last name unknown) and they lived in Miami, Florida. They had no children.
*GARNET FORGEY was born in 1883. She married ED MARSHALWITZ and they lived in Pittsburgh, Pa. They had no children.
*SUSAN A. FORGEY was born in 1885. She married ORA ASH and they lived in Clifton Forge, Va. They had four children:
*PAUL FORGEY was born in 1886. His residence ion later years was not known.
*BLAINE CAMPBELL was born on September 28, 1872 in Williamstown, W. Va. She married the Reverend WILLIAM LAWRENCE DAVIS on June 30, 1896 in Williamstown. He was born in 1859 in Rochester, N. Y. They had one son:
Blaine Campbell Davis died in 1929.
*MARY H. CAMPBELL was born in 1878 in Williamstown, W. Va., and died there in 1947. She is interred in the Riverview Cemetery, Williamstown.
*RALPH CAMPBELL was born in December, 1887, in Williamstown, W. Va., and died there of cholera on August 26 1888 at less than one year of age. He is interred in the Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown.
*NORA SHAFFER was born on December 17, 1876 in Williamstown, W. Va. She married GEORGE SHIRLEY TUBBS on September 6, 1699 in Carthage, Illinois. He was born on January 9, 1874 in Kirkwood, Illinois, the son of Henry Tubbs and Emily O. Underhill. George Shirley Tubbs died on January 23, 1907 in Bombay, India. He is interred in the Kirkwood Cemetery, Kirkwood, Illinois. Nora Shaffer Tubbs died on September 8, 1970 in Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois at nearly 94 years of age.
*JOHN WESLEY SHAFFER was born on June 26, 1881 in Charleston, W. Va. He died on December 18, 1884 in Bushnell, Illinois at three years of age. He is interred in the Bushnell Cemetery.
*LEE HARRISON SHAFFER was born on March 6, 1885 in Bushnell, Illinois. He married MURIEL F. BANKERT on November 1, 1927 in Vermont, Illinois. She was born on September 30, 1898 in Vermont, Illinois. Muriel and Lee Shaffer had one daughter:
Lee Harrison Shaffer died on May 27, 1951 in Monmouth, Illinois. Muriel Bankert Shaffer died on September 8, 1989 in Morrison, Illinois. Both are interred in the Kirkwood Cemetery in Kirkwood, Illinois.
*LAWRENCE BLAINE SHAFFER, SR. was born on March 6, 1885 in Bushnell, Illinois. He married ELFREDA ANN TIMPTE on November 9, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois. She was born on June 25, 1893 in Aurora, Nebraska, the daughter of Henry Timpte and Caroline Roes. Elfredt and Lawrence Shaffer had two children:
Lawrence Blaine Shaffer, Sr., died on July 11, 1966 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Elfreda Ann Timpte Shaffer died on June 15, 1984 in Lawton, Oklahoma. Both are interred in the Temple Cemetery, Temple, Oklahoma.
*HOWARD DAVIDSON was born in 1889 in Charleston, W. Va. He was drowned in an accident in the Kanawha River in Charleston in 1898, at about nine years of age. He is interred in the Sunset,Cemetery, South Charleston, W. Va.
*SON (NAME UNKNOWN) DAVIDSON was born and died in infancy in 1897 in Charleston, W. Va. He is interred in the Sunset Cemetery, South Charleston, W. Va.
*HELEN JEAN MCTAGGART was born on September 17, 1911 in the home of her grandfather Edward McTaggart at 2300 Utter Street, Bellingham, Washington. She was named Clara Helen at birth but later changed her name to Helen Jean. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and is a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She married ROBERT BRUCE ALLYN on January 5, 1936. He was a graduate of the University of Washington and a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. He was an engineer for 36 years for the Boeing Aircraft Corporation, and designed hydraulic systems for the landing and steering gear for such aircraft as the Boeing 727, etc. (An interesting note to Hellen Allyn's life is that she attended high school with the late radio and television newscaster Edward R. Murrow.) Helen and Robert Allyn had three children:
Robert Bruce Allyn died on December 24, 1975. Helen McTaggart Allyn resides in Seattle, Washington.
*RUTH RUSSELL was born on May 28, 1903 in Williamstown, W. Va. She graduated from Marietta (Ohio) College in 1924, and while there became a member of Chi Omega Sorority. An accomplished musician, she continued graduate work in music in New York City from 1924 to 1926. In the Marietta College alumni newsletter of October, 1928, it was noted that she had been touring Europe for several months in the summer with her uncle Edward McTaggart, and that she would continue her study of music in New York when she returned to this country.
She later gave piano concert tours over the country. She married ROBERT FULTON SEARS on July 2, 1932 at "The Anchorage", the home of her uncle Edward E. McTaggart in Marietta. Robert Sears was born on October 23, 1901 in Woodsfield, Ohio, the son of Elizabeth E. and Robert Fulton Sears of Woodsfield. He had attended Marietta College and was a graduate of Ohio State University. He was a district supervisor for Travelers Insurance Company in Pittsburgh, Pa., at the time of their marriage. (A detailed account of the wedding is given in the Marietta Times on July 2, 1932.)
In a class note in the Marietta College alumni newsletter in November, 1932, Ruth and Robert Sears were listed as living in Pittsburgh, Pa. In a later newsletter it was noted that on May 12, 1942, Ruth Russell Sears gave a piano concert at the Marietta College Assembly in the Unitarian Church in Marietta, at that time, she and her husband were living in Devon, Pa. In 1966, they were listed as living in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Ruth Russell and Robert Fulton Sears had no children. She died on December 24, 1977 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Her remains were cremated. Her obituary in the Marietta Times stated that burial services were planned for early spring, 1978, in the Mound Cemetery in Marietta. However, there is no record that she was ever interred at the Mound Cemetery. Another source of information stated that her remains were interred in Philadelphia, Pa. [REC] She was survived by her husband, who died on March 28, 1986 in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
*WILLIAM KINNAIRD RUSSELL married (wife's name unknown) but they had no children. He was living in Carrollton, Texas at the time of his mother's death in 1962, and after his death was interred in Texas.
Children of Orlan and Rina Mariah McTaggart Hart*
*WILLIAM HART married FRANCES WAY. They had one daughter:
*MARION LEE HART married EDITH HESS. They had no children. He later married a second time (wife's name unknown) and they had two sons:
Marion Hart and his wife were killed as the result of an automobile accident, and the two sons, William and Marion, were raised by Marjorie Ann Hart Keebler [q.v.], the boys' first cousin.
*MARION STAGE MCTAGGART was born on December 24, 1909. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, Class of 1931, where she was also a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She also did graduate work at Smith College. She was a school teacher for a period of time in Ohio, and later taught school in the Berkeley County, W. Va., school system, retiring in 1975. She married DAVID DILLON on September 21, 1934. He was an attorney. They lived for a few years in Washington, D.C., where David was employed by the Federal government. In the early 1940's, they moved to a farm near Martinsburg, W. Va., where over a period of years, they restored and renovated the stone house on the farm, which had been built in 1778 and which was named "Rural Hill". This house became one of the showplaces of the area and was sometimes included in home tours in the Martinsburg area. The farm contained a large apple orchard which they operated for decades. They were quite active in civic and farm organizations in the Martinsburg area. David and Marion McTaggart Dillon had two sons:
Marion Stage McTaggart Dillon died on February 18, 1990 and was interred in the Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg, W. Va. David Dillon died on June 6, 1993.
*ETHEL MAE SMITH was born on August 31, 1897. She married CLARENCE CARPENTER on October 7, 1916. They had one son:
Clarence Carpenter died of the flu when Earl Herbert was one year of age. Ethel Mae Smith Carpenter married IRA MYERS on November 15, 1958. This was her second marriage to Ira Myers, and she had had some other marriages, husbands' names unknown. Ethel Mae Smith Myers died on January 27, 1972 in Houston, Texas.
*GALE WARREN REESE was born on October 3, 1901. He married ISABEL TIBBETTS in Morgantown, W. Va. They had one daughter:
Gale Warren Reese was working in an oil field in Oklahoma in 1920. He and his wife drove to the oil fields one evening so that he could check some of the wells. One well had been drilled too close to the highway, and gas from this well had formed a pocket in a dip in the highway. Their car ignited this gas pocket; Gale was burned to death and Isabel was severely burned but survived. (Gale's sister, Mary Helen Reese [see below], then a teenager, cared for their infant Jeanne Elizabeth Reese for some time thereafter.)
*MARY HELEN REESE was born on December 13, 1903. She married LEE ROY (JIM) PLATZER on December 22, 1928. He was born on October 21, 1905. They had three sons:
Mary Helen Reese Platzer died on November 9, 1989.
*DONALD WILLIAM REESE was born on December 27, 1910. He married ELIZABETH VIRGINIA MAUND. They had one son:
Donald William Reese later married Sylvia (last name unknown). He died in 1972.
*THELMA MAE MCTAGGART was born on July 29, 1913. She married Rev. FORREST JEROME CAMPBELL. He was born on July 8, 1912, and was from St. Marys, W. Va. They had two children:
Forrest Campbell died on May 10, 1975. Thelma McTaggart Campbell resides in Williamstown, W. Va.
*JAMES RILEY MCTAGGART was born on May 14, 1916. He married MARJORIE HALL. She was born on May 18, 1912. They had two daughters:
James R. McTaggart died on July 8, 1995.
*REBECCA VIRGINIA WHITE was born on February 28, 1921 in Pleasants County, W. Va. She was a graduate of Parkersburg, W. Va., High School, Class of 1939. She married GLENN ROBERTS, son of William and Cora Smoot Roberts, on November 23, 1946 at the Chapel of the First Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio. The marriage service was performed by the Reverend Leland Higgenbotham. Glenn Roberts was employed by the Berk and Young Air Conditioning Company in Dayton. He later was employed in other areas in Ohio, and in Parkersburg, W. Va. They had no children.
Glenn Roberts died in Parkersburg, W. Va., on January 28, 1959. He is interred in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va. Rebecca Virginia White Roberts married JOHN W. BERNINGER, son of Ira and Bertha Bowen Berninger, on June 28, 1969. He was born on March l, 1917, and was from Mars, Pa. He was employed by television station WIIC-TV in Pittsburgh, Pa. Rebecca and John Berninger were later divorced. She died on March 24, 1992 in Parkersburg, W. Va., and is interred in the Willow Island Cemetery, Willow Island, W. Va.
*ROBERT ELWIN CUNNINGHAM was born on March 16, 1929 at the Camden-Clark Hospital in Parkersburg, W. Va. He is a graduate of Parkersburg High School, Class of 1947. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry in 1951, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Chemistry in 1955. At the University, he was inducted into the scholastic honor societies Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, and Sigma Pi Sigma. He was employed for over 33 years as a Research Chemist by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, retiring from that position in October, 1988. He was married to JOANNE ELLEN SHEETS on August 22, 1954 at the Spruce Street Methodist Church in Morgantown, W. Va., in a service conducted by the Reverend Rowland Aspinall. She was born in Morgantown, W. Va., on July 22, 1932, the daughter of Arthur Jerome and Martha Katherine Ross Sheets. She was a graduate of Morgantown High School Class of 1950, and was employed as a secretary at West Virginia University. They had two children:
Joanne Ellen Sheets Cunningham died on November 13, 1990 of liver failure at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. She is interred in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Fairlawn, Ohio.
*IVAN GLENN DAY was born on June 23, 1927. He was a graduate of Parkersburg, W. Va., High School, Class of 1947. He entered the service of the United States Navy on August 28, 1945 at Huntington, W. Va. He served 20 years in the Navy, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Office, E-7, and was given an honorable discharge from the Navy on August 27, 1965 in Seattle, Washington. He was then employed for several years by California Computers, while living in Garden Grove, CA. He married DOROTHY A. GRASKI on December 15, 1952 in Yuma, Arizona. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Graski, of Anaheim, CA. They had two children:
Ivan Glenn Day died of congestive heart failure on October 19, 1995 at the Garden Grove (CA) Hospital and Medical Center. His remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean from two locations off the pier at Newport, California.
*PATRICIA LOUISE MCATEE was born on November 17, 1927. She is a graduate of Dunbar, W. Va., High School, Class of 1946. She graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Education Degree, Class of 1950. She married JACK D. LARMOYEUX on June 5, 1950. He is the son of Henry Alphonse and Jessie Kidd Larmoyeux of South Charleston, W. Va. He served in the United States Army Air Corps (later the United States Air Force) as a transport pilot from March, 1943 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He later served in the West Virginia Air National Guard and the Army National Guard. He was discharged as a Captain. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor's Degree in Forestry, Class of 1950. He received a Master of Science Degree in Fisheries Biology from the University of Michigan in 1951. Jack and Patricia Louise McAtee Larmoyeux had two daughters:
Patricia Larmoyeux operated a quilting shop and gave quilting lessons for several years in Billings, Montana. Patricia and Jack Larmoyeux are presently residing in Billings.
*COLLEEN JUNE MCATEE was born on December 17, 1928. She is a graduate of Dunbar, W. Va., High School, Class of 1947. She was employed by the West Virginia Baptist Convention in Parkersburg, W. Va. She married SLAVEN EDLIN INGRAM, JR., on September 28, 1951. He was born on November 13, 1928, the son of Slaven Edlin Ingram, Sr., and Mollie Leota Higgins. He served in the United States Army from November, 1948 to December, 1949, and in the active reserve until discharged in December, 1954 with the rank of Private. At the time of their marriage, he was employed by the National Lead Company in Roosevelt, Utah. Slaven Edlin and Colleen June Ingram had four children:
Colleen June and Slaven Edlin Ingram are presently residing in Oakland, Maryland.
*JAMES CARLETON MCATEE was born on September 3, 1931. He was a graduate of St. Marys, W. Va., High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps, and served two tours of duty in Korea during the Korean Conflict of 1950 - 53. He married BETTE ANN WISMAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Wisman of St. Albans, W. Va., on January 12, 1953. They had no children and were later divorced. He married JUNE MARIE EDEN, daughter of Dexter Rossell and Hazel Virginia Eden, on April 20, 1957. At the time of their marriage, he was employed by the Monogahela Power Company. He later became office manager for Western and Southern Life Insurance Company in Parkersburg, W. Va. James and June McAtee had two daughters:
James Carleton McAtee died during surgery at the Camden-Clark Hospital in Parkersburg, W. Va., on July 24, 1986. He is interred at the Sunset Memorial Garden Cemetery in South Parkersburg, W. Va. June Eden McAtee resides in Washington, WV.
*DANIEL WILLIAM SMITH, SR., was born on January 4, 1923. He was a graduate of Flushing High School, Flushing, Ohio. He entered the United States Army Air Corps at Fort Hays, Columbus, Ohio on March 9, 1943. He served 33 months in the military as a radio operator with the Army Air Corps, 18 months of which were served in the Aleutian Islands. He was honorably discharged from the Army Air Corps on December 13, 1945 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He married JEAN MILLER on June 28, 1947. She was born on May 28, 1928, the daughter of Otis E. and Beulah Frost Miller of Flushing, Ohio. He was employed as an electrician for the Hanna Coal Company at Flushing, and was quite active in the Masonic Order, attaining the 33rd Degree. Daniel and Jean Smith had four children:
Daniel William Smith, Sr., died of a heart attack on December 6, 1976. He is interred in the Rock Hill Cemetery near Flushing, Ohio.
*KATHRYN ELIZABETH NORRIS was born on March 5, 1908. She married R. STEPHEN TURNER. They had one son:
*LENA OLIVIA NORRIS was born on October 9, 1909. She married FRANKLIN MATTHEWS. They had three daughters:
Franklin Matthews died on September 8, 1944.
*JOHN SPILLMAN NORRIS was born on December 26, 1912. He married REGINA JARVIS on December 26, 1944.
*KENNETH GREENBERRY NORRIS was born on January 12, 1917. He married HELEN LOUISE MACKEY. They had one daughter:
*MARY MARGARET NORRIS was born on February 5, 1921. She married JOHN HEATER HECKERT in February, 1942.
*LEONARD MCTAGGART LORENTZ was born on December 11, 1905 in Clarksburg, W. Va. He was baptised with the above name in St. Paul's Southern Methodist Church in Clarksburg by the Reverend Smith Wade, who had married his parents. (Rev. Wade had been a boy Confederate combat chaplain of the 19th Volunteer Virginia Cavalry, serving under General Thomas Johnathan "Stonewall" Jackson.) His family moved to Buckhannon, W. Va., in 1909. Leonard Lorentz later took his father's name PARE LORENTZ. (The Lorentz paternal ancestry also extends well back into western Virginia history. The town of Lorentz, on U. S. Route 33 near Buckhannon in Upshur County, West Virginia, was named for one of his ancestors.) He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and West Virginia University. He married SALLIE BATES. They had two children:
Pare and Sallie Bates Lorentz were later divorced. He later married ELIZABETH MEYER, daughter of Eugene Meyer who was owner of the Washington Post newspaper; she is also the sister of Katherine Graham, present Chairman of the Board of the Washington Post Company, which publishes the Washington Post newspaper and Newsweek magazine.
Pare Lorentz is possibly the most illustrious member of these various McTaggart families and their descendants. After leaving West Virginia University, he went to New York City in 1925 and became a reviewer of motion pictures for several publications, including Judge magazine, the New York Evening Journal, Vanity Fair, Town and Country, McCall's, and King Features. Under the administration of President Franklin Roosevelt, Pare Lorentz produced documentary films for various agencies of the federal government. The two for which he is most noted were The Plow That Broke the Plains in 1936, and The River, which won a world prize as the best documentary film at the Venice Film Festival in 1938. Also that year, he was appointed head of the United States Film Service which had been established by President Roosevelt. He also made The Fight for Life which won the National Board of Review's award for the best documentary of 1940.
Pare Lorentz was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Transport Command during World War II and produced briefing films for flight crews. He logged well over 2000 hours of flying time and was awarded the Air Force Medal and the Legion of Merit. He was appointed chief of films, theater, and music in the Civil Affairs Division of the War Department after the end of World War II. He edited over 3,000,000 feet of film captured from German War Archives for the making of his last film The Nuremberg Trials that was made in 1946. He later became an independent film consultant in New York City. He has written, and also been the subject of, several books including Lorentz on Film - Movies 1927 to 1941 by Pare Lorentz, Pare Lorentz and the Documentary Film by Robert L. Snyder, and The Roosevelt Year: 1933 by Pare Lorentz. He was also the subject of and author of numerous magazine articles in addition to those in which he reviewed motion pictures. A summary of his career was given in a Newsweek magazine feature "Where Are They Now" in the issue of August 5, 1968. Many other biographical sketches of him can be found in various magazine articles from the 1930's and later.
Pare Lorentz informed me (REC) in correspondence with him that he had an old McTaggart family bible that was given to him by his aunts Mabel Ruttencutter Norris and Lena Ruttencutter. This bible had in it the initials of his grandparents (Sarah Ann McTaggart and Greenberry Ruttencutter [q.v.]) and a notation that they had finished reading it together at 8 P.M., March 21, 1879. Sarah had stated that she would not marry Greenberry until they had read the bible together. According to Pare Lorentz, the task took one year. (They were married on October 5, 1879.)
Pare Lorentz was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by West Virginia Wesleyan College. The Pare Lorentz Collection Room is housed at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He died on March 4, 1992. His obituary was given, among other places, in the New York Times on March 5, 1992.
*ANNE LORENTZ married JOHN SOUTHERN. They had two daughters:
*RICHARD RUTTENCUTTER died at an early age.
Child of Aubrey Dale and Beulah Southworth McTaggart*
*BEVERLY BANE MCTAGGART was born on October 21, 1931. She was a graduate of Parkersburg, W. Va., High School, Class of 1949. She married LYLE LEWIS CAMPBELL. They had four children:
Lyle and Beverly Bane McTaggart Campbell were later divorced. She died on December 15, 1984 and is interred in the Parkersburg Memorial Gardens, Parkersburg, W. Va.
*CLIFFORD BUMGARDNER married EDITH BENNETT. They had two children:
*BERTHA BUMGARDNER married HOMER FARRELL. They lived in Huntington, W. Va. They had three children:
*BEULAH BUMGARDNER married WARREN WALLACE. They lived in Barboursville, W. Va. They had two children:
*RALPH FORGEY married MARTHA HELEN MILLER. They lived in Norfolk, Virginia. They had two children:
*GLADYS FORGEY married GEORGE DETMERING. They had one daughter:
George Detmering died, and Gladys Forgey Detmering later married ROY BEAL. They lived in Miami, Florida.
*MOLLIE FORGEY married FRED FLOYD. They lived in Huntington, W. Va. They had two children:
*CLYDE FORGEY married EDITH DEFOOR. They lived in Proctorville, Ohio. They had one daughter:
*HARRY FORGEY married EVELYN DIXON. They lived in Elkhart, Indiana. They had two sons:
*ROBERT FORGEY married PAULINE CHAFFEE. They lived in Miami, Florida. They had three children:
*CARL FORGEY married ROSEMARY SMITH. They lived in Elkhart, Indiana. There is no record that they had children.
*VIRGINIA FORGEY married MARION JUSTICE. There is no record of their place of residence or that they had children.
*SON (NAME UNKNOWN)
*DAUGHTER (NAME UNKNOWN)
*WILLARD ASH was married; wife's name unknown.
*BERNICE ASH married DUDLEY PORTER. They had one son, name unknown.
*ALANSON CAMPBELL DAVIS was born on February 11, 1898 in Montour Falls, N. Y. He married MARY BROWER on June 18, 1924. She was born on January 19, 1897 in Red House, N. J., the daughter of George Brower and Charlotte Boeckel. They had two children:
Mary Brower Davis died on July 4, 1979, and the Reverend Alanson Davis died on February 10, 1980, both in Erie, Pa.
*VIRGINIA LEE SHAFFER was born on July 25, 1929 in Monmouth, Illinois. She married JOHN WILLIAM RASTEDE on August 2, 1952 in Monmouth, Ill. He was born on July 12, 1922 in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Fred B. Rastede and Genevieve Overholser. They had two children:
John Rastede died on August 23, 1992 in Morrison, Ill. He was interred in the Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison.
*LAWRENCE BLAINE SHAFFER, JR., was born on November 2, 1921 in Chicago, Ill. He married FRANCES KATHLEEN THURSTON on March 24, 1946 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She was born on April 13, 1918 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the daughter of Levi Mercer Thurston and Maggie Maud Meek. They had two children:
Frances Shaffer died on May 3, 1998.
*AGNES SHAFFER was born on January 29, 1925. She married HORACE F. KELLY on November 5, 1950. He was born in 1917. Horace F. Kelly died on November 29, 1993.
*ROBERT JAMES ALLYN was born on August 11, 1940 in Medford, Oregon. He died from a severe spinal and brain infection at Providence Hospital in Portland, Oregon, on August 29, 1940.
*JOHN DOUGLAS ALLYN was born on (PRIVATE) at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering. He is RF Lab Manager in the Wireless Division of A. T. & T. Wireless Services in Kirkland, Washington. He married NIKKI NELSON on September 3, 1965. She was born on (PRIVATE). They had two children:
John Douglas and Nikki Nelson Allyn were later divorced.
*CAROLYN CLAIRE ALLYN was born (PRIVATE) at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington. She attended the Bellevue Community College in Bellevue, Washington, for two years. She is an antique dealer. She married JOHN STONE on September 12, 1970. He was born (PRIVATE). They had three children:
The following are some personal comments and memories concerning my branch of the family, and various miscellaneous items relating to the McTaggart families or locations associated with them in Pleasants County, West Virginia.
There has been some disagreement in family records concerning the year in which William McTaggart and his wife Jane Reed emigrated to America. Data that I have found show that Edward, their second son, was born in Scotland in 1822, and that he was an infant when the family emigrated. Their third child, Elizabeth, was born in America in 1824. These various dates indicate to me that their year of emigration to America would have been in 1823, not 1824 as some family records suggest. I have searched extensively, but not exhaustively, various ship passenger records for 1823 and 1824 but have been unable to find any mention of William McTaggart or his family. A thorough search possibly might find a record of the name of the ship on which they emigrated, its date of arrival in the United States, and its port of entry.
The emigration of William's brother Edward and his wife Mary McGeachy and four children is well documented in the 1903 letter of their son Edward, which is appended. They emigrated in the summer of 1839, and their port of entry into the United States was Philadelphia, Pa. The ship on which they sailed was not named in this letter.
A story that was handed down in my family related that someone once asked my great-grandfather Hugh McTaggart if he remembered anything about their voyage across the Atlantic Ocean during their emigration. He would have been about three and one-half years old during this voyage, assuming that they emigrated in the summer of 1823. He remarked that the only memory that he had was of an "old lady" on the ship who had an iron pot or kettle with her. As the ship would toss or roll on the ocean, this pot would sometimes become loose from her possessions and roll around the ship's deck. He could remember the lady chasing her iron pot around the deck.
William and Jane Reed McTaggart had a "sea chest" in which they packed some of their belongings for the ocean voyage. This was handed down through the family over the generations and at present is in the possession of Daniel Smith, Jr., of Zanesville, Ohio.
William McTaggart purchased a portion of the farm of Colonel Archibald Henderson at Willow Island, Va. (now W. Va.) in 1849 (see Edward McTaggart's letter of 1903, appended). it is not clear from family records whether the house that was on this farm was built by William McTaggart after he purchased it, or whether it might have been built earlier by the Henderson family. There was a legend in our family that two rooms in the frame upper story of the milk house had been slave quarters.
There was an article in the St. Marys Oracle several years ago about slaves on the original Henderson farm, so it is possible that slaves could have been quartered there if the house and outbuildings had been built by the Hendersons. (This farm, originally consisting of 2000 acres which centered roughly around the present Belmont, W. Va., was a grant to a Henderson ancestor, Richard Henderson, for his services in the French and Indian War.)
William McTaggart sold this farm in 1855 to Mr. Friend Cochrane. The Cochrane family later added a dining room, kitchen, two upstairs bedrooms, and an upstairs sleeping porch to the house.
My grandfather William Phillips McTaggart, was a classic 19th-Century farmer who had a great attachment for the earth, according to a story related to me by my mother, Laura McTaggart Cunningham. She stated that he loved the feel of the soil, the odor of the soil, and loved to work the soil. He reportedly told his family that after his death, he would like to be wrapped in a sheet and buried in a furrow in one of his fields, so that he would be close to the soil. The family did not follow this request, of course, but provided him with a formal interment at the Willow Island Cemetery adjacent to his beloved Willow Island Baptist Church.
The Willow Island Baptist Church, Willow Island, W. Va., was organized on January 9, 1869. Hugh and Dicinda Phillips McTaggart, and their daughter Isabelle were charter members of this church. So was Mary Jane Feeney, who would marry Hugh and Dicinda's oldest son John McTaggart, and also her sister Eleanor A. Feeney.
According to family records, Dicinda Phillips MoTaggart's parents were Jesse and Mary Phillips, and her siblings were Phoebe, Jane, Elizabeth, John, Isaac, and Jesse, Jr. Her parents and siblings went west from Marietta, Ohio, in late 1849 or in 1850 (see genealogical section on Dicinda Phillips.) Phoebe eventually married a man named Hickman and settled in Oregon. Jane married a man named Goddard and later settled north of San Francisco, California. Isaac and Jesse, Jr., took claims in Oklahoma when it was opened for settlement. John settled in North Dakota, and reportedly fathered 17 children. I have no record of the subsequent life of Elizabeth. At some time, perhaps prior to these various moves, several members of the family were living in Iowa.
Some of Dicinda's siblings visited her and her husband Hugh McTaggart in the 1880's and 1890's, including at least John, Isaac, and Jane Phillips Goddard. Most of Dicinda's siblings maintained extensive correspondence with her by letter during their lifetimes. These letters were mostly saved and were always referred to by the family as the "Phillips letters". Apparently at one time, most of them were in the possession of Isabelle McTaggart Page. The late Marion McTaggart Dillon said that she remembered "Aunt Belle" had a shoebox full of these, "Phillips letters". They seem to have been mostly lost, however, perhaps discarded inadvertently after Isabelle Page's death. A few had been given to members of the family and some still exist; one is in the possession of Robert Platzer of Boulder, Colorado, one in the possession of Patricia McAtee Larmoyeux of Billings, Montana, and I have one.
There has long been a legend in my branch of the McTaggart family that descendants of Jesse and Mary Phillips, Dicinda Phillips' parents, were founders of the Phillips Petroleum Company in Oklahoma. The Phillips Petroleum Company published a history of the company in the 1980's entitled Oil Man - The Story of Frank Phillips and the Birth of Phillips Petroleum by Michael Wallis. It clearly shows that Frank Phillips, the main founder of the company, and his brother L. E. (Lee Eldas) who also aided in the founding of the company, were the grandsons of Daniel Phillips and Marilla Standish. Daniel Phillips was the son of Spencer and Susanna Phillips, of Welsh origin and early settlers in colonial America. Marilla was descended from Captain Miles Standish of the Mayflower. Other ancestors of Frank and L. E. Phillips are detailed in Oil Man and clearly indicate that they were not descended from any of Dicinda Phillips McTaggart's family.
Governor Leon Phillips of Oklahoma (in the early 1940's) was reported to be the grandson of Jesse Phillips, Jr. This relationship to Dicinda Phillips' family appears to be authentic, although I have not made a extensive effort to verify it.
Georgia McTaggert Smith in her memoir (appended) noted very definitely that her grandmother Dicinda Phillips' middle name was Deviese (pronounced Devees), which she said was of French origin and that her grandmother was of French descent. She made no other reference, however, to the identity of any French ancestors. Laura Page, in a letter to Dicinda McTaggart Reese written on January 28, 1941 (which is in the possession of Robert Platzer), noted that the maiden name of Dicinda Phillips' mother was Davies (pronounced Da-vees' according to Laura's letter). The name Davies possibly was Laura Page's misspelling of Deviese - a name about which Georgia Smith was quite certain. Thus Laura Page's information seems to indicate that this name Deviese was Mary Phillips' maiden name; this would explain how the name came into the family. This conclusion should be verified, however, with a genealogical search of Mary Phillips' ancestry.
In l944, my mother Laura McTaggart Cunningham contacted the Mrs. Clyde Forgey of Proctorville, Ohio, to inquire about descendants of Elizabeth McTaggart. She was the daughter of William and Jane Reed McTaggart and had married John Feeney. They had two daughters, Margaret and Alice. Margaret never married, but Alice married Madison Forgey. They had seven children, from whom there is a large number of descendants in this Forgey branch of the family. Mrs. Clyde Forgey was able to enumerate most of them as of 1944, but I have no further information on these families from this date. (She is now deceased.) There are some Forgeys still living in Proctorville, and I have made attempts to contact them. Only one, Kathleen Forgey, replied and she is not a direct descendant of Madison and Alice Forgey so she was unable to furnish me with any current information on that branch of the McTaggart family. This is an area which a future family genealogist should pursue in detail.
It should be noted that there are some errors in the McTaggart family history that is included in the History of Pleasants Co., West Virgina to 1980 that was published by the Pleasants County Historical Society. The McTaggart entry was written by my aunt, the late Georgia McTaggart Smith of Flushing, Ohio. In it, she stated that William and Jane Reed McTaggart and three children, Eliza, Hugh, and William sailed from Edinburgh, Scotland in 1823. Other records show rather clearly that they had only two children at the time of their emigration, Hugh and Edward. The Scots Ancestry Research Society found that William and Jane Reed were married in the parish of Southend on the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland. The letter of Edward McTaggart, William's and Jane's nephew, written to Georgia Davidson in 1903 (appended) states that William McTaggart's family emigrated from Campbeltown. This was the major port of emigration on the Kintyre Peninsula (from which William's brother Edward and his family also emigrated to America in 1839). Thus the statement that the family emigrated from Edinburgh is incorrect. William and Jane had four more children born in America - Elizabeth, Jane, William, Jr., and Margaret - not three as stated by my aunt in her article about the family. Also, when detailing her parents William and Ida Rymer McTaggart and their children, she inadvertently omitted two of her siblings, William Carey and Edith Grace.
All of the children of William and Ida Rymer McTaggart, including my mother Laura, attended the Mt. Olive School. It was located on a hill in back of Belmont, W. Va., and to the north of McElroy Run. It could be reached by a road from Eureka, W. Va. William and Ida's oldest son, my uncle Guy McTaggart, taught at this school for a few years, including at least the year 1907. Because of declining attendance, this school was closed around 1912, and later dismantled and reconstructed at Gahaka in Pleasants County. Gahaka is located where Sled Run flows into Cow Creek. The building was later sold and used as a home.
Guy McTaggart married Judith Ruckman. She was the daughter of Aaron and Rhoda Outward Ruckman. Both the Outward and Ruckman families were early settlers in Pleasants County. (See the History of Pleasants Co., West Virginia to 1980 for information on the Outward and Ruckman families.) Aaron Ruckman owned a farm at the head of McElroy Run near the Mt. Olive school. He eventually rented this farm, and moved to a home in Eureka, W. Va. After his death, Guy and Judith Ruckman McTaggart inherited this home and lived in it. They also inherited the Ruckman farm near Mt. Olive. The farm was eventually sold, but Judith and Guy continued to live in the Eureka house until their deaths. This house is still standing. There was a Ruckman School and a Ruckman Church, on property owned by other members of the Ruckman family, along the road by Cow Creek that lead to Schultz, W. Va., in Pleasants County. There is a Ruckman Cemetery associated with the Ruckman Church, in which are interred many members of the Ruckman family.
Another anecdote in the family of William and Ida McTaggart, related to me by my mother Laura McTaggart Cunningham, concerns the circumstances of the birth of their youngest daughter Georgia Helen. William and Ida had had two sons, Guy and Carey, followed by five daughters. Thus Guy and Carey apparently became quite close as the only two boys in this family with five sisters. Carey developed juvenile diabetes in the fall or winter of 1895 and died on March 9, 1896 (probably of a diabetic coma). Guy was upset at the loss of his only brother, so William and Ida decided to have one more child to try to obtain another brother for Guy. The result was the sixth daughter, Georgia. She was, like the other children, born at the family home on the "Bill Farm." This was an age when the mother was still believed responsible for the sex of an infant. When William was called into the bedroom to see his wife and the new baby, he was informed that it was another girl. Believing that his wife was reponsible for the sex of this infant, and showing his disappointment at her failure to deliver a son, he said to her in a rather sharp tone of voice "Well, if that is the best that you can do", turned, and walked from the room. My mother remarked that it was perhaps the only time that the other children ever heard their father speak sharply to their mother.
His disappointment may have faded in a relatively short period of time, however, as Georgia was raised in the same manner as the other five daughters, and in. fact was the only one of the seven McTaggart children who was sent on to high school. Ouring her matriculation at St. Marys high school, she boarded in St. Marys, the county seat and location of the only high school in the community, and graduated with honors with the Class of 1917. Her siblings received at best an eighth grade education, as was customary in those days, although some later did spend a term or more at some institution of higher learning.
My mother remarked that she and her sisters would hear their father William talking to himself as he went about his farm chores. Eager to hear what he was saying, the small girls would try to approach their father undetected, and would find that he was quoting passages from the Bible. He would also comment each summer that he regarded the blooming of goldenrod as the first sign of the approach of autumn.
The following letter was written by Edward McTaggart (1832 - 1916), the son of Edward McTaggart and Mary McGeachy who emigrated from Scotland to the United States in 1839. In the 1880's, Edward had moved from West Virginia and had settled in the State of Washington. He had visited his relatives in West Virginia in 1901, and during this visit was asked by his cousin Georgia Henderson Davidson to write an account of the emigration of his family, and also that of the family of his father's brother William McTaggart and his wife Jane Reed. The letter is reproduced here conforming as closely as possible to the way that Edward McTaggart wrote it.
My Dear Cousin,
Mrs. Georgia Davidson, Jr.
Charleston, W. Va.
Complying with your desire of obtaining from me a memento, an account from my memory, of the emigration of your Grandfather William McTaggart, from Scotland to America. Also, that of his brother Edward, to(sic), including a partial history of my individual career.
First will say, that to the best of my recollection from my parents, your Grandfather emigrated from Campbeltown with family, consisiting of wife and two sons, Hugh & Edward, about the year 1821. Settling on Short Creek near the city of Wheeling Virginia. Hugh perhaps was about 2 1/2 years of age Edward an infant (a babe), the family strived well on a farm at their new home for about 12 years. After which time your G. F. concluded to strike out and purchase a farm for himself. he travelled down the Ohio Valley on the Virginia side of the river looking at the different farm along the road till he fetched up at Cow Creek probably about (the) year 1833. And after mature deliberation to his satisfaction of all the farms he had viewed, none attracted his attention so favorably as the farm of 603 acres lying immediately above Cow Creek, and belonging to Colonel Archibald Hederson of the U. S. Army who was stationed at Washington City D. C. - he traveled on horse back from Short Creek to Cow Creek and thence, he contined his journey on to Washington (by the same mode of transportation) to meet the said Colonel. being highly recommended through several letters of credit from his neighbors on Short Creek he was well and most favorably received by the Colonel, highly entertained by him, and an agreement was soon entered into between them for a lease of this farm. this lease was the most liberal and its terms most generous, granted by the Colonel to a renter ever heard of in those days, by the lease, each paid one half of the running expenses and the proceeds were equally divided between them at the end of each year.
In the 1849, your Grandfather had prospered so well, that he was enabled to purchase the upper half of this farm, and the Colonel sold the lower 1/2 to Henry Sheets and somewhere about 1855, your Grandfather sold his farm to Friend Cochrane for $15000.00, and then purchased the French Creek farm from your paternal Grandfather James Henderson.
Your Grandfather McTaggart's family were finally increased from two born in Scotland to six, four of which were born in Virginia - to wit; Elizabeth (Mrs. John Feeney) Jane your dear mother, William the fifth member and lastly Margaret the sixth.
Hugh, Edward, Elizabeth, and Jane your mother, were hard workers and believe the service they rendered in that large farm has something to do with their subsequent health.
Edward and your Mother, were of a jovial and mirthful nature, fond of company, always cheerful and fond of amusement. I liked them both particularly your mother. I boarded at your parents home nearly 3 years, and found your dear father equally as nice and agreeable. Elizabeth was a lady of fine clean cut features, somewhat reserved, a nice figure, slender and straight as an arrow. William & Margaret were nice looking, but not strong, they had a more favorable time than the older ones.
My parents emigrated from Campbeltown Scotland, leaving June 7, 1839 arriving in New York in month of August, 6 weeks journey on the Ocean. We arrived at Cow Creek 31st December same year, first were domiciled in Philadelphia about 3 months and had we stayed there us children would of had a first class education, as there was a great opening for us, but father was bent on going to his brother at Cow Creek. Va. We stay on his farm occupying a small log hut near a stilt house at the foot of the hill, the public road passed by the spot. Father received but little income payment from his brother, and removed to Mr. George W. Henderson place now owned by Doctor Charles Bartlett and Ginny Rupell. Father dieing in "57" left me in charge of providing for the family. - We subsequently moved to Gahaka, up Cow Creek, and being discouraged by a heavy frost killing all of my crop of wheat, in June 5, 1859. - I struck out for California - By the way I must tell you that Colonel Archibald Henderson was the youngest brother of your Grandfather James Henderson, he usually visited Cow Creek once ever two years, and was a constant visitor to my parents, he would always have my mother sing him her Scotch songs - your Grandmother McTaggart maiden name was Jane Reed and she had two brothers who came from Campbeltown & settled at Barlow Township Ohio - their children are living there I presume, her brothers Hugh Alexander were their given names. They were all most excellent people. They frequently visited your Grandfather McT. & my parents to (sic).
There were 6 of my fathers family, one sister the eldest was deaf & dumb, lost her hearing when a child from a severe fall - she died at school at Staunton, Va. in 1850. Niel next to me died at Cow creek in December, 1865. - 30 years old - I was the only one to lay his body out and drove the vehicle that carried his body to the grave all alone and was the only one at the funeral. You may imagine the time I had to lower the coffin down into the grave I was sick with the Smallpox at the time. Niel died from pneumonia and not from smallpox. - brother Archie contracted it and finally I was taken down with it.
I washed all the clothing in the home tramping them out in large tubs, and not a single other case was had in the neighborhood. - We had sold out our home at Gabaka & moved down to the mouth of Cow Creek this is where Niel died. - I lost a brother in Philadelphia & one the youngest died on Uncle Williams farm.
Going back to "59" when I struck out for California I found myself short of funds only $75.00 when I arrived in New York. the old steamship line charged $125.00 steerage. I then called at Commodore Vanderbilts office an opposition line at the time, newly organized, and not leaving New York until 5th July. I stated my financial condition to the agent of the company, who offered to pay my board & lodging bill, and give me a through ticket to San Francisco, if I would work for them in directing passengers to their office, which I agreed to, and during my three week sojourn in the city, succeed in being a first class runner for the co. bringing in from 2 to 6 passengers each day to their office. Had I stayed there it certainly would of changed my subsequent career. - On arrival in the city my first thought was to avoid its "peterfunk" offices, which are genuine frauds, issuing bogus tickets to innocent purchasers many not having enough cash left to secure a genuine ticket, thereby loosing(sic) their passage - and to avoid these places, I went up one side of Broadway Avenue, several blocks and called in to the richest and most palatial stores, asking to be directed to Commodore Vanderbilts steamship office, for Cala. without an exception including my return an the opposite side of the avenue, every one of the separate merchants stepped out in to the avenue & pointed with pleasure to the companys office I felt perfectly secure and during this time I became pretty well acquainted with the streets and avenues - here was a grand opening for me. On arriving in California, I went to work in the harvest fields, to obtain funds to convey me to the mines. I succeeded fairly well finally returned to Oakland and was preparing to go into business there, when shortly after, received a letter from brother Archie that our Mother health was broken and wished me to return home. This I did, upsetting my calculations at Oakland but it was a duty I owed my dear Mother, and cheerfully complied. I then sold out at Gahaka as above mentioned and then after brother Niels death, removed to Williamstown in spring of 1866 - engaged in merchandising (Archie & self) at the corner just below where Frank Russell & Smith are now merchandising. In "69" 1 sold my 1/2 interest to Marion Cochrane and went to Los Angeles County and purchased a farm near Anaheim for $1300.00 and 8 years after sold it for $2500.00 - five years later this property was sold at the rate of $500.00 per acre. The tract contained 80 acres.
But I left there in 1870 and finally settled here on Puget Sound - and entered 220 acres of government land, which now is very valuable. I parted with 50 acres of it, and still retain the balance which is now under a high state of cultivation - have not been living on this farm since 1885. I spent 8 years previously on it, and was engaged in U. S. Land practice during this time and at same time year 1875 1 was commissioned as Inspector of Lumber by the governor and have held this position continuously from that date to the present, receiving 8 commissions from six successive governors, and have put in more or less of the time since I came home in the inspection of saw logs - after moving off the farm in 1885, 1 lived at Utsalady, a great sawmill village, where the Skaget & Stilligwamish rivers discharge millions of feet of saw logs. There the government established my office until 1890 removing it to Anaeortes, where I lived until I & my family went East in 1901 - on returning we finally settled here at Whatcom, as its more convenient to reach the farm from here, than from Anacortes. I was married to Mary L. Judson in September 1878 - unfortunately for me she "passed over to the other side" in June 1894 leaving me the two children, who had the pleasure of meeting you last summer at Williamstown - As I have previously stated, we are occupying very comfortable quarters, a nice residence, and a growing city of 15000, or more of population. I shall always cherish my visit to Williamstown, every one there without an exception treated me well.
The only thing that marred my visit there was the unfortunate situation existing between Archie & his family, and have no fault to find with either side, as the treatment towards my self & children from either side were equally good - Of the McTaggarts, the Clan or Sept was of very early origin in Scotland - Edward E., my nephew, procured a copy of the coat of arms from Edinburg a few years ago, from Sir Bernard Burke's History, which is authentic. Some time when in Williamstown, call at his parents home & view the copy, you will be quite interested in it -
This certainly was a noble act in Edward, for the descendants here - You will pardon me the lack of some nice style in penmanship, I am in the habit of writing fast and pay but little attention to my scribble - which is not proper - We are having an extraordinary spell of fine weather, mercury running high, averaging 35 to 40 above - I wrote you a few days ago relative to some blue grass seed, however, as the weather is so fine, and Spring is now upon us, I have concluded to use the best kind obtainable here, and my plot of ground, so if you have not already mailed it, would ask you not to do so. - This will soon be considered an old state.
Emigration is coming rapidly to the state. When I came here in 1870, the Territory had only 23000, & odd hundreds, in 1880, the census showed 75000 & odd hundreds, in 1890 it had increased to 349000 and lastly, 1900 showed a total population of 518000 - and at the next census 1910, we expect to have around 1000,000 inhabitants - The children join me, sending their love to you & John - and will close by bidding you and your sisters an affectionate Good Bye.
This letter gives the most detailed account of the emigration of the families of the two McTaggart brothers, William and Edward, that I have seen. Since largest number of descendants in this family history are descended from William and Jane Reed McTaggart, this letter was invaluable for its description of the early life of the ancestors of this large branch of the family. For descendants of both William's and Edward's families, however, this letter provided information on their emigration and early life in America that would have been difficult if not impossible to obtain by any other means. I have the original of this letter, and the fact that it has survived for nearly a century was a very fortuitous circumstance for the beginning of the preparation of this family history.
The following item is reproduced conforming as closely as possible to the way that it was written:
Your grandfather first settled at Short Creek near the city of Wheeling probably & probably about 1834. He travelled horseback down the Ohio river looking to buy a farm for himself finally fetching up on that large & beautiful farm at Cow Creek belonging to Col. Archibald Henderson of Washington DC containing 603 acres struck him so favorably. He turned his course on horseback, for the latter city, met the colonel, who thro his credentials from prominent citizens of city of Wheeling, was deeply impressed by his appearance & letters of credit as a successful farmer. The colonel then entered into a deal & contract with your grandfather to handle this farm.
Whereupon each was to pay 1/2 of the running expense of this farm, dividing the proceeds of the profits between them. Finally in 1849 your grandfather purchased the upper half of the farm for about $6 or $8000 & finally in a few years sold out to Friend Cochrane then bought grandfather Hendersons place at French Creek (remainder of letter is lost)
(Written in the margin of the letter in parentheses is the word (Salama), to indicate the location of the farm that William McTaggart purchased from Col. Henderson. This was an early name for the Willow Island, W. Va., area. (It is pronounced Suh - LAY- muh.))
The above material was on one page written in pencil on a plain sheet of paper. It apparently was a portion of a letter. The addressee is unknown except that it is a grandchild of William and Jane Reed McTaggart. The writer was probably Edward McTaggart [1832 - 1916], son of Edward and Mary McGeachey McTaggart. Since he states that he is the only surviving member of the three emigrant McTaggart families, this letter must have been written sometime after the death of his brother Archibald Henderson McTaggart, July It, 1915. Edward died on February 15, 1916, so if he was the author of this letter fragment, it must have been written in this rather narrow time span. He had written a longer letter on the subject of the families' emigration to America; that letter was written in 1903 and was addressed to his cousin Georgia Henderson Davidson. She was a grandchild of William and Jane Reed McTaggart.
I have the originals of both of these letters. Although the handwriting appears different on each letter, close examination shows some strong similarities in certain small details in the writing on each letter in my opinion. (The larger scrawl of the writing in this letter, compared to the fine neat penmanship in the 1903 letter, could perhaps be attributed to a possible unsteadiness of Edward's hand at this very late stage of his life.) Also, the wording of some sentences in each letter is almost identical. These things lead me to conclude that the above letter was written by Edward McTaggart of Whatcom, Washington. (To differentiate him from the other Edwards in the family, he was always referred to by my branch of the family as "Washington Ed.")
This letter is also the only written reference that I have found from any McTaggart family member that clearly states that there was another McTaggart brother, Arch, who emigrated to Wisconsin in 1845. A search by the Scots Ancestry Research Society for records on Arch and his family is reported in the genealogical portion of this history. He married and had a son and a daughter while living in Scotland. Edward refers to the fact that there were 20 persons total in these three McTaggart families,that emigrated to America. William, his wife Jane, and their six children account for eight; Edward, his wife Mary, and six children also account for eight, giving a total of sixteen in these two families. Thus Arch, his wife and two children would account for the total of 20; this indicates that Arch and his wife must have had only the two children that were reported by the S.A.R.S.
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