Margaret Boardman Delay Bowman McAtee

By Dann M. Norton, (C) 2019

Margaret Boardman was born about 1776.[1]  Her father was Joseph Boardman, proved by the deed[2] where she sells Joseph’s land[3] that descended to her.  His widow was Elizabeth, so we assume this is Margaret’s mother.  According to Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records. Elizabeth’s maiden name was Parker.[4]  Some online trees also say Elizabeth was called Eunice Parker, and this is a red flag that careless researchers have conflated two people; no records are attached.

Margaret, whose nickname was Peggy, married James Delay on 25 August, 1796, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.[5]  The marriage bond, dated 16 August, was signed by James Delay and James Crouch.[6]   The marriage consent is another proof for Margaret’s parentage. 

                The consent shows us that Margaret’s mother, Elizabeth, signed as the witness.

This marriage either did not actually take place, or it was very short and ended in divorce. Since the marriage was listed in the Register, it must have occurred; therefore, a divorce seems most plausible. (Court minute records were checked, but no divorce was found.)  James Delay later married Mary “Polly” Delay on 25 October, 1797.[7]  According to online pedigrees, they eventually moved to Vermillion County, Illinois, where Mary Delay is listed on the 1830 census of Vermilion County.[8]  Pedigrees that show Margaret “Peggy” Boardman (or sometimes Mary Boardman) as mother of James Delay’s children are incorrect; his children have no Boardman DNA.

Margaret remarried to George Bowman, often spelled Boman.  The marriage bond was signed 23 January, 1798.[9]  The bondsman was John Gullian, who swore that Margaret was over 21 on the consent, written on the reverse of the bond.[10]  It is possible that Margaret needed the consent to prove she was not married to James Delay anymore. Not much is known about George Bowman.  A George Bowman (underage—since there is no mark for being over 21) is listed on the 1797 tax list of Bourbon County.[11]  He is listed four lines below Joseph Boardman.  The next time George is listed is the year 1802.[12]  In that list, his name was spelled Boman, he was over 21, and he was five lines below Joseph Boardman, and only two below Benjamin Boardman[13] (Joseph’s son). George and Margaret had one daughter, Elizabeth, born about 1800.[14]  George probably died after 1803, or maybe there was another separation.  At some point, he was gone, and Margaret then married Abednego McAtee. 

Abednego McAtee[15] was born about 1745 in Charles County, Maryland.  He resided in Rowan County, North Carolina during the 1780s and 1790s.  He appears to have had a wife in Maryland, and fathered at least two son, John McAtee (1775-18—Trigg Co, KY) and Abednego McAtee (1782 NC-1865 Rush Co, IN).  He may have had daugthers based on the 1790 census data. A marriage to Kathrine Shanklin, maybe have produced another son, William McAtee (1801-1875 Attala Co, MS).  By 1807, Abednego had moved to Montgomery County, Kentucky by 1807 when he appears on the tax lists.  He shows up in Montgomery until 1811, then from 1812 until 1822.  He apparently died between 1823 and 1826 (when daughter Polly married).

We know that Margaret married Abednego McAtee—even though we do not have a marriage record.  When her father, Joseph Boardman,[16] died, M. Macatee purchased three sheep from his estate.[17]  On 4 June, 1821, Margaret McAtee petitioned the Bourbon County court to settle the estate of Joseph; Benjamin Boardman was the administrator.[18] In 1824, Margaret McAtee sold her portion of Joseph Boardman’s land.[19] She is called Margaret McAtee, heir of Joseph Boardman in the deed.  There is no doubt that Margaret Boardman was married to a McAtee. It is not clear when she married Abednego McAtee, but surely after 1803 (the last time George Boman appeared on taxlists) and before 1807, (the year Abednego appears in Kentucky, and also the birth year for daughter, Polly). Although Abednego’s son, John, had lived in Montgomery County (1799)[20], and his nephew, Hezekiah, was in Bourbon from 1800-1806,[21] Abednego was the only adult McAtee in Bourbon and Montgomery Counties at this time.  Abednego McAtee is listed next to Elizabeth Boardman on the 1820 census of Bourbon County, Kentucky.[22]

In the 1810 census of Montgomery County, Abednego is shown with the following family members:[23]

1810 U.S. Census, Montgomery County, KY. Ancestry.com

Abednego, over 45, Margaret 26-45, a female age 10-16 (Elizabeth Bowman), a male 0-10 (probably William b. 1801),[24] and a female 0-10 (Polly, b. 1807).

In 1820, Bourbon County, the family consisted of five people.[25]

1820 U.S. Census, Stoner, Bourbon County, KY. Ancestry.com.

Abednego, over 45; Margaret 26-45, a male 10-16 (probably William McAtee), a female 10-16 (Polly), and a male 0-10 (Daniel, born 1812).

Margaret had at least one child, Elizabeth, by her Bowman husband.  Since she lived with her step-father, Abednego McAtee, Elizabeth is sometimes assumed to be a McAtee.  She was not, she was a Bowman.  The marriage consent, calling Elizabeth by “Bomin,” and signed by “Marget McAtee,” is clear on that fact.[26] 

Bourbon County, KY, marriage consent of Margaret McAtee for daughter, Elizabeth Bowman to marry John Howard; Witness, Barnabas Frakes. Research of Dena Wilson, descendant.

Elizabeth was only 12, maybe 13, when she married John Howard.  This was quite young.  Descendants have conjectured that perhaps Elizabeth was pregnant and a marriage was rushed.  However, this was also the time of the War of 1812.  Perhaps the imminence of war—and that included clashes with Native Americans—hurried John and Elizabeth to wed.  In any case, they did marry, had children, and eventually moved to Crawford County, Illinois.

Margaret also had at least two children by Abednego McAtee: a daughter, Mary “Polly” and a son, Daniel.  Daniel McAtee’s life and records have been compiled in the article, “Meet the Parents of Daniel McAtee.”

Mary, also called Polly, married Abner Wilson on 3 November, 1826, in Bath County, Kentucky.[27]  The consent for the marriage was signed by Marget Macatee.[28]

Abner had been previously married to Margaret Bradshaw Tipton, the widow of Solomon Tipton.[29] Sometime after their 1826 marriage, Abner and Polly, with her mother, Margaret, and brother, Daniel, moved to Colerain Township, Hamilton Co, Ohio. 

Margaret McAtee is listed in the 1828[30] (as Polly), 1829[31] and 1830[32] (as Margaret) Colerain tax lists. 

1829 Colerain Tp, Hamilston County, OH, tax list. FamilySearch.org.

Margaret’s name is not on the 1830 census, but it seems obvious that she and Daniel are living in the home of Abner Wilson. Abner Wilson is listed twice on the 1830 Hamilton County, Ohio, census.  (There are a couple of neighbors listed twice, as well, one being William Leggett, possibly a neighbor from 1810 Montgomery County, Kentucky.[33])  On the first report,[34] he is listed with an older female and a male who is too old to be his own child.

1830 U.S. Census, Colerain Tp, Hamilton County, OH. Ancestry.com.

On the second report,[35] the older female and extra male are not listed in Abner’s household, but next door is a Margaret Martin with a young male. 

1830 U.S. Census, Colerain Tp, Hamilton County, OH. (Second enumeration of Abner Wilson.) Ancestry.com.

No Margaret Martin is listed on the tax list, and it seems possible that this could be Margaret McAtee and Daniel.  No marriage of Margaret to a Martin has been located, so if this is indeed Margaret McAtee, it seems the census taker wrote Martin in error. 

There are no tax lists available for the years 1831-32, and neither Margaret McAtee nor Abner Wilson appear on Hamilton County tax lists from 1833-1835.  By 1833, Abner Wilson had moved to Shelby County, Indiana.[36]  Daniel McAtee married Elizabeth Shirley on 2 January, 1834,[37] in Shelby County, and patented land next to Abner.[38]  Margaret probably died in Ohio, prompting her children to move to Indiana.  If she made it to Indiana, no records have been found to indicate such.  She died after 1830, but nothing more precise has been uncovered.

Descendants of Joseph Boardman

Generation 1

  1. JOSEPH1 BOARDMAN was born in 1746. He died in Mar 1818 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. He married ELIZABETH PARKER. She was born in 1844. She died in 1832.

Notes for Elizabeth Parker: The maiden name of Elizabeth is given in the biographical sketch on the Boardman-Crose families in Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records by McAdams (p 320). The sketch also gives her birth and death dates.

Joseph Boardman and Elizabeth Parker had the following children:

2. i. BENJAMIN2 BOARDMAN was born on 30 Oct 1774. He died on 08 Sep 1840 in Nicholas, Kentucky, USA. He married KEZIAH RICE. She was born in 1775. She died on 01 Nov 1847.

3. ii. MARGARET BOARDMAN was born about 1776. She died after 1830 in Colerain, Hamilton, Ohio, USA. She married (1) EBEDNIGO MCATEE, son of Patrick McAtee and Ann Baggott after 1800 in Kentucky, USA. He was born between 1736-1747 in Charles, Maryland, USA. He died between 1822-1823 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. She married (2) JAMES DELAY in 1796 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. She married (3) GEORGE BOWMAN in 1798 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. He died before 1807.

Generation 2

2. BENJAMIN2 BOARDMAN (Joseph1) was born on 30 Oct 1774. He died on 08 Sep 1840 in Nicholas,Kentucky, USA. He married KEZIAH RICE. She was born in 1775. She died on 01 Nov 1847.

Notes for Benjamin Boardman: Benjamin’s birth and death dates are listed at Findagrave.com, Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 23 March 2019), memorial page for Benjamin Boardman (30 Oct 1774-8 Sep 1840), Find A Grave Memorial no. 174358182, citing Boardman Family Cemetery, Carlisle, Nicholas County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by KEN (contributor 48781276) .

The Boardman-Crose biographical Sketch in Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records by McAdams (p 320) gives his birth as 1774 in “probably” New Jersey. His wife and children’s names are also listed with some birth and death dates.

Notes for Keziah Rice: Name, birth and death dates from Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records by McAdams (p 320).

Benjamin Boardman and Keziah Rice had the following children:

i. ANN3 BOARDMAN was born before 1796. She married Lewis Jones on 08 May 1810 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. An Ann Boardman married Lewis Jones 8 May, 1810, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Some online trees place her as the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, but Joseph showed no young females in his 1810 census report (Bourbon Co, KY p 97, line 3). Benjamin, however, showed two younger females in his household.

ii. JAMES BOARDMAN was born on 06 Dec 1796.

iii. WILLIAM BOARDMAN was born on 22 Nov 1797. He died on 16 May 1887.

iv. POLLY BOARDMAN was born in 1798. She died in 1815. She married Mathias Sears on 07 Sep 1815 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. A Polly Boardman married Mathias Sears in 1815, Bourbon County, Kentucky. Some online trees place her as the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, but Joseph showed no young females in his 1810 census report (Bourbon Co, KY p 97, line 3). Benjamin, however, showed two younger females in his household. Marriage bond dated 7 Sept, 1815. Bondsman for the marraige of Polly to Mathias Sears was Benjamin Boardman. See https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9398-SLFL-J?i=607&cc=1804888. Polly may not have married, or was not married long, as a tombstone at the Boardman Cemetery for a Polly Boardman is engraved with the dates 1798- 1815. (The stone does not say Sears.)

Mathias Sears may be the man of that name who married Susannah Hostettler in 1821, Shelby County, Kentucky, and died in 1887 in Lawrence County, Indiana. (Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 23 March 2019), memorial page for Mathias Sears (30 Apr 1795-23 Jun 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66225080, citing Hopkins Cemetery, Needmore, Lawrence County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by AZ Susi (contributor 46978490)).

v. ABNER BOARDMAN was born on 16 Apr 1801. He died on 29 Aug 1875.

vi. SON BOARDMAN was born about 1815. A male is listed in the 1820 census, age 0-5. This male is not listed in 1830. It is possible this could be a grandchild, a child of Ann or Polly.

vii. ELI R. BOARDMAN. The Boardman-Crose biographical sketch names a son to Benjamin called Eli, but it says he died in Grapevine, Texas. However, the Eli R. Boardman who died in 1892 in Grapevine, Tarrant County, Texas, was born in 1831, and was the son of James Rice Boardman. It is unclear if Benjamin actually had a son named Eli.

3. MARGARET2 BOARDMAN (Joseph1) was born about 1776. She died after 1830 in Colerain, Hamilton,Ohio, USA. She married (1) EBEDNIGO MCATEE, son of Patrick McAtee and Ann Baggott after 1800 in Kentucky, USA. He was born between 1736-1747 in Charles, Maryland, USA. He died between 1822-1823 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. She married (2) JAMES DELAY in 1796 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. She married (3) GEORGE BOWMAN in 1798 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. He died before 1807.

Ebednigo McAtee and Margaret Boardman had the following children:

4. i. MARY “POLLY”3 MCATEE was born in 1807 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. She died after 1880 in Bartholomew, Indiana, USA. She married (1) ABNER WILSON on 04 Nov 1826 in Bath, Kentucky, USA. He was born about 1790. He died on 29 Mar 1841 in Bartholomew, Indiana, USA. She married (2) OLIVER HAWKINS on 02 Jun 1845 in Bartholomew, Indiana, USA. He was born about 1790.

5. ii. DANIEL MCATEE was born on 20 Jan 1813. He died on 29 Jan 1883 in Brimson, Grundy, Missouri, USA. He married Elizabeth Shirley, daughter of Isaac Shirley and Catharine Hendrickson on 02 Jan 1834 in Shelby, Indiana, USA. She was born on 14 Nov 1817. She died on 30 Apr 1886.

George Bowman and Margaret Boardman had the following child:

6. i. ELIZABETH3 BOWMAN was born in 1800 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. She died after 1870 in Clay, Illinois, USA. She married (1) JOHN HOWARD in 1812 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. He died before 1848 in Crawford, Illinois, USA. She married (2) JOHN CARTER on 08 Jun 1848 in Crawford, Illinois, USA. He was born in 1789 in England. He died after 1870.

Generation 3

4. MARY “POLLY”3 MCATEE (Margaret2 Boardman, Joseph1 Boardman) was born in 1807 in Bourbon,Kentucky, USA. She died after 1880 in Bartholomew, Indiana, USA. She married (1) ABNER WILSON on 04 Nov 1826 in Bath, Kentucky, USA. He was born about 1790. He died on 29 Mar1841 in Bartholomew, Indiana, USA. She married (2) OLIVER HAWKINS on 02 Jun 1845 in Bartholomew, Indiana, USA. He was born about 1790.

Abner Wilson and Mary “Polly” McAtee had the following children:

i. WILLIAM JACKSON4 WILSON was born in 1830.

ii. SARAH WILSON was born in 1833 in Ohio, USA. She married (1) GEORGE PEARSON on 20 Jan 1848 in Bartholomew, Indiana, USA. She married (2) JESSE ROTHROCK after 1850.

iii. DAVID ASPY WILSON was born on 03 Oct 1834 in Shelby, Indiana, USA. He died on Feb 1910 in Clifty, Bartholomew, Indiana, USA.

iv. THOMAS MCQUEEN WILSON was born in 1837. He died in 1925.

v. DANIEL MCATEE WILSON was born in 1838. He died in 1858.

vi. ABNER B. WILSON was born in 1841. He died on 04 Mar 1924 in Bartholomew, Indiana, USA.

vii. MARY E. WILSON was born in 1841. She died in 1882. She married George Hege on May 1858.

Oliver Hawkins and Mary “Polly” McAtee had the following child:

i. JASPER4 HAWKINS was born on 19 Nov 1845 in Bartholomew, Indiana, USA. He died on 26 May 1880 in Bartholomew, Indiana, USA.

5. DANIEL3 MCATEE (Margaret2 Boardman, Joseph1 Boardman) was born on 20 Jan 1813. He died on

Jan 1883 in Brimson, Grundy, Missouri, USA. He married Elizabeth Shirley, daughter of Isaac Shirley and Catharine Hendrickson on 02 Jan 1834 in Shelby, Indiana, USA. She was born on 14 Nov 1817. She died on 30 Apr 1886.

Daniel McAtee and Elizabeth Shirley had the following children:

i. MARGARET JANE4 MCATEE was born on 01 Dec 1834. She died on 29 Nov 1912. She married (1) OBEDIAH HUDSON on 23 Oct 1851. He died on 18 Jul 1868. She married (2) SOLOMON T. COLE on 18 Jan 1875.

ii. MARY ANN “POLLY” MCATEE was born on 21 Feb 1837. She died on 11 Jan 1907. She married Joel Jefferson Long on 08 Jul 1853.

iii. CATHERINE MALISSA MCATEE, born 839, married RICHARD TOLLIVER  HUDSON.

iv. JAMES H. MCATEE was born in 1842. He died on 24 May 1862.

v. WILLIAM ABNER MCATEE was born on 22 Oct 1843 in Shelby, Indiana, USA. He died on 25 Apr 1919 in Madison, Grundy, Missouri, USA. He married Dicy Harper on 24 Feb 1861 in Daviess, Missouri, USA. She was born on 01 Apr 1843. She died on 08 Feb 1925 in Taylor, Grundy, Missouri, USA.

vi. ROSEANNE MCATEE was born in 1847. She died on 07 Jan 1879. She married Joseph A. Hunter on 22 Nov 1876.

vii. NANCY ELIZABETH MCATEE was born on 20 Jul 1849. She died on 21 Jul 1934. She married John W. Hughs on 11 Feb 1866.

viii. ELIZA E. MCATEE was born in 1852. She married John Burnett on 14 Sep 1873.

ix. DANIEL SYLVESTER MCATEE was born on 25 Nov 1854 in Grundy, Missouri, USA. He died on 25 Apr 1932. He married SARAH ANN PREWITT.

6. ELIZABETH3 BOWMAN (Margaret2 Boardman, Joseph1 Boardman) was born in 1800 in Bourbon,Kentucky, USA. She died after 1870 in Clay, Illinois, USA. She married (1) JOHN HOWARD in 1812 in Bourbon, Kentucky, USA. He died before 1848 in Crawford, Illinois, USA. She married (2) JOHN CARTER on 08 Jun 1848 in Crawford, Illinois, USA. He was born in 1789 in England. He died after1870.

Notes for Elizabeth Bowman: John Howard listed 1820 Stoner, Bourbon County, Kentucky, (Page 68, line 28) age 16-26, wife 16-26, one daughter and one son 0-10. In 1830, the family is listed in Crawford County, Illinois; seven children are in the household, six have been identified. (The missing son is probably Samuel Howard who married Susan Hackney, 29 Aug 1847, in Crawford County.) The 1840 census is unreadable. Elizabeth married John Carter 8 June 1848, in Crawford County, after John Howard died. John and Elizabeth Carter are listed in 1850 Martinsville, Clark County, Illinois. They moved to Clay County, Illinois. Elizabeth died after 1870, probably in Clay County, Illinois.

John Howard and Elizabeth Bowman had the following children:

i. SARAH ANN4 HOWARD was born in 1815. She died in 1847 in Crawford, Illinois, USA. She married James Boyd on 03 May 1838 in Crawford, Illinois, USA. (Birth and death dates from the online tree of Irene Walls.)

ii. JANE HOWARD was born in 1821 in Kentucky, USA. She married Henry Kirby on 12 Aug 1839 in Crawford, Illinois, USA.

iii. MARY HOWARD was born about 1823 in Kentucky. She married Joseph Cooley on 25 Aug 1841 in Crawford, Illinois, USA. (Online trees show Mary with parents John and Elizabeth (Bollard) Howard, but that couple lived and died in England–they did not have children born in Kentucky, and thus cannot be her parents. John and Elizabeth (Bowman) Howard are the only Howards in Crawford County with children the right age to be Mary and her siblings.)

iv. ISAAC HOWARD was born in 1825 in Kentucky, USA. He married Selina Hackney on 14 Sep 1843 in Crawford, Illinois, USA.

v. JAMES HOWARD was born in 1827 in Kentucky, USA. He married Susan Hackney on 29 Aug 1847 in Crawford, Illinois, USA.

vi. MARGARETTA HOWARD was born in 1834 in Illinois, USA. She married William Hackney on 12 Feb 1849 in Crawford, Illinois, USA.


[1] Margaret, listed as the oldest female in Abednego McAtee’s household, 1810 Montgomery Co, KY was 26-45, so born between 1765 and 1784.  She was again 26-45 in the 1820 Bourbon Co, KY household of McAtee, so birth between 1775 and 1794.  Taken together, that places the birth between 1775 and 1784.  Margaret is listed as the oldest female in the home of Abner Wilson, 1830 Colerain Twp, Hamilton Co, OH, age 50-60, which narrows her birth to 1770-1780.  Synthesizing all these census records, we can place Margaret’s birth to “between 1780 and 1785.”  This would have made her between 16 and 21 when she married James Delay.  Her second marriage consent, 1798, states she is over 21—born before 1777.  We can therefore pinpoint her birth to 1775 or 1776.  Her brother, Benjamin, was born in 1774 (from Findagrave), so 1776 makes the most logical year.

[2] Bourbon County, Kentucky, Deed Book R, p 180, Margaret Macatee to Henry Banta, 20 March, 1824.  Margaret Macatee is called one of the heirs of Joseph Boardman. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTN-T9QM-B?i=362&cat=431279.

[3] Joseph’s original purchase is found in Bourbon County, Kentucky, Deed Book C, p 759. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4K-K96V-R?i=711&cat=431279.

[4] In the article “Meet the Parents of Daniel McAtee” the author suggests that Elizabeth could be a Prater because of the several Prater neighbors in census records. But Parker is given by the biographical sketch in Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records claiming that dates of births and deaths were taken from the family Bible of Benjamin Boardman, Joseph Boardman’s son.

[5] Bourbon County, Kentucky, Marriage Register, Vol 1, p. 29. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9398-3CVB-F?i=44&cc=1804888

[6] Bourbon County, KY, Marriage bond, Delay to Delay, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9398-SL99-N?i=832&cc=1804888.

[7] Bourbon County, Kentucky, Marriage Register, Vol. 1, p 33. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9398-3CV5-F?i=46&cc=1804888. Link to original register: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9398-3CK8-V?i=22&cc=1804888

[8] 1830 U.S. Census, Vermilion County, Illinois, p 224, line 12, household of Mary Delay.

[9] Bourbon County, marriage bonds, Boman-Boardman, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9398-3CR8-X?i=396&cc=1804888.

[10] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9398-3CRJ-L?i=395&cc=1804888

[11]  Tax Lists, Bourbon County, KY. 1797, page 2, line 37.

[12] Tax Lists, Bourbon County, KY. 1802, List 2, page 3, line 28.

[13] Benjamin Boardman (1774-1840) married Keziah Rice.  Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 25 March 2019), memorial page for Benjamin Boardman (30 Oct 1774–8 Sep 1840), Find A Grave Memorial no. 174358182, citing Boardman Family Cemetery, Carlisle, Nicholas County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by KEN (contributor 48781276).

[14] Birth year based on her age in the 1850 Census of Crawford Co, IL: Elizabeth Carter, age 50.

[15] https://dannmnortongenealogy.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/abednego-mcatee-a-name-with-a-swing/

[16] Records for Joseph Boardman: Bourbon County, KY, Court Order Book F, p 152 (last will ordered recorded). Will Book F, Will p 120 (Rec. April 1818); Sale bill p 147 (June 1818), and Inventory p 148 (June 1818).

[17] Bourbon County, Kentucky, Will Book F, p 147-149.  M. Macatee listed on first line of p 148. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GPSY-3MQ?i=335&cc=1875188&cat=279820.

[18] Bourbon County Order Books. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLX-J1WC?i=517&cat=288785.

[19] See Note 2. This deed was dated 1824, but the biography of the Boardman-Crose family says Elizabeth died in 1832.  An older female, 80-90, is listed in Benjamin Boardman’s household in 1830 U.S. Census, Nicholas County, KY, page 181, line 27.

[20] Tax Lists, Montgomery County, Kentucky, 1799.

[21] Tax Lists, Bourbon County, Kentucky, 1800-1806.

[22] 1820 U.S. Census, Stoner, Bourbon County, KY, page 72, lines 1 (Abednego Macatee) and 2 (Elizabeth Boardman)

[23] 1810 U.S. Census, Montgomery County, KY, page 379, line 5.

[24] A William McAtee (1801-1875) lived in Attala Co, MS; census records show his birthplace in Kentucky.  Research in collaboration with Dr. William Graeber McAtee (William’s descendant) shows plausible evidence that William represents the tick mark for the younger male in Abednego’s household. 

[25] See Note 20.

[26] Bourbon County, Marriage Consent. From the research of Dena Wilson.

[27] Bond, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9398-3ZK?i=378&cc=1804888

[28] Consent, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9398-3Z6?i=379&cc=1804888

[29] Solomon Tipton married Margaret Bradshaw on 16 Mar, 1809, Montgomery County, but died by 1817 in Bath County. Solomon is listed in Bath County tax lists until 1816 with 140 acres Hinkston Creek.  Margaret is listed with his land in the 1817 through 1819 tax lists.  Margaret Tipton married Abner Wilson on 18 June, 1819.  Abner is listed with the Tipton land 1820-1825 tax lists.  Margaret must have died about 1825.  In 1826, Abner is not listed with the Tipton land, and he married Polly McAtee that same year.

[30] Hamilton County, OH, Tax Duplicates, 1828. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GPPD-XH?i=118&cat=237430.

[31] Hamilton County, OH, Tax Duplicates, 1829. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9PPD-D48?i=128&cat=237430.

[32] Hamilton County, OH, Tax Duplicates, 1830. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GPPD-QGW?i=144&cat=237430.

[33] 1810 U.S. Census, Montgomery County, KY, page 379, line 3.

[34] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YBM-9N77?i=11&cc=1803958 

[35] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYBM-9NVG?i=19&cc=180395

[36] U.S. Dept of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, Accession No. IN0650_.121, Shelby County, Indiana, 30 October, 1834.  Land patent for Abner Wilson. (Indexed as “Almer Wilson.”) https://glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=IN0650__.121&docClass=STA&sid=z0nuii45.5bb#patentDetailsTabIndex=1

[37] Shelby County, Indiana, Marriage Book 3, page 2. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9XF-9BP?i=361

[38] U.S. Dept of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, Accession No. IN0750_.396, Shelby County, Indiana, 28 October, 1835. Land patent for Daniel Macatee. https://glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=IN0750__.396&docClass=STA&sid=eikhid2m.jzn#patentDetailsTabIndex=1

Brown Family Graveyard, Astoria Township, Fulton County, Illinois

It’s spring break for the high school where I teach. So, I am taking some of my time and embracing the 21st century. For almost 36 years, I have jotted down genealogical notes in notebooks, on loose pieces of paper, backs of envelopes, Post-its, and…well, any scrap of paper I could find. I have what appears to be an insurmountable mountain of papers. Some of it is in big binders. Some in the filing cabinet. Some is floating around my desk as I type!

While I was sorting through a file of mismatched genealogical notes, I found my sheet with the tombstones for the Brown Family Graveyard. It does not have an official name, as far as I know. I visited once. I don’t think I took pictures. I would have been in high school or college, so between 1988 to 1992, when I visited. At the time, it was on the Meehan farm–maybe they still own the land. I cannot remember the road’s name, but…I could get you back there–It’s the last road before the turn off to Aunt Diann’s! 😉

To embrace the 21st century, I uploaded the names and dates from the five stones to Findagrave.com. Follow this link:
https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2682360/brown-family-graveyard

Jackson L. Brown, Died Feb 6, 1883; Aged 59y, 8m, 15 d.

Nancy, wife of J.L. Brown, Died Feb 20, 1895; Aged 62y, 9m, 10d.

Senora, dau of JL & N Brown, Died Dec 18, 1868; Aged 7 y, 6m, 18d.

Sarah E., dau of JL & N Brown, Died Sep 12, 1861,; Aged 1y, 4m, 4d.

Robert J.,son of BW & R Billingsley, Died Mar 13, 1889; Aged 1mo, 25 days.

Robert J. Billingsley was the son of Benjamin Warfield and Rachel (Brown) Billingsley. Rachel was the daughter of Jackson and Nancy (Grewell) Brown. Senora and Sarah E., were two additional daughters of Jackson and Nancy.

In the future, I do hope to revisit the graveyard. Or maybe some cousins will want to go on an adventure and find it themselves. Take pictures–if the stones are still there. (Grandma Rachel Billingsley had one more baby who died–his name was Lee Billingsley. He apparently did not have a tombstone.)

Traditional Research v. Genetic Genealogy–Still Comes down to the Original Records

Traditional Genealogy v. Genetic Genealogy–Still Comes Down to the Original Records by Dann Norton (C) 2019

Isaac Shirley is a brick wall ancestor.  Isaac was born about 1785.  The 1850 census for Grundy County, Missouri[1] says he was born in Illinois.  Oh, that gets the researchers excited because the only people in Illinois in 1785 were pretty much soldiers and Indians!  But, I doubt that Isaac was Native American.  (Y-DNA tests would help confirm or deny that.)  Isaac married Catharine Hendrickson in 1811 in Washington County, Kentucky.[2] They must have lived on the border of Mercer County because other records show up there.  It is believe that Isaac had a brother, William Shirley–they were in the War of 1812 together.[3]  Isaac was a witness to marriages for the children of Joseph and Mary Moore; Mary was a Shearly, daughter of Adam Shearly[4]–it would seem that Shearly and Shirley could be the same name, different spelling.  But Isaac’s father is not proven.  Most people in the past tried to link him to Michael Shirley,[5] an early Kentucky resident.  If not Michael, some picked Christian Shirley,[6] a relative to Michael.  Christian is too young, and does not name a son Isaac in his will.[7] There was a William and Margaret in early Mercer,[8] but the proof is not there–yet.  A definite BRICK WALL!

I have researched for over 35 years.  The brick wall on Isaac has stood solid for many researchers before me.  Enter DNA!  I was excited when genetic genealogy came to be.  It is the dream for every researcher that DNA will become the wrecking ball, knocking down these interminable brick walls.  Imagine my elation when a DNA match popped up on my dad and his cousins’ AncestryDNA match list.  The match–David–was definitely a Shirley match, David’s son, Jeff, was the contact.  The pedigree for David showed that his great-grandfather was Joe Shirley who married Virginia Pixler.

Quickly, I did some online research, focusing on census records.  Joe and Virginia were listed in the 1880 Clay, Andrew Co, MO Census with Elizabeth Pixler, (Virginia’s mother).[9]  Elizabeth 52 PA PA PA; Shirley, Joseph 32 (son-in-law) MO NC NC; Virginia 25, MO PA PA; then Pixler children.  Joe’s age was 32, so born about 1848 in Missouri.  It said his parents were born in North Carolina, but census records are often incorrect.  Also in Andrew County:  Shirley, Isak 55 IN KY KY; wife,  Emily 52 IN KY KY; Beattie, David 20 adopted son; Sarah 22 (David’s wife).[10]  My note states, “Not Joseph’s parents; these two had no bio. children.”   This Isaac Shirley was the son of Isaac and Catharine (Hendrickson) Shirley, but he could not be the father of Joseph.

Looking backward through time, I could not find a Joseph in 1870 or 1860 census records who matched; then, in 1850, there was a Joseph T. Shirley, shown 1850 Cole co, MO,[11] as son of Jesse Shirley (25 TN) and Elizabeth (18 TN).[12] It was not hard to see that Jesse was most likely the son of an Isaac Shirley also listed in 1850 Cole Co, MO: Isaac Shirley, age 67, birthplace South Carolina; wife, Elizabeth, 62, also born in South Carolina.[13]

This was amazing!  This new match, David, was definitely on the Shirley side and descended from “the other” Isaac Shirley in Missouri.  I could not make a connection between the two Isaacs.  They obviously were not brothers.  Were they cousins?  How close–first, second? Was this the brick wall buster? No records were clearing up the mystery.

And there was a nagging doubt:  David is a match on the Shirley side, why is he also matching the non-Shirley Hendrickson side?

Understand, that David’s matching to Shirley makes sense.  My Isaac was married to Catharine Hendrickson; the other Isaac was married to Elizabeth Fowler.[14]  David should not have the Hendrickson matches–unless the Hendricksons were related a generation or two back.  BUT, David was also matching in the middle of other matches who were direct descendants of Isaac and Catharine Hendrickson Shirley, specifically the descendants of Lunenberg Proctor Shirley.  I wrote the contact and told him that DNA makes it look like he has to be the descendant of Isaac and Catharine, but the paper trail led to a different Isaac Shirley.

There was one other clue, but it just made the mystery more difficult. Joe and Virginia named a son Absalom; Lunenberg P. Shirley named a son Absalom–maybe it was just a coincidence.

RECORDS ARE AMAZING THINGS!

I puzzled over this from November 2017 until February of 2019.  Exasperated, I decided to go back to the beginning, looking at Joe and Virginia again.  I realized I had not acquired the marriage record for Joseph T. Shirley and Virginia “Jennie” Pixler.  Maybe their parents’ names would be on the record.  Andrew County, Missouri, marriage records are available at Familysearch.org, and I searched through the indices until I found what I needed.  The marriage record for Joseph Shirley and Virginia Pixler, Book B, p 172.[15]

Joel Shirley marriage

Drats!  No parents’ names.  But a second look revealed that the record did not say “Joseph.”  It says, JOEL.  JOEL Shirley….Joel?  That is a name in my family.  In fact, a Joel was a missing link in the family of Lunenberg P. Shirley of Grundy County, Missouri. Joel is listed with his parents in 1850, 1860, and 1870 Grundy County, Missouri.[16]  He is not listed in 1880.  One online tree suggested he married a Jennie Newman, but no records are attached.  He was missing–I thought he died.   Joel?  JOEL!

Now, it all makes sense:  DNA match David IS the descendant of Isaac Shirley and Catharine Hendrickson, through son Lunenberg P. Shirley, and his son, Joel.  That’s why he matches at the same level as other descendants of L. P. Shirley.  That’s why he has all the Hendrickson matches.  And that’s why we go to the original records–every time!

The traditional research led us astray, fruitlessly searching the wrong tree.  DNA brought us back to the right branch and the right tree.  The original marriage record confirmed what DNA disclosed.  No, it did not bust down that brick wall, but it connected a line that had been lost to me and other researchers.

Welcome to the family, David.  (And welcome to the brick wall!)

There is hope to breaking down this brick wall.  The Shirley DNA Project[17] has male participants who have tested their y-DNA.  The Shirley Family Association has 104 DNA lines, and from these participants we can tell which of the 104 are related to each other.  There are NO PARTICIPANTS for Isaac Shirley.  If you are a direct male Shirley descendant, please consider doing a y-DNA test for the Shirley DNA Project.  Shirley descendants, please consider joining the DNA project and the Shirley Family Association–both are well worth it for family historians.

 

 

 

[1] 1850 U.S. Census, Dist. 35, Grundy County, MO, p 800, dwelling 129, family 199.

[2] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G93Y-HDJD?i=399&cc=1804888

[3] Wilder, Minnie S. Kentucky Soldiers of the War of 1812. Published 1931. Reprinted by Baltimore: GPC, 1969. Page 91, “Roll of Captain Isaac Gray’s Company…” naming William Shirley and Isaac Shearley.

[4] Joseph Moore and Mary Shearly married 26 July 1794, Clark County, Kentucky.  Consent by father Adam Shearly.

[5] Branch 30, Shirley Family Association. http://www.shirleyassociation.com/NewShirleySite/NonMembers/UnitedStates/Lineages/branches_index.html

[6] Branch 31, Shirley Family Association.

[7] Will of Christian Shirley, http://www.shirleyassociation.com/NewShirleySite/NonMembers/UnitedStates/Lineages/Peterbranch31_Christian.html

[8] At one time it was thought that William and Margaret in Mercer County were the same as the William and Margaret in Scott County, Kentucky (Branch 14, Shirley Family Assocation).  New research is suggesting these were two different couples.

[9] 1880 U.S. Census, Clay Township, Andrew County, MO, page 24, SD 7, ED 36, dwelling 210, family 214.

[10] 1880 U.S. Census, Lincoln Township, Andrew County, MO, page 4, SD 7, ED 45, dwelling 28, family 28.

[11] 1850 U.S. Census, Cole County, MO, page 115, dwelling 246, family 856.

[12] Elizabeth may be listed in 1860 Lafayette Co, MO, with dau Cynthia J. 12, and Nancy 6, and Josephine 2.

[13] 1850 U.S. Census, Cole County, MO, page 105, dwelling 765, family 774.

[14] Online pedigrees show the maiden name Fowler, but this has not been researched by the author.

[15] Andrew County, MO, Marriage Book B, p. 172. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9CR-MLVS?i=337&cc=2060668&cat=6991

 

[16] Joel is listed with incorrect age in 1850 Dist. 35, Grundy Co, MO, p 800, dwelling 196, family 196.  Also 1860 U.S. Census, Madison Township, Grundy County, MO, p 393, dwelling 849, family 741. Also 1870 U.S. Census, Madison Township, Grundy County, MO, p 18, dwelling 123, family 123.

[17] https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/shirley/about/background