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James Angus "Jim" McQuagge, Sr
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Birth: May 24, 1851
Washington County
Florida, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 1936
Bay County
Florida, USA

Angus "Jim" McQuagge and his wife Gilla Ann McCormick-McQuagge were early residents of Fountain, Florida. Angus "Jim" was the third generation of earlier McQuagges who had settled into Northwest Florida. His great-grandfather, Duncan McQuagge (ca. 1765-1830's), had migrated from North Carolina down to the Euchee Valley of Walton County, Florida around the year 1821. Angus's grandfather, Daniel A. McQuagge, was a pioneer settler in Marianna, Florida.

Angus "Jim" McQuagge, a true Scottish-Irish, had a bright red beard and was known as "Red Beard Jim". Angus "Jim" and Gilla Ann McCormick-McQuagge were born in 1851 and 1860 respectively. They had twelve children: Thadious, James Angus, John Edward, Herbert Gerald, Cassie, Randall Amos, Annie, Beatrice, Daniel, Cora, and two sons who died in infancy. Their children's births ranged from 1878 through 1905. Angus "Jim" died in 1936, and Gilla Ann died in 1955. Both are buried near Econfina Creek at Brown-McQuagge Cemetery in Northern Bay County.

The McQuagge family owned and operated a store in Fountain, Florida from the late 1920's until around 1950. During the early years of its operation, and due to The Great Depression of the 1930's, business was slow. During this time, two of the children, Beatrice and Cora, went to work in the cigar industry. They had to travel to various places to find work, going as far as Abbeville and Enterprise, in the state of Alabama. During this time, the tobacco industry was a booming business in the tri-state area and it didn't take Beatrice and Cora long to learn the art of making cigars by hand. However, working away from home was not agreeable with Beatrice and Cora, so they decided to return home. At home in Fountain, an additional room was added onto the house, which became the McQuagge Cigar Factory. They purchased the tobacco and made each cigar by hand. These homemade cigars were called Florida Favorites, and were sold at two for five cents. Beatrice and Cora continued to sell hand-made cigars from home and the family store for many years.

Written by his great grandson Gerry Dale McQuagge

 
 
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 Parents:
  Angus McQuagge (1826 - 1870)
  Sophia Jane Evans McQuagge (1827 - ____)
 
 Spouse:
  Gillia Ann McCormick McQuagge (1860 - 1955)*
 
 Children:
  Thadeous E. McQuagge (1877 - 1929)*
  James Angus McQuagge (1880 - 1964)*
  Herbert Gerald McQuagge (1889 - 1965)*
  Cassie McQuagge Johns (1891 - 1974)*
  Randal Amos McQuagge (1894 - 1972)*
  Beatrice McQuagge (1899 - 1982)*
  Daniel McQuagge (1902 - 1908)*
  Cora McQuagge (1905 - 1998)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Angus "Jim" McQuagge (1851 - 1936)
  Idia McQuagge Singletary (1859 - 1909)*
  Jane E McQuagge (1862 - 1954)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Brown Cemetery
Bay County
Florida, USA
 
Maintained by: Wm. Duncan McQuagge
Originally Created by: MRS
Record added: May 01, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10900144
James Angus Jim McQuagge, Sr
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