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Bio Photo Reseaching the Wolfe/Wolf and Bush families of West Virginia, the McGrew families of Pennsylvania to Ohio and the Gunnett and Helsel families of central Ohio.
Hutchinson, Corner, Putnam families of Washington Co., Ohio, Fairhurst, Smith, and Pierce families of Noble Co., Ohio.
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Judi Schoonover
RE: Henry Marshall Ellyson wives
Hi, I sent a note to both contributors for Daisy and Maud. Hopefully it will get corrected. Thanks, Judi Schoonover
Added by Judi Schoonover on Apr 29, 2015 11:43 AM
Peggy Whyte
Another Picture
You might also like this picture - I believe we are related via the Wolfe's??
Added by Peggy Whyte on Feb 10, 2015 9:06 AM
Peggy Whyte
RE: Photos are great!
Sure, you can use any of my photos. Nice to meet you cousin. :-) My daughter is working on our family tree in Fun stuff. :-)
Added by Peggy Whyte on Feb 09, 2015 5:35 AM
Please help, James B & Isabella McGrew, parents of Simon Blackburn McGrew
I see you have placed flowers on Find A Grave (Find A Grave) # 21835105 of your 4x great-grandfather, James Blackburn Baird McGrew.

Please help, can you please tell me who were James B & Isabella McGrew, parents of Simon Blackburn McGrew 22 Oct 1810 Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA - 18 Oct 1874 Wyoming, Jones County, Iowa, USA internment Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Jones County, Iowa, USA

I am writing to inquire whether you can please tell me who the James B McGrew, father of Simon Blackburn McGrew was and how he fits into the Westmoreland Co, Pa McGrew genealogy?

Please see below

Title: Linn County, Kansas, a history Authors: Mitchell, William Ansel. City of Publication: Kansas City Publisher: Presswork done by Campbell-Gates of Kansas City Date: c1928 Page Count: 406 Notes: Includes index. Reel/Fiche Number: Genealogy and local history ; LH11788). Subject Headings: Linn County (Kan.) -- History.
Linn County (Kan.) -- Biography.
Kansas -- Linn County Total number of hits in the text of this book: 8


Written to give and preserve the more initmate knowledge of incidents of world-wide importance and marking an epochal period in the history of the human race.

Copyright 1928

Page 353

A Giant Physically and Mentally

One of the early settlers of Linn County was Simon B. McGrew, who was born October 22, 1810, in Sewickley Township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and was the fourth in line of twelve children born to his parents, James B. and Isabella McGrew. The McGrew family came to America from County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1726, and were all followers of the Quaker faith when not orthodox Presbyterians. Simon B. McGrew was married May 22, 1833, to Ura Marsh, daughter of Cooper and Martha Marsh, at the old Quaker church still standing in Sewickley Township. He moved to Jefferson county, Ohio, in 1844, where he built and operated a flouring mill for a number of years, and in 1852 moved to a newly formed Quaker settlement at Salem, Iowa, where the family (now consisting of seven children) resided till 1857, when the head of the family first visited Linn County and erected a log cabin at the head of Ilk Creek, three and a half miles southwest of Mound City, on what was afterwards known as the Curry farm. Returning to Iowa the family was moved to the new home and a larger two-story log building was erected the following year in which the family continued to reside until the fall of 1864. A younger brother, Rev. Samuel B. McGrew, located on an adjoining claim to the east. A son, Abner G., located a claim on adjacent land and remained several years when he left for Chicago and graduated from Rush Medical College and was for many years surgeon fodr the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company. One daughter, Jane became the wife of Col. Ed. R. Smith, and Elizabeth married Dr. Hugh McKean of Iowa and their son, Dr. James W. McKean has been for forty years a resident of Siam as physician to the King and a world known authority on leperology, having built and still superintends a large leper colony at Chaingmai. Isabella, another daughter, ;married Herbert Capper who then resided at Mapleton, but they later made their home at Garnett where was born their son Arthur, who became Governor of Kansas in 1914, and is now junior Senator from Kansas in the United States Senate. One other daughter of Simon and Ura Marsh was Martha who died in 1863 and was buried in the little cemetery near the old homestead.

Simon McGrew was well known as a radical outspoken free state advocate and by reason of his activities was often marked as a subject for punishment by the Border Ruffians but fortunately escaped personal injury. He was ironically
called “the fighting Quaker” from the fact that he used the plain language, as some of his descendants still continue to do. While religiously opposed to war, with a good pair of Colts Navy revolvers he was always ready to protect himself and his family. Being trained for a surveyor, he and John Brown became intimate friends and they did surveying work together, and when Brown left Kansas, McGrew purchased Brown’s surveyors’ compass which is now deposited with the State Historical Society in Topeka as an authentic relic and reminder of the early days.

Simon McGrew was a giant in stature, being six feet three and a half inches tall in his stocking feet and was widely known for his great physical strength. He had a strong personal resemblance to Abe Lincoln and his portrait was often mistaken to be a picture of the Emancipator because of the strong resemblance.

The family was possessed of more than the ordinary means of the average settler, but owing to the impossibility of purchasing anything but the barest of necessities of life, and that no nearer than Westport Landing, the family suffered all the hardships and privations of other pioneer families. Owing to failing health and advanced age, Mr. and Mrs. McGrew with the two sons, James B. and Charles F., removed to northern Iowa in the fall of 1864, where he died October 18, 1874, and is buried in the cemetery at Wyoming, Jones county, Iowa.. Charles F. McGrew, the sole surviving member of the family of Simon who helped to settle Linn County, now lives in Los Angeles, California.

Isabella McGrew Capper, daughter of Rev. Simon McGrew, raised a family of six children who have reflected great credit and honor upon the family name. Herbert Capper, whom Isabella McGrew married in 1862, had a most interesting career. He was born in 1839 in Longton in Staffordshire, the great pottery district of England, his parents being Thomas and Elizabeth Capper. In 1842 the parents brought him to Philadelphia where they became actively interested in the abolition of slavery. The men of the family were metal workers and Herbert was employed in a tin shop in his boyhood, and after the death of his father he moved to Circleville, Iowa, where he followed the metal worker’s trade. But in 1857 he wanted to be in the thickest of the fight and he started for Kansas. Arriving at Westport Landing (now Kansas City) he made the acquaintance of J. P. Harris and the two walked from that town on the Missouri river to Ottawa in Franklin county, where “Jack” Harris located and became a prominent citizen, having been nominated on the Rebublican ticket for Congress in 1898, and his son Ralph Harris now is owner of the Ottawa Herald newspaper. Mr. Capper took a homestead on Pottawatomie Creek near the boundary line

between Anderson and Franklin counties. After their marriage Isabella and Herbert lived for a time in Mapleton and later moved to Garnett where they had their home for more than forty years. They had six children: Mary who died in infancy; Arthur, born July 14, 1865, who served the state as governor and is now in his second term as United States Senator from Kansas; May born in 1868 and now residing in Chicago; Bessie who married Prof. Homer S. Myers then of Baldwin (her death occurred in 1910); Edith married Fred L. Eustace and they now have their home in Chicago. The youngest child was Benjamin who died in 1891. Herbert Capper was one of the first members of the city council of Garnett, where he operated a hardware store. About 1872 the family went to Elk county where he engaged in farming and stock raising for several years, helping to found the town of Longton in that county which he named after his birthplace in England. They returned to Garnett and lived out their lives in their first home. The success of the boy Arthur has been remarkable. He learned to be a printer, graduated from the Garnett high school in 1884, and immediately sought employment as a typesetter on the Topeka Capital, and was soon in line to serve as reporter, city editor, managing editor, business manager, and in 1905 became owner. He now owns the Kansas City Kansan and a half dozen of the leading farm papers of the United States. Arthur was the first native Kansan to be elected governor. His wife Miss Crawford, daughter of the noted war governor and soldier Samuel J. Crawford.

Thanks in advance (TIA). DJ
Added by DJ on Nov 03, 2014 12:06 AM
info/photo Mildred Hall
Thanks for the photo and info.
Appreciate your help.
Added by Anna on Apr 16, 2014 6:07 AM
James Edmundson
Hello. Contact me ref an old photo connected with Lemuel McGrew, son of James B. McGrew. Jim.
Added by James Edmundson on Mar 31, 2014 11:23 AM
re: Benjamin Tupper
the Washington Co. cemetery listing shows him buried in Mound.

I have requested a photo and I will check at the genealogy library next time I am there.

thanks for the heads up!

Added by Anna on Jun 26, 2013 6:23 PM
Jill Ingram
RE: McGrew Weaver Marriage
I send any additional information to both male and female sides. So they should have recieved the same information.
Added by Jill Ingram on Mar 19, 2013 5:31 PM
Rufus Putnam Reunion
Yippee! I love family history reunions. I will definitely pass the word!!
Thank you!
Chloe Perdew
Added by Chloe on Mar 03, 2013 7:56 AM
RE: Fidellia Tuttle Tilton

Thank you so much for linking Fidellia to her parents. It is appreciated.

I sent the request to link her sister, Alfretta Tuttle Tilton, to you by mistake.


Added by dran on Feb 25, 2013 8:36 PM
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