Submitted by Jean Griesan
Written by Jean Griesan
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Last updated on January 19, 2004
Daniel McCartney was born on January 15, 1768 in Rockingham County, Virginia. He married Sarah Price on April 7, 1795 in Rockingham County, Virginia. Sarah, sometimes called “Sally,” was born on January 15, 1773 in Virginia.
Based on the birth places of their children, Daniel and Sarah moved to Ohio some time about 1800 or 1801. About 1807 or 1808, Daniel McCartney settled in the current day area of Upper Township, Lawrence County, Ohio. After living some time on the bank of the river, they moved back near the center of the bottom, by where the road ran. Daniel lived by farming. In his day, he was considered one of the best hands with a scythe in those parts. They lived there for many years, and Daniel proved himself to be a good neighbor.
In 1820, Daniel appears in the census in Upper Township, Lawrence County, Ohio. In his household, he has 2 males, age 10 and under (Peter and Vincent); 1 male, age 10 – 16 (John?); 2 males, age 18 – 26 (Andrew and William); and 1 male, aged 45+ (Daniel). He also has 2 females, age 10 and under (Mary and ?); and 1 female, aged 26 – 45 (wife Sarah). Daughter Hannah was already married and living in the house with her husband, Richard Shute, in nearby Symmes Township. Daughter Sarah was already married and living in Symmes Township with her husband, John C. Stewart. Son William McCartney and John Stewart, with wife Sarah (McCartney) Stewart, settled on John’s Creek in Symmes Township, Lawrence County, Ohio. Hannah and Richard Shute moved to Vermillion County, Indiana in October of 1829. They settled near Covington on the Wabash River.
Daniel was a member of the Baptist Church. Daniel and Sarah gave a piece of property in Upper Township, Lawrence County, Ohio to Ohio Baptist Church on November 3, 1820. It was about 1/3 of an acre.
In 1830, Daniel appears in the census in Upper Township, Lawrence County, Ohio. In his household, he has 1 male, age 15 – 19 (Peter); 2 males, age 20 – 29 (John and Vincent); 1 male, age 60 – 69 (Daniel); 1 female, age 10 –14 (?); 1 female, age 15 – 19 (Mary); and 1 female, age 50 – 59 (Sarah). Children Hannah, William, Andrew, and Sarah were already married and living on their own.
Daniel sold another piece of property in Lawrence County to Whitfield Kelley in September of 1834. It is possible that with this land sale, Daniel and family were moving out of state. It is believed that most of the rest of the McCartney family moved out to Vermillion County, Indiana, near where Hannah and Richard were, in late 1834 or 1835.
Most of the McCartney family continued on to Coles County, Illinois about late 1837. On September 23, 1837, Daniel purchased 80 acres in what would become Cumberland County, Illinois for $1.25 per acre. The land office recorded that Daniel was living in Coles County, Illinois at the time. Cumberland County, Illinois would be carved out of part of Coles County in 1843. In 1840, Daniel and his wife, Sarah, are living in the household with their son, Peter, and his family in Coles County, Illinois. Daniel is believed to have died in Neoga Township, Cumberland County, Illinois on August 11, 1847. Most of the family was still in Cumberland County for the 1850 census. After 1850, a number of their children migrated on to other counties in Illinois, and to Missouri, Kansas, and Utah. Daniel’s widow, Sarah, moved back to Lawrence County, Ohio before 1860. In 1860, she was living with her son, William, and his family in Lawrence County. Sarah died on May 26, 1861. Sarah was buried in Wiseman Cemetery in Symmes Township, Lawrence County, Ohio.
Daniel and Sarah had the following children:
1. Hannah McCartney, born February 3, 1796 in Virginia. She married Richard Shute in Scioto County, Ohio on March 31, 1814. Richard was born October 6, 1792, in Dover, England. Richard served in the War of 1812. The family migrated to Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana in October of 1829. They lived on the banks of the Wabash River. They had 14 children who were Mahala (1815), William (1817), Sarah Ann (1818), Daniel (1820), Susannah (1822), Mary Ann (1825), John (1826), Ephraim (1827), Minervia (1829), Jehu (1831), Joseph (1834), Elizabeth (1835), Rebecca (1837), and Richard Harrison (1840). Richard died January 12, 1853, and Hannah died August 26, 1872, both in Vermillion County, Indiana. They were buried in the Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, along with a number of their descendants.
2. William McCartney, born 1798 in Virginia. He married Elizabeth Davidson in Greenup County, Kentucky on August 13, 1823. Elizabeth was born about 1804 in Kentucky. William and John Stewart, who married Daniel’s daughter, Sarah, settled on John’s Creek, a tributary of Symmes Creek. William and Elizabeth had the following children: Elza (1823), Emerine (1824), Amy (1826), Susan (1829), Mary (1831), Sarah (1831), John Franklin (1835), Josiah Davidson “J.D.” (1839), William (1840), Nancy C. (1842), Daniel (1848), and two others unknown. Sometime before 1860, William’s mother, a widow, came to live with William. She died in 1861. William’s wife, Elizabeth, died in Lawrence County, Ohio on June 17, 1862 of typhoid fever at the age of 58. She was buried in Wiseman Cemetery, Symmes Township, Lawrence County, Ohio. In 1870, William is living with his daughter, Nancy, and her husband, George Wiseman in Symmes Township, Lawrence County. William died in Wisconsin and was brought back to Ohio after his death. William was there visiting a daughter, or perhaps he had moved there toLaCrosse County, Wisconsin. William died on August 31, 1876 in Rockton, Wisconsin, but was buried in Wiseman Cemetery, Symmes Township, LawrenceCounty, Ohio. His son, Josiah brought his body back home on the train. In his obituary, it stated that he had children living in Symmes Township, Lawrence County, Ohio, and in Iowa, and a daughter living in Wisconsin. J.D. moved to Wisconsin in 1872, so perhaps William was living with him.
3. Andrew McCartney, born April 27, 1799 in Virginia. Andrew McCartney married Mary Warren on February 6, 1822 in Lawrence County, Ohio. They lived in Symmes Township, Lawrence County, Ohio for a number of years. While there, they had at least four sons and a daughter. After 1834, they moved on to Indiana where they lived for several years, likely in Vermillion County, Indiana where his sister, Hannah, and her family had settled. By 1839, they were living in Illinois. In 1840, they were living in Shelby County, Illinois, which was the county adjacent to Cumberland County where most of the rest of the McCartney family was. In 1843, Cumberland County, Illinois was carved out of part of Coles County, Illinois. Andrew’s wife, Mary, died December 27, 1847 and was buried in Lockhart Cemetery, northwest of Neoga, near Lake Mattoon, in Neoga Township, Cumberland County, Illinois. She was 49 years old. She was buried in a grave labeled “Polly McCartney.” Andrew, a widower, and his children were living in Wabash Precinct, Cumberland County, Illinois in 1850. Andrew died on September 8, 1854, and was buried in Lockhart Cemetery in a grave labeled “A.M. McCartney.” It is believed that Andrew and Mary had at least the following children: Richard (1827), Milo (or Neil?) (1829), Peter (1831), Eliza J. (1832), Joanna (1832), Hannah (1834), Amanda (1837), Rebecca (1839), Mary (1841), and Martha A. (1846). Daniel may have been his son too.
Note: The graves of A.M. McCartney and Polly McCartney are believed to be those of Andrew, son of Daniel and Sarah, and his wife Mary. This speculation comes from several things. There are many other members of the McCartney family buried in the same cemetery. Also, Polly is a well-known nickname for Mary. Mary was not in the household with Andrew in 1850, and thus presumed dead. The death date of Polly McCartney fits perfectly with that of Mary, being that she was not in Andrew’s household. Andrew cannot be found in the census in any of the other counties with his siblings for the 1860 census. There were several other Andrew McCartney’s found in the census in the Midwest, but they don’t match up well with this Andrew.
4. Sarah Lavisa “Sallie” McCartney, born on January 18, 1802 in Scioto County, Ohio (later Lawrence County, Ohio). Sarah married John Chilton Stewart on March 16, 1820 in Lawrence County, Ohio. John Chilton Stewart was born on August 7, 1800 in Scioto County, Ohio. They settled on John’s Creek in Symmes Township, Lawrence County, Ohio. They had 16 children who were George Washington (1821), Zarelda (1822), Calvin Morris (1824), Absalom Nathaniel (1825), Luanna(1827), Martha Jane (1829), Rufus Chaney (1830), Susan M. (1832), Oliver Perry (1834), Peter M. (1834), Daniel M. (1836), Middleton Harmon (1837), John H.C. (1839), William Henry (1841), Sarah Lavisa (1843), and Lavina F. (1845). John was a farmer. They were members of the Baptist Church. John died on March 5, 1871 in Sherritts, Ohio. Sarah died on February 1, 1883 in Sherritts, Ohio. They were both buried in Palestine/Stewart Cemetery in Symmes Township, Sherritts, Ohio.
5. John McCartney, born in April 25, 1804 in Ohio. He married to Susan Powell on October 6, 1833 in Lawrence County, Ohio. Susan was born on June 9, 1812 in Kentucky. John sold several pieces of property in Lawrence County, Ohio, likely both sold to George Irvin, one in September of 1834 and the other in October of 1838. After 1834, John and his family moved on to Indiana where they lived for several years, likely in Vermillion County, Indiana where his sister, Hannah, and her family had settled. By 1840, they were living in Coles County, Illinois. In 1843, Cumberland County, Illinois was carved out of part of Coles County, Illinois. John and his family were living in Wabash Precinct, Cumberland County, Illinois in 1850. In the census data from 1850, John has three young men, whose last names are McCartney from Ohio, which are living with his family. They are Richard, Milo (or Neil?), and Peter. These are believed to be the children of his brother, Andrew. John and Susan’s oldest child was their daughter Elizabeth. John and Susan had at least the following children: Elizabeth (1834), Jacob (1837), Peter (1838), George (1840), Nancy (1842), John W. (1844), Francis Marion (1847), and Polly A. (1852). In 1860, John is still living in Neoga Township, Cumberland County, Illinois. With his family is a female named Amanda, age 20, born in Kentucky, and John H., age 1, born in Indiana. In 1870, John and Susan are still in Neoga Township, Cumberland County, Illinois. The head of household is listed as Elizabeth McCartney, born in Kentucky (the daughter-in-law to John and Susan, their son Peter’s wife). Elizabeth is 29. She is with her daughters Ida May, age 5, born in Illinois, “Etta Bell” (Henrietta), age 4, born in Illinois, Allice, age 1, born in Illinois. Additionally, there is Rebekah, age 36, born in Illinois (one of John and Susan’s nieces, Andrew’s child?). Then listed is John, age 66, born in Virginia, a farmer, with $9000 in personal assets. His wife is Susan, age 57 from Kentucky. In the house are John W., age 26 from Illinois; Francis (a male), age 22, from Illinois; Hester (Francis’ wife), age 20, from Indiana; and Lora J., age 1, born in Illinois. They are living next-door to their son, George, with his family, and near to their son, Jacob, with his family. Note: According to “Counties of Cumberland, Jasper, and Richland, Historical and Biographical”, published by F. A. Battey and Co. in 1884, head of household, Elizabeth remarried to Garrison Tate on September 29, 1875. She had three children by Mr. McCartney. In 1880, John and Susan are still in Neoga Township, Cumberland County, Illinois and living next door to their son, George, and his family. Susan died on February 16, 1883, and John died August 7, 1887. They are buried in Zion Cemetery, the old part, on the north side of the road, across a finger of Mattoon Lake, Neoga Township, Cumberland County, Illinois.
Note: Elizabeth married Bennett Davis Cline in Coles County in 1853. Jacob was born in Indiana and married Emily A. (Last name unknown). Peter was born in Indiana and married Elizabeth Ann Myers in 1863 in Coles County, Illinois, and died July 2, 1870. George married Amanda Akers in 1858 in Coles County, Illinois. Nancy married Ira Parker. John W. married Alice Crail. Francis Marion (Marvin?) married Celeste Floatonett Swingle.
From the biography for Francis M. McCartney from the book “Portrait and Biographical Album, Coles County, Illinois,” published in 1886, it states that John McCartney is the son of Jacob and Sarah McCartney, natives of Ireland. It states that they married in Ireland and then immigrated to the United States shortly after this. They settled in Virginia. When John was 18 years old, his father’s family moved to Ohio. In 1831, he resolved to go farther westward, and settled in Illinois. This may all be true, but the census shows that several of his children were born in Indiana. Oddly enough, they were born in Indiana about the same time as some of the other grandchildren of Daniel and Sarah McCartney. It seems as though this John McCartney moved from Ohio to Indiana and on to Illinois at the same times and the same places that the other children of Daniel McCartney did. He settled in the same general vicinity that the other McCartney’s did (same townships, and likely the same neighborhoods). If indeed this book has stated correctly the parents of John McCartney, it is likely that he was related to the family of Daniel McCartney in some manner, and perhaps traveled with them. If the book is incorrect about the parentage of John, then perhaps he is a child of Daniel and Sarah McCartney. The census data for Daniel consistently indicates that there was a son that was about the same age as John in the family.
6. Vincent McCartney, born about 1806 in Ohio. He was married to Susan Ingles on March 24, 1831 in Lawrence County, Ohio. She was born about 1808 in Virginia, and her parents were from Scotland. Vincent sold land in Lawrence County, Ohio to Samuel Wiseman in September of 1835. They may have been leaving Ohio to move to Indiana. They lived for several years in Indiana around 1837. On September 23, 1837, Vincent traveled with his father and purchased about 74 acres of land in what was to become Cumberland County, Illinois. The land office states that he was a resident of Coles County, Illinois at the time. On December 4, 1838, Vincent purchased 80 acres of land in neighboring Shelby County, Illinois. In 1843, Cumberland County, Illinois was carved out of part of Coles County, Illinois. They had at least the following children: Levi (1833), Mary (1835 or 1837?), Amanda (1840), Melissa (1843), Newton (1844), Jasper (1847), and Elga (or Ella or Eliza or Eli) (1850). Vincent and his family were living in Cumberland County in 1850. Vincent went on to purchase 40 acres in Cumberland County, Illinois on May 15, 1851. He purchased 80 additional acres on August 15, 1851. The family had moved out of Cumberland County before 1860. In 1880, Vincent and Susan are living in Clay Township, Adair County, Missouri with their son Newton and his family. Vincent is still alive in Adair County on October 26, 1885. There is a listing for a Vincent McCartney for a land purchase of 160 acres in Ozark County, Missouri on October 26, 1892 from the Springfield Land Office, but it is unknown if this is the same Vincent McCartney.
7. Peter McCartney, born on July 22, 1810 in Ohio. Peter McCartney married Louisa Mayo on October 9, 1834 in Lawrence County, Ohio. She was born on November 23, 1818 in Virginia. He was a farmer. They moved from Lawrence County, Ohio about 1835. They may have lived in Vermillion County, Indiana with a number of the other family members for several years. Sometime about 1837, they moved to Coles County, Illinois. Peter bought 40 acres of land there on October 19, 1837. The land office recorded that he was living in Indiana at the time. In 1840, the census shows Peter as the head of household, with his family and his parents, Daniel and Sarah (Price) McCartney living with them. In 1843, Cumberland County, Illinois was carved out of part of Coles County, Illinois. Peter and Louisa lived in Cumberland County until sometime after 1850. Their children were John M. (1836 or 1839), James (1840), Susan (1843), Harriet (1845), Mary E. (1850), Alice (1851), Rueben (1852), William (1853), Olive (1854), Amanda (1857), and Nancy (1858 or 1860). By 1860, Peter and Louisa are living in Sparta Township, Knox County, Illinois. In 1870, Peter and Louisa are living in Franklin County, Missouri. By 1880, they are living in Bourbon County, Kansas with three of their adult children. Peter died on October 19, 1890 in Fulton, Bourbon County, Kansas. Louisa died on November 26, 1890 in Fulton, Bourbon County, Kansas. They were buried in Fairview Cemetery, just northeast of Fulton.
8. Mary McCartney, born 29 April 1813 in Lawrence County, Ohio. She married John Drury on April 7, 1831 in Lawrence County, Ohio. John was born in 1809, likely in Connecticut. John purchased 81.52 acres of land in Madison County, Indiana on April 1, 1829 from the Indianapolis Land Office. He purchased another 81.76 acres of land in Madison County, Indiana on September 2, 1834 in the Indianapolis Land Office. About 1835, they left Lawrence County, Ohio and moved to Indiana for several years, possibly in Vermillion County, Indiana where Mary’s older sister, Hannah, and her family had settled, or in Madison County, Indiana where John’s land purchases were made. John purchased 80 acres of land in De Kalb County, Indiana on August 20, 1838 from the Fort Wayne Land Office. By 1840, John and Mary and their children were living in Coles County, Illinois near Mary’s siblings and parents. In 1843, Cumberland County, Illinois was carved out of part of Coles County, Illinois. Mary and her family were living in Wabash Precinct, Cumberland County, Illinois in 1850. Mary and John had the following children: James Harvey Drury (1832), Susan Drury (1834), Sarah Ann Drury (1836), Francis Marion Drury (1838), William Drury (1840), Peter Drury (1843), Mary Jane Drury (1845), Minerva Drury (1847), John Augustus Drury (1849), Floretta May Drury (1853), Amanda Melvina Drury (1856), and George Washington Drury (1859). The family was in Henderson Township, Knox County, Illinois in 1860. It is unknown where John and Mary were in 1870. In 1880, John and Mary are living in Camden, DeKalb County, Missouri. They are living with their youngest son, George W. who is 20, born in Illinois and works on the farm. They moved to Utah before 1890. John died in 1890 in Payson, Utah County, Utah. Mary died April 27, 1902 in Payson, Utah County, Utah, and was buried in Payson City Cemetery.
9. Elizabeth McCartney? There is a marriage for an Elizabeth Jane McCartney to Raymon Galliher on August 29, 1840 in Lawrence County. Note: This family is in Lawrence County in 1850.