Descendants of John McCaskey
1. John1 MCCASKEY was born circa 1771 in Castle Blaney, County Monaghan, Ireland. He died 18 June 1847 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and was buried in Leacock Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Leacock Township.
The McCaskeys were what is known as Scots-Irish or Ulster Irish. These were people from the nine northern counties of Ireland who resisted efforts by England to colonize Ireland, establish order, and instill English values. The nine counties were: Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Tyrone, and Monaghan, in which the McCaskey clan resided. 'Mac' is the old Scotch way of saying 'son of,' so McCaskey means son of Caskey. The name appears in many parts of the U.S. and originated in the region of Caskieben, in the County of Inverness, bordering on Moray Firth, Scotland. The McCaskey's emigrated from Scotland to Ireland in the mid-17th century. According to Biographical Annals of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, (Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co., 1903, pages 116-117), 'John came to Lancaster County about 1795 with his wife and brothers William, James and Hugh and brothers-in-law John, Henry and Thomas Gorman. He was the oldest son and a freeholder, inheriting from his father, William McCaskey, who had been a soldier in the British service in America during the Revolutionary War.'
Actually John did not arrive in the U.S. until at least 1800 since his first son, James, was born in late 1799 in Ireland, birth year according to his headstone and location according to the Biographical Annals. Also, it is known John's brother James McCaskey, age 27, came to the U.S. not with John but on the ship Rising States, with Captain Stillwell, departing from Newry and arriving at Philadelphia on 17 June 1812. On the same ship were Henry Gorman, age 21, and James Gorman, age 17, who were probably the brothers of John McCaskey's wife Margaret mentioned in the Biographical Annals. James McCaskey’s application for naturalization confirms his arrival date and indicates he intended to reside in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, and become a citizen 20 January 1818. Unfortunately nothing further is known of James, although he is supposed to have eventually settled in western Pennsylvania or perhaps Ohio.
John’s brother Hugh McCaskey did move westward some time around 1810 when he last appeared on the tax list for Lampeter Township. According to a biography of his son-in-law Anthony A. Mealy published in Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania, (Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co., 1893, page 368), Hugh ‘…in youth came with two brothers to America. Mr. McCaskey settled in Lancaster county, Penn., remaining there several years….When a young man Mr. McCaskey learned the tanners trade, which he followed several years. He then conducted a general store at Pittsburgh for some time, but finally moved to Canonsburg, Washington county, and resumed his trade.’ On 12 June 1805 in Lancaster County Hugh married Julia HAGGERTY who was born circa 1787 in Ireland. They had four daughters: Mary, who married Charles Knight; Sarah, who married William Moore; Jane, born circa 1820 and died 5 December 1891, who married Anthony A. Mealy; and Margaret, born circa 1825. Both Hugh and Julia died before 1860 in Claysville, Washington County, Pennsylvania.
John’s brother William McCaskey was on the tax rolls of Lampeter Township, Lancaster County from 1803 until at least 1817. He, too, is thought to have moved either to western Pennsylvania or Ohio, but has not been positively identified in the 1820 federal census.
John, who became a naturalized citizen 20 August 1808 in Lancaster County, was a drover and farmer and accumulated what in his day was regarded as a handsome fortune even though he never learned to read or write. He initially settled in Lampeter Township but by the 1820 federal census was living in Leacock Township in Lancaster County, near the old Leacock meetinghouse, north of Gordonville and west of Intercourse. He owned two farms near Leacock meetinghouse, one of them his home and the other that of his son William.
Margaret GORMAN, John’s wife, was born circa 1777 in Ireland. She died 14 August 1851 in Leacock Township and was buried in Leacock Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Known children of John1 MCCASKEY and Margaret GORMAN were as follows:
2 i. James2 MCCASKEY was born 23 October 1799 in County Monaghan, Ireland and died 2 March 1812 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at age 12 from a horse kick. He was buried in Leacock Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Leacock Township, Lancaster County.
3 ii. John MCCASKEY was born 16 August 1801 in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and married Mary CAMPBELL, daughter of Walter Campbell of Manheim Township, 31 July 1822. John died 11 July 1828 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County at age 26, and was buried in Leacock Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Mary was born circa 1800 in Pennsylvania and died after 1860. The couple had a son John, born 13 May 1826 in Lancaster County and died at age 33 on 17 November 1859. He was buried in Leacock Cemetery. John, Jr., married Ann [--?--] circa 1847 and they had a daughter Mary, born circa 1848, and a son William Vinton, born in June 1850 who never married and died after 1930, likely in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
+ 4 iii. Jane MCCASKEY, born circa 1803 in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married Thomas DOWNEY.
5 iv. Sarah MCCASKEY was born in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, birth date unknown but likely around 1804. She married John GALBRAITH and died before 1842.
+ 6 v. Agness MCCASKEY, born 17 January 1807 in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married Job Palmer BAREFOOT.
+ 7 vi. Margaret L. MCCASKEY, born November 1808 in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married James S. WHITE.
8 vii. Mary MCCASKEY was born circa 1810 in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and married James WHITESIDE 19 August 1830 in Lancaster County. In her father’s will, affirmed 23 June 1847, her share of his estate was to be put into a trust and the interest paid to her annually only if she did not cohabit with her husband. Should she do so, her share and interest would continue in the hands of trustees until her sons, John and William, turned 21. Also within his will John charged Mary with the sum of $365 advanced to her husband prior to the date of the will. Mary evidently decided to terminate her relationship with her husband, as they were not in the same household in the 1850 and 1860 censuses. In addition to sons John Dickey and William, about whom nothing is known, Mary and James had a daughter, name unknown. Circa 1850 John Dickey Whiteside, born circa 1832, married Rachel HOAR, the daughter of James and Mary (Evitts) Hoar, born circa 1829 in Lancaster County. The couple had eight known children: James H. born circa 1851; John D., born in March 1853 who was married and divorced between 1880 and 1900 and had a son Norman born in November 1883; Mary Jane, born 3 June 1855 and died 12 March 1915 in Philadelphia at age 59 who married William A. GLENN in 1879 and had children John M. Glenn born in December 1879, William A. Glenn born in September 1881, and Rachel E. Glenn born in June 1886; William, born circa 1857; Lillian Matilda, born circa 1859; Anna, born circa 1864; Robert, born 12 August 1866 and died 10 August 1898 at age 31; and Margaret, born circa 1869. In the 1860 federal census the family resided in the city of Lancaster where John was a hotel keeper. By 1870 they were enumerated in Sadsbury Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania and John ran a livery. In the 1880 census Rachel was head of household in Parkesburg, Chester County with children James, John, Lillie, Anna and Robert in the household. James and John were running a livery. Since Rachel’s marital status in the 1900 census was given as divorced, it is likely she and John had parted ways before 1880, accounting for his absence from the home. However, he cannot be located in the census for that year.
9 viii. Elizabeth MCCASKEY, known as Eliza, was born in 1812 in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and died of cancer of the stomach 2 March 1897 at age 85 in Lancaster, Lancaster County. She was buried 5 March 1897 in Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster County. Circa 1835 Eliza married Andrew WHITE who was born in 1806 in Pennsylvania. He died 1 September 1874 at age 68 in Lancaster County, and was buried 4 September 1874 in Lancaster Cemetery. Andrew was executor of his wife’s father’s 1847 estate along with William McCaskey, the son of the deceased. Elizabeth and Andrew had three daughters and a son, all born in Lancaster County. Margaret M. White was born 21 May 1837 and died 11 November 1915 in Lancaster at age 78. She was buried in Lancaster Cemetery. Margaret married 13 November 1856 Robert John COLVIN, Sr., an inventor, who was born in May 1831, the son of James and Elizabeth Colvin. He died between 1900 and 1910 in Lancaster. Their children were Ella V., born in August 1857 who married John A. MCEVOY; Franklin S., born in February 1860; Lydia Phillips, born 4 August 1863 and died 31 December 1915 at age 52 who never married; Catharine ‘Katie’, born circa 1868; Ada B., born in July 1872 who married William CARPENTER; Matilda ‘Tillie’ M., born in August 1875 who never married; and Robert John, Jr., born 21 October 1879 and died 16 January 1955 in Lancaster at age 75 who married Margaret Louise PETERMAN. Catherine M. White was born in August 1837 and died between 1900 and 1910 in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Circa 1863 she married Gainor JOHNSON who was born in March 1838 in Pennsylvania, the son of James and Ruth (Moore) Johnson. They had children Catherine M., born circa 1863; Robert J., born in January 1867 who married N. Olie [--?--] circa 1891 and had children Robert Norman, Mabel E., Ernest, Carrie E., Naomi S., Clarence G., and Sara M. Emma A. White was born circa 1842 and died before 1897. John M. White was born circa 1845 and resided in Ocean City, New Jersey in 1897 at the time of his mother’s death. He was buried 1 January 1928 in Greenwood Cemetery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
+ 10 ix. William MCCASKEY, born 5 October 1815 in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married Margaret Eckert PIERSOL.
11 x. Matilda MCCASKEY was born circa 1818 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and died 22 February 1895 in Parkesburg, Chester County, Pennsylvania. She married James P. MOORE, the son of William and Rachel (Pyle) Moore, who was born 10 January 1801 in Downington, Chester County, Pennsylvania and died 28 December 1856 leaving Matilda to raise alone their son Arthur Lee, born 19 June 1856. Arthur, who died between 1910 and 1920 in Parkesburg, married 8 November 1877 Maria C. VARNES, the daughter of Abraham J. and Sarah (Rambo) Varnes, who was born 9 January 1857 in Pennsylvania. She died between 1920 and 1930 in Parkesburg. Arthur and Maria had a son Arthur Lee, Jr., who was born 2 September 1878 and married Ada R. MILLER 31 October 1900 in Highland, Chester County. Ada was born 20 May 1879 in Pennsylvania. The couple’s daughter Edith M. was born 24 January 1902 and died 21 May 1998 at age 96. She married Robert Craig SALLIS 19 June 1929.
4. Jane2 MCCASKEY (John1) was born circa 1803 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She married Thomas DOWNEY who was born between 1800 and 1810. He died between 1847 and 1850 in Leacock Township; Jane head of household in 1850 census In the will of Jane’s father John McCaskey, affirmed 23 June 1847, Thomas was charged with the sum of $1006 advanced to him prior to the date of the will.
Known children of Jane2 McCASKEY and Thomas DOWNEY, all born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, were as follows (out of birth order):
13 i. John3 DOWNEY was born circa 1828.
+ 14 ii. Hannah Matilda DOWNEY, born 22 August 1833; married Robert Laurence MCCLELLAN.
+ 15 iii. Salome DOWNEY, born 7 October 1835; married Gibbons Gray HICKMAN.
+ 16 iv. Margaret DOWNEY, born circa 1826 in Pennsylvania; married Horatio A. HESSON.
17 v. Eliza J. DOWNEY was born in March 1830 and died between 1900 and 1910 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She married Francis H. WRIGHT, a veterinary surgeon, who was born between 1825 and 1830 in Pennsylvania. He died between 1880 and 1900 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
6. Agness2 MCCASKEY (John1) was born 17 January 1807 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and was baptized 23 September 1837 in Leacock Presbyterian Church. She died 14 March 1873 at age 66 in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and was buried in Leacock Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Agness, who also was called Nancy, married Job Palmer BAREFOOT, son of Benjamin and Rebecca (Ross) Barefoot, circa 1825 in Lancaster County. Job Palmer was born 29 May 1798 in either Lancaster or Berks County, Pennsylvania, and was baptized 12 July 1826 in Leacock Presbyterian Church. He died 17 November 1868 in Chester County, Pennsylvania at age 70, and was buried in Leacock Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Job was a drover as a young man, then he became a farmer. In his will affirmed 23 June 1847, Agness’ father charged Job with the sum of $43 advanced to him prior to the date of the will.
Known children of Agness2 MCCASKEY and Job Palmer BAREFOOT were as follows:
+ 18 i. Margaret Jane3 BAREFOOT, born May 1826 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married Solomon POWERS.
19 ii. John McCaskey BAREFOOT was born 23 August 1828 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In the 1850 federal census he was enumerated as a laborer living in a hotel in Denison Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. In 1860 he resided with his sister Isabella Houston and family in Upper Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Nothing further is known of him, except he was deceased by 1903.
+ 20 iii. Samuel Ross BAREFOOT, born 3 March 1830 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married Barbara ARMSTRONG.
+ 21 iv. Isabella BAREFOOT, born 23 June 1832 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married Dr. Joseph Willis HOUSTON.
+ 22 v. Rebecca BAREFOOT, born 30 October 1834 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married Edward Pearce MCCLELLAN.
+ 23 vi. Job Palmer BAREFOOT, Jr., born 6 March 1839 in Chester County, Pennsylvania; married Katherine E. BAIR.
+ 24 vii. William McCaskey BAREFOOT, born 26 November 1841 in Bethania, Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married Martha L. ARMSTRONG.
25 viii. Philip T. BAREFOOT was born 9 May 1845 in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He died 7 March 1847 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at age 1, and was buried in Leacock Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Leacock Township, Lancaster County.
26 ix. Clara J. BAREFOOT was born in April 1853 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and died between 1920 and 1930 in Pennsylvania. Clara never married and in 1900 resided in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania where she was a dressmaker. She remained in Philadelphia for the 1910 census, but by 1920 was a resident of Lansdowne, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, working as a housekeeper in a private home.
7. Margaret L.2 MCCASKEY (John1) was born in November 1808 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and died 13 February 1904 at age 95 in Lancaster, Lancaster County. She was buried 15 February 1904 in Lancaster Cemetery. At the time of her death Margaret was making her home with her nephew J. P. McCaskey in Lancaster. For the last 20 years of her life she had been nearly blind and deaf.
Circa 1836 Margaret married James S. WHITE who was born 15 March 1802 in Pennsylvania. He died between 1880 and 1900 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and was buried in Leacock Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Leacock Township, Lancaster County.
Known children of Margaret L.2 MCCASKEY and James S. WHITE, all born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, were as follows:
27 i. John McCaskey3 WHITE was born in 1838 and died 25 March 1887 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at age 49. The 1880 federal census noted that he had asthma. On 23 October 1862 John married Leah PETERS, the daughter of Jacob and Maria Peters, who was born circa 1837, and they had a son James S., born in September 1863, a locomotive engineer who resided in Philadelphia. Leah died 7 October 1903 and was buried in Lancaster Cemetery 10 October 1903.
28 ii. James Sample WHITE was born 24 December 1839. He died 4 March 1881 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at age 41, and was buried in Leacock Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In the 1880 federal census he was enumerated as Sample White and was keeper of a restaurant.
+ 29 iii. Margaret J. WHITE, born March 1842; married John WATTERSON.
10. William2 MCCASKEY (John1) was born 5 October 1815 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He died in 1884 in Leacock Township at age 69, and was buried in Leacock Presbyterian Church Cemetery. According to his obituary, “The coroner’s jury rendered a verdict that he had committed suicide while laboring under an attack of melancholia.”
William, a railroad conductor, married Margaret Eckert PIERSOL 11 February 1836 in Lancaster, Lancaster County. She was born 14 June 1810 in Lancaster County, the daughter of John and Catharine (Wilson) Piersol of Compassville. She died 18 July 1898 in Lancaster County at age 88. Margaret was Episcopalian and attended the All Saint's Church at Paradise in Lancaster County, while William was a Presbyterian.
Known children of William2 MCCASKEY and Margaret Eckert PIERSOL, all born in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, were as follows:
+ 36 i. John Piersol3 MCCASKEY, born 9 October 1837; married Ellen Margaret CHASE.
+ 37 ii. Joseph Barr MCCASKEY, born August 1839; married Mary Frances CONNELL.
+ 38 iii. Catharine Wilson MCCASKEY, born July 1841; married James H. MARSHALL.
+ 39 iv. William Spencer MCCASKEY, born 2 October 1843; married Eleanor GARRISON.
+ 40 v. Cyrus Davis MCCASKEY, born September 1845; married Harriet BRICKER.
+ 41 vi. Margaret Salome MCCASKEY, born circa 1848; married Llewellyn SPOHN.
42 v. James Newton MCCASKEY was born in October 1850 and died 22 June 1920 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at age 69. He was buried 22 June 1920 in Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster. As a young man James worked as a telegraph operator, but then studied to be a dentist and practiced in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Circa 1883 James married Mrs. Mary B. HAMAKER the widow of William W. Hamaker. Mary was born in November 1849 in Pennsylvania. She and her first husband had two daughters: Marion Hamaker, born circa 1873; and Bessie Hamaker, born circa 1876. In 1880 the Hamaker family was enumerated in Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania where they ran a boarding house.
14. Hannah Matilda3 DOWNEY (Jane2 McCaskey, John1) was born 22 August 1833 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She died 22 June 1875 in Chester County, Pennsylvania at age 41.
Hannah married Robert Laurence McCLELLAN 24 February 1852 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Robert was born 20 October 1822 in East Brandywine Township, Chester County, the son of Samuel Whitting and Frances Brassington (Pearce) McClellan. He was the brother of Edward Pearce McClellan who married Rebecca Barefoot (see #22). Rebecca’s mother Agness was the sister of Hannah’s mother Jane (McCaskey) Downey. Robert died 5 February 1889 in Cochranville, Chester County at age 66, and was buried in Octoraro Cemetery, Chester County. He was a dentist in West Fallowfield Township, Chester County and served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1861 to 1863 and the State Senate from 1874 to 1876. After Hannah died Robert married Martha A. FUTHEY, the daughter of Robert and Margaret (Parkinson) Futhey, on 5 December 1877. Martha was born 22 October 1824.
Known children of Hannah Matilda3 DOWNEY and Robert Laurence MCCLELLAN, both born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, were as follows:
46 i. Anna Deborah4 MCCLELLAN was born 8 July 1854.
+ 47 ii. Roberta MCCLELLAN, born 17 August 1868; married J. Hayes TURNER.
15. Salome3 DOWNEY (Jane2 McCaskey, John1) was born 7 October 1835 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and died between 1920 and 1930, likely in Coatesville, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
On 23 October 1855 she married Gibbons Gray HICKMAN, the son of Benjamin and Julia Ann (McFarlan) Hickman. He was born 5 January 1828 in Edenton, Chester County and died 20 June 1885 in Coatesville at age 57. In the 1860 federal census Gibbons was enumerated as a mechanic; in 1870 he worked in a printing shop, and in 1880 was involved in manufacturing.
Known children of Salome3 DOWNEY and Gibbons Gray HICKMAN, both born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, were as follows:
48 i. Jane4 HICKMAN, known as Jennie, was born 28 February 1857 and died before 1885.
49 ii. Julia A. HICKMAN, known as Lulu, was born 6 June 1862 and married Albert Holmes SWING circa 1889 in Pennsylvania. He was born 14 January 1867 in Pennsylvania, the son of Dr. Erasmus Van Meter and Rachel (Burroughs) Swing, and was postmaster of Coatesville. Lulu died between 1910 and 1918 in Coatesville and Albert married second Martha McClelland Hunter by whom he had a son Donald Van Meter, born 3 January 1919 and died 15 December 2000 at age 81; and a daughter Deborah Ann. In the 1920 federal census Julia’s mother Salome Hickman was enumerated in Albert’s household with him and his second wife and son. She also resided in the household of Albert and Lulu in the 1900 and 1910 censuses. Albert died 14 January 1929 in Coatesville.
16. Margaret3 DOWNEY (Jane2 McCaskey, John1) was born circa 1826 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and married Horatio A. HESSON circa 1848. Horatio was born circa 1812 in Pennsylvania and died between 1870 and 1880 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was a farmer, but may also have been involved in the tavern business as he was listed in the Chester County Tavern Petitions Index 1801-1923 for White Hall Hotel, West Chester Township, for the years 1856 and 1857.
Known children of Margaret3 DOWNEY and Horatio A. HESSON, all born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, were as follows:
50 i. Maria Jeanette4 HESSON, known commonly as Nettie and later Jeanette, was born circa 1849 and died between 1920 and 1930 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. She married Ferdinand August LIMBERG, the son of Carl August and Bertha (Schmidt) Limberg, who was born circa 1850 in Wisconsin. Ferdinand died in May 1890 in Pennsylvania. The couple had a daughter Nettie H. born In June 1876 in Chester County. In the 1900 federal census Nettie was enumerated in Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado as a teacher at Wolf Hall. She married circa 1904 Ralph Irving LLOYD, a physician, born 11 September 1875 in New York. Nettie and Ralph resided in Brooklyn and in the 1910 and 1920 censuses her widowed mother Jeanette lived with them. Nettie died between 1930 and 1940 in Brooklyn, and Ralph died there in May 1869 at age 93. They had no children.
51 ii. William HESSON was born circa 1851.
52 iii. Horace Wright HESSON was born in May 1857. In 1885 he married Lillian Erdman MILLER who was born in February 1863 in Pennsylvania. Their children were Robert Banes, born 19 December 1886 in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota and died in August 1969 at age 82 in Broward County, Florida; daughter Cecil Rimer, born 27 October 1888 in St. Paul; Harley Wright, born 31 January 1890 in St. Paul and died in November 1967 at age 77 in Pinellas County, Florida; Jeanette M., born in April 1892 in St. Paul; Edith A., born in December 1896 in New Jersey; and Margaret L., born 27 January 1902 in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey and died 13 July 1993 at age 91 in Bergen County, New Jersey. Wright, or H. Wright, as he was also known, was a newspaper compositor. In 1930 and 1940 he and Lillian, with daughters Cecil and Margaret, resided in Lyndhurst, Bergen County, New Jersey.
53 iv. Carrie J. HESSON was born circa 1859.
54 v. Robert L. HESSON was born circa 1864.
55 vi. Margaret L. HESSON was born in December 1869. She also went by the name Madge.
18. Margaret Jane3 BAREFOOT (Agness2 McCaskey, John1) was born in May 1826 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and died between 1870 and 1880.
Circa 1851 she married Solomon POWERS who was born circa 1824 in Pennsylvania, the son of William and Mary Powers of Salisbury Township, Lancaster County. He, too, died between 1870 and 1880.
Known children of Margaret Jane3 BAREFOOT and Solomon POWERS were as follows:
56 i. Job Palmer4 POWERS was born circa 1852 in Pennsylvania. He also went by the name of Palmer.
57 ii. Agness M. POWERS was born circa 1855 in Pennsylvania.
58 iii. Mary L. POWERS was born circa 1857 in Pennsylvania. In the 1880 federal census she was head of household in Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and enumerated with her were siblings Clara, Edward, and Eldora. They resided on South Fifth Street and their uncle William Barefoot resided on South Fourth Street. One may perhaps assume that their parents, Solomon and Margaret, were both deceased and Mary and the younger children, left on their own, moved back to Lancaster County to be closer to relatives.
59 iv. William S. POWERS was born circa 1859 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
60 v. Clara J. POWERS was born circa 1862 in Sadsbury Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
+ 61 vi. Edward L. POWERS, born March 1865 in Sadsbury Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania; married Mary Elizabeth TROUP.
62 vii. Eldora B. POWERS was born in November 1869 in Sadsbury Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
20. Samuel Ross3 BAREFOOT (Agness2 McCaskey, John1) was born 3 March 1830 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. According to his death certificate he died 23 March 1890 in Cambridge City, Wayne County, Indiana at age 60. However, his headstone shows his date of death as 25 March 1890, and this was the date recorded in county records. Newspaper accounts give his age at death as 60 years and 22 days which, when added to his date of birth, would make March 25 correct. Samuel died of inflammatory rheumatism. This disease, according to his obituary, was ‘most severe in the regions of the heart.’ He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City, Wayne County.
Samuel was a wagon maker by trade in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and upon coming to Wayne County, Indiana in 1858 followed that occupation for some time. He then bought and shipped horses to Philadelphia, and later established a carriage factory in Germantown which he operated for about three years. Selling his interest in the carriage factory, he sold Adams Queen Washing Machines for a time, and then for four years was in the hotel business. Next he sold monuments for J.J. McCarty, then started a poultry business in partnership with A. W. Bradbury. The partnership dissolved but Samuel continued in business as owner of Barefoot Poultry and Egg Company until his death.
According to a newspaper obituary (source unknown), Samuel came to East Germantown, Wayne County, Indiana, in the fall of 1853, and remained about 18 months before returning to Pennsylvania where he married Barbara ARMSTRONG, daughter of John and Mary (Helm) Armstrong, November 25, 1855. Barbara was the sister of Martha Armstrong who married Samuel’s brother William (see #24 below) The couple returned to Indiana, locating in Dublin in Wayne County. After a year they moved to Milton where they lived for three years [1861-1864]. The two years following were spent in Pennville [1864-66], followed by three years in Germantown [1866-69]. They moved to Cambridge City in April 1869, where they resided the remainder of their lives. For eight years Samuel was a general agent for a Cambridge City manufacturing company, then he ran the 'Keystone House' hotel, located at the corner of Jones and National Roads. He left the hotel and in 1877 engaged in poultry shipping.
According to a 26 March 1931 newspaper article on the occasion of Barbara Barefoot's 96th birthday, "When Mr. and Mrs. Barefoot came to Cambridge City, he worked as a carpenter, later operating the Keystone Hotel, located where John Hazelrigg's home now stands, and later managed the Commercial Hotel that stood where Dr. J. E. Wright's home is now located. They later went into the poultry business and owned a poultry house on Church street for a number of years, then moved it to the south part of town, where Mrs. Barefoot ran the business for a number of years after the death of her husband who died in 1890."
Barbara was born 28 March 1835 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She died of influenza in the Foote Street, Cambridge City home of son Earl on 25 February 1937 at age 101, and was buried 28 February in Riverside Cemetery. According to her obituary, at the time of her death Barbara was the oldest mother in Wayne County, Indiana, and had been given wide attention since her 90th birthday. A newspaper article on the occasion of her 98th birthday described her as follows: 'Regular living habits help to maintain her excellent health. She retires at 8 p.m. and arises at 7 o'clock in the morning. In the afternoon she naps for two hours. She likes fruits and vegetables and is especially fond of grapefruit. Her daughter makes custards for her frequently because they are a favorite dessert. Her eyesight is poor but her hearing is very good. She listens regularly to Lowell Thomas on the radio and likes to hear the Eddie Cantor program.'
Known children of Samuel Ross3 BAREFOOT and Barbara ARMSTRONG were as follows:
+ 63 i. Walter Augustus4 BAREFOOT, born 23 July 1857 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married Anna Elizabeth LEWELLEN.
64 ii. John Herbert BAREFOOT was born 12 April 1859 in Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. According to his death certificate he died of consumption (tuberculosis) on 1 December 1890 in Cambridge City, Wayne County, Indiana at age 31, and was buried 4 December 1890 in Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City. His headstone shows his date of death as 1 December and a notice in the newspaper gives 3 December. John married Mary Ann DOLAN 19 July 1889 in Cambridge City. Mary Ann was born 22 August 1859 in Economy, Wayne County. Her father Martin Dolan emigrated to the Unites States from Ireland in 1850. Her mother was Bridget Weiss. After John’s death Mary Ann married Peter DODDY 14 January 1903 in Wayne County. She died 8 August 1924 in Wayne County at age 64, and was buried 11 August 1924 in Riverside Cemetery.
65 iii. William Barton BAREFOOT was born 8 January 1862 in Cambridge City, Wayne County, Indiana and died 15 July 1954 in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana at age 92. He was buried 17 July 1954 in Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City. William took over the Barefoot Poultry and Egg Company upon his father Samuel's death in 1890. In 1897 William purchased the business of A. W. Bradbury (Samuel's former partner) and consolidated it with his own company. The business operated in the Richmond and Cowan, Indiana areas. It was the largest business of its kind when under William's management. His trade was exclusively wholesale with markets chiefly in Boston, New York City and Philadelphia. Between four and five thousand chickens and turkeys were crated and sent east each week. William was a member of the Masons and Knights of Pythias, and for two years served on the Cambridge City Common Council. He was the owner of Single G, a world famous pacer voted by leading horsemen in 1950 as the 'greatest pacer of the first half of the 20th century.' Single G, foaled in 1910, took part in 434 heats, winning 262 and placing in 418. He established a number of records, including the first pacer to win a race in which three consecutive heats were all paced in 2:00 or better; the first horse to win a race with three consecutive heats averaging 2:00 or better, and the first horse to pace two heats in 1:59 or better in the same race. Single G's greatness stemmed from the fact that he not only was very fast, but he was also one of the most durable campaigners in American turf history. He spent 14 years in active racing, campaigning against the greatest pacers in the world until 1925. In 1923, when he was 13 years old, he set his record of 1:58 1/2. He was completely sound when he retired, and lived until he was 30. Single G died in 1940 at the farm of Float Jolly near Tipton, Tipton County, Indiana, and was buried there. Float Jolly was the husband of Emma Binkley, William's cousin. In 1951 Single G's remains were moved to land donated near the entrance of the old Cambridge City fair grounds on State Route 1. A granite monument marks his gravesite. Long a bachelor, at age 61, or circa 1923, William married Grace M. DRISCHEL in Cambridge City. Grace was born 15 May 1880 in Jackson Township, Wayne County, the daughter of Jacob and Anna (Smith) Drischel. She died 24 February 1950 at age 69. The cause of death was asphyxia by hanging; no autopsy was conducted. According to her death record, Grace "hanged self in door way" of her home at 313 West Front Street in Cambridge City. Recording of her death was delayed by the coroner from its occurrence in February 1950 until 4 April 1960, no doubt because an investigation was necessary due to the unusual nature of her death. It was said by family members that Grace committed suicide when police became suspicious that she was slowly poisoning her husband William and came to her house to confront her, but this account has not been confirmed. It is known that William was a resident of a nursing home in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana at the time of Grace’s death, and that she was nearly blind and had suffered a mild stroke in her home a month before she died. Grace was buried 27 February 1950 in Riverside Cemetery. She and William share a headstone.
+ 66 iv. Elam Lemon BAREFOOT, born 20 June 1865 in Pennville, Wayne County, Indiana; married Mary Katherine FELTON.
+ 67 v. Mary Agness BAREFOOT, born 6 April 1867 in East Germantown, Wayne County, Indiana; married John C. DODSON.
68 vi. Earl Cyrene BAREFOOT was born 5 December 1869 in Cambridge City, Wayne County, Indiana. He died of pneumonia 23 October 1938 in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana at age 68, and was buried 26 October 1938 in Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City. Earl was the proprietor of the Barefoot Cigar Store on West Main Street in Cambridge City, and resided at the foot of Foote Street in that city. He married Estelle Young 2 December 1920. Estelle was born 13 April 1888 in Indiana, the daughter of Martin L. and Lyda K. Young. Her father was a saloonkeeper in Cambridge City. She died 28 June 1972 in Cambridge City at age 84, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery. Her name was written as Esta on her headstone and on the 1900 federal census. Earl and Esta had no children.
21. Isabella3 BAREFOOT (Agness2 McCaskey, John1) was born 23 June 1832 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She died 22 November 1866 in Homeville, Chester County, Pennsylvania at age 34.
Circa 1854 Isabella married Dr. Joseph Willis HOUSTON who was born 14 February 1834 in Colerain Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was the second son of David and Margaret (Neil) Houston who emigrated to the United States from northern Ireland about 1832. Joseph graduated from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in 1857 and practiced medicine in Chester County in Homeville for 22 years and in Oxford for 13 years before moving to Lancaster in 1893. In the Civil War he was the surgeon of Baxter’s Fire Zouaves, 72nd Regiment, and later served as surgeon of the 43rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia. After Isabella’s death, Dr. Houston married 30 April 1868 in Colerain Township, Lancaster County, Esther RAKESTRAW, the daughter of Abraham and Lydia (Bushong) Rakestraw, who was born 29 July 1843. Their children were Willis Wilmer, born 10 February 1869 and died in Norfolk Virginia 17 February 1964 at age 95, who married Frances HUNDLEY; Otley Otis, born in March 1870 and died 28 May 1940 in Chester County, Pennsylvania at age 70; Robert Randell, born 8 September 1871 and died 25 July 1873; and Lenora, born 12 August 1878 and died in December 1933 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania at age 55, who attended Swarthmore College and never married. Dr. Houston died 5 June 1920 in Lancaster, Lancaster County at age 86.
Known children of Isabella3 BAREFOOT and Dr. Joseph Willis HOUSTON, all born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, were as follows:
69 i. Ida Louise4 HOUSTON was born in June 1855. She was also known as Louisa. Circa 1897 in Chester County, Pennsylvania she married William M. FOULK who was born in November 1844 in Pennsylvania, the son of Aaron and Margaretta (McIntyre) Foulk, and died before 1910 in Chester County. He was a store keeper and later a landlord.
70 ii. Martin Meigs HOUSTON was born in April 1857 and died some time after 1930, likely in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Circa 1887 he married Clara [--?--] who was born in March 1858 and died between 1920 and 1930 in Norristown. The couple had daughters Margaret, born in August 1900; and Helen, born circa 1903. Martin was a passenger conductor on the Schuylkill Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
71 iii. Margaret HOUSTON was born circa 1859 and died before 1903.
72 iv. Elmer E. HOUSTON was born circa 1861 and died before 1903.
22. Rebecca3 BAREFOOT (Agness2 McCaskey, John1) was born 30 October 1834 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She died 24 August 1894 in Highland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania at age 59, and was buried in Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Cochranville, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Rebecca married Edward Pearce MCCLELLAN 4 March 1862 in Chester County. Edward was born in 1824 in Pennsylvania, the son of Samuel Whitting and Frances Brassington (Pearce) McClellan. His brother Dr. Robert Laurence McClellan, a dentist, married Hannah Matilda Downey, the daughter of Jane (McCaskey) Downey who was the sister of Agness McCaskey, Rebecca’s mother. (see #14 above). Edward’s marriage to Rebecca was his third. He first married Elizabeth Umstead 2 November 1848 at Forks of Brandywine Presbyterian Church in Chester County. She was born in 1824 and died 14 June 1856 at age 32. They had three children: Frances B. called Fannie, born in 1850, who married Horace MACKEY 4 June 1879 at Faggs Manor; Ella Imogene, born in March 1853, who married Daniel MYERS 25 December 1879; and Katherine Elizabeth who was born in 1854 and died in 1908 at age 54. Edward married second Sallie D. Freeman 6 October 1859 but she died before the census of 1860 was taken in June. Edward died 21 April 1897 at age 73 and was buried in Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Known children of Rebecca3 BAREFOOT and Edward Pearce MCCLELLAN, all born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, were as follows:
+ 73 i. Agnes Jane4 MCCLELLAN, born 20 December 1862; married Charles M. HAMMOND.
74 ii. Justus T. U. MCCLELLAN was born 12 February 1865. He died 16 April 1892 in Cochranville, Chester County, Pennsylvania at age 27, and was buried 20 April 1892 in Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Chester County. The ‘U.’ of his name likely stood for Umstead.
75 iii. S. Lee MCCLELLAN was born in 1866 and died 26 April 1927 in Highland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was buried in Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Chester County. Lee never married. According to his obituary, for 25 years or more before his death he was a resident of West Chester where he worked in the drugstore of Samuel Hammond alongside his brother-in-law Charles Hammond. Following the death of his father, he returned to the home farm where he continued to live until his death.
76 iv. Edward Pearce MCCLELLAN, Jr., was born and died in 1864. He was buried in Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Cochranville, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
23. Job Palmer3 BAREFOOT, Jr., (Agness2 McCaskey, John1) was born 6 March 1839 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He died of gastric cancer 8 August 1900 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania at age 61, and was buried 12 August 1900 in Montrose Cemetery, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
Job and family appeared on the census of 1870 in Londonderry Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. An ad in the Columbia Spy newspaper appearing 29 November, 6 December and 20 December 1873 offered for sale a house occupied by Job, being sold by John M. Greider, administrator of the estate of Ann Greider, deceased. The house was two-story, frame, with kitchen attached, coal house and other out buildings. Also to be sold were a desk, beds and bedsteads, benches and other household and kitchen furniture. Job and family appeared on the census of 1880 in Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania living at 323 Walnut Street, but by 1900 they were in Philadelphia. Job worked on the railroad at some period in his life, but later was a day laborer. His occupation at the time of his death was gum maker.
Job married Katherine E. BAIR circa 1863 in Pennsylvania. Katherine, who was called Kate, was born 24 October 1844 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Baldwin) Bair. She died 14 August 1913 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania at age 68. The cause of death was chronic nephritis. At the time of her death she was living with son John M. Barefoot at 49 North Ithan Street in Philadelphia. She was buried 18 August 1913 in Montrose Cemetery.
Known children of Job Palmer3 BAREFOOT, Jr., and Katherine E. BAIR were as follows:
+ 77 i. Harry C.4 BAREFOOT, born 3 December 1864 in Pennsylvania; married Minnie B. MILLER.
78 ii. John M. BAREFOOT was born in January 1867 in Pennsylvania and died after 1920. Circa 1892 he married Sarah [--?--] who was born in October 1868 in Ireland and emigrated to the United States in 1881. The couple had children John M., Jr., born 22 February 1892 in Pennsylvania; Cecilia, born in May 1894 in New Jersey; and Anna M., born in September 1897 in New Jersey. In the 1900 federal census the family resided in Camden, Camden County, New Jersey where John was a salesman. Sarah died between 1917 and 1920 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and in the 1920 census John was enumerated in Lancaster, a widow, and a merchant, residing at 650 West Chestnut Street. Also in the household was his niece Lottie Dodge, age 40, also widowed, born in Pennsylvania. Her father was born in Virginia and her mother in New Jersey. John’s son John M., Jr., married Elizabeth [--?--] who was born circa 1895 in New Jersey, and they had a son John M. III, born 10 August 1917 and died in September 1979 at age 62; and a son William, born circa 1918. Both sons were born in Camden County, New Jersey.
+ 79 iii. William Francis Venton BAREFOOT, born 28 June 1868 in Pennsylvania; married Annie M. [--?--].
+ 80 iv. Cecilia J. BAREFOOT, born January 1874 in Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married [--?--] BROOKS; married John J. MCGRORY.
+ 81 v. Agnes Tara BAREFOOT, born June 1873 in Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married John W. STANG.
24. William McCaskey3 BAREFOOT (Agness2 McCaskey, John1) was born 26 November 1841 in Bethania, Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His obituary said he was born in Londonderry Township, Chester County, one mile southeast of Cochranville. However, his family was living in Lancaster County for the 1840 and 1850 censuses so it seems more likely he was born in Lancaster County. William died 4 September 1904 at age 62 at his home in Columbia, Lancaster County, and was buried 7 September 1904 in Mount Bethel Cemetery, Columbia.
Some time after 1860 William joined his brother Samuel in Wayne County, Indiana where he worked as a salesman handling agricultural implements and washing machines. It was here he married Martha L. ARMSTRONG, daughter of John and Mary (Helm) Armstrong, on 20 January 1870. Martha was a sister of Barbara Armstrong who married William’s brother Samuel Ross Barefoot (see #20 above). The couple returned to Lancaster County in late 1870 and settled in Columbia where William worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, first as a brakeman and later as a flagman and then freight conductor.
Martha was born 10 September 1839 in Lancaster County. She died 15 January 1923 in that county at age 83, and was buried in Mount Bethel Cemetery. William and Martha may have had two children buried in close proximity to their graves but with no headstones indicating parents: W.M. Barefoot, buried 19 August 1874, age 4 years; and Job Barefoot, buried 12 April 1874, no age given. There is also nearby the headstone of an Oscar Barefoot, buried 9 December 1901 (stillborn) whose grandfather may have been William.
Known children of William McCaskey3 BAREFOOT and Martha L. ARMSTRONG, all born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, were as follows:
+ 82 i. Lynn Hobart4 BAREFOOT, Sr., born January 1872; married Fanny ZINK; married Cora BISKING.
83 ii. Oscar F. W. BAREFOOT was born in April 1874. He died 18 October 1943 in Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at age 69 at his home at 822 Walnut Street, and was buried in Mount Bethel Cemetery, Columbia. Oscar served as a private in Company C, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in 1898 in the Spanish-American War. On 1 August 1901 in Columbia he married Sarah Hinkle YEAGER, the daughter of John and Sarah J. (Hinkle) Yeager, who was born 11 August 1876 in that city. She died 18 May 1942 in Columbia at age 65, and was buried in Mount Bethel Cemetery. The couple had no children. Oscar was a fireman on the Pennsylvania Railroad.
84 iii. Mary A. BAREFOOT was born between 1871 and 1879 and died before 1880.
29. Margaret J.3 WHITE (Margaret L.2 McCaskey, John1) was born in March 1842 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and died between 1900 and 1910 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Margaret married John WATTERSON circa 1861 in Pennsylvania. John was born in December 1835 in Pennsylvania and died after 1920 in Oxford, Chester County. In the 1850 federal census he was in East Nottingham Township, Chester County in the household of Joseph and Eliza Watterson, enumerated as John, the son of Zebede, age 14.
Known children of Margaret J.3 WHITE and John WATTERSON, all born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, were as follows:
+ 86 i. Theodore Franklin4 WATTERSON, born November 1862; married Carrie M. [--?--].
87 ii. Ella M. WATTERSON was born 13 September 1863 and married Robert MCINTIRE 20 March 1901 in Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was born 6 November 1867. The couple had no children and resided in Oxford where Robert worked for a confectionary.
88 iii. Margaret J. WATTERSON was born in June 1867 and married Emmett W. JOHNSON 22 November 1887 in West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Emmett, a farmer, was born in August 1860 in Pennsylvania and died between 1910 and 1920 in Chester County. The couple had children D. May, born in May 1888; Mary A., born in September 1896 who married Max STEINWACHS circa 1917; J. Clifford, born in January 1899; Sara R., born circa 1901; and Emmett D., born circa 1906.
89 iv. Annie I. WATTERSON was born circa 1869.
90 v. Joseph Atlee WATTERSON was born 16 August 1873 and married Florence A. WILSON 7 March 1894 in Homeville, Chester County, Pennsylvania. She was born 25 November 1872. Their children were Josephine, born in January 1895; Grace W., born 5 June 1898 and died 15 May 1967 at age 68 who never married; Norman O., born 10 May 1900; and Paul H., born 14 November 1909 and died in April 1983 at age 73.
91 vi. John Morrison WATTERSON was born 3 January 1877 and married Anna Mary PUSEY 20 June 1897 in Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania. She was born in August 1868, the daughter of George D. and Mary J. Pusey. The couple had a son Robert, born circa 1904. In 1900 the family was enumerated in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania where John was a conductor. In 1910 they resided in Atglen, Chester County and he was an engineer for a feed mill. By 1920 the family was in Coatesville, Chester County, and John worked as a carpenter.
92 vii. Mable S. WATTERSON was born 26 June 1882 and married Howard C. RUNNER 6 April 1912 in Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Howard was born 21 April 1878 and was a printer for a publishing company. The couple had a son Evan D., born 28 January 1916 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and died 14 March 2002 at age 86. His last known residence was Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.
93 viii. Herbert WATTERSON was born in January 1885 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He may have died in 1909 in Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania and left no will or accounts, but did leave an Administrative Bond and Inventory.
36. John Piersol3 MCCASKEY (William2, John1) was born 9 October 1837 on a farm near Gordonville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and died 19 September 1935 in Lancaster, Lancaster County at age 97. He was buried 22 September 1935 in Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster.
Jack, as he was called by family and friends, married Ellen Margaret CHASE 8 August 1860 in Bath, Steuben County, New York. Ellen was born 3 March 1837 in Bath, the daughter of Asa H. and Sarah C. (Bogardus) Chase. She died 12 May 1918 in Lancaster at age 81, and was buried 10 May 1918 in Greenwood Cemetery.
When a boy in 1849 Jack’s family moved to Lancaster. He entered Lancaster’s Boys’ High School in 1850 and with the exception of one year, 1857-58, when he worked in a printing office, was with the school, first as a student, then in 1858 as a teacher, and finally in 1865 as principal, a position he held until 1906 when he left to serve as mayor of Lancaster for two two-year terms. From 1866 to 1921 Jack was co-editor of the Pennsylvania School Journal, the official organ of the Pennsylvania State Teachers’ Association. Franklin & Marshall College awarded him an honorary Master of Arts degree and in 1887 an honorary Doctorate in Philosophy. McCaskey High School and McCaskey East High School in Lancaster bear his name. Jack wrote the popular Christmas song, 'Jolly Old St. Nicholas' in 1867.
Jack and Ellen also had a foster son William S. Gordon who came from Russia at age 16 with no knowledge of English, graduated from Yale University and the New York Law School and eventually became a lawyer in New York City.
Known children of John Piersol3 MCCASKEY and Ellen Margaret CHASE, all born in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, were as follows (our of order):
+ 97 i. Edward William4 MCCASKEY, born 30 August 1863 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; married Katherine Agnes KENNEDY.
98 ii. Richard Douglas MCCASKEY was born 23 September 1865 and died 11 October 1960 at the Lutheran Home for the Aged in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Aged 95, he was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Richard was a graduate of Pennsylvania Dental College and practiced in Lancaster for more than 50 years in offices in the first block of East King Street. On 11 October 1889 in Lancaster Richard married Bertha C. COX who was born in June 1867 in that city, the daughter of Samuel Brady and Sarah ((Isley) Cox. Samuel was owner of S. B. Cox & Co., carriage makers. Bertha’s brother Walter Cox married Lillian P. McCaskey, Richard's cousin (see #120). Bertha died 4 November 1955 at age 88 in the Lutheran Home for the Aged in Philadelphia and was buried 6 November 1955 in Greenwood Cemetery. Richard and Bertha had no children.
99 iii. John Sidney MCCASKEY was born 6 February 1869 and died 6 August 1875 at age 6 years and 6 months. He was buried in Lancaster Cemetery, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
100 iv. Walter Bogardus MCCASKEY was born 8 December 1873 and died 17 September 1960 at age 86. In 1899 he married Edna MCCLELLAND in Clinton County, Pennsylvania where she was born circa 1878. Walter was a graduate of Pennsylvania State College. In the 1910 federal census he was enumerated at Fort William McKinley, Rizal, Philippine Islands and was a captain in the infantry. In 1918 he was a lieutenant colonel in France, serving as part of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. He and Edna resided in State College, Centre County, Pennsylvania in 1930 and Walter was a colonel in the U.S. Army.
+ 101 v. Donald Gilbert MCCASKEY, born November 1877; married Anna Clotilde HOOPS.
102 vi. Elsie Piersol MCCASKEY was born 17 February 1881and died 4 September 1904 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at age 23 of rheumatism of the heart. She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery. According to her obituary, Elsie graduated from the girls’ high school in Lancaster and enrolled in Millersville State Normal School in Millersville, Lancaster County. While taking a course there she had an attack of sickness and had to withdraw from school. She never fully recovered.
103 vii. Helen Wilson MCCASKEY was born in 1875 and baptized 28 June 1875 in St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She died in July 1875 and was buried in Lancaster Cemetery.
37. Joseph Barr3 MCCASKEY (William2, John1) was born in August 1839 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and died 14 July 1905 in Lancaster, Lancaster County at age 65. He was buried 17 July 1905 in Lancaster Cemetery.
Joseph was a dentist. About 1861, he went to Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania to practice dentistry and remained there for three years. He then returned to Lancaster County where he opened a practice above the First National Bank in Lancaster. Eventually his son Joseph Barr, Jr., joined him and the practice became known as J. B. McCaskey & Son.
Circa 1866 Joseph married Mary Frances CONNELL, known as Fannie, who was born in March 1843 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Mark and Sarah M. C. Connell of Mechanicsburg, Lancaster County. She died 21 November 1923 at age 80 in Lancaster, and was buried 24 November 1923 in Lancaster Cemetery.
Known children of Joseph Barr3 MCCASKEY and Mary Frances CONNELL, all born in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania were as follows:
104 i. Harry C.4 MCCASKEY was born in November 1867 and never married. He was a laboratory assistant in the dental practice of his father and brother and retired around 1929. Harry died of pneumonia 8 March 1934 at the home of his sister Anna in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at age 66. He had been an invalid the last three years of his life. Harry was buried 10 March 1866 in Lancaster Cemetery.
+ 105 ii. Joseph Barr MCCASKEY, Jr., born October 1871; married Adda L. PORTER.
106 iii. Anna Clothilda MCCASKEY was born in September 1873 and never married. She and her bachelor brother Harry resided together in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the 1930 federal census. Anna died 17 July 1951 at age 77, and was buried 18 July 1951 in Lancaster Cemetery.
38. Catharine Wilson3 MCCASKEY (William2, John1) was born in July 1841 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and died of a cerebral hemorrhage 27 May 1923 at age 81 in Lancaster, Lancaster County. She was buried 30 May 1923 in Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster.
Called Kate by family and friends, she married James H. MARSHALL 26 May 1863 in Lancaster County. James was born 12 September 1838 in Lancaster, the son of boot and shoe maker William Marshall, and died 19 March 1909 of heart disease at age 70 in Lancaster. James was educated in Lancaster city schools and St. James parochial school. When 17 he became an apprentice at the ‘Examiner’ newspaper printing office. After learning the trade he was for a time pressman at the Harrisburg ‘Patriot’ in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. In 1859 James went to Nashville, Tennessee where he worked in the Baptist Publish House. He returned to Lancaster to become foreman of the ‘Examiner,’ a position he held until enlisting in Company K, 79th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. He served three years and re-enlisted. James participated in the Civil War battles of Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge, and in Sherman’s March to the Sea. After the surrender of Confederate forces, he took part in the Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac in Washington, D.C. and was mustered out of the service in July 1865. James then resumed work in the newspaper trade and was employed in Coatesville, Chester County when he was appointed a United States deputy marshall. He became a letter carrier in December 1867 and worked eight years. On 26 January 1876 he was appointed postmaster in Lancaster and reappointed in 1881. James retired 10 August 1885 when a Democratic administration came into power, and was made financial clerk of the Soldiers’ Orphans’ Schools at Harrisburg. After resigning there he became assistant postmaster in Lancaster, a position he held at the time of his death.
Known children of Catharine Wilson3 MCCASKEY and James H. MARSHALL, all born in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania were as follows:
107 i. Margaret Salome4 MARSHALL, called Maggie, was born circa 1867 and died 6 March 1884 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at age 17. She was buried in Lancaster Cemetery. In March 1909 Maggie’s body was removed from Lancaster Cemetery and interred in Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster.
108 ii. William Lincoln MARSHALL was born in October 1868 and died of consumption (tuberculosis) 16 September 1912 at age 43 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he was assistant treasurer of the Farmers Trust Company. He was buried 18 September 1912 in Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster. On 29 June 1897 in Lancaster William married Wilhelmina Christina WOLF who was born in April 1872 in Lancaster, the daughter of Henry and Anne (Hoffman) Wolf. She died 16 July 1945 in Lancaster at age 73, and was buried 19 July 1945 in Greenwood Cemetery. The couple had a son Henry James, born 21 March 1898 and died in July 1967 at age 69. Henry married Katharine Reed EVANS 9 September 1922 in Lancaster. Katharine was born circa 1898 in Pennsylvania. The couple had sons Henry James, Jr., and John William. Henry, Sr., was enumerated as an assistant superintendent of a steel works in the 1920 federal census, and superintendent of a linoleum plant in 1930.
109 iii. Bertha Piersol MARSHALL was born in March 1874 and never married. She died 8 May 1957 at age 83 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and was buried 10 May 1957 in Greenwood Cemetery in that city. At the time of Bertha’s death she resided with her niece Mary E. Long, daughter of her brother Harry.
110 iv. Harry Hager MARSHALL was born in February 1876 and was for a time a letter carrier and they a well-known news vendor on the Penn Square in Lancaster from the days of horses and carriages. He died 14 May 1958 at age 82 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster. Harry married Magdalene ‘Maggie’ MCGOVERN who was born in 1876 and died in Lancaster in 1949 at age 73. She was buried in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery. The couple had a son James H., born circa 1905 and was deceased at the time of his father’s death; and daughter Mary E., born circa 1908, who married Henry Permin Long.
111 v. Maude Wilson MARSHALL was born in July 1879 and died 2 September 1961 in Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at age 82. She was buried 5 September 1961 in Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County. Maude never married and was a seamstress at one time. She worked for 18 years for PP&L Company until retirement in 1944.
112 vi. Blanche Davis MARSHALL was born 15 November 1883. She died 2 September 1932 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at age 48, and was buried 5 September 1932 in Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster. Blanche never married.
39. William Spencer3 MCCASKEY (William2, John1) was born 2 October 1843 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He died 10 August 1914 in Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California at age 70, and was buried in San Francisco National Cemetery, The Presidio, San Francisco County, California.
William fought in the Civil War from 20 April 1861 to 12 July 1865, first seeing service as a private in Company F, 1st Pennsylvania Regiment, one of the 90 day regiments called by President Lincoln at the outbreak of the war. He re-enlisted in Company B, 79th Regiment 5 September 1861 and was promoted from first sergeant to second lieutenant 9 October 1862, then to first lieutenant 10 April 1863, and finally to captain 1 July 1863. He was in 28 battles, including Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Atlanta and Jonesboro, but was never wounded. In May of 1864 he was attached to General Sherman's troops and was part of Sherman's 'March to the Sea' and the Siege of Savannah. When the war ended William secured a regular commission as a second lieutenant and embarked on a career in the army, starting in the 20th U. S. Infantry which served out west. By 1876 he was a full-fledged captain (no longer a brevet promotion) and was left in command of the post at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory in July of that year, when lieutenant colonel George Armstrong Custer led the 7th Cavalry out to a rendezvous with an infantry column along the Little Big Horn River. When the steamboar Far West came down the Platte River some days later with the news of the massacre at Little Big Horn, it fell upon William to gather the ladies of the fort together to inform them they were now widows. William went on to a superb army career, serving in the west for many years, and at the end of the 19th century in Cuba and the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. He commanded Fort Sheridan in Illinois from 28 March 1902 to 19 November 1903 and retired in 1906 as a major general. He is thought to have advanced farther than any other person who served in the Civil War (from volunteer private to major general in the regular army), and was thought to be the last surviving member of the Armed Forces of the United States to have carried a musket in combat.
William married Eleanor GARRISON, the daughter of John and Margaret (Myler) Garrison, circa 1868. Eleanor was born 3 October 1847 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. She died 31 July 1930 in Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California at age 82, and was buried 4 August 1930 in San Francisco National Cemetery.
Known children of William Spencer3 MCCASKEY and Eleanor GARRISON were as follows:
+ 113 i. Margaret Myler4 MCCASKEY, born 31 March 1869 in Fort Sully, Dakota Territory; married William Henry Henley CHAPMAN.
114 ii. Hiram Dryer MCCASKEY was born 10 April 1871 in Fort Totten, Dakota Territory and died 26 April 1936 in Jackson County, Oregon at age 65. Hiram was a graduate of Lehigh University in mechanical engineering and was for many years connected to the United States Treasury reporting on precious metals used in the U.S. Mint and elsewhere. He wrote, among other things, "Report on a geological reconnaissance of the iron region of Angat, Bulacan" (Philippine Islands. Mining Bureau) published in 1903 and still in print. He also co-authored a book with Ernest F. Burchard entitled "Our Mineral Supplies" published in 1919 by the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. where he was a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Circa 1913 Hiram married Mary L. [--?--] who was born circa 1871 in Pennsylvania, and by 1920 they resided in Central Point, Jackson County, Oregon where Hiram was a fruit farmer.
115 iii. Garrison MCCASKEY was born 14 June 1873 in Fort Ripley, Minnesota. He died 11 November 1926 at age 53, and was buried in San Francisco National Cemetery, The Presidio, San Francisco County, California. Garrison, like his father, followed a career in the military, but details on his service have not yet been researched fully. It is known that as of 1899 he was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and appeared on the census of 1910 in Fort Douglas Military Reservation, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Garrison served as adjutant for the 15th Infantry which arrived in Manilla, Philippine Islands 3 December 1911. By 1920 he was on the census in El Paso Military District Headquarters, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas. It is thought that he served as a second lieutenant in the 25th Infantry of the United States Army.
+ 116 iv. Douglas MCCASKEY, born 29 December 1874 in Fort Ripley, Minnesota; married Emma R. DONOVAN.
+ 117 v. Charles Irving MCCASKEY, born 7 August 1877 in Minnesota; married Selden FANT.
118 vi. Eleanor MCCASKEY was born 2 March 1881 in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas. She died 13 July 1958 in Monterey County, California at age 77. Eleanor, whose nickname was Dot, married Arthur Stewart CONKLIN circa 1904 and they divorced before 1920. She never remarried and lived with her widowed mother. Arthur was born 27 November 1872 in New York. He followed a career in the military and in the 1910 federal census he and Eleanor were enumerated in Fort Monroe Military Reservation, Chesapeake District, Mathews County, Virginia. In 1920 Arthur was in Fort Totten Federal Reservation, Queens, New York. By 1930 he was married for four years to Beatrice, born circa 1897 in New York, and was a colonel in the U.S. Army, living in Baltimore, Maryland.
40. Cyrus Davis3 MCCASKEY (William2, John1) was born in September 1845 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He served in the Civil War and was a private in Company E, 2nd Regiment Militia in 1862 under Captain James Dysart, and was also in Company E., 50th Regiment Emergency Troops in 1863 under Captain David Bair. On 25 January 1865 he was with Company E., 79th Regiment and mustered out with the company 12 July 1865. In the 1880 federal census Cyrus was enumerated as a telegraph operator but later worked for the B & O Railroad. Cyrus died 9 February 1927 at age 81 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, and was buried 12 February 1927 in Lancaster Cemetery.
Circa 1869 in Lancaster County he married Harriet BRICKER who was born in November 1846 in Pennsylvania. She died 3 February 1904 in Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania at age 57. Harried was buried in Lancaster Cemetery.
Known children of Cyrus Davis3 MCCASKEY and Harriet BRICKER, all born in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania were as follows (out of birth order):
119 i. Ella C.4 MCCASKEY was born in July 1970 and died in 1953 at age 83. She married circa 1897 Parson J. MYERS, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Goodyear) Myers, who was born in March 1862 in South Middleton Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He died 25 September 1946 at age 84 in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Parson was an educator and in the 1900 federal census he and Ella were enumerated in Parkesburg, Chester County, Pennsylvania where he was a school principal. In 1910 they resided in East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey and Parson taught in the public schools. By 1920 they had moved to Rahway, Union County, New Jersey and Parson was again a school principal. After retirement, the couple settled in the township in which Parson was born. Ella and Parson had no children.
120 ii. Lillian Piersol MCCASKEY was born 18 November 1872 and died 30 December 1950 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at age 78. She was buried 3 January 1951 in Lancaster Cemetery. Circa 1892 in Lancaster, Lillian married Walter John COX who was born 26 January 1869 in that city, the son of Samuel Brady and Sarah (Isley) Cox. His sister Bertha D. married Dr. Richard Douglas McCaskey, his wife Lillian’s cousin. (see #98 above) Walter died 3 December 1933 In Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania at age 64, and was buried 6 December 1933 in Lancaster Cemetery. Walter sold plumber and steam fitter supplies and also made Yellow Jacket and other candies beginning in May 1901 at 34 South Duke Street in Lancaster. In the 1920 federal census he was a mechanical engineer for a steel mill in Coatesville, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Lillian and Walter had a son Robert McCaskey who was born in December 1893 in Lancaster and died before 1933.
121 iii. Bessie P. MCCASKEY was born in 1874 and died in 1902 at age 28. She was buried in Lancaster Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
iv. Howard MCCASKEY was born 7 July 1868 and died 27 August 1869 at age 1. He was buried 29 August 1869 in Lancaster Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
42. Margaret Salome3 MCCASKEY (William2, John1) was born circa 1848 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and died between 1880 and 1891 in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
She married Llewellyn SPOHN circa 1875 in Pennsylvania. Llewellyn was born in November 1845 in Berks County, the son of Daniel and Sarah (Reiff) Spohn. He was mustered into the 42nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry 6 July 1863 and discharged from service in the military in August 1863. Llewellyn was a passenger conductor. After Margaret died circa 1892 Llewellyn married second Missouri A. [--?--] who was born in July 1850 in Pennsylvania. He died between 1900 and 1910.
Known children of Margaret Salome3 MCCASKEY and Llewellyn SPOHN were:
122 i. Margaret4 SPOHN was born in October 1876 in Pennsylvania and married Fayette KENDERDINE 17 January 1900 in that state. He was born 28 October 1875 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, the son of William J. and Margaret A. (Yerkes) Kenderdine. Fayette and Margaret, who had no children, were enumerated in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio in the 1910 federal census and were in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County in the 1920. By 1930 they resided in Haddon Heights, Camden County, New Jersey. Fayette worked for many years for Eastman Kodak Company.
Descendants of John McCaskey
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