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McGoughs in America before 1790:
Arthur and Susan McGough came to America from Ireland in 1786 with their son John McGough, who was born in Ireland in 1784. The tradition is that they emigrated from county Donegal in Ireland. My check of available Irish records found no McGough in county Donegal in the 1800s*, and natives of county Donegal say that McGough is not a Donegal name. See my page: McGoughs, McGeoughs, and McGeoghs in Ireland in the 182030s and 185060s: By County, Parish, and Townland. (McGroarty was a common name in the parish of Inver and McGeoghegan or McGeoghan was a common family name in the civil parish of Clonmany at the north end of the Inishowen peninsula of county Donegal in the Tithe Applotment Books in 1828. See also Roman Catholic Marriages for the Parish of Clonmany (1852–1900). The list of Irish Flax Growers, 1796, for county Donegal, lists a John M'Geoghhagen, Bryan M'Geeaghegan, Charles M'Gaughan, and Shane M'Geohan, in the parish of Clonmany.)
(*Since I wrote this, Ancestry.com has published (in 2011) an updated version of the Tithe Applotment Books of Ireland. This update lists a Hugh McGough in 1834 in the townland of Mullanboys, parish of Inver, county of Donegal. There is no comparable entry in Tithe Applotment Book for the Parish of Inver, 1825, compiled by Lindel, which is part of the Donegal Genealogy Resources. There is no McGough listed in Donegal in the Householders Index (HI). Until I can check the original documents, I am operating on the assumption that the entry of Hugh McGough in Ancestry.com is a misreading of some form of Hugh McGroarty. McGroarty also appears in the Tithe Applotment Books of Inver parish in the form of Magrorty, McGrorey, McGrorty, and McGrory. Hugh was a commonly used first name in these families. There is a possibility that the Ancestry.com listing is for Hugh McGroarty who was born in the parish of Inver, Donegal, on November 12, 1806. See: History of Luzerne County Pennsylvania, Biographical Sketches (MC, page 1122). The index to Griffiths Valuations by Ancestry.com (about 30 years later than theTithe Applotment Books) for the townland of Mullanboys, parish of Inver, county of Donegal, does not include any McGoughs, but does list a Catherine McGroarty, a John McGroarty, a James McHugh, and a Thomas McHugh. In the township of Carraduffy in Inver parish, Griffiths lists a Hugh McGrerty. See: Griffiths Valuation of Ireland - Inver, County Donegal. Families of the surnames of McGroary, McGroarty, and McHugh, were in Mullanboys in 1901. See: 1901 Census Mullanboys, Inver, Co Donegal.)
Could Donegal (Dun na Gael in Irish) in the tradition of the family of Arthur and Susan McGough be a metamorphosis of Dungannon (Dún Geanainn in Irish) in south county Tyrone? The Dungannon Local Government District adjoins county Monaghan to the north, and the tip of the north-pointing arrow formed by the north part of county Monaghan is bordered on the west, north, and east by the Dungannon LGD. The southwest corner of Lough Neagh borders on the east edge of the Dungannon LGD. McGough was a relatively common name in and about Dungannon in the 18th and 19th centuries, and there were several Arthur McGoughs in the area. For example, the civil parish of Donaghmore in county Tyrone, which includes the modern town of Dungannon, contained several McGough families. Several Arthur McGoughs are also found in county Tyrone in the 1800s. There was an Arthur McGough listed in the Tithe Applotment Books of 1829, and Griffith's Valuation of 1860 (spelled McGeough), in the townland of Cavanakeeran in the civil parish of Pomeroy, which adjoins the parish of Donaghmore to the north. An Arthur McGough was also listed in 1860 in the townland of Lime Hill in Desertcreat, the parish to the north of Pomeroy. See "Dungannon Middle" on my page: McGoughs, McGeoughs and McGoughs in County Tyrone. The heaviest concentration of McGoughs was in the civil parish of Donaghmoyne in county Monaghan. See my page: McGoughs, McGeoughs and McGoughs in County Tyrone and search for "Arthur."County Derry, which adjoins and is east of county Donegal, is another possible place of origin of the family of Arthur and Susan McGough. In the 1831 census of Ireland, there were three Arthur McGoughs (one spelled McGeogh) in the contiguous civil parishes of Ballynascreen, Desertmartin, and Kilcronaghan in county Derry. Post towns in these parishes are Draperstown (Ballynascreen) and Magherafelt (Desertmartin). The parish of Ballynascreen lies on the immediate north side of the Derry/Tyrone border, and the other parishes adjoin it to the west. The parishes are in the Sperrin Mountains, a short distance west of the boundary of county Derry with county Donegal. Draperstown, for example, is about 4 miles (6 kilometers) north of county Tyrone, and a little over 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of the Tyrone/Donegal border. (Draperstown, in county Derry, is a little less than 20 miles north of the town of Dungannon in south county Tyrone.) When county Derry was formed, a small part of county Donegal was included within it. Perhaps the Arthur McGoughs in these parishes in county Derry, who remained in Ireland, are relatives of the Arthur McGough who migrated to America.
Arthur and Susan McGough settled in New Castle county, Delaware, in 1786, probably northwest of the town of Wilmington—between Wilmington and the Pennsylvania border. They may have embarked from the port of Londonderry, county Derry, Ireland, on a ship headed directly to New Castle or Wilmington, Delaware. They settled in the Mill Creek Hundred in the northwestern part of New Castle county. The Mill Creek Hundred is bounded on the north and west by the Circle, on the east by Red Clay Creek, and on the south by White Clay Creek. Arthur McGough was not on the tax assessment lists of New Castle county in 1787, but are there (recorded as McDouch), with two acres, in 1789. Arthur and Susasn's son, Arthur McGough (junior). was born there in 1790, and their son James was born there in 1796.
There is family lore that Arthur McGough (senior) was an Irish sea captain who sold his ship in Philadelphia and used the proceeds to buy a plot of land, sight-unseen. See the newspaper article: Faith of Mary Margaret McGough Fully Justified, in the August 11, 1960, edition of the Union Press-Courier, of Patton, Pennsylvania (sent to me by Eugene McGough of Carlsbad, New Mexico). Since Arthur McGough's initial holding in the Mill Creek Hundred of New Castle county, Delaware, as shown by the tax assessment lists beginning in 1789, was only two acres, the sale-of-ship legend is unlikely.
Arthur and Susan McGough and their family moved from Delaware to Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, sometime before April of 1798. In 1800, in the Allegheny township of Huntingdon county (later Cambria county), Arthur McGough (senior) is listed in a household of 10.
In Pennsylvania, two additional sons were born to Arthur and Susan McGough: Thomas McGough and Peter McGough. The five sons, John McGough, Arthur McGough (junior), James McGough, Thomas McGough, and Peter McGough, all raised large families in and around Cambria county, Pennsylvania. The children, their order of birth, and estimated dates of birth and death are listed in the table of contents, immediately below. This data is based on conflicting information and is very preliminary as of October 2, 2004. I hope to make corrections and add data as I find them. Arthur McGough is mentioned among the founding families of Cambria county in the History of Cambria County Pennsylvania by Henry Wilson Storey (The Lewis Publishing Company, New York Chicago 1907), in volume 1 at page 553:
"McGough, Arthur. He was born in County Donegal, Ireland, and came to Loretto about 1788.* The name of his wife was Susan, born in 1765, died Feb. 13, 1845, there. They had seven children: John, who was born in Donegal the year his parents came to America, and died in 1856; he married Sarah Glass; Thomas, Arthur, Jr., Peter, Mary, Bridget and Margaret McGough." (*1788 is too early. Information below indicates that the year should be 1798.)
The census returns for the 1790 census of Delaware were lost, as were the returns from Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia. The lore is that these records were destroyed during the war of 1812 when the British burned the US capitol on August 24, 1814. Since there was no requirement until 1830 that the returns be sent by the states to Washington, D.C., the missing records may have been lost or destroyed within the various states without ever having been sent to Washington, D.C.
Leon DeValinger, Jr., the state archivist for Delaware, prepared a Reconstructed 1790 Census of Delaware based on tax- lists in Delaware. The work was published by the National Genealogical Society in 1984. In the transcribed list of tax payers in the Mill Creek Hundred of New Castle county, Delaware, was Arthur McDouch. My hypothesis is that this name should be Arthur McGough. McDouch is an extremely rare surname. At first, I assume the handwriting from which the name was copied was misread, but I found the name Arthur McDouch clearly written on the 1789 tax assessment list for the Mill Creek Hundred. (When McDouch shows up in an index, more often than not it is a mis-trancription. For example, what I read to be the Andrew and James McDonah families in the 1850 census of Bledsoe county, Tennessee have been indexed as McDouch. See Bledsoe County, TN—1850 US Census, Households 200-299.) I have not found McDouch as a family name in either Ireland or Scotland. DeValinger's work is available by subscription on Genealogy.com. See Reconstructed 1790 Census of Delaware from The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, volumes 1-85, 1600s–1900s, Supplement III, Supplement: Reconstructed 1790 Census of Delaware, page 21.
The surname McGough is infrequently indexed incorrectly as McDough. For example, the surname of Bernard McGough (age 39, born in Illinois to parents born in Ireland, a sewer inspector for the city of Chicago) and Catherine McGough and their five children appears on the 1920 census roll of Chicago (ward 27), Cook county, Illinois, as McGough (T-625, roll 338, page 3A, line23), but is incorrectly indexed by Ancestry.com as McDough. But more often, the name McDough in an index proves to be McDough in the record itself: for example, Michael McDough, age 26, single, born in Illinois, in the 1930 census of Chicago; Julia C. McDough, age 65, born in Ireland who immigrated in 1888 and was naturalized, and her son Joseph F. McDough, age 25, single, born in Delaware to parents born in Ireland, a file clerk, in the 1930 census of Wilmington, New Castle county, Delaware; and Charles J. McDough, age 41, born in Massachusetts to parents born in Northern Ireland, a registered druggist, living with his wife of 23 years, Ellen J. McDough, age 41, and three children.
Films 6531 and 6532 in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City contain the tax assessment lists for the Mill Creek Hundred in New Castle County for the last part of the 18th century. I did not find Arthur McGough (or a similar name) on the lists in 1783 or 1787, but did find Arthur McDouch in 1789 (film 6531). The name was Arthur McDough, with 2 acres, in the 1791 list (film 6532); Arther McDough, with 2 acres, in the 1794 list; Arthur McGooch, with 2 acres, in the 1795 list; and Arthur McGouch in the 1796 list. The changes in spelling in the tax lists support my conviction that all these entries were for Arthur McGough. The tax list of April 17, 1798, did not contain the name, and I assume that the family moved to Cambria county, Pennsylvania before that date.
The Mill Creek Hundred is the northwest corner of New Castle county and the state of Delaware. It is on the Delaware-Pennsylvania border, and within the semicircular part of Delaware (known as the Circle) that extends into what would be Pennsylvania if the border had been extended to the east in a straight line. (A "hundred" is the equivalent of a township, an area large enough to support a hundred families.) For a map showing the location of Mill Creek Hundred, see the Delaware-MarylandDivide and Hundreds Boundaries 1775–1830 and Hundreds in Delaware. See also History of Delaware, 1609-1888, by Thomas J. Scharf, chapter XLVI, Mill Creek Hundred (volume two, pages 914–932).
The main town in New Castle county, Delaware, is Wilmington. Arthur McGough (junior), who moved with his parents from Delaware to Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and died there, is referred to as "a native of Wilmington, Delaware" in Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (Northwestern Historical Association, Madison, Wisconsin, 1904, 1090 pages). The reference is in a biography of Arthur James Kuhn, who was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, on February 2, 1853, Arthur James Kuhn was the son of Andrew James Kuhn and Margaret McGough, a daughter of the Arthur McGough (junior) who moved from Delaware to Westmoreland county.
The 1800 census of Pennsylvania lists one McGough family—in Huntingdon county, Allegheny township: Arthur McGough is listed in a household of 10, 1 male and 1 female 26 to 45, 2 males and 1 female 10 to 16, and 3 males and 2 females under 10, with no slaves. Huntingdon county later became part of Cambria county on March 26, 1804. The name of Allegheny township was retained. Here is my interpretation of that 1800 census information:
(1800) Arthur McGough, male 26 through 44. (roll 40, page 123)
1 female 26 through 44 [Susan McGough, born in Ireland about 1865; died in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, on February 13, 1845.]
2 males 10 through 15 [John McGough, born in Ireland in 1784. Arthur McGough (junior) born in Newcastle county, Delaware, in 1791.]
1 female 10 through 15 [Bridget McGough?, probably born in in Delaware around 1790.]
3 males under 10 [James McGough, born in Newcastle county, Delaware, on August 1, 1796. Thomas McGough (born about 1798) and Peter McGough (born in 1808) were born in Allegheny township (in what was to become Cambria county) Pennsylvania.
2 females under 10 [Margaret McGough, born in Delaware around 1799; Mary McGough, born in Pennsylvania in 1800?]
[There was a later daughter, Agnes McGough, born on February 10, 1802.]
I have not been able to find Arthur McGough in the 1810 census of Pennsylvania, and he may have died between 1800 and 1810.
The 1820 census of Cambria county, Allegheny township, lists an Arthur McGough. The age is too young for Arthur McGough (senior) who was born about 1765 and would have been 55 years old if he had lived until 1820. Rather, this was probably Arthur McGough (junior) who had married Margaret Glass on April 21, 1812. John McGough, the oldest son of Arthur (senior) had married Sarah Glass before 1810. If this listing was for John's brother, Arthur (junior), some persons other than his wife and children were living in the household, possibly brothers and sisters of Arthur (junior) as suggested below.
(1820) Arthur McGough, male of 26 and under 45. 1 person in agriculture. 9 persons in household. (roll 98, page 187)
1 female of 26 and under 45 [Margaret Glass McGough]
2 males of 16 and under 26 [?James McGough, born in Newcastle county, Delaware, on August 1, 1796. Thomas McGough (born about 1798?), brothers of Arthur.]
1 female of 10 and under 16 [?Agnes McGough, born on February 10, 1802, Arthur's youngest sister?]
3 males under 10 [?Peter McGough (born in 1808), a younger brother of Arthur. Presumably, Arthur and Margaret began having children in 1813. St. Michael's, Loretto, Cambria Co., PA—Baptisms and Burials—From 'Souvenir of Loretto' by Rev. Kittell, compiled by Barbara Brady O'Keefe, page 55, lists the children if Arthur and Margaret as: John, James, Thomas, Susan, Juliana, Mary, and Margaret, who were born between 1813 and 1827.]
1 female under 10
A gedcom of the Arthur McGough family is included in World Family Tree, volume 62, tree 1621.
Quigley Family Tree (owner: rodgerskq) on Ancestry.com. The "List of all persons" includes about 75 McGoughs. (William Houston Quigley, June 5, 1916–April 6, 2009, of Pittsburgh, married Elizabeth Margaret McGough, November 27, 1919–April 26, 2009, of Pittsburgh, on March 25, 1940, in Pittsburgh. Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Francis McGough, December 3, 1885–November 5, 1951, and Anne Marie Kearney, September 25, 1885–May, 1977, both of Pittsburgh. Thomas Francis was the son of Thomas Demetrius McGough, who was born on ... and Elizabeth Platt, May 29, 1856–May, 1926). For earlier genealogy, see the entry for Elizabeth McGough under Ward 20, Pittsurgh, Alleghenny County, on my page: McGoughs and McGues in the 1900 Census of the United States—Pennsylvania.)
The Genealogy of Edward M. Veal and Janet L. Hodgin , Part I—Our McGough Heritage is worth examining.
In locating these McGough families in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, refer to Cambria County Pennsylvania Township Maps.
Cambria County Pennsylvania Genealogy is a good website. Most of the US census returns for Cambria county from 1800 through 1940 are available through their Census Links page. There is a history of the origin of Cambria county and its townships. There is a cemetery index with some maps and burial lists. There is a church index with links to other material. And much more. Books available on line through their Books Online and Biography and History pages include:
Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Cambria County, Pennsylvania (1896)
History of Cambria County Pennsylvania by Henry Wilson Storey (The Lewis Publishing Company, New York Chicago 1907).
Souvenir of Reunion & History of St. Bartholomew's Church, Wilmore, PA (1909)
Souvenir of the Diamond Jubilee and History of St. Augustine's Church (1922)
Souvenir of Loretto Centenary 1799-1899
1869 General and Business Directory of Johnstown by George T. Swank. (Includes surrounding townships.)
The History of St. Augustine's Parish, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, published by The New Guide Publishing Company in 1922, is helpful. Historic Pittsburgh—Full Text Collection contains over 1,000 published works from the 19th and early 20th centuries and can be searched by keyword for bibliographic information. A word search for McGough will turn up several entries.
[In the 1810 census, James McGuogh and Thomas McGuogh are listed side by side in Cambria township, Cambria county. Cambria township is to the east of and adjoins Allegheny township. James McGuogh is in a household of 11, 1 male and 1 female 26 to 45, 1 male 16 to 25, 4 females 10 to 16, and 4 males under 10, with no slaves. Thomas McGuogh is in a household of 10, 1 male and 1 female 45 and up, 2 males and 1 female 16 to 26, 3 females 10 to 16, and 1 male and 1 female, under 10, with no slaves. These were doubtless sons of Miles McGough?. See my page: McGoughs in Pre-Revolutionary America: Miles and Elizabeth Spencer McGough.]
[Robert Parrott of Knoxville, Tennessee, in a posting of November, 1998, on the Scotch-Irish-L Archives on Ancestor.com says this:
"McGoughs from Down also had emigrated to New Castle, Delaware, a generation earlier, aboard the ship PAOLI, in the year 1736, in company with families by the name of Woods, McAdams, McGee, Kennedy, Lapsley, McCoun, etc."
This is probably a reference to another McGough family, but this note is a reminder of other possibilities. On my page McGoughs in Pre-Revolutionary America: Robert and Sarah Matilda Carson McGough, I quote the part of Parrott's excellent book, Pisgah's Earth: The Story of Mary McGough Armstrong (1793–1885) and her Family (1992), which discusses the McGoughs on the Paoli.]
St. Michael's, Loretto, Cambria Co., PA—Baptisms and Burials—From 'Souvenir of Loretto' by Rev. Kittell, compiled by Barbara Brady O'Keefe, is available at the Family History Library.
Founding Families of Loretto by Edmund J. Adams is available at the Family History Library.
Catholic Vital Records Central Pennsylvania (5 volumes covering from 1840 though 1869) by Rev. Albert H. Ledoux (1994) is an especially valuable compilation.
Arthur and Susan McGough and their family moved from Delaware to Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, shortly before 1800. In 1800, in the Allegheny township of Huntingdon county (later Cambria county), Arthur McGough (senior) is listed in a household of 10, 1 male and 1 female 26 to 45, 2 males (probably John and Arthur McGough) and 1 female 10 to 16 (Bridget?), and 3 males (which would include James McGough) and 2 females under 10 (which would include Margaret), with no slaves. Allegheny township became part of Cambria county when that county was formed from parts of Somerset, Bedford, and Huntingdon counties on March 26, 1804. After they moved there, Arthur and Susan McGough spent the rest of their lives in Cambria county.
I could not find Arthur McGough in the 1810 census of Pennsylvania, and he may have died between before 1800 and 1810.
WFT lists these children of Arthur and Susan McGough: Thomas, Arthur, Peter, Bridget, Margaret, John (Colonel), James, born August 1, 1796, in Delaware, died November 25, 1870, in Clearfield township, Pennsylvania), and Agnes, born February 10, 1802.)
Daughters were Bridget McGough, Margaret McGough, Mary McGough, and Agnes McGough. Bridget was probably born in Delaware around 1790. In 1812, Bridget McGough married George Trox. (Troxell? A James (Jacobus) Troxell was a witness to the marriage of Arthur McGough and Margaret Glass on April 21, 1812. There were three Troxtell families in Allegheny township, Huntingdon county, in the 1810 census. There is a Troxell Cemetery at Fallen Timber, Reade township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania). Margaret McGough was born in Delaware around 1799. Mary McGough was probably born in Pennsylvania around 1800. Agnes McGough was born in Pennsylvania on February 10, 1802, and baptized on April 30, 1802, in St. Michael's Church, Loretto, Pennsylvania, by Rev. Demetrius A. Gallitzin, who was also her godfather. Her godmother was Rachel White.
Susan McGough died on February 13, 1845, in Cambria county, Pennsylvania. This date also has been given as the date of death of Arthur McGough, but this is probably wrong. Arthur (senior) probably died before 1830, and may well have died shortly before 1810. His widow, Susan McGough, is probably the female, age 60 to 70, who was living with her son, Peter McGough, in Allegheny township, Cambria county, in the 1830 census.
Susan McGough was born in Ireland in 1765 and died in Loretto, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, on February 13, 1845 (Ledoux, volume II, page 74, #2102). She was probably widowed before 1830, and living with her son Peter McGough in Allegheny township, Cambria county, at the time of the 1830 census. Here is a listing of a gravestone in St. Michael Cemetery, Loretto, Allegheny Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania: "McGough, Susan 1765 13 Feb 1845 w/o Arthur"; main section.
John McGough was born in Donegal (or possibly Dungannon or Derry), Ireland in 1784. In later life, he was called Colonel John McGough because he served for several years as a colonel in a regiment of the Pennsylvania state militia. John came with father, Arthur from county Donegal (more likely Derry), Ireland, in 1786. They were at the Delaware Mission and migrated to Loretto. He married Sarah (Sally) Glass, a daughter of Jacob Glass and Anne Catharine Glass. Colonel John and Sally Glass McGough reared a family of eight sons and six daughters. He was killed on June 24, 1856, in an accident on the Portage railroad, and his remains are interred in the Catholic cemetery at Wilmore. His gravestone in St. Bartholomew Cemetery, Summerhill Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, reads: "McGough, John, 1784 1856, son of Arthur Sr. & Susan McGough; husband of Sarah."
Sarah's father, Jacob Glass, was born on July 25, 1741, in Germany, and died on January 18, 1821, in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. He was also the father of George Glass, who was the father of the Margaret Glass who married John's brother, James McGough. See: Jacob Glass, 1741–1821, Cambria Co., PA: his 12 children & Their Descendants: Pennsylvania [Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Indiana & Westmoreland], Iowa [Chickasaw, Howard & Scott Counties]), by Ione Rita Card Smith of Elkhorn, Nebraska, which is in the Library of Congress under the subject "Iowa—genealogy" (#34). The book is available in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, US/CAN 929.273 G463s. See: Cambria Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania 1840 Federal Census. See also Word Family Tree, volume 7, tree 3810. See also: Jacob Glass/Ann Unknown & their 12 children on PACambria on RootsWeb.
Sarah Glass McGough's sister, Margaret Glass, married John McGough's brother, Arthur McGough (junior); and a niece of Sarah Glass, also named Margaret Glass, married another of John McGough's brothers, James McGough.
The brothers, John and Arthur McGough, appear in the probate proceedings of Jacob Glass, which are recorded in Ione Card Smith's book cited above. The will of Jacob Glass was signed on December 29, 1820, and published on January 24, 1821. In his will, Jacob names twelve of his children including Margaret McGough, Sally (Sarah) McGough, and Susannah Troxel. Listed as part of the estate is a "note on Artr. McGough" in the amount of $14.00, payable on June 9, 1818; and a "John Adams account (charged to John McGough)" in the amount of $8.68 1/2. Amounts paid from the estate include "Arthur McGough's proven account - $45.19." Arthur McGough purchased these items from the estate: a horse lock for 46 cents; 2 gammons of pork for $2.44 1/2; 1 coffee mortar, 76 cents; cow and calf, $22.25; 1 barrel and flaxseed, $2.00; and 2 bags, $2.50. John McGough bought 1 pewter basin, $1.39; 1 lot of pork for $1.67 1/4, 1 set knives and forks, $1.50; 1 strainer, 12 1/2 cents; and 1 lot of clothing for $4.00. Jacob Troxel, a son-in-law, bought a few items, including a wagon for $39.25.
Arthur and Margaret McGough deeded their undivided twelfth part of land devised by Jacob Glass to his twelve children to David O'Hara of the town of Munster, Cambria county, for $150, on July 9, 1831. On August 7, 1831, "James McGough of Summerhill Township Cambria County ... & Sarah McGough wife of John McGough eag" signed a conveyance of a twelfth part of the inheritance to the same David O'Harra, "It being the same part which John McGough husband of said Sarah has conveyed ... to George Glass" by deed of June 1, 1821.
The Helbron Register of Catholic Baptisms in Western Pennsylvania records that, on April 17, 1811, John McGough and his wife Sarah sponsored a child baptized by Father Peter Helbron in Greensburg, Pennsylvania (family of Molline or Mullin).
The 1820 census of Cambria county shows John McGough living in a household of 8, with 1 male and 1 female 26 to 45, 1 male 10 to 16, and 4 males and 1 female under 10.
John McGough was the high sheriff of Cambria county on July 6, 1821. He was the first sheriff of Cambria county.
Sarah Glass died on April 12, 1868. There is a photograph of her gravestone on the website of St. Bartholomew's Cemetery, Summerhill Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania. The gravestone is inscribed: "Our Mother, in Memory of Sarah A., wife of John McGough, born Feb. 4, 1790, died Apr. 12, 1868."
See Henry Wilson Storey's History of Cambria County, volume 2, page 444, for references to Colonel John McGough and Colonel Thomas D. McGough, and a Colonel McGough, Jr., delegates to a Whig convention in Cambria county in 1845.
Children of John McGough and Sarah Glass:
James McGough, born June 23, 1810, baptized on July 15, 1810. Sponsors were Jacob Reyhen and Susan Drox, maiden
Thomas McGough, born 1812
Julia Ann McGough, born about 1815. [Julia Ann McGough married Francis O'Friel, and died on February 19, 1900, at the home of her brother, Joseph McGough, in Portage, Cambria county, Pennsylvania. Here is an article from the Cambria Freeman of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, on Friday, March 2, 1900, from Cambria County Events of the Past: "Mrs. Julia Ann O'Friel, relict of Francis O'Friel, Esq., of Loretto, died at the home of her brother, Joseph McGough, in Portage, on Monday, February 19, 1900. Death was due to injuries suffered in a fall some time ago. Julian Jane O'Friel, who died on February 19, 1900, at the age of 84 years, 10 months, 12 days (which would make her birth date April 7, 1815), is buried in St. Michael Cemetery, Loretto, Allegheny township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, with her husband Francis O'Friel (May 30, 1911–January 21, 1890), and several of their children. Their daughter Jane O'Friel (August 26, 1854–June 20, 1946), joined the Sisters of Mercy on May 3, 1882, became Sister M. Angela, and is buried at Sisters of Mercy Cemetery, Cresson township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania. In the 1876 Johnstown City Directory—Villages and Post Offices in Cambria County—And names of persons doing business therein, there is a listing under Loretto of "O'Friel Francis, general store." The family is listed in the 1880 census of Loretto borough, Cambria county, on St. Mary Street (roll 1111, page 369b) as: Francis Ofriel, age 67, merchant, born in Ireland; Julyan Ofriel, age 62, wife, keeping house, born in Pennsylvania; Thomas O'Friel, age 31, son, born in Pennsylvania, at home; and Ellen O' Friel, age 21, daughter, born in Pennsylvania, at home, attended school with the year. Also in the household were Sarah Mcgouff, age 17, servant, born in Pennsylvania to a father born in Pennsylvania and a mother born in Ireland (Possibly Sarah McGough, the 7 year old daughter of Peter and Rose McGough, listed in the 1870 census of Washington township, Cambria county); and James Ofriel, age 21, born in Ireland, a boarder.
Samuel McGough, born in Loretto, Cambria county, on January 3, 1817, died in Pittsburgh on May 27, 1881. See the 1850 census of Washington township, Cambria county.
Here is information I have posted about Samuel McGough in the 1860 census of Washington Township (Sonman P. O.), Cambria county, Pennsylvania. The names of the seven persons in the household are in bold type:
(1860) Samuel McGough, age 43, laborer, real estate $1000, personal property $250, born in Pennsylvania (roll 1088, page 553) [John McGough was a son of Colonel John McGough and Sarah Glass. Colonel John McGough was a son of Arthur and Susan McGough.]
[Samuel McGough's father, John McGough (1784–1856), was born in Donegal, Ireland (or nearby) in 1784. In later life, he was called Colonel John McGough because he served for several years as a colonel in a regiment of the Pennsylvania state militia. John came with father, Arthur from Ireland, in 1786, probably to New Castle county, Delaware. They were at the Delaware Mission and migrated to Loretto. He married Sarah Glass, a daughter of Jacob Glass (of German descent) and Anne Catharine Glass. Colonel and Mrs. John McGough reared a family of eight sons and six daughters. He was killed on June 24, 1856, in an accident on the Portage railroad, and his remains are interred in the Catholic cemetery at Wilmore. His gravestone in St. Bartholomew Cemetery, Summerhill Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, reads: McGough, John, 1784 1856, son of Arthur Sr. & Susan McGough; husband of Sarah.]
Samuel McGough married Agnes Amanda McHugh on February 9, 1847 (another source says January 9, 1847; Ledoux, #1540, vol. II, page 58) in Loretto, Cambria county, Pennsylvania. Agnes was the daughter of Matthew McHugh and Mary Ann McGuire. (Ledoux) Agnes was born on June 22, 1820, probably in Munster township, Cambria county, which is immediately south of Allegheny township. Another source says that Agnes was born on June 28, 1820, in Loretto, Cambria county. Her parents were Matthew McHugh, Jr., and Mary Ann McGuire. For more on Agnes' parents, see World Family Tree, volume 62, tree 1621. Their children were Ellen McGough (Drusch), born about 1848; Thomas Demetrius McGough, born February 2, 1853; Charles (Cyrrillus Augustine) McGough, born on March 27, 1855; Mary Cecilia McGough, born on January 7, 1856; and Frank Hadden McGough, born on April 2, 1859.
[A posting on Genforum by Daniel J. McGough says that Colonel John's son, Samuel McGough, married Agnes McHugh on January 9, 1847, in Loretto, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, and that Agnes McHugh was born on June 18, 1820, in Loretto. (WFT 44-1004). Samuel's father was John McGough of Donegal. ]
Some of the supplemental information in my page on the 1860 census came from Internet postings by Daniel J. McGough, the great-great-grandson of Samuel McGough and Agnes McHugh, and great-grandson of Thomas Demetrius McGough and Elizabeth Platt, which include the following exchange:
"Re: Col. John, Sam, Frank Hadden McGough
Posted by: Daniel J. McGough Date: January 23, 2002 at 11:36:13
In Reply to: Re: Col. John, Sam, Frank Hadden McGough by Kathryn O'Brien of 335
Do you happen to know where in Donegal, Ireland Col. John was born and who his mother (maiden name) and father were? Do you also know how he and his family got to the colonies (what ship?)?
1. John McGough
2. Samuel McGough and Agnes McHugh
3. Thomas Demetrius McGough and Elizabeth Platt
4. Charles Alysious McGough and Mary Elizabeth Gehring
5. Charles Gehring McGough and Anne Francis Hoop
Here is part of a posting of November 5, 2001by Dan McGough on DONEGALEIRE-L Archives on RootsWeb:
"The most incredible thing I found was that two sisters from the Byrne family are the progenitors of my great grand parents. Eleanor Byrne married a McGuire, they had a daughter that married a McHugh, they had a daughter that married a Samuel McGough, they had a son: Thomas Demetrius McGough. The other sister, Sarah Byrne, married a Platt, they had a son that married a Weakland, their daughter: Elizabeth Platt, married Thomas Demetrius McGough."
Col. John, Sam, Frank Hadden McGough
Posted by: Peg Ayers Date: October 28, 1998 at 19:49:09
In Reply to: Re: William McGough, Cambria Co, PA by Bill McGough of 335
John McGough (gggrandpa) was born in Donegal Co., Ire & d.in Wilmore, PA; Samuel (ggrampa) born Cambria Co, PA., died Pittsburgh; Frank Hadden McGough (grampa) b. Cambria Co, PA, died Muskegon, MI.
(1860) Agnes McGough, age 40, born in Pennsylvania. [Agnes McHugh, Samuel's wife]
(1860) Thomas D. McGough, age 6, born in Pennsylvania, attended school within year.
[Thomas Demetrius McGough, born on March 14, 1853, in Wilmore, Cambria county; Pennsylvania, married Elizabeth Platt, who was born on May 29, 1856, in Cambria county. Children were Charles Aloysius McGough, who was born in July of 1883; married Rose Elizabeth Gehring (born October 3, 1885, in Pittsburgh) in 1907 in Pittsburgh; died on June 4, 1947, in Pittsburgh; and Thomas Francis McGough, who was born on December 3, 1885, and died on November 5, 1951, in Pittsburgh.]
(1860) Charles A. McGough, age 4, born in Pennsylvania, attended school within year.
(1860) Mary C. McGough, age 3, born in Pennsylvania. [Mary Cecilia McGough, born January 7, 1857, in Washington township, Cambria county.]
(1860) Francis H. McGough, age 1, born in Pennsylvania.
(1860) Elen Drusch, age 12, born in Pennsylvania, attended school within year.
William McGough, born January 1, 1819. William McGough is listed in the 1860 census of Washington township, Cambria county, age 40, post master, real property $500, personal property $200, born in Pennsylvania, with his wife Mary M. McGough, age 36; who is listed, without his wife, as a farmer, age 46, in the 1870 census of the same township. In the 1880 census of Washington township, he is listed as age 53, a farmer and a school teacher. William McGough (January 1, 1819–March 23, 1898), son of John and Sarah Glass McGough, is on a gravestone is in St. Michael Cemetery, Loretto, Allegheny township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania. A William McGough married Mary George, daughter of Frederick M. George, whose biography is in the Biographical & Portrait Cyclopedia of Cambria County, Pennsylvania (which is available on line, is word-searchable, and contains several biographies of McGoughs). Mary George was born on the old George farm in Washington township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, on February 23, 1824. Here is a listing of a gravestone in St. Michael Cemetery, Loretto, Allegheny Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania: "McGough, William 1 Jan 1819 23 Mar 1898 s/o John & Sarah."
Joseph McGough, born about 1824
Susan McGough, born May, 1824
The 1900 census of Portage township, Cambria county, shows that Susan McGough, age 76, "aunt," born in May of 1824 in Pennsylvania, was living in the home of her niece, (Elinor) Josephine McGough Laxton (daughter of Susan's younger brother Peter and Mary McColgan), and Josephine's husband, Frederick John Laxton. (see below).
Jesse McGough, born 1827
Sarah McGough, born 1828
Peter McGough, born January 1, 1832, in Cambria county (see 1870 census of Washington township, Cambria county); married Mary McColgan (born about 1835 in Ireland) on June 23, 1862, in St. Bartholomew's Church, Wilmore, Cambria county; by whom he had three daughters Sarah McGough, Mary McGough, and E. Josephine McGough; married Rose Donahoe on July 7, 1869, by whom he had 12 children: Clara McGough, Clement McGough, Patrick McGough, Ida McGough, Henry McGough, Rose McGough, Laura McGough, Peter McGough, Frank McGough, Margaret McGough, Anna McGough, and Maria McGough. Peter McGough, age 48, Justice of the Peace, is listed with his wife Rose, age 34, in the 1880 census of Portage Village, Cambria county. Here is an article from: Cambria County Pennsylvania Genealogy — Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia (1896) — pages 326-7:
"P. [Peter] McGough, the oldest permanent resident and business man of Portage, is an active Democratic leader, and has served as justice of the peace continuously since 1857, excepting four years when acting as postmaster. He is a son of Colonel John and Sarah (Glass) McGough, and was born two miles west of Cresson, in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, January 1, 1832. He attended the early common schools a short time, but is principally self-educated, and remained on the farm until he was twenty-five years of age. He was next engaged in getting out and sawing lumber on a small scale for a few years, and then removed to Portage, where he built and opened the first hotel of that place. He also started the first butcher shop and grocery store, but in a short time disposed of both grocery and hotel and engaged in his present livery business, which is both extensive and profitable.
"Mr. McGough has been twice married. In 1862 he wedded Mary McColgan, who died Aug. 6, 1865, aged thirty-two years, leaving three children; Sarah, Mary, wife of D. W. Martin; and E. Josephine, who married F. J. Saxton [should be Laxton*]. Four years after his first wife's death, Mr. McGough, on July 7, 1869, married Rose Donahoe, daughter of Patrick Donahoe, and by his second marriage has twelve children: Clara, wife of John Smith; Clement, running a mercantile boat between Toledo and Buffalo; Patrick and Ida, twins; Henry, a resident of Buffalo, New York; Rose, Laura, and Peter, at home; Frank and Margaret, twins; Anna and Maria, who died in infancy.
[*The 1900 census of Portage township, Cambria county, says that Frederick [John] Laxton, age 32, was born in December of 1868 in England [Birmingham] and that his parents had both been born in England. Frederick's wife, Josephine Laxton, age 34, was born in August of 1865 in Pennsylvania, and her father was born in Pennsylvania, her mother in Ireland. Frederick had immigrated to the US in 1887, had been in the US 13 years, was naturalized, and was a coal miner, who had been unemployed for 4 of the past 12 months. He owned his home free and clear. Josephine was the mother of 5 children, all of whom were living. Children in 1900 were: Mary, 7; Leah, 6; John, 4; Dora, 3; and Mary, 1. Living with them was Susan McGough, age 76, "aunt," born in May of 1824 in Pennsylvania (see above); John Laxton, born in June of 1841, age 48, married 2 years, "father," born in England to English parents, a mine superintendent who had come to the US in 1880, had been in the US 20 years. and had been unemployed for none of the past 12 months; and Hannah Laxton, step-mother, born in February, 1850, in England to English parents. 50, married 2 years, but who had come to the US in 1900. The heads of most of the other families in the same neighborhood were coal miners. The 1910 census of the same township shows that Frederick Laxton had changed his occupation from coal miner to house painter, and Josephine Laxton had become the mother of 9 children, 6 of whom were living. Children at home in 1910, all born in Pennsylvania, were: Mary, 17; John, 14; Ruth, 10; Herbert, 3; and Anna, 6 months (could be 1 month—hard to read).]
"In politics Mr. McGough is and has always been an active and influential democrat. He has held various township offices, and in 1857 was elected justice of the peace, which office he held successively in Washington and Portage townships until the erection of Portage borough, when he became its first justice, serving up to 1884. In that year he resigned to accept the postmastership, and when Cleveland went out of office in 1889, he was re-elected as justice of the peace. Squire McGough is a member of the Catholic church, and has always been active and useful in every movement for the improvement and advancement of Portage, in whose history he has been so prominent and influential for over a quarter of a century.
"The trans-Atlantic home of the McGough family is in County Donegal, Ireland, from which Arthur McGough came in 1786, to near Loretto, where he passed the remainder of his life. His son, Colonel John McGough, was born in County Donegal, Ireland, in 1786, and was brought by his parents to this country, where he grew to manhood and received the meager education imparted by the old subscription schools, which he supplemented by reading and self-study to such an extent that he became a teacher. After teaching for a few years he went into the woods and cleared out a good farm. He was a man of intelligence, activity and ambition, and at an early age interested himself in political affairs. He was an active democrat, and served one term each as county commissioner and as sheriff, besides holding many minor offices. He took an active interest in the old State militia, serving for several years as colonel of one of its regiments. Colonel McGough was one of those men so needful in a community, because so energetic and so useful. He was killed in 1856, in an accident on the Portage railroad, and his remains are interred in the Catholic cemetery at Wilmore. His loss was deeply felt in that community, where he had been a leader in every movement of value or benefit. He was an active member of the choir during Father Gallitzin's time. Colonel McGough married Sarah Glass, a daughter of Jacob Glass, who was of German descent. Colonel and Mrs. McGough reared a family of eight sons and six daughters, of whom three sons and four daughters are living. The subject of this sketch being the youngest of the sons."
Here is an announcement in the Democrat & Sentinel of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, of July 9, 1856 (volume 3, number 37, page 4) from Cambria County Events of the Past:
"JUSTICE OF THE PEACE and SCRIVENGER (sic), Clearfield township, Cambria county, Penna. Collections and other business will be promptly attended to.
May 9, 1854."
Here is an entry from the Democrat & Sentinel of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, of March 17, 1858 (volume 5, number 8) from Cambria County Events of the Past:
"PEN AND SCISSORS
"PETER McGOUGH, ESQ. has been elected Justice of the Peace for Washington township, the Berks of little Cambria. Peter possessed in an eminent degree of the duties necessary to make a good Justice—decency and good practical common sense. Require please our beaver touched. [left edge cut off, not sure of some words]"
The 1860 census of Washington township, Cambria county, lists Peter McGough, age 28, farmer, real estate $4000, personal property $1500, born in Pennsylvania.
Here is the entry in the 1870 census of Washington township, Cambria county:
(1870) Peter McGough, age 38, Justice of the Peace, with real estate worth $8000 and personal property worth $300, born in Pennsylvania (roll 1318, page 426a) [In 1860, his brother Jesse (above) and six sisters were living with him. Rose Donahoe McGough was his second wife. In 1862 he married Mary McColgan, who died on August 6, 1865, at the age of thirty-two. The mother of the first three children listed below was Mary McColgan.]
Rose McGough,age 24, housekeeper, with personal property worth $400, born in Pennsylvania, to parents who were foreign born. [Rose Donahoe]
Sarah A. McGough, age 7, born in Pennsylvania
Mary A. McGough, age 5, born in Pennsylvania [who married D. W. Martin].
Elinor J. McGough, age 3, born in Pennsylvania [E. Josephine McGough, who is the Josephine McGough who married Frederick John Laxton, Jr., who was born in Birmingham, England, in 1868 and died on January 1, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.]
Alma H. McGough, 1 month old, born in Pennsylvania in May, 1870
Here is the entry in the 1880 census of Portage Village, Cambria county:
(1880) Peter McGough, age 48, Justice of the Peace, born in Pennsylvania. (roll 1110, page 333A) [Son of Colonel John McGough and Sarah Glass McGough, and grandson of Arthur and Susan McGough.]
Rose McGough, age 34, keeping house, born in Pennsylvania. [Rose Donahue, Peter's second wife. A widow, Rose B. McGough, is listed in the 1900 census of Braddock borough, 1st Ward, Allegheny county. She is probably Peter's widow. See my page: McGoughs McGoughs and McGues in the 1900 Census of the United States—Pennsylvania.]
Mary McGough, age 16, at home, born in Pennsylvania. [Mary S. McGough married James Thomas in Cambria county in 1890. Cambria County Marriage Index, 1885–1920.]
Clara McGough, age 9, born in Pennsylvania.
Clement McGough, age 8, born in Pennsylvania. [Clement McGough, age 28, married to Harriet McGough, is listed in the 1900 census of Portage borough, Cambria county, Pennsylvania.]
Ida McGough, age 6, born in Pennsylvania. [An Ida McGough married John R. Ward in Kane county, Illinois, on April 25, 1894.]
Patrick McGough, age 6, born in Pennsylvania. [Listed with his family in the 1900 census of Braddock Borough, 1st Ward, Allegheny county]
Henry McGough, age 4, born in Pennsylvania.
Rose McGough, age 2, born in Pennsylvania.
Mary McGough, born 1832
Martha McGough, born 1833
Catherine Caroline McGough, born 1834
Caroline McGough, born about 1836
Arthur McGough (junior), the second son of Arthur and Susan McGough, was born in New Castle county, Delaware, in 1791. On April 21, 1812, Arthur McGough (junior) married Margaret Glass, who was the sister of Sarah (Sally) Glass who married his older brother John, and an aunt of another Margaret Glass who married his younger brother James.
This is probably the Arthur McGough listed in the 1830 census of Black Lick township, Indiana county, as a male 40 to 50, living with 1 female 40 to 50 (Margaret Glass); and these children:
1 male 15 to 20
2 males 10 to 15
1 female 10 to 15
1 female 5 to 10
3 females under 5
The 1850 census of Derry township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, shows him as 59 years old, a farmer, born in Delaware. (Another son of Arthur (senior), James McGough, was born in Mill Creek township on August 1, 1796. The 1860 census of Allegheny township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, shows the age of James McGough as 65, but says he was born in Pennsylvania; the 1850 census of the same township says he was born in Delaware (but shows his age as 49).
Arthur McGough (junior), born in Delaware in 1791, married Margaret Glass in St. Michael's Church, Loretto, Allegheny township, Pennsylvania, on April 12, 1812. World Family Tree, volume 7, tree 3810; volume 68, tree 647). Arthur and Margaret were married by Rev. Demetrius A. Gallitzin. Witnesses were Jacob Troxel. and Hugh Curran. Margaret Glass was born about 1786. Jacob Troxel, one of the witnesses to the marriage, married Susan (or Susannah) Glass, a daughter of Jacob and Anne Catherine Glass, in 1804 or early 1805 in Loretto, Pennsylvania. World Family Tree, volume 7, tree 3810. (Storey in his History of Cambria County notes in volume 1, page 569: "Troxell, Jacob. He died in Summerhill township about May, 1833, and was a Catholic. His wife's name was Susannah; they had four children: Abraham, William, Henry and Samuel Troxell.") A niece of Margaret Glass, also named Margaret Glass, born in 1802, was to marry a brother of Arthur McGough (junior), James McGough, in 1822.
Arthur McGough was on the 1812 tax rolls of Cambria county.
Arthur McGough (junior) fought in the Niagara Campaign of the War of 1812. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Record on Ancestry.com has an entry about Arthur MCGOUCH (which should be McGough):
Name: Arthur MCGOUCH
Birth Date: 178?
Page Number: 271
Biographical Info: War 1812
The War of 1812 Service Records on Ancestry.com lists: Arthur Magough of 2 Reg't Riflemen (Piper's) Pennsylvania, with a rank of private at induction and at discharge (Roll Box: 131; Roll Exct: 602).
The 1820 US census of Pennsylvania lists the family of Arthur McGough in Cambria county, Allegheny township
Arthur McGough, family of 9, with 3 males under 10; 2 males between 16 and 26; 1 male between 26 and 45; 1 female under 10, 1 female 10 to 16; and 1 female between 26 and 45. One person was employed in agriculture.
The 1850 census of Derry township, Washington county, Pennsylvania, lists Arthur McGough, age 59, born in Delaware, a farmer, with real estate worth $2000; his wife, Margaret McGough, age 60, born in Delaware; and twin daughters Catharine and Jane McGough, both age 21 and both born in Pennsylvania.
The 1860 census of Westmoreland county, Latrobe township lists Arthur McGough, age 66, merchant, real estate $3000, personal property $1000, born in Delaware; with a son, Thomas McGough, age 30, tracklayer P. R. R., born in Pennsylvania; and twin daughters: Catharine A. McGough, age 23, seamstress, and Jane Elizabeth McGough, age 23, both born in Pennsylvania. (The age of the daughters should probably have been 31.) The 1860 Schedule 3 for Latrobe, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania—Persons who Died during the Year ending 1 June 1880—lists Margaret McGough, age 72, married, born in Pennsylvania, who died in April, 1860, 2 days after a paralytic stroke. U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850–1885, on Ancestry.com (page 3, line 2, roll M1838_4).
Andrew James Kuhn, son of George Kuhn, was "a merchant at Broad Fording, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. He also ran a line of boats on the canal and had a line of transportation freight wagons between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia before the Pennsylvania railroad was built. In 1852, he located in Latrobe and when the Pennsylvania railroad was being built he furnished materials and supplies for the contractors. He died in Latrobe in 1857. He married Margaret McGough, daughter of Arthur McGough. Arthur McGough, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, was a pioneer farmer of Westmoreland county, where he died." Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania : personal and genealogical, with portraits, page 499. (Northwestern Historical Association, Madison, Wisconsin. 904, 1090 pages).
Bridget McGough was born in Delaware around 1790. In 1812, Bridget McGough married George Trox. (Troxel) (There were three Troxtell families in Allegheny township, Huntingdon county, in the 1810 census).
James McGough was born to Arthur and Susan McGough on August 1, 1796, in New Castle county, Delaware. He died on November 25, 1870, in Clearfield township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania. The 1850 census of Allegheny township, Cambria county, shows his age as 49. James married Margaret Glass who was a niece of the Margaret Glass who had married his older brother, Arthur; and also a niece of the Sarah Glass who had married his older brother, John. See: World Family Tree, volume 62, tree 1621.
James McGough married Margaret Glass, daughter of George and Susan Daugherty (or Dougherty) Glass, on November 1 (or 21), 1822. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend Demetrius A. Gallitzin at St. Michael's Church, Loretto, Pennsylvania. Witnesses were Jacob Troxel and Hugh Curran. Margaret Glass was born on June 17, 1801, in Loretto, Cambria county, and died on July 11, 1871.(See World Family Tree, volume 7, tree 3810) There is an entry: "McGough James Glass Margaret 1 Nov. 1822 Clearfield Twp. Cambria Co" in Early Marriages of PA.
Margaret Glass's father, George Glass, was a brother of Sarah Glass, who married James McGough's older brother, John McGough; and a brother of another Margaret Glass, who married another of James McGough's older brothers, Arthur McGough. George and Margaret Glass, uncles and aunt of the Margaret Glass who married James McGough, were both children of Jacob Glass and Ann Catharine Glass. (James' McGough's wife was a grandchild.) Jacob was born in Germany on July 25, 1741, and died in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, on January 18, 1821. George Glass was born on May 1 (or April 1), 1770 in Maryland, and died on November 9, 1847, in Cambria Township, Cambria, Pennsylvania. (Another source says he died on January 18, 1821.)
Margaret Glass was born near Munster, Cambia county, in 1801. (The 1850 census of Allegheny township, Cambria county, however, shows her age as 46.)
The family of James and Margaret Glass McGough, with four children under 10, is listed in the 1830 census of Allegheny township, Cambria county, and in succeeding decades in the same township.
Children of James McGough and Margaret Glass McGough were:
Ellen McGough, born in 1824. (Mrs. Matthew Ivory).
George Chrysostom McGough, born October 10, 1825, died April 15, 1868
Charles McGough, born June 23, 1830, but the 1850 census of Allegheny township, Cambria county, shows his age as 17), died June 1896. See Henry Wilson Storey's History of Cambria County, volume 2, page 230, for a references, under "privates" of Company K, The One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Pennsylvania Infantry to "# Charles McGough; must. out with company May 18, 1863. # Silas A. McGough; must. out with company May 18, 1863." He served in the Civil War in the 125th and 82nd Pennsylvania regiments of volunteers.
Susan McGough, born about 1831. (Mrs. Joseph Dodson).
Anna (Ann) McGough, born June 26, 1832, died August 13, 1897. (The 1850 census lists her as Ann, age 15)
[There is an Augustine D. McGough, whose gravestone says he was born on March 21, 1833, and died on April 8, 1913, buried in the main section of St. Michael Cemetery, Loretto, Allegheny township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, along with several children of James McGough and Margaret Glass McGough. He would fit here in the list of children, but isn't usually listed.]
Silas Augustine McGough, born July 25, 1836. (The 1850 census shows him as age 10.) See Henry Wilson Storey's History of Cambria County, volume 2, page 230, for a reference, under "privates" of Company K, The One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Pennsylvania Infantry, to Silas A. McGough; mustered out with company May 18, 1863." He served in the Civil War in the 125th and 82nd Pennsylvania regiments of volunteers. For a list of his older children, see the1880 census of Altoona township, Blair county, Pennsylvania. Here is an article from Twentieth Century History of Altoona and Blair County, Pennsylvania, and Representative Citizens, by Jesse C. Sell, Chicago, IL: Richmond-Arnold, 1911, page 819–821:
"Silas A. McGough, proprietor of the Hotel Belmar, which is situated on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Fifteenth Street, Altoona, is a well known and highly respected citizen and an experienced hotel man. He was born July 25, 1836, at Loretto, Cambria County, Pa., a son of James and Margaret McGough. His grandfather on the paternal side was Arthur McGough. The subject of this sketch was one of a large family, namely: Ellen, George, Susan, Charles, Anna, James, Silas A., Andrew, Demetrius, and Margaret. He was reared and educated in Cambria County and during a large portion of his life has been engaged in the hotel business. For the past 31 years he has been a resident of Altoona, and for one year conducted the City Hotel, and for three years the Windsor Hotel, while for the past five years he has been proprietor of the Hotel Belmar. While this is not the largest hotel in the city it is one of the most comfortable and most favorably located, and the quality of the service furnished is such as to give satisfaction to the guests and build up the patronage of the hotel, which is very favorably known to the traveling public.
"Mr. McGough was married in 1865 to Miss Rufina Harbor, who died in 1866, leaving one child, Harriet. His second marriage took place in 1868, to Miss Mary R. Wharton*, and of this union there have been the following children: Edwin*, Georgia, Henry O., Arthur, Margaret, Frances, Zoe, Elmer, Ralph, Jessie, Cyril, Frederick and Donald, all of whom have been given good educational advantages.
"In politics Mr. McGough is a Republican and for four years and a half he served in the office of chief of police of Altoona, his administration resulting in some important reforms, and during which law and order were thoroughly enforced. Mr. McGough and his family are members of the Catholic church."
*Mary Roslia Wharton was the eldest daughter of Joseph (another source says James A.) Wharton whose biography is in the Biographical & Portrait Cyclopedia of Cambria County, Pennsylvania, which is available on line, is word-searchable, and contains several biographies of McGoughs. Her mother was Catherine Bender Wharton. Her sister, Alice Wharton, married James McGough of Clearfield township. Mary Roslia (sometimes referred to as Mary Margaret) Wharton McGough was born at the Wharton homestead in Clearfield township on April 4, 1849, and married Silas on April 21, 1868.
*Edwin Tobias McGough, son of Silas A. and Mary (Wharton) McGough, was born in Chest Springs, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, on July 8, 1869, and was appointed captain of detectives in Pittsburg on June 1, 1907. This appointment resulted in an informative family history being published in A Century and a Half of Pitttsburg and Her People by John Woolf Jordan, Lewis Publishing Company 1908 (volume 4, page 42-43), which is available on the Internet.
James Edward McGough, born about 1836, married Alice Wharton, sister of Mary R. Wharton who married his older brother, Silas. (see the note immediately above.) Both James and Alice are buried in St. Augustine, Pennsylvania. The gravestone of James E. McGough gives his birth date as May 10, 1834, the date of his marriage as November 10, 1868, and the date of his death as October 18, 1909. This information was provided in a note from Eugene McGough, a descendant of James Edward McGough and Alice Wharton McGough, who currently resides in New Mexico, and is formerly from St. Augustine, Pennsylvania. The 1880 census of Clearwater township, Cambria township, lists James McGough, age 44, farmer, born in Pennsylvania; his wife, Alice McGough, age 29, keeping house, born in Pennsylvania; and five children.
Andrew Tobias McGough, born June 13, 1838 (shown as age 9 in the 1850 census), died January 17, 1894. He served in the Civil War as a 2nd Lieutenant in the same company as his brother Charles.
Demetrius Augustine McGough, born May 14, 1840 (shown as age 6 in the 1850 census), died August 23, 1897. His gravestone in St Michael's Cemetery, Loretto, Pennsylvania, gives August 23, 1897, as his date of death at the age 57 years, 3 months, 9 days. His wife Jane is next to him. I had originally listed Demetrius' wife, Jane G. McGough, as another daughter James and Margaret Glass McGough. A note from Eugene McGough, who now (July, 2004) lives in New Mexico, and is formerly from St. Augustine, Pennsylvania, called attention to my mistake. Jane was born on August 23, 1847, and died December 31, 1933. Jane was the wife of Demetrius McGough rather than a sister. She is not listed as a daughter in the 1850 census of Allegheny township, where Margaret, age 4, is the youngest child. The 1880 census of Allegheny township in Cambria county lists Demetrius McGough, age 35, farmer, born in Pennsylvania, and his wife, Jane McGough, age 31, keeping house, born in Maryland. Four children are also listed.
Margaret McGough, born about 1846. (Mrs. Jacob Buck).
Thomas McGough was born to Arthur and Susan McGough in Cambria county Pennsylvania in about 1798. He married Catherine Gamble, who was born in 1803 in Indiana county, Pennsylvania. They were the parents of Peter McGough who was born in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, on September 30, 1822. Peter married Sarah L. McGough in Venango, Pennsylvania, in 1848. Peter is listed in the 1880 census of Franklin township, Venango county, Pennsylvania, as age 56, a banker, with his wife, Sarah, age 50. Peter died in Pittsburgh on November 24, 1894. Sarah L. McGough was born in Lawrenceburg, Pennsylvania, on March 17, 1827, and died in Pittsburgh on March 17, 1904. Their son, Samuel Marshall McGough, was born in 1849, in Parker, Pennsylvania, married Amelia Virginia McGough in Parker, Pennsylvania, in 1872, and died in 1908. Amelia McGough died on October 8, 1936, in Parker, Pennsylvania. (The family tree lists later generations of McGoughs.) See: World Family Tree, volume 15, tree 3341. See: Ancestors of Samuel Marshall "Marsh" McGough II — Generation No. 5
Here is part of an email of March 25, 2006, from Cathy (Catherine G.) McGough (who is married to Paul Kollar) of Huntington Beach, California:
"My brother, Rick (Richard Henry), and I live in Orange County, CA, US... I am in Huntington Beach. ...
"We descend from the Arthur and Susan McGough's—Thomas, their son, is our gggreat grandfather. We come from a Presbyterian background and all from Pennsylvania and Harrisburg area.
"Our lineage is:
1. Arthur and Susan McGough
2. Thomas McGough and Catherine Gamble
3. Peter McGough & Sara Marshall4. Samuel Marshall & Amelia Virginia Parker [See the 1900 census of Pennsylvania, Armstrong county, Parker City.]
5. Harris, Samuel, and Fullerton (sons)
6. Harris McGough & Gladys Ryerson—moved to Minnesota, then to Wisconsin & Chicago area, then to Hollywood. [The 1920 census of Chicago (ward 25) shows Harris M. McGough, age 29, born in Pennsylvania, a clerk in an office' his wife, Gladys I. McGough, age 25, age 25, born in Illinois; and a son, Richard H. McGough, age 2, born in Minnesota (on July 2, 1917). Harris registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, using a Chicago address, as Harris Marshall McGough, was married at the time, and employed as a clerk by Universal Portland Cement of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He gave his birth date as May 9, 1891, in Parker, Pennsylvania. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 on Ancestry.com. In the 1930 census of Pittsburgh (district 1, 14th ward), Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, he is listed as Harris McGough, age 38, born in Pennsylvania, district manager for a steel company, with his wife, Gladys, age 35. No children are listed. Harris McGough died in Los Angeles, California, on July 14, 1966. California Death Index, 1940–1997 Record on Ancestry.com]
7. Richard Harris McGough—was our father
Dick had no brothers; sister Beverly (who married Vince Frierson) had two daughters (Cara Frierson, now O'Donnell, & Kim Frierson, now Gehl) & Gloria had a daughter (Karen Gamble).
8. and now us -- Richard Henry McGough & Catherine Gladys McGough
9. Rick has four daughters who are in 17-26 years old (Marie, Sophie, Emily, and Carolyn) and, for now, still McGough's.
"I married Paul L. Kollar, but kept my maiden name. Hugh has me listed on 'Notable McGough's on the Net,' which I find quite humorous. (I have served as a Board member for our Huntington Beach City School District for the past 15 years.) Paul and I have three children: Niki Kollar, Natalie Kollar, and Paul Wm. Kollar. ...
"By the way, I visited with Fullerton McGough as a young girl with my dad, Richard Harris McG (who was son of Harris "Mac" McGough). Fullerton was my dad's uncle. Somewhere on the website it has that he died in 1948, and that would be impossible. Fullerton had a son, Terry or Terrance... . Fullerton, Harris and Samuel Parker McGough were the surviving sons of Samuel Marshall McGough & Amelia Virginia Parker (my dad's grandparents).
I asked Cathy how her family pronounced the name, and she responded:
"Rick and I and all our relatives back to ggreat grandparents always pronounced our name 'McGuff.'"
The 1860 census of Bandstown Derry township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, shows Margaret McGough, age 60, born in Delaware, living alone. This is not Margaret McGough Kuhn, the widow of Andrew James Kuhn, but rather the daughter of Arthur and Susan McGough. Margaret McGough Kuhn, age 28, a widow, born in Delaware, is listed by the 1860 census of Latrobe borough, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania (roll 1195, page 519) as living next door to Arthur McGough, age 66, merchant, born in Delaware, and his family. With Margaret Kuhn were her three children: George Kuhn, age 8; Arthur J. Kuhn, age 6; and Jane (Jennie) Kuhn, age 5, The children are all listed as born in Delaware.
Arthur James Kuhn was born at Broad Fording, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, on February 2, 1853. He was the son of Andrew James Kuhn (son of George Kuhn) and Margaret McGoygh. Andrew, the father, was "a merchant at Broad Fording, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. He also ran a line of boats on the canal and had a line of transportation freight wagons between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia before the Pennsylvania railroad was built. In 1852, he located in Latrobe and when the Pennsylvania railroad was being built he furnished materials and supplies for the contractors. He died in Latrobe in 1857. He married Margaret McGough, daughter of Arthur McGough. Arthur McGough, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, was a pioneer farmer of Westmoreland county, where he died. Andrew J. Kuhn and wife had three children: George, Arthur J., and Jennie. Arthur J. Kuhn, the subject of this sketch, was reared in Latrobe, Pa., and educated at St. Vincent's College." Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania : personal and genealogical, with portraits, page 499. (Northwestern Historical Association, Madison, Wisconsin. 904, 1090 pages).
Mary A. McGough married Francis Cooper. Their son, Philip Cooper, was born on May 21, 1830 in Cambria county. He married Rachel Durbin in Loretto, Cambria county, on June 6, 1854. The 1830 census of Allegheny township, Cambria county, lists Francis Cooper, male 20 to 30 (roll 161, page 196a), with 1 female, 20 to 30 (Mary A. McGough, daughter of Arthur and Susan McGough, born in Pennsylvania about 1801) and 1 male under 5 (Philip Cooper, born May 21, 1830).
Another son of Francis Cooper and Mary McGough Cooper, Henry L. Cooper (March 7, 1841–.December 27. 1919, husband of Margaret, is buried in St. Michael Cemetery, Loretto, Allegheny township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
The 1850 census of Allegheny township, Cambria county, showed Francis Cooper, 51, a farmer with real estate worth $2000, born in Maryland, with his wife Mary, 49, born in Pennsylvania, and children, all born in Pennsylvania: Philip, 19; Susanah, 17; Joseph, 16; Mary, 15; Elizabeth, 13; Michael, 10; Henry, 8; and John, 6.
Agnes McGough was born on February 10, 1802. She was baptized on April 30, 1802, in St. Michael's Church, Loretto, Pennsylvania, by Rev. Demetrius A. Gallitzin, who was also her godfather. Her godmother was Rachel White.
Information in his obituary (quoted below) indicates that Peter McGough was born in November of 1808. He died on October 15, 1893, at the age of 84 years, 11 months. A gravestone in St. Augustine Cemetery, St. Augustine, Clearfield township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, commemorates Peter A. McGough who was born in 1808. No date of death is given. This is the only McGough in the records of this cemetery. Peter McGough married Mary Fitzgibbons, probably around 1843, and they had one child, a son, William P. McGough, born in 1844. When Peter died on October 15, 1893, he was survived by his wife, Margaret Fitzgibbons McGough, and son, William P. McGough. When Peter died, his surviving kin may have decided to bury him with his parents and his wife at St. Michael Cemetery, and not to use a gravestone already erected in St. Augustine cemetery.
The gravestone of Mary Fitzgibbons McGough, wife of Peter, is in St. Michael Cemetery, Loretto, Allegheny Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania. Her life span is given as March 16, 1820, to December 12, 1897. Her year of birth matches the age of Margaret, the wife of Peter A .McGough, as stated in all censuses (see below). Buried with Margaret is her husband, Peter. His life span is stated, inexplicably, as from December 31, 1827, to January 5, 1899, instead of from November, 1808, to October 15, 1893. He is also described as the son of John and Sarah McGough. But that Peter was never married to a Mary Fitzgibbons. He was survived by his second wife, Rose. (see above). This information is repeated at page 186 of a Souvenir of Loretto Centenary, but that information was "gathered and arranged with great care and immense labor from many sources, but chiefly from the headstones in St. Michael's cemetery." (page 165)
The only son of Peter A. McGough and Margaret Fitzgibbons McGough may be the William McGough listed in the 1880 census of Johnstown township (3rd ward), Cambria county, as age 45, a cabinet maker, born in Pennsylvania, parents born in Pennsylvania, living in the boarding in the home of Rosanna Block, age 44, born in Hesse Darmstadt.
Peter McGough, a male 20 to 30 years old, is listed in the 1830 census of Allegheny township, Cambria county, living with a female between 60 and 70 years old. The female was probably Susan McGough, Peter's mother.
Here is the listing in the 1850 census of Clearfield township, Cambria county:
(1850) Peter McGough, age 41, farmer, real estate $500, born in Pennsylvania. (roll 761, page 33a) [Peter A. McGough]
Mary McGough, age 30, born in Pennsylvania. [Here is a listing of a gravestone in St. Michael Cemetery, Loretto, Allegheny Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania: McGough, Mary (Fitzgibbons) 16 Mar 1820 12 Dec 1897 w/o Peter. This is a reference to Peter McGough, the son of John and Sarah McGough, listed under Washington township, Cambria county, below.]
William McGough, age 6, born in Pennsylvania.
Priscilla Elder, age 11, born in Pennsylvania.
Peter McGough is shown by the 1860 census of Clearfield township, Cambria county, as age 51, a farmer born in Pennsylvania, with real estate worth $1000 and personal property worth $700. Living with him was his wife, Mary P. (Fitzgibbons) McGough, age 39, who was born in Pennsylvania, and his son William P. McGough, age 16, a farm laborer born in Pennsylvania who had attended school within the year.
Here is the listing in the 1870 census of Clearfield township:
(1870) Peter McGough, age 62, farmer, with real estate worth $3500 and personal property worth $1100, born in Pennsylvania, whose father and mother were foreign born (Summit P. O., roll 1317, page 116a, line 1) [Youngest son of Arthur and Susan McGough.]
Mary McGough, age 49, keeping house, born in Pennsylvania, whose father (but not mother) was foreign born [Mary Fitzgibbons]
Mary Kline, age 24, domestic, born in Pennsylvania, whose parents were foreign born
James Davis, age 13, at home, born in Pennsylvania; parents were not foreign born.
Here is the listing in the 1880 census of White township, Cambria county:
(1880) Peter A. McGough, age 71, farming, born in Pennsylvania, to parents born in Ireland (roll 1111, page 424B, line 16).
Mary McGough, age 59, keeping house, born in Pennsylvania, to a father born in Ireland and a mother born in Pennsylvania. [Mary Fitzgibbons].
Jacob Shafer, age 19, boarder, laborer, born in Pennsylvania to parents born in Germany.
There is an obituary and other information on Peter A. McGough with my page on the 1870 census of Clearfield township. Here is the obituary—from the Cambria Freeman of October 20, 1893, from the "Past Events" section of Cambria County Pennsylvania Genealogy:
"Peter A. McGough, one of Cambria county's oldest residents, died at his home in Fallen Timber* on Sunday, October 15th, aged 84 years and 11 months. The deceased was, up until some 10 or 12 years ago, a resident of Clearfield township where he owned a farm and served the neighborhood as a justice of the peace*, in the latter calling having the confidence of all who knew him as an honest man and conscientious in the administration of justice. About ten years ago he removed to Fallen Timber where he kept a little store and was appointed postmaster on the opening up of the Cresson & Coalport railroad. He leaves to survive him a widow and one son."
*Fallen Timber is on the border of White township and Reade township, so the obituary is referring to the Peter McGough, age 71, listed in the 1880 census of White township. Peter McGough's nephew, son of Colonel John and Sarah Glass McGough, also named Peter McGough, served as justice of the peace of Washington township (immediately north of Portage township) and Portage township (both several miles to the south Clearfield), and either this obituary confuses the uncle with the nephew or, more likely, both served as justices of the peace in different townships.
A gravestone in St. Michael Cemetery, Loretto, Allegheny township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, lists Peter McGough (December 31, 1827–January 5, 1899), husband of Mary Fitzgibbons, and son of John and Sarah Glass McGough. My hypothesis is that this Peter McGough was the son of Arthur and Susan McGough, not their grandson, and that the correct life span was November, 1908, to October 15, 1893. The data on the grandson, Peter McGough, set out above in the section on his father, Colonel John McGough, does not fit. The grandson was born on January 1, 1832, in Cambria county (see 1870 census of Washington township, Cambria county); married Mary McColgan (born about 1835 in Ireland) on June 23, 1862, in St. Bartholomew's Church, Wilmore, Cambria county, and later married Rose Donahoe. Peter McGough, the son of Arthur and Susan McGough, was born in about November of 1808, and his age set out in the 1850 through 1880 census are consistent with a birth year of 1908 (see above); for example, he is listed as age 71 in the 1880 census of White township, Cambria county. The gravestone of Arthur's son Peter's wife, Mary, who is buried with him at St. Michael cemetery, matches the age of the Mary listed with Peter in this 1880 census: Mary (Fitzgibbons) McGough (March 16, 1820–December 12, 1897), wife of Peter.
On the other hand, if the entry in the St. Michael Cemetery website that the Peter McGough buried there was the husband of Mary Fitzgibbons is incorrect, the person buried there may be the other Peter McGough, who was survived by his widow Rose Donahue. As mentioned above, the probable widow of the younger Peter McGough, Rose B. McGough, is listed in the 1900 census of Braddock borough, 1st Ward, Allegheny county, and this Peter McGough, Rose's husband, may have died on January 5, 1899. I have not found a record of this death. The information in the cemetery records as published on the website is not sufficient to resolve the issue. More information is required in order to sort out the confusion between Peter McGough, the son of Arthur and Susan McGough, and Peter McGough, their grandson, who was the son of John McGough and Sarah Glass.
Excerpt from A Century and a Half of Pittsburgh and Her People
A Century and a Half of Pittsburgh and Her People, Genealogical Memoirs of the Leading Families of Pittsburgh and Vicinity, compiled under the supervision of John W. Jordon, LL.D., of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, volume 4, pubished by the Lewis Publishing Company in 1908, has been published on the internet. Here are excerpts from volume IV, pages 42–44.
EDWIN TOBIAS McGOUGH, recently appointed captain of the city detective force in Pittsburgh, was born at Chest Springs, Cambria county, Penn sylvania, July 8, 1869, a son of Silas A. and Mary R. (Wharton) McGough.
The first of this family to come to America on the paternal side was Arthur McGough, a native of Ireland, who came about 1790. He was a merchant in Philadelphia, later came to Westmoreland county, and thence to Cambria county. His wife was a native of Scotland. (?)
(II) James McGough was born in 1796 and died November 25, 1870. He was a son of the founder of the family in this country ; settled in Clearfield township, near Loretto, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, where he was one of the early pioneers ; was well known as a hardworking, honest man, greatly respected, and was a man of means. His elder brother, John McGough, was the first sheriff of Cambria county, and was a member of the first board of school directors of that county. James McGough married, November 1, 1822, Margaret Glass, to whom were born ten children: i. Ellen (Mrs. Mathew Ivory). 2. George Chrysostom. 3. Susan (Mrs. Joseph Dodson). 4. Charles. 5. Ann. 6. James Edward. 7. Silas Augustine, subject's father. 8. Andrew Tobias. 9. Demetrius Augustine. 10. Margaret (Mrs. Jacob Buck). Charles was a soldier in the Civil war, serving in the One Hundred and Twenty- fifth and Eighty-second Pennsylvania Regiments of Volunteers. Andrew T. was a second lieutenant in the same company with his brother.
Margaret Glass, the mother of this family, was the daughter of George and Susan (Daugherty) Glass, and was born near Munster, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, in 1801. Her father, George Glass, was born April 1, 1770, and died January 18, 1821. Susan Daugherty was born January 14, 1781, and died May 10, 1863. She was probably born in New Jersey and has many prominent relatives living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, descendants of her brother. George Glass and Susan Daugherty were married by the Prince Priest of Loretto, Demetrius A. Gallitzin, and their children were baptized by him.
(III) Silas Augustine McGough, son of James and Margaret (Glass) McGough, was born at the old McGough homestead, Clearfield township, near Loretto, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, July 25, 1836. By profession he was a civil engineer, but on account of injuries received in the Civil war, in which he was a soldier, he could not follow it longer. For many years he was a hotel keeper. He also served two terms as chief of police at Altoona, Pennsylvania, the first time under Mayor Breth (Democratic) and the second term under Colonel Burchfield (Republican). He was educated in the public schools of his home neighborhood, was politically a Democrat and in religious faith a Roman Catholic. He married Miss Mary Rosalia Wharton, eldest daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Bender) Wharton. She was born near St. Augustine, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, April 14, 1849. She is a descendant of the old English family of Whartons which dates back to the fifteenth century. Her father was a farmer. His ancestors came to this country before the Revolutionary war, but the papers containing the family record were destroyed by fire at the home of Miss Alice Wharton, sister of Joseph Wharton, several years ago.
Joseph Wharton was a son of Stanislaus Wharton and wife Mary McConnell, and was born in Cambria county, Pennsylvania about 1818. Stanislaus Wharton's mother was Ann Knopp, and is said to have been the daughter of a prime minister of England to Poland. Mary McConnell was a native of Ireland, and was brought to this country by her parents when a few months old, probably about 1793.
Catherine Bender was the daughter of Americus "Emmerick" Bender and Mary Magdalene Yost, and was born in Carrolltown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, November 12, 1821. When about eighteen years of age she married Joseph Wharton. Five children were born to them: i. James, who was a soldier in the Civil war, a veteran, and was a prisoner at Libby prison, Richmond, Virginia, for nearly one year. 2. Charles. 3. Mary R. 4. Alice. 5. Ellie. Shortly after the youngest child was born, Joseph Wharton was kicked by a horse, which caused his death, and Catherine (Bender) Wharton then married in about three years Thomas Wilt, by whom three children were born. She died February 20, 1904, at Ashville, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, and was buried at St. Augustine, Cambria county, having been all her life a faithful member of St. Augustine Catholic church.
Americus Bender was the son of John Jacob Bender, a poor gunsmith of Westphalia in Holland. The latter longed to come to this country to better his condition and that of his family, but being so poor he could not come unless he sold himself and family as slaves, as was customary in those days for immigrants to sell themselves on landing in this country in order to pay their fare. In the year 1795 he set sail with his wife and four children for Philadelphia, and on their arrival there each one was sold for their individual fare and were purchased by different masters, the Quakers being the buyers. After the parents had served their time they came to Cambria county and settled between Buck's Mills and Loretto, where they lived until the death of Mr. Bender in 1829, he then being eighty-nine years of age. He made a clock which served as a timepiece for the family until his death. This was no doubt the first clock made west of the Allegheny mountains. Mrs. Bender, notwithstanding all the hardships which the early pioneers were subject to, lived to the ripe old age of one hundred years. As the children served out their time, which was when they reached twenty-one years of age, they followed their parents to Cambria county, with the exception of William, who settled in Maryland. Americus, or "Emmerick," the oldest of the children who came to this country, was set free by his master at the funeral of George Washington, whither he had taken him. His master was Colonel Caleb Davis, of Philadelphia. The same year, 1799, he came to Cambria county, and in 1808 married Mary Magdalene Yost and settled on the farm known as the Henry Bender farm. In 1810 Americus walked to Philadelphia to get his sister, Mary Ann, whose time had expired. The next year she was married to John Byrne.
When the war of 1812-14 broke out Americus formed a party of hardy mountaineers and was chosen lieutenant. They marched through the forest to Lake Erie, where they assisted in freeing the American soil, from British soldiers. He later became known as "Old Squire Bender." He was one of the commissioners at the erection of the old court house; served as a juryman at the first court held in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, and also served as county auditor, and in 1827 as county commissioner.
John Jacob Bender was born January 31, 1740, and died December 6, 1829. Americus Bender was born November 13, 1784, and died January 26, 1868.
(IV) Edwin Tobias McGough, son of Silas A. and Mary R. (Wharton) McGough, was educated in the public schools and at the parochial schools of Altoona, Pennsylvania. He entered the detective force for the city of Pittsburgh April 6, 1903, and was appointed captain of detectives June 1, 1907. Politically Captain McGough is independent and in the church faith he is a Roman Catholic, holding membership with the Holy Rosary Catholic church at Homewood. He belongs to the Brotherhood of Elks.
He was united in marriage, June 20, 1896, to Anna Elizabeth Haggerty, of Bay City, Michigan. Mr. Haggerty was born in Vermont and Mrs. Haggerty in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The former was a steamboat captain. Mr. and Mrs. McGough are the parents of two children — Charles Wharton, born at Altoona, Pennsylvania, July 4, 1898; Thomas Francis, born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, December 4, 1906.
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