McGILL, NANCY (Burchfield)—
Born: At the McGill Settlement in the ancestral
home, May 27, 1798.
Married: To John Burchfield in 1820.
Died: At Edinboro’, Pa., Nov. 4, 1873.
JOHN BURCHFIELD was born Oct. 6, 1796.
Died: Sept. 4, 1867.
They were the parents of ten children, all of
whom grew to maturity strong in body and mind, without the loss of one. They
were a remarkable family, as follows:
SARAH ANN BURCHFIELD—
Born: At Greenwood, Sept. 27, 1822.
Sarah Ann was one of those unselfish souls
who willingly and cheerfully devote their whole lives to the welfare of
others. In youth she was comely and strong and was her mother’s efficient
aid in bringing up and training that large family of seven boys. A more
capable woman is nowhere to be found, and now at the age of 86 years she
enjoys life and is cheerful and happy.
She lives in Pittsburg, Pa.
Born: March 13, 1824.
Married: To Mary Watson, Feb.
12, 1857. Died: Nov. 29, 1862, and is buried at Black's Corners, Hayfield -
Mr. Burchfield was a carpenter
and a skilled workman.
Charles P. Burchfield Born: June
A mystery attends the fate of
this man. He was a carpenter and many years ago when he was a young man he
went to Cleveland, 0., to work at his trade, and was never afterwards heard
William P. Burchfield
Born: Jan. 15, 1828.
Married: To Carrie Robinson,
Aug. 23, 1868. Died: Sept. 7, 1892, Edinboro', Pa.-left one child.
He was a soldier in the War
of the Rebellion; served in Company E, 98th Reg't. Pa. Vet. Vol. Infantry.
Robert R. Burchfield
Born: At Saegerstown, Pa., Feb.
12, 1830. Married: To Emeline Austin, Oct. 7, 1862, at Edinboro', Pa.
Died: At Florence, S. C., Jan.
31, 1865. They had three children.
Robert Ried Burchfield was a
gentleman from boyhood. He was a mild mannered, well behaved youth, and
possessed a great memory.
He attended the Union Dutch
Sunday School at Saegerstown, and in competition for a prize, recited the
Four Evangelists without a break, and had he been permitted to go on there
is no knowing how far he would have gone into the Acts of the Apostles.
He was a good speaker; his
enunciation was faultless; and as a writer-though not a professional-his
productions were interesting and elegant.
The people of Edinboro' made
him a justice of the Peace, and he naturally became prominent in local
affairs. The war came on, and he went into the Army and wrote interesting
letters to the Erie papers of what he saw and experienced there.
I have no memorandum of the
company or regiment in which Squire Burchfield served, or how and where he
was captured, but he was taken prisoner and thrown into the filthy prison
pens of the South, where he died two months and nine days before Lee's
Robert was a good looking man
(as a matter of fact, all of Aunt Nancy's ten children were fine looking
people). He was of manly form, and his countenance was of that pale
intellectual cast that attracts attention everywhere. He was my playmate in
early youth, my school mate in the hustling days of the McGill school, and
always a congenial spirit in the associations of after life.
Augustus I. Burchfield
Born: At Saegerstown, Pa., March
15, 1832. Married : To Nancy Lick, July 4, 18-.
They have six children and live
at St. Petersburg, Clarion County, Pa. (My affable, old friend.)
Samuel Montgomery Burchfield—
Born: At Saegerstown, Pa.,
Aug. 12, 1834.
Married: Matilda Hart at
Edinboro’, Pa., March 10, 1866.
Died: Jan. 27, 1895.
They had a family of six
children. S. M. Burchfield served through the War of the Rebellion in
Company —, 145th Regt., Penna. Vol. He distinguished himself in battle, and
was promoted to First Lieutenant of his company. When his regiment
surrendered to the enemy, Burchfield looked on a minute, took in the
situation, then exclaimed, "D—d, if I surrender on such easy terms. I am
going out of here. Boys, come on !" The most of his company followed him,
and made good their escape, though the big, daring, red-headed lieutenant
received a dangerous scalp wound in the operation.
Hester Burchfield (Winters)—
Born: At Saegerstown, Pa.,
Jan. 2, 1837.
Married: To Eugene Winters,
Nov. 24, 1861. Hester with her two children lives in Pittsburg, Pa.
Caroline A. Burchfield (Minnely)—
Born: At Saegerstown, Pa.,
April 8, 1839.
Married: To Henry Minnely,
March 13, 1869. They have one daughter and live in Edinboro’.
Henry Minnely served in the
War of the Rebellion in the 56th Reg’t., P. V. M., commanded by Colonel
Samuel B. Dick, and is a pensioner.
John M. Burchfield—
Born: Sept. 8, 1841, at
Married: Elvira Hamilton,
Feb. 10, 1882.
Died: At Bradford, Pa., Dec.
20, 1903. No children.
Aunt Nancy Burchfield deserves a place
in the front rank of the second generation of the McGills to which she
belonged by birth and blood. A review of her labors in life discloses the
imprint of a patient, painstaking, capable and strong-minded woman, who
under circumstances not always adventitious, grappled conditions and forced
her way to ultimate success—always cheerful and joyous—she made heavy
burdens light and removed obstructions as if by the hand of magic. Her seven
sons and three, daughters brought through the perils of infancy and youth,
and nurtured to manhood and womanhood were the jewels she brought to her
God, saying: "These thou has intrusted to me, and lo! I return them to thee
again: not a gem missing!"
Her husband, sorely afflicted and
broken down, became a burden instead of a help, but her management of their
affairs was superb and poverty or want never approached the doors of the
She was a grand, good woman; grand in
stature; grand in intellectual wealth and moral force; grand to the last
throb of her great generous heart; and the generations of today may well
look up with wonder at the purity of life, and goodness of heart that so
beautifully developed in the little "Nan" of yore who resembled the
beautiful aunt across the sea.
Charles Dillon McGill—
Youngest son of Patrick, the Pioneer—and his family of ten children.
McGill, Charles Dillon
Born : At McGill Settlement,
Good Intent Patent, A. D. 1802.
Married : To Angeline Martin,
of Waterford, Pa., A. D. 1829.
Second Marriage : To Elmira
Clark, of North East, Pa.
Died: A. D. 1875, at
Of his ten children, nine
were the offspring of Angeline, the youngest, James Buchanan McGill, being
the son of Elmira.
The family records were in
the custody of the eldest daughter, Mrs. Mary A. Hites, who died suddenly a
few years since, leaving no posterity, and the archives are not available
for information which accounts for lack of dates and other important data
and information in the following compilation :
McGill, Angeline Martin
Born: A. D. 1811, at
Waterford, Pa. Died: A. D. 1848, at Saegerstown, Pa.
Angeline was a beautiful and
accomplished woman and the mother of a very bright and interesting family.
She was the daughter of Armand Martin, a soldier of 1812, who was a son of
Gen. Charles Martin, who gained celebrity in the Revolutionary War as a
staff officer with Colonel Armand, commander of the famous corps known as
Armand's Legion. Angeline's mother was Mary Ryan, daughter of John and
Catherine Ryan, an elder sister of my mother, Isabella.
McGill, Elmira (Clark)
Died: At Saegerstown, Pa., in
1898, and was buried in the Saegerstown cemetery.
Her son McGill, James
Buchanan lives at McKeesport, Pa., an employe in the offices of the
Pennsylvania R. R. Co.
Was the oldest child of
Charles D. and Angeline. He was an unusually bright and well behaved boy. He
died at the age of 16 years
McGill, Mary Ann
Was the eldest daughter of C.
D. and Ange, line. She was quite young when her mother died and many heavy
cares fell on her young shoulders.
She married Jacob L. Hites
about 1854 and they had one son, Corydon Hites, who married and soon after
died, leaving no issue. When Mary Ann died the books were closed. She leaves
McGill, Armand Martin
Married : Miss Briggs, of
Erie county, Pennsylvania.
They had one son, Charles.
They separated and were divorced-the son went with his mother and died in
the West. Armand M. married again: Celestia Renner, of Saegerstown. They had
one son, Alvin R.
Armand died, and about two
years since Alvin R. died, unmarried, and the line of Armand became extinct.
Both his former wives
re-married and are living in affluent circumstances.
McGill, John Eudolphus
Born : August 13, 1835.
Married: Amelia A. Boyd, September 28, 1861.
Amelia A. was born : March 10, 1841, and died: March 5, 1907.
John Eudolphus and Amelia A. had children as
McGill, Charles Snowden
Born : May 28, A. D. 1865.
Married : July 25, 1887, to Sarah A. Baker,
who was born: June 11, A. D. 1867.
They have three children, to-wit :
McGill, Bessie A.
Born: May 19, 1889,
Bessie is "Hello Girl" in the Telephone
Exchange at Saegerstown.
McGill, Clarence A.
Born: June 24, 1892.
Employed by the Trolley Company.
C. Snowden McGill has charge of Electric
Plant at "The Inn."
McGill, Leon M. - Born: Oct. 9, 1866.
Leon is an engineer and electrician.
McGill, H. Lois
Born : April 7, 1868.
Married : To Wm. Maynard, Oct. 6, 1897.
Mr. Maynard and wife live in Erie, Pa., and
have three children, to-wit:. Leon L. Maynard (1899), Inner M. (1901) and
Lucilla B. 1903)
McGill, A. Adelaide
Born : Now. 9, 1871.
Married : To Frank A. Way, March 25, 1893.
They have two children, to-wit : Helen F.
(1894) and F. Elvira (1895).
McGill, Emeline (Affentranger)
Married : William Affentranger, who was
engaged in mercantile pursuits in Meadville, Pa.
They had four children, to-wit : Alice A.,
Emma, Edna and Alta.
When Mr. Affentranger died,
Alice A. took charge of the business, and has ever since carried it on
They live on Pine street, with
business place on Water street, Meadville, Pa.
McGill, Augusta A. (Powell)
Married: Edward Powell, whose
occupation was that of miller, and when the roller process was introduced
his services were in great demand. They had three sons. Mr. Powell died and
the family reside in Greenville, Mercer county, Pa.
McGill, Frances (Twichell)
Married : Henry C. Twichell, a
business man of Edinboro, Pa.
They have children grown up
and engaged in business pursuits. In a nice home in the great school town of
the State their lives are gliding peacefully and happily along.
Henry C. Twichell served in
the Army of the United States through the War of the Rebellion in Company B,
145th Reg't., Pennsylvania Vol. Inf. He was twice wounded in battle, once at
Gettysburg and again at Spottsylvania, Va., and he has a splendid military
McGill, Andrew Ryan
Born: At Saegerstown, Pa., Feb. 19, 1840.
Married: To Eliza E. Bryant,
daughter of Bryant, the historian of the Indian Massacre in 1862. She died
in 1877, survived by two sons and one daughter.
He was again married in 1879 to
Miss Mary E.
Wilson, daughter of Dr. J. C.
Wilson, of Edinboro, Pa. By this marriage they had two sons.
Andrew R. McGill died Oct. 31,
He rose to great distinction and
was rated among the great men of his day. (See chapter XXVIII.)
The following are the
descendants of Governor McGill :
McGill, Charles H., son of
Andrew R, and Eliza E.
Born: In 1866, at St. Peter,
Minn. McGill, Robert C., son of A. R. and Eliza E. - Born: in 1869.
Resides in St. Paul, Minn.
McGill, Lida B. (Boynton),
daughter of A. R. and Eliza E.
Born: In 1874.
Married : William Boynton,
McGill, Wilson, son of A. R. and
Born: 1884, St. Paul, Minn.
McGill, Thomas, son of A. R. and
Mary E.-Born: A. D. 1889, St. Paul, Minn.
McGill, Helen, youngest daughter
of the third generation.
Soon after the close of the
war Helen married Joseph L. Kopp, and they had two children, to-wit : Harry
and Angeline. Harry married a daughter of Oliver Beebe, of West Hayfield,
and Angeline married Frank Smith, of Summerhill. They all went to California
and live at Santa Barbara, Cal. Joseph L. Kopp was a valiant little man. He
served in both the army and navy during the war.
McGill, Maria (McCloskey) and
She was the youngest daughter
of the second generation. She married Michael McCloskey, of Westmoreland
county, Pa., who was a younger brother of John McCloskey, who married
Margaret, daughter of Arthur. I can remember Aunt Maria as a very beautiful
woman. Michael was a genius in his way. Elegant in manners, address and
attire, conscientious and sensitive in matters of faith and politics, a man
of integrity and courage, endowed with the keenest sense of the ludicrous,
quick as a flash to resent an insult or slight, yet so heartily cheerful and
happy, he was an apostle of fun. When he lived in Saegerstown, in the early
days of the corporation, he set at defiance the bungling ordinances of the
town-licked the Burgomaster-took the authorities into court and beat them
for heavy costs, all in such a pleasant, cheerful way that everybody
He extracted great fun out of
his legal controversies with the Dutch lawmakers.
Michael and Maria lived for a
time after marriage at Cambridge by the Deadwater (now Cambridge Springs).
Two children were born there and died. Then came a little boy, and Maria
died. The infant was named James Ellis McCloskey and was brought to "Aunt
Ibby" and Uncle John, where he was tenderly cared for until he was a
slashing, fine boy of ten or twelve years, when his father, having
re-married, took him away.
Years passed on and many
things were forgotten, but I always cherished a fond recollection of that
manly, little cousin. * * *
We had passed through
Thoroughfare Gap in a terrific snow storm and beaten by howling, icy winds,
went into camp amid the mountain tops near Warrenton, Va. There was frozen
ground and snow under my feet in the tent I occupied -the only shelter I had
on earth, and turn where one would there was nothing but bleak discomfort in
sight. I was sick, tired, dissatisfied and morose.
There came the clatter of a
saber at the entrance, and as I turned, in no amiable mood, to ascertain the
cause of the intrusion, a big, tall trooper pushed his way into the tent and
stood erect, smiling. I took a step forward, looked him in the eye, and
quick as a flash of light the recognition came. It was our "Jimmie" of the
old home, grown to great proportions and clad in the panoply of war.
Our delight at meeting was
mutual and did me more good than all the remedies in the old Pharmacopoeia
could have done.
I had known nothing of his
being in the service. He belonged in the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He knew
that I was in the 83rd Pennsylvania, and learning of our proximity hunted me
I saw him several times
during our movement down to Falmouth and while awaiting Burnside's
operations. * It was Dec. 13th, 1862, and the battle of Fredericksburg was
on. We had crossed the Rappahannock on the pontoons, marched through the
city and formed line of battle in the open country beyond, under a
scattering, long range fire from Marys Heights. There was a line of battle
engaged with the enemy in our front. Humphrey's Division filed in and formed
some two hundred yards in our rear. They were a fine looking body of men and
just as good as they looked. This attracted the attention of the gunners on
the Heights, and they dropped shot and shell in their direction without
serious injury. Gen. Humphrey, to show his contempt of this long range
bombardment, rode with his staff and escort to the right of his line, and
then dashed along the entire front to the left. A company of the 4th
Pennsylvania Cavalry were the escort. It was a mighty fine spectacle.
While the escort was passing
directly opposite my position, and in full view, the horse of a trooper was
knocked over and rolled on the ground. The boy jerked off the saddle and
bridle and sprinted down to the left on the heels of the escort. That boy
was our Jimmie McCloskey, and I felt sure that I recognized him at the time.
But at the instant I saw something that he did not see. That horse was not
killed, but only stunned, and in half a minute regained his feet and started
full tilt after Jimmie and overtook him at the turning of the left flank,
and the whole outfit was returned to duty without serious injury.
Soon afterwards this
statement was corroborated at Stoneman's Switch, by the actor himself, and
several of his comrades who were present.
The accession of Hooker to
the command of the Army of the Potomac was followed by many changes in the
disposition of the Cavalry Corps, and I saw Jimmie no more.
He was captured by the enemy,
and the line of Michael and Maria became extinct in the prison pen of