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The McGills
The Descendants of Patrick, the Pioneer, Cont’d.—McGill, Nancy (Burchfield) and Family—McGill, Charles Dillon and Interesting Family — McGill, Maria McCloskey and Son James

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:


Born: At Greenwood, Sept. 27, 1822. Unmarried.

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. (Since died.)

James Burchfield

Born: March 13, 1824.

Married: To Mary Watson, Feb. 12, 1857. Died: Nov. 29, 1862, and is buried at Black's Corners, Hayfield - no children.

Mr. Burchfield was a carpenter and a skilled workman.

Charles P. Burchfield Born: June 15, 1826.

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 from.

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 surrender.

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 Saegerstown, Pa.

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 Burchfield home.

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 Saegerstown, Pa.

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.

McGill, Oscar

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 no posterity.

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 follows :

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. Unmarried.

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 successfully.

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 record.

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, 1905.

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, Meadville, Pa.

McGill, Wilson, son of A. R. and Mary E..

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 her son

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 laughed.

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 up.

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 Andersonville.

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