William A. McCaw

 William A. McCAW (1825 -1895) was Alex’s 3rd Great Grandfather, one of 16 in this generation of the Miner line.

William A. McCaw was born 1 Aug 1825 in Chester, South Carolina.  His parents were John Morton McCAW and Anna [__?__].  He married Margaret Ann SMITH on 22 Jan 1851 in Preble County, Ohio.  Preble County is in Southwest Ohio on the Indiana border. Population in 1850 was 21,700.  William died 12 Nov 1895 in Chetopa, Kansas.

McCaw – Smith Marriage Record Preble County, Ohio

Margaret Ann Smith was born 28 Jun 1831 in Ohio.  Her parents were Robert SMITH and Mary PATTERSON.     Margaret was living in the same township as William and attended the same Hopewell Presbyterian Church.  Also both William’s parents and Margaret’s mother  were Scots-Irish who emigrated about the same time to Chester County, South Carolina and Robert’s daughters moved to Kansas.

The  1850 census shows Margaret to be a couple years older than future censuses or her death certificate.  I think that’s OK because inferred census birth dates often have a little variation.  Also, the 1880 census lists both Margaret’s parents as being born in Ohio, while Robertl.0 was born in Kentucky and Mary in South Carolina. Margaret stated that her parents were born in South Carolina in the 1900 and 1910 census.Margaret’s death certificate signed by her daughter Iva also states that her mother was born in Ohio.   I have found errors in 1880 parental birth states in other ancestors, so I don’t think that source is definitive.

After William died in 1895, Margaret moved to Pasadena, California.  Margaret died 29 Aug 1916 in Pasadena, California of a cerebral hemorrhage.    Margaret was living with her daughter Iva at 312 Pleasant Street, Pasadena, California,  a few blocks from Cal Tech.  Click here for a Google Map of her address

Iva took her mother’s body back to Chetopa, Kansas where she was buried 28 Sep 1916 in Oak Hill Cemetery next to her husband.

Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa, Kansas

William was a 25 year old working on the Paxton farm before he married Margaret.  His parents and brothers and sisters had moved on to Indiana and then Kansas.  William did not catch up with them until 1879.  1850 Census  Record Israel, Preble, Ohio:

Name Age Birth
Thomas Paxton 41 1809
Martha Paxton 30 1820
Nancy J Paxton 10 1840
Sarah E Paxton 7 1843
Robert Paxton 2 1848
John Foster 18 1832
William McCAW 25 1825

Thomas Lackey Paxton was born 13 Mar 1809 in Natural Bridge, Rockbridge, Virginia. His parents were Jonathan Paxton (1777 – 1852) and Nancy Agnes Gilmore (1784 – 1852) He married Martha G Weede 6 Jun 1839 in Preble, OH.   Thomas died 16 Apr 1864 in Bloomington, Monroe, Indiana.    William’s parents also lived in Bloomington so there must be a family connection.

Martha G Weede was born 15 May 1820 in Preble, Ohio. Her parents were Andrew Weed (1790 in Abberville, SC – 5 May 1825 in Preble,Ohio) and Nancy Jane Pressly (1790 in Abberville, SC – 6 Dec 1837 in, Preble, Ohio) Martha died in 1861.

Children of William and Margaret:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Mary Ida McCaw c. 1852
Preble County, Ohio
Aft. 1860 census?
2. Anna E McCaw c. 1854
Dixon, Preble, Ohio
Aft. 1870 census
3. Robert N McCaw Jan 1857
Dixon, Preble, Ohio
Mary J. [__?__]
8 Sep 1945 Linn Grove Cemetery, Greeley, Weld County, Colorado, Plot: Blk 114, lot 2, spc 13
4. Laura McCaw c. 1858
Dixon, Preble, Ohio
Before 1870?
5. John McCaw c. 1862
Dixon, Preble, Ohio
Not with family in 1880 census when he would have been about 18
6. Iva E McCaw 21 Jul 1865
Dixon, Preble, Ohio
Samuel B Lawrence
10 Apr 1891
Chepeta, KS
Lewis W Morrison
c. 1901 Redlands, California
19 May 1962
Los Angeles
7. Ella Bett McCaw c. 1867
Dixon, Preble, Ohio
Caleb C. (Clark) Lawrence
29 Jan 1891
Chepeta, KS
S. K. (Fred) Ressel
10 Oct 1894
Colony, KS
 After 1930 census Colony, Anderson, Kansas
8. Ada. J (Alda) McCaw 7 Jul 1867
16 Sep 1879
of Scarletina Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa, KS
9. Cora Lorena McCAW 29 Jul 1871
Peculiar (Grand River, Cass County) MO
Harvey Latta MINER
Oct 1895
4 Aug 1960  San Diego

In 1833 the family moved from South Carolina to Preble County, Ohio.  After a residence of one year, they removed to Monroe County, Indiana.

Map of Indiana highlighting Monroe County

Monroe County, Indiana

In 1850, his parents were living in Perry, Monroe County, Indiana and William was a blacksmith living on Thomas Paxton’s farm in Israel Township, Premble County, Ohio.   William’s parents arrived in Americus,  Kansas by 1858. Two sons had come to Kansas earlier.

Map of Ohio highlighting Preble County

Preble County, Ohio

Several genealogies show a William had an uncle named William but without details.  A William McCaw was an early elder of the Hopewell and Fairhaven Churches in Preble County, Ohio and a widow Mary McCaw gave her farm to her nephew in exchange for agreeing to take care of her.

Our ancestor William A. McCAW was too young to be the Elder William McCaw below who helped found the Fairhaven Church,. History of Preble County, Ohio

In October, 1877, Rev. J. C. Campbell, the present pastor, began his labors among the people of Hopewell. The church, at present, is in a flourishing condition. The records show that since the establishment of the church there have been eight hundred and sixty-four baptisms and one hundred and forty-two deaths in the Hopewell church proper. There have been fifty ruling elders, as follows: Alexander Hamilton, William Mc. Gaw, John Pressly, John Patterson, Ebenezer Elliott, James Boyse, David McQuiston, Nathaniel Brown, John Foster, Andrew McQuiston, John Pinkerton, John Giles, William Gilmore, John Douglas, Samuel McDill, James Brown, sr., John Caldwell, Thomas Pinkerton, David Robertson, William McCaw, Archibald McDill, James Brown, jr., Hugh McDill, David McDill, John Ramsey, George Ramsey, Andrew Hamilton, John McDill, John Buck, Robert Marshall, Robert Simpson, Richard Sloan, Hugh McQuiston, James McCracken, James Davidson, John Simpson, Hugh Elliott, Thomas Buck, Samuel B. McQuiston, William Caskey, Hugh Ramsey, James A. Brown, William Bell, and A. B. Rock. The Sabbath school has about one hundred scholars, with James A. Brown superintendent.


As soon as that portion of the Hopewell congregati0n living in the vicinity of Fair Haven had been stricken off, the petition to moderate a call had been granted by presbytery, a call was made out and moderated by Rev. Alexander Porter, and accepted by Rev. Jeremiah Morrow, son of ex-Governor Morrow. He was installed in the following spring. The congregation consisted of about fifty families, and the new church immediately commenced its career of prosperity. The following were the first elders of the church:

John and Thomas Pinkerton, John Foster, William MaGaw, and William McCaw. The present elders are William MaGaw, Morton Gordon, William A. Pinkerton, David Ramsey, William Simpson, and Robert Beckett. Mr. Morrow preached seven or eight years, and was obliged to resign on account of failing health. He died soon afterwards in Chillicothe.

In the spring of 1845 Rev. John Reynolds became pastor, but he died in about a year, and was the first person buried in the Fair Haven cemetery.

June 20, 1847, Rev. John Y. Schouller, a graduate of the Alleghany Theological seminary, took charge of the church, and still continues in this his first and only pastorate.

Israel Township, Preble County, Ohio

In the 1850 census, William’s aunt Mary McCaw was living on a farm with William Paull in Dixon, Preble, Ohio.  Household Members:  William Paull 27,  Eliza J Paull 26, William M Paull 1, Mary Mccaw 55, Patrick O Connell 17   William Paull was born in South Carolina in 1821 or 1823 and married Eliza Jane Smith in 1848 in Ohio.

16 Jul 1856 – Mary McCaw gave her farm in Preble County to her nephew in exchange for William agreeing to take care of her.  Mary was about 61 years old.  In exchange for the farm, William agreed

1. To pay one half the expense of building Mary a house  to stand near the present dwelling

Furnish Mary with all the necessaries of life except clothing including her Physician, medicines and nursing etc in the case of sickness

3 & 4. Keep and care in a proper manner one horse and one cow for Mary

5.  Furnish Mary anny other little necessaries or comforts of life suited to her condition in life and not above enumerated

6. Pay Mary for charitable, religious and other purposes fifty dollars a pear to be paid on the first of January

7. Pay all taxes and assessments and keep farm in good condition

8. If William died or otherwise failed to complete the contract, the farm would revert to Mary

9. Wukkuan agreed to live on the farm with his own family in the present dwelling house and not to rent the house to any other persons during Mary’s natural life.

I can find no further record of Mary McCaw.  In the 1860 census, William was a farmer living in near Fair Haven in Dixon Township, Premble County, Ohio. His farm was valued at $4,000.

In the 1860 Census  William and Margaret were farming in Dixon, Preble, Ohio Post Office  Fair Haven.

10 Apr 1869 – William and Margaret sold their Preble farm to George McDiertt (McDervitt?) for $4,200

By the 1870 census William  was a farmer living between Peculiar and Harrisonville in Grand River, Cass County,  Missouri.   Cass County is now in the Kansas City metro area.  His real estate was valued at $6,000 and personal estate at $1,000.  Margaret’s sister and brother-in-law Eliza Jane and William Paul also living in Grand River, Missouri in the 1870 census.  The McCaw family was family #56 and the Paul family was family #69 in order of visitation so  their farms may have been close by, but not contiguous.  The Paul’s real estate was valued at $18,000 and personal property at $4,000 a healthy sum for those days.

Map of Missouri highlighting Cass County

The area suffered greatly during the Civil War, under Union General Thomas Ewing’s notorious General Order No. 11 (1863), which ordered the depopulation of Bates,  Cass,  Jackson, and Vernon  counties in Missouri.   Order No. 11 was issued four days after the August 21 1863 Lawrence Massacre, a retaliatory effort led by the notorious bushwhacker leader William Quantrill. The Union Army believed the guerrillas drew their support from the rural population of four Missouri counties on the Kansas border south of the Missouri River. These were  Federal forces intended to end this by any means necessary, no matter what the cost to innocent civilians.

Ewing’s decree ordered the expulsion of all non-Unionist residents from these counties, and commanded that their homes be burned. Exceptions were made for those living within one mile of the town limits of Independence, Hickman Mills, Pleasant Hill, and Harrisonville.

Ewing’s order came in the face of dire threats from radical Senator James Lane to lead a jayhawking raid through Missouri that would destroy more than four Missouri counties. On September 9, 1863, convinced Ewing was not acting harshly enough, Lane gathered nearly a thousand Kansans at Paola, Kansas, and marched towards Westport, Missouri, with an eye towards destruction of that pro-slavery town. Ewing sent several companies of his old 11th Kansas Volunteer Calvary to stop Lane’s advance, by force if necessary. Lane backed down.  Four of William’s brothers were soldiers in that regiment.

Ewing ordered his troops not to engage in looting or other depredations, but he was simply unable to control them. Most were Kansas volunteers who regarded all Missourians as “rebels” to be punished. Animals and farm property were stolen or destroyed; houses, barns and outbuildings burned to the ground. The four counties became a devastated “no-man’s-land”, with only charred chimneys and burnt stubble showing where homes and thriving communities had once stood.

Ironically, Ewing’s order had the opposite military effect from what he intended. Instead of eliminating the guerrillas, it gave them immediate unlimited access to supplies. Chickens, hogs and cattle wandered about, abandoned when their owners were forced to flee. Smokehouses were sometimes found to contain hams and bacon, while barns might hold feed for horses.

William’s daughter Cora was born in Peculiar, Cass County, Missouri.  The population was 2,604 at the 2000 census. The town motto is, appropriately enough, “Where the ‘odds’ are with you.” Early settlers of the town came to Western Missouri by riverboat from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. On July 29, 1868, the county surveyor, Robert Cass, platted Peculiar and was filed as “The Town of Peculiar”.

Peculiar received its name when the first postmaster, Edgar Thomson, had his first choice, Excelsior, rejected because it already existed in Atchison County, Missouri. Several other choices were also rejected. The story goes that the annoyed Thomson wrote to the Postmaster General himself to complain saying, among other things, “We don’t care what name you give us so long as it is sort of ‘peculiar’.” Thomson submitted the name “Peculiar” and the name was approved. The post office was established on June 22, 1868.

15 Apr 1879 – William McCaw and family arrived from Cass County, Missouri and purchased the farm of Isaac Woods about two miles northeast of Chetopa.  William’s younger brother John and sister-in-law Emma were also living in Chetopa where they buried their son Clyde in 1883.

Chetopa, Labette, Kansas

Chetopa had a bloody history in the Civil War. From William G. Cutler’s History of the State of Kansas 1883

Chetopa is situated near the southeast corner of Labette County, on the Neosho River, and on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad. The land selected for the town site had been taken by Dr. George Lisle, as a claim, as early as 1858. The settlement, in this part of the county, dates from January, 1857. At this date a society know as the Powhattan Agricultural Association was formed at Powhattan, Ohio, composed of ten members, the object of which was to establish a colony somewhere in Southeastern Kansas. Dr. George Lisle was made president of the association, and William Doudna, secretary. A committee of three, composed of G. Lisle, G. Ewers, and S. Steel, was sent to look up a location, with instructions to visit the Neosho Valley. The committee left Ohio April 1, 1857, and after looking about for awhile, reached the spot on which Chetopa stands on the 17th day of that month.

The beauty and fertility of the country was apparent, and the party were satisfied that no better place could be found, and concluded to select this for the location of the colony. Dr. Lisle went back to Ohio and reported progress, and on the first of November, returned to this Eden with his family, and in May, 1858, staked off his claim which is now the site of Chetopa. The first spring he broke ten acres and planted it to corn, and in the following spring he broke as much more ground, and planted the whole to this crop. The new colony was flourishing, undisturbed by any cause whatsoever, idly dreaming of the future greatness of their new lands. The civil war broke out, and its devastations reached the homes of these colonists and almost wholly destroyed them.

There were many here of both whites and Indians that were adherents of the Southern cause, to which they rendered as much aid as lay in their power. One or more bands of guerrillas were formed to fight the battles of the South, and protect those whose opinions varied from those of the now somewhat tyrannical Northern men, who, in such times, would trample upon those who happened not to have opinions agreeing with their own. These bands committed many brutal acts of bloodshed and conflagrations, against the advice and counsel of the wiser and more prominent of their number. Mathes, who had been a trader at Oswego from an early date, is charged with being the leader of these bands and guilty of their acts. But the better authority proves that Mathes was a civil, whole-souled man, who counseled against such proceedings, and that whatever acts of atrocity were perpetrated upon Union men in this section were against his protests and without his aid or assistance.

Mathes was a Virginian by birth and rearing, and it is said that he possessed the genial hospitality characteristic of the people of that State. That his store door stood open to settlers at all times, who when sick, could here obtain provisions without money and without price. There were, however, many acts of brutality committed by the Southern allies in this section, which unjustly were charged to Mathes. A pursuit was made upon these marauders by a body of Union troops, under Col. Blunt, and Mathes, who held a commission as Colonel in the rebel army, was overtaken a short distance below Chetopa, shot and killed.

In November, 1863, Capt. Willets, of the Fourteenth Kansas, invaded this country, and, under order of Gen. Ewing, burned houses, property, etc., so as to prevent their falling into the hands of the rebel army. Dr. Lisle’s houses and property were destroyed, among which was a fine medical library and case of instruments. About forty houses were burned near Chetopa. This devastation of the country annihilated the settlement for a time, most all having left for more secure quarters, others entering the armies of either the North or South, while some fell victims to this difference of opinion upon the threshold of their own homes.

The war being ended and peace restored, those who had left their homes in this wilderness, as it were, returned to them, in the hope of restoring what had been uselessly destroyed. They were followed by many others, and the work of improvement and settlement went on anew.

In the 1880 and 1885 census William and son Robert were farmers in Richland Township, Labette County, Kansas.  Today, Richland Township has a population of 303 in 38 square miles for a population density of only 8 people per square mile.

Chetopa and Richland Township are in the southeast corner of Labette County. From William G. Cutler’s History of Kansas 1883

Their farm was within a mile of present day Harmon Wildlife Area.   It  is located on the Neosho River floodplain. A river oxbow with permanent water is surrounded on three sides by bottomland hardwoods. The remaining is undisturbed native prairie. Labette creek borders a .2-mile section on the west side of the property.  The undisturbed prairie meadow is noted for its wildflower diversity. The mature woodland dominated by oaks, hickory and walnut is indicative of the rich bottomland soil.  Species hunted include whitetail deer, eastern turkey, fox squirrel and cottontails.  Fishing opportunities are limited due to hike-in only access. Fish species include channel catfish, white crappie, green sunfish and rough fish.  Principal management practices on the area include prescribed burns and wildlife plantings. The property is managed with federal wildlife restoration money, state wildlife fee fund money and from agricultural income generated on the property.

Here is a Google Satellite View of the approximate location of their Richland Township Farm

In the 1880 Census, William and Margaret were farming in Richland, Labette, Kansas

Chetopa, Kansas circa 1870.  It is named for the Osage chieftain Tzi-Topah. Among the Osage, warriors earn their names and Tzi-Topah was no exception. His name, which means Four Lodges, was earned when he captured and burned four houses in a Pawnee village during a raid.

Small articles continue to be in the Chetopa paper for several years, including the marriage of William and Margaret’s daughters Ella and Ida.

2 Mar 1894 – Mr, Wm McCaw, one of the industrious and well to do farmers of Richland Township, made his customer annual call at our office yesterday.

15 Nov 1895 – The community has been made sad in the death of Wm. McCaw who passed away in a good old age, “like the shuck of corn in his season.”  Mr. McCaw was not well for some time, but Monday took violent hemorrhages which ended his life about 9 o’clock P.M.   Tuesday at 2 P.M. a large assembly met at the home where he and his companion spent the later years of lives.  His widow, three married daughters and one married son remain to mourn his absence.  After an appropriate service the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery of Chetopa to await the coming of the eternal day.  Of Mr. McCaw it may be said he was full of years and died full of faith in his Redeemer.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.H. Lytle.

6 Dec 1895 – Mrs. Wm. McCaw will make a public sale of some personal property at her place Friday, Dec,. 13 1895.

In the 1 Mar 1895 Kansas census, William and Margaret were living in Richland, Labette, Kansas with no children at home.

In the 1900 census, William’s widow Margaret was living alone in Welda, Anderson, Kansas near her brother-in-law John Addison McCaw.  The census states she was the mother of eleven children, four of whom were still living (Cora, Robert, Ella  and Iva)

Margaret McCaw moved to Pasadena, California to live with her daughter Iva.

28 Sep 1916 Chetopa Advance Microfilm
Mrs. Iva Morrison will arrive in Chetopa Friday morning with the body of her mother, Mrs. William McCaw, who died in Pasadena, Cal., Tuesday, August 29.  Mrs. McCaw and her husband were old settlers in the Chetopa territory at one time owningthe farm now owned and occupied by Luke Faulenstein, northwest of town.  They left here about 15 years or more ago.  Mr. McCaw is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery and his wife’s body will be laid to rest beside him.

Two Other Distantly John McCaws in Richland, Chetopa, Kansas

Even though John McCaw (1825 – 1895)   and his son John Andrew McCaw (1856 -1928) both lived in Chetopa, Kansas at the same time as our ancestor William McCaw and his brother John Addison McCaw, they are not closely related.   Their John McCaw Sr  immigrated from Scotland which means he would be a 4th cousin at best.   However, there are many  coincidence which indicates a connection,

  • John Andrew McCaw and  John Addison McCaw both had children named Clyde and Myrtle.
  • Both John McCaw Sr and William A. McCaw had daughters named Cora.
  • John McCaw Sr and William A. McCaw were both born in 1825 and died in 1895.
  • John McCaw Sr and William A. McCaw both married women named Smith
  • John Andrew and John Addison both moved from Kansas to Colorado about the same time.  John Andrew went to Colorado in 1880, where he spent three years, mainly employed in running a pack train.  John Addison married Emma Elizabeth Taylor 1 May 1877 in Evans, Weld, Colorado.
  • John Andrew and John Addison both died in 1928.


John Andrew McCaw Family – Clyde Ethel, Carol, Lottie, Louis, Elsie, Myrtle, John A and Harriet L. and Cora McCaw.

John Addison’s Clyde and Myrtle are named in extensive Civil War pension correspondence so they must be correct.  John Andrew’s  from the following 1901 biography which is so close in time I wouldn’t think they got their facts wrong.

“Miner” McCaw Line “Fisher” McCaw Line
1. William McCAW was born about 1740 in  Antrim, Northern Ireland.  He married Ann [WATSON?], William and his family emigrated between 1762 when Elizabeth was born in County Antrim, Ireland and 1765 when Martha was born in Chester County, SC. Two ships sailed from Belfast to Charleston in that time period.  The Falls in 1763 and the Prince of Wales in 1764. William died in 1796 in Chester, South Carolina 1. An unknown relative?
2. James McCAW was born in 1762 in Antrim County, Northern Ireland.   He married Martha MORTON. After Martha died, he married Sarah McWilliams on 24 Jul 1803.  James died 5 Mar 1840 in Chester County, South Carolina 2. Unknown relative?
3. John Morton McCAW (1789 in South Carolina – 9 Feb 1865 in Americus, Lyon County, Kansas.)  m. Anna [__?__] 3. John McCaw (10 Sep 1798 – Antrim, Northern Ireland – 10 May 1871 – Wellington or Riverstown, Ontario, Canada
m.  Elizabeth Thomson 27 Jul 1821, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
4. William McCAW (1 Aug 1825 in Chester, South Carolina – 12 Nov 1895 in Chetopa, Kansas.) m. Margaret Smith 4. John McCaw (2 Nov 1825 – Colmenell, Ayrshire, Scotland – 15 Oct 1895 – Chetopa, Labette, Kansas) He was living in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1841 and  Canandaigua, Ontario, New York  in  1850.
m1. Anne Smith (1837 Canada –  13 Apr 1876 Richland, Labette, Kansas) 21 Jun 1853 Providence, Rhode Island,
m2. Mary McConnel (1840 in Indian, Pike, Missouri – 30 May 1929 Adair, Mayes, Oklahoma) 1878 in Labette, Kansas
4. William’s brother  John Addison McCaw (7 Sep 1840, Bloomington, Monroe, Indiana – 4 Aug 1928 Glendale, AZ) m. Emma Elizabeth Taylor 1 May 1877 in Evans, Weld Colorado 5. John Anderson McCaw  (10 Oct 1856, LaPorte, Indiana – 16 Nov 1928 Idaho) m. Harriet Lydia Gordon

John Andrew McCaw

Here’s the other John A McCaw biography transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901.

JOHN A. McCAW [Jr], an old settler of Richland township, Labette county, Kansas, living in the northwest quarter of section 29, township 34, range 21, was born October 10, 1856, in Laporte county, Indiana. He is a son of John and Annie (Smith) McCaw.

John McCaw [Sr.] was born in Ireland, and was reared in England. His father was a very successful physician, who died in South America. Dr. J. C. Ayer, a well known physician of Lowell, Massachusetts, was an uncle of John McCaw. The father of the subject hereof located in Labette county in the spring of 1868. He was accompanied by his son, Bruce, and they settled on Deer Creek, where they built a house. They sold this house and land for $300 to a stranger, who, odd to relate, was never seen after paying for the place, and the land was taken up by another party. Mr. McCaw then purchased the southeast quarter of section 16, township 34, range 21, – the 120 acres lying just north of the present Labette Creek bridge, on the Chetopa-Oswego wagon road, and 40 acres of railroad land. This home place is owned jointly by the seven sons, of whom John A. McCaw is one. There Mr. McCaw remained until his death, which occurred in 1895, at the age of sixty-nine years. He married Annie Smith, who was born in Canada, and when young accompanied her mother to Providence, Rhode Island, where she married Mr. McCaw. She died in Labette county, aged thirty-eight years. They reared seven sons, namely: John A.; Bruce, who is in partnership with his brother, William, the owner of a stock ranch in Colorado; Wallace, a farmer in Colorado; Thomas, who is on the home farm in Richland township; William; Edwin, a farmer and stock dealer, who is at present in the Indian Territory; and Walter, who lives in Hackberry township, Labette county.

John A. McCaw Jr.  lived in Indiana until he was thirteen years old, when he moved to Labette county. He was a classmate of Miss M. Nellie McGinley, who is superintendent of the Chetopa city schools. His first teacher was Jesse Morgan. In 1877 Mr. McCaw left home and worked about for some time, and in 1880 went to Colorado, where he spent three years, mainly employed in running a pack train. In 1883 he returned to Labette county, and in the summer of that year went to the Indian Territory, where he worked in a sawmill near Coody’s Bluff, on Big Creek. After six or eight months’ employment there he returned to Labette county, where he purchased in Richland township 120 acres of land in section 15, township 34, range 21. He broke and improved this land, and in the later “‘eighties” sold this farm, and bought his present one, which is the northwest quarter of section 29, township 34, range 21, which was first claimed by Mr. Williams. Mr. McCaw has made extensive improvements on the land, and has 11 acres of orchard. He follows general farming and stock raising, breeding a high grade of Shorthorn cattle and Berkshire hogs, among which he has several thoroughbreds. The water supply on his farm is fine, the wells being shallow. Mr. McCaw is very well pleased with the success which has attended his farming career in Labette county.

In 1882 the subject of this sketch was united in marriage with Harriet L. Gordon, who was born in Indiana in 1864. They have seven children, as follows: Clyde; Ethel; Carroll; Lottie and Louis, twins; Elsie; and Myrtle. In politics, Mr. McCaw is a Populist. He has served as a member of the school board in District No. 5. He is a member of the new order – the Home Builder’s Union, – of which J. S. Hileman, of Edna, is supreme master builder. In religious views Mr. McCaw is liberal, giving his support to all churches.

Children and Grandchildren:  (Grandpa FE Miner’s aunts, uncles and first cousins)

3. Robert McCaw

William’s son Robert lived in Chetopa, Kansas for some time.  He was in Kennison, Kansas in July 1893.  Robert married in 1884 to  Mary [__?__] (Oct 1863 in Illinois – Before 1915 Kansas census) Mary’s father was born in Ireland and her mother in Scotland.

The family was living in Osage, Labette, Kansas in the 1910 Census.   By the 1915 Kansas Census, Robert was living in Lone Elm, Anderson, Kansas with Edith with no record of Guy or Mary.  Robert was living in Flat Top, Colorado in 1916 when his mother died.  In the 1920 census, Robert and Edith were living in Beaver, Washington, Colorado. By the 1930 census, Robert was a lodger in Colorado Springs.

History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

The Chetopa United Presbyterian Sunday-School was organized in Thomas’ Hall in May, 1871, and, on the completion of the church building in the fall of that year, the Sunday-school there found its home.  Two features of this school are worthy of special commendation, the first being the fact that nearly all the congregation is in the Sunday-school, thus giving it probably the largest per cent. of adult attendance of any school in the county; the other item referred to is a mission collection on nearly every Sunday.   Mrs. Robert McCaw was superintendent of the school in 1891.

Children of Robert and Mary:

i. Guy McCaw born about 1890 in Kansas and buried 20 Nov 1911 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa, KS at the age of 21.

ii. Lulu (Lola) McCaw born about 1893 and buried  21 Oct 1898 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa, KS at the age of 5.

iii. Child ( – Before 1900)

iv. Child ( – Before 1900)

v. Edith M. McCaw (1898 in Oklahoma –  After 1920 Census Beaver, Washington, Colorado when she was living with her father)


6. Iva E McCaw

Iva’s first husband Samuel B. Lawrence was born about 1869 in Indiana. His parents were Samuel Lawrence (b. Dec 1825 Greene, Adams, Ohio – d. aft 1900 census) and Nancy Clark (b. 28 Nov 1830 Tennessee) His parents married 2 Dec 1847 in Gibson County, Indiana. In the 1870 census, the Lawrence family lived in Patoka, Gibson, Indiana. In the 1880 census, the Lawrence family was living in Hackberry, Labette, Kansas. Samuel Jr died 25 May 1899 in Redlands, California.

In the 1895 Kansas census, Samuel, Iva and Mabel were living in Richland, Labette, Kansas.

Iva’s second husband Lewis W. Morrison was born in 1851 in North Carolina. His parents were David Morrison Jr (b. 27 Aug 1828 in Ohio – d. 22 Jul 1909 in Allen, Kansas) and David’s cousin Mary Morrison (b. 31 Feb 1831 in Pennsylvania – d. 17 Apr 1904 in Allen, Kansas) He married Iva in 1901 in Redlands, California. Lewis died between the 1910 and 1920 census.

In the 1900 census, Iva and her daughter Mabel were living with her father-in-law Samuel Lawrence Sr. and future second husband Lewis W. Morrison in Redlands, San Bernardino, California. Iva was head of household and made a living sewing. Lewis was a farm laborer.

In the 1910 census, William’s widow Margaret was living with her daughter Iva in Redlands, Calif.    The census states that Lewis was a gardener and Iva was a seamstress. The  couple had been married nine years which explains the twelve year gap and different last name of Mabel (born Feb 1892 in Kansas) and Lois.

1910 Census – Lewis W Morrison 59 Iva E Morrison 44 Mabel Lawrence 18 Lois Etta Morrison 6 Margaret M McCaw 78

Working back through the 1900 census, Lewis Morrison was a farm laborer and roomer in Iva’s home in Redlands.  It appears that Iva’s first husband had already passed away and Iva was living with her father-in-law and daughter.

Name Age
Iva E Lawerence 34
Mabel T Lawerence 8
Samuel Lawerence 75
Louis W Morrison 50

By 1920, Iva and Mabel were renting a home in Pasadena, California and Louis Morrison was out of the picture.  Iva was a dressmaker and Mabel was a milliner (hat maker).  Chauncey Lewis and Arthur St Denis were roomers who worked in a garage.

Name Age Iva E Morrison 54 Mabel Lawrence 26 Chauncey Lewis 33 Arthur St Denis 38

Children of Iva and Samuel:

i. Mabel Lawrence (19 Feb 1892 Kansas – 10 Jan 1983 San Diego); m. Chauncey Barr Lewis (b. 25 Jun 1887 Washingtonville, Mahoning, Ohio – d. 21 Jul 1941 Los Angeles) Chauncey’s parents were William R Lewis and Ida Champion.

In the 1930 census,  Iva and Mabel were still living in Pasadena.  Mabel was now Mrs. Lewis, she had married their former boarder Chauncey about 1921 when she was 29.  Chauncey was now Supt. of Service at an Auto Sales Room and Iva was still a dressmaker.  They were still renting.   In the 1940 census, Chauncey was service manager at the Chrysler Agency and Iva and Mabel were living with him at 1992 Galbreth Road Pasadena, California.

Child of Iva and Louis

ii. Lois Etta Morrison (1904 Redlands, San Bernardino, California – Between 1910 and 1920 census )

7. Ella Bett McCaw

Ella married 10 Oct 1894 in Colony, Anderson, Kansas to John (Fred) Ressel   (Mar 1858 Minnesota – Before 1925 Kansas Census)  Fred’s parents were from Saxony, Germany.   He first married before 1878 to Nettie Paul.

In the 1900 census, Ella was living with John F Ressel in Welda, Anderson, Kansas.  Four of Fred’s sons from a previous marriage were living with them, but Ella and Fred didn’t have any kids of their own.   Ella was living with her husband Fred Ressel in Colony, Kansas when her mother died in 1916. In the 1920 census, John Ella and Glenn were living in Ozark, Kansas.  In the 1925 Kansas Census, Ella was living with her son Glenn in Salem, Allen, Kansas.  Driving Directions from Welda to Colony to Ozark to Salem Kansas.

Children of Ella and John Fred:

i. Glenn Ressel (15 Dec 1903 Kansas – Oct 1964 ); m. Ada [__?__] (b. 1909 Kansas -)

In the 1940 census, Glenn and Ada were farming in Ozark, Anderson, Kansas.


Ancestry.com  US Census Records




For more on John Andrew McCaw contact Erma Fisher – fisher4450@roadrunner.com

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  7. paul mcCaw says:

    funny bout 2 john mccaws with sons john a. I’m decendant of john with john andrew..brother edwonne(edwin) was my great granddad. he farmed and ranched near durango co…and settled his brothers death affairs here. we ran cattle in the san juans thus did some packing as john did probably on the same trails he followed, trying to catch up to his father roaming to idaho etc. good reading.

  8. Ken McCaw says:

    You have this listed under the “Fisher” McCaw Line
    John McCaw (10 Sep 1798 – Antrim, Northern Ireland – 10 May 1871 – Wellington or Riverstown, Ontario, Canada
    m. Elizabeth Thomson 27 Jul 1821, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
    These two happen to be my GGG Grandparents. Tell me more about the “Fisher” McCaw line?

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  11. Mary Luke says:

    Thank you for all of your research and development of this site. William McCaw Paul is my great-great-grandfather and Nettie Paul is his sister of whom we have wondered about for decades as to what became of her. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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