John Morton McCaw

John Morton McCAW (1789 – 1865) was Alex’s 4th Great Grandfather, one of 32 in this generation of the Miner line.

John Morton McCaw and his family had arrived in Americus, Lyon County,  Kansas by 1858. Two sons had come to Kansas earlier..Americus Days 2010 – Americus, Kansas

John Morton McCaw was born in 1789 in South Carolina.  His parents were James McCAW and Martha MORTON.  He married Anna [__?__].  John’s cousin of the same name, John McCaw married Cicely Degraffenried  on 19 Sep 1822 in Chester County, South Carolina, so this probably is not the correct marriage date for John and Anna.    John died 9 Feb 1865 in Americus, Lyon County, Kansas.

John Morton McCaw Headstone Americus Cemetery , Americus, Lyon County, Kansas.

Anna (Annie) [__?__] was born 26 Nov 1804 in South Carolina.  Anna (Annie) died on 7 Apr 1894 in Americus, Lyon County, Kansas.

Annie McCaw Gravestone Americus Cemetery
Americus, Lyon County, Kansas

Children of John and Anna:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Martha McCaw May 1824
South Carolina
Unmarried (Living with brother James in Americus KS in 1880 as Martha McCaw) 18 Feb 1904
Americus, Lyon, KS
2. William A McCAW 1825
Chester, South Carolina
Margaret Ann SMITH
22 Jan 1851 Preble County, Ohio
12 Nov 1895 Chetopa Kansas
3. James McCaw 1829
South Carolina
5 Feb 1899
Americus, KS
4. Sarah McCaw 1831
South Carolina
28 Aug 1867
Americus, KS
5. Samuel Porter McCaw 24 Mar 1833
Chester, SC
Angie Cornella Clawson, of Lawrence, KS
23 Apr 1867
13 Aug 1907
Americus, KS
6. David Alexander McCaw 22 Oct 1835
Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana
Unmarried (Living with brother James in Americus KS in 1880) 12 Sep 1916
Americus, KS
7. Elizabeth J. McCaw 6 Mar 1837
Monroe, Indiana
Unmarried (Living with brother James in Americus KS in 1880 as Elizabeth McCaw) 1921
8. John Addison McCaw 7 Sep 1840
Bloomington, Monroe, Indiana
Emma Elizabeth Taylor
1 May 1877
Evans, Weld Colorado
4 Aug 1928
Glendale, AZ
9. Permilla Anne (Millie) McCaw 1 Jul 1843
Bloomington, Indiana
Thomas Anderson
21 Aug 1862
Americus, KS
29 Jan 1930
Americus, KS
10. Robert Tressler McCaw 18 Sep 1846
Bloomington, IN
Anna Elizabeth Floyd
18 May 1876
Americus, KS
14 Feb 1910
Americus, KS

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


The principal arm of the present United Presbyterian Church was the Union congregation of the Associate Reformed Church. The congregation was named “Union” after the Union congregation in Chester District, South Carolina, in which many of its members had been baptized, and from which they had come to Monroe county. Many of them had been under the pastoral care of the Rev. John Hemphill, a notable minister of long service among these people in Carolina.

In the Session Record Book of the Associate Reformed Church of Bloomington, the first entry is for September 7, 1833, and is as follows:

“The congregation was organized by the Rev. John Reynolds. The session was organized by Mr. Reynolds as moderator, aided by Mr. Henry from Decatur county, Indiana.

“Mr. William Fee, being elected, was ordained as elder and took his seat as a member of the court.

“The following persons were received as members of the church at this time on certificate:

“William Fee and his wife, Elizabeth; David Cherry and Sarah his wife; Martha Cherry and her daughter, Molly Cherry; James Millen and Hannah, his wife; Widow Harrow.

“The following were received on personal examination: William Curry, George Johnston, Rachel and Margaret Fee, Ebenezer V. Elliot.”

This made fourteen in all, to constitute the first organization. Mr. Fee was the first and for a while the only elder of the congregation, and has been called the “Father of the United Presbyterian Church” in this community. He was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in 1786, but when he was four years old his father, Robert Fee, migrated with his family to Chester county, South Carolina. Here in 1810 William Fee married Elizabeth Ferguson Orr, a native of Chester county, of the ScotchIrish stock.

In 1830 William Fee sold his land in Chester county and with his father and brother-in-law, William Tate, left for the Northwest. When they left South Carolina they had not decided whether they would seek new homes in the Illinois country, or in the Indiana, and when the party came to the parting of the ways they left the matter for decision to one of the horses, which turned into the road leading to Indiana. They arrived in Bloomington on December 31, 1830—in the dead of winter— and for their first night they were taken into the home of Mr. Dorrance B. Woodburn, who had come from South Carolina but a few months before. The whole company that night, counting Mr. Woodburn’s family of twelve, numbered forty adults and children. Presumably they must have slept twelve or fourteen in a room, and mostly on the floor. People lived the simple life in those days, and their hospitality was simplicity itself. Guests did not have their dinners in courses nor their bedrooms in suites; they lived in log cabins, and they climbed by a common ladder to the lofts, sleeping in small bedrooms whose furniture consisted chiefly of beds.

On May 10, 1834, Andrew Bonar (or Bonner) was added to the session. At the same time the following were received into the church on certificate: William Millen and Elizabeth, his wife; John Wier and his wife; William Bonner and his daughter, Margaret; John C. Harbison and wife, Samuel Wier and wife, William M. Millen and wife, Archibald Wilson and wife, S. C. Millen, Margaret Millen and John Millen. John Fee and Eli Millen were received on examination.

On the fourth Saturday of May, 1835, the following were received on certificate: James Richey, Mathew Harbison and his wife, Jane Harbison; James Douglas and wife; Jennet Hemphill and Robert and Andrew, her sons; Mary Moffett, Jane McCaw [John’s sister-in-law] , John McCaw and wife, Samuel Strong and wife, Samuel Harbison and wife, Barbara Millen, Robert Harbison and wife, Jennet Strong, Thomas Bonner and wife and Sarah McCaw.

On examination, Mrs. Westbrook; Polly, Sarah and Nancy Cherry; Elizabeth Curry, William Millen, Jr., and Robert Strong were admitted. This made thirty accessions at this spring communion (1835), showing that another colony had arrived in the fall of 1834 from South Carolina.

I haven’t been able to find the family connection between  John Morton’s sister-in-law, Jane Hemphill McCaw and Rev. John Hemphill, the leader of their migration from South Carolina to Indiana, but I’m sure there was one.

John Morton ‘s  youngest brother Edward Alexander McCaw married Mary Moffatt in 1843.  They moved from Chester SC, to Troy, Obion, Tennessee.

I’m not sure who Sarah McCaw was.  Sarah was born about 1776 in South Carolina.  Her daughter Sarah was born about 1808, perhaps 11 Feb 1807,  per the 1850 and 1860 census in Tennessee.  There were Sarah McCaws head of household in Chester, South Carolina in the 1820,  1820 and 1840 censuses, so maybe she was widowed early.  Robert Service, who married Sarah McCaw in Monroe County, Indiana on March 8, 1837.  In the 1850 census, Sarah  was living with her daughter and son-in-law Robert Service in Perry, Monroe, Indiana.  By the 1870 census, Robert Service was a widower and had moved to Fremont, Lyon, Kansas near the John Morton McCaw’s family.

 Jane L. Hemphill was born circa 1804 at South Carolina. She married John Morton McCaw’s half-brother  James McCaw, son of James McCaw and Sarah McWilliams. After James died, L. Jane Hemphill married Alexander Henry on 24 Nov 1841; Prior to being married to L. Jane Hemphill, Alexander Henry was married to perhaps Mary Ann Millen, whose mother was a Chesnut, but I have not been able to figure out how this Mary Ann Millen was. This Mary Ann Millen apparently died in South Carolina prior to Alexander moving to Indiana. And this Mary Ann Millen is likely the mother of all of Alexander’s children. Jane died 4 Sep 1892 in Bloomington, Monroe, Indiana.

On examination, Mrs. Westbrook; Polly, Sarah and Nancy Cherry; Elizabeth Curry, William Millen, Jr., and Robert Strong were admitted. This made thirty accessions at this spring communion (1835), showing that another colony had arrived in the fall of 1834 from South Carolina.

In the fall of 1835 the session was “constituted” (called to order and presided over) by the Rev. Hugh Parks, and on December 1, 1835, the Rev. William Turner was settled as pastor over Union congregation, being ordained and installed in said congregation on June 16, 1836. The migration from South Carolina was still going on as is indicated by the fact that in the spring of 1836 Mr. Turner and the session received into the communion of the church the following members:

On examination: Jane Strong, John Glenn, Samuel.  These three men were received as ruling elders, having been ordained elsewhere.

Millen, Jonathan Archer (by baptism) and Elizabeth Fee. .

On certificate: Robert Harbison and wife, Jane; Rosanna Harbison, Esther Harbison, Samuel Harbison, Jr., Maxwell Wilson and Martha, his wife; James Glenn and Agnes, his wife; Elizabeth, Margaret and Mary Ann Glenn; James Miller and Letitia, his wife; Jennet Brown, widow; John, Margaret and Thomas Brown; Julia Ann Turner, Alexander Henry and Jenny, his wife; Daniel T. Shaw, David Meek and Nancy, his wife.

There were, thus, thirty-one accessions at this time; the moving from the South was pretty steady.

On the same date (June, 1836) it is recorded that

David appeared before session and “confessed himself to have been guilty of the sin of intoxication, pledged himself to abstain from the use of ardent spirits; was rebuked before the session, and it was ordered that the proceeding be published to the congregation.”

The following are the principal families in this branch of the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians—the Associate Reformed body: Archers, Aliens, Alexanders, Baxters, Bonners, Browns, Calhouns, Campbells, Cathcarts, Cherrys, Cirgins, Collins, Crabbs, Craigs, Creas, Currys, Dicksons, Douglass’s, Farringtons, Fees, Fullertons, Galloways, Gettys, Gibsons, Gillespys, Gordans, Glenns, Grahams, Harbisons, Hemphills, Henrys, Hendersons, Hunters, Jamisons, Johnstons, Junkins, Kerrs, Meeks, Millens, Millers, Moffatts, McCaws, McKissocks, McMichaels, Orrs, Reeds, Rocks, Semples, Smiths, Strongs, Swearingens, Turners, Weirs, Westbrooks and Wilsons.

John and Ann had the following real estate transactions in Monroe County, Indiana.

4 Oct 1830 – State of Indiana granted to John McCaw Book I Page 406

22 Jan 1839 – John M and & Ann McCaw sold to David Faris – Book G Page 361

1 Nov 1842 – John M & Ann McCaw sold to John W Allen Book I Page 407

25 Apr 1856 – State of Indiana sold to John M McCaw Record 2395 Book R Page 380

15 Apr 1858 – John M McCaw sold to William Wylie Record 3227 Book R Page 380 [and removed to Americus Kansas]

Other Early McCaw Transactions in Monroe County, Indiana

25 Mar 1846 – Jane McCaw sold to John Tate Book K Page 016

26 May 1849 – James & Jane Craig sold to Jane McCaw Book L Page 529

5 Feb 1851 William and Elizabeth Millen sold to David McCaw Book N Page 050

3 Oct 1851 – Sarah Logan sold to Henry McCaw Book N Page 310

31 Jan 1853 – Sarah Smith sold to Henry McCaw Record 3828 Book O Page 168

1 Mar 1855 – David McCaw sold to Andrew Helton Record 3155 Book P Page 516

28 Mar 1857 – James McCaw sold to Patrick Monahon Record 3205 Book R Page 38

17 May 1858 – James McCaw sold to David Barron Record 3238 Book R Page 412

In 1850, the McCaw family was living in Perry, Monroe County, Indiana, though our ancestor, William was living and working on a farm in Israel Township, Preble County, Ohio.   The family had arrived in Americus, Lyon County,  Kansas by 1858. Two sons had come to Kansas earlier.

In the fall of 1857, a company known as the Americus Town Company, was formed for the purpose of locating a town, destined to be the future county-seat. The company was composed of the following members, none of whom are living in Americus today: T. C. Hill, G. H. Rees, E. Yeakley, J. Moser, E. Columbia, William Grimsley, E. M. Sewell, B. Wright, N. B. Swister, A. I. Baker, J. W. Voak, J. Voak, W. Thompson, D. Swim, F. Barrett and E. Goddard. The first officers were: A. I. Baker, Pres.; T. C. Hill, Treas.; D. Swim, Sec’y. A town site of 640 acres was laid off, and improvements made. The first building was a one-story structure, built of native lumber by E. Yeakley, and was occupied as a dwelling. The next building was erected by W. Thompson, and is a two story frame. It was opened as the “Americus” House, July 4, 1858, with a grand  ball. The building is still standing and is now known as the Sulton House. About the time the hotel was completed, G. H. Page built a small building near the site of the present depot and opened a store. In the summer of 1858, a log building, built by subscription, was completed and in it was held the first school. In 1859, a church building was built by popular subscription and used by all denominations until other edifices were built.

In 1858, the place by a vote of the people was made the county-seat of Breckinridge County, and held it until late in 1860.

The first number of the Americus Sentinel, an Independent paper, was issued August 30, 1859, by T. C. Hill, who subsequently transferred it to S. L. Kenyon. After an existence of one year it suspended.

In the fall of 1858, the postoffice was established, E. Yeakley being appointed Postmaster. He was succeeded by Enock Hoag. Under Hoag’s administration, the name of the office was changed to Sheridan. Hoag held the office three or four years, and was succeeded by John McDill, who caused the name of the office to be changed back to its original appellation. McDill was succeeded in the order mentioned by W. W. Kitts, S. Bruner, John Gibson, D. A. Stahl, J. W. Loy, T. A. Wright. Mr. Wright was succeeded in 1874, by the present incumbent, Mrs. T. C. Hill. During the same year it was made a money order office.

The log building built in the summer of 1858, and used for school purposes, was used in that capacity until School District No. 2, was organized in 1859, when a frame structure was built.

Lyon County, Kansas 1883 from William G. Cutler’s History of the State of Kansas

Twenty years later (1879), son William moved to Chetopa, Kansas  which is 165 miles downstream from Americus on the Neosho River.

Map of Ohio highlighting Preble County

Preble County, Ohio

Map of Indiana highlighting Monroe County

Monroe County, Indiana

Map of Kansas highlighting Lyon County

Lyon County, Kansas

The McCaw family had arrived in Americus, Lyon County, Kansas by 1858


2. William A McCAW (see his page)

3, 5, 6, 8. John’s sons James,  Samuel, David, and John were all in the 11th Kansas Regiment during the Civil War.  The 11th Kansas Infantry ceased to exist at the end of April 1863 when it was mounted and changed to the 11th Kansas Cavalry.  John and Samuel enlisted in Company E on 24 Aug 1862 in Emporia, KS and were mustered out 7 Aug 1865 at Fort Riley, KS.  David and James enlisted 24 Feb 1864 and were mustered out 1 Sep 1865.   John was wounded in his right arm in action,  7 Dec 1662 at the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. He later received a pension of eight dollars per month.

John McCaw was wounded at the Battle of Prarie Grove “…The Bayonet or Retreat” by Andy Thomas

Prairie Grove Reenactment Dec 2005

The Eleventh Kansas Cavalry stayed fairly close to home during the Civil War. Part of the Eleventh engaged in the pursuit of William Quantrill following his devastating raid on Lawrence, Kansas, in 1863.

The Eleventh later participated in the Price Raid battles around Kansas City, and skirmishes around Mound City, in October of 1864. The latter actions made it the closest unit among all Kansas regiments to the Battle of Mine Creek, the only full-fledged Civil War battle in the state

11th Kansas Regimental Flag

Before the Eleventh was released from its duties, several companies–including Company A–were sent into what is now Wyoming to fight American Indians. This was not a popular decision among soldiers ready to go home after the defeat of the Confederacy. Until they were mustered out, though, they were still in the Federal army and could be deployed as needed.

11th Regiment Actions include Old Fort Wayne or Beattie’s Prairie, near Maysville, 22 Oct 1862. Cane Hill, Boston Mountains, 28 Nov 1862. Boston Mountains 4-6 Dec 1862. Reed’s Mountain 6 Dec 1862. Battle of Prairie Grove 7 Dec 1862. Expedition over Boston Mountains to Van Buren 27-31 Dec 1862. Moved to Springfield, Mo., Jan 1863, and duty there until 17 Feb 1863. Moved to Forsyth, Mo., thence to Fort Scott, Kan. On furlough March. Moved from Fort Scott to Salem, Mo., thence to Kansas City, Mo., 6-20 Apr 1863. The regiment lost a total of 173 men during service; 61 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 2 officers and 110 enlisted men died of disease.

3.  James McCaw

James never married, but he became head of household for his mother and several brothers and sisters.  In the 1870 census,  James’ (age 41) house hold included.

Anna McCaw 65 (His mother)
Jane McCaw 61 (Born in Tennessee about 1809, John’s two youngest brothers moved to Tennessee in the 1840’s and 50’s,  but I haven’t found out who this is)
Martha McCaw 46 (His sister)
David McCaw 34 (His brother)
John A McCaw 29 (His brother)
Robert P McCaw 23 (His brother)

In the 1880 Census several siblings were living with James McCaw in Americus, Lyon, KS.

James McCaw 51 (Single and Head of Household)
Anna McCaw 75 (His Mother)
Martha McCaw 56 (His Sister)
David A. McCaw 44  (His Brother)
Elizabeth J. McCaw 42  (Another Sister)

5. Samuel P. McCaw

Samuel’s wife Angie Cornella Clawson was born Jul 1846 Pennsylvania. Her father James Clawson ( – 1850) was born in Germany and her mother Maria Morton (1805 – 1849) was born in Pennsylvania. Angie died 01 Mar 1910 Americus, Lyon, Kansas.

Samuel was a farmer, Section 10, Township, 18, P. O. Americus, Kansas and was born in Chester District, SC, 24 Mar 1833. When he was five months old, his parents removed to Preble County, Ohio, whence, after a residence of one year, they removed to Monroe County, Indiana where John was raised on a farm, and remained with his father until 1856, when he went back to Ohio and remained two years with an older brother. In the spring of 1858 he came to Kansas, locating in Lyon County. In the spring of 1860, in connection with his brother, he purchased the saw-mill at Americus, and operated it until 23 Aug 1862, when he enlisted in Company E, Eleventh Regiment Kansas Volunteers.

The first saw-mill was built in the fall of 1859, by J. Kuhns. Steam power was used, and the mill was run by Kuhns until 1861, when he sold it to McCaw & Bruner. Early in 1860 T. C. Hill built a saw-mill and “corn-mill,” near the rival structure. In August of the same year it was destroyed by fire. Hill then purchased the other mill of McCaw & Bruner, and run it until the spring of 1864, when he sold his interest to J. McDill. McDill ran it until 1867, when he sold it to its present [1883] owner, N. Wise. The mill has a capacity of 3,000 feet per day.

Samuel P McCaw Enlistment

He participated in all the engagements in which his company took part. Was mustered out as a Sgt. at Fort Riley, August 10, 1865, and returned to Americus, where he engaged in general merchandising, as a member of the firm of Kitts & McCaw, which continued in business about two years. They then sold out the business, and engaged in farming, in which he has since continued.  He has a farm [In 1883] of 170 acres on the Neosho, two miles west of Americus, upon which he has built a commodious brick dwelling, barn, granary and other farm buildings. He is [again 1883] a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Americus. Has been a member of the Board of Education many years. He married Miss Angie Cornella Clawson, of Lawrence, Kas., April 23, 1867, by whom he has had six children, including  Annie M., George W., and Mary B. (William G. Cutler’s History of Kansas ~ Transcribed by Lori DeWinkler)

In the 1880 census, Samuel was living in Americus, Kansas, S. P. Mccaw 47, Cora A. Mccaw 33, John M. Mccaw 11, Anna M. Mccaw 4, Joseph Madill 17

In the 1900 census, Samuel was living in Americus, Kansas , S* P Mccaw 67, Cornelia Mccaw 53, Anna M Mccaw 24, G Walker Mccaw 22, Mary I Mccaw 18, Margaret E Mccaw 15

Children of Samuel and Cornelia:

i. John M. McCaw (1868 Kansas – Aft 1885 census)

ii.  James Collins McCaw (1871 – 1874)

iii. William Clausen McCaw (1873 – 1874)

iv. Anna Maria McCaw (15 Jun 1875 in Lyons, Rice, Kansas – 30 Apr 1947 in Boise, Ada, Idaho) m. Fred Eugene Edmiston (b. 30 Apr 1875 Americus, Lyon, Kansas – d. 15 Oct 1920 Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho) His parents were William Hugh Edmiston (1844 – 1929) and Margaret L. Boyd (1846 – 1936)

Fred and Anna were farming  in Lone Tree, Canyon, Idaho in the 1920 census.

v.  George Walker McCaw (5 Feb 1878 in Kansas – 1923) m. Mabel A. Hoskins (b. Sep 1886 Colorado – d. 15 Oct 1976 Long Beach, California)

George was a journeyman carpenter in Emporia, Kansas in the 1920 census.

In the 1940 census, Mabel was a widowed music teacher living at 321 West 15th Street Long Beach, California

vi. Mary Isabel McCaw b. 2 May 1882 Kansas; d. 20 Oct 1947 Ada County, Idaho; m. 31 Mar 1915 Roswell, Caldwell Co., Idaho to Bert Sloan (b. 1874 Michigan – Aft. 1940 Census, Parma, Canyon, Idaho)

Bert was a janitor in the Presbyterian Church in Parma, Canyon, Idaho in the 1930 census.

vii.  Margaret Elizabeth McCaw b. Apr 1885 in Nortonville, Jefferson, Kansas; d. 08 Oct 1924 in Brookfield, Linn, Missouri) m. 29 Aug 1911 in Americus Kansas to Thomas Curry Oyler  (b. 1886 Kansas – d. Aug 1966 Brookfield, Linn, Missouri)

In the 1920 census, Thomas was a chiropractor in Brookfield Ward 2, Linn, Missouri,

By the 1930 census, Thomas had remarried to Teresa Babb (b. 1900 Kansas)


8. John Addison McCaw

John’s wife Emma Elizabeth Taylor was born in 9 May 1847 in Iowa. Her father Henry Taylor was born in Tennessee and her mother [__?__] Blair in South Carolina.  Emma died a couple of years before John on 2 Sep 1926 in Glendale, Arizona.

John Addison McCaw enlisted as a private on 23 Aug 1862 in E. Co 11th Cavalry Regiment, KS in Emporia, KS;

John McCaw Enlistment

Mustered out on 7 Aug 1865 at Fort Riley, KS.  He was wounded in his right arm in action, 7 Dec 1662 at the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas and was in hospital in Fayetteville, AR.  His commanding officers were Tom Yewing and Winfield Scott.  His Company Captain in the battle was Edmund G. Ross who swore to John’s injuries on 2 Jun 1866.  He was treated for his old gunshot wound (abcesses mainly) in 1863, 1864 and 1865.  His medical examination from 1898 states that the ball entered on exterior surface 2 inches in front of elbow joint when arm was bent in act of capping his gun.  Ball passed up humerus and out at front 6 inches above elbow joint.  However, he says ball was split and half was cut out at bend of elbow and other half 6 inches upward in front of humerous.  Both pieces were cut out on front of xxx.  His arm is weak and his motion in arm is only about a quarter of natural motion and it is almost an equivalent to loss of use of right arm.  We rate gun shot wound to right arm at Seventeen -Eighteenths.  We think the rhuematism is traumatic as it is mainly in right arm and hand and shoulders.

He received a pension of four dollars a month starting in 1865.  The pension was increased eight dollars per month  starting in 1871, $12 per month in 1890, $14 in 1904, $15 in 1910, $24 in 1912 and $30 in 1915.  There is extensive correspondence petitioning the bureau of pensions to increase John’s benefit.  For example, his Representative, J. N. Tincher, 7th District Kansas wrote a letter in 1921 which resulted in his pension being increased to $72 per month.  His pension was increased  to $90 per month commencing January 16, 1928, which he enjoyed for only seven months before he died.

John and Emma were married in 1877 in  Evans, Colorado.  Evans was established in 1867 and was Weld County’s seat of government twice before Greeley finally captured the honor. Legend in Evans is that the county records were stolen by night-riders from Greeley, who also supposedly burned the courthouse. Today, Evans, like other towns along the South Platte River, is home to a rapidly-growing Hispanic population.

Between 1877 and 1878, the family moved to Oregon. Their first daughter, Myrtie Edna was born in Oregon, she wrote in Webb, but I can’t find a record of an Oregon location by that name. It looks like the family soon returned to Kansas.

In the 1880’s, John and Emma lived in Chetopa, Kansas, near his brother and our ancestor William.

In the 1900 Census,  John and Emma were living in Welda Township, Anderson, Kansas.

In 1915, John was living in Stafford, Kansas where he requested his Civil War pension be increased to $30 because he was turning 75.

Children of John and Emma

i. Myrtie Edna McCaw  (25 Jun 1878 Webb, Oregon – Feb 1956 Burley, Idaho) As an adult, she went by Edna.  m1. Solomon Yonally 1921;  m2. [__?__] Moon.

While living in Burley, Idaho in 1947, made a Civil War pension request as John’s daughter.

Edna McCaw

In the 1930 census, Solomon was a farm laborer in Glendale, Maricopa, Arizona.

ii. Alice Lulu McCaw (26 Feb 1880 Kansas – Oct 1975, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado); m. Henry Alvan Ball (b. 1881 Indiana – d. bef. 1940 census)

Henry was a grocery merchant in Stafford, Stafford, Kansas in the 1920 census.

In the 1930 census, Alvan was a general merchandise salesman in Monte Vista, Rio Grande, Colorado.

iii. Clyde Taylor McCaw  (26 Jan 1883 Kansas – 10 Aug 1883 of Cholera Infastium aged 6 months, 10 days) buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa, Kansas

iv. May Pearl McCaw (19 Dec 1883 – 7 Aug 1884)

v. Maud Beatrice McCaw b. 12 Jun 1885 Kansas; d. 1 Jan 1968 Sylmar, Los Angeles; Never married.

In 1910 Maud and her sister Edna were living at 216 East 3rd Avenue, Hutchinson, KS.  They were students at Salt City Business College which closed in 1980 after 101 years of operation.

Salt City Business School — In the late 1800’s, Hutchinson was thought to become a future large center of commerce with its close proximity to the railroad. A business college to prepare residents for this foreseen economic boom was built downtown, originally located on the corner of A and Main. J.D. Conard and Oscar S. Johnston bought the college in 1910 and helped it grow from 68 students to almost 600 students by 1912.

vi. Grant Taylor (Tailor) McCaw b. 2 Oct 1887 Welda, Kansas; d. Dec 1974, Sentinel, Washita, Oklahoma; m. Myrtle Gordon (b. 1893 Oklahoma)

Grant was a laborer in Sentinel, OK in the 1930 census. In 1910 he had been a share tenant

Anderson, Kansas

In 1947, Edna Moon of Burley, Idaho filed a claim for a Civil War death pension for her father John A. McCaw.  The claim was disallowed because she had married and therefore could not be considered as the child of a Civil War veteran.

9. Permilla Anne (Millie) McCaw

Millie’s husband Thomas Anderson, farmer, Section 34, Township 17, Range 10, P. O. Americus in 1883 was born in Cockburnspath, a village in the Scottish Borders, Berwickshire, Scotland 30 Nov 1839. His parents were  John Anderson (1816 – 1901) and Margaret Davidson  (1817 – 1877). Thomas died 21 Jul 1917 in Americus, Lyon, Kansas.

When he was nine years old, came to the United States with his parents, who first located at Cincinnati, Ohio, but after a residence of one year removed to Galena, Ill.  Here they resided three years, then removed to Jones County, Iowa, where they remained until the spring of 1859 when they came to Kansas, locating near Americus in Breckinridge (now Lyon) County.   Thomas engaged in farming, married Millie in 1862 and in Feb 1864 enlisted as a private in the same unit as Millie’s brothers  James,  Samuel, David, and John , Company E, 11th Regiment Kansas Cavalry.    He participated in all the engagements in which his company took part from that time until his discharge, September 1, 1865.

He then returned to Americus and engaged in farming, upon eighty acres of trust land situated about two miles northwest of town, which he had purchased just before he entered the service. This farm he improved by the erection of a dwelling, barn and other farm buildings, and has operated it continually since. He has since purchased twenty acres of timber land situated on the Neosho River and 160 acres of land northwest of the home farm. About 120 acres of these land are under cultivation, the remainder being used for grazing and hay. His principal crop is corn. He also raises cattle and hogs, and is engaged in dairy business. He is [1883] a member of the United Presbyterian Church. Has held the office of Township Clerk one term, and has been a member of the Americus School Board continuously for over sixteen years.

He married Miss Millie A. McCaw, of Americus, August 21, 1862, by which marriage he has had ten children, of whom Emma M. A., Loucella M., Grant W., Ella M., Grace E., George D., William A., Stella L. and Henry C. were living in 1883.  Thomas died  21 Jul 1917 in Americus, Kansas.

Permilla (Millie) McCaw Anderson gravestone Americus Cemetery, Americus, Lyon County, Kansas,

Thomas and Millie had twelve children.

The 1880 Census record shows eight of those children: Thos. Anderson 41, Milla Anderson 36, Emma Anderson 16, Lucella Anderson 13, Grant Anderson 12, Ella Anderson 10, Grace Anderson 8, George Anderson 6, William Anderson 4, Stella Anderson 1, George Walf hired hand 20 with Henry, Harvey and Pearl yet to come.

In the 1910 census, Thomas and Millie were retired in Denver, Colorado with their son Harry (a teamster) and grandchildren Harold and Violet Campbell.

i. Emma Margaret Anderson b. 28 Nov 1863 in Americus, KS; d. 4 Jul 1950 in Naches, Yakima, WA; m. 2 Jan 1882 Emporia, Kansas to William Asa Prescott (b. 15 Mar 1854 in Victor, Illinois – d. 4 Oct 1940 in Yakima, Washington)

In the 1900 census, Emma M. A.  and William A. were farming in Ohio, Morris, Kansas.

ii. Lucella (Louie) Mary Anderson b. 30 Jun 1866 in Americus, KS; d. 3 Feb 1944 in Los Angeles, CA) m. 1894 to Edward Andrew Munsey (b. 4 Sep 1866 in Taunton, Mass. – d. 30 Jun 1932 in Ogden, Utah)

Edward owned a news stand in Odgen Utah in the 1910 and 1920 censuses.

In the 1940 census, Louie lived at 6026 Mesa Avenue Los Angeles, California near Highland Park with her son Harry.

iii. Grant Wilson Anderson (15 Jan 1868 in Americus, KS – 21 Apr 1926 in Denver, CO) m. 19 Apr 1901, Denver, Colorado to Hilma J. Anderson (b. 1880 in Kansas – Aft. 1920 Census) Helma’s parents were both born in Sweden.

Grant was a carpenter in the Garfield, Cardiff, Colorado railyard in the 1910 census.

iv. Ella Mae Anderson (20 May 1870 in Americus, KS – 23 Apr 1950 in Burlington, KS)

Ella was living with her brother Harvey in Americus in the 1910 census.

In the 1920 census, Ella was living with her mother Millie, aunt Elizabeth, nephew Carl Campbell and niece Violet Campbell in Americus, Lyon, Kansas,

v. Grace Elizabeth Anderson (25 Jan 1872 in Americus, KS – 18 Jul 1958 in San Francisco, CA) m. [__?__] Basset tbetween 1900 when she was single and 1920 when she was a widow. I can’t locate her 1910 census record.

In the 1920 census, Grace was a widow and a live-in nurse at the Relief Home (now Laguna Honda) in San Francisco. Grace was living alone and managing an apartment house in SF in the 1930 census

In the 1940 census, Grace was retired and living at 1008 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA.

vi. George Morton Anderson b. 23 Dec 1873 in Americus, KS; d. 15 Jun 1950 in Emporia, KS; m. 22 Nov 1909 Americus, Kansas to Mary Ella McNabney (b.20 Jan 1884 in Kansas – d. 6 Jun 1962 in Emporia, Kansas).  

In the 1920 census, George and Ella were farming in Americus, Lyon, Kansas.

vii. William Addison Anderson (13 Dec 1876 in Americus, KS – 21 Feb 1917 in Americus, KS)

viii. Alice Minnie Anderson (16 Nov 1878 in Americus, KS – 1878 in Americus, Kansas)

ix. Estella Lillian Anderson (16 Nov 1878 in Americus, KS – 9 Sep 1909 in Arvada, Colorado, Burial Americus Cemetery, Americus, Kansas.) m. 18 Oct 1899 Denver, Colorado to John Henry Campbell (b. 1862 in Vancouver, Canada – d. 1 June 1941 in Seattle, Washington)

In the 1910 census, their children Harold and Violet Campbell were living with their retired grandparents Thomas and Millie in Denver, Colorado.

In the same 1910 census, their son Carl was living with his Uncle (xi.) Harvey Anderson and Aunt Ella (iv.) in Americus, Kansas

x. Harry C. Anderson (2 Dec 1882 in Americus, KS – 3 Jan 1959 in Americus, KS) m. 26 Jun 1919 Americus, Kansas to Hazel Etta Finney (b. Jun 1895 Plum Creek, Pawnee, Nebraska – d. 1945 Americus Cemetery
Americus, Lyon County, Kansas)

In the 1910 census, Harry was a teamster living in Denver, Colorado with his retired parents Thomas and Millie.

In the 1940 census, Harry and Hazel were farming in Americus, Lyon, Kansas.

xi. Harvey Raleigh Anderson b. 20 Jun 1885 in Americus, KS; d. 15 Oct 1969 in Edmonds, Snohomish, WA; m1. 4 May 1916 Ossette, Montana to Minnie Hicks (b. 1893 Missouri); m2. Edith (Edyth) B. [__?__] (b. 1906 North Dakota) Edith’s parents were born in Norway.

In the 1920 census, Harvey and Minnie were farming in West Fork, Valley, Montana.

In the 1930 census, Harvey was married to Edith and he was a mail clerk for a steam railway in Williston, Williams, North Dakota. They had a daughter Shirely, age two and a daughter June age 1 month.

By the 1940 census, Harvey and Edith had moved to 308 18th Street, Spokane, Washington where he was still working for the railroad mail service.

xii. Pearl Edith Anderson (23 Sep 1885 in Americus, KS – 26 Jun 1887 in Americus, KS)

10. Robert McCaw 

Robert’s wife  Elizabeth Anna Floyd  was born in Aug 1855 in McDonald, Jasper, Missouri. Her father Jawes W Floyd was born in 1831 in North Carolina and her mother Lucinda Terrell in 1837 in Indiana. Annie died after the 1910 census in Americus, Lyon, Kansas.

In the 1900 Census,  Robert was farming in Americus, Lyon, Kansas with his wife Anna and three daughters Mina, Millie and Myrtle.

Children of Robert and Anna:

i. John W McCaw (Mar 1878 in Kansas – After 1900 Census) 

John was living with William and Stella Myers as their farming business partner in Fremont, Lyon, Kansas in the 1900 census.

ii. William P McCaw (Jan 1880 in Americus, Kansas – After 1885 Kansas Census )

iii. Mina M. McCaw (Jul 1882 in Kansas – After 1900 Census)

iv. Mildred E. McCaw (Jun 1890 Kansas –  After 1930 Census) m.  06 Nov 1912 in Americus, Kansas to John J Greenlee (b. 1891 Iowa – d. Aft. 1930 Census)

John was a teacher in Americus in the 1920 census and a high school superintendent in Elwood, Doniphan, Kansas in the 1930 Census.  They didn’t have children

v. Myrtle A Mccaw (Jun 1890  Kansas –  After 1930 Census)  Teaching high school and living with sister Mildred and brother-in-law in Americus Kansas in the  1920 census and in Elwood, Doniphan, Kansas  1930 Census

John Morton McCaw Family Census Records

In the 1850 Census, the family was living in Perry Township, Monroe County, Indiana:

John Mccaw 61
Anna Mccaw 45
Martha Mccaw 26
James Mccaw 21
Sarah Mccaw 19
Samuel P Mccaw 17
David Mccaw 14
Eliza J Mccaw 14
John A Mccaw 10
Permelia A Mccaw 7
Robert F Mccaw 4

1860 Census Americus Kansas

John Mccarr 71
Ann Mccarr 55 (South Carolina)
Martha Mccarr 36
David Mccarr 24
John A Mccarr 20
Robert P Mccarr 13

In a 2 Aug 1865 Kansas Census, Anna was head of household in Americus, KS with five children still living at home. James, David and John were listed in the 11th Kansas Regiment, Company E.

Anna Mccaw 60
Martha Mccaw 41
James Mccaw 36
David A Mccaw 27
John A Mccaw 24
R P Mccaw 18

In the 1900 Census several siblings were still living together in Americus, KS

David A Mccaw 65 (Single and Head of Household)
Martha M Mccaw 76
Lizzie J Mccaw 62


The Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in Monroe county, Indiana, a paper read before the Monroe County Historical Society 1908 . By James Albert Woodburn

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  5. Erma McCaw Fisher says:

    I found your posting of your McCaw family and as I am also researching John McCaw, my gr.grandfather. I am wondering if you might have run across a connections to my John. They have crossed paths at times and have similar travels, names and destinations.
    Our John was born in Scotland or Ireland in about 1825. He came to America in 1846 (do not know which port). He married Anna Smith in 1853. (She was born in Canada). Williams wife was also a Smith. Our John and family also traveled to Indiana (LaPort) then went to Chetopa, Ks. in 1869. William arrived in Chetopa in April 1879 and passed away there as did our John in 1895. John Addison and Emma McCaw also lived in the Chetopa area. My grandfather was John A. McCaw, my father was Clyde McCaw. John and Emma lost a baby in Aug.1883. The baby’s name was Clyde Henry. There may not be any connections of these family’s but thought it might be worth a try. We have hit a brick wall with our John. If you are interested I do have the army records for your John A.. I sent for them thinking they were for our John A. I hope that I have explained this clearly. I would greatly appreciated hearing from you.
    Thank you,
    Erma Fisher

    • markeminer says:

      Hi Erma,

      Thanks for your packet of information about John Addison McCaw. I have incorporated on this page. I also found a lot of coincidences between the two families and that your McCaws may have originally come from County Antrium too before moving to Scotland. Do you have the story on your John McCaw (10 Sep 1798 in Antrim, Northern Ireland – 10 May 1871 in Wellington or Riverstown, Ontario, Canada
      m. Elizabeth Thomson 27 Jul 1821, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

      I put my research into the family connection on William’s page:

  6. markeminer says:

    Those are some interesting connections. How many McCaw lines could there be in Chetopa Kansas in the 1880’s? I would love to see the army records of John Addison McCaw.

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  8. David Smith says:

    I am a descendant of Permilla McCaw and Thomas Anderson. I found your information very interesting and helpful. I have my tree on Ancestry and Rootsweb. David Smith, Seguin, Texas

    • markeminer says:

      Hi David,

      I’m glad it was helpful. Your post inspired me to try and find all of John Morton McCaw’s grandchildren. (In other words my great grandmother Cora McCaw Miner’s cousins)

      I found that Robert and Anna had twin daughters (Mildred and Myrtle) which was especially interesting to me since I have twin sisters. Myrtle lived with Mildred after Mildred got married and was part of her household in the 1920 and 1930 census. Neither had children, I wonder if they were extra close.

      I’m sure I used your page on Permilla and Thomas had lots of children, which one is your ancestor?

      Happy 4th on Monday,


      • David Smith says:

        Sorry Mark, I didn’t see your post until now. Thomas’s daughter Emma was my great-grandmother, Lucille (Prescott) Carlson my grandmother, and Mary (Carlson) Smith my mother. David Smith

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  10. Carole MacKay says:

    I do a blog on the early history of Bloomington. I have been studying Henry McCaw, former save of John M McCaw. I found a great news article on the history of the McCaw family-but it didn’t mention john’s stopping in Ohio for a year. Are you sure?

    • markeminer says:

      It has been a decade since I researched the McCaws. Most all my ancestors were from New England, so it was interesting to learn about the South from the McCaws journey from Northern Ireland to South Carolina and from there, west to Kansas. I would love to visit Americus Kansas some day. Someone said that they stopped in Ohio, I did not vet the stories I found carefully and included some unsubstaniated stories if they were fun stories.

  11. Carole MacKay says:

    Regarding Alexander Henry’s marriages, you should look at Find-A-Grave*1y85tmc*_ga*MTE0ODAwMTUxOS4xNjQ1NzAzMDc5*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY2MjgxMjIwNy4yMTguMS4xNjYyODEyMjQ2LjAuMC4w
    Here is the text:Alexander and his first wife, Maybella, landed in Charlestown,SC in December, 1824 with a baby they had in Ireland. They had 2 more children, Robert Henry and William Henry. Maybella died in 1830 in south Carolina. He then married Jennet Chestnut in 1832. Jennet moved with him to Indiana. They had 4 children, Margaret F. Henry,James Henry, Samuel Chestnut Henry,and Grizzelda Henry. Jennet died in 1836. He married his 3rd wife, Jane L. Hemphill, in 1841. They had 4 children, Ester. Henry, Sarah E Henry, Eliza H Henry and John A. Henry. He is said to be buried between his last two wives.

  12. Carole MacKay says:

    I am surprised you apparently haven’t checked my responses to your blog because I have found a lot of new information. For one thing, you can find the story of John Mc
    Caw on from his daughter Millie Anderson in The Emporia Weekly Gazette, Emporia, Kansas.01 Jul 1926, Thu  •  Page 2.
    Also, I found out who Sarah McCaw is. If you look for Sarah McCaw in White Oak Cemetery on Find a Grave, d. 1854 in Bloomington-the picture of her gravestone indicates she was the wife of William McCaw. If you look at Sarah McCaw Service d.1867 in Americus, KS, the website says that her parents were William and Anna McCaw. So the only way to reconcile all this is that William must have married Anna first and Sarah second. Sarah took care of her step-daughter, Sarah or at least, they lived together. This William b. 1759 was another son of the older William McCaw- b. 1740-both born in Ireland. So Sarah was John m McCaw’s great aunt.John’s grandfather, James McCaw, was William’s brother.

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