THE MCKAIGS COME TO DADE COUNTY
John McKaig Sr. married Ann Shaw on 22 July, 1788, in Guilford County, North Carolina. Robert Morrow was the witness. Robert had married Ann’s sister Elizabeth six years before. John bought some land not far from the Morrows. It was also close to Hugh Shaw, Ann and Elizabeth’s father.
John and Ann had a family of 4 boys and 3 girls, maybe more. The boys were Hugh, James, John Jr. and Francis, in that order, I think. One girl was Betty — she married a Shoffner. Another girl may have been named Margaret — she married Abraham Evans. The Shoffner and Evans families moved to Warren County, Tennessee. The third girl appears to have died at a young age.
Hugh married Nancy Coble on 13 March, 1812, in Guilford County, North Carolina. I don’t know anything else about him.
James Married Margaret (Peggy) Finnley on 22 October, 1817, in Guilford County, North Carolina. He moved to Warren County, Tennessee, bought 2 land grants, and raised a family. He sold part of his land, and after that I lost track of him. The spelling of his name may have been changed to McCaig.
John Jr. married Eveline Sullinger on 15 February, 1817, in Guilford County, North Carolina. Sometime later Francis married Eveline’s sister, Elizabeth. The two boys, their wife’s and father moved to Warren County, Tennessee. Ann did not move with them, she had probably passed on prior to the move.
After arriving in Warren County in August, 1818, John Sr. bought 159 acres for $1600. The five lived together and worked the land.
Francis and Elizabeth started their family. Then in 1834 John Sr. died. In December, 1839, the 2 boys sold the land for $1000, packed their belongings and moved to the newly opened Indian Territory in northwest Georgia. The area where they settled is now Dade County, Georgia.
John and Eveline lived for a while about 3 miles south of Salem, (now known as Trenton) and then they moved to Johnsons Crook. They did not have any children. John died just before the war broke out. He left his land to his great nephews, John Byron and Solon Guinn. Eveline lived on after the war. One of their freed slaves stayed with her until her death. She would be referred to by later generations as “crazy Aunt Linie who went to the crook and lived with the Indians.”
Francis and Elizabeth settled on a large farm east of Trenton at the foot of Lookout Mountain. They raised a large family of boys and girls. They were:
Hugh born 14 February, 1822, married Emiline Gouger from Running Water, TN; Sarah Ann (Sallyann) born 24 March, 1827, married Shadrick H. (Shad) Morrison; Minerva born before 1834, married James Clark; Andrew John (Jack) born about 1835, married Millie H. Webster; Miriah Alafair born 29 September, 1838, married Thomas W. Sharrock; Francis Jr. born about 1843, married Liza House; Eveline married Covington Conova Guinn; Julia Octavia married Sam Harris.
Francis died during the war. Elizabeth lived until the age of 82, about 1882. She knew her grand children and some great grand children. She is buried in Bethlehem Cemetery in Slygo.
Written by Alice McKaig New Salem, GA