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.

Georgia T McKaig, Elizabeth Sullenger McKaig HOLDING Robert A McKaig, Prince Albert McKaig

Georgia T McKaig, Elizabeth Sullenger McKaig HOLDING Robert A McKaig, Prince Albert McKaig Elizabeth spent her final days with her daughter, Salley Ann

Written by Alice McKaig New Salem, GA


  1. Carolyn (McCullouigh) Valluzzi

    Georgia T is my great grandmother. She married Peter Forester about 1890. Her daughter Emma McCullough (1895-1976) is my grandmother and my father is Perry W McCullough (1922-1984).

  2. Evelyn Bryant Chandler

    My line comes from the first son of Hugh McKaig and Emiline Gouger. This son was Henry Clay McKaig and Mary Elizabeth Buffington. My grandmother was their daughter Cora Elizabeth M

    My line comes in with the first son of HUGH MCkAIG and EMILINE GOUGER, HENRY CLAY MCKAIG and MARY ELIZABETH BUFFINGTON. My grandmother was their tenth child Cora Elizabeth McKaig and her husband was William Thomas Franklin. They lived and raised their family in Walker County, Georgia.

  3. Diana (McKaig) Stark

    James McKaig is my GGG Grandfather. James and Margaret Finnley/Finley had three children John, Elizabeth and Finley. I descend from Finley. He married Sinthy (maiden name unknown) they had 2 children John (my grandfather) and William who were orphaned at a young age. John lived with his uncle John and moved from Tennessee to Arkansas to Kansas. He married Nancy Wolfe and they had 5 children John, George, Frank, Nina, Grace and Finley.

  4. Jenny Eaton

    My line comes in with the first son of HUGH MCkAIG and EMILINE GOUGER, HENRY CLAY MCKAIG and MARY ELIZABETH BUFFINGTON. My Great Grandmother was Missouri Ann McKaig.

  5. Carolyn (McCullouigh) Valluzzi

    Jenny, that’s my line too. (McCullough NOT what’s up there,)

  6. Linda & Jack Doyle

    I come thru

    ELizabeth Sullenger was my GgreatGrandmother she married Francis McKaig .

    Their daughter married Sarah Ann Mckaig MARRIED Shadrach Hale Morrison

    Minerva Morrison MARRIED Rufus Henry Dabbs

    to May Estella Dabbs married James Edward Doyle

    to me Jack Doyle and Linda C. DOYLE………

    Jack Doyle

  7. Jenny Eaton

    Could anyone tell me exactly how to get to the McKaig Family Cemetery in Rising Fawn? I have the GPS coordinates but I need a road or something. Thanks! Jenny

  8. verenicehawkins

    I have been to the cemetery but it has been some time. I suggest that you go to the Rising Fawn Hardware at 4300 Hwy 11 in Rising Fawn and ask for directions. I think you turn on Newsome
    Gap Road and go past the lake and turn right and it is on the right. They have built some new roads since I was there but I am sure Darrel at the hardware can give you directions

  9. verenicehawkins

    I suggest that you go to the Rising Fawn Hardware 4300 hwy 11 in Rising Fawn and ask for directions. I think you take Newsome Gap Road and go past the lake and turn right and it is on the right. They have built new roads since i was there. Darrel at the hardware will be able to tell you.

  10. Art

    Prince Albert McKaig was my great grandfather on my mother’s side through her mother, Maude. From what I’m told Prince Albert had a farm, a general store, a sawmill, built log cabins for sale by his own design, and also built a small telephone company to serve a few houses on Lookout Mountain. And was a sometime preacher. I’d love to read any more anyone knows about him!




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