Mom had this intriguing photo stashed away. None of the faces looked familiar, so with trepidation, I turned the photo over. Thank goodness, she had the names on it. Even so, I was still clueless about who these people were. It’s odd how something like this gets handed down, but along the way the stories are lost.
The Robert David McGhee Family
About the Photo Above
1890 – Dallas County, Texas
Seated: Robert David McGhee and wife Margaret Bryant. Standing: William Sevier McGhee, sister Annie Mae McGhee (later Meek), and Dudley Johnson McGhee.
About the Photo Below
Then I found a second photo with the same 5 people plus two more. Here are the names for the larger group:
Standing L to R: William Sevier McGhee, Robert David McGhee, Margaret (Bryant) McGhee. Sitting L to R: John R. Carson, Annie May McGhee (later Meeks), Anna (Bryant) Carson, Dudley Johnson McGhee.
Probably the pictures were taken the same day.
How the People in the Photo Relate to Each Other
Having the names was a huge help, so I went to work on Ancestry to figure out how these McGhees in Texas fit with my McGhees in Arkansas. The two women are sisters, Anna and Margaret Bryant. The three children are Margaret and Robert David McGhee’s. John Carson (seated) is married to Anna, so he is Robert and Margaret McGhee’s brother-in-law.
I found an obituary for Dudley McGhee (the seated boy) which provided an interesting tidbit. He was born in a covered wagon near Little Rock, Arkansas, as the family was moving to Texas. His life spanned from 1881 to 1949. They settled near Kaufman, but later moved to Dallas County.
How the People in the Photos Relate to Us
I found that Robert David McGhee was my 1st cousin 4 times removed, so I guess I can be excused for not knowing of his existence. His father (Robert M McGhee) and my 3x great-grandfather (Soloman McGhee) were brothers. That makes Robert David McGhee a first cousin to my 2x great grandfather (William Newton McGhee).
The McGhee Family Movements
The McGhees were in Tennessee in the early 1800s, then in the 1830s in Alabama, and by 1860 had moved to Perry County, Arkansas. Their father, William McGhee, was born in Surry County, Virginia in 1770. Their mother, Leah Ann Broyles, also was born in Virginia, in Culpepper County. They were both a part of the general westward migration. The couple married in Tennessee.
By the time, the family ended up in Arkansas, William had died, but 84-year-old Leah moved along with her sons and daughters. Within one generation, Robert David McGhee moved on to Texas. It took two generations for my branch of the family to leave Arkansas and move to Kansas.
Our ancestors were more mobile than we might think, so it shouldn’t have surprised me that there were relatives in Texas.
(This is week 24 of the 52 Ancestors Challenge. The theme for the week is “Handed Down.”)