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Edward Dray--Drake, son James Drake McMahan
Posted by: Jean Roach (ID *****2392) Date: February 17, 2006 at 17:54:47
In Reply to: Edward Dray by Diane Dray of 237

I too am a descendant of Edward Dray--Drake and Nancy Agnes.

James Drake McMahan, b. 10/31/1799 (he was the oldest living of those born on the Reserve, born in Boardman Township, and one of the pioneers of Jackson. He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Cory/Corey 2/29/1829 in Trumball, OH. She was born 5/14/1809 and died in 1868.
(See the "History of Trumball and Mahoning Counties" by H. Z. Williams and Bro., Cleveland, 1882, Vol 2, page 149.)
From this book:

Going one generation back:
"John McMahan, Sr of PA, moved from his native state to the northern part of Boardman Township in 1799, and remained until 1806 when he settled on a farm in Austintown. He served 3 months in the War of 1812, and died on his way home. He was wounded in the Pennisula battle in Sept 1812; and was slain by Indians on his way home."

Please Note: Edward Dray/Drake also served in a war: the Revoluntary War---at age 93 he shot himself with a pistol.

John McMahan was the father of 5 sons and one daughter--James Drake b. 1799,
John H. b. 1812
Thomas b. 1803
Benjamin b. 1800
Harriet b. 1806
and Joseph b. 1810.
James and Benjamin settled in Jackson in 1820; Benjamin, was married 3 times, and he died in 1878. John went west and was never heard from again. Thomas settled in Lordstown, later moved to PA and died. Harriet, the wife of John Cory, lived in Champion, Trumball Co, Oh, Joseph died in Morgan Co, Oh.

"In 1820 the widow of John McMahan Sr, moved from Austintown to Jackson with her sons. She died in 1855, at about 83 years of age." (her first name is unknown)

Ten children were born to James and Elizabeth, one of which was my great great grandmother, Mary Louisa McMahon/McMahan, born 1834 in Trumball, Oh.
She married Silas Clarke Robb, born 11/1/1831 in Trumball Co, OH. He was a tall, slender, stiff military man with a heavy head of hair. He married Mary Louisa on 4/20/1852.
Silas and Mary Louisa divorced in 1874. They had 4 girls (Ella, Emma (twins), Effie Viola, and Laura Belle Robb.) Silas later married Hattie Stern and had 5 boys, (Arthur, Silas E., Henry, John F., and Major Harrison.

Silas enlisted as a private in Knapp's Battery Co E. of PA light artillery. He too was injured in battle. He was with the siege of Savannah, GA on Dec 10-21, 1864 and the occupation of Raleigh 4/14/1865 and the Grand Review in Washington 5/24/1865.

We lost track of Mary Louisa after the divorce. Family members stated she ran off before the final Decree with a "Mr. Bullwinkle" who was a furrier from CA.

Effie Viola Robb was my great grandmother. She married Gavin Jamieson, who was born Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His father and mother were born in or near Glasgow, Scotland.

Gavin Jamieson ran away from home to New York City and tried to enlist in the Union Army as a drummer but was not accepted because he was small of stature and slight of build, although very active. He managed the Hayden Dept Stores of Chicago in 1881 and was transferred to Omaha, NE. He refused to retire and worked until his death 1/1/1943.

Any relatives out there want to share info?


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