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Re: Jonathan Kearsley b. abt. 1718 Scotland
Posted by: Gary Morrow Date: September 27, 1999 at 08:41:26
In Reply to: Re: Jonathan Kearsley b. abt. 1718 Scotland by Craig Laird of 86

The following from the Cumberland Co PA archives sparked my initial inquiry as I believe our Morrows are related to the McDowell/Reeds mentioned in the following:
Elisabeth REED - power of attorney to her son
James REID of Cumberland Co to sue, recover,
and settle with the exrs. of Jonathan KEARSLEY (Samuel KEARSLEY, John KEARSLEY & Matthew HENDERSON) for all demands . . . she
is owed relating to the estate of her husband Robert REID of Cumberland Co whose exrs. were
grantor and said Jonathan KEARSLEY.
26 May 1784 McDOWELL before HENRY TAYLOR

My guess, based on research I've done, John McDowell is the son of John Sr & Jean McDowell who lived near Greencastle PA in the 1770's. Elisabeth Reed & husband Robert would be John Jr's inlaws. John Mc Jr later moved to Mifflin Co PA. The Jonathan Kearsley mentioned is probably your Dr. Jonathan who died in 1782, with Samuel & John being his sons. Sam Morrow who married Maria McComb is the son of Matthew Morrow (ca 1761-1842) & Elizabeth Weir (ca 1767-1837). Matthew's father was supposedly a Thomas Morrow who lived near Harrisburg PA. Thomas died ca 1790 and then son Matthew came to Washington Co PA. I found a listing of Dr Jonathan's children on the web and from a process of elimination believe the sister of William Morrow (the tavern owner in Chambersburg) may have been married to John Kearsley (1745-1819). I don't know if Wm Morrow was related to Matthew Morrow, but atleast this strengthens my theory that the various Morrow families living in the Cumberland Valley area of PA ca 1780's knew each other. Thanks for the info.

Gary Morrow


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