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mystery McKnight women of 1800s,mix with McKee, Gregg, Wiley,Gillespie/Ire/PA/OH
Posted by: Patricia Jurkiewicz (ID *****1863) Date: March 19, 2009 at 15:54:37
  of 2065

Hi McKnights,

Up for a mystery? I've got several McKnight women connected to one of my ancestry lines, and I feel certain that the women are also connected to each other, but can't figure out how!! Help, please!

For starters, here are 2: Sarah McKnight, b. 1803, in
America, probably PA; parents: Samuel
and Sarah Gregg (or Greeg) McKnight.
Samuel was b. County Down, Ire; came to
US about 1798. Besides Sarah (the
younger), Samuel and Sarah also had 5
other children: John, _____ (boy), Mary
______(girl) and _____(girl). (You be-
gin to see why this is a mystery . . .)

OK, now Sarah, b. 1803, grows up to marry James
McKee. One of their children, Maria McKee
grows up to marry David Kirkwood Gillespie,
in 1856. However, Maria dies sometime be-
fore 1878, when David marries Sarah Jane

Now, I feel strongly that the original Sarah McKnight McKee,
(1803) is related somehow to Sarah Jane McKnight Gillespie.
Going back to Samuel and Sarah Gregg McKnight, I have noted that their son John had a son, Joseph. Sarah Jane McKnight Gillespie was the daughter of a Joseph and Mary Wiley McKnight. 1834-1913 are the dates for Sarah Jane, her father was b. 1802, her mother 1805, but of course I don't have dates for John or his supposed son Joseph, so I can't be sure this is the connection.

There's another McKnight/Gillespie marriage, involving an uncle of David Kirkwood Gillespie, but I'll save that one for another time!

Oh, I forgot to mention, these folks all seemed to move from PA to OH, ending up in Miami, then Shelby counties.

Anyway, anyone who wants to weigh in on all this confusion, please do so!


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