I went down a random online genealogy rabbit hole last night. While I already knew all of the names of these ancestors because a distant cousin of mine traced this lineage in the late-1990s when the Internet first started to get going, it was fun to piece it together. I also knew based on findagrave.com that my Great Great Grandfather was born in Indiana. This is what got me going. I was curious about where in Indiana he was from and thought maybe I would try to visit that part of the state before I move (especially if I could find any relatives buried there).
A couple of quick Google searches answered that question and led me to some pretty cool information about my ancestors. Like I said, I already knew that we came to the U.S. during the late 1700s, and that one who emigrated was also named Andrew. I’m not named after him though, because my parent’s did not know that when they named me. Anyways, it seems like after he finally ended up in Gibson County, Indiana, (he was in PA, VA, and OH before that) he had a good-sized family (8 kids from 2 marriages).
Through Google Books, I found a history of Gibson County, Indiana (linked below) that shares some information about Andrew and his family (the sections focus more on his grandsons Andrew (son of George) and John Kell (son of John). One of the passages about George’s son Andrew, mentions the extend family. It notes that his brother “Hamilton, who many years ago went to Missouri and has never since been heard from.” I assume this refers to George Hamilton, and my branch of the family. It seems as if maybe we were the black sheep!
Below I have mapped out my branch of the McGregor Family tree.
George Hamilton McGregor — b. 12-1-1840 in Princeton, IN
d. 6-15-1913 buried in Index Cemetery, Garden City, MO
Elmer Logan McGregor — b. 11-1866 in Princeton, IN
d. 3-16-1923 buried in Lincoln Cemetery, Lebo, KS
Alfred Dean McGregor — b. 11-1-1903 in Kingsville, MO
d. 9-27-1978 buried in Lincoln Cemetery, Lebo, KS
Gary Alan McGregor — b. 2-15-1935 in Morris, KS
James Dean McGregor — b. 4-18-1957 in Emporia, KS
Andrew Duncan McGregor — b. 9-5-1985 in Kansas City, KS
Information about the Indiana McGregors found in: Gil R. Stormont, History of Gibson County, Indiana: Her People, Industries and Institutions, with Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, (B.F. Bowen, 1914). Access in Google Books. I also found useful information relative to the Indiana McGregor’s at the genealogy.com site of Clair Juenell Williams Owens.
**Interestingly, when I went and dug out my copy of the family genealogy, I found a copy of the relevant pages from Gil. R. Stormont’s book.**