OUR MATERNAL ANCESTORS
Long, long years ago in the Highlands of Scotland lived a man by the name of Thomas Shaw, who married Margaret Wilson, and they had a daughter, Katherine Shaw, who married a man by the name of Robert Scott. They had a daughter, Margaret Scott, who married a man by the name of Alexander McCausland; and they had a daughter, Katherine McCausland, who married a man by the name of John Morrison. And they had a daughter, Margaret Morrison, who is my mother.
John Morrison married Frances Hamilton, and they had a son, John Morrison, who married Katherine McCausland. Now I will give you my grandmother’s record of the births of all her eleven children. And it is very odd, as she had four pairs of twins; and they came every way that they could come: first, boys; then a boy and a girl; then a girl and a boy; then girls. Mother would laugh and tell us this, as it was so odd.
Family record of John Morrison who married Katherine McCausland about the year 1799 or 1800.
Born to John Morrison and wife--
1800 Twin boys who lived but a few days
1802 Dec. 23 Twins, Hamilton and Margaret
1805 Dec. 22 Twins, Ann and Alexander
1809 Jan. 15 Frances Hamilton
On August 5, 1809, the father, John Morrison, died.
On February 1, 1813, Katherine Morrison was remarried to William Hicks. The following are her children by the name of Hicks.
1814 Jan. 2 Elizabeth Hicks
1815 Feb. 3 Twins, Katherine and Jane Hicks
1818 Feb. 5 Robert Hazlett Hicks
Mother had relatives by name of McCracken, McFarland, Hamilton, Gordon and Mills; all of whom she visited since I can remember. She went to Philadelphia during the Civil War and visited a cousin by name of John Mills. He had a fine home and business house there, and a married son, William Mills, who had three well educated and fine looking daughters, Sallie, Lizzie and Katherine. I wrote to these for several years for mother, but after mother died we quit writing and we never hear from them now. Mother lived with her mother’s sister by name of McFarland while she was in Philadelphia. She came over the ocean with them when she was sixteen years old, from County Tyrone, Ireland; where she was born; but her parents were born in Scotland.
Mother visited of her cousins by name of McFarland near Hamden Junction, Ohio, on September 20, 1871. And I heard her say to George McFarland, on the platform of the depot (where he came from his farm with a buggy to meet her), “Fifty-one years ago today we landed in the city of Philadelphia together.” Then our team pulled out. Sister Matilda and I went on to Baxter Springs, Kansas to visit our sister, Eliza F. Hibbard, whose son, Martyn S., was very sick. He sat in one of our laps for over three weeks, and he was so thin and pale, and could not lie in bed during the day. I told him little stories that he still remembered when I last saw him on the 5h of March, 1908.
George McFarland had a sister, Margaret Hemphill, who lived near him there, and mother visited her also at this time. The summer before this she had spent one month very pleasantly at our old home with mother and she had spent one month very pleasantly at our old home with mother and all of us. She had a sister by name of Jane Gordon, who lived near Teveolta, West Virginia, and my brother, William, who lived near her and her family or three times. She had a large family, and he thought them very good and thrifty people. One daughter, Bettie, was school teacher, and so pretty and full of fun hat she cheered all at their home greatly. I never saw any of them but have wanted to see them ever since William told me of them.
I must come to the marriage of our parents and give you their correct family record, kept by my father. You will observe by dates that he was about then years older than mother.
James Smith, born April 5, 1792
Margaret Morrison Smith, born Dec. 23, 1802
There first children were born in Philadelphia, all the others in Columbiana County, Ohio, till Margaret; and she and all we younger ones in dear old Washington County, Ohio. This s a correct record of all our births and marriages.
Ann June Smith April 23, 1824
William Castles Sept. 17, 1825
Priscilla April 13, 1827
Alexander Franklin Aug. 16, 1829
John Morrison May 9, 1831
Eliza May 11, 1833
James Hamilton July 5, 1835
Matilda and Lucinda (Twins) Dec. 17, 1842
Frances Eleanora April 11, 1846
William C. Smith and Phoebe Lee May 15, 1851
Eliza Smith and Henry M. Hibbard June 15, 1857
John M. Smith and Jane D. Creesy April 15, 1851
Alexander F. Smith and Deborah McGirr Oct. 28, 1865
Priscilla Smith an Benoni H. Dawson April 18, 1868
Joseph A. Smith and Susan M. DeLagrange Nov. 2, 1871
John M. Smith (re-wed) and Mary J. Evans Aug. 14, 1873
Matilda Smith and Wilson M burke Feb. 3, 1874
Lucinda Smith and Phillip W. Roe Oct. 17, 1876
Frances E. Smith and Charles Payne April 3, 1879
Margaret R. Smith and William E. McGee May 9, 1883