Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The James Andrew Family

James Andrew was born in approximately 1750, probably in Pennsylvania. With his father, James operated a threshing machine in both Pennsylvania and Maryland, going to different farmers' places to thresh their wheat.

In 1771, James moved to North Carolina. There, he met and married Elizabeth Morrow. In addition to operating a thresher, he also operated a wheelright shop, or what was later called a blacksmith shop. He and Elizabeth had several children, one being Margaret Jennie (great, great grandmother of Willard C. McBride).

The Andrews became dissatsified living in North Carolina, as it was a slave-holding state. They, with about thirty other families, wished to migrate to Ohio, which was a free state.

When their house burned down, rather than rebuilidng, they moved, with some other families, to Tennessee for a period of time. The family settled near Nashville, Tennessee, where two more children were born. Because the Andrews' family had a religious nature, they requested that a Presbyterian minister be sent to their area. A minister from Scotland, a Reverend Robert Armstrong, came in response to their request.

Attracted by one of James' daugthers, Nancy, Robert married her. The Andrews' family, with the newlyweds, traveled to Kentucky where they established a Presbyterian Church, then moved on to Greene County, Ohio.

Notice how these moves brought the Andrew family to Ohio, where they were in place to hear the gospel.

Note: this information was taken from the personal and family history of Willard C. McBride.

The James Andrew Family

James Andrew (the father of Margaret Jennie McBride)was born in 1750, probably in Pennsylvania. He lived there for a while with his father, and with him, operated a threshing machine in both Pennsylvania and Maryland going to differenet farmers' places to threst their wheat.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

James McBride and Margaret Jennie Andrew (great-great grandfather of Willard C. McBride)


My great-great grandfather was James McBride, born in 1781; his wife was Margaret Jennie Andrew, born in 1792. James McBride must have married Margaret Jennie Andrew when she was about fifteen. (It may be seen wehre the name "Andrew" came into being in the descendants of my great-great grandfather).

Margaret (or Jennie as she semeed to have been known) Andrew McBride gave birth to my great grandfather, William McBride, on March 22, 1807 and died shortly thereafter.

After Jennie's death, James married Rachel Van Eaton in February 1808. From information given to my mother (Emma Jane Hubbard McBride), it seems that the Andrew family reared William McBride. After William McBride was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he had the work done in the Temple for the Andrew family and some of their ancestors.

James, after he married his second wife, had other childrlen. When James Andrew, the father of Margaret Jennie Andrew McBride died, his will made in 1823, and probated in 1824, left $20.00 to his grandson, William McBride. The will was probated in Greene County, Ohio.

After his second marriage, James served in the War of 1812. The records of Greene County, Ohio, reveal that he was a second lieutenant during that war. Little else seems to be known about him, except that he died in 1843.

(The above information is taken from the personal and ancestral history of Willard C. McBride. Whenever possible, I have used his own words.)