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Sylvester "Vesty" McDonough
(card #2)
I have used the dates on the gravestones.
When the famine began Vesty was 14, Ellen 13. When it was over he was 19 & she 18. Vesty's sister Big Mary was 7, & 12 when it was over.
When they came to Canada I don't know but it was before 1855 when they were married. They met on the boat coming across [to] Canada. Probably Ellen & her sister Bridget (see Dan McCauley) came with their parents. The members of Vesty's family we know were here were his sister Big Mary & his brother or cousin Val.
They were married in Canada in 1854.
Sylvester "Vesty" McDonough
(card #3)
[Ed.'s note: this "card" is actually a piece of folded notebook paper with notes on it re: more
than one individual. It is filed at the end of the "McDonough" section.]
If I go by the stone figures, they were married in Can. by 1855 when their oldest child was born there. They were on B.I. when Anna was born there in 1859. In one census Mary (last child born in Can.)'s birth date is 1856, in 2 others, 1858. Between her birth & Anna's, 1859, they came to B.I..
If they were married in '54 Vesty was 24, Helen 23.
Sylvester "Vesty Vesty" McDonough
(2 nd Gen.)
187_(?) - April 1949
Son of Sylvester [McDonough] & Ellen Corry
Married Mary Connaghan, 1879 - , in 1894
Bruce, 1908-1937 - death record calls him Hugh Roland; died on the Marold II
Jessie Genevieve, June 7, 1900-1902 (stone); her birth is recorded
Margaret - married Frank Danny Barney O'Donnell
Father Gallagher married Vesty Vesty & Mary Connaghan. Weddings were not with a mass at that time. As I understand it they were married at the priest's house or in the church in the afternoon. Then a wedding dance was held in the evening. Bowery lived in the house where the Culls now live and his daughter Sadie (a very close friend of Mary's) was dying (of consumption?). The second floor was used as a dance hall then. They couldn't use it because of Sadie, so the dance was held at her father's house. Father Gallagher furnished the wine (as he customarily did). When news came of Sadie's death, the dance stopped.
Death records:
Hugh Roland McDonough, married, age 29-2-0, killed on the Marold II.
Thomas "Big Tom" McDonough
Born in Ireland
Son of Val
Married Kitty O'Donnell (called "Kate" in second registration), 1863-1936 - daughter of John
O'Donnell & Bridget Boyle? "Johnny Maliane"?
Thomas John, Nov. 30, '96 (birth record; registered twice)
Pat Joseph, June 5, 1900 (birth record)
Leo Lawrence, Aug. 16, 1903 (birth record)
In the registration for Pat Joseph it says Thomas was born in Mich. & Kitty is listed as Katherine,
also Mich.. In Leo Lawrence's Tom is listed as [born in] Ireland.
Clementine - Vesty sent for him & his brother Patrick. They sent for sister Anna (who married Red Hughie), & the three sent for the father & mother & the rest of the family including Mary who married Owen Conn, the lighthouse keeper. The last came in 1884 (it looks as if they came with the Don Father party, of which Mary Early was one.)
Death records:
Thomas John McDonough, single, age 27-11-13, died Oct. 13, '24, in Peaine Twp, of
pulmonary tuberculosis. Born Mich.; parents Thomas McDonough & Catherine O'Donnell.
Thomas McDonough, married, age 77, died May 23, '36, in Peaine Twp, of "toxic absorption,
gangrene of right foot." Born Ire.; farmer; parents Thomas McDonough & Catherine Kane.
Catherine McDonough, widowed, age 73-8-8, died Oct. 10, '36, in Peaine Twp of
"myocardial degeneration." Born Mich.; parents John O'Donnell & Bridget Boyle.
[See original manuscript for McDonough family tree diagram; includes reference: p. 23A, 47, 66, 92, 93, 97, 103, 146.]
Thomas "Val" McDonough
P. 88, 137
Wife, Anna Kane (called Catherine in death record of son Tom)
Still in Ireland in 1857 when daughter Anna was born; still in Ireland in 1859 when [son] Big Tom (1859-1936) was born. Anna married a Boyle, "Red Hughie" (see death records).
Clementine says he homesteaded the farm where the golf course is & later it went to son Big Tom.
There was a "Val" McDonough who was either Vesty's uncle or cousin. His wife was a sister to the Michael Kane who has a stone in the cemetery & is in the death records. See card, "Kane."
He lived in house #17 - the log house at the right angle turn of the Trail Rd. According to Maria he was a brother of Vesty's & his wife was a Kane. Her brother Michael Kane ([there is a] stone) lived with them. They must have been married in Ireland because the son Big Tom was born there.
Probably a cousin or brother - Sylvester born 1831 - Kane the brother-in-law of Val, 1836 - the same generation. - but Val was born in 1819 - could be uncle.
Clink says Val & Vesty were brothers.
Big Tom's son has a stone - Thomas J. McDonough, Nov. 30, 1895-Oct. 13, 1924.
There is a birth record for Thomas John - Nov. 30, '96.
Death records:
Thomas Donough (this was first McDonough, then erased & changed), died Aug. 3, '03. He
was widowed, age 84, cause old age; born in Ire.; a farmer; parents unknown. This is
Anna Boyle, married, age 77-9-22, died in Peaine Twp, Feb. 4, '34, of bronchial pneumonia.
Born Ire.; parents Thomas McDonough & Anna Kane. Married to Red Hughie.
James McGee
1842 -
P. 109
Married, July 1880, Anna McDonough (a Vesty), 1859 -
John, 1881 -
Delia, 1881 (death records)-1938 - born Canada
In April 1880 James McGee bought NE1/4 Sec 21, T37, R10 from James R. O'Donnell.
Nonie says he, Hamrock, & Slocum started the 1 st mill after the Mormons.
Bruce Catton, "Waiting for the Morning Train," p. 94:
"One of the biggest companies logging the Manistee River got a bad name because it served baked beans 3 times a day, with everything else regarded as trimmings. The men made up an irreverent jingle to the tune of ' Maryland, My Maryland' -
Who feeds us beans until we're blue?
Louie Sands & Jim McGee.
Who thinks that nothing else will do?
Louie Sands & Jim McGee.
Who feeds us beans 3 times a day?
And gives us very little pay?
Who feeds us beans again I say?
Louie Sands & Jim McGee."
Death records:
Delia McGee Wilson, married, age 57-9-8 died in Peaine Twp on Nov. 15, 1938, of coronary
thrombosis. Born Canada; there is a question mark for parents. She is buried in the
Protestant cemetery.
P. 139
Cornelius Gallagher's wife was Grace McGladrey. Her cousin, Ann McGladrey worked for the Hugh Connaghan family. [Sometimes this family is called "Gladrey."]1
Bridget McGowan
House #64
The first to buy land on B.I. was David McKay - on July 4, 1848, filed for 43A of land comprising fractional E1/2 of SE1/4 of Sec 21 TW 30N R10 W. This is on north beach, including the public camp site & runs back to P_____2 Bay Rd. Lawrence said "The first store on B.I. was a[t] Page Town." Thus this was probably an Indian trading post located as it is between Indian point & the harbor.
On Feb. 25, 1814 Captain William McKay was serving with the Michigan Fencibles in the British garrison on Mackinac Is.
Spring of 1814 - Capt. William McKay, formerly of the 5 th Battalion, Canadian Embodied Militia, was appointed commanding officer of the Michigan Fencibles. He was soon promoted to the rank of Major of the Militia. He had come out with Dickson (of the Indian Dept.) in the fall of 1813. When the British heard that the Americans were establishing a fort at Prairie du Chien, the fur traders, alarmed, raised two companies of volunteers which were commanded by Major McKay with the local rank of lieutenant colonel. The force left Mackinac on June 28 th & arrived at Prairie du Chien July 17. After brisk action the American garrison capitulated. The British named the fort " Fort McKay."
-this information - Michigan History, winter 1973, pp. 287-289, by Brian
Leigh Dunnigan
Could he have been David's father?
Peter McKinley
1810 - ?
Lightkeeper, 1859-60
James McKinley, 1814 - ? [brother of Peter] - had stone?
He was from Fairport, Ohio-born Jamestown, Ohio-and is supposed to have been a cousin of the President.3 Pres. McKinley's grandparents were from Co. Donegal.
About 1849 he bought out Alva Cable at Whiskey Point. He also raised cattle, some of which were stolen by the Mormons.4 His store was on the Point at the time of the gun "battle," July 4, 1850.
Thomas Bedford worked for him & the whipping is supposed to have been because he gave information to McKinley about the Mormon stealing. (-Mrs. Williams)
McKinley moved his family to Mackinac because of the Mormons in the summer of 1852, but he was back by 1857. At this time he set up his business at what had been the Adrich Dock during Mormon times. This is what I know as "the King Place." At that time it was called "the Gregg Property." In '57 he was in the state legislature, the business run in his absence by his brother Harrison. - "Child of the Sea"
Peter was postmaster Sept. 19, 1851 - Feb. 24, 1852 (during Mormon times).
A James M. McKinley was postmaster Sept. 19, 1857 - May 16, 1861 (is this the "Grandpa McKinley" Mrs. Williams talks about?) Peter's father? No, his brother.
When did he leave if he was postmaster in 1852? Did he leave right after Feb. 1852?
He was one of the complaintants against Strang in the proceedings of July 1851 that resulted in the trial in Detroit.
There is a record of a transfer of property in 1851 from him to Robt. Buchan, T38-R10-I2.5
In summer 1857, when Mrs. Williams returned she says Peter McKinley was serving in the State Legislature & didn't return to B.I. until late fall. In the meantime his business was being run by his brother Harrison.6
Mrs. Williams says he followed his Lyman Granger as keeper of the Harbor Light & served nine years, 1860-1869. "He lost his health soon after the appointment," but his younger daughters Effie & Mary lived with him & tended the light. She also mentions Effie McKinley as a school teacher. There was a 3 rd girl - Sarah, the eldest.
Land office:
Sept. 1859 - Peter McK. bought lots 2 & 3 Sec 2-38-10, 69.3A, $86.62 1/2 . Beach just S. of Little Sand B.
? 1861 - Peter McK. sold to Robt. Buchan these lots.
Sept. 9, 1861 (pencil) - James D. McK. Lot 1 Sec 36 & Lots 2 & 3 Sec 25-38-10 (Beach N. Of Martin's Bluff).
({ink} July 26, 1877 - Philip Gall. - this land 140A, $10 F.C. 1883)
Aug. 1, 1861 - Jas. M. McK. - ____7 Lot 3 Sec 36-38-10 (very close to Eiche's)
(Neil Gall. filed in 1899, Can. 1906. It was pat in 1920 by Armidoes Brown.)
Peter McKinley
(card #2)
1860 census:
Peter McKinley 50 lighthouse keeper born N.Y.
Effie McKinley 20 ----------------- born Mich.
Mary McKinley 15 --------------- born Mich. (kept the light, 1860-1869)
There is a Charles McKinley, age 61, in the 1840 census in Michilimackinac County; he was in "manufacture or trade["].
Peter McKinley was P. Master Sept. 19, 1851 - Feb. 24, 1852 when he was succeeded by Dennis Chi__ester (probably Mormon). James McKinley was P. Master Sept. 19, 1857 - May 16, 1861.
Mrs. Samuelson - When they returned in '57 (or '56?) "only two apple trees had escaped destruction by the Mormons." They established themselves at Troy. (C. of S.)
Peter & James' father, David, was in Rev. War. [The sons were] born [in] Jamestown, N.Y. & moved to Fairport, Ohio.
William N. McLeod
Representative of Mackinac in the state legislature. He drew up the act that divided the Upper Pen. Into counties, 1843. Praised as "the ablest Representative Mackinac ever had" by Strang in his An. & Mod. Michli., p. 31.
May 1851 he was prosecuting att. for co. of Mackinac. He went to B.I. to assume direction of the prosecution of Richard O'Donnel & James Hay after the Sher. refused to serve the warrant of arrest issued by Judge Greig to M. M. Aldrich (death warrant). The resulting effort to arrest both the culprits & the Bennett brothers resulted in Tom [Bennett]'s death.8
Alexander [Mcleod] began the settlement of Cheboygan & built a saw mill there, 1847.
[ An. & Mod. Michli.], p. 33
1880 High Is.
McLeod, William 58 laborer born Can. fath. [born] Scotland moth. [born] Scot.
Boyle, Hugh 22 laborer born Can. fath. [born] Ire. moth. [born] Ire.
McNutt [Sisters]
P. 30
The two sisters who were to have married Strang in July after his death.
Mrs. Williams, who got back to the Island in later August of 1857, says they were just leaving at that time. "The two sisters were very beautiful girls who were orphans & had a home with their uncle, he being a staunch Mormon but a very good man," Child of S., p. 183
Betsy McNutt was Strang's 3 rd wife. Was she a cousin of the two sisters, if the latter really existed?
Pat Bonner's mother said she met them at a quilting bee and asked them why they wanted to marry the same man. They said, "Because we would then not be separated."
Patrick McMalion
He is not in the census.
Married Catherine Boyle - Pen.
Michael, May 12, '78 (birth rec.)
Michael and Patrick McNally
Patrick McNally
Married Mary Brown - Ire.
Ann, Sept. 20, '76 (birth rec.)
There was a Michael McNally, 23, on Gull Island with five other young men when the 1880 census was taken.
Millar/Miller Family
Harrison (Capt. "Tip"), 1838-? - married Bridget Harkins, 1843 -
Charley, 1839-?
Joan Ruth Ann, 1834 - ; married Thomas Bedford, who shot King Strang (Pat Bonner calls
Thomas Bedford's wife Ruth Ann, not Joan - right).
Another sister who married a Gibson, brother of the man who had the Gibson House - name -
Julia Julia, 1836 - married Albert Field
According to Roland, she was married to Robt., not his brother. Sister Lorraine says Robt.
Gibson was married to Julia Scully. Could the other Gibson have been married to Tip's
sister - see Harrison Millar.
According to "Child of the Sea," Robt. Gibson & his wife both came from New York City.
- right. Ireland
[This must mean that the whole family was from N.Y.. Harrison was a Mormon,
and so was Joan. There is no suggestion that Gibson was; but if Tip & Joan
were - Charley & Julia probably were too. See Gibson.]
[If Julia & Robt. Gibson came from N.Y., the Millar family probably did too.]
Another thing that points to N.Y. is that Tip married Bridget Harkins whose family emigrated around 1841 or 1843 and were in N.Y. in 1855 when Sophia Harkins was married to John Bonner.
This family were evidently disillusioned Mormons, one sister married a gentile, and the other the man who killed Strang. "Tip" joked about being a Mormon, & he & the other brother stayed on after the Exodus.
K. of St. J. has a Sheriff Miller, a Mormon, sheriff at the time of the assassination. See p. 172. See card for Joshua Miller.
There is a Robert Miller in the Land Office records - could he be of this family?
Pencil -
Apr. 2, 1860 - Robt. Miller, W 2SE 4 Sec 2-38-10, W. side Trail Rd. from Val's to Big
Phil's (John O'Donnell Hd., this in 1863).
He9 was 1 st captain of the Coast Guard & served from 1876 through 1887.
George Miller, Sr.
(card #1)
Nov. 15, 1794-1857
Born Orange Co., Virg.; in Kentucky when 11-14. At age 19 learned carpenter's trade at Richmond, Ken.
In 1814 moved to Lexington, Ken.
1815 - went to Cincin[nati, OH].
1816-20 - back in Virg. where worked as carpt. in Charlottesville.
1840 - in house of Joseph Smith at Nauvoo [ Illinois]; entered Mormon Church.
1841 - appointed Presiding Bishop of the Church.
1842-43 - fall & winter, getting out lumber in Wisc. above La Cross.
1844 - after Smith's assassination he & Newell Whitney voted trustees-in-trust of all Church property. He was in Kentucky on mission when ass. took place.10
1846-49 - in Texas (left for Texas to be with Wright):
1846-47 - with Wright's stake (150 people)
1847-49 - outside[?] but in Texas
1850 - reached B.I. from Austin, Texas (in Austin Lyman Wright had formed a Stake Group that
made [the] trek - 23 persons, 4 wagons. Trip started Oct. 12, 1849; wintered in Arkansas,
reached Voree, Sept. '50.)
Set out for B.I. late Sept. '50. Sailed from Racine [ Wisconsin] on brig Boston, whose destination was G. Trav. Bay. Other Saints11 on way to Beaver & boat took them there. On arrival Strang came aboard to greet them. He & Phineas Wright got them settled.
June 28 th, '56 (12 th day after assassination) - left on propeller [boat] Louisville with the wounded King - at bedside of Strang.
[Miller] died 1857.
Soon after12 he became disillusioned with B. Young & decided to go somewhere else until true successor to Smith be found. In '46 son Joshua in Missouri.
George Miller, Sr.
(card #2)
1838 - Living near Macomb, McDonough Co., Ill., in Nov.. Ferried sheep over at Quincy [ Illinois] to Missouri & ran into the "Mormon War." He ret_____ to ____.13 Had sons & 2 nephews. Smith escaped from prison & Miller converted.
1839 - Fall, moved to Iowa, across river from Nauvoo.
1840 - Sept., moved to Nauvoo, ordained High Priest.
1841 - Jan., appointed Bishop.
1842 - Goes to Wisc. to run lumber mill; Lyman Wright an associate.
1844 - Apr., returns to Nauvoo with family; May he went to Ken[tucky] to convert & electioneer for Smith for Pres.; June, Smith killed.
1847 - summer, goes to Texas where son John F. was with Lyman Wright. His son (Joshua?) & family is with him. From July to Dec. '47 at Cherokee capital. Lyman Wright had community of 150 under his control (son John had married his daughter), as a common stock association. Wright drinking[?] & "false teaching."
1848 - August, leaves Wright; goes to Austin [ Texas] (85 mi. away).
1849 - wife has stroke, further hardship. Has a letter setting forth Strang's claims to leadership. Further correspondence [with Strang]. Is convinced of his authenticity; resolves to go to B.I.. Oct. 12 th, start. Has with him John G. Miner (not a Mormon but a likely convert); Clarke Lyman Whitney - Miller convinces of Strang's legitimacy. Dec. 12 th, stopped with Creek & Seminoles for winter. Miner stays.
1850 - July 4 th, start for B.I.: Miller & family, Joshua & family, Whitney & family, 23 persons.
Sept. 4, arrive Voree [ Wisconsin]. Benjamin Wright in charge at Voree. Whitney decides to stay, where he died the next spring (his 3 children go to B.I.).
George Miller, Sr.
(card #3)
"General" George Miller
Sheriff Joshua L. Miller (sheriff sent to Pine River)
George Jr. (by polygamous wife)
He had two middle-aged wives & one young one. "He was old & white-haired." - Crown of Glory
He reached B.I. late in 1850, therefore not in the census but signed coronation list July 8, 1850.
At the time that Sheriff Granger came down from Mackinac to arrest the men in the posse of Mormons that had tried to arrest the fisherman Erri Moore for selling whiskey to the Indians on Garden Is., a group of the men with Granger surrounded Joshua L. & told him his father was dead, exhibiting portions of his clothing. They said the party sent to arrest him where he was working in the woods had murdered him. (K. of St. James, p. 259, May 1851).
He [George Sr.] was present at Voree at the death bed of Strang (where he is called Sheriff George Miller - is there a confusion here with Joshua?). - K. of St. J., p. 179
There is an account in the His. of the G. Traverse Reg., p. 93, of "Gen. Miller" & Strang appropriating the property of a man named Martin (not one of the Martin brothers).
Mrs. Ludlow Hill said, "He was chief military authority" & "had been a bishop in the Church at Nauvoo," and "came with 2 wives and married another on the Island - a young woman, although he was an old gray-haired man."
George Miller, Jr.
Born Feb. 11, 1850 in Indian Terr., among Creek Indians.
At age of 11 mo. (Jan. '51) went to Mich. where mother died (did his mother & he stay in Voree until Jan.? Seems unlikely as Jan. an impossible month for lake travel. He must have been 7 months old).
[See original manuscript for brief family tree of George Miller.]
1854 - family moved to Meringo, Ill., where father died next year, 1855.
1855 - Geo. Sr. died. Same article14 says he died in Ill. in '56. This is possible, later in the
1856 - went to Iowa to join Joshua & go to Calif.
1857 - party wrecked in Gulf of Mexico near For La Vaca; appealed to John for help. He came
to join them from Texas. Journey continued overland by oxcart.
1858 - were in Burnett Co., Texas
1859 - Mormon[?] mill where waited a year for strong enough wagon train to collect to cross
1860 - reached Calif.; the party:
John Miller, with 2 nd wife & 5 children
Joshua Miller, with wife & 5 children
Elizabeth - married (1) Robt. Ke__ & (2) Bill McCoy
Geo. Jr. (he later married Eleanor Hancock & had 8 children)
Note discrepancy -
Geo. Miller was at Strang's death bed, June 1856 - no he couldn't have died in Ill. in 1855, nor moved to Ill. in '54.
Joshua in Iowa, 1856 - this is possible late in the year but he was on B.I. [in] June '56.
It is possible they moved to Meringo, Ill. after Strang's death & that Joshua and family went to Iowa. Then after Geo. Sr. died in Meringo in '57 the rest of the family joined Joshua & the rest of the account [is] accurate.
Graham - Mormon
Census, 1850:
Samuel Graham 30 born N.Y. minister, Mormon
Leah V. Graham 25 born Penn.
Brigham Graham 5 born Mich.
Mary E. Graham 3 born Mich.
1 Brackets in original.
2 Illegible.
3 President William McKinley, 1843-1901; president, 1897-1901. McKinley, a Republican, was born and grew up in Ohio.
4 See histories of Mormon/non-Mormon conflict on the Island for background here.
5 This might also be "92".
6 Assume this is Harrison (see above), but looks like Morrison.
7 Illegible.
8 Refers to an 1851 incident in the conflict between Mormons and non-Mormons.
9 It is unclear here whether or not this reference is to the Robert Millar mentioned in the Land Office record.
10 Author has inserted arrow to this paragraph, with notation, "This was a proposal by Brigham Young in 1846."
11 Members of the Mormon Church.
12 This probably means soon after the assassination of Smith.
13 This sentence is difficult to make out; possibly returned to Iowa.
14 No citation given for the article referred to here.

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