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David McCreary Earle



May, Magee, Collins, McCreary, Davis, Meyers, Allen, Sale, Priest, Parks, , Ruble, Vehon



     There is a mystery for me concerning Mary Teresa (May) Magee, as well as Samuel Bullock Magee, and Sally Magee (she is buried at Beulah Cemetery, but has no records that I can find).  It is too bad that I cannot locate a 1870 US Federal Census record for Falls Co, TX. (or DC's for Samuel and Sally).  If I could find such, I might be able to discover the truth. 


     I believe that it is possible that Mary Teresa May was previously married and widowed in Mississippi before marrying Calvin Magee.  I believe that she may have had two children by that previous marriage (Sally and Wilson N.).  Calvin's first wife (Catherine) died sometime between Oct 1850 and July 1860.  I believe that Calvin and Mary Teresa married sometime between late 1860 and 1861, and that Calvin adopted her two children as his own.  Samuel Bullock Magee (though his headstone tells us he was born in 1860) is shown on the 1880 and 1900 US Federal Censuses as being born in July 1862 in Mississippi.  This means that he is likely NOT the child of Norvel Abner and Carolyn Elizabeth (Collins) Magee, as they were only 16 and 11 years old, respectively, in that year.  However, Calvin would have been 54 and Mary Teresa would have been 33... a much more likely match.  In addition, in the 1900 US Federal Census, Mary is noted as a 70 year old widow (she was born in 1829 and Calvin died in 1882)... but she is also noted as having three children (two of which were noted as still alive in 1900).  In this same census, Mary is living with Wilson N. Magee, who is identified as her son, and his wife Callie.  Since Sally Magee died in 1875, it could be possible that she is the deceased child of Mary noted in this census... leaving Wilson N. (of whom I have found no other documentation) and Samuel Bullock (who lives on until 1906).


     There is another interesting twist... In the 1900 US Federal Census, Wilson N. Magee and Callie Magee have the same birth months and years for Norvel Abner and Carolyn Elizabeth (Collins) Magee.  I cannot seem to locate a record for Norvel and Carolyn in the 1900 Census.  It is possible that Wilson N and Callie are Norvel and Carolyn.


     I found a 1910 Census that has the same basic info as the 1900 Census, but has the right names of Norvel and Carrie.  Also Mary is shown as having 3 children, with 1 alive.  In 1906 Samuel Bullock Magee died.  This makes me wonder all the more about who were these other two children of Mary.  If Callie in 1900 is Carrie in 1910, I also wonder about who the second child of Norvel and Carrie was... and where they buried this child.


     On the Public Records section of the Falls County Site, on page 97, I found the marriage record for Norvel Abner Magee and Carolyn Elizabeth Collins.  They married on 22 Dec 1870.  On page 79 I found the marriage record for Joseph S. McCreary and Sarah F. Robinson.  They married on 16 Jan 1868 and were married by Calvin Magee.  Joseph's son, George Elijah, would eventually marry Calvin's granddaughter, Lillie Alice Magee.


     I've got some more info about the McCreary folks at Clover Hill Cemetery and at Hillcrest Cemetery.

     James Davidson McCreary Sr. and Gladys Opal Davis had at least four children.  According to the 1930 US Federal Census they are:  James Davidson McCreary Jr. (30 Sep 1922--05 Jul 1974; buried at Hillcrest), Elizabeth McCreary (born about 1925), and a badly written son's name that looks remotely like "Percy" (born about 1929).  According to the Texas Birth Index, 1903-2000, Claude Lee McCreary was born to James D and Gladys Opal (Davis) McCreary on 11 Dec 1928 in Falls Co., so I believe this "Percy" to be Claude Lee (buried at Clover Hill).  Strangely, the Social Security Death Index shows Claude's birth date as 12 Nov 1928.  Claude Lee died in Austin, Travis, TX.  A fourth child, Elijah Frank (Franklin) McCreary III (aka Baby McCreary in Clover Hill) was born 20 Feb 1926 and died 03 Jun 1926.


     James Davidson McCreary Jr. was married to Ida (Wachsman) McCreary.

     According to his headstone, Claude Lee McCreary was married to Gladys (Unknown Maiden Name) McCreary.  According to the Texas Death Index, 1964-1998, a Gladys G. McCreary died in Travis County on 09 Jan 1994.  The name and place of death are relevant, but it is not conclusive that this was his wife.

     Gladys Opal Davis was born in Kansas to J E Davis and Alice Meyers.

     James Davidson McCreary Sr. was the son of Elijah Frank McCreary Sr.


     Elijah Frank McCreary Sr. (1851--1912) was actually born in 1850.  I have found 2 DC's for him; one from Marlin and one from Lott.  The one from Lott is witnessed by J A McCreary (possibly Joseph Austin) and was prepared in January, 1949.  The Marlin record was made in August of 1912.  It is possible, but not stated on the form, that the 1949 document was made to correct information on the original 1912 document.  On the 1912 DC, Elijah was born 24 Jul 1850 and died 04 Jul 1912 and buried 05 Jul 1912.  On the 1949 DC, Elijah was born 15 Jun 1850, died 03 Jul 1912, and was buried 04 Jul 1912.  Elijah Frank McCreary Sr. was born in Conecuh Co., AL and was a younger brother of Joseph S. McCreary.  They had the same parents, Elijah and Mary (Autrey) McCreary of Conecuh Co., AL. 

     Elijah Frank McCreary's first wife was Sallie Allen (born about 1854 in Mississippi).  On the 1880 US Federal Census, they have three children:  Caroline E. (born about 1876), Joseph C. (born about 1878), and Mary W. (born in Dec 1879).  All of the children were born in Falls Co.  In 1880 they are living in Falls Co.  Living with them is Sallie's sister, Ann M. Allen (born about 1845 in Mississippi).  Sallie's and Ann's father was from VA.  Their mother was from SC.  The next census for Elijah Frank McCreary is in 1910, 30 years later.


     The 1910 US Federal Census shows Elijah married to his second wife, Matilda Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Priest) McCreary.  This was Lizzie's first marriage.  The document shows that they were married about 1902.  They had two children:  James Davidson McCreary Sr. (22 Jul 1902--29 Jun 1979) and Elijah Frank Jr. (20 Sep 1904--31 Dec 1967).  Elijah Frank Jr. died in Sweeny, Brazoria, TX.  Lizzie's parents (Dr. James Davidson and Mary (Parks) Priest) are shown as being from Tennessee.  As Elijah Frank Sr. died in 1912, he is absent from the 1920 US Federal Census.  Living with Lizzie, JD, and Elijah Frank Jr. in 1920 is a general manager for the farm by the name of James C. Vehon (born about 1893 in TX, father from NC, mother from TX).  Lizzie would later marry a Mr. Vehon, possibly this particular one, which is why she bears his name on her DC and grave marker.