THE MEWHIRTER/MCWHIRTER FAMILY
Here is a brief beginning to our family history.
Our Mewhirter line can be found to
have many variations in records throughout the years - McWhirter,
McWhorter, Mewhirter, Mewhorter, etc.
My family's line of descent is marked with a **.
was born about 1748. William MAY have been the son of Robert
McWhorter and Sarah Johnston of Besalem township, Bucks County,
Pennsylvania or of the William McWhorter who resided in Paxton
township in what is now Dauphin county, Pennsylvania - different
sources assume one or the other. This researcher has seen no
proof of either. His children and grandchildren adopted a variety
of spellings of the McWhorter surname - Mawhorter, McWhirter,
Mewhorter, Mewhirter, etc. He was married first to Jane BOYD
(daughter of John and Sarah BOYD) on March
24, 1768 in
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Jane BOYD died in 1772.
William MCWHORTER and Jane BOYD had the following children
MCWHORTER was born September 4, 1769 in Dauphin County,
Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth TOLAND in 1788.
He died August 24, 1849 in Muskingum County, Ohio.
She died after 1850. They had the following children:
James (Pat) MCWHORTER, Thomas MCWHORTER, William (Cooney)
MCWHORTER, Boyd MCWHORTER, Nancy
MCWHORTER, Robert MCWHORTER Jr and Elizabeth Ann MCWHORTER.
MCWHORTER was born about 1771. She is named in the
will of her grandmother, Sarah BOYD.
was born about 1772. He married Hannah UNKNOWN
in 1792 in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Hannah was born in 1775. John
died about 1803 in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Hannah married second William TOLAND about 1814. John and
Hannah had the following children: William
MCWHORTER, Elizabeth MCWHORTER, Thomas
MCWHORTER and John MCWHORTER Jr.
William was married second to Jane BARR on June
14, 1774 in Lancaster
County, Pennsylvania in St. James Church. Jane BARR was
born in 1756. William and Jane resided in Hopewell Township,
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in the late 1700's, then removed to
Harrison County, Ohio. William died on May 19, 1823 in Harrison County, Ohio. Jane (Barr) McWhorter died on May
31, 1836. William MCWHORTER and
Jane BARR had the following children:
William MCWHORTER was born about 1775 in
Washington County, Pennsylvania.
He married Mary Jane MCCHESNEY. He died on June
William and Mary Jane had the following children: John
MCWHORTER, George MCWHORTER, William MCWHORTER, James MCWHORTER,
Elizabeth MCWHORTER, Martha MCWHORTER, and Mary MCWHORTER.
- Henry MCWHORTER
was born about 1779 in Pennsylvania.
He married Margaret BURNS. He died in
June 6, 1849 in Marion County, Ohio.
She died May 2, 1835.
MCWHORTER was born about 1783 in Cumberland
County, Pennsylvania. She was married to James
TOLAND in 1801 in Washington County,
Pennsylvania. James was born in 1782
in Strabane Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania.
James died in 1862 and Margaret about 1825 in Washington
Margaret and James had the following children: John TOLAND,
Jacob TOLAND, Henry TOLAND, William TOLAND, Smith TOLAND, Aaron
TOLAND, Cephas TOLAND, Thomas TOLAND, and Clark TOLAND.
**James MEWHIRTER. (see below)
MCWHORTER was born about 1793. She was married to William
MCDOWELL on August 10, 1810. Susanna and William had the
following known children: Barr MCDOWELL.
- John Barr
MEWHIRTER was born in 1797 in Washington County, Pennsylvania. He was married to
Mary Ann REED
(daughter of J Frederick REED and Mary Eve GROVES) on January 30, 1821
in Harrison County, Ohio. Mary Ann REED was born on October
17, 1798 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. John Barr
Mewhirter and James were brothers and their wives, Mary Ann and
Lydia, were sisters. John
Barr Mewhirter died in 1826 in
Harrison County, Ohio. Mary Ann and her sons, with sister and
brother-in-law James and Lydia (Reed) Mewhirter moved to Van Wert
County, Ohio and she eventually moved to Iowa with some of her
children. Lydia died on 7 November 1885 in Griswold, Cass County,
Iowa. She was buried in Smith Cemetery, Griswold, Iowa.
John Barr MEWHIRTER and Mary Ann REED had the
following children: Frederick MEWHIRTER,
MEWHIRTER was born on April 10, 1791 in Cumberland County,
Pennsylvania. He was married to Lydia REED (daughter of J
Frederick REED and Mary Eve GROVES) on June 18, 1818 in Harrison County,
Ohio. Lydia REED was born on September 27, 1794 in
Pennsylvania. His family appeared on the census in:
- 1820 in Green
Township, Harrison County, Ohio (page 53)
- 1830 in One Leg
Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio (Page 44)
- 1840 in Jennings
Township, Van Wert County, Ohio
- 1850 in Jennings
Township, Van Wert County, Ohio (Household #688)
1860 in Jennings Township, Van Wert County, Ohio (Household #821)
They moved to Van
Wert County between 1830-1840 and moved to Iowa before 1869. James
died on December 31, 1869 in Iowa. Lydia died on February 24, 1877
in Iowa. Both were buried in West Union Cemetery, Thayer, Union
County, Iowa. James MEWHIRTER and Lydia REED had the following
**Eva Ann MEWHIRTER
MEWHIRTER was born about 1820.
MEWHIRTER was born April 21, 1824.
MEWHIRTER was born about 1826.
**Eva Ann MEWHIRTER was born on December
20, 1819 in Harrison County, Ohio. She was married to Jacob DIBERT
(son of John DIBERT and Catherine WALLICK) on May 21, 1837 in Goshen
Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio by J.P. John Butt. She
died on March 12, 1897 in Van Wert County, Ohio. Jacob died on
October 5, 19898 in York Township, Van Wert County, Ohio. Both
were buried in Tomlinson (aka Wesley Chapel) Cemetery, Union
Township, Mercer County, Ohio. See
Dibert Family page for more on Jacob and Eva Ann and their descendants.
This is only the first couple generations of
our family tree. For more information about the Mewhirter family, check