MAKURERDY / McCURDY SURNAME
b. Circa 1425
Gilkrist was a Scottish Chief on the Isle of Butte which lies off the West coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde. Butte is a small island, twelves miles long and averaging five miles in width. Gilkrist, along with other Makurerdy’s, received land grants from James IV one of his trips to the Western isles. King James made this trip and several others in order to secure the loyalty of the clans. It is not known definitely that this is the family that received the grants from James IV, but the names fit perfectly with Gilkrist and his family. The Makurerdy Clan had long been the dominant tribe on the Isle of Butte. The Stewart Clan has also been on the isle for many years.
(Henry Percy Blanchard’s “The Ancestral McCurdy’s, Their Remote History”)
Children of Gilkrist and Unknown:
Gilkrist Jr. circa 1458
Finlay circa 1460
John circa 1462
Donald circa 1464
Donald Makurerdy I
b. circa 1464
Children of Donald I and Unknown:
Donald circa 1487
Alexander circa 1489
Donald Makurerdy II
b. Abt. 1487
Child of Donald II and Unknown:
Donald Makurerdy III
Donald Makurerdy III is believed to be the first to have changed the name from Makurerdy to MacKirdy.
Donald Makurerdy III was killed in a battle with a Cameron Clan in 1600, at the age of 50.
Children of Donald III and Unknown:
Fingal circa 1575
b. circa 1575Kilkatchen, Isle of
Kilkatchen, Isle of
Fingal and his father, Donald III, were both killed in the Isle of Butte in a battle with a Cameron clan 1600. Fingal was age 25 and Donald was age 50.
Children of Fingal and Unknown:
Kilkatchen, Isle of
Margaret (Peggy) Cameron
b. circa. 1598
Ewen (5th of Erracht) Cameron
Marjory (of Lochliel)
Peggy was the great-granddaughter of King James IV of Scotland. Her cousin William mentioned Peggy in letters to other family members written in 1660. She was still living in the Isle of Butte, Scotland at that time. (Henry Percy Blanchard’s “The Ancestral McCurdy’s, Their Remote History”)
Children of Donald and Peggy:
Daniel circa 1620
Irven circa 1622
There is no further record of Irven or any family
Pethric circa 1624
Fingal circa 1626
There is no further record of Fingal or any of his family
Gilkrist circa 1628
Alexander circa 1630
b. circa 1620
Kilkatchen, Isle of
Children of Daniel and Elizabeth:
Pethric circa 1640
David circa 1642
William circa 1644
William is known to have died unmarried
John circa 1646
John went to
Daniel circa 1650
Daniel remained in
b. abt. 1640
Kilkatchen, Isle of
d. Cavan Farm,
Margaret Stewart was the daughter of Charles Stewart. Charles Stewart had left the Episcopal Church and converted to the ranks of the Presbyterian Church and because of this was forced to leave the Isle of Butte in 1664 or 1665. He settled in Ballintoy, County Antrim, Ireland. He got there a year or so before Pethric’s group in November of 1666. Pehtric met and married Margaret after his arrival in Ireland. Charles Stewart is a descendant of King Robert II of Scotland.
Children of Pethrick and Margaret:
Daniel inherited his father’s property in the Cairne, County Antrim, Ireland
Children of Daniel and Margaret:
Cecelia 1694 - 1779
Pethric Abt. 1700 - 1798
Mararet 1710 - 1810
Mary “Polly” Cooke
d. before 1765
James immigrated to America around 1726 and settled in Salisbury Township, Pennsylvania. His journey to the new world was marred by stormy weather and by arriving off course at the mouth of the James River. The ship did a quick turn-about and finally arrived at the mouth of the Elk River in Maryland. From here he soon moved on to Salisbury Township where he obtained warranted land and spent the remainder of his life. He made his will 5 March 1770 at Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His estate was probated 2 May 1770.
Children of James and Mary:
Archibald circa 1730
James circa 1732
Hugh circa 1734
Robert circa 1736
b. circa 1734
Jean “Jane” Cook
b. circa 1745
d. before 1800
Sometime before August 5, 1762, John Laughlin was hired for 10 shillings to ride to Path Valley to inform Hugh McCurdy of his father-in-law, Hugh Cook’s, death. There is much more info on Hugh and Jane in Larry McCurdy’s “McCurdy Ancestry” file which I have printed out.
Children of Hugh and Jean:
Margaret circa 1762
Thomas circa 1767
Jane circa 1779
Liberty township, Crawford County,
As a young man James went to Pennsylvania and there married Elizabeth Taylor and located in Path Valley, but in 1822 he removed to Richland County, Ohio. The following Spring removed to Crawford County, Ohio and settled on a homestead.
In “The History of Crawford County and Ohio” as a reference from “The Pioneer Sketches of Dr. Squires”, it states that James and his family left Path Valley 3 June 1822. The family went as far as Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio where Elizabeth and the younger children stayed while James and their son, William, went on to their land to build a log cabin. It was on 13 November 1822, James McCurdy, of Ohio, purchased from the government 80 acres in the East half of the Southeast quarter of section34 T2S R17E and 80 acres in the West half of the Southeast quarter of section 34 T2S R17E. This land was four miles East of Bucyrus in Liberty Township, Crawford County, Ohio. James and William rejoined the family and wintered in Mansfield. In the Spring when the family returned to their land they had difficulty finding the cabin. This cabin was located where the original farm building stood until the late 1960’s. A new home was built closer to the road but remnants still remain.
It is also noted that James was one of the first elders of the Presbyterian Church of Bucyrus. After the death of James, his wife Elizabeth remained on the land residing with their son, John. As of July 1997 this property is in the possession of John Russell McCurdy, great grandchild of James.
In a family tree created by Larry and Kathy McCurdy it states that Elizabeth died in the home which had become her son, John’s home … this was the home she came to with her husband so many years before. She was 89 years old.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR McCURDY
On Wednesday, the 23rd of August, at the residence of her son, John McCurdy of Liberty Township, aged 89 years, 10 months, the deceased was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio in the Spring of 1821. First stayed at Mansfield, the spring following she removed with her husband to the farm whereon she died. She was more than half a century a good and consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, and her husband was one of the founders of the Bucyrus congregation. She lost her husband in 1833. For thirty eight years, she has lived faithful to his memory, devoting herself to the care of his children and grandchildren until they repaid her maternal tenderness with filial care. She woke at about two 0’clock on Wednesday morning restless and apparently as well as usual, but she soon fell asleep again and gradually breather her last, without any apparent restlessness or pain whatever.
Children of James and Elizabeth:
James 1816 – 09/20/1893
James and Elizabeth Taylor McCurdy are buried in Stewart Cemetery, Whetstone Township, Crawford County, Ohio. Row 11 Lot 119. Martha is also buried there on Lot 119.
*** At the Robinson Library I found a book of maps of Crawford County, Ohio .. I have a printout of the map showing the property James and William purchased .. with their names on their property!!
William M. McCurdy
In 1822, with his parents, William moved to Mansfield and in the early Spring of 1823, he moved to Liberty Township. In early life he joined the Presbyterian Church. William and Zilpha joined the United Brethren in Christ Church about 1851 where they remained a member until their death. It has been stated by other church members, if “Mother McCurdy” was not in church, the family needed to be visited for someone was sick. One of Zilpha’s favorite sayings was “ I am resting on the rock”. William had several afflictions for many years which prevented him from getting out.
William and Zilpha resided on a tract of land purchased from the government when William came with his parents to Crawford Country. This farm was located on McCurdy Road by the river crossing in Liberty Township. They had twelve children. Several died at birth or very young bu no record of their birth, death or burial can be found. It also has been noted that William and his sons, William W. and Thomas J. were ministers.
Children of William and Zilpha:
Mary Jane 1843 – Between 1850 and 10/04/1877
Sarah R. V. 1848 – After
Thomas J. 1851 –
Joseph Donald 08/15/1854 – 09/17/1887
Zilpha was the daughter of Reverend William Matthews, an old pioneer of the Presbyterian Church.
William McCurdy entered a will on 17 October 1881 in Liberty Township, Crawford County, Ohio. It was probated 23 April 1885 and final dispersal was 21 March 1888.
At the Robinson Library I found:
William is buried in Stewart Cemetery, Whetstone Township, Crawford County, Ohio.
Stewart Cemetery is located long the South side of US Route 30. Immediately East of Bucyrus and approximately 1 ¼ mile West of Parcher Road. S5 T35 R17E on the Crawford County plot map.
Zilpha is buried in Liberty Chapel Cemetery in Liberty Township, Crawford County, Ohio. Located In the Northwest corner of Intersection SR 96 and Klopfenstein Road. S27 T25 R17E on the Crawford County plot map.
Both graves are unmarked.
I also found:
The will of Zilpha’s father, William Matthews!!
MATTHEWS, WILLIAM Wife, Mary to have possession of all property, real and personal, along with youngest children, John and Mary Jane until it can be sold and advantageously divided; then $50 to domestic and foreign missions of the Presbyterian Church; granddaughter, Martha Gibson - $50; children mentioned: Sarah Donelson, Zilpha McCurdy, William, John B. and Mary Jane. Wife also to have bedding. Exec.: Wife Witness: James Moderwell and John McCurdy. W1-218 1/22/1832
I was so thrilled to have found these two pieces of information in this small town library in Illinois!!!
Joseph Donald McCurdy
Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio
Dollie A. Vought
Detroit Township, Wayne County, Michigan
Joseph Donald McCurdy died of Neuralgia of the stomach at the age of 33 years, 1 month and 2 days. I have not yet discovered where he is buried.
I have discovered that Dollie's first name is actually Dorothy! On the 1900 Census Dollie was living in Amanda Township, Allen County, Ohio. On the 1910 Census she was in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On the 1920 and 1930 Census she was in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan! Dollie died March 24, 1934 at her home on Elmsdale Avenue in Detroit. She is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit. Section E, Range 28, Lot 28. Her death certificate stated that she died of Coronary Thrombosis. Her age was 75 years, 3 months and 27 days.
*** I have not yet found proof that Elizabeth Kuntz was Dollie's mother.
Children of Joseph and Dollie:
Bertha May 10/23/1879 - 07/31/1901
Bertha May McCurdy married Jacob Andrew Fifer August 25, 1898. Jacob was the son of John and Susan Shope Fifer. In September of 1899 she gave birth to a daughter, Goldie Fifer. At 22 years of age Bertha May was killed in a horse and wagon accident in front of her home. I recently discovered that she is buried in Hartford Cemetery, Hartford, Ohio
William Arthur McCurdy married Chloe Davis in 1911. Chloe was the daughter of Thomas E. and Martha J. Davis. Chloe gave birth to a daughter, Helen Bertha McCurdy April 30, 1913. March 4, 1913 Chloe died of Tuberculosis. She was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima Township, Allen County, Ohio. Helen was taken to Illinois to live with Levi and Etta Blanche McCurdy Shrider. October 6, 1915 Arthur married Hasel A. Gipe in Van Wert County, Ohio. Hazel was the daughter of Waldo and Magdalena Johnson Gipe. Shortly after her father's marriage Helen was returned to Ohio to live with her father and Hazel. May 22, 1918 Hazel gave birth to a son, Richard Arthur McCurdy. March 24, 1931 Arthur's daughter, Helen, died of Pulmonary Tuberculosis at the age of 18. Helen and Arthur are both buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima Township, Allen County, Ohio.
Joseph was a fireman for the C H & D Railroad and was killed in a collision between 2 trains. He was 21 years old. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima Township, Allen County, Ohio.
Etta Blanche McCurdy
William M. Shrider
Phoebe Jane Spurlin
Levi and Blanche McCurdy Shrider are buried in
Children of Etta Blanche and Levi:
Dorothy May 3/6/1903 –
Dorothy is buried at
with her husband Thomas Ivan Grissom.
James SylvesterJames is buried at
Leona Mae Shrider
Casey Township, Clark County, Illinois
Noble Neal Grissom
Thomas Randall Grissom
Artemecia DeEtta Winnett Reed
Noble Neal and Leona Mae Shrider Grissom are buried at Casey Cumberland Cemetery,Casey, Clark County, Illinois
Children of Leona Mae Shrider and Noble:
Etta Mae is buried in
with her grandparents Levi and Blanche McCurdy Shrider.
Maurice Ray is buried in
with his grandparents Levi and Blanche McCurdy Shrider.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
“ McCurdy – Ancestry” homepage created by Larry and Kathy McCurdy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Larry and Kathy live in Michigan. They have been researching the McCurdy line for several years. They are planning to publish a book on the McCurdy Ancestors and Descendents. We have been sharing information They have gotten their information from many sources, which are defined in their book. Larry is a third cousin once removed. He is descended from John McGinley McCurdy, a brother to William M. McCurdy.
“ Historical Genealogy of the McCurdy Family” compiled by Elmer D. E. McCurdy
“McCurdy Family History” compiled and written by Edward Elbridge Salisbury and Evelyn McCurdy Salisbury.
And some came from many hours searching on the internet and the Genealogical Library in Lima as well as the Robinson Library. I was amazed at how much information my local library has on Crawford County, Ohio!!!
Joseph Donald McCurdy’s death information was discovered by David Elsworth Mason in the Van Wert County Death Index at the Toledo, Ohio Main Library. David is a third cousin. He is descended from Joseph Donald McCurdy’s brother, William Washington.
I have printed out the books “Historical Genealogy of the McCurdy Family” and “McCurdy Family History” and Larry and Kathy’s information for their book and would be glad to share them with anyone who would like to see them.
Dollie McCurdy’s death date and information on Bertha May McCurdy’s marriage and death were discovered through William Arthur McCurdy’s granddaughter, Cheryl McCurdy Parsa. Cheryl is a second cousin. Her grandfather, William Arthur McCurdy, was a brother to our grandmother, Etta Blanche McCurdy Shrider. Joseph and Dollie are her greatgrandparents also. Cheryl found this information in notes written by her grandfather and her father, Richard Arthur McCurdy.