(Abt 1770-Bef 1810)
John McGrath 1
- Born: Abt 1770, Somerset Co., MD
- Marriage (1): Nancy Anne Smith on 14 Feb 1797 in Somerset Co., MD 1
- Died: Bef 1810
"John McGrath came from Ireland to Shad Point, MD about 1790" and climbed up a ship's mast off Cape Henry to save the crew according to Minnie Murrell McGrath. This compiler has found this claim to be nothing more than family legend that many times hinders genealogical research. This John McGrath was son of Levin and from a long line of McGraths (earlier Magraw, McGraugh, etc.) dating back to the earliest settlers of old Somerset, Maryland.
This John McGrath is the John named as a nephew in John McGrath's will written in 1788 and proven in 1791. To confirm he is son of Levin McGrath we turn to the land records where, on Feb 7 1792, John McGrath (of Levin), Sarah McGrath (widow of Levin) and Sarah McGrath (widow of John) combine to sell land to Dr. Arnold Elzey, all parties of Somerset Co., MD. The land is 82.75a that is part of tracts "Owens Delight", "Owens Improvement" and "Middle" (SoLR-I:325)
John married Nancy Anne Smith on 14 Feb 1797 in Somerset Co., MD.1 (Nancy Anne Smith was born about 1780 in MD 2.)
McGrath Ancestors by Minnie Murrell McGrath (1950).
1810 MD Census, Listed as age 26-45 in the 1810 Worcester Co., MD Census.