Our Elijah McGuire Family Page
Revolutionary War Soldier
Elijah McGuire was born on the 19th day of January in 1757, in Cumberland Co., Virginia. He died 31 December 1843 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama and is buried next to his wife on the old homestead site. In 1784 he married Everett Williams who was born circa 1761 and died 17 July 1848 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. As of this time (1998) I have not been able to track down her parents.
Children born to Everett and Elijah McGuire were:
John McGuire ~ born ca 1786, Union Co., SC., married (1) Nancy Roger, (2) Mary Denton
Elijah McGuire, Jr., ~ born ca 1790, Union Co., SC., married Lucinda (unknown)
Merry Ann McGuire ~ born ca 1794, Union Co., SC., married Josiah H. Ringer 4 October 1838
Polly McGuire ~ married John Spears
Rhonda (Rhoda) McGuire ~ married (1) Allen J. Whatley, (2) Joseph F. Falls
Amos McGuire ~ born 1790/91, Union Co., SC., died abt 1855, Chickasaw Co., MS., married Sarah (unknown) ca 1812 who died abt 1870
Moses McGuire ~ born ca 1805, SC., married Caroline Malvina Jennings 14 May 1840
Williams McGuire ~ married Rosanna (unknown)
Francis W. McGuire ~ married Martha Jane Walker 1 January 1835
Elijah McGuire's military pension File #W8274 indicates that he was enlisted for a term of three years
on 17 August 1777, in the Company commanded by Captain Uriah Goodwin, Regiment of Colonel Thompson in the Regular Continental Line.
He was transferred into Captain John Buchannon's Company in which he served as a Sergeant until he was captured by the British
in Charleston, South Carolina. He remained a prisoner until the expiration of the term for which he had enlisted, after which,
having escaped the custody of the British, he again enlisted in the Cavalry commanded by Captain Philip Waters and served until
the end of the War.
Elijah McGuire came to Tuscaloosa County, Alabama in 1817 with his family and settled in an area about 17 miles north of Tuscaloosa near Samantha. Elijah's Father was an indentured servant from Ireland and married the daughter of Thomas Carter, the Elder, of Goochland County, Virginia. He moved to Spartanburg District, South Carolina. John McGuire (Mac-Quire) died circa 1799 and his will was probated in 1802 in Spartanburg.
The first recorded deed in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama was to a son, William McGuire dated 9 July 1823 for 100 acres west of North River in Rice Valley. This same land is conveyed by William to brother John on 3 December 1823. His son Moses was the first Probate Judge of Tuscaloosa County, serving from 1850 to 1856. He was also a Sheriff, Clerk of the County and Orphan's Court, and a Representative in the State Legislature. Moses is credited with saving the records of the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse, by hiding them from the Federal Troops during the Civil War.
Died on the 31st of December in his 87th year, Elijah McGuire in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. He was born in Cumberland County, Virginia on the 19th of January, 1757; From thence moved to South Carolina. At an early age, he enlisted as a soldier in a regiment commanded by Col. William Thompson and was one of the company of Captain John Buchannon. The post of danger at the time was the city of Charleston, and hastening with his companies to defence that city, he was taken prisoner of war at the capitulation. Immediately on his exchange he attached himself to a troop of light horse, commanded by General Sumter and continued in active service until the war concluded. He was distinguished for ardent patriotism and eminent courage and was connected with many daring and perilous enterprises in defense of his country. After the war, he married Miss Everett Williams, with whom he lived a happy life for upwards of 60 years and who, now, a widow in her 83rd year of age, mourns his loss. They were both Baptists for nearly half a century.
State of Alabama
In the name of God Amen I Elijah McGuire Senr., being of sound and disposing mind and memory, but being mindful that all men have to die and for the purpose of preparing my worldly affairs for that event, do hereby make this my last will and testament. First, it is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid out of my estate. Second, It is my will and desire that my beloved wife Everett McGuire shall have all of my estate both real and personal during her natural life for her comfortable support and maintainance and at her death to be equally divided among all my children. Third, It is my will and desire that at my death my Executor take possession of all my property both real and personal and make such provisions for her comfortable support and maintainance as he may think right and proper and act in all things for her (she being too infirm to manage the property herself and at her death to make division among my children as aforesaid. I do hereby constitute and appoint by son Moses McGuire my Executor of this my last will and testament, this 21 September 1843, in presence of.
Joshua D. Palmer
James M. Prewitt
Elijah McGuire Seal
State of Alabama
Tuscaloosa County Orphans Court July 9, 1844
The foregoing will was proven in Open Court by all subscribing and ordered by the Court to be recorded.
Moses McGuire Clerk
Reference: 1830 Tuscaloosa Co., Alabama Census p.658; Tuscaloosa Co. Will Book 1,p.201; Land Records Deed Boo A pp. 1-2; Material compiled by Jack H. McGuire 1970; Beasey Hendrix's Cemetery Records; Nation Archives, Revolutionary War Soldier's Records. Tuscaloosa Co., AL., Orphans Court 27 June 1844
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