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I walked in the burying-yard, and viewed the granite tombestones erected over the graves of my ancestors ... four generations, of whom very little more is known than is recorded upon these stones. There are three succeeding generations of us now living. Pass another century, and we shall all be mouldering in the same dust or resolved into the same elements. Who of our posterity shall then visit this yard? And what shall be read engraved upon the stone?

John Quincy Adams
September 20, 1823

The World Turned Upside Down

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In the early Spring of 1993 Mary and I visited my brother in Ft Meyers, Florida and on the return trip we came through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, stopping to meet Jack McGuire and search for the gravesite of Revolutionary Soldier, Elijah McGuire and his wife Everett. Jack was unable to leave his place of business at the time, however he drew us a map directing us to the gravesite. The site is located about 17 miles north of Tuscaloosa, near Samantha, on the old McGuire homesite.
There were only the two marked graves of Elijah and his wife, the site being surrounded by a wrought iron fence. The small cemetery site can be seen from the highway as it is only about a hundred yards to the left.

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.

The Democratic Gazette ~ Obituary

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.

Elijah McGuire's Will

Tuscaloosa County, Alabama ~ Will Book 1, 1821-1855, p 201-202

State of Alabama

Tuscaloosa County

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

Jno Thomas

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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