If your eyes are glazing just looking at this diatribe then read the bolded items and move on. Believe me, I understand. My hope was to reveal the thought and effort I put into my research.
I last wrote regarding assumptions concerning the ancestry of Margaret Pugh who married my great, great grandfather Jacob Croy that were incorrect. At the time I wasn’t even positive of her last name. I’ve done additional research and here is where I stand currently (and where I will leave her lineage for now.)
While I had seen dates for Margaret’s marriage to Jacob Croy, I had no solid evidence. I do now. Rummaging through Family Search for the hundredth time, I discovered a digital copy of the document confirming the marriage of Margaret Pugh to Jacob Croy, April 5, 1830.[i] I got all “jump up and down” excited, but it seems the document had been sitting in a number of genealogies for some time. Still…now it is:
- Fact number 1: Margaret with the last name PUGH married Jacob Croy in Stark County on April 5, 1830
I now knew with some certainty Margaret’s last name of “Pugh” and not one of the other names bantered about in family lore. (Yes, it could be a second name taken before she married Jacob at 17 but not likely.)
I started looking much more closely at records. I analyzed the records of all “Pugh” names in the 1820 and 1830 census data. I had previously reviewed tax and land records for Rose Township in Stark County and neighboring townships as well. From this information I extracted the following.
- Fact number 2: Aaron Pugh and John Pugh purchased sections in Township 15, range 6 only 3 sections (in Aaron Pugh’s case) from Andrew Croy and Jacob Oswalt in Township 16, Range 7 of then Stark County, Ohio[ii]
- Fact number 3: Aaron, John, and Daniel Pugh lived in Rose Township, Stark County, Ohio in 1820 based on the 1820 census.[iii]
- Fact number 4: In that same 1820 census, only Daniel and John had a female child aged appropriately to have been Margaret.[iv]
- Facts number 5, 6, 7: Based on the 1830 census, John was, by then, the only Pugh left living in the in Rose Township. There was a female, not shown on the 1820 census, between 30-39. John lived next to Jacob Croy and Mathias Croy, both who married Pughs. [v]
While not definitive, by inference it seems likely that Margaret was the daughter of John Pugh whose wife had died by 1820 and had remarried by 1830. This would fit vaguely into the lore from family stories that Margaret was somehow connected to a Smith, Woods, or Scott. But that story indicates that her father was killed coming home from a war and her mother remarried. Nothing I find (and I investigated all the Smith, Woods, and Scott names for Carroll and Stark Counties, plus West Virginia records on line) indicates that this story has any validity.
It is still possible that Daniel Pugh was her father as he had a girl child of the same age range in 1820. It is also possible that the records for John Pugh in 1820 were inaccurate and the 16-18 year old girl is the same woman in 1830 listed as 30-39. It is also possible that the neighbor relationships were coincidental. Nothing I found is unarguable except her marriage to Jacob, but I think my inference is the most likely. She remains a mystery, for now.[vi] Not a mystery: she raised 3 daughters and 7 sons who all served the Union in the Civil War. That, by inference, takes an amazing woman. Those boys and their service will be the focus of the next few entries.