Person:James McGrew (11)

James Heermans McGrew
m. 1863
  1. Harry Willey McGrew1866 -
  2. James Heermans McGrew1873 -
  3. Julia McGrew1882 -
Facts and Events
Name James Heermans McGrew
Gender Male
Birth? 31 Oct 1873 Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia


From "The History of West Virginia, Old and New", pg. 173:

James H. McGrew... was born at Morgantown, October 31, 1873, a son of William Clark and Julia E. (Willey) McGrew, and is descended from an old Scotch family which has been in America since prior to the War of the American Revolution and in West Virginia (then old Virginia) for over a century and a quarter. The American ancestors of this branch of the McGrew family came from Scotland in Colonial days and settled first in Virginia, removing thence to Pennsylvania. Patrick McGrew, son of the original immigrant, was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and in 1786 came to Preston County, now in West Virginia, settling near what is now Brandonville. His son, Col. James McGrew, was born in Preston County, where he spent practically his entire life. He commanded a regiment of Virginia Militia during War of 1812. Colonel McGrew married Isabella Clark, the daughter of James Clark, a native of Ireland, who became an early settler of Preston County. James Clark's first wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Ramsey, died in 1770, and he returned to Ireland, where, in 1773, he married Eleanor Kirkpatrick, and later came back to America.