Person:John McGrew (7)

m. 21 Jun 1756
  1. Isabella McGrew1762 - 1842
  2. Pvt. Archibald McGrew1763 - 1855
  3. John McGrew1766 - 1848
m. 8 May 1817
  1. James McGrew1820 -
  2. Elizabeth McGrew
  3. Esther McGrew
Facts and Events
Name John McGrew
Gender Male
Birth[2] 9 Nov 1766 York, Pennsylvania, United States
Marriage 1788 York County, Pennsylvania? Georgetown, Kentucky?
to Mary Thompson
Military[2] 1790- Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, United StatesArmy, Indian fighter, battle of Maumee Ford, which occurred on the present site of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Residence[7] 1798 Montgomery, Ohio, United Stateslisted on a 1798 tax list as a pioneer settler
Occupation[1] 1799 Montgomery, Ohio, United Statesassessor
Occupation[7] Oct 1805 Montgomery, Ohio, United Statesunsuccessfully ran for county commissioner
Marriage 8 May 1817 Warren, Ohio, United Statesto Elizabeth Blackford
Military[10] War of 1812 Rank: Pvt. Company: Capt. Hinkson's Co. Mounted Rangers OH
Occupation? Montgomery, Ohio, United StatesJustice of the Peace
Residence[2] Centerville, Montgomery, Ohio, United States
Residence[2] Georgetown, Scott, Kentucky, United States
Death[2][10] 23 Jul 1848 Centerville, Montgomery, Ohio, United Statesage 82y, 8m, 14d
Burial[4][8][10] Centerville, Montgomery, Ohio, United StatesSugar Creek Baptist Cemetery (Old Centerville Cemetery)
Religion[2] Baptist
  1. History of the Police Department of Dayton, Ohio Published by John C. Whitaker Copyright 1907.

    First Government

    Until the appointment of a justice of the peace in 1799, Dayton had no government but that administered by these county and township officers, whose chief duty was assessing and collecting taxes.
    The officers appointed in Dayton Township in 1798 were James Thompson, constable; Daniel C. Cooper, assessor; George Newcom, collector. Mr. Cooper's fees were seven dollars and twenty-one cents.
    In 1799 Samuel Thompson was made constable; John McGrew, assessor; John Ewing, collector, in Dayton Township. The assessments amounted to two hundred and thirty-three dollars and seventy-two cents, and two hundred and twenty-four dollars were collected.

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Centennial portrait and biographical record of the city of Dayton and of Montgomery County, Ohio: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, together with biographies and portraits of the presidents of the United States and biographies of the governors of Ohio. (A.W. Bowen, 1897).

    JAMES COOK, [pages 1085-1086] farmer of Washington township, Montgomery county, Ohio, was born in Lincolnshire, England, May 11, 1835. His parents, William and Elizabeth (Nailor) Cook, were natives of England. To them there were born seven children, five of whom are still living, as follows: William, John, James, Alfred, and Mary, widow of George Driver, and who lives in Crawfordsville, Ind. William Cook had also one child by a former marriage. William Cook was a laboring man, came to the United States more than forty years ago, and lived in Washington township, Montgomery county, for many years. At length he removed to Crawfordsville, Ind., with his daughter, Mary, and died there in 1893, at the great age of 103 years. His wife died about forty years ago. Both the grandfathers of James Cook were natives of England, and died in that country.
    James Cook was seventeen years of age when brought to the United States by his parents, and began life here with no means whatever. At the present time he has 102 acres of land in Washington township, the result of his industry and perseverance. On the i3th of October, 1869, he was married to Nannie McGrew, daughter of Milton and Anna (Russell) McGrew. To this marriage there have been born three children—Milton William, Anna Miriam and Mary Rebecca. Of these, Milton William lives at home, and Anna Miriam married Frank Tizzard, of Dayton; and has one child, Hazel.
    Mrs. Cook's maternal grandfather, James Russell, was one of the earliest settlers in Dayton, locating there when there was but one house in the place. Having purchased land in Washington township, he built a log cabin upon it, and then brought his family down the Ohio river on a flatboat to Cincinnati, whence he brought them by wagons to Montgomery county. He was one of the most industrious and energetic of the early settlers of Montgomery county, was one of this county's prominent citizens, serving for many years as justice of the peace, and also as a member of the state legislature. He was a man of remarkable strength, both of body and mind, and lived to be eighty-four years of age.
    Mrs. Cook's paternal grandfather, John McGrew, was also one of the early pioneers of Montgomery county, coming to the west from York county, Pa. His farm lay in the river bottoms of Washington township. In 1788 he was married, and removed to Georgetown, Ky., the same year. In 1790 he joined the army to fight against Indians, and was in the great battle of Maumee Ford, which occurred on the present site of Fort Wayne, Ind. In 1796 he removed to Montgomery county and settled five miles south of the present site of Dayton. He became a prosperous farmer, was married twice, was a worthy member of the Baptist church, and died at the age of eighty-two years.
    The father and mother of Mrs. Cook were natives of Washington township. Both were members of the Universalist church. Mr. McGrew died October 27, 1868; his wife survived him until 1890, and was in her eighty-fourth year when she died, having lived over fifty years on the farm on which James Cook now makes his home.


    The first court opened July 27th, 1803, and adjourned the same day, there being no legal business to transact. There were present, representing the interests of the State of Ohio, the following gentle-men:
    Francis Dunlevy, President of the first Judicial Court, with Benjamin Archer, of Centreville; Isaac Spinning, a farmer living near Dayton, and John Ewing, of Washington township, who were associate judges; Benjamin Van Cleve, County Clerk, pro tern; George Newcom, Sheriff; James Miller, Coroner; Daniel Symmes,-of Cincinnati, Prosecutor, pro tern, for the State; and besides these nearly all the white population in the surrounding country, who Assembled for a good, old-fashioned visit.
    The first jurymen in Montgomery County were as follows, to-wit: John McCabe, "William Hamer, William Snodgrass, John Devor, James Miller, jr., William "Waugh, John McGrew, William Lamme, Aaron Nut, John Mikesell, Alexander Scott, Daniel C. Cooper, John Houston, John Bradford, Benjamin Robbins, Henry Youst, and Samuel Morrison.
    The first jail was a peculiar public institution. When a man committed a breach of the peace he was handed over to Colonel Newcom, and deposited safely into the depths of his " old dry well," where he remained until brought to the surface for trial. This jail, though not an elegant affair, was certainly a safe repository for criminals, and was looked upon with pride by all of the law-abiding" citizens of the county.

  4. Find A Grave.

    John McGrew
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    Birth: Nov. 9, 1766
    Adams County
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Death: Jul. 23, 1848
    Montgomery County
    Ohio, USA

    Family links:
    Mary Thompson McGrew (1769 - 1816)*

    William McGrew (1789 - 1851)*
    Samuel Thompson McGrew (1790 - 1853)*
    Archibald McGrew (1792 - 1854)*

    *Calculated relationship

    Memory of
    John McGrew
    Who died July 23, 1848
    Aged 81 years, 8 months
    14 days

    Sugar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
    Montgomery County
    Ohio, USA

    Created by: Fred Rose
    Record added: Sep 06, 2008
    Find A Grave Memorial# 29615663

  5.   Edgar, John Farris. Pioneer life in Dayton and vicinity, 1796-1840. (Fairborn, Ohio: Cincinnati Branch Library, 1973).

    page 50: In 1799 Samuel Thompson was appointed constable, John McGrew assessor, John Ewing collector and D. C. Cooper justice of the peace.

  6.   Hover, John Calvin. Memoirs of the Miami Valley. (Chicago, Illinois: R. O. Law Co., 1919-1920).

    volume II, page 19:
    The officers appointed for Dayton Twp. in 1799 were Samuel Thompson, constable, J. McGrew, assessor and John Ewing, collector.

  7. 7.0 7.1 Houser, Howard R, and Ohio) Centerville Historical Society (Montgomery County. A Sense of place in Centerville, and Washington Township. (Dayton, Ohio: Landfall Press, c1985).

    pages 12, 27, 109, 205, 209, and 212

    page 27: There was a road connecting the Sugar Creek Baptist Meeting House to John McGrew's settlement.

    page 109: John McGrew's land was in the Northwest Quadrant of Washington Township. McGrew lived east of Judge John Ewing. The John Ewing house, built in 1797, still stands today.

    page 205: List of preempted Symmes Land purchasers in Washington township as of 1801 includes John McGrew, 320 acres, west one-half of range 6 township 2, section 27

    page 208: land patent to John McGrew section 27, W 1/2 or lot 1, 25 December 1801, 327.52 acres, final certificate number 365

  8. Gustin, William P; Ohio Genealogical Society. Montgomery County Chapter; and Sandra F Gustin. Montgomery County, Ohio cemetery inscriptions. (Dayton, Ohio: The Chapter, 1982-).

    volume ii, page 69 has John McGrew, row 7W

  9.   Http://

    Allegheny-Westmoreland County PA Archives History .....Family History - Elizabeth Case McGrew August 11, 1924
    Copyright. All rights reserved.
    File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:
    Lynn Beatty June 6, 2011, 9:43 am

  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Ohio Society, United States Daughters of 1812 Online Index to Grave Records of Servicemen of the War of 1812, State of Ohio.

    Last Name: McGREW
    First Name: John
    Middle Name:
    Rank: Pvt.
    Company: Capt. Hinkson's Co. Mounted Rangers OH
    Birth Year: 1766
    Place of Birth: PA
    Death Year: 1848
    Cemetery: Sugar Creek Baptist (Click for google map)
    aka: Old Centerville Cemetery
    County: Montgomery
    Wife Surname: THOMPSON
    Wife First Name: Mary

  11.   Portrait and biographical record of Kankakee County, Illinois. (Tucson, Arizona: W.C. Cox, 1974).

    from Google books 1893 edition

    JAMES McGREW. The history of Kankakee County would be incomplete without the life record of our subject, who has been for nearly forty years a resident of this county and has been very instrumental in its growth and progress. The city' of Kankakee par-
    ticularly owes to him a debt of gratitude, for he has been prominently connected with its achievements for many years and is justly- entitled to a
    large share of praise for its present thriving condition.

    Mr. McGrew is a native of the Buckeye State, his birth having occurred near Dayton on the 5th
    of May, 1820. He is a son of John and Elizabeth (Blackford) McGrew. The father was a native of
    York County, Pa., and was born in 1766. He was of Scotch-Irish origin, some of his ancestors having resided in County Tyrone, Ireland. They emigrated to Adams County, Pa., in 1726. John
    McGrew was married in Westmoreland County, that State, in 1788, but the same year removed to
    Kentucky. Two years later he enlisted in Harmer's campaign against the Indians of the Maumee and was with the army at Harmer's defeat at Ft. Wayne. He then went to Cincinnati, in the fall of 1790, and was discharged from the service.
    His father was a great horse-dealer of that day and was engaged in the breeding of fine stock.

    The mother of our subject was of Welsh descent, with perhaps a mixture of Scotch. Her ancestors
    emigrated in 1717 to America and settled in New Jersey. Her father and the father of Chief Justice John McLean were first cousins and the two families emigrated from New Jersey to Kentucky in 1790. Later both families removed to Warren County, Ohio, and settled upon farms near Ridgeville, four or five miles to the north of Lebanon.
    John McGrew was twice married, his first wife being Miss Mary Thompson, by whom he had
    seven sons and three daughters: William, Samuel T., Archibald, Milton, John, James, Bracken,
    Mary, Margaret and Rebecca. His second wife, who was the mother of our subject, was the widow
    of Elijah Stebbins, by whom she had five children: Mary, Phoebe, Jeremiah, Levi and Elijah. Three children were born of the second union: Elizabeth, James and Esther. Two sons of Mr. McGrew by his first wife married two daughters of his second wife by her former marriage. Of Mr. McGrew's children only two are now living, James and Esther. The father lived for many years in Montgomery County, Ohio, five miles south of Dayton, and there his death occurred in 1848.
    The mother of our subject survived her husband for several years and departed this life in Kankakee, III., in 1859.

    The boyhood days of James McGrew were passed in the county of his birth upon his father's
    farm. He received a district-school education and upon arriving at his majority was united in marriage with Mary A. Bickley, the ceremony being performed on the 31st of August, 1841. Her pa-
    rents, Samuel and Catherine (Boehm) Binkley, were natives of Lancaster County, Pa. Ten
    children blessed the union of our subject and his estimable wife, seven of whom are still living, the others having died in infancy. Harriet M. became the wife of Samuel C. Kenaga and they now make their home in Chicago, where Mr. Kenaga is engaged .as foreman in one of the J McCormick reaper shops. They have had eight children, five of whom are living: George, Herman, Benjamin, Samuel and Harriet. Catherine E. married Mr. S. Hathaway, a commercial traveler. They
    have one child, William, and they also make their home in Chicago. "William H., a draftsman and
    architect, makes his home in Missouri. James B. married Miss Ada Stewart, and to them have been
    born two children, Ethel and William. They reside in Kankakee. Charles E. is married and lives
    at Farmer City, 111. He has two children, Arthur and Pearl. .John F. married Miss Emma Eislerand
    is a flour, feed and coal merchant of Kankakee.
    Samuel H. resides in Kankakee, is married and has a daughter, Lois. James and Samuel are in
    the flouring-mill business. From the time of his marriage until 1856, Mr.
    McGrew lived upon a farm near Dayton, Ohio, and followed agricultural pursuits exclusively. While thus employed he received a medal from the State of Ohio for having grown the best osage orange hedge. The spring of 1856 witnessed his arrival in Kankakee, which has since been his home continuously. He first engaged in growing, selling and planting osage orange trees for hedge purposes after his arrival, but followed that occupation for only a short time. He then turned his attention to the raising of broom-corn, which vocation he followed for about twelve years, some seasons having as high as three hundred acres planted with that crop. In 1865, he purchased a half-interest in the water power of the mill property in Kankakee and subsequently became the sole proprietor. This right he still owns but has rented his mill to his sons, James and Samuel,who do business under the firm name of McGrew Bros.
    The mill has a capacity of one hundred barrels of flour per day, Our subject also owns the milldam and furnishes both power and ground for the paper mill, two foundries, a machine shop, blacksmith shop and wire works, as well as power for the oil mill. In 1808 lie was elected President of the Kankakee and Illinois River Railroad Company, afterward named the Plymouth, Kankakee & Pacific. For this railroad, which is now called the Indiana, Illinois & Iowa, Mr. McGrew raised between $700,000 and $800,000 of local voted aid, with which he had surveys made, right of way obtained, and much of the grading done. When the panic of 1873 came on the work was abandoned, but about ten or fifteen years later the work of continuing the line resumed and
    since that time the railroad has become an important and well-paying one.
    Since coming to this county Mr. McGrew has been actively engaged in the advancement of its
    interests, and that his fellow-citizens have recognized the fact has been shown many times by the part they have taken in electing him to office.
    About the year 1870 he was Mayor of Kankakee, and Chairman of the building committee
    which carried forward the work of erecting the Central Public School building. He was also
    elected County Treasurer and served for four years during the war, when it was a difficult mat-
    ter to keep posted as to the value of wildcat money. For a number of years he was active in
    the promotion of the Kankakee County Agricultural Society.

    For over fifty years Mr. and Mrs. McGrew have held membership with the Methodist Episcopal
    Church, of which our subject for years was a Steward, and in which he is at present serving as
    a Trustee. He was on the building committee which had in charge the erection of a large stone
    building known as the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, and his family have always been active
    workers in church- circles. Mr. McGrew is a Mason in good standing, being a charter member of
    Kankakee Chapter No. 78, R. A. M. He has voted the Prohibition ticket since 1882, but for twenty- six years was affiliated with the Republican party.
    Previous to its organization he was a Whig, like his father before him, who voted for James (i.
    Birney and was greatly opposed to slavery. Mr. McGrew owns a beautiful home on the corner of
    Couil Street :in(l Chicago Avenue, lie is also the owner of a few residence lots in the city. Although seventy-two years of age lie is well preserved and bids fair to live for many years. His height is six feet, his step is elastic for one of his years, and Ins mind is clear and active. We feel assured that his many friends in this locality will read with much interest this tribute to one who has borne so important a part in the history of the county.