James McElfresh
Primary Investigator: Cheryl Arver





Children of Henry G. and Margaret Jane Barkhurst McElfresh: l-r: Nellie Blanche McElfresh Harris, Charles F. McElfresh, Sylvia Iceletta McElfresh Hotchkiss, William Lewis McElfresh, Florence Della McElfresh Harris, and Lydia Francis McElfresh Fitch. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Arver.


Children of James McElfresh

James McElfresh b: 4 Oct 1799 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland d:20 Oct 1848 in Morgan       County, Ohio
.. +Katherine Mothernick (Mullanex) m: 20 Dec 1820 in Baltimore County,Maryland b: Abt. 1801 d:        Bef. 1847 in Morgan County, Ohio?
....... 1 William R. McElfresh b: 27 Dec 1821 in Ohio d: 21 Oct 1886 in Union, Morgan, Ohio
........... +Elizabeth Ann Van Horn m: 17 Jan 1846 in Morgan County,Ohio b: 6 Jun 1826 in Loudon              County, Virginia d: 16 Mar 1899 in Morgan County, Ohio
....... 2 Basil M. McElfresh b: 1 Sep 1823 in Ohio/Maryland? d: 6 Feb1903 in Brownstown, Jackson,              Indiana (bu. Smallwood Cem)
........... +Mary Ackles/Achels m: 7 Dec 1843 in Morgan County, Ohio b:1826 in Pennsylvania d: 1895              in Jackson County, IN? (bu. Smallwood Cemetery)
....... 3 John McElfresh b: Abt. 1825 in Ohio
........... +Elizabeth (?) McElfresh
....... 4 Daughter McElfresh b: Abt. 1827
....... 5 Adam McElfresh b: Abt. 1832 in Ohio
........... +Mary Archer m: 2 Sep 1860 in Morgan County, Ohio
....... 6 James Henson McElfresh b: 11 Feb 1834 in Morgan County,Ohio d: 16 Jan 1910 in              Freetown, Jackson County, Indiana (bu. Vallonia Cemetery)
........... +Sarah Spurgeon m: 15 Aug 1858 in Washington County, Indiana b: 1835 in Indiana
....... 7 Nathan McElfresh b: Abt. 1835 in Ohio d: 15 Jul 1876 in Morgan County, Ohio (bu. Rosseau              Cemetery)
....... 8 Henry G. McElfresh b: 15 Apr 1835 in Union, Morgan, Ohio d:29 Nov 1892 in Union,              Morgan, Ohio
........... +Margaret Jane Barkhurst m: 14 Aug 1861 in Morgan County,Ohio b: 25 Sep 1844 in Ohio d:              13 Nov 1886 in Union, Morgan, Ohio
....... 9 Harriett Matilda McElfresh b: Abt. 1838
*2nd Wife of James McElfresh:
.. +Margaret J. Van Horn m: 8 Jul 1847 in Morgan County, Ohio b: 1829 in Virginia
....... 10 Catherine N. McElfresh b: 1848 in Ohio
........... +Isaac Stephens m: 1865 in Clackamas Co. OK

After James' death Margaret J. married Thomas Ross. In 1860 they were residing in Clackamas County, Oregon, neighbors to Robert and Rachel (Harris) Thompson and John and Elisabeth (Thompson) Drake. Residing with Thomas and Margaret was a Catherine N. McFresh (McElfresh) age 12. I believe she was a daughter of James and Margaret J. (Van Horn) McElfresh

1830 Census: Resided in Richland Township, Belmont County, OH
2 m under 5            1 f under 5
2 m 5-10                1 f 20-30
1 m 30-40

1840 Census
: Resided in Union Township, Morgan County, OH
2 m under 5                    1 f under 5
2 m bet 5 & 10               1 f bet 10 & 15
3 m bet 15 & 20             1 f bet 30 & 40
1 m bet 40 & 50

From "Early Ohio Settlers - Purchasers of Land in East and East Central
Ohio 1800-1840", page 186 (z) represents transaction was made in the
Zanesville Ohio Land Office:

McElfresh, James (z) Yr: 1834, Date: Nov 17, Residence: Belmont Co, OH, Range 12 Township 08 Section 26.

17 Nov 1834, Certificate No. 7345, Land Office at Zanesville, Ohio
(Source: National Archives)
It is hereby certified, That, in pursuance of Law, James McElfresh of Belmont county, State of Ohio on this day purchased of the Register of this Office, the lot or North half of the Northeast Quarter of
section number thirty five in township number eight of range number thirteen containing eighty acres and sixty six hundreths of an acre at the rate of one dollar and twenty five cents per acre, amounting to one
Hundred dollars and Eighty three cents, for which the said James McElfresh has made payment in full as required by law.
Now therefore be it known, That, on presentation of this certificate to the Commissioner of the General Land Office, the said James McElfresh shall be entitled to receive a patent for the lot above
Samuel A. Barker Register.

Feb. Term 1848, Morgan County, Ohio,Common Pleas, Minutes Book H, page

Special session of the Court of Common Pleas held in the Town of
McConnelsville in the County of Morgan and State of Ohio on the 5th day
of April A.D. 1848, present Jess M. Stone, William _______ and
Nathaniel Shepart the Associate Judge of said Court.


Margaret McElfresh, widow of James McElfresh dec'd, made known to the Court in writing that she relinquished her right to Administer on the estate of her deceased husband in favor of James Newall, who gave bond in the sum of one thousand dollars with Garrison McElfresh and
George Parsons to the acceptance of the Court and conditioned as the law directs. Ordered that Hugh Thompson, John Greir and James Glass appraise the personal property belonging to said estate.


On motion to the Court, William R. McElfresh is appointed Guardian of James H. McElfresh, aged 13 years, Henry G. McElfresh, aged 12 years and Harriet Matilda, aged 10 years, children and heirs at law of James McElfresh dec'd who gave bond with Garrison McElfresh, as security, to the acceptance of the Court in the sum of $300 conditioned as the law directs.

Estate Box M: Estate of James McElfresh - no will
Wife: Margaret
Executor: James Newell
William R. McElfresh bought at the estate sale.

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