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Nancy McBride

In spite of the year 1856 in her obituary, Nancy almost certainly was born in 1859. Although I do not have a birth record, census reports are consistent. This would make her 15 or 16 at the time of her marriage, which was not especially shocking in that day, but may be the reason that family accounts make her 3-5 years older.

The mystery here is how she and John came to be married. In 1875 John, who apparently has lived most of his life in Ohio, moves to eastern Illinois and marries Nancy. By some accounts Nancy's parents were born in Ohio, in others her father was born in Pennsylvania and her mother in Illinois, and yet again both were born in Illinois. An arranged marriage might be consistent with some of these accounts. However it happened, it seems to have been a good match.

Mormon files say Nancy's father was Macklin McBride, but no such person exists in historic records found so far. The name "Mack McBride" is found in her obituary, but this "Mack" is a nickname short for McBride, not short for the hypothetical given name "Macklin."

Nancy McBride and Parents
Nancy (upper left) and Parents

The obituary may not be entirely clear to some people. Ludlow is a small town in what is now Champaign county. (It has little to do with labor history: that's Ludlow, Colorado.) This is given as her place of birth. Logan county is centrally located, which means west of Ludlow. This is the place Nancy is said to have remembered a pleasant childhood, (according to the census near the village of Middletown).

I have discovered nothing about Nancy's family. It seems possible that the neighbor in the 1860 census named McBride is a brother of John, and more may be revealed about the McBrides, but Nancy's mother is a mystery. I have taken "Mary Johnson" from Claudia's AFN submission, not because it is supported by any evidence, but because there is simply no other clue.

By the time of the 1900 census John Eighner and Nancy McBride's family is complete. She has borne 6 children of which 5 survive.

The Children

Jack

John Jr is one of several John Eighners generally called Jack. Jack might have been born as early as August, 1875 (as reported to the 1900 census). He was the first born, the tallest, and the child who most resembled his father. John Jr married Mary K. Nelson and had two children: Clarence and Carrie. Clarence had many children, making his father the root of one of the two main branches of the Illinois Eighners.

Charles

Generally called "Charles Senior" took after his mother. He married Mabel Keene and had numerous children, making him the root of the other main branch of the Illinois Eighners.

Joseph

Joseph married Pearl Keene (sister of Mabel Keene). They had a son and a daughter. Although the son had sons, including your humble proband, they did not live in Illinois for any appreciable time.

James W

James married Mary C West. He had a son Howard. Rather late in life Howard began using Mary's second husband's name Taylor. Howard was a "confirmed bachelor."

Anna

Anna married Arthur Burdick.

Nellie

Nellie died at little over 1 year of age. The 1900 census reports Nancy had a child that was not surviving. Nellie’s headstone, apparently, has been located, and it states she died aged 1 year, 1 month, and 12 days on February 17, 1897.


Photo: Bonnie Kamps collection

Categories: FullNames Nancy McBride Eighner John McBride Mary Johnson Nancy McBride Over 90

Sources:

Mrs. Nancy McBride Eighner (1856 - 1948)

Transcription
Services Friday For Mrs. Eighner, 93, Watseka Resident

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday [December 16, 1949] at the Segur funeral home for Mrs. Nancy McBride Eighner, 93, who died early Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter Mrs. Anna Burdick, with whom she made her home. Her death was due to a stroke suffered Tuesday.

The deceased was born July 3, 1856 at Ludlow and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mack McBride. Her childhood was spent in Logan county and she came to Watseka in 1923, marrying John Eigner [sic] at Paxton in 1875. He died October 24, 1927 at his home in Watseka.

Surviving are her daughter; three sons, Charles of Watseka, Joseph of Jasonville, Ind., and John of Rankin, 15 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and two great grand children. Mrs. Eighner is the last of her generation.

The body was removed to the funeral home where friends may call until the hour of the services. Rev. Ward S. Humphries will officiate and burial will be at the Body cemetery.

[End transcription] Clipping from Bonnie Kamps Collection, Watseka Republic, December 15, 1949.

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McBrides in Logan Co. IL, 1860

Free Inhabitants in Middletown, in the County of Logan, State of Illinois,
enumerated by me, on the 11 day of August, 1860. illegible, Ass't. Marshal. Post Office Middleton
DW#
(1)
FM#
(2)
Name
(3)
Age
(4)
Sex
(5)
Color
(6)
Occup
(7)
Real
Estate
(8)
Pers.
Estate
(9)
Birth
Place
(10)
Mar. in
Year
(11)
Schl in
Year
(12)
illit
(13)
dis
abled
(14)
194?2007Warren McBride30{m} Farmer 200{Ills}    
  Elenisy (?) "30f    "    
  Martha "5"    Ills    
  Madison "3m    "    
  Jno "?/12"    "    
194?2008Jno McBride34" Farmer 400?    
  Mary "28f    "    
  Nancy "2"    Ills    
  Marie "1"    "    
  Jno Wilson19m Laborer  ?    

Although Nancy McBride is by no means a rare name in Illinois of the period, based on her memories of a childhood in Logan County, this would seem to be our Nancy. The date of the actual enumeration is August 11, when she would actually be 2 years old. Note: Jno. is a period abbreviation for John (not Jonathan). The meaning of the strange symbol (like @) in the birthplace column for Jno. McBride is not known. It may be a kind of super ditto mark.

Census imagePopulation schedules of the eighth census of the United States, 1860, Illinois [microform] (Volume Reel 0200 - 1860 Illinois Federal Population Census Schedules - Logan County) - United States. Bureau of the Census image 278.

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John and Nancy Eighner Family, Vermilion Co. IL, 1900

CENSUS YEAR: 1900 STATE: IL COUNTY: Vermilion TOWNSHIP: Butler Township; Rankin SUPV/DISTR: 49 ENUM/DISTR: 57 ENUMERATOR: Chancey E Young ENUM/DATE 20th June, 1900 Sheet: 15 B
DW#
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FIRST NAME
(3)
RELATION
(4)
RACE
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SEX
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BIRTH
MONTH
(7)
BIRTH
YEAR
(7)
AGE
(8)
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W-D
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#YRS
MAR
(10)
#
CHILD
(11)
#CHILD
LIVING
(12)
BIRTH
PLACE
(13)
FATHER
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MOTHER
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IMMI
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US
17)
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(18)
OCCUPATION
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SCHOOL
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MORT
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FARM
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#FARM
SCH
(28)
294303Eighner JohnHeadWMSept185445M24..OhioFranceFrance...Farmer..YesYesYesR.F122
294303Eighner NancyWifeWFJuly185940M2465IllinoisPennsylvaniaIllinois......YesYesYes....
294303Eighner CharleySonWMAug187821S...IllinoisOhioIllinois...Farm hand.3YesYesYes....
294303Eighner JoeSonWMAug188118S...IllinoisOhioIllinois.............
294303Eighner JimSonWMMarch188713S...IllinoisOhioIllinois.............
294303Eighner AnnaDaughterWFMarch188911S...IllinoisOhioIllinois.............
294304Eighner JohnHeadWMAug187524M0..IllinoisOhioIllinois.........R.H.
294304Eighner MaryWifeWFAug187920M000IllinoisDenmarkDenmark......YesYesYes....

Here is John and Nancy's family complete in 1900 plus John Jr.'s new wife Mary Nelson. (Little Nellie did not survive to appear in any census.) Nancy is shown as born in July, 1959. Her father is shown as born in Pennsylvania, but he is reported as born in Virginia in other places, so this does not help eliminate or confirm the 1870 Paxton census.

Census image "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch: accessed 03 Aug 2012, Nancy Eighner in household of John Eighner, ED 57 Butler Township Election District 1 Rankin vill., Vermilion, Illinois, United States; citing sheet 15B, family 303, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240348.

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