My McCord Family
MCCORD is the line of my father's mother, Mabel Maude McCord Wood.
My Second Great Grandparents:
Samuel and Eleanor McCord
This couple is somewhat of a mystery. Census records indicate Samuel McCord and wife Eleanor were born in Pennsylvania around 1820 and likely married around 1840. Where in PA they came from or who their parents were is unknown. Complicating things, there WERE many "Samuel McCords" found in Pennsylvania in the early 1800s and there was another Samuel McCord (1817-1886) from Pennsylvania who lived and died in the same area of Iowa during the same time period.
Sam and Eleanor arrived in Johnson Co. Iowa circa 1845 with two young daughters Drusilla and Henrietta. Once in Iowa, they had three more children: Almira, Samuel Quinn (my great grandfather) and Alice. We know Sam was a blacksmith and voted in the election that established Iowa City and to elect a mayor. He also was appointed as a postmaster. Samuel passed away in 1862. Two of their daughters, Almira and Alice, had already passed in 1860. All three were buried in the Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, Johnson Co., Iowa. Daughter Dursilla was married to Oliver J O'Keen in 1959. Little is known about the other sister Henrietta after the 1860 US Census.
Years after Sam's death, Eleanor married Archibald Worley Blaine in 1874. Blaine had been born in Carlisle PA in 1814 and the Blaine family in Pennsylvania had intermarried with McCords however, no connection of this family to either Sam or Eleanor has been established.
My Great Grandparents:
Samuel Quinn McCord and Hester Mary Hill
Samuel Quinn McCord and wife Hester Mary Hill
Most likely taken at their wedding May 23, 1874, in Atlantic Iowa
Samuel and Eleanor's son Samuel Quinn McCord was born in 1851 in Iowa, most likely in Johnson Co. He would have been about 11 when his father died in 1862. He was called Quinn in the 1860 US Census and in the 1870 Linn Co. Iowa US Census "Quinn" McCord was shown as a 17-year-old student at Western College established earlier in 1857 by the United Brethren in Christ.
He was listed as a person subject to military duty in Audubon Co. Iowa from the early 1870s until at least 1881. It was in Audubon Co. where he married Hester Mary Hill in May 1874. whose parents were John Frederick and Elizabeth May Hill.
Hester was from German stock. Her great grandfather Frederick Hill was a Hessian soldier who had been conscripted by the ruler back in Germany to fight for the British against the Americans in the Revolution. While he was stationed in Canada, along with some friends they deserted the British by crossing over the frozen Saint Lawrence River on the ice during the winter to join the American cause.
Samuel Q and Hester McCord had eight children, five sons and three daughters.
According to family legend Samuel deserted his family around 1895. An alcoholic, he went to town to sell a wagon load of grain and was never heard from again. The wagon was found abandoned and empty. Unsubstantiated rumors were that he might have moved to another town in Iowa but no one knows for sure. Research has been unsuccessful in locating him.
While several of the children would have been old enough to help out, Hester still must have had a rough time raising seven kids, all teenagers or younger. However, she apparently also had friends and family to support her and the Hill and McCord families remained close. About 6 years later, and after suffering for several years from cancer, she passed away in 1901 at the age of forty-five. Her obituary in the Audubon County Journal, May 23, 1901, stated: "many friends and relatives had gathered to pay their last regards to the departed one, after which the remains were laid to rest in a grave at the Exira Cemetery in Audubon Co. Iowa. She had been a faithful member of the Christian church for several years and died in the faith of Christ, which is the hope of the world. "
Hester's daughter, my grandmother Mabel was 15 years old when her mother died. By 1904 she had moved to Sioux City Iowa where she worked as a domestic. My grandfather, Walter G Wood who also moved there (but from Kentucky) about the same time and was farming a parcel of land on the bank of the Perry Creek about a half mile upstream from the Missouri River. It is not known how they met, but they were married in January 1909. My father, and their only child, Clifford, was born a little over a year later there in March 1910.
Fortunately, I have been able to get in contact with many of this family's descendants. Those I am aware of have now been found in South Dakota, Kansas, British Columbia, Oregon, Nevada and the Los Angeles area and me in Florida.
Thanks to some of my McCord and Hill family cousins, I have been able to obtain many photos of this family. You can see these at My McCord & Hill Family Photos under Family Photos on the main menu. Because they have been provided by others, you may find some that are not identified or might be mis-identified. If you see any of these, please let me know about them so I can update their information. Also, additional photos of this family would be greatly appreciated. My contact information can be found at the bottom of each page.
McCord Family Groups
Years ago, Clan McCord organized all the then known McCord families in America into groups based on their oldest known commmon McCord ancestor. Samuel and Eleanor McCord's descendants are known as family "MM" in the records of Clan McCord. In many cases it was not known how each of these diverse McCords are related. The "family groups" are a convenient, although a confusing, way to identify the McCord but DNA is now helping to link some of these groups together. See the McCord Surname - DNA Genealogy Facebook page for more on McCord DNA.