My McCord Family


MCCORD is the line of my paternal grandmother Mabel Maude McCord Wood. At this time this family is my main “brick wall” family is McCord. It is hoped that a volunter DNA donor can be found that would help in advancing this line.

See historical McCord and Hill Family Photos

Samuel McCord arrived in Johnson Co Iowa circa 1845 with his wife Eleanor(e) and daughters Drusilla and Henrietta. They later had three more children: Almira, Samuel Q (my great grandfather) and Alice. Census records indicate Sam and 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 are many Samuel McCords found in Pennsylvania in the early 1800s. (To make matters even worse, there was another Samuel McCord who lived and died in the same area of Iowa during the same time period and he was also from PA. )

Samuel died in 1863 and Eleanor remarried in 1874 to Archibald Worley Blaine who was born in Carlisle PA in 1814. The Blaine surname was associated with McCords in Pennsylvania but no connection for Sam or Eleanor has been made to a specific McCord family.

This is family "MM" in the records of Clan McCord. For more on these family groups, see below.

Descendancy Chart for Samuel McCord

Samuel and Eleanor's son, Samuel Quinn McCord, was reported to have deserted his wife and seven children (which included my grandmother) around 1895. He went to town to sell a wagon load of grain and was never heard from again. Unsubstantiated rumors were that he might have moved to another town in Iowa. Even present day research has been unsuccessful in locating him.

The descendants of Samuel Q McCord that I am aware of have are now found in South Dakota, British Columbia, Oregon, Nevada and the Los Angeles area (not to mention 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 the 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. Please let me know about these so I can fix them. 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 the then known McCord families into groups based on their oldest known commmon McCord ancestor. (Obviously this means it was not known how each of these groups were related.) The groups are a convenient, although a confusing way to identify the McCord families 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. For more on the groups use the link below.