McColloch was born November 19, 1797, on Short Creek, Ohio Co., Virginia, the son of Abraham McColloch
(1750-1782) and Alcy Boggs of Short Creek. He engaged in agricultural pursuits all his life and was a member of the
Methodist Episcopal church.
On April 1, 1847, Abraham married
Susan Burns, the daughter of Garret Burns and Rebecca Beck Burns.
Rebecca Beck Burns was the daughter of 'CAPT'
John Beck and Rebecca Miller Beck. John and Rebecca Beck
originally owned the tract of land that is known as the
Stanley Sonde Farm, Potomac Road, Ohio County, West Virginia.
(See *Note below) Susan was
born November 23, 1823. Susan's mother Rebecca Burns, died after Susans
birth and it is said that Garrett Burns left the home never to
be heard from again. Susan was raised by her
Grandmother Rebecca Beck. Susan died April 3, 1862. She is buried at
Short Creek Cemetery, Ohio Co., Wheeling, West Virginia with her
husband Abraham McColloch.
Susan and Abrahams home was built on land that originally
belonged to Abraham's Uncle, Major Samuel McColloch (1752-1782)
Indian Fighter of the famous Leap and who was killed by
indians. For more interesting information see the Homestead
When Susan died, Abraham was left with six children, as follows:
Susan Virginia; Sarah Rebecca; William E.;
Abram I.; James; and John Waterman. James married Mary Alice
Wharton, and was a school teacher,
school principal and engaged in farming in the Sedalia, Oronogo,
Webb City, Missouri, area. Abram I. lived in Richland District, was
prosperous farmer and served as County Commissioner. William was
also a farmer in the Richland District. Sarah Rebecca was the wife of Henry
Meathwel, and died in 1894. Susan Virginia
married John Gardner, a farmer in Cowley County, Kansas.
Abraham died February 25, 1882,
Ohio Co., Wheeling, West Virginia, and is buried at Short Creek
Cemetery, Ohio Co., Wheeling, West Virginia.
*Note: Susan's mother Rebecca Burns headstone shows
that she died in 1821. This causes confusion with the year of
Susan's birth. Susan's headstone shows she was born in 1823.
Either Susan's birth year is wrong or her mother's death year
is wrong on the headstones. The 1850 census shows Susan's age
as 29. If this is correct then she would have been born in
1821. I am leaning towards the fact that Susan's headstone is
wrong and she was born in 1821.
1850 U.S. CENSUS, Ohio Co., 44th District, Virginia, November
11, 1850, Page 211:
McCOLLOCH, Abraham, 50/M, -, Farmer/$8,000/Virginia, -,-,-,-
McCOLLOCH, Susan, 29/F, -,-,-, Virginia, -,-,-,-
McCOLLOCH, Susan, 2/F, -,-,-, Virginia, -,-,-,-
McCOLLOCH, William, 8 mos./M, -,-,-, Virginia, -,-,-,-
1860 U.S. CENSUS, Ohio Co., Wheeling P.O., Virginia, June 11,
1860, Page 36:
McCOLLOCH, Abram, 63/M, -, Farmer/$20,000/$1,500, -, VA
McCOLLOCH, Susan, 40/F, -,-,-,-,-, VA
McCOLLOCH, Susan V., 12/F, -,-,-,-,-, VA, -,-,
McCOLLOCH, William, 10/M, -,-,-,-,-, VA, -,-,
McCOLLOCH, Abram, 8/M, -,-,-,-,-, VA, -, -,
McCOLLOCH, John, 6/M, -,-,-,-,-, VA, -,-,
McCOLLOCH, James, 5/M, -,-,-,-,-, VA, -,-,
McCOLLOCH, Rebecca, 2/F, -,-,-,-,-, VA
BOWMAN, Alfred, 25/M, -, Farm Laborer, -,-,-, VA
1870 U.S. CENUS, Ohio Co., Richland TWP, Post Office Wheeling,
August 13, 1870, Page 11:
McCOLLOCH, Abram, Sr., 73/M/W/Farmer, -,-, Virginia
McCOLLOCH, Virginia, 22/F/W/Keeps House, -,-, Virginia
McCOLLOCH, William, 20/M/W/At Home, -,-, Virginia
McCOLLOCH, John, 17/M/W/At Home, -,-, Virginia, -,-,-,-,
McCOLLOCH, James, 15/M/W/At Home, -,-, Virginia, -,-,-,-,
McCOLLOCH, Rebecca, 11/F/W/At Home, -,-, Virginia, -,-,-,-,
The above information is a compilation of information from The
Short Creek Cemetery records, information from Leta McColloch,
Census Records, family letters, with small
filling in provided from:
"History of Wheeling City and Ohio County, West Virginia
and Representative Citizens" by Hon. Gibson Lamb Cranmer
(The Cramer biographies were compiled from general information.)
Bibiography: McColloch Family of Ohio Co., W.
and Edited by Samuel W. McColloch, 1999, Updated September
2001 and January 2002, Updated and Revised January 2003.
McColloch & Susan Burns in tree . . .