ILLIAM J. McCOLLOCH, deceased, was one of the substantial and
influential farmers and citizens of Ohio county, West Virginia,
where he was born August 3,1809, and where he spent the most of
his life. He was a son of Abraham and Alcy (Boggs) McColloch, the
former of whom was born on the south branch of the Potomac River,
and followed farming in the early days, when the Indians roamed
over the state of Virginia.
William J. McColloch was one of a large family, all of whom are
now deceased. He attended the common schools in his boyhood days,
and afterward followed farming for the remainder of his life. His
dealings were mostly in live stock, and he gave much attention and
time to sheep raising, in which he was most successful. He farmed
for many years on a large farm about six miles northeast of
Wheeling, where he died August 24, 1888, aged seventy-nine years,
and three weeks; his widow still resides there. Mr. McColloch was
an ardent Republican, but never assumed the responsibilities of
office. Although not a member of any church, he was liberal in
giving to all churches and charities, and was well and favorably
known throughout the county. He was enterprising and active, and
possessed in no small degree all those admirable qualities that
count for the most in good citizenship.
Mr. McColloch was united in marriage in December, 1848, with
Rebecca J. Magee, a native of Belmont county, Ohio, and a daughter
of Jesse and Elizabeth (Coleman) Magee. They had no children. Jesse
McGee was a native of Ohio, and his wife was born on the south
branch of the Potomac River; he died in 1867, in his eighty-fourth
year, and Mrs. McGee died in 1854, aged fifty-three years. She was
a devout member of the M. E. church. Mr. And Mrs. McGee had 12
children,---eight girls and four boys. Of this family, Mrs.
McColloch and her brother Jesse B., are the only survivors, and
live on the home place.
Mrs. McColloch has a faithful companion in the person of Martha F.
Boggs, a daughter of Ezekiel and Sarah (McGee) Boggs, the latter
being a sister of Mrs. McColloch. Martha F. Boggs, who has been a
teacher, of large experience, is one of eight children, namely:
John M., a resident of Knox county, Ohio; Mary E., Coleman; Martha
F.; Tabitha; W. W. ; Jesse; and Jane. Coleman is a farmer in Knox
county ,Ohio, where he also teaches school. Tabitha was the wife
of J. C. Clutter, and died in 1893, at the age of forty-two years.
W. W. died at the age of fifty-three years, and Jesse, at the age
of thirty years. Jane died at the age of thirty-six years,
Ezekiel Boggs was born in 1806, and in 1828 married Sarah McGee,
who was born in 1809. They resided in Belmont county, Ohio, for
five years, and subsequently moved to Knox county, where Mr. Boggs
became a well-known farmer, and where they continued to reside
until his death. They were members of the Presbyterian church; in
politics Mr. Boggs was very active and served as a member of the
Ohio Legislature for some time. His death took place in 1852, and
his widow survived him until 1892. They were much respected
citizens of their county, and as such did their duty as best they
Martha F. Boggs is a most amiable companion, and Mrs. McColloch
considers her a true friend and esteems her as such. Mrs McColloch
has many of the sterling qualities of her deceased husband, and is
held in high regard by neighbors and friends.
Source: HISTORY OF WHEELING CITY And OHIO COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
And REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS: Edited and Compiled by HON.
GIBSON LAMB CRANMER
BIOGRAPHICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY, George Richmond, Pres.; S. Harmer
Neff, Sec'y; C. R. Arnold, Treas. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 1902
Remember!!! These short sketches by Mr. Cranmer were published
100 years ago and may be somewhat but not completely accurate.
J. McColloch and Rebecca J. (Magee) McColloch in tree . . .
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