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Descendants of John McElroy

Generation No. 1

      1. John1 McElroy was born Abt. 1754, and died 1815 in Caldwell Co., KY (Source: LDS: AFN:4G17-HQ.). He married (1) Elizabeth Unknown Bef. 1772 in NC. She was born Abt. 1755 in NC (Source: LDS: AFN:CNZ5-1L.), and died Bef. 1809 in Greenville Co., SC or Livingston Co., KY. He married (2) Sarah Margaret Sullivant July 6, 1809 in Caldwell Co., KY (Source: Caldwell County Marriage Records 1809-1850, compiled by Robert E. & Phyllis J. Selby, pg 38. ), daughter of Charles Sullivant and Mary Charlton. She was born Abt. 1756 in Twitty's Creek, Charlotte Co., VA (Source: LDS: film 1761001.), and died October 5, 1820 in KY (Source: LDS: AFN:4G17-JW.).

Notes for John McElroy:
John McElroy was in the Greenville District of SC by about 1784. He was listed as John McKleroy Sr. in the Census of 1790 and was living on the ridge between the Reedy River and the Little Fork of the Reedy River. John McKelroy Sr. is listed in the 1800 SC Census of Greenville Co., page 273, #1167: males 10-15=1, males 16-25=3, males over 44=1, females 10-15=1, females over 44=1. He is listed near John McElroy Jr., page 273, #1169, and close to Joseph Dunklin, page 272, #1144, and Hughlett (Hewlett) Sullivant, page 272, #1143. John McElroy moved to Livingston County, KY, near Fredonia, in 1806 along with the Dunklins and Sullivants. Whether his first wife, Elizabeth (Betsey), died before or after the move is not known.

Joseph Dunklin was Sarah (Sally) Sullivant's first husband. He was a wealthy man, and they lived in Greenville Co., SC. In 1805, Joseph traveled to Livingston Co., KY to purchase land and build a house near Fredonia (now in Caldwell County). He died when he returned to Greenville to move his family to KY. In 1806, Sarah moved her family to KY. At the same time, other members of the Dunklin and Sullivant families also moved to Livingston Co. In 1809, prior to her marriage to John McElroy, Sarah and John entered into a prenuptial agreement. Apparently, this agreement was entered into to protect the estate of her former husband, Joseph Dunklin. The agreement is of record in the County Deed Book Records, Deed Book I, Caldwell Co., KY and Will Book A, 1809-1834, Caldwell Co., KY, pgs. 28 & 29. I have a copy of the Will Book record which was provided by Paula Dunklin.

Daniel Dunklin (born 1-14-1790, died 7-25-1844), son of Joseph Dunklin and Sarah Sullivant, mentioned in the prenuptial agreement, was a minor at the time of the agreement. Under the agreement, John McElroy had the responsibility of raising Daniel. Daniel became the 5th governor of Missouri. Red hair runs in the Sullivant family. Governor Daniel Dunklin has red hair in the painting which hangs in the Capitol of Missouri.

Kentucky counties were formed in the following order: Livingston was formed from Christian in 1798, Caldwell from Livingston in 1809, Crittenden from Livingston in 1842, and Lyon from Caldwell in 1854. Dycusburg is currently in Crittenden County and Fredonia is currently in Caldwell County (they are separated by a distance of 9.24 miles). Some Dycusburg P.O. addresses are in Caldwell County.
Children of John McElroy and Elizabeth Unknown are:
+ 2 i.   John2 McElroy, born December 28, 1771 in NC; died February 1, 1853 in Weakley Co., TN.
+ 3 ii.   James McElroy, born March 30, 1776 in NC; died June 10, 1856 in Greenville Co., SC.
  4 iii.   Daughter McElroy.
+ 5 iv.   Aquilla McElroy, born July 30, 1782 in NC; died Bef. 1850 in AL or MS.
+ 6 v.   William McElroy, born July 30, 1782 in NC; died November 24, 1857 in Caldwell Co., KY.
+ 7 vi.   Isaac Benjamin McElroy, born Abt. 1784 in NC; died Aft. 1846 in Crittenden Co., KY.
  8 vii.   David McElroy, born Bet. 1785 - 1790 in Greenville Co., SC.
  9 viii.   Mary McElroy, born Bet. 1785 - 1790 in Greenville Co., SC. She married (1) William Tisdale Bef. 1800 in SC; died Bef. March 31, 1817 in Caldwell Co., KY. She married (2) Elijah Bennett March 31, 1817 in Caldwell Co., KY (Source: Marriage Record.).

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