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Updated December 28, 2010

John Randall "Randy" McIlhaney, Jr.
Yorktown, VA 23692
A-United States

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This home page is dedicated to sharing information about James William McILHANEY (1795-1869), his wife Mary Jane GIBSON (1803-1891), and their descendants. I am their great-great-great grandson, having descended from their son William James Gibson McILHANEY, their grandson John Richardson McILHANEY, and their great-grandson Jesse Roland McILHANEY (my grandfather). I encourage anyone with additional information about this family to get in contact with me.
[In order to protect the privacy of people in this family, I will not post the names of living individuals unless they ask me to do so. Even then, I will not post birth and marriage dates/locations of living individuals.]

James William McILHANEY, parents unknown, was born about 1795, probably in Ireland. He married Mary Jane GIBSON, probably about 1828 in Kentucky or Tennessee. It is possible that she was the daughter of Jesse GIBSON and Elizabeth PHARMLEY, and that she was born 10 March 1803 in Kentucky or Tennessee.

James may have immigrated to the U.S. as a young man, but I do not know whether he came in a family group or by himself. He is listed on the 1830 census for Henderson County, Tennessee, with a wife and three girls. He apparently left Henderson County about 1834 and bought land in Tippah County, Mississippi in 1830s and/or early 1840s. He appears on the 1850 census of Tippah County with his wife, Jane, 4 daughters, and 3 sons.

Approximately 1853, he moved his family to Texas, settling in Coryell County. James and Mary Jane were charter members of the Baptist church in Coryell. James died in December 1869 when he drowned while crossing a swollen creek in Coryell County.

The children of James William and Mary Jane (GIBSON) McIlhaney:

i. Margaret MCILHANEY, born about 1829 in Tennessee, died 1878, married William WIGGINS.
ii. Catherine MCILHANEY, born about 1830 in Tennessee, died in ?, married Jesse JAMES.
iii. Rebecca Jane MCILHANEY, born about 1834 in Tennessee, died 1912 in Texas, married Ephraim Parmley GIBSON.
iv. Minerva Ann MCILHANEY, born about 1837 in Mississippi, died 1868 in ?, married Isham A. JOHNSON.
v. William James Gibson MCILHANEY, born 8 May 1839 in Tippah County, Mississippi, died 30 July 1904 in Coryell County, Texas, married Mary Charlesann Elizabeth "Mollie" CARTER in Austin, Texas.
vi. Randle H. MCILHANEY, born about 1842, died 1863 at Camp Douglas, Illinois.
vii. Henry Clay MCILHANEY, born about 1844 in Mississippi, died 1863 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Unanswered QUESTIONS about James William McILHANEY:

1. Who were his parents?
2. Where in Ireland was he born?
3. Who were his siblings, if any?
4. When did he immigrate to America (probably before 1824 and where did he land? Did he immigrate alone or with other family members?
5. Where and when did he marry Mary Jane GIBSON (probably before 1824)?


-Bureau of Vital Statistics, Texas Department of Health
-Camp Douglas Confederate Mound webpage,
-Census (US), 1830, Henderson County, Tennessee.
-Census (US), 1840, Tippah County, Mississippi.
-Census (US), 1850, Tippah County, Mississippi.
-Census (US), 1860, Coryell County, Texas.
-Census (US), 1880, Coryell County, Texas.
-Census (US), 1900, Coryell County, Texas.
-Chance-Rainwater, Susan,
-Coryell County Genealogical Society, Inc.,
-Country Ties, Winter, 1990, Vol. 1, No. 1
-Jarrell, Wiley Alston
-McIlhaney, John Randall
-McKay, Scott
-Official Historic Website of the 10th Texas Infantry,
-Phillips, E.A.
-Tippah County Historical Society,

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    William James Gibson McILHANEY & family in front of their home in Coryell County, Texas, circa 1885.

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