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* Andrew J. "Jack" Gaylor (1846-1921)*

Updated February 13, 2012

This site was established by DONALD EARL McKINNEY JR, a GG Grandson of ANDREW "JACK" GAYLOR. It is dedicated to researching & identifying Jack's ancestors, descendants & any other relatives who can be located. Jack left Wyoming in 1898 with Torrey's Rough Riders as a civilian packmaster during the Spanish American War & never returned. His grown children in Wyoming and other relatives in Oklahoma never knew what happened to him. They thought he died during the war. My Great-Grandmother, Nora (Gaylor) McKinney, made every effort through the WarDept and RedCross to learn her father's fate, to no avail. He became a "family mystery". About 85 years after his "disappearance", I "found" my GG Grandfather in Yosemite, CA where he was a park ranger for the Dept of Interior. He died there in 1921.
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The information on these pages was compiled from material gathered since 1980 by personal research & correspondence. Other than my father, grandparents, aunts/uncles & other individuals mentioned in the narrative, I am especially grateful to the following "cousins" whose records, photos, stories & oral traditions, along with my own, help us all gain a better understanding of our family heritage.
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Georgia Hulett & daughter Jean Werts, Dubois, Wyo, descendants of Abbie (Gaylor)Rhodes
Linda French, Wagoner, OK, descendant of Jack’s brother "Tom" Gaylor
Jim Odell,MaeWindrix&Linda Smith of OK, descendants of Jack’s halfbrother Bob Brummett
Ray & Carolyn Simpson, descendant of Jack’s uncle, William Rowland Simpson
Gayle Wilcox & Louise Bates of Texas, descendants of Jack’s aunt, Roseanna(Simpson)Mitchell
Ann Corum of Hazel Green, AL, & Dewey O'Brien, MD, researchers of John & Sarah (Downey) Gaylor
Gertrude Nolan & her Gaylor newsletter, a great help "sorting" various related & unrelated Gaylor's.
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If any material, excerpts or photos, etc are copied, shared with others, published or displayed on the internet, it will be appreciated that proper genealogical etiquette be observed, acknowledging the compiler. Any "legitimate" additions or corrections, etc will also be greatly appreciated.
Allied Families: McKINNEY(FremontCo,Wyo)
"Jack" Gaylor was born 7 Jan 1846, probably in Warren Co TN. He was the son of JOHN & MARTHA (SIMPSON) GAYLOR who settled in Barry County, southwest Missouri during the 1850’s. It is believed that Jack's father John possibly died on the trail. Mother Martha married widower WILLIAM BRUMMETT in 1854. Mr Brummett became Jack's step-father & they all moved to Fannin Co,TX before the Civil War. Later they resided in Farmersville, Collin Co TX where it is believed Mr Brummett died. In 1867, while still in Texas, Jack married SARAH E. PENDLETON & moved back to MO. In 1869 Jack & Sarah traveled to Ft Gibson of the Cherokee Nation where their first daughter, "Nora" was born in 1871. Those who also made the move besides his mother were his younger brother TOM GAYLOR, sister SARAH MATILDA & half-brother BOB BRUMMETT. It is not known what became of brother Abslom. About 1875, after the birth of 2d dau Abbie, Jack & family crossed the plains to Placerville, CA where he mined for gold. The next year, they settled in Cheyenne, Wyo where Jack drove a stage to Deadwood SD & freighted throughout that area of Wyo & the Dakotas. Jack moved his family to South Pass in Fremont County,Wyo & served as a scout/wagonmaster for the War Dept at Ft Washakie from 1880-82. He established his homestead in Sinks Canyon near Lander, Wyo where son Walter was born. Jack's wife Sarah died on that homestead in 1886 Leaving Jack with 3 children to raise.


Donald Earl McKinney Jr

Topeka, KS United States

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  • Jack Gaylor, Spanish American War (227 KB)
    About 1898: Jack is to the far right (Original was owned by Jack's daughter Abbie Rhodes & now in the possession of Abbie's daughter & granddaughter, Georgia Hulett & Jean Werts of Dubois, Wyo)
  • Jack Gaylor, Park Ranger in Yosemite, CA (71 KB)
    About 1907 (This photo was found in Jack's Dept of Interior Civilian Personnel Folder)
  • Jack Gaylor, Asst Chief Park Ranger, Yosemite, CA (127 KB)
    About 1915 (I received this copy from the Yosemite library)
  • Jack Gaylor & Family in Lander, Wyoming (163 KB)
    Lander, Wyoming 1885: Jack is sitting with son Walter Monroe Gaylor; Jack's wife Sarah (Pendleton) Gaylor is standing far left; Daughter Lenora "Nora" Gaylor standing; Daughter Abbie sitting (The original cabinet portrait was owned by Jack's daughter Abbie Rhodes, now in the possession of Abbie's daughter & granddaughter, Georgia Hulett & Jean Werts of Dubois, Wyoming)

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