Thanks for the information.These are the relatives of my husband's great grandmother, Hester Jane "Hettie" McCormick White.
I have much information to share on some of those named here.I am especially interested in finding information on the parents of John and Hettie and would like to make contact with anyone connected to these Mc Cormicks.
We know that James D. Mc Cormick was born in 1811 in Ireland came to the USA (NY) at about 18 years of age.Hemarried Ann (?) and had 5 children. The first born in NY, second in Kentucky, the third in NY and the last 2 in Kentucky (do not know why the flip flop in his place of living)
In 1849-1851 Ann died.In February 1852 James placed the 5 children in the Pleasant Hills Shaker Home in Mercer County, KY and sailed in May 1852 for California arriving in October 1852.He arrived in San Francisco and married, (do not know her name) and had 2 children.This wife died and James married Honorah Farrell and had 7 children. James was elected sheriff of Placer County, CA 2 terms. He was Tax Collector, County Corner and involved in Mining.
After 4 years John R. Mc Cormick left the Shaker's and married Martha Hammond in 1862.After 12 years with the Shakers 3 of the sisters joined John in Arkansas and married. (the 4th sister is believed to have remained with the Shakers the rest of her life).By 1872 John and the 3 married sisters left for Texas.Hettie died on the way and her son, George Prentice White, was raised by Hettie's older sister, Margaret Mc Cormick Steadman in Georgetown Texas.
John R. Mc Cormick bought land and owned an ice plant in Williamson County, TX.He was a Mason and worked for the Rail Road Company as he was assigned to a position in Whatcom Co, Washington in 1892 and moved his entire family to Washington.
If anyone can add to this I will gladly share the information that seven researchers on the NY & KY childrenhave compiled.We would be so grateful if anyone connected to the California children could be found.