I haven't heard of the Magorian-Magruder connection before?Did Irv know about it? What did he think?There are many ways to botch the name, that's sure, and possibly this could be one of them.What does Lois think?
I do believe Daniel probably was literate, although if he was born in Ireland, he would have had to acquire the skill via the underground.Certainly James was quite literate (oh sure, his spelling was likely to be original), my Dad's was, too.
The military expedition that James went on in middle America in the 1830s was full of scholars, artists, etc. as well as military men who profited later by investing in the frontier (Gen. Dodge, etc.).I'd like to think that they would have liked their company tailor to be able to carry on a decent conversation.Tailoring wasn't looked down on in those days.The first President Johnson was a tailor.