If you can backtrace the history of the Washington Court House McConkeys to the Springfield Ohio McConkeys I can get you all the way back to Thomas McConkey who was born in Scotland in 1722.He went to Ireland and that is where the majority of our family lived until Alexander and William came to America circa 1770.There are some interesting stories behind the struggle of Alexander and his wife Margaret.She was Margaret McDonald, and was the daughter of Lord Archibald McDonald(I have not researched that history yet).All I know about him, was that he was a very rich landowner and had politcal power in Ireland.He did not like the fact that his daughter had married someone that was a land tennet and not a landowner, so he had Alexander drafted in the army so he could not be around.Alexander jumped over-board of the ship and ran back and got his wife and kids and they went to Liverpool England.There they separated and he went to America to get their life started. Margaret and the kids were to follow later.It was two years before they were rejoined, and one of their children died at sea while she was crossing over the Alantic.They lived in Baltimore.Now Alexanders brother William lived in New Jersey on the Delaware River near Trenton.There he owned and operated a Ferry boat and Tavern.It was called the McConkey Ferry and the McConkey Tavern.This is where George Washington stayed and crossed over the Delaware River on Christmas eve during the battle of Trenton.I believe that is protraied in the Famous painting by Archibald Willard, "Spirit of '76) This is the same Archibald Willard that painted the inside of the Court House of Washington Court House, of which you live.There is now a National Historic park where the Washington Ferry and Tavern stands.The buildings are still there, and there are many websites about this.Search under Washington's Crossing PA.Or under McConkey's Ferry.They should both bring up information, and pictures of the Tavern/Inn.I thought this was a pretty neat piece of our history that involved a famous event. I can go on from here all the way to Springfield Ohio, where there is a McConkey road and Cemetary.
Let me know if you find out anything past Washington Court House.I was unable to, but I guess that was because our grandparents were always unable to give any information about where came from.Grandma once had a genealogy book on the McConkey's, but when I asked her about it once, she either did not remember having it, or did not know where it was?I can't remember which, it has been a long time ago.But i recall that when I once saw it as a small child, it had a the family crest pictured in it.I am not sure if it was real or not?Alot of the information that I have here is from research I have done at the Public Library in Washington Court House, as well as the Internet, and from Rick Stiving's wife who was a McConkey.Rick was the owner of the local Mcdondals in Washington Court House at one time.She had a book of McConkey Genalogy that showed alot of this history to Springfield Ohio, and probably all the way to Fayette County, but I was unable to review the whole book, but I did see all of the Washington Court House McConkeys listed in the book, so I know we come from the same family.
I know that Samual Gale McConkey of Washington Court House has a wonderfully good looking and powerful grandson that lives in Kentucky.