There is some confusion about the two Eli McGinty's.
We are related to Eli McGinty born in AR in 1855. Parents are beleived to be one of Joseph Jackson's son's (perhaps Robert Newton) who was orphaned and ended up eventually in TX. He married Callie Small and his second wife was Mary Ellen Neighbors. He died and is buried in Commanche, TX. He never lived in MS. His children were 1.[Nora (m. William St. Clair) who died in CA;]2. [Robert E. (m. Allie Lafayette) who died in CA;]3. [Thomas Jefferson (OUR GRANDFATHER) who died in TX in 1915 and married Cora Mae Guinn (Ginn) and had children Wilma Ellen, Orvie Elie ("Buster"), Faye, Thomas (OUR FATHER). Cora Mae remarried Bert Oxenrider and had children: Carl, Bette Jane and Cora.]; 4.[Cora who died in 1898 and is buried with her mother and brother in Commanche, TX;] 5. [Nettie (m.Lee Baker) who died 1947 in CA.;] 6. [Della(m. James Wade Walker)]7. [George E. (m. Eva Iverson) and died in 1958 in CA.]
These facts we are all sure of. We can not verify who Eli "Lee" McGinty's parents are but it maybe that Robert Newtona and Nancy Couch may have had another child after the 1850 census and they were dead or gone from AR in 1860 Eli McGinty is found with Melissa McGinty until her death prior to 1860. Eli is then found at the age of 16 with another family in AR with an estate of $500. He then moved on and later writes letters to his Uncle Thomas in AR. from TX.
From our research Eli Hood McGinty was the son of Joseph Jackson who was born in MS to Elizabeth (Hood?) and never left MS. Eli Hood married Missori Elizabeth Alford and had a son named Eli Hood as well. Perhaps this is why there is so much confusion.
Any information about our Eli's parentage would be welcome.