Patsy, I knew that there was a Linda that was a child of Hugh but did not know anything about you. It is nice to meet you.
My records show that in 1870 eli lived with the Bradford family and another geneologist states that he is related to both Thomas (one of Joseph's son) and a Bradford.
I have copies of letters from an Eli Mcginty to Thomas Mcginty (son of Joseph) who lived in TX that I beleive is our Eli. He names Frank Barnes (who was Eli's wife Callie's bortherin law) and calls him and Eli Hood as "uncle". He describes his life in TX and makes mention of his children's ages and those match our Eli's actual children's ages so we are sure these are indeed letters he wrote.
He WAS buried in Sipes in the same cemetary that Callie (Robert's mother) is buried as well as thier daughter Cora and our Grandfather Thomas. Eli was remarried to Mary Jane Neighbors (for three years before his death in 1937) and I have paperwork about a lawsuit that went on because her children tried to lay claim to Eli's estate.
I have pictures and much on him. We beleive from the letters that Eli was a child of one of Joseph McGinty's sons and Robert had children that were found in 1860 in various homes leading us to beleive that Nancy Couch had passed away (possibly in childbirth of Eli in 1855). We beleive he went to fight in the Civil War and either never came back, went to prison after being captured (many roberts show as being in prision and dying or died in what i have found was a big flodd that happened in the area they lived in).
Unfortunately, the Union soldiers burned down the court house were a lot of documents were and it is hard to find much in the way of real "proof"of anything before and during the period. But storis said that Eli said he was an orphan and at the age of 16 in 1870 he had "estate" of $500 which was alot so the story weeds itself together.
If all this is true, Eli is descended from Joseph Jackson McGinty son of Robert and Deborah McGinty.