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The McKay and Parsons Family Connections

Updated August 4, 2002

About Our Family Research


My research has consisted of numerous visits to cemeteries throughout Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan and North Carolina researching the following surnames - BOLING, CAMPBELL, HAWKINS, HORTON, MANGRUM, MCKAY, PARKER. I have a third cousin that has a Civil War Journal that details events as they occured during that period. She also has family bibles that have information on the McKay family. A second cousin has The History of Craighead County that was left to her by her father along with information on the family in Arkansas. I have also spent considerable time researching the MCKAY and CAMPBELL family files in the Statesville, NC public library and the other surnames in the Jonesboro, AR public library. Robert "Red" McKay served in the Revolutionary War while 2 of his grandsons, John Campbell McKay and Robert Hill McKay, served in the Civil War.

I have also researched my wife's family surnames TURNER, WATT, PARSONS, DAVIS, HOLDWAY. This research consisted of visiting cemeteries in England and the United States. Research at family records centers and public records offices in London, England; a visit to the Isle of Wight to discuss pedigrees with the Pedigree Chairman for IOW; and a visit to the Registrar General's Office in Edinburg, Scotland as well as research through city and county records in the Boston area. I have recently been in contact with a PARSONS from Newfoundland. Bert Parsons contacted me after reading some old letters I posted to the Newfoundland Grand Banks website and we have had several discussions concerning his relation to my wife's family.

 
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  • Jonathan Parsons from Newfoundland and descendents (18 KB)
    Jonathan Parsons had descendents that immigrated to America. A grandson, Nicholas Nichole Parsons, and a great grandson, Alfred Parsons. Nicholas brought 3 sons with him - Albert (or Herbert)Parsons, James Taylor Parsons and Cyrus Parsons.
  • Robert "Red "McKay, born abt 1758 in Scotland (132 KB)
    Tracks Robert and his descendants from North Carolina to Arkansas. Robert fought in the Revolutionary Way. Two of Robert's grandchildren, John Campbell McKay & Robert Hill McKay fought in the Civil War
  • Richard Parsons, father of Nicolas Nichole Parsons (32 KB)
    Richard Parsons son, Nicholas Nichole Parsons, immigrated to America in the late 1890s. Nicholas brought 3 sons with him - Albert (or Herbert)Parsons, James Taylor Parsons and Cyrus Parsons.
  • Annison Mangrum from Tennessee to Arkansas (36 KB)
    Annison Mangrum migrated to Arkansas from Tennessee settling in what is now Craighead County, Arkansas
  • William Davis family from NFLD to Massachusetts (35 KB)
    Several of the Davis family, born in Newfoundland, migrated to the Boston area of Massachusetts in the late 1890s.
  • John Turner of England (33 KB)
    John Turner's descendants that migrated to America from England around 1901. George Smith Turner migrated to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Amy Louise Turner migrated to Boston.
  • Thomas Watt from Scotland to Massachusetts (15 KB)
    Thomas Watt descendants, one of which migrated to the Boston, Massachusetts area around 1901.
  • Thomas Boling from Tennessee to Arkansas (52 KB)
    Thomas Boling migrated from Tennessee to Arkansas settling in what now is Craighead County, Arkansas
  • Robert Fred McKay from Arkansas (4 KB)
    Robert Fred McKay a.k.a. Fred Robert McKay born in Craighead County, Arkansas abt 1894 first appeared on the 1920 census report as the grandchild of Martha Ellen Eason McKay (the author's great grandmother.
 
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