East Liverpool Morning Tribune
August 25, 1911
MACKALL FAMILY HOLDS REUNION AT GEORGETOWN
Interesting Account of First Gathering of Clans.
HISTORY IS GIVEN
Mackalls and their relatives, both blood and marriage, came from all directions, Beaver, Ohioville, East Liverpool, Wellsburg, Hookstown, the country districts all around, and the “Georgetown Mackalls” in full force, to celebrate the first reunion of the family.After dinner, of which all had full and plenty, Mr. Park Mackall of East Liverpool, was appointed temporary chairman and officers were elected to serve and see that this first reunion should not be the last, but that each year they should meet together as one family for a day of pleasure and feasting by all.Mr. Park Mackall, elected president; Mr. Roscoe Mackall of Beaver, vice president; Mr. James P. Mackall, treasurer, and James McHaffie, secretary.The date for the next reunion was ser for August 22, 1912, in same place, which was conceded by all to be the most appropriate place, as Georgetown was the first home of the first Mackall in this country.
Mr. Park Mackall delivered a speech, which was highly appreciated by all present.He gave a history of the Mackalls as far back as he could get it, and showed how much interested he was in his ancestors, and also his desire that all Mackalls should be the same.After speaking at some length of the nature of the occasion, and the mutual pleasure all should feel in being able to participate in that meeting together of friends and relatives, he proceeded to give what facts he could as to the common ancestor – Benjamin Mackall.While it may not all have been new to some of those gathered there, the older ones, to the younger ones it meant a great deal, and was very interesting to listen to.A brief sketch of what he said is as follows:
“The Mackalls are of Scotch descent, being direct descendants of Benjamin Mackall, who came to this country in 1772 from Scotland.He landed in Baltimore, Md., in 1772, accompanied by his brother, Samuel, who was older than him.Samuel was married (or is supposed), and as he did not come farther west, it is presumed the Mackalls, of McCalls, in Baltimore and in the east are his descendants.In the year 1775 deeds were given Samuel and Benjamin Mackall for 1000 acres of land near Baltimore by the government of Providence.Both brothers enlisted in the Revolutionary army in 1777—Samuel being a scout and Benjamin becoming a captain.At the end of the war, his term of enlistment being unexpired, he was stationed at Fort Pitt, or Pittsburg.It is surmised it was at that time or a little later, he met and married Rebecca Dawson, a sister of the settlers of this little town.Their names being R. D. and B. D. Dawson, settling here in Georgetown in 1792.In 1798 Benjamin and Samuel Mackall sold their land near Baltimore and Benjamin started with his family, date not just known, for Kentucky.Arriving at Brownsville, Pa., in 1801, or 1802, they were delayed by the illness of their children.This caused a change in their plans.His wife, wishing to see her brothers, wanted to come to Georgetown to visit them.They left Brownsville, traveling overland, and arriving in Georgetown on May 3, 1802, 109 years ago.Instead of proceeding to their original destination they concluded to cast their lot in with the Dawsons and stay in Georgetown.So the Mackalls here, and in or about this part of the country, are direct descendant of Benjamin and Rebecca Mackall, whose bones now rest in the “Silent City” on the hill back of the town.Benjamin dying in 1830, aged 66 years, and his wife in 1836, aged 83 years.
They had six children, James, Tom, Sam, John, Jane (who married her cousin Dawson) and Nellie (who married a Blackmore.James had 11 children, Benjamin, James W., Samuel, Jack, Thomas, George, Rebecca, Phoebe, Jane, Pollie and Sarah.Of those children the only living ones were present at the reunion, the oldest members of the Mackall family living—James W., Samuel and George.Thomas Mackall had 14 children (no race suicide in those days), named Benjamin, Thomas, James, Jack, Sam, George, Preston, Becky, Phoebe, Tillie, Mary Jane, Louise and Sarah.Samuel had 6 children, Rebecca, James, Thomas, Benjamin, Sam and Jack.John had only two children, Rebecca and Samuel.That brings us to the present time—the children of these children should be able to fit themselves into their especial branch of the family tree.And it is nice to know to just what branch of the family one belongs, especially in so numerous a family.”
This is but a brief sketch of history as given by Mr. Mackall, but it may be read by many of the connections who could not be here, and inter??? and give them information as well.
The crowd dispersed about 5:30, after all voting to have had an enjoyable time together, and taking pleasant memories with them and hoping to meet once again in a year’s time.As a further treat to the younger folk, Mr. E. E. Mackall kindly threw open his house and allowed them to have a good old-fashioned dance, which was much appreciated and enjoyed by all.
The reunion this year was brought about by the efforts of Misses Faye and Sylvia Mackall, and special thanks is given them by all attending for their efforts, which brought forth such good results in the first reunion of the Mackall family.