Re: McQueen Family in Clay, Onondaga Co, NY
Well, from what I can determine it seems that Charles is John and Mary's son.I already had Charles in my family tree before I received your message (I think because of the info I had also found a while back in the same census you viewed).As far as finding anything on John McQueen - so far no luck at all. He's been a puzzle to me for a few years since I first found something on him.I have also seen alternate spellings for McQueen's who came to America from either Ireland or Scotland (McQuien, McKeen, McKinney, McOwen, McSweene, MacShuibhne).When foreigners came to this country through whichever port of entry on the east coast (usually NY or Philadelphia in the early 1800s), names would often be spelled phonetically rather than correctly - so, it could be that John McQueen's last name was not McQueen when he came here, but one of the above possiblities.This could be one of the reasons why it has been so hard to find anything on him prior to the US Census records on him.
Even more puzzling to me is Mary Scott (his wife) - it appears that possibly Mary and her mother Eliza Scott went with William (another son - my g-grandfather) when he moved west to Missouri - I found evidence of this in a census record.It seems logical that John would have died and that would be the reason Mary and her mother would have gone west and left NY.So...John is probably buried somewhere in Onondaga county.
If you have any other thoughts on this, I'd be interested in reading them.Hope I haven't confused the situation more for you!