Beginnings: Catherine McGuire

Catherine McGuire, who would later marry Charles Robert Garrett, was the daughter of Spencer Jackson (Jackie) McGuire (1820 or 1822 – 1892) and Barzilla (Mary) Bray (1819 – 1878).  Catherine was one of nine children and was born on June 30, 1846 in or near Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana.  

Her parents were married in Marion Co., Indiana in 1842 and were living with Spencer’s parents at the time of the 1850 census.

Mary and Spencer Jackson (Jackie) McGuire Location and date of photogram unknown

Mary and Spencer Jackson (Jackie) McGuire
Location and date of photogram unknown

1850 United States Federal Census, Decatur, Marion Co., Indiana:
Last Name:    First Name:    Age: Sex: Place born: Occupation:
McGuire Merry 70 M VA Farmer
Drusilla 68 F VA
Spencer J. 26 M IN Farmer
Mary 28 F NC
Elizabeth 6 F IN
Joseph 8 M IN
Catherine 4 F IN
Lucinda 2 F IN

It is not known when the McGuire family traveled to Iowa, though it must have been after 1855 and before 1860.  The Clarke Co. census of 1860 does not list Lucinda or Annias; these two children did not survive to be recorded by the census.  The oldest son Joseph had died in 1850.

1860 United States Federal Census, Iowa census, Clarke Co., Washington Twp.
Last Name:    First Name:    Age: Sex: Place born: Occupation:
McGuire S.M. 38 M IN Farmer
M. 37 F NC
E. 16 F IN
C. 14 F IN
L. 12 F IN
J.F. 8 M IN
S.J. 5 F IN
M.A. 1 F IA

It is not known if Catherine attended school at any time or if she had an occupation other than helping out on the farm.

Catherine’s siblings were:

  • Joseph McGuire, b. March 22, 1843; d. August 21, 1850
  • Elizabeth McGuire, b. May 25, 1844; d. unknown
  • Lucinda McGuire, b. June 29, 1848; d. July 31, 1879. m. William Riggle
  • Susanna A. McGuire, b. October 3, 1850; d. November 3, 1859
  • John Franklin McGuire, b. December 10, 1852; d. February 14, 1918, m. Sarah Jane Clifton
  • Sarah Jane McGuire, b. April 25, 1855; d. May 10, 1878, m. Everett
  • Annias McGuire, b. December 1, 1857; d. January 24, 1858
  • Mary Ann McGuire, February 9, 1859; d. October 1, 1900, m. James Madison Clifton

 

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