Friday, April 15, 2016

M is for Elizabeth McCormack & Sarah Milholland: two brick wall ancestors

I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet.

M is for Elizabeth McCormack & Sarah Milholland: two brick wall ancestors
These two women are at the end of the line for myself and my husband. Elizabeth McCormack is my maternal third great grandmother and Sarah Milholland is my husband’s paternal third great grandmother. I am hoping that in writing about these two women others who are also researching these women will contact me.

Elizabeth McCormack
Elizabeth McCormack was the wife of Samuel Johnston, born 5 Jul 1814 in South Carolina. She died 4 Nov 1891 in Comanche County, Texas.[1] They had seven known children:
  • Isabella Johnston (1840- )
  • Reuben Mack Johnston (1841-1924). He was my 2nd great grandfather.
  • Luvina J. Johnston (1842- )
  • Washington J Johnston (1844- )
  • Marion Jackson Johnston (1846-1838)
  • David Newton Johnston (1850- )
  • Sarah A. Johnston (1854-1923)

Both Samuel and Elizabeth were born in South Carolina, but their marriage has not been found. The first five children were born in Alabama, but I haven’t determined yet which county. They were found in the 1850 and 1860 census in Yalobusha County, Mississippi.[2] The family later moved to Titus County, Texas. Samuel died there sometime before 1869.[3] Elizabeth moved to Comanche County, Texas sometime before 1880. She was buried in Hazeldell Cemetery.[4]

Sarah Mulholland
Sarah Mulholland was the wife of James Gorrell. She was born 16 April 1771 and died 28 Feb 1849 in Columbiana County, Ohio. All that I know about her is from the book, Gorrell Family History, by Joseph J. Gorrell.[5] It stated she died at the home of her daughter, Lettie and son-in-law, John Foughty. It also stated she had 21 children, 19 of whom lived to adulthood. The only children that I know are:
  • James (1790- )
  • Elizabeth (1792 -)
  • Samuel
  • Moses
  • William (1792- 1814)
  • John (1800- )
  • Joseph (1802- )
  • Amos (1804-1890). He was my husband’s 2nd great grandfather.
  • Jesse (1808-1876)
  • Thomas (1811- )
  • Sarah
  • Lettie (1815-1861)
  • Hanna
  • Rachel
  • Mary
More research is needed for both of these women. If you have any clues, please contact me.

[1] Find A Grave, database with images, (, Memorial# 67319354, Hazeldell Cemetery, Comanche Co, Texas, Elizabeth Johnston.
[2] 1850 U.S. census, Yalobusha Co, Mississippi, pop. sched., North of the Yalabusha River, p 287b (stamped), dwelling 161, family 161, Samuel Johnson, Digital images, ( : accessed 23 Nov 2011). 1860 U.S. census, Yalobusha Co, Mississippi, pop. sched., Oakland, p. 917, dwelling 1182, family 1276, Samuel Johnson, digital images, ( accessed 23 Nov 2011); citing NARA M653, roll 594.
[3] Titus County courthouse burned in 1895. There are no records from before 1895 except tax records sent to the state.
[4] Find A Grave, Memorial# 67319354, Hazeldell Cem, Comanche Co, Texas, Elizabeth Johnston.
[5] Joseph J. Gorrell, Gorrell Family History, Winamac, Indiana.

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  1. So many geneablogs in the challenge! I only found yours today.

    Jill - Blogging the challenge at

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I have read some of your blogs. You picked a great way of getting through. Do you have a name starting with Q, X, and Z?

    2. Q and Z sorted - still hunting for X. Hoping to find a Xavier.

  2. I think A-Z should have a Genealogy designation so it would be easier to find each other. Good luck finding some cousins who can move your search forward.
    Finding Eliza

    1. This is my first time doing this. I agree with you.


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