Our "Early" and Lee connection,
Julia J Early, daughter of Melchizadeck "Deck" Early, married my Great grandfather, George William McDonald.
1 John Early
b.1642 in Donegal Ireland
Arrived in York Co., VA 1661
d. 1694, Middlesex Co, VA
md. Margaret Loyall, daughter of William and Elizabeth, August 02, 1682
She was born August 18, 1664, in Middlesex, Co., VA
Thomas Early (John)
b. 1683, Lancaster Co. VA
d. 1716, same Co.
md. Elizabeth Johnson, October 26, 1704, in Middlesex Co, VA
Jeremiah Allen Early, Sr. b. Dec 09, 1705, Middlesex, Co, VA, d. Feb 19, 1795, Orange Co, VA
Judith Early, b. 1710, midlesex Co VA, md. John Buford, 1735, same Co, b. 1797, Mid, Co, VA
3. Jeremiah Allen Early, Sr. (Thomas, John),
md. Elizabeth Buford, October 16, 1728, Middlesex Co, VA, daughter of Thomas Buford and Elizbeth
Ball, b. 1709 in Middlesex Co Va
Jeremiah Early, JR., b. 1730, Bedford Co, VA, d. Franklin, VA
John (Thomas) Early
4. Jeremiah Early, Jr. (Jeremiah, Thomas, John) was born in Bedford Co., VA and died in Franklin Co, VA.
md, (1) Sarah Anderson, 1749, in VA, (2) Mary Stith, Dec 23, 1773.
Notes for Jeremiah Early, Jr:
"Col. Jeremiah Early, Jr. of Bedford, later Franklin County, was the second son of Jeremiah Early and of his wife Elizabeth Buford. He was a Lieutenant in the French and Indian War; Captain of the Bedford militia in 1758;, Colonel of militia in 1778; sheriff:; and Justice of the Peace of Bedford Co from 1759 to 1779, when he died, being 49 years old. He was the proprietor of the Washington Iron Mines, which later became the property of his sons John and Jubal Early, of Frank\\lin County. Col Jeremiah Early had a family of eleven sons and daughters; the eldest, Jacobus, was a Captain of the county militia in 1781; his fourth son, John, was a delegate to the Virginia Convention of 1778. (from "The History of Franklin County, VA" by Marshall Wingfield, pub, 1964, p.60).
"Jeremiah the younger, who lived in Bedford County neighboring Franklin to the northeast) invested a portion of his inheritance, along with his brother-in-law James Callaway, in the Washington Iron Works in Rocky Mount. There they converted the existing bloomery, a relatively primitive smeltting operation, to an up-to-date furnace and forge. The enterprise advertised as far away as South Carolina, where on display, dated July 21, 1779, offered 'POTS, KETTLES, CAMP-KETTLES, OVENS, SKELLETS, FLATIRONS, SPICE MORTARS, FIRE DOGS, SMITHS ANVILS, FORGE ANVILS, FORGE HAMMERS, WAGGON BOXES, STOVES, or any other kind of castings that may be wanted". Jeremiah died soon after the advertisment appeared, and Jubal's (General Early) grandfather and namesake inherited a share, along with two brothers." (from "JUBAL---The Life and Times of General Jubal A. Early, CSA, Defender of the lost cause" by Charles C. Osborne, pub. 1992, p. 5)
Children of Jeremiah Early and Sarah Anderson are:
5 John Early, b. September 15, 1757, Bedford Co, VA d. 1803, Franklin Co. VA
6. Jubal Early, b. April 12, 1764, d. 1792, Franklin Co, VA
Jacobus Early, b. November 16, 1750
Joseph Early, b. February 27, 1756
Jeremiah Early, b. September 27, 1754
Judith Early, b March 09, 1751/52
Elizabeth Early, b January 26, 1761
Sally Early, b. April 15,, 1766
Abner Early, b. December 21, 1767
5. John Early(Jeremiah, Jeremiah, Thomas, John) was born September 15, 1757 in Bedford Co, VA, and died 1803 in Franklin Co. VA. He married Elizabeth Cheatham, february 20, 1792 in Franklin Co, VA, daughter of Leonard Cheathan and Mary Booher. She was born in AV\\\\Virginia and died in Franklin Co., VA.
Notes of John Early:
His will, very interesting is recorded page 242, Franklin Co VA Will Bool 1, p. 69. Page 143 holds a Renunciation, Sept 4, 1804, by Elizabeth Early.
Notes for Elizabeth Cheatham: Elizabeth was the sister of Mary "Polly" Cheatham who married John Early's brother Jubal Early, grandfather of General Jubal A. Early.
Children of John Early and Elizabeth Cheatham:
7. Melchizadeck "Deck" Early, b. February 03, 1800, Franklin Co. VA, D. May11, 1865, Pike Co, MO.
Jubal Early, md. Jane Helm
Dolly F. Early, m. John George Richardson, September 17, 1810, Franklin Co, VA
Jinney Early, m. Henry C. Early, b. 1793; d. 1853, Missouri
Notes for Henry C. Early:
First cousin of Junney Early, his wife.
James Calaway Early.
6. Jubal Early (Jeremiah, Jeremiah, Thomas, John) was born April 12, 1764, and died 1792 in Franklin Co. VA. He married Mary "Polly" Cheatham, December 06, 1790, in Halifax Co. VA daughter of Leonard Cheatham and Mary Booher. She died in Franklin Co. VA.
Notes for Jubal Early:
Grandfather of General Jubal A. Early, CSA. "Grandfather Jubal was married in 1790, but died within a couple of years, leaving two infont sons, --- Henry and Joab --- who were placed under the guardianship of Samuel Harrison, a family friend. --- The elder Jubal and his brother Jonhn were the first of the Early line to own land and settle in Franklin County. The two bought their first parcel, 15 acres on Gill's Creed, from Anthony Pate in 1789 for 15 pounds. It was Jubal senior who probably built the house, in the Red Valley section about 18 miles north of Rocky Mount, where young Jubal was born on November 3, 1816. He was the second son, and the third of ten children --- five girls and five boys," (from JUBAL ---- etc.)
Children of Jubal Early and Mary Cheatham are:
8 Joab (6) Early
7. Melchizadeck "Deck" Early (John, Jerimiah, Jrermiah, Thomas, John) was born February 03, 1800 in Franklin Co, VA, and died May 11, 1865 in Pike Co, MO. He married (1) Louisa M. Ferguson August 28, 1865 in Pike Co, MO., daughter of Andrew Mefford and Susannah Burns. She was born May 25, 1824 in Pike Co. MO, and died November 13, 1876 there.
Notes for "Deck" Early:
Names and ages of Deck and Emma's children, Alanta, Susan, Dolly and Terzia are taken from the 1850 Pike Co, MO census. His children by Louisa Ferguson -- John, Rhoda and Elizabeth -- are listed also, with Virginia given as the state of their birth.
Other sources of information on Melchisideck and his family:
1. Julia Early's certificate lists Deck and Emma Mefford Early as her parents.
2. Deck's and Emma's birth and death dates are taken from Pike County, MO cemetary records.
3. The date and place of Deck's marriage to Louisa Ferguson were found on Family Tree Maker Marriage Record CDs for Virginia.
Mechizadeck was a first cousin of Joab Early, the father of Gen. Jubal Early, CSA, which makes them first cousins, once removed. Melchizadeck and Joab were first cousins through both of their parents, who married siblings: Decks father John Early married Elizabeth Cheatham; Joab's bather Jubal Early married Elizabeth's sister Polly Cheatham.
Children of Melchizadeck Early and Louisa Ferguson are:
John (7) Early, b. 1830, Franklin Co VA
Rhoda Early, b. 1832, Franklin Co. VA
Elizabeth Early, b. 1835, Franklin Co VA
Children of Melchizadeck Early and Emarilla Mefford are:
9 Julia J. Early, b. Jan 16, 1861, Pike Co, MO; d. March 16, 1912, Gainesville, Ozark Co, MO
Alalanta Early, b. 1843, Pice Co, MO
Susan E. Early, b. 1845, Pike Co. MO
Dolly Early, b. 1848, Pike Co, MO
Terzia Early, b. 1849, Pike Co. Mo
Jane Early, b. December 05, 1852, Pike Co MO, d. December 26, 1879, Pike Co MO
Notes for Jane Early"
Assumed to be the daughter of Deck and Emma Early, because she is buried with them in the same
cemetery, (from cemetery records.)
8. Joab(6) Earl y (Jubal5, Jeremiah4, Jeremiah3, Thomas2, John1) He married Ruth Hairston 1812 in Franklin County VA, daughter of Samuel Hairston and Judith Saunders. She died 1832 in Franklin Co. VA.
Child of Joab Early and Ruth Hairston is:
General Jubal Anderson Early:
The famous, (or infamous) Civil War General. Jubal was born near Rocky Mount in Franklin Co. VA.
He never married, but had four children out of wedlock.
Mistress, Julie McNealy, children: Joseph McNealy, b. 185o; Florence McNealy,
b. 1858, ( rumor is she is not Jubals child), Robert McNealy, b. 1860; Jubal L. McNealy, b. 1864. Jubal also had a liking for some of the slave girls and their children were named Early after emancipation. This writer has no information on them, but there was a great movement of back Early's to MO. As well as some white Early's.
There are , for some reason, thousands of inquiries on the web sites looking for direct kinship to Jubal, why I don'tknow,there were many of the Early's in the Confederacy if they are looking for that connection.
Jubal is buried in Spring Hill Cemetarty
in Lynchburg, VA.
9.Julia J.(7) Early (Melchizadeck "Deck", John, Jeremiah, Jeremiah, Thomas, John). was born Jan 16, 1861 in Pike County, MO, and died March 1912 in Gainesville, Ozark Co, MO. She married George William McDonald (my great paternal great grandfather) Nov 02, 1882, son of John McDonald and Mary Mooney,
He was born December 01, 1864, in Fannin Co, TX, and died September 19, 1932 in Gainesville, Ozark Co, MO. ( I was his first great grandson and my first name, Billie, was after his middle name.)
Notes of Julia J. Earliy:
Some sources give her birthdate as 1859, but her death certificate gives 1861.
Children of Julia Early and George William McDonald are:
Beulah McDonald, b August 25, 1886, all following children born in Gainesville MO, Ozark Co.
Shelby McDonald b. July 22, 1888
Flay V. McDonald, b. February 12, 1891
Ray Curtis McDonald, b. November 15, 1892, (my grandfather)
Alva Dean McDonald, b. August 14, 1895
James E McDonald b. September 17, 1897
Glen McDonald b. April 07, 1901