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Peter Short b. 1769 m. Catherine McGeehan

Peter Short b. 1769 m. Catherine McGeehan

Posted: 14 Jul 2001 3:17AM GMT
Surnames: Short, McGeehan, Lewis, Allwein, Arnold, Paine, Killian, McGill
Looking for informationon the Peter Short family. His father Richard was born in 1745 in Staunton, Va, m. (also in Staunton) Anne (?) who was from that area also.

During the Revolutionary War Richard fought with the 10th Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line under Capt. John Steel. After the war in 1784 Richard was given 200 acres in Westmoreland (now Beaver) County near present day Pittsburgh, Pa. There are stories that he built a cabin on that land, but was burned out repeatedly by the Indians; he may have been killed there in 1787 at age 41.

Richard & Anne had only one known child - PETER b. 1769. It is believed that the family moved after Richard's death as the next bit of info shows that Peter was "bound out" until he came of age, was married to Catherine McGEEHAN and lived in Washington, DC. Later Peter moved to Emmitsburgh, Md in the 1790's. They had 3 children there - Samuel (1796), Elizabeth (1797), & Daniel (1799).

They may have been influenced to go to Pennsylvania once again by Father Demetrius Gallitzin, a Catholic priest, who was at the Conewago settlement near Emmitsburg. In 1799 Fr. Gallitzen set up his mission church at Loretto, Cambria Co., Pa. Peter & Catherine's other children were born there - Mary (1800), Susan (1803), Ann (1805), Emily (1807), Catherine (1809) & Martha (1813).

Susan (b. 1803) m. Charles Bruce and had 2 children, Maria (Ma-RYE-uh) b. 1821 & William b. 1824. Maria m. Andrew Lewis & they lived in Ebensburg, Cambria Co., Pa surrounded by many relatives including the family of Ann Short (1803) m. Horace Paddock. In later years the Paddock family joined the DAR under Richard Short, Revolutionary War Veteran.

So, does anyone know which branch of the SHORT family this family belongs to? Staunton was heavily settled by Scotch-Irish and was incorporated in 1745. Did this family come down from Pennsylvania with the Germans migrating to the Shenandoah Valley? Was this family one of the many Shorts in Md and Va for years and years? Who was the mysterious Anne that Richard married? How did Richard come to join the Pennsylvania Regiment?

There are stories that Peter's wife Catherine McGEEHAN was closely related to Francis Scott KEY, composer of "The Star Spangled Banner" through the father, John Ross Key. Does anyone know of this connection?

Thanks!

Re: Peter Short b. 1769 m. Catherine McGeehan

Posted: 5 Nov 2003 9:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 21 May 2004 6:48PM GMT
Surnames: Short Bruce Lewis Paine Good Abel
I am a descendant of Andrew Lewis and Maria Bruce Lewis. I am interested also in establishing the link between Catherine McGeehan Short and Francis Scott Key. I have found a Charles Bruce on the Key family tree that may be the father to Maria and William, but the Key family tree did not have any information on spouses and descendants of Charles Bruce and we don't have any parentage information on Charles Bruce on our family tree. If Charles Bruce was nephew of Catherine McGeehan Short's, it would not be inconcievable that he would have married her daughter. And I bet you are my cousin, Carole Moyer Rivenbarck.

Re: Peter Short b. 1769 m. Catherine McGeehan

Posted: 11 Jul 2013 9:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
i know about the mc geehans as they are related my grandmother was one/they are from county donegal/fintown area

Re: Peter Short b. 1769 m. Catherine McGeehan

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 2:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Short, McGeehan, Durbin, Warthon, Conrad, McGuire, Dodson
I know this was posted ages ago --- but I was curious where the info in this post came from. I too am trying to pursue the questions raised here. I spent some time at the library with 4 volumes of "Catholic Vital Records of Central Pennsylvania," focused on Cambria County.

My line is through Peter & Catherine's daughter Ann (b. 1805), and I found her birth/baptism record. Her godparents were Ross & Margaret McGuire. I also found many of her children's birth/baptism records.

I was hoping to figure something out about the McGeehan family by cross-referencing more godparents' names in these records.

It seems the McGeehans potentially had ties with Durbin, Warthon, Conrad, and McGuire families...but I haven't been able to make any actual connections.

A James McGeehan (1778-1852) married Apollonia McGuire (1779-1861), and had Anna Maria McGeehan (<-Latin Catholic name, b. 1816), Michael Daniel McGeehan (1805-1864), and Demetrius Augustine McGeehan (1820-1857).

A "Jacobus McGeehan" (<--Latin, probably James) and Catherine Warthon were the godparents of Ann (nee Short, b. 1805) Paddock's daughter, Mary Catherine (b. 1835). In the 1840 census, a Catherine Warthon was listed right next to a John Conrad. John Conrad and a Martha Short were the godparents of another Paddock child, Andreas. THEN a Mary Warthon and a Stephen Durbin were the godparents of Anna Maria McGeehan, born to James & Apollonia in 1816. Apollonia (nee McGuire) McGeehan had a sister Mary (1767-1835) who married a Thomas Durbin.

Then I found Find-a-Grave records for
1) Ann (nee McGeehan) Dodson, 1800-1833
2) Ann (nee ???) McGeehan (1798-1838), wife of John McGeehan. Couldn't find this John on Find-a-Grave, but this Ann immigrated from County Donegal, Ireland.

...could the James McGeehan who married Apollonia McGuire be a sibling of Catherine McGeehan, wife of Peter Short? Hoping all this info helps someone else make a connection, or that someone else can make sense of all these interconnected surnames.
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