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William John MCCALL[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1797 - 1877  (79 years)

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  • Name William John MCCALL 
    Born 3 Dec 1797  Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gender Male 
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    _UID E9F152DC5759774EB6EAAF416B54B8119540 
    Died 28 Feb 1877  Clay TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Buried Union Cemetery, West Sunbury, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Notes 


    • William John McCall, second son of Samuel McCall, early settler of Butler County, Pennsylvania. William John McCall was born on December 3, 1797. He must have been brought to Butler County as a very young child. Only a few white children were born in Butler County prior to 1800. The area was opened for settlement in 1796, although there were a few families already settled there prior to 1796 who had taken the chance that the indians would not molest them. Those settlers who did take up a claim in the wilderness, did not bring their wives and small children until they had established some kind of a home and cleared an area to plant. We know that William's father, Samuel, and possibly his family were already living in Butler in 1803, as we find him listed on the tax list of that year. Where was William John born? Maybe in Westmoreland County or possibly Washington County. A David McCall lived in Plum Township at this time, among other families who also moved into Butler County. They were the McCandless and McJunkin families of Westmoreland County.
      William John McCall married Jane Wasson, daughter of William Wasson and Jane (Jean) McDowell, of the town of Isle, which was located a short distance from the McCall homestead. (This area is now covered with waters of Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park.) William's nickname was "Little Billy". He was 20 years old when he married Jane Wasson on April 30, 1818. Their first child arrived on April 5, 1818. A story has been related by one of Little Billy's descendants that he had been married to another before he married Jane Wasson and had fathered two or three children. If this is a fact, he would have been very young. There is no proven evidence of this story, but if this has been told by word of mouth down through the generations, it must be given some credence.
      William John McCall took claim to 432 acres of land about eight miles from that of his father, in what would later become Clay Township, Butler County. It was then in the Township of Centre. According to the many records of "land deals" in the County Court House, our William John must have been a land speculator. He bought and sold land in many parts of Clay and Concord Townships and it is told that he held thousands of acres by lease, although farming must have been his principal occupation. Part of his original grant was later to become the town of Euclid, where there was a coal mine, lumber company and grain mill. Later still, the main line of the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad bisected his farm from east to west. The railroad at that time was called the Shenango Allegheny Railroad. Eventually William John broke up his farm into sections for his two oldest sons, William Wasson McCall and Samuel Robison McCall. He also sold several small pieces to his neighbors.
      Nine children were born to William John McCall and Jane Wasson. The youngest, Jemima, was born in 1843. We know that Jane Wasson died in May of 1850. She must have had a lingering illness, as William John had to have a girl to take care of her and the small children. William John married this girl shortly after the death of Jane Wasson. She was Jane Brannan Currie, young widow of Francis Currie. Jane was 26 years old ...younger than some of William John's children...he was 53. Jane Brandon Currie had her own two children with her at this time, they were
      William Brannan Currie, about 4 years old, and Margaret Ann Currie.
      This marriage did not "go" well with William John's older children and must have caused a split in the family that has never healed to this date. His oldest son, William Wasson McCall, soon sold his portion of the family farm to the Stoner family and moved farther south in Centre Township. He did not live there very long and moved south again to Clinton Township, where most of his descendants still live. The next son, Samuel Robison McCall gave his portion of the farm to his younger brother, John McCall and his young wife Margaret Jane Prior. Samuel Robison McCall took his wife, Martha McCandless, sister of the wife of his brother (William Wasson McCall), and their young family and moved West. The family later moved to Rural Dale, Grundy County, Missouri.
      John and Andrew found living with or near their new step-mother intolerable. John sold his portion of the farm left to him by his brother Samuel and went west to the Ohio country. His younger brother, Andrew, packed a few articles and ran away from home to follow his brother to Ohio. Only Jemima, a little girl was left at home with her father and step-mother.
      William John McCall's second family began arriving soon after his marriage to Jane Brannan Currie. A son, Thomas Reed McCall was born in 1852, followed by four daughters, the last born in 1859 when William John was 62 years old.

      William John McCall married Jane Wasson on the 30th day of April 1818. After the death of Jane Wasson in 1850, William John married a very young girl named Jane Brannan Currie who had been caring for his ailing wife. She was the widow of Francis Currie and was about 26 years of age. William John had three children older than she, and he was 53 years of age. We have a story passed down, that William John's two young sons, still at home at the time of their Father's second marriage, were very discontented and ran away from home. They were John and Andrew. John left first and resided in Ohio. Andrew left soon after and followed his brother. We are told that they never saw their father again. The descendants of both are all located in southern Ohio.

      It has been reported that William John was married three times, the first being to a girl from Middlesex Township, and that he fathered seventeen children altogether. We have no record of this marriage or the children born. He married Jane Wasson who was from the village of Isle when he was just 20 years old, so he must have been very young at the time of the first marriage.


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    Person ID I306  Robert Mueller Family | Ancestors of Linda L Garrison
    Last Modified 17 May 2004 

    Father Samuel MCCALL,   b. 1770, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1843, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Else DAVIS,   b. Abt 1777,   d. 14 Nov 1843, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Family ID F107  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Jane G. BRANNAN,   b. 1824, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1899, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Reed MCCALL,   b. 3 Oct 1852, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1885, Clay TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     2. Maryann MCCALL,   b. 11 Dec 1854, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1855, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +3. Euphemia Louise MCCALL,   b. 7 Jul 1856, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1930, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +4. Mary MCCALL,   b. Sep 1859, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1918, Sharpsville, Mercer County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    +5. Alice Jane MCCALL,   b. 1862, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1930  (Age 68 years)
    Family ID F111  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Nancy Jane WASSON,   b. 30 Jan 1795, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1850, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 30 Apr 1818  Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
    +1. William Wasson MCCALL,   b. 5 Apr 1818, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1887, Clinton TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +2. Samuel Robison MCCALL,   b. 28 Sep 1820, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1893, Rural Dale, Grundy County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +3. Anabelle McDowell MCCALL,   b. 16 Sep 1823, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1910, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     4. Esther Lindsay MCCALL,   b. 30 Aug 1826, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1836, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
     5. Jane Thompson MCCALL,   b. 8 Mar 1828, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1845, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
    +6. John MCCALL,   b. 21 Apr 1831, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1897, Sciota, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +7. John MCCALL,   b. 21 Apr 1831, Euclid, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1897  (Age 65 years)
     8. Nancy Sutton MCCALL,   b. 12 Oct 1834, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1843, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
     9. Andrew Black MCCALL,   b. Abt 1838,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +10. Andrew Black MCCALL,   b. 9 Aug 1838, Center TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1921, Scioto County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +11. Jemima MCCALL,   b. 30 Dec 1843, Euclid, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1931, Wilkes Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Family ID F104  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Jane BRANNON 
    Married Aft 1850 
    Family ID F105  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Dec 1797 - Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Apr 1818 - Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Feb 1877 - Clay TWP, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Union Cemetery, West Sunbury, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S42] 1850 Census of Butler County, Center Twp., PA.
      Sept. 19, 1850, page 279, Image 16; Wm. McCall, age 53; Occ: Farmer; Value of RE: 1500.; John, age 19; Andrew, age 11; Jermina, age 6; All born in Pennsylvania.
    2. [S111] 1860 Census of Butler County, Clay Twp., PA.
      July 6, 1860, Sheet 224, Page 60, (Image 12), Dwelling 432; Wm. McCaul, age 69, Occ: Farmer, Value of RE 2000., Value of PE 600.; Jane, age 36, Occ: Housekeeper; Jemima, age 16, Occ: Domestic; Thomas R., age 7; Uphamy, age 4; Mary, age 1; Also: John McCall, age 29, Occ: Laborer. All born in Pennsylvania.
    3. [S98] 1870 Census of Butler County, Clay Twp., PA.
      July 24, 1870; P.O. Coultersville, PA; Page 7, Sheet 122, (Image 7); William McCall, age 72, Occ: Farmer, Value of RE 4800., Value of PE 1000.; Jane, age 46, Keeping House; Thomas, age 17, Occ: Working on Farm; Louisa, age 14; Alice, age 8. All born in Pennsylvania.
    4. [S31] GEDCOM file imported on 17 May 2004.
    5. [S47] Family Bible of William John McCall.
      William McCall was born December the 3 in the year 1797
    6. [S50] Obituary for: McCALL, William John.
      March 7, 1877, McCALL, at his residence in Clay Twp. this county, on Feb., 28, Mr. Wm. McCall in the 80th year
      of his age.
    7. [S46] Family Bible of William Wasson McCall.
      Died february 28th 1877 grandfather McCall
    8. [S44] Union Cemetery, West Sunbury, Butler County, PA.
      William McCall, d. Feb. 28, 1877, age 79
    9. [S47] Family Bible of William John McCall.
      William McCall was married the 30 day of April in the year of our Lord 1818