|James Madison McPike bible page "Green Country Quarterly, V4, I. 1, 1983"|
The lineage of William and Obedience McPike demonstrates the problems presented by the easy dissemination of information via the internet. It's very easy to spread false information quickly, but difficult to pull it back.
According to a biography by William McPike's granddaughter, Eliza Ann, he was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. The only actual documentation we have doesn't actually state he was a soldier. It's just a pay voucher from the government of North Carolina. It could be for service or for goods he provided to the war effort? I believe it is for service based on what his granddaughter stated. The DAR describes it as "Patriotic Service".
|Biography stating Eliza Ann's grandfather William McPike was a Revolutionary War Soldier. A Biographical History of Central Kansas page 447. Spouse Robert W. Hughes|
All of the Ancestry.com trees give Obedience McPike's maiden name as Holloway, but none give any source for that? At another site on the internet I found someone presenting a hint regarding this assumption. This post stated that both William McPike and a William Holloway appeared together in a Washington County, Tennessee road work order. I looked for a copy of this order which appeared in a 1784 Washington County, TN court order book, this book is now online at FamilySearch.org. Interesting, but it doesn't prove they were related.
Many also give William's date of death as 1794. That date came from DAR applications. The applications actually state he died sometime after 1794, as this is the last date they found him listed in the records. I've actually found him, along with wife Obedience, signing an 1803 deed in Franklin County, Virginia when he sold John McPike's old survey property from 1755. We can now say he died after 25 Dec1802.
Obedience's vital information is even more off. Someone looked at a tombstone, which you can see at Findagrave, for a granddaughter and assumed this was hers? If you look carefully the dates are all 19th Century. Obedience would have been born around the mid 17th Century based on the birth years of her children, which range from about 1775 to around 1795.
I had hoped that a bible record I had found listed in the "Green County Quarterly, V.4 I. 1983" would resolve some of these issues regarding Obedience's maiden name, vital dates and places of birth. This bible is purported to be the bible of James Madison McPike (my grandfather Charles Forgey's great-uncle). James was the son of William and Obedience McPike. Unfortunately the bible only states that James was the son of William McPike with Obedience's name added above, maybe at a later date? Not certain when her named was added? No maiden name given.
The James M. McPike bible entries were copied into the bible all at about the same time. It's a work of folk art, with not only dates and names but also drawings. One of the drawings refers to the American Revolution but does no mention the fact William McPike served?
Also interesting to see the name Obedience is repeated in James's family. We also see the surname Browning used as a middle name, which further proves the relationship between these families and ties them to records in East Tennessee (my great-grandmother was Isis Browning married to William Forgey, the McPike's are her ancestors). The Malinda married to Joseph Dayton listed here is actually Malinda Browning. She is named in her father Roger Browning's will, in Greene County, Tennessee, as Lina Dayton. All of this information is helpful in proving we are related to the McPike family of East Tennessee. The family migrated to Indiana, so some linkage is needed.
I have good evidence of my lineage up to Obedience, the daughter of William and Obedience McPike. This Obedience married Nathan Browning in East Tennessee. I have her probate information naming my ancestor Richard Browning as a minor heir of Nathan Browning. Obedience is named as a guardian since minor children were considered orphans if their father died. Jesse M. McPike, another proven child of William and Obedience McPike, was the administrator of Nathan Browning's estate.
I could easily join the DAR based on the service record of my ancestor Benjamin Wray. I have solid documentation, and even DNA support, for that lineage. My reason for joining based on William McPike's service would be to correct this lineage. At this point I believe there isn't actually a strong basis for anyone joining based on his service. We need better documentation. I am surprised the DAR would admit anyone without stronger proof? I did find an application stating Obedience, William's wife, died in 1828. This differs from all of the trees, which took their info from the tombstone misreading. I haven't ordered all of the supporting documentation for everyone who applied to the DAR, since this would be too costly. I am hoping there is better documentation I haven't seen yet? Is a granddaughter stating her grandfather, not by name, was a Revolutionary War soldier enough? Is a pay voucher with the name William McPike enough proof? This is the only evidence I've seen so far.
|Timeline with documents attached created at Airtable|