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Samuel McKay, Sr.

Samuel McKay, Sr. was born 20 December 1845 in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland and died 2 January 1929 at his daughter's home in Black Hawk Township, Rock Island County, Illinois.  He immigrated to Canada between 1870 and 1874.  From there he migrated to Mercer County, Illinois in the 1880s.

Samuel married Margaret Fleming 8 November 1866 in Bovevagh Presbyterian Church, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.  Margaret was born 5 May 1848 in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland and died 27 June 1886 in Mercer County, Illinois.  They had 8 children, including Samuel McKay, Jr., pictured elsewhere on this site.  Comparing the pictures of Sr. and Jr. it is uncanny the resemblance.

Samuel and Margaret had the following children: William John (23 May 1867 - 10 December 1953), Mary A. (5 May 1869 - 17 February 1936), Joseph (28 July 1871 - 7 March 1919), Margaret (28 July 1873 - 28 October 1962), Samuel Jr. (31 January 1876 - 2 January 1962), Elizabeth Jane (12 February 1878 - 8 August 1957), and Robert James (15 January 1881 - 3 November 1968) and an unnamed infant son.

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