I’ve been doing so much research these past few weeks, I wasn’t even sure how to go about presenting it. First things first, I’ve found an awesome site that provides vital records for most West Virginian counties. Through this, I’ve managed to find birth registers, marriage registers, and death certificates (all scanned originals). The site is: http://www.wvculture.org. It’s been an amazing wealth of information.
So I’ve decided to slowly focus on one person and their family at a time. Starting with John William’s line, this post will be about his oldest son Andrew.
Andrew McROBIE (John William) was born in 1816 in Maryland. Andrew’s mother was John William’s first wife. Her name is still unknown. She died sometime before 1823. It is unknown if she had other children after Andrew, although the 7 year gap makes it plausible.
A listing exists in the National Cemetery Administration for an Andrew McCroby who died 27 Nov 1863, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. While it hasn’t been confirmed that this is the same Andrew, it is very possible.
Andrew had five children with an unknown wife:
Archibald McROBIE was born 30 Dec 1840 in Maryland.
Daniel McROBIE was born in 1843 in Maryland.
Jane McROBIE was born 10 May 1845 in Maryland.
Isaac Matthew McROBIE was born in 1847 in Maryland.
William McROBIE was born in 1849 in Maryland.
1860 Census (Counted twice)
US Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 (National Park Service)
National Cemetery Administration, US Veterans Gravesites, 1775-2006
PLEASE NOTE: I have no confirmation that the Andrew buried in Arlington National Cemetery is the same as John William’s Andrew. In fact, it does contradict some previous research, but still I feel it shouldn’t be ruled out. Andrew does not appear on any censuses after 1860 (including the Veteran’s schedules). It is a plausible explanation, albeit, not a confirmed one.
Also, his daughter, Jane, is not found on any census records but is listed in Wilma Sander’s McRobie Genealogy and “The Burbach-Poorbaugh-Purbaugh Family in America 1771-1974” as the daughter of Andrew. So far I have not seen a record, nor talked to anyone, that would contradict these sources.