The following was submitted by chapter member, Joyce Cahill Chambers, 1665 Altamar Way, Livermore, CA 94550. Email at – firstname.lastname@example.org.
William and Mary Cahill – The Cahill family of Steubenville, Ohio originated with William Cahill who was born in Ohio in 1823. While this story will concentrate on his family alone, it’s my belief that William Cahill was part of a large Cahill family that settled in Jefferson, Carroll, and Tuscarawas counties. These early pioneers descend from William Cahill, born about 1710, who migrated from Dublin, Ireland before 1730 to Maryland. It’s his children that migrated to Pennsylvania then later moved into Ohio before 1800. I can only speculate who William Cahill’s parents were. According to naming practices of that era, it was customary to name your first son after your father. If he followed this tradition, he named his first son, Kinsey. Was it after his father or a favorite uncle, I do not know.
An early pioneer to Ohio was Kinsey Cahill who was born ca. 1775 to Dennis and Dinah Cahill. It is believed that Dennis Cahill was the son of William and Ellen (O’Connor) Cahill from Maryland. Kinsey Cahill lived in Jefferson and surrounding counties during his life time. As a young man he married Mary (nee unknown) and they had at least five children. In 1798, he was a member of the Jury in Jefferson County. His first wife, Mary Cahill must have died, because in 1838 Kinsey Cahill married Mary Ann Coonrod in Jefferson County. Throughout his adult life Mr. Cahill bought and sold land. He was a shoemaker by trade and must have been a prosperous one. In 1850, “Kins” and Mary A. Cahill reside in Tuscarawas County and it’s believed that he died about that time. Perhaps a will or probate record would shed light into this mystery of who his children actually were, but none was found. All this researcher knows is, there has been a Kinsey Cahill in my family for three generations. On that thought, I begin the story of William and Mary (Taylor) Cahill.
Mary Taylor was born 11 May 1823 in Renfrew, Scotland. She was of Irish descent, born to Robert and Sarah Taylor. As a girl of twelve she traveled to American with her parents. The Taylor family migrated to Jefferson County, Ohio. In early childhood, she gave heart to Christ and lived a consist Christian life. In 1838, she joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. Like many girls of her day, she was taught cooking, sewing, gardening and other household chores by her mother, These skills would help her when she had a family of her own. As she grew into womanhood, Mary Taylor met her future husband, William Cahill.
In the early years of boyhood, William Cahill spent his days helping his father. He had no formal schooling because he could neither read nor write. As a young man, William learned the trade of Dyer. A dyer was someone who put the coloring into the wool. It is believed that he worked at a Woolen Factory. In later years, he would farm land in Ohio and Illinois. In the spring of 1844, he married Mary Taylor in Jefferson County, Ohio. To this union thirteen children were born:
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