My Irishmen have been difficult to find. If my research is correct (and it does match family tradition, including information from a new-found cousin), Charles Henry Megee was born in Indiana around 1860. He lived in Clay Township, Saline County, Indiana on the 1880 census, taken on June 4, 1880. He was 20 years old and living with his father, J. Megee (born in Canada, as where his parents) and his mother, M.E. Megee (born in New York). Also in the household were Charles sister, 33 year old S. E.; a 22 year old brother, J. A.; and an 18 year old sister, M. L.; another daughter, 12 year old E. A.; and two more brothers, 9 year old L. E. and 6 year old David. All of the siblings were born in Indiana except S. E., who was born in MO. Charles was a farm laborer, as was his father. Also on the 1880 census, father J. Megee is listed as “consumpted”.
The 1870 census has Charles and his family in Madison Township, Cedar County, Stockton post office, Missouri. He was 9 years old when the census was taken on July 5, 1870. His father was Julius Megee, 50, born in Canada, and his mother was Mary E., 39, born in New York. His father and two brothers were farm laborers. Siblings at home on the census were Melissa E., 19 years old; William J., 17 years old; Martha J., 14 years old; Joseph N., 12 years old; and Emma, 8 years old. All the children were born in Indiana. Julius could not read or write and his parents were both foreign born; Mary’s parents were not foreign born. Charles and his parent’s information corroborate that of the 1880 census, but the names of his siblings do not quite add up.
Charles eventually became my great-grandmother's (Mary Ann's) father. More about him later!