Descendants of Nathan McMahan
Generously contributed by Lela Johnson
Nathan McMahan, son of George and Harriet Harbin McMahan,
was born on August 14, 1822 in Clermont County, Ohio. He married Mary
Poor, born in Kentucky about 1822, on May 27, 1846 (Clermont County).
Sometime between 1858-early 1860, Nathan brought his family to
Pendleton County. On January 19, 1866, he purchased 26 2/3 acres along
Flour Creek from James and Malissa Pickrel and Luther W. Hitch. This
same tract of land was sold in 1874 to Jacob Caseman. It appears that
the McMahan family migrated to Marion County, Illinois in the early
1870s since Mary Poor McMahan died on November 17, 1873 in that county.
Nathan died on March 2, 1897 and was buried in Thorpe Cemetery, Marion
The children of Nathan and Mary McMahan were:
Caroline McMahan and James Smith
1. Caroline (see below)
2. Perry (July 26, 1851 – April 11, 1896)
3. John Edgar (July 18, 1854 – 1924)
4. Harriet (September 9, 1855 – February 20, 1920) married Charlie Leonard Huddleston on January 18, 1872.
5. William (March 3, 1858 – January 7, 1892) married Clarris LaMorey on October 2, 1887.
6. Jane (March 1860 – unknown) was the only known McMahan child born in Kentucky.
Caroline McMahan, born April 3, 1849 in Clermont County, Ohio, married
James Smith in Pendleton County on July 26, 1866 at her parents’ home.
James was born January 25, 1842 in Madison County, Indiana. During the
Civil War, James enlisted on July 21, 1861 with the 5th West Virginia
Infantry assigned first to Company B and, later, Company A, Battery 5.
He was reassigned to Company A, 1st West Virginia Veteran Infantry near
the close of the war. His pension papers described him as 5’7 ½” tall
with blue eyes and of “light hair and complexion”. He had been working
as a cooper at the time of his enlistment.
By 1870, James was a dry goods merchant and he and Caroline lived in
Falmouth. Their only child, Mary Etta Smith, was born on March 18,
1873. On March 27, 1874, the Pendleton County Circuit Court adjudged
James Smith “a lunatic” and he was sent to the “Lunatic Asylum” in
Lexington, Kentucky. He was later transferred back to Pendleton County
and was residing in the Pendleton County Infirmary at the time of his
death, May 1, 1883.
In February 1883, Caroline divorced James and married George P.
Huddleston (born April 22, 1841 in Campbell County, Kentucky) on April
12, 1883 in Vandalia, Fayette County, Illinois. They had two children:
Katie (March 17, 1884 – November 23, 1900) and Ben H. (October 16, 1888
– October 1, 1957).
Mary Etta Smith married Marvel Frederick Epps on October 2, 1892 in
Fayette County, Illinois. Marvel (January 2, 1867 – May 8, 1911) was
the son of Pleasant and Mary Elizabeth Klinge Epps. The couple had
three children: Mabel Lela (November 16, 1906 – August 13, 2001), Earl
Lesley (September 5, 1893 – April 10, 1978), and Lilia (December 18,
1895 – February 1, 1897). Mary Etta Smith Epps died on February 18,
1958 in Marion County, Illinois.
1860 U.S. Federal Census, Flower Creek, Pendleton County, Kentucky
1870 U.S. Federal Census, Falmouth, Pendleton County, Kentucky
Pendleton County Marriage Records
Pendleton County Deed Records
E.E. Barton Papers
Civil War Pension Papers – Applicant Nathan McMahan guardian of Mary Etta Smith; Veteran
James Smith, #346435
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