James Francis McGaughey
- Born: 24 Mar 1847, New Bedford, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
- Marriage: Margaret Emily Smith on 4 Apr 1872 in Mercer, Mercer County, Illinois
- Died: 5 Feb 1919, Holyoke, Phillips County, Colorado at age 71
- Buried: Holyoke Cemetery, Phillips County, Colorado
Noted events in his life were:
• Newspaper Article: State Herald, 7 Feb 1919, Holyoke, Phillips County, Colorado. James F. McGaughey, one of the early settlers of our county, passed away Wednesday night at his home in this county. He had been east on a visit and was sick when he came home and his trouble developed into pneumonia. Obituary will be given in next issue.
• Obituary: State Herald, 14 Feb 1919, Holyoke, Phillips County, Colorado. James Francis McGaughey was born near New Bedford, Pennsylvania, March 24, 1847. When a boy he moved with his widowed mother to Mercer County, Illinois. On April 4, 1872 he was united in marriage to Margaret Emily Smith. To this union were born Albert L. McGaughey of Lamar, Nebraska, Minerva I. McGaughery who went to her reward in May 1901, Mrs. Bertha M. Covert of Lamar, Nebraska and Lawrence R. McGaughey of Ponca, Nebraska. He also leaves an older sister, Mrs. J.B. Rose in California and twelve grandchildren to mourn his loss.
In 1887 the family moved to Keith County, Nebraska where he homesteaded. In the spring of 1896 they moved to the present home.
On September 23, 1918, his loving companion joined Minnie in their heavenly home. Since her departure he has been very lonely but quite well for him.
On January 10-16 he visited his son Ray and family on their pastorate at Ponca, Nebraska, then went on to Illinois on a visit. On January 31 he started home, not being well, and arrived at Imperial Saturday, February 1, in a critical condition. Wednesday, February 5, at 6:45 p.m. he passed away of pneumonia, being 71 years, 10 months and 11 days old.
He was a kind and loving father, a good neighbor and friend always standing for what he believed to be right. Not only was he a firm advocate of temperance but a living monument to the temperance cause. Hospitable to friends and neighbors, always ready to entertain strangers to the best of his and his wife's ability. Theirs was a home respected and enjoyed by all who knew them. Many of us will mourn the loss of uncle Frank and aunt Emma McGaughey but our loss was their gain, each of them stating a short time before death that their peace was made with God.
His Christian services were mainly rendered at the State Line United Brethren church of which he was a member.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.D. Bradley, at the little home church, February 7, after which the body was taken to the Holyoke cemetery where it was placed by the remains of his mother, wife, daughter and infant grandson Floyd Covert.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors who so kindly helped us at this our time of greatest need. - Albert McGaughey, Mr. and Mrs. Covert, Ray McGaughey, The Grandchildren.
James married Margaret Emily Smith on 4 Apr 1872 in Mercer, Mercer County, Illinois. (Margaret Emily Smith was born on 24 Jun 1894 in Muskingum County, Ohio, died on 23 Sep 1918 in Holyoke, Phillips County, Colorado and was buried in Holyoke Cemetery, Phillips County, Colorado.)