Descendants of Nathan McMahan
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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 County.

The children of Nathan and Mary McMahan were:
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 and James Smith
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 " 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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