Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednesday’s child: Lewis L. McCay

The little angel on the gravestone of Lewis L. McCay (d. 1864) points upward, reassuring us that young Lewis has gone on to heaven.

son of
J. & E. McCAY,
Sep. 11, 1864,
Æ. 11y. 8m. 8d.

The stone bears the mark of the monument maker: Cotton, Mt. Vernon (Ohio).

Lewis’s parents appear to be John and Eliza McCay who, together with seven children (all boys!), were living in nearby Porter Township, Delaware County at the time of the 1860 Federal census. Lewis, the middle child of the seven, was 7 years old.

1860 Federal census image from

Rich Hill Cemetery, Knox County, Ohio


  1. Makes it sadder when you see the child listed with his family there in the census record.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  2. Theresa--It does make it sadder, doesn't it? Putting the child in a family with siblings...makes it more real, I guess.


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