I did not write the following. In fact, even though I know you won’t believe me, the truth of the matter is that I was working late on night when suddenly the following information popped up on my computer right in front of me. All I can tell you is that if I were going to lie about it, I would have made up a much better story than that!
ANYWAY…I am interested in the McGuire family because Rickey’s great-grandfather, John Henry Jones, had a daughter named Lena who married Mart’s son, Elisha. Because Lena died early, that tie was broken, and we have lost the line. However, we assume that somewhere in the world, we have some McGuire (with another surname because Lena and Elisha’s baby was a girl) cousins that we would love to meet!
The following appears to have come from the Green Mercer account of the early days.
James Martin McGuire was born August 15, 1833, in Iredell County, North Carolina. His parents were William Spencer and Sarah Burton McGuire. His great-grandfather was William Sharpe of Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina. William Sharpe was a member of the 2nd Continental Congress from 1779 to 1782.
Mart’s parents moved to Walker County, Georgia, in 1840. Both his parents died in 1841 from fever and the raising of the McGuire family fell on the shoulders of Mart’s brother, John A. McGuire.
In 1850, James left for Texas with his brothers John A. and Dock (Daniel W.). With them was the Henry Martin family. They arrived in Bell County, Texas, in the spring of 1851.
About 1853, John A., Mart, and Dock came to Comanche County with Holmsley, Tuggle, Tunnell, and Mercer families. They helped Holmsley establish his property and home before John A. brought the rest of his family to Comanche County.
James and Dock, being tired of always being on guard and fighting Indians, returned to Georgia in 1854. In 1855, Mart and Dock headed back to Texas with their sister, Elizabeth, who was married to M. O. Coker. After leaving M. O. Coker at the Texas border, Mart and Dock went to Galveston, Texas, where they worked on the steamboats. They also help establish the first telegraph line in Texas and worked at laying the first railroad tracks of the Texas Central between Galveston and Houston.
Returning to Comanche County about 1858, Mart lived with M.O. Coker and served as a frontier ranger. He was a member of the rangers commanded by Captain Ford and Lieutenant Sul Ross that fought with Chief Nacona and repatriated Cynthia Ann Parker.
Back in Comanche County, Mart began his life as a farmer and stockman. In 1861, he married Margaret Jane Barcroft, daughter of Elisha and Margaret Hutchinson Barcroft. During the Civil War, James Martin McGuire was a Sergeant in Company G, 30th Texas Cavalry, Confederate States Army, under the command of Colonel Edward Gurley. He served in the Indian Territory, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana.
After the Civil War, Mart resumed his ranching and farming and driving freight wagons to Forts Griffin and Chadbourne. Mart and Margaret had ten children: Synthia A. V., Eldona, James W., John T. S., Daniel Asbury, Mary Elizabeth, William Burton, Lela C., Elisaha, and Elizah. James Martin “Mart” McGuire died March 24, 1907.