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McGaw, James, 1824-1872



  • Existence: 1824 - 1872


James R. McGaw (1824-1872) was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an agent for the Perpetual Emigration Fund, and a settler of Ogden, Utah.

James McGaw was born on August 27, 1824 in Ontario, Canada to parents Charles and Susanna Taylor McGaw. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 11, 1841 at age 15. McGraw later married Mary Matilda Bassett on May 15, 1852. He served a number of missions for the Church and became an immigration officer for new saints traveling to the United States. He led the James McGaw Wagon Company in 1852 across the plains to Salt Lake City and returned for more companies in later years. James McGaw died on January 15, 1872 in Ogden, Utah.

FamilySearch, via WWW, April 16, 2018 (b. August 27, 1824; parents: Charles and Susanna Taylor McGaw; d. January 15, 1872)

OurGenerationsAncestors, via WWW, April 16, 2018 (married Mary Matilda Bassett on May 15, 1852), via WWW, April 16, 2016 (missions served for the church in Indiana, Great Britain, Cherokee Nation; led the James McGaw wagon company in 1852; served as immigration officer)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Erastus Fairbanks Snow letter to James McGaw

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239244871], Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9138
Content Description Handwritten letter sent by Erastus Snow to James McGaw. Letter is signed for Erastus Snow by James M. Brown and sent from St. Louis, Missouri. This letter discusses the passage of Latter-day Saint member James Mather and his family from Liverpool, England to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1855. Elder James M. Brown, writing for Apostle Erastus Snow, sent this receipt and order to Elder James McGaw in Atchison, Kansas Territory to supply Mather with wagons and oxen for the overland trip to Utah....
Dates: 1855 May 21