William H. McGavran, a resident of North Township, Harrison County, was born in Harford County, MD., March 3, 1812, and is a son of William McGavran, who was born on the same farm in 1768, and whose father, John McGavran, a native of Ireland, and a tailor by trade, settled in the colony of Maryland about the year 1755. He (John) was married to a Baptist lady named Margaret Hill, who bore him four children, named Mollie, Margaret, Mark and William. John McGavran died about 1770, at the age of thirty-three years, and his widow married a Mr. O'Daniel, and later died in Fayette County, Penn. The children were all reared in the Protestant faith.

William McGavran received a good education for those early times, and became a teacher in the subscription schools, a vocation he followed several years; he was a fine penman, and the young people from all the region round about came to him to learn the art of chirography. He was also a land owner. On March 17, 1791, he married Miss Ann Thompson, a native of Harford County, Md., and daughter of Thomas Thompson. The young couple resided in Maryland until 1818, and then came to Springfield Township, Jefferson Co., now Lee Township, Carroll Co., Ohio, bought 160 acres of land in the woods, and here Mr. McGavran died in 1853, at the age of eighty-six years and nine months; his widow survived until 1863, when she died at the home of her son, in Columbiana County, Ohio, aged ninety-one years. Eleven children were born to them, as follows: Elizabeth, who married Thomas Magattogan, and afterward Benjamin Toland, and died at ninety-six years of age; Mary, wife of Charles Lucy, died at seventy-five, in Schuyler County, Ill.; Sarah, Mrs. Samuel Hill, died in Morgan County, Ohio; John, died in Columbiana County, Ohio; Martha, Mrs. John Mays, died in Illinois; Margaret, married to George Lucy, brother of Charles, died in Kentucky; Thomas, who married Margaret Brown, died in Colorado; Dilly Ann, died at the age of twenty-two, unmarried; Mark, who married Louisa Daniels, and died at Minneapolis; William H., the subject of this sketch; and Stephen, who died in Harrison County, Ohio.


Commemorative Biographical Record, Harrison, Ohio; J.H. Beers & Co.; 1891