A Magical History Tour

November 14, 2012 at 4:00 am Leave a comment

While in Baltimore hanging with my brother and father last weekend, we decided to take a few hours on Saturday to go on a magical Macgill family history tour. A Macgillical history tour?! Don’t mind if we do.

The very first Macgill, James Macgill, came over in the early 1700s from Scotland and settled in Baltimore (the spelling of the name is very particular and in most instances we are not related to MacGills, McGills, etc. It’s M-a-c-SMALLG-i-l-l thankyouverymuch).

He was an Episcopal priest:

The original log church where James Macgill preached is no longer there but the old brick church that is over 200 years old is still standing. Fun fact: my father is also an Episcopal priest. Runs in the family I suppose.

James Macgill owned quite a bit of land near the church and the area is now known as Macgill’s Common. It is situated in the village of Kings Contrivance, in Columbia, Maryland. I don’t really understand the hamlet within a village within a town naming scheme, but that’s basically what it is.

Just beside Macgill’s Common, in another hamlet, is the house James Macgill built. We may or may not have been trespassing a little bit so I had to take a covert picture. It’s a beautiful home. Apparently James Macgill is buried somewhere on the land but the grave marker is gone.

Nearby that house is the 2nd house that was built by James and/or his children. The house was sold in the 1960s and is now a restaurant called Kings Contrivance. I hear Sunday Brunch there is where it’s at.

Finally, we visited a huge and very old graveyard where Macgills born in the 19th century are buried.

Some of them were doctors and sons of doctors. And then some sons were farmers and Episcopal priests and government workers (see feet).

And then I took random pictures of the cemetery because I think old cemeteries are beautiful.

So there you have it. A very Macgillical family history tour in greater Baltimore. We also visited the site where Charles Macgill’s house was (the first doctor) but it had been torn down to make way for a gas station in the 1950s. I think we all know what a BP looks like so I didn’t take a picture. I also got to see where James Macgill’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandson has gotten his oil changed over the years and where that grandson’s son currently goes to school. All in all, it purely was magical, informative and piqued my curiosity in filling out the details of the family history.

Do you know your family history? Have you been on any magical tours of your ancestors’ history?


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