who died at sea or of fever in quarantine stations.
According to a documentary film produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities, "Out of Ireland: The Story of Irish Emigration to America," some 7 million people left Ireland during the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries. Through the 1700s, emigrants were predominantly Presbyterians from the northern province of Ulster seeking land on the frontier of colonial America. With the coming of the
discrimination and denial of basic civil rights such as the right to vote or hold office) and
Since there is no evidence of any kind that the McGuffin family had any Roman Catholic
origins, it must be presumed that the four brothers probably originated in Northern Ireland. Also, since one of the brothers was alleged to have been a "preacher," not a "priest," the implication is that they were protestant.
John David McGuffin and Nancy Cook McGuffin migrated to Tennessee in the 1850s. We know this because their youngest child, Charlotte, was born in Virginia in about 1849 and their oldest child, Jonathon R, was
married in Greene County, Tenn., in 1856. The family's migration route probably was through the Shenandoah Valley because, "The Blue Ridge Mountains, which form the boundary between North Carolina and Tennessee, are barriers to travel. ... For that reason it was easier to come into Tennessee from the north than from the east. Many of the settlers, therefore, came into Tennessee from Virginia," reads TheHandy BookFor Genealogists,seventh edition, published by The Everton Publishers, Inc., Logan, Utah.