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Priscilla Ellen (Beall) McKaig, 1809 - 1885

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Priscilla Ellen (Beall) McKaig, 1809 - 1885

Priscilla was a genteel and aristocratic lady, and with two of her four sons serving as Confederate officers, had strong sympathies with the South during the Civil War (1861-1865). Priscilla was a granddaughter of Thomas Beall of Samuel (1744-1823), the founder of Cumberland.

The McKaig Journal was a joint effort of William and Priscilla McKaig from 1851 to 1862 when Priscilla became the sole diarist. It records the social, economic, religious, and political life of a well-to-do family of Cumberland, Maryland. William McKaig was a lawyer, state legislator, and president of the Frostburg Coal Company.

The diary formed the basis of a local publication entitled, The McKaig Journal-A Confederate Family of Cumberland, Allegany County Historical Society, Gateway Press Inc., 1984.


Text and photograph - Albert Feldstein


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Allegany County

Allegany County (Md.)--Biography; Allegany County (Md.)--Women.

Allegany County, (Md.)

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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