McKenney T. Tawes Family
McKenney Thomas TAWES was born 26 May 1824 in Somerset County, MD to McKenney and Nancy (NELSON) TAWES. He died 3 Apr 1897 in Ferndale, Whatcom, WA and is buried in Enterprise Cemetery. He married in San Francisco, CA in 1856 Mary Frances BIRD who was born 22 Nov 1839 in Dublin, Ireland. She died 11 Jan 1921 in Bellingham, Whatcom, WA and is buried in Enterprise Cemetery. McKenney and Mary TAWES came to Whatcom County soon after their marriage and established their home at Sehome. In various census records his occupation was listed as farmer, boatman and engineer. Between 1871 and 1880 McKenney relocated his home to the 160 acres along the Nooksack river, a mile and a half south of Ferndale, that he had purchased 22 May 1862. Here he lived until his death. In the1900 census Mary TAWES is recorded as being the mother of 9 children, 4 living. Names of only 5 of the children can be found in census records.
Additions and corrections are welcome - Sheri (Tawes) Ellis
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