Guthrie & McCoy Families
My father’s parents were Alvin Guthrie and Julia Lou Ella McCoy. The Guthrie’s were primarily from South Carolina, Alabama and Texas.
Related surnames are: Guttery, Romine, Williams, Johnson, Johnston, Birdwell, Allen, Smith, Baker, Arnett, Rushing and Jackson.
The McCoy’s were from Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas.
Surnames related to the McCoy line are: Goodwin, Barnes, Seay, Menasco, Bennett and Jacks.
I’ve been told that there is Native American heritage on the McCoy side but as of yet, I have not been able to confirm that. If you have been told this too, I would really like to hear from you!
Showalter & Misson Families
My grandfather, James Lee Showalter was born in a log cabin at Allegheney Furnace, Altoona, Pennsylvania in November, 1898, to Solomon Showalter and Margaret Kelley. Sometime in his mid teens, he ran away from home and changed his name to Fred James Lewis, to avoid being forced to work in the coal mines by family. As he got older, he regretted that decision. When World War I was declared, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the Army and received an Honorable Dischare on April 12, 1919. He married Eunice Marie Misson on November 21, 1919 at St. James Church in Toledo, Ohio. Out of their union, they had four children, two boys and two girls.
The Showalter’s were from Blair, Huntingdon and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania and originally from Germany.
Surnames related are: Kelley, Collier, Colyer, Diehl, Delozier, Keller, Robeson, Snavely, Sutton, Lynn, Kline, Olewine, Nagle, Nail, Patterson and Ohl.
My grandmother, Eunice Marie Misson was born in January 1898 at Harford City, Indiana to Achille Misson and Bertha May Richardson. As a young woman, Eunice worked for a family in Toldeo, Ohio where she met James and fell in love. Achille Misson, his siblings and parents immigrated in the late 1800′s from Belgium. Achille worked in the glass factories in Indiana and Ohio. His father, Joseph Victor Misson was a ‘renowned religious artist” not only in Belgium, but also, in Brazil and Pennsylvania.
The Misson’s lived in Butler County, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Lucas and Mahoning Counties, Ohio and originally Belgium.
Related surnames are Richardson, Burgess, Eckles, Fame, Flagg, Forry, Green, Hews, Mankin, Shaw, Dumont and Stepp.