Ruth Mackey a pioneer woman during Texas Revolution

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Ruth Mackey’s grave marker at Matagorda Cemetery. She’s remembered as one of the county’s pioneer women of the Texas Revolution.

   Ruth Washam (born c1795 - died October 30, 1862) was thought to be from Virginia and the daughter of William Washam.  
   She married William Mackey (died August 11, 1831) on August 25, 1816 in Blountville, Tennessee.  
   William was born in Ireland and he and his parents, John and Mary McIlwaine Mackey, emigrated to the United States, settling in Blountville, Tennessee. 
   Children of William and Ruth Washam Mackey were:  
   1. Mary Mackey born June 12, 1817 – died October 14, 1862 married Albert Wadsworth 
   2. Martha Mackey born November 28, 1819 – died June 4, 1831 
   3. John Mackey born January 15, 1821 – died November 12, 1893 Luling, Caldwell County, TX 
   4. Andrew C. Mackey born March 2, 1922 – died October 18, 1841 
   5. Sarah Mackey born October 8, 1923 – died August 15, 1824 
   6. Catherine Mackey born January 27, 1825 –died November 4, 1839 married Albert Wadsworth 
   7. Robert Mackey born January 14, 1826 – died July 4, 1827 
   8. James Rhea Mackey born May 15, 1827 – died June 14, 1827 
   9. Elizabeth Mackey born April 7, 1829 – died June 7, 1831 
   10.Nancy Mackey born January 1831 – died November 6, 1831 
   William and Ruth Washam Mackey and their eight (seven?) children left Tennessee for Texas.  
   Previous to their move the following children had died: Sarah in 1824; James in June 1837 and Robert in July 1827.  
   The depleted soil on their farm could no longer support the family. It is believed that they first stopped in Alabama.  

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