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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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WINFIELD SCOTT McGAW, a member of an old and honored family of Cumberland county, is now a resident of Hopewell township. He is a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Gurrell) McGaw, whose other children were as follows: Sarah, who died at the age of twenty-one years in Mifflin township, and was buried at Newville; James, who learned the milling’ trade, and went to Dayton, Ohio, and later to California by ox team, and was engaged in the dairy business, but is now retired; Isabella, who married Abraham Snyder, deceased, and she is living at Newburg; Jane E., who married Alexander S. Koontz, and died in Plainfield, and buried near Newville; Mary, who married Jacob Cline, deceased, and she Iives at Leesburg; John A., who married Mary Ellen McCrea, and died in Port Royal, Juniata county, where his family are still living; G. W., who married Lizzie Gill, and enlisted in the army, was captured and confined at Libby Prison, where he died; Lewis C., who married Julia Carral, and lives in Kansas, being engaged in farming; Ellen, who married William Thumma, and died at Jacksonville.

For about fourteen years, after reaching his maturity, Winfield S. McGaw conducted the stage business, but bought the “Exchange Hotel” at Newburg in 1888, and has conducted it ever since, it being the only hotel in the borough.

In 1862 Winfield Scott McGaw was married to Miss Sarah A. Sterick, and their children were: D. S. married Sadie Moler, and is engaged in business at Waynesboro; Minnie B. is at home; Thomas Edward died at the age of two years; Frank L. died at the age of eighteen years of typhoid fever; J. C. is at home; Mabel G. married J. C. Basehore. Mr. McGaw resides in Hopewell township, and is very active in the Democratic party of that locality. For many years he has been recognized as a solid and leading man of his township, and his many friends here and throughout the county.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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