Descendants of Samuel Megaw and Nancy Millar

Samuel D. Megaw was born ca. 1795, probably in County Antrim, Ireland. His wife, Nancy Millar, was born in 1791 and died in Ireland in 1861. Following her death, Samuel emigrated to the United States, and was living in Scott County, Iowa in 1870.


  • Descendants of Samuel Megaw and Nancy Millar
  • Can you help with the Megaws listed on this headstone from the Ahoghill Old Churchyard Cemetery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland? John Megaw at the top is the son of Samuel and Nancy, and I can identify his wife and two children, James and Eliza. I need help with Robert, a “relative” and William, wife Charlotte, and daughter, Jane, at the bottom. I corresponded with Jane before her death in 2004, and she indicated she was “descended from” Eliza, but I’m not sure how. If you have any further information about their connection, please contact me.

Megaw Posts

  • Letter from Ireland, 1870
    In my collection of documents is a copy of this wonderful letter, written to my great-great-grandfather, John (or William John) Miller, by his father, Peter. Peter and his wife, Margaret, were still living in Broughdone, near Cullybackey, in Northern Ireland at the time, and John and his family had settled in Scott County, Iowa. Broughdone,Continue reading “Letter from Ireland, 1870”


Northern Ireland


I can’t possibly share all of my family photographs here. Instead, I’ve chosen a select few favorites, mainly group photos. More pictures, particularly of individuals, can be found through my Thal-Gephart Family Tree accessible through my Ancestry profile. I am always looking for more pictures. If you have any to share, please contact me.

Nancy Megaw Miller and daughters, early 1900s, Reinbeck, Iowa.

Back row (L to R): Mary, Nancy, Sadie, Margaret and Lizzie Miller

Front row (L to R): Henrietta, Nancy, and Jemima Miller

Megaw Family, Broughshane, Northern Ireland, 1927. Photo by Jacob H. Long.

L to R: Robert and Mary Megaw Auld, Margaret Megaw, Annie Megaw, and Robert Megaw

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