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Brigadier General John R. McQuigg Obit: grandson of Sarah McAfee & John McQuigg, Wooster, Ohio

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Brigadier General John R. McQuigg Obit: grandson of Sarah McAfee & John McQuigg, Wooster, Ohio

J McAfee (View posts)
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Surnames: McQuigg, McAfee, McAffee, McDuffee
Wooster Daily Record, October 27, 1928

Famous Soldier Dies

(his photo)

John R. McQuigg



World War Hero; Long
Prominent in Cleveland,
Had Colorful Career.

Relatives and friends in Wooster learned this morning of the death, at Cleveland last night, of Brigadier General John R. McQuigg, a native son of Wayne county who had attained a place of much prominence in the military of the country, and who was national commander of the American Legion during 1925.

Gen. McQuigg passed away at 11 p.m. at his home, 1901 Idlewood Ave., East Cleveland, following a year's illness. His death had been expected momentarily for three days.

Gen. McQuigg lived in this community from the time of his birth Dec. 5, 1866 until 1891, at which time he went to Cleveland. He never,however, lost track of the town and county of his nativity, and he numbered his friends here by the score. He came to Wooster frequently.

Lawyer and Soldier.

By vocation Mr. McQuigg was a lawyer; by avocation he was a soldier, and his picturesque presence was a part in almost every legal and military movement in Cleveland during the past thirty years.

General McQuigg, who commanded the 112th Engineers 37th Division, in France during the world war, was for three terms mayor of East Cleveland, was prominent as an attorney and business man. A general nervous and physical breakdown caused his death. Last summer he literally got out of a sick bed to go with "his boys" of the 73rd Brigade, to Camp Perry. He paraded in a drenching rain storm.

Organizes Grays.

At the outset of the war with Spain he organized the Cleveland Grays into three companies and later recruited the 112th Engineers. It was this job of organization that gained him state and nationwide attention. For thirteen years he commanded that battalion, and in 1914 when the world war broke out, his lean figure, his campaign hat cocked over one eye and his black mustache were familiar sights to thousands of Ohioans.

When Ohio troops went to Mexico, McQuigg was 51, and deemed too old for an arduous campaign. He regretfully saw his troops depart without him. But he did not stay behind long. New orders sent him to Mexico where he rejoined his troops.

Prepares for War.

McQuigg, in 1917, threw himself, with renewed ardor, into the preparations the nation was making to enter the world war. His organization was one of the crack units this country sent to France, and he served with distinction.

Funeral arrangements had not been completed today, but was that he would be buried in Cleveland.

General McQuigg is survived by his widow, Gertrude Imgard McQuigg, also a native of Wooster, by two children, Pauline and Donald, who, with their mother, were at the bedside when he passed away, by two sisters, Hinda and Stella, of North Market street, Wooster, and one brother, William, living in the west.

A paragraph from the Plain Dealer's account of his death says:
A medieval man-at-arms or a Texas marshal. Take your pick, for the general resembled either, with his deep set eyes, under shaggy eyebrows, his square, determined chin and his great shoulders.
That hair, once raven black, of late was plentifully streaked with gray, the result of his experiences in the Argonne, and his naturally brusque temperament had been tempered by the years. Nature played a queer trick on the man who it put a heart as tender as that of a woman, into the body of a man whose outward mien was stern and forbidding.

end of obit.

Brigadier General John R. McQuigg was the son of Samuel S. McQuigg and Jane McKinney. He was the grandson of John McQuigg Sr. and Sarah McAfee. Sarah McAfee was the daughter of William McAfee Sr. and Margaret "Martha" Taggart or Ray. General McQuigg's father and paternal grandparents were from Co. Antrim/Co. Londonderry area of Ireland having been born there.
They came over from Ireland on the ship "New York" which departed Liverpool, England for New York City, New York and arrived on July 17, 1843. His great grandparents, William McAfee Sr. and Margaret "Martha" came over from Ireland on the ship "St. Andrew" which departed Liverpool, England for New York City, New York and arrived on June 7, 1838.

I descend thru Sarah (McAfee) McQuigg's brother, Mathew McAfee, who married Margaret McElhinney in Wayne Co, Ohio in 1849. Thru Mathew & Margaret's son, Mathew Porter McAfee, who married Eliza Belle Garner in Palmyra, Marion Co, Missouri in 1884. Thru Mathew Porter & Eliza Belle's son, Charles Thomas Mahlon McAfee, who married Lillian Belle Crawford in Hannibal, Marion Co, Missouri in 1920.
Thru Charles and Lillian's son, Jerry Ray McAfee, who married Mary Evelyn Glascock on Dec. 24, 1953 in Hannibal, Missouri.

Gertrude Imgard (Gen. McQuigg's wife) was the daughter of August and Jeanette Imgard, both born in Prussia and who lived in the Wooster, Ohio area.

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General J.R. M'Quigg
Buried at Cleveland

The 73rd Brigade Headquarters Co., of Wooster, commanded by Capt. Julius Stark, was the guard of honor at Cleveland yesterday at the funeral of the late Brigadier General John R. McQuigg, former Wooster man, who rose to fame as a military and civic leader in Cleveland. The soldiers fired a volley as the casket was lowered at Lake View cemetery, and the company bugler sounded taps. Paul V. McNutt of Indianapolis, National Commander of the American Legion, paid tribute to General McQuigg and the Rev. T. Benton Peery, Cleveland Legion chaplain, pronounced the benediction. Rev. J.W. Giffin, pastor of the First United Presbyterian church, in his funeral sermon, declared that General McQuigg's greatest characteristic was his wholesome respect for constitutional authority in both church and state.

[ Wooster Daily Record, October 30, 1928 ]



General John R. McQuigg, native of Wayne county, attorney and military commander, passed to his eternal reward while the glory of human achievements clustered close about him.
Until a year ago when illness made him curtail his activities, Gen. McQuigg was a familiar figure in the meetings of military bodies in Ohio and in no place was he honored more than in his native county. He was always a welcome and honored visitor to Wooster. His coming was heralded for days by the veterans who learned to love him for his conspicuous ability.

As national commander of the American Legion in its young and growing days his was a master mind that brought order into being and cemented war-time friendships into enduring friendships.

General McQuigg will be missed in military circles as the years pass. He loved and counseled peace at the close of the world war and did much to bring the old-time order of civil decorum into the lives of the boys he had led in the Argonne. Gen. McQuigg will long be reverred for the great deeds he accomplished.

[ Wooster Daily Record October 29, 1928 ]


Brigadier General John R. McQuigg and Lorain, Ohio Tornado of 1924

"Everywhere there are signs of military activity. Armed guards with fixed bayonets are detailed at strategic points to direct relief traffic and exclude curiosity seekers. Brig. Gen. John R. McQuigg established his headquarters at the Antlers Hotel. A constant stream of civilians seeking military credentials passed through his office." [Our Century: the Plain Dealer, 1924]


The 30 June Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that four hundred Ohio National Guardsmen under the command of Brig. Gen. John McQuigg "with drawn revolvers and bayonets fixed in their guns" took control of the west and east ends of Lorain while police from Cleveland patrolled the business district. The police in their strict control "recognized absolutely no papers, military or otherwise, and were bold in saying that not even President Coolidge could write a pass to get anybody into the ruined district."


John R. McQuigg was also a national commander of the American Legion and mayor of East Cleveland, Ohio at one time. A ship was named the USS John R. McQuigg.
John fought in WW1 and the Spanish American War. He was inducted in 1996 into Ohio's Veterans Hall of Fame.

He was the son of Samuel S. McQuigg and Jane McKinney.
Grandson of John McQuigg Sr. and Martha Jane McAfee of Wayne Co, Ohio.


John R. McQuigg
Cuyahoga County
U.S. Army- Spanish-American War and WW I

Second state commander of the Ohio American Legion. First Ohio-born national commander of the American Legion. Mayor of East Cleveland, 1907 -1913. Following WWI, was a Brigadier General in the Ohio National Guard.

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