Ephraim was in a tax record in 1799 in Cumberland, Kentucky
Ephraim died in 1805 and was buried in Davis Chapel Cemetery, Alpha, Clinton County, Kentucky, United States. The Memorial Stone was placed by Guffey family members. The Memorial stone was unveiled Saturday, August 9, 2003. The exact burial location is not known. It has also been noted that their burial may have been in the Guffey Cemetery.
The name "GUFFEY" has its origins in Scottish antiquity where it evolved from the name which was first spelled Phee and Fie. The patronymic designator "Mac" is used in Scotland to designate "son of," so Phee and Fie next became "MacFie". As years passed, the name began to be pronounced different ways and spelled "MacPhee", "MacFie" and "MacAfie" among others. (Repeat the names aloud and listen to their sound). The spelling of names was not generally a family preference but depended upon the whim of the recorder who wrote it for civic or ecclesiastic purposes. To create the GUFFEY Line, MacAphee or MacAfie easily became recorded as MacGuffie, as well as other spellings in other lines. (Americans tend to pronounce quite differently than Scots. Today we say "mack-guffey", they pronounce it "ma-guffey").
- The Clan MacFie which inhabited basically the isle of Colonsay just off the west coast of Scotland became over run and dispossessed of its lands on Colonsay ca. 1623. At that time the MacGuffies scattered to various locations. Some went to Ireland, some went south to England, and others merely settled on the mainland of Scotland. The name, however, has its origins in Scotland.
- Please bear in mind that our ancestors generally were illiterate, and the spelling of their name really didn't matter to them since they couldn't tell one spelling from the other. Recorders attempted to record names phonetically, hence the wide variety of spellings in different localities.
- Arrival on the North American continent in the mid-1600s found recorders spelling our name Maguffie, Maguffe, Meguffey, Maguffey and later McGuffie and McGuffey. As the family with this name moved into the frontier lands of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, the patronymic designator "Mc" was dropped to make our name appear more "Anglicized", and Guffy, Guffee and Guffey began to be used.
This information was posted by Joe Guffey. It was excerpted from Rootsweb Message Board for surname Guffey. There is additional explanation that may be accessible when the web site is restored.
"The brothers, who were born in Virginia and had lived in Wayne and Clinton Counties, Kentucky, Morgan County, Tennessee, and Putnam County, Missouri, were the sons of Ephraim McGUFFEY/GUFFEY, Junr. and his wife, Nancy (nee unknown), who had lived in Pittsylvania, Patrick and Henry Counties, Virginia."
- "GUFFEY researchers need to be aware when dealing with the name of Ephraim Guffey in Wayne County, KY that there were several of them. Wayne & Clinton Counties, KY is the area to which many present-day GUFFEYs can trace our roots. The oldest known Ephraim GUFFEY (I'll identify as "elder") in Wayne County had migrated there in the late 1790s and came from and had lived in Pittsylvania, Patrick and Henry Counties, VA--the property was on the same location, it simply came to be in different counties as those counties were created. The elder Ephraim GUFFEY was b. ca. 1740, and relocated to Wayne County, KY. (late 1790s) as an elderly man with his wife, Nancy, and their children, many of whom were adults at the time (see list below). The oldest son of the elder Ephraim and his wife, Nancy, was also named Ephraim, and he was b. 1765, and he married Sarah Denny. Of the elder Ephraim GUFFEY b. ca.1740, we find this IMPORTANT record dated 1802 in the Wayne County Court House Order Book A 1801-1822, page 32"
- "Ephraim Guffey, Jr. and his negro man Sam are exempted from the payment of County levies in future on account of age and Infirmity."
- "He was exempted because of age and infirmity--that doesn't identify the conditions of his son, Ephraim Guffey b. 1765 who would have been only about 37 years old in 1802. It definitely refers to the father, the elder Ephraim b. ca. 1740. The father, the elder Ephraim, called himself Junr. and was recorded as such at times as reflected above, apparently because his father was Ephraim, too. The son, Ephraim b. 1765, had married Sarah "Sally" DENNY."
- "Further, an IMPORTANT record for one of the elder Ephraim's children was recorded in the adjoining Clinton County, KY Vital Records as photocopied by Latter Day Saints on micro film roll #216.821. We find
- "18 Mar 1852 Rich'd Guffey 76 male b. Virginia parents: E. & Nancy Guffey.
- "Guffey researchers are typically in agreement that at least the following were siblings, and we now know that Ephraim and Nancy Guffey were their parents, (Some dates appear to conflict with other dates found. This posting doesn't claim that these below are necessarily the correct dates.)"
- Anne Guffey. b. Mar 1, 1758. d. 1849. mrd. Yelverton Peyton.
- Alexander Guffey 1759-?
- Ephraim Guffey b. Sept 20, 1765. d. Feb 15, 1843. mrd. Sarah "Sally" Denny.
- Mourning Guffey b. ca. 1768. d. ca. 1804. mrd. John Davis.
- John Guffey 1770-1834
- Henry "Hal" Guffey b. 1771. d. Jan 22, 1874. mrd. Elizabeth "Betsy" Adams.
- Phoebe Guffey b. abt. 1775. d. 1852-60. mrd. Gabriel H. Choate.
- Richard Guffey b. 1782. d. Mar 18, 1853. mrd. Phoebe Adams.
- Constantine Guffey b. 1780. d. 1860-70. not mrd.
- William Guffey b. 1786. d. Oct 7, l866. mrd. Elizabeth Willis.
- "In view of the above item regarding Richard GUFFEY's death and parents' names, it is assumed, rightly or wrongly, that if Richard's parents were Ephraim GUFFEY, Junr. and his wife, Nancy, that the other GUFFEY brothers share the same parents. Those brothers had lived in Wayne and Clinton Cos., KY. and then they all moved to Morgan Co., TN. and from there they separated and one went to Putnam Co., MO. (Henry "Hal" GUFFEY b. ca. 1766-71); one returned to Clinton Co., KY (Richard GUFFEY b. 1782 identified above) and two remained in Morgan Co., TN. (William GUFFEY b. 1786 and brother, Constantine GUFFEY b. ca. 1780 who lived his last 30 years in the household of William). The above-named Henry "Hal" GUFFEY and Richard GUFFEY married ADAMS sisters, Elizabeth and Phoebe, respectively. They were the daughters of Joshua ADAMS and Phebe EASLEY ADAMS."
- "Because the elder Ephraim b. ca. 1740 was recorded in VA. with the name "McGUFFEY" and dropped the patronymic designator when he relocated in Wayne Co., KY, I have frequently recorded his name as "Ephraim McGUFFEY/GUFFEY, Junr.""Elaine Walling-681 16
- 35, 17 June 2023 (UTC)
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