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James McWILLIAMS
Elizabeth STROUP
Husband:  James McWILLIAMS
Birth:  1780-84
Death:  18 Aug 1842, Cranberry Twp., Venango Co., PA
Disposition:  buried Brandon Cemetery, Cranberry Twp., Venango Co., PA
Marriage:
Wife:  Elizabeth "Betsy" STROUP
Birth:  1784-94, Penn Twp., Northumberland Co., PA [now Washington Twp., Snyder Co., PA]
Death:  bet. 1870 and 1880, in Richland Co., WI? 
Father:  Adam STROUP
Mother:  Eva __?__
Children:
1.  (Son A) McWILLIAMS, b. 1800-1810, PA
2.  (Son B) McWILLIAMS, b. 1800-1810, PA
3.  (Catherine or Mary Ann) McWILLIAMS, b. 1800-1810, Centre Co., PA
4.  (Son C) McWILLIAMS, b. 1810-15, Centre Co., PA
5.  John McWILLIAMS, b. ca. 1814, Centre Co., PA
6.  Elizabeth "Eliza" McWILLIAMS, b. 20 Jul 1815, Centre Co., PA
7.  (Mary Ann or Catherine) McWILLIAMS, b. 1810-1820, Centre Co., PA

I have to question whether these next three really were children of James and Betsy.  Alex and Isaac are missing in the 1830 and 1840 censuses, and Sarah is missing from the 1840 census.  Were they orphaned children of one of James's brothers?  Did they just move in to help their widowed aunt?  And do we really know that Sarah's maiden name was McWILLIAMS?

.  Alexander "Alex" McWILLIAMS, b. 1821/2, PA
.  Isaac L. McWILLIAMS, b. 1824/5, PA
.  Sarah E. (__?__) BRUENS(?), b. 1831/2, PA


Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #4 of 4; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1810 PA Centre Co. Ferguson Twp. p. 64/176/255 Ln. 17 James McWilliams 20010-10100-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 9 or under 1800-1810 = Son B
= Son A
1 male 26-44 1765-1784 = James
1 female 9 or under 1800-1810 = Catherine or Mary Ann
1 female 16-25 1784-1794 = Elizabeth

3.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #2 of 4; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 PA Centre Co. Boggs Twp. Roll 98 (Book 1), p. 200 Ln. 11 James McWilliams 210010-21010-0-100
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 9 or under 1810-1820 = John (b. ca. 1814)
= Son C
1 male 10-15 1804-1810 = Son A or B
1 male 26-44 1775-1794 = James
2 females 9 or under 1810-1820 = Eliza (b. ca. 1815)
= Mary Ann or Catherine
1 female 10-15 1804-1810 = Catherine or Mary Ann
1 female 26-44 1775-1794 = Elizabeth
1 person engaged in agriculture

4.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1830 (Broderbund CD-315; numerical data courtesy of Kipp Melat):
1830 McWilliams, James PA Venango Co. French Creek Twp. p. 8 000 210 100 - 001 100 100
These date indicate:

4.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #X of X; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 - - Co. - Twp. p. - Ln. - - - -
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 15-19 1810-1815 = John (b. ca. 1814)
= Son C
1 male 20-29 1800-1810 = Son A or B
1 male 40-49 1780-1790 = James
1 female 10-14 1815-1820 = Eliza (b. 1815)
= Catherine or Mary Ann (bef. or aft. Eliza)
1 female 15-19 1810-1815
1 female 40-49 1780-1790 = Elizabeth
Where are Alex and Isaac?

5.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316; numerical data courtesy of Kipp Melat):
1840 McWilliams, James PA Venango Co. Cranberry Twp. p. 120 000 021 010 - 000 010 010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 20-29 1810-1820 = John (b. ca. 1814) 
= Son C
1 male 30-39 1800-1810 = Son A or B
1 male 50-59 1780-1790 = James
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Eliza or Catherine or Mary Ann
1 female 50-59 1780-1790 = Elizabeth
Where are Alex, Isaac, and Sarah?

6.  Census Microfilm Records:  Pennsylvania, 1850 (Broderbund CD-305, Disk 10):  Cranberry Twp., Venango Co., PA, p. 31A, 108/109, enumerated 25 Oct 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen; n.b., there is no date on this page because this enumerator only put the date on the page when the date changed, so all you have to do is leaf back to find the enumeration date, which was on p. 30A):
Betsy McWilliams 55 F 500 Pa
Alex 28 M   "
Isaac 25 "   "
Marion Bruens? 20 M   "
Sarah E Bruens? 18 F   "
Betsy is fibbing about her age by at least five years.  This is the first appearance of Alex, Isaac, and Sarah in James and Betsy's household, so I have to doubt that they are their children.  As for Marion and Sarah, the indexer read their surname as "Bwuous," and Kipp Melat read it as "Brown."  Other sources have it as "Burns" or "Burris."  For certain, it begins with "B" and ends with "s" (not an "n"), but in-between it's really just six bumps at least Kipp had the number of bumps right, while the indexer clearly got carried away!  I checked every surname in the county beginning with B that could be close, but none was a match.
<time passes>
Could this surname possibly be Kearns?  Elizabeth's sister, Susan, married a John Carner/Carnes, and her sister Mary married a James Karns.

7.  1860 Census.

8.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #23 of 24):  Viola P.O., Forest, Richland Co., WI, Roll 1734 (Book 1), p. 628A, PN 23, 164/166, enumerated 1 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Ewing Eliza 54 F W Keeping house 3000 845 Pennsylvania
_____ Valentine 26 M W Farmer     Pennsylvania
_____ Mary J 24 F W Keeping house     Pennsylvania
_____ Martha 23 F W At home     Pennsylvania
_____ Sylvester 21 M W At home     Pennsylvania
_____ Evaline 17 F W At home     Pennsylvania
_____ Horace 14 M W At home     Wisconsin
_____ Franklin 12 M W At home     Wisconsin
_____ Nathaniel 28 M W Farmer     Pennsylvania
_____ Wm S  2 M W       Wisconsin
McWilliams Elisabeth 84 F W Staying     Pennsylvania

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