Welcome! This website is designed to facilitate and share a family history project entitled Bygone Days of the Ancestry, Lives and Times of McOmber Patriarchs and their Families that was being compiled by Niki Harrison McOmber and others. The work is a free, non-commercial labor-of-love often referred to as Bygone Days. With the advent of the online genealogy database entitled Family Tree via FamilySearch.org, this Bygone Days project is being transferred to Family Tree as a series of short stories attached to pertinent individuals. Family Tree provides a much better forum to collaborate and present family history information, stories, photos, documentation, etc.. In the meantime, this website is still being maintained and provides valuable information during the transition to Family Tree.
The main body of Bygone Days focuses on 14 generations of McOmber Patriarchs and 14 ancestral lines of the spouses of these patriarchs who are the ancestors of Niki Harrison McOmber. A brief sketch of each McOmber Patriarch is presented under the tab McOmber Patriarchs. The full biographies are divided into volumes: one volume for each McOmber Patriarch and his immediate family, and subsequent volumes dealing with the ancestries of the spouses of McOmber Patriarchs. The volumes combine genealogical data with local and regional histories that are pertinent to each volume, thus forming a saga of McOmber Patriarchs that span several centuries. As the project advances, Historical Gems are presented on this website. The Historical Gems are archived and available under the Archive tab.
The Saga of McOmber Patriarchs
The saga of McOmber Patriarchs starts with the historical account of two Macomber brothers who, as the story goes, flee a small village outside of Glasgow, Scotland after killing two English tax collectors that molested a young Scottish village girl. The brothers settle near the southern coast of England, as far away from Scotland as possible. The Macomber surname appears in the shire/county of Devon (Devonshire) in the mid 1500s when Anglican Church records begin to be preserved. Macombers subsequently spread into the adjoining shires/counties of Dorset, Cornwall and Hampshire during the late 1500s and 1600s. Four generations of McOmber Patriarchs are identified in Devonshire and Dorsetshire starting in 1560 as preparations are made for English colonization in America.
The saga then shifts to the Americas when in 1638 two McOmber brothers, William and John, along with William’s wife and child, Ursula and Thomas, sail to Plymouth Colony. Five generations of McOmber Patriarchs and their families live in the American colonies of Plymouth and Massachusetts. These McOmber Patriarchs marry descendants of Mayflower passengers and other early American colonizers, and participate in the War of Independence. Then in 1781 two McOmber Patriarchs migrate West to the Hudson River Valley where they continue to assist with the new nation of the United States of America being born. From the Hudson Valley, McOmber Patriarchs migrate to the new Western Frontier of the Holland Purchase in upstate New York in the early 1800s, and then to the new Western Frontier in the Rocky Mountains to the Territory of Utah and the Territory of Idaho in 1866 and beyond.