I am trying to locate information on John W. McGath, Jr. who was married to Carrie Deborah Hoyt McGath. They were married in Vermillion, IN and had 2 children Oscar McGath & Ora McGath before changing their names as well as their 2 childrens to John L. Wessley and Carrie D. Wessley and moving to Piatt County, IL and having 5 more children one of which is my grandfather Bert Beal Wessley. I have learned they had to move suddenly. I want to know why. Rumor has it he was a horse thief but I cannot find anything to prove this theory. It has been said he and his father-in-law were in it together but my research on Edward Young Hoyt shows he died in Blue Ridge at the age of 90 so I am wondering if the horse thief was John W. McGath, Sr., whom I cannot find anything on, and not John W. McGath, Jr. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
The information I have on John W., was that he died March 1928 in Kansas city, Mo. His obit was in the, "Farmer City Journal" 22, March, 1928 Farmers city, IL. I have been trying to locate his obit. I would like to know any thing you find out about him.