Monday, July 29, 2013

Timeline for George McKinsey and family

This timeline will include a George and Margaret McKinney who lived in Old Frederick County who may or may not have been MY George McKinsey's parents.  I have not yet done that research for myself.  However, I am including them as there are lots of reasons to believe that they may have indeed been the George McKinney who bought the land in SC that I find MY George living on when he was raising his children in Newberry County, SC in the late 1700's and early 1800's.

1771  More information about the below and a map that was sent to me by Bruce Locken can be found on my blog post:

At the WV archives I looked at a book with title of  Frederick County Deeds 1771-1775 abstracted and compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath.  Here is the abstraction found for George McKinney on page 17 of this book:

Bk 15, P 92-6 Aug 1771
    [Lease]  Between George McKenny of the County of Frederick [to] Thomas Campbell of the said county.....consideration of five shillings.....Tract of Land of Musty Handley....Containing one hundred and ninety four Acres Granted to said George McKenny by Deed from the Hand and Seal of the Right Honorable Thomas Lord Fairfax the 18th Oct 1756....Yielding and Paying rent of one pepper corn on Lady day next.....
Wit: Jacob Sowers, Jun                     George (O) McKennie  
      Thos. Wood
Recorded:  7 Aug 1771

Bk. 15, p. 93--7 Aug 1771
    [Release] Between George McKennie and Margaret his wife of County of Frederick [to] Thomas Campbell of the said county .....consideration of one hundred and thirty pounds....194 acres (same as above)....
Wit: same as above              George (O) McKennie 


Newberry SC Deed Book D2, pp. 5-11:  Lease and release.  8 Jan 1773, Thomas Shaw and wife Sarah of Craven County, SC, to George McKinny of same, for £250 SC money, 150 acres in Craven County adj. William Hilburn, Nelson Dunkin, part of tract granted to said Thomas Shaw 10 Sept 1765, 100 acres of which is laid off to said Nelson Dunkin.  Thomas Shaw (Seal), Sarah Shaw (Seal), Wit: Wm Mills (M), Wm. Hilbirn, Richard Holeman.  Proved in Ninety Six District by the oath of William Hilburn 28 Aug 1773 before Michael Dickert, J.P.  Recorded 16 June 1797.

Newberry SC Deed Book D2, pp. 12-17: Lease and release.  21 & 22 Jan 1779, William Hilburn and wife Jane of Ninety Six District, farmer, to George McKinney of same, for £200 SC money, 100 acres on waters of Bush River adj. Mathias Elmore, Thomas Shaw, granted 3 Sept 1774 to said William Hilburn.  William Hilburn (mark) (Seal), Jane Hilburn (mark) (Seal), Wit: William Hilburn, John Ellemon, Abner Ellemon.  Proved in Newberry County by the statement of John Elleman 30 May 1797 before Fred Nance, J.P.  Recorded 16 June 1797.

1781  Oldest child known by Ruby Mundell Wallace in her book about George and Sarah's descendants is born:  David, born 25 March 1781.  If this is this couple's firstborn, they are likely to have married in 1780 or before.  

1840  George McKinsey died 11 June 1840 in Waynesville, Ohio

Friday, July 26, 2013

Loyalists in the Bush River area of South Carolina during the Revolution

A lady by the name of Ruby Mundell Barry wrote a book that I read via fiche in my local LDS FHL many years ago.   Ruby Barry did an amazing job of naming the descendents of my 5-gr-grandfather, George McKinsey.  George moved his family from Bush River area in Newberry SC to Warren County, Ohio in the first decade of the 1800s with the mass exodus of the Quaker families out of the south and into the non-slave states of Ohio and Indiana.

Ruby explained that the family lore said that George had served in the Revolution but that she had never been able to find service records nor pension records nor anything at all that supported that family lore.  I made my own searches and had no more luck than Ruby.  Harriet Imrey and I were chatting one night via internet when she found for me the fact that the reason that I had never found anything was that George had been a loyalist!  I was expecting George to have been a patriot.  I had even hoped to find George having served with the Swamp Fox.  What a revelation it was to me to find him on the Loyalist side!  It has opened up my research in many ways!

George was not in the Quaker records of the Bush River area, but he interacted with the Quaker families and lived close to Bush River MM.  His wife was of a Quaker family and I suspect that George's ancestors may have been Quaker ....perhaps in the area around Hopewell MM in the early 1700's.  My gut feeling is that George, like many of the Quaker families, hoped to sit the Revolution out.  The Quakers did not believe in fighting.  But even more than that they felt their first allegiance to God and did not have a strong allegiance to any sort of government agency.

By July 4, 1776 the Patriots had gained control of virtually all territory in the 13 colonies, expelling all
royal officials.  However,  Ms. Clark explains in the beginning of her book, Loyalists in the Southern Campaign, Vol I,  that after Charleston fell to the British in May 12, 1780 it was necessary for the British to re-establish the Loyal Militia.  Sir Henry Clinton established guidelines that called for young men to serve six out of every twelve months.  Thus if one was living in South Carolina in the timeframe that George McKinsey served in the SC militia which was Dec 1780, you were called up by the British who were then in control.  If one did not have strong loyalties one way or the other, it would only makes sense that you would obey the law of the land.  And indeed that is just what George McKinsey did.  He showed up for militia duty from the 14th of June until the 13th of December in 1780.

The map below shows the Dutch Fork which is the area that is is between the Saluda and the Broad River where they fork together, forming the Congaree River.  George McKinsey lived in this area just south of the town of Newberry.

I find him on the pay abstract for Colonel Daniel Clary's Regiment, Dutch Fork Militia, Ninety Six Brigade for soldiers who came to Orangeburgh, SC, with Lieut Colonel John H. Cruger, for 183 days pay from 14 June-13 Dec 1780.  There is quite a long list of men on this list.  Some of the names that I recognize are:  Daniel Regan, John Pearson, John Elmore, William Wyatt, Samuel Dunken, George McKinney, William Elmore.  The Duncan family were next door neighbors to George and his family.

George is found again the next year in the same time frame (14 June- 13 Dec 1781) on Daniel Clary's Regiment, Dutch Fork Militia, Ninety Six Brigade for 183 days pay.  The other men that I recognize during this service are:  John Elmore and Samuel Duncan.

It is quite likely that George McKinsey was present for the battle of Musgrove's Mill:

Musgrove’s Mill Aug 18 or 19th 1780

Edward McCrady notes in his History of South Carolina in the Revolution, 1775-1780, that the camp at Musgrove’s Mill prior to August 19, 1780 was commanded by Major Fraser, and that it also included Captain Abraham DePeyster of the King’s American Regiment, the North Carolina Loyalist David Fanning, and Colonel Daniel Clary’s militia. Clary’s regiment had been ordered to be formed to support Major Patrick Ferguson according to Lambert’s South Carolina Loyalists on page 105.   The park ranger indicated that the men were camped at Musgrove’s Mill with the goal of meeting Ferguson at Kings Mountain. 

It is not absolutely clear that Col Clary’s regiment had reached Musgrove’s Mill by the 18th.  Col Cruger informs Lord Cornwallis that he has ordered Clary to support Ferguson in a letter dated Aug 4th.  It would have taken Col Clary a few days to get his regiment assembled and they they would have had to move out and move to the site.  

However, the patriot detachment was informed by a local when they had moved within a mile of the incampment that the camp had been reinforced the previous evening and that there were now in camp a number closer to 500
It has been noted that most of the wounded and prisoners mentioned were Provincials, so the militia may not have been involved as heavily as the regulars. 

and from Harriet Imrey an explanation of what George McKinsey was doing during his service in 1781:

The Dutch Fork Regiment was not involved in the defense of Fort Ninety-Six.  By Jun 1781, that was the last remaining British outpost in the backcountry.  Gen. Greene and his Continentals had besieged it, but had to retreat when Lord Rawdon brought his newly-arrived Irish regiment up from Charlestown to relieve the fort on 21 Jun 1781.  Rawdon had already decided to abandon the outpost, but his couriers carrying that instruction to Col. Cruger kept getting killed en route.  A major consequence of the retreat was that local Ninety-Six Loyalist forces (and their families) would have no protection from reprisals by the Whig neighbors.  They were all offered refuge within Charlestown, the only small area with enough Loyalist and/or British forces to shelter a large group.  Around 800 militiamen of Ninety-Six District, with families and all moveable possessions, chose evacuation.  They had to make the long march down to Charlestown via Orangeburgh Road, a process that took most of July and involved civilian casualties from illness and exhaustion.  The local militias, including the Dutch Fork Regiment, were mustered to guard the retreat.  That's what George McKinsey was doing in Orangeburgh when Col. Cruger submitted a request for his back pay for the previous year.

I have some information that Harriet Imrey sent me that is helpful that I am not posting today.  I also have a note:

There is an excellent explanation of the Revolution in the Dutch Fork in the years that George was paid for militia duty.  Pp 42-53 in book: The History of Newberry County South Carolina Volume One 1749-1860 by Thomas H. Pope.

I want to read some of the articles at:

Monday, July 22, 2013

Moore Family and relationship to Merion MM in Pennsylvania

Merion Meeting House

A discussion came up on the Quaker mail list today that mentioned Merion MM.  I knew that it was familiar to me, but had to do a bit of hunting to remind myself of which of my ancestors was connected to this area and in what time frame.  I have a slideshow that is named Pennsylvania Monthly Meetings in which I had made notes about my Moore family and their connection to Merion MM.  For more information about this Moore family use the search box in the top left hand corner with subject Moore.

Much of my information on my Moore family comes from Joseph Moore whose work was published in the Georgia Genealogical Society Vol 44, Number 1, Spring 2008.  Mr. Moore in turn has given credit for some of his information to Marjory Dickey Parsons  (1916-2007) who was the author of Lines and Lifestyles: Dickey, Moore, Parsons, and Some Related Families (Balimore: Gateway Press, 1988).

I have not done this research for myself.  However, Mr. Moore says that John and Jane Cureton Moore had children who are documented in the Register of the Radnor Meeting among whom is Richard Moore, Sr (1697-c.1784) who is the patriarch of the Moore family in Georgia.  It is this Richard Moore who is my 8-gr-grandfather.  My own research does indeed connect me with documentation to Richard Moore's son, Mordecai Moore who was living in Wrightsboro, Ga during the Revolutionary War.

Mr. Moore explains that John and Jane Cureton Moore were living in Merion Township by 1702.  This would have been Philadelphia County (now lower Merion in Montgomery County). John Moore and members of his family are buried in the cemetery at Historic Merion Meeting House in the area long known as the Philadelphia Main Line.  In 1702, John Moore acquired a farm on Cobbs Creek and Indian Creeks in Blockley Township, Philadelphia County, where Cobbs Creek is now located.  This property remained in the Moore family well into the 19th C and included water-powered mills on Indian Creek.

It is very clear just where John and Jane were living from info above on this map below.  It would be just where 69th St Terminal is on map below.  Township Line Road is the same as Rt 1 and City Ave on preceeding map, so Merion MM would be North west of the Moore farm
March 2014, Rick Duran sent me the AMAZING information that he found on-line that shows exactly where the Moore family lived!  I was off by a very small amount above.  The homestead was actually across Cobbs Creek from the Terminal on above map ....My best interpretation is that it is now a golf course through which the area of the original farmstead is where Landsdale Ave and Cardington Road now go through Cobbs Creek Park.   Rick gave me the co-ordinates marked by the yellow push pin below which I interpret to be the spot on Cobbs Creek that marks the corner of the Moore homestead with the corner of the Edward Williams Homestead.

 To see the Blockley Township Landoners in October 1777 prepared by J.M. Duffin go to:

The land owned by James and Abel is found on plate 10.  This makes excellent sense because my data base says that John and Jane Cureton Moore's oldest son, James:

The paternal 100 acres homestead plantation on Mill Creek was conveyed to James Moore by Deed of 19th of 8th month (Oct.) 1721.

This James Moore did indeed have a son named Abel who almost certainly was named after his mother's father, Abel Thomas.  

Rick sent another URL for a map that is found in the American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress site.  The Moore homestead is shown on this map on Cobs Creek.   The map is

A plan of the city and environs of Philadelphia. Engraved and published by Matthew Albert Lotter

The map below shows where Merion Meeting house is in relationship to Philadelphia today.  Merion Meeting House is located in within the pink area marked with A.  

Here is one more map that shows were Cobbs Creek is in relationship to Merion Meeting House. The marker with the A does not show the exact location of the meeting house itself.  The meeting house is in the V formed by the intersection of Montgomery Ave and Meetinghouse Lane.   Look straight down from Merion to find Cobbs Creek on the map.

In an e-mail on the Quaker mail list on this date, Tom Hill said:

Merion MM records are at Swarthmore's Friends Historical Library
(FHL) and on LDS microfilm. 

Elizabeth Hanesbury on the Old Chester County mail list reminded me that the list of those buried in the Merion Meeting House Cemetery is on line.  One can find it in the archives of the Old Chester County Mail list.  In looking for the link for that I found the following link:

Sandra Ferguson sent information to the Pennsylvania Old Chester County mail list about Lower Merion Township.  I had to look to see if this was the area of interest to me:

  • Lower Merion: Ardmore, Bala, Bala-Cynwyd, Belmont Hills, Bryn Mawr, County Line Sta, Gladwyne, Haverford, Merion Station, Narberth, Penn Wynne, Rosemont, Roseglen, West Manayunk, Wynnewood
Absolutely!  So here is the URL for this site: