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The following McCord history is taken from the files and prepared paper by Margaret U. Lofquist, a genealogist from Illinois. She compiled this record in 1965. She has left it for others. My personal research is fairly extensive and it bears out most of what she has reported. she established a good stepping-stone for us with the early family, but from Archibald down through the next generations is not recorded here. William Lee Mccord our great-grandfather, son of Archibald,who was the son of Joseph,first married Francis Davis who died during the War for Southern Independence, leaving him a widower with children. He later married Margaret Elizabeth Stevenson whose mother was Jane Eleanor Cochran (who lost her husband - William Stevenson - in 1852. He is buried next to her in Long Cane Cemetary. Their graves are located in front of a magnolia on the side toward Highway 20.) Her stone says Jane Eleanor Crawford, for she remarried Robert Crawford. Samuel Weir Cochran, (son of Benjamin and Hannah Newell Cochran) her father is buried next to she and her son Hamilton Oswald Stevenson. I believe her mother who was Margaret Reid is buried between he and his grandson in an unmarked grave. William Lee McCord and his wife Lizzie are buried with other family members as you enter the main entrance to this cemetary on the right. Just past their plot and down a path to the right is another McCord plot with other McCord descendants from this family. I submit this to my family with love and best to all of you in coming generations.

by Stephen McCord

MC CORD FAMILY

The first McCords who settled in America were a part of that large migration of Scotch-Irish who came from the northern counties of Ireland during the period beginning about 1717, continuing through the middle years of that century and until the eve of the Revolution.

Philadelphia was one of the main debarkation points and it is recorded that in 1729 about 6,000 persons arrived during that one year. By 1770 approximately 385,000 Scotch-Irish had found their way to the new world.

The majority of the Scotsmen, called Scotch-Irish because of their sojourn in Ireland, took up their abode in Pennsylvania, and like the Germans, who at about the same time also settled there in large number, they were an aggressive and individualistic people. Though their zone of settlement overlapped that of the Germans, in general the Scotch-Irish lived farther to the west settling in Lancaster County and along the old Indian route from Lancaster to Bedford. Later they made their way into the Jaunita and Redstone country and by 1771 had established a settlement around Pittsburgh.

In Lancaster County, which then comprised a large area of southeastern Pennsylvania, they established the early Presbyterian churches of Donegal, Derry, Paztang and Hanover. According to the History of Paztang Presbyterian Chruch by W.H. Rutherford, a William McCord was a member of that church in 1732. Records of the Derry Presbyterian Church which was located near Harrisburg in what is now Dauphin County, state that William McCord (grandson of a Scottish Chieftain - James McCord) was an elder of that church in 1734. It seems reasonable to assume that these two McCords were one and the same person.

By 1750 there were a number of the name in Pennsylvania and migrations of the family had begun to move southward into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and others found their way still farther south and settled in the Uplands of the Carolinas.

Some of the McCords went into New England settling in the New York counties of Westchester, Dutchess and Orange. It is said of James McCord, who settled in Westchester County, that so rigid was he in his religious practices and opinions, that if a firebrand fell upon the hearth on the Sabbath he did not consider it proper to pick it up until the next day. The people of the community made it a custom to gather in his home for worship. He and his wife are buried in White Plains, Westchester County, New York.

During the French and Indian War the family in Pennsylvania suffered greatly at the hands of the Indians. David McCord was killed in Dauphin County in 1758 and in 1763 George McCord was killed at his home in Perry County. McCord's Fort located on the land of William McCord at the base of Kittatinney Mountain (or North Mountain) in Franklin County, was captured and burned by the invading Indians in April 1756 and twenty-seven persons were killed or captured. William McCord was among those killed. Anne, wife of John McCord, was taken to an Indian settlement on the Allegheny River called "Kittanig" where she was held captive for nearly six months before she was released by the Colonial Militia under Colonel John Armstrong.

According to Wayland F. Dunaway in his Scotch-Irish of the Colonial Pennsylvania, John McCord in about 1755 served under Thomas Armstorng of Hamiltion Township, Franklin County. He also states that the McCord Fort was a private one built in Hamilton Township and that William McCord was here as early as 1743.

Sometime after the attack on the fort, John McCord moved south to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina taking with him the orphaned children of his brother William, thus becoming part of the general migration of the Pennsylvania families to Virginia and the Carolinas.

The foregoing is of general interest pertaining to the earliest known McCords in America. Up to the present writing no definite link has been established between these McCords and the McCords who settled in Albemarle County, Virginia. It is the history of the Albemarle family with which we are mainly concerned in this genealogical record. It is reasonable to assume that the Albemarle McCords, whose history follows, were in some way related to the Pennsylvania family. The first William McCord of Pennsylvania was said to be a grandson of Chieftain James McCord who lived on the Island of Skye, located just off the northwest coast of Scotland. However, Inez McCord in her book on the McCords, refers Abbeville family is that three brothers came from Amegah, Ireland to Pennsylvania later moving southward and settling in the Long Canes area of Abbeville District. The record of the Albemarle family, which follows, agrees to some extent with both of these traditions.

Robert/Robin McCord & son James of Overton Co. Tennessee

Robert McCord, also known as Robin, was Scotch-Irish born in 1710 in Ireland. He emigrated from Ireland to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1743 and moved to North Carolina from there. He was a Colonial soldier and was killed in the Revolutionary War on July 18th, 1801. He was buried in Steele Creek Cemetery located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Robert had four sons, two of whom were thought lost during the Revolutionary War, Robert McCord, Jr. and John. (More about John below.) Robert is also thought to have had three daughters, names are unknown.

John resided in Mecklenburg, North Carolina and Married Mary Franklin, who was born on January 16, 1760, in 1779. John was supposed to have been killed in the Revolutionary war about 1809, and his widow married Thomas Hendrix. The family went from Wilkes County to Overton County, Tennessee and then to Williamson County, where Thomas Hendrix died. His will mentioned James McCord, Jr. As his step-son. The widow, Mary (Franklin) McCord Hendrix with her son, his wife Mary Willard and the grandchildren went with a Negro slave named Jack (who was willed to his step-son) to Illinois, settling at McDonough County. Jack is buried in the Atkinson cemetery north of Argyle State Park in Colchester, Illinois with John, Jr. and Mary (Willard) * According to Franklin O McCord's family lore, "Patrick" McCord moved from Pennsylvania to Tennessee and he served in the Revolutionary War. Patrick McCord married Mary Franklin who was remarried to a Thomas Hendrix, and his will mentions Mary's son, John McCord. So I can only assume that John went by the name Patrick for some reason during the Revolutionary War. Mary Franklin and John McCord,s son, John W McCord, Sr. Was born in Illinois in 1779 and married Mary Willard on January 16, 1806 in Overton County, Tennessee. He died on December 23, 1863 in McDonough County, Illinois.

James McCord was a Scotch Irishman who was born in Stewartstown, Ireland on July 27th, 1741. He came with his father Robert "Robin" to Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. James married Jane Scruggs/Scroggs in Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1765. He was a Revolutionary Soldier from North Carolina (Dar#401881). He served the entire Revolutionary War as a wagonmaster general. At least part of the time he was serving under George Washington. He repaired wagons. His wife Jane was ordered by the British to milk the cows, and did so, but spilled the milk when she finished. They settled on Peterman's Bend of the Obies River in Overton county, Tennessee Then moved to Spring Creek in Overton County, Tennessee about 1817 where he died on November 4th 1824. Jane was born on April 18th 1750 in Wilkes County, North Carolina and died on November 1st 1789 in Spring Creek, Overton County, Tennessee. All written accounts say all of their children were born in Overton County, Tennessee but when you track down the children they were born in North Carolina. Their Children Jonas, Margaret "Peggy" born 1769, Mary "Polly" "Mollie" born January 6th 1771, Sarah "Sallie" born November 22nd 1773, Jane "Jiney" born on November 26th 1775, Jonathon "John" born on March 12th, 1777, and James A born on February 22nd 1779, were all believed to be born in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Leah born on July 4th 1783, Pauline "Nancy" born on November 20th 1785, and William Martin born March 27th 1787 were all believed to be born in Iredell County, North Carolina His last child Hannah is shown to be born in 1788 at Secor, Woodford County, Illinois.

Sarah is my ancestor of this family. She, at some point in her young life married William McMurtrey. They lived in various places in SC and TN then later in the early 1800's moved to Madison Co. Missouri.

Johannes & Isabell McCord Progenitors

Of The Albemarle, Virginia Family

The earliest record we have pertaining to the Albemarle Family is contained in an old book called Histories and Genealogies, the author being descended from John McCord through his daughter, Agnes, who married Christopher Harris. The writer has never seen the original book published in 1867 by William Harris Miller, and unfortunately, copies of the Johannes McCord record contained therein, differ in several instances as to dates and places.

"August 14th (17th)* to Newcastle, Pennsylvania (Delaware), Johannes McCord 39 (49), wife Isabell 36, son William 5 years, 9 months, James 2 years, 9 months, Joseph was born February 8, 1735 in Pennsylvania, John was born September 5, 1738 in Pennsylvania (Colony of Virginia), Agnes was born December 21, 1740 in the Colony of Virginia, and Benjamin was born March 16, 1743 in the Colony of Virginia."

In his will dated March 2, 1764, recorded November 8. 1764, John McCord, Sr. of Moorman's River, Albemarle County, Virginia, named his sons John and Benjamin as Executors. John was bequeathed the home plantation on Moormans River and Benjamin was to have the plantation on Ivy Creek. Son William Duram and Christopher Harris (his son-in-law) are mentioned as well as his wife, but not by name.

From histories of Albemarle County we learn that the Presbyterians had settled there when it was still a part of Goochland and that the cavalcade of Scotch-Irish had traveled, during the 1730's, about 225 miles by way of the valley from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, crossing the mountains at Jarman's Gap by the Old Indian Trail. Among them were the families of Woods, Wallace, Kinkead, Stockton, McCord and Jamison.

Soon after their arrival in Virginia the Presbyterians were assisting and providing for Mountain Plains Church built near the confluence of Lickingpole Creek and Meecham's River on Michael Wood's plantation. Rockfish Church was erected in 1746 and a call was sent to Rev. Samuel Black of Pennsylvania by the Church of Mountain Plains and the inhabitants of Ivy Creek.

In his History of Albermarle County Dr. Woods gives a list of contributors from Ivy Creek. There are 57 names attached giving the yearly sum subscribed by each, and the eight who contributed as much as a pound a year were Michael Woods, William Woods, William Wallace, Archibald Woods, Joseph Kincaid, John McCord, David Stockton and Samuel Jameson. In 1747 we find both John and William McCord contributing to the Mountain Plains Church. Probably they were father and son as William, son of John and Isabell, would be aged about twenty at this time.

A very brief notation found in the records - "John McCord had books", gives us a little information about him and suggests that he may have been a man of education. According to Author Woods, the first settlers of the country (now the site of the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson's "Monticello") were persons of education and refinement, and their holdings stretched from Ivy to Greenwood.

Christopher Harris married John and Isabell McCord's only daughter, Agnes, as his second wife, and because he kept a record of the family data, it is he to whom we are indebted for the family records we have on both the McCord and Harris families. He was the son of Major Robert Harris who patented land in Albermarle County in 1750 and subsequently located there holding various offices until his death in 1765. Formerly he had served in the House of Burgess for Hanover, was Surveyor for Louisa County in 1744, and Sheriff there in 1751. Christopher Harris in 1790 moved with his family to Madison County, Kentucky. He married two times and was the father of eighteen children, all of whom grew to adulthood, and with the exception of one, married and had children of their own.

Augusta County, Virginia lies just over the Blue Ridge Mountains from Albemarle County, and it is said that in the early days the young men often turned to friends they had left on the opposite side of the mountains, and therefore, often married and settled over the mountains from Albemarle to Augusta. so it must have been with Joseph, the third son of John and Isabell McCord, who died as a young man in Augusta County leaving a wife, Mary and children "born as well as unborn"*. His wife, Mary, and his brother, John, were named Executors of his will which was dated November 25, 1762. They were to make Matthew Molar title for the land the testator sold him near Moorman's River in Albemarle. In the appraisal of his estate on June 18, 1763, there is mentioned John McCord, Benjamin McCord, John McCord, Sr., as well as Adam and James McCord and William McCord. One can only come to the conclusion that Joseph McCord settled over in Augusta County among cousins of the same name, and the records indicate that there was a close association between the McCord families of the counties.

The first congregation organized in this area was Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church located near Fishersville in Augusta County. In a recently published book entitled "The Tinkling Spring" on page 478 can be found the following notation:

"John McCord had a daughter baptised March 4, 1741 in Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church in Fishersville, Virginia."

Assuming that this record pertains to Agnes, daughter of John and Isabell McCord, who was born in the Colony of Virginia December 21, 1740, it could be that the young parents, having waited for spring, made the trip over the mountains from Albemarle to have their child baptised in what was then the only church in existence in their part of the Colony. Or perhaps they were then living in Augusta County, or stopping over with relatives enroute to a new home in Albemarle.

From a study of the records it appears that there were two McCords living in early Augusta County. Andrew McCord was among a list of men composing a company of militia there in 1742 (p. 280, Virginia Historical Magazine). He was a member of the Tinkling Spring Church and there is a record still to be found there pertaining to an early contribution. "Sepb'r ye 1, 1743 Andrew McCoard 8 s to cash". Mrs. A.B. Hanson, Atlanta, Georgia, in her family record states that Andrew McCord died in Orange County, Virginia in 1750.

The other McCord living in early Augusta County was William who died before 1749, for in that year his widow Martha died leaving orphans James, Adam, Mary and Sarah. Sarah died in 1753 and in a nuncupative will named her brother Adam and her sister Mary. Adam was bound to John Christian in 1751 and in that same year Francis McGown was charged by Andrew McCord with sending James McCord an orphan out of the colony - the case was dismissed for non-appearance of Andrew. William Henry had been guardian of James, but he had later chosen Francis McGown as his guardian. In 1750, Robert McCord is mentioned in Augusta county and a record dated March 23, 1764 states that Samuel McCord is no longer an inhabitant of the colony. We find nothing further pertaining to either Robert or Samuel McCord.

There must have been a close relationship between Andrew and William McCord, but whether they were brothers, father and son, or uncle and nephew, it seems impossible to determine at this time.

CHILDREN OF JOHN AND ISABELL MC CORD

1. William McCord - Born about 1728; age on his arrival to America, 5 years, 9 months. Every indication is that the William McCord who died in Albermarle County ca 1790 was the oldest child of John and Isabell. In his will he mentions wife Mary, two sons, four daughters as yet unmarried, and grandson William, son of John, deceased.

Children of William and Mary McCord (third generation)

a. John McCord Died before his father. In his will dated October 25, 1781, he mentions his father William and his wife Jean (who may have been a granddaughter of Samuel Jameson as in his will he mentions Jane McCord, daughter of his son Alexander).

b. Samuel McCord Perhaps he was the Samuel McCord who was among those citizens of Albemarle who signed the Declaration of Independence there April 21, 1771, and/or the Samuel McCord who was a member of the State Militia of Albemarle.

c. William McCord According to William Harris Miller he owned land in Albemarle County.

d. Margaret McCord Unmarried in 1790

e. Jean McCord

f. Mary McCord

g. Sarah McCord

2. James McCord - Born about 1732 and was aged 2 years 9 months on his arrival to America. He died in 1760 in Albemarle County. According to Mrs. A.B. Hanson in her work on McCords, he patented land on Moorman's River and she states that he may have participated in the French and Indian Wars.

3. Joseph McCord - Born February 8, 1735 in Pennsylvania; died in Augusta County, Virginia while yet a young man. In his will dated November 25, 1762, he mentions wife Mary, his brother John and children "as well unborn as born," and also refers to land sold near Moorman's River in Albemarle County.

4. John McCord - Born September 5, 1738, either in Pennsylvania or in the Colony of Virginia. While no absolute proof has been found, all evidence supports the contention of family researchers that he was the John McCord who, before the Revolution, settled near Abbeville, S.C. For further data on this John McCord see chapter on John McCord of Abbeville on pages following.

5. Agnes McCord - Born December 21, 1740 in Virginia; married 1762, Christopher Harris (b. 1725) who was a widower with eight children. They were parents of ten more children all born in Albemarle County. In 1790 the family moved to Madison County, Ky., where Christopher died four years later. She also died in Madison County, Ky. in 1815.

Children of Christopher Harris and Mary Dabney (not McCord descendants)

a. Dabney Harris Born ca 1745 - married and in 1795 was living in Surry Co., N.C.

b. Sarah Harris Married James Martin

c. Robert Harris Married Nancy Grubbs

d. Tyree Harris Married (probably) Sally Garland

e. Elizabeth No data

f. Mourning Married Foster Jones

g. Christopher Married Elizabeth Grubbs

h. Mary Married George Jones

Children of Christopher Harris and Agnes McCord

i. Jane Harris Born 1763; died 1821; married 1784 Richard Gentry

j. John Harris Born 1765; m. Margaret D. Maupin; d. 1810

k. Benjamin Harris Born 1788; m. (1) Frances Jones (2) Nancy Burgin

l. William Harris Born 1768; m. (1) Anna Oldham (2) Jessie Oldham

m. James Harris Born 1770; m. 1790 Susanna Gass

n. Margaret Harris Born 1772; - never married

o. Isabella Harris Born 1775; m. 1794 John Bennett

p. Samuel Harris Born 1777; d. 1841 in Clay County, Missouri; m. 1814 Nancy Wilkinson

q. Barnabas Harris Born in 1779; m. 1803 Elizabeth Oldham

r. Overton Harris Born 1782; d. 1827; m. 1810 Nancy Oldham

6. Benjamin McCord Born March 16, 1743 in Virginia. He must have been only 21 years of age when he and his brother John were named Executors of their father's will. He was left the plantation on Ivy Creek, but he must have left Albemarle and settled elsewhere as in 1768 he sold 200 acres of land to James Kern. One notation at hand states that his wife was Agnes, and that there was a son, John, but we do not know the source of this information. In 1765 he was a witness to the will of Samuel Arnold of Albemarle County.

7. William Duram In his will of March 2, 1764, John McCord has added (after the date (McCord) but over his signature) "I do order my son William Duram on the commands and Mr. Thompson's Chatecise." Whether he was a step- son, a relative under his guardianship, or the older son, William, the connection between John McCord and William Duram remains obscure to us. Note the text of John McCord's will included in pages following.

The Abbeville Family

The town of Abbeville is located in the uplands of South Carolina and in early times Abbeville District embraced the extensive settlement known far and wide as Long Canes. The first important settlement was made in February, 1756 when eight families, Presbyterian in faith, who had emigrated from Pennsylvania to upper parts of Virginia and North Carolina, moved farther southward to this place. By 1759 the number of families had increased to twenty or thirty, but a short time later, tragedy struck the little settlement when, in the Cherokee Massacre, the Indians killed twenty-two persons and dispersed the survivors.

It was here that John McCord of Albemarle County, Virginia settled some time prior to the Revolutionary War and all evidence points to the fact that he was the John McCord who was born in Pennsylvania in 1738 (or Virginia), the third son of Johannes and Isabell McCord. Though in the will of his father (written March 2, 1764) he was to inherit the home plantation on Moorman's River, he apparently did not long remain there, for it would be only a few years later that he appeared in Abbeville. John McCord, Jr. of Abbeville, in his application for pension, definitely links the Abbeville family to the Albemarle one when he declares that he was born in Albemarle County, Virginia November 25, 1763, and that the record of his age was in the handwriting of either his father or his uncle. In his will of 1764 John McCord of Albemarle County must refer to the same Bible when he orders that his wife is to have his Bible during her life which Bible is to be returned to John.

In 1782 William Little, Jr.'s estate was administered by Elizabeth and James Little, John Norris and John McCord, and at about the same year John McCord was one of three persons who administered the estate of Thomas Hairsdon. In 1784 John McCord was a witness of the will of Michael Wilson and thereafter his name appears often in the records until his death in 1806.

From Howe's Presbyterians in South Carolina we learn that the elders in Upper Long Cane Church in the years 1785-1787 were Andrew Pickens (later General), Andrew Hamilton, John McCord, Hugh Reed, Edward Parr and perhaps others. Robert Hall was the Pastor.

It has been said that John McCord, Sr. of Abbeville saw service in the Revolution. He may have been a member of the militia of his district, as in 1779 Colonel Pickens (later General) had command of the Block House at Cherokee Ford on the Savannah River in that district. When he received word that Colonel boyd was advancing with 700 men, Colonel Pickens left the Block House in charge of Captain Anderson while he was absent raising a Whig Militia in his district. When Boyd crossed into Georgia, Pickens, leading 300 Whigs, pursued him and overtook him at Kettle Creek, and in that severe battle Boyd was killed and his superior forces were defeated.

The Revolutionary War record of John McCord, Jr. ( Our Joseph McCord's brother.) who in 1776 and at the age of thirteen, volunteered for service in a militia camp commanded by Capt. Joseph Pickens, gives us a good description of his duties during that war. The following paragraph is taken from his application for pension.

"It was observed that the young soldier was both young and of slender frame and weak habit of body" and he was asked to give to a more able bodied soldier "his rifle, powder horn and shot bag." The young soldier was then given light duties "such as shelling corn, carrying it to the mill, returning with it in meal, procuring other provisions, assisting in driving and bringing beeves to the soldiers, superintending the provision stores, attending on prisoners and on the sick when necessary, going messages, etc."

Later John McCord, Jr. served in a corps raised by General Pickens for the express purpose of guarding the public property and stores of the militia at the Block House, and in his last tour of duty John McCord was called upon by General Pickens to constitute one of a bodyguard from Abbeville District (or Ninety Six) to a place called Tolls Station on the Saluda River.

John McCord, Jr., aged 69, applied for his pension in Abbeville, October 24, 1832 and nine years later, C.A. Bradford, an attorney of Pontotoc, Mississippi, in a letter to the Pension Office dated February 23, 1841, made inquiry as to why the pension was not granted. He refers to his client as "Mr. John McCord, an old man who formerly resided in South Carolina."

John McCord, Sr. (father of the soldier and son of Johannes) had ten children all grown to adulthood at the time his will was written in 1806. Mentioned also in his will was his grandson, William Stuart McCord, son of John, Jr., who would have been aged twelve at that time. Margaret McCord, buried in the McCord Cemetary in 1796, may have been the mother of William Stuart McCord, and the first wife of the soldier, John McCord, Jr.

John McCord, Sr.'s wife has been referred to as "Mary". In an old magazine, and written long ago, is a query concerning Mary McCord, captured by the Indians at about the time of the Revolution and who was carried on a three weeks journey to the northwest of her home which was on or near the south side of the Savannah River.

The McCord family of Abbeville lived but a few miles from the Savannah River, but unless the querist was mistaken as to which side of the river she lived, it would be doubtful if the Mary McCord referred to in the query would have any close connection with the Abbeville family.

In 1800, according to the census of that year, there was living in the McCord family, one female who was aged over 45 and so we presume that this person must have been the wife of John McCord, Sr., and that she died only a short time before her husband - some time between 1800 and 1806, as she is not mentioned in his will written October 30, 1806.

It is interesting to note that John McCord of Abbeville repeats the names of the Virginia family in naming his own children. His daughters, Isabel and Agnes, would have been named for his mother and for his only sister, Agnes McCord Harris, and John would be named for his father. His sons, William, Joseph and James, must have been named for his brothers of the same names. Only his brother Benjamin remains without a namesake, but we have no way of knowing whether there may have been {? top of pg 9 our copy illegible?} who, having attained adulthood, had died before the will was written in 1806.

John McCord, Sr. lived the remainder of his life on the lands he had settled prior to the Revolution. First his sons and then a grandson continued to live there after him. A few years ago (and probably at the present time) part of the land still remained in the possession of a McCord descendant and, though many of his descendants moved on into Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, there can still be found persons of the name living in the town of Abbeville.

OUTLINE OF THE CHILDREN OF JOHN MCCORD, SR. OF ABBEVILLE

The children of John McCord were: John, Isabel, William, Robert, JOSEPH, James, Margaret, Eleanor, Agnes and Elizabeth. The order of their births may not be entirely accurate. They would be of the third generation in America and a sketch of each of them follows:

1. John McCord, Jr. was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, November 25, 1763. He came with his parents to Abbeville District, S.C. some time prior to the Revolution. As has been previously related in this record, he volunteered for service in the Revolution at the age of thirteen.

It has been said that he was twice married and that there was a son born of each marriage. Inasmuch as these sons were both born during the years between 1790 and 1800, it could be that Margaret McCord who, (according to her stone in the McCord cemetary) was his first wife. In the 1800 census he appears to be at the head of his own household with a wife and with two sons under ten. Ten years later, in 1810, and now, because of his father's death, called John, Sr., he continues to have the same members of his family living with him. By 1820 his son William Stuart McCord had established his own household and the son James was still at home. In 1830 James was also married and lived near his father and William Stuart had moved to Georgia. In this year John, Sr. was aged 70 to 80, his wife 50 to 60 and a young woman aged 20 to 30 was a part of the household. The same young woman, apparently, was a member of the household in 1820, but we cannot identify her.

In the will of his father John was bequeathed ten acres of land "to be laid off so as to include his house and Garden on the nearest part of my line to his dwelling house to him and his heirs forever". He and his second wife, who from the census records, appears to be from ten to twenty years younger than her husband, must have lived most of their lives on or near the original homestead of his father. However, some time between 1830 and 1840 James McCord moved to Mississippi and in the 1840 census of Pontotoc County we find James, his wife, their seven children and his parents, who are now up in years, all living in the same household.

James McCord must have moved from that part of Mississippi as we have never been able to locate him in a later census there. The last word we have of John McCord is in the letter dated February 23, 1841 and heretofore mentioned, wherein C.A. Bradford, an attorney of Pontotoc, seeks to determine why pension was not granted to John McCord for his services in the Revolution.

a. William Stuart McCord William Stuart McCord (evidently called Stuart or Stewart) was born in Abbeville, S.C., January 29, 1794. He was the only grandchild mentioned in the will of his grandfather, John McCord, who died in 1806. If he were older than his half brother James, and we are inclined to think that he may have been, then it could be that his mother was Margaret McCord who died in 1796. It is presumed by many that his mother was a Stuart and certainly there were several families of that name who lived as neighbors to the McCords of early Abbeville. In the War of 1812 William Stuart served as a lieutenant, and later he was sheriff of Abbeville District. In 1824 he moved to Georgia and settled on a farm in Newton County. According to a biographical account of his son, Joseph A. McCord who was an Atlanta banker, William S. McCord married Mary Moore, born 1818, the daughter of Alexander Moore of Clark (or Jackson?) County, Georgia.

b. James McCord James McCord, son of John the Revolutionary soldier, was born in Abbeville District, S.C. some time between 1790 and 1800. He may have been a younger, rather than an older, half brother of William Stuart McCord.

2. Isabel McCrackin - Isabel McCord, daughter of John McCord, Sr. of Abbeville, must have been one of his older children. She married before 1806, William McCrackin. Her father may have made some provision for her earlier as in his will she was bequeathed one guinea and did not share in his estate as did his other sons and daughters. The only data we have which may pertain to her husband is a reference to a person of that name, who in 1810, had daughters Margaret, Elizabeth and Sarah and who lived in Franklin County, Georgia. Franklin County is across the Savannah River and not too great a distance from Abbeville.

3. William McCord was one of the older sons of John McCord and apparently was one of two sons, aged 26 to 45, living at home in 1800. He shared in the estate of his father, but other than mention of him in the will, we find no reference to him in the records. There is, of course, some chance that he married and moved from the district.

4. Robert McCord, son of John McCord of Abbeville apparently was next in age to his brother William and he, too, must have been one of the unmarried sons living at home in 1800. He is named in his father's will and in 1808, two years after his father's death, he was named as one of the administrators of the estate of Andrew Brown. We find no further records pertaining to him.

5. Joseph McCord {ours}, son of John McCord of Abbeville, in 1800 was married and had one son under ten years of age. He shared in his father's estate and he and his brother James were named Executors of the will.

It appears that he married Mary, daughter of Jane Pressly. Jane Pressly's estate was administered December 3, 1805 by John Pressly, Joseph Hearst, George Hearst, Joseph McCord, Greggery Caudle, John McCord, Sr. John Pressly was a son.

The following persons named as legatees in the estate of Jane Pressly were no doubt her son and her three sons-in-law. July 18, 1807 Paid George Hearst, Legatee $576.00
John Pressly, 576.00
Andrew Paul, 561.56
Joseph McCord, 561.61

Andrew Paul left a will dated October 8, 1822 and named children: Jane (married Hamilton Hill), George, William Pressly, Mary Ann (married James Devlin), Andrew and Eliza. The latter two children were still minor in 1826.

Joseph McCord died probably in 1816 as his estate was administered December 23, 1816 by his wife Mary, William Paul and Andrew Paul. Inventory was made December 31, 1816 by William Paul and John Downey.

Mary McCord (ours) did not long outlive her husband as her will is dated May 8, 1820 and was proved October 11, 1821. Her son John McCord and Samuel Ervin were named Executors of her will and her three children, John, Archibald and Nancy were to inherit her lands and possessions. Archibald (ours) and Nancy were minors and she makes provision in the will "that they are to be boarden on the said plantation for to go to school".

Children of Joseph and Mary (Pressly) McCord

a. John McCord Born before 1800. Apparently is one of the two John McCords in the 1820 (census?) referred to as John McCord, Younger.

b. Archibald McCord - Born about 1804 in Abbeville. In 1830 he was married and had four sons and three daughters all under ten. He probably lived his entire life in Abbeville. Several Years ago, Mrs. Walter McCord, whose home was on Secession Hill in Abbeville, told the writer that her husband was a grandson of Archibald McCord and that he was married two times. His first wife must have died just prior to the 1850 (census?) as she is not included in that census, and by that time several of his older children had left their parental home.

In 1850 his household consisted of:

Archibald McCord 46 Farmer
Mary J. 21
Francis 18 Student
Agnes 14,
John M. 8
Frances Gilmas 14
Archy F. McCord 10

c. Nancy McCord A minor in 1820 it was her mother's wish that she have more schooling. In her will her mother left her, in addition to a share in the plantation, a horse and a "common good saddle and bridle," her trunk, wheel and all of her "wareing Cloaths". It is sad to end our reference to Nancy on this note, but we have no further knowledge of her.

6. James McCord 8. Eleanor McCord, daughter of John McCord of Abbeville, was born in Abbeville abour 1778. She is mentioned in the will of her father and in 1824 she, along with Agnes McCord and others, was a buyer at the estate sale of John Paul. She evidently lived for many years in the home of James McGree whose wife was her younger sister. She was living in this home in 1850 and was then aged 72.

James McCord of Abbeville

James McCord, son of John who settled in Abbeville before the Revolution and grandson of Johannes and Isabell McCord, was born either in Albemarle County, Virginia or in Abbeville District, South Carolina probably just prior to, or shortly after, his parents removal to South Carolina from Virginia. He lived on, or near his father's plantation near Abbeville and died there aged over 60 some time between 1830 and 1840.

He and his brother Joseph were named Executors of their father's will and like his brother John, he was bequeathed ten acres of land to be laid off to include his houses and garden on the nearest part of his father's line to his dwelling house.

He was a Baptist minister and the story is handed down that he owned the place on McCord's Creek and constructed a grits mill thereon. It seems that he went down to the mill site on Sunday to catch some thieves who were stealing fish from his traps, but the men turned the trick on him and reported that the preacher was fishing on Sunday and for that reason he was stopped from preaching.

In 1807 the estate of James Bradley of Abbeville was administered and among the records contained in the estate papers is the following entry: "James McCord $9.50 for boarding and schooling Betsy and John Bradley, minors."

Though it seems unlikely that such an error would be made, we feel almost certain that the listing in the 1830 census for Thomas McCord should really be that of James McCord. So far as we know, the name of an adult Thomas McCord has never appeared otherwise in the early Abbeville County records. Assuming it is the record of James, his age would be right (66 to 70), also his wife's age (50 to 60). His residence is near that of his son as it was in the 1820 census taken ten years before and the three young people in his home are surely his grandchildren as children of the same ages seem to be missing from the census listing of his son John's family living nearby.

We know that James McCord was living in 1832 as John McCord, Jr. in his application for pension, dated October 24, 1832, stated that the record of his age was in a Bible belonging to his brother James McCord "who is living in Abbeville District in the State of South Carolina". In the same document, James McCord made affidavit that statements made by his brother John were true and correct.

It could be that the Bible in James' possession and which contained John, Jr.'s birth record "in the handwriting of either his father or his uncle", was that same Bible mentioned in the will of John McCord of Albemarle which was to go to his son John. Occasionally among McCord descendants, there has been mention of an old family Bible, but though many inquiries have been made in an effort to locate it, up to this time its whereabouts still remain a mystery.

In the 1840 census the name of James McCord is missing from its usual listing next to John McCord, his son and in its place is listed Nancy McCord aged 60 to 70 and also in her home there is living a young man aged 20 to 30. Nancy McCord, therefore, must have been the widow of James, and the young man in her home just have been a grandson - either John R. or Nimrod McCord.

Back in those early days "Nancy" was often used as another name for "Agnes" and we find both Agnes and Eleanor McCord among the buyers at the estate sale of James Paul* on April 30, 1824. According to cemetery records, Nancy McCord died September 20, 1844 and is buried in the McCord cemetary near Abbeville.

James McCord and his wife were the parents of one child:

a. John McCord Born Abbeville, S.C., February 4, 1791 Married (1) October 18, 1812 Elizabeth Robertson Married (2) November 27, 1856 Jerusha Keeling Died November 21, 1875 Abbeville, S.C.

John McCord of Abbeville (Born 1791)

John McCord, (possible son of Joseph), grandson of John and great-grandson of Johannes and Isabell McCord, was born in Abbeville District, South Carolina, February 4, 1791. His birthplace was just three miles east of Abbeville Courthouse and near the spot that was settled by his grandfather before the Revolutionary war.

On October 18, 1812 he married Elizabeth, daughter of John and Jane Robertson of Due West, South Carolina. They were the parents of twelve children; three died young, but seven survived their father and were living in 1875. John McCord married as his second wife, November 27, 1856, Jerusha Keeling, who was born in 1811 and died June 23, 1894.

John McCord was married to his first wife, Elizabeth, for forty-three years and she was the mother of all of his children. In 1813, shortly after the birth of the oldest child, James, he enlisted for service in the War of 1812 and served as a sergeant in Captain Benjamin Hatter's Company of South Carolina Militia. However, after several month's service, and because of failing health, hr was discharged January 13,1814 by Captain Hatter by entering a substitute at Sheldon Hill.

It is said that John McCord was "dubbed" Gentleman John because he was small of stature and went well dressed. He was received into the membership of the Beulah Baptist Church in 1844 and remained a member there until his death.

In 1871, at the age of 80, he applied for pension in Abbeville and several years after his death, in 1878, his widow Jerusha McCord also filed application for pension as a Widow of the War of 1812.

John McCord died at his home near Abbeville, November 21, 1875 in the 84th year of his age. He is buried with his first wife Elizabeth Robertson in the McCord Cemetary. (S.M.B.)

Children of John and Elizabeth (Robertson) McCord

1. James Alpheus McCord, born November 4, 1813 in Abbeville; married Sarah Ann Keller (S.M.B.) and settled near his father. He was a District Surveyor and a County Commissioner.

His known children were:

a. David Wightman McCord Born January 7, 1836 - Died July 1, 1862

b. Elizabeth Jane McCord Born August 21, 1837 - Died December 11, 1893

c. Sarah Ann Elvira McCord Born August 12, 1839 - Died January 21, 1934 - In 1936 a Sarah McCord, aged 96, aided family researchers by giving them data on the early Abbeville McCord family. Perhaps she was this daughter of James A. McCord.

d. John Lewis McCord Born February 21, 1841 - Died January 21, 1915; was a farmer in Hodges, S.C.; served in the Civil War and he died in January, 1914. He married Mary Bryson Nichols and they were parents of seven sons and three daughters. Two of their sons were Presbyterian ministers; two were doctors; one a merchant; one a postmaster for 33years and one an attorney in Greenwood, S.C.Jesse Newton Mccord, one of the sons who entered the ministry, married Lois Currie and died in Greenwood, S.C., September 26, 1957. T. Franklin McCord, the son who is an attorney, was born near Hodges, S.C., September 27, 1887 and was the fifth generation to own property on lands his lineal forebears settled prior to the Revolution. We are indebted to him for much of the information we have on the McCords of Abbeville.

e. Nancy Henrietta McCord Born October 6, 1842 - Died September 7, 1876

f. James Alpheus McCord Born August 26, 1844 - Died February 11, 1933

A Daughter Born April 25, 1846 - Died April 25, 1846 g. Angeline Josaphine McCord Born March 15, 1847 - Died June 1931 h. William Frankin McCord Born July 22, 1849 - Died October 18, 1932

i. Thomas Wesley McCord Born November 25, 1851 - Died June 11, 1931 A Son Born October 16, 1854 - Died October 17, 1854

j. Mary Emeline McCord Born January 29, 1857 - Died December 22, 1940 A Son Born October 14, 1864 - Died October 14, 1864

2. John R. McCord was born ca 1815 and settled near his father, John McCord in Abbeville. He married about 1840, Malinda, widow of John Padgett. John Padgett died in September, 1839 leaving three daughters: Ecily, who died in March 1840; Mary Ann, born ca 1834 and Louisa born ca 1836.

Malinda may have been a daughter of Augustine and Lettice (Robertson) Maddox and, if so, she would be a cousin of John R. McCord as Lettice (Robertson) Maddox and John R.'s mother, Elizabeth (Robertson) McCord, were sisters. For further data on the Maddox family, see "The Robertson Family" on pages following.

In 1850 John R. McCord had five children in his household. In addition to his step-daughter, Mary Ann Padgett (age 16) and Louisa Padgett (age 14), there were three children of his own. (dates supplied by S.M.B.)

The Children of John R. and Malinda McCord were:

a. Agnes E. McCord Born ca 1841

b. John A. McCord Born ca 1843

c. Margaret L. McCord Born ca 1848 (other children may have been born after 1850)

3. Nimrod McCord, the third child of John and Elizabeth (Robertson) McCord, was born in Abbeville County, S.C. about 1817. In 1850 he was living at home, aged 33 and his occupation was given as a clerk. He served in the Mexican War and for his services he was awarded a medal which was created by the State of South Carolina and presented to all of the soldiers in that war.

He never married and about the time that the Civil War broke out he went to Alabama where he made Montgomery his headquarters while he superintended plantations near that city for wealthy planters. He died at Salisbury House in Montgomery about 1869 or 1870.

4. Jane McCord married a Mr. Morgan and settled in Mississippi.

5. Nancy McCord married a Mr. Henry and moved to Cherokee County, Alabama where she died leaving three young sons. After her death her father went to Alabama and took the children back to South Carolina with him.

6. Andrew Alexander McCord, the sixth child of John and Elizabeth (Robertson) McCord, was born about 1820 in Abbeville County, S.C., and married there, March 25, 1847, Mary Elinor Speer. They moved to Alabama in 1859 and he died there June 30, 1906.

7. Thomas B. McCord was born August 13, 1826, married and lived near his father in Abbeville County. He died May 15, 1902 and is buried in Long Cane Cemetery. In 1850 he resided with his parents and his occupation was given as "farmer".

8. William McCord, youngest son of John and Elizabeth (Robertson) McCord, was born about 1829 and in 1850, according to the census of that year, he was aged 21, living at home and his occupation was given as "miller". It is said that he went to East Texas and settled there in Milam in Sabine County.

9. Mary Ann McCord was the youngest child of John and Elizabeth (Robertson) McCord. She was born about 1834, living at home, aged 16 in 1850 and it is said that she married a Mr. Kelly and that they settled somewhere in Mississippi.

Andrew Alexander McCord

Andrew A. McCord, son of John and Elizabeth (Robertson) McCord, was born on, or near, the original McCord homestead near Abbeville, South Carolina. He married March 25, 1847, Mary Elinor Speer, daughter of William and Mary (Gill) Speer of Abbeville County. Mary Elinor, born February 14, 1828, was a granddaughter of the Revolutionary soldier, William Speer of Abbeville and she was descended also from the Gill family of Chesterfield County, Virginia and from the Slaughter family of Virginia and Greene County, Georgia.

For a time after his marriage Andrew A. McCord lived among the Speer families near the Cherokee Ford which was located on the Savannah River in Abbeville County, but in January of 1859 he moved with his family to Coosa County, Alabama where Mary Elinor's three older brothers had previously settled. The location of this farming community was about nine miles south of Rockford, Alabama and Andrew McCord lived at the intersection of Grays Ferry Road and the Rockford-Wetumpta Road.

Andrew A. McCord devoted himself to farming until December, 1894 when he and his wife went to East Lake (now part of Birmingham), Alabama to make their home with their youngest son, James M. McCord and his family. He died on June 30, 1906, aged 82, at the home of his son James and is buried in the East Lake Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama. His wife Mary Elinor, continued to live with her son and his family. She died March 16, 1921 at the age of 93 years in Centreville, Alabama.

Andrew A. and Mary Elinor (Speer) McCord had three sons:

1. William Speer McCord, born October 23, 1848 in Abbeville County, S.C. and married Mollie Chancellor in Coosa, Alabama in 1885. Several years after their marriage they moved across the Coosa River and settled near Speigner in Elmore County where he engaged in farming.

In 1912, seven children were living aged about 25 and under - they were:

a. Mary McCord
b. Jonis McCord
c. Edna McCord
d. Daisy McCord
f. H. McCord

2. John Alexander McCord, born May 7, 1850 in Abbeville County, S.C. Married in 1875, Lou Chancellor, an aunt of Mollie who married his brother. The Chancellor family had lived as neighbors to the McCords in Coosa County, but in 1875 they were living in Shelby County, across the Coosa River from Childersburg.

John A. McCord settled in his father's neighborhood in Coosa County where he gave his attention to farming. His death occured in July, 1886 when he was aged 36 years. His widow later married a Mr. Kelly. He left three young children:

a. May Edna McCord Married Charlie Bryant of Coosa Co., Alabama

b. John McCord Married and settled on the home place left by John A. McCord to his two sons.

c. Milton McCord Married and settled on the place left to him (and his brother) by his father.

3. James Milton McCord was the youngest son of Andrew A. and Mary Elinor McCord and was born in Anderson District, S.C., January 15, 1852. He married December 23, 1885, Florence Davis Pratt of Six Mile, Alabama. He died in 1915 and his wife, Florence, died in 1935.

James Milton McCord

James Milton McCord, youngest child of Andrew Alexander McCord and his wife, Mary Elinor (Speer) McCord, was born in Anderson District, South Carolina, January 15, 1852. He was five years old when in January, 1859 his parents moved from South Carolina to Coosa County, Alabama.

On December 23, 1885, he married Florence Davis Pratt, a daughter of Captain Richard Hopkins Pratt and his wife, Amanda (Suttle) Pratt. Captain Pratt was a school teacher and had charge of Six Mile (Alabama) Academy for many years. He was a great-grandson of John Pratt, and early settler of Rockingham County, North Carolina and of William and Abigail Beavers who moved from Loudoun County, Virginia to North Carolina shortly after the Revolution. Amanda Suttle was descended from Francis Settle who came to Virginia from England in 1657 and from Theophilus Goodwin, a Revolutionary War soldier who lived in North Carolina, moved to South Carolina and died in Bibb County, Alabama about 1840.

In his younger days James M. Mccord attended Wayside Baptist Church in Coosa County with his parents and brothers and when he later entered the ministry he was ordained by the Wayside Church. He attended Howard College, then in Marion, Alabama, and was graduated from that institution in 1881.

Much of the data contained here was taken from a family record of the McCords written in 1912 by Rev. McCord. At that time he had held pastorates in the following Alabama counties: Coosa, Elmore, Chilton, Autauga, Dallas, Shelby, Talladega, Bibb, Jefferson, St. Clair, Marshall, Madison, Jackson, Morgan and Lamar. In 1912, he was pastor in Fayette, Fayette County where he had moved in May, 1911.

His mother, Mary Elinor McCord, who was living with him in 1912, then aged 84, died March 16, 1921 in Centreville, Alabama. Rev. James M. McCord died in 1915, and his wife, Florence, died in 1935.

Children of James Milton and Florence (Pratt) McCord

a. James Mackay McCord

b. Malcolm Christian McCord

c. Mackay McCord

Other McCords of Early Abbeville District

William McCord was born in Orange County, Virginia in 1755. He married in 1784, Catherine, daughter of Robert Pressly of Orange County, Virginia. She was born in 1761; died in 1819. He served as a sergeant in Captain Harry Terril's Company, Colonel Josiah Parker's 5th Regiment of Virginia Troops.

He died in 1798 in Abbeville District, South Carolina.

There evidently was a connection between the William McCord and the John McCord families of early Abbeville District. The proximity of the families in Abbeville, their intermarriages with the Pressly family and the removal of certain members of both families to Pontotoc County, Mississippi, would surely indicate a relationship.

Perhaps the William McCord family may some day be traced back to the August County, Virginia family, who, in turn, seemed to be related to the Albemarle McCords of those early days, Andrew McCord of early Augusta County was said to have died in Orange County in 1750 and Orange County was the birthplace of William of Abbeville. Therefore, William could have been a grandson or nephew of Andrew McCord who was the member of the Tinkling Spring Church of early Aususta County, Virginia.

The only know child of William and Catherine (Pressly) McCord

William Pressly McCord

William Pressly McCord, born in Abbeville District in 1790. Married 1815, Lucinda, daughter of Henry and Rachel (Liddell) Miller of Abbeville. He was a Captain of the South Carolina Militia and some time prior to 1840 he moved to Pontotoc County, Mississippi. Later he moved to Lafayette County where he was a planter. He was also a Lieutenant Colonel of the Mississippi Militia. His wife, Lucinda, was born in 1800 and died in 1884.

Children in the 1850 Census:

a. Mary Born ca 1823 in South Carolina

b. John ---------1824
c. Joseph ---------1827
e. Francis ---------1830
f. James ---------1834
g. Elizabeth C ---------1838
h. Lucinda ---------1840

Mrs. Julia T. Wilkinson of Holbrook, Arizona, in a letter to this writer dated July 20, 1949 stated: "In my father's family were the following names: Alan, Joseph, Sarah, William, Caroline, John, a child (name unknown), another child (name unknown) and James Ebenezer. My father was the youngest". Mrs. Wilkinson was born in San Marcus, Texas. James E. McCord, her father, was born in Due West, S.C., July 4, 1834 and baptised at Long Cane Church. He married Sarah Mooney, January 10 (?), 1868 and died in 1914.

Also, in Lafayette County (Mississippi) in 1850 is found the family of Mrs. (C.C.?) McCord aged 32 and born in South Carolina. Her (probable) children in the 1850 census were:

a. Lewis P. McCord Born ca 1842. At the age of 18 enlisted for service in the Civil War at Pontotoc, Miss. in May, 1861. The Union Records of Prisoners of War show L.P. McCord, 2nd Lieutenant Co. G., 11th Miss. Cavalry, CSA, paroled at Columbus, Miss., May 16, 1865. Indications are that he moved later to Oklahoma.

b. Henry J. McCord Born ca 1844
c. Joseph McCord Born ca 1848

John P. McCord probably was a brother of William Pressly McCord and also closely related to Mary McCord and the minor child (in 1835) Joseph A. McCord.

In 1840 he was living in Pontotoc County, Mississippi aged 30 to 40. In his household were two males and one female all aged 20 to 30.

He may have been the John McCord, younger, listed in the Abbeville 1820 census aged 16 to 26 and with him one male and one female aged 10

to 16 Mary McCord apparently was a widow in 1820. This is confusing as there was also a Mary McCord at that time who was a widow of Joseph, but she died in 1821 leaving children John, Archibald and Nancy. This second Mary lived near William P. McCord and was no doubt of the same branch of the family as the following record would indicate:

January 7, 1835 - Mary, William P., John P. McCord bound unto Moses Taggart, Ord. of Abbeville District, sum $10,000. Mary McCord made guardian of Joseph A. McCord, a minor.

In the 1820 census she was aged 26 to 45 and in her household was one son under 10 and a son and daughter (probably these were her children) aged 10 to 16.

William McCord, in the 1830 census of Abbeville District, was aged 20 to 30. He was married and there were two infant sons. He must have been the son of Mary who was aged 10 to 16 in the 1820 census.

Joseph A. McCord, a minor in 1835. Mary McCord was made his guardian. He was probably her son and the child in her home under ten in the 1820 census.

Malinda McCord died in Abbeville District June 5, 1825. No further data regarding her has been found.

John and Mary McCord - Yalobusha County adjoins Lafayette County (Miss.) and is near Pontotoc County. In 1850 there lived here a W.F. McQuick, aged 37, planter, (***illegibile***), Emily 4, Mary 2, Louis Prewat 12, Jonas Prewat 19, Mary McCord 18, and John McCord 20 - all were born in South Carolina with the exception of the two very young children. They may be related to the Abbeville family.

James McCord of Ninety Six District - Killed in the Revolution ca 1780 - 1785. He descended from Chieftain James McCord of Scotland through his granfather, William McCord of the fort in Pennsylvania. He married Sarah Boal about 1772 who married (2) William Moore who in 1797 moved with his wife and family to Georgia. The following were sons of James and Sarah.

a. John McCord Born ca 1773; married Nancy Crook; died Clark County, Georgia in 1822.

b. Robert McCord Born ca 1775; married Hannah Davis; in 1850 was residing in Dekalb County, Georgia and was a school teacher.

c. James McCord Married Mary ??? died in Clark County, Georgia.

d. A Daughter Indications are that there was also a daughter of James and Sarah McCord but we have no further data.

John McCord & Elizabeth Robertson

John McCord, born in Abbeville County, South Carolina, February 4, 1791, married as his first wife, Elizabeth Robertson and they lived together forty-three years until her death on December 21, 1855. They resided just east of Abbeville and near the spot settled by his grandfather before the Revolutionary War. Twelve children were born to this union - three died young and nine grew to adulthood.

Elizabeth Robertson, the daughter of John and Jane Robertson, was born a few miles north of Abbeville in Due West, South Carolina. The Robertsons (Robinsons, Robisons) were numerous in Abbeville County in the late 1700's and early 1800's. Very likely Elizabeth's grandfather settled there early and these persons bearing her name were descendants of him - sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren. However, in this account we are concerned with her more immediate family - her parents, her brothers and her sisters.

John Robertson's estate was administered July 2, 1827 by Andrew Robison, William Ware and John Donald. (the name is written Robertson-Robison)

Legatees:
Jane Robison, widow
Peggy, wife of Richard Maddox
Lettice, wife of Augusta Maddox
Andrew Robison
John Robison, Jr.
Jane, wife of Joseph Richey
Elizabeth, wife of John McCord
Mary Stone

Jane Robertson's estate was administered December 19, 1831 by Andrew Robison, Augustin Maddox and John Donald.

Legatees: Buyers at Sale January 5, 1832 John Robison, Augusta Maddox, Andrew Robison, Richard Maddox, John McCord , Nancy Robeson, Augustine Maddox, William Kay, etc., Joseph Richey,

Due to the many persons of the name living in or near Abbeville, it is difficult to determine with any degree of accuracy the names of Elizabeth's brothers and sisters. From the estate papers of their parents and from other Abbeville records, it appears that John and Jane Robertson had eight children as follows...(order of birth unknown):

1. Andrew Robertson - Married Nancy ???; left a will in 1840 in which he mentions children:

a. Andrew Jackson Robertson - Died 1846 - 7; apparently unmarried. In his will he mentions his mother Nancy Robertson, sister Louisa Pratt, brother A. Robertson, dec'd, Elizabeth C. Klugh, daughter of Emily, dec'd.
b. John A. (or "A"?) - Referred to as both John A. and A. - he was deceased before 1846 - 7 when his brother A. Jackson Robertson's will was written.
c. William - Executor of his father's will in 1840, and in his sister Matilda Robertson's will he is also mentioned. His uncle, John Robertson

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