Scots and McMichaels by grace and guidance, some oral history

John Mc the First of Bucks Co PA

As stated in John of Mechlenburg {you have noticed the sequence is backwards in history from John Madison McMichael of Butts Co GA, to John the Distiller of Mechlenburg and now to John the First, so called because he was the first John of this McMichael strain, along with his brother Charles also an Indian Trader in PA, to come from Randolf McMichael, the original Scot Irishman of Ulster Ireland.  {It is another story to be covered later how the Kings of England encouraged and often move the Scot Presbyterians to Ulster in northern Ireland to stabilize the Catholic Irish.}

Anyway as stated in John of Mechlenburg, John the First’s grand entrance into the new world is traceable with the event of the 5 ships suddenly in the Boston Harbor.

“If there was a John McMichael of this strain of Scot-Irish, like John of Mechlenburg or John the First Indian agent like his brother Charles, both sons of Randolf McMichael of Ulster Ireland {how the Scots came to Ulster is another short story}, then there was a Mill and they in early colonial history were called “millers” by trade, sort of like the trade of mill wright that developed later.  The arrival of John the First can be traced with the famous “5 ships in Boston harbor” where a rep of the famous preacher John Cotton attempted to hire John the First cheap as a miller.”Wintrop Mill_001

Some of the legal deeds and documents on this John:

  1.   Oldest sure record of John of Meclenburg, “1769 11 Feb. John Kimber of Mecklenburg Co. to John McMichael of same for b 30 proc money and on both sides Allison’s Creek adj. Indian Granted John Kimbre (sic)  {between Shagaw Creek and McMickells Creek}

NOTE: first sure record IN STONE of John Sr in 1769 in Mecklenburg NC, and then 8 years later, 1777, in Camden District SC–no date on the first deed purchased in Green co after the land lottery that brought him to Jasper/ Since John died in Jasper county there is solid record of him in GA. less scant record in SC and NC; and before that the speculation that he came from PA is Lois speculation with attempts to link him to the famous John and Charles of Bucks county.

2.  John Mc of Mechlenburg. Lived in Wilkinson got Greene Co in Land Lottery. David , John Jr. and William moved to Jasper Co Ga. The first record found is a Deed Record on 2 page 34 Greene Co Ga…John McMichael Sr and Mary his wife of land containing 100 acres, beginning at the maypole running to a Wahoo on the Creek, with all improvements, J Jackson, Wm Baldwin Isaac McLendon Testators.

3.  1777 Oct. 10 Moses Ferguson (Schoolteacher) and wife Martha of Camden
Dist. SC to John McMichael Distiller of same, for b 310..land in Tyron
Co. on Long Creek on the w side Catawba near Adam Meeks corner, Thoma Eelshes line, granted to sd. Ferguson 28.
4.  1803 Office of Ordinary, Green County, Book E Page 48 Returns and
Appraisements John McMichael deceased…Mary McMichael and Wm
McMichael applied for letters of admin. Aug 6. 1803. Also pg. 82
1803 Greene Co. Ga Court Minutes PP 154-160-168 William & Mary McMichael
requested letters of Admin. on John Dec’d. Court refused saying there
was a will but it was missing. This John McMichael deceased in 1803 could not be the same John McMichael deceased in 1769, 34 years previous and obviously one generation in between. If we could find another John McMichael of the six chilren of this John McMichael, the work of Lois would make sense. Or even a John McMichael jr that was a son of Charles.

 

5.  John McMichael, owner of a grist mill, (born 1725, probably in Scotland), moved from Pa to Georgia with his wife Mary Irving. When John’s father died in PA, John would have been 33; and Charles must have stayed in PA when John went to Mechlenburg, and in Orangeburg District South Carolina when NC border changed where William was born in 1749.

6.  Brother of John, Charles McMichael, The Indian Trader, born by speculation in 1700 in Scotland or Ireland, died 1758 in Pa. Charles McMichael, an immigrant from Belfast, Ireland, was granted letters as an Indian trader by the proprietary government of PA on June 21, 1743. {Obviously Charles had gotten out of Scoland before the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, and it can be speculated that after the 1715 rebellion could have been motivation to go to Ireland, or with some of the clan warfare, sooner. Then he could have been Irish, as my father thought all the time.} He moved into Monroe Co., PA, and settled on McMichael Creek which today flows through this area.McMichaels_creek_3

 

 

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Scots and McMichaels by grace and guidance, some oral history

John the Distiller of Mechlenburg NC

John Jr, son of John the First of Bucks county PA, no doubt found his way down the famous Wagon Train Trail to settle between the Sugar and McMichael Creeks in Mechlenburg county North Carolina.  It was by guidance that he would befriend an Indian school teacher friend-neighbor, Frazier, and buy his land as the court records show when the Catawba Indians were moved.  {You may recall that John the First of Bucks Co PA attempted mission work at a Moravian mission with the Indians, like his brother Charles in Chesterfield Co was an Indian Trader, and often had Indian visitors in his home; then skipping over John the First and John of Mechlenburg, hopefully you have read the short story, or will, of John Madison who at the invitation of the Creek Indian chief William McIntosh came across the river from Jasper Co Georgia to Butts County and Indian Springs, later Jackson GA.

If there was a John McMichael of this strain of Scot-Irish, like John of Mechlenburg or John the First Indian agent like his brother Charles, both sons of Randolf McMichael of Ulster Ireland {how the Scots came to Ulster is another short story}, then there was a Mill and they in early colonial history were called “millers” by trade, sort of like the trade of mill wright that developed later.  The arrival of John the First can be traced with the famous “5 ships in Boston harbor” where a rep of the famoyus preacher John Cotton attempted to hire John the First cheap as a miller.

Available online are perhaps more free legal documents on the land and other dealings on John of Mechlenburg than of most, and later the McMichaels that remained in NC and SC became notorious as they sued against SC taxation when the border between the states was moved.  That is a very interesting fact of colonial history that John the distiller of Mechlenburg’s residence changed between Virginia to NC to SC, likewise the counties changed often, and his plantation remained the same location.

Looking at the Mechlenburg Co map from Google earth, you can see the little awkward corner in the southwest of the map.  Well there approximately under Lake Wylie was the original plantation of John, the unusual shape coming when SC took in more land after a resurvey  of the states border.  Most specifically along the Catawba River the home location in now more at Fort Mill SC.  On all close up maps, the Sugar Creek and names after it, are prominent.  It is unfortunate that today the McMichael Creek, the intersection of which was at that at Sugar Creek, has a name change or it is under Lake Wylie.  Later, the exact plantation location will be shown with an early SC map of Orangeburg District South Carolina.  Below is a Creek and River map, recall that waterways were the chief routes of travel in colonial days, of North Carolina and along the rivers are listed the names of plantation owners.  It would require a blow up of along the Catawba river to see the McMichael plantation, and that will be done in a second installment of John of Mechlenburg.creek and river map NC

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John Madison McMichael

Jackson, Butts Co GA
Fourth generation Scot Irish American pioneer, he did everything right from marrying for life Elizabeth Griffin , raising 10 children in a frontier environment to as Georgia developed into a state serving as a State Senator. Son of an American Revolution soldier, William, and same Grandfather soldier, John Thomas,, his scot irish heritage came by way of Scotland–Carmichaels in Appin and McMichaels like the Presbyterian Covenanters, Daniel and James of Dairy Galloway then Robert in Ulster Ireland. So much history went under the bridge from Randolf in Ullster to his sons John and Charles off the boat in PA, John the first Amercan’s son, John of Mechlenburg NC to William of GA to John Madison of Jackson Buttes County GA. {Reader mut be reminded these states and counties did not exist at the time but for the most part was Indian teritory. Lois McMichael in her history of Buttes co says that John Madison was one of the 5 original settlers Creek Indian Chief McIntosh invited south of the Oclumogee River to graze their cattle, later to assist the US in buying the land.

Lois McMichael writes in the HISTORY OF BUTTS COUNTY GEOGIA, “Before the treaty at Indian Springs {1821 ceded by Chief William McIntosh}, a few settlers from Jasper County {the home of John Madison and his father William, the American Revolution soldier from Mecklenburg NC and SC} who were friends of William McIntosh** were invited by him to cross the Ocmulgee River and to pasture their cattle in the canebrake which covered the rich ‘bottom land’. Among these first comers who settled along the McIntosh Trail wee Samuel Clark, John McMichael and the Phillips brothers, Dred and Jonathon.” You can see on the Georgia map of thehalf ga creek land in 1800 1800s that most of the state was Creek Indian Land, also that the border of Jasper County is the Ocmulgee River where John and his father crossed to settle in what would become Jackson, Butts County, Georgia.

**How interesting it would be to know how John Mc and William McIntosh became friends, and how far back as John’s great grandfather of Bucks County with his brother Charles were Indian Traders, and they attempted mission work among the Indians. Also when 5 children of John Madison decided in 1840 to find “rich land” in the new Republic of Texas, as Lois says, they moved to the same Cass and Marion counties of East Texas as the richest woman in Texas, RebeccaMcIntoshRebecca McIntosh a daughter of Chief William McIntosh. “Le monde et petit.”

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