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MCMAHAN Archibald

Male 1731 - Abt 1841


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  • Name  MCMAHAN Archibald 
    Born  1731  County Meath, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    _UID  3449F3CF5462D5119887CB8894AA793F43BF 
    Died  Abt 1841  Jackson County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  McMahan Cove, Jackson, AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I192  Ancestors of Catherine Yvonne King | The Ancestors and Descendants of Johan Jakob Brown/Braun the "Waggonmaker".
    Last Modified  16 Aug 2006 

    Father  MCMAHAN Robert,   b. Abt 1706, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1746, Aboard Ship Enroute to Virginia in America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Cole Catherine,   b. Abt 1709, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1747, Augusta Co. ( Now Montgomery ) County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1726  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F923  Group Sheet

    Family  MCNULTY Ann,   b. Abt 1750, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1820, Middle Creek, Sevier Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1768  Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. MCMAHAN William
     2. MCMAHAN Archibald,   b. 1772, Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1853
     3. MCMAHAN James,   b. 1775, Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. MCMAHAN Eli,   b. 1776, Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 1850, Cocke County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. MCMAHAN Edward " Ned ",   b. 1779, Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. MCMAHAN Stephen,   b. Jan 1780, Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. MCMAHAN Sarah Elizabeth " Sallie ",   b. Abt 1782, Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. MCMAHAN *Saunders E.,   b. 1 Feb 1784, Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1864, McMahans Cove, Jackson County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. MCMAHAN Rhoda,   b. 16 Mar 1785, Shield's Station, Middle Creek, Sevier Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. MCMAHAN Jonathan,   b. 1788, Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F85  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Notes for Archibald " Redmond" McMahan:
      It is believed Archibald McMahan left his home in Ireland and came to America about 1746 to seek his
      fortune in the wilderness of the new world. Archibald, then 16 years of age, landed in either the state of
      Virginia or North Carolina
      There is a debate over Archibald's given name. Descendants of the Saunders McMahan have alway been told
      that the father of Saunders was Redmond McMahan and they have a bible record to prove it. We now believe
      that Archibald and Redmond are one in the same. No one know for sure how the two names came about since
      they have not been found to be used together.
      Smoky Mountains Historical Newsletter 1991, Volume XVII, No #4 lists the following from Dick Fox,
      RR9, Box # 355, Sour Lake, TX 77659:

      " Redmond McMahan was apprenticed to David Stuart as a cooper to begin 9th August 1747. Redmond
      was listed as a white male; his mother was listed as Catherine Cole. This is from the Augusta Parish Vestry
      Book, 1746-1780, page # 101. Catherine Cole was listed in other Augusta County, Virginia records as a
      servent of David Stuart.

      According to " The South Carolina Regulators", Redmond McMahan was an outlaw in Upper South Carolina.
      When the Regulators or Rangers crushed the outlaw bands in the late 1760's, they scattered to other states.
      Maybe this explains the use of his alias.

      Pennsylvania Archives, Vol #1, Series VI, page 15, Officers and Soldiers in Province of Pennsylvannia
      lists " Men in Command of Samuel Perry ".
      Redmand McMahan, age 20, born in Ireland, enlisted 13 July. Laborer. Included is a date ( 4 August 1746)
      which could be his birth or immigration date.

      It is not clear if this is the same Redmond since the original source can not be found. The age of 20 does not match the pension application papers.

      " Montgomery County Virginia: The First 100 Years" ( text by Judge C.W. Crush, index by Mrs. Frances
      Terry Ingmire: FHL 975.5785 H2c, page 47 lists Redmond McMahon as one of the members of Captain Cox's
      company who signed an oath of allegiance to the Commonwealth of Virginia, refusing allegiance to George III,
      King of Britian.

      One Page # 69 there is an abstract from Montgomery County Court Records ( Volume and page not cited )
      as follows:

      " Whereas Redmond McMahon was taken as Prisoner in the Battle of King's Mountain by the Virginia and
      Carolina Malitia on the March to the Moravian Town, he had made his escape and came into Montgomery
      County where he surrendered himself to an Officer of the Militia. And whereas there is no Prison is said
      County to confine the said McMahon until an Exchange takes Place, Therefore, We the Subscribers do hereby
      bind ourselves Jointly & Severally our Join & Severally our Joint & Several Heirs, Exrs & Admrs. to the Honorable Thomas Jefferson, Esqr., Govenor of Virginia of the Govenor for the time being In the Just and full sum of
      Five Thousand Pounds Current Moeny of Virginia that the said Redmond McMahon will at any time deliver himself up when legally called for, to the proper officer, as a prisoner of War to be exchanged or otherwise
      dealt with as the other Prisoners in the same Situation with him may be dealt with. As witness our hand this 6th
      day of February 1781.
      Redmond McMahon
      John Price
      Dasswell Rodgers ( mark )
      William Preston
      James McGavock
      He was imprisoned for what we believe is dissertion since his pension application was denied on grounds of dissertion.

      The Personal Property Tax Lists for the Year 1787 for Montgomery County, Virginia ( Netti Schreiner-Yantis, Genealogical Book in Print, 1987, FHL 975.5 R4sy, Vol #8, page 454-455 ) show that Redman McMahan and
      George Byrd were enumerated on the same day, so they were probably neighbors. Redmans's son Archibald married George's daughter Elizabeth Byrd.

      Warren County, Tennessee deed book A, page #22, 4 November 1811. Redmon McMahan to Enos Holbert
      100 acres in Warren County on Barren Fork of Collins River, granted to mcMahan by State of Tennessee
      23 August 1808.

      Deed Book C, page #125, 8th January 1816, Pedmond McMahan to Nathan Randolph for $ 120 part of grant
      from State of Tennessee, 25 August 1802.

      In 1826, Archibald McMahan was making his home with his son Saunders in Alabama

      Redman McMahan applied for a Revolutionary War Pension from Warren County, Tennessee in 1834 at the
      age of 103, making his birth date 1731. Thomas Brown claimed he knew Redman McMahan before their
      respective arrivals in Warren County, Tennessee. As mentioned earlier, his application was denied because of
      dissertion.

      During Archibalds lifetime he accumulated quite a bit of wealth and at the time of this death he owned seventeen
      slaves.

      It is not clear where Archibald " Redmond" McMahan was buried. Some say he was buried in the McMahan family graveyard in McMahan Cove near Stevenson, AL. Others say he was buried in McMinnville or Morrison,
      Tennessee.

      " McMahan Family Tree" Glenn F. McMahan, 10 March 1932, p. 1
      TDW McMahan records, Johnny Scott Large, page # 63. Rosee Lee Downey notes, 16 July 1983, p 1-2
      4.Ann Turner, 2 January 1995 " Yancy County, Buncombe County Heritage"

      _______________________________________________________________________________
      SOURCE: Contact Francis Christie

      Archibald McMahan and nine brothers came from Ireland in 1746 with their parents. His father died on the tip over and his mother Catherine settled in the area of Augusta Co., Virginia that soon thereafter became Montgomery Co., VA. There the boys were apprenticed, while the mother worked as a housekeeper for David Stuart. Archibald learned Mule Breeding, while James became a Ferrier and Redmond became a Cooper. Another brother John, has recently been located as the husband of Deborah Stockton who came to Tennessee. The names and fate of the other six brothers are lost now,
      but Archibald, James and Redmon show up in Tax, Land & Military records ( in the area that became
      Montgomery Co., VA in 1776) from 1746 until after 1780. Redmon and James both served in the American Revolution in the Virginia line. George Washington made special use of Redmon's frontiersman skills by using him as a scout, who could go stealthily through the woods and spy out British troop movements. A great confusion exists because there were at least two other Archibald McMahans and maybe two other Redmon ( or Redmond ) McMahans in the Revolutionary War. As
      farm as we know our Archibald did not serve in the Revolution. He was already married and had several children when it started. Both James and Redmon serve in Virginia troops.

      Archibald died in early July, 1826 in Alabama, shortly after the birth ( 10 June 1826 ) of his great grandson, McNulty McMahan ( whom he named ).

      Archibald McMahan is sometimes confused with an Archibald McMahan from PA and an Archibald
      McMahan from Rowan Co., NC He is also confused with Remond McMahan of Warren Co., TN who applied for a pension, in 1834, which was denied. He was also not the Archibald McMahan referenced by Rosa Lee Downy, a Revolutionary War Veteran who died in 1840 in Greene Co., SC,
      But the Greene Co., SC Archibald may have been the Rowan Co., NC Archibald as well as the Archibald listed in the 1810 Buncombe Co., NC Census.

      Archibald's brother Redmon was wounded at the battle of Trenton so he could not have been the deserter in South Carolina, though he was later arrested in mistake, for the deserter and George
      Washington had to straighten this out or he might have been hanged. Redmon died in Wythe Co., VA
      before the pension law of 1832 was passed and did not apply for any pensions or grants so that his
      Revolutionary War record is difficult to trace, but he served in Cox's Company of the Montgomery County, militia.

      Archibald McMahan was one of the earliest pioneers of Sevier Co., TN ( then Greene Co., NC though
      listed as Sevier Co. by the State ). He purchased land from Landon Carter, Entry Taker for all of Washington, Sullivan and Greene Co., NC at Middle Creek, near the site of the present Middle
      Creek Methodist Church in 1784/5 and he and the Richard Shields family founded Shields Station there. This area was still Cherokee lands until after the treaty of Dumplin ( 1785 ) and the State of
      North Carolina did not recognize purchases in this area until ten years after the entry. His wife,
      Ann McNulty, was buried in the old part of Middle Creek Methodist Church Cemetery in 1820. The only earlier Sevier Co. settler that I could find was Major Hugh Henry who settled on Dumplin Creek in 1781. Hugh's settlement was on the north bank of the French Broad River while Archibald's was south of the French Broad River between the present sites of Sevierville and Pigeon Forge.

      Archibald was a very successful mule breeder, who made many trips through Yancey and Buncombe Co., NC to take the mules ( and pigs and beef cattle ) to the better paying markets in Greeneville, SC.
      He was accompanied on the animal drives by most of his children so they knew many people along the route, which mostly followed the river valleys through the mountains. Many NC farms had " Stops" along the way with bunk houses for the drovers and pens for the animals. He had also known George
      Byrd who moved from Montgomery Co., VA to Yancey Co. ( then part of Buncombe Co., NC ), after 1787. Both George Byrd and Redmon McMahan are listed in Montgomery Co., VA tax lists on the same day of 1787, so they probably were neighbors. Several of Archibald's children married and settled near the Byrds in NC . I believe that other associations with NC residents was mainly for business reasons and that none of his children were born there, though technically before 1792 the Sevier County region was part of Greene Co., NC.

      After his wife Ann died in 1820, Archibald lived with a son, in Alabama until his death in July 1826, but he frequently visited his other children in Sevier Co., TN, Cocke Co., TN, Yancey Co., NC Just before his
      death he had visited his son Archibald, Jr. in Pearl Valley, Sevier Co., TN and was there in June 1826,
      when his great grandson, McNulty McMahan, son of David Crockett McMahan, was born. Some believe that he went to visit Sanders McMahan in Jackson Co, AL and died there, but since Sanders is known to be a son of Redmond McMahan of Warren Co., TN and didn't move to Jackson Co., AL until 1832, this is unlikely. Archibald's son Edward" Ned " McMahan however was living in Bibb Co., AL in 1826 so it is likely that it was Ned that he was staying with when he died. He is probably buried in Bibb Co., AL ( Ned's first wife Rachel Reagan died about three months later on 6 November 1826 and is buried in Bibb Co., AL ).

      SOURCE LISTED: John James Henry ( ID " henryjj").