Dear Gail, The Fayette Co. PA McBurneys are decendent from a Robert McBurney (I) who left Northern Ireland for Baltimore MD then moved to Hagerstown MD. In Baltimore he had married Ann Burford(1764 England - 1848 Fayette Co. PA.) Ann's brother, William Burford, had TB and the dangerous trip was made in hopes that Virginia would have a healthier clime. The weather was so bad that they landed, however, in Canada and he died before they reached Maryland which is where the next ship south was going.Ann did not want another ocean trip. She met Robert McBurney and married him in Baltimore April 1797. After moving to Hagerstown MD, Robert McBurney's brother-in-law Robert Boyd,newly moved to Fayette Co. PA, visited him to persuade him to relocate to Dickerson Run where there was no blacksmith and a great growing need for one. In 1798 they had made the move. Ann kept the custom of English tea and setting a dinner table. She taught it to her daughters and grandaughters, although, it was an amusement to her backwood neighbors. Ann knew how to read and write, though her husband and most of her neighbors did not. Writing letters for others is what kept the neighbors from ridiculing her to her face for her "silly English ways", which is the comment the children heard. Ann had several given names (as was the style of her social class in England), seven I think-the reams of notes are in boxes in storage right now. As each girl child was born she gave them one of her names, in the order that they had been given to her. Although I can't be sure of remembering each right this minute they are listed in RobertMcBurney's will(Fayette Co. PA) and on Ann's baptism record at St. Martin's in the Field Church in London England. What we don't know, is who came before Robert McBurney I, or with him. Tradition say that he and Robert Boyd traveled here together. He had a sister who married this Robert Boyd (who is the progenerator of the Fayette Co. Boyds) but we don't have proof of her first name nor when she immigrated. I have another project to work on thatis a year's commitment, but I wanted to let those who are interested to know I have info and need info. I will acknowledge and keep queries until I am able to address them properly. The McBurneys were resettled from Scotland to northern Ireland by plan of the English goverment in the 1600's (your Scot-Irish). Two thirds of all McBurneys in the whole of Ireland today, are in Northern Ireland (per 1980 census). In the 1970's when I was working in Guernsey county, I was unable to find any conection with the McBurneys of Fayette Co. PA. I look forward to hearing from everyone.