Generation No. 3
5.HUGH3 MCCAIN, SR. (ROBERT2 MCKEAN, ALEXANDER1) was born 1729 in Antrim, Ireland, and died August 26, 1821 in Union County, North Carolina.He married (1) JANE PICKENS DAVIS Aft. 1777.He married (2) MARY ELEANOR NUTT Bet. 1747 - 1753.She was born Abt. 1735 in Augusta County, Virginia.
Notes for HUGH MCCAIN, SR.:
Hugh McCain (Sr.) was born in 1729. There is some confusion as to his parents.
SON OF WILLIAM ALEXANDER McKEAN OR ROBERT McKEAN?
Some researchers believe Hugh was born in Pennsylvania, the son of William Alexander and Sarah Hamilton McKean (McCain). Other researchers believe Hugh was the son of Robert McKean and that he was born in Antrim, Ireland. They maintain that Hugh came to America in 1752, initially settling in York County, Pennsylvania, where his father died about 1789.
The problem is lack of documents to tie down his parentage, birth, and immigration date. Since this "Hugh" has been listed as a cousin of William Alexander McCain he has been placed as son of Robert McKean (McCain), so he and his family can be found in the McCain family history. FURTHER RESEARCH IS NEEDED TO VERIFY CORRECT PARENTS OF HUGH.
ORIGINAL SETTLEMENT LOCATION IN THE AMERICAN COLONIES
There is no conflict as to the initial settlement location of Hugh's family. This was in the southern part of Pennsylvania in vicinity of York, Lancaster and Philadelphia. Hugh's father was part of a group of Scotch-Irish who lived near Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Known as "fierce fighting men" these men had been retained by the Pennsylvania Quakers to protect their southern boundary against intrusions by settlers from Maryland. Bringing their families with them these Scotch-Irish helped maintain order along the frontier and also began their own colonization of the American colonies.
McCAIN BRANCH MOVES SOUTH
Prior to the Amercian Revolution Hugh moved south and established a home in Waxhaw, North Carolina, in what was then Mecklenburg County (Waxhaw was later included in Union County when it was created in 1840). About the same time a cousin, William Alexander McCain, moved from the same Pennsylvania area down to Fairfield County, South Carolina.
HUGH'S MARRIAGES/ CHILDREN
Hugh married twice. He married Mary Eleanor Nutt. Hugh and Mary Eleanor McCain had had following children: John S.; WilliamS.; James; Hugh, Jr.; Andrew; Joseph; Eleanor; Robert. He may have also been the father of Jane McCain.
Hugh also married Jane Pickens Davis. Jane was a sister of Col. Pickett's wife. Col. Pickett commanded the King's militia at Waxhaw during the Pre-Revolutionary War period.
Hugh, like many other McCains, became a prominent planter and held many slaves.
He and his family were originally Presbyterians. Hugh was the first moderator of the Charlotte, North Carolina Presbytery.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD
Hugh had four of his sons serve with American Revolutionary forces against the British and American colonists who were British sympathizers (Tories).
During the war Hugh was caught by a group of Tories in North Carolina. He was hung from a walnut tree. A slave cut him down from the tree, saving his life.
HUGH McCAIN'S WILL IN 1805
When Hugh made his will in 1805, he gave part of the North Carolina property where he lived (in present Union County, located near the South Carolina state line) to his son, James McCain.
GAVEL PRESENTED TO US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN 1931
The following item concerning the Revolutionary service of Hugh McCain Sr, appeared in the Dec 19, 1931, issue of the Charlotte, North Carolina "OBSERVER"
"John Nance Garner, Speaker of (US) House of Representatives, was presented with a gavel capable of withstanding vigorous bangs, carved out of sturdy North Carolina hickory, walnut and cedar.
This gavel was presented to the new democratic speaker by Representative John W. Lambeth Jr, Seventh North Carolina District, in behalf of J.W. McCain of Waxhaw, its maker and donor.
In presenting the small mallet to Garner, the North Carolina member said: 'The head came from a walnut tree in North Carolina, whereon the tories hanged a well known partiot, Hugh McCain, four of whose sons fought for American Freedom, and who suffered the tories to hang him rather than give up his gold to enrich the enemy.' "
Abbrev: William D. McCain Research
Title: Seven Generations of the Family of Alexander Hamilton McCain(1786-1838) and His Wife Namoi Neely McCain (1800-1874), of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi
Author: William D. McCain
Publication: Hattiesburg, MS, 1973
Page: pg 13-15
OTHER SUPPORTING RESEARCH:
From Ray Isbell research (McCain Family Genforum
Hugh McCain was the son of William Alexander and Sarah McKean (McCain). He was born about 1729 in Pennsylvania. Later he went to Waxhaw, North Carolina (near the South Carolina state line).
His earliest descendants to record the family history, in the late 1800s, used to say his first wife was a Mary Hamilton, though most now say Eleanor Nutt was his first wife, and Jane Pickens Davis was the second, and last wife. Jane was a relative of Alabama Governor Israel Pickens.
Hugh, of Waxhaw, North Carolina had a cousin, William Alexander McCain, who lived in Fairfield County, South Carolina.
During the Revolutionary War Hugh was hanged by Tories from a walnut tree but saved by a slave who cut him down. Years later a walnut gavel made from this tree was presented to the Alabama Speaker of the House, a descendant, sometime about the 1930s.
From Gerri Armstrong
& Pat Hodges research
Family information on Hugh and Mary Eleanor Nutt McCain's descendants
Notes for MARY ELEANOR NUTT:
Issue by Eleanor Nutt and Hugh McCain, Jr. had a son, William S. McCain c1753-1823 m.(2) Eleanor Ross (Johnson) Moore; issue:
Children of HUGH MCCAIN and MARY NUTT are:
i. JOHN S.4 MCCAIN, b. December 10, 1753; d. March 09, 1835; m. MARY HUEY, March 23, 1780; b. February 03, 1764; d. January 02, 1844.
Notes for JOHN S. MCCAIN:
10. ii. WILLIAM S. MCCAIN, b. Abt. 1755, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; d. April 1823, Lancaster County, South Carolina.
iii. ELEANOR MCCAIN, b. Bet. 1757 - 1759; m. (1) ROBERT RAMSEY; m. (2) JOSEPH CLARK.
Notes for ELEANOR MCCAIN:
iv. ROBERT MCCAIN, b. Abt. 1759.
v. HUGH MCCAIN, JR., b. November 17, 1761, Antrim, Ireland; d. March 06, 1832; m. ISABELLA BASKIN, January 23, 1787, 18 JUL 1842; b. October 20, 1760.
Notes for HUGH MCCAIN, JR.:
From Pat Hodges research
Hugh was a son of Hugh and Mary Eleanor McCain.
More About HUGH MCCAIN, JR.:
Burial: Tirzah Cemetery, Waxhaw, Union County,North Carolina
More About ISABELLA BASKIN:
Burial: Tirzah Cemetery, Waxhaw, Union County,North Carolina
11. vi. JAMES MCCAIN, b. 1763, North Carolina; d. 1846, York County, South Carolina.
vii. ANDREW MCCAIN, b. 1765; d. November 25, 1844; m. MARY GRIMES.
Notes for ANDREW MCCAIN:
viii. JOSEPH NUTT MCCAIN, b. July 25, 1777, Waxhaw, Mecklenberg County, North Carolina; d. March 12, 1863, Calhoun County, North Carolina; m. JANETTE MOORE, March 28, 1799, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; b. October 15, 1780, North Carolina; d. October 06, 1857.
Notes for JOSEPH NUTT MCCAIN:
6.THOMAS3 MCKEAN (WILLIAM ALEXANDER2, ALEXANDER1) was born Bef. 1734, and died August 13, 1814.He married SARAH.
Notes for THOMAS MCKEAN:
From "World Book" Encyclopedia, Vol. 13, 1966
Thomas McKean was a Delaware signer of the Declaration of Independence. He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and the Congress of the Confederation from 1774 to 1783, and was governor of Pennsylvania from 1799 to 1808. During his career as governor, he restrained radical politicians whose plans might have reduced the state to a condition of anarchy. McKean was born in New London, Pennsylvania. He studied law, and wrote most of the Delaware state constitution.
Comments: Thomas amassed a small fortune, as can be attested by reviewing his will below. He left his heir considerable assets. In addition to property he owned in Philadelphia Thomas listed 10,941 acres of land in Pennslvania and Delaware that he was leaving to his children, or grandchildren.
Thomas named the following children in his will: Joseph Borden McKean; Robert McKean (deceased);
Elizabeth McKean Petit (deceased); Loetitia (Letitia) McKean Buchanan; Ann McKean Buchanan (deceased); Sarah Maria Theresa, Marchiones De casa Yrojo; Thomas McKean (Jr.); and Sophia Dorothea McKean
He also named the following grandchildren: Mary McKean, Samuel Miles McKean; four sons & daughters of Andrew and Elizabeth Petit; and Susanna Buchanan, Mary Buchanan, Thomas McKean Buchanan,Anne Buchanan, children of Ann McKean Buchanan, deceased.
Thomas McKean's Will, dated August 13, 1814
Be it remembered that I, Thomas McKean of the City of Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania having passed my eightieth year and being in good health & of perfect mind, memory and understanding do, this thirteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fourteen and of the independence of the United States of America the thirty ninth, make this my last Will and Testament in manner following.
I desire that my body may be buried in the most convenient cemetery or burying ground, at the discretion of my executors, that my funeral may be decent but not expensive; and that none of my family wear any mourning for me unless such as was practised by the Congress during the war between the United
States and Great Britain as I have survived the usual term of human existence as for my temporal estate & property I give devise and bequeath the same in manner & form following.
First I give devise & bequeath to my wife Sarah her selection or choice of my household furniture to the value of one thousand dollars on the appraisement and six hundred dollars a year during her natural life, to be paid to her in half yearly payments on the tenth day of January and the tenth day of July the first payment to be made on the first of said days that shall occur next after my decease.
I further devise unto my said wife my house and log, with the appurtenances, is the village of Holmesburgh during her natural life, which shall be in lieu and full satisfaction of her dower and of all claims & demands against my estate real and personal and whereas I have at different times advanced to each of my children portions of my Property amounting in the whole to about forty thousand dollars, I do hereby remit, release and discharge them severally from the same forever.
Also I give and devise to my son Joseph Borden McKean my mansion house in the City of Philadelphia and all the land thereto adjoining bounded on Third Street, Union & Pine streets with the appurtenances, thereunto belonging, and a rent charge of eight dollars a year from a house & lot of Mrs. Mary Rogers, having been originally part of the premises hereby devised, to hold to the said Joseph B. McKean his heirs & assigns forever; subject to the rent charge due to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, and also to John Grardom, and charged with three hundred dollars a year, being a moiety of the annual sum bequeathed to my wife during her life in lieu of dower to be paid in half yearly payments as aforesaid.
I do further give & bequeath to my said son my share in the Union Library of Philadelphia my picture in the Hall of my mansion house, also my Gold headed cane, my steel seal having my coat of arms cut thereon, my family Bible with a cover thereon wrought by his mother and my notes of cases in law,
letters and manuscripts whatsoever.
Also I give and devise to my grand daughter Mary McKean, only child of my second son Robert McKean, deceased all that house & lot in Holmesburgh in the county of Philidelphia which I purchased of Doctor Thomas Jones with the appurtenances; to hold to the said Mary, her heirs & assigns forever,
subject to the life estate devised to my wife, but free & exempt from all lieus & incumbrances whatsoever.
Also I give, devise & bequeath unto Andrew Petit, who intermarried with my Daughter Elizabeth
deceased, and by her had born four sons & daughters, in trust for my said grand children, all those eleven tracts of land, lying contigous to each other, situate on Brush creek or run in Beaver County, patented in my name and containing two thousand two hundred acres, besides the allowance of six per centum for roads & c. to have and to hold to him & his heirs in trust for his said children and their heirs &
assigns forever, as tenants in common. I do further give & devise to my said son in law the following
rents charge on ground rents reserved out of the lots of land situate on Sixth street in the City of Philadelphia between spruce street & the Pottersfield, to wit, a lot now held by Henry C. Brolasky
annually ninety two dollars another by Robert Pullen, a corner lot of sixth & Locust streets one hundred & fourteen dollars & seventeen cents; another by Jonathan Trusty thirty six dollars & thirty two cents;
another by the devises or heirs of Stephen Laws thirty four dollars & fifty eight cents and another by Patrick Delany thirty four dollars & fifty eight cents; another by Richard Howell thirty four dollars & fifty eight cents; the four last mentioned lots being situate on Locust street, opposite the Pottersfield; to hold to him during his natural life, and after his death to his present eight children or their representatives and their heirs as tenants in common.
Also I give and devise to my daughter Loetitia Buchanan the widow of Doctor George Buchanan & to her
heirs & assigns all that body or parcel of land situate on the river Ohio in Beaver county aforesaid near Logstown, consisting of six contiguous tracts and containing one thousand five hundred & eighty
acres, and also a plantation or tract of land called Pottersfield, situate in Hairres's township Penna valley in the now county of Centre and containing by patent 384 and 154 perches, but actually 407a
& upwards besides an allowance of six per centum for roads & c. which ought not to be sold for less than forty dollars an acre, being land of the very first quality; to hold to the said Letitia Buchanan, her heirs
& assigns forever; as I have great confidence she will sell no more than may be necessary for the maintainance of herself and children and the education of the latter; and that she will dispose of the
remainder justly among her children.
Also I give and devise to Joseph B. McKean, in trust & for the sole use of Susanna, Mary, Thomas McKean and Anne Buchanan, the four children of my daughter Anne Buchanan deceased, the following tracts of land, being part of the depreciation lands, on the north west of the River Ohio, to wit, a tract in James Cunningham's district numbered 59 called Resolution and in William Alexander's district numbered 100 called Bordentown, 101 called Independence 133 called New London and number 134
called Borden, all formerly in the county of Alleghany and containing in the whole about one thousand one hundred and sixteen acres, with the addition of six per centum for roads & c. and of their heirs &
assigns forever as tenants in common.
I do further devise in trust as aforesaid for the use of my said four grand children, the tract of land in Hanover township in the County of Luzerne, about five miles from Wilksbarre, which I had patented
in the name of their mother Anne, containing four hundred & four acres with the allowance of six per centum for roads & c. and afterwards sold by the Commissioners of that county & conveyed to me by the Sheriff in 1807 to hold to the said Joseph B. McKean in trust for their use as tenants in common. And I do further bequeath to the said children of my daughter Anne the sum of three thousand dollars, to be equally divided between them and to be paid to them respectively as they severally attain the
age of twenty one years; the interest thereof to commence immediately after my decease, & to be appropriated to the maintenance & education of my said Grand-children, or of such of them as shall most need the same, at the discretion of their Uncle Joseph & Aunt Letitia & the survivor of them.
Also I do give devise & confirm unto my daughter Sarah Maria Theresa, Marchiones De casa Yrojo those eight tracts of land situate on the waters of little Sewickly creek in the township of Ohio and county of Allegheny in Braden's district, numbered 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 114, & 115 and containing two thousand two hundred & sixty six acres and fifty two perches; to hold to her, her heirs & assigns
forever, besides six acres to every hundred acres additional for roads & c.
Also I give & devise to my son Thomas McKean all that messuage and plantation called Chatham, containing three hundred and ninety-two acres strict measure, of land, with the appurtenances, situate in
London grove township and County of Chester, together with six acres of land growing Chestnut wood, about three miles westward of the afsd messuage on the turnpike road leading from thence to Lancaster, which was conveyed to me by David Kinkrad to hold to him my said son Thomas McKean his heirs and
assigns forever; subject to and charged with an hundred and fifty dollars annually to my wife and payable in moieties half yearly as aforesaid. And I further give and bequeath to my said son
Thomas my silver hilted small sword, my stock, knee & shoe Buckles, silver spurrs and wearing apparel & appendages to my person together with my folio hot press Bible.
Also, I give and devise unto my daughter Sophia Dorothea four tracts of land situate on Bakers mill run in Bal Eagle township and County of Centre, being on the south side of Susquehanna & about two
miles from the same, containing One thousand six-hundred & eighty four acres and thirty two Perches besides an allowance of six acres per centum for roads &c to hold to her and her heirs & assigns
forever. I do further give & devise to my said daughter Sophia Dorothea two lots of land situate on the north side of Spruce street between sixth and seventh streets in the City of Philadelphia, numbered in the plan 5 & 6 being each in width of Spruce Street twenty four feet & nine inches and in depth North to Locust street two hundred and twenty nine feet which I have granted in fee, subject to rents charge on ground rents amounting together to three hundred & fifty eight dollars & eighty seven cents annually, payable half yearly clear of all taxes &c. with the said rents-charge and all my estate therein & thereto to hold to her and her heirs & assigns forever. I give to my said daughter two thousand dollars.
Also, I give and devise unto my grandson Samuel Miles McKean all that plantation called Mount Equity containing about three hundred acres, with the usual allowance &c. situate in the County of McKean to
hold to him, his heirs & assigns forever.
And I do further give and devise unto the four children before named of my daughter Ann Buchanan the rents charge reserved out of lots on the West side of Sixth street between Locust & Spruce streets in the City of Philadelphia, now held by Thomas Powell Vizer & John Armstrong, the former being sixty one dollars & thirty three cents annually and the latter fifty seven dollars & fifty cents, payable in moities half yearly; to have and to hold to them, their heirs & assigns forever.
Also I do hereby authorize and impower my executor hereinafter named & the survivors and survivor of
them, or of such of them as shall take upon themselves or himself the burthen of the execution of this my will to sell and dispose at public auction or otherwise for the highest & best prices that can be obtained
for the same in ready money or otherwise all those my messuages, lands, tenements & hereditaments following, to wit, about five acres of meadow, situate on Logan street in Penn township in the County
of Philidelphia near four miles from the city, and a tract of land containing four hundred and forty acres, adjoining the farm of John Alston & others, also a messuage & tract of land containing one hundred
& fifty two acres on the Northwest Branch of Duck creek both tracts in Appoquinimink hundred county of New Castle and State of Delaware, and all other my real estate not hereby specifically devised; and
to execute deeds or conveyances for all my estate, right, title and interest in the same to the purchasers, and likewise for such lands as I may sell & not convey in my lifetime.
I further authorize my executors to sell my goods and chattels at public auction or otherwise to the best advantage, except such articles as shall be taken by my wife to the value of one thousand dollars agreeably to my bequest to her; and I do
impower them to pay all my lawful debts and such as they shall deem just & the several legacies hereinbefore bequeathed together with a fourth part of the six hundred dollars a year bequeathed to my wife as aforesaid out of the produce of my estate real and personal, whether in money, bank stock
public or private securities.
All the rest of my estate real & personal I give devise & bequeath to my grandchildren Thomas McKean
Pettit, McKean Buchanan, Thomas McKean Buchanan, Charles Ferdinand de Yrujo and Henry Pratt McKean and their heirs and assigns forever, as tenants in common.
And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Joseph B. McKean, my son in law Andrew Pettit, & my son Thomas McKean, executors of this my testament & last will, and for their care and pain in the
execution thereof I give & bequeath to every of them two hundred dollars. To conclude I appoint & constitute my son Joseph B. guardian of the children of my daughter Anne, deceased, and my daughter
Loetitia, guardian of her children and my son in law Andrew Pettit, guardian of his children and my son guardian of his son Henry Pratt; to care of direct & manage the estate & property herein devised and bequeathed to them respectively until they shall severally arrive at the age of twenty one years.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Thos. McKean ( )
Children of THOMAS MCKEAN and SARAH are:
12. i. ANN4 MCKEAN, b. Abt. 1752.
ii. JOSEPH BORDEN MCKEAN.
13. iii. ROBERT MCKEAN.
iv. ELIZABETH MCKEAN, m. ANDREW PETTIT.
v. LETITIA MCKEAN, m. DR. GEORGE BUCHANAN.
vi. SARAH MARIA MCKEAN.
vii. THOMAS MCKEAN, JR..
viii. SOPHIA DOROTHEA MCKEAN.
7.AGNES3 MCKEAN (HUGH2, ALEXANDER1) was born 1734 in Adams County or York County, Pennsylvania, and died October 15, 1804 in Adams County, Pennsylvania.She married JAMES M. MCGAUGHEY Abt. 1756 in York County, Pennsylvania, son of WILLIAM MCGAUGHEY and MARGARET BOYD.He was born Bet. 1724 - 1728 in Adams County orYork County, Pennsylvania, and died June 10, 1798 in York County, Pennsylvania.
Notes for AGNES MCKEAN:
From Eleanor Gordon research
Information on Agnes McKean McGaughey's family and her descendants
Children of AGNES MCKEAN and JAMES MCGAUGHEY are:
i. AGNES4 MCGAUGHEY, b. April 29, 1757, HamiltonBann Twp.,York County, Pennsylvania.
ii. WILLIAM MCGAUGHEY, b. Abt. 1761, HamiltonBann Twp.,York County, Pennsylvania; d. March 14, 1832; m. ANN; b. Abt. 1755; d. September 20, 1826.
iii. JANE MCGAUGHEY, b. Abt. 1764.
iv. JAMES MCGAUGHEY, b. August 16, 1772, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania; d. April 14, 1848.
v. HUGH MCGAUGHEY, b. August 07, 1776, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; d. August 17, 1841.
vi. MARY ANN MCGAUGHEY, b. Abt. 1778, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania; d. Bet. 1837 - 1843, New Bedford, Pennsylvania.
vii. ALEXANDER MCGAUGHEY, b. April 20, 1779, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania; d. February 14, 1843, New Bedford, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.
8.JOHN3 MCKEAN (HUGH2, ALEXANDER1) was born Abt. 1734, and died Bef. October 1763.He married ELIZABETH MCCLELLAN 1758, daughter of WILLIAM MCCLELLAN and ELIZABETH MILLER.She was born Bef. October 1739 in Ireland, and died 1767.
Notes for JOHN MCKEAN:
From Eleanor Gordon research
Information on John McKean's family and his descendants
Children of JOHN MCKEAN and ELIZABETH MCCLELLAN are:
i. HUGH4 MCKEAN, b. 1757.
ii. ANN MCKEAN, b. December 23, 1759; d. May 23, 1835; m. (1) MATTHEW SWAN, September 17, 1784; d. June 06, 1795; m. (2) JOEL MUNSON, August 13, 1797.
14. iii. WILLIAM MCKEAN, b. January 30, 1761; d. September 10, 1831.
iv. JOHN MCKEAN, b. January 19, 1764; d. November 23, 1839; m. ANN HELM, April 04, 1795; b. September 13, 1768; d. December 07, 1853.
9.WILLIAM ALEXANDER3 MCKEAN (HUGH2, ALEXANDER1) was born Abt. 1735 in Probably Pennsylvania, and died 1817 in Probably South Carolina.He married (1) SARAH HAMILTON Abt. 1755, daughter of COL. HANCE HAMILTON.He married (2) JANE MCCAIN Aft. 1780 in North Carolina or South Carolina.
Notes for WILLIAM ALEXANDER MCKEAN:
From book, "Descendants of John Crawford1643", by Charles Barnett Lampkin, Jr.
William Alexander McCain (or McKean)married Sarah Hamilton, daughter of Colonel Hance Hamilton.
William and Sarah had at least six children: James; Adam; Nellie; Nancy; Jane; and Martha.
William served under his father-in-law as a Lieutenant and Captain sometime before the Revolutionary War. He also served in the American forces during the Revolutionary War.
Later, William married Jane McCain. They had a son, Alexander.
His will, dated 1815, was probated in 1817, in South Carolina, with his sons, James and Adam, as executors.
From Ray Isbell research (McCain Family Genforum 9/14/98
William Alexander McCain was a cousin of Hugh McCain, of Waxhaw, North Carolina.
FUTURE RESEARCH- ANOTHER SON?
(Sandra Stephens would like me to furnish her with any future research to determine ANY connections between Thomas McCain and brothers, James McCain & Adam McCain, sons of William Alexander McCain. If they all were brothers, this would give William another son.)
Sandra states "I don't know if there is a connection with my Thomas McCain or not. I find Thomas in Chester Co., SC in 1810 census, listed along with James McCain. By 1830 Thomas is in Perry County, Alabama.
Thomas was born between 1770 and 1780, perhaps in Ireland, though I don't know for sure. He married Sophia Sterling/Starling, b. 1777 in Ireland. Their children were John, b. 1800, Eliza, 1806, Mary, 1808, Nancy, Margaret, William, 1815 and Sophia 1825. If you see anything that rings a bell, let me know!"
Notes for SARAH HAMILTON:
From Barbara, McCain Family Genealogy Forum message 4/24/99
In the Library in Gettysbury, Pennsylvania are a couple of books on the Hamiltons. I found documentation, such as Col. hance Hamilton's will, deed and etc. in that library.
Sarah and Mary were daughters of COL. Hance Hamilton who brought a bunch of settlers from Ireland to York County in 1729. He had a brother who also came with him. The book lists his parents.
Sarah and Mary married in the middle 1750's ( it is listed when)
When Col Hance died, the will read that most of his children did not live close. His estate was sold and divided. Some of this was in a York County Historical Book. I was told that a larger library was at a college there with more information. I was searching for a connection of Hance Hamilton born 1760 and died in Guilford Co. NC. to Col. Hance Hamilton.
Col. Hance had a son Hance and Col. Hance had a son George who named a son of his Hance. This George also lived in Guilford Co. NC. Col. Hance Hamilton was Sherrif of York Co., I think. When visiting the house in Gettysburg, the docents tell that it belonged to Hance Hamilton. I didn't look for that documentation. The house could easily been built in 1740-50. Barbara
Notes for JANE MCCAIN:
From Lampkin records
The will of Jane McCain mentions the names of James McCain's children (Fairfield County, Winnboro, South Carolina Vol. 2, page 74). James would have been her step-son and child of William Alexander and Sarah McCain.
Children of WILLIAM MCKEAN and SARAH HAMILTON are:
15. i. JAMES4 MCCAIN, b. Abt. 1772, Fairfileld County, South Carolina; d. Abt. 1828.
16. ii. ADAM MCCAIN, b. Abt. 1780, Walkeree Creek section of Fairfield District, South Carolina; d. April 24, 1841, Sumter County, Alabama.
iii. NELLIE MCCAIN, m. MR. COLLINS.
iv. NANCY MCCAIN, m. MR. GAMBLE.
v. JANE MCCAIN, m. MR. BARBER.
vi. MARTHA MCCAIN, m. MR. BRANNON.
Child of WILLIAM MCKEAN and JANE MCCAIN is:
vii. ALEXANDER4 MCCAIN.
Notes for ALEXANDER MCCAIN:
Alexander insisted on spelling his name McKean, instead of McCain.He was a half brother of James and Adam McCain.
Alexander also moved to Alabama from South Carolina, arriving in Tuscaloosa County, in 1825. After a time he moved to Greene County, then on to Cuba, Alabama where he served as a school teacher.
From Grace Upshaw, McCain Family Genealogy Forum message 10/25/00
I wish I could tell you their clan; however, I have no idea. If you ever do find this information, please let me know. I descend from Alexander McCain ( McKeen) whose mother was Sarah Hamilton, dau. of Hance Hamilton.
Note: Alexander was son of Jane McCain, second wife of William Alexander McCain of South Carolina..