About a year and a half ago, I had posted the following concerning Robert and Daniel McKissick of Lincoln Co., NC and would like to follow-up with the fact that I would like to find some direct male line descendants of this family who would like to join our DNA Project. For more informationon the testing, please visit www.familytreedna.com. The testing would be free to those who can prove their lineage back to Daniel and/or Robert McKissick...this would further aid in research for the McKissick lineage further back where written records are not available. Please contact me directly and here is my prior post concerning this McKissick family:
"Hello McKissick Researchers:
I am currently researching my COLLETT family and have found a couple of
references to indicate that my family lived and had some interaction (direct and
indirect) with the McKissick family of Lincoln/Mecklenburg Co., NC.
The first reference is:
"Feb. 15, 1783, William Thompson & wf. Sarah of Lincoln Co., to Henry
Thompson of same, for 120 proc. money...land on N. Side of Mountain Creek, adj. Robt
McKissick, 157 A conveyed by Abraham Collett to Henry Thompson Sr 5 & 6 Jan
1765 & by his L.W. & T. of sd. William on 22 May 1777...William Thompson (seal),
Sarah Thompson (s) (seal), wit: Robert McCusicke, Saml Thompson.Rec. July
The land mentioned was originally surveyed and granted to Abraham Collett:
"2 December 1760 Abraham Collett surveyed 700 acres on both sides of Mountain
Creek on the west side of the Catawba River.Title was granted 4 April 1761
(Rowan County Deed Book 4, p.529)."
At the time of the sale to Henry Thompson, Abraham Collett was living in
Rowan Co., NC and Henry Thompson was mentioned as being from Mecklenburg Co., NC.
(which was formed from Anson Co. in 1762)...this area likely later became
Tryon Co. in 1769 and Lincoln Co. in 1779.
At any rate, Robert McKissick was listed as living next to the Thompson
family in 1783 Lincoln Co. and also listed as a witness, along with Samuel
Thompson.I speculate that Robert McKissick may have had family ties, or just been a
close neighbor with this Thompson family.
From my initial searches on the Internet, I believe that Daniel McKissick is
listed as a son of Robert McKissick.
The Collett family acquired land in 1767 Mecklenburg Co., NC and later
purchased land in Rowan County in 1771 (portion that later became Burke County in
1777).My ancestor, William Collett, was found in a 1783 Burke Co., NC court
record, turning in a Rev. War pay voucher in 1785 at the Rutherford Co., NC
courthouse, in the 1790 Burke Co., NC census, and in 1792, he accepted payment for
a pay voucher of Daniel McKissick:
"Abstract of the Settlement of Army Accounts at Hillsborough in 1792.
Name of the Claimant: WilliamCollett.
Amount: 27 8 4
Whom Accepted for: Daniel McKissick
"The foregoing Sums were the whole Amount of the Accounts, one-fourth of
which were paid either in Cash or Due-Bills, and the other Three-fourths in
certificates. J. Craven, Comptroller."
From my understanding, pay vouchers could be traded or exchanged and often
this was done.From the citation above, Daniel McKissick evidently exchanged
something for his Rev. War pay voucher of 1792 w/William Collett.William
Collett also served in the Continental Army (at least 2 separate enlistments) and
he also had pay vouchers in his own name.However, by accepting payment for
Daniel McKissick's voucher, this seems to indicate that the two had some
dealings and a possible relationship.
With the McKissick name turning up in 2 earlier records, it has caused me to
take a closer look at this family.The information that I have been able to
locate has been extremely limited.I did find the following on Daniel
(1) Daniel McKissick (1777 to 1779)
Not a resident of present Burke County, however lived in the south-central
section of present Catawba County near the town of Maiden
Gunsmith by trade
Married Jane Wilson (b. 1759 - d. 1844) in 1776
Captain in the Revolutionary War
Commanded a company of N.C. Dragoons
Severely wounded in the shoulder at the battle of Ramsour's Mill on June 20,
Died in 1818 in Shelbyville, Tennessee
If anyone has any additional information on Daniel and Robert McKissick from
the Lincoln Co.--formerly Tryon 1769-1778--formerly Mecklenburg 1762-1768,
please get in contact with me.Thanks!Sincerely, Barry Collett
PSIn reading some old postings on Daniel McKissick, I saw some possible
confusion among researchers in that there were apparently records of Daniel
McKissick in Buncombe Co., NC.My own ancestor, William Collett, seemed to leave
sporadic records in neighboring counties...a brief timeline for William in
North Carolina, beforing moving to Knox Co., KY by 1802 is as follows:
William Collett served in the North Carolina Continental Army of the
Revolutionary War from November 10, 1778 until August 10, 1779.He was born by 1762,
as you had to be 16 years of age to enlist in the American Revolution.
In 1781, William Collett was on a list of paroled NC militia.William was
listed as being from Burke Co., NC and was paroled by Lord Cornwallis; it is
believed that these militiamen were captured during the events surrounding the
Battle of Guilford Courthouse in NC on 15 March 1781.
In 1783, the Sheriff of Burke Co., NC was instructed on the third Monday of
June to hold William Collett until the third Monday in July to answer for John
Russell’s pleas of trespass.
In 1783, William Collett was listed as eligible for a pay voucher for his
service in the Revolutionary War.
In 1784, William cashed in his pay voucher out of Morgan District
(Rutherford, Burke, Lincoln, or Wilkes County, NC).
In 1785, the Hillsborough Dist. Treasury Office received the currency
certificate from the Rutherford County office for William Collett
In 1790, William Collett appeared on the Burke Co., NC (Morgan District)
census in the First Company.
In 1792, another act was passed for payment to Revolutionary War soldiers.
The State of NC was indebted to William Collett.Apparently, William did not
collect upon this.
In 1792, William Collett was the claimant and accepted payment for Daniel
McKissick’s pay voucher.
In 1798, William Collett was listed as a tax delinquent in Buncombe Co., NC.
Apparently, he was living in Buncombe until 1797 and moved on by 1798."
Sincerely, Barry Collett