Hi Judy: I have been tracking McNees(e), and think I have found a reliable source for the origins of this line and more importantly, how the McNees line was descended from this 1 immigrant & his sons. I will paste the link below;after clicking link you can scroll down to the bottom of page & access links to McNees.org & McNees.net, as well as a link that takes you back to McNees pages. The McNees websites info seems correct to me, and clarifies the number of children Isiah brought from Ireland as well as date of arrival to America. It was interesting to learn that Isiah was a quaker in good standing upon arrival. I am in process of confirming ages of the 5 sons he brought as they may all have been adults; he was a widower, and I have read in other places that his son William brought a baby (Isaiah) and wife named Lydia. So I am not so sure that Isiah had a wife named Lydia, there seem to be other discrepancies concerning the name Lydia, unless 2 or 3 male McNees, Menees, & Isiah himself coincidentally all married a Lydia! That does not seem likely, but I am no expert on popularity of names from that time period. Also, it is interesting to note spelling of Isiah's first and last names in this biography. I don't know which ones are right or wrong anymore, they keep changing spelling every time I access different websites!
McNees in America Draft 1.1 - 5 March 1999, revised 10 October 2010
Genealogy of R.E. McNees Family
Background - This data is taken from McNeese - McNees Family History- The Brothers Three - Joab - Joseph - Jehu and their Descendents; Researched, compiled and indexed by Henrietta McNeese McMenama of Lexington, Kentucky, published in 1983 by the Lexington Copy Center, 1974 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, Kentucky. She visited with my grandmother, Zelma Mae Hurst McNees of Farmland, Indiana in compiling this data and presented to her a copy of the book in 1984. Some interesting McNees Family Lore is included on a separate page.
The immigrant Isaiah McNeise arrived in Philadephia, July 24, 1736 with a letter from Coote Hill, County Cavan Ireland dated February 21, 1736. McNeise, a widower with a large number of children, said that he had lived in County Cavan for the past 20 years and was a Quaker in good standing. He was born in 1677. He was known to have five sons: John, Sr., James, William, Samuel and Henry, all born in Ireland. There was no known McNeise in the Colony prior to 1684 and none took the oath in the State of Pennsylvania between 1779 and 1789. All of the McNeise's in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina were believed to descend from this one immigrant.
Most of these families moved from Cumberland County, Lancaster, Pennsylvania on to Lunenburg, Charlotte County, Virginia. Then, in 1770 most moved onward to the 96th district of South Carolina. The 96th District formed from Craven County discontinued in 1785. Laurens County, South Carolina formed from the 96th District in 1785.