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Ancestors of Elizabeth "Betsy" Moon
Generation No. 1
1.Elizabeth "Betsy" Moon, born Abt. 1745; died Bet. 1837 - 1857 in Probably Spartanburg, S.C..She was the daughter of 2. John Moon and 3. Mary.She married (1) Charles McClain Abt. 1774 in Virginia.He was born Abt. 1745 in probably Virginia, and died 10 Dec 1819 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.He was the son of Joseph McClain and unknown.
Notes for Elizabeth "Betsy" Moon:
Recent find seems to disclose that a Gideon Moon was the brother of this Elizabeth Moon McClain.Will Abstracts 1690-1760 of N.C.by Bryan Grimes reads:Perquimans County, N.C.
John Moor(Moon) Mar. 11,1750, probated Oct. 20, 1755 - To sons Corneliusl, Joseph, and
Gideon (the Manner Plantation), dau. Miriam, Sarah, and Betsy (Elizabeth).Writing for copy of
Elizabeth Moon wasthought to be the daughter of Gideon Moon..Gideon named a daughter Elizabeth in his will.However, this compiler knows there were two Gideon Moons in Virginia close tothesame age.Also Gideon's (who left a Will)Elizabeth was born too late to be the same Elizabeth that married Charles McClain.So, recent findings seem to indicate this Elizabeth was the daughter of John Moon and Mary ?.Research is continuing to determine the parents of this John Moon.There were five John Moons in North Carolina i
according to the 1790 census.One John in Chatham, one in Bertie, and two in Randolph Co
The 1800 census shows one John Moon in Edgefield,S.C., and two John Moons in Greenville, S.C.;one John Moon in 1800 in Beautfort Co., N.C.The 1820 census shows a John Moon living in Chatam, N.C.(believed to be the son of John and Mary Farmer Moon).
From Pat Email:email@example.com
Several years ago I found a land record in the William and Mary Quarterly concerning Richard and Anne Robinson.If I remember right, it was a deed for a land transfer dated 1684.In the record she mentioned her son John Curtis and her former husband Abraham Moone.At the time I got the impression that John Curtis was Abraham's son, but the record really didn't clarify that relationship.Now I find that John was probably a son of Anne's second husband, also a John Curtis, who was the execitor of Abraham's will.Anne's proposed 3rd husband was Richard Robinson, according to the original record that I found.That establishes to me that Abraham was married to Anne Robinson (Robinson was also her maiden name), but it doesn't clarify how long she was married to Abraham, or if she was the mother of Stephen Moon.Have you ever heard of her?
I used to believe that Abraham was the son of the John Moone born about 1620 in Barry, Stoak Parish, Hampshire, England (as stated in his will)and died 1655 in Warrisquidake, Isle of Wight, Virginia (will recorded 12 Aug 1655), but now I see that if they were related that they were more likely brother's.John's second wife was Mrs Prudence Wilson andhis stepchildren were Joan Wilson Garland, wife of Peter Garland, andWilliam Wilson.John transported many people to Virginia in the 1630's to 1640's, while an Abraham transported people in the early 1650's.This Abraham would have been too old to have been John's son if John were born ca 1620.There was also a Charles Moone of interest in records of Charles City County in 1659 who could have also been a brother.A Martine de Moone was found in the records of the living and dead of Jamestown in 1623, but I've never found a John.Obviously there must have been a John that lived there as shown in your file.
If our McClain's are genetically connected, which they seem to be, it really intrigues me that one of them married a Moon who had a much older distant cousin that also married a Mclain cousin.It will be interesting to see if we ever figure out that Mclain connection.
Thank you for your time, Virginia.
From:Nancy Collins Email:Ponderosa_lady@yahoo.com
The 2 books I have are called:The Moon Family andIts Several Phases by Howard Richardson. Written in 1983; Our Moons with emphasis from Stephen and Mary through Peter I toElizabeth Ann by Mavis Holt Williams. Written in 1990
This is from the book "Our Moons".
Elizabeth Moon thought to be daughter of Gideon Moon Sr. and his wife Mary, had married Charles McClain and they lived in the Abner Creek area of Woodruff, S. C.Charles McClain signed a will on July 2, 1819, which was presented for probate in Spartanburg County Dec. 10, 1819. He named his wifed Elizabeth McClain as Executrix and William Moon Sr. signed her bond.The children named in the will were: James McClain, Nancy Leonard, Elizabeth Ward, Jenny Brockman, Josiah McClain of Cobb County, GA, John McClain (husband of Phillipina Glenn), Polly Mayfield.
Witnesses to the will were: Abraham Wood, Thomas Wood and Samuel Floyd.
The first two named witnesses were sons-in-law of William Moon Sr. who signed the Executrix's bond. Those three serving as parties to the Will lends validity to the belief that Elizabeth McClain was indeed the Elizabeth Moon, daughter of Gideon Moon Sr.
AnElizabeth Moonwitnessed a deed of her father, as follows:
Deed Book 16, page 58, Lunenburg Co., VA:
29 Apr 1790. Gideon Moon of County of Lunenburg sold to John Cureton of said county for 50L 190 acrres in said county on both sides of Meherrin River, adjoining land of Thomas Ladd, William Fulklove?, William Thaxton and William Davis on South side of River and by lands of John Moon and Abner Moon on North side of said River, etc.Wit: Elizabeth Moon, William Moon and John Moon.
Note by this compiler.Elizabeth Moon (as witness)did not sign her name Elizabeth McClain and according to records she had married Charles McClain in 1774.
Racial Origins of the Moons from book "Moons and Kindred Families" by J.W.Moon
"From what we have learned the ancestors of the Moons were located in France at the time of the adoption of the name Mahan, nearly a thousand years ago, however, we know that they were not of French origin.The characerikstics of the family as well as family tradition, and all information obtainable indicates that our ancestry came originally from Denmark.Then if we are of Danish origtin we have only to learn something of the origin of the Danes in order to know something of theorigin of the Moons.The Danes are of Teutonic origin of the Scandinavian group.They have light hair, blue eyes and fair skin.Little is known of the primitive history of Denmark.The kitchen middens and other primitive remains indicate the early presence ofprehistoric man in the Danish peninsula.The sagas handdown traditions of laterbut still early ages when the original inhabitants had been crowded out by wandering tribes of Germanic stock, and Jutland and the Islands had become the homes of Angles,Saxons, and Jutes.This was probably completed about the second century of the Christian era, but was followed by an invasion of the Danes in the fifth and sixth centuries.Less influenced than other Teutonic peoples by the Romans, the inhabitants of the Scandinavian countries developed a striking and characteristic civilization, marked by a warlike and adventurous spirit that sent them as vikings and conquerors over most of Europe and even as far away as America.As evidence of their daring it is claimed that Lief Ericson, a Scandinavian, crossed the Atlantic Ocean in row boats and discovered America in the year one thousand.Doubtless the spirit of the adventurer has been inherited from their viking ancestors by the Moons,and accounts for their presence in every country in Europe, at an early date,as pioneers, and sent them to Jamestown, Virginia, and other American settlements.
From the very earliest records of the Mahuns, or Mohuns, in England we find them occupying positions of prominence.On many of them titles ofNobility were conferred, before their name changed to "Moon".The title of Baron was conferred on five different Mahuns, of which we have found record.Many Coats of Arms were granted to the Mahuns.Among the early records we find a Coat ofArms granted to a Moon of the county of Devon in the fourteenth century.
Quite a number of Moons have won high places in the professions, especially of the law and medicine.Peter Moon, bon in1548 was a poet of considerable distinction and wrote many sacred poems.Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1796-1881, was Lord Mayor of London.He was probably related to the early Moons who migrated to America.The King conferred on Peter
the title of Baron, with a Coat of Arms and heraldry, a recognition rarely bestowsed in England, except those born of the nobility.There was a Sir Richard Moon, who by hard struggles became the organizer of England's greatest railroad system.William Moon, born 1818, was one of the world's greatest benefactors.He invented what is known as the Moon Embossed System of Raised Letters for the Blind.He had lost one of his eyes when he was four years old and finallly lost the sight in both eyes.He visited American and the first school for the blind in America was established by him.He translated the Bible into Irish Gallic and Chinese languages and published the same for the blind.Before his death he translated parts of the Bible into476 languages.
Many of the Moons of England had espoused the Quaker cause and among those who came over with William Penn in 1682 were several Moons from Devon County, England.They came with Penn on the ship "Welcome".Among these Moons were two brothers, John and Jasper, ant they together with the otherMoons formed the Moon Colony in what became Bucks County, Pa., the county being named for Buckinghnamshire,England.John and Jasper were no doubt
related to the Moons in Virginia.After several years residence in Pennsylvania, Jasper Moon moved to Lunenburg County, Virginia.He had one son Simon born abt.1690.Simon was married twice and by his last wife hnad an only son, John, who was born abt.1715.His mother died when he was young and he was bound out as an apprenticeship to the carpenters trade and at the expiration of his apprenticeship, probabllly aboujt 1735 or 1736, he married Mary Farmer andemigrated to North Carolina and settled inRandolph Co., N.C.It is possibe that his father Simon also migrated to North Carolina for there is a Simon Moon living in 1790in the Salisbury District. If this is John's father, he was about one hundred years old.Many of the Moons lived to be quite old."
More About Elizabeth "Betsy" Moon:
Name 2: Elizabeth Moon
Date born 2: 1750, Lunenberg Co., VA
Date born 3: Aft. 1756, Lunenberg, Virginia
Notes for Charles McClain:
Note:This Charles probaly served in the American Revolution but not yet proven.He could also have been born before 1750???One Charles McClain did serve for Virginia under Capt. John Tipton, ref:Military Records, Virginia in the Revolution and War of 1812 and Dunmore's War, 1774, page 140 "Virginia Soldiers of 1776" compiled by Louis A.Burgess, Vol. 1.
Also found a Charles McClain who was a Loyalist in Pennsylvania.
Update as ofMay 2007.We have matching 37/37 DNA with a Duggar whose ancestor descended fromBrunwichCounty, Virginia.There was a JohnMcLean and a Charles McLeanthere in 1740.More research needs to be done. This could be our Charles and he could have fought in the American Revolution for Virginia.
Charles McClain was of Spartanburg County, S.C. on July 2, 1819 when he wrote his will which was probated 10 December 1819 (WB B:17-19).He was in Tryon Co., NC in 1769. Since there were 3 Charles in the Carolina, I cannot be certain that it is the same Charles.The Spartanburg District back then went to the N.C. line.A number of people in Rutherford and Tryon areaswere actually in SC, or vise versa.The line was not exactly clear between the two states.
A search is on to find the parents of Charles.Records of Spartanburg County indicate that lots of the Scots were descendants of those who came to Pennsylania first (from Ulster) about 1730.There is reason to believe that our McClains at that time were involved in the Glorious Revolution in Scotland and England.Most of the Scottish people supportedPrince Charles, Edward Stuart's bid to wrest the throne of Britain from the House of Hanover.The Scots did not receive the promised support of the French people and the English Jacobites.Thoughsupporters of the House of Stuart,known as Jacobites, could be found throughout the British Isles they were outnumbered and lost the battle at Culloden.These armies were formed 1715 to 1745. Many peoplewere imprisioned by the Crown and some allowed to go tothe new world, which included America, Jamaica, Barbados, and Antigua.The Scots paid dearly for their loyalty to the Stuarts.In fact, the failure ofthe Jacobite Rebellion signalled the death spiral of the Clan system and a large scale emigration to North America of the Scottish people.Charles' parents could have moved down to Virginia and North Carolina from Pennsylavania before moving to Spartanburg, S.C.An Ephraim, Charles, and Alexander moved from Pennsylanvia before the Revolution.One is almost certain to be this Charles' parents.At that time the name was spelled "McLean".In all of the early Passenger/Immigration Lists there is not one with the spelling of the name "McClain, or McLain" before 1780 that I have found except to Maryland.
In 1820, the Charles McClain household was enumerated in Spartanburg County (p238).The only male in the househould was aged 16 to 26 and is believed to be their son James,The only female in the household was over 45 years of age, believed to be the widow Elizabeth.Sons Josiah and John lived nearby.In 1822 James McClain sold a tract of land on Abner's Creek to George Mayfield (presumably his brother-in-law).(Spartanburg Co., SCDB U:246)It is believed, but not proven, that this Abner Creek land belonged to Charels and Elizabeth McClain.There is no deed conveying it to James McLain indexed in the Spartanburg County deed indexes.In 1830 Elizabeth Moon McClainwas enumerated in the census of Spartanburg County (p. 324, Line 13).Son James was nearby, p. 326, Line 29.Josiah and John had already removed from South Carolina to Georgia.Charles named seven children in his will.
Will of Charles McClain 1821 SC
State of South Carolina, Spartanburg Dist,,
"I,Charles McClain,being at this time in good and perfect memory threw the mercies of God but weak and sickley in body do make this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say I consign my body to the dust and my soal to God who gave it unto me it is my will and desire that all my just debts shall first be paid at all funerial expences to be paid it further my will and desire that my beloved wife Elizabeth McClain shall have full possession of all my property & plantation during of her life to do & act with it as she seeth proper and at her death for all to be sold exsept the land and plantation which i give and bequith unto my son James McClain.It is further my will and desire that at the death of my beloved wife Elizabeth McClain that all of my properties shall be sold except the land beforeobserved for my son James McClain, and to be equallydivided between the proper ares & legateas that is to say Josiah McClain, Nancy Leonard, John McClain, Elizabeth Ward, Polley Mayfield, James McClain & Jenney Brockman, and last of all I placeing the confidence & trust in my Two beloved friends James McClain and George Mayfield as executors of my last will and testament in witness of the same I have set my hand & seal July 16th 1821 signed in the presence of us :" Test. Abraham Wood his
mark Charles X McClain; Samuel X Floyed mark his signature,Thos Wood Recorded in will book B, page 17 box 21, package 3
Recorded 11th day of October 1821 His estate was appraised by Tyree Glenn, Thomas Wood and Abraham Wood on Feb. 21, 1822
William Moon, Sr. signed Bond forCharles McClain's widow Elizabeth to be Executrix.
NOTE: William Moon is Elizabeth's brother.Thomas Wood and Abraham Wood are son-in-laws of William Moon.
Census reads: 1800 Spartanburg District, SC p 191 30010 3000100
1810""p 199 01101 202012 slaves
1820""p 238 0001000 01010020003 slaves
1830""p 324 0000000 0000000100 (Elizabeth McLan(sic)
Dec. 3, 1816 Charles McClain received a grant of 192 acres on Abner Creek. Your compiler does not know why he received this grant.Was it for Revolutionary Service?Jan. 24, 1822 James McClain, executor, to George Mayfield for $510 sold 150 acres on Abner Creek of Enoree River, land left to Elizabeth McClain by her deceased husband, Charles McClain. Bordered on SE by Bennett Wilson, NE by Thomas Wood,Esq.,NW by William Tippins, SW by Samuel (unreadable).The land was originally granted by NC to Samuel Cluney on June 6, 1769 and regranted by SC to Charles McClain on Dec. 3, 1816.Witnesses:Abraham Wood and Newman Wilson.Recorded Sept. 7, 1829, Bk. U, pages 246-7
Notes for Elizabeth Moon:Estate in Spartanburg 10-10-1837 includes payment for Rachel Glenn's burying apparel although Rachel Moon Glenn did not die until 1849.Could the date of Elizabeth's death be 10-10-57?
We know that Charles was in Spartanburg by Sept. 1787.
September 1787 Charles McClain served as a juror in Spartanburg.(Ref:Minutes of the County Court 1785-1799 by Brent Holcomb, p. 46)He served again in March of 1788 (p. 64), and again in June of 1794 (p. 184).There was a Charles McClane enumeratedin 1800 Rutherford County, N.C. and is there again in 1810.Since records show that our Charles served as a juror in Spartabburg before 1800, this could not be our Charles.
It is proven that at least two of this Charles McClain's sons moved to Georgia.They were John and Josiah.His daughter Molly McClain Mayfield also moved to Cobb County, Ga.Daughter Elizabeth who married Thornton Ward moved to DeKalb County, Ga. where brother Josiah lived for a time before moving to Cobb County.
Many families with the name "Moon" can be found in Cobb County between 1840 and 1880 which are believed to be relatives of this Elizabeth Moon.
The history of North and South Carolina states that many Scottish families came from Pennsylvania to the Carolinas and Spartanburg.As stated earlier, it is believed that our Charles' father or grandfather came from PA.He possibly could have been an immigrant toVirginia.
The following are research notes:
Email received 7/24/02 from John Reese
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I did spend my one day at the LDS Genealogical library looking into Charles Mc Clain. I looked at the Royal Grants, but didn't find anything there.I did find a few things though that I thought I would share with you.They are as follows:
1.Land grant from State of South Carolina to Charles McClain, 195 ac surveyed for him 20 November 1816.Situated in Spartanburg District on both sides of Abner Creek, the waters of the Enoree River.Why did he receive this Land Grant?Was it for service in the American Revolution?
2. Spartanburg Dist. SC. Deed Abstracts book U-W 1827-1839: pp. 246-248 24 Jan 1822, Whereas Charles McClain decd. Spartanburg Dist, by his last will and testament gave the tract of land on which he then lived to his wife Elizabeth McClain during her natural life and after her death he bequeathed said tract of land to his son James McClainof Spartanburg Dist. for $510 payed by George Mayfield same sold all my right to the aforesaid tract of land in Spartanburg Dist on both sides of Abner Creek of Enoree River Bound: Bennbett Wilson, Thomas Wood Wm tippen Samuel Maverick.Originally grantedby state of North Carolina to Samuel Cluncy for 150 acres on survey dated 6 June 1769 and since regranted to Charles McClain on 2 Dec 1816.... Witness Abraham Wood, Newman Wilson signed James McClain. Witness oath by Newman Wilson 29 Jan 1822 to Thomas Wood J. Q. Dower relinquished by Eliza McClain the wife of James McClain, 15 Nov. 1822 to Thomas Wood J. Q. Rec 7 Sept. 1829.
3. Spartanburg Dist. SC Deed Abstract book U-W 1827-1839 pp 28-29 Greenville Dist. 1 Feb 1831 , John McClain (Dekalb Co. GA.) to Thomas P. Brockman (Greenville Dist) for $70 sold all my legacy (my father Charles McClain's estate late of Spartanburg Dist.) said property now being in the hands of Elizabeth McClain of said Dist. consisting of a negro woman Pat and her two children and all other property that may be attached to said estate at the death of my mother Elizabeth McClain.And I give the said Brockman full power to collect the dividend that would fall to my share, but by it know that I have sold my interest as it stands to the said Thomas P. Brockman.Witness Nathaniel Parks, Tyree Glenn Jr. Signed John McClain.Witness oath by Tyree Glenn Jr. 1 Feb 1832 to Josiah Kilgore, J. Q. Greenville Dist. Rec 6 Feb 1832. (It appears Josiah and his brother John were both in DeKalb Ga. in 1830s.Perhaps this would explain the two James W. McClains, one being son of John the other being son of Josiah??)
4. Spartanburg Co. District South Carolina Deed abstracts Books A-T 1785 - 1827: Mar. 15 1824 Michael Wood Spartanburg to son Abraham Wood for love and affection and $1 sold 200 acres on waters of Abner's creek of Enoree River border w - Josiah McClain......part of grant Mar 3 1794 to Michael Wood ...witness Thomas P. Brockman and Thomas Taylor....
5. Jan 30 1822 Pennel Wood (Greenville Dist) to James McClain same for $500 sold 2094 ac on N. side Enoree R. and on Rocky Field Cr. border Robert Green, Tyre Glenn, Benjamin Green and Kilgore part of 334 ac granted aug 7 1786 to Davfd Quarles sold Sept. 21 1792 to Robert Wood resurvey 20 Jan 1822 Witness James Hammett and Josiah McClain... Dower renounced Oct. 18 1822 Elizabeth Wood to Thomas Wood.
6. Oct 20 1813 John Redman(Spart.) to Bennett Wilson paid last old Christmas past was a year sold 20 ac where Bennet Wilson lives.... on Abner Creek... Witness Robert Green and Charles McClain.
Land records in Spartenburg begin in 1785, but above is earliest for Charles McClain.There is a land grant dated Mar 17, 1787 William Smith of Wiley's Fork Spartenburg to Abraham Moore for 250 ac.It is Witnessed by James McLean.Nothing else in Spartenburg for land records. He must have been there however because court records from 1785 to 1799 list him as a Juror from 1787 on.There is also a Daniel McClain mentioned once in 1786.Could Charles' father be James or Daniel?
Prior to 1785 all grants went through Charleston.I found two very interesting abstracts as follows:
1. L-4 11 June 1774 Charles McClane and Susannah his wife of Tryon County North Carolina to William Hall of Camden District SC ... on a branch of Bullocks Creek waters of Broad River granted to Robert Wood by North Carolinapatent 4 Sept. 1753 then deemed in Anson County NC, adj land of Charles McKnight, Wm Watson since conveyed by Robert Wood to Charles McClane by deed 207 acres.Charles McClane LS Susannah McClane LS Wit. Ephraim McLean, Hugh Bryson, James Henry proved in Camden District before Ezekiel Polk JP> 11 June 1774.
2. Book Q-Q 28 Oct. 1755Charles McLane Planter of Granville Co., N.C.to Samuel Nash, blacksmith of Beaufort for ...boundingon #351 E #348S on North Street W. on Harrington Street which log #347 was granted Allen McLane 22 MAR 1745 and bequeathed by him to his son Charles.Witnesses William Cough, Thomas Parmenter.
Could this Allen be the father of our Charles?There was an Allen McLean immigrant.
Going on the assumption that our McClains were in that Southwest part of NC before moving or being acclimated into SC, I looked at some records in Tryon County,NC.Tryon no longer exists, but as I understand it, part of it is inpresent day Lincoln Co. and Rutherford,plus a number of other counties in the south eastern part ofthe state.The following is what I found.
1. There were various land transactions between 1769 and 1778.John McClain, John McClain Jr., Ephraim McClain, and Charles McClaine were mentioned in various land transactions. In April 1806 a Margaret McLean mentioned son Charles McClain in will.Some McClain (McLain) marriages were found in Rutherford County.Eliza McClain m. Levi Bailey, 25 Dec. 1847, Rebekah McClain m. David Byers, 30 Dec. 1800.Our Charles, b. 1750 d. Oct. 1821 inSpartanburg, S.C.
As for Rev. War soldiers. There was one Charles McLane wholived and died in PA . The book "Sketches of WesternNorth Carolinain the Revolution"shows a Charles McLean, Major fromLincoln County and an Ephraim McLean, Colonel from Tryon, N.C.Most interesting was "John McClain NC line Solborn 1760 in PA lived in Rutherford Co. NC at enlistment and later moved to Pendleton Dist. SC for 12 years, moved to Buncombe Co. NC for 22 years, then moved to Raburn Co., Ga. where he applied 7 July 1834 for a pension.He married Mary? on Jan 8 1784 in SC and she died 22 Feb 1841.He died 8 July 1844 in Raburn Co.,Ga leaving children who in 1852 were David, John, Charles, and Ephraim who was age 53 in 1853 resident of Habersham Co. Ga. and James N. McClain, Margaret McClure of Habersham Ga. in 1853, Jane Porter, Anne wife of Alexander Maulden both of Habersham. The compiler of this information states John was the son of Colonel Ephraim McLean (born in Scotland, immigrant).
Note:Our Charles was the right age to have served in the American Revoution.Research continues.........He also married Nancy Wood while living inSpartanburg.Could he be a son of the older Major Charles McLean, brother ofEphraim McLean?The older Immigrant Charles McLean was born before 1730 inScotland and migratedto Pennsylania with his brother Ephraim, and perhaps Alexander.Research is continuing to prove linage and find our immigrant ancestor.
Our McClain descends from the McLean Clan in Scotland.They probably were "Scotch-Irish" meaning they came to America from Ireland.I recommend reading the book "The Scottish Irish" by James G. Leyburn.Your library should have a copy.
Briefly, the English and Irish were at war for decades.In the early 1600's King James I tried to settle the problem once and for all.The concept was called, "The Plantation of Ireland."What it entailed was enticing lowland Scots to Northern Ireland by offering land at low rents.The goal was to plant as many Scots as possible to prevent the native Irish from reclaiming their land.Part of the lease agreements was that the Scots would defend the land as necessary.The Scottish economy was poor.Land leases were expensive and scarce.It didn't take much to entice them to Ireland from their homeland.
The term "Scotch-Irish" is actually an American invention.When the Ulster-Scots came to America, they used the term to differentiate themselves from the Catholic-Irish population. The Irish scoff at the term.Most who call themselves "Scotch-Irish" lived in Ireland for centuries.Many have never set foot in Scotland.It would be as if an American living here for centuries still referred to themselves as German.While that may be your heritage, I doubt you would visit another country and identify yourself as a German.You would undoubtedly say, "I'm an American."(My Great-grandparents were in County Down, Northern Ireland for centuries and did call themselves Scots or Scotch-Irish.Because the Scots held fast to their heritage, they did see themselves as separate and apart from native Irish.Most of them came to this country speaking Gaelic with a Scottish brogue that was unintelligible to outsiders.
This religious and cultural split is still apparent in Northern Ireland today.The Plantation was the precipitating historical event that gave birth to the present day troubles there.
Misc. research findings of other Charles McClains:
I am aware that there was a Charles McClain who married an Elizabeth Hughes.I am told that he and his family are buried at Gowensville Baptist Church Greenville, S.C.There was a Charles McClain who lived in Rutherford County, N.C.There was a Charles McClain, b Dec. 20, 1734 in N.C., died April 10, 1825 or April 18, 1829 in N.C.He married Marie Smith and served in the American Revolution in N.C.There was a Lt.Col. Charles McClain b, 1748 in Virginia, died 1810 in N.C. married Elizabeth MacNair on Dec. 31, 1800 in the Morgan District of Tryon County, N.C.Both he and his wife may be buried at Gowensville Baptist Church, however no grave markers can be found for them.He served in the American Revolution from N.C.
Most of the Scots who came to America, especially North Carolina were Presbyterians, not Catholics, and the Presbyterian Scots did not support Bonnie Prince Charles at all.He had lived a dissolute life in Paris until he made a bid to take the Scottish throne.His supporters were Catholic Scots.Scots of all types flocked to North Carolina after the Battle of Culloden, and these included some supporters of Charles as well as Presbyterians who had fought against him.When the Revolutionary War started, Charles's supporters mostly left North Carolina and moved to Canada.So the Scots who were left in the South were virtually all Presbyterian.Many of them had come to America after Culloden because economic conditions in Scotland were so hard.So men from both sides of the battle of Culloden came to America.
Many of the Highlanders were Presbyterian, but mostly they were Catholic.There were two very different groups of Scottish people.Macleans were an official clan and usually ranked among the Highlanders.They moved into the lowlands and cities and many were sent to Ulster, Northern Ireland.As you know it was Henry VIII that took England out of the Catholic faith.The McClains came from the Macleans of the Isle of Mull.They came to Pennsylvania, Virginia, North and South Carolina before coming to Georgia.(Also to Canada and Nova Scotia)
More About Charles McClain:
Date born 2: Abt. 1750
More About Charles McClain and Elizabeth Moon:
Marriage: Abt. 1774, Virginia
Generation No. 2
2.John Moon, born Abt. 1689 in Bucks Co., Pa; died Bef. 21 Oct 1755 in Perquimans County, N.C..He was the son of 4. Simon Moon and 5. unknown.He married 3. Mary Abt. 1720 in Virginia.
Notes for John Moon:
Source:Abstracts of North Carolina Wills by Bryan Grimes.
Reads "John Moor (Moon) written March 11, 1750, probated Oct. 21, 1955
Sons:Cornelius, Joseph, and Gideon (to get the Manner plantation).Daughters Miriam, Sarah and Betsy.Executrix wife Mary.
More About John Moon and Mary:
Marriage: Abt. 1720, Virginia
Children of John Moon and Mary are:
i. Gideon Moon, born Abt. 1720 in New Kent, VA; died 14 Oct 1790 in Lunenberg County, VA; married Mary Hill Hudson 15 Dec 1743 in Lunenburg County, VA; born 1725 in Va.; died 1796 in Probably Lunenberg Co., VA.
Notes for Gideon Moon:
Gideon Moon left a will.He was a Patriot in the American Revolution and has been approved by the DAR. (Compiler has copy of file).He is not shown in the 1790 census.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PATRIOT & CIVIL SERVICE :
Civil : Lunenburg County, Virginia: Served on a jury in Lunenburg County, Virginia, in 1780, in Inquisitions of Escheature or Forfeiture of Land of British subjects (Tories)
Public : Furnished supplies for the War
Jury Service : Lunenburg County, VA; Deed Book 13, 1777-1784
Public Service : Lunenburg County, VA; Court Booklet, Court of 15th March 1782; Pg 9 " furnished five hundred and fifity pounds of beef at 20 Shillings per 100"
NSDAR National Membership Numbers
294720 - Annie Moon Turner (1936)
378061 - Gena Moon Roth (1948)
304491 - Pauline Sullivan Mahaffey Nash (1955)
765514 - Betty Jane Robinson Quinn (1994) (this is file used here)
Will Book 3- 372; Lunenburg County, Virginia :
Will of Gideon Moon dtd. 9 Jun. 1790, recorded 14 Oct. 1790
IN THE NAME OF GOD the Creator all merciful I Gideon Moon, the Elder of Lunenburg County by Divine Mercy in perfect sense and memory, make and ordain this my last will and Testament.
First -I Will and desire that every just debt I owe at the time of my death may first be paid and discharged to the last Farthing in whatsoever Manner my executors may think most advantageous to my Estate.
Item -I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Mary Moon, the use and occupation of the Plantation whereon I now live as far down the creek as to a new line dividing it from the Plantation whereon my son William Moon tends and where I live, for and during his natural Life and after his decease I give the said Land to my son John Moon and his heirs forever, I do desire that he may have the Liberty of tending any part of the said land so as not interfere with that part my Wife may choose to tend, also, I give unto my said Wife two negroes by name Moses and Hannah, for and during her natural life and after her decease, to be equally divided among all my children then living, or the heirs of the bodies then living, lawfully begotten.
Item -I give and bequeath to my son John Moon, three Negroes by name Judah, Sarah and Jimmy and eight head of Cattle and one feather bed to him and his heirs forever.
Item - I give to my son William Moon the lower end of my tract of land whereon I now live, as far up the Creek as to a new line dividing it from the Plantation whereon I now live and one Negro by name Winne and one feather bed to him and his heirs forever.
Item - I give to my son Pleasant Moon, all the land on the Meherring River that I have leased to John Cureton at the expiration of the lease and three Ngroes by name Dick, Rose and Esther, one horse and saddle, eight head of cattle and one feather bed, to him and his heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Moon, one Negro by name Phill, one horse and saddle and one feather bed, twenty pounds Money of Virginia when she shall arrive to the years of eighteen to her and her heirs forever.
Item - I give and bequeath to my daughter, Lurine Moon, one Negro by name Nelius, one horse and saddle and one feather bed and one cow and calf and twenty pounds, current Money of Virginia, when she shall arrive to the years of eighteen to her and her heirs forever.
Item -I desire that the money, my son William Moon is owing me upon Land may be applied to disharge a debt due by me to Daniel Claiborne for Negroes bought of him.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Ingram's children, twenty Shillings.
Item -I give to my daughter Ann Linch, twenty Shillings
Item -I give and bequeath to my daughter Dicey Scott, twenty Shillings.
Item -I give and beqeath to my daughter Sarah Cureton, twenty Shillings.
Item -I give and bequeath and bequeath to my son Abner Moon, twenty Shillings.
Item -I give and bequeath to my daughter, Rachel Glenn, twenty Shillings.
Item -I give and bequeath all the remainder of my Estate, not before willed away, to my beloved wife, for and during her natural life and after her decease to be equally divided among all my children then living, or the heirs of their bodies, lawfully begotten.
Item -My son, Pleasant Moon Negroes is to work on the Plantation where I now live until he is eighteen years old.
Item -If either of my children die under age and without heirs of their bodies, lawfully begotten, that then, the portion I have given to him or her, shall be equally divided among all my children then living, or the heirs of their bodies, lawfully begotten.
I nominate, constitute and appoint, my said wife Mary Moon Executrix together with my sons, Abner, John and William Moon and John Cureton Executors of this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all other former wills by me made, declaring this alone to be my last will and Testament.
In Witness whereof sealed, published and declared the same, this ninth day of June, one thousand seven hundred and ninety.
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us
Nathaniel Cureton Gideon (his X mark) Moon
At a Court held for Lunenburg County the fourteenth day of October, seven hundred and ninety, the last will and Testament of Gideon Moon, Deceased was exhibited in Court by Abner Moon, and John Cureton, Jr. two of the executors therin named and proved by the oaths of two of the witnesses thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of the said Executors (who made oath according to Law, certificate is granted them for obtaing a Probate of said will in due form, they having given Bond and securety, whereupon they, together with Archer Herrin, Thomas Ladd, William Moon, William Herrin and William Thackston, their securities, entered into and acknowledged Bond according to Law (reserving liberty to the other Executrix and Executors therein named to join in Probate therof when they shall think fitt.
Teste, William Taylor, Clerk of Lunenburg Court.
Newspaper article that appeared in the - "Greer Citizen" (undated, but probably in the mid 1960's) authored by, noted South Carolina genealogist, Leonardo Andrea :
PIONEER GREER AREA FAMILIES
William Moon was born 3 May 1768 in Lunenburg County, Va., and died in Greenville County, S.C. 18 March 1833. He was the son of Gideon and Mary Hill Moon (see their sketch in The Citizen).
The Cumberland Episcopal Parish records show that William Moon married 28 September 1791 to Martha K. Glenn, born 1 Nov. 1771 and died 22 Dec. 1856 She was the daughter of Jeremiah Glenn and his wife Anna Blagrave (See their sketch in The Citizen). After his marriage William Moon removed to a farm between Woods Chapel and Abner Creek churches. Later he sold this place and bought extensive holdings on the road from Groce's Meadow to Mountain View where he and his wife are buried along side the road on a farm owned by the late Richard Howell. In this same family graveyard are buried his son, Gideon Moon and his wife, nee Lucinda Greer.
William Moon signed his will 2 March 1833 and named the following heirs as Martha Knewstep Moon, my wife.Mary A. B. Wood, my daughter, and further investigation shows her as Mary Ann Blagrave Wood.Sarah G. Wood, my daugher, and further investigation shows her as Sarah Garland Moon Wood.Abner H. Moon, my son.William H. Moon, my son.Gideon Moon, my son.The witnesses to this will were Jabez Gilreath, M.C. Hudson and Alston Kendrick.
It is claimed that this William Moon was a soldier of the Revolution, but I have never found any proof of this. If he served in the Revolution it was during the last year when he was aged 15 years old. DAR memberships have been established on Gideon Moon, the father of this William Moon.
Abraham Wood and Thomas Wood bought heavily at the sale of the personal estate of William Moon and they may have been his son-in-law. I would greatly appreciate if some Citizen reader would send me data on whom each of these children married. Rachel Moon married Tyre Glenn and see my sketch on them. She was a sister of William Moon and Tyre Glenn was a brother of Martha Knewstep Glenn Moon. Their children were double first cousins.
Father: Peter Moon b: 15 AUG 1710 in New Kent Co., VA
Mother: Elizabeth Stone b: ABT 1710
Marriage 1 Mary Hudson b: ABT 1720
Married: 15 DEC 1743 in Lunenburg, VA
Mary Moon b: ABT 1750 in Lunenburg Co., VA
Dicey Moon b: ABT 1752 in VA
Anne Moon b: 21 FEB 1754 in VA
Abner Hudson Moon b: ABT 1760 in VA
Sarah Moon b: 1761 in Lunenburg Co., VA
John Moon b: 1765 in Lunenburg Co., VA
William MOON b: 3 MAY 1768 in Lunenburg Co., VA
Rachel Moon b: 12 MAR 1771 in Lunenburg Co., VA
Pleasant Moon b: 12 DEC 1780 in VA
Elizabeth Moon b: 1755 in Lunenburg Co., VA
Title: Brandon-Scott Resource Book
Text: Larry Brandon
High Point, NC
I enjoyed reading your McClain documents. I was very pleased to find some of my folks mentioned there, especially Tyree Glenn. It appears that our families were intermarried several times and may have lived nearby.
How sure are you of the dates for the marriage of Charles and Elizabeth? and of the children's birth dates?It seems to me that there are several Charles and Elizabeth combinations to choose from and most of the dates are "about".It would be nice to have something of a complete date to go on.I am still mulling this over, and my brain is slow to react sometimes, so I will probably get back to you in a few days with a thought or two.It seems that the proximity of the Moons and McClains through several generations would indicate that your Elizabeth would be the daughter of Gideon Moon, but only if her marriage was after 1790.
I found that I could make a case for Elizabeth Moon d/o Gideon to be in SC by 1799.She and Lurine went to court in Oct of 1790 and requested that their brother John (b. 1765) be their guardian as he was for their brother, Pleasant who was 10.The girls are listed after Pleasant on the birth order charts by researchers, so they may have been younger, born after 1780.John moved his family to SC between 1798 and 1799 and may have taken the girls with him.Girls were married off early in that family, so she may have stayed in VA.If she was about 15 when her father died, she may have married before John left for SC, however if she was younger than Pleasant, as indicated in the lists of children, she may have been under 10 when her father died.This has gotten me around to looking at censuses for 1790, etc.Her sister, Lurine/Levina seems to have married Joseph Smith in 1795.Of course, there is question there as to whether there were 2 girls or one with a difficult name. Levina has the marriage registered.Is she the same as Lurine?Since these girls were not "mine" I have not tried to find them later, but it may be an interesting search.
Gideon Moon's parents are said to be Peter Moon (b. 24 Jan 1683 to d. 8 April 1720) and Elizabeth Smith (d. 9 April 1720).They were married Nov ye 24th 1709.Their children were baptized: Peter Moon June 15 8ber 1710 (I have not made sense of that yet); Elisabeth Moon bap. Dec 14 1712; Mary Moon Bap 8br ye 11th 1717, d. 8br 12th 1717;from the Register of St Peter's Parish Church, New Kent Co. Va.Gideon is not in the parish record, but is listed as the brother of Peter in Deed Bk 3, pp. 324-5, Amelia Co VA on 16 Feb 1749.He is said to be born in 1720, but the often listed date of 7 June can not be right if his mother died in April.My question is whether the Elizabeth Moon who died April 9 1720 was the wife of Peter or an elderly relative named Elizabeth?It seems that if it was the mother, there should be some court records of custody for the children.I think New Kent had a court house fire, that probably answers my question.
I am still digesting details, but will get back to you later.I don't seem to have any clear answers for you from the material that I have accumulated.There is a Nancy Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org who has a genealogy written by an aunt.It was well researched and nicely laid out and done on a type writer, so it is pre-computers.She was kind enough to send me copies of applicable pages.She shows Elizabeth as married to Charles McClain with the right children, but no dates. I don't see where that list came from.You might want to ask Nancy to send you pages relevant to Elizabeth, as there may be something that I don''t have.The name of the document is OUR MOONS by Mavis Holt Williams.I would like to find a complete copy, maybe Google will get it some day.
More About Gideon Moon:
Date born 2: Abt. 1720
Date born 3: Abt. 1720, Lunenberg Co., VA
Date born 4: 07 Jun 1720, New Kent Co., VA
Notes for Mary Hill Hudson:
The DAR Application file show Gideon married bet Jul 1750 and Mar. 1752 and shows their children.
More About Gideon Moon and Mary Hudson:
Marriage: 15 Dec 1743, Lunenburg County, VA
ii. Cornelius Moon, born Abt. 1725.
iii. Joseph Moon, born Abt. 1730.
iv. Miriam Moon, born Abt. 1735.
v. Sarah Moon, born Abt. 1740.
1 vi. Elizabeth "Betsy" Moon, born Abt. 1745; died Bet. 1837 - 1857 in Probably Spartanburg, S.C; married Charles McClain Abt. 1774 in Virginia.
Generation No. 3
4.Simon Moon, born 1680 in Bucks Co., PA; died Aft. 1790 in Salsbury District, N.C..He was the son of Jasper Moon and unknown.He married 5. unknown.
Child of Simon Moon and unknown is:
2 i. John Moon, born Abt. 1689 in Bucks Co., Pa; died Bef. 21 Oct 1755 in Perquimans County, N.C; married Mary Abt. 1720 in Virginia.