James (and Susannah) McMachan had 5 sons and 3 daughters.The children had close relations with both the Boones and Bryans (who were also neighbors).Samuel McMachan married Mary Bryan, Sarah McMachan married Jesse Boone and John McMachan b. May 23, 1741 married Sallie Boone in 1770.Jesse and Sallie Boone were children of Israel, oldest brother of Daniel Boone.A daughter of James McMachan, Elizabeth, married the Rowan County Tory chief, Samuel Bryan, son of Morgan Bryan.Like so many others in the fork of the Yadkin, Samuel Bryan made no secret about his loyalties to the crown of England.John McMachan may have decided to simply avoid the split feelins about the American Revolution, held by so many Scotch-Irish in the northern part of Rowan County, by moving to Kentucky with his brother-in-law, Daniel Boone, also a non-combatant.This passive behavior pattern will appear again later with the McMachans when John's grandson William will be asked to fight for his countryu.John and Sallie had 4 boys before Sallie died in Boonesboro.February 1777, John returned to Rowan County, where he married Elizabeth Frances Battle Bryan, widow of Captain John Bryan, whose sister married Daniel Boone.John and Elizabeth had one son named David McMachan (b. March 16, 1788) in Rowan County.John died in Rowan County on October 7, 1824 and is buried at the Olive Branch Cemetery.David inherited large sums of land in the area in which he farmed."
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