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Colonel William McMachen

Male 1690-1695 - 1749  (54 years)


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  • Name Colonel William McMachen  [1
    Title Colonel 
    Born 1690-1695  , , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    IMMI Bef 1745 From Scotland 
    Will 24 Feb 1749  , Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 4 Dec 1749  Winchester, Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Will: proved 6 Jun 1749, recorded in Will Book 1, page 293-295 and reads as follows:

      In the name of God Amen. I, William McMechan of the Parish of Frederick in the County of Frederick & Colony of Virginia being sick & weak of Body but of sound and perfect memory and mind, thanks be to God for it, therefore Calling to mind the Mortality of the Body & knowing it is appointed for all men once to Die, Do make & ordain this my last will & Testament etc. and as touching such worldly goods wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give dispose & bequeath the same in the following manner. viz: Imprimis I give and bequeath to my two daughters Agnes and Jane McMeachan Twenty pounds current money each to be paid to them as they shall be in need by my Executors hereafter named together with their equal proportion of my Moveable Estate save only what my well beloved wife Elizabeth shall think fit to Dispose of to her Grand Children of my son John & William McMecham part of my said Estate as shall be to them hereafter bequeathed; Imprimis I give and bequeath to my sons John, Richard and William McMehan (sic) all the Land by me now possessed to be among them divided and that my son John endeavor to take up the surplus land lying contiguous to the said Land, by getting the south line of my Land straightened to take in the said surplus land & if his Lordship do so grant & order by this my last will etc that said surplus Land being made into one Tract to be divided as mentioned hereafter viz. To my son John McMechan two hundred acres of the Land by me now possessed where my son John now possesseth & his part of the surplus land if obtained of his Lordship. Likewise to my son Richard two hundred aces of said land on that part he now possesseith with his Equal part of said surplus land & likewise my son William McMechan to have his part or residue of said Land on that part or place I now live on at the writing of this my last Will etc with his equal part of said surplus land if by them obtained, Item I give & bequeath to my son William my riding horse Bridle & saddle. Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Ann one two year old horse Colt of a Roan Colour. Item I give & bequeath to my well beloved wife one mare called Tybb for her proper use save only the increase of said mare to go to the use of my Children aforementioned. Item That my two undernamed Executors sell or cause to be sold that tract or parcel of Land to me belonging Lying & being in Augusta County and the money arising by such sale go towards Defraying such Debts as may be brought against me. Item I likewise appoint constitute & Ordain my two well beloved friends Lewis Neill & Gabriel Jones with my son John McMechan Executors of this my last will & Testament and I Do hereby utterly disallow revoke & Disannull all & every other former Testament wills Legacies requests & Executors by me in any wise before this time Named Willed & Bequeathed ratifying & confirming this & no other to be my last Will & Testament.

      In witness whereof I leave hereunto Set my hand & seal this 24th day of February 1748/9.

      Wm. McMahan (Seal)
      [:ITAL]
      Signed sealed etc in presence of NB the words with my Son John interlined before sealing.


      Death date also shown as: Death: 04 Dec 1749 in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia


      Sources:

      Title: Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia
      Abbrev: Pioneers Frederick Co, VA
      Publication: Walsworth Publishing, Marceline, Missouri, 1995
      Repository:
      Name: Clayton Library for Genealogical Research

      Call Number: 975.5 O23
      Title: Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants and Surveys,
      Frederick County 1747 - 1780 Volume II
      Abbrev: N Neck Warrants 1747-1780 II
      Publication: Joyner, Portsmouth, Virginia, 1985
      Repository:
      Name: Clayton Library for Genealogical Research

      Call Number: 975.5 J89
      Title: Abstracts of Wills, Inventories, and Administrations Accounts
      of Frederick County, Virginia
      Abbrev: Wills Frederick Co, VA
      Publication: Virginia Book Co., Berryville, Virginia, 1961
      Repository:
      Name: Clayton Library for Genealogical Research

      Call Number: 975.5 K53
      Title: McMahon Will, 1749, Location: GenWeb, Frederick County,
      Virginia, Url: www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/va/frederic.htm
      Abbrev: McMahon Will
      Author: Dollard, Davd
      Title: Abstracts of Wills, Inventories, and Administrations Accounts
      of Frederick County, Virginia
      Abbrev: Wills Frederick Co, VA
      Publication: Virginia Book Co., Berryville, Virginia, 1961
      Repository:
      Name: Clayton Library for Genealogical Research

      Call Number: 975.5 K53
      Page: page 34
      Title: McMahon(McMachen) Family, Url:
      pages.prodigy.com/creagg/homepage.htm
      Abbrev: McMachen-McMahon
      Title: McMahon(McMachen), Subject: McMachen, William - Elizabeth
      Blair?, Compiler Address: wmcm@connecti.com
      Abbrev: McMahon(McMachen)
      Author: McMahon, William

      William was a Justice in Orange County and also in Old Frederick County, Virginia after it was split off from Orange County.

      It is unlikely that his title "Colonel" was merely honorary. The "HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES" by Henry William Elston, 1926, page 195 states "In Virginia, the Chief County Officer was the Sheriff, appointed by the Governor. Next to the Sheriff stood 'the Colonel' whose duties were largely military". So it is reasonable to assume that Justice McMachen was second in rank and therefore a "Colonel".

      By a bequest of Colonel McMachen, he outlined proceedings to dispose of three tracts of 400 acres each as well as "take up" land that he already owned near Winchester. His son, John, (who was the executor of William's estate) applied to the "Right Honorable Lord Fairfax", propietor of the land and received three grants of 248, 300, and 195 acres in three tracts. They are described as being in the Opequon Creek water shed.


      FAMILY & PLACE NAMES (Sterling, 1989) by Ronan Coghlan, Ida Grehan and P.W. Joyce has this entry:

      Mahon (Mathghamhain) (m) 'bear'. Mahon was a medieval king of Munster (died 978), the brother of Brian Boru. The name was often anglicized as Matthew. It corresponds to a number of names in other languages: Latin Ursus, American-Indian Hatiya, Scandinavian Bjorn and German Berno. (The book doesn't mention which Native American language.)

      THE CLANS AND FAMILIES OF IRELAND: THE HERITAGE AND HERALDRY OF IRISH CLANS AND FAMILIES (wellfleet, 1993) by John Grenham says:
      MacMahon (or MacMahan) (sic) comes from the Irish Mac Mathghamha or, in the modern version, Mac Mathuna, from mathghamhgain, meaning 'bear'. The surname arose separately in two areas, in west Clare and in Co. Monaghan. In the former, the MacMahons were part of the tribal grouping, the Dal gCais, and claim descent from Mahon O'Brien, grandson of Brian Boru. The last Chief of the Name was killed at the battle of Kinsale in 1602. The Ulster MacMahons were based in the barony of Truagh in the north of Co. Managhan, and ruled the kingdom of Oriel between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. Their last chief, Hugh MacMahon, was beheaded by the English in 1641. Today, although widespread throughout Ireland, MacMahon remains most common in the two ancestral homelands of Clare and Monaghan. After many defeats of the native Irish in the seventeenth century, many of the Clare MacMahons emigrated to serve in the British Brigade of the French Army. One of their descendants, Patrick MacMahon (1808-93) became President and Marshal of France."

      Here's more from the BOOK OF IRISH NAMES by Coghlan, Grehan and Joyce:
      "Mac Mathghamhna -- MacMahon (in modern Irish MacMahuna, meaning 'son of a bear') represents two distinct septs. One descends from the royal O'Briens and was of Corcabaskin, Clare, while the other sept were known as Lords of Oriel in Louth and Monaghan. The two chieftancies became extinct in the 18th century with the deaths of Teige of Corcabaskin in Kinsale and Hugh Oge of Oriel who was hung at Tyburn."

      "When Mac is dropped from MacMahon, it indicates an entirely different name, one which can also be Mohan and which, at some time, was also transformed to Vaughan."


      William McMachan found in:

      Genealogical Records: Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850
      Date: Aug 20, 1747
      Location: Frederick Co.
      Record ID: 31034
      Occupation: Gentleman
      Description: Grantor
      Book Page: 1-359
      Property: 400 acres on the head of a north branch of Buffilo Creek adjoining Benj. Bordin's land.
      Remarks: Acknowledged 20 Aug 1747. £15.16.7. Land originally patented to McMachan 12 Sep 1746.
      Notes: This land record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley.

      will (Proved 6 June 1749, Frederick Co VA Will Book #1, pp 293-295).

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      On November 11, 1743, the first step was taken towards bringing justice to Frederick County by the appointment of, "Gentlemen Justices". Morgan Morgan, Benjamin Borden, Thomas Chester, David Vance, Andrew Campbell, Marquis Calmes, George Hoge, Lewis Neill, William McMachen, Meredith Helms, John White, Thomas Little. Also, the appointment of the First Sheriff- Thomas Rutherford, First Clerk-James Wood, First County Surveyor- George Hume. All were appointed by The Honorable Sir William Gooch, Governor of Virginia. Governor Gooch selected personís who he felt would be loyal to the King of England.

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      William McMachen appears on a list of the first settlers of Old Frederick County, Virginia ", identified from a Fee Book maintained by the
      first clerk of court, Col. James Wood (died in 1759). The list of settlers
      is given below along with the fees assessed in pounds of tobacco, the medium
      of exchange. The date of assessment was 1744, which was one year after the
      courthouse in Winchester was established.

      One version of the Fee Book was published in 1926 by Katherine Glass Greene
      in her book, Winchester, Virginia and its Beginnings, 1743-1814. An expanded
      version of fee-paying settlers named in 1744 is found in Handley Library,
      Archives Division, in Winchester. Both versions are the handwriting of Wood,
      but the different lists were apparently made at different times during the
      year. I have taken the liberty to combine the two lists for 1744.
      McMachen, William 185
      McMachan, John 5
      Mahon, Thomas 106 "

      This article was written as a public service by Wilmer L. Kerns and
      published in The West Virginia Advocate, Hampshire County, WV. The
      author received no payment of any kind from either T.L.C. or The West
      Virginia Advocate.

      William McMachan found in:

      Genealogical Records: Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850
      Date: Aug 20, 1747
      Location: Frederick Co.
      Record ID: 31034
      Occupation: Gentleman
      Description: Grantor
      Book Page: 1-359
      Property: 400 acres on the head of a north branch of Buffilo Creek adjoining Benj. Bordin's land.

      Remarks: Acknowledged 20 Aug 1747. £15.16.7. Land originally patented to McMachan 12 Sep 1746.

      Notes: This land record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley.


      will (Proved 6 June 1749, Frederick Co VA Will Book #1, pp 293-295).

      Elizabeth McMahon appeared in court May 26, 1788 in Yohogania County, Virginia, court held on Andrew Heath farm. Her son, Richard, appeared in court on the same day, also. Andrew Heath was her grandson. William and his family probably came to America between 1733 and 1737. He was a Justice in Orange County, and also in Old Frederick County after it was split off from Orange County.

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      http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/Microfilm/DW/001/00006.tif

      Pittsburgh Payrolls 1775... The Third Revolutionary Convention passed an ordinance in July of 1775 appointing commissioners to settel the accounts of the militia laetly drawn out in an expedition agains Indians and for making provision to pay the same and for discharging public claims.:

      Capt. William Mcmachen's Roll

      Wm. Mcmachen Capt.
      Jas. Mcmachen Lt.
      Morgan Jones Ensign
      Jas. Higins Serjt.
      Ben: Archer Serjt.
      John Haycraft Serjt.



      86 William McMachen NNG K, p. 27 29 Oct 1757 330a in Frederick County on Red Bud branch of Opeckon



      On November 11, 1743, the first step was taken towards bringing justice to Frederick County by the appointment of, "Gentlemen Justices". Morgan Morgan, Benjamin Borden, Thomas Chester, David Vance, Andrew Campbell, Marquis Calmes, George Hoge, Lewis Neill, William McMachen, Meredith Helms, John White, Thomas Little. Also, the appointment of the First Sheriff- Thomas Rutherford, First Clerk-James Wood, First County Surveyor- George Hume. All were appointed by The Honorable Sir William Gooch, Governor of Virginia. Governor Gooch selected personís who he felt would be loyal to the King of England.


      William McMachen supplied bacon for use of General Clark. [2, 3, 4]
    • (Research):http://66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:l-X9znMHeY0J:www.harrelld.freeservers.com/custom2.html+william+mcmachen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

      Item 42
      JOHN HARROW of Orange County, Virginia, 1740

      SOURCE: Orange County, Virginia Will Book I 1735-1743, abstracted and compiled by John Frederick Dorman, page 24:

      "Pages 125-26. John Calver. Inventory. Appraisers sworn before Morgan Morgan. Total valuation L68.4.7, David Vance Senr, robert Allan, David Vance, Junr.

      Debts due by John Colvert's estate:

      To Mr. Jost Hite, L3.2.2, To JOHN HARROW, L13.1,To Grisham Woodall, L2.7 1/2,To Robert Warph, L4.4 1/2

      To George Boman, L7.8,To Mr. James Wood, L2.2.1,To James Megrowe, L2.9,To James Cathey, L1.8,To Wm. McMachen, L2.8,To Nathaniel Chapman, L10.1,To Jacob Whit, L2.0,To Robert Brookes, L17.6, We the undersigned executors do justify the above County to be just and true. Wm. McMachen, Robert Colvert, Jane Stevenson, Isaiah Calvert. 23 May 1740. Returned to court." (Note: the spelling of the names has been faithfully followed as they were in the original document)

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      William McMachen appears on a list of the first settlers of Old Frederick County, Virginia ", identified from a Fee Book maintained by the
      first clerk of court, Col. James Wood (died in 1759). The list of settlers
      is given below along with the fees assessed in pounds of tobacco, the medium
      of exchange. The date of assessment was 1744, which was one year after the
      courthouse in Winchester was established.
      One version of the Fee Book was published in 1926 by Katherine Glass Greene
      in her book, Winchester, Virginia and its Beginnings, 1743-1814. An expanded
      version of fee-paying settlers named in 1744 is found in Handley Library,
      Archives Division, in Winchester. Both versions are the handwriting of Wood,
      but the different lists were apparently made at different times during the
      year. I have taken the liberty to combine the two lists for 1744.
      McMachen, William 185
      McMachan, John 5
      Mahon, Thomas 106 "

      This article was written as a public service by Wilmer L. Kerns and
      published in The West Virginia Advocate, Hampshire County, WV. The
      author received no payment of any kind from either T.L.C. or The West
      Virginia Advocate.

      William McMachan found in:

      Genealogical Records: Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850
      Date: Aug 20, 1747
      Location: Frederick Co.
      Record ID: 31034
      Occupation: Gentleman
      Description: Grantor
      Book Page: 1-359
      Property: 400 acres on the head of a north branch of Buffilo Creek adjoining Benj. Bordin's land.
      Remarks: Acknowledged 20 Aug 1747. £15.16.7. Land originally patented to McMachan 12 Sep 1746.
      Notes: This land record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley.


      will (Proved 6 June 1749, Frederick Co VA Will Book #1, pp 293-295).

      Elizabeth McMahon appeared in court May 26, 1788 in Yohogania County, Virginia, court held on Andrew Heath farm. Her son, Richard, appeared in court on the same day, also. Andrew Heath was her grandson. William and his family probably came to America between 1733 and 1737. He was a Justice in Orange County, and also in Old Frederick County after it was split off from Orange County.
    Person ID I1551534  7_families
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2006 

    Family Elizabeth Blair,   b. Abt 1700, Of, , , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 26 May 1788  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married Abt 1720  , , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John McMahon,   b. Abt 1723, , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1789, Knob Creek, Washington, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
    +2. Margaret McMahon,   b. Abt 1724, , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1796, , Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     3. Richard McMahon,   b. Abt 1725, , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1805-1817, , Hardin, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 92 years)
     4. William McMachen,   b. Abt 1727, , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1811, , Mason, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
     5. Agnes McMachen,   b. Abt 1731, , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Jane McMachen,   b. Abt 1733, , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F563281  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S8189] Descendants of William McMachen, Creagg & Lynn Bass, (Online ), William McMachen, born 1690 / 95, died 1749 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S8462] Virginia, Frederick County - USGenWeb, USGenWeb Archives Project, (www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/va/frederic.htm).

    3. [S8466] Virginia, Frederick - Genealogy, Cecil O'Dell, (Marceline, Mo. : Walsworth Pub. Co., c1995. Book 975 D2o), 975 D2o..

    4. [S8475] McMahon - Bass Website, Creagg Bass, (Online ).