Trying to prove the family legend of Elizabeth McCorkle, born about 1768, Scotland, d. 28 Sep 1822, Greene Co., OH, m. Robert Jackson, about 1786, Lancaster Co., PA. The legend, as promulgated by Rev. Hugh Parks Jackson in 1890, in his Genealogy of the Jackson Family, Elizabeth McCorkle and her family of a mother, father and two brothers came to America sometime early in the Rev. War and entered at Philadelphia. The father and two sons, names unknown, were immediately pressed into the Army and were eventually killed in the conflict. Elizabeth’s mother (name also unknown) was able to support herself and daughter, but she fell ill and died, leaving Elizabeth an orphan. The story claims that because Elizabeth was under age, she was taken in by a Quaker family and raised as their own.
I would like to prove or disprove the story, and determine the identity of Elizabeth’s parents and brothers. So, far there is no orphan record in Chester, Lancaster or Philadelphia counties. McCorkle or McCorkill was not a common name in civil and military records, although there were three McCorkle men in the 8th Battalion, of Chester County during the Rev. War. But, there is insufficient identification of the men to say with certainty they were the individuals being sought.
Any help would be appreciated,
Arroyo Grande, CA
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