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the Wagon Loaded with peaches and Samuel McMachan
Posted by: Deb Date: November 12, 2001 at 06:38:06
In Reply to: Re: James and Susannah McMachan of NC by Rita Casey of 32

I have typed in the stories as the Union County line has been told. Thru extensive research in North Carolina, I made the discovery that Morgan's father was actually named Samuel, not William. Samuel and Mary Bryan McMahan were Morgan's parents. This is proven in Samuel's division of estate and Mary's will, both recorded in the NC archives. Mary and Samuel are buried side by side in Whitaker Graveyard in Davie County NC, near Samuel's father, James and mother Susannah. Samuel died in August and the year is not positive, the stone illegible. It could have been as early as 1800 or some have surmised 1806. Samuel had a brother William who married Rebecca Foster and they died in Ohio, perhaps thru the years and faded memories this beloved Uncle assumed a grandfatherly role to the Indiana line and somewhere along time his name was intertwined with Samuel's story. The first version is by Ruth McMahan Adas and the second by William N. McMahan.

"In earlier colinial days a clan by the name of McMahan came to America from N.E. Ireland. From an eastern locality, they followed a river valley to Rowan Co., NC. William (1750?) (submitters note, this name is actually been proven to be Samuel, somehow in time the Union County branch mistakenly assumed it to be William, who was actually a great great Uncle not the great great grandfather)of near Salisbury was fatally injured by being run over by a wagon loaded with peaches. William's (Samuel's) children came to what is now Union County (Indiana) in 1818 and purchasedc 480 acres in sections 17 and 21 in Harrison Township. MOrgan McMahan was the first J.P. of Harrison Township......"

"The name McMahan is Scoth-Irish and tradition says the family came from the Emerald Isle in Colonial Days and settled in one of the eastern states. Being farmers and traders with the restless pioneer soirit, they soon moved up one of the river valleys to Salisbury, NC and here we find William (this is incorrect, it is actually Samuel) great-great-grandfather of William N. McMahan. He was a farmer and fruit grower. One day when he was passed middle age, while getting a load of peaches ready for market, the horses started forward suddenly and the great wheels passed over his body and he was fatally injured. Around 1816 six of his seven children came northwest in covered wagons ....."


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