I decided to get out of this hunt altogether. Although I have two McMahan connections, I am not directly descended from/related to Archibald, Archibald Redman, Redman.
DNA testing and research linked my direct McMahan line to the McMahan/McMahon/McMahen families of Abbeville District, SC. If they were related to Archibald/Redman, it perhaps was in Ireland and will be almost impossible to establish with any certainty due to dearth of records there.
My collateral not direct - McMahan line is from Redman McMahan b 1 Jan 1730/31, who was living in Warren Co, TN. He died 1836 in Cannon Co, TN, which was created from Warren Co, so he likely never moved. He applied for Rev War pension #6785 which was rejected due to desertion. He lived in Montgomery Co, VA before removing to Warren Co, TN. This Redman McMahan md Sarah Curtis, per her old approved DAR app based on the service of Robert Brown, who died in Warren Co, TN 1849.
The chidren of Redman McMahan and Sarah Curtis listed by Mrs. Fuller:
1. William Brown McMahan b 1759 Rowan Co, NC
2. Jonathan McMahan b 1781 died 1863 Cannon Co, TN
3. Rebecca Jane McMahon
5. Jefferson McMahon
6. Samuel McMahon
7. Archibold McMahon b 1773 died March 1866
8. Eli McMahon settled in Cocke Co, TN
9. James McMahon settled in Rowan Co, NC
Note on app: "Warren County records show Redmond McMahon came from Montgomery Co. Virginia in 1803 with his wife a Curtis, his parents were killed y the Indians. He was raised by his relatives, applied for a Revolutionary War Pension in 1834 at age of 103. He was living with his children at this time".
My connection to this Redman is through his son Jonathan who married Margaret Brown, dau of Rev War soldier Robert Brown, who died 1849 in Warren Co, TN. Margaret Brown's sister Rebecca married Zachariah Isbell (my direct line). In researching Rebecca [Brown] Isbell, I did unearth some documents relating to McMahan.
Margaret [nee Brown] McMahan sued to gain control over property left her by her father, stating her husband Johnathan McMahan was an improvident man:
Johnathan McMahan & Margaret Brown's ch per an old DAR app based on Robert Brown's service:
1. Sanders W McMahan died 8 Aug 1860 in Warren Co, TN
5. Thomas Jefferson
6. James Monroe
8. Rebecca Jane
Recorded Warren co., TN Chancery Court, pps 302-303, transcribed by Mary Lu Johnson
McMAHAN VS McMAHAN & others
Be it remembered that this cause came here and was heard on this 22nd day of September 1851 before the Honorable B. L. Ridley Chancellor, upon the matters set forth in the Bill and This admission made is the defendants answers when it appeared to the Court that Robert Brown the father of complainant departed this life in the year 1849 intestate in the County of Warren leaving a large estate both real and personal which has been sold by a decree of the Court and that the funds are now in the hands of the deft Morford Clerk & Master of this court. It further appeared that one third of said estate now in the hands of Said Morford belongs to complainant. That Jonathan McMahan her husband is an improvident man utterly incapable of taking charge of said fund. It further appearing that the complainant is desirous that her son-in-law Andrew J. Brewer be appointed her Trustee take charge of Said fund. It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed by this Court That Andrew J. Brewer be and he is hereby appointed trustee to take charge of said fund and that the Same be vested in him as Trustee for the Sole use and benefit of the complainant & her children free from the dominion or control of her husband the Said Jonathan in any way whatever. But in as much as it appears to the court that the complainant is indebted to her friend Robert B. Cain in the sum of Seventy five dollars for necessaries purchased of him which amt She wishes paid it is therfor ordered that said sum be paid out of her share now in the hands of the Clerk & Master also that W. Britton be paid a reasonable fee as solicitor for Complainant in this cause to be paid by the Master - that she pay the costs of this cause out of the fund.
Whichever McMahan supposedly died at his son Sanders' home in Jackson Co, AL - I doubt it. I believe Sanders is said to have removed to Jackson Co, AL after 1830; I doubt it was before 1819, as Jonathan Return Meigs, the Indian agent, was very efficient at running out whites before then. I really don't think you would take a man approaching age 100 across two or three states in a wagon.
Good luck on your research.
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