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McHan-VA & NC
Posted by: Norman E. McHan Date: October 22, 2000 at 03:29:18
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McHan Genealogy and the Lineage of Norman Eugene McHan

I am Norman Eugene McHan, the son of Roy Albert McHan and Grace Marie Kilpatrick, the GGGGGrandson of James McHan/McHann and Milly Hicks, and very much an amateur to the world of genealogical research. I have been conducting research to determine my McHan heritage and am currently researching along the following lines:

1. John Machen aka Mechen (1630- ) was most probably imported from Wales to Middlesex/Gloucester County VA by William Branch or ? c1652 or c1654. There is high probability John was married when he arrived in Virginia. Johnís wifeís name may have been either Anne, Mary, or Sarah ? based on the system for naming children in the 1650s. Their son, John Jr., was most likely born c1653 or c1655 in Middlesex/Gloucester County making John Jr. the first McHan in my lineage born in this county. John Jr. may have had brothers named Joshua (c1650- ), Henry (c1658- ), and Edward (c1662- ). My research so far has not revealed the names of other possible brothers and sisters.
2. John Machen Jr. ((c1653 or c1655)-c1711) married Michall/Micholl Blake (1658-(c1700-c1708)) in Middlesex County VA c1675-c1678. John and Michall had the following children: Joseph (c1679- ), Michall (c1682- ), James (c1784/5 (baptized 1685)-1733, Pead (Thomas?) (c1792/3- ) or (c1682/3- ), William (c1794- ), and Daniel (c1701/2- ). Apparently, Michall died c1700-c1708 in Middlesex County VA, and John married Mary Atwood c1708. John and Mary probably had one son named Henry born c1709. John Jr. was listed as a landowner in Gloucester County VA in 1704, as was Thomas and Joseph listed as landowners in Middlesex County VA in 1704. John Jr. probably inherited the land from his father, who received a land grant in Gloucester County VA in 1667. Thomas Mackhan died in Middlesex County VA in 1730. Mary, his second wife died c1745 in Middlesex County VA.
3. James Machen Sr. (c1784/5 (baptized in 1785) -1733) married Mary Fearn(e) (1694-1733) in 1708. James and Mary had at least four children: Michall (c1709- ), Sarah (c1711/12- ), James (c1715-1783). In 1711 Thomas Mackhan was the Executor for John Fearn(e). John had two children named John (c1790- ) and Mary (c1694-c1733). John married Anne, the oldest daughter of John and Michall Machen in 1720 and Mary, at 14/15 years old married James Machen, this descendant, and the brother of Thomas Mackhan.
4. James Machen Jr. aka Mecham/Meecham/Meacham/McKan(n (c1715-1783) married Cassandra Warwick nee Cheney in Middlesex County VA in 1744. James and Cassandra most probably had the following children: James (1745-, Thomas (c1746- ), John ((c1748/49)), Mathew ((c1750-1753))-(1810-1818)), Jane (c1753 ), and Catherine (c1753- ); there are probably others yet to be identified. Jane and Catherine may have been twins; they married James and Robert Ware respectively in 1773. Cassandra was the widow of Thomas Warwick who died c1744. Cassandra may have died prior to 1762, and James may have married Mary Medearies/Medaris (1739-1793) It is unknown whether James and Mary had children. James Machan Sr, James Machan, Thomas Machan, Matthew Machan, and John Meacham were all in James Machan's house in/near Urbanna, Middlesex County VA in 1771. Also in James' house were a couple of Warwicks (relatives to Cassandra's deceased first husband?, a couple of Greenwoods (Grace Greenwood married James' Uncle Henry who died in 1752 and Elizabeth Greenwood married an Elijah McHan in Rutherford County NC c1821/2), a couple of wares (relatives of the husbands of Catherine and Jane?), and Charles Medaris (James was the Executor for Charles Medaris upon his death in 1774; Charles was the father of Mary Medaris.) James Sr. was also the Executor for Robert Ware, his son-in-law, who died in Middlesex County VA in 1780. This meeting in James' house was a meeting held as one of the many dissenterís meetings held as a prelude to the establishment of the Baptist Church in the United States.
5. Mathew McHan/McHand/McKan/McKann ((c1750-1753)-(1810-1818)) was born in Middlesex County VA and c1773/4 married Marthy ? ((1750-1753))-(1800-1810)). Based on the 1782/3 Tax lists for VA, Mathew and his brother James both lived in the Upper Precinct of Middlesex County VA; James had six children under 21 year old as well as five slaves, Matthew had four children under 15 years old and one slave. In 1785 Mathew McHan purchased land in Surry County NC and probably relocated there the same year. Based on 1790 census data for Surry County, Mathew and his wife had six children (three boys and three girls). 1795 found Mathew (with Marthy as his witness) found Mathew in a Rutherford County NC courtroom being sued by Marcuril Reou over an IOU; Mathew apparently won the case based on Marcuril's epitaph upon his death in 1796. During the period 1790-1800, Mathew and Marthy may have had three more children-all boys. I've been unable to positively identify all children of Mathew and Marthy but the following may have been (Jemes (1800(c1790-1800)-1857), Alanson (c1797- ) Thomas (c1780s- ), John (c1790-1842, Catherine (c 1780s- ). There was also a James who married in 1803 and Casea who married in 1804. Census date from 1790, 1800, and 1810 all confirm Mathew was born 1753 or earlier; the 1790 and 1800 census confirm Marthy was born 1755 or earlier. My rationale for believing Mathew died before 1818 is that Thomas served as the bondsman for the marriages of John and Alanson in 1818, and Mathew did not appear in the 1820 census. There were probably two brothers who moved from VA to the Carolinas: Mathew c1785 and John c1770s; a John McHan/McCan(n) served on the NC rolls during the Revolutionary War, lived in Rowan County NC in 1790, died in 1797 (his father-in-law, Wm. Sims was witness at his funeral.). A John McKann also appeared in the 1800 census for Rutherford County NC (Mathew's son John was too young to be included in the 1800 census). Alanson, Thomas, and Catherine all married into the Bowman family. John married into the Colbreath/Culbreath family; David Colbreath/Culbreath was a witness at the funeral of Mary McHann who died in 1821. James married into the Hicks family. Lewis (m1822) , Ellison (1820 Rutherford County NC census, and Mary McHann (d1821 in Rutherford County NC) may have also been the children of Matthew.
6. Jemes/James McHan(n) (c1800-1870s). Some reports indcate James was born in 1800 and died in Oregon (now Howell County) MO in 1857. However, my research indicates James was born in Rutherford County NC in 1800, married possibly three times: Milly Hicks in 1821 Anna Wood(s) in l830, and Barbary (last name unknown) c1850-1851. Also, my research indicates he probably died in Swain County NC in the 1870s. James and Milly had four children: Mary (c1822, Sarah (c1824/5), Birhett(e) (c1826-c1828) and Wilky (1829). Milly may have died c1829/30. James married Anna in Rutherford County NC in 1830. James and Anna had five children: two sons and three daughters: Patsey born c1832/3, another daughter born c1834/5 (name unknownn), two sons (names unknown) born 1835-1840, and a third daughter born in the 1840s (name unknown). Prior to 1840, James and Anna moved to Macon County NC. Anna may have died c1850, and James married Barbary (last name unknown) c1850/1851/ James and Barbary had one daughter named Catharine born c1851/2. Based on the 1870 Macon County NC Census James was 70 y.o. and Barbary was 57 y.o.; daughters Patsey and Catharine still lived at home. My research is supported by the fact that Sarah, James and Millyís daughter married George W. Burnnett(e) in Macon County in 1842 and Birchett(e) McHan married Sally Truitt in Macon County in 1849. I have found no hard evidence to suggest James died in Missouri rather than North Carolina.
7. Birchette McHan ((c1826-1828)-1895) was born in Rutherford County NC, moved to Macon County NC, and married Sarah "Sally" Truitt (1832-1915) in 1849. Both died in Swain County NC (previously part of Macon County).       Birchette and Sally had 12 children including William Albert McHan born in 1855. (Other details are well known.)
8. William Albert McHan (1855-1917) married Elizabeth Dean (1859-1944) in Swain County NC in 1875. They both died in Swain County NC. They had several children. (Other details are well known.)
9. Burch McHan (1883-1965) married Sarah Ella Byrd (1881-1955) c1902. Both were married and died in Swain County NC. They had several children including my father Roy Albert McHan. Other details are well known.)
10. Roy Albert McHan (1910-1991) married Grace Marie Kilpatrick (1913- ) in Cherokee County NC in 1930. Roy was born in Mineral Bluff, Fannin County GA and died in Fort Worth, Tarrant County TX in 1991. Grace was born in Cherokee Co NC and currently lives in Fort Worth TX. They had eight children (four boys and four girls), including me.
11. Norman Eugene McHan (b1945- ). Norman, born in Atlanta, Fulton County, GA, married Utako Mutou (Japanese) (1948- ) in Tokyo Japan in 1968. They had two children: Norman Jr (1968- ) and John Michael (1972- ). Divorced from his first wife, Norman married Vo Thi Bach Tuyet Hoa "Lei" (Vietnamese) (1950- ) in Fort Worth, Tarrant County TX, in 1990. They have one daughter, Jennifer Michelle (1990- ). Norman, Lei, and Jennifer live in Aurora, Kane County, IL as of October 20th, 2000.
Questions I have
Is Pead (Thomas) born 1792/3, the same Thomas Mackhan who owned land in Middlesex County VA in 1704 and died there in 1730? Should Pead's birth year be recorded as 1782/3 rather than 1792/3?
Is James Machen, born 1715, to James and Mary, the same James that married Cassandra Cheney Warwick in 1744.When did Cassandra die? Is Cassandra's husband, James, the same James that married Mary in 1762?
Is there another generation between Mathew and his children? If James were born in 1800, Marthy would have been 47+ years old (reaching the end of her child bearing years) when James was born. Please note I have found no hard evidence indicating James is the son of Mathew or that he died in MO in 1857. Is it possible that James was the grandson of Matthew?
Who was Mathew Macham who died in Lancaster County VA in 1734? He was a practicing tailor in Lancaster County in 1725.
What happened to Mathew Machan(e) who was banished from Scotland to the Carolinas in on July 19, 1684. He was transported to the Carolinas on the shipped called Bailie Gibson. He seems to have disappeared from history.
Is Jas. McHan who was in Macon County NC in 1840 and 1850, the same James McHan (1800-1857) who is in my direct lineage? If so, he had eight children rather than four as normally reported. Also, Birchette would have been born 1825 and 1829 rather than 1823 as normally reported. Please note in 1840 that Jas. and his wife were between 40-50 years old (indicating they were born 1790-1800), had two girls between 16-20 years old (born1821-1824), two boys between 10-15 years old (born 1825-1829), two girls between 5-10 years old (born 1830-1834), and two boys between 0-5 years old (born 1835-1840). Also, please note that at least two of James' children married in Macon County: Sarah in 1842 to George W. Burnett and Birchette to Sally Truitt in 1849.
Does anyone know anything about Robert McHan who lived in Augusta County VA during the 1750s, and was a deserter during Dunsmore's War?
Does anyone know anything about Margaret McKan who married William Leigh/Lee in 1722? It is unconfirmed that she married in Wales and died in Middlesex County VA.
Who's child was James McHan (c1795-c1860s), a farmer in Cherokee County GA in 1850, that married Anna (c1806- ) about 1821? The census data indicated James was a North Carolinean living in Cherokee County GA.
Are a spouse and children identified in the will of James McHan who died in 1783? Will Book F, Middlesex County VA.
Others Answers to Queries I've noted on various Message Boards
1. Elijah McHan most probably married Elizabeth Greenwood in Rutherford County NC. C1821 or c1822. Elizabeth died in 1829-witness at her funeral was Elijah, her husband. Elijah, I believe also died in 1829, rather than February 1830, and at the time of his death was reported to have had a 7 year old son named James. In addition, Elijah was a witness at the funeral of James in 1829 (an uncle or a cousin since no relationship was given). To me, this indicates Elijah was probably born c1800 married c1821/2 which would make him too young to be Mathew's brother; I believe Elijah was more than likely the son or grandson of John McHan born c1750.
2. James Meacham Sr. aka Machan/McKan/Mecham/McHan (1715-1783), who married Cassandra Cheney Warwick, the widow of Thomas Warwick, in 1744 was most probably the father of Mathew McHan. who relocated from Middlesex County VA to Surry County NC c1785, and on to Rutherford County NC c1790-c1795. The James McHan Jr. and Mathew McHan of 1783 Middlesex County VA Tax Lists (reconstructed 1790 census lists for Middlesex County VA) were more than likely brothers, and the sons of James McHan Sr. My analysis is based on the ages of the children of James Jr. and Mathew. James Jr. had seven children under 21 years old and Matthew had four children under 125 years old.
Any thoughts or comments on my research efforts to date would be much appreciated. And, since I am such a novice at genealogy, if I'm headed down the wrong path, any guidance you can provide to point me in the right direction would also be very much appreciated.
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