I can't promise to solve your puzzles but will be happy
to contribute a few things. Interestingly, I am working for
a female friend and distant cousin now on a Long line from
Fairfield Co., SC. I realize there may be several lines.
She descends from James Long and his wife, Charity, who d.
in 1816. And then through their son, Darling Long, who
eventually settled in Itawamba Co., MS where he died in
Fortunately, John Robinson who m. Sarah Paul (my
ancestors) is buried by his wife and father-in-law, Archibald Paul, at the Old Jackson Creek Presbyterian Church
or some call it Old Lebanon Church. John and William
Robinson were, as far as we are able to determine, the
sons of Alexander Robinson and his wife, Nancy ____. They
are said to have come from Ireland in 1762 or perhaps early
1763. Alexander got an order for 100 acres on the waters
of Savana or French Broad Rivers on Feb. 1, 1763 and it
was certified to him on July 11, 1763.
I believe my John Robinson was his oldest son. His
tombstone reads, died August 31, 1832 in his 77th year.
This indicates that he was born around 1755 and almost
certainly in Northern Ireland. It is my estimate that
William Robinson, his brother, was born abt. 1759, but
we have not found a tombstone for him. Archibald Paul
died on Sept. 15, 1802 in his 75th year. Sarah Paul
Robinson was b. July 12, 1760 (in N. Ireland) and d.
Nov. 18, 1840. Martha Paul Robinson (wife of William)
d. May 10, 1839, age about 74 years.
Now, interestingly, I am researching a John McNeil
in Abbeville Co., SC. Evidently he came from N. Ireland
to Abbeville County shortly before 1790. When my ancestor,
Jane Welch Guffin was widowed ca. 1789 John was living
nearby and he married her around 1790/1791, but I don't
see that there is any connection with your McNeils in
Now, about James Paul, oldest son of Archibald -
James was listed as a soldier in the Revolution in 1780.
A James Paul was mentioned in the Will of Robert McBride
as McBride's son-in-law and James was also named as
executor of the McBride will. I don't have the date of
the will but it was proven on Oct. 16, 1794.
Now was this James the son of Archibald as many think, or
was he possibly the younger brother of Archibald since a
James Paul, several years younger than Archibald also
came to SC about the same time.
Anyway, James Paul made a will on March 4, 1798 in
Fairfield (Will Book 2, p. 170) mentioning land on
Fishing Crk. and the Catawba River, but also saying he
now "lives on Jackson Creek." It did not name his wife
but did name two undage sons, Archibald and James. Now
these may have been very young sons. And Nancy McNeil may
have been a second wife. I found the grave of A. M. Paul
in the Jackson Creek Cemetery and it said he died in 1883
at the age of 86 years, 4 months. and 9 days. If this is
the Archibald M. mentioned in your John McNeil's will, he
would have been a real toddler when his father died.
Hope this may have answered a few of your questions
and don't hesitate to ask others, though I may not be able
to answer them. I will say that I did not find graves for
James and Nancy McNeil Paul at Jackson Creek although I did
not check every grave. I was there in the summer, the weeds
were high and it looked like a good home for snakes. So I
got out pretty quickly. Regards, R. L. Guffin
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