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  • ID: I00047
  • Name: Archibald MCMAHAN II
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1772 in Montgomery County, Virginia
  • Death: 27 FEB 1853 in Pearl Valley, Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
  • Census: 16 AUG 1850 Sevierville, Sevier County, TN; 12th Eastern Subdivision; Reel 432-895; Page 388a
  • Occupation: 1850 None listed - probably retired Farmer
  • Event: Note 1850 Living next door to or with one of his grand- sons, WILLIAM McMAHAN (age 26 m. Nancy Allen).
  • Event: Note ARCHIBALD McMAHAN, II and ELIZABETH BYRD are my maternal 5th great grandparents.
  • Burial: 1 MAR 1853 McMahan Cemetery, Pearl Valley, Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
  • Reference Number: IND47
  • Note:
    At the time of their marriage, George Bird was living in the part of
    Buncombe Co., NC which later became Yancey Co., NC and Archibald McMahan,
    Jr. was living with his parents near Shields Station, Middle Creek,
    Sevier Co., TN. Archibald Jr. soon established a Mule ranch and Pig farm
    in Pearl Valley (near Jones Cove and usually included in Jones Cove
    Community), Sevier Co., TN. My great-great-grandfather (James Balford
    "Jim-Bally" McMahan) told my grandfather (John McNulty Henry) that he and
    all his brothers and sistors were born in Pearl Valley. Jones Cove,
    Sevier Co., TN. My Mother took down all granddad Henry's genealogical
    info (including details from his father's family Bible and oral history
    from both of his grandfathers and his uncle Captain John Henry) between
    1934 and 1947, and gave typed copies of this info to (among others) her
    sister, Zola Spurgeon, and me.
    However, others in the family maintain that Wilson, the oldest child was
    born at the Byrd home in NC. It was not uncommon in those days for a
    young bride to go home to mother to have her first child, so a NC birth
    place for Wilson is plausable but unproven. The rest of the children
    (despite Census records and other Genealogists claims) were undoubtedly
    born in TN. -- SOURCE: John James Henry , ID
    "henryjj"

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    Found at URL: http://www.smokykin.com/ged/f000/f62/a0006220.htm

    Archibald McMahan is listed in the 1810 Census of Buncombe County, North
    Carolina. It is believed he migrated to Sevier County, Tennessee about
    1811.

    Archibald McMahan may have been a signer of a petition from 'the district
    South of the rivers French Broad and Holston.' The name appears on the
    petition as McGan, but is believed to be Archibald McMahan. This petition
    apparently includes the area of Jefferson County, South of the French
    Broad and perhaps part of the Cosby-English Mountain section of Cocke
    County, Tennesse.

    Archibald obtained Grant #11578 for 25 acres in Sevier County, Tennessee
    dated 20 August 1825. He lived in the first district of Sevier County,
    Tennessee in the Jones Cove area.

    Archibald McMahan is listed in the 1830 and 1840 Sevier County, Tennessee
    Federal Census. In the 1850 Sevier County, Tennessee Census he is listed
    as a farmer living alone.

    Archibald McMahan made his WILL 21 March 1852 a copy of which follows:

    'I, Archibald McMahan of the County of Sevier, and State of Tennessee do
    hearby make and ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking
    all others.

    1st, I give and bequeath to my son David McMahan two negro slaves named
    Frank and Tibby.
    2nd, I give and bequeath to my son Redmond McMahan one slave named
    Thomas.
    3rd, I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane Large one slave named Nancy.
    4th, I give and bequeath to my son William McMahan one slave named Simon.
    5th, I give and bequeath to my son Archibald McMahan one slave named
    Jane.
    6th, I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Emitt one slave named Mary.
    7th, I give and bequeath to my daughter Anna Roland one slave named
    Betsy.
    8th, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Duggan one slave named
    Winny.
    9th, I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan Howard one slave named
    Lucy.
    10th, I give and bequeath to my son James McMahan one slave named Carter.
    11th, I give and bequeath to my daugther Elizabeth Maples during her
    natural life one slave named Henry and after her death to the heirs of
    her body.

    I will and bequeath to my daughter Anna Roland my slave named Aggy to be
    taken good care of during said Aggy's lifetime and the said Aggy after my
    death may take what property she claims about my house that belongs to
    her, and also to take a cow and calf claimed by said Aggy.

    I will and bequeath my slaves Jack and Charity to my son William McMahan
    to take care of them during their life.

    I will and bequeath Rebecca McMahan, wife of Archibald McMahan Jr., and
    to George McMahan, illigitimate children of my son George McMahan one
    slave named James to be divided equally between them.

    I hereby appoint David McMahan and Robert H. Henderson my executors to
    this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof, here unto set my
    hand and seal this 21st day of March 1852

    Witnesses: his George McMahan Archibald X McMahan John McKisack mark

    In addtion to the foregoing I will and bequeth to the children of my
    deceased daughter, Sally Howard, three hundred dollars to be divided
    equally between them.

    I will and bequeath that my real estate and the balance of my personal
    assets be sold and the proceeds be divided equally between sons David
    McMahan, Redmond McMahan, William McMahan, James McMahan, and Archibald
    McMahan and my daughters Jane Large, Nancy Emit, Anna Roland, Susan
    Howard, and to my daughters Mary Duggan and Elizabeth Maples, I will one
    half as much of my real estate and balance of my personal estate as is
    willed to the above named heirs, half a share with the above heirs.

    In testimony whereof I herunto set my hand and affix my seal this 21st
    day of March, 1852.

    Witnesses: his George McMahan Archibald X McMahan John McKisack mark

    I do hereby revoke that part of my will appointing David McMahan one of
    my executors and do hereby appoint Fedric Emit and William McMahan in
    conjunction with Robert H. Hodsden my executors to carry out this my
    foregoing will and testement.

    In addition to the foregoing will, I will and bequeath to my
    grand-daughter Martha McMahan, daughter of Wilson McMahan one hundred
    dollars to be paid her out of the proceeds of my personal property by my
    executors, and revoke enough of the foregoing will to carry the same into
    effect. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my seal this 11th day of May
    1852.

    Witnesses: his George McMahan Archibald X McMahan John McKisack mark

    A stone in Pearl Valley Cemetery reading 'A. McMahan born 17-- Died 27
    February, 1853' is believed to be Archibald McMahan's resting place.

    Source: 'Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 3', 1983, Donald B. Reagan, p 188.
    'McMahan Family Tree', Glenn F. McMahan, 10 March 1932, p 1. 'The
    Townsend Heritage', Kathy Townsend, 1984, p 50. Cliff Manis T. D. W
    McMahan records, Johnny Scott Large, p 63. 'In the Shadow of the
    Smokies,' Smoky Mountain Historical Society, 1984, p 489. Rosa Lee Downey
    notes, 16 July 1983, p 4, 7. Smoky Mountain Historical Society
    Newsletter, David Templin, 1981, Vol 7, No 2, p 13. 'The Virginia
    Genealogist', Vol 27, No. 1, p. 149. Mrs. H. S. Surface, 401 Surface
    Drive, Tazewell, VA 24651, 540-988-3581. Barbara Byrd Williams, Box 105,
    Kenbridge, VA, 23944 (804) 676-1258. $43.00.




    Father: Archibald MCMAHAN I b: ABT 1731 in County Meath, IRELAND
    Mother: Ann MCNULTY b: ABT 1750 in Virginia

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth BYRD b: 10 OCT 1776 in Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia
    • Married: 28 SEP 1793 in Grayson County, Virginia
    Children
    1. Has Children Redmond MCMAHAN b: 11 JUL 1795 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    2. Has Children David Crockett MCMAHAN b: 10 OCT 1796 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    3. Has Children James Balford "Jim-Bally" MCMAHAN b: 24 NOV 1797 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    4. Has Children George MCMAHAN , Sr. b: 1799 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    5. Has Children Mary "Polly" MCMAHAN b: 14 FEB 1801 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    6. Has No Children Sarah Jane "Sally" MCMAHAN b: 1802 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    7. Has Children William Kimsey MCMAHAN b: 1804 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    8. Has Children Elizabeth "Betsy" MCMAHAN b: 1807 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    9. Has Children Archibald MCMAHAN III b: 12 APR 1808 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    10. Has Children Anna MCMAHAN b: 27 APR 1809 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    11. Has No Children Virginia Jane MCMAHAN b: 15 SEP 1812 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    12. Has Children Susan MCMAHAN b: 4 APR 1813 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    13. Has Children Margaret MCMAHAN b: ABT 1817 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    14. Has Children Nancy MCMAHAN b: 12 MAR 1820 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
    15. Has Children Wilson "Wilse" MCMAHAN b: 1821 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee
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