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  • ID: I00144
  • Name: Archibald MCMAHAN I
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1731 in County Meath, IRELAND
  • Death: ABT 1843 in Bibb, Jackson County, Alabama USA
  • Burial: ABT 1843 McMahan's Cove Cemetery, Stevenson, Jackson County, Alabama
  • Immigration: 4 AUG 1746 IRELAND To America
  • Event: Note There is a lot of dispute over his date of birth. Please research further first.
  • Event: Note ARCHIBALD McMAHAN, I and ANN McNULTY are my maternal 6th great grandparents.
  • Event: Age at Death (Facts Pg) about 110 years old
  • Occupation: 9 AUG 1747 Apprenticed to DAVID STUART as Cooper.
  • Reference Number: IND153
  • Note:
    Archibald MCMAHAN (20317), born 1746 in Ireland, married at North
    Carolina, died after June 1826 at Jackson County, Alabama, buried at
    McMahan Cove, Jackson, Alabama. Archibald McMahan left his home in
    Ireland and came to America about 1762 to seek his fortune in the
    wilderness of the new world. Archibald McMahan, then 16 years of age,
    landed in what is now called the state of North Carolina. He raised his
    family in North Carolina. Archibald McMahan was making his home with his
    son Sanders in Alabama in 1826. During his lifetime he accumulated quite
    a bit of wealth and at the time of his death he owned seventeen slaves.
    He was buried in McMahan Cemetery. There is debate over Archibald's given
    name. Descendants of Sanders McMahan have always been told that the
    father of Saunders was "Redmond" McMahan and they have a bible record to
    prove it. Redmond McMahan made application for Revolutionary War pension
    at the age of 103 years in Warren County, Tennessee. He lived to be 110
    years old. Pennsylvania Archives, Vol. 1, Series VI, page 15, Officers
    and Soldiers in Province of Pennsylvania. Men in Command of Samuel Perry
    - Redmand McMahan, age 20, born in Ireland, enlisted 13 July, laborer. A
    date here (4 August 1746) could be birth date. Saunders McMahan lived in
    Warren County, Tennessee before moving to Jackson County, Alabama and
    Redmond had other relatives there. Warren County, Tennessee deed book A,
    page 22, 4 November 1811. Redmond McMahan to Enos Holbert 100 acres in
    Warren County on Barren Fork of Collins River, granted to McMahan by
    State of Tennessee 23 Aug 1808. Deed book C, page 125, 8 January 1816,
    Redmond McMahan to Nathan Randolph for $120 part of grant from State of
    Tennessee 25 August 1802. Sanders McMahan descendants think Archibald
    McMahan was buried in McMinnville or Morrison, Tennessee. ----------
    Reference: "McMahan Family Tree", Glenn F. McMahan, 10 March 1932, p 1.
    T. D. W McMahan records, Johnny Scott Large, p 63. Rosa Lee Downey notes,
    16 July 1983, p 1-2, 4.

    The following is another outline found in Smoky Mountain Quest:

    NOTES

    It is believed Archibald McMahan left his home in Ireland and came to
    America about 1746 to seek his fortune in the wilderness of the new
    world. Archibald McMahan, then 16 years of age, landed in either the
    state of Virginia or North Carolina.

    There is debate over Archibald's given name. Descendants of Sanders
    McMahan have always been told that the father of Saunders was 'Redmond'
    McMahan and they have a bible record to prove it. We now believe
    Archibald and Redmond are one in the same. No one knows for sure how the
    two names came about since they have not been found to be used together.

    Smoky Mountain Historical Newsletter 1991, Volume XVII, No 4 lists the
    following from Dick Fox, RR 9, Box 355, Sour Lake, TX 77659:
    'Redmond McMohan was apprenticed to David Stuart as a cooper to begin 09
    August 1747. Redmond was listed as a white male; his mother was listed as
    Catherine Cole. This is from the Augusta Parish Vestry Book,1746-1780, p
    101. Catherine Cole was listed in other Augusta County, Virginia records
    as a servant of David Stuart.'

    According to 'The South Carolina Regulators', Redmond McMahan was an
    outlaw in Upper South Carolina. When the Regulators or Rangers crushed
    the outlaw bands in the late 1760's, they scattered to other states.
    Maybe this explains the use of his alias.

    Pennsylvania Archives, Vol. 1, Series VI?, page 15, Officers andSoldiers
    in Province of Pennsylvania lists 'Men in Command of SamuelPerry':

    Redmand McMahan, age 20, born in Ireland, enlisted 13 July, laborer.

    Included is a date (4 August 1746) that could be his birth or immigration
    date.

    It is not clear if this is the same Redmond since the original sourcecan
    not be found. The age of 20 does not match the pension applicationpapers.

    'Montgomery County Virginia: The First 100 Years' (text by Judge C.
    W.Crush, index by Mrs. Frances Terry Ingmire; FHL 975.5785 H2c p 47)
    lists Redmond McMahon as one of the members of Captain Cox's company who
    signed an oath of allegiance to the Commonwealth of Virginia, refusing
    allegiance to George the third King of Britain.

    On page 69 there is an abstract from Montgomery County Court
    Records(volume and page not cited) as follows:
    'Whereas Redmond McMahon was taken Prisoner in the Battle of King's
    Mountain by the Virginia and Carolina Militia on the March to the
    Moravian Town, he had made his escape & came into Montgomery County where
    he surrendered himself to an Officer of the Militia. And whereas there is
    no Prison in Said County to confine the said McMahon until an Exchange
    takes Place Therefore We the Subscribers do hereby bind ourselves Jointly
    & Severally our Joint & Severally our Joint &Several Heirs Exrs. & Admrs.
    to the Hon'ble Thomas Jefferson Esqr. Governor of Virginia or the
    Governor for the time being In the Just and full sum of five thousand
    Pounds Current Money of Virginia that the said Redmond McMahon will at
    any Time deliver himself up when legally called for, to the proper
    officer, as a prisoner of War to be exchanged or otherwise dealt with as
    the other Prisoners in the same Situation with him may be dealt with. As
    witness our hand this 6th day of February 1781.

    Redmond McMahon - John Price - Dasswell Rodgers (mark) Test - William
    Preston - James McGavock

    He was imprisoned for what we believe is dissertion since his pension
    application was denied on grounds of dissertion.

    The 'Personal Property Tax Lists for the Year 1787 for Montgomery County,
    Virginia (Netti Schreiner-Yantis, Genealogical Book in Print,1987; FHL
    975.5 R4sy vol 8, p 454-455) show that Redman McMahan andGeorge Byrd were
    enumerated on the same day, so they were probablyneighbors. Redman's son
    Archibald married George's daughter ElizabethByrd.

    Warren County, Tennessee deed book A, page 22, 4 November 1811. Redmond
    McMahan to Enos Holbert 100 acres in Warren County on Barren Fork of
    Collins River, granted to McMahan by State of Tennessee 23 Aug 1808.

    Deed book C, page 125, 8 January 1816, Redmond McMahan to Nathan Randolph
    for $120 part of grant from State of Tennessee 25 August 1802.

    In 1826, Archibald McMahan was making his home with his son Sanders in
    Alabama.

    Redman McMahan applied for a Revolutionary War Pension from Warren
    County, Tennessee in 1834 at the age of 103, making his birth date 1731.
    Thomas Brown claimed he knew Redman McMahan before their respective
    arrivals in Warren County, Tennessee. As mentioned earlier, his
    application was denied because of dissertion.

    During Archibald's lifetime he accumulated quite a bit of wealth and at
    the time of his death he owned seventeen slaves.

    It is not clear where Archibald 'Redmond' McMahan was buried. Some say he
    was buried in the McMahan family graveyard in McMahan Cove near
    Stevenson, Alabama. Others say he was buried in McMinnville or Morrison,
    Tennessee.

    Source: 'McMahan Family Tree', Glenn F. McMahan, 10 March 1932, p 1.T. D.
    W McMahan records, Johnny Scott Large, p 63. Rosa Lee Downeynotes, 16
    July 1983, p 1-2, 4. Ann Turner, 2 January 1995. 'YancyCounty, Buncombe
    County Heritage'

    SOURCE: Contact: Francis Christie
    ---------
    Archibald McMahan and nine brothers came from Ireland in 1746, with their
    parents. His father died on the trip over, and his mother, Catherine,
    settled in the area of Augusta Co., Virginia, that soon became Montgomery
    Co., VA. There the boys were apprenticed, while the mother worked as a
    housekeeper for David Stuart. Archibald learned Mule Breeding, while
    James became a Ferrier and Redmon became a Cooper. Another brother John,
    has recently been located as the husband of Deborah Stockton who came to
    Tennessee. The names and fate of the other six brothers are lost now, but
    Archibald, James and Redmon show up in Tax, Land and Military records (in
    the area that became Montgomery Co., VA in 1776) from 1746 until after
    1780. Redmon and James both served in the American Revolution in the
    Virginia Line. George Washington made special use of Redmon's
    frontiersman skills by using him as a scout, who could go stealthily
    through the woods and spy out British troop movements. A great confusion
    exists because there were at least two other Archibald McMahans and maybe
    two other Redmon (or Redmond) McMahans in the Revolutionary War. As far
    as we know our Archibald did not serve in the Revolution. He was already
    married and had several children when it started. Both James and Redmon
    served in Virginia troops.

    Archibald died in early July, 1826 in AL, shortly after the birth (10
    June 1826) of his great grandson McNulty McMahan (whom he named).

    Archibald McMahan is sometimes confused with an Archibald McMahan from PA
    and an Archibald McMahan from Rowan Co., NC He is also confused with
    Redmond McMahan of Warren Co., TN who applied for a pension, in 1834,
    which was denied. He was also not the Archibald McMahan referenced by
    Rosa Lee Downy, a Revolutionary War Veteran who died in 1840 in Greene
    Co. SC. But the Greene Co, SC Archibald may have been the Rowan Co.,
    Archibald as well as the Archibald listed in the 1810 Buncombe Co., NC
    Census.

    Archibald's brother Redmon was wounded at the battle of Trenton, so he
    could not have been the deserter in South Carolina, though he was later
    arrested, in mistake, for the deserter and George Washington had to
    straighten this out or he might have been hanged. Redmon died in Wythe
    Co., VA before the pension law of 1832 was passed and did not apply for
    any pensions or grants so that his Revolutionary war record is difficult
    to trace, but he served in Cox's Company of the Montgomery Co., militia.

    Archibald McMahan was one of the earliest pioneers of Sevier County, TN
    (then Greene Co., NC though listed as Sevier Co. by the State of
    Franklin). He purchased land from Landon Carter, Entry Taker for all of
    Washington, Sullivan and Greene Co., NC at Middle Creek, near the site of
    the present Middle Creek Methodist Church in 1784/5 and he and the
    Richard Shields family founded Shields Station there. This area was still
    Cherokee lands until after the treaty of Dumplin (1785) and the State of
    North Carolina did not recognize purchases in this area until ten years
    after their entry. His wife, Ann McNulty, was buried in the old part of
    Middle Creek Methodist Church Cemetery in 1820. The only earlier Sevier
    Co., settler that I could find was Major Hugh Henry who settled on
    Dumplin Creek in 1781. Hugh's settlement was on the north bank of the
    French Broad River while Archibald's was south of the French Broad River
    between the present sites of Sevierville and Pigeon Forge.

    Archibald was a very successful mule breeder, who made many trips through
    Yancey and Buncombe Co., NC to take his mules (and pigs and beef cattle)
    to the better paying markets in Greeneville, SC. He was accompanied on
    the animal drives by most of his children so they knew many people along
    the route, which mostly followed the river valleys through the mountains.
    Many NC farms had "Stops" along the way with bunk houses for the drovers
    and pens for the animals. He had also known George Byrd who moved from
    Montgomery Co., VA to Yancey Co., (then part of Buncombe Co., NC), after
    1787. Both George Byrd and Redmon McMahan are listed in Montgomery Co.,
    VA tax lists on the same day of 1787, so they probably were neighbors.
    Several of Archibald's children married and settled near the Byrds in NC.
    I believe that other associations with NC residents was mainly for
    business reasons and that none of his children were born there, though
    technically before 1792 the Sevier County region was part of Greene Co.,
    NC.

    After his wife Ann died in 1820, Archibald lived with a son, in Alabama
    until his death in July 1826, but he frequently visited his other
    children in Sevier Co., TN, Cocke Co., TN and Yancey Co., NC. Just before
    his death he had visited his son Archibald Jr. in Pearl Valley, Sevier
    Co., TN and was there, in June 1826, when his great grandson, McNulty
    McMahan, son of David Crockett McMahan, was born. Some believe that he
    went to visit Sanders McMahan in Jackson Co. AL and died there, but since
    Sanders is known to be a son of Redmond McMahan of Warren Co., TN and
    didn't move to Jackson Co. ALuntil 1832, this is unlikely. Archibald's
    son Edward "Ned" McMahan however was living in Bibb Co. AL in 1826 so it
    is likely that it was Ned that he was staying with when he died. he is
    probably buried in Bibb Co., AL (Ned's first wife Rachel Reagan died
    about three months later on 06 November 1826 and is buried in Bibb Co.,
    AL).

    SOURCE: John James "Jim" Henry , ID "henryjj"
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    McMahan Family
    (from THE STEVENSON STORY by Elizabeth B. Woodall
    in the Library of Russell Cave National Monument - Jackson County,
    Alabama.)

    Among the early settlers around Edgefield was the Sanders McMahan family
    whose forebears came from Ireland before the middle of the 18th century.
    The immigrant, Redman McMahan, who likely was accompanied by several
    brothers, appears to be the Redmond, a soldier in charge of Samuel Perry
    in the Province of Pennsylvania in 1746. Between that date and 1777 he
    had made his way down the Shenandoah Valley to Christianburg, Montgomery
    County, Virginia, where he took the Oath of Fidelity to the revolting
    colonists cause. One Redmond Memayhand is on the tax list of Elk Creek
    District, Montgomery County, Virginia, in 1782. In his application in
    1834 for a pension for service in the Revolutionary War Redmond stated he
    enlisted in Craven District, South Carolina, in 1775. He was " 103 years'
    old this past January I "; his advanced age may account for inaccuracies
    in his application which was rejected - because length of service did not
    meet requirements. [I guess that is a nice way of saying, 'he deserted'.
    j.c.]

    Redman may have been in Boone's Caravan ''from Pennsylvania to North
    Carolina in 1750,'' stopping off in Montgomery County, Virginia, or later
    returning there.

    It is not known who his wife was. She apparently preceded him in death as
    he stated on pension application that he lived around with his children.
    It' is likely that he married more than once. His known children are:
    Sanders (1784-1864) married Nancy; Jonathan born 1788, married Rebecca
    Brown, remained in Warren County, Tennessee; his home fell in Cannon
    County when it was formed in 1836; William (1796-1861) married Mary Marr
    (1798-1852)

    Sanders McMahan lived for a time in Warren County, where his first child
    was born. When he came to this area he first settled in Gourdneck Cove,
    near Anderson, Tennessee. He and William Ake entered 200 acres of land
    jointly in January of 1821. This entry is recorded in Marion County,
    Tennessee, because the Big Crow Creek area was assigned to Marion County,
    from 1816 to 1824 when it was returned to Franklin County.

    When Alabama became a state, Sanders moved his family to what is known as
    McMahan's Cove and lived there until his death. He and his wife and
    several of their children are buried in the family burying ground on a
    cedar-topped knoll just above the spring where Benge's Creek begins as a
    small branch.

    Sanders was a 1st Lt. in Capt. Meredith Price's Co., Lt. Col. David
    Cawlfield's Battalion, Alabama Mounted Volunteers, in the Florida War
    1836-37.

    Family legend has it that young Sanders fell in love with a girl named
    Ann who died at an early age; in her memory he gave the name Ann to each
    of his daughters.

    SOURCE: Jim Christian




    Father: Robert MACMAHON b: ABT 1706 in possibly County Clare or Monaghan, IRELAND
    Mother: Catherine O'BRIEN b: ABT 1709 in possibly County Clare or Monaghan, IRELAND

    Marriage 1 Ann MCNULTY b: ABT 1750 in Virginia
    • Married: ABT 1768 in Montgomery County, Virginia USA
    Children
    1. Has Children Archibald MCMAHAN II b: 1772 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    2. Has Children James MCMAHAN b: 1775 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    3. Has Children Eli MCMAHAN b: 1776 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    4. Has No Children Edward "Ned" MCMAHAN b: 1779 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    5. Has Children Stephen MCMAHAN b: JAN 1780 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    6. Has Children Sarah Elizabeth "Sallie" MCMAHAN b: JAN 1780 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    7. Has No Children Rhoda MCMAHAN b: 16 MAR 1785 in Shield's Station, Middle Creek, Sevier County, Tennessee
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