Name: John * McHaffie
Birth: EST 1760 in PA per Indiana history. 1
Baptism: Presbyterian 2
Death: 16 AUG 1828 in Knox Co TN prob home,Flat Crk of Holston 3
Burial: Knox Co TN or Greencastle Putnam Indiana 4
John McHaffie b. cir. 1760 was reportedly a Revolutionary soldier for nearly
6 years, became Captain, was at surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, per pp.
599-600 of History of Hendricks County, IN, lived Botetourt Co., VA and
Knox Co., TN. Weik's History of Putnam County, Indiana, p. 485 states that
he was "a soldier in the war of the Revolution, participating in the battle of
Yorktown, where he witnessed the surrender of Lord Cornwallis.... was a
native of state of Virginia, volunteered at the early age of sixteen years and
sometime after the securing of national independence he married Elizabeth
Hackett." Our John McHaffie m. Jannet Campbell in 1789, and mentions her
by name in his will of 1828, TN.
Summers' Annals of Southwestern Virginia, (p. 518, not indexed) shows
him as John "McHaffey" m. Jannet Campbell, 27 Oct 1789, and A. L. Worrell
lists the marriage in Early Marriages, Wills, and Some Revolutionary War
Records Botetourt County, Virginia and adds that Jenny Campbell was dau
of Robert and gives date 23 Oct 1789.
P. 206 of Botetourt County Marriages 1770-1853, v. 1, by John Vogt
and T. William Kethley, Jr., Ibernian Publ. Co., Athens GA, 1987 lists:
McHaffy John & Jenny Campbell 23 Oct 1789; b- Samuel Kennerly wit-
Benjamin Rowe (deputy clerk, lawyer) con- Robert Campbell, father- 20 Oct
1789 wit- John Brush & Andrew Haffy min- Edward Crawford (Presby.)- 27
Possibly Jannet Campbell was dau of that Robert Campbell who d. 1793,
Augusta Co. VA.
Robert Campbell, Montgomery [Co.] Under Col. Wm. Byrd, 1760, and
under Capt. John Blagg in regular Virginia Regiment -- 50 acres, per p. 280
of Kegley's Virginia Frontier. Also, p. 39 of Virginia Colonial Militia by
Crozier, under Land Bounty Certificates for Service in the French and Indian
Robert Campbell, soldier in Capt. Wm. Christian's Co. of Regulars under
command of Col. Byrd till end of campaign. Also soldier in Capt. Blagg's
Co. of Regulars in Col. Stephen's Va.
Regt. at Fredericksburg in 1762 till same was disbanded. Montgomery
Co., Apr., 1780. It seems likely that this Robert Campbell who in 1780
received land in Montgomery Co., VA, for earlier military service might tie
to my ancestress Jannet Campbell. Montgomery Co. borders and was partly
made from Botetourt Co., and some McHaffies lived in Montgomery Co.,
VA, 1800, 1803, and prob. later. One Robert son of Robert Campbell was
baptized 4 Oct 1742, Augusta Co., VA, by Presbyterian minister Rev. John
Craig, source, Tinkling Spring, Wilson. I suppose the older of these may be
the one in the French and Indian War, 1762, and received the 50 acres
bounty land in Montgomery Co., VA. It seems that the Robert baptized in
1742 would have been about grown in 1760s, of an age to serve in 1774
battle, and that he might have had a child Jannet/Jenny b. cir. 1760.
Robert Campbell, Fincastle, was excused fr. 5 days riding because of
wounds suffered when with Capt. Thompson, per Mary Kegley's Soldiers of
Fincastle Co., VA 1774, p. 78. Robert Campbell of VA is found on bronze
plaque and named as participant wounded in Battle of Point Pleasant, 1774,
and he received a pension. P. 280, Kegley's VA Frontier lists Robert
Campbell, Montgomery, Under Col. Wm. Byrd, 1760, and under Capt. John
Blagg in regular Virginia Regiment - 50 acres.
Worrell's Early Marriages, Wills and Some Revolutionary War Records,
Botetourt Co. VA, 1975, Geneal. Publ. Co., Baltimore lists Robert Campbell
who m. Elizabeth McDonald, 10 Jan 1778 who could conceivably be a
brother of Jannet Campbell McHaffie.
The Robert Campbell in Washington Co., VA, received over 1,000 ac.,
Maiden Spring Fork of Clinch River, which he'd settled in 1772, [per L. P.
Summers Annals p. 1202] and in same area is Col. Arthur Campbell - both
of the "Royal Oak" Campbell family.
I believe witness Andrew McHaffie b. PA is prob. a brother or nephew
of John McHaffie. The marriage banns were probably read before the
congregation for 4 days in the Scottish custom, dates 23 Oct-27 Oct 1789.] but
it usually had been 3 weeks of reading the banns so this is prob. just a license
date and a ceremony date.
I believe also that Jane McHaffie who m. 1803, Montgomery Co. VA,
John Ballinger/Ballenger, is also a close relative of John and Andrew.
I believe that Samuel Mc-. baptized 1762, son of J. Mc-. in
Chanceford twp., York Co., PA, by Rev. John Cuthbertson, is a brother of
John, Andrew but only because a Samuel McAfee age 60-70 is found on the 1830
Knox Co. TN Census, as is Andrew, and John had died in same locale 2 years
It also seems likely that James Mchaffey, Winchester, VA, 1774 is their
father, and that he moved into Montgomery Co., VA, which was cut from
Botetourt Co., VA, where John lived.
Andrew McHaffie and family left Montgomery Co., VA, in 1811, and
it may be that research will determine that it was about this time that the
father of the McHaffies prob. died.
James Mcafie on the 1820 Montgomery Co., VA census could
conceivably be another sibling. I have seen a few McHaffey items in modern
day VA, Blacksburg, Dyersburg.
Rev. Edward Crawford: Kegley's VA Frontier, p. 396 says: "In 1778
Rev. Edward Crawford, a recent graduate of Princeton, was called to the
Sinking Spring and Spreading Spring Congregations where he preached until
1792, when he went to Holston. The Presbyterian families on the upper
branches of Buffalo, Mill Creek and Catawba belonged to Sinking Spring,
which afterward became the Fincastle Congregation and took over the old
Parish Church....In 1795 he married Jane McDonald....moved to Holston
where he died." In 1790 he had patented 800 ac. on both sides of James
River, joining John Bowen. Since Rev. Crawford and some of congregation
moved s.w. to the Holston River, I will continue to look closely at
Washington Co., VA where Hugh Mahaffey lived by late 1780s, son of
Joseph, a son of Hugh Mahaffey Sr. who d. 1767, Chester Co. PA. Joseph's
brother, Hugh, Jr., d. 1749, Cecil Co., MD, is found also shown Hugh McHaffey,
and was bur. Rock Presbyterian churchyard, between Lewisville and
Strickersville, PA (on border with Maryland).
Enough facts have been proven to make it clear that the McHaffies and
the McAfees, both of Botetourt Co., VA, can be separated. I believe I've
proved that John McHaffie's wife Jannet is the Jenney Campbell who had the
grant of 94 ac. on Craig's Creek in 1790, and that Jannet's land bordered that
of Jacob Trout, whose dau Catherine m. John Brush (a witness at Jannet and
Jenny Campbell, p. 458, Kegley's Virginia Frontier: 1790. .....Jenney
Campbell -- 94 acres adjoining Jacob Trout. Subject heading on p. 456 is
"Grants on Craig's Creek 1770-1783".
I have a copy of the grant of 94 ac. in Botetourt Co., and Jenney
Campbell was assignee of John Hackett, 1782, the assignee of Walter
MacDonald, the assignee of James Walker. The survey of Jenney Campbell's
land was made in 1783 and is included in the document, and in Oct 1790,
Beverley Randolph, Governor of Commonwealth of Virginia signed it.
Jenny's land was on both sides of Craig's Creek of the James River. An
Indiana county history had indicated that a Hackett linked to McHaffies. I
believe the grantor John Hackett may be Jenny's grandfather or other relative.
McHaffie's witness John Brush m. Catherine Trout, dau of Jacob Trout
on 23 Aug 1790, Botetourt Co. VA, pp. 539-540, Kegley's VA Frontier, under
heading "Some Marriages of interest in the Tinker Creek - Glade Creek -
Great Lick Community in Early Botetourt." These places are all near what
became Roanoke, VA. Kegley states Rev. Crawford performed the ceremony of
Catherine and John.
Jacob Trout is on 1787 Tax List VA, Botetourt Co., List B. Kegley says
Jacob Trout later moved to TN and lived to be 105 years old.
I believe Jacob Trout was in Walkers District, Botetourt Co., VA as was
I found numerous land cards at the VA State Library net site which
pertain to several Campbells. Robert Campbell, father of Jenny, is
conceivably one of two Robert Campbells (one was son of Robert; another was
son of Hugh) who were baptized by Rev. John CRAIG, Presbyterian in cir. 1740s
onward in vicinity of Fincastle, Botetourt, VA. Rev. Craig baptized Jean,
dau of Robert Campbell, in 1740s or so (?Jenny's aunt?) Robert Campbell m.
Elizabeth McDonald, 10 Jan 1778 per Early Marriages..Botetourt by A.
Worrell. ?J's brother?
Botetourt Co. Virginia, Early Settlers, by Charles T. Burton, Rt. 2,
Troutville VA was checked. He states the first settler got grant from the king.
Burton says pioneers who wished to own first had to get a permit called
a Warrant or Assignment from the agent of the King or the Governor, then
locate open land to settle, then enter it and have it surveyed. The warrant
or entry and survey could still be sold and assigned to another. Surveyor's
description of tract sent to Land Office, where it was written into the new
grant, some early surveys not very accurate and for this and other good
reasons the later owner could get permission and have the Surveyor re-survey
the outside lines of his tract/s and have a new grant issued, called an
Inclusive Survey and Inclusive Grant.
William McAfee settled on Sinking Creek of New River in 1774, per
Annals of Tazewell Co., VA. This William then lived in neighborhood where
John and Jannet McHaffie lived in 1780s.
It is important to know about James Mchaffey, Winchester, VA, in 1774
Dunmore's War (and received Rev. Bounty Land per two books by Lloyd DeWitt
Bockstruck and also to be aware of James McAfee, Jr., of Botetourt Co., VA,
who on 10 Oct 1774 was in Battle of Point Pleasant (with his brothers).
Mchaffey was in the wing that went into Ohio with Gov. Dunmore and was not with
Col. Andrew Lewis at the Battle, so the two Jameses can be distinguished.
Col. Lewis immediately reported to General Washington that Gov. Dunmore did
not bring his men to the south banks of the Ohio River, that therefore the
Indians attacked and killed many Americans. Governor Lord Dunmore went back to
England, Col. Lewis became a General, and in about 1905 the U. S. Congress
official recognized the Battle of Point Pleasant 10 Oct 1774 as the first
battle of the Revolutionary War.
F. B. Kegley in Virginia Frontier names the McAfee brothers from Ireland
in 1773: James, Jr., George and Robert, says their name is preserved in McAfee's
Knob, the mountain under which they lived. James McAfee, Sr., their father,
had deed dated 17 Feb 1748, at mouth of Holstein's Branch, Indian Camp,
and in Dec 1749 he received a grant for 300 acres on both sides of Catawba.
"By 1763 his sons, George and James, Jr., were old enough to take over the
three hundred acres, which they held until they became interested in
migrating to Kentucky, and then (1771) sold to Archibald Woods."
McAfee's Knob is located n. of present day Roanoke. The McHaffies
in 1780s lived in Fincastle, VA and in Montgomery Co., VA, which is somewhat
to the s.w. of Roanoke. James Mchaffey was on military payroll in Winchester
and Romney, VA, in 1774, very near the border of Pennsylvania. James McHaffey
in May 1775 joined the Continental Line at Lancaster Co. PA, Little Britain twp.
Bockstruck explains that the men in Dunmore's War were not paid for their
service in autumn 1774 until well into the spring of 1775. I am confident that
James McHaffey of Lancaster Co. PA is our James McHaffey, and that his sons
John and Andrew McHaffie (both b. PA) were in fact born in Lancaster Co. PA.
The Revolutionary pension papers of James Mchaffey reportedly were burned, but
thanks to Kinsport and Davis's book "Mahaffey Descendants" a detailed military
report was found and included and indicates that James McHaffey served in
Boston, Cambridge, etc., and had signed up with Capt. Ross, Lancaster Co.
The younger children of James McAfee, Jr., from Ireland: William
McAfee was prob. b. on Catawba Creek VA, cir. 1750, m. Rebecca Curry
prob. cir. 1774, moved to Salt River KY in 1779 and d. in 1780 from the
effect of wounds he received while fighting Indians at Piqua, Ohio, he being
at the time the captain of a company of Kentucky Cavalry under General
George Rogers Clark, and among this William's older siblings: Mary McAfee
prob. b. in PA cir. 1742 m. 1)John Poulson, 2)Thomas Gaunt; Robert b. PA
1745 m. Anne McCoun 1766, moved to Mercer Co., KY 1779, was murdered
in New Orleans in 1795; Margaret prob. b. PA cir. 1746-7 m. George
Buchanan, moved to Mercer Co. KY cir. 1784; Samuel McAfee b. 1748 prob.
on Catawba Creek, VA, m. Hannah McCormick cir. 1774, moved to Salt
River KY 1779, d. there 1801. The names of these children of James
McAfee, Sr., on page 163 of The Woods-McAfee Memorial by Rev. Neander
M. Woods, publ. by Courier-Journal Job Printing Co., 1905, Louisville, KY.
Dr. Woods says that a John McAfee left Colonsay, in about 1645 found a
new home between Glasgow and Edinburgh, whence his son John, Jr.,
migrated to Ireland in 1672, and describes the MacFie arms, registered in the
1850s by Robert A. MacFie of Scotland. He states that John McAfee Jr. m. Miss
Mary Rodgers and that their second child James was b. 17 Oct 1707. He also
says that the family had a stone dwelling-house which was yet standing in
1846, that John Jr., d. 1738, and Mary survived him, that they had 4 sons and
6 daughters, and the "names of the sons were John 3rd; James; Malcolm;
William....so far as known, all of the sons except James remained in
Ireland...." James m. Miss Jane McMichael, and in 1736 their first child,
James McAfee, Jr., was born. Soon the little family was to leave for
America. "Presbyterians in Ireland....were forbidden to keep schools;
marriages performed by their clergy were declared invalid; they were not
allowed to hold any office higher than that of petty constable...this tyranny
was endured in the hope that it was but temporary. By 1719 this hope had
worn away,....until the passage of the Toleration Act for Ireland in 1782, the
people of Ulster kept flocking to America."
A few clues: Isaac Bellangee had grant of 210 ac. on Barber's Creek, in
grants on Craig's Creek 1770- 1783 per F. B. Kegley, p. 456, and p. 457
mention's Ballenger's Mountain. Isaac may link in some way to John
Ballinger who m. Jane McHaffie, 1803, Montgomery Co., VA. Crane Brush
had 50 ac. on Potts Creek, listed in Craig's Creek grants.
Rev. John Craig, Presbyterian, d. 1774, first had 472 acres on Craigs
Creek 7-30-1742. See Covenanters and Presbyterians listings for list of
baptisms perf. by him.
Crane Brush is on 1787 VA Census, Botetourt Co., on List B, as were
Edward Crawford; Hachets; Houlstons.
These Brushes may link to Abner Brush, Presbyterian minister, 1707
in NY. There is a Brush Mountain extending through the area. Some items:
Abeel Brush, Lancaster Co. VA, 1731i (index) of estate. John Brush, York
Co. VA, 1726w(ill); per Virginia Wills. Richard Brush, Augusta Co. VA,
1764i(ndex) of estate; William Brush lived in Borden's grant, VA.
1760s-1770s and William Bruze listed 1787 Augusta Co., VA, tax list. Bryce
listings prob. don't relate: John Bryce, a Covenanter in 1666 Pentland rising
was tr. fr. Leith on the Convertin to VA 18 Jun 1668. Another John Bryce,
Covenanter, was hanged at Mauchline, 1685. Mathew, Robert, Thomas
Bryce, Covenanters, 1685, were imprisoned, banished.
Samuel Kennerley owned numerous pieces of land per Botetourt County
Early Settlers, compiled by Charles T. Burton, R. 2, Box 191, Troutville, VA
The 1787 VA tax list, Botetourt Co., includes: Jacob Trout; Hiate;
Lockey; John Sawyers [prob. same as one in Knox Co., TN]; John Sprowl
[see Sproul listings]. List A has William Havens; Andw. Farguson; Graves;
Wm. Roberds [cf. Haney Emeline McHaffie]. List C has taxpayer John
Mahafey [McHaffie] who paid tax on Andrew Mahaffey, 16-21 years
[McHaffie]; King; Tosh; Clemons [see John McHaffie/Maharfey, 1770
listing]; Forguison; Ocheltree; McClelland; Houston; Rutherford; Casey;
Andrew Lewis with 107 head of stock; Campbell. I noted a number of land
trasactions by George, James Jr., James Sr., Robert and Samuel McAfee
dated to cir. 1779 [they moved to Harrodsburg, KY], and those were of
family of McAfees who came in 1739 from IRE. Kegley tells much about
them and says there were no McAfee men in Botetourt Co., VA, 1785.
Known children of John McHaffie and Jannet/Jenny Campbell
Robert McHaffie b. cir. 1790 VA, d. cir. 1845 IN, m. Mary "Polly"
Havin (Heaven) on 29 Jan 1812, Knox Co. TN, per Sistler's Early East TN
Marriages, 1989. Robert is shown McAfee in Sistler's source, but for several
good reasons I think this is Robert McHaffie. According to Weik's History
of Putnam Co., p 485, Robert McHaffie was in War of 1812, at Battle of
Horseshoe Bend AL and Battle of New Orleans; moved from TN to IN, had
large family [sons were, I believe, John McHaffie; William H. McHaffie [who
m. Abigail dau of Isaac Ward per Ward researcher]; Robert C. McHaffie, Jr.;
prob. Joseph B. McHaffie; definite are Richard S. McHaffie; Elisha McHaffie
who appear with widowed mother on 1850 census]; Robert McHaffie owned
land Putnam Co.IN; on 1830 and 1840 censuses and 1845 Tax List Putnam
Co. IN [Robert and Mary "Polly" are my ancestors through son Richard].
Robert is named among siblings of Andrew E. McHaffie of IN by Andrew's
granddaughter, Minnie, b. 1858, in her written notes, and she states he lived
in nearby county;
John McHaffie, Jr., b. Mar 1794 VA, d. 26 Feb 1834, age 40 yr. 11
months. m. Elizabeth Dyer, 15 Sep 1817 TN; in War of 1812 at Battle of
New Orleans; moved to IN; owned land, and is bur. Stilesville Cemetery,
near tall monument of Andrew E. McHaffie, Putnam Co. IN. He may be the
John McAfee on 1820 Jackson Co., IN census. John and Betsy had three
daughters: Orlena [m. Andrew Evans], Nigira [m. W. H. Hunter] and Sarah
[m. James Francis M. Davidson];
Andrew E. McHaffie, b. 16 Feb 1798 VA, d. 17 Oct 1863 IN. He m.
1) Nancy Woods and had offspring Haney Emeline [m. William Robards];
Melville Fitzallen [see his listing]; Thurza Jane [d. young]. After Nancy's
death he m. 2) Nancy Kilbourn and had a dau Mary Angeline. See Andrew
E. McHaffie listing.
Rachel McHaffie m. Thomas Ward on 5 Sep 1827 in Union Co., IN, per
research of Mrs. Helen Scholl. Rachel is also named in Minnie's written
notes as sister of her grandfather, Andrew E. McHaffie., and Thomas was
referred to as "Uncle Thommy". Rachel and Thomas moved to Hendricks
Co. IN, had family: Eliza b. cir. 1832; Wallace b. 1834; Harriet b. 1836;
Joseph; ___; Mary; Rebecca; ?Martha?; ?Margaret? according to Helen
Scholl. She states that Thomas was son of Isaac Ward b. 1767 Morris Co.,
NJ. Thomas Ward d. 1889, prob. in Taylor Co., Iowa. Siblings of Thomas
were Jefferson Ward; (possibly) Clarissa Ward b. 10 Apr 1803; and Abigal
Ward (half-sister of Thomas) who m. William H. McHaffie 1834 Putnam Co.,
IN. One Sophia Ward lived in Putnam Co., IN, not yet researched.
James P. McHaffie, b. 1800 m. Mary Starnes, moved to IN, had family
in IN, is on 1840 Putnam Co., IN census. James d. in TX "in early days"
according to Minnie's notes;
Mary McHaffie m. Jefferson Ward, brother of Thomas Ward, on 19 Feb
1829 in Union Co., IN, and she prob. d. bef 1836 when he m. Fanny Hires
or Hines, a widow. Notes shared by Mrs. Helen Scholl of Indianapolis who
has done extensive research on Wards, and noted that several had married
Margaret McHaffie, b. 31 Aug 1818, moved to IN, m. William
Dunnington, no offspring according to Minnie's notes.
Sources: Minnie McHaffie Master's notes; IN censuses. 1830-1870;
Putnam Co. IN history; Hendricks Co. history; Janet Thomas Ingram's
extensive research regarding McHaffies of Stilesville, IN. Minnie's notes state
that Margaret and husband, and also Rachel and family are bur. in the "lot
west of" Andrew E. McHaffie's large monument, Stilesville. Minnie's notes
are included herein under listing, Three McHaffie Stories. Minnie's father
was Melville Fitzallen McHaffie, prominent stockman in Stilesville, IN, only
son of Andrew E. McHaffie.
John and Jannet Campbell McHaffie lived on Flat Creek of Holston
River, n. of Knoxville, TN, by 1804 and he mentions Flat Creek in his will,
Flat Creek on modern map lies s.e. of Maynardville, TN, at about the
place where roads 61 and 131 intersect. James McHaffie had told me that
John and Andrew lived in the Maynardville, TN, area. Norris Dam is in the
Martin McHaffy lived in York Co. PA, 1750s, was a member of the
Lower Chanceford Society of Covenanters/Cameronians and appears in the
Register of Rev. Cuthbertson. One entry: 11 Feb 1754, "Rode 9 miles after
buying Mar. McHaffy's plan. to Sa. Dicks" p. 209. Rev. Cuthbertson on 10
Jan 1759 "sold Mount Difficult to W. Marlin for 110 pounds...." P. 209 of
Register of Marriages and Baptisms of Rev. John Cuthbertson, Covenanter
Minister, 1751-1791, has entry: 4 March 1753, "Sabbath -- travelled 2 miles,
preached Psalm 35:7-23.... Hebrews.... baptized Esther daughter to Martin
Mahaffy...." P. 210, entry for 28 Dec 1755, Rev. Cuthbertson records,
"Sabbath- preached.... Baptized Mar-- and Mary son and daughter to Mar.
Mahafey;.... give all praise to God." (At Hugh Ross's.) P. 210, entry for 29
Dec 1755 "Tramped 7 miles to and round mountain -- difficult and to Ma.
In 1827 Rachel McHaffie m. Thomas Ward in Union Co., IN, near
Jefferson Co. IN. James McHaffie also lived in Union Co. IN in 1820s and
was in vic. Hendricks and Putnam Co. IN by 1840 census.
Martha McHaffie Traylor says that our John and Jannet Campbell
McHaffie were in Indiana for a time and went back to TN, where he died.
Isaac McHaffie, p. 494 1830 IN census; Thomas McHaffie, Park Co.,
1830 IN; James McHaffie, 1830 IN p. 448; and Robert McHaffie 1830
Putnam Co., IN census. Union Co., IN was made fr. part of Dearborn Co.,
IN in 1821 and borders Ohio. She also found Edw. McGuffey, Dearborn IN
1820 [cf. John Maguffee] and John McAfee in Jackson Co., 1820 IN.
Regarding Matthew McHaffie of Hamilton Co., OH, I found material
in The MacFie Tree referring to a Matthew McAfee of that county, just n.
of Cincinnati OH in cir. 1800 who had offspring Henry b. 1784 d. 1828
Greene Co., OH; Matthew Jr. b. 1787 d. 1852 Union Co., IN; Catherine
Elizabeth b. 1791 d. 1831 Montgomery Co., OH, Sarah b. 1798 d. cir. 1860
either Miami or Shelby Co., OH. Matthew Sr. moved to Clark Co., IN, m.
1819 to Polly Vogel, and he d. 1823 Clark Co., IN. The name and time and
place lead me to think this could have been a McHaffie.
John McHaffie made his will Knox Co TN signed 24 Mar 1828, named
John Graves co-executor with son Andrew E. McHaffie. John d. 16 Aug
1828. (May indicate ties with Grieve or Graves families.) John seemingly
designated himself sieginour, prob. dictating his will. Seignior once carried
the meaning "feudal landlord" from Latin. I think it came to mean owner of
unencumbered property. List of estate sale is given in will book. He signed
deed John McHaffie purchasing land fr. William Bishop, Feb 20, 1804, Knox
Co, TN, 63 ac. Holston River and Flat Creek, filed Mar 24, 1806; deeds are
incorrectly indexed under McAfee spelling. Researcher on this was Mr. F.
B. McFee, Jr., who kindly shared with McHaffies these deed references.
The will of John McHaffie who d. 1828 Knox Co. TN is also found in
Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Aug-Sep 1977 (No. 7) (pp.
741 and 772) (111:7:741). The will was contributed by Alice L. Dickey (Mrs.
Max O.), through the Agua Fria Chapter, Sun City, Youngstown, Ariz.,
NSDAR. It was found in the Bible of Amos Pearsons Pritchard. Refers to
Will Book 4, p. 322. Typed as found in will [I noticed only very slight
differences, including the change from seignior to senior.]
John McHaffy is in Early East TN Taxpayers, 1806 census of TN, by
Pollyanna Creekmore, in Capt. James Reynolds' Company with 284 acres, p.
The will of James Reynolds, 7 Feb 1824, was signed by James P.
McHaffie and Andrew Roberts. I believe that John Reynolds who m. Jane,
dau of John McHaffie, is the man who was k. at The Alamo, 1836, TX. An
item at John McHaffie's estate sale was purchased by a Reynolds, and
another by a Sawyers.
John McHafee is listing in Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists transcr.
and indexed by Byron and Barbara Sistler, Evanston, IL, 1977, 2nd pr. 1982;
Grainger Co TN, 1821, Grainger Co. was formed in 1796, adjacent to Knox
John McHaffee is in Early Tennessee Tax Lists by Mrs. Buford Curtis,
publ. Arrow Pr.Co., 2921 Morton, Ft.Worth TX 76107, in Captain Chesney's
Company, John McHaffee, 1 FP (free poll), 105 acres. Compare McChesney
of Scotland, also Chesney listings.
John McHaffie, bur. Putnam Co. IN, is listed in Patricia Hatcher's
Graves of the Patriots.
Margaret R. Waters in 1949 wrote Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in
Indiana, 300 Names Not Listed in the Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the
American Revolution Buried in Indiana, and on p. 23 she lists: McHaffie,
John Putnam Co. Name on monument to Rev. dead, erected by
Washburn Chap., DAR, Greencastle, Ind.
John McHaffie is named on the plaque in rotunda of courthouse at
Greencastle, IN, as a Revolutionary soldier, and I believe the words "of
Pennsylvania" follow his name and that of Andrew McPheeters. The bronze
tablet in Ct. Hse., was placed by SV. REF-DAR 19, p. 86; Weik's "Hist. of
Putnam Co., Ind." (1910), 217. [SV refers to Sons of Veterans]. Shared by
Gerald T. McHaffie of MO.
It is surely more than coincidence that one Andrew McPheeters b. 22
MR 1761, Chester Co. PA [next to Bucks Co., where John MacHafee lived
1738]; Andrew McPheeters on the described plaque to Revolutionary
Soldiers; an Andrew McPheeters lived Grainger Co. TN (where John
McHaffie lived, early 1800s); and in 1834, an Andrew McPheeters lived in
Putnam Co., IN (where John McHaffie's older sons lived in 1830s). These
facts shared by Gerald T. McHaffie of Springfield, MO.
In her book, Mrs. Waters says that from 1938-1949 she compiled names
of about 300 Revolutionary Vets not included in Mrs. Roscoe O'Byrne's
Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana,
and was able to view 984 pension files from the National Archives to search
further for the 300 men. She says that the main source of the names was the
Veterans' Graves Registration, an IN American Legion project which
attempted to list the burial place of every vet in IN from the Rev. War
through WWI up to deaths in 1940, and that of the 92 counties in IN they
completed 48, and that she found 108 veterans in this source. American
Legion men obtained data from field trips, soldiers' burial claims, sextons'
lists, cemetery record books, county rosters, undertakers' records, flags, flag
holders, government markers, stones inscribed "A Soldier," descendants, old
residents, and present owners of farm cemeteries and notes on 3x5 cards
filled 90 file drawers in the Archives Div. of IN State Library along with the
cemetery plats. She stated she could guarantee the accuracy of her work but
made no effort to check the information given in the references. She did not
list men born after 1765 if card did not show which war or give years in
which a man served. She states that personal friends furnished several
names, about six of which were received after her pension research in
Washington in summer of 1949. She used newspaper clippings, also 50 vol.
of N.S.D.A.R. yearly reports to the Senate, county histories, manuscripts and
typescripts on file in IN State Libr., Genealogy Div.
The DAR monument is large, gray Barre granite, and a photo is in the
1919 annual DAR Report to the U.S. Senate, and in the report, mention is
made of 33 veterans who lie sleeping in the vicinity. Mrs. Waters' list has 39
names with name centered at top is Jacob Piercy. Names in column at left:
Benjamin Bell, William Heavin, Isaac Armstrong, Jonathan Byrd, John Buck,
William Brown, Nathaniel Cunningham, William Edmundson, William
Gilmore, Jacob Grider, Laban Hall, Thomas Jones, John McHaffie, Andrew
McPheeters, Samuel Moore, Thomas Rhoten, Abraham Stobaugh, Thomas
Tucker, Robert White. Names in right column: Jacob Westfall, Berryman
Stokes, William Banks, John Bartee, Charles Bowen, William Cornwell,
Samuel Denny, Julius Glazebrook, Silas Hopkins, George Hammer, Joseph
Lafollette Sr., William McGaughey, Benjamin Mahorney, John Norman,
Isaiah Slavens, Peter Stoner, John Walden, John Walls, William Denny.
William Edmundson is perhaps the same man as the Fincastle
Freeholder Declaration signer of 1775. I've wondered if he may link to
former Governor Edmondson of Oklahoma, and Lieut. Governor W. A.
Drew Edmondson, Oklahoma, currently in office. This surname is definitely
found in Scotland, and is sometimes seen Edmiston I believe. It is a name
that I believe can be traced back 900 years at least.
It is interesting to see that a Walls is listed, since James Mchaffey
served in Dunmore's War, 1774, under Capt. George Walls, and the banished
John McHaffie was exiled at about the same month as another man named
Walls. Listings in censuses 1820, 1830, for man with name similar to James
Mchaffey are found in Montgomery Co., VA.
Maynardville, TN is place name connected with early 1800s McHaffies,
Knox Co. TN, according to researcher James G. McHaffie of Springfield,
National Archives has no record of pension for this John McHaffie.
Zella Armstrong's book Twenty Four Hundred Tennessee Pensioners says:
after the first pension act, very rigid requirements were instituted. Some of
the original pensioners refused to accede to these requirements feeling that
they were humiliated by them and the protesting pensioners were `dropped
from the roll.' In almost every case they were restored later, if they had
survived, when the rigorous requirements were abated.
John McHaffie, along with John Sawyers and John Rutherford was a
witness to the will of Henry Roberts, 15 Dec 1812, Knox Co.TN.
Col. John Sawyers m. Rebecca Crawford. He was b. 1745 Augusta Co.,
VA, and d. 20 Nov 1831 in Knox Co., TN. I believe Sawyers was son of
James Sawyers and wife Rachel Bell/Ball, and the grandson of James
Sawyers and wife Hannah Babson. Sawyers was reportedly with Shelby,
James Robertson and Valentine Sevier, three orderly sergeants at the time.
Sawyers lived "on Beaver Creek 2 miles south of the VA line" per one
source, and it was there that Evan Shelby erected a fort. A Rogerson
researcher is the source.
John McHaffie also witnessed the will of John Broker or Booker.
On file in Knox Co. Record, October sessions, pages 322 through 325,
is the will of John McHaffie SR and list of articles sold by Andrew E.
McHaffie for the estate of John McHaffie deceased August 16th 1828. [I
typed the following from typescript which I think is a xerox of pages from
Bell's Book of Wills of Knox Co. TN given to me by Charles F. McHaffie of
Sparta, MO.] (Pg.322)
October Sessions 1828,
JOHN MCHAFFIE SR The last will and testament of John McHaffie
Sr. was produced to court for probate, whereupon George Graves and
George Breaden, subscribing witnesses thereto made oath, in open court that
they saw the said John McHaffie Sr. sign and seal said instrument of writing
and heard him pronounce publish and declare, the same to be his last will and
Testament and that he was at the time of publishing the same of sound mind
and perfect memory to the best of their knowledge and belief, which will is
admitted to record and is in the words and figures following to wit, -- Be it
remembered that I, John McHaffie sieginour of the county of Knox and State
of Tennessee being in sound mind and memory but weak in bodily strength,
and calling to mind that all men are born to die, do make and ordain this to
be my last will and testament. I first recommend my soul to God who gave
it. Secondly as to my personal estate it is my will that my daughter Mary and
Margaret have each of them a bed and furniture and twenty dollars in money
to make them equal to the balance of my children, that have already got in
my estimation as much which money to be paid out of the proceeds of my
property not otherwise distributed or disposed of. All my personal property
to be sold and land not otherwise disposed of by this will, and the proceeds
of the sale to be equally divided amongst all my children if there be any more
than will pay my daughter each twenty dollars as before stated. I also give
and bequeath to my two sons Andrew and James a certain tract or parcel
(Pg. 323) land whereon I formerly lived containing seventy acres more or
less lying and being in the County of Knox on the waters of flat creek
Beginning on a pine running West one hundred and twenty nine poles to a
Post oak saplin, thence North to William Fargasons line thence North forty
degrees East with said line to a white oak, Avery Roberts corner in said line,
thence South twenty seven East one hundred and sixty six poles to the
beginning - I also give to my two sons Andrew E. McCaffie and James
McCaffie two acres of land taken by entry and adjoining the tract before
described, and also adjoining the lands of Richard Mynatt Decest and David
Clapp. I wish it to be expressly understood that my two sons are each of
them bound to maintain my wife Jannet whilst she remains my Widow, that
is if she should think proper to remain with Andrew, he is to give her a
comfortable maintenance, and she should think proper to go and live with
James he is to do the same, which is the object of my leaving them the land
as before described for a compensation. I appoint my son Andrew E.
McCaffie and John Graves my sole Executors signed and acknowledged in
the presents of Attest March the 24th 1828.
(Seal) George Graves George Breaden
JOHN McHAFFIE The State of Tennessee To all persons Greeting
Whereas, at our court of pleas and quarter Sessions held for the County of
Knox at the court house in Knoxville, on the first Monday of October 1828
It appeared to the court, that John McHaffie late of said County had died
having first made his last will and testament in which Andrew E. McCaffie
and John Graves are appointed executors and the said will having been
proved (Pg. 324) and admitted to record and the said Andrew E. McHaffie
qualified as Executor. it was ordered that letters testamentary issue &c. We
therefore empower the said Andrew E. McHaffie to take into his possession
all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said
Testator wheresoever the same may be found, and all just debts of said Testator
and all the legacies specified in said will, well and truly to pay, so far as
the said goods and chattels, rights, and credits may extend, and in all things
to administer said goods and chattels, rights and credits, according to the
tenor of said will and the law of the land. Witness Charles McClung clerk of
said court at office in Knoxville the first Monday of October 1828. By Deputy
William Swan -
JOHN McHAFFIE The articles exposed to sail by Andrew E.
McHaffie for the estate of John McHaffie deceased Augst 16th 1828 1 bed
and other small plunder, Janet McHaffie, Widow, 0.25 [shown $ and cts]; 2
fat tubs, Andrew E. McHaffie, 0.25; 5 pieces of pottery ware, A. E.
McHaffie, 0.50; 1 meal tub, A. E. McHaffie, 0.50; 2 meal troughs 1 table,
Nathaniel Damewood, 1.31-1/4; 1 pail 1 bucket, A. E. McHaffie, 0.50; 1
bedstead, John McHaffie, 0.12-1/2; 1 pine box or Chest & pinchers, Boston
Clap, 0.81-1/2; 1 Loom spool frame and warping bars, Nicholas Gibbs, 3.-3;
1 Mattock one axe and 1 Cagg, William Mynatt Junr., 1.72; 1 Handsaw 2
Jugs, A. E. McHaffie, 1.70-1/2; 1 hand or broad axe 1 weeding hoe 1 pair
of gears, Levi Israel, 2.08; 2 garden hoes, Hugh Crawford, 0.57; 1 inch
auger 1 pot rack 1 rifle gun, John McHaffie, 7.82-1/4; 1 Tenant saw 1
drawing knife, Stephen M. Shaggs, 0.51; 1 clevis 2 twisted links 1 false
coulter, J. P. McHaffie, 0.41-1/4; 2 pair of harnesses 2 clevises 1 bee
stand, John Kline, 2.08-1/2; 1 shovel plough 1 bee stand a pair of specks,
John Graves, 1.50; 1 wheat seive, English Crawford, 0.37-1/2; (Pg. 325)
[the will and estate items are on pages 322 through 325 of October Sessions
1828, Knox Co. TN probate records] 1 wheat sieve, William Zachary, 0.14;
1 pair of harness, iron trace - back band 3 frisens, Will T. Cardin, 2.06-1/4;
1 old sickle, a box of old irons 1 pair stretchers and swingle trees, Adam
Clapp, 1.56-1/4; 2 neck chains, Simeon Harris, 0.75; 1 cutting Knife and
steel 1 bee stand, John Wallis, 2.62-1/2; 1 Barshear plough irons, William
Reynolds, 1.56-1/4; 1 old pot, John Frost, 0.66; 1 waggon, Isaac Damewood,
31.72; 1 spring lancet and box razor & box and tooth drawers, A. Sharp, 02.01;
1 saddle, Adam Starnes, 6.00; 1 stand of Bees 3 Choice, Josiah Sawyers,
1.31-1/4; 1 Milch Cow, Charles Shaggs, 7.06-1/4; 1 two year old Heifer, A.
E. McHaffie, 3.31-1/4; 1 spotted two year old horse colt, John P. Pale,
20.06-1/4; 1 Roane mare named liberty and collar, John Lane, 42.76; 1
Roane 4 year old horse named Charley, Margaret McHaffie, 35.51; Some
shoe makers tools, David Smith, 00.51. 185.21-1/2, [signed] A. E.
[NOTE: I hope to obtain a photocopy of this will and estate items
and any deeds in VA or Knox Co. TN with the signatures.]
One surname seen on PA Covenanter Register is Harbison, and one
James Harbison is found in 1806 with John McHaffie in Capt. James
Reynolds' Company in Knox Co. TN. Harbisons are found in VA tax
records living in the same counties. I wonder if Harbison might be fr.
Use of sieginour here indicates something different than senior in age,
I believe. Seigneur once carried meaning of landowner. Chieftain refers to
French `chevetainrie-propriete d'un chevetain-seigneur' and once meant the
man might be connected in blood to those living on his lands, or not. He
may have been indicating ownership of his property.
John's will is found on microfilm 1036714 item 1, US/CAN Film Area,
filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977 fr. typescript prepared by
Alice L. Dickey, Sun City-Youngtown, AZ, donated by Mrs. George W.
Hallgren, Potomac, MD.
The will is also found in Daughters of the American Revolution
Magazine, Aug-Sep 1977 (No. 7) (pp. 741 and 772) (111:7:741), contributed
by Alice L. Dickey (Mrs. Max O.), through the Agua Fria Chapter, Sun City,
Youngstown, Ariz., NSDAR. Refers to Will Book 4, p. 322.
Researched in 1994 by National Genealogical Society volunteer Charles
Skelly were: Genealogical Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files, c 1991, by
Virgil D. White, Waynesboro, TN, The National Historical Pub. Co., John
McHaffie/McHaffey/Mahaffey not found but some new details on John
Mehaffey b. 31 Aug 1759 PA [see my listing John McHaffie] were found;
James McHaffie; no McGaffey/McGaffy. He also checked DAR Patriot
Index - Centennial Edition, NSDAR, c 1990, Washington, found another
detail on John Mehaffey b. 1759. He checked Revolutionary War Period -
Bible, Family and Marriage Records by Chas. Edmondson, c 1990, Dallas
TX, nothing was found. Also checked was A Seed-Bed of the Republic, by
Robert Douthat Stoner, c 1962, Kingsport, TN, nothing found but book has
information on a Samuel McAfee, pioneer family of 1775. He checked VA
Historical Index by E. G. Swem, c 1934, Roanoke VA, found no McHaffie,
Mahaffey/y, but McAfee family ref. Tyler's Qtrly. 7T241, VA Mag. of
History and Biography 13 v. He checked Tombstone Inscriptions Green
Spring Presby Church, VA Isobel Baylor Inman, Gen. Soc. Quarterly,
Oct.-Dec. 1983, Richmond, VA. He checked microfiche, Latter Day Saints
Family Registry (supplanted by computerized records in LDS libraries),
nothing found; also International Genealogical Index, 1988 issue, microfiche,
nothing found, but TN list for some families. He checked Accelerated Index
System, microfiche, nothing found PA and VA but a John and Andrew
McHaffie were found Cumberland Co. PA on 1810 census and John
McHaffie in Lancaster Co., Lampeter twp, 1790. He also checked the
National Genealogical Society's Members' Ancestral Charts, nothing was
found. He checked Index to War of 1812 Pension Files, by Virgil D. White,
c 1989, Waynesboro, TN and found a John Mahaffy, Jennette, WC-19525, srv
Capt Wade's Co OH Mil as a Pvt who was also in Roster of Ohio Soldiers
in War of 1812, p. 22 (prob. Ross Co., OH) and p. 75. (Capt. Wade's
Company) which establishes that one John Mahaffy/Mahaffey was living
early in OH. Also checked were Family Histories in NGS File cabinets, and
their Manuscript Files, nothing found. He included Summers' mention of the
Mahaffeys of South Fork of Holston on p. 29. Compare John Mahaffy, who
with John Gordon was "then both employed spies to explore the frontier and
gain notice of signs of approaching Indians." Peter Henry, b. 16 Jun 1770;
PA, left a narrative included in Draper MSS, Peter told of capture of him and
his sister by Indians and their escape within two weeks and rescue by scout
Capt. Samuel Brady, 1779, when Peter was 9 years old. He was drafted in
Westmoreland Co. PA when he was nearly 18 years old and tells how he and
John Mahaffy and about 10 others helped the Kirkpatrick family on day of
attack and killing there; locale vic. of Craig's Blockhouse (year given as 1786
or early 1787).
Mr. Skelly's finding of details on John McHaffey marriage to Jannet
Campbell in Vogt and Kethley's new book provided new facts: marriage
perf. by Presbyterian; 7 days elapsed between Robert Campbell's signing
permission and the marriage; that the marriage was in or near Fincastle;
named Rev. Edward Crawford about whom much is known; that John Brush
was witness; that Andrew [Mc]Haffy was a witness, third witness was Deputy
Clerk, Benjamin Rowe; confirms that four days elapsed between obtaining of
license and the marriage ceremony.
See John MacHafee, 1738 runaway "Irish" servant, master Lancelot
Martin, Bucks Co., PA, per PA Gazette. Also, Pvt. John McHaffy 1741
Gooch's American Rgt, on HMS York in War of Jenkins Ear, at Cartagena,
so prob. with young Lawrence Washington. McHaffy was "serving for
James McHaffey, soldier, was on payrolls Winchester and Romney, VA,
in 1774, Dunmore's War, and I believe he is the person shown as "J. McH.",
in the bordering York Co., PA, visited by Rev. Cuthbertson 13 Aug 1754.
Charles McHaffie is on p. 186 of Cumberland County Militia 1792-1794
repr. by Southwest PA Geneal. Services, P. O. Box 253, Laughlintown, PA
15655, from The Pennsylvania Archives Series 6, Vol. 5. Also on list were
James McHaffie and Thomas McHaffie. In 1793 list among freemen in
Cumberland Co., PA, appears a James McHaffey, and others on same list
were John Chiselm, Cornelius Atkison, Danl. Clark, Alexander Smith, Wm.
Reed, John McClintock, John Murphy, John Smith, John Huston, James
Wallace, Thomas Fleming, James Hackett, etc. Most of these names are
found among Covenanters in Scotland.
In 1795, Lots in Petersburgh, Rye Township, Cumberland Co., PA,
appear Charles McHaffy; James McHaffy, freemen. Thomas McHaffey, 1795
tax list, Rye twp., Cumberland Co., PA, had 1 horse, 2 cows; others there
included L. Miekal, D. Miligan, Dr McNaughton, James McClintock,
McAlister, Murphy, more names found among Covenanters in 1600s.
John C. McHaffie, conducting extensive research in PA in 1990s, states
that he descends from Charles McHaffie in Rye twp., Cumberland Co., PA,
through son Jesse McHaffie of Beaver Co., PA, and OH by 1837, and that
another, earlier, PA researcher, William J. McHaffie, had found that his
people were found under spelling Mahaffey but that McHaffie was spelling
found in earlier family records. In 1800 Cumberland Co., PA: Andrew
Mahaffey in mt twp.; Charles in Ry [twp.], Guyan in ry [twp.], James, in Ry
[twp.], John, in Mt [twp.], Margret, mt [twp.], and Thomas, ry [twp.].
The given names John, James, Andrew and Charles are found among
the TN, Indiana, Oklahoma and Missouri McHaffies of 19th and 20th
centuries. I think it is likely that the McHaffies in VA cir. 1780 and TN cir.
1800 link to earlier PA, VA, MacHafee, 1738 Bucks Co., PA; to Pvt. John
McHaffy in 1741 Gooch's American Regiment (possibly the same man); to
Pvt. Martin McHaffy in 1730s Maryland militia; and Martin McHaffy in
1750s in Rev. Cuthbertson's register in York Co., PA. An individual in the
banished John McHaffie household in Gargerie, Kirkcowan parish,
Wigtownshire, Scotland, had given name shown as Mart. Mahaffie.
I believe that Andrew, and Jane were prob. offspring of James
Mchaffey in 1774 Dunmore's War on payrolls at Winchester and Romney
which are near PA border, were born in PA, John cir. 1760 and Andrew cir.
1769 (see 1787 VA census Botetourt Co.) and that their sister was Jane
McHaffie who in 1803 m. John Ballinger, Montgomery Co. VA. Jane and
John had offspring named John, James, Larkin. If James was the second son,
then that tends to confirm that Jane's father had given name James. James
McHaffie prob. remained in Montgomery Co. VA and was there as late as
1820 census, Mcafie and Maafie spellings. James Mahaffey is named on p.
1400 of Summers' Annals of Southwestern VA as veteran of Revolution (not
in index, however). See Andrew McHaffie b. ?1770s? PA, of VA, TN.
One James McAffee had grant in 1769 of 500 acres on North Fork
[source H.A. Bruce's Daniel Boone and the Wilderness Trail, quoted by Dr.
MacPhee's book] -- if it is North Fork of Roanoke/Stanton River, then it is
very near to New River, to Christiansburg, Blacksburg and same described
area of Botetourt which became Montgomery Co.
Dunaway in History of Pennsylvania says regarding land across
Alleghenies, "For some years the conflicting claims which Virginia and
Pennsylvania held to this region produced much confusion in land titles.
Consequently there was restricted settlement under Pennsylvania title and
most of the pioneers in the section were from Virginia."
Compare Lt. John McHaffey k. 1780. He was a Loyalist, "served under
Col. Ferguson" and his wife was given his wages mid-Dec 1780 vic.
Ninety-Six. Her name was Sarah, according to Bob Mahaffey of PA. He
was in the Little River Militia. Perhaps he was of the Little River in North
Carolina, and had joined Ferguson and Loyalists in NJ or NY. However, one
Little River is the one off New River and in vic. of North Fork of Roanoke,
the general area where McHaffies lived in 1780s-1800, with John in Botetourt
and Andrew in Montgomery Co. (which was from the triangular part of
Botetourt Co., which became Montgomery Co. VA).
John Maheffe [? McHaffie], on Rockingham Co. VA, 1784 census; 5
people; no house; 1 other building which I found on list of 1784 Rockingham
Co., VA, on the internet. Since the Revolution had so recently ended, it is
no surprising that many people in frontier had no house. Rockingham Co. is
not far north of Botetourt Co. VA so the time and the place make it seem
much more likely that he too will show in records as McHaffie/Mchaffey as
did James, John, Andrew, Jane who were all in Botetourt and adjacent
Montgomery Co. VA in the late 1700s. James shows as James Mchaffey in
1774 Dunmore's War in Virginia's Colonial Soldiers by Bockstruck and in
Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants also by Bockstruck.
The name of Andrew's eldest son was James, and Jane (McHaffie)
Ballinger's second son was James, which may indicate their father was named
James. Usually the wife's second boy is named for her father.
John McHaffie and Jenney named the eldest son Robert, for her father,
and the second son, born 1794 was John. I believe Jenney's father Robert
was in Battle of Point Pleasant, and was wounded and pension for life. It
seems possible that John was son of Pvt. John McHaffy, 1741 Gooch's
American Regiment, who prob. lived in the vicinity of Bucks Co., PA, or Elk
River, Cecil Co., Maryland, and that the former private moved down into the
The 1784 family is probably the same as John Maharphy/Maharfy,
descriptive land record, 1770, Augusta Co. VA. I think that person was the
same as the 1741 private "serving for victuals only" in Gooch's American
Regiment on HMS York with among others, young Lawrence Washington,
and Admiral Vernon, commander. Lawrence named Mount Vernon in honor
of Admiral Vernon. (Gooch was Governor of Virginia, and a Scottish
Also on the 1784 list, Rockingham Co. VA: John Helfry, 7 "white
soles," 1 house, 1 other building.
Some reasons I think this is true: John McHaffie is in two 1780s
records, Botetourt Co., and his wife Jenney Campbell was granted in 1790,
land on both sides of Craig's Creek, Botetourt Co., adjacent to land of Jacob
Trout, given to her by John Hackett. Jenney's father was Robert Campbell
who signed permission for her to marry, dated 20 Oct 1789. The Virginia
State Library has published Jenney's deed as well as information about
Robert, son of Robert Campbell and how Mary Hackett (Robert's sr.'s wife)
refused to serve as administratrix of Robert sr.'s will. Further information
shows that Robert sr. had served as executor of the will of his eldest brother,
James, son of Hugh Campbell. I believe some of these named Campbells
were in Presbyterian Rev. John Craig's congregation. It is certain that John
and Jenney were married by Presbyterian pastor Rev. Edward Crawford of
Sinking Spring and Spreading Spring congregations in vicinity of Fincastle.
Rev. Edward Crawford was educated at Princeton University, and he moved
from Botetourt Co. with 50 families down to the Holston River. I believe
John and Jenney and family went with the group for they are found there by
Maheffe and the other four were in the list of Michael Rorok, seen also
Pp. 274-275, Kegley's, under heading "Service Records From
Montgomery County, Orders of Court" has list of those getting certificates for
land, "Heirs of John McFee, the same for 50 acres" March 8, 1780. Should
we assume this is John McFee who was k. near Reedy Creek 1768 or that he
could not be a McHaffie?
One John McAvey's will indexed 1799, Bath Co. VA, per Summers'
Annals p. 269.
Knox County Deeds, found by researcher F. B. McFee of Alcoa TN,
and shared with our cousin Martha McHaffie Traylor. Mr. McFee said he
was surprized that six deeds were indexed McAFee or McFee but signed
17-11-1815 grantee McFee, Andrew; grantor Galloway, Jesse; date filed
17-11-1815; 139 acres (where?); Book P-1, p. 205. [grantee signed Andrew
20-2-1804 grantee McAFee, John; grantor Bishop, William; date filed
24-3-1806; 63 acres Holston river, & Flat Creek, Book L-v1, p. 188. [grantee
signed John McHaffie]
6-7-1828 grantee McAFee, Andrew; grantor Miltonbarger, Jacob; date
filed 3-20-1828; 25 acres Clear Fork of Flat Creek, Book V1, p. 76. [grantee
signed Andrew McHaffie]
31-5-1883 grantee McAfee, W. T.; grantor Neff, J. T. & others; date
filed 1-1-1886; 93 acres (where?); Book F4, p. 190.
6-7-1887 grantee McFee, Calvin; grantor Jackson, William & Rachael;
date filed 9-8-1887; 51 acres -1st Dist. H4, p. 363. See listings, Calvin
McHaffie and his father, Andrew McHaffie b. cir. 1770s.
16-7-1888 grantee McAFee, William H.; grantor Cox, John & Elizabeth;
filed 18-7-1888; 50 acres 9th Distr. (unsure if this is same as line above, H4,
29-3-1893 grantee McAFee, James A.; grantor McHaffie, W. F. Mary
& Jane; date filed 14-2-1894; Bull Run Creek Distr. 20; Book 89, p. 342.
[grantee signed James A. McHaffie]
29-3-1893 grantee McFee, William & Nancy; grantor McHaffie, William
F. & Mary & Jane; date filed 24-2-1894; 2 tracts 20th Dist; Book 125, p. 178.
[Wm. F. McHaffie was son of Andrew.]
See Richard S. McHaffie b. 1832 IN d. 1897 Oklahoma (son of Robert
the son of John b. cir. 1760 PA), siblings, offspring, for my line.
Jannet Campbell McHaffie's Campbell family, and the Hackett
connections have begun to fit together. Following are some of my recent
findings, comparisons, and conclusions:
Jannet/Jenney Campbell, dau of Robert, married John McHaffie 27
Oct 1789, Botetourt Co. VA.
I believe I have enough material to indicate that Jannet Campbell and
her father can be sorted out from others of the same name in 1780s Virginia.
I believe she links to the Hackett family. Also that John Hackett gave her
94 acres of land cir. 1782, which she received in Oct of 1790. The land lay
on both sides of Craig's Creek, her neighbor was Jacob Trout whose daughter
Catherine in mid-1790 married John Brush who had served as one of 3
witnesses for John McHaffie and Jenny's marriage 27 Oct 1789. It is certain
that Rev. John Craig, Presbyterian, served this area (old Augusta Co., VA)
for decades, and I believe he baptized Jenny's grandfather Robert baptized
1742 (see itemized listings), who d. by 1778, who was son of Hugh Campbell
of Augusta Co., VA. I believe Jenny's 94 acres were given to her by her
grandfather or great-grandfather, John Hackett of Augusta Co. I believe that
Jenny's father Robert was disabled from fighting in 1774, Point Pleasant, in
what is now West Virginia at confluence of the Great Kanawha River and the
Ohio River, that he lived in Fincastle, Botetourt Co., VA, area in Oct 1789.
I believe that John and Jenney's children moved to Indiana, some to
southeastern part, Union Co., in 1820s (James; Margaret; Mary) and the
daughters' marriages to the Ward brothers show there. I believe that these
McHaffies knew Esther McHaffie Buchanan and perhaps her husband
(George) who d. 1818 in Madison, Jefferson Co., Indiana (also quite near
Cincinnati OH), and that Esther was the daughter of Martin McHaffy of
York Co., in the Covenanter or Cameronian Society there, and that Esther
and her siblings Martin and Mary were all baptized between March of 1753
and Dec 1755, as is shown in the Register of Rev. John Cuthbertson. Rev.
Cuthbertson visited a parishioner, "J. McH." also in Lower Chanceford
Society, York Co., PA, near Price's Ferry, on Aug. 13, 1754, p. 239. This was
decades before any other McH name (McHenry) appears in the Register.
John and Jenney's sons Robert McHaffie, Andrew E. McHaffie, and
John McHaffie, are found in west central Indiana about 1830, with Robert
appearing on the 1830 census there. They all had land there, all 3 are shown
on the 1845 Putnam Co., IN Tax List, and it appears Robert and John were
both dead by then, but the land and location is listed. Andrew Ernest
McHaffie's descendant Martha McHaffie Traylor has stated that John and
Jenney Campbell McHaffie visited their offspring in Indiana, and then
returned to Knox Co., TN, where John died. [John's will and estate sale is
on file, 1828, Knox Co., TN. Six deeds there from Feb 1804 are signed
McHaffie but long mis-indexed under McAfee spelling for some unknown
There were about 8 Robert Campbells living in s.w. Virginia in 1787,
and I believe I can account for about 7 of them.
I found Robert Campbell's administratrix was Mary Campbell, alias
Hackett. I found relationships of some of Robert Campbell's brothers, and
also that Hugh Campbell's son Robert, baptized by Rev. John Craig,
Presbyterian, in 1740s Augusta Co., VA, prob. did live to adulthood, at least
until 1770s (ca. 1778). I've also found several confirmations that Robert
Campbell, Fincastle, 1789 was disabled.
"Jenney" Campbell received 94 acres of land as follows: John Hackett
assigned 94 ac. to Jenney Campbell, Botetourt Co., VA, Land Office Treasury
Warrant Number 11213, issued 4 March 1782, survey dated 21 May 1783.
Jenney Campbell, 14 Oct 1790, Botetourt Co., 94 a. On Craigs Creek a
branch of James River joining the Land of Jacob Trout. Grants 22, 1789-91,
p. 518. Signed by Beverley Randolph Esquire Governor of the
Commonwealth of Virginia 14 Oct 1790. John Hackett was assignee of
Walter McDonald who was assignee of James Walker. Kegley's Virginia
Frontier lists this item. Jacob Trout's dau Catherine in 1790 m. John Brush
who was a witness at marriage of John McHaffey and Jenny Campbell dau
of Robert Campbell. I have copy, obtained from internet, Library of
In Book 18: Campbell, Mary: "page 238 Page (345) Mary Campbell,
alias Hackett, admx. of Robert Campbell, to be summoned to give counter
"Page 376 Hugh Campbell, eldest son and heir of Robert Campbell,
deceased, who was oldest brother and heir of James Campbell, deceased, vs.
John Campbell.--Chancery. Writ, 19th November, 1778." Source: Chalkley's
Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia Extracted From the
Original Court Records of Augusta County 1745-1800 Augusta County Court
Records. Order Book No. XXIV. "Page 436 Petition, 1752, of inhabitants
from Forks of Roanoke to James Neiley's Majority have to travel 25 to 30
miles to work on ye road from Reed Creek to Warwick. Petition to have
road laid off into precincts. William Bryan, John Bryan, James Bryan,
William Walcker, James Campbell, ...."
In 1752, Book XXIV: "Page 437 Petition for road from John Davis's
Mill to Woods's Gap, or to the road now clearing over the mountain near
said Gap: Andrew Erwin,....Charles Campbell,... John Davies,.... Hugh
Campbell, ....Robert Campbell,....Robert Gamble,...."
I believe it is likely that Andrew, John, and Jane McHaffie were
offspring of John or James McHaffie/ey, that there was a fourth sibling
named James who was older than John (of Botetourt Co., VA), and that
James lived near Price's Ferry west of Susquehanna River, and was in the
Lower Chanceford Covenanter Society, York Co., PA, 13 Aug 1754, "J.
McH.," and that all were close kin of Martin McHaffy, also in the Register
for Lower Chanceford Covenanter Society, in 1753, and 1754, owner of
Mount Difficult plantation, also in York Co. PA. The names among the
Benefiels appear to give some insights about the given name Esther, and
possibly indicate another Campbell link.
Note the listing of Lord Neill Campbell, in East New Jersey, Dec 1685,
with 52 indentured servants, who Dobson says was to be imprisoned in
Blackness Castle 19 May 1685, then in same month transferred to Edinburgh
Tollbooth, in The Original Scots Colonists: Supplement, 1607-1707. Lord
Neill Campbell remained in New Jersey until March 1687, had bond posted
for him prior to Dec 1685. It seems likely that Lord Neill was closely related
to the executed Marquis of Argyll, Archibald Campbell, who invaded
Scotland in 1685 on behalf of James, Duke of Monmouth in James'
unsuccessful bid for his father's throne. Dobson also lists Neill Campbell,
Argyll, a Covenanter, transported from Leith to the American Plantations
8.1685, per PC11.136. The possibility that one John McHalarty also involved
in Argyll's invasion, summer 1685, may be the same as John McHaffie,
Covenanter, Edinburgh Tollbooth, Feb 1685.
John MacHafee, 1738, Bucks Co., PA, in Gooch's American Regiment,
1741, was prob. born cir. 1718, and may well be the "J. McH." found on
Susquehanna River, 1754.
I believe Jannet/Jenney Campbell, who in 1789 married John McHaffie
b. cir. 1760, was dau of Robert Campbell of vicinity of Fincastle, Botetourt
Co., VA, had a grandfather, Robert Campbell who d. by 1778, Augusta Co.,
VA, and that her grandmother was Mary Hackett who served in cir. 1778 as
Administratrix of Robert Campbell, per Chalkley's. Robert d. cir. 1778 was
I believe the older son of Hugh Campbell, who had Robert baptized in 1740s
by Rev. John Craig, Presbyterian minister, Augusta Co., VA. John Hackett
who assigned 94 acres of land to Jenney Campbell, 1782, which she obtained
grant for in 1790, is father of Mary Hackett Campbell. Hugh Campbell also
had a son James, because Robert was named as heir of his brother James,
1778, per Chalkley's. Robert who d. 1778 named a son Hugh, and another
Robert. I think the evidence indicates Jannet was dau of Robert and ___
Campbell; Robert was son of Robert who d. 1778, VA and his wife Mary
Hackett, and Robert who d. 1778 was son of Hugh Campbell of Augusta Co.,
by Mary Lou McHaffie Ramsey
Father: James * McHaffie b: BY 1740 in of Lancaster Co PA - 1st PA Continental
Mother: ____ _______ b: 17__ in see notes re James
Jannet Jenny * Campbell b: ABT 1770 in Botetourt Co VA
27 OCT 1789
in Botetourt Co VA 5
- Robert Campbell * McHaffie b: 1790 in Botetourt Co VA
- John McHaffie b: MAR-1794 in VA probab Botetourt Co Fincastle
- Andrew Ernest McHaffie b: 16 FEB 1798 in Virginia
- James P. McHaffie b: 1800 in TN
- Jane McHaffie b: ABT 1804 in Botetourt Co VA ?? KnoxCo TN
- Rachel McHaffie b: EST 1809 in Knox Co. Tennessee
- Mary McHaffie b: ABT 1811 in prob Knox Co TN
- Margaret McHaffie b: 31 AUG 1818 in Knox Co. Tennessee
- Text: plaque, Greencastle courth.Indiana: "born PA" & on DAR Memorial,WashburnCem.IN
Told story of banishedMcHaffie ancest.,gardener in Scotland to childr. 1stdeed
Knox CoTN 20Feb 1804 signedJohn McHaffie. Grandpar.Christian & Cath.Clemons??
Page: misfiled McAfee!
- Text: If John were, as one Indiana history book shows, married to Elizabeth Hackett,
it was prior to when subject children were born (all born after 1789 marriage
to Jenney Campbell).
- Text: will:Mar 1828;witn George Braeden,Bell's Knox CoTNWills.John at 16 join.REV W.
,in 6 yrs,w/Washington at Yorktown (1781) per Hist.ofHendricks or PutnamCoIND.
Friend:AlexMcPheetersPA,TN,IN. JohnMcH.1804deedlivFlatCrk ofHolstonR.vicMascot
Page: deed misfiled McA!
- Text: Abstracts Graves of Revolut.Patriots lists John McHaffie bur.Putnam Co Indiana
DAR marker there lists John McHaffie,Rev.vet w others bur GreencastleIN in1916
DAR Report to US Senate; plaque,courthse lists him; DAR no longer accepts Rept
- Text: per Vogt & Kethley's Botetourt Co. VA Marriages, which lists bondsman Samuel
Kennerly; witn Benj.Roe; witn Andrew McHaffy & John Brush. Pastor Edw.Crawford
Fincastle Presbyt Ch.&Sinking Spr.Ch; writ.permiss fromRobert father of Jannet