MacFarlane Heritage Trail: Benjamin McFarland 1767-1859
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ANCESTOR INFORMATION FORM
ANCESTOR: Benjamin McFarland
EMIGRATION (1st known ancestor): Robert McFarland 1680-1750
PARENTS’ NAMES: John McFarland b. 4 February 1739 in Lancaster, Pa- d. 17 October 1803 in Buncombe, North Carolina. Mother: Mary Kinder b. 1742 Bedford, Bedford, Virginia-d. 1820?
Spouse: Ruth Buchanan Jack m. 15 July 1788 Greene, Tennessee. 1850 US Census list she is born in Pennsylvania around 1766. She died 6 September 1853 in Russell County, from wounds received in a fall. It states on the record that her father’s last name was Jack. She, her son John (1792), grandson John (1815) died the same day 26 July from pneumonia and John (1792)’s wife, Elizabeth died 12 January 1853 from pneumonia.
Senator John McFarland III 1764-1820
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ANCESTOR: Senator John McFarland III
DATE OF BIRTH: Feb 28, 1764 PLACE: prob. Bedford Co. Virginia
PARENTS’ NAMES: John and Mary Kinder McFarland
CHILDREN’S NAMES: John (1787-1874) m. Mary Fleming; Anna (1790-1869) m. Joseph Hughes; William Bell (1792-1855) m. Nancy E. Smith; James E. (1795-1871) m. Jane Jackson; Rebecca (1798-1859) m. John Deaver; Mary (1800-1857) m. Jacob McFarland; Arthur (1803-1850) m. Elizabeth McClure, Trypheney Cambelle; Sarah Hale (1806-1877) m. Carroll George; Joseph (1809-abt. 1865) m. Mary Eliza McFarland; Nancy Caroline (1812-1909) m. Alexander Carson Sloan
MARRIAGE TO: Rebecca Bell PLACE: tradition says July 20, 1786 in VA
DATE OF DEATH: July 20, 1820
BURIAL: unknown place in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, probably on family land
RESIDENCES (List all, including years):
1. Big Otter River area, Bedford Co. Va 1764-1772 (See father’s sheet)
2. Reed Creek area, Montgomery Co. (Wythe County today) 1772-1784 (See father’s sheet)
3. Tennessee, south of the French Broad R. near Sevierville today: 1785 to 1799. (See father’s sheet)
4. Buncombe/Haywood County, North Carolina: 1799-1815
Not only did John III inherit his father’s land purchases, he made many investments of his own. He purchased land in the “flowery garden” on the east side of the Pigeon River, land along Richland Creek near present-day Waynesville, land along Beaverdam Creek, however his patent #1715 indicates the acreage where he lived.
Haywood County, NC:
Deed Book A, p. 16, State of North Carolina #1715. 160 acres purchase by John McFarland, Sr. at cost of 50 shillings for every 100 acres. County of Buncombe, east fork of the Pigeon River, including both sides where said McFarling now lives. Beginning on north side of William Cathey's branch, with Elijah Deaver's line. Entered Ap. 5, 1808. Warrant was originally issued to Joseph Henry. Signed by George Cathey and John Patton.
John McFarland, Sr. abt. 1706-1785
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ANCESTOR: John McFarland (sometimes known as Scotland John)
DATE OF BIRTH: abt. 1706-1708 PLACE: northern Ireland
PARENTS’ NAMES: Robert and Jennet McFarland
CHILDREN’S NAMES: Robert (1730-1798) m. Martha unk., Nancy (1731-? m. Andrew Evans), James (1733-1755), Rachel (1737-?) m. John Hunter, John (1739-abt. 1803) m. to Mary Kinder, Arthur (1741-? Died as an infant), Mary (1743-?) m. James Hunter, Joseph (1745-abt. 1795?) m. a Gullion, Benjamin (1747-1823) m. Mary Blackburn
MARRIAGE TO: Mary Montgomery PLACE: abt. 1728 in Lancaster Co. PA assumed
DATE OF DEATH: aft. 1785 (He sold property in Bedford Co. VA and signed the deed in 1785. He and Benjamin moved to Greene Co. TN, and there is record of a very old John McFarland manning the arsenal in Knoxville in 1793 when Col. Robert McFarland organized a militia to fight the Indians. So his death could be as late as aft. 1793) PLACE: prob. Greene Co. or Jefferson Co.TN
1. Donegal township, Lancaster Co. 1720-abt. 1747 (see father Robert’s sheet)
2. McFarland land, Reed Creek area, present day Wythe Co. VA 1747-1756
Although John McFarland had 5 land plats in this area surveyed between 1747 and 1752 (the first and largest was over 1000 acres in the Black Lick area of Reed Creek) the land he lived on seems to be the patent on Sally Run. The image below shows several of the patents close to Wytheville. The Black Lick patent is to the east of this picture.
1749 Survey to John McFarland, 327 acres on Sally Run, a branch of Reed Creek. Patent issued as 327 acres in Augusta Co. Patent Book 32, p. 167 on June 20, 1753. He sold this land to John Finley in Nov. 1773 while he and Mary were living in Bedford Co. (Montgomery Co. Order Book 1, p. 142) This eventually became part of the Rose Hill property of F.B.Kegley whose place is marked and is still currently in Kegley family hands.
To go to this property: Take N. 4th st. (Hwy. 52) north from downtown Wytheville, cross Hwy. 81, continue on Hwy. 52 till you see Rose Hill Rd. just past Tremough Dr. Go north (right) on Rose Hill Rd. (also called 656). It takes a sharp left then a sharp right around the Kegley property. The street dead ends at Akers Rd (600). Going either way would be the McFarland property on Sally Run.