MACFARLANE HERITAGE TRAIL
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.