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TWIGS TO TREES #44, SEPTEMBER 2021

Twigs to Trees

September, 2021

Mary Helen Haines

 

It is nice to see cooler weather arriving this September. We actually had a rather mild summer for Texas, but I know it was scorching elsewhere. In August, my family and a few relatives made a trek to Ladonia, Texas to check on our McFarland cemetery. The cemetery is tucked under a grove of trees in the middle of pasture north of the Sulphur River in Fannin County. Once family land; it was part of a 1280 land grant given to my ancestor James McFarland, who arrived in 1837, one year after Texas became a Republic. The oldest stone dates to 1852, the year James’ son William died. However, it is likely that there are earlier burials. In 1839 there were skirmishes with local Indians that resulted in at least one death: Daniel Davis, the earliest settler in the area. He and other Texas Rangers (my McFarlands included) were sleeping in his home, when Indians attacked and he was killed. His body and his family were moved to James McFarland’s home, three miles directly east, for protection. It is likely that Daniel was buried in what ended up becoming known as the McFarland cemetery. Today, a reservoir lake is being constructed on the Sulphur River and will encompass much of the McFarland and Davis land grants. The cemetery will be above the water line, so should be safe, but some of the McFarland descendants  wanted to check on it and make sure the Water Authority knew there were present-day people who knew and cared about its preservation.

This is us driving across very rutted pastureland toward the grove of trees that houses the cemetery.

Below is the oldest original grave, which is unreadable now. Next to it is the more recent memorial commissioned in the 1960s when the family had new monuments made to their ancestors

  

 

  

    

 

 

 

On the left is the original stone cover for Jane Jackson McFarland’s grave. Next to it is the modern (1960s) gravestone that was created for the head of James and Jane’s burials.

  

 

Below is the entrance to the cemetery with the historical monument that was dedicated in 2004.

 

Wherever I have traveled to trace the footsteps of my ancestors, I always try to find their burial places. So many times they were part of new Anglo settlements, and they didn’t stay long enough for there to be descendants in that place to tend their graves. Sometimes we know when they died, and that they must have been buried near their homes, but if no descendants continued to live in that area, then their old stones just were broken, lost, or buried as well. From my own list of McFarland forefathers, James, who died in 1871, is the first one to have a known and marked burial place.

If you have a family cemetery you would like to share with us, please let me know. On our website, at https://www.clanmacfarlane.org/public_html/useful-links/38-cemeteries.html we have sixteen McFarland cemeteries listed with links.

Now to member genealogies submitted and researched this quarter:

ROBB: David Alexander Robb; David Robb (Michigan), Dr. James Milton Robb (Ontario, Canada to Michigan, USA), David Robb (Ontario), Alexander Robb (County Down, Ireland to Ontario), John Robb, born bef. 1796 in Scotland, married to Mary Young, died in 1843 in Albion twn., Peel, Ontario, Canada.

MACFARLANE: David M. Miller; Ronald Mills Black (Massachusetts to Florida), Alexander Ronald Black (MA to NY), Jane Fraser McFarlane (Dundee, Angus, Scotland to MA), William Pirnie MacFarlane (Angus, Scotland to MA), William McFarlane (Angus, Scotland), James McFarlane, born abt. 1801 in Scotland, married Mary Malcom, died abt. 1849 in Scotland.

MCFARLAND: Andrea McFarland; Sarah McFarland, Robert McFarland, (Northern Ireland), Alexander McFarland (NI), Robert McFarland, born 1843 in Co. Tyrone, married Ellen McBeigh, died 1917 in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, son of James McFarland. Andrea, who lives in County Tyrone, has  autosomal McFarland matches that include many American and Canadian Cadet lines, such as our CMW Director Barb Duff’s line.

MCFARLANE: Joanne Louise Ashby; Clifford Robert Scott, Robert Grant Macfarlane (Scotland to Australia), William Mcfarlane (Scotland to Australia), Daniel McFarlane, born abt. 1804 in Lanarkshire, m. to Marion Watt, died bef. 1851 in Scotland. Joanne, who lives in Australia, is awaiting DNA testing for her father so they can further the search for Daniel’s connections.

MACFARLANE: David Gordon Macfarlane; Gordon August MacFarlane (Canada to Oregon, USA), James Alexander Macfarlane (Canada to Oregon), William Mcfarlane (Scotland to Ontario), William Macfarlane (Scotland), Alexander Mcfarlane (Stirling to Dumbarton), Walter McFarlane  (in Corrie), John McFarlane (Scotland) m. to Margaret McFarlan, his first cousin. Margaret is the daughter of Patrick McFarlan, born 1669 in Stirlingshire, married to Isabel McKimie. Patrick’s brother is Malcome McFarland, born 1658 in Stirlingshire, married to Mary McFarlan. They both are children to John McFarland, born abt. 1625 Stirlingshire, m. to Catherine McFarland in 1647 in Buchanan, Stirlingshire.  David has completed the Big Y 700 and is part of the BY7792 SNP group. He is the third member of this group that traces his line back to Buchanan Parish, Stirlingshire.

MCFARLAND: Julie Marie Mercer; John Howard Mercer (Texas to California), Maude Estelle McFarland (Alabama to California), William Columbus McFarland (Benton, AL to Sebastian, Arkansas), Andrew Mcfarlin (born 1814 in South Carolina, married Mary Ann Johnson in Rhea, TN, died in 1862 in Ft. Pillow, TN. This line of McFarlands  is DNA related to the line of Charles McFarland, born 1755 in Scotland, died 1802 in Abbeville, SC.

MCFARLAND: Mary Jaynne Glaseman; Elnora Jeanne Mooney (Kansas to California), Cecile McFarland (KS to CA), James Thomas McFarland (TN to KS), Joseph McFarland (Union Co. TN), Arthur McFarland (TN, m. to Alcey Hubbard), George McFarland (VA to KY, m. to Nancy Golden), Joseph McFarland more than likely, married to unknown Gullion, John McFarland m. to Mary Montgomery, Robert McFarland, b. abt. 1675-80 in northern Ireland, m. to Jennet, died 1751 in Donegal township, Lancaster Co. VA.  (Mary Jaynne is the 71st CMW member from this line.)

As always, we look forward to working with you.

The CMW Genealogy Committee:

Mary Helen Haines: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andrew Macfarlane: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Chevalier Terrance Gach MacFarlane: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Peter E. McFarland: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TWIGS TO TREES #43 JUNE 2021

Twigs to Trees

June, 2021

Mary Helen Haines

 

Welcome to summer; although it still feels like a very wet spring here in Texas.  With the worst part of Covid 19 behind us, it feels good to begin going out to movies, gyms, and restaurants.  Some of the Scottish games are beginning to happen, but it will probably be next year before they are fully up and running.

In the interim, I have been working on McFarland lines that have been mixed together in various ancestry trees.  Most recently, I have been digging into records in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. There are two family lines in the southwestern part of Pennsylvania; Fayette and Greene counties, as well as Monongalia County in West Virginia. Then separately there are two other McFarland lines in Moore and Lee counties in North Carolina.

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TWIGS TO TREES #42 MARCH 2021

Twigs to Trees

March, 2021

Mary Helen Haines

 

This year has certainly been one for the ages! I hope you are beginning to get your Covid vaccines; my family now has done so. Just as soon as my daughter received her first dose, the polar vortex hit Texas and turned our state into a frigid wasteland for several days. I don’t think I have ever been this cold, and certainly not in my own house. But, as quick as it blew in, it moved on, and we went from minus two degrees to 81 degrees in one week.

As I keep mentioning, Y-DNA testing has been a boon to genealogy. Before we had this tool, we had to rely on a lot of guesswork to make connections. It was easy to assume that if there was a cluster of McFarlands in a county, they must be related.  Now, we know differently. If you are a male, and want to learn more about your deep lineage please take the plunge and do (at the minimum) the 37 marker test to trace your male surname lineage. Only FTDNA hosts the male Y tests, and the MacFarlane Project there is the place to start. You can also do the Family Finder test to make connections on your mother’s side for several generations. That test is open to both men and women. We currently have over 1200 members. https://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=MacFarlane

When I retired from high school teaching in 2000 I delved into genealogy research. Back then, the best method to research was to go to the county records office where your ancestor had lived, then search the index and go through their deed records, court records, and probate records. That still is an option, and you can find some gems tucked away that have not been photographed and digitized yet.

In 1999, the Church of Latter Day Saints started their www.FamilySearch.org  site where members could upload their family trees and you could search the catalog to order microfilm records the church had gathered over the years. In order to see the records, you went to a local family history library, search their catalog, pay, and order the films to be sent to the location. You would have to be physically present to view the films and were limited to the hours the local site was open. I did most of my research that way, and then was dismayed when they stopped sending out microfilms several years ago as they transitioned to the fully digital records they have today.  However, the wait was worth it. Now, most of the records have been digitized, and it is wonderful. Just about everything is available, for free, and you can use it from the comfort of your own home.  I have just spent the past month researching the deeds, tax lists, and other records for McFarlands in Kentucky and Tennessee.

So, if you haven’t done so already, go to www.familysearch.org and Create Account (it is free). Once your account is created, you can create a family tree if you want, but that is not necessary. If you want to do research using primary sources (deeds, probate, marriage, tax lists, etc.); here are the steps.  Look at the choices at the top of the page. Go to Search, click to see the pull-down menu. Go to Catalog to open up a new window. In the Search By window, click Place, and type in the name of the county you wish to research. The order goes:  country, state or province, county. For example: United States, Kentucky, Whitley. Click the button Online so only digital records will show up. Once you hit Search, then all the microfilms they have digitized will appear. Here is an example of what you would see.

I always start with Taxation records so I can find out which years the person I am researching appeared in this county. Also, taxation records often list how much acreage was owned. Then, once I clicked on Taxation, I am shown that there are two sets available, one for 1819-1875, and another 1879-1892. When I open up Tax Books for 1819-1879, I can see there are three films to look through. Click on the camera icon on the far right under Format, to open the images on your computer. If the camera icon has a key next to it, it means they are still in the process of digitizing, and it is not currently available. 

Once you find records you can use, download them to your computer so you will have easy access when you need them. If you have started a tree on the FamilySearch site you can attach it to the person you are researching. Or, if you save it to your computer, you can attach it to any genealogy program you are currently using.

Here is the 1830 tax list for Whitley County showing Duncan, James, and Joseph McFarland.

Happy hunting!

Following this column is a short article about the different McFarland families that located in Kentucky in the late 1700s and early 1800s. We have many CMW members who descend from various Kentucky McFarlands.

Now to member genealogies submitted and researched this quarter:

MACFARLANE: Stephen James Macfarlane; Douglas James Macfarlane (London, England to Ontario, Canada), James Macfarlane (England to Canada), James Macfarlane, born 1856 in Lanarkshire, Scotland, married to Margaret Bell, died sometime after 1939, probably London), Alexander Mcfarlane, born 1823 in Glasgow, married to Elizabeth Millar in 1844 in Stirlingshire. DNA has not been done yet, and research is still continuing.

MCFARLANE: Elizabeth Nisco: Dorothy Douglas (NY), Leroy Irving Douglas (NY), James H. Douglas (NY), Margaret McFarlane, born 1829 in Strathblane, Stirlingshire Scotland, married to David Douglas, emigrated to US in 1854, died in Albany, New York in 1903. Research is still continuing.

MCFARLAND: Margaret David Hart; William North Davis, Jr. (Massachusetts), William North Davis (Maine to Mass.), Mary Louise McFarland (Maine to Mass), William North McFarland (Maine), William McFarland (Maine), Samuel McFarland, born abt. 1750, married to Elizabeth McKechnie in 1783 in Winslow, Kennebec, Maine, died abt. 1803 in Kennebec, Maine, Thomas McFarland, 1727-1789, married to Lydia, John McFarland, born abt. 1800, married to Lydia, arrived in what is today Boothbay Maine in the 1730s, died 1773 in Boothbay.) Autosomal DNA shows possible connections to the McFarlands of Worcester, Massachusetts. Research is still continuing.

The next entry is part of a very large group of McFarlands, but a previously unknown connection.

MCFARLAND: Sami Warden Lepre; Thomas Davis Warden (TX to CA), Juandell Josephine Davis (TX), Luther Frederick Davis (TN to NM), Harriet Jane Snodgrass (TN), Jane McFarland, born 1818 in Jefferson County TN, married to Russell Snodgrass), John McFarland, born 1780 in VA, married to Jane McNutt in Jefferson County, TN, died 1851 in Jefferson Co. TN), Robert McFarland, born 1759 in NC, died 1823 in Jefferson County, TN, Robert McFarland, born 1730 in PA, died abt. 1798 in KY, John McFarland (b. 1708 in northern Ireland, married to Mary Montgomery, died abt. 1785 probably in TN, Robert McFarland, born abt. 1675 in northern Ireland, married to Jennett, died 1751 in Lancaster County, PA.

Also from this line:

MCFARLAND: Karen McFarland Burke: James Calvin McFarland (TX to AZ), Arthur Powell McF. (Indian Territory (OK) to AZ), William Horace McF. (MO to TX), Horatio Harris McF. (MO to Indian Territory), Arthur McF. (NC to MO), John McF. (VA to MO), John McF. (PA to NC), John McFarland (b. 1708 in northern Ireland, married to Mary Montgomery, died abt. 1785 probably in TN, Robert McFarland, born abt. 1675 in northern Ireland, married to Jennett, died 1751 in Lancaster County, PA.

 

As always, we look forward to working with you.

The CMW Genealogy Committee:

Mary Helen Haines: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andrew Macfarlane: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Chevalier Terrance Gach MacFarlane: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Peter E. McFarland: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.