Francis McNairy (1726 - 1812)

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Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Nashville, TN, USA
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About Francis McNairy

McNairy Family of Tennessee....Pioneers

Research & Compiled by

Edythe Rucker Whitley (Mrs. Albert Boyd Whitley) Genealogist-Historian

Written in 1955 "McNary Family "by T. A. McNary of Bellsville.Pa. Published about 1907 page 175. The McNairy Family (copied from book published by Rev. W.P. McNary). It s generally believed by the McNary's of Kentucky and the McNairy's of Tennessee, that their families were originally one, and that the "i" did not originally belong to the name of the latter family, and therefore, we give a brief sketch of it, as part of this history:

"John McNairy, the eldest of six brothers, was born the 30th of March 1762, in Lancaster Co. State of Penn. etc."

"History of Buffalo Presbyterian Church and Her People" by Rev. S. M. Rankin, Guilford County, North Carolina. Page 35, Francis McNairy located on Horsepen Creek in 172 buying 640 acres from Herman Husbands. He had married Mary Boyd in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1761. Their children were, John, Mary, Andrew, Robert, Margaret, James, and Catherine.

    Page 197 of the same reference...Francs McNairy married in Pennsylvania n 1761 and located here in 1762, and was right age for military duty.....Life of Caldwell page 231.     

After the Revolutionary War, about 1790 shortly after his son John McNairy had moved to Middle Tennessee, then part of North Carolina, called the Mero district, or the Cumberland settlement, Mr. McNairy also migrated to the banks of the Cumberland settlement and lived in what soon became Davidson County, Tennessee, then, Davidson County, North Carolina.

    With him or about the same time came most of his children and also settled within bounds of the Middle District of Tennessee.
    Francs McNairy evidently was a man of considerable wealth for he educated his children.  They were certainly numbered among the aristocracy which is evidenced by the marriage of all the children into the best families of the country.  He was a land owner and prominent citizen from the time he arrived n the Cumberland Country.
    There is a paper on file in the Tennessee State Library filed as McNairy data, written by Mrs. Ada Aymett of Pulaski, Tennessee (Giles County) 2-8-1931 which reads-"Francis McNairy married Mary Boyd n 1765 in Lancaster County, Penn, and moved to Guilford County, North Carolina.  Most of the children were born on this North Carolina farm but only one remained there after 1795, a son, James.  This farm was part of the Revolutionary battlefield known as Guilford Court House, now near Greensboro. Old accounts of the battle say the McNairy home was used as a hospital for Americans and British wounded.   Judge John McNairy was fifteen or sixteen years old then.  The other sons were Nathaniel, Boyd and Robert.  "Louisa Hamilton of Rutherford County, Tennessee married W. Aymett, had a farm given by Judge McNairy".
    In the same file of McNairy data in the Tennessee Library, Nashville, appears the following written statement......
    "Francis McNairy and wfe Mary Boyd, patrot for distingished service in Guiford Court House, North Carolina, during the Revolutionary War. He gave financial aid, furnshed the Militia of North Carolina, Vrginia and South Caolina, and the use of the house in Salisbury District, N.C.  Vol. A. page 274-280, account of U.S. with North Carolina, dated 1781-1783).
     There is another paper in the same file which states that the McNairy family of Tennessee are Scoth-Irish descent.  Their ancestors came from the Northern part of Ireland and located in Virginia.  Their advent into Tennessee was in the latter part of the 18th century when several brothers came from North Carolina and settled n about Nashville.  These brothers were -John, Robert, Boyd, Nathaniel and one or two others whose names are not remembered.  The McNairy's were wealthy and cultured people and of high standing.   they were mostly Presbyterians.
    Francis McNairy was getting up in years when he came to the Cumberland Settlement. 
    It is not confirmed, but it is believed that Mr. and Mrs. Francis McNairy's remains may be among those in the McNairy Vault, in the Old City Cemetery, Nashville, which was established by Judge John McNairy, and which the records state that in 1824 contained 29 bodies of the McNairy family.
   Mcklen's Tombstone Records" published Cullom & Ghertner, Nashville, 1933, page 7. "Old City Cemetery" "Judge John McNairy---McNairy Vault, Ths vault contains now (1824) 29 bodies of the McNairy family. Judge and landowner.
    Information from various documents, family records, and etc., tell us the names of the children of Francs McNairy and his wife Mary Boyd, however, Mr. McNairy dd not name all of his children in his will.
    Francis McNairy's Will

Davidson County, Tennessee, Will Book 4 page 171, Nashville, Tenn. Recorded March 1, 1812. " In the name of Gd, Amen, I, Francis McNairy of the County of Davidson, State of Tennessee, being extremely weak and extreme old age, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament".

    "I resign my soul to Gd , the Creator and Giver of all good. Then, I desire that all and any of my estate, both real and personal may be disposed of by my executor, here-after named, for the payment of my just debts.

"Then, I will and bequeath to my wife, Mary McNairy, my negro man, George, for her support during her natural life time; after death I give and bequeath the said negro, to Boyd McNairy for himself. "I will then, give and bequeath to my son, Boyd McNairy, a tract of land in Williamson County (which is out of a tract of 5,000 acres granted to George Parks) to him and his heirs forever.

    "Then I give and bequeath to the sons and daughters of Hance Hamilton and the sons and daughters of Elisha Nicholson all of my property, of whatsoever nature, either real or personal, to be equally divided between heirs--share and share alike,  I would have distributed the little property I have to be equally among my children, but to those in easy circumstances I have given nothing and I believe that they know that they are equally dear to me. 
    "I can say (knowing that  shall soon make my transit with the other world) that I love them all dearly. 
    "It is my Will and Testament and desire that my executor, dispose of as much of my property, as will purchase a plain ring for each of my daughters and daughters-in -law to keep in remembrance of me.
    "Then,  do hereby appoint John McNairy, the executor of my last Will and Testament.
    "In testimony, whereof, I have this 16th day of November 1807 set my hand and affixed my seal.
                                                                     Francis McNairy (Seal)

Signed, sealed, published and read in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of us, the subscribing witnesses

Francis Cabler JasonThompson

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Francis McNairy's Timeline

1726
1726
Scotland, United Kingdom
1761
1761
Age 35
PA, USA
1762
March 30, 1762
Age 36
Lancaster, PA, USA
1768
January 21, 1768
Age 42
January 21, 1768
Age 42
1771
January 5, 1771
Age 45
Guilford, NC, USA
1773
January 20, 1773
Age 47
1773
Age 47
Guilford Co. NC
1775
January 27, 1775
Age 49
NC, USA
1779
March 17, 1779
Age 53
NC, USA