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Please take note of the Londonderry, Ulster Northern Ireland records that are accompanied with this profile. 1740 Tax Records-Ireland, County Londonderry, Parrish- Aghadowey, John Winton, James Winton, and there is an entry for Robert "Vinson", which may be a mis-transcription. It is possible that he is Robert Winton as the name "Vinson" does not appear to exist.
John & Mary McClellan Winton
Coming in the great Scots-Irish migration in the first half of the 18th Century, John Winton sailed from Londonderry in Ulster, Northern Ireland and arrived in the American Quaker colony of Pennsylvania sometime after 1740.
In 1743, John and his wife Mary McClellan, along with his McClellan in-laws, filed claims for adjoining farms east of modern-day Mercersberg, Pa.
Soon after his arrival, in 1747, John was elected by his neighbors to serve as a lieutenant in the first civilian militias mustered by the Penn brothers to defend against Native American clashes that led to the French-Indian War. He served alongside John Irwinton,
and Dr. Hugh Mercer - http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2677&ref=wvr,
the ancestors of President Benjamin Harrison and General George S. Patton.
John died about 1766-67. Mary later moved in with her McClellan relatives. Their oldest son William moved 38 miles northwest across the Appalachians to Turkey Hill in Shades Valley in 1770.
William, following in his father's footsteps, served in the frontier militia during the American Revolution, defending the homefront against attacks from the British and their Native American allies. Pennsylvania Home Page Northern Ireland
http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/1pa/paarchivesseries/series2/vol2/pass2-13.html OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATED REGIMENT OF LANCASTER COUNTY, OVER THE RIVER, SASQUEHANNA–1747-8
Lieut Colonel–Robert Dunning
Captain–Richard O'Kane (O'Cain)
Ensign–Joseph Irwin (Irvine)
Ensign–John Randals (Reynolds)
The Penn Colonial Records, which call these units Malitia, or Association Regiments as coined by Benj Franklin, were notified in Dec 1745 that the French and Indians were preparing to march again. This one fizzled out, but was quickly followed by like incidents. One of the saved records, for 1747/8 raised in the area, clearly records, the officers appointed, Major Wm Maxwell, Captain Wm Maxwell Jr, Lt John Winton, Lt Wm Smith, and Ensign James Wilkey, all of Peters (Peter/old Lancaster, present Franklin). Such records for other close like years lost. This record is held in Penn State Archives, as well as recorded in Histories of Lancaster Co, Cumberland County, Franklin Co, Penn.
As well, The "old Mercerburg" publication of Franklin Co Penn, quoting old history in some, states, "that the settlers had to obliged to protect themselves, because of the slowness of the Quaker government, and this was done in the construction of private stockades and block houses, and organizing a malitia." "In 1748, we find Major Wm Maxwell, and Lts. Wm Smith and John Winton, of Peters Township, guarding the west side". This "guarding the west side" and "the lines of this province", meant just that, - - - the furthest extreme of the then so called "civilization". These accounts are also in all of the area history books. The Penn Colonial Records, saved, Record 5, Volume 5, Page 210, (old Lancaster Co) Penn State Archives, and five Penn County Histories, and Penn State History, and several Historical Publications, and Presbyterian Church records and Publications, etc.