Robert MacMahon (McMahan) (1706 - 1769) MP

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Nicknames: "McMahan"
Birthplace: Claire, Monaghan, Ireland
Death: Died in Williamsburg, Virginia
Managed by: Andy McMahan
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About Robert MacMahon (McMahan)

THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE. JUNE 1, 1769. NUMBER 94

WILLIAMSBURG, June 1. Last Friday were executed, pursuant to their sentence (being all that were capitally convicted and condemened the last General Court) the following criminals, viz. Robert McMachen, from Augusta, for murder ; William Jones (alias Richard Chapman) from Southampton, and James Biggars, from Bedford, for horsestealing ; and John Derby (alias Derby Finn) from Westmoreland, for picking of pockets.

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It appears that Robert McMahan (c.1706-1769) murdered Robert Rayburn in Augusta County, Virginia. Robert McMahan was the father of John McMahan who married Deborah Stockton. McMahan family tradition is that in 1746 Robert McMahan died at sea on the voyage from Ireland to America.

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The McMahan name starts with the sons of Mahan, a 5th Century King of Leinster. The name was variously spelled McMahan or McMahon when it was translated from the old ERSE/GAELIC spelling phonetically into English. In the 13th Century the McMahans resided mostly in County Clare and Wexford, but by the 1600's many lived in Meath and Kildare near Dublin.

Robert McMahan and his wife Catherine left Dublin, Ireland in 1746, bound for Virginia. They were accompanied by their ten ( some say 12 ) sons. Robert died at sea on the way over and the rest of his family settled in that part of Augusta Co., VA, that later became Montgomery Co., VA , where Catherine worked as a housekeeper for David Stuart. She is given the surname Cole in some Augusta or Montgomery Co. records, which I suspect was a second Husband who probably worked for David Stuart. No record has been found of his given name nor are there any children known from this second marriage.

McMahan is Irish and the Coat of Arms contains Silver with three red lions. The Family Crest is an Arm in armour holding a sword. The family motto is: Sic nos sic sacra tuemur.

Spelling variations include: MacMahon, MacMann, MacMahan, MacMohan, Mahan and others. MacMahan was first found in County Clare in Ireland where they had been seated from very ancient times.

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Robert MacMahon's Timeline

1706
1706
Claire, Monaghan, Ireland
1725
1725
Age 19
Meath, Ireland
1726
1726
Age 20
Meath, Ireland
1730
1730
Age 24
Meath, Ireland
1731
1731
Age 25
Meath, Ireland
1733
1733
Age 27
1737
1737
Age 31
Meath, Ireland
1738
1738
Age 32
1742
June 25, 1742
Age 36
1745
February 1, 1745
Age 39