William McCord (1680 - c.1739)

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Birthplace: Argyle, Isle Skye, Scotland
Death: Died in Derry, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
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About William McCord

FIRST GENERATION WILLIAM MCCORD OF DERRY, THE IMMIGRANT

Family Group Record - 1031

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HUSBAND William MCCORD-3141 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Born: 1680 Place: Argyle, Isle Skye, Scotland Chr.: Place: Died: Abt 1739 Place: Derry Township,Now Dauphin Co., PA Bur.: Place: Marr: Place: Ireland Father: John Mother: Mary Other wives: Possible

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WIFE Martha-3142 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Born: Place: Ireland Chr.: Place: Died: Aft 1740 Place: Bur.: Place: Father: Mother: Other husbands:

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SEX Children(in order of birth(Marr:* means multiple marriages)

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1 Name: John MCCORD-3143 Spouse: Mary-3148/1032 ---- Born: Place: Ireland Died: 1786 Place: Mecklenburg Co.,North Carolina M Bur.: Place: Marr: Place: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2 Name: David MCCORD-3144 Spouse: ?-3156/1034 ---- Born: Place: Ireland Died: 24 Apr 1758 Place: Derry Township, Now Dauphin Co.,PA M Bur.: Place: Marr: Place: Pennsylvania ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3 Name: William MCCORD-3145 Spouse: Mary IRWIN ?-3149/1033 ---- Born: Place: Ireland Died: Abt 1759 Place: Cumberland Co.,Now Franklin Co., PA M Bur.: Place: Marr: Place: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 4 Name: James MCCORD-3146 Spouse: ?-3163/1035 ---- Born: Place: Ireland Died: Bef 1791 Place: Laurens District,South Carolina M Bur.: Place: Marr: Bef 1750 Place: Lancaster Co.,Pennsylvania ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 5 Name: Jane MCCORD-3147 Spouse: John LOWRY-3168/1036 ---- Born: Place: Ireland Died: Place: F Bur.: Place: Marr: Place: Derry Township,Lancaster Co.

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Martha is firmly established as his wife at the time of his death, but it is probable that he had a previous marriage inasmuch as Martha does not appear as a child's name of David, William or James. The naming pattern for the McCord families before 1800 is very strong; however, we are probably missing many of the female children's names in the first three generations.

Jane could be a daughter of William of the Fort; she is pregnant and has small children at the time of the 1756 massacre. Lacking definite documentation she is listed here.

We have no record of John and Mary having children. The evidence for his being a brother of David and William is fairly strong through his relationship to their children in their trek to North Carolina. We have no similar record of his contact with James, although he is close to them in Mecklenburg County.

There are many references in McCord histories as to William having a number of brothers that came to the Pennsylvania and New York area during the first half of the eighteenth century. None of them are documented, but are possible.

DOCUMENTATION

From Alfred Nevin Churches of the Valley Philadelphia: Wilson, 1852:

p. 259 Paxton and Derry Churches - November 15, 1732. William McCord appointed on a committee to collect subscriptions; he represented those on the other side of the creek from Paxton.

From William Henry Egle. History of the Counties of Dauphin and Lebanon Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1883:

p.394-5 Paxtang Church. The first item of business at the Presbytery of Donegal 11 October 1732 was the Paxtang and Derry churches which had been united in a call to Rev. William Bertram. He accepted and was installed November 15, 1732 at Swatara which was the original name of the Derry Church. William McCord was a representative of the Derry side of the creek to assist Mr. Bertram in congregational affairs until the erection of a formal session.

pp.412-14 Old Derry Church. It is almost certainly established that what is known as Derry Presbyterian Church in Dauphin County held its first services near the head of a confluent of Spring Creek in that portion of Chester County from which Lancaster was taken and subsequently Dauphin, about one and a half miles from the site upon which its first church building (that of 1729) was erected. This building was nearly square, twenty-three by twenty-five feet, of logs and clapboards. The first services we have account of were held at the close of the month of April in 1724. The small congregation must have been gathered from all the frontier within a radius of ten miles, and without exception was of the Scotch-Irish immigration. William McCord is listed as present at this service.

The Rev. Adam Boyd preached to the westward of Octorara and Donegal over Connoy in 1723. The Rev. James Anderson preached in Donegal in 1724 and became pastor there in 1726, giving one-fifth of his time over Conewago, the present Derry. The Rev. William Bertram was called in 1732 to Derry upon solicitation of Rowland Chambers, William Wilson, John Sloan, John Wilson, Hugh Black, Robert Campbell, James Quigley, William McCord.

From Guy S. Klett, "Scotch-Irish Presbyterianism Pioneering Along the Susquehanna River"; Pennsylvania History Vol. XX, 1953, p.165-79. The following is extracted:

The push northward of the Scotch-Irish soon brought the Swatara area into the Presbyterian fold. In September 1729, the Presbytery of New Castle recorded that "A Supplication from some new Settlers at Switara" had applied for a minister to preach to them. James Anderson, who had become the pastor at Donegal, was directed to supply them every fifth sabbath during that winter.

The congregation along the Swatara grew to such an extent that two separate congregations arose within the first few years of the 1730's. In the very first minutes of the newly created Presbytery of Donegal in 1732 there appeared some representatives from Paxton and Derry for an answer in respect to a call to the Reverend William Bertram. Bertram accepted the call and the ministers designated to perform the installation met at Swatara on November 15, 1732. The minutes tersely present the proceedings:

Mr. Anderson reports yt ye Edict was Serv'd in due time & now publick intimaon being made yt such as had any objections to make agt Sd Instalment would appear & declare ye same; but none appearing the Pby proceeded to ye Instalment, Mr. Thomson presiding according to Appointment.... The Congn of Paxton & Derry, with ye concurrence of ye Pby appoints Tho: Foster Geo. Renick Wm Kunningham Tho. Mays for Paxton side of ye Creek Rowland Chamers Hugh Black Robt Campbel John Wilson Wm. Wilson Ja. Quigly Wm. McCord & Jon. Sloan to take care yt ye subscription for Mr. Bertrams Mentainence be paid & to collect ye same until ye congn be better regulate. The Congn did make over to Mr. Bertram & his Heirs their right and title to ye Plantaon commonly called ye Indian town, purchased from ye Indians, over & above their Subscriptions & promised to deliver him all Paper relating thereto. The Pby appoints ye representatives afforesd to assist Mr. Bertram in congregational affairs until ye Erection of a formal Session.

Letter of Administration for Estate of William McCord

Know all men by these presents that we Martha McCord widow Andrew Miller & John Sutherland _____? all of the County of Lancaster & province of Pensylvania are held and firmly bound unto Peter Evans Register General for the Probate of Wills and Granting Letters of Administration in & for the province of Pensylvania & the Countys of New Castle Kent & Sufoc on Delaware in the Sum of fifty pounds Lawful money to be paid to the said Peter Evans or his Lawful attorney Executor Admins(trator) or Assigns to which payment well & truly to be made we bind our Selves our heirs Exec(utors) and Administrators jointly and Severally firmly by these presents Sealed with our Seals & Dated this seventh day of January Anno Domini 39/40

The Condition of the Above Obligation is such that if the above bound Martha McCord administrative of all & Singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of William McCord Deceased So makes or Cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all & Singular the Goods Chattels & Credits the Said Deceased which have or shal come to her hands possession or knowledge of the Said Martha McCord or unto the hands or possession of any other person or persons for her and the same So and Do Exhibit or Cause to be Exhibited unto the Registors Office in Lancaster County on or before the Seventh Day of February next and the same Goods Chattels & Credits of the Said Deceased at the time of his Death or at which at any time hereafter shall come to the hands or possession of the Said Martha McCord or unto the Hands or possession of any other person or persons for her to work and truly Administer according to Law and further do make or Cause to be made a true & just and Calculation or Reckoning of the Said adminitration on or before the Seventh Day of January which shal be in the year of our Lord 1740/41 And all the rest and Residue of the Said Goods Chattels and Credits which Shall be found remaining on the Said Administrators accts the (same being first Examined and allowed of by the orphans Court of the Said County) Shall Deliver and pay to such person or persons respectively as the Said Court by the Decree or Sentence Shal Limit and appoint and if it Shal hereafter appear that any Last Will & Testament was made by the Said Deceased and the Executor or Executors therein named Shal Exhibit the Same into the Registors office making Request to have itt allowed accordingly if the Said Martha McCord being thereunto Required Do ___? and Deliver up the Said Administration Approbation of Such Testament being first had & made in the R Office then this obligation to be Void or Ever to be domain in force & Virtue. Martha McCord (her mark) Andrew Miller (his mark) John Sutherland Sealed & Delivered in the presence of Sa. B. Cranston? Jsn? Wright

A True Inventory of what goods and Chattolls William McCord had in posession at his Death vallowed and apprised by John Sutherland and Wm. McCain? Decbr? 23 1739

Pounds Shillings Pence To a gray Moar vallow (value?) 05 00 00 To a black Moar & Coult 08 00 00 To a black horse 04 00 00 To two Cows at 2:00? (written over) pr poos? 04 00 00 To two year old hefors at 2:00 pr poos 04 00 00 To a year old bull 00 16 00 To two Calves 01 00 00 To 3 Sows & ten Showts (shoats) 03 00 00 To a pot vallow ten? Shillings & wan? Small Ditto 2:6 12 06 To 3 Singoll blankets & two old Covirlings 01 10 0 To a Churn and washing tub 00 07 0 To a flax wholl 00 08 0 To a broad ax & big ax both bad? 00 06 0 To a hand saw and draw knife (just a guess) 00 08 6 To Mall Rings and two ingots? very Small 00 08? 0 To a plow Coulter & Claniy? 00 14 0 To a drawing knife 00 03 6 To a frithing pan but small 00 04 0 To ye Improvement of the plantat(ion) leaving only ____ ____ _____ upon in March left for Cover about 5 ackors, and plot half Clover nor ____ 5 00 00 40 19 6 vallow:d and apprised as the Day and year above writon as wittness our hands John Sutherland (his mark) Wm. McCain

Revised 9 December 1999

  
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William McCord's Timeline

1678
1678
Fermanagh, Tyrone, , Ireland
1680
1680
Argyle, Isle Skye, Scotland
1701
1701
Age 21
Ireland
1702
1702
Age 22
Ireland
1705
1705
Age 25
Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
1705
Age 25
Ireland
1708
1708
Age 28
Ireland
1710
1710
Age 30
1710
Age 30
Ireland
1712
1712
Age 32
Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States