McMichaels as Typical Scot Irish settlers in America.

Gist:  How typical McMichaels were as Scot Irish Americans can be
illustrated by their settlements all over the nation, when you start
looking them up you would think they are Smiths; and in the available
muster rolls of Civil War veterans, there are 129 McMichaels that
fought for the North and 122 McMichaels that fought for the South.

This McMichael web page with links to other pages and references is
provided as a public service.  McMichaels like the McAfees and the other
Scottish clans that came to settle America are typical of all the early Scot
Irish settlers of colonial America.  When did they stop being clannish
good or bad, perhaps at the Civil War or at least by the Watershed of
American Thought and culture of the twentieth century.  The clans began to
effectively crack as McMichaels took both sides during the Revolution for
Independence.  You can find McMichaels and their fellow clansmen
historically on both sides, even as during the Civil War the balance of
McMichaels was almost equally divided between the North and the South.  
If you believe the Turner thesis of American history and thought, then you
believe that the availability of free land helped to make America what it is
was before the Watershed of American Thought; and believing that, you
can not help to see the significant contributions of the Scot Irish to
America.  What we fail to realize quite often is that in the colonial American
before actual states and a United States, locations like Pennsylvania,
Georgia, and the Carolinas were unsettled frontier states with attractive
offers of free or low cost land.  The enticements as compared to the old
world, such as "life, liberty, and the pursuit of property" were great whether
religious, social, or government wise.

**A clan is just an expanded family inter-marriage over a long period of
history retaining certain common customs and traditions, especially of the
doctrines of Presbyterianism.  Those customs made them more socially as
a Scot Irish group but at least in the Colonial period separated them as a
very distinct group called the Scot Irish.  One cannot deny gene memory
also as you former Scottish Highlanders know when you are stirred by the
sounding of the bagpipes.

Where do we start in our joint venture of the history of the McMichaels as
so rapidly in American history they spread out into so many walks of life
and so many places, that all blood lines can not be followed?  It will start
with the McMichael dates below, and expanded from there to more web
pages on this web site.  Surely, whether in
direct bloodline or not, we must start with the famous brothers of
Pennsylvania:  John McMickle--the yeoman and Grist mill operator of the
now well-known McMichael creek; and Charles McMichael, the Indian

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         McMichael Dates.

1-1:  Scotland and Ulster Ireland.
1557 - The Covenanters began a series of bands
or covenants to maintain the Presbyterian
doctrine and policy as the sole form of religion
of their country.
1581 - This covenant denounced the Pope and
the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church,
adopted by the General Assembly of the Church
of Scotland, then it was signed by King James
1672 - As James II drove nearly all the
covenanters {alias Presbyterians} from
Scotland into the north of Ireland. They settled
in Armagh County, in Ulster, near Oallan and the
Ulster canal, 70 miles northwest of Dublin
1682 - John McAfie Sr {typical of the
Presbyterian Scots either being moved by the
King or offered free land in Ulster Ireland},
married Elizabeth Montgomery near Glasgow,
Scotland., When their son, John Jr {the famous
John who married Jane McMichael} was a
young child they left Scotland and went to
County Armagh in the Province of Ulster,
Ireland, and arrived in time to be in the thick of
the battle of the Boyne.  These movements are
typical of many of the Scottish Presbyterians,
which are called Scot Irish.
NOTE:  With the McAfees went the Campbells,
Montgomeries, McMichaels, McCouns and the
Adams families, all related through marriage.
1688 - King William disposed King James.
1690 - Battle of the Boyne, fought in Ireland
between the Ulster Presbyterian Scots and the
Catholic Irish.  “King James II of England
and his son-in-law, and nephew, William, Prince of
Orange, that brought the battle to its conclusion....”  
Malcolm McMichael also fought in this battle, having
previously come with his daughter Jane McMichael
from Scotland to Ireland. The Battle was fought
between two rival claimants of the English, Scottish,
and Irish thrones – the Catholic King James and the
Protestant King William.
{Shortly after that Battle Malcolm McMichael had
removed with his family to the new world and settled
in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.}   
1700 - Charles Mc of PA, the Indian Trader born in
Scotland or Ireland.
1715 - The first Jacobite rebellion in the Highlands of
1725 - John Mc of PA and the grist mill born in
1740 - George McMichael, the loyalists and British
soldier born in Scotland.
1741 - John Thomas Mc of PA and brother Charles
left Ballycastle, County Antrim, Ulster, Ireland to
settle in PA.
1745 - Defeat of Bonnie Prince Charles and the
Highlanders at the battle of Culloden with the
burning of the crofts and a price on the head of
those who fought against the victorious British.
1978 - On a trip to Ireland where I found only one
McMichael in the phone book, and she in the Dublin
book of the two books, shocked me by saying that
the McMichaels were from Appin in Scotland and
had dropped the Mac in MacMichael to fake out the
1979 - Trip to the Highlands of Scotland, Oban and
Appin, where I verified the presence of McMichaels
and Carmichaels in the Stewart of Appin Clan, and
their participation in the 1745 Battle of Culloden.
1-0:  Pre REVwar Colonial America.
1733 thru 1752 - while the colony was controlled by
its trustees, all land was granted to settlers "in tale
male," meaning that the property could not be sold,
mortgaged, or willed to anyone other than a male
1756 - Colony's charter was returned to the Crown, a
provincial government was established, and settlers
were being granted land without restrictions.
1776 - Land grants continued to be made up to the
REVwar by King George and King George III.
1-2: New Jersey.
1743 - Birth of John the yeomans and wife Hanna
Prys first child, Annatje christened, in Sussex
County, New Jersey at the Walpack Dutch Reformed
1-3:  Pennsylvania.
1700s - In a recent published history of the upper
Providence township of Chester County PA, it stated
that the farm acreage varied from 150-400 acres.
1730 -1735 - Hunter brings one of the original Scot
Irish settlers to Buck co PA,  a number of families,
from the north of Ireland, into what is now Allen
township, then on the north-west frontier of Bucks
1734 -  The Scot Irish almost to a man Presbyterians
built a church and organized a congregation.
1735 - A land lottery was proposed  to dispose of
100,000 acres in the upper end of Bucks county.
1741 - John Thomas Mc of PA and brother Charles
left Ballycastle, County Antrim, Ulster, Ireland to
settle in PA.
1742 - First permanent settlements in the Forks of
Delaware made by Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, under
Thomas and William Craig and Alexander Hunter.
While more settlers trickled over from New York and
New Jersey, the Scotch-Irish were the backbone.
1742 -  One John Mc aquired land warrants in Bucks
Co. PA.
1743 - Charles from Belfast Ireland and in Monroe
Co PA granted Indian Trader by the provisional
government of PA.  He settled on the present day
McMichael Creek in PA.
1743 - Moravian Brethren from the Bethlehem area
came into the Monroe Co community.
1744 - The Great Awakening in colonial America of
which the Scot Irish Presbyterians were a part.
1744 -  Road laid out from John McMickle's
plantation in Smithfield.
1746 - The road was extended to Nazareth.
1747 - Charles McMichael, the Indian trader of
Chester County, Pennsylvania purchased 40 acres
in Upper Providence township.
1748 - John Mc, the yeomen recorded as a witness
along with James McCulloughl.
1748 -  According to a Bucks Co PA history,
Dansburyi and Smithfield petitioned the court for a
township "to extend from the river Delaware along
the mountains to a gap in the same through which
the road from McMickle's to Nazareth goes....”  
1749 - John McMichael the yeoman of Smithfield
Township, Bucks County sold to Richard peters
ofthe City of Philadelphia and others 550 acres.
1750 - Charles McMichael the Indian Trader with
James McMichael and wife, Priscalla McMichael
were witnesses to the death of Sarah Taylor
McMichael, the deceased wife of Isaac McMichael.
1750 - John, the other, of PA married Margaret
1752 -  Edward, second child and first son of John
the yeoman and husband of Johanna Prys  was
christened, 16 Feb in  Bucks [County], Smithfield
Township at the  Reformed Dutch Church.
1750 - Charles McMichael with James McMichael
and wife, Priscalla McMichael were witnesses to the
death of Sarah Taylor McMichael, the deceased wife
of Isaac McMichael.
1751 - In the deed book of Chester Co PA, land
negotiations are recorded between James
McClennon of Middletown with Charles McMichael,
the Indian trader, and his wife Rebecca.
1752 -  When a petition was made to the Kings Court
at Easton (Justice Brohead
held local sway)  for new constable  from men
residence at Danbugy the name of John Mc the
yeomen was included.
1752 - Birth of John’s second child in Bucks Co PA.
{No date:  “The settler John  McMichael persuaded
the Moravians to establish a mission at Danbury.”
but had to be pre-1754 below.}
1754 -  A Dansbury mission {now at Strousburg PA}
lists John, the yeoman, and Hannah with 6 children
1755 - In the formerly Dansbury PA, now
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania public records, it is
recorded that one John Drake and John McMichael,
the yeoman, each had a Saw mill on the McMichaels
Creek & Pocono Creek.
1756 - Governor Ben Franklin issued instructions to
a Captain Vanetta in Upper Smithfield township to
raise a company of 30 men with two sergeants in
order to protect the planters from Indians while they
gathered and thresh their crops.
1757 - This Captain wrote in his journal that he and
10 of his men went with John McMickle  “to Guard
said McMickle and men Imployd at his harvest”
1758 - Charles the Indian Trader died in Marion Co
1758 -  Also in Bucks Co and Smithfield Township
the birth of Hanna, the third child of John the
yeoman,  is recorded at the Reformed Dutch Church.
1763 - John, the yeoman. of PA, the yeomen sold to
the Rector of Christs Church, St. Peters in
Philadelphia 3 tracts of land for a total of 1100 acres.
{No date:  Houses burned by the Indians - list
includes John McMichael, Saw Mill}
1769 - John, the yeoman,  of PA, the Mill owner on
McMichael Creek deceased, killed by Indians, and
Hannah his wife made petition for the land.. “...
Hannah McMichael widow of John McMichael late of
lower Smithfield Township in Northampton County,
1769 - Real beginning of the Revolutionary War for
1776 - Jane McMichael McAfie lost another son,
William in the REVwar.
1777 -  Only Revolution battle close to  Upper
Providence township was the British victory at the
Battle of the Brandywine in September.
1789 - U.S. Constitution was adopted, and, more
locally, the eastern part of Chester County –
including Upper Provi­dence – broke away to
become Delaware County.
1790 - First US census was taken, indicating that
Upper Providence Township was home to 346
1792 - Another John McMichael married Mary
Crawford in Northumberland Co. PA.
1797 - John Thomas and Mary Crawford family
moved to Crawford Co PA. where they built the first
grist mill on McMichaels Run.
1817 - This other  {other than the husband of
Hannah} John died.  
1835 - Mary Crawford Mc died.
1836 - Monroe County was created from parts of
Northampton and Pike Counties and named for
President James Monroe.
1856 - The railroad came to Monroe County.
1995 - A McMichael tourist finds on the wall of the
once McMichael hotel in McMichael PA {near
Strousburg PA} posted two letters about John Mc of
PA: (1) grant of land from William Penn, and (2) a
complaint that John was a mean half-breed Indian.
1-4:  Virginia.
1774 - Jane McMichael McAfie, daughter of Malcolm
McMichael, lost a son named John at the REVwar
battle of Mount Pleasant, Virginia.
1-5:  Kentucky.
1812 - Jane McMichael McAfie had James, Robert
and George {can you see a preference of certain
repeated names among the Scot Irish} who fought in
the war of 1812, and were all there at the battle of
the Thames.
1-6:  South Carolina and North Carolina.
1749 -  William, oldest son of John Sr born in
Orangeburg District SC.
1759 - George Sr marries Ursula Giessendanner
and settles in Orangeburg District SC.
1763 - Ann McMichael, first child of George Sr. born
in Orangeburg.
1765 - George Jr  and Henry, twins,  of George Sr
born in Orangeburg.
1767 - Jacob McMichael, fourth son of Major George
born in Orangeburg.
1769 - John Mc Sr, the distiller/plantation holder and
owner of 46 slaves, buys land in Meckleburg Co NC.
1770 - William, fifth child of Major George born in
1772 - George Sr. on record with a legal deed
purchase in Orangeburg.
1790 - Major George McMichael the loyalists died
1790 in Orangeburg Co SC.
                      19th Century
1809 - Major Emmanuel McMichael was born in the
town of Orangeburg, Orangeburg county, South
1845 - SC McMichael clan protecting their land
holdings, made up of (1) Daniel McMichael, (2)
William McMichael, (3) Josiah McMichael, (4)
Emmanuel McMichael, (5) Jacob McMichael, (6)
John McMichael Jr, and (7) Samuel McMichael
defend that their lands are outside the State of SC.
NOTE:  The 7 McMichaels would be considered as
the second generation McMichaels in the one
community of Meckleburg.
1849 - Major Emmanuel McMichael goes to
California to mine for lead.
1-7:  Georgia.
1807 - William Mc, son of John Sr, buys land in
Baldwin Co GA and/or Randolf Co.
1861 -  Beginning of the Civil War.
1-8:  Texas.
1836 - Texas fights the war for Independence from
1839 - Texas wins independence a the battle of San
Jacinto and becomes a Republic.
1845 - Texas becomes a State.
1862 - Sgt John Bruce Mc and Sgt William Mc
enlisted from Cass County in the Confederate Army
along with a friend Rufus Edwards.
1863 - One JB Mc according to a note from Treasury
department dies of Pneumonia in a Petersburg VA
1-9:  California.
1849 - Major Emmanuel McMichael goes to San
Benito Co CA to mine for lead, then run cattle, and
then become a Postmaster.
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A McMichael howdy:
Northhampton County PA
McMichael Creek near Strousburg PA
Colonial Orangeburg SC Map
Flat Creek Church in Cass County
TX, next to McMichael cemetery
and rest home of Judge Griffin C
McMichael and son, Dr. McMichael
Colonial Northampton Landowners
Some Good Scot Irish links

1.  Even more typical of
the Scot Irish because the
full story has been
recorded is that of
Rebecca McIntosh, of
Cass County Texas and
the Oklahoma Indian
Territory, "the richest
woman in Texas". A Scot
by marriage and an Indian
by birth.

Grave sites of
confederate veterans.

3.  Wagon Train from
Georgia to Cass County.

4.  Cass County Texas