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Dr. John McCORMICK

Male Abt 1698 - Bef 1768  (~ 70 years)


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  • Name John McCORMICK 
    Title Dr. 
    Born Abt 1698  Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 1BP2-K9X 
    Will 8 May 1768  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 20 May 1768  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef 2 Nov 1768  Summit Point, Frederick [now Jefferson] County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 2 Nov 1768  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Source: Michael A. Smoke <http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/m/o/Michael-Smoke-WA/GEN E1-0002.html>.

      (2) Norris, J. E., History of the Lower Shenandoah Valley Counties of Frederick, Berkeley, Jefferson and Clarke, Chicago, IL: A. Warner & Co., 1890, pp. 627-631:

      McCORMICK FAMILY. The first McCormick who came to this country was Dr. John McCormick, from Ireland. He probably came to the [Shenandoah] Valley between the years 1730 and 1740, as there is an old stone house that was built and owned by him near Summit Point, Jefferson Co., Va., the date of building being 1740, which is on the house. He was a graduate of the University of Dublin. . . .

      The early members of the McCormick family were singularly unobtrusive people, content in the happiness derived from their own family relations, being extremely clanish [sic], and at least one branch of the family were evidently people of the strongest local attachments, for a large family settled and remained until death in the vicinity of their birthplace. Both the men and the women of the family, so far as the writer's observation could reach, were without guile, strictly honorable, affectionate, domestic and courteous. One of their most marked characteristics was their great regard for truth. Dr. John McCormick took up a large grant of land, which was subsequently divided among his children, of whom there were seven sons. These seven sons scattered, some to Pennsylvania, and others to different parts of the west. One of the oldest members of the family writes: "Dr. McCormick was a highly educated man, who brought over with him a valuable medical library, which was sold at his death to Dr. Cramer, the then leading physician of Charlestown, who came over from Ireland at a much later date."

      There was a notice published some years ago, in one of the New York papers, of the land of Dr. John McCormick having been one of the first tracts surveyed by young George Washington. One of the heirlooms of the family was an old English prayer-book, from which much of the data in this article was gleaned; unfortunately it was destroyed during the late war. This prayer-book was given by Francis McCormick to his son Thomas McCormick, at the time of his marriage; in it was a family tree on parchment, a very valuable and curious relic. One page represented Dr. John McCormick in a blue broadcloth suit with brass buttons; another, the marriage scene, and yet another, Anne McCormick with a blue bodice and yellow silk or satin skirt, with a branch of something in her hand and a bird; another, a death scene, coffin, etc., and a notice of dates, births and deaths beneath. The dates were all in 1700.

      [Note by compiler: This and other sources claim that John McCORMICK was a graduate of the University of Dublin or the University of Edinburgh. The compiler has not verified this claim. According to a report prepared for Donald P. Maxwell, Jr. by Dwight A. Radford, Professional Genealogist, on October 20, 1997, "all of the known educational institutions in both Scotland and Ireland where John could have attended have been contacted; none of which have found a John McCormick (various spellings) who attended or graduated during the time period that the ancestral John was still in Ireland." As that report indicates, "there were many apprenticeships or other less formal methods of training in which an individual received instruction in medicine and other fields and then referred to themselves as Doctor."]

      (3) McIlhany, Hugh Milton, Some Virginia Families, Staunton, VA: Stoneburner & Profer, 1903, pp. 221-227:

      McCormick Family. . . .

      Dr. John McCormick, who emigrated to Virginia from Ireland between the years 1730 and 1740, was the founder of this family in America. In the Orange County records there is a deed under date of May 21, 1740 from Just Hite to "John McCarmick of Orange County" for 395 acres of land. Subsequently he took up other grants adjoining this property, which was located in that part of Orange County that eventually became Jefferson County, W. Va. It was on this estate, near Summit Point, that in 1740 he built "The White House", which is still standing. "Weehaw" and "Upton" were a part of this property. He was a graduate in medicine of the University of Dublin, and brought with him to this country a large and valuable medical library, which was sold at his death to Dr. Cramer, then the leading physician of Charlestown. He was the most prominent physician in his neighborhood, and left a lasting impression upon the community in which he lived. He died in the year 1768, leaving a wife and eight children. His estate was appraised Feb. 8. 1769. In his will, made May 8, 1768 and recorded Nov. 2, 1768, he mentions his wife Anne, his sons?James, John, Francis, William, George and Andrew, his "daughter Mary Tate, wife to Magnus Tate", and his "daughter Jean Byren, wife to James Byrn". His wife and son James were the executors of his estate. It would seem that he was married before coming to this country; but the maiden name of his wife is unknown. The descendants of his eight children are scattered throughout many States, some of his sons having gone to Pennsylvania and some to the West.

      (4) MacDonald, Rose Mortimer Ellzey, Clarke County, a Daughter of Frederick, Berryville, VA: Blue Ridge Press, 1943, p. 7:

      In the Capitol at Williamsburg is the original survey made by [George] Washington for Dr. John McCormick:

      "Pursuant to a warrant from the Proprietors Office to me directed, I have surveyed for Doctr John Maccarmick certain pieces of waste land adjoining his own Patt. 2, on the head of the south fork of Bullskin?bounded as foll * * * containing 157 acres, this 13th day of March, 1752."

      Dr. John McCormick, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, came to that part of Orange County which is now Jefferson County, West Virginia. In the Orange County records there is a deed under date of March 21, 1740, from Joist Hite to "John McCarmick of Orange County, for 395 acres of land." He subsequently took up other grants adjoining this property. It was for one of these grants that Washington made the survey in 1752.

      It was on this estate that he built "The White House" which is still standing.

      Dr. McCormick's sons were James, John, Francis, William, George, and Andrew. His daughters were Mary who married Magnus Tate, and Jean who married James Byrn.

      (5) Myers, Lorraine F., Brown, Stuart E., Jr. and Chappel, Eileen M., Some Old Families of Clarke County, Virginia, Berryville, VA: Virginia Book Company, 1994, pp. 267-274:

      McCORMICK

      Dr. John McCormick (d. 1768). A graduate of Edinburgh University (University of Dublin), he came to the Shenandoah Valley in 1730-1740 on land surveyed by George Washington in 1752 and lived at "White House" (1740) near what is now Summit Point. M. Anne.

      Children and descendants:

      (1) Mary McCormick, m. (1st) Ferrill Reily (d. 6/7/1757), m. (2nd) 9/26/1759 Magnus Tate, Jr. (4/5/1732-3/__/1808). . . .

      (2) James McCormick. Left Virginia when young.

      (3) John McCormick. Left Virginia when young.

      (4) Francis McCormick (b. 4/17/1734) (Lieutenant in Virginia Militia in 1779. Owned large estate on Shenandoah River), m. Anne Purviance (Provin), m. (2nd) Miss Frost. Lived at "Weehaw". Two of seven sons left Virginia at an early age. . . .

      (5) Jean McCormick, m. James Byrn

      (6) Andrew McCormick

      NOTE: All of the sons of Dr. John McCormick of eligible age served under General Braddock and it is believed that all served in the Revolution. It is believed that the Doctor had children other than those listed above.

      (6) O'Dell, Cecil, Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia, Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995, pp. 163-165:

      McCORMICK

      John McCormick purchased 395 acres from Jost Hite for 8 pounds, 5 shillings on 21 May 1740 which was a patent from the Colony tract (3 October 1734) and was surveyed by Robert Brooke on 26 March 1734 . . . . This land is located at the head of Bullskin Run, adjacent east of Summit Point, West Virginia with the B & O Railroad and Jefferson County, West Virginia Highway 11 running through the northern part, and Jefferson County, West Virginia Highway 13 crossing east to west in the center, then south to near Jefferson County Highway 1 (including the head spring of Bullskin Run) about ½ mile south of Summit Point, West Virginia. . . .

      On 7 July 1760, Doctor John McCormick received a 157-acre Fairfax grant adjacent west and extending the full length of his 395-acre patent land. Also, on 8 July 1760, he received a 456-acre Fairfax grant on the north side of Long Marsh Run, located about two miles south of Summit Point, West Virginia. The largest part of the tract lies in Clarke County, Virginia, with a small section in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Clarke County, Virginia Highway 611 and Jefferson County, West Virginia Highway 1 are on the east side of the land and Clarke County Highway 639 runs across the south end.

      Doctor John McCormick and his wife Anna sold the 456-acre Fairfax grant tract to his son Francis McCormick for 100 pounds on 30 May 1763. On 12 April 1765, John Sr. and his wife Ann McCormick sold the 157-acre Fairfax grant land to son John McCormick Jr. for 500 pounds.

      John Senior's will was written on 8 May 1768 and he was deceased by 2 November 1768 when the will was proved in Frederick County, Virginia Court. To wife Ann, he willed a of his estate for her natural life and also a negro man and woman providing that Ann remained a widow. To son James McCormick, he willed a negro man after the death of his wife Ann. To sons John and Francis McCormick, he willed five shillings each. To sons William, George and Andrew, he willed land according to a division by Thomas Rutherford. To daughter Mary Tate (wife of Magnus Tate) and to daughter Jane Byrn (wife of James Byrn), he willed 10 pounds each. His wife Ann and son James were named executors. The witnesses were David Kenedy, Samuel Mounts, John Cunningham and Patrick Rice.

      John Sr. wrote a second will on 20 May 1768 which was accepted by all five of his sons. The second will was to be executed at a time when their father was greatly impaired. All parties then consented to enter the will written on 8 May 1768 which was signed by the five sons on 2 November 1768.

      Francis McCormick was born 17 April 1734 and Andrew McCormick was born in 1746/47. Francis and his wife Frances, of Frederick County, Virginia, requested on her deathbed (17 May 1785) that James and Mary McCormick raise their daughter Ann. On 12 October 1772, Francis purchased 157 acres, adjacent to his 456-acre tract, from Edmond Lindsey for 204 pounds. Adjacent north of his 456-acre tract, he purchased 292 acres (plus acres from Edmond) from George Washington and Isaac Larew for 354 pounds on 5 April 1773. The 292-acre tract was located in both Frederick and Berkeley County, Virginia (present-day Clarke County, Virginia and Jefferson County, West Virginia). On 5 April 1773, Francis sold 60 acres of his 456 acres to Edmond Lindsey for 60 pounds.

      On 17 April 1787, John McCormick Jr. and his wife Elizabeth sold the 157-acre Fairfax grant land he had purchased from his father, and also his inherited land, to John Davenport for 780 pounds. In 1795 they sold nine acres to John McGowan; they also sold land on Back Creek ("where John now lives," which had been purchased from William Frost) to Jacob Hogland and Jacob Dunn.

      On 12 December 1779, William McCormick and his wife Effe (of Augusta County, Virginia) sold 140 acres (his inherited land from his father John McCormick Sr., a section of the 395-acre patent land) to Samuel Washington for 146 pounds.

      George McCormick and his wife Mary sold 115 acres (part of the 395-acre patent land willed to George by his father) to John Dawkins for 500 pounds on 30 April 1771.

      (7) White House Farm <http://www.whitehousefarmwv.org/whitehousefarm.html>:

      White House Farm is located in Jefferson County, WV, near the small town of Summit Point, WV, about 6 miles from Charles Town. . . . The farm's mailing address is 3735 Summit Point Road, Charles Town, WV, 25414. . . . [T]he farm consists of a ca. 1742 farmhouse, a stone barn and springhouse of about the same age, a wooden smokehouse, and 60+ acres of pasture and woods. . . .

      On June 17, 1730, John and Isaac VanMeter petitioned the Virginia Colony Council for 40,000 acres in the Shenandoah Valley. In 1731 they transferred 30,000 acres to Jost Hite, a German immigrant, under a patent. The land, then located in Orange County, Virginia, . . . was surveyed by Robert Brooke on 26 March 1734. In May 1740, Mr. Hite sold 395 acres to Dr. John McCormick, a Scots-Irishman, for 8 pounds, 5 shillings.

      By 1742, Dr. McCormick had built a three-story, two-room farmhouse. Dr. McCormick was a prosperous and prominent country doctor, as evidenced by the inventory of his estate completed upon his death in 1768. His will and the administrations are found in the Frederick County archives in Winchester, VA, since Frederick County was formed in 1743. He and his wife Ann had 6 sons (James, Francis, John Jr., William, George, and Andrew) and two daughters (Mary, wife of Magnus Tate, and Jean, wife of James Byrn). James McCormick served as the chain carrier and John Jr. as the pilot on several of George Washington's surveys. White House Farm was noted for the horses bred there during Dr. McCormick's lifetime.

      (7) Dr. John McCARMICK was the grantee in a land patent dated 7 July 1760 covering 157 acres of land in Frederick County, VA. See the following information in Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants/Northern Neck Grants and Surveys <http://ajax.lva.lib.va.us/F/?func=file&file_name=find-b-clas30&local_ base=CLAS30>:

      URL: http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=176&last=&g_p=GK&co llection=NN Grant

      Title: McCarmick, John, Dr.

      Publication: 7 July 1760.

      Other Format: Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.

      Note: Location: Frederick County. Description: 157 acres adjoining his own patent land, on the so. fork of Bullskin. Source: Northern Neck Grants K, 1757-1762, p. 176 (Reel 294). Original survey exists. The survey of this tract was done by George Washington. The original is in the collection of the Williamsburg Holding Corporation, Williamsburg, Virginia. Part of the index to recorded copies of land grants issued by the agents of the Fairfax Proprietary between 1690 and 1781 and by the Commonwealth between 1786 and 1874. Original and recorded surveys are also indexed when available. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

      Subject - Personal: McCarmick, John, Dr., grantee.

      Subject - Topical: Land titles - Registration and transfer - Virginia - Frederick County.

      Subject - Geographic: Frederick County (Va.) - History - 18th century.

      Genre/Form: Land grants - Virginia - Frederick County. Surveys (land) - Virginia - Frederick County.

      Added Entry: Northern Neck Land Office. Northern Neck grants, 1690-1874. Northern Neck Land Office. Northern Neck surveys, 1697, 1722-1781. Library of Virginia. Archives.

      System Number: 000857184.

      (8) Dr. John McCARMICK was the grantee in a land patent dated 8 July 1760 covering 456 acres of land in Frederick County, VA. See the following information in Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants/Northern Neck Grants and Surveys <http://ajax.lva.lib.va.us/F/?func=file&file_name=find-b-clas30&local_ base=CLAS30>:

      URL: http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=177&last=&g_p=GK&co llection=NN Grant

      Title: McCarmick, John, Dr.

      Publication: 8 July 1760.

      Other Format: Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.

      Note: Location: Frederick County. Description: 456 acres on the No side of the Long Marsh. Source: Northern Neck Grants K, 1757-1762, p. 177 (Reel 294). Part of the index to recorded copies of land grants issued by the agents of the Fairfax Proprietary between 1690 and 1781 and by the Commonwealth between 1786 and 1874. Original and recorded surveys are also indexed when available. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.

      Subject - Personal: McCarmick, John, Dr., grantee.

      Subject - Topical: Land titles - Registration and transfer - Virginia - Frederick County.

      Subject - Geographic: Frederick County (Va.) - History - 18th century.

      Genre/Form: Land grants - Virginia - Frederick County.

      Added Entry: Northern Neck Land Office. Northern Neck grants, 1690-1874. Northern Neck Land Office. Northern Neck surveys, 1697, 1722-1781. Library of Virginia. Archives.

      System Number: 000857185.
    Person ID I14530  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2020 

    Family Anne McFARREN,   b. Abt 1704, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 2 Nov 1768  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Married Abt 1720  Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William McCORMICK,   b. 22 Feb 1738, Orange County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1816, Adams County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
     2. Mary McCORMICK,   b. 26 May 1736, Orange County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1811, Jefferson County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     3. Andrew McCORMICK,   b. Abt 1746, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. George McCORMICK,   b. 6 Apr 1742, Orange County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1820, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
     5. Jean McCORMICK,   b. Abt 1732, Orange County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 8 May 1768  (Age ~ 36 years)  [natural]
     6. James McCORMICK,   b. Abt 1730, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] or at sea Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1803, Berkeley County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)  [natural]
     7. John McCORMICK, Jr.,   b. Abt 1735, Orange County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1817, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)  [natural]
     8. Francis McCORMICK,   b. 17 Apr 1734, Orange County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1794, "Lang Syne," Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2020 18:25:25 
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