William McCaw Sr.

William McCAW Sr. (1740 – 1796) was Alex’s 6th Great Grandfather, one of 128 in this generation of the Miner line.

William McCaw was born about 1740 in  County Antrim, Northern Ireland.  According to some family traditions, the McCaws were from Ballymoney, Antrim where a Presbyterian Conventer Church was located.  He married Ann [WATSON? or MARLAND?]. William and his family emigrated between 1762 when Elizabeth was born in County Antrim, Ireland and 1765 when Martha was born in Chester County, SC. Two ships sailed from Belfast to Charleston in that time period.  The Falls in 1763 and the Prince of Wales in 1764.  William died in 1796 in Chester, South Carolina.

Ann [Watson?] was born about 1740.  Ann died in 1800.

Children of William and Ann:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John McCaw 8 Feb 1753 or 8 Oct 1758 County Antrim, Northern Ireland Mary Johnston the widow of Henry Gordon
York, South Carolina
13 Aug 1825 Virginia Burial Beersheba Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Clover York County, South Carolina
2. James McCAW 1762 County Antrim, Northern Ireland Martha MORTON
Sarah McWilliams
24 Jul 1803
5 Mar 1840 Chester County, South Carolina.
3. Elizabeth McCaw 1762 County Antrim, Northern Ireland Edward Lawrence McDaniel
13 Feb 1781 Chester County, SC
24 August 1845
Hopewell Cemetery, Chester County, SC
4. Martha McCaw c. 1765 Chester County, SC After father’s 1796 will
5. Ann McCaw c. 1768 Chester County, SC Charles Christopher Miller
c. 1784
Chester, SC
After father’s 1796 will & Before  1808 when Miller remarried
6. Samuel McCaw c. 1770 Chester County, SC 1865 Chester, South Carolina
7. Jane McCaw c. 1770 Chester County, SC William Brannen After father’s 1796 will
8. William McCaw 1775 After 1804 land sale

The McCaw name is Scottish in origin meaning “son of Adam”. The McCaw’s did not have a clan of their own but were affiliated with the clan “Stewart” of Bute.

In 1750 Presbyterians from Octoraro, Virginia, and North Carolina, came to South Carolina and settled at Rocky Creek, Chester County. By 1755 Irish immigrants, many of them Covenanters, began arriving. Various groups (Associate, Covenanter, Burgher, Anti-Burgher, Seceders) formed the “Catholic” (meaning a union of various groups of Presbyterians) church on Rocky Mount Road, 15 miles southeast of Chester SC.

Map highlighting County Antrim

County Antrim, Northern Ireland

The impetus for the colonization was the combination of exorbitant land rents in Northern Ireland, sometimes provoking violent resistance, and the offer of free land and inexpensive tools and provisions tendered by the colonial government of South Carolina. For instance, each Scottish Covenanter was entitled to 100 acres for himself and 50 acres for his spouse, and an additional 50 acres for each child brought to South Carolina.

Chester County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Chester CountyLocation in the state of South Carolina

Chester County – (581 sq. miles; 2000 pop. 34,068) Named for Chester County, Pennsylvania, it was settled by Scots-Irish from Pennsylvania and Virginia.  Chester was one of seven counties created in 1785 from the old Camden Judicial District. Situated in the rolling hills of South Carolina’s eastern Piedmont, Chester is bounded on the east by the Catawba River and on the west by the Broad River. Unlike other counties established at the same time, Chester’s dimensions have never been altered, and its distinct rectangular shape is unique among South Carolina counties. The county seat of Chesterville (later Chester) was created in 1791.

During the Revolutionary War, American forces under General Thomas Sumter were defeated in Chester County at the Battle of Fishing Creek in August 1780; the Americans were victorious at the Battle of Fishdam Ford in November of the same year.

The Chester, SC records are confusing because the names in the Deed Index are listed as McCaw/McCaa/McCaully/McCalla, etc.   Chas Miller bought 150 ac on Bull Run from Wm McCaw, Jr. in 1804. Per the Will of Wm McCaw, Sr, Wm Jr was the son of Wm McCaw, Sr and James McCaw was his son [i.e. brother of Wm Jr] who lived on adjacent land. In the Deed Index, this 1804 transaction is listed as Wm McCaully, Jr to Charles Miller, but the actual deed gives the name as McCaw. In census records, the name is given as Wm McCaa, later McKee, McKey, etc. There were no standardized name spellings prior to about 1900 and many court clerks couldn’t even spell right. Nevertheless, McCaw seems to be the accepted name and spelling.

There were other McCaws in Chester and York Counties.  John McCaw of York County, north of Chester County  came from Antrim to Pennsylvania, then to York. John McCaw was the first clerk of court in York (Rev. War period). The McCaws who came into the Hopewell Covenanter congregation in Chester  (Rocky Creek and Bull Run areas) appear to be a different group. Rev. William Martin’s daughter, Nancy Stinson Martin  married a John McCaw, but died soon after before her father’s death in 1807.

“His only daughter, who married John McCAW of York Co., predeased him, leaving issue.” Sketch of Covenanters on Rocky Creek” from Chester (S.C.) Report, in the Reformed Presbyterian and Covenanter, Vol. X1V (1876) PP:171-177.

“McCaw later moved with his family to Randolph Co., Illinois.” Rev. D. S. Faris. “Reminiscences of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in South Carolina”, The Reformed Presbyterian and Covenanter, Vol. XIV (1876) P:52;

Will of William McCAW, Chester Co, SC w/s 27 Apr 1796 h/o Ann [Watson?] Milisia Hanlin

In The Name of God Amen I William McCaw of Chester County and State of South Carolina and State of South Carolina Being Weak in Body But of Sound Memory (Blessed be God) Do this Twentyseventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred and Ninty-Six Make and publish this my Last will and Testament in the Following Manner (Viz) First I alow all my just debts to be paid, Next, I give and Bequeath unto my Son James McCaw one Hundred acres of Land to  be Laid off my tract, along John Morton’s Line But if any of my Clear or Cultivated Land Should fall to his Divide I do not alow him any Benefit of it for ten years after my Death,

Next I give and Bequeath unto my Son William McCaw all the Remainder of my Lands Houses and Improvements Excepting my Loom House which I alow for my Daughter Jane as Long as She Sees Cause to Live in it, I Likewise alow her to have ten acres of Land five of James’s divide and five of William to be Laid off at the Discresion of my Executors as Long as She Lives to Enjoy the Benefit of it and then to Belong to the Sd. James and William as Before and Nest.

[Next] I give and Bequeath unto my Best Beloved wife Ann McCaw one Cow & Calf and her Bed & bedcloathe her wheel & Reel and I alow her the Benifit of my Dwelling house and all my house hold furniture as Long as She Sees Cause to Live in it and to my three Sons to whom I have Left my Lands (Vig) James Samuel & William to give Each of them five Bushels of Corn to their mother yearly & every year after my Death During her Life; and I alow my Son William to have all my Plantation tools and Crook & tongs & pot & pot hooks and my Bible / and the half of all my pewter / and four hogs / and my Saddle, and I alow him to give his Saddle to William Brannen I also give & bequeath unto William Brannen my Loom and tacklings belonging to her, I also alow my Daughter jane to have half of all my pewter & a pot & pot hooks and all the Remainder of my Property I alow to be Sold at public Vandue and I alow every grand Son that is…”

Named for me to have a Bible at the Discresion of my Executers, when I Vandue money is collected, and after the Expenses of my Burial is paid, I alow all the Remainder to be Equally Divided Between my four daughters Jane & Martha Elisabeth & Ann And I do make and ordain my Eldest Son John McCaw and Edward McDaniel Sole Executors of this my Last will in trust for the Intent and purposes in this my will contained to have the Same preformed according to my true Intent & meaning, In Witness whereof, I the Said William McCaw have Set to my hand & Seal the day and year above written and in the Twentieth year of American Indepense

Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of us

William ^ his mark ^ McCaw L.S.
Vance Hamitton
Gauels [sic?] Fren
Francis ^ his mark ^ Wylie

Probated March 1, 1797
Recorded in Book A Page 306
Apartment No. 40.
Package No. 624.”


1. John McCaw

John’s wife Mary Johnston was born about 1757 in York County, South Carolina. Her parents were Robert Johnston, Sr. (1730 – 1794) and Sarah [__?__] (1730 – ).  She first married to James Henry Gordon. Soon after Gordon was killed 7 Oct 1780 at the Battle of Kings Mountain, she married John McCaw. Mary died 07 Dec 1829 in York County, SC,

Mary Johnson McCaw Gravestone — Burial:
Beersheba Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Clover, York County South Carolina.

“John McCaw, son of the Immigrant and the founder of the York County branch of the SC McCaws, first appears in South Carolina in militia records.  In 1781, his name appears in a York County deed book when he buys 300 acres on Crowder’s creek from David Neel.  He continued to buy famrland until 1809.  In 1787, he bouth a lot in York, on which he built a log building to house his mercantile setablishment and his family.  His wife, “the Widow Gordon,” was born Mary Johnston, a daughter of Robert Johjnston Sr., and his wife Mary, as was the widow of Henry Gordon, who is said to have died at the Battle of Kings Mountain.  The John McCaw household also included Mary Johnston Gordon’s child, Mary Gordon”.

Child of Mary Johnston and Henry Gordon

i.  Mary “Polly” Gordon b. 25 Dec 1779 in York, York, South Carolina; d. 19 Jul 1867 in York, York, South Carolina; m. 27 Aug 1795 – York, York, South Carolina to David “Davie” Byers (b. 3 Oct 1774 in York, South Carolina – d. 16 Aug 1862 in York, South Carolina) In the 1860 census, David (age 86) and Mary (age 81) were living with their son Edward Byers near Sharon, York, SC.

“John McCaw, son of the Immigrant and the founder of the York County branch of the SC McCaws, first appears in South Carolina in militia records.  In 1781, his name appears in a york County deed book when he buys 300 acres on Crowder’s creek from David Neel.  He continued to buy farmland until 1809.  In 1787, he bouth a lot in York, on which he built a log building to house his mercantile setablishment and his family.  His wife, “the Widow Gordon,” was born Mary Johnston, a daughter of Robert Johnston Sr., and his wife Mary, as was the widow of Henry Gordon, who is said to have died at the Battle of Kings Mountain.  The John McCaw household also included Mary Johnston Gordon’s child, Mary Gordon”. – Quoted from “The McCaws of South Carolina 1737-2004, by Sarah Pelham Webster and Genevieve Anderson McCawy

The Battle of Kings Mountain was a decisive battle in the Southern campaign of the Revolutionary War. The battle took place on 7 October 1780 nine miles south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina in rural York County, South Carolina, where the Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist forces commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson of the 71st Foot.

Ferguson had arrived in North Carolina in early September 1780 with the purpose of recruiting for the Loyalist militia and protecting the flank of Lord Cornwallis’ main force. Ferguson issued a challenge to the rebel militias to lay down their arms or suffer the consequences; in response, the Patriot militias rallied for an attack on Ferguson.

After receiving intelligence on the oncoming attack, Ferguson elected to retreat to the safety of Lord Cornwallis’ host; however, the Patriots caught up with the Loyalists at Kings Mountain on the border with South Carolina. Having achieved surprise, the Patriots attacked and surrounded the Loyalists, inflicting heavy casualties. After an hour of battle, Ferguson was shot dead while trying to break the rebel ring, after which the Loyalists surrendered.

The battle was a pivotal moment in the Southern campaign; the surprising victory over the Loyalist American militia came after a string of rebel defeats at the hands of Lord Cornwallis, and greatly raised morale among the Patriots. With Ferguson dead and his militia destroyed, Cornwallis was forced to abandon plans to invade North Carolina and retreated into South Carolina.

“Will of John [II] McCAW, of [Yorkville], York District, South Carolina

State of South Carolina

In the name of God Amen.

I John McCaw Sen. Being of perfect mind but weak in body calling to mind that is appointed for all men once to die, do hereby make and ordain this to be my last Will and testament Viz,

I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary McCaw if she should survive me, the use, during her life of the property of which I may died possessed.

To my three sons Robert, William and John I give and bequeath one Dollar to each.

I give and bequeath to Mary Byers wife of David Byers a negro woman Rose and her increase, to her and her heirs ans assigns forever-

I give and bequeath to An Smith wife of Robert Smith my Negroes Peggy, Will and Melitia with her increase to her and her heirs ans assignes forever-

I give and bequeath to Robert McCaw and John McCaw Jr., for the use of Elizabeth Meek, Pamela Gunning and Sarah Sims all the money which shall remain at my death, or the death of Mary McCaw aforesaid, to be equally divided between them.

I hereby nominate and appoint Robert McCaw and Robt Smith John McCaw Jr my Executors.

In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 10th day of March 1821

John McCaw Sr. (LS)
Alemeth Byers
Samuel McCullough
James Smith Jr.

Probated November 17, 1825

Children of John and Mary

i. Ann McCaw b. 3 Mar 1782 in York, South Carolina; d. 23 Oct 1826 in York, South Carolina; m. Nov 1800 York, South Carolina to Robert Smith (b. 3 Oct 1778 in York, South Carolina – d. 3 May 1854 in York, South Carolina Burial: Beersheba Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Clover, York County, South Carolina) His parents were James Smith and Mary Henry.

ii. Robert McCaw b. 1784 in York County, South Carolina; d. 1823 in York County, South Carolina; m. bef. 1810 to Nancy Agnes Bratton (b. 23 May 1782 in York County, South Carolina – d. 19 Jan 1847 in York County, South Carolina) Their son Col. Robert Gadsden McCaw (b. 28 Dec 1821 – d. 24 Nov 1870 Rose Hill Cemetery, York, York County, South Carolina) of the Grove, The Bricks, and his Turkey Creek Plantation was the largest planter in York County in 1860. In the 1860 census Robert Gadsden McCaw was the only planter in York County who had more than 100 slaves. He was a Confederate era Lt. Governor of South Carolina (Dec 18, 1864 to May 25, 1865) and married Belle Bratton of another august York County family whose plantation seat was Brattonsville on the old stagecoach road between York and Chester

Robert Gadsden McCaw Source: York and Western York County: The Story of a Southern Eden By J. Edward Lee, Jerry L. West 2001

iii. William Henry McCaw b. 1785 in York County, SC; d. 13 Dec 1832 in Columbia, Richland Co., SC; m. 14 Nov 1814 to Frances Elizabeth Hunt Todd (b. 19 Oct 1796 in Near Charleston, SC – d. 29 Mar 1860 in Abbeville, SC); Feb 1811; Graduation, Pennsylvania Medical College in Philadelphia; In 1812 He was commissioned a surgeon’s mate in the US Army. He was stationed in James Island, near Charleston and was demobilized in 1814. William and Frances owned property on James Island, near Charleston, and William had a mortgage on a house in Bedon’s Alley in Charleston. Those properties were eventually sold, as were one or more of his slaves, perhaps to finance land purchases in Abbeville County.

Before October 1816, William moved his family to grow cotton near Abbeville, SC, in a settlement called Church Hill. The Abbeville County census of 1830 records three free and 49 slave members of his household. In 1824 he was appointed Postmaster of Church Hill. He is buried in the Ladson Plot, First Presbyterian Churchyard, Columbia, SC.

In the 1860 Abbeville census, Elizabeth owned ten slaves:

60 Male
18 Female
12 Female
12 Female
11 Male
7 Male
5 Female
10 Female
26 Female
25 Male

iv. Elizabeth McCaw b. 1789 South Carolina; d. 1842 – Tallahatchie, Mississippi, m. Mar 1809 – York, South Carolina to James Meek (b. 1789 in York, South Carolina – d. 1844 in Tallahatchie, Mississippi) His parents were Adam Meek and Nancy Agnes Byers.

James and Elizabeth moved from York County, SC, to Yalobusha County, Mississippi. Several other McCaw siblings moved to this area of Mississippi, and are buried there.

v. John McCaw  b. 22 May 1791 in York County, SC; d. 29 Mar 1880 in Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky m. 19 Sep 1822 in South Carolina to Cicely De Graffenried (b. 10 July 1806 in Chester, South Carolina – d. 15 Jan 1874 in Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky) Her parents were Allen de Graffenried [1764–1821] and Sarah Thomas

In the 1860 census, John’s real estate in Lexington, Kentucky was evaluated at $10,000 and his personal property at $167,500.  In the 1870 census, his real estate was $16,000 and personal property $120,000.


St. Peter’s School, 125 Barr St. , Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky Built 1838

Benj. C. Wood bought Lot No. 16 of the Robt. Barr sub-division, stating “90 feet on a new street,” October 3, 1838, from Simon and Hyman Gratz of Philadelphia, Pa.

Wood and his wife, Susan Ann, sold “a certain house and lot with the outhouses and premises” May 12, 1842, to Judge Thos. M. Hickey, for $6,150. Judge Hickey died here, apparently, as he had sold “Coolavin” to James R. Sloan, and his widow reserved this fine home after giving to her heirs the various houses Judge Hickey owned elsewhere.

Catherine A. Hickey, the widow, sold this house “devised to her by Thos. M. Hickey,” to John McCaw in May, 1852.

John McCaw presented the property to his daughter, Emma McCaw, in 1880.

This distinguished old home of some of Lexington’s most prominent families is today serving as St. Peter’s School.

  1. Mary Allen McCaw b. 20 Nov 1823 in Kentucky; d. 28 Sep 1825 in Kentucky
  2. Sarah Allen McCaw b. 29 Jan 1827 in Chester, Chester, South Carolina;  m. James Lane Allen, in 1856; d. 24 Feb 1864.
  3. John McCaw b. 9 Dec 1830; d. 26 Mar 1844
  4. Frances McCaw  b.  21 Dec 1828,; m. 28 Jan 1851, to William H. Brand; d. 1907
  5. Mary Johnstone McCaw b. 24 Nov 1832 in Kentucky; d. 27 Dec 1881 in Kentucky; m. 14 Sep 1852 to R B Kendall in Kentucky. Twins of above unnamed, died at birth.
  6. Carolina McCaw F 1 Mar 1835; m. 22 Nov  1859 to George B. Pickett, d. 16 Jan  1860
  7. Thomas de Graffenried McCaw, b. 21 Sep 1837 in Tennessee; m. 6 Oct 1867 to Juliet Atkinson, d. 13 Jan 1871. Residence 1870 Winchester, Frederick, Virginia; m. Juliet Atkinson 6 Oct 1867
  8. Emma McCaw, b. 7 Sep  1839; d. 20 Sep 1924.
  9. Cicely McCaw, b. 30 Sep 1841; d. 2 Oct 1842
  10. Lucy McCaw,  b. 22 Mar 1844 Georgetown, Kentucky; m 1 Jun 1870 to Frank Woolley; d. 15 Mar, 1905
  11. William Robert McCaw, b. 6 May 1846 Georgetown, Kentucky; m. 8 Nov 1870, to Eloise Chesley Hance; d. 19 Aug 1916 Fayette, Kentucky
  12. Nina McCaw, b. 13 May, 1849 Lexington, Kentucky; m. 16 Apr 1872, to Edward Coleman, d. 4 Mar 1879.
  13. Pauline McCaw, v. 12 Dec 1852 Lexington; d. 9 Oct 1876

vi. Pamela McCaw b. 19 Nov 1797 in York County, SC; d. 02 Feb 1850 in Union County, SC; m. John E. Gunning. There was a John E Gunning in the 1820 census in Chester, Chester, South Carolina with a household of 12, six family member and six slaves.

vii. Sarah McCaw 1801 – 1882 m. William A. Sims (b. 24 Aug 1799 to . – d. 5 Nov 1883 in Santuc, Union, South Carolina) His parents were William Sims and Elizabeth Shelton.

In the 1860 census, William and Sarah Simes were farming near Unionville, Union, South Carolina with seven children at home ages 15 to 26. William’s real estate is listed at $5,000 and personal estate at $100,000. His grandfather Charles Sims was a Captain in the Virginia troops.

3. Elizabeth McCaw

Elizabeth died, at her residence, in Chester District, S. C. On the 24th of August, 1845, in the 83rd year of her age

Elizabeth’s husband Edward “Ned” McDaniel  was born 6 Mar 1756 in Pennsylvania after his father’s death. according to family tradition in Braddock’s Defeat. His parents were Edward McDaniel (1733 – 1755) and Mary [__?__] (1739 – 1827). Ned died 12 Mar 1824 in Hopewell Cemetery, Chester County, SC

Braddock’s Defeat was a failed British military expedition which attempted to capture the French Fort Duquesne (modern-day downtown Pittsburgh) in the summer of 1755 during the French and Indian War. It was defeated at the Battle of the Monongahela on July 9, and the survivors retreated. The expedition takes its name from General Edward Braddock, who led the British forces and died in the effort. Braddock’s defeat was a major setback for the British in the early stages of the war with France and has been described as one of the most disastrous defeats for the British in the 18th century.

Ned grew up in Pennsylvania. He probably came with others who were coming to Chester in the 1770’s.  Edward served 303 days in the South Carolina Militia. Military record is on page 14 of his pension application.  During the  Revolution, he served as private and horseman in Captain Thompson’s and Capt. Benjamin Garrison’s regiments Cols. Lacey, Bratton, and Gen. Marion.  During the service, he was in several engagements, he was wounded in the battle of Rocky Mount, and was wounded in the shoulder in the battle of Hanging Rock. He was also at Briar Creek and at the battle where Capt. Nixon was killed. .He was pensioned by the State of South Carolina on account of wounds received in the War.” “unfit to persue [sic] any severe manual employment”

Edward McDaniel Revolutionary Service from his pension application

Elizabeth was born County Antrim, Ireland, but emigrated to this Country in the 7th year of her age. She was married in the heat of that fearful war which Great Britain waged against the “thirteen colonies.” She became the Mother of her first child whilst the devouring [?] cannon was still roaring in the mortal [?] ships and had to struggle through a long life only partially assisted by her husband, whose wound in his country’s cause rendered him unfit to pursue any service [?]manual employment; Yet God who feeds his children fed her abundantly, and enabled her to rear a large and respectable family.

William McDaniel was a public surveyor in Chester County.

Edward McDaniel Revolutionary Service


Edward served as an elder in Old Purity Presbyterian Church in Chester District until about 1807 when he went to Hopewell ARPC to serve as an elder there. Edward died 12 Mar 1824 – Chester, South Carolina Purity records show that Elder Edward McDaniel was installed as an elder at Purity before 1800, but no date was given of his dismissal to Hopewell ARP Church.

From the book Purity and Its People, A History of Purity Presbyterian Church Chester, South Carolina 1787 – 1987. By Edward Hood Dawson

Again Purity was left without a regular minister. Concord Presbytery, under whose jurisdiction Purity stood from 1810 until 1824, was diligent in sending supply minsters. The Reverend Francis H. Porter came as resident minister from 1814 to 1816, but left because of unpleasant strife in the church. The major issue seemed to be psalms, although there were other thological differences. Prior to 1820 several families left Purity over the psalm controversy. According to reminiscenses made in old age by Mrs. Sallie Knox Wallace: Sallie and Betsy and Robert Knox were members at Purity before the exodus. Hymns were introduced during Rev. Walker’s pastorate. The Boyds and McDaniels left at that time and joined Hopewell. Old Mr. McDaniel was an elder. He kept the church book. (interview made by W.D. Knox with Mrs. Sallie Knox Wallace, June 7, 1891. R.B. Walker was one of the supply ministers between 1811 and 1822.)

Purity records show that Elder Edward McDaniel was installed as an elder at Purity before 1800, but no date was given of his dismissal to Hopewell ARP Church.

Elizabeth  and Edward had eleven children.

i. Daniel William McDaniel, b. 13 Dec 1781 in Chester County, South Carolina – d. 26 May 1830 in Chester, South Carolina; m. Jane Strong (b. 1797)

Daniel William was a Public Surveyer. Jane lived with her sister-in-law Annie McDaniel in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses.

ii. John McDaniel b. 12 Aug 1783 Chester, South Carolina; d. bef. 1847 – Charleston, Dorchester, South Carolina. (Edward McDaniel Revolutionary War Pension Application)

iii. Abigail McDaniel b. 27 Feb 1786; d. 28 Nov 1850 Blackstock, Chester, South Carolina; Burial: Hopewell ARP Church, Blackstock, Chester, SC;  m. Robert Mills (b. 1783 in Blackstock, Chester, South Carolina – d. 22 May 1870 in Blackstock, Chester, South Carolina) In the 1850 census, Robert and Abigail were farming in Chester, South Carolina.

iv. Anne “Annie” McDaniel b. 19 Dec 1787; d. 1877 Hopewell Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Blackstock, Chester County, South Carolina; Did not marry, Annie lived with her sister Jane  in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses.

v. Elizabeth Ama McDaniel b. 31 Mar 1790 South Carolina; d. bef. 1847 (Edward McDaniel Revolutionary War Pension Application)

vi. Edward McDaniel b. 12 Jan 1792; d. 16 Aug 1835; Buried Hopewell ARP Church, Blackstock, Chester, SC; m. Mary [__?__]

vii. Jane McDaniel b. 18 Oct 1794 South Carolina; d. 1 Nov 1872 – Hopewell Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Blackstock, Chester, South Carolina; Unmarried; , Jane lived with her sister Annie in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses.

viii. Mary McDaniel b. 24 May 1796 South Carolina; d. 14 Aug 1881 – Marshall, Mississippi; Buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Cayce, Marshall, MS; m. Aug 1825 to William Boyd (b. 21 Jul 1798 in Chester Co., South Carolina – d. 29 May 1876 in Marshall County, Mississippi) In the 1850 census, Mary and William were farming in Northern Division, Marshall, Mississippi with eight children at home. Marshall County is part of the Memphis, TN–MS–AR Metropolitan Statistical Area. In the 1880 census, Mary was living with daughter Martha and son-in-law M. Braddy in Bainsville, Marshall, MS.

Their son Charles J. Boyd enlisted 19 Sep 1861 in Iuka, MS for 12 months. Charles J. Boyd, Pvt, Company A (Walkers Reserves) , 1st Mississippi ((Johnston’s Regiment) was captured at Fort Donelson on 16 Feb 1862. Appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War at Camp Morton, Indianapolis, IN, on 24 Aug 1862. Reenlisted Jackson, MS on 24 Sep 1862 for two years. Corpl, Company A, 1st Regiment Mississippi Volunteers captured at Port Hudson, LA on 9 July 1863 and paroled at Port Hudson on 12 and 13 July 1863. Got sick while in the army and died at home March 27, 1864. Cayce, Marshall, MS, Buried Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Cayce, Marshall, MS,

Muster Roll, not dated: Charles J. Boyd, Private, Capt. Geo M. Moseley’s Company (Walker Reserves), 1 Regiment Mississippi Volunteers (subsequently Company A, 1st Mississippi).

ix. Martha McDaniel b. 22 Feb 1801; d. bef. 1847

x. Col. James Hemphill McDaniel b. 14 Dec 1802 Chester, SC; d. 19 Mar 1863 – Hopewell Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Blackstock, Chester, South Carolina; m. Jennet Ann Martin (b. Sep 1808 in South Carolina – d. 9 Aug 1887 in South Carolina)

In the 1860 census, Col J and Jannet were farming near Torbet’s Store, Chester, South Carolina with six children at home ages 12 to 29.

Their son Private E. Jackson McDaniel, age 27, enlisted at Chester, 11 April 1861 in Company F (Capt McLure’s Company), 6th SC Inf. Wounded (gunshot left leg- thigh broken) 30 September 1864. Died of wounds at home in Chester 1 Feb 1865 Burial: Hopewell Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Blackstock, Chester County, South Carolina,

Their son William L died 5 Jun 1862 in Richmond, Virginia at the age of 24. He was mortally wounded in the battle of Seven Pines on the 31st of May, 1862. and was buried in Hopewell Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Blackstock

Their son Joseph P. McDaniel enlisted at Chester 21 Jul 1862, Company F, 6th SC Volunteers
Wounded at Fort Harrison 30 Sep 1864 , Gunshot wound in right forearm, amputated (used Choloform. Died of wounds 19 Oct 1864 at Jackson Hospital, Richmond, VA and buried Hopewell Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Blackstock, Chester County, South Carolina.

Not all their sons died in the war. Their son John Hemphill McDaniel (1835 – 1918) survived and had a successful career. Sargent J. H. McDaniel. age 24. enlisted at Chester on 11 April 1861. Company G (Capt J. M. Moore-Pickens Guard), 6th South Carolina Volenteers. Promoted to 2nd Lt, Company F, 8 January 1864. He was as on a roll of POWs at Appomattox Court House, VA, USA, 9 April 1865. He lived in Pleasant Grove, Chester County. Served 4 years in the State Legislature, and 8 years as State Senator and 5 years as Probate Judge of Chester County. Was Chairman of the Senate Committee in Agriculture.

xi. Samuel McDaniel b. 9 Dec, 1804; m. Elizabeth Reedy (b. 1807 SC) In the 1850 census, Samuel was farming in Chester, South Carolina. ; He moved before 1857 to Clear Creek, Drew, Arkansas when two of his children died of typhoid fever there. There was a Samuel McDaniel, a Private in Company H 3rd Arkansas Infantry Regiment who served almost the entire war as a shoemaker. The Samuel McDaniel that was buried 15 Feb 1864 US Army, Nashville National Cemetery Tennessee was a private in the Illinois 79th Infantry

5. Ann McCaw

Ann’s husband Charles Christopher Miller Sr was born 5 May 1757  in Antrim, Ireland. His parents were Josias M Miller (1732 – 1785) and Elizabeth Hindman (1732 – 1799). He may have married Ann about 1784.  Between 1806 and 1810 in Chester, South Carolina he married Jennet (Jenny) McBride (b. Birth 1771 in Ireland – d. 1821 in Chester County, South Carolina). Finally, in 1821 in Chester, SC he married Agnes Nancy Cameron (b. 1780 in Ireland or South Carolina – d. 31 Dec 1841 in Henry County, Georgia) Charles died before 01 May 1837 in Henry, Georgia.

30 Jul 1796 Deed Vol. R pp133-134; buys 150 ac of Josias’ grant on Rocky Creek from Thos Miller

25 Apr 1801 Deed Vol. H pp296-299; buys 165 ac on Sandy River from Jas Hayle

1 Nov 1803 Deed Vol. M pp269-271; buys 165 ac on Sandy River from Jas Hayle

27 Jan 1804 Deed Vol. K pp136-138;  Charles Christopher Miller Sr. buys 150 acres on Bull Run from Wm McCaw Jr.

7 Sep 1805 Deed Vol. M pp5-7; Charles Christopher Miller Sr. buys 110 acres on Bull Run from Saml McCaw

Children of Ann and Charles:

i. William Miller b. 1790 Chester, SC

ii. Elizabeth Miller b. Bef. Apr 1791 in Chester, South Carolina – d. 1841 in Montgomery, Tennessee; m c. 1810 to William Johnston (Johnson) (b. ca. 1789 – d. Aft. 1842 in prob Georgia)

iii. Charles Miller Jr b. Feb 1792 in Chester, South Carolina; d. 03 Feb 1838 in St Johns, Florida Buried St Augustine Cemetery; Charles was a blacksmith.

iv. Robert C Miller b. 10 Oct 1792 in Chester, South Carolina; d. 15 Jun 1849 in Newton, Georgia of typhoid fever; m. 1815 Chester, SC to Ann Wilson (b. 1796 in Antrim, Ireland – d. 27 Feb 1868 in De Kalb, Georgia)

In 1825 Robert and Ann removed from Chester, South Carolina to Newton County, Georgia (today a suburb of Atlanta) and were among the founders of the Associate Reformed church, called Hopewell, near the Snapping Shoals on South River. This Church is still an active church today; Hopewell ARP Church, 155 Hopewell Church Rd, Covington GA 30016-5077 (Google Satellite View)

Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices Volume II: 1866-1888 Compiled by Lowry Ware Scmar Columbia, South Carolina 1998Died in DeKalb County, Ga., February 27th, 1868, Mrs. Ann Miller, in the 71st year of her age, of cancer on her face…. was born in County Antrim, Ireland in 1796, emigrated to America with her parents, John and Margaret Wilson, in 1801. The ship in which she and her parents sailed was partially wrecked out at sea and was driven into the cove or harbor at Cork, where two of her sisters died of small pox. After the repair of the vessel, with a favoring Providence, she and her parents landed at Charleston in May, 1801, and settled in Lancaster District in the Waxhaw settlement under the pastoral care of Rev. Dickson, then removed with her mother and stepfather, J. Harmon, until after the War of 1812. In 1815, she and Mr. Robert Miller were united in the bonds of marriage, shortly afterwards connected themselves with the Presbyterian church at Catholic, then under the pastoral care of Rev. Robert McCullough. In 1825 she with her husband removed to Newton Co., Ga., and were among the founders of the Associate Reformed church, called Hopewell, near the Snapping Shoals on South River. In 1852, after the death of her husband, she removed with her children, seven sons, up into DeKalb Co., Ga., and connected with Prosperity church by letter, in which church she remained a worthy member.

v. Nancy Agnes Miller b. 1794 in Chester, South Carolina – d. 1875 in Clay, Alabama; m. 1812 to Andrew Jackson Swann (b. 1791 in Fairfield, South Carolina – d. 1865 in Bluff Springs, Clay, Alabama) In the 1850 census, Andrew and Nancy were farming in Beat 13, Randolph County, Alabama.

Children of Charles and Jennett McBride

vi. John McCary (JMC) Miller Sr b. Btw. Oct 1810 and Jun 1811 in Chester, South Carolina – d. bef 1880 in Coosa, Alabama; m. 10 Feb 1833 Henry, Georgia to Martha Ann Gibson (b. 1818 in Laurens, South Carolina – d. 1883 in Coosa, Alabama) In the 1850 census, John and Martha were farming in Hatchet Creek, Coosa, Alabama

vii. Sarah Miller b. Btw. 1811 and 1813 in Chester, South Carolina; m . Isaac Thomas Carter (1790 – 1850)

viii. Henry Miller b. 14 Jan 1814 in Chester, South Carolina; d. 21 Jun 1894 in Coosa, Alabama; m. 17 Aug 1843 Cherokee, Georgia to Martha S F Bell (b. 18 Dec 1823 in Cherokee, Georgia – d. 22 Oct 1907 in Coosa, Alabama) In the 1880 census, Henry and Martha were farming in Rockford, Coosa, Alabama.

ix. James Miller b. 14 Jan 1814 in Chester, South Carolina; d. Btw. 1860 and 1870 in Coosa, Alabama; m. 1834 to Mary (Polly) Gibson (b. May 1819 in Laurens, South Carolina; d. 1900 in Coosa, Alabama) In the 1860 census, James and Mary were farming in Subdivision 2, Coosa, Alabama with eight children at home.

7. Jane McCaw

Jane’s husband William Brannen was born about 1770.

8. William McCaw Jr.

In the 1800 census, William was living in Chester, South Carolina

Free White Males Under 10: 2
Free White Males 26 to 44: 1
Free White Females 16 to 25 : 1
Free White Females 26 to 44 : 1
Number of Household Members Under 16 : 2
Number of Household Members Over 25 : 2
Number of Household Members: 5

27 Jan 1804 Deed Vol. K pp136-138; William’s brother-in-law Charles Christopher Miller Sr. buys 150 acres on Bull Run from Wm McCaw Jr.



http://files.usgwarchives.net/sc/chester/wills/mccaw52wl.txt (Will of William McCaw)

http://genforum.genealogy.com/mccaw/messages/201.html Researching family of this William McCaw, of Chester District, South Carolina; interested in his siblings, migration, marriage to Ann [WATSON?] and children. Would like to correspond further with other researchers of this / these families. Interested in substantiating who were his parents–was he William McCaw, the son of immigrant John McCaw, first in Colleton County by the late 1730’s, formerly of eastern Pennsylvania and a Deputy Surveyor, who [John McCaw] later died in Yorkville, York District, South Carolina? Or was he immigrant William McCaw associated with the Hopewell Presbyterian Community of Chester District, South Carolina….


The McCaw’s in South Carolina, 1737-2004, by Sarah Pelham Webster and Genevieve Anderson McCaw



Will of William McCaw

Heritage History of Chester County, South Carolina By Anne Pickens Collins, Louise Gill Knox Chester County Heritage Committee, 1982 – 499 pages

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  7. markeminer says:

    Susan Brown and another gal believe all these McCaws are linked and are hoping to prove the connection back to Scotland. She writes:

    1550/60 McCaw family came to Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland with the Stewarts of Ballintoy from Isle of Bute, Scotland. Members of this McCaw family are referred to as ‘Ulster Scots’.
    1669 Allex McCaw 65 years Cary Ballintoy Craig Creghballynoe
    ffaraher McCaw Cary Armoy Monanclough Moninagloy
    d. 1734 approx – Craig Townland, Ireland

    1803 Ballintoy Cenus shows:
    Alexr. Macaw (possible family member) m. Mary M’Conoghy
    Children: 3 S. Wm., John, Alexr 1 D. Cath
    Headstone at Ballintoy Church of Ireland:
    McCaw, Eliza Jane w. of Alex McCaw 21 Aug 1886 aged 51. Alex McCaw of Kinmeen d. 26 Feb 1893 aged 51 could be descendants of Alex McCaw

    1700?? ____ John McCaw Sr of Templastra

    1740 John McCaw Jr of Templastra d. Feb 4, 1821 aged 81 years.
    Buried at Ballintoy Church of Ireland, Co. Antrim, Ireland.
    A) William b. 1775 m. Nancy Adams

    1803 Ballintoy Census
    Sons: Joseph, John and daughter Jane
    Headstone at Ballintoy Church of Ireland indicates William is buried with his father John McCaw Jr:
    “William his son b. 1775 wdtl (who departed this life) April 5, 1841 aged 66 years buried with him”.

    B) James b. 1776
    Son: James b. 1808 m. Martha Rogers?? Son: James b. 1823
    Son: James daughter married John Gault (land registrations show John Gault with James McCaw in Sidney and John McCaw Rawdon)

    C) Duncan b. 1780 all three were weavers

    D) Mary b. d. as infant

    1749 William McCaw of Templastra, brother to John Jr
    Headstone at Ballintoy Church of Ireland:
    “Sacred to the memory of William McCaw of Templastra wdtl Nov 21,1815 aged
    66 years”.

    1766 Religious Census of Ireland
    JN Jr McCaw Protestant Ballentoy Connor Antrim Templastra
    1780 Duncan McCaw b. May 5, 1780 Templastra d. Feb 6, 1858 age 78
    1st Marriage Mary Ramsay b. July, 1783 Scotland d. Sept 20, 1833 age 50 yrs

    Belfast Newsletters =
    1774 Anthony McCaw and Samuel McCaw
    1791 Pat McCaw
    1794 Samuel McCaw
    1797 William McCaw and Archibald McCaw
    1800 William McCaw

    • robin Mccaw says:

      McCaw family from Whitley Bay were all shoe and boot makers descended from Northern Ireland Archibald McCaw bd 1832 -bootmaker his second son Archibald McCaw all shoes/ I see James McCaw was also shoemaker. I did read that such trade was learnt on Bute

      • My ancestor, Daniel McCaw, came from Philadelphia to Niagara area Ontario where he worked as a cobbler/bootmaker. His son took a land grant in Adelaide and his son, John, bought a farm in Metcalfe. He married Mary Johnston and had 10 children, including my grandfather, Leonard. many similarities in family names as well as occupation.

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