McMahan Clan

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  • ID: I3895
  • Name: I Archibald 'Redmond' McMahan
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1730 in Ireland
  • Death: 1836 in Bibb Co. Ala.
  • Note:
    Archibald and his brothers came from Ireland with their parents in 1746. His father died on the trip over, and his mother Catherine settled in the area of Augusta Co., Va. that soon became Montgomery Co., Va. There the boys were apprenticed, while the mother worked as a housekeeper for David Stuart. Archhibald learned Mule Breeding, while James became a Farrier and Redmon became a cooper. The names and fate of the other brothers are lost now, but Archibald, James and Redmon show up in Tax, Land and Military records [in the area that becanee Montgomery C.., Va. in 1776] from 1746 until after 1780. Redmon and James both served in the American Revolution in the Va. Line. George Washington mae special use of Redmon's frontiersman skills by using him as a scout, who could go stealthily through the woods and spy out British Troop movements. A gteat confusion exists because there were at least two other Archibald McMahans and maybe two other Redmon [Or Redmond] McMahans in the Revolutionary War. As far as we know our Archibald did not serve in the Revolution. He was already married and had several children when it atarted. Both James and Redmon served in Va. Troops.
    Archbald died in July, 1826 in Al. shortly after the birth [10 June 1826] of his great grandson McNulty McMahan [whom he named]
    Archibald McMahan is sometimes confused with an Archibald McMahan from Pa. and an Archibald McMahan from Rowan Co., NC. He is also confused with tedmond McMahan of Warren Co., Tn. who applied for a pension in 1834, which was dinied. He was als not the Archibald McMahan referenced by Rasa Lee Downey, aRevolutionary War Veteran who died in 1840 in Greene Co. SC. Byt the Greene Co, SC. Archibald may have been the Archibald listed in the 1810 Buncombe Co., NC Census.
    Archibald's brother Redmon was wounded at the battle of Trenton, so he could not have been the deserter in SC, thoufh he was later arrested, in mistake, for the deserter and George WAshington had to straighten this out ot he might have been hanged. Tedmon died in Wythe Co.,Va. before the pendion law of 1832 was passed and did not apply for any pendions or grants so that his Revolutionay War record is difficult to trace, but he served in Cox's Xompany of the Montgomery Co., militia.
    Archibald McMahan was one of the earliest pioneers of Sevier County, Tn [then Greene Co., NC] He purchased land from Landon Carters Watauga Association at Middle Creek, near the site of the present Middle Creek Methodist Church in 1784 and he and the Richard Shields family founded Shields Station there. This area was still Cherijee kands until after the treaty of Dumplin [1784] and the State of North Carolinadid no recognize purchases in this area until 10 yrs. after their entry [by which time the area was Sevier Co., SW Terr.] Middle Creek was in Greene Co.,NC until this area was ceded to the federal govermnment in 1792 and became Sevier Co., Tn. in 1796. His wife , Ann McNulty, was buried in the Middle Creek Methodist Church Cemetery in 1820. The only earlier Sevier Co., settler ther aai could find was Major Hugh Henry who settled on Dumplin Creek in 1781. Hugh's settlement was on the north bank of the French Broad River while Archibald's was just south east of the present sie=te of Sevierville.
    Archibald was a successful mule breeder, who made many trips through Yancy and Buncombe Co., NC to take his mules [and pigs and beef cattle] to the better paying markets in Greenville, SC. He was accompanied on the animal drives by most of his children so they knew many people along the route, which mostly followed the river valleys through the mountains.
    Many NC farms had 'Stops' along the way with bunk houses for the drovers and pens for the animals. He has also known George Byrd who moved from Montgomery Co. , Va. to Yancy Co., [then part of Byncombe Co., NC], after 1787. Both George Byrd and Redmon McMahan are listed in Montgomery Co., Va. tax lists on the same day of 1787, so they probably were neighbors. Several of Archibald's children married and settled near the Byrds in NC. I beieve that other associations with NC residents were mainly for business reasons and that none of his chhildren were born there, though technically before 1792 Middle Creek in what is now Sevier Co. Tn. was part of Greene Co., NC.
    After his wife Ann died in 1820, Archibald lived with a son, in Alabama until his death in July 1826, but he frequently visited his other children in Sevier Co., Tn. Cocke Co., Tn. and Yancy Co., NC. Just before his death he had visited his son Archibald Jr. in Pearl Valley, Sevier Co.,Tn and was there in 1826, when his great grandson, McNulty McMahan, son of David Crockett McMahan, was born. Some believe that he went to visit Sanders McMahan in Jackson Co. Al. and died There, but since Sanders is known to be a son of Redmon McMahan of Warren Co., Tn. and didn't move to Jackson Co. until 1832, this is impossible. Archibald's son Edward "Ned" McMahan however was living in Bibb Co. AL. in 1826 so it is likely that it was Ned that he was staying with when he died. He is probably buried in Bibb Co., Al. [Ned's first wife Rachel Reagan died about three months later on 11-6-1826 according to her tombstone in Bibb Co., Al]

    Notes contributed by Jim Henry along with some onfo on dates & places




    Father: Robert McMahan b: 1708 in Ireland
    Mother: Catherine Cole b: 1710 in Ireland

    Marriage 1 Ann McNulty b: 1750 in Va.
      Children
      1. Has Children II Archibald McMahan b: 1773 in North Carolina, Then Montgomery Co., Va.
      2. Has Children James McMahan b: 1775 in Montgomery Co., Va.
      3. Has Children Eli McMahan b: 1776 in Montgomery Co., Va.
      4. Has No Children Edward 'Ned' McMahan b: 1779
      5. Has Children Stephen McMahan b: 1780 in Montgomery, Va.
      6. Has Children Sarah E. 'Sallie' McMahan b: 1782 in Montgomery, Va.
      7. Has Children Rhoda McMahan b: 16 MAR 1785
      8. Has No Children William McMahan b: in North Carolina
      9. Has Children Sanders E. McMahan b: 1784 in Augusta, Va.
      10. Has No Children Jonathan McMahan b: 1788 in Montgomery, Va.
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