Name: Francis "John" MCCALL
Birth: 11 NOV 1710 in Ulster, County Antrim, IRELAND
Death: 10 APR 1794 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina USA
Will: 25 NOV 1793 Mecklenburg County, NC
Immigration: 1730 Removed to Pennsylvania (America) from Ireland.
Burial: 12 APR 1794 North Carolina
Note FRANCIS McCALL and MARY HARRIS are my 5th paternal great-grandparents.
Reference Number: IND3216
Will Book "B"; Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; pg 74
25 Nov 1793, probated in Apr 1794 Court.
Dau, Jane Porter
Sons, Thomas, Joseph, and Francis
Dau, Elizabeth [wf of Thomas Walker]
Dau, Mary [wife of John Gibbens]
Dau, Libby [wife of Michael Secrest]
Exr; Jane Porter
Wit; John McCorkle and Samuel Jones
The McCall's were Scots who migrated to Ireland where they settled for
two generations. The McCall, Harris and Calhoun families migrated
together to Pennsylvania and then to New River, VA.
Journal of the Lancaster County History Society, all name index - no
Bell McKinney Hayes Swope: Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, Middle
Spring, PA, 1738 - 1900; History of, (Times Steam Printing House,
Newville, PA, 1900). No mention of McCall. But the records are very
spotty, and none from before 1750. The church was established 1738 - 1740
(dispute) but there may have been an informal group prior to that.
Francis McCall was listed as head of household in the New River
Settlement (now Botetouret Co.) in southwestern Virginia. In 1749 the
Indians, supported and compensated by the French Army, made their first
attach on the New River settlers. Virginia sent Lt. Col. George
Washington and his militiamen, who were supported by the South Carolina
militia, to counterattack. Washington and his militiamen, faired poorly
against the French and Indians and they retreated to the Great Meadows
and hastily fortified limited improvements there. Washington named it
Fort Necessity and it is located on present day Route 40, just east of
the Summit Inn and just west of Farmington, Fayette Co, PA. The fort was
built in the middle of a meadow near two densely wooded hills. On 3 July
1754 the French and Indians attacked the fort. The battle ended in
Washington's first defeat when he surrendered to the French. Fort
Necessity National Battlefield, with a recreation of the original fort,
commemorates that early battle and preserves the site.
Again unprotected, the colonists were repeatedly attached by the Indians.
On 8 July 1755 a large party of Shawnee braves slaughtered many of the
Calhoun family. Some survivors, including Francis McCall, fled southward
into Mecklenburg Co, NC. Some migrated to South Carolina where they
formed the Calhoun settlement.
On 14 March 1774, Francis McCall, planter, and his wife Mary sold to
William Houston, planter, for 50 pounds proc, 200 acres lying on both
sides of Cedar Fork of Twelvemile Creek, Mecklenburg Co, NC, about half a
mile above McCall's plantation. Said land was patented to McCall 5 April
1767. Witnesses: John Osburn, John McCall and Thomas McCall. Proved in
January 1778 Court by John Osburn. Sam Martin, CMC.
On 3 March 1779, Governor Caswell sold to Francis McCall for 50
Shillings, 50 acres on Twelvemile Creek, Mecklenburg Co, NC adjoining
other lands of McCall. This was NC Land Grant 10 and was issued at
Kinston, Vol. 38, p. 10. Recorded in Secretary's office by William
Shepard, Deputy Secretary.
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On 3 March 1779, Governor Rd. Caswell sold to Francis McCall for 50
Shillings, the 100 acres and 200 acres on Twelvemile Creek, Mecklenburg
Co, NC adjoining lands of James Briton and other lands of McCall. This
was NC Land Grant 24 and was issued at Kinston, Vol. 38, p. 24. Recorded
in Secretary's office by William Shepard, Deputy Secretary.
A Francis McCall was listed in the 1790 US Census for Mecklenburg Co, NC
as head of household with one male over 16 and 3 females.
Francis McCall was born about 1710 in Ulster of Scotch parents. He
arrived in Pennsylvania in 1730 and settled in Cumberland Valley near
Shippensburg. He was a member of Middle Spring Presbyterian Church
located at Big Spring, Pennsylvania, about two miles northwest of
In 1746 he removed to the New River settlement in western Virginia.
Indian depredations during the French and Indian War forced him to move
his family to Mecklenburg County [then Anson County], North Carolina.
Francis McCall received a land grant in Craven County, South Carolina in
1758, according to Ettie Augusta Tidwell McCall. He was the recipient of
a land grant of 150 acres in South Carolina "between the main branch of
Duncans Creek and Bush River from King George II January 22, 1759,
according to "Secretary of State Grant Book," Volume 9, page 33.
He received a royal grant of land on Twelve Mile Creek in Anson County,
NC, in 1762 and made his home there, according to Mecklenburg County Deed
Book 13, page 343. Francis McCall was a member of the North Carolina
militia from 1764 to 1766. He was appointed constable in his district in
1777 and served in the militia at that time. In 1781 and in 1787 his
home was used as a polling place for inhabitants in the southeast
portion of Mecklenburg County, according to "State Records of North
Carolina." He was enumerated in the 1790 census of the county. He
wrote his will November 25, 1793, and it was recorded in Mecklenburg
County Will Book B, page 74. He named his daughter Jean McCall Porter as
executrix, and she probated the will which is on file with North Carolina
Historical Commission, Raleigh, in April 1794.
Father: Joshua MCCALL b: ABT 1686 in Ulster, County Antrim, IRELAND
Mother: Julianna TRUBY b: ABT 1691 in Ulster, County Antrim, IRELAND
Mary HARRIS b: ABT 1712 in Ulster, County Antrim, IRELAND
in Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania USA
- James MCCALL b: 1731 in Middle Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
- Charles "R. S." MCCALL b: 1732 in Middle Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
- George MCCALL b: 1735 in Middle Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
- Francis "R. S." MCCALL b: 1737 in Middle Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
- Thomas MCCALL b: 1739 in Middle Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
- Jane MCCALL b: 1739 in Middle Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
- Joseph MCCALL b: 1741 in Middle Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
- Iber "Libby" MCCALL b: 1745 in Middle Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
- Elizabeth MCCALL b: 1745 in Middle Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
- Mary MCCALL b: 1747 in New River, Pulaski County, Virginia