Name: Redmond MCMAHAN
Birth: ABT 1731 in County Meath, IRELAND
Death: BET 1834 AND 1841 in Warren County, Tennessee USA
Burial: BET 1834 AND 1841 Warren County, Tennessee USA
Immigration: ABT 1756 Rowan County, North Carolina
Immigration: BET 1760 AND 1766 Craven District, South Carolina
Immigration: BET 1798 AND 1804 near McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee
Note 1766 Listed as a member of a band of outlaws wanted for crimes in NW South Carolina
Tax List BET 1830 AND 1839 Warren County, Tennessee
Pension 1834 Revolulationary War Service (Warren Co, TN)
Military Service: BET 1776 AND 1786 American Revolution, Craven District, South Carolina
Reference Number: IND10699
REDMOND McMAHAN was probably born in Ireland and emigrated first to Rowan
County, North Carolina, about 1756, where his brother ARCHIBALD McMAHAN
still lived in 1776. He then moved to the Craven District of South
Carolina early in the 1760-1766 time frame. The first official record
about him is from the South Carolina REgulators where in 1766 he is
listed as a member of a band of outlaws wanted for crimes in the
northwest part of South Carolina.
Apparently the outlaw charge was not proven and he enlisted in the South
Carolina militia during the American Revolution from the Craven District
of South Carolina. Later (probably about 1798-1804) he moved to a farm
near McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee. He and his three sons show up
in property and tax records of Warren County, Tennessee, through the
1830's and he filed for a pension for his Revolutionary War service from
McMinnville in 1834. The pension was denied (either for short length of
service of because of desertion). In his pension application he stated
that he was 103 years old and from that we infer a birth date of 1731.
Some believe he lived to the 110 and died in Warren County, Tennessee.
Others say he moved to McMahan Cove in Jackson County, Alabama (where his
son SANDERS McMAHAN moved about 1830-1831) and died there.
REDMOND is confused with several other early McMahan settlers, in
particular with the McMahans of Montgomery County, Virginia. REDMON of
Montgomery Co, VA, who also served in the Revolution was arrested for
desertion in Montgomery Co, VA, but at the date specified he was in
Fredericksburg recovering from wounds and could not have deserted after
Cowpens. Somehow this got cleared up as REDMON was not hanged, but
Montgomery County court records make no further mention, so, we are not
sure how it was resolved.
REDMOND is also confused with REDMOND's brother, ARCHIBALD McMAHAN, who
settled in Sevier County, Tennessee, in 1784. The latter confusion arises
because East Tennessee tradition is that ARCHIBALD died at a son's
residence in Alabama. Some researchers when they found REDMOND's son
SANDERS in Alabama immediately assumed that ARCHIBALD was also knows as
"Redmond" and died in Jackson County, Alabama. (A highly improbably
scenario since SANDERS did not move to Alabama until 1831-1832 and
ARCHIBALD died in 1826). They were also apparently unaware that
ARCHIBALD's son EDWARD "Ned" McMAHAN had married RACHEL REAGAN in Sevier
County, TN, and moved to Bibb County, AL, where she died about 3 months
after ARCHIBALD and her tombstone can still be found in Bibb County, AL.
The substitution of SANDERS for NED does lead to the erroneous conclusion
that ARCHIBALD was also REDMOND. However, this researcher thinks that
that scenario is not even possible given the time line and distance
between the two men and the fact that SANDERS was not yet in Alabama when
ARCHIBALD went there in 1820.
SANDERS McMAHAN's descendants have a Bible record linking WILLIAM,
SANDERS, and JONATHAN as sons of REDMOND. However, I have not seen this
record nor any copies of this records so I do not know who has it.
SOURCE: James J. "Jim" Henry (remove spaces to
(from THE STEVENSON STORY by Elizabeth B. Woodall
in the Library of Russell Cave National Monument - Jackson County,
Among the early settlers around Edgefield was the Sanders McMahan family
whose forebears came from Ireland before the middle of the 18th century.
The immigrant, Redman McMahan, who likely was accompanied by several
brothers, appears to be the Redmond, a soldier in charge of Samuel Perry
in the Province of Pennsylvania in 1746. Between that date and 1777 he
had made his way down the Shenandoah Valley to Christianburg, Montgomery
County, Virginia, where he took the Oath of Fidelity to the revolting
colonists cause. One Redmond Memayhand is on the tax list of Elk Creek
District, Montgomery County, Virginia, in 1782. In his application in
1834 for a pension for service in the Revolutionary War Redmond stated he
enlisted in Craven District, South Carolina, in 1775. He was " 103 years'
old this past January I "; his advanced age may account for inaccuracies
in his application which was rejected - because length of service did not
meet requirements. [I guess that is a nice way of saying, 'he deserted'.
Redman may have been in Boone's Caravan ''from Pennsylvania to North
Carolina in 1750,'' stopping off in Montgomery County, Virginia, or later
It is not known who his wife was. She apparently preceded him in death as
he stated on pension application that he lived around with his children.
It is likely that he married more than once. His known children are:
Sanders (1784-1864) married Nancy;
Jonathan born 1788, married Rebecca Brown, remained in Warren County,
Tennessee; his home fell in Cannon County when it was formed in 1836;
William (1796-1861) married Mary Marr (1798-1852).
Sanders McMahan lived for a time in Warren County, where his first child
was born. When he came to this area he first settled in Gourdneck Cove,
near Anderson, Tennessee. He and William Ake entered 200 acres of land
jointly in January of 1821. This entry is recorded in Marion County,
Tennessee, because the Big Crow Creek area was assigned to Marion County,
from 1816 to 1824 when it was returned to Franklin County.
When Alabama became a state, Sanders moved his family to what is known as
McMahan's Cove and lived there until his death. He and his wife and
several of their children are buried in the family burying ground on a
cedar-topped knoll just above the spring where Benge's Creek begins as a
Sanders was a 1st Lt. in Capt. Meredith Price's Co., Lt. Col. David
Cawlfield's Battalion, Alabama Mounted Volunteers, in the Florida War
Family legend has it that young Sanders fell in love with a girl named
Ann who died at an early age; in her memory he gave the name Ann to each
of his daughters.
SOURCE: Jim Christian
Father: Robert MACMAHON b: ABT 1706 in possibly County Clare or Monaghan, IRELAND
Mother: Catherine O'BRIEN b: ABT 1709 in possibly County Clare or Monaghan, IRELAND
Mary MCNULTY b: ABT 1758 in Craven District, South Carolina
in Craven District, South Carolina USA
- William MCMAHAN b: 1777 in Craven District, South Carolina
- Sanders E. MCMAHAN b: 1 FEB 1784 in Montgomery County, Virginia
- Jonathan MCMAHAN b: 1788 in Sevier County, Tennessee