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Descendants of William -1 McCandless 12/12/02




Generation No. 1


      1. William -11 McCandless I was born Abt. 1713 in Scotland? Ireland?, and died Abt. 1795 in Greenbrier Co, WV. He married Elizabeth * Unknown, McCandless. She was born Abt. 1725.

Notes for William -1 McCandless I:
The family name McCandless, translated from ancient Gaelic to English, means in the ponderous phrase, "Son of the Lord of the Castle." Immigrants to America came mostly from Ireland and Scotland. There are many variations in the spelling of the name. [From: The Batchelor - Williams Families and Related Lines, 1976, by Lyle Keith Williams]
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Probably the William "McCanless" who received a deed to 296 acres from Benjamin Borden Sr for land in Orange Co, VA (later Rockbridge County); deed dated 16 Aug 1742. He and his wife Elizabeth had come into that area (about 1740, from Ireland) and settled on land located on Borden's Great Tract of 92,100 acres, which together with the 118,491 acres adjoining in the William manor, covered most of the land in present day Augusta and Rockbridge Counties, Virginia

4 May 1768: Wm. McCandless testified to a land transfer from William Robinson to James Crawford.

16 May 1768: William McCandless to Andrew Moore, 60, 150 acres; corner Hugh Weir and Alexander Greer; corner William McCandless and Alexander Geer; William Alexander's line; corner Hugh Beard and John Weir. Teste: Thomas Wilson, Samuel Wilson, William Moore.

14 May 1770: William McCandless to George Campbell, 119, 183 Acres of Borden's 92,100; corner William Alexander; corner Alexander Greer Teste: Wm. Alexander, Andrew Moore, Alexander Greer, Thomas Wilson.

We place his birth at about 1713, based upon: "William McCanless, aged about thirty-six, being sworn, says that he never saw Francis McCown steal, pick or rob John Lockhart's pocketbook, 11th April 1749."

[Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Records of Augusta County, Virginia, 1745-1800, Vol. III.]
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Notes for Elizabeth * Unknown, McCandless:
Maiden name not known.
     
Children of William McCandless and Elizabeth Unknown are:
  2 i.   John2 McCandless, born Abt. 1755.
  Notes for John McCandless:
The pension abstract for John McCandless gives his birth year (1755) and marriage date (5 Apr 1785 in Greenbrier Co. VA). Additionally it gives the birth date of some of his children.

He was in John Stuarts Company during the Dunmore war of 1774 and fought in the Point Pleasent battle.

His name appears with his brother in the 1790 Virginia census as "Wm. McCanless and Jno. McCanless."

Also, "Before the Greenbrier County Court in 1787, John McCandless made affidavit that he had served three years in the brigade commanded by Colonel Benjamin Templeton during the Revolutionary War. " [The West Virginians in the American Revolution, p. 184.]

+ 3 ii.   William -2 McCandless II, born Abt. 1758 in Virginia? Scotland? Ireland?; died Bet. Oct - Nov 1799 in Green Co, KY.


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