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Descendants of Malcolm Smith

Generation No. 3

3. MALCOLM3 SMITH (JOHN "OF THE BLUFF"2, MALCOLM1) was born 1718 in Knapdale, Argyll, Scotland, and died December 20, 1778 in Raleigh, Juniper Creek, Cumberland Co., NC. He married MARGARET SARAH PETERSON MCKISSICK 1745 in Cumberland Co., NC. She was born 1726 in Cumberland Co., NC, and died April 26, 1793.

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Marriage: 1745, Cumberland Co., NC
Children of M
5. i.   MARGARET4 SMITH, b. May 18, 1746, Cumberland Co., NC; d. November 10, 1819, Cumberland Co., NC.
6. ii.   JOHN SMITH, b. June 20, 1748, Cumberland Co., NC; d. 1784, Cumberland Co., NC.
7. iii.   PATRICK PETER SMITH, b. June 17, 1750, Cumberland Co., NC; d. July 04, 1816, Cumberland Co., NC.
  iv.   SARAH SMITH, b. June 17, 1750, Cumberland Co., NC; d. June 30, 1763, Cumberland Co., NC.
8. v.   ANN NANCY SMITH, b. July 17, 1752, Richland Springs, Cumberland Co., NC; d. September 07, 1839, Robeson Co., NC.
9. vi.   MALCOM SMITH, b. July 04, 1754, Chatham, NC; d. August 25, 1827, Smith Co., TN.
10. vii.   ARCHIBALD SMITH, b. August 28, 1756, Cumberland Co., NC.
  viii.   DUNCAN CRAWFORD SMITH, b. December 12, 1758, Cumberland Co., NC; m. MARY MCNEIL, 1783, Cumberland Co., NC; b. 1762, Cumberland Co., NC.
Marriage: 1783, Cumberland Co., NC

11. ix.   NEIL SMITH, b. June 26, 1761, Fayetteville, Cumberland, NC; d. 1805, Cumberland Co., NC.
12. x.   DANIEL SMITH, b. October 02, 1764, Cumberland Co., NC; d. June 18, 1841, Cumberland Co., NC.

4. JENET "JENNIE BAHN" GILCHRIST3 SMITH (JOHN "OF THE BLUFF"2, MALCOLM1) was born 1720 in Knapdale, Argyll, Scotland, and died November 11, 1791 in Cumberland Co., NC. She married ARCHIBALD MCNEILL 1748 in Cumberland Co., NC, son of LAUCHLIN MCNEILL and MARGARET JOHNSTONE. He was born 1716 in Kintyre, Argyll, Scotland, and died June 26, 1801 in Cumberland Co., NC.

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There is more data about "Jenny Bahn" McNeill in the anecdotal section of the Cumberland Co, NC history. Generally, she was an astute business woman, befriended many Argyle emigres, land speculator, drove cattle to market to the north, met and knew luminaries such as Flora MacDonald and was a supporter of the loyalist efforts (however some suspect she may have sold cattle and horses to either side if they had the coin to pay for the items.)

Jennie Bahn McNeill, born Jenet Smith, daughter of John Smith, from the Longstreet section of Cumberland Co., was known for her beauty; a trait that acquired her the name, Bahn, a Gaelic word for fair (Jenny the Fair). She married Archibald McNeill of the Barbecue section of Harnett. Not only for her beauty, she was known for her sprightliness, her wit, unusual talent for business, and was regarded as second to none in the Scottish settlement for energy of character, second only to Flora MacDonald. She was also said to be a personal friend of Benjamin Franklin, which may have accounted for her many business connections.

During the Revolutionary War, her entire family (except for one son) were all of
Loyalist sympathies. She is said to have driven horses away into the swamps from
the presence of Continental Army Officers in order to keep them from being confiscated.

A descendent, Paul Green, wrote a play about her entitled "The Highland Call".

After her death, her sons had a huge gravestone carved and sent from Scotland. It was so big and heavy that it fell while trying to get it off of the barge in North Carolina. It lay on the river bank for years before someone was finally able to get it to the gravesite.

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She came into the valley with her father, John Smith, and her brother, Malcolm Smith. Some one reported that she was about 9 years old at the time but I doubt that very much and recently had a lead on some old papers that will prove otherwise. Do not have time to hold this book from publication but it will be checked out soon. In the year 1768 she was reported to be not quite 40, this would place her birth about 1729.

Some of her land was on both sides of Little River. The plantation house was not far from where Barbeaue Church was to be established, near a place that was to be called later, McCormick's Bridge. Jennie Bahn was educated to a degree equal with the men of her time. Had beauty and charm. Surveyed her own land in her own manner and fashion. Was head of the aristocracy of Cape Fear area, being the richest and most influencial woman in the settlement. Her favorite son, if she had one, was Malcom, he accompanied her on her trips to Philadelphia. She was a good friend of Benjamin Franklin. Once she was settled at the tavern, it is said that he always came to call. He adrnired her wit and good humor.

As a power in the valley she did about as she pleased. Riding astride the finest horse in the area, she drove her cattle to market with the help of her Sons and slaves. She was not only ambitious about her cattle, but in the acquiring of land. She bought Sproul Ferry property, later called McNeill’s Ferry. She tricked the Sprouls into selling. When she wanted something she used any means available to get it. Her estate covered 20,000 acres more or less - after her death it took years to settle the boundries of her land.

A description of Jerinie Bahn - bahn meaning bonnie or fair one in Gaelic — from all accounts deserved the name for she was reported to have had very fair skin, red hair, pretty and petite. She must have been adored by her sons, otherwise they would not have gone to so much trouble to get her tombstone.

From all indications Jennie Bahn remained neutral during the war, or It may have been that her son, Malcom, who was the only Whig among her sons, and her brother, Malcom Smith and his family who were also Whigs, came to her aid. She was too good a businesswoman and loved her possessons too much to jepoardize loosing an acre of her land. Which ever way the war went she was safe - one son for the Whigs and the others were Tories holding various ranks in the British Army.

When Jennje Bahn died her sons looked around for a suitable marker for her grave, finding none that would please them, they sent to Scotland for one. After five years it finally arrived. It was a ten foot shaft of stone surmounting a triple base. The first stone being eight feet square and three feet thick. During the unloading it was dropped overoard. The only way to and from the water level of the river was by steps cut into the clay of the steep banks. There was no way to hoist this heavy load up the steep bank, so it lay for a century in the mud, embedded by its weight. It was finally found and has been placed in its proper place. There are so many amusing stories about the McNeills and Jennie Bahn, but I cannot tell them in this book. They are not mine -they belong to those who have searched for them. I would suggest that if you can find a copy, read "Highland Call" by Paul Green, the Pulitzer prize winner.

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Archibald McNeill who married Jenny Bahn Smith was from an estate called
Scribbling, in Kintyre, Argyle just above Campbeltown. He immigrated in
1739 to Brunswick Co., North Carolina.

Archibald accompanied his parents on the "Thistle".

He signed a will on 17 Apr 1801 in Cumberland Co., North Carolina.
In the name of God Amen.

I, Archibald McNeill of Cumberland County and State of North Carolina now
considering myself frail in body though perfect in mind and memory and well
knowing that it is appointed for all men to die do make this my Last Will
and Testament. I assign my soul to it's creator in all humble hope of it's
future happiness as in the disposal of and being infinitely good.
As to my body, my will is that it be buried decently beside my spouse in
our old buring place.

I hereby make and appoint my son-in-law John McNeill and my son Neill McNeill,
or whichever of the two survives the othr Executor of this my Last Will and
testament. As to my wordly estate, I dispose thereof as follows:

I give and bequeath to my son John and his wife during their lifetime the
Plantation now occupied by them and after their decease if no lawful heirs of
John's own body survive him or his wife, I order said plantation to be the
property of my son Donald and his heirs.

I also bequeath to said John and his wife during their lifetime two negtro
wenches named Tilla and Nell and after their deaths if said negros survive
them I order and devise said negros with their issue to be given to my
daughter Margaret McNeill and her heirs.

Item: I give and devise to my son Donald 323 ac in Chatham County near the
mouth of New Hope also a tract of land on McKay's creek in Cumberland County
and in case my son Donald or any of his heirs in Nova Scotia should never
claim the said Plantation I order the said plantation to be equally divided
betwixt my son Hector's son Donald and my Grandson, John McNeill's son also
named Donald.

My son Hector 100 ac joining his on Trantruns Creek and 50 ac on said Creek
the Black Smiths on field.

Margaret 200 ac on Cape Fear River below Sproll's Ferry, and to her son Donald,
Plantation on Jone's Creek and all lands adjoining it which I now own. Her son
Archibald, Plantation in Moore County also Hord's Old Field and 100 ac in Cumberland
County Lofton's Island and Hoidges Survey on Anderson's creek.

My son Neill 450 ac of James Patterson's grant and all lands on Lower Little River.

My daughter Janet Shaw. My grandson John McNeill, John S. Kirbibly's son 100 ac on bear Branch Peggy ???'s old field, and land with Things Schol House on it.

Hector's son Donald and Neill's son Laughlin a lot in Fayetteville.

Hector 250 Ac of land reaching from the Meadows to the old home place also 250 ac of Roger's property and 150 ac on Blue Branch, 50 ac on trantruns Creek and 50 ac between McKay's and McNair's property.

Grandson Coll McNeill 200 ac on Stewart's creek. My son John 200 ac on Anderson Creek joining old plantation, 50 ac on rooty ford carver's Creek. My son Neill the plantation of Robert McKay and all land adjoining it. Grandaughter Malcom's daughter Janet, Flora, Isabel 5 shillings sterling.

Executors son in law John McNeill and son Neill.

Witnesses Reverand Angus McDermid and Hector McNeill, both of the Little River.

He died on 26 Jun 1801 in Cumberland Co., North Carolina. He had an estate probated in Mar 1822 in Cumberland Co., North Carolina.

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Marriage: 1748, Cumberland Co., NC
Children of J
13. i.   NEILL4 MCNEILL, b. 1738, Cumberland Co., NC; d. March 30, 1830, Cumberland Co., NC.
  ii.   LAUCHLIN MCNEILL, b. 1743, Cumberland Co., NC; d. November 11, 1795.
14. iii.   MARGARET MCNEILL, b. 1744, Cumberland Co., NC; d. September 20, 1831, Elizabeethtown, Hardin, KY.
15. iv.   JOHN "CUNNING" MCNEILL, b. 1745, Cumberland Co., NC; d. May 1809, Cumberland Co., NC.
16. v.   MALCOM MCNEILL, b. 1748, Cumberland Co., NC; d. October 29, 1798, Harnett County, North Carolina.
17. vi.   HECTOR MCNEILL, b. 1750; d. 1781, Lindley's Mill, Cane Creek, NC.
18. vii.   CAPT. DANIEL MCNEILL, b. 1752, Cumberland Co., NC; d. May 05, 1818, Walton, NS, Canada.
  viii.   ARCHIBALD MCNEILL, b. 1764, Cumberland Co., NC; d. 1801, Cumberland Co., NC.
  ix.   MARY MCNEILL, b. 1776.

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