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Descendants of William McGinnis

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM1 MCGINNIS was born in Ireland, and died Abt. 1760. He married ELIZABETH.

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William McGinnis came from Ireland to Virginia as a bonded servant from County Ulster, Ireland on the ship FORWARD commanded by Capt. Daniel Russell in October 1723. He arrived here on October 9, 1723. On March 12, 1739, William McGinnis received 400 acres of land from Gov. William Gooch on Cat Branch of the Willis River (now in Buckingham and Cumberland Counties, Virginia). At this same period there was a John McGinnis and an Andrew McGinnis in the same unit and Regiment and from the same area. John McGinnis enlisted as a soldier under Captain Robert Clark in Col. Gooch's Regiment. These men are believed to be brothers to William that came to the United States on a later ship although there is no proof of this. On April 6, 1741 William was also a soldier under the command of Lt. William Havilan in Captain Pepper Gooch's Regiment. In 1743 a son was born and named William McGinnis, Jr. in Goochland, Virginia. On October 27, 1743, William and his wife Elizabeth sold 400 acres of land in Gooch County, Virginia as recorded in Virginia Deed Book 4, page 295. In 1747 another son, Alexander, was born in Lunnenberg County, Virginia. In 1748 William, Sr. was listed in the Vestry Book of Atrim Parish in Lunnenberg County. In 1749 he was listed in the Halifax County Tithe Book.

On July 27, 1749 William McGinnis patented 231 acres of land on both sides of Difficult Creek in Lunnenberg County (named changed to Halifax County). In 1750 he bought more land in the same county. On February 14, 1756, another son was born and named Andrew. William died when he Andrew was only four years old in 1760 and all of the other children were minors as well. The Halifax County Will Book O shows an account of William and states that Elizabeth was to pay for the making of a coffin. The 1761-62 "Orphans Record" of Halifax County shows Robert Wooding, Gent. appointed as guardian of the children which included another brother, John, and sisters named Molly and Elizabeth (known as Betsy). One child's name and gender is not known. His son William, Jr. was old enough to choose his own guardian under Virgina law and he chose Henry Wade. In 1761 there was an inventory made of the estate of William McGinnis, Sr. in Halifax County. In 1764 his son William Jr. sold land patented by his father in the Halifax County Deed Book 6. Alexander McGinnis and William Green are noted as administrators for the estate that was to be divided among eight orphan children. William Green was probably a son-in-law or brother-in-law.

Son William Jr. died in 1773 in Bradford County, Virginia. Son Andrew joined the militia in Halifax County and began a military career that ended at Valley Forge with General George Washington's Army. Two other sons Alexander and Richard later moved to Pulaski County, Kentucky, then to Rutherfold County, North Carolina. In 1800 they moved to Grainger County, Tennessee and stayed there until at least 1810 as they appear on the 1810 Census. By 1820 they had moved to Smith County, Tennessee and purchased land on Caney Fork River.

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Residence: Halifax County, Virginia
Children of W
  i.   ELIZABETH2 MCGINNIS, m. WILLIAM MORRIS, 1785, Halifax County, Virginia.
Wiliam was a Revolutionary War Veteran.

  iv.   WILLIAM MCGINNIS, b. 1743, Goochland County, Virginia; d. 1773, Bradford County, Virginia.
2. v.   ALEXANDER MCGINNIS, b. 1747, Lunnenberg County, Virginia; d. 1829, Smith/Dekalb Co., Tennessee.
3. vi.   JAMES MCGINNIS, b. Abt. 1758, Halifax Co., Virginia; d. January 29, 1839, Gwinett Co., Georgia.
4. vii.   ANDREW MCGINNIS, b. February 15, 1756; d. November 23, 1837, Barren County, Kentucky.
5. viii.   ALICE MCGINNIS, b. 1740.

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