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Welcome to McFate/McFeat/McPhate/McPheat Family Home Page

Updated March 11, 2006

John Boyce McPhate, Jr.
2720 Pear Orchard Road
Granbury, Texas 76048
United States

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This family page represents the efforts of several serious McFate researchers. The largest portion of this data was assembled by William Moore, Frank J. McFate and Margaret McFate who published some of the descendants of Robert McFate in a 1982 genealogy printed by Crawford County PA Genealogy group. It was based on (1) an 1888 McFate History written by Robert W. McFate which traced the line of Robert McFate through his son, Joseph and (2) a chart maintained over the years in the possession of Frank McFate and (3) much original research conducted by William Moore, Mary Belle McFate Davis and others. Several McFate lines were not included at all in this 1982 publication, including (1) a line descending from John McFate, and his brother, James -- the "Iowa-Illinois" branch, which has been researched by Marlene McFate Burkheimer (2) a line descending from Thomas McFate (McPhate) of Jefferson & Adams County, Mississippi (1810 to present) which has been researched by John McPhate, (3) the "Michigan-Wyoming-Washington" branch uncovered by Marlene Burkheimer & John McPhate in their mailings to several sources and (4) the New Brunswick branch also uncovered by John McPhate Still not included in this data are several McFate families in the Philadelphia area that need work. Louise Porter's book on James McLean McFate has provided much research and history on his line. Not all of these branches have been connected to the tree but we feel that they are all related. We are indebted to these researchers,especially to those who laid the foundation with the early histories and charts.
The earliest record of McFate/McPhate appears in Scotland, and there are still McPhates/McPheats living in Scotland today. At least one of these early families ventured across the sea to settle in Donegal County, Ireland, near Londonderry. Records are found as far back as 1760's in the Presbyterian Churches of the region, especially in the town of Drumherrive. According to the 1888 McFate History, a Robert McFate had at least three sons- John, Joseph and James- and they form the basis of the American lines. Their descendants pushed the edge of the American frontier -appearing in western Pennsylvania when it was still wilderness (1796), in Michigan (----), Iowa (1846), Illinois (1846), Mississippi (1816) and Utah (1860). The history includes famers, lawyers, teachers, laborers, miners, drovers, seamstresses, ministers, peace officers, mill builders, and business owners. They fought in every major war although we have not found a record of a McFate/McPhate in the Revolutionary War.

We have been working on putting the McFeat/McPheat information on the page. Hope you new to the Clan can help fill it in. Check back as we try to update the report once a month.

If you would like a print out of your ancestors or information, please contact myself or Marlene (McFate) Burkheimer at 2000 Paire View East, Ames, Iowa, 50010 or email her at

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  • History of The McFate Family (40 KB)
    Written by Robert W. McFate of Cochranton, PA in 1888, supplemented by Benjamin G. McFate of Oil City, PA in 1979.
  • Robert McFate and His Descendants (141 KB)
    This is from the Crawford County Genealogical Society, written and compiled by Frank J. McFate, Margaret McFate and William B. Moore. The information belongs to Isabelle and Elizabeth McFate of Cochranton, PA.
  • Brief History of James McFate (10 KB)
    This is a brief history of James McFate written by Virginia Griffith
  • Life of Joseph Smith McFate & Olive Eliza Tenny (43 KB)
    Genealogical Background and Life of Joseph Smith McFate and His Wife Olive Eliza Tenny McFate and Family, written by Olive McFate Wilkins.

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