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John McKittrick from Ulster

John McKitrick is listed as a Commissioner in the Presbyeterian Church of Kirkdonnel, Down in 1704. He became a Ruling Elder in 1710 at Cushendall, Antrim. Out of curiosity I looked up Cushendall Area in Statue Acres 153A 1R. 27P;County, Antrim, Barony, Lower Glenorm; Parish, Loyd; Poor Law Union in 1857, Ballycastle.

Cushendall, coast village and coastguard station, Northeast County Antrim on river Dall, 17n miles Northeast of Ballymena.

I think this is our ancestor from Ulster. Originally the name was Ettrick from Dumfries, Scotland.
The Irish prefix, meaning "son of" and spelled Mack, Mac and Mc, came to Scotland with the conquering Irish in the 9
th century.

The McKittricks settled in Pepper (Culpepper?) County Virginia first, moved to Augusta County Virginia, then Harrison County Kentucky on to Washington County, Lincoln County and then to other states.

Robert McKittrick Sr.

Robert McKittrick in Augusta County, Virginia court and church records in Deed Book 6, page 205 shows that 200 acres on Jennings Branch of Cathey's River was deed by George & Elizabeth Anderson to Robert McKittrick May 15, 1754. Page 324

From the will of Thomas Armstrong, it is seen that Robert McKittrick married Jane Armstrong, since he refers to Robert and Jane McKittrick as his beloved son and daughter. The marriage date can be estimated as occurring between 1754 and 1756, since John, claimed by descendants to have been born in 1760, was not their eldest son and there may have been a daughter or two before him also.

Robert evidently acquired other land as records of a deed of Robert & Jane McKittrick for 110 acres on a branch of Great Calfpasture to William Wills, March 14, 1765.

Robert owned a plantation in Gemonse's Gap at the time of his death in 1795 and a deposition of Isabella McGlamery (Montgomery?) his daughter, states that she saw Andrew Fowler and several other men pass her father's house in Jenning's Gap on their way to join the army in 1774 or 1775.

1787 Personal Property Tax List

Robert McKitrick Sr. charged with tax self
Column 1 Number of White males above 16 and under 21
2 (this was recorded for military conscription)
Column 2 Blacks above 16
Column 3 Blacks under 16
Column 4 Horses, mares, colts, and mules
Column 5 Cattle
Robert McKittrick Jr. Charged with tax self

He owned 3 horses, mares, colts and mules and 3 cattle.

John McKittrick charged with tax self

He owned 5 horses, mares, colts and mules and 16 cattle.

The taxpayers were regrouped by date called upon as a means of identifying neighbors. The date was May 30, 1787 and their neighbors were Armstrong, Berker, Fall, Jones, Kirk, Lamb, Nelson, Olinger, Sawyer, and Trimble. According to genealogists knowing who the neighbors are is very important. Well, we know who their neighbors were.

In 1790 Robert McKittrick went to Harrison County, Kentucky according to a vague court item on insolvent and delinquent taxpayers. It could be Robert Jr., but it could have been both Robert Sr. & Jr.

Robert McKittrick Sr. will

th March 1795.

To son, Robert, the gap plantation in Gemonses Gap; to sons, John, William,James; to son-in-law, William Metaire; to son-in-law, John Montgomery; to son-in-law, James Guye; to granddaughter, Jenny Guy; to daughters, Sarah, Isbell, Margaret. Executors sons Robert and John.
Teste: John Hutcheson, Moses McCleur, Wm. Schooler. Recorded in Harrison County, Kentucky, 10
th July, 1795 (W. Moore, C.H.C.), and at December Court, 1795 in Augusta County, Virginia

From: Abstracts of Earl KY Wills & Inventories; copied from: Original & Recorded Wills & Inventories by J. Estelle Stewart King; Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co. 1961. Page 94

McKittrick, Robert: March 13, 1795, July 1795, Children: John, Robert, William,James, Sarah, Esbell, Margaret. Land in Augusta Co., VA. Gr. Dau. Jenny Guye, Son in law: William Metiare, John Wright, John Meglemmery, James Guye. Ex: sons John & Robert. Wit: John Hutchersons Sr., Moses McClure, William Schooler.

John McKittrick "Captain Jack"

Captain John McKittrick, 1760? -1839, the son of Robert McKittrick, Sr., was born in Augusta County, Virginia.

Note: On 10 Dec 1796 John McKittrick appointed John Hogshead and John McGlammory to act under power-of-attorney for him to sell a tract inherited jointly with his brothers William and James McKittrick from their father, Robert McKittrick.

His pension file from the National Archives Number 5-13647 records his military record during the Revolutionary War.

As a youth of seventeen he enlisted for three months as a private in Captain George Moffett's Company, Colonel John Dickenson's Regiment, Virginia Volunteer Militia September 23, 1777 at Staunton for service against the Wyandotte Indians "at the mouth of the great Kenhaway River". He reenlisted in October 1780, served three months as a private in Captain James Tate's Company, Major Triplett's Virginia troops and fought in the battle of Cowpens, South Carolina. He reenlisted February 1781, served three months as Sergeant and was in the battle of Guilford. He served as Captain 1781, for three months, but his own declaration says it lasted twelve months.

A March 23, 1932 letter from Joe Thompson, a descendant of Mackville, stated that Captain John McKittrick, who liked to be called Captain Jack, was educated to be a Presbyterian minister.

John McKittrick married Patsy Hoggshead in 1783; other records show Jane Hogshead. His second wife was Sally Williams. They married on May 7, 1817 and it is believed that the eleven children were born to the first wife.

John McKittrick's children were Beckisusannah, born August 14, 1784, Augusta County, Virginia, died Washington County, Kentucky December 23, 1813; married William F. Young October 22, 1807; Thomas; Polly, who married James Schooling; Jane, who married John Schooling; Gordon; Robert: Margaret; James, and William McKittrick.

Descendant, Joe Thompson's letter states " Captain Jack's sons and daughters were as follows: James, Gordon, John, Robert, William & Thomas, daughters, Margaret, Jane, Polly Ann, and Amanda."

Between the two records we find the eleven children of Captain Jack McKittrick.

I found this biographical sketch on John McKittrick.

John McKittrick was a native of Virginia and was one of the earliest settlers in the vicinity of what is now the village of Mackville. He purchased a large tract of land, a portion of which was platted into a town, which was called after him. He was for that day an extensive farmer and slave owner, a man of considerable local prominence, and captain of the militia. He lived to an advanced age."

"Personal encounter between the prominent citizens of Washington County were not uncommon in early times. John McKittrick, one of the founders of Mackville, was indicted by the grand jury in 1797, for a breach of the peace by striking William Booth on the 28
th of March last at the house of James McDonald in Washington County."

"Veterans of Mackville"

There were several veterans of the Revolution who resided in or near the town of Mackville. Chief among these were, John McKittrick, Sr., Joseph Sweeney and Adam Darnall, Jr.

John McKittrick, Sr., familiarly known as "Captain Jack" was a native of Augusta County, VA. He moved to Kentucky in 1793 and was one of the "Macs" for whom Maxsville, as the town was originally known, was named.

Captain Jack volunteered for service in the militia at Staunton, VA, Sept. 25,1777, and was assigned to Capt. George Moffet's company, under Col. John Dickinson. After a period of several months, during which time he marched against the Wyandotte Indians, McKittrick returned to his home where he remained until October 2, 1780, when he was drafted into the militia service of Virigina near Staunton in Sgt. James Tates's company in Major Triplett's Batallion for three months and marched to Hillsboro, North Carolina, to the relief of General Gates. He was later attached to the regiment of General Morgan and served as a sergeant at the battle of Guilford, North Carolina. His commission as captain came to him in 1781 when he commanded a three months tour and was present at Tarleton's defeat at the Cowpens.

Captain John McKittrick was twice married. His first wife dying, he married a second time on May 7, 1817, Sally Williams. By his first marriage he had 11 children. By his second marriage, none. He died February 1, 1839, and left a considerable estate. Among his real estate holdings were several lots in the town of Mackville. These were sold after his death to Stith Mayes, Henry Isom and Robert Reed. His children were Thomas, Margaret, James, Gordon, William, Robert, Jane, Amanda, Sarah, Polly, and a daughter whose name I do not know. She married Jeremiah Lowe.

Of the daughters, Jane married John Schooling, November 22, 1819. Polly married James Schooling, December 6, 1825. John and James Schooling were brothers and sons of James Schooling, Sr. who came to Washington County from Virginia shortly after the Revolution. Amanda McKittrick married James H. Young.

Rev. War Pension File:

McKittrick, John, Sr. or John McKitrick, Sr., S13647, VA Line, sol was b in Augusta Co Va. & he lived there at enl, he appl 20 Jul 1832 Washington Co KY aged 72 (he had moved there in 1793), sol d 1
st Feb 1839, a son Thomas McKittrick signed p.o.a. 2 June 1853

Will of John McKittrick

It is my wish that my administrator pay, out of my estate the sum of one hundred dollars to the widow Sally McKittrick for her kindness and attention to me in my last sickness.

Second I do hereby direct my administrator to make to my son Thomas a deed to the tract of land for which he holds my bond.

Third to my daughter Margaret I give sixty acres to be laid off the south side of my home tract as so to include the mansion house to make her equal with my other children.

Fourth it is my will that my administrator sell at public auction on a credit of one year the residue of my real and personal estate. And the money to be equally divided amongst all of my lawful heirs with the exception of my sons James and Gordon McKittrick to whom I have given to each in lien on all claims on my estate the sum of one dollar.

I do hereby avoid all former wills.

Witness: His
John Henderson John X McKittrick
Joseph Willis Mark
N.C. Richardson

"On February 21, 1839 the following named heirs of John McKittrick brought suit to have the will annulled. William McKittrick, Robert McKittrick, James McKittrick, John Schooling, Jeremiah Lowe, Thomas McKittrick, Gordon McKittrick, Margaret McKittrick, Amanda Young, James H. Young, Sarah McKittrick, and James Schooling.
Witnesses to suit: John Henderson, William Smith, and John M. Smith."

From the will signing we have proof that John McKittrick could not write; therefore, it is unlikely he ever trained to be a Presbyterian minister. His grandfather was a minister and other members of the family could have been. All the records of Captain Jack were very similar which proved their accuracy.

McKitrick, John Arbitration Agreement 8 April 1840 11 heirs

William McKitrick, James McKitrick, James McKitrick administrator of Gordon McKitrck, Margaret Isolm, late McKitrick, Thomas McKitrick, Robert McKitrick, children of Rebecca Young, James Schooling's child, John Schooling infant child of Polly Schooling.
By: Robert G. Mitchell, John Moore, John Henderson, Uriah Graves
Margaret McKittrick married Henry Isom on July 22, 1837

McKittrick Cemetery. Located in Mackville, Kentucky in Bill Christenson's side lot, with a stone leaning on a tree. It further states that the "Thompson History of Mackville" says that Captain Jack McKittrick is buried along with his first wife, in this cemetery. Small family cemeteries have simply vanished from sight, and sounds like this one had in the early nineteen thirties.

James McKittrick

James McKittrick was one of the sons of Captain Jack McKittrick

James McKittrick to Miley McCormock, March 29, 1818.

I assume he was a farmer, for most McKittricks were farmers.

James McKittrick was the executor of his brother Gordon's will dated March 11, 1839

I could not find James McKittrick listed in the l850 census. I assume he had died, nor could I find a record of Millie. If a widow she could have been living with a married daughter. The 1850 census is the first census to give names of all people living at the home, ages, relationship etc. and is most helpful in establishing facts to further research.

Duquesne McKittrick was a son of James McKittrick and Millie McCormack I have never found any information about other children, which I am sure were in the family.

Duquesne McKittrick

The following information from the Lytle Family Bible & obituaries

DeQuesne McKittrick
Born February 9, 1824, Died October 28, 1899
Buried McCormack Church Cemetery, Stanford, Kentucky

Mary Jane Brown McKittrick
Born July 12, 1826 Died January 12, 1892
Buried McCormack Church Cemetery, Stanford, Kentucky
Married January 26, 1846, Macksville, Washington, County, Kentucky


· Mildred McCormack born October 16, 1846
· Alice Wharton born July 1, 1848 died June 29, 1923, buried in the Wonsevu Cemetery, Wonsevu, KS
· Susan Mary born September 5, 1850, died December 25, 1888, buried McCormack Church Cemetery, Stanford, Kentucky
· James Daniel born February 17, 1853, died October 24, 1924 buried Wonsevu Cemetery, Wonsevu, KS.
· John Samuel (Sam) born June 29, 1855, married Mattie Stigall February 15, 1898
· Duquesne Jr. born January 18, 1858, died May 26, 1865
· Wallace Walker born January 13, 1861 Married Mattie Marcum November 27, 1894 at Liberty, Casey County, Kentucky.

This obituary and card of thanks were in the Lytle Bible and were from the "Interior Journal" Stanford, Kentucky.

"McKittrick, Mrs. Mary Jane McKittrick, wife of Mr. D. McKittrick, died January 12, of heart trouble, in the 66 year of her age. She was married to the man who now mourns her loss January 8
th 1846, and last Friday was the 46th anniversary of the event. Of the children born to them, Mrs. Alice Lytle, Mrs. West, and Messrs. W.W., Sam and Duquesne McKittrick live to feel a loss that no one else can supply in this world. She was a good, Christian woman, having been a member of McCormack's church for years, and they sorrow not as those without hope. The remains were interred in the McCormack church cemetery Wednesday afternoon, in the presence of many friends, who braved the wretched weather to pay the last tribute of respect."

Card of thanks
(To the Editor "Interior Journal")
"Will you please allow me through your esteemed paper to express the gratitude of my heart to the friends and neighbors for many acts of kindness to me and mine in our recent sad bereavement. Words can but feebly express our grateful feelings towards those who showed such a desire to share our sorrow.
D. McKitrick

These were written in the Victorian period and I think they are an excellent example of the soft kind flowery speech of the time.

Dequesne McKittrick was a farmer all of his life.

The 1850 census, had Duquesne listed as Augustmy McKittrick. I recognized the other names and knew it was Duquesne.

Duquesne McKittrick 25 male farmer born in Kentucky
Mary J. McKittrick 23 female born in Kentucky
Milly McKittrick 3 female born in Kentucky
Alice McKittrick 2 born in Kentucky
Elizabeth Brown 68 female born in Virginia
The "could not read & write column" was checked with Elizabeth Brown. I assume she was Mary Jane's Grandmother or maybe mother.

The 1860 census,

Duquesne McKittrick 36 male Farmer Personal $2000
Mary Jane 34 female
Millie 12 female
Alice 11 female
Susan Mary 8 female
James Daniel 7 male
John Samuel 5 male
Duquesne 2 male

Wallace Walker McKittrick would be born January 13, 1861 and complete my Grandmother's family.

Of my Grandmother's brothers and sisters I found a few facts and pieced together a sketchy history.

Mildred McCormack McKittrick married George R. West May 17, 1865, at the age of eighteen. She died a few years after marriage.
Susan Mary McKittrick never married
James Daniel McKittrick I found the following obituary in the "Chase County Leader" October 31, 1924
"James Daniel McKittrick was born February 17, 1853 in Stanford, Lincoln County, Kentucky. He departed from this life October 24, 1924, age 71 years, 8 months and 7 days.
In 1882 he was united in marriage to Laura Calder. They came to Kansas in 1884, where they have resided every since. To this union were born six children, two boys and four girls. James and Guessie McKittrick, Mrs. Jennie Sayre, Mrs. Katie Myers, Mrs. Frances Phillips and Alice McKittrick. James W. departed from this life three years ago. He also leaves two brothers and a host of friends to mourn his loss.
At the age of fourteen years he became a member of the Church of Christ in Stanford, Kentucky.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Cockrill at the Wonsevu church, Sunday, October 26
th. His body was laid to rest in the Wonsevu cemetery."

John Samuel McKittrick

"Marriage Bond
The Commonwealth of Kentucky
Be it known, That we J. S. McKitrick as principal, and M.D. Elmore as surety, are jointly and severally bound to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of One Hundred Dollars.
The Condition of this Bond is as Follows:
That, whereas, Marriage is intended to be solemnized between the above bound
J. S. McKitrick and Mattie Stigall
Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage, this bond shall be void, otherwise it shall remain in full force and effect.
Dated at Stanford Lincoln County this 15
th day of February 1898
J. S. McKittrick
M.D. Elmore
Attest G. B. Cooper Clerk County Court"
1. Date of Marriage February 15, 1898
2. Name of Groom J. S. McKittrick
3. Residence of Groom Lincoln County
4. Age of Groom 42 years
5. Number of Marriages of Groom First
6. Occupation Farmer
7. Birthplace of Groom Lincoln County
8. Birthplace of Groom's Father Washington County
9. Birthplace of Groom's Mother Washington County

10. Name of Bride Mattie Stigall
11. Residence of Bride Lincoln County
12. Age of Bride 32 years
13. Number of Marriages of Bride First
14. Birthplace of Bride Boyle County
15. Birthplace of Bride's Father Pulaski County
16. Birthplace of Bride's Mother Pulaski County

To be married at Joseph Ballows on the 15
th day of February 1898.

I certify that the above is correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Witness my hand, this 15
th day of February 1898.
J. S. McKittrick

Attest: Geo. B. Cooper Court Clerk

Marriage Certificate
This is to Certify, That on the 15
th day of February 1898, the Rites of Matrimony were legally solemnized by me between
J. S. McKitrick and Mattie Stigall
At Stanford in the County of Lincoln
In the presence of
Annie Alcorn Mary W. Rankin
Signed: S. M. Rankin

John Samuel McKittrick stayed on the family farm and evidently took care of his parents. He did not marry until he was 42 years of age. The eldest son chose to marry and move to Kansas, which was rather unusual in that day and time.

Wallace Walker McKittrick was a farmer and homesteaded in Oklahoma Territory, Oklahoma.

I obtained a copy of the Cash Entry File 2601 for Wallace W. McKittrick
Land Office at Lawton, Oklahoma Section 20, Town 25, Range 8W Approved August 17, 1901, Patented October 10, 1904.

He bought 160.49 acres at one dollar and 25 cents per acre. The land located in Comanche County, Oklahoma Territory, Oklahoma.

He listed his former address as Clark's Hill, Indiana. I knew his first wife had died but I had always thought he lived in Kentucky until he left for Oklahoma.

On the 26
th day of December 1902, he appeared at the land office, now of Corum, Oklahoma Territory, swore he was a native born citizen and 41 years of age. At the age of 40 he had started a whole new life.

One of the last pages was very interesting.
Question 4. When was your house built on the land and when did you establish actual residence therein? (Describe said house and other improvements, which you have placed on the land, giving total value thereof.)
Answer: December 25, 1901
Frame house 2 rooms, a barn, a hen house, a hog house, 15 acres fenced, a well, 2 acres of orchard, value $900.
W. W. McKittrick remarried a widow and lived on his homestead all his life. He died in the early 1940's.

Alice Wharton McKittrick Lytle, my Grandmother was the second child, second daughter of the family. She died before I was born so I never knew her. From what my parents told me she was a rather tall, slender, with medium brown hair and blue eye. After her husband's death she managed the farm with the help of a few former slaves. She was a good cook and accomplished knitter.
Most of her family died in the 1880's, two brothers homesteaded in other states. She must have felt rather alone, although I am sure Sam helped her. Since it was fashionable to "faint from the vapors" at this time, Alice Lytle comes across as an iron willed lady.

She reported to the Lincoln County Guardian Court an accounting of her farming records each year for the only child of Montgomery Bell Lytle, Sr. She was a responsible and effective guardian for her only living son. She never remarried.

Alice Lytle spent the last few years of her life, living with James Daniel McKitterick, her brother in Wonsevu, Kansas. She died there and is buried in the Wonsevu Cemetery

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