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Archibald McKaughan (son of John McCaughan and Sarah)738, 739, 740 was born Abt. 1715 in Co. Antrim, Ireland740, and died Bef. 1793 in PA740. He married Rebecca Boyd on Abt. 1733 in Co. Antrim, Ireland740, daughter of Alexander Boyd.

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ARCHIBALD McKAUGHAN, SR.: born around 1715 in County Antrim, Ireland. He married REBECCA BOYD , the only child of Alexander Boyd of "Glass Island" county Antrim, around 1733. Alexander Bo yd manufactured glass. He owned a manor house known for its grandeur. He was a man of wealt h and in his will he stated, fifty years after his death; lawyers were to go to America to se e if they could find a certain number of descendants of Rebecca Boyd McKaughan. If that numbe r was found, they would share in his estate. If that number was not found, the estate would g o to Ireland. I heard they were in North Carolina and from the Joab Brooks Letter, page 6, w e know they were in Texas but as far as I could find out, they never went to Tennessee and Ke ntucky, where most of the McKaughan's were. We know the estate was turned over to Ireland an d it was sold to a Doctor who made an orphan home for boys, which it still is. That is probab ly for the best.
Archibald and Rebecca McKaughan and two sons: Archibald, Jr., age 12, and Hugh , age 4, cam e from County Antrim, Ireland to America in 1747. They settled in Pennsylvania, believed to b e Cumberland County, where they lived a great number of years and while there, two daughter s were born: Margaret and Rebecca . Both of their sons were in the Revolutionary War and bot h married while in Pennsylvania, Archibald, Jr. to Jane Mercer and Hugh to Charlotte Blake . After the war, all of Jane Mercer's brothers and all the McKaughan's went to a territory wh ich was West Carolina at the time and is now Sullivan County, Tennessee. There is no mentio n of Archibald or Charlotte Blake McKaughan going so we feel they could have died while in P ennsylvania. There seemed to have been quite a drive of the Revolutionary veterans to that ar ea at that time so they could have been given land there from the Government for their servic es. They cleared their land, built their cabins, made peace with the Indians and put out thei r crops, which were plentiful since it was virgin land. Carolina was having so many problem s with their citizens on the east side of the Smokies that they were not paying any attentio n to what went on west of the Smokies so these families were pretty much on their own. Afte r a few years, they decided to form a little state and call it Franklin. There are two train s of thought here.
History books tell us that they could not take care of Franklin so asked Carolina to take i t over. If you ask anyone around that area, they are quick to tell you that they had been tol d by their forefathers that Carolina heard about them forming a state of Franklin so sent he r militia to take it over. Whatever, this made a lot of these families mad so they asked thei r friend and neighbor, Daniel Boone, to lead them through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky wh ich was being formed into a state at that time. By this time, Hugh McKaughan had remarried t o Nancy Ingram, the daughter, Margaret, had married Joseph Birdwell and the daughter, Rebecc a , had married Roger Browning, all in Franklin. Archibald McKaughan, Jr. took his family, al ong with all the Mercer brothers, to Pulaski County, Kentucky. After the state of Tennessee w as formed, the rest of the McKaughan's, and their families, plus the aged mother, Rebecca Boy d McKaughan, moved to what is now Jackson County, Tennessee, where she died at the age of aro und 100 in 1816. She is buried in, one of the tomb type graves in the Rob Draper Cemetery nea r Gainesboro, Tennessee. More about this under the chapter on Hugh McKaughan
Archibald McKaughan was one of the- first we found to come to America from County Antrim, Ir eland, and the only one who used the "McKaughan" spelling. It is also his line who did most o f the, name changing around 1870. Several McCaughan's came from County Antrim later and sinc e they had not lived here as long as Archibald's line, and since they still had ties to the m otherland, few of them changed the spelling of the name. McCaughan is the most popular way t o spell the name in the old country. I was told by Chevalier John Alexander McCaughan that Mc Kaughan and McCaughan are both the same name and if they came from County Antrim, Ireland, th ey descend from one of the 8 sons of the original Archibald McCaughan who went from Scotlan d to Ireland in the early 1600's. During the uprising in Northern Ireland in the 1920's, th e IRA burned the courthouse in Belfast so about all the records left there now are the churc h records. Had they stayed Church of Ireland (Anglican), their records are complete, but we k now our McKaughan's changed to Presbyterian during their drive over there and something happe ned to the first record books of the Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland. We feel the nam e was spelled McKaughan because a few years after our Archibald McKaughan came to America; th ere was a John McKaughan who went to Australia from County Antrim, Ireland. I feel these tw o men were from the same family. Whether all the McKaughan men left Ireland, they eventuall y had only girl descendants, or they changed their names back to McCaughan, I don't know, no r do we know why they used "K" instead of "C" but I am told there are none in Northern Irelan d today spelling it "McKaughan".

ARCHIBALD McKAUGHAN, SR.: born around 1715 in County Antrim, Ireland. He married REBECCA BOY D, the only child of Alexander Boyd of "Glass Island" county, in Antrim, around 1733. Alexand er Boyd manufactured glass. He owned a manor house known for its grandeur. He was a ma n of wealth and in his will he stated, fifty years after his death, lawyers were to go to Ame rica to see if they could find a certain number of descendants of Rebecca Boyd McKaughan. I f that number were found, they would share in his estate. If that number were not found, th e estate would go to Ireland. I heard they were in North Carolina and from the Joab Brooks L etter, we know they were in Texas but as far as I could find out, they never went to Tennesse e and Kentucky, where most of the McKaughan's were. We know the estate was turned over to Ir eland and it was sold to a Doctor who made an orphan home for boys, which it still is.

Archibald, Sr. and Rebecca lived in Ireland about 13 or 14 yrs. after their marriage. Aroun d 1747 Archibald, Sr. had a misunderstanding with his father-in-law resulting in their decisi on to leave Ireland and come to America. At this time they had 2 sons, 12 yr.old Archibald , Jr. and 4 yr. old Hugh. Though dates of birth are not mentioned for them, this would estab lish the birth year for Archibald, Jr. as 1735 and for Hugh as 1743. It is thought that the y landed in New York; later settling in Pennsylvania where they lived for many years. Whil e in Pennsylvania, 2 daughters were born too them, Margaret and Rebecca. A few years after t he Revolutionary War was over, the "original" family as it existed at the time, regrouped an d moved to East Tennessee around 1793. Not included in this group were Archibald, Sr. and Ch arlotte Blake McKaughan (first wife of Hugh) who apparently died prior to the move to East Te nnessee. According to records the family at this time included: Rebecca, Hugh, Margaret, Re becca, and Archibald, Jr. and his family. Archibald had married Jane Mercer and at the tim e of the move to Tennessee their 3rd generation children were: Rebecca, George, Hugh, Forres ter and Archibald. There seemed to have been quite a drive of the Revolutionary veterans t o that area at that time so they could have been given land there from the Government for the ir services. They cleared their land, built their cabins, made peace with the Indians and pu t out their crops, which were plentiful, since it was virgin land. Carolina was having so ma ny problems with their citizens on the east side of the Smokies that they were not paying an y attention to what went on west of the Smokies so these families were pretty much on their o wn. After a few years, they decided to form a little state and call it Franklin. There are t wo trains of though here. History books tells us that they could not take care of Franklin s o asked Carolina to take it over. If you ask anyone around that area, they are quick to tel l you that their forefathers had told them that Carolina heard about them forming a state o f Franklin so sent her militia to take it over. Whatever, this made a lot of these familie s mad so they asked their friend and neighbor, Daniel Boone, to lead them through the Cumberl and Gap into Kentuck which was being formed into a state at that time. By this time, Hugh Mc Kaughan had remarried to Nancy Ingram, the daughter, Margaret, had married Joseph Birdwell an d the daughter, Rebecca, had married Roger Browning, all in Franklin. Archibald McKaughan, Jr . took his family, along with all the Mercer brothers, to Pulaski County, Kentucky. After th e state of Tennessee was formed, the rest of the McKaughan's, and their families, plus the ag ed mother, Rebecca Boyd McKaughan, moved to what is now Jackson County, Tennessee, where sh e died at the age of around 100 in 1816. She is buried in one of the tomb type graves in th e Rob Draper Cemetery near Gainesboro, Tennessee. There is more about this under the chapte r on Hugh McKaughan.

Archibald McKaughan was one of the first immigrants we found to come to America from County A ntrim, Ireland, and the only one who used the "McKaughan" spelling. It is also his line wh o did most of the name changing around 1870. Several McCaughan's came from County Antrim lat er and since they had not lived here as long as Archibald's line, and since they still had ti es to the motherland, few of them changed the spelling of the name. McCaughan is the most po pular way to spell the name in the old country. I was told by Chevalier John
Alexander McCaughan that McKaughan and McCaughan are both the same name and if they came fro m County Antrim, Ireland, they descend from one of the 8 sons of the original Archibald McCau ghan who went from Scotland to Ireland in the early 1600's. During the uprising in Norther n Ireland in the 1920's, the IRA burned the courthouse in Belfast so about all the records le ft there now are the church records. Had they stayed Church of Ireland (Anglican), their rec ords are complete, but we know our McKaughan's changed to Presbyterian during their drive ove r there and something happened to the first record books of the Presbyterian Church in Northe rn Ireland. We feel the name was spelled McKaughan because a few years after our Archibald M cKaughan came to America, there was a John McKaughan who went to Australia from County Antrim , Ireland. I feel these two men were from the same family. Whether all the McKaughan men le ft Ireland, they eventually had only girl descendants, or they changed their names back to Mc Caughan, I don't know, nor do we know why they used "K" instead of "C" but I am told there ar e none in Northern Ireland today spelling it "McKaughan".

More About Archibald McKaughan and Rebecca Boyd:
Marriage: Abt. 1733, Co. Antrim, Ireland.740

Children of Archibald McKaughan and Rebecca Boyd are:
  1. +Archibald McKaughan, b. 1735, Co. Antrim, Ireland740, d. date unknown.
  2. +Hugh McKaughan, b. 1743, Co. Antrim Ireland, d. date unknown.
  3. Margaret Mckaughan, b. Abt. 1760, Pa., d. December 24, 1873, Jackson, Tn.
  4. Rebecca Mckaughan, b. Abt. 1760, d. date unknown.
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