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John Wilson Warnock - James J. Melvin, Sr.

Updated July 2, 2011


John Wilson WARNOCK, son of William Warnock, was a widower (Born 1801 Co. Donegal, Ireland and died 1878 Clarion Co., PA) and with his mother Mary WILSON and six children (John, Jr., William A., George, Anne, Martha and Mary) emigrated from Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal, Ireland during the Great Famine. They arrived in Philadelphia in May, 1846, but sadly his mother Mary had died aboard the sailing ship GENERAL WASHINGTON.

After a short stay there, they moved westward in Pennsylvania to Clarion Co., PA, where John married Elizabeth PEOPLES, widowed from Alexander Moore, and the daughter of Nathaniel PEOPLES. Nathaniel had emigrated from Ireland in 1825. John and Elizabeth had three daughters of this marriage, Caroline, Frances and Nancy. This staunchly Presbyterian family made their mark on society and raised many professionals, including several doctors, dentists, PhD's, school teachers, clergy and pharmacists. Many of the men became American Freemasons, a tradition continuing to the present generation. The spousal names are STEWART, ALCORN, GUTHRIE, BROWN, McELHOES, OSBORN, McCREIGHT, PEOPLES, MOORE, MELIUS, LADEHOFF and YEANY. We have copies of original baptismal records from Dunfanaghy Presbyterian Church and the shipping manifest of the GENERAL WASHINGTON.

We are also researching my wife's family, that of Assemblyman James MELVIN, Sr. of Bucks Co., PA and his sons, James Jr., John, Joseph, Thomas and Samuel. James was elected from 1756 through 1766 to the Provincial Assembly from Bucks Co., PA, where he sat in 1756 with Benjamin Franklin. He died in December 1778 in Bucks Co, PA and his son Samuel inherited the lands and was the executor of James' will. We have not located Samuel's family, but know he was an Officer of the Third Battalion of Bucks Co., May 1777 during the Revolutionary War and returned in 1779. He was then shown as a single man and perhaps did not marry.

The other sons except James, Jr. moved to Jefferson Co., VA in the mid 1760's. Some members then moved on to Tennessee and Ohio, raising large families along the way. From there the families scattered to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and many points west. We are principally looking for Bucks Co leads on James, his son Samuel and three daughters listed in his will.

A recently published book, Horle, Craig W., "Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania", contains an excellent article on James Melvin.

We also have a large file on John ADAIR, Sr. and his descendants as his Granddaughter Elizabeth Adair married Bartholomew Melvin in Madison Co., Ohio, but this site is full so we cannot post the report. If you have ADAIR information, we will be pleased to share ours with you.



Bruce Edwin Warnock
124 Greenward Way S
North Olmsted, Ohio 44070
United States
bewarnock@aol.com

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