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JAMES MCCORD, BORN 1620, TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH CLAN CHIEFTAIN HAD SEVERAL GRANDSONS WHO CAME BY WAY OF NORTHERN IRELAND TO AMERICA IN 1720-38. THEY SETTLED IN THE LOWER HUDSON RIVER VALLEY OF NEW YORK, NEAR CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, IN BOTH LANCASTER AND YORK COUNTIES, PENNSYLVANIA, AND AT CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA.

THEY LEFT A GREAT HERITAGE, ONE OF REVERENCE FOR GOD, LOYALTY TO COUNTRY, AND LOVE OF FAMILY. THEY AND MANY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS MADE GREAT SACRIFICES THAT WE MIGHT ENJOY FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. TODAY, THEIR DESCENDANTS AROUND THE WORLD HONOR THAT HERITAGE.

WHO WE ARE

The McCord Family Association is an association of families and individuals related to a small handful of McCords who came to America early in our nation's history.

A SHIP AT THE TIME OF THE EARLY MCCORDS

One of the larger family groups in the American Revolution, over 60 McCords served in most of its major battles, some at Valley Forge. Earlier, McCords were in the French and Indian War where some were killed or taken captive by the French and Indians and held for 1-6 years.

Most of these 60 in the American Revolution appear related to a common ancestor in Scotland, James McCord, born in 1620.

Several of his grandsons who came to America in 1720-1738 settled in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York and South Carolina. They were William, David, James and John who went to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Andrew and Johannes McCord who went to Augusta and Albemarle County,Virginia; John and James McCord who went to the lower Hudson River Valley in New York; and Barnard McCord who went to Charleston, South Carolina. Each of these appear related to the son of James McCord (born in 1620), John McCord (born 1660) who was married to Mary MacDougall.

By 1790 McCord families pioneering the American frontier were living in 13 states including Maine, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

By 1820, there were over 400 McCord families in these states and in Illinois and Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, Arkansas and Alabama, and other areas of the Great West.

Most of these McCords appear descended from the original McCord settlers in America of 1720-38. Many of the descendants of these original settlers and those who served in the American Revolution have not yet been traced.

Join us in this exciting adventure of searching your McCord ancestry, and learn true American history about those who sacrificed much to help establish and settle this great nation. McCord families were not only there when our nation's history was being made, they were a part of it.

About our organization


HOW WE ARE ORGANIZED

The Clan McCord Society (McCord Family Association) is chartered by The Association of Scottish Clans and Associations, Inc.

Our organizational structure is a simple one, designed to provide maximum assistance to those seeking to trace their McCord family history, and to provide an opportunity for its members to have a fraternal relationship with other McCords worldwide. We have a President (Clan Chieftain), and three operating divisions, which are: Research Coordination, Internet Coordination, and Membership/Secretary-Treasurer/Convener, Scottish Games, each of which is headed by a Vice-President (Assistant Chieftain). Their names are listed at the end of this homepage. In addition, there are two advisory positions: Clan Chaplain and President's Advisory Board (15 members), and honorary positions, such as Chiefs Emeriti.

All positions are voluntary, unpaid positions. Those involved do their work for others because of their love of family and their appreciation of the great family heritage they have received which came at much, and often noble, sacrifice by those who went before them. We desire to carry and pass the torch on and preserve the rich heritage which they gave to us.


SOME PIONEER RESEARCHERS OF MCCORD FAMILY HISTORY

We are fortunate that there have been some fine and thorough pioneers in McCord research who have gone before us. Some of them continue to pursue their research after 30-40 years each in experience in it.

The early McCord family history pioneers included Mrs. Guyte (Jean) McCord and her husband Judge Guyte McCord, Sr. Their research which was performed all over the nation from the 1920's on continues through their son Judge Guyte McCord of Tallahassee, Florida who is completing a book of their research.

Another early pioneer was Paul Jakes who worked for a Seminary Extension in Mississippi, traveling all over the nation and gathering McCord family history as he went, and who left his extensive files with a state university in Mississippi. We have been fortunate to have had access to them. In turn, Dr. Tom Hill of East Lansing, Michigan, performed a monumental service when he put Paul Jakes' files on computer a few years ago and has since made them available to other McCords tracing their ancestry. Another pioneer McCord researcher is Don McCord of Columbia, Tennesssee who has a very large collection of McCord files and data on computer which he collected over many years. Dr. Hill's and Don McCord's files are now on CD and a new CD imprint run of them will be made later in 1998. When they are available they will be for sale for $38 which includes postage.

Another pioneer researcher is our Research Coordinator, David McCord of Estancia, New Mexico who served the federal government many years as an early university instructor in the Chinese language for the military at Yale and did vital work thereafter for the U.S. Government. He also has the files of former early McCord researcher, Miss Alenia McCord of Vandalia, Illinois. David McCord has organized her files and now provides research assistance to others from them. We are grateful to her family for providing them to us and to David for his organizational work. Dr. Tom Hill, Don McCord, and David McCord have been engaged in McCord family history research each for 30-40 years and they work together to assist McCord families researching their history. Similarly Dr. Symm McCord, M.D. of Augusta, Georgia, Steven McCord Brown of Greenville, South Carolina, and Howard McCord of California have collected McCord family history data over many years which they have freely made available to others. Dr. McCord's collection will be on CD later in 1998.

In addition, Dr. Symm McCord, has underway an excellent McCord Bible Page site. It will become an invaluable assist and database for McCords in the future as Bibles are added to the site. Bible are usually the most accurate source of all history records for information about dates of family births, marriages and deaths. See his McCord Bible collection at: http://mccordbibles.igirder.com/

Cumulatively, all of these individuals and others have through their collections a highly valuable database of family history information about the McCords of America, not available anywhere else in the world.


There are a number of families such as the Alexanders, the Blacks, the McCrearys, the Kerrs, the Boyds, the Elders, the Shipleys, the Carsons, the Boones, the McAmis's, the Robinsons, the Houstons and a host of other families who were at various times in the past very closely associated as friends with the McCords wherever they lived. By bringing them into our membership as associate members, even if they are not related by marriage or blood directly with the McCords, we would hope to continue that fraternal relationship with these families and all of our links to the past together.

In addition, we may find, as we do in the Alexander family for example, additional information in their records about the McCords which is helpful to our members. Several Alexanders intermarried with the McCords in Illinois and elsewhere and the family relationship was close.


Readers are encouraged to view the different sites and McCord news publications listed above for further information of interest about McCord family reunions, research activities, news and Scottish games activities.

Other Organizations of Similar Family History Interests: McCord families who are eligible are encouraged to associate in membership with the Sons of the American Revolution, website: http://www.sar.org and the Daughters of the American Republic (DAR). These are both fine organizations which promote interest in our nation's history and are excellent sources of genealogical and family history data.


BOOK SECTION

The American Revolution

and the McCords

 

(THE MCCORDS OF AMERICA: THE FIRST 150 YEARS (1720-1870) VOLUME I)

-by James McCord

A Pictorial Overview

 

Table of Contents

SECTION ONE

I. INTRODUCTION

II. MAPS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR

III. THE MCCORDS AND THE SCOTCH-IRISH

IV. NEW YORK MCCORDS IN THE REVOLUTION

V. VIRGINIA MCCORDS IN THE REVOLUTION

VI. THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR OF 1750'S

VII. INDIAN TRAILS AND 1763 MAP

VIII. PENNSYLVANIA MCCORDS IN THE REVOLUTION

IX. NORTH CAROLINA MCCORDS IN THE REVOLUTION

X. SOUTH CAROLINA MCCORDS IN THE REVOLUTION

XI. KENTUCKY, DANIEL BOONE, AND THE MCCORDS

XII. THE SOUTHWEST TERRITORY AND THE MCCORDS

XIII. TENNESSEE, SAM HOUSTON AND TEXAS INDEPENDENCE

XIV. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE MCCORDS, AND THE CIVIL WAR OF THE 1860'S

XV. THE GREAT WEST AND THE MCCORDS

XVI. OTHER MILITARY AND PUBLIC SERVICE OF THE MCCORDS

 

SECTION TWO

A PICTORIAL HERITAGE

I. OUR GREAT HERITAGE: GOD

II. OUR GREAT HERITAGE: FAMILY AND COUNTRY

Endpage: The purpose of this book

 

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