"William Magill was born about 1670, probably in Scotland, as the Magills are Scotch-Irish. If born in Scotland, he went to Ireland before 1715, as his son, William, was born in Ireland at that date. From Ireland he came to Augusta County, Virginia., where he died, in October or November, 1749. It is probable he formed a part of the great tide of Scotch-Irish immigration which poured into the new world from 1725 to 1740. Many of these sturdy people landed at Philadelphia, and a colony settled in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, while the more venturesome spirits pushed on into what was then a trackless wilderness, but is now known as the famous Valley of Virginia. He had two other sons besides William - James and John - and one daughter, Elizabeth; whether older or younger is not known. His wife's name was Margaret, but evidently she was the second wife, and a widow - Mrs. Margaret Gass - when he married her, as he willed ' ye gray mare to her son, David Gass;' and when the will went to probate, she renounced all claim to any of the legacies in the will, and this left everything to the Magill children, as she was only their step-mother."￼
"William McGill The First of Rockingham County, Virginia. William McGill, presumably a grandson of Sir Robert Makgill, Tulycaim, Ireland, and either brother or father of Lieutenant Charles McGill, of the Provincial Militia of Pennsylvania, settled in Rockingham County, Virginia, while it was yet a part of Augusta County, about the time that so many of the Scotch-Irish families from the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania were filling up the Borden and other grants on the Virginia frontier. William McGill died in Virginia in 1749. He left a widow, Margaret, a second wife, formerly the "Widow Gass" (Glass), by whom he had no children. The children by the first wife as mentioned in his will were John, James, William, and Elizabeth.
The Magill Record states that the name of John McGill has been found attached to a demand for the militia companies to Augusta County, Virginia, 1776, 'that all religious denominations be given equal liberties without preference of pre-eminence.' In his will William leaves John 'a mare and ye brown cote (coat)'; William inherits his father's 'white cote' and 'half of the household plenishings,' and shares with James an equal division of the lands. He is requested to spend the winter on the plantation, retaining there, with his own cattle, the stock of his step-mother and sister, Elizabeth. Whether because of some domestic disagreement or because possess of independent means or independence of disposition, when the will was probated the widow, Margaret Gass McGill, appeared in court and refused to accept any legacy whatever from the estate."￼
"William Magill I ca. 1690-1749 arrived in Pennsylvania from Tullycairn, Ireland. He and Charles Magill are in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1726. He moved to Augusta County, Virginia about 1740 where he was appointed a road overseer in 1745 and constable in 1746. His first wife is unknown. His second wife, Margaret Gass, refused any part of his estate in favor of his children. There is a record of the widow of John Gass in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1738. William Magill died between 10 October 1749 and 29 November 1749 when his will was presented for probate to the Augusta Court."￼
Augusta Co., Virginia, Will Book 1, Page 202.--10th October, 1749.￼ William Magill's will--Wife, Margaret, and her son, David Gass; sons, James and William, adjoining Charles Campbell; son, John; grandchild, James' son; daughter, Elizabeth. Executors, Robert Cravens, Hugh Campbell. Signed William Magill, Margaret Magill. Teste: Andrew Erwin, Charles Campbell. Proved, 29th November, 1749, when Margaret renounced the will.
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