RL McAdoo
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RL McAdoo

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I coordinate the One-Name-Study for surnames McAdoo and McAdow and other spelling variants and welcome all persons interested in or connected to the names to join the study.
RL McAdoo
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Why I'm on WikiTree

RL McAdoo has Czech Roots.
RL McAdoo is a member of the US Southern Colonies Project.
This profile is part of the Colville Name Study.
This profile is part of the McAdoo Name Study.

I started out in genealogy hoping to learn something about my ancestors after I came to realize I knew next to nothing about them.

I discovered that my line of McAdoo's (or 'McAdow' as it is sometimes spelled), came in the form of two brothers and their sister, who arrived at the port of Charleston, South Carolina, sometime during the second or third wave of the mass migrations of Scotch-Irish from the northern Irish province of Ulster to the American colonies between 1718 to 1750. According to family legend, they left Ulster searching for new lives in the colonies after their father re-married a woman they did not approve of (or maybe she sent them packing, who knows!).

The siblings eventually made their way to the then-western frontier of North Carolina and settled in the area near where the Guilford Courthouse would be built and defended from British General Cornwallis and his loyalist army. From Guilford County, they wove themselves and the fate of their descendants into the very fabric of American history. They fought and died in every American war, as patriots in the first one, and in the case of that so-called "civil" one, on both sides.

They pushed west with the frontier, some signed the Cumberland Compact and sailed aboard Colonel Donelson's Flotilla down the Holston River to settle Fort Nashborough in what would later become Tennessee.

Some migrated with their neighbors to take up land grants in Middle Tennessee earned on revolutionary war battlefields. The next generation pushed on further to the Republic of Texas and all points north and west in a never-ending quest for new opportunities and a better life.

There are other McAdoo families who arrived in America separately from those of my line, but I have little doubt that somewhere back in Ulster or in Scotland, there is a common connection and all the McAdoo/McAdow lines are related.

The life stories of most McAdoos are lost to history. Still, some of the more clever and resourceful McAdoos founded the breakaway Cumberland Presbyterian Church, built New York railroad empires, and served as senators, Confederate generals, Texas supreme court justices, and US cabinet secretaries. Heck, one even ran for President.

Who knew?


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One of my favorite things about Wikitree is the Relationship Finder. History becomes much more interesting when you can personally relate to a specific person who experienced any historically significant event.

Once you have connected your profile to the main trunk of the global tree, the ability to see your deep ancestors is a hoot and a real eye-opener.

Who cares whether each one of the relationships that lead back to a historically significant ancestor will ultimately be 'proven' beyond any doubt?

It is arguably true because Wikitree has sufficient data to suggest that it is  !

And to top it off, Wikitree can prepare a nice printable chart documenting the descent path.

If you are looking for a conversation starter the next time you meet with friends or family, take along a copy of your favorite relationship chart.


Links to McAdoo ONS Related Pages

Link to the McAdoo One Name Study
Link to the McAdoo ONS Quick-Navigation Index Page
Link to the McAdoo ONS Bibliography of Reference Sources
Link to Useful Roman, Regnal, Julian Date Converters
Link to Useful Wikitree Utility Browser Extensions
Link to Useful Wikitree WT Apps



Digital Afterlife Advanced Directive

My body of genealogical work that resides on Wikitree is important to me. In the event of my demise despite my best efforts to live forever, I hereby grant Wikitree Admin rights as follows over any profiles managed by me:
  1. For those profiles with LNAB surname McAdoo, McAdow, and variant spellings, Wikitree Admin may transfer my role as Profile Manager (PM) to any active WT member(s) who are also members of the McAdoo One-Name-Study;
  2. For other LNAB profiles that I manage, Wikitree Admin may transfer my role as PM to any active WT members who want them;
  3. For any profiles I manage that are Notables, or are profiles of project-related importance, whether or not I was ever affiliated with or participated with the project, I give my permission for my role of PM to be transferred to any Project Leader, Project Coordinator, Team Leader or other active members of said projects who may wish to strengthen and/or maintain those profiles;
  4. Wikitree admin may set my personal profile privacy level to "Open" and do the same for any non-living persons I manage that may have passed on without my knowledge;
all subject to and conditional upon Wikitree not violating its "Pledge" that We will never charge for access to the single, shared family-tree. And we will never knowingly and willingly sell or transfer the single, shared family-tree to any individual or organization that intends to charge for access to it.

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Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Blue Skies Milestone for 50 sourced profiles
RL McAdoo reached the Blue Skies milestone by sourcing 50 profiles in the May 2023 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.

RL, thanks for your efforts to improve our shared tree.

posted by Bill Feidt
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Red Hot Effort Milestone for 100 sourced profiles
RL McAdoo reached the Red Hot Effort milestone by sourcing 100 profiles in the April 2023 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.

RL, thanks for your efforts in sourcing this month.

posted by Bill Feidt
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Red Hot Effort Milestone for 100 sourced profiles
RL McAdoo reached the Red Hot Effort milestone by sourcing 100 profiles in the March 2023 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.

Hi RL. Thanks for your efforts to improve our shared tree.

posted by Bill Feidt
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Blue Skies Milestone for 50 sourced profiles
RL McAdoo reached the Blue Skies milestone by sourcing 50 profiles in the January 2023 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.

RL, welcome to the project and thanks for your work to improve the tree.

posted by Bill Feidt
May the source be with you...I love it!
posted by Abby (Brown) Glann