RL McAdoo
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RL McAdoo

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RL McAdoo
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Biography

I started out in genealogy hoping to learning something about the ancestors after I came to realize I knew next to nothing about mine.

I discovered that my line of McAdoo's, in the form of two brothers and their sister, arrived at the port of Charleston, SC, some time during the second or third wave of the mass migrations of Ulster-Scots to the American colonies that occurred between 1730 to 1750. According to an uncovered family legend, they left Ulster in search of 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 western frontier of North Carolina, and from there 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, 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. They took up land grants in Middle Tennessee earned on the revolutionary war battlefields and the next generation pushed on further to Texas and all points west in a never ending quest for new opportunity 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 the Scottish borderlands, there is a common connection and we are all related.

The life stories of most McAdoos are lost to history (at least until I can uncover some more of them), but some of the more clever and resourceful McAdoos founded churches, became senators, confederate generals, Texas supreme court justices, and US cabinet secretaries. Heck, one even ran for President.

Who knew?


Lapsed Copyright and Free Download Research Materials for McAdoo & Neighbors, Virginia and North Carolina

Foote, Reverend William Henry. 1846. Sketches of North Carolina, Historical and Biographical: Illustrative of the Principles of a Portion of Her Early Settlers. New York: Robert Carter Printers. 570p. Free Ebook Edition: archive.org collection. Download.

Foote, Reverend William Henry. 1856. 2nd Series. Sketches of Virginia, Historical and Biographical: Illustrative of the Principles of a Portion of Her Early Settlers. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Printers. 618p. Free Ebook Edition: archive.org collection. Download.

Foote, Reverend William Henry. 1870. Huguenots, or Reformed French Church: their principles delineated, their character illustrated, their sufferings and successes recorded. Richmond: Presbyterian Committee of Publication. 668p. Free Ebook Edition: archive.org collection. Download.

Hunter, Cyrus Lee. 1877. Sketches of Western North Carolina, Historical and Biographical Illustrating Principally the Revolutionary Period of Mecklenburg, Rowan, Lincoln and Adjoining ... Much of It Never before Published. Raleigh: The Raleigh News Steam Job Printers. 392p. Free Ebook Edition: archive.org collection. Download.

Stockard, Sallie Walker. 1902. History of Guilford County, North Carolina. Knoxville: Gaut-Ogden Printers. 268p. Free Ebook Edition: archive.org collection. Download.

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Hi

We haven’t heard back from you concerning the Scottish Clans Transition. If we haven’t received a response from you by 1 April 2020, you will be welcome to rejoin by answering the current g2g thread for joining the Scotland Project.

Best Regards,

Sarah Mason, Scotland PC

posted by Sarah Mason
Hello

My name is Amy and I am a co-Leader of the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Amy Gilpin, Scotland Project co-Leader

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hello, RL,

We are sorry to lose you as a member of the Military and War Project, but we understand that life gets busy and interests shift. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin the project in the future if you wish.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hello, RL,

It has been a couple of weeks since we contacted you about your participation in the Military and War Project and we are following up to make sure you wish to remain a member.

We understand that interests shift as we grow our shared tree and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to the branches they are currently building. If this is the case for you, please let us know.

If we do not hear back from you within the week, we will assume you have moved on to other things for the moment and remove you from the project. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hello, RL,

On behalf of the Military and War Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members.

First, we want to thank you for your past participation in the project. We appreciate your desire to honor your ancestors for their service to their countries, or even for your service, wherever in the world. We hope that your membership has enhanced your WikiTree experience.

Please let me know, by commenting on my profile or sending a private message, if you are still active in the project, and if so, in a general sense how you may have contributed to the main project or any sub-projects within the last couple months.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hi R.L.,

It has been a couple of weeks since we contacted you about your participation in the Southern Colonies Project. As we haven't heard from you, we are following up to make sure you wish to remain a member.

We understand that interests shift as we grow our shared tree and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to their ancestors. If this is the case for you, please let us know.

If we do not hear back from you within the week, we will assume you have moved on to other things for the moment and remove you from the project. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Mary~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi R.L.,

On behalf of the US Southern Colonies Project Leaders I am doing a six-month check-in with members to see if you were Active in US Southern Colonies

1) Were you active in the recent months in Southern Colonies?

2) Have you joined other Southern Colonies Subprojects, such as Southern Pioneers Project. Or have you worked on other subprojects?

3) Your activity in Southern Pioneers Project.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Mary ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi

The Ireland Project (previously the Irish Roots Project) has now changed its structure into Teams. We require everyone with the Ireland Badge to be a member of at least one Team or Sub-Team and our google group.

See https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Ireland for details.

The Teams are :-

1 Categories Team
2 Counties Team
3 Managed Profiles Team
4 Membership Team
5 Profile Improvement Team
6 Topics Team
7 Diaspora

Can you let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project and which team(s) you’d like to join. Please also let me know your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group or confirm you are already a member of the google group.

Many thanks,

Amy Gilpin Ireland Project Coordinator

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Welcome to the Military and War project and the US Civil War subproject!
posted by Paula J
May the source be with you...I love it!
posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Hi RL, NICE Profile!!!

I see that you just did the Pre-1700 Self-Certification. That's great! Also noticed you made 230 contributions to Wikitree, thank you! Its great too that you joined the 1776 project and southern colonies project. Here at WikiTree we like to have our members involved with others; collaboration is key!

Why don't you also stop by the One Name Studies project, to see if there's already a name study for (surname) going on? The current leaders for that are Doug Lockwood and Alison Andrus. They would be happy to get you started.

Again, thanks for volunteering to work on Pre-1700 profiles!

Dorothy, Volunteer Coordinator.

posted by Dorothy Barry