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.
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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