James McDaniel Sr

James McDaniel Sr (abt. 1708 - aft. 1774)

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James McDaniel Sr
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Died after in Unionville, Frederick County, Marylandmap
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Biography

Introduction

James McDaniel's ancestry is actually not that of the Lords of Clan Donald, who have Norse genetic markers. Y-DNA testing of male descendants of James McDaniel, Sr. of Maryland, show we have the Gaelic genetic marker R-M222, which is estimated to be the primary paternal lineage for 8% of Irish and Scots-Irish males. This differs from Lt. Brian’s descendants that are connected to “Clan Colla,” with a different Gaelic genetic marker. The results show our lineage is connected to the McDonagh cadet branch of the O’Flaherty chiefs of West Connacht, Ireland.

The O’Flaherty chiefs, who were the ruling family of the Muintir Murchadha dynasty from ~900 A.D. onward (the McDonagh offshoot likely occurred around 1000 A.D.), originated from the Irish Uí Briúin Seóla sept of the Uí Briúin dynasty. The Uí Briúin is named after Brión, son of Irish High King Eochaid Mugmedón. The progeny of Brión and his full brothers collectively are referred to as the “Connachta,” being descendants of High King Conn Cétchathach. Brión was also the older paternal half-brother of the Irish High King Niall Noígíallach, founder of the Uí Néill dynasty and the “O’Neal” surname. The R-M222 marker was nicknamed after Niall, however the genetic marker occurred centuries before he was born. All known Connachta and Uí Néill descendants, including our McDaniel family, have the R-M222 and a more recent R-DF105 marker. Testing also shows an even more recent R-BY18145 marker is likely the signature of the O’Flaherty chiefs; which is found in O’Flaherty, McDonagh, and other offshoots. A few testers with the surname McDonough have records linking their family back to Galway, Ireland; which corroborates the genetic data.

Is he connected to Clan Donald? While the name McDonagh is similar to MacDonald there is no link. There could be an association with Clan Donald some time in history, or possibly no link at all. History has recorded a connection of Connacht men to Scotland. A 17th century poem by Niall MacMhuirich titled “Domhnall mac Raghnaill, Rosg Mall” actually refers to Irish men serving Domhnall (Donald). Specifically the poem indicates he received help from “do chloinn Bhriain is Cholla is Chuinn,” meaning “of the progeny of Brian and Colla and Conn” (referring to Conn Cétchathach). It is possible that O’Flaherty and McDonagh men resided in Scotland at some point after military aid, and became “Scottish-ized.” This could explain why McDonagh was corrupted to MacDaniel/McDaniel. This theory is supported by evidence of the O’Flaherty surname being corrupted to the Scottish McLardy and then to Clarida/Clardy; as other Clarida men share the same O’Flaherty R-BY18145 marker.

While James Sr. named two of his properties “Golloway” and “Isle of Aaron,” (possibly referring to two known Scottish locations, Galloway and Isle of Arran), these could have referred to Galway and the Aran Islands, two very known landmarks in Connacht. Additionally with more distant relatives testing and tracing their heritage to the Galaway region, it seems more likely the family remained in Ireland.


Biography

JAMES McDANIEL “MacDONALD” SR. was likely born around 1708 in America, but possibly in Scotland or Ireland. His father was possibly John McDaniel, who was an early settler of Conestoga, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. DNA testing previously eliminated any relationship to Bryan McDonald Jr. and Pricilla Robinson, a connection often claimed. James married Rebecca (surname often assumed to be Redman/Redmond) (unknown-~1784), possibly around 1726. They had 8 children (possibly out of order): William (~1728- 6/8/1781, killed by indians in Bedford, PA); Mary Sparks (~b. 1731); Rebecca Wright; Elizabeth Becraft; James Jr.; John; Joseph (1748-1802); and Redman. James was involved in numerous land transactions in Prince George’s County (now Frederick County), Maryland. In 1747 he purchased a warrant for 100 acres from John Howard, and a second warrant for 75 acres from Capt. John Dorsey. He patented the 175 total acres into what he called “Golloway Patent.” In 1748 he purchased another warrant for 150 acres. Of which, 50 acres was patented and named “Isle of Aaron.” In 1749 he patented the remaining 100 acres, which he called “MackDonald’s Chance.” That same hear he purchased a warrant and patented 144 acres, which he called “Bite the Biter.” In 1750 he mortgaged “Bite the Biter,” and in 1752 he mortgaged “McDaniel’s Chance,” both to Edward Dorsey. Also in 1752, James and John Howard purchased all the corn and tobacco grown by Philip Howard, along with 2 cows. In 1753, by virtue of a special warrant for adjoining vacancies to “Golloway,” James was able to acquire an additional 140 acres, which was named “Resurvey on Golloway.” In May of 1760 he is noted as picking up “a stray,” meaning he likely took in a stray livestock. In 1762 he was paid 4 shillings for a debt owed by the estate of his brother Francis McDaniel. By 1763 he paid off the mortgage on “Bite the Bitter.” This land was never noted in his estate but was later noted in a legal dispute between some of his descendants in 1813. In 1764 James purchased another 50 acres called “Preston’s Lott.” Finally in 1770 he acquired an additional 230 acres through a special warrant for vacant land adjoining “MackDonald’s Chance,” which he named “Resurvey on MacDaniel’s Chance.” James made his Will on 4/28/1774. James’ Will divided the land among his children William, Redman, John, James, Joseph, and his grandsons through William- James and Joseph. On 11/20/1774 he donated 7 shillings to the families in Boston that were suffering from the Act of British Parliament (J. McDaniel Sr.). His son James Jr. donated, as well as Francis McDaniel. James died sometime after November, 1774. His estate documents references Francis McDaniel being a kinsman, which confirms the uncle-nephew relationship. Rebecca is said to have died on 12/20/1784, also in Frederick County.

Birth

Date of birth: Est. 1708

There is no source for his date of birth. Estimation is based upon circumstantial evidence regarding his son and grandchildren. James' Will bequeaths land to his son William and 2 of his grandsons (children of William). Land could not be bequeathed to minors, therefore after adding the estimated birth dates, it is probable that he was born around or before 1708.

Jame's place of birth is unknown, but possibly Pennsylvania where his family lived.

Family

James' father is possibly John McDaniel. James’ connection to John is based upon John being the only McDaniel residing in Conestoga during the period of time prior to James or Francis McDaniel. There is no documentation to confirm a connection at this time, therefore it is marked as uncertain.

Francis McDaniel (I), James' brother, lived in Conestoga, Lancaster County until his death in 1759. His estate documents note he owed James 4 shillings. The records also note his wife Margaret (maiden name likely Carrick) and his young children, of which include Samuel McDaniel and Francis McDaniel (II). Francis' children were placed under guardianship and were well documented in Orphan Court records and deed records following the administration of Francis McDaniel (I)’s estate.

Samuel McDaniel was married to Elizabeth Hopkins, and their children were: Samuel McDaniel Jr.; John McDaniel; Elizabeth Shields; Susannah; Hannah Harris; Sarah Baily; Nancy; Margaret; Mary (“Maryann”); and Catherine. Francis McDaniel (II) was a blacksmith and married to Mary Mansell. Together they owned land called “Moab” near Mt. Airy, Frederick Co., Maryland. This land was near James’ “Bite the Biter.” Francis McDaniel (II) was listed as kinsman to James in James’ estate administration. The only confirmed child of Francis McDaniel (II) is Francis McDaniel (III), who died in 1831 in Muskingum Co., Ohio. Before relocating to Ohio Francis McDaniel (III) entered into a sales agreement with his cousins, Nancy and Maryann McDaniel, children of Samuel McDaniel, which also solidifies the connection between Samuel and Francis McDaniel (II).

Spouse

Rebecca Redman McDaniel (~1700-1784)

  1. Date of marriage: Est. 1726

Children

  1. Son: William McDaniel (~1728-1781)
  2. Daughter: Mary (McDaniel) Sparks (~1730-1808)
  3. Son: John McDaniel (1746-1808)
  4. Son: Joseph McDaniel (1748-1802)
  5. Son: Redman McDaniel (1758-1814 )
  6. Daughter: Rebecca (McDaniel) Wright
  7. Son: James McDaniel Jr
  8. Daughter: Elizabeth (McDaniel) Becraft

Land Records

  1. Golloway Patent Link to Transcription Patent Pg. 1 Patent Pg. 2 Patent Pg. 3
    1. Date: 14 Jul 1747
    2. Event: Patent
    3. Location: Prince Georges County, Maryland
    4. Tract: 259 acres
  2. Galloway Tract Survey Pg. 1 Survey Pg. 2 Survey Pg. 3 Survey Pg. 4
    1. Date: 14 Jul 1747
    2. Event: Survey
    3. Tract: 175 acres
  3. Isle of Aaron (bordering Galloway Tract) Survey Pg. 1 Survey Pg. 2 Survey Pg. 3
    1. Date: 07 Jan 1848
    2. Location: Frederick County, Maryland (formed from part of Prince Georges County)
    3. Event: Survey warrant
    4. Tract: 50 acres
  4. McDaniel's Chance held as Connigocheige Manor Survey Pg. 1 Survey Pg. 2 Survey Pg. 3
    1. Date: 12 Aug 1848
    2. Location: Frederick County, Maryland
    3. Event: Warrant by renewment
    4. Survey Date: 02 Jan 1749
    5. Tract: 100 acres
  5. Bite the Bitter Survey Pg. 1 Survey Pg. 2 Survey Pg. 3
    1. Date: 03 June 1749
    2. Location: Frederick County, Maryland
    3. Event: Survey
    4. Tract: 144 acres
  6. Prestons Lott (held as Connigocheige Manor) Survey Pg. 1 Survey Pg. 2 Survey Pg. 3 Survey Pg. 4
    1. Date: 09 May 1764
    2. Location: Frederick County, Maryland
    3. Event: Survey
    4. Tract: 50 acres

Overlay of all James' Properties- Land Tract Plat

Death

Date of death: 28 Apr 1774 Place of death: Frederick County, Maryland

Estate

Date: 12 Jun 1775 Event: Estate of James McDaniel [1] Location: Frederick County, Maryland

Will

Will of James McDaniel 28 April 1774, probated with the Courthouse on May 13, 1779

Frederick County, Maryland, Will Book 1, pg 537-540 In the Name of God Amen I James McDaniel Senr. of Frederick County & province of Maryland,Farmer, being in perfect health and of sound mind Memory & understanding but Considering the uncertainty of this Transitory Life, do make publish & declare this to be my Last Will & Testament in Manner & Form following (Vizt.)

Principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul unto the Hands of God that gave it, & my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in Decent Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named, and as touching such worldly Estate wherein this hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following Manner & Form. Vizt.

First I will and desire that all my just Debts which I do owe to any person whatsoever be paid or Contented within convenient Time after my Decease.

Item I give and bequeath to my Son William McDaniel, the sum of five shillings Sterling Money.

Item I give and bequeath to my Son James MacDaniel Jun. the following Tract or parcel of Land, Vizt. Part of MacDaniels Chance & part of the Resurvey on MacDaniels Chance, beginning at the Beginning of the said Resurvey, and running thence North sixty one Degrees East five perches North thirty Degrees West forty perches, North Six Degrees East twenty perches North twenty five Degrees East eighty perches, North two Degrees and an half Degree East sixty one perches, South seventeen Degrees West one hundred & thirty two Perches North forty four Degrees West fifty eight, South sixty-__ Degrees West, one hundred and forty eight perches, North four Degrees West, one hundred & ten perches, South twelve Degrees West, ninety eight perches, South sixty two Degrees East thirty four South twenty six Degrees West, eighteen perches, South sixty seven Degrees West fifty three perches South eleven Degrees West twenty six perches then South seventy eight Degrees East seventy nine perches to the End of the first Line of Galloway then South forty five Degrees East seventeen Perches then South eighty seven Degrees and an half Degree East fourteen perches to the Beginning of the Original Tract. Tract called MacDaniels Chance therewith said Land North sixty seven Degrees East seventy four perches then East thirty eight perches, then by a straight line to the Beginning containing and laid out for one hundred & thirty acres of Land, the above described Land I give and divise to my said Son James MacDaniel and to his Heirs for ever.

Item I give and bequeath to my Son Redman MacDaniel and to his Heirs forever, all the following Tract or parcel of Land being part of a Tract of Land called Galloway & part of a Tract called MacDaniels Chance and part of the Resurvey made in said Tracts, beginning at the End of twenty six perches on the first Line of Galloway & running thence South thirty four Degrees and an half Degree West, one hundred & thirty three perches then North thirty three Degrees and an half Degree West one hundred and seventy nine perches to the End of the sixteenth Line of the Resurvey on MacDaniels Chance - then reversing the two following Lines of the said Resurvey on MacDaniels Chance North fifteen Degrees East thirty four perches, South sixty six Degrees East twenty six perches, then leaving the outlines of the Resurvey on MacDaniels Chance & running South seventy eight Degrees East seventy nine perches to the end of the first line of Galloway, then by a straight line to the Beginning containing one hundred acres of Land.

Item I give and bequeath to my Son John MacDaniel & to his Heirs forever, all that part of a Tract or parcel of Land being part of a Tract of Land called Galloway & part of a Resurvey made on said Land beginning at the Original Beginning Tree of said Land called Galloway & running thence -- North forty five Degrees West one hundred & thirty three perches then South forty six Degrees West twenty nine perches to the End of the Ninth Line of the Resurvey on Galloway, then reversing said Line South sixteen Degrees - West nineteen perches to the end of nine perches on the thirteenth Line of the said Resurvey on Galloway, then with the said thirteenth Line South seven Degrees West sixty one perches South sixty Degrees East fifty seven perches then North thirty one Degrees East, one hundred & seventy eight Perches to the End of the seventh Line of the Original Tract called Galloway then North forty Degrees East thirty two perches to the End of the Last Line of Galloway then by a straight Line to the Beginning containing & laid out for one hundred Acres of Land.

Item I give and bequeath to my Son Joseph MacDaniel & to his Heirs forever the following Tract or parcel of Land Vizt. part of a Resurvey made in a Tract of Land called Galloway and one other Trace of Land called the Isle of Arren, beginning at the End of the last Line of Galloway & reversing the three last Lines of said Land runs three South seventy six Degrees East eighty seven perches South twenty three Degrees East twenty eight perches South sixty one Degrees West sixty perches to the Beginning of the Isle of Arran, then with said Land south six Degrees East seventy perches South eighty four Degrees West seventy two perches North twenty six Degrees West sixty four perches to the End of seventy perches on the seventh Line of Galloway then reversing said Land South twenty three Degrees West fifty one perches to the End of nineteen perches on the sixteenth Line of the Resurvey on Galloway, then South twenty six Degrees East nineteen perches South fifty degrees West fifty perches North sixty Degrees West twenty one perches to the End of the south Line of John McDaniels Part of said Land, then North thirty one Degrees East one hundred & seventy eight perches to the End of the seventh Line of the Original Tract Called Galloway then by a straight line to the Beginning containing one hundred acres of Land.

Item I give and Bequeath to my two Grandsons (Vizt.) James MacDaniel & Joseph MacDaniel the Sons of William MacDaniel to them and their Heirs all the following Tract or Parcel of Land being part of the Resurvey on MacDaniels Chance & part of the Resurvey on Galloway beginning at the End of the sixteenth Line of the Resurvey on MacDaniels Chance & running thence South sixty two Degrees West twenty eight perches North sixty Degrees West twenty perches South eighty Degrees West seventeen perches, South nineteen Degrees West twenty five perches, South six Degrees East ninety perches South fifty four Degrees East seventy four Perches North thirty Degrees seventeen perches, to the End of fifteen perches in the sixth Line of the Resurvey on Galloway, then with the said Resurvey on Galloway South sixty Degrees East Eleven perches, South sixteen Degrees West eighty perches South eighteen Degrees East seventy perches North forty Degrees East sixty perches North sixteen Degrees East ninety two perches, then leaving the outlines of the Resurvey on Galloway & running North forty six Degrees East twenty nine perches, then by a straight Line to the Beginning containing one hundred & fifty seven acres of Land.

I also give to my Son William MacDaniel all that Tract or parcel of Land, called Prestons Lott, cituate in Frederick County aforesaid on the North Side of Linganore Creek.

The Rest of my movable Estate I leave to my well beloved Wife Rebecca MacDaniel besides her Thirds & after her Decease I desire all my movable Estate should be sold, and ten pounds Common Current Money paid to each of my three Daughters if so much can be raised out of my movable Estate (Vizt.)

Ten pounds to Mary Sparks and ten pounds to Rebecca Right & ten pounds to Elizabeth Becraft, & the rest if any there be to be equally divided among my four Sons, Vizt. James, Redman, John & Joseph MacDaniel.

I nominate and appoint my trusty & well beloved Wife Rebecca MacDaniel, and my trusty & well beloved Son James MacDaniel my Executors of this my Last Will & Testament Ratifying & Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this twenty eight Day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & seventy four.

James "his X mark" MacDaniel Senr. {Seal}

Sworn Sealed published & declared by the said James MacDaniel Senr. as & for his Last Will & Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our Hands as Witnesses thereto in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other.

Daniel Richards, John Campbell, Edward "his E mark" Evans.

On the 19th Day of June 1775

Daniel Richards, John Campbell & Edward Evans the three subscribing Witnesses to the aforegoing Will and made Oath on the holy Evangels of Almighty God that they did see the Testator James MacDaniel sign and seal the said Will and heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be his last Will & Testament & that at the Time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of a sound & discerning Mind & Memory & that they severally subscribed their Names as Witnesses to the said Will in the presence of the Testator & in the presence of each other. Sworn before F. Bowles, Dy. Secry.

Division of James' property per the Will- Land Tracts Partition After Death


DNA Confirmed Resources

Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. FTDNA kit #868351, great-grandson of Arthur McDaniel and, FTDNA kit #182787, son of Robert McDaniel match at a Genetic Distance of 2 on 67 markers thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA James McDaniel. FTDNA indicates that the probability the two share a common ancestor within the last 10 generations is 89.48%.


Sources

  1. "Estate of James McDaniel". Frederick, Maryland. Volume 40. Wills Liber. Page 612 to 614 . Wikispace. (Accessed 13 Aug 2018)
  • Frederick Co., Maryland, Wills, Book 1, Pg. 537-540 (Liber A, N1, Folio 537)
  • Maryland Archives, Provincial Court Land Records, 1749-1756, Vol. 701, Pg. 109-10, 312-13
  • Maryland Archives, Provincial Court Land Records, 1749-1756, Vol. 703, Pg. 297
  • Frederick Co., Maryland, Land Records, 1748-1752, Pg. 616-17
  • Frederick Co., Maryland, Land Records, 1752-1757, Pg. 162-63
  • Frederick Co., Maryland, Land Records, 1756-1761, Pg. 588-89, 991
  • Frederick Co., Maryland, Land Records, 1761-1763, Pg. 414-15
  • Shaffer, Inhabitants of Frederick Co., MD, Vol 2, 1749-1840
  • Scharf, History of Western Maryland (1882) Vol. 1, Pg. 127
  • Francis McDaniel, Admin Account, 1761, Conestoga Twp., Lancaster, PA, INV-1761-F009-M
  • Francis McDaniel, Admin Account, 1762, Conestoga Twp., Lancaster, PA, INV-1762-F001-M


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Collaboration

On 27 Sep 2018 at 04:30 GMT A (Heiden) Smaltz wrote:

McDonald-9288 and McDaniel-576 appear to represent the same person because: Both men married Rebecca Redman

Both men were born in New Castle, Delaware Both men were born 08 Jul 1718 and according to the bio section of the profile of Mcdonald-9288 both men died on 28 Apr 1774, however the death date now listed in status for Mcdonald-9288 is 1757, this is in conflict what is listed in the profile of McDonald-9288 (28 Apr 1774 date of death)

Please merge

Thanks

On 27 Sep 2018 at 04:25 GMT A (Heiden) Smaltz wrote:

Please merge as I suggested

On 26 Sep 2018 at 14:39 GMT Eric McDaniel wrote:

What do you suggest we do about his date of birth?.. as that date belongs to the other James. There's a good chance he was directly from Ireland because I haven't found any DNA links to other American McDaniel individuals outside of his direct descendants.. but because it's still a question I'm going to start by removing Delaware and then we can change the dob to a generic date after discussing it.

On 24 Sep 2018 at 19:58 GMT Eric McDaniel wrote:

I'm actually taking a good look at the DNA information with Clan Donald, compared to the testing descendants of James and it looks like we are a separate Haplogroup than what would be expected from Lt. Bryan's line (though no specific tester has been found to confirm the separation). Our Haplogroup is a R1b (R-M269) while those who have a direct connection to Somerled would be R1a. We have the M222 marker as well. None of the testers from our group have been noted to be linked to Bryan. I think the connection will have to be severed. I'll mark it as uncertain for now but after I get more information to make it official I'll separate him from Bryan Jr.

On 24 Sep 2018 at 01:52 GMT Eric McDaniel wrote:

These are actually two distinct people. There are records for both of them during the same time period, which causes the conflict of Maryland James possibly not being the son of Bryan Jr

On 23 Sep 2018 at 05:20 GMT A (Heiden) Smaltz wrote:

McDonald-9288 and McDaniel-576 appear to represent the same person because: Same parents. Please merge.




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