John McElmoyle Sr.

John McElmoyle Sr.

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John McElmoyle Sr. aka McElmoil
Born [date unknown] in County Antrim, Irelandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in York District, South Carolinamap
Profile last modified | Created 24 Apr 2014 | Last significant change: 15 May 2019
11:36: J Alexander edited the Biography for John McElmoyle Sr. (-bef.1812). (Changing location category to remove profile from high level category but keeping it in County Antrim ) [Thank J for this]
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Ireland Native
John McElmoyle Sr. was born in Ireland.

Transcription of McElmoyle Family Papers

"John McElmoyle, Sr. was born in County Antrim Ireland, Northern Ireland, year unknown. He immigrated to america in the year 1796, according to his citizenship petition; The name is spelled "McElmoil" on records ar the Federal courthouse in chester, SC. He obtained 200 acres of land on Ferrel Creek near the Catawba River, in Eastern York county down near the Chester County line. It is believed that some of his land was inside Chester County. Old maps show a Ferret branch or creek that empties into the Green Creek which is just inside Chester County. It is thought the 'l' in 'ferrel' may have been crossed by someone.

John McElmoyle applied for citizenship in 1808; granted citizenship in 1811, and died in 1812. His wife's name was Mary, (last name unknown). The locations of graves are unknown; two likely places, Old Stoneyord Cem. a few miles north of Landsford in chester county or Waxaw Presbyterian Church cemetery in Lancaster county which was just across the Catawba River from where they lived.

A Copy of his last will and testament is on file in York County Courthouse.[1]


Immigrated to the US from County Antrim Ireland aboard unknown ship in 1796 to Charleston, South Carolina. He made his way to York District of South Carolina, where he settled near the Catawba River on Ferrel Creek, previously Mill Creek.

1800 Census

Name John Mcelmoil
Event Type Census
Event Date 1800
Event Place York District, South Carolina, United States
Page 619[2] The sheet is cut-off so no headings.


He became a naturalized Citizen of the United Sates on April 7, 1808 at Chester Courthouse, Chester, South Carolina. "...he emigrated from Ireland in the year One Thousand Seven Hundred Ninety-six..."

The Mystery of the Box, the Children of John McElmoyle, Sr.


McELMOYLE SR., JOHN of York District, signed December 11, 1811

Wife: Mary
Sons: James and John, the plantation containing 200 acres.
Son: David, 140 acres on Turkey Creek, purchased from Abraham Livingston.
Daughter: Margaret McElmoile, the lease of 70 acres Indian land purchased from John White.
Son: Daniel
Executors: John McClenchan
Witnesses: Isaac McFaddin, Thos. Faris, Mary Polk
Proven: 22 Apr 1812[3]

From his will we see that his wife's name is Mary and there children were: John, Jr., James, Daniel, and Margaret.

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  1. "McElmoyle Family Papers, No Author, 1978, NCR, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenberg County, Charlotte, North Carolina. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden.
  2. "United States Census, 1800", database with images, FamilySearch ([1] : accessed 11 November 2015), John Mcelmoil, 1800.
  3. McElmoyle, john (Sr.), Vol.1, 1770-1815, p. 466, Indexes to the county wills of South Carolina. York County Wills, p. 9, Mid-Continent Public Library, [2] South Carolina - Probate records - Indexes[3]
  • York, SC Wills 1770-1812 [4]. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden.
  • McElmoyle Family Papers, No Author, 1978, NCR, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenberg County, Charlotte, North Carolina. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden.

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