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