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Nancy (Rector) McElwain (1735 - 1799)

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Nancy McElwain formerly Rector
Born in Pennsylvania, Somerset, Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1752 in Rockingham,,Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Franklin, Virginia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 15 Nov 2019 | Created 21 Mar 2011 | Last significant change: 15 Nov 2019
18:15: A Hayes edited the Current Last Name for Nancy (Rector) McElwain (1735-1799). (changing current last name to married surname) [Thank A for this]
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from DESCENDANTS OF HANS RECTOR, Stella Cotrill and Don Norman

Nancy Rector, a daughter of John and Anna Catharina (Fishback) Rector, was born about 1737 and died after 1799. She married George Thomas McElwain Jr. about 1752. George, a son of George Thomas and Margaret (Thompson) McElwain, was born about 1720 in Cumberland County PA and died in VA before 1799. Nancy was living in Franklin County, VA in 1799, and gave permission for daughter Sarah to marry. "I Certifie that my Dauter Sarah is of full age and that I have Consented that shee may join in marriage with Charles Vinson given under my hand this 22nd of April 1799 Nancy McWain."


also seen as daughter of HANS RECTOR, born 1730 in PA, and died 1799 in Franklin Co., VA. Pennsylvania Dutch? "Your note about Jonathan Fine's marriage to Hannah Rector made me curious if Hannah was related to Nancy Rector who was mother in law of Vinet Fine. Recall that Vinet Fine married Effa McElwane (McElwain) daughter of Nancy Rector and George? McElwane. The McElwanes were from the part of VA that became WV- eventually Braxton WV. Nancy Rector McElwane was in Rockingham (Augusta) VA by 1781 and moved to Franklin VA by 1794. Effa's sister Mary marrried Peter Cogar of WV." gdtrauf53 on noted on 5 Nov 2010: Nancy's parents are not certain. What comes after is well documented and from her "parents" back is well documented but I am not satisfied and can find no proof of who her parents are. She is not listed in John Rector's will. .. Thomas and brother Tunis, went to Franklin County with their mother, Nancy. "My speculation is that Nancy (Rector) McElwain dies in Franklin abt 1802 based on only surviving son Tunis McElwain moving to Fanklin in 1797 and then back to WVA in 1802 ... " Nancy McElwain gave her consent to the marriage of Sally(Sarah):

"I Certifie that my Dauter Sarah is of full age and that I have Consented that shee may join in marriage with Charles Vinson given under my hand this 22nd of April 1799 Nancy McWain." In the body of the marriage record, Sarah is "Sally".

Possible Parents: John Rector; Hans Jacob Richter (1674-1729??) Married

George McELWAIN II on Abt. 1752 in PA, son of George McELWAIN I and Margaret THOMPSON.


  1. EFFA MCELWAIN, b. Abt. 1754; d. Abt. 1785
  2. ELINOR NELLIE MCELWAIN b. June 29, 1757, Palmer, Hampden, MA; d. 1796, Rockingham Co., VA; m. NORTON GUM 1778, Rockingham Co., VA; b. Abt. 1750, Rockingham Co., VA; d. 1789, Rockingham Co., VA.
  3. MARY POLLY MCELWAIN, b. 1758, Rockingham Co., VA; d. 1826, Braxton Co., WV.
  4. CATHON CATHERINE MCELWAIN b. Abt. 1760; m. JEREMIAH BROOKS August 18, 1794, Franklin, Randolph Co., VA.
  5. THOMAS MCELWAIN b. Abt. 1761; d. 1797, Franklin Co., VA; m. FRANCES PRICE September 03, 1781, Rockingham Co., VA.
  6. SARAH SALLY MCELWAIN b. 1762; m. CHARLES VINSON April 22, 1799
  7. TUNIS WAYNE MCELWAIN b. August 19, 1773; d. November 04, 1851, Arnoldburg, Calhoun Co., WV; m. CATHERINE PROBST 1791, Pendleton Co., VA; b. March 15, 1772, Pendleton Co., VA; d. August 04, 1849, Calhoun Co., VA.


Date: 1735
Place: Franklin Co., VA, USA

Nancy was born in 1735. She passed away in 1799.


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On 27 Jan 2018 at 09:16 GMT Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen wrote:

Rector-1188 and Rector-26 appear to represent the same person because: Exact dates, same spouse and child

On 21 Sep 2014 at 20:35 GMT J (Schmeeckle) S wrote:

I see no evidence for the parents of this Nancy Rector. She isn't mentioned in the will of John Rector, who didn't live in Pennsylvania. She should probably be detached.

On 21 Sep 2014 at 09:47 GMT J (Schmeeckle) S wrote:

Rector-485 and Rector-26 appear to represent the same person because: These are clearly the same person. Rector-485 has a false brother and a sort-of correct mother, linked to the correct grandfather.

Nancy is 15 degrees from T S Eliot, 15 degrees from Walter Howe and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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