McFeaters Name Study

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About the Project

The goal of this project is to unite those who are interested in discovering the roots of the Pennsylvania McFeaters line with the hope that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Some alternate spelling of the last name will include: MCPHEETERS, MCPETERS, MCPHETERS, MCFEETERS, MCFETERS, MCPHETRES, MCFEAT, MCFETTERS, and MCPETERS.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • I have hit a dead-end with McFeaters-2. It is hypothesized that his father was John McFeeters (McFeters/McPheeters) who died 7 SEP 1762 in Chester, Pennsylvania and who was married to a Jean/Jane Scott, possibly born in 1736, Chester County, Pennsylvania may be the parents of McFeaters-2. Any evidence to support this would be greatly appreciated.


There seems to be a very strong possibility that the McFeaters line in Western Pennsylvania is indeed part of the orginal McPheeters who came to the colonies in 1726-1730. More information to follow.

For the past six years, I have been gathering information to update a family history of the McPheeters family. For all of thi stime I have been aware of the McFeaters family of Western Pennsylvania and wondered if there was some connection--especially since there are many variations in the early spelling of both names and since the McPheeters are reported to have originally come to the Pennsylvania Colony from Londonberry, Ireland and settled around 1726-1730. From there they moved down The Great Valley Road of the Shenandoah Valley into Virginia and North Carolina.

During the past year after a visit to the Indiana County Historical County in Indiana, Pennsylvania and contacts with decendants of the four of the original McFeaters settlers in that area, together with the information from US Census records and Military Pension records, a much clearer picture of the McFeaters family has emerged. However, there are still many details to be explained and confirmed or modified.''

As given to Evans-19656 by: Dr. Harold McPheeters, MD; Atlanta, Georgia on July 31, 1987

Research Notes

Work-in-Progress, more information coming soon, bjmcf 28 Apr 2024

There are several key sources which may help in proving that John McFeaters, 1710-1762 is the father of James McFeaters which are noted below:

John initially lived in Edgmont Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania and on the Chester County Tax Rolls his name has various spelling: McFeeters, McFeatters, McFeaters.

It is thought that John McFeters had two known children. James (1752-1828) and Andrew McPheeters (1761-1850)

It is noted that John had a first wife, Mary Stewart/Stuart, 1714-1758) but that family lore cannot be proved as no documentation can be found. If so, James McFeeters (1752-1828) was Mary's son as he married Jane Scott until 1758. or....

John married Jane Scott (1737-1820) , daughter of Andrew (1713-1784) and Catherine (1717-?) Scott, 21 Apr 1758, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware. Therefore, Andrew Scott was her child as he was born in 1761.

Jane McFeters, Administratrix, 07 Sep 1762 in John McFeters will, West Marlborough, Chester County, Pennsylvania with Samuel Scott. Question? Who is Samuel Scott? Son, Samuel Scott McFeaters? Or, relation to Jane (sometimes Jean)? Cousin? Brother? Uncle?

Andrew Scott, Janes fathers' will dated 06 Spr 1776, proven 25 Feb 1784 provided for Jane McPhetrick (variation)

Note: Andrew McPheeters was a Revolutionary War soilder first serving as a substitute for Isaiah Scott in January 1776, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Jane had a brother, Isaiah Scott born in 1737. Does this support a connection that Andrew McPheeters was John and Jane McFeters son?

Andrew had a son named Andrew Scott McPheeters--is this a tribute to the mother's maiden name?


Recently, a direct male descendant of McFeaters-2 took the Y700 test and has added his DNA to the family tree McPheeters DNA Project. Thus far, it appears as though there is a connection between those with the last name McPheeters and all variations and the SW Pennsylvania McFeaters, but my DNA knowledge has not grown enough to make a correct assessment. Anyone who would like to help with this is welcome and I, McFeaters-9 , will give you further information and access to the study.

Research Pages

The first immigrants of record to the American Colonies came from Northern Ireland to the Pennsylvania Colony (five -- William, Alexander, Charles, John and James --to the Scots-Irish Settlement in Chester and Lancaster Counties, and two -- Archibald and John-- to the Massachusetts Bay Colny (Maine) between 1710 and 1730. Three of those young families -- William, Alexander and Charles -- moved south to Orange/Augusta County, Virginia, by 1740. Charles then moved on to western North Carolina by 1750 and later changed the spelling of his name to McPeters at the time of the Revolutionary War.

Other families of McFeeters immigrated mainly to Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1850, but one such family went first to Canada and then to Vermont, while still another went to South Carolina and later became McPeters in Alabama.

There are also African-American and Mulatto McPheeters and McPeters families who are related to the McPheeters and McPeters families who owned slaves.

An interesting link for those who are interested in the history/origins of the McPheeters:

The last paragraph states: A prominent Presbyterian clergyman, Rev. William McPheeters of Raleigh, North Carolina, wrote in his genealogy -- Some Account of My Paternal and Maternal Ancestors -- in 1842 that the origin of the McPheeters name was with a William, the son of a Peter Hume of the Highlands of Scotland, who was dissatisfied with the treatment given him by his half-siblings of his father's first marriage and decided to call himself William McPeter (i.e., son of Peter). A recent comparison of the DNA patterns of the McPheeters and Hume descendants shows that this legend is 'NOT true. Nor is the McPheeers DNA pattern a close match to those of some Scottish clans that claim us.

Suggested Resources

Family Tree DNA: McPheeters

The McPheeters Family By Helen McPheeters Rice 1956

Upon the Shoulders of Giants, Vol. I by Vernon Arthur Zeitler, 1986

Upon the Shoulders of Giants, Vol II by Vernon Arthur Zeitler, 1993

Related Surnames and Variants

McFeaters McFeeters McFeters McFetters McPheeters McPheaters McPheadris McPhedris McPhedres McPeters


Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Bonnie and I am a direct descendant of James McFeaters (McFeaters-2), born about 1752 in Cumberland, Pennsylvania and died 14 JUN 1828 in Cumberland, Pennsylvania. .

How to Join

Please contact the Study's coordinator B U or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!

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I am William Laughlin McFeaters’ great grandson thru his youngest daughter Bessie. I have 23&me DNA info. I’d like to contribute but I’m not sure how.
posted by David Trindle
David: Hello! I am glad a McFeaters has finally reached out to me. I sent your request to Sandy Patak to either reply or forward your request to someone who can guide you through the process. If you don't get an answer on or before Monday, please reach out again. Bonnie (McFeaters-9)
posted by Bonnie (McFeaters) U
Hi David!

It would be great to have your help with this Study. The main thing is to add profiles to WikiTree and include the "category" or "sticker" on each Profile.

I noticed that you are still listed as a Guest on WikiTree's website. To be able to add profiles, you would need to upgrade and become a full member. Please review our Honor Code for more information. To upgrade your membership, please review this page for the details.

Thanks! Sandy

posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak