According to a family legend passed down through some of his descendants, John McMullan was born in Dublin, Ireland and was a tailor who cut and made the first military uniform of General George Washington...

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The McMullan Family

David's wife, Elizabeth McMullan, my ggg-grandmother, was born on 16 May 1800 in Elbert Co., Georgia. She was the daughter of Patrick McMullan and Sarah Walker. Her father and grandfather, John McMullan, were veterans of the Revolutionary War and had settled in Elbert County in the 1780's. The McMullan's land was originally in Elbert County, but that area is now part of Hart County, Georgia.

Patrick McMullan, Elizabeth's father, was born on August 15, 1772 in Orange Co., Virginia1. He married Sarah Walker on May 5, 1792 in Orange Co., Virginia2. He was named an heir in the will of John McMullan dated January 14, 1818 in Elbert, Georgia3. He appeared on the census of 1820 & 1830 in Christian, Elbert Co., Georgia4. He died on August 31, 1836 in Elbert Co., Georgia, at age 64.

It appears that the McMullan's had a rice plantation along the Savannah River in what is now Hart County Georgia. Along the south side of Hartwell Lake runs US-29 and south of the highway there is a McMullan Road that intersects with Rice Mill Road. Traveling south on Rice Mill Road approximately a half-mile from McMullan Road, before Lewis Road, and along the banks of Cedar Creek, is a historical site named "McMullin's Mill."

Patrick's father, John McMullan, was born about 17405. He possibly served in militia during French & Indian War. There is a John McMullan listed as soldier in Capt. Dickerson's company of Rangers in 1758 and 1759 - court name: Botetourt Court - date of record: Feb 17806. He married Theodosia Beck Beazley, daughter of James Beazley and Ann ___, in 1766 in Orange, Virginia7.

According to a family legend passed down through some of his descendants, John McMullan was born in Dublin, Ireland and was a tailor who cut and made the first military uniform of General George Washington. He began military service on January 12, 1778 in Virginia. He is found listed as McMullan, John of Virginia with rank of 1st Lieutenant in Thruston's Continental Regiment, 12 January, 1778. There a number of John McMullans listed as serving in the military during the American Revolution from Virginia8. He married Elizabeth Stowers circa 1780. He died in December 1817 in Elbert Co., Georgia. There is in the record a John McMullan, age 24, as an indentured servant in Pennsylvania, 1767. In addition, in 1772, we find John McMullan of Chester County, Pennsylvania who indentured Andrew McClelland for the term of 1 year and the amount of £7 10sh9. Both John and Patrick McMullan are buried in the woods a few miles south of the site of "McMullin's Mill." As stated above, Elizabeth's sister, Frances McMullan also married into the Dobbs family.

Citations

  1. Heritage Of Wilkes County, North Carolina, Vol. I n.pub.
  2. Holcomb, Marriages Of Wilkes Co, p. 106.
  3. Will Of John McMullan Will Book L.
  4. 1820 United States Census, Elbert Co., Georgia, Washington: National Archives And Records Administration, Roll: M33_8 Page: 165 Image Number: 118.; 1830 United States Census, Elbert Co., Georgia (Washington: National Archives And Records Administration).
  5. Albert L. McMullan, History Of McMullan & Allied Families (n.p.: n.pub., n.d.), p. 136-138.
  6. William Armstrong Crozier, Virginia Colonial Militia, 1651-1776. (Richmond, VA: Southern Book Co., 1905).
  7. Beasley Family Marriage Records, online http://www.geocities.com/~rewoodham/beasma36.html, BEASLEY, Theodosia Beck 1766 John McMullan.; Vogt, John. Orange Co. Marriages, 1747-1850 (n.p.: n.pub., n.d.), p. 20; Parker, Harold Travis. Pioneers Of Hart County (Lavonia, Georgia: Harold Travis Parker, 1982), p. 100.
  8. Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution (Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: The Rare Book Shop Pub. Co., 1914), Alphabetical List of Officers of the Continental Army; Mac & Mc; Fifteenth Virginia; page 374.; Direct Data Capture, Revolutionary War Service Records 1775-1783 ([database online] Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1999).
  9. Mayor's Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Record of Indentures of Individuals Bound Out as Apprentices, Servants, Etc. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania German Society, 1905.