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**James L. Mchaffey Hamilton, Esquire

Male 1761 - 1837  (76 years)


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  • Name **James L. Mchaffey Hamilton  [1
    Suffix Esquire 
    Born 25 Mar 1761  Strabane Parish, County Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried May 1837  Portland Mills, Greene, Parke, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 5 May 1837  Portland Mills, Parke, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14896  My Genealogy

    Father Hamilton,   b. Between 1700 and 1740, The Foyle, County Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland; Scotch-Irish Ancestry Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Possibly Wife McHaffey,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5522  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family *Hannah Cochran Ramsey Ramsay,   b. 14 Mar 1770, York-Huntington, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1851, Parke, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1790  Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Hamilton,   b. 23 Jan 1791, York-Huntington County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. James S. Hamilton,   b. 25 Mar 1793, Bourbon County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Boone County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. *Henry M. Hamilton,   b. 9 Mar 1795, Bourbon County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1880, Indianola, Warren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     4. Samuel Ramsay Hamilton, Esquire,   b. 24 May 1797, Bourbon, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1883, Greene, Parke, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     5. Thomas W. Hamilton,   b. 5 Aug 1799, Bourbon County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. **John W. Hamilton,   b. 17 Nov 1801, Clark County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1846, Parke Or Jackson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     7. Archibald C. Hamilton,   b. 18 Mar 1804, Clark County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1880, Probably Boone County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     8. Martha Jane Hamilton,   b. 4 Sep 1806, Clark County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1894, Crawford County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     9. Isabella Rebecca Hamilton,   b. 6 May 1808, Clark County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Osborne County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Oliver Allen Hamilton,   b. 1810, Clark County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Hulbert Holbert Lytle Hamilton,   b. 4 Oct 1811, Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1890, Putnam County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     12. Wallace Hamilton,   b. 1812, Clark County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     13. Sally Hamilton,   b. 1814, Clark County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     14. *Robert Stewart Hamilton, Doctor,   b. 13 Apr 1816, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1893, Putnam, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F5520  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • SOURCE: "Weiks History of Putnam County Indiana" by Jesse W. Weik.1910
      B.F. Bowen & Co., Publishers, Indianapolis IN; WWW.USGENWEB.COM;Putnam County
      TITLED: JAMES L. HAMILTON (grandson)
      EXCERPT: "The founder of this well known eastern Indiana family wasan emigrant from the Emerald Isle, who, more than a century ago,reached American shores and here became well established. He wasfamiliarly known by the soubriquet of "Old-School," and from him tothe gentleman whose name appears above, thrift and other accessoryqualities that win have been proverbial in the Hamilton family. JamesHamilton first settled in Pennsylvania, from which state he migratedto Kentucky and eventually came to Indiana, locating in White county,but afterwards removed to Putnam, where he arrived as early as 1829,and here, among other adventurous home-seekers, he began life anew,soon becoming well established for those early days on the frontier.Before leaving Pennsylvania he married Hannah Ramsey, a native of thatstate, and to this union nine children were born. The father remainedhere until his death in 1840." [Transcribed 14 March 2008, SLJuhl,Compiler]

      SOURCE: Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana. J. H.Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill) SOURCE:http://www.rootsweb.com/~inparke/Biographies/HParkeBiographies.htm"
      TITLED: HAMILTON, S.R (SON)
      EXCERPT: "He was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, Mary 17, 1797, andis the son of James and Hannah (RAMSEY) Hamilton. The former was bornin Tyrone, Ireland, and came to America in 1781. S.R. Hamilton'spaternal grandfather had six sons, all of whom he sent to America butthe youngest, who joined in the revolution of 1688, and was forced toflee the country for his life. This old patriarch of liberty was atiller of the soil. Mr. S.R. Hamilton's grandfather fought in thememorable battle of the Boyne, under William III, in 1690. Hismother, Hannah Ramsey was born in Pa. In 1770, in Huntington County,and is the daughter of James and Mary (COCHRAN) Ramsey. His maternalgreat grandmother, when a hundred years old, could spin six cuts of 10hundred flax thread or walk three miles in a day, and could read in asmall pocket bible without glasses. She lived almost to the great ageof 110. Mr. Hamilton's father was married in Pa. In 1793 and settledin Kentucky, where the subject of our sketch was reared and educatedin the pioneer cabins and log schoolhouse." " His and his wife'sancestors, as far back as he can trace them, have been strictPresbyterians." [Transcribed 14 March 2008, SLJuhl, Compiler]

      SOURCE: Joyce Lorraine Clore Elkins of Parke County, Indianainherited records; per daughter Sandra Lee Elkins Juhl, compiler.
      SOURCE: Biographies of Norval Hamilton, Samuel Ramsay Hamilton, JamesL. Hamilton, and Norval Hamilton.
      SOURCE: Census Records
      SOURCE: http://members.tripod.com/~Karoann/Portland-F-J.html; Burial
      SOURCE: Marriage Records
      SOURCE: An outline of assistance: Updated: Sat Aug 25 22:06:39 2001 Contact: Doreen OKeefe AT: irish44@hotmail.com ; No sources orreferences are given.
      www.RootsWeb.com WorldConnect; Obtained 02 December 2007, SLJuhl,compiler.

      SOURCE: "AREA HISTORY: Fawn Township, 1783, York County, PA;http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/york/history/gibson/fawn-1783.txt
      Contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by Kathy Francis
      Copyright 2006. All rights reserved.
      http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
      http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/pa/york/
      _______________________________________________
      History of York County, Pennsylvania. John Gibson, Historical Editor.
      Chicago: F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.
      _______________________________________________
      FAWN TOWNSHIP IN 1783 ? Page 757
      In 1783 the population of this township, including Peach Bottom was783. There were 39 slaves,
      118 dwelling houses, 89 barns, 8 mills and 18,100 acres of land takenup. The following is a
      complete list of the names of the taxable inhabitants for the year1783, together with the
      number of acres owned by each and valuation in pounds sterling:
      James Buchanan, 200 acres 114 ??
      Samuel Buchanan, 310 acres 138 ??
      John Hamilton, 100 acres, 1 slave 121 (brother to JamesMcHaffey Hamilton)
      James Ramsey, 396 acres, 3 slaves, 8 persons 326 (Hannah's father)
      Alex Ramsey, 100 acres 37" (Hannah'sbrother)
      [Transcribed 10 March 2008, SLJuhl, Compiler]

      SOURCE: 1790 U.S. Census PENNSYLVANIA YORK HUNTINGTON,MENALL; http://persi.heritagequestonline.com
      Series: M637 Roll: 9 Page: 422
      HAMILTON JAMES MC HAFFEY PA YORK HUNTINGTON, MENALLEN1790
      This is where he met and married Hannah Cochran Ramsay probably. Nomale or female dependants are listed, no other free persons, noslaves. So, James McHaffey Hamilton was single at this time.
      [Transcribed 10 March 2008, SLJuhl, Compiler]

      Between c.1790-1800, James & Hannah made the trip to Kentuckyaccording to the census records. Mary was born c.1791 inPennsylvania and James was born c.1793 in Bourbon County, Kentucky.And according to the birth places of the children, they may have leftPennsylvania in the years of c.1791-1792 for Kentucky.

      Found in the 1800 "Second Census" of Kentucky Tax Listing dated 22July 1800 as:
      Hamilton, James living in Clark County, Kentucky, Page 122, Chapter H. www.Ancestry.com
      [22 April 2008, SLJuhl, Compiler]

      SOURCE: 1810 U.S. Federal Census "HAMILTON, JAMES (1810 U.S.Census)
      KENTUCKY , CLARK, NO TWP LISTED
      Series: M252 Roll: 9 Page: 135; http://persi.heritagequestonline.com
      HAMILTON JAMES
      3-2-1-0-1-2-0-0-1-0-0-0
      [Transcribed 10 March 2008, SLJuhl, Compiler]

      "Kentucky Census, 1810-90
      Name: James Hamilton
      State: KY
      County: Clark County
      Township: No Township Listed
      Year: 1800
      Record Type: Tax list
      Database: KY Early Census Index
      Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Kentucky Census,1810-90 [database on-line].
      www.Ancestry.com"

      SOURCE: 1820 U.S. Federal Census; Ripley County, Indiana; "Series:M33 Roll: 15 Page: 46; http://persi.heritagequestonline.com
      Surname GivenName Age Sex Race Birthplace State CountyLocation Year
      Listed directly one under the other on the same census sheet/page:
      HAMILTON HENRY IN RIPLEY NO TWP LISTED 1820 (son ofJames McHaffey Hamilton)
      1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0
      HAMILTON JAMES IN RIPLEY NO TWP LISTED 1820 (JamesMcHaffey Hamilton)
      2-1-1-2-0-1-1-1-0-0-1-0-3-0-0
      WILSON BUCHANAN IN RIPLEY NO TWP LISTED 1820 (son ofGeorge Buchanan)
      1-1-1-3-0-1-4-1-0-1-0-0-5-0-0
      WM. B. BUCHANAN IN RIPLEY NO TWP LISTED 1820 (son ofGeorge Buchanan & Martha H. Buchanan Hamilton's father-w/o John W.Hamilton)
      1-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0
      WM. H. BUCHANAN IN RIPLEY NO TWP LISTED 1820 (son ofWilliam B. Buchanan)
      0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0
      JOHN MOORE IN RIPLEY NO TWP LISTED 1820
      0-0-0-0-1-0-5-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0"
      NOTE: Listed directly under both Henry & James Hamilton are WilsonBuchanan, Wm. B. Buchanan, and Wm. H. Buchanan, Plus John Moore.[Transcribed 10 March 2008, SLJuhl, Compiler]

      SOURCE: Patentee: JAMES HAMILTON; Land Survey;http://www.glorecords.blm.gov
      State: INDIANA; Acres: 80.04; Metes/Bounds: No
      Title Transfer Issue Date: 1/7/1823
      Land Office: Jeffersonville; Cancelled: No
      U.S. Reservations: No; Mineral Reservations: No
      Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
      Document Numbers; Document Nr.: 498; Accession/Serial Nr.:IN0200__.499
      BLM Serial Nr.: IN NO S/N; E½SW 9/ 6-N 5-E No 2nd PM INJackson"
      NOTE: This was the only James Hamilton listed owning land in JacksonCounty, Indiana.
      [Transcribed 10 March 2008, SLJuhl, Compiler]

      SOURCE: 1830 U.S. Federal Census-Hamilton Township, Jackson County,Indiana; Notes of Joyce Lorraine Clore Elkins of Parke County,Indiana; Indiana 1830 Census Sheet from Book, page 5, taken from theParke County, Indiana Library at Rockville.
      JAMES HAMILTON--
      Males, 1 = under 5y, 1 = 10-15y, 2 = 20-30y, 1 = 40-50y
      Females, 1 = under 5y, 2 = 10-15y, 1 = 40-50y
      THOMAS HAMILTON--
      Males, 1 = under 5y, 1 = 10-20y, 1 = 30-40y
      Females, 1 = 10-20y, 1 = 30-40y
      JOHN HAMILTON--?? not sure who this actually is as yet.
      Males, 1 = 70-80y
      NOTE: Stephen, Andrew, Benjamin, and Henry are still living in RipleyCounty, Indiana in the 1830 Census. [Transcribed 10 March 2008,SLJuhl, Compiler]

      NOTE THE SUGGESTED VERIFICATION OF THE FAMILY LINE FROM FRANKLIN &ELIZA A. ELKINS HAMILTON TO JAMES MCHAFFEY & HANNAH COCHRAN RAMSAYHAMILTON: ***The guardian records of Parke County show that on 10Nov.1846, Robert S. Hamilton was appointed guardian of (nephews andnieces) Norval, Franklin, Allen, Wallace, Warren, Mary D., and EzekielHamilton, all children of Robert S. Hamilton's brother, John W.Hamilton, deceased. (Park County guardianship book 1)." And theBiography for Robert S. Hamilton specifically states his parents areJames McHaffey & Hannah Cochran Ramsay Hamilton as well. TheBiography of Samuel Ramsay Hamilton also provides the same parentsnames plus, it also provides much more information on the HamiltonFamily history. So, with census records and the biographies, theline of Franklin Hamilton has been established here in America to hisgrandfather James McHaffey Hamilton of County Tyrone, Ulster, Irelandand to his grandmother Hannah Cochran Ramsay Hamilton of HuntingtonCounty, Pennsylvania.---Please refer to Norval Hamilton's biography aswell.

      SOURCE: E-MAIL--From Duane Boggs; duaneaboggs@hotmail.com; Dated:Saturday, March 08, 2008
      "I found the following from Britannica Encyclopedia:
      "The U.S. War of Independence greatly influenced Irish politics, notleast because it removed government troops from Ireland, and theProtestant Irish volunteer corps, spontaneously formed to defend thecountry against possible French attack, exercised a coercive influencefor reform. A patriotic opposition led by Henry Flood and HenryGrattan began an agitation that led in 1782 to the repeal of theDeclaratory Act of 1720 and to an amendment of Poynings's Law to givelegislative initiative to the Irish Parliament. In this period many ofthe disadvantages suffered by Roman Catholics in Ireland wereabolished, and in 1793 the British government, seeking to win Catholicloyalty on the outbreak of war against revolutionary France, gave themthe franchise and admission to most civil offices. The governmentfurther attempted to conciliate Catholic opinion in 1795 by foundingthe seminary of Maynooth to provide education for the Catholic clergy.But the Protestant Ascendancy had become concerned about its positionand resisted efforts to make the Irish Parliament more representative.The outbreak of the French Revolution had effected a temporaryalliance between an intellectual elite among the Presbyterians andleading middle-class Catholics; these, under the inspiration of WolfeTone, founded societies of United Irishmen, a series of radicalpolitical clubs. After the outbreak of war, the societies, reinforcedby agrarian malcontents, were driven underground. In despair theysought the military support of revolutionary France, which between1796 and 1798 dispatched a series of abortive naval expeditions toIreland. The United Irishmen were preparing for rebellion, which brokeout in May 1798 but was widespread only in Ulster and in Wexford inthe south. Although the rebellion was unsuccessful, it brought theIrish question forcibly to the attention of the British cabinet, andthe prime minister, William Pitt, planned and carried through anamalgamation of the British and Irish Parliaments, merging thekingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland into the United Kingdom. Despitesubstantial opposition in the Irish Parliament, the measure passedinto law, taking effect on January 1, 1801. To Grattan and hissupporters the union of Ireland and Great Britain seemed the end ofthe Irish nation; the last protest of the United Irishmen was made inRobert Emmet's abortive rebellion of 1803."
      REPLY E-MAIL: To Duane Boggs (duaneaboggs@hotmail.com) from SandraElkins Juhl, Compiler (sljuhl1234@yahoo.com); Dated: Saturday, March08, 2008:
      "Good job!! Let's take that biography apart line by line, and see ifit makes better sense with your new found information, okay? Which, Ishould have done way before now.
      "HAMILTON, S.R. (Samuel Ramsay Hamilton) farmer, Portland Mills, isone of Greene Township's earliest settlers. He was born in BourbonCounty, Kentucky, Mary 17, 1797, and is the son of James and Hannah(RAMSEY) Hamilton."
      meaning: The Hamilton's were in Kentucky by 1797. And we also knowthey were there in 1793, because James S. Hamilton's birth was inKentucky.
      "The former was born in Tyrone, Ireland, and came to America in 1781."
      meaning: Samuel's father was born in Tyrone, Ireland and immigratedin 1781. He was one of the sons who was not in the Revolution (inUlster, Ireland), sent to America, and was not the youngest.
      "...all of whom he sent to America but the youngest, who joined in therevolution of 1688, and was forced to flee the country for his life."
      meaning: a typographical error on the date probably then from theinformation you sent below ; A patriotic opposition led by Henry Floodand Henry Grattan began an agitation that led in 1782 to the repeal ofthe Declaratory Act of 1720 and to an amendment of Poynings's Law togive legislative initiative to the Irish Parliament.; This lastinguntil 1803. The youngest son then joined in this revolution sometimein the early 1780's probably since the older five sons had been sentout of the country around that time; No doubt so that they would notbe stressed to join in the agitation. And I agree, the father stayedin Ireland probably.
      "Mr. S.R. Hamilton's grandfather fought in the memorable battle of theBoyne, under William III, in 1690."
      meaning: Perhaps, if he was very young at the time no doubt, and itseems to be a totally different statement from the previous one above. So, this may be true as far as a time line may be discerned.
      "His mother, Hannah Ramsey was born in Pa. In 1770, in HuntingtonCounty, and is the daughter of James and Mary (COCHRAN) Ramsey."
      meaning: PLEASE--notice the difference in spelling of HuntingtonCounty! This would also hold true for the other Ramsay children alsoprobably--it was Huntington County not Huntingdon where the familiesmay be found instead in PA. You were right on the mark with this one.
      " Mr. Hamilton's father was married in Pa. In 1793 and settled inKentucky, where the subject (Samuel) of our sketch was reared andeducated in the pioneer cabins and log schoolhouse."
      meaning: Not sure where the date came from in the biography since nosources for it are there--could James have been married previously?If he was in PA from 1781-1793, he sure could have been, right? Thatwould account for the earlier age of Mary (from first wife), and thebirth of James S. in 1793, KY--1850 & 1860 census say James S. wasborn in KY.
      Sandy" [Transcribed 08 March 2008, SLJuhl, Compiler]

      SOURCE: E-MAIL: From Duane Boggs, Saturday, March 08, 2008, Titled:re: Hamilton-----------
      "Well, that was long-winded, but here is what I found.
      1790 PA Hamiltons (by County):
      Allegheny Results: 2
      Bedford Results: 4
      Bucks Results: 8
      Chester Results: 11
      Cumberland Results: 8
      Dauphin Results: 1
      Fayette Results: 3
      Franklin Results: 3
      Huntingdon Results: 2
      Lancaster Results: 11
      Mifflin Results: 10
      Montgomery Results: 1
      Northumberland Results: 6
      Philadelphia Results: 10
      Washington Results: 11
      Westmoreland Results: 8
      York Results: 5
      The people named James Hamilton who were heads of households, bycounty:
      Hamilton James Pa Allegheny From Washington Co 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Bucks No Twp Listed 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Bucks No Twp Listed 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Chester Fallowfield Twp 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Chester E Fallowfield Twp 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Chester Uwchlan Twp 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Cumberland E Cumberland Co 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Lancaster Leacock Twp 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Lancaster Salisbury Twp 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Lancaster Donegal Twp 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Mifflin Remainder Of Co 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Montgomery Cheltenham Twp 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Washington No Twp Listed 1790
      Hamilton James Pa Westmoreland Unity Twp 1790
      Hamilton James Pa York Berwick, Cumberlan 1790
      ***HAMILTON JAMES McHAFFEY Pa York Huntington, Menall 1790
      The reference to "Menall" is, I believe, an abbreviation for Menallen,which was also a township in York County. This is where history comesin. AFTER 1790 (but before 1800), part of York County was split offto form Adams County, and so Huntington (with a "t") and Menallen are,TODAY, in Adams County. If you are good with maps (either an atlas,or one of the on-line mapping services like www.mapquest.com), youwill be able to find these places. Or you can go tohttp://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/maps/pa/county/adams/usgs/. At thissite is a map of these townships, and even access to a topographicalmap." [Transcribed 08 March 2008, SLJuhl, Compiler]

      NOTE: From the census records in Indiana, it was noted that some ofthe children settled initially in Parke, Putnam, and Boone Counties.All of the children did maintain close ties between themselves forsome time. It was noted from some of the grandchildren's births, thata few of James Hamilton's children even were visiting back and forthfrom Indiana into Kentucky and vice-versa.

      SOURCE: CEMETERY LISTINGS PARKE COUNTY, INDIANA;http://members.tripod.com/~Karoann/Portland-F-J.html
      PORTLAND MILLS CEMETERY;http://www.portlandmills.com/Default.aspx?pn=SearchPeople
      Last Name First Name Mid Name Birth Date Death Date Age Vet Block LotBed Reason
      Excerpts:
      3 Hamilton Emily J. 1840-01-19 E 94
      4 Hamilton Evan E. 1833 1905 C 64 Stomach trouble
      Comments: 1st Lt US Army
      6 Hamilton (Ramsay) Hannah 1770-03-14 1851-07-20 E 84
      7 Hamilton James 1761 1837-05-05 E 97
      8 Hamilton James A. 1833-12-18 1850-05-25 E 85
      9 Hamilton James L. 1868 1949 2 5
      Comments: Uncle of Morris Smith
      10 Hamilton Joseph H. 1840 1919-02-27 E 86
      Comments: Brother to Evan
      11 Hamilton (Bishop) Mary R. 1842-08-14 1929-04-20 B 40
      12 Hamilton (Reeder,Heck) Mary R. 1877-04-10 1941-11-02 2 5
      13 Hamilton Nancy 1820-07-20 1884-12-06 C 42
      14 Hamilton (Ramsay) Nancy M. 1798-06-05 1892-01-01 C 62
      15 Hamilton Dr. Robert Stewart 1816-04-13 1893-07-08 B 39
      16 Hamilton Samuel D. 1840-01-02 E 95
      17 Hamilton Samuel R. 1797-05-24 1883-01-28 1812 C 63
      Comments: Inscription:Indiana; PVT Gen W H Harrison's Regt; War of1812 (Co B. 43 Reg. Ind. Vol.)"

      SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_Macfie;
      "Clan Macfie is an Scottish clan, officially registered with LyonCourt since 1981. The clan is considered an Armigerous clan as it iscurrently without a chief.[1][2] Clan Macfie derives it's name fromthe Gaelic Mac Dhuibhshíthe, along with many surnames associated withthe clan. The clan was associated with the islands of Colonsay andOronsay in the Scottish Inner Hebrides,[3] and today many monuments tovarious lairds and churchmen of the clan are found on these islands.The historian W. F. Skene named the clan as one of the seven clans ofSiol Alpin.[3] The seven clans were thought to have been able to tracetheir decent from Alpin, supposed father of Cináed mac Ailpín, King ofthe Picts, of whom Scots tradition considered the first King ofScots.[4]
      Little is known of the early history of the clan, though it is certainthe clan served under the Lords of the Isles.[3] After the forfeitureof the Lordship of the Isles the clan still attached itself to theMacDonalds, until the fall of the clan and the death of its last chiefin the early 17th century.[5] After the loss of its traditional lands,the clan was considered a "broken clan",[6] leaderless and withoutpossessions, which led to a branch of the clan being dispersed tolands controlled by Clan Cameron. In the early 19th century EwenMacphee became a notorious outlaw, "revered and feared by locals anddespised by the authorities".[7] Today the modern Clan Macfie is alivewith nine clan societies located around the world."
      Excerpt: The origin of name Macfie (and it's variations) is from theGaelic Mac Dhuibhshíthe, which means son of Duibhshíth.[20] The Gaelicname was composed of two elements: dubh (black) + síth (peace).
      The following is the list of names associated with Clan Macfie, asrecognised by the Commander of the Clan. Note that the prefix Mac/Mcare interchangeable.
      Machaffie.[2]
      Machaffy.[2]
      Macphee.[2]
      Macfee.[2]
      Macfie.[2]
      Macguffey.[2]
      Macguffie.[2] , etc...Official Scottish Clans and Familieselectricscotland.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-11"

      SOURCE: http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/m/macfie2.html;MacFie; There are several accounts of the McHaffy origin.
      Excerpt: "The clan Duffie (in Gaelic, clann Dhubhie means "thecoloured tribe") or Macphie (generally spelt Macfie) appear to havebeen the origional inhabitants of the island of Colonsay, which theyheld till the middle of the 17th century, when they were dispossessedof it by the Macdonalds. They were probably a branch of the ancientAlbionic race of Scotland, and their genealogy given in the MS of1450, according to Skene, evinces their connection by descent with theMacgregors and Mackinnons."
      Excerpt: "THE Siol Alpin, descended from the early Scottish king ofthat name, and comprising the MacGregors, Grants, Mackinnons,MacQuarries, MacNabs, and MacAulays, have always prided themselvesupon being the most ancient and noble of the Scottish clans. In thewell-known Gaelic MS. of 1450, Clan Dhubhie is shown to be of the samedescent. The prefix " dhu " in their name indicates that they were ofa dark race, which corroborates their Celtic origin, in contrast withthe fair-haired Norwegians who for so many centuries colonised anddominated the Western Isles."

      "Septs of Clan MacPhee: Duffie, Duffy, MacGuiffie, Machaffie."
      Excerpt: "The island of Colonsay, off western Argyllshire was theoriginal home of the clan which it owned until the middle of the 17thcentury. On the island of Iona there is a tombstone commemoratingMalcolm MacDuffie, who married the sister of John Maclan ofArdnamurchan, one of the most powerful of the clan Donald 15th-centurychieftains."
      Excerpt: "The name MacHaffie is found in southern Scotland and issaid to be derived from the old, old name, MacDhubshith, McDuffie,Mac-a-Phi, with roots on Isle of Colonsay. Black's Surnames ofScotland shows under MACCAFFIE, MACHAFFIE listing:
      son of the servantof S. Cathbad.'.... also preserved in the place name Craig Caffie,parish of Inch [in Wigtownshire], which appears in a charter of thetime of Robert I as Kellechaffe or Kellechaffy...." Kellechaffeproperty was granted to John Neilson, son of Neil of Carrick in the14th c., and long held by Neilsons. Craigcaffie Tower is in finecondition, and also on the property is an ancient broch, described inH. M. Chadwick's book, Early Scotland. Black mentions John McCaffe,messenger for King James V, 1540. Makcathy and McGuffie, McGuffog arefound in Galloway earlier.
      I was told as a child that our McHaffie ancestor was banished fromScotland. In 1986, I learned more,
      then in Dobson's Directory of Scots Banished to the AmericanPlantations 1650-1775 found "John McHaffie in Gargerie. Covenanter.Banished to the plantations 17 October 1684 (PC)." Dobson's TheOriginal Scots Colonists of Early America refers to PC10.612, volumeand page from the Register of the Privy Council. Gargrie, with ruinsof stone house, etc., is on a strip of land between Castle Loch andLoch Mochrum, Wigtownshire. John McHaffie in Gargerie/Gargrie was atBothwell Bridge 1679, captured 1684, in Canongate, 1685, per PC pages. Thomas McHaffie, a Covenanter, slain in 1685, was son of John in theLargs Farm, Straiton, and is buried in the Straiton churchyard,Ayrshire, per Thomson's Martyr Graves of Scotland, and has twotombstones, with year shown as 1686.
      Fairbairn's Book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain andIreland, p. 363, lists: M'Haffie, Scotland, a demi-griffon, gules(crest); and also, M'Haffie, George William Gordon, Esquire, crest ademi-savage. (George, an only son, owned Corsmalzie estate inWigtownshire, and in 1882 changed his name to George WilliamMcHaffie-Gordon, Lyon Register XI, and also in a London newspaper)."

      Added SOURCE: www.RootsWeb.com World Connect Project; 02 December2007, Doreen O'Keefe's (irish44@hotmail.com) posting, Outline ofDescendant Register Report; Last Updated: Sat Aug 25 22:06:39 2001;Please refer to Doreen O'Keefe's data information on the website formore details. Not all of the information in the register report wasused by this compiler. After all, most of the outline was Doreen'sresearch, but it was very helpful as an outline in sorting out thegrandchildren of James L. McHaffey & Hannah Cochran Ramsay Hamilton;Obtained 02 December 2007 per SLJuhl, Compiler.

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