JAMES MCCORD, BORN 1620, TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH CLAN CHIEFTAIN HAD SEVERAL GRANDSONS WHO CAME BY WAY OF NORTHERN IRELAND TO AMERICA IN 1720-38. THEY SETTLED IN THE LOWER HUDSON RIVER VALLEY OF NEW YORK, NEAR CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, IN BOTH LANCASTER AND YORK COUNTIES, PENNSYLVANIA, AND AT CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA.
THEY LEFT A GREAT HERITAGE, ONE OF REVERENCE FOR GOD, LOYALTY TO COUNTRY, AND LOVE OF FAMILY. THEY AND MANY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS MADE GREAT SACRIFICES THAT WE MIGHT ENJOY FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. TODAY, THEIR DESCENDANTS AROUND THE WORLD HONOR THAT HERITAGE.
OVER 100 MCCORDS SERVED IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, ELEVEN OF THEM AT VALLEY FORGE IN 1777-78. WE HAVE THE NAMES OF THE UNITS IN WHICH MOST OF THEM SERVED.
Clan McCord Society (McCord Family Association} is an association of families and individuals related to a small handful of McCords who came to America early in our nation's history from Northern Ireland, Ulster, and by strong tradition, before that from the Isle of Skye, Scotland. We have been the sole official representative of the Clan McCord Society for 10 years.
Murdo Ross of Edinburgh Scotland is our Acting President of The McCord Society until July 31, 2011. Debbie Skousen, is the V-P for Internet Research Coordination and Jean Hayter is the Acting VP Secretary Treasurer until then. This is a great slate of officers and we look forward to the future under their fine leadership!
The 2007 International McCord Family (Clan McCord Society) Reunion at New Holland PA
Ambassador (Major General) Weston Adams, member of our own McCord Society, was our Keynote Speaker at our 2007 Reunion. Ambassador Adams is the Executive Producer of the new film, The Last Confeerate: The Story of Robert Adams.. It is a movie about 6 McCords and 6 Adams families who are descended from Cpl. Mark McCord, Valley Forge veteran. It is a romance set in the Civil War in South Carolina. The famous actors and actresses Lee Majors, Mickey Rooney, Amy Redford, daughter of Robert Redford, Tippie Hedren and some other well-known film figures play McCords and Adams by true names in the film.
We met at New Holland, PA on July 4, 2007; at Philadelphia PA in Independence Hall, The Betsy Ross House, and at Valley Forge on July 5, 2007; and on July 6, 2007 at Fort McCord PA and at the historic Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey PA, founded by William McCord and some 10 others in 1724. Ambassador Weston Adams spoke at the Opening Day, July 4th in New Holland, PA, and at Independence Hall and The Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia on July 5, 2007.
The theme of the 2007 International McCord Reunion was " God, Country and Family" and "Band of Brothers: A Band of Heroes."
Independence Hall, Philadelphia
Ambassador Adams and one of the McCord family lines are descended from two of the builders of famed Independence Hall where the Continental Congress met, and the names of the two builders are inscribed in the famous Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia.
Ambassador Adams and the same McCord line members also descended from the niece of Betsy Ross who Betsy raised from age 14. Some very famous families indeed! Betsy Ross made the first American flag with 13 starts and stripes in 1776.
You don't want to miss the next International McCord Family Reunion! It begins on July 4, 2011 at New Holland Pennsylvania. 2
Our Clan McCord Society Newsletter website is www.McCordClan.com . Please check it periodically for the latest news of our Society!
A SHIP AT THE TIME OF THE EARLY MCCORDS
One of the largest family groups in the American Revolution, over 100 McCords served in most of its major battles. Some 11 McCords were at Valley Forge with General George Washington in the bitter winter of 1777-78.
Earlier, McCords were in the French and Indian War where some were killed or taken captive by the French and Indians at Ft. McCord, near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on April 1, 1756, and held for 1-6 years. Some were recovered in a daring rescue 5 months later by Colonel John Armstrong, Commander of the Frontier Pennsylvania Rangers at Kittanning, near present-day Pittsburgh. Those recovered included Mary McCord. Jean McCord Lowry and her 3 children who were recovered later. For the rescue at Kittanning, Colonel John Armstrong and his Frontier Ranger officers received medals struck in their honor by John Penn of the William Penn Family.
Ft. McCord was the most famous private fort in America in the French and Indian War.
Most of the McCords in the American Revolution appear related to a common ancestor in Scotland, Clan Chieftain James MacKorda, who, by strong tradition was born 1620 on the Isle of Skye, Scotland and was killed at the famous Battle of Killiecrankie Pass, Scotland in July 1689. Various other McCords came from other parts of Scotland in the 1600'-1800's. After the Battle of Killecrankie Pass, John McCord, son of the Clan Chieftain, took the remaining members of the McCord family to Ulster, Northern Ireland where they lived until 1720-1740 when many of them moved to America.
Several of Clan Chieftain James MacKorda's grandsons who came to America in 1720-1738 settled in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York and South Carolina. They were William, David, James and John McCord who went to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Andrew and Johannes McCord who went to Augusta and Albemarle County, Virginia; John and James McCord who went to the lower Hudson River Valley in New York; and Barnard McCord who went to Charleston, South Carolina. Each of these appear related to the son of Clan Chieftain James MacKorda, John McCord (born 1660), who was married to Mary MacDougall.
During the American Revolution, the 100 McCords knew or served with many of the most famous Americans in the Revolution and some in the Continental Congress. Read about them in the online book below The American Revolution and the McCords.
By 1790 McCord families pioneering the American frontier were living in 13 states including Maine, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky.
By 1820, there were over 400 McCord families in these states and in Illinois and Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, Arkansas and Alabama, and other areas of the Great West.
Most of these McCords appear descended from the original McCord settlers in America of 1720-38. Many of the descendants of these original settlers and those who served in the American Revolution have not yet been traced.
Join us in this exciting adventure of searching your McCord ancestry, and learn true American history about those who sacrificed much to help establish and settle this great nation and helped acquire its freedom! McCord families were not only there when our nation's history was being made, they were a part of that history!
Are you interested in seeing if your McCord ancestor's name is on file? The search is free. If so, send an email with his or her name, and when and where he or she lived, to: Research@McCordFamilyAssn.com.
Would you like to join the McCord Family Association (Clan McCord Society)? The fee is only $25 the first year and $15 a year thereafter. An application can be obtained by sending an email to Research@McCordFamilyAssn.com .
Our Clan McCord Society (McCord Family Association) has been in business for 10 years and is the only official Clan McCord Society.
Now learn more about our organization
HOW WE ARE ORGANIZED
The Clan McCord Society (McCord Family Association) has been chartered by The Association of Scottish Clans and Associations, Inc. for 10 years.
Our organizational structure is a simple one, designed to provide maximum assistance to those seeking to trace their McCord family history, and to provide an opportunity for its members to have a fraternal relationship with other McCords worldwide. We have a President (Clan Chieftain), and four operating divisions, which are: Research Coordination, Internet Coordination, Membership/Secretary-Treasurer Each of these four divisions is headed by a Vice-President (Assistant Chieftain). Their names are listed at the end of this homepage. In addition, there are two advisory positions.
All positions are voluntary, unpaid positions. Those involved do their work for others because of their love of family and their appreciation of the great family heritage they have received which came at much, and often noble, sacrifice by those who went before them. We desire to carry and pass the torch on and preserve the rich heritage which they gave to us.
HOW THE MCCORD FAMILY RESEARCH WORKS
There are two ways by which one who is interested in tracing his family history may do so.
One occurs when an individual sees our homepage or our other online pages such as www.mccordclan.com web site, and emails or mails a request for assistance in tracing his or her McCord ancestry, or asks for an application to join the Society.
The Internet has revolutionized our ability to provide research help to those seeking to trace their McCord ancestry and do it more rapidly than heretofore.
When a request comes to us by email asking for a trace of his or her McCord family ancestry, the request goes immediately to our Research Coordinator by email. He/she in a matter of days, and sometimes in a matter of hours, can check their files and those with whom they coordinated research, and provide a reply back which is then emailed giving what the initial file search shows about one's ancestor. A further reply is provided after further research, if appropriate, which may take several days.
A second method is one which occurs when an individual sends in an application to join our Society and includes biographical and family history data. A copy of that information is sent to the Research Coordinator who then checks her files, and to others who have done research on McCord families also, and a reply is provided to the individual making the application and seeking information about his or her family.
This system works remarkably well and it is estimated that in up to 80-85% of the cases, we are able to provide some information about one's ancestors. It may not answer all one's questions about his or her ancestry line, but it will help the individual in pursuing further research. Sometimes it takes the individual back several generations in his research. With the Internet we hope to increase this percentage of successful "hits" by enlarging the circle of those who have information which may be helpful to others tracing their McCord ancestry.
It is our belief that there are many other McCord families in America, not yet associated with us or aware of our organization, who may have just the information others are searching for. In turn, we may be able to help the one providing the information with other information about family history which he or she may not be aware of. Thus it can work in both directions in assisting McCord families perform research. Overall, the system is an excellent one and we look forward to improving it even more.
SOME PIONEER RESEARCHERS OF MCCORD FAMILY HISTORY
We are fortunate that there have been some fine and thorough pioneers in McCord research who have gone before us. Some of them continue to pursue their research after 30-40 years each in experience in it.
The early McCord family history pioneers included Mrs. Guyte (Jean) McCord and her husband Judge Guyte McCord, Sr. Their research which was performed all over the nation from the 1920's on continued through their son Judge Guyte McCord of Tallahassee, Floridal
Another early pioneer was Paul Jakes who worked for a Seminary Extension in Mississippi, traveling all over the nation and gathering McCord family history as he went, and who left his extensive files with a state university in Mississippi. We have been fortunate to have had access to them through Dr. Tom Hill of East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Hill performed a monumental service when he put Paul Jakes' files on computer a few years ago and has since made them available to other McCords tracing their ancestry. Another pioneer McCord researcher is Don E. McCord of Eagleville, Tennessee who has a very large collection of McCord files and data on computer which he collected over many years.
Another pioneer researcher was our first Research Coordinator, David McCord of Estancia, New Mexico, now deceased, who served the federal government many years as an early university instructor in the Chinese language for the military at Yale and did vital work thereafter for the U.S. Government. He also had the files of former early McCord researcher, Miss Alenia McCord of Vandalia, Illinois. David McCord organized her files awhich now provides research assistance to others from them. We are grateful to her family for providing them to us and to David for his organizational work.
Dr. Tom Hill, Don E. McCord, and David McCord were engaged in McCord family history research each for 30-40 years and they worked together to assist McCord families researching their history. Similarly Dr. Symm McCord, M.D. of Augusta, Georgia has collected McCord family history data over many years which he has freely made available to others.
In addition, Dr. Symm McCord has an excellent McCord Bible Pages site. It will become an invaluable assist and database for McCords in the future as Bibles are added to the site. Bible are often the most accurate source of all history records for information about dates of family births, marriages and deaths. See his McCord Bible site: http://www.knology.net/~smccord/welcomebibles.htm .
Cumulatively, all of these individuals and others have through their collections a highly valuable database of family history information about the McCords of America, not available anywhere else in the world.
There are a number of families such as the Erwins, Lowrys, Alexanders, the Blacks, the McCrearys, the Kerrs, the Boyds, the Elders, the Shipleys, the Carsons, the Boones, the McAmis's, the Robinsons, the Houstons and a host of other families who were at various times in the past very closely associated as friends with the McCords wherever they lived. several related by marriage. By bringing their descendants into our membership as Associate Members, even if they are not related by blood directly with the McCords, we hope to continue that fraternal relationship with these families and all of our links to the past together.
In addition, we may find, as we do in the Alexander family, for example, additional information in their records about the McCords which is helpful to our members. Several Alexanders intermarried with the McCords in Illinois and elsewhere and the family relationship was close.
McCord Online Newsletter at www.McCordClan.com
McCord Family (Clan McCord Society) Website: http://www.McCordFamilyAssn.com (this site);
Dr. Symm McCord, M.D., "McCord Bibles Site" at: http://www.knology.net/~smccord/welcomebibles.htm . Email: email@example.com.
McCord Online Newsletter, www.McCordClan.com, .
Books: Online book, The McCord Family of America: The American Revolution and the McCords at this site. Copyright (c) James McCord, all rights reserved, McCord Online Publications (ISBN 0-914286-04), 1997. No charge for individual copy for personal use by downloading, not for resale. Written permission required to reprint in other publications.
Readers are encouraged to view the different sites and McCord news publications listed above for further information of interest about McCord family reunions, research activities, news and Scottish games activities.
Other Organizations of Similar Family History Interests: McCord families who are eligible are encouraged to associate in membership with the Sons of the American Revolution, website: http://www.sar.org http://www.sar.org and the Daughters of the American Republic (DAR). These are both fine organizations which promote interest in our nation's history and are excellent sources of genealogical and family history data.
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND THE MCCORDS
(THE MCCORDS OF AMERICA: THE FIRST 150 YEARS (1720-1870) VOLUME I)
-by James McCord
A Pictorial Overview
Table of Contents
II. MAPS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
III. THE MCCORDS AND THE SCOTCH-IRISH
IV. NEW YORK MCCORDS IN THE REVOLUTION
V. VIRGINIA MCCORDS IN THE REVOLUTION
VI. THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR OF 1750'S
VII. INDIAN TRAILS AND 1763 MAP
VIII. PENNSYLVANIA MCCORDS IN THE REVOLUTION
IX. NORTH CAROLINA MCCORDS IN THE REVOLUTION
X. SOUTH CAROLINA MCCORDS IN THE REVOLUTION
XI. KENTUCKY, DANIEL BOONE, AND THE MCCORDS
XII. THE SOUTHWEST TERRITORY AND THE MCCORDS
XIII. TENNESSEE, SAM HOUSTON AND TEXAS INDEPENDENCE
XIV. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE MCCORDS, AND THE CIVIL WAR OF THE 1860'S
XV. THE GREAT WEST AND THE MCCORDS
XVI. OTHER MILITARY AND PUBLIC SERVICE OF THE MCCORDS
A PICTORIAL HERITAGE
I. OUR GREAT HERITAGE: GOD
II. OUR GREAT HERITAGE: FAMILY AND COUNTRY
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THE ONLY OFFICIAL CLAN MCCORD SOCIETY FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS
Senior Researchers: Don E. McCord
Clan McCord (McCord Family Association) Officers:
Vice-President, Research Coordination Ms. Debbie Skousen
Acting Vice President, Secretary Treasurer, Jean Hayter.
Acting President Murdo Ross, Edinburgh, Scotland
Max Waldrop, Special Assistant to President Ross.