McWh*rter   Genealogy

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North American

Updated 12-Jul-2004

gepic1.jpg (8154 bytes)   Since February 1997 most issues of the McWh*rter Genealogy Newsletter have featured an article, 3-generation register report and list of research sources for a McWh*rter believed to be an immigrant "progenitor" of a North American McWh*rter family.

As each issue of the newsletter is published those articles, reports and sources are reprinted here for the benefit of researchers.

If you know where you're headed - click on the name and go!

John McWhorter
of Albemarle co., VA
Hugh McWhorter
of New Castle co., DE
David McWhorter
of Lancaster co., PA
Hugh McWhorter
of York co., SC
Moses McWhorter
of Lancaster co., PA
Mathew McWhorter
of Washington co., NY
John McWhorter
of Washington co., NY
Thomas McWhorter
of New Jersey
Hugh E. McWhorter
of PA and DE
Hance McWhorter
of Rowan co., NC
George Gray McWhorter
of SC and AL
William McWhorter
of PA and OH
Gilbert (1794-1874) & John (1801-1883) McWhirter
of Scotland and Canada
John McWhorter (cir1695-1768)
of Greenwich, MA
Thomas McCargo McWhirter
of Ayrshire, Scotland & Quebec, Canada
Samuel Mehorter

of Ireland & Philadelphia, PA
John McWhirter
of Scotland, England & Staten Island, NY


Some of the early North American McWh*rter families featured in this series of articles are undoubtedly "connected", but evidence is currently lacking to establish what the relationship might be. The articles and register reports reprinted here should be viewed with care. They are based on the work of many researchers, some more careful then others. The information should be used as a guide in your genealogical journey, not as an end to the journey.

Below is a brief description (and links) to the
North American "progenitors"
whose stories have already been published in the newsletter.

John McWhorter (cir1710-1757) of Albemarle County, Virginia. John was in Albemarle co., VA as early as 1745 and settled in that part of the county which became part of Amherst county in 1761 and is now part of Nelson co., VA.
Hugh McWhorter (cir1690-1750) of Pencader Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware. Hugh was a linen merchant from County Armagh, Ireland who about 1730 immigrated to New Castle co., DE where he became a farmer.
David McWhorter (1741-1789) of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Rutherford County, North Carolina; and Abbeville County, South Carolina. David was a blacksmith who married Mary Poston in Lancaster co., PA before removing his family to NC and eventually settling along Hurricane Creek in Abbeville co., SC.
Hugh McWhorter (1757-1837) of York County, South Carolina. About 1795 Hugh brought his wife, Mary, and at least five children from Ireland to York co., SC. Within a generation much of this family had "gone to Texas".
Moses McWhorter (cir1700-cir1756) of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Moses lived in Coleraine Township and served in a militia company there during the French and Indian War which began in 1754. (Updated 12-Jul-2004)
Mathew McWhorter (abt1725-1804) of Salem, Washington County, New York. Mathew appears to have come from Ballibay, Ireland in 1764 with the congregation of the Rev. Thomas Clark and settled "New Perth", Salem, Washington co., NY.
John McWhorter (1739-1813) of Granville, Washington County, New York. John may have been the brother of Mathew of Salem. John removed with much of his family to the new settlement of Warsaw, Gennesse co. (now Wyoming co.), NY in 1807.
Thomas McWhorter (cir1700-cir1760) of New Jersey and Orange co., NY. Thomas is thought to have been the father of Hugh and Mary of Avoca, Steuben co., NY and a Gilbert, who's son Henry removed to present day West Virginia.

Hugh E. "Hughey" McWhorter (cir1705-1784) of "Middle Octorara", Lancaster co., PA and Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle co., DE may provide an intriguing link between the Hugh McWhorter who came to Pencader Hundred, New Castle co., DE about 1730 and Moses, David, Henry and the other McWhorters of Lancaster co., PA.

Hance McWhorter (cir1730-abt1773) of Rowan and Mecklinburg cos., NC is probably a son of John McWhorter [db#5] and grandson of Hugh McWhorter [db#1] of Pencader Hundred, New Castle co., DE, but conclusive proof is still lacking. Hance's descendants removed to York co., SC; Lawrence co., AL; and Gibson and Franklin cos., TN
George Gray McWhorter (1762-1829) of South Carolina and Montgomery, Alabama was a Presbyterian minister who held pastorates in York and Edgefield, South Carolina as well as Alabama. He is said to have been a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
William McWhorter (abt1745-1823) of Paxton, Pennsylvania and Harrison co., OH may have been a son of Robert McWhorter [db#5964] and Sarah Johnston [db#1405] of Besalem township, Bucks co., PA.
Gilbert (1794-1874) and John (1801-1883) McWhirter of Ballantrae, Scotland, and Quebec, Canada were brothers, sons of William McWhirter & Ann Caldwell of Ballantrae, Ayrshire, Scotland. Between them they left 93 grandchildren in North America!
John McWhorter (cir1695-1768) of Greenwich, MA was living in Brookfield, MA by 1742. His sons Mathew [db#204], John [db#73] and Samuel [db#14550] removed eventually to Washington co., NY.
Thomas McCargo McWhirter (1793-aft1840) of Ayrshire, Scotland and Quebec, Canada. Thomas and his wife Catherine Alexander [db#20583] and son William McCargo McWhirter [db#20580] removed about 1840 from Scotland to Norway Bay on the Ottowa River in what is now the Province of Quebec, Canada.
Samuel Mehorter (cir1795-bef1861) was born in Ireland. It is not known for sure if he removed to the United States, but his wife, Mary (Wall or) Watt [db#22148] and children at least removed to Philadelphia, PA by 1846.
John McWhirter (cir1830-18??) was a ship builder from Glasgow. He removed first to Erith, Kent England and then to Staten Island, NY where his trail has gone cold. Later descendants removed from England to the United States where the branch is now firmly established.

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