The McCord On-Line Newsletter
The McCord Crest
A 1624 book by James Pont of Scotland entitled The
Arms of the Nobility of Scotland contains the names of two McCord
family lines, one from Scotland and one from Ireland and describes their
respective Coats of Arms. In reading the entire book itself it is clear
that these McCords were of Gentry status, the level below nobility and not
nobility. However, we have not resolved the issue of nobility in a
second book, that of Thomas Robson's. When it is reviewed we shall
know more on this matter.
Click on each photo for a larger view.
Murdo Ross of Edinburgh,
Scotland, Acting President of The McCord Society (Clan McCord and McCord Family
Association) Debbie Skousen V-P for Internet Research Coordination, and
Jean Hayter, Acting VP Secretary-Treasurer, and Max Waldrop, Special
Assistant to President Ross, send special regards to each of
you in the Society!
membership in the McCord Society can be mailed to Jean Hayter, Sec.-Treasurer,
Clan McCord Society, 3820 Orloff Avenue, Bronx, New York 10463-2641.
Application forms can also be obtained at Jean's address.
It will be a very
special occasion at our Reunion at 8:30 a.m.onJuly 4th 2012 at Yoder's Banquet
Hall, New Holland, Pennsylvania, for us to remember and honor those of our
ancestors who sacrificed greatly for us. There will be parades and
speeches throughout the nation on July 4th this year. We hope you can
attend some of those celebrations in your community. As is said in the
Bible, "Next year in Jerusalem!" Or rather-- next year in New Holland PA
at 8:30 a.m. on July 4th 2012 for the famous McCord Family Reunion! Please join us
It is well that we
now recall the role that the Scots and Scotch Irish and our McCord
ancestors played in those honored days of the Founding of our Nation. It
has been estimated that as many as one-third, 33%, of all those who fought
in the American Revolution were Scots or Scotch-Irish, though their number
then was only 6% of our nation's population. The biographer of
General Anthony Wayne, head of Washington's Continentals from
Pennsylvania, has stated that two-thirds of Wayne's Continental soldiers
were Scots or Scotch-Irish.
Over 100 of the Scot and
Scotch-Irish McCords served in the American Revolution. We have the names
of the units in which most of them served. Eleven of these Scot and
Scotch-Irish McCords were at Valley Forge with General George Washington
during the bitter winter and siege of 1777-78.
The ranking Pennsylvania
officer of the Pennsylvania Militia in the Revolution was the Scot, Major
General John Armstrong. His name is famous in McCord history at Ft. McCord
where he, then Colonel Armstrong, and his dedicated troops in the French
and Indian War rescued McCords and some of the 27 taken captive at Ft.
McCord near Chambersburg on April 1, 1756. Indians, backed by the French, had
attacked Ft. McCord on that date which is infamous in Pennsylvania
history. The Penn family struck medals to honor Col. Armstrong and his
officers for their daring rescue of those taken captive at Ft. McCord.
John Armstrong used his
experience in the French and Indian War later, when he became one of
only two Major Generals from Pennsylvania during the Revolution. He and
Washington were very close friends and had been in business together in
We know also that in
1776, two-thirds of those in Pennsylvania's General Assembly, its state
legislature, were Scots and Scotch-Irish. Scots and Scotch Irish served
not only in the military but also in the civil administrations during that
war. McCords from the other 13 states also served honorably in that time
of the Founding of our Nation. What a tremendous heritage we have! Let's
Another fine organization which you can join if you like is the
Scotch-Irish Society of the USA with headquarters near Philadelphia PA. Its mailing address is P.O.
Box 53, Media, PA 19063
There is also another
organization you may want to be aware of: it is the Friends of Valley
Forge whose website is
-James McCord, Adviser
to President Murdo Ross.
Now plan ahead to be
with our members at The McCord Society Reunion on July 4-6, 2012 at New Holland PA.
You won't want to miss that
Reunion next year! Stay tuned to this website
www.McCordClan.com for details of
the 2012 Reunion as they develop! Much will be posted about it on the
If you are not a member
and would like to be, an application can be found on our other website
Applications can be
mailed to Jean Hayter, Secretary-Treasurer, Clan McCord Society, 3820
Orloff Avenue, Bronx, N.Y. 10463-2641.
NEWS ABOUT THE
LAST REUNION JULY 4-6,2007!
THE REUNION WAS A
RESOUNDING SUCCESS, THANKS TO THE GREAT WORK AND SUPPORT OF OUR MEMBERS WHO WORKED SO HARD AND
SUCCESSFULLY TO MAKE IT A REUNION TO REMEMBER! IT WAS!!!
PHOTOS OF THE 2007 INTERNATIONAL MCCCORD REUNION!!!
EXCELLENT PHOTOS TAKEN OF THE 2007 REUNION BY GARY MCCORD OF PENNSYLVANIA
CAN BE SEEN BY CLICKING ON THE FOLLOWING:
SUPERB PHOTOS WERE TAKEN ON JULY 5 AND 6, 2007 AT VALLEY FORGE, FT. MCCORD
AND DERRY CHURCH, HERSHEY, PA BY GARY AND POSTED BY OUR ADVISORY BOARD
MEMBER JAY LYNN MOSS, RETIRED CHIEF PETTY OFFICER, USN. THANKS GARY AND
2007 REUNION REVIEW
JULY 5, 2007,
ROSS HOUSE, PHILADELPHIA PA. A LINE OF THE MCCORDS
ARE DESCENDED FROM TWO BUILDERS OF INDEPENDENCE HALL (PROVINCE
HOUSE, STATE HOUSE) , PHILADELPHIA WHERE
THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS MET.
THE NAMES OF THE TWO MCCORD-ADAMS' ANCESTORS WHO
HELPED BUILD INDEPENDENCE HALL ARE INSCRIBED IN THE FAMED CARPENTER'S HALL
OF PHILADELPHIA. A FORMER PRESIDENT OF CARPENTERS HALL SPOKE ALSO ABOUT
THE GRISCOMS AND CARPENTERS HALL!
THE ORPHANED DAUGHTER OF BETSY ROSS'S SISTER WAS
RAISED BY BETSY FROM AGE 14 AND SHE NO DOUBT HELPED BETSY MAKE SOME OF THE
EARLY AMERICAN FLAGS. THE ORPHANED DAUGHTER MARRIED DAVID MCCORD, SON OF
CPL. MARK MCCORD, VALLEY FORGE VETERAN.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S LIBRARY COMPANY OF
PHILADELPHIA MOVED TO THE STATE HOUSE
(INDEPENDENCE HALL) IN APRIL 1740.
JEAN MCCORD LOWRY WAS THE SISTER OF WILLIAM MCCORD WHO BUILT FT.
MCCORD NEAR CHAMBERSBURG PA WHICH WAS DESTROYED BY THE INDIANS APRIL 1,
1756 AND SHE WAS AMONG 27 PEOPLE KILLED OR CAPTURED THERE. SHE WAS TAKEN
PRISONER BY THE INDIANS AND FRENCH, REMOVED TO CANADA, AND THEN TAKEN
OVERSEAS BY FRENCH SHIP TO ENGLAND, WHERE SHE AND SOME OTHERS WERE
EXCHANGED FOR FRENCH PRISONERS HELD BY THE BRITISH. ON HER RETURN TO
PHILADELPHIA SHE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT HER EXPERIENCES AS A CAPTIVE...
SINCE 1760, JEAN MCCORD'S BOOK HAS BEEN IN BEN
FRANKLIN'S LIBRARY COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA (ORIGINALLY LOCATED IN THE STATE HOUSE,
INDEPENDENCE HALL) . SEE "MCCORD HISTORY'
BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT JEAN MCCORD LOWRY'S CAPTIVITY.
OUR MCCORD SOCIETY
WAS AT VALLEY FORGE PA THE
AFTERNOON OF JULY 5, 2007 FOR A CEREMONY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR THE 100 MCCORDS WHO SERVED WITH WASHINGTON IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, ELEVEN OF
THEM AT VALLEY FORGE. THAT WAS VERY SPECIAL. THE SUPERINTENDENT OF VALLEY
FORGE MILITARY PARK, MIKE CALDWELL WELCOMED THE SOCIETY AND GRACIOUSLY
ARRANGED A TOUR OF VALLEY FORGE AND THE FRIENDS OF VALLEY FORGE HOSTED A
RECEPTION FOR OUR SOCIETY! IT WAS GREAT!
JULY 6, 2007 WE WERE AT
FORT MCCORD, PA.
FOR A CEREMONY OF REMEMBRANCE IN THE MORNING. THAT
AFTERNOON WE HAD A CEREMONY OF REMEMBRANCE AT
DERRY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,
HERSHEY PA THAT WAS FOUNDED BY WILLIAM MCCORD IN 1724,
ALONG WITH A DOZEN OTHER SCOTCH-IRISH PIONEERS. SO WE HAD MUCH EARLY AMERICAN AND
MCCORD HISTORY TO CELEBRATE!
WE HAD AN EXCELLENT PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE
2007 REUNION, HEADED BY CO-CHAIRMAN JEAN HAYTER, JOINED BY HENRY SIMS AND DR.
CARL STEM, PH.D., RETIRED CHAIRMAN OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATION AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY. JEAN HAS CO-CHAIRED MAJOR
AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND OTHER PATRIOTIC CELEBRATIONS IN NEW YORK CITY.
SHE CAN BE REACHED AT
THE THEME OF THE 2007 INTERNATIONAL MCCORD
FAMILY REUNION WAS: "GOD, COUNTRY AND FAMILY" AND "BAND OF BROTHERS: A BAND
Great news! The Clan Armstrong
Chieftain was with us the afternoon of July 5th 2007 at Valley Forge for a
joint laying of a wreath at the monument there of Major General John
Armstrong, Commander of all the Pennsylvania Militia Troops in the
American Revolution. As then-Colonel John Armstrong he took a regiment of
Frontiersmen to Kittanning in September 1756 and rescued some of the
captives taken five months earlier at Ft. McCord when the Indians attacked
on April 1, 1756. For this daring rescue the Penn Family struck a medal
for Armstrong and his officers.
Valley Forge National Park
Superintendent Mike Caldwell welcomed our McCord Society to Valley
Forge on July 5th. He is giving superb leadership to the Park and it shows.
McCord Society Acting President Murdo Ross's family, at his and Sue's beautiful daughter Catriona's wedding in
Scotland. Murdo and Sue's son Andrew is on the right. The most handsome new couple, now Graham and Catriona Reekie, will be living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Congratulations and best
wishes to all! President Murdo Ross is related to David McCord of Derry, son of the
Patriarch William McCord who came to Pennsylvania ca.1720 and who helped
found the Derry Presbyterian Church in Derry (Hershey) PA in 1724. Murdo's
grandparents lived on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, where McCords lived
earlier, dating back to 1620 when Clan Chieftain James McCord livedthere.
Debbie Skousen (on right), Vice President
for Research Coordination, with children Aaron and Sarah and Aunt Gerlene
FAMILY RESEARCH: We are most fortunate to have
two long-time and expert Senior McCord family researchers in Dr. Thomas
Hill, M.D. and Don E. McCord,. They have massive databases on the McCords
and have been collecting this invaluable information for 30-40 years. Your
incoming queries to us seeking information about your family histories are
forwarded by Acting VP for Research Coordination Debbie Skousen to Dr. Hill and Don E. McCord for a search in their databases. If you are seeking
information on your McCord ancestors, you can contact us by email for a
search on your family at
Research@McCordfamilyAssn.com, Please feel free to do so, there is no
charge for this service.
Dr. Symm McCord, M.D., has his excellent and
valuable McCord Bible Pages online at
http://symmmccord.com/welcomebibles.htm. You will want to look at
those and see if there are any Bibles associated with your families.
Mississippi and Alabama McCords will especially want to take a look at the
William J. McCord Bible there, since a number of McCord descendants listed
in his Bible settled in Alabama and Mississippi in the 1800's. Dr. McCord
is continually adding new McCord Bibles to his very helpful home page.
Dr. Symm and Jackie McCord
NEW BOOK OUT!
A new science-fiction
novel has just been published . This one by Dr.Symm McCord M.D.
entitled THE CHALLENGE OF JHWH, which stands for Jehovah. The book can be
found at the website
Photo of our Brazilian McCord
Society Representative Henrique MacCord
McCord Society Brazilian
representative Henrique MacCord at a recentfamily gathering in Brazil. Henrique is standing with his wife, other family members are seated,
note the family resemblance! There are over 400 MacCord family descendants in
Brazil now of their original Colonel Russell MacCord who brought a colony to
Brazil after the Civil War where he was a Surgeon. Colonel MacCord was
from South Carolina and last served at The Battle of Vicksburg,
Mississippi! Earlier he reportedly had served with the American Army in
the U.S. War with Mexico.
John McCord "Swamp Fox" Pistol
from the American Revolution
John McCord pistol, said to have
been carried by him while serving with "The Swamp Fox" Francis Marion in the
Revolutionary War in the South. Photo courtesy of our member Glen McCord
whose aunt gave it to him, stating that the pistol had been carried by
John McCord who operated on the Pee Dee River in South Carolina with
South Carolina Major General
Francis Marion is famous for his highly successful guerilla warfare
against the British in South Carolina in which he and his men made
"hit and run" attacks against British troops and then Marion and his men
would disappear into the S.C. swamps where they could not be found. Glen
McCord promises to bring the pistol with him and display it at our next Reunion! Be there, you won't want to miss it!
Hughes born in Hendersonville TN is the daughter of
Paul and Amy Lee (Waldrop) Hughes and granddaughter of the Max Waldrops.
She is a descendant of Thomas Nicely McCord who settled in Northern
Mississippi in Pontotoc and Calhoun Counties in the 1830's. Our
congratulations to the Waldrop and Hughes families! She is a beauty!.
CIVIL WAR HISTORY! Was "Tara," the famous home
in the movie classic, Gone With The Wind, a home of a McCord family
in Georgia, used in the movie to make the film because of its dramatic
setting and structure? Yes,
writes Dr. Symm McCord, M.D., former Vice-President of the McCord Society.
He says that Robert was the son of Elisha and Sally McCord and that Elisha
was son of John McCord and Alice (Else) Hyatt of Lincoln County GA. Robert
was master of the "Stately Oaks" plantation near Jonesboro, GA. This
plantation was used by Margaret Mitchell as a model when she wrote Gone
With The Wind. The Plantation House has been moved about 4 miles from
its original location. Symm is a descendant of William McCord who built
Ft. McCord PA.
Aren't grandchildren and great-grandchildren a joy! This photo is one of Belva Wainwright Bell's
beautiful little great-granddaughters, Scarlett, age 4.
This is Chief Petty Officer ( U.S.N. Ret.) Lynn and
Mary Moss's beautiful new granddaughter! Proud grandparents,
understandably! You will recall Lynn and Mary. Lynn carried the American
flag in the Opening Ceremonies at our past International McCord Reunions,
Lynn wearing his Volunteer Fireman's Uniform from New England. Mary served
most capably as our Registration Desk Hostess along with Linda Stem at the International McCord Reunion in New Holland, PA..
NEWS FROM BRAZIL! This past year has been a vintage year for
handsome babies! This is Rita MacCord's nephew's young son, Francisco. Rita
lives in Copacabana, Brazil. Our congratulations to Rita and her fine
family in Brazil.
FORT MCCORD! Owner of Ft. McCord, Mary
Clark's beautiful new granddaughter, Baby Zoe! Congratulations Mary, what
a delight she must be for your fine family!
ANOTHER HANDSOME FAMILY! AND A
Kirk Scott Berry McCord, Yvonne
McCord, and James Rocky Edwards McCord. Harold McCord's picture not shown.
All 4 children of the same McCord family, separated very early in life,
not knowing where the others were or under what names.
One of the great
recent stories of our McCord Society is that of four orphans, separated
when they were very young children and placed in different homes, unknown
to each other by name or location. Each was adopted by families with
different last names and locations, and adopted under those last names,
not the name McCord. One of the four, Kirk, contacted us a
few weeks ago trying to find any connection to the McCords, knowing only
his father and mother's name and possibly his grandfather McCord's name.
Our Senior Researcher Don E. McCord immediately advised him of his
ancestry, telling him also that the four came from Don's own family line,
Family A, going back to David McCord of Derry (Hershey) PA, and earlier in
Northern Ireland and Scotland!
pictured above had, after some 25 years of separation of the four, and not
knowing where the others had been placed as orphans or under what names,
through much diligence and searching finally located the other 3 children!
Privacy adoption regulations make it most difficult to find others in such
cases but she persevered until she did so! She wanted to know where her 3
brothers were, and under what names. She located them, much credit to
Yvonne! The picture above is Yvonne with two of her three brothers.
This is one of the
great success stories of our Society! And of the superb work our Senior
Researchers Don E. McCord, Dr. Tom Hill, M.D. do, and earlier Researchers David
McCord and Mrs. Guyte (Jean) McCord did, and the sort of help that Dr. Symm
McCord, M.D. does for those of his family line, the Ft. McCord line, and
to help others with his Bible Pages Online.
Their research is invaluable, unequalled by any Society researchers
anywhere, to our knowledge! We are very proud of them all and the fine
work they have done all through the years, and are doing, with little or
no publicity. They do not seek publicity, only wanting, out of family
love, to help others learn their McCord descendants.
Our thanks to each
of you, and especially to Yvonne Houseman McCord for your persistence in
research, to Kirk for contacting us, and to Don E. McCord for your putting all of the story of the
four children and their ancestors in historical perspective! May God bless each of you! We
hope we can see each of you at our International McCord Family
Reunion in New Holland PA July 4-6, 2007! It would be great to share our
family love with you! -Jim McCord, President, Clan McCord Society (McCord
Family Association) July 2006.
Financial Report: Clan
McCord Society (McCord Family Association) balance in Fulton Bank, Leola,
PA on August 23, 2008 was $1,568.16 which was then transferred on that
date to then President Weston Adams of Columbia SC for his Clan McCord Account
there. The Fulton Bank account in Leola was closed on that date.
Financial Report on the 2007
Reunion: Utilizing funds in the bank account of the Clan McCord
Society at Fulton Bank, Leola and with income and expenses at the Reunion,
the ending bank balance in the Fulton Bank account after the Reunion then
stood at $1058.07. That Fulton bank account by August 23, 2008 reached the
$1,568.16 mentioned above when the account was then closed at Leola..
It was a highly successful 2007
Reunion with many letters having been received from our members on how
much it was enjoyed!
Now plan to be with us at New
Holland, PA on July 4-6, 2012 for the next great McCord Reunion! Check this news website from
time to time for details as they develop for the next Reunion!
Membership Dues: Our
thanks to you if you have sent in your membership dues which are now due,
The fee is only $15 for membership renewals and $25 for new members!