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 The McCord On-Line Newsletter 

Updated: June 23, 2012.

 

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.

 

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McCord News

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!

Applications for 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 then!

 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 the 1760's.

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 remember it!

 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 excellent organization you may want to be aware of: it is the Friends of Valley Forge whose website is friendsvf@comcast.net.  

-James McCord, Adviser to  President Murdo Ross.

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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 website.

If you are not a member and would like to be, an application can be found on our other website www.McCordFamilyAssn.com.

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!!!


66 PHOTOS OF THE 2007 INTERNATIONAL MCCCORD REUNION!!!

SIXTY-SIX EXCELLENT PHOTOS TAKEN OF THE 2007 REUNION BY GARY MCCORD OF PENNSYLVANIA CAN BE SEEN BY CLICKING ON THE FOLLOWING:

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THESE 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 LYNN!

2007 REUNION REVIEW

 JULY 5, 2007,  AND THE BETSY 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!

ON 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 jean.hayter@worldnet.att.net.

THE THEME OF THE 2007 INTERNATIONAL MCCORD FAMILY REUNION WAS: "GOD, COUNTRY AND FAMILY" AND "BAND OF BROTHERS: A BAND OF HEROES."

OTHER NEWS!

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 McCord


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 www.TheChallengeOfJHWH.com.

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 Marion.

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!

NEW ARRIVALS!

Molly Rhiannon 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 GREAT STORY!

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!

Yvonne Houseman 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!

 

McCord History

The President's Column

It is usually helpful to have dates of the earliest known records of the McCords in America available. These are some which we have in our files:

1. 1720. South Carolina. Barnard McCord land record in Charleston, South Carolina.

2. 1720. Pennsylvania. William McCord of Northern Ireland reported to have settled in Derry, Pennsylvania ca. 1720. Until 1729 Derry was in Chester County, after that it was in Lancaster County, and now is in Dauphin County, carved out of Lancaster County.

3. 1724. William McCord and others founded the Derry Presbyterian Church in present-day Hershey PA. (Scotch-Irish Society Pennsylvania  report)

4. 1729. New York. John McCord reported to have arrived at Cape Cod, MA with the Sir Charles Clinton party of 25 people from Northern Ireland that then went on to settle in New York. Sir Charles Clinton, 4th Earl of Lincoln, fought in the French and Indian War as a Colonel. John McCord is said to have been a very close friend of Clinton's.

John McCord's son, Andrew McCord served in the U.S. Congress 1803-05 at the same time Thomas Jefferson was President. Andrew's close friend General George Clinton was Vice-President 1805-1812. George Clinton was of the Sir Charles Clinton's family.

5. 1732. James McCord from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland reported settled in New York State, "arriving on the first day of June, 1732."

"The earliest record of an immediate ancestor--it is of special interest that the identical tradition is held by all branches of the family-is of Hamish or James McCord who was born on the Island of Skye in the Hebrides in 1620. His wife's name is unknown. He was killed at The Battle of Killiecrankie Pass in 1689. His oldest son, Donald, it is said, was executed at Carlisle in 1690. Another son, John, born in 1660, married Mary MacDougall."

"Shortly after the Battle of Killiecrankie (1689), John (McCord, son of James McCord of the Isle of Skye) and his wife, (along) with his infant brother James McCord, left Scotland, settling in Stewartstown, County Tyrone, Ireland, where, it is said, they had relatives. "

"This second James McCord, born in 1688, married his second cousin, Sarah McCord on May 7, 1706, "as cited in "Record copied from the Presbyterian Church, Stewartstown, County Tyrone, by the writer's uncle William S. McCord, May 12, 1911." (from article "Ben McCord, Loyalist" by Margaret McCord Robinson in The Westchester County Historical Bulletin, Vol. 24, No. 2, April 1948.)

Sarah McCord and the two sons of James and this Sarah McCord--John and Samuel--and their daughter Mary, "arrived in America in 1739...Mary McCord, born March 30, 1717, married John Fisher of White Plains (New York)."(ibid)

6. March 1738. Pennsylvania. Benjamin Franklin's newspaper Pennsylvania Gazette published in Philadelphia 1728-1745 carried the name of John McCord of Lancaster County PA as having mail in Franklin's Post Office.

7. 1738.Virginia. Johannes (John) McCord arrived in America and said to have visited Lancaster County, PA before settling near Charlottesville VA with his family.

8. 1743. Pennsylvania. Robert, also known as Robin, McCord arrived in Lancaster County, PA from Northern Ireland.

9. 1743. In 1743, records of Samuel Pollock of Lancaster County, later Cumberland County, now in Franklin County, PA showed William McCord as his neighbor. Pollock's other neighbors included John Lowry and John Eaton. (Unpublished Manuscript of Mrs. Guyte (Jean) P. McCord)

10. 1746. "William McCord, age 30, a weaver, born in Ireland, served in Samuel Perry's Company of Rangers in Cumberland County (then in Lancaster County) PA." (Mrs. Guyte P. McCord manuscript)

11. 1747 Virginia. On 4 Nov 1747 Andrew McCord and William Armstrong gave bond as Executors for Robert Jackson, according to George Washington in May 1765. Jackson was close family friend of George Washington's mother.

12. 1749 Pennsylvania. "In 1749 William McCord received a Warrant for land in Cumberland County PA. " (Mrs. Guyte P. McCord manuscript)

13. 1755. "A Roll of 70 North Hamilton Association of Rangers were in Company A, 2nd Battalion, of Colonel Henry Bouquet's Rangers raised in 1755 against the Indians. It included John McCord, William McCod (McCord?), and William McCamish." (Kittochcheny Historical Society, Vol. IX).

14. April 1, 1756. Ft. McCord, Pennsylvania, built by William McCord, attacked by Indians and 27 people killed or captured, including Ann McCord and Jean McCord Lowry (both captured), sister of William McCord who built the Fort. (Annapolis Gazette (MD) 1756)

Other early dates will be published in the future in this column.

We have the names of over 147 McCords who, in the 1600's-1800's lived, some in the Highlands and some in the Lowlands, of Scotland. The leading Scot expert on the Isle of Skye--a Lord owning a castle there, Chief of his Clan, and who wrote extensively about the Highland Clans--states that the residents of Skye are Highlanders. The major line of our McCords in terms of numbers of McCords that we know about, came from the Isle of Skye.

Clan Chieftain James MacKorda

By strong tradition from McCord arrivals in Pennsylvania in the early 1700's--handed down to their descendants--that line of McCords was descended from the old Clan Chieftain James MacKorda, born ca. 1620 on the Isle of Skye, who died July 1689 at The Battle of Killiecrankie Pass, Scotland. His son John McCord, married to Mary MacDougall, was also at Killiecrankie and survived it, taking the remaining Isle of Skye McCords to Northern Ireland in 1689.

The Sleat MacDonalds are located on the Isle of Skye and also fought at the Battle of Killiecrankie.

"The name in Scotland was MacKorda, they were intermarried with the MacDonalds and MacDugals; in fact, they all belonged to the MacDonald tribe...James MacKorda and his seven sons all fought at the Battle of Krany (Killiecrankie) about 1689...

"After James MacKorda's death, his seven sons all removed to Northern Ireland, some at Stewartstown, County Tyrone...The old two-handed sword the old man used at KillieKrany is at the homestead of Mrs. William McCord, White Plains, N.Y., also the old clock and enormous Bible. The Bible is dated 1600, and is now at the home of Mr. J. H. McCord, Peekskill, N.Y.

"I have seen the clock and Bible---James Sturgis McCord, Philadelphia, Pa."(underlining added)

MCCORD SOCIETY MEMBERS, PLEASE BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ANY OF THIS ANCIENT BIBLE'S RECORDS. If you locate such records, please contact The McCord Clan Society, 3820 Orloff Ave., Bronx N.Y. 10463-2641.

-Jim McCord, President Clan McCord Society,  August 2006

   

Monument at Ft. McCord PA where 27 people were killed or captured by the Indians April 1, 1756. The Fort and the two-story McCord home within it were just beyond the monument which you see, located about 100 feet away in the field shown. Brave PA Frontiersmen 5 months later rescued at Kittanning PA some of those captured, including little Ann McCord, for which Pennsylvania's John Penn struck medals in the honor of the rescuers. Ft. McCord is the most famous of the private forts in America in the French and Indian War.

Later, over 100 Scotch-Irish McCords served in the American Revolutionary Army with General George Washington, eleven of them at Valley Forge. The McCords knew most of the prominent figures in the American Revolution at that time. For details see our Clan McCord Home Page www.McCordFamilyAssn.com


Ben Franklin and Jean McCord Lowry's Book

A 1760 book of Jean McCord Lowry's, her Journal, is the poignant and heart-rending story in her own words of Jean McCord, sister of William McCord who built Ft. McCord. Jean McCord's book  was published in Philadelphia in 1760 and has remained in Ben Franklin's Library Company of Philadelphia since then.

Benjamin Franklin's Library Company of Philadelphia was moved to the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in April 1740  when Ben Franklin was Clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly. "The Library Company became a permanent memorial to the club of artisans and tradesmen who founded it and to their leader (Franklin) who was not content to use and enjoy his books alone (Van Doren: Benjamin Franklin, p. 206)."

On April 1, 1756,  Jean McCord, who was married to John Lowry, was in the second-floor of the McCord home enclosed within Ft. McCord stockade near Chambersburg PA, when the Indians attacked the Fort and home and set both afire. She tossed her three children out the second floor window of the McCord home in order to save their lives. They landed in the hands of the Indians below who had just killed Jean's husband John. Jean, a pregnant woman, then followed out the window into the Indians hands below. She did not see her 3 children for 8 years until they were rescued by Pennsylvania Frontiersmen and Scotch Highlander Regiments over in Ohio country, along with 100 other children taken captive earlier by the Indians. Jean was taken up into Canada by the French and made a household slave of the French Governor. There they tried to convert her to another religion but she knew her King James Bible too well, and "talked them under the table" with her theological knowledge, derived from the Bible and the great Scot John Knox, father of Presbyterianism, about whom it has been said that "All Scotland is His Monument." From Canada Jean McCord was taken to England by French ship and exchanged for French prisoners. Then she was returned by British ship to America. When she landed in Philadelphia in 1760 she immediately wrote a book of her harrowing and brutal experiences at the hands of the Indians and French.

Jean McCord Lowry's Journal was published in 1760 in Philadelphia and has been in Benjamin Franklin's Library Company of Philadelphia ever since. The copy you will be seeing here shortly is a digital copy provided through the courtesy of one of the Lowry family members, relatives of the McCords.

Over 100 McCords served in the American Revolution under General George Washington, 11 of them at Valley Forge in the bitter winter of 1777-78. We have the records showing the units in which most of them served.

A substantial number of them were either descended from, or related to, the McCords who built Ft. McCord in 1756, helped found Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey PA in 1724, or settled in New York, Virginia and South Carolina in 1720-1745. Their McCord ancestors came earlier from Ulster, Northern Ireland or from Scotland, or both, dating back as early as 1620.

-Jim McCord, President Clan McCord Society. rev. August 25, 2006

EARLY PHOTOS

The earliest known image of Andrew McCord, U.S. Congressman from New York State 1803-1805 is one made of melted gold, in possession now of one of his descendants.

  

Thomas Jefferson, President 1801-1809

    

George Clinton, six-term N.Y.Governor and Vice-President 1805-1812

Andrew McCord's  good friend, Governor George Clinton, was Vice-President  1805-12, serving first under President Thomas Jefferson to 1809, then under President James Madison 1809-1812.

After 1805, Andrew McCord was Speaker, N.Y.     State Assembly. He had served as a Captain during the American Revolution, in New York State. Governor Clinton was a Brigadier General during the  Revolution, in charge of all of the New York State troops.

Governor George Clinton of New York and Gov. Patrick Henry of Virginia opposed the ratification      of the U. S. Constitution unless it contained a Bill       of Rights. Governor Clinton had written as"CATO"    in the New York Journal opposing ratification. In      1789 these two Governors forced James Madison        to introduce a Bill of Rights which passed, and only     then did they sign, ratifying the U.S. Constitution      for their states.

Governor Patrick Henry is  described in an Encyclopedia as "the Father of our Bill of Rights."

Patrick Henry's ancestors were Scots. Some in Scotland were Pastors, as were some Virginia Ministers who were his relatives.


The nearly 300 year-old McCord Clock

This  early Colonial clock belongs to a son of Helen McCord of New York state. A fascinating history it reportedly brought to Westchester, N.Y. by James McCord when he settled there in 1732. During the Revolution, the McCords buried it near their New York home to keep it from British hands. After the Revolution it was re-constituted and it is owned now by by Helen's son, handed down by several generations. 

The family of Benedict Arnold at one time tried to purchase the clock from the McCords, indicating it had originally been in their family in England. The McCords refused to sell it, indicating that it had too much McCord history associated with it for them to sell it.


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George Washington and Virginian Andrew McCord

In May 1765 at Fredericksburg VA, Spotsylvania County, Andrew McCord and William Armstrong were "affirmed by George Washington and Richard Savage who gave testimony that McCord and Armstrong had given bond on 4 November 1747 as Executors for Robert Jackson."

Robert Jackson was a close friend of George Washington's mother and he is credited with convincing her that George Washington should not enter the British Navy. Thus, thanks to him George Washington then chose to enter Army service and became "Father of  our Country." As Executor for Jackson, we can assume that Andrew McCord knew the Jackson and Washington families well, if not a  very close friend of  both.


William Penn, Founder of Pennsylvania

The Adams family line and one of the McCord lines are descended from a most prominent family of Philadelphia, dating from 1682, the year in which  William Penn came to America.

In that Adams-McCord family line, two of  it's members helped build Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Continental Congress met. The two names of those builders are inscribed in      the famed Carpenters Hall in  Philadelphia where     the First Continental Congress met in Sept. 1774.

The wife of that original Adams-McCord Patriarch    in 1682 came over the same year as did the Founder  of of Pennsylvania, William Penn, altho on a different    ship She left  an estate opposite William Penn's in Philadelphia.


The Society
Today


Report from the President:
News Update 15 April 2005


Report from the President:
The 2004 McCord Family Reunion Report


Goals for the Society

This has been an exciting year for the McCord Society! Some of the reasons were set forth in terms of goals... 
  
Read about the Goals

     

Strike the Tent
Screenings and Distribution

Movie Trailer

Photos of the cast and listings of those they portray of the McCords, Adams and others.

      The new film, Strike The Tent by  Producers Julian and Weston Adams, is completed and is being shown at Film Festivals around the nation, receiving awards there. It is expected to be in the movie houses this winter. Great work by Julian and Weston Adams of South Carolina!
      The film  is a true story about the Adams family and the McCord family. Six members of the Adams family and six of the McCord family are portrayed by true name. 
      David McCord is played by Mickey Rooney and Sylvia McCord by Amy Redford, daughter of Robert Redford. Lee Majors plays Governor Adams of South Carolina and Tippie Hedren and Bob Dorian are among the other fine actors and actresses. Julian and Weston Adams also play parts in the film. 

      The film begins with Corporal Mark McCord of Pennsylvania, from whom the Adams and McCords are descended.  It will be a fascinating film of romance before the Civil War and of its survival during and after the War when the heroine marries South Carolina Governor Adams. A happy ending! Julian and Weston Adams have advised that the film is "family friendly" and clean in content and will be launched in Philadelphia when it is ready.
     Incidentally, Cpl. Mark McCord's son was David McCord who married Betsy Ross's sister's orphaned daughter from Philadelphia. Betsy as you recall sewed the original and first official American flag, after a visit and request by General George Washington and two others from the "Secret Committee" of the Continental Congress. They furnished a proposed design to Betsy Ross who modified it with their permission and which became the first American flag! Much history here!
      We are all looking forward to seeing this fine movie! We thank Julian and Weston Adams for keeping us so well up to date on its progress. We know a lot of McCords will want to see the film and to buy its DVD's and VHS's when they are ready, as well! Congratulations to Julian and Weston! This is all very exciting!


 

THE BATTLE OF KILLIECRANKIE PASS, SCOTLAND, JULY 27, 1689
 
This is an artist's rendition of the famous Battle of Killiecrankie Pass, Scotland of July 27, 1689.
 

 

By tradition, the old Clan Chieftain James MacKorda was killed at that battle. His son, John, who was also reportedly at the battle, survived and took the remaining members of the family to County Tyrone, Ulster, Northern Ireland. Subsequently, some of the members of the family then came to America from Ulster in the period 1720-1740.

 -Jim McCord,  26 August 2005

 

 

 

 


Click on http://symmmccord.com/welcomebibles.htm.to see Dr. Symm McCord's Bibles pages
McCords Arriving Through Ellis Island

Family Line Designators (Compiled by Senior McCord Researcher Don E. McCord)
Roll of Honor of McCord Patriots in the American Revolution


Join The  McCord Family Association  Clan McCord

Dues are only $25.00  for new members and $15.00 for membership renewals.  New members are asked to print and complete the application and send it along with their $25 to Jean Hayter, Secretary Treasurer, 3820 Orloff Ave., Bronx, N.Y.10463-2641. Her phone is 1-718-884-7587..:

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The McCord name significant today

The McCord Museum 

Bienvenue au Musée McCord

 
Monteen McCord 
Hawk Lady Featured in Delta Sky Magazine.  Her Web Site: Hawk Talk

James McCord receives William and Mary College’s highest honor for service

Guyte P. McCord, Sr. Collection

Wendy R. McCord , J. D.

The McCord House

Where is McCord, Oklahoma?

McCord Lifetime Service Award (Harvard College)

The USS McCord, DD 534 (Fletcher Class)

In Memory of Poet David McCord, article from the Harvard University Gazette

Keep up with Gary McCord's 2005 Progress

Alex McCord is a New York based actress

Where is McCord Middle School?

Howard McCord, Poet, Adventurer

McCord House Art Exhibit October 11 & 12 

Children's book illustrator Kathleen McCord

McCord's New Testament Translation of the Everlasting Gospel

McCord Village, northern Wisconsin

Keith McCord anchors Eyewitness News for KSL 5 Television Salt Lake City

Where is McCord Junior High School?

GEOFFREY SAYRE-MCCORD, articles on moral theory, epistemology, and modern philosophy

The Queen has been pleased to approve that Professor Marilyn McCord Adams be appointed Regius Professor of Divinity in the University of Oxford

McCORD, Jim Nance, (1879 - 1968), Governor of Tennessee

The Lucy McCord Salon

Dr. Thomas B. McCord 
Senior Scientist 
Planetary Science Institute 

 

McCord Memorial Library

McCord, Author, North East Pensylvannia

Elzie McCord, Jr., Assistant Professor of Biology

TV's Kent McCord may not be a "real" McCord but  Kent Franklin McWhirter Picked a great name.

Joe McCord, Tennessee House Representative

Articles by author Richard McCord

Where is McCord Bend, Missouri?

A new novel by Patricia McCord 

Dr. Marian G. McCord NC State University

Joe M. McCord, Ph.D. , Professor

Eddie McCord, M.D.

Christopher K. McCord, Mathematical Sciences

Jazz vocalist Semenya McCord

 

Check out these web sites.  They just may make you even more proud of your name.

Link to The McCord Family Association Clan McCord Society Website

Membership Information

Links to Other McCord Sites

Interested in Joining
The Sons of the American Revolution?

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National Society Daughters of the American Revolution?
For McCord Tartan materials, contact Clan McCord Society

 

 

 

The San Francisco St. Andrew's Society web site
contains interesting information on Scottish culture and clans.
www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
 

is the official government source of genealogical data for Scotland, and an excellent resource for tracing your Scottish family tree.


St. Andrews Cross

of Scotland

     The last day Sunday of November is known as St. Andrews Day. It has traditionally been an important day in the liturgical worship of the Anglican Church.  It commemorates the calling of Andrew by Jesus as recorded in Matthew :18-20 and Mark 1:16-18. "At once they (Simon and his brother Andrew) left their nets and followed him."
     Andrew has become the Patron Saint of Scotland - and the oblique cross on which tradition says he was crucified - is part of the Union Jack of the British flag." (From Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories, by Kenneth W. Osbeck, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapid MI)
     My recollection is that the Scot, King James I, who became the first King of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1603, is the one who formed the present flag of Britain, crossing the St. Andrews Cross and the English flag. This is all a very interesting history about the St. Andrews Cross and Scotland, especially if you are of Scot descent!

 

 

The McCord Family Association (Clan McCord Society) 

The Clan McCord Society is the only Official Clan McCord Society. It has been in existence for over 10 years.

The McCord family Association (Clan McCord Society) is totally non profit. There is a small membership fee which goes toward meeting our organization's expenses. The remainder of the association's obligations are covered by those dedicated family members who support the organization through their own initiative. The association publishes two newsletters and no charge is made for either. There is no charge for research of one's ancestors by the society, it is free, and the service provided would in most organizations cost hundreds of dollars, sometimes more. We know of no genealogical society which responds so quickly as does ours in research, usually in a matter of a few days, sometimes within hours by email with a follow-up with records by mail. In addition, our organization is among the lowest in annual membership fees of any we know of. This is all accomplished through the volunteer cooperation and support of our many knowledgeable and talented family members.

 

 

The McCord Family Association highly recommends you install and maintain a good anti-virus program and a firewall on your computer.  Our family information is far too valuable to risk.
 

McCord Society homepage: www.McCordFamilyAssn.com
contains the 250-page Online McCord book by James McCord, The American Revolution and the McCords."

 

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Revised: June 23, 2012.