Scotch-Irish Ancestry: My Family Roots
The Thistle & The Shamrock
What Does the Term Scotch-Irish Mean in Genealogy?
When tracing your family tree, some terms like Scotch-Irish can confuse the novice genealogist.
My mother had heard many times that her family, the McGhees, were Scotch-Irish. It wasn't until she started tracing her genealogy that she realized what that meant. Originally she assumed it meant there were Scots and Irish names on the family tree. As the generations blend in the American melting pot, she thought the blend of Scottish and Irish ancestors made her Scotch-Irish.
In reality, the term defines a particular migration of Scots into Ireland and from there on to America. Here's more about this heritage that had quite an influence on America. It is estimated that 27 million Americans are descendants of the Scotch-Irish or Scots-Irish immigration.
Scot VS Scotch
The correct wording would be Scots-Irish, but the term Scotch-Irish is in common use in genealogy.
Where is Ulster?
The northern province of Ireland (called Ulster) includes the following counties: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Tyrone Cavan, Donegal, and Monaghan.
Map of Ireland Showing the Counties
Scot-Irish/Ulster-Scot in American History
Learn about the Impact of Scotch-Irish Immigration on America - Video from YouTube
I found this video very informative and I hope you'll take a few minutes to view it. It is less than 4 minutes in length.
One of My Scots-Irish Ancestors - David Kennedy's Gravestone
Some of My Kennedy Family History
My sister researched thoroughly on the desk she inherited. Dad said it was from his grandfather Kennedy and here's the story of the desk. To give you more background on how the Kennedys ended up in Kansas, read my mother's research in Blackjack on the Trail which was published in Prairie Schooner Genealogy Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, January-February 1997, pages 2-5.
After I posted about the McGhee and Kennedy ancestors here, I was contacted by another descendant of David Kennedy. We are in the early stages of sharing what genealogy information we have and I'm hopeful that we can push this branch of the family tree back even further.
Names on My Family Tree
What I Found about My McGhee Family History
While working on this lens, I started to poke around on the internet sites looking for McGhee genealogy information. My mom had researched it back to her great-great grandfather, William Newton McGhee, who fought in the Civil War. I was thrilled to find on GenForum some information connecting that ancestor to his parents and grandparents.
I now know the name of my great-great-great-great grandfather who was born in 1765 in Virginia. Here's what I found:
WILLIAM MCGHEE was born 1765 in Virginia. He died probably in 1840 in Washington Co., Tennessee.
He married CHARLOTTE GILLIAM on December 12, 1791 in Albemarle County, Virginia. She was born about 1765.
After her death, he married LEAH ANN BROYLES on September 26, 1793 in Washington, Tennessee. Leah Ann was the daughter of NICHOLAS BROYLES and DOROTHEA CHRISTLER. She was born May 20, 1775 in Culpepper Co., Virginia and died about 1861 in Perry Co., Arkansas.
A son from the second marriage is the line I follow. This information was posted by Theresa Hazlerig.
Some of My McGhee Family History
- William McGhee's Estate Sale | Then and Now
According to the book, Washington County Tennessee, Settlement of Estates 1796-1841, William McGhee's estate was totaled up after a public sale in 1828. He would be my 5 X great-grandfather. Here's the line: Samuel Newton McGhee > William Newton M
More In-Depth Look at the McGhees on My Family Tree
- My Flint Hills Childhood by Gail Lee Martin (nee McGhee)
This is my mother's memoir about growing up in 1930s Kansas. You can preview a few sections of the book online. She includes a family tree chart and family stories going back a number of generations.
- Clarence McGhee in WWI
This page is about my grandfather and his experiences during the first world war and the memorabilia that the family has.
- Ruth Vining McGhee
I'm gathering my information about my grandmother, Ruth McGhee here. Perhaps it will prove useful to cousins or other Vining or McGhee relatives. In sorting through my Mom's collection of old photos and memorabilia, I've found some bits of family his
More Resources from Amazon - Research Your Family History
Here are a few more resources I have located which may help you in your search for your roots. Most of these have excellent reviews on Amazon by other family history buffs.
- From Ulster to Carolina: The Migration of the Scotch-Irish to Southwestern North Carolina
My McGhee Family Came Through North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and finally to Kansas
Places in the U.S. Where My Scot-Irish Ancestors Settled
Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kansas.
An Excellent Video History of the Scotch-Irish
This Is the Kind of Log Cabin They Would Have Lived In
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