McClintock / McClintic Chapter 1

The Saga Begins

McClintic Saga

This info came from Mrs. Cecil Shelton from Hanford, California. I expect you have been sent things from her, also, and maybe she even asked you some questions about your immediate family. Mrs. Shelton said the following came from Mrs. C.C. Meyer III, route 1, Cazenovia, New York. A lot of this info was given to Mrs Meyer from Julius Hunter Arbuckle of Clovis, California. It was dated 1949. I would say it has been around the circle!!!

This McClintic article will deal only with early generations of the Bath County, Virginia branch, and some general history of this McClintock family. (Please note the names seem to be interchangeable.) According to the data compiled by Professor Emory McClintock (1840-1916) of Carlisle, PA, the first record of the McClintock family originated in Argleshire, Scotland near the shores of Loch Lomond about 40 miles north of Glasgow. A Scotch bard sang the praise of a young stripling archer, MacLintock, who shot the arrow which killed the chieftain, "Black John MacGregor", at the battle of Glenfruin in 1603. (Sir Walter Scott's book "Bob Roy" has full details of this fight.)

The name MacClintock is an English version of the Gaelic "Mac Giolla Fhintohg". The word Lindsay was substituted for the unpronouncable word and the Scotch suffix "Mac" was hooked on in front. To keep such a name from being confused with the English Linday's, of northern England, some letters were changed and others added to make it sound Scottish.

During the reign of King James I (1603-1625) of England, many Scoth immigrants settled in the northern part of Ireland, known as Ulster, around 1650 and Alexander MacClintock gained title to about 10,000 acres of land in County Donegal, near Raphone, which belonged to the Duke of Lennox (Ludovic Stewart), a close relative to King James I of England, and the main residence was known as Rothenstal Castle.

In a small village, near Raphone, called Trinte, is the old Toughboyne churchyard. On some tombstones are listed these McClintock names.

Who Died Age Wife Died Age
Alexander McClintock September 1670
Alexander McClintock 14 Sept. 1689   Wife Agnes Stinson Dec.1696
Alexander McClintock 29 Sept.1722 40
Alexander McClintock 12 June. 1752 72 Wife Mary 4,Oct.1767
John McClintock 3 Sept. 1707 59 Wife Janet 22 Dc. 1739
John McClintock 26 May 1765 67 Wife Sarah Young 18 June 1742 56

Raphone, County Donegal, Ireland is near the border of Tyrone County, where, according to some of the Lancaster County, PA wills of McClintock's who settled in that area, state they came from that County. The above graveyard record of McClintock's show some of this Clan lived there over 100 years before some of them migrated to America. Very few of these Colonial emigrants could write, so about the only records left concerning them are old Court records of Land Grants and recorded wills. From these old records it is surely impossible to tell where later generations lived or migrated to and from.

Our branch of the McClintock's begins with WILLIAM MCCLINTOCK and family migrating from PA and settling along the Jackson River in Augusta County, VA (later becoming Bath County) in 1774. A traditional story told by MOSES MCCLINTOCK (1848-1929) of Hot Springs, VA. states WILLIAM MCCLINTOCK was born in Ireland in 1717 and was 8 years old when his father, ALEXANDER MCCLINTOCK migrated from Ireland to Lancaster County, PA in 1725. Also, his wife NANCY SHANKLIN was born in Ireland and her parents came to PA when she was a small girl. No doubt this story is true but there is no mention made of other brothers and sisters of either family in PA. (They were there. The 1790 census of PA. shows it.) We know they married in PA and almost finished raising their family of 7 children before they migrated to Virginia in 1774.

Scottish History shows McClintock's in both Clan MacDougall and Clan Colquhoun (Cohoon) in the 13th century and from then on they were frequently mentioned.

The lady who sent this wrote in big letters: ALTHOUGH LIVING IN IRELAND, THESE WERE TRUE SCOTS. NO MCCLINTOCK IS AN IRISHMAN. :( (Wanna bet. I would say after 100 years they were Irish. Probably married Irish ladies to boot. :)

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