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Newer profile for Scottish Corner Research and Photos to a fighting Highlander; however it would seem that they more accurately made contributions as farmers and Presbyterians, also contributing to the Scot and Scot-Irish pioneer spirit that made such a contribution to America. Often settlers would strive to use them as "arrow catchers" outside their own settlements. However, in search of land for a living, they were up to the task. The big rural Ulster scene reminds us of perhaps the main thrust for pioneering with a farm scene, courtesy of Scot in Ulster. Of course even in Ulster they felt pressures against freedom of worship from the Anglicans and Irish Catholics.



McMichaels in Butts co., GA, are from unknown {a mystery why she used this word unknown} Scotch-Irish By the turn of the Eighteenth Century, the migration to America Of the Scotch-Irish had begun. immigrants arrived in America at ports along the Atlantic coast, mainly Philadelphia, and spread into the coastal countryside. This area filled rapidly and mushed westward into Lancaster co., PA. It is believed the McMichaels in America had their origin in PA.


NOTE:  Thanks to Google Books you can download free that magnificient work of Lois.  If you find a copy anywhere to buy, it will cost you about $200, so be grateful for this chance.  You download it at TRAILING OUR ANCESTORS.
One immigrant, Charles McMichael Of Ireland, was granted letters as an Indian trader by the proprietary government of PA on June 21, 1743. He moved into Monroe co., PA, and on McMichael Creek which today flows through this area. Our McMichael family descended from this Charles McMichael, as William and Elizabeth McMichael, our known ancestors, named their first born Charles. Diligent research in PA early records might prove that Charles was the father Of our known ancestor, John McMichael, Sr.

{Other researchers than Lois, indicate that Charles and his brother John did come from Antrim Ireland, sons of Robert McMichael:  John settling in Bucks county PA and Charles in Monroe County.  Charles was a government licensed Indian Trader and John was a Miller, building a sugar mill on McMichael creek.  A son of John McMichael, William, moved along the Wagon trail to Halifax county, as it was called then later becoming Anson country. This trail of descendants Lois writes about centered around those she knew in Butts County, Jackson, our most prominent descendant being John Madison McMichael who settled across the Yadkin River from Jasper county—5 and 6 on the map–at the invitation of Chief McIntosh.  This John was born in Green county, his father William along with his father, John, served as patriots in the American Revolution, living then at Anson NC—his plantation was moved in SC because of a border dispute.  You can follow this line of McMichaels with the Scottish pattern of John and William, William and John.}

Land in Pennsylvania became scarce and expensive after the Pennsylvania Land Office closed. Unable to obtain clear titles, the settlers pushed into the vast territory of the Indians in the southeast. The “Great Philadelphia Wagon Road,” as it was later called, led down the Shenandoah Valley and ended at the Shallow Ford on the Yadkin River in NC, a distance Of 435 miles. Lured by free land, many pioneers made the long trek and followed the great rivers in the Piedmont area of the Carolinas.

North Carolina county records in the 1740-1780 document that the McMichaels came into Anson co., NC, and settled, As new counties and boundary lines were created, our McMichaels moved further south.

We are grateful to Sara Lois McMichael of Butts County GA for not only writing a large book on the history of Butts County, but also for writing largely on the McMichaels in TRAILING OUR ANCESTORS.



GA State Senator John Madison McMichael of Butts County (1788-1854*)


Preliminary NOTE: The “story that needs to be told” continued noting, of course, the broader perspective of the McMichael and Carmichael families, the other clans and sephs of the Highlands, and the many, many–perhaps of none other American lineage–of the Scot Irish to the American heritage. Sorry, all of those families and lineages could not be mentioned, perhaps these clues for research will help you.

The McMichaels of Appin and Galloway were part of the turmoils between Presbyterians and Catholics that so often was the determinative history of Scotland, Ireland, and the Brits. Of course, you are aware of the history of the Stewart of Appin Clan of which some of the McMichaels {Carmichaels} were a seph that suffered the great loss to the Brits at the Battle at Culloden in 1745 with a subsequent burning of the crofts in the Highlands and the scattering of clan members, many to the US and Canada–of course here in Appin forced because of their social and political environment to support the catholic cause of Bonnie Prince Charles.

NOTE: It is suspected to be a similar set of circumstances many generations later when John Batrlett McMichael of Cass County Texas fought with the 1st Texas Partisan Rangers in the Civil War. It was really more a matter of survival to protect friends, relations, and the homeland, especially when it is considered the lesser known fact that Governor Sam Houston refused sucession and was kicked out of office in Texas. Both sides, the union and the confederacy, were wrong to kill their cousins and brothers; after all, you will find that 127 McMichaels were on the roosters of the Union and 122 on the Conferate States of America (CSA).

Much earlier in Scottish history, the famous brothers Daniel and James McMichael of Galloway were avid leaders and defenders of the sect of Presbyterians known as Covenanters because they refused to bow to the King of England. Do you also see some similarity here to the States rights issues of the Civil War and even now of the current politics between Democrats and Republicans, or between the people and the Supreme Court. The long line of McMichael farmers and millers, also of distillers can be traced simultaneously through Appin and Galloway, and later to the island port of Cambeltown. Of the 5 ships that mysteriously appeared in the colonial harbor of Boston, most from Ulster Ireland but one most mysterious one on which a McMichael “miller” was onboard, no dobut had its original in Port Campbelltown as there are several historical records of McMichael ship captains out of there. Through the long history of the McMichaels from Scotland to Ulster to Penn, NC, GA and Cass County Texas they seemed to have one foot in the land for farming and another in what Lois McMichael called “mechancis” as in her book on the McMichaels of Butts County GA, she called John Battlett a “farmer, mechanic, and Cass County treasurer.

That mechanic miller of Boston eventually found his way to acquire land from William Penn in Bucks County Pennsylvania with his brother Charles, both from Robert McMichael of Ulster, sort of a mechanic Indian trader. Many this line of McMichaels can be traced as John and Williams with the Miller of McMichaels creek in Bucks County a John McMichael, his son William of Hallifas NC and grandson John, a distiller and large plantation owner with 23 slaves of Mecklenburg NC, who also fought in the American Revolution as did his son William; this William pioneering to new free land in Georgia, and his son John Madison McMichael that truly did everything right and established the McMichaels in Butts County GA, and as American mechanics and farmers and as Baptist mechanics. {Here mechanics is used more in the sense of early American history as banks and money and organizations were labeled “Farmers and Mechanics”. It was more a necessity of survival and of the developing Industrial Revolution of the United States. Later Griffin C Mac, one of the 10 children of John Madison Mac and among the 4 brothers and a sister Nancy to wagon train to Cass County shortly after Texas Independence and before the Civil War {1840}, would be like his father John Madison a mechanic of the law, Griffin C as a judge in Cass county and John Madison a GA state senator from Butts County.

Jude Griffin C would bring John Bartlett Mac, the confederate soldier–also farmer and mechanic and carpenter–into the world; John Battlett brought Thomas Bruce into the world, a carpenter that rebuilt the Cass County court house; Thomas Bruce brought Thomas Madison Mac into the world, who after starting as a truck driver became a mechanic and eventually worked his way to VP of a pioneering petro chemical Transport Company of Texas; lastly his son and grandson became respectively an Engineer and a FAA mechanic and manager of an airplane company.

Of this long history of MACs from Scotland through Ulster to the colonial American of PA, NC, GA, and cass county texas, the focal point of honor and credit should be to GA State Senator John Madison McMichael and first to bring the Covenanter stock from Prebyterianism to the Christianity of the Macedonian Baptist Church in Butts County GA. There are a lot of reason for this focus: (1) thanks to the books of Lois McMichael on Butts County and the McMichaels, there are more public records, including the photo of John Madison, looking like Abraham Lincon that you see above, and a history of Macedonia Baptist Church where Rev William, a son of John, served so faithfully for so many years; (2) another reason is that John Madison seemed to do everything right, starting with accepted the invitation of Chief McIntosh of the Creek Indians to graze his cattle near Indian Springs GA, later to become Butts County where John served for many years in both the Macedonia Baptist Church and as a local justice of the peace, called in those days justice of the inferior court. (3) John and his wife Gitta Francis Griffin {whose story like other women that married the MACs is the real story but with few public reords**} raised 10 kids, most of whom were both farmers and mechanic professionals like Doctors and Lawyers, and somehow in spite of the civil war ravages on GA by the Union, managed to leave one thousand dollars each to those 10 children, 800 dollars of which would show up on the Cass County records as the purchase of far land by one of those five chidren Nancy that would buy a farm for her grandson Levi Mac.

(4) The significant contribution of John Madison McMichael to the religious heritage of this line of MACs in transition from the Presbyterian Covenanters of Scotland and Ulster to the Moravians of PA, to the Presbyterians of an earlier declaration of independence in NC to the Missionary Baptists of Butts County GA, a son William Griffin of GA and Macedonia Baptist Church fame in GA and the masons, and no doubt making contributions all the way to a great, great, great grandson–Jerry Vaughan McMichael–of simultaneous work in both Engineering on Airplanes and Missiles and as a licensed and ordained Baptist preacher.

NOTE: At the McMichael hotel in the village of McMichael PA, on the wall, are two historical notices for this line of MACs, a letter from William Penn granting land to John McMichael, and a protest letter from some unhappy citizen calling John a half breed Indian. I think we are seeing a little history here for granted that the original John of Bucks county from Ulster was an Indian lover, and who by the way was killed by the Indians that he tried to evangelize as was his brother Charles the Indian trader; however the John Mac called the half breed, no doubt was a grandon, and indeed as John Mac lost his first wife to Indians and married a second, his could have been an Indian.

Some Highlighted Notes above:

* Remember this period at the beginning of the 1900s is called by Henry Steele Commager “The Watershed of American Thought” as America underwent so many changes during the civil war, industrial revolution, etc. We owe a debt to all of those of our heritage who in spite of the ungodliness of evolution and other indluences of the watershed, survived with Christian faith intact, especialy those unique Presbyterian of the Covenant variety and lived and survived the famous “Killing Times” of Sctoland and Britain.

** There are almost more public records of Francis Caroline Lanier, the wife of John Bartlett Mac of Cass County. Only with her record as a school teacher in Hugo Indian territory would be know that this McMichael family after the Civil war worked in the Indian Territory, although we know John Battleet had to be there as part of the First Texas Partisan Rangers CSA. No doubt, it was John’s work of mechanic carpenter that brought the family to the IT (Indian Territory), for surely it was not farmer. Also the work for a living after the difficult times of Reconstruction in Texas could have been as an Engineer on the railroad as their is some photographic evidence to that effect, and that John’s daughter Winnie married a railroad man of Houston Texas, knowing that it is a long ways between Houston and Cass County East Texas.
However this is more of the story that needs to be told.


1. Lois McMichael on the McMichael and Maddux family of Butts County GA.

Part 1.

Part 2.
2. Lois on Butts County GA.
3. About John Madison and his son Rev William in the History of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Jackson, GA Butts county.
4. McMichaels of Cass County as part of the Scottish Corner Research and Photos on Google Plus.
5. The Scottish Corner on the website of and on
6. Scot Irish blog and history on of WordPress.
7. Various free downloads available on the McMichaels as part of our American Scot Irish heritage.

NSA2: Interesting Adventures.

Interesting people, interesting places, interesting organizations, interesting electro-mechanical systems, interesting planes and missiles, good jobs and interesting work {well beyond the threshold of boredom and the norm}.

Flight Test of the Viking new Digital Flight Control Computer on the Harry S. Truman Aircraft Carrier.

The Viking:  AFC 273, Digital Flight Data Computer upgrade, began in May 2000 on the West Coast [the East Coast will follow], and completed in 2002. The AN/ASW-33 Digital Flight Data Computer is a direct replacement of equipment. Differences in weight and balance are negligible. Maintenance capability at the organizational level is significantly enhanced due to incorporation of a highly comprehensive Built-In Test Equipment (BITE) capability. AFC 273 directs the replacement of the CP-1074A/ASW-33 Flight Data Computer with the more reliable CP-1074B/ASW-33 Digital Flight Data Computer.   {}


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Automatic Carrier Landing System on the Viking.


Aircraft carrier landings are highly automated

Today President Bush will fly aboard a US Navy S-3B Viking to USS Abraham Lincoln, hundreds of miles west of San Diego. The Viking is a four-seat jet aircraft that makes cable-arrest landings on carriers, just as fighters do.

Carrier landings are highly automated nowadays. The toughest things pilots have to do to land safely is make sure they are flying straight down the centerline of the landing strip on the carrier deck and make sure their rate of descent onto the deck is correct. When these things are done right the plane hits the deck and its arrestor hook grabs one of the cables across the deck that slow the plane to a halt within a couple hundred feet or so.

Squaring up on the centerline is not as easy as it seems. Modern carriers are “angle deck” ships, meaning that they are designed to launch and recover aircraft at the same time. Launching aircraft are catapulted off the bow straight ahead, but landing aircraft fly onto a part of the flight deck that angles off to the ships port (left) side. Hence a pilot cannot line up straight down the ship. (The angle deck can also launch as well as recover.)

The further away pilots can square on the centerline, the happier they are. But even enormous aircraft carriers appear too small from about a mile away to offer visual clues to line up. Lights aboard the ship called drop lights are effective inside a mile, as is the visual image of the ship itself, called the “carrier box.” A laser system called Long-Range Lineup System uses eyesafe colored lasers to guide the pilot well over a mile away. Seeing an amber laser means that the plane is on centerline, right means green and red means left. This system is installed aboard Abraham Lincoln.

NOTE:  A natural over simplication as it is difficult to get use to all the sloppy yoke movement between the knees during an automatic carrier landing.

The Cold War AEW Atlantic Barrier

“Argentia Approach, Navy 1313, 25 miles southeast, requesting your present weather.”  “Navy 1313, this is Argentia Approach, present weather 200 feet obscured; visibility one-half mile in blowing snow; wind south southwest 28, gusts to 45 knots; duty runway 25 GCA standing by on channel 17.”

“Argentia Approach, this is Navy 1313. Roger your weather; request clearance to GCA frequency.”  After another GCA approach to field minimums the pilot of Navy 1313, a radar-converted Super Constellation, completes another circuit of the North Atlantic Barrier, the seaward extension of the DEW Line.

THE BARRIER FORCE maintains a 24-hour-a-day, year-round airborne surveillance of the broad reaches of the North Atlantic Ocean. Since 1 July 1956, 10,000 such flights have taken off and landed at the U.S. Naval Station, Argentia, Newfoundland. Flight Number Ten Thousand was flown in early March.

Each completed harrier flight represents a distance greater than the Great Circle mileage from New York to Los Angeles. All the flights together represent a total of more than 23,000,000 miles, or the equivalent of 50 round trips to the moon.

The Atlantic Barrier has been one of the important components of our blueprint for defense of the North American continent against enemy attack, in which each of the armed services has played a role.

The barrier has one specific objective__to detect any surprise move against North America.

By its mere existence, the Atlantic Barrier has served as a deterrent against hostile attack by eliminating the element of surprise from any potential aggressor’s plans of attack.
NAVAL AVIATORS WHO FLY the Barrier have a tough job. To them, flying the Barrier has meant more than 120,000 hours, and 23 million miles, in the air since 1956. To the United States, it has meant safety.

The WV-2s, from which they scan 45,000 square miles of the Atlantic, look very much like their Super Constellation sister ships with the exception of a 7-foot-high, fin-like dome atop the fuselage and a massive mushroom-shaped bulge underneath, both of which contain radar antenna.

The interior of the WV-2 is a precision radar laboratory which is kept in top-notch condition with complete sets of maintenance gear stored on board to permit in-flight repairs.

In spite of the frequent sub-zero temperatures on the Atlantic Barrier, the WV-2’s cabin must be air-conditioned to offset the heat given off from the five tons of electronic equipment she carries.

Flying the Atlantic barrier

soups on

NOTE:  Can not remember anytime, a taxi was aborted.


Navy Plane Crashes in Newfoundland

Oct 18 1958


EVENT: Navy aircraft 141294 crashed into Placentia Bay 1000 feet short of runway during CGA landing trying to get under weather; flight from NAS Patuxant River, MD to NAS Argentia. According to the US Naval Aviation Safety Center Accident Brief No. 10, May 1960: “The ceiling was reported indefinite 200 feet, visibility 2 miles in drizzle and fog. A precision approach was commenced to the duty runway. The approach was within tolerances and normal until after passing through GCA minimums, at which time the aircraft went below glide path and the pilot was instructed to take a waveoff. The waveoff was not executed until after the aircraft had actually made contact with the runway. After climb out, GCA was contacted and a second approach was requested to commence with no delay. The pilot advised GCA that the runway was in sight just before GCA gave him a waveoff on the first approach. The second approach was again normal until the final controller gave the instructions, “Approaching GCA minimums.” The aircraft immediately commenced dropping below glide path. An emergency pull up was given, but the aircraft collided with the water [Placentia Bay] and came to rest 2050 feet east of the approach end of the runway. It sank in 26 feet of water and 11 persons lost their lives.” LOSS: 11 of 29-man crew & passengers killed: CREW: LT Donald A. Becker, PPC, CDR Raymond L. Klassy, VW-13, ENS Donald E. Mulligan, Lyle W. Foster, American Red Cross, A. S. Corrado, Robert N. Elliot, AN, R. J. Emerson, Clarence J. Shea, J. E. Strange, William Jerome Taylor, AD3 (body never recovered), and D. D. Wilson.


NSA: The Scot Irish American Spirit.

Note: Photo is of present day McMichael Creek in Monroe County PA, 64 acres selling for $579,900, and when the previous owner, John, and colonial pioneer with a plantation, saw mill, grist mill, and an Indian trader brother, about all he had left was 2 cows. {Love it, when the heritage is more than “of this world.”}

∗Often mixed in with the human spirit of the Holy Spirit, generally of Presbyterian and Baptist stock.

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“My God and I”

“Last night I died” is the beginning of a good book on grief, death and dying encountered in a Pastoral Care course at Southwestern Seminary. Willing to top that for a testimony to the grace of God and to Rehab and other Medical personnel who refused to give up on this 76 year old tennis player, I died 6 times, three on the tennis court at McClennan Tennis center, close to the Seminary, and three in the ambulance on the way to John Peter Smith ER. That was four years ago, and the last visit with the cardiologist showed a normal EKG.
What if any of those people had given up on reverence for life and me from Jim who administered CPR on the tennis court so well as to break ribs, to the ambulance attendants to the ER doctor, to the Heart Surgeon, to Global Rehab, to Burleson Rehab, and Nike who cared for us. However this is about “My God and I”, realizing of course that this is somewhat poetic in that the God of the Universe, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator of all humanity is given the majority credit for the passing from dying 6 times to a normal EKG in 4 years. Oh, and the little group of nurses, doctors, and others participating in the tennis drills at McClennan that prayer while Jim worked should be added since they obviously had faith that God’s grace could intervene through prayer. Yes, and the family that prayed, especially my wife who during her recent palliative and hospice care repeated about dying that “it is not up to me”, a testimony of faith in God, even as she has done for years through many illnesses and 40 years of Nursing.

My God and I go in the field together;
We walk and talk as good friends should and do;
We clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter;
My God and I walk through the meadow’s hue.
We clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter;
My God and I walk through the meadow’s hue.

Some heart experts had their doubts on what God could and would do in a reverence for life, what Ron Panzer of the Hospice Patients Alliance would call “human pride” in the fatal flaw of medical personnel {some that must go by the guidelines of the American Heart Institute} like all humanity of taking credit to exclude a God that they really do not believe much. The marvelous heart surgeon at John Peter Smith did not do that, and when on the first visit with him after the quadruiple heart bypass and when I thanked him heartily, said something to the effect that it wasn’t me, and pointed above. What Ron Panzer said about pride in palliative and hospice care–

But proud man is a thief and unjust in what he does, because he denies others what they need. He steals what is due God and takes it for himself. Man refuses to give God the adoration and reverence He deserves and places faith in the lies that lead man to believe there is a good way that is not part of God’s will (Proverbs 14:12). How can we understand such a terrible blunder?
Several cardiologists and others wanted to insert a defibrillator during the early stages of rehab, however adjusted from the norm apart from God’s grace when the blood flow increased in the first year and then again the second year to above the American Heart Association’s standard for a triple chamber that would monitor remotely by telemetry, that would shock the heart when necessary albeit bring one to their knees, and in my personal opinion decrease the quality of life. Since my God and I walk together, another way to say, there is assurance that the place where God lives and reigns is my eternal home, both CPR and the gadget implant was turned down. It must be admitted that an exceptional and practical and experienced Cardiologist {the same that had shown us previously that my wife almost 9 years after open heart displayed the curative powers of the human body itself that God designed, in that little arteries of blood flow grew around the heart to increase blood flow} at the Cardiac Hospital in Lubbock recommended that coreg in some cases does increase blood flow, and online some real cases were recorded how that with good exercise, low salt, and a good food management routine blood flow could be increased.

Trying to play God should be minimized is what Ron repeats, and in your own mind if not in your speech and actions acknowledge that He above all others is in control. It can be added, for His own children God is working out something good for that patient which is not obvious to us; and that it is in His own good time.

The end here, no pun intended, should be with a quote from Orr in his book “I died last night”:

“There are those who think it will be reincarnated, while others believe it will be absorbed into the universe. Still some say nothing at all will happen, or worse, that the soul will burn up or dissolve. If you believe in Jesus Christ, however, you know that there are only two possible destinations for your soul, should you die right now.”

Restoring Reverence for Life: Palliative/Hospice

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