Category Archives: Oral History

THE McMICHAEL TRAIL TO GEORGIA

 

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.

 

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Navy Plane Crashes in Newfoundland

Oct 18 1958

US NAVY SQUADRON: AEWRON FIFTEEN (VW-15) AIRCRAFT: WV-2, BuNo 141294, LOCATION: NAS Argentia, Newfoundland.

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.