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AMERICAN SCOTS VENTURES AND ADVENTURES: A Story Begging to be Told.

At last, AMERICAN SCOTS VENTURES AND ADVENTURES: A Story Begging to be Told is now on Kindle.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Jerry+McMichael
Of Course you can still free download the PDF copy at http://sungrist.org/AmericanScot2.pdf

Well, it is about time on Kindle. This is version 2 with a Statement of Faith Appendix included.
American Scots Ventures and Adventures: Another Story Begging to be Told Kindle Edition
by Jerry Vaughan McMichael (Author)
A McMichael Branch Story Begging to be Told: March to Texas for Land
The Frontier Thesis or Turner Thesis, is the argument advanced by historian Frederick Jackson Turner in 1893 that American democracy was formed by the American frontier. He stressed the process—the moving frontier line—and the impact it had on pioneers going through the process.
True Americans, pioneering with John Mac, miller, in Bucks County PA. with plantation land in Bucks Co PA, missions to Indians that finally killed him, with his brother Charles a registered Indian Agent; John and William of Mecklenburg NC with service as Patriots in the American Revolution; then the best Senator John Madison of Butts County; and finally to Texas, Cass County, in 1840, one year after Texas became a Republic and five before a State. No, Griffin C. and his 3 brothers and one sister did not deplete the family of ten of John Madison; however they did well represent them in Texas with a lawyer, a medical doctor (Dr. James Madison McMichael), a school teacher (killed in a duel in early Texas), and a farmer, and Nancy a Barber of a famed Cass County Wagon train.
The branch focus must center around GA State Senator John Madison McMichael of Butts County (1788-1854*) and Lois McMichael that courageously wrote the McMichael history centered around Butts County.
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 septs 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 turmoil’s 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 were a sept 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 Bruce 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 succession 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 Confederate States of America (CSA).

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A McMichael Branch Story Begging to be Told: March to Texas for Land.

The Frontier Thesis or Turner Thesis, is the argument advanced by historian Frederick Jackson Turner in 1893 that American democracy was formed by the American frontier. He stressed the process—the moving frontier line—and the impact it had on pioneers going through the process.  {https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frontier_Thesis }

True Americans, pioneering with John Mac, miller, in Bucks County PA. with plantation land in Bucks Co PA, missions to Indians that finally killed him, with his brother Charles a registered Indian Agent; John and William of Mecklenburg NC with service as Patriots in the American Revolution; then the best Senator John Madison of Butts County; and finally to Texas, Cass County, in 1840, one year after Texas became a Republic and five before a State.  No, Griffin C. and his 3 brothers and one sister did not deplete the family of ten of John Madison; however they did well represent them in Texas with a lawyer, a medical doctor (Dr. James Madison McMichael), a school teacher (killed in a duel in early Texas), and a farmer, and Nancy a Barber of a famed Cass County Wagon train.

The branch focus must center around GA State Senator John Madison McMichael of Butts County (1788-1854*) and Lois McMichael that courageously wrote the McMichael history centered around Butts County.

John Madison McMichael

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 septs 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.

Sara in memorial

The McMichaels of Appin and Galloway were part of the turmoil’s 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 sept 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 Bruce 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 succession 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 Confederate 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 Campbelltown.  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 doubt 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 “mechanics” as in her book on the McMichaels of Butts County GA, she called John Bartlett 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 Halifax 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.

Judge Griffin C would bring John Bartlett Mac, the confederate soldier–also farmer and mechanic and carpenter–into the world; John Bartlett (Bruce*) brought Thomas Bruce into the world, a carpenter that rebuilt the Cass County court house in 1933; 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 petrol-chemical Transport Company of Texas (actually MAC as they called him worked for 3 petrol-chemical trucking companies—Transport Company of Texas, York Transport, and Groendyke—one of those companies he made Vice President with his work of ICC, Austin, and D.C. as an ICC Practitioner, pioneering in getting some of the trucking rates and routes for truckers against the powerful in the nation Railroads; 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 Presbyterianism 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 Lincoln 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 records**} 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 children 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, Electronics Assistant Professor, and as a licensed and ordained Baptist preacher, serving as pastor or interim pastor in 16 churches in Maryland, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Texas.

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 grandson, 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 influences of the watershed, survived with Christian faith intact, especially those unique Presbyterian of the Covenant variety and lived and survived the famous “Killing Times” of Scotland and Britain.

** There are almost more public records of Frances 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 Bruce 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. Great grandmother Frances Lanier Mac is the real hero of this branch as well as the other branch females that the Macs were smart enough to marry.  (Would that the story could center around them, but unfortunately there is more historical records available for the men.)  However this is more of the story that needs to be told.

REFERENCES:

  1. Lois McMichael on the McMichael and Maddux family of Butts County GA.
  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 Scot Irish heritage on Google Plus.
  5. Scot Irish Corner on the website of biblecombibleman.com and on http://www.sungrist.org.
  6. Scot Irish blog and history on sungrist.net of WordPress.
  7. Various free downloads available on the McMichaels as part of our American Scot Irish heritage.

Cass County Texas McMichaels

John Madison McMichael

One of the sons of John Madison McMichael (shown above) that came to Texas in 1840 with 3 brothers and a sister was the G.C. McMichael, Judge Griffin C. McMichael mentioned in the history of Floyd Hill Baptist Church as a Trustee. Short history by CCGS shown below and linked for the total interested history brief. Griffin C. came by Wagon Train from the home of John Madison in Jackson, Butts County Georgia with 3 brothers–a doctor, Dr. James Madison McMichael, a school teacher, and a farmer. (Griffin C. was a lawyer) This speaks well of John Madison after whom this group is dedicated, a Georgia State Senator and active Baptist with the oldest son, William G as a minister, and who did every thing right.

HISTORY OF FLOYDS’ HILL CHURCH – CEMETERY
By: Faye Spurger Perdue

I. On the 9th day of October 1854, 140 yards square, or a 4 acres of a grant of land in Cass County, Texas, that had been made to John Stiles, was deeded to the Missionary Baptist Church, by Killis S. Floyd, for the sum of $1.00. Hereafter, this Church was to be known as “Floyds’ Hill Church”, with all necessary privileges, liberty, benefits, rights and purposes, with perpetual authority, as seen fit by the Church Trustees and Commissioners, John S. Blankenship, William J. Henderson and G.C. McMichael.

This plot of land is situated on or near the Cusseta Linden Road, which was an early immigrant route to Texas. This was a growing community of farmers who immigrated to Texas from Georgia and Alabama, during and after the Civil War.

here are several Civil War Veterans buried at Floyds’ Hill, R.I. Jones of Nelsons Independent Calvary Company of Georgia, W.J. Townsend, Nat Curtwright, and Ada Culwells husband, she was a member of Floyds’ Hill Church, was very ill and worried, because she wanted to live to see her husband again, he finally came home on a Saturday morning, she died that night, but her wish and prayers had been answered.

These former slaves who came to Texas with their masters, helped to build Floyds’ Hill Church and worshipped there with them until Killis S. Floyd gave them a plot of ground for a church, its called Floyd Valley Church.

http://txgenwebcounties.org/…/f_cem…/floyd_hill_history.html

 

rev silas mcmichael at floyd valley bap cemetery

A Rev Silas McMichael is buried in the Floyd Valley Cemetery, obviously a slave of Griffin C. McMichael as the slaves quite often as in the McMichael households, Georgia and Texas, were treated like family. It would be interesting to know if this was the same Preacher Pap McMichael, a well treated slave of John Madison, that often preacher in the same pulpit as his son William G. McMichael. Rev Silas was born in 1808 which would make him age 32 when the MACs brought them to Cass County. Perhaps some of you Cass County residents might be able to answer this question about Silas being the same as Pap, or related.https://www.findagrave.com/memo…/120098119/silas-mcmichael

Hoping to learn more from Rothwell Historical Enterprises about Rev Silas McMichael of Floyd Valley Baptist Church and cemetery, and Preacher Pap of Jackson Butts County, a friend of John Madison Mac and his son Rev William G. Mac who preached quite often from the same pulpit in Jackson, both Silas and Pap related with Judge Griffin C. Mac in common.  Thanks to
Rothwell Historical Enterprises
@RothwellHistoricalEnterprises at https://www.facebook.com/RothwellHistoricalEnterprises/ Sure, you recognize the court house that Thomas Bruce McMichael rebuilt after the fire in 1933, and who died in 1934 run over and killed by a Model T auto while walking at night from downtown to mama’s Bonnie Elizabeth Kelley McMichael house. See https://scotirishamericanblog.com/…/linden-cass-county…/

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.

 

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 Bartlett (Bruce) 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 Confederate 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 Campbeltown. 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 (Bruce) 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.

REFERENCES:

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 http://www.biblecombibleman.com and on http://www.sungrist.org.
6. Scot Irish blog and history on www.sungrist.net of WordPress.
7. Various free downloads available on the McMichaels as part of our American Scot Irish heritage.