Ancestor 252 Micajah McCormack

Micjah McCormack was born about 1739, in Hanover County, Virginia. He grew up on the family plantation, on Hammons Creek of the South Anna River, in what is now Louisa County, Virginia. Micajah was but fourteen years of age when his father died, and he and younger brother Charles were eventually boarded out to other families. In an indenture date January 28, 1755, Micajah Mccormack, orphan was bound as an apprentice to Andrew Hunter. Planter, of Goochland County, Virginia. Said Hunter was to provide schooling, lodging, food and clothing until Micajah reached age twenty-one, at which time he was to be paid as directed by law.

Andrew Hunter was born about 1711, in Hanover County, Virginia, and his Will was probated on 13 July 1767, Louisa County, Virginia. Andrew was a Planter and large land owner in Goochland and Louisa Counties. At the time of his death, his residence was in the vicinity of Owens Creek of South Anna River, in St. Martin’s Parish of Louisa County. Micajah McCormack was a member of the Hunter household until 1760-1761, when he reached his twenty-first birthday. He married Frances “Fanny” Anderson, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Anderson of Hanover County in about 1761. Richard Anderson lived in St. Paull’s Parish, Hanover County and was situated close to the Chickahominy River. Records show a close association between Richard Anderson and the neighbors of Andrew Hunter.

Micajah and Fanny (Anderson) McCormack were the forebears of most McCormacks of Bedford County, Virginia. Micajah’s younger brother, Charles McCormack, disappeared early from Bedford County records. The children of eldest brother, William McCormack, Jr., also disappeared from the records and did not settle permanently in Bedford County.

William & Fanny lived on Cates Creek of Beaverdam Creek, Bedford County, Virginia.  Children include:  William, Dennis, John, Micajah Jr, Thomas Elizabeth, Richard, Mary Frances “Fanny”, and Nancy.

Adjacent land owners: William Anderson, John Wright, Thomas Wright, Anthony Wright, William Carner, John Payne, Robert Nimmo, the Brown family and others.

Micajah McCormack appears on personal property tax roles as early as 1782 in Bedford Co–possibly following his older, more affluent brother William who had inherited their fathers’ plantation back in Louisa Co in 1753.

Anthony Pate and wife Sarah purchased 433 acres on both sides northeast fork of Beaverdam Creek, Bedford, Virginia, on September 27, 1756 (Ref: Bedford County Deed A-1, pp. 114 & 255). William McCormack, and his father-in-law Richard Anderson later settled next to Anthony Pate on Beaverdam Creek, Bedford County. There was also a Bartlett Anderson in the Beaverdam Creek family, and the Andersons and Pates remained closely associated in both Louisa and Bedford counties. Several families from the old Louisa, Hanover, and Goochland county neighborhoods migrated on to Bedford County, Virginia.

Andrew Hunter, Jr. also migrated to Bedford County and it appears he and Micajah maintained a close friendship. Micajah served as a witness for Andrew Hunter on February 25 1867, when said Hunter purchased from Benjamin Arnold of Buckingham County, Virginia, 185 acres on both sides of Welchman’s Ordinary Branch, in Bedford County, Virginia. Benjamin Arnold had been a former neighbor, in the Pamunkey River neighborhood of Louisa County, Virginia. (Ref: Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book C-3, page 39)

On the 1787 Bedford Tax Lists, Micajah McCormack’s neighborhood included Matthew Pate, William Pain (Payne), and James Tinsley. Micjah’s sons, William and John McCormack lived near William Nemoe, Edward and John Pate, and Archelas, Benjamin, and William Wheeler.Bedford Co VA Per Prop Tax 1787 April 14 Persons No Wh Males 16+ Horses,Mares Cattle Tithable 21+ Colts, Mules Jer Meadows Jer Meadows 2 10 Wm McCormack Wm McCormack 1 5 Jn McCormack 1 2 Mcjh McCormack Mcjh McCormack 2 10

Indenture: McCormack, Micajah Louisa Co Master: Hunter,Andrew (Goochland Co) Occupation: planter Beginning Date: Jan 28,1755 Ending Date: unspecified Sex: male Race: white Source: Fredricksville Parish Deeds 1742-1787,67

Note: Jeremiah Meadow (Meador) is a close neighbor since he was assessed on the same day as Micajah.

Son, Dennis, marries Mary Meador, daughter of Jeremiah Meador

The Bedford County deed books contain only one record of Micajah McCormack’s acquisition of land, 1782 154 acres from John Talbot (Ref Deed Book 7, page 30). He was selling off portions of his Cate’s Creek and Beaverdam Creek property as early as 1784. He sold fifty acres on Beaverdam, admacent John Thomas, to Reubin Cornute, in 1784 (Bedford Deed Book 7, page 324). He sold sixty acres on Beaverdam Creek, adjacent Anthon Wright, to John Howell in 1792 (Bedfrod Deed Book 9, page 21). He sold another sixty acres on Beaverdam Creek, adjacent his brother-in-law, William Anderson, to John Payne, in 1793 (Bedford Deed Book 9, page 208). In 1797, he deeded one hundred acres to son Thomas; in 1815, he deeded fifty acres to son Anderson; and in 1826 he deededd 100 acres to son Richard. He wife, Fanny McCormack, sold 65 1/2 acres on Cates Creek of Beaverdam to Robert Nimmo, Jr., in 1831 (Bedfrod Deed Book 22, page 306).

The McCormacks and Andersons inter-married with the neighboring Payne family, but they seem to have borne their share of disputes. Micjah’s brother-in-law, Charles Anderson, charged Obediah with stealing his mare and other property, in 1786. The Court Order book index also shows entries for McCormack Vs. Paynes between 1782-1786.

In the summer of 1799, children of Mary Payne were to be bound out to neighboring families. As overseers of the poor, James Johnson was to take John Payne, and Micajah McCormack was to take his sister Nancy. Soon thereafter, James Payne and Micajah’s son Anderson McCormck became embroiled in a fight, squashing proceeding for Nancy Payne to become part of the McCormack household. Court held July 22, 1799. (Bedford County Court Order Order Book 11, pp. 343 and 351)

Historical reg. Of Virginians in the Rev., soldiers, saliors and marines, 1775-1783. Ed. By John H. Gwathmey. Richmond, Va. 1938. (13, 872p.):519

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