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John McKittrick, "Captain Jack"
d.February 1, 1839
m. est 1750-1755
m. May 7, 1817
Facts and Events
John McKittrick was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
Information on John "Captain Jack" McKittrick
John McKittrick "Captain Jack"
Note: On 10 Dec 1796 John McKittrick appointed John Hogshead and John McGlammory to act under power-of-attorney for him to sell a tract inherited jointly with his brothers William and James McKittrick from their father, Robert McKittrick.
As a youth of seventeen he enlisted for three months as a private in Captain George Moffett's Company, Colonel John Dickenson's Regiment, Virginia Volunteer Militia September 23, 1777 at Staunton for service against the Wyandotte Indians "at the mouth of the great Kenhaway River". He reenlisted in October 1780, served three months as a private in Captain James Tate's Company, Major Triplett's Virginia troops and fought in the battle of Cowpens, South Carolina. He reenlisted February 1781, served three months as Sergeant and was in the battle of Guilford. He served as Captain 1781, for three months, but his own declaration says it lasted twelve months.
A March 23, 1932 letter from Joe Thompson, a descendant of Mackville, stated that Captain John McKittrick, who liked to be called Captain Jack, was educated to be a Presbyterian minister.
John McKittrick married Patsy Hoggshead in 1783; other records show Jane Hogshead. His second wife was Sally Williams. They married on May 7, 1817 and it is believed that the eleven children were born to the first wife.
John McKittrick's children were Beckisusannah, born August 14, 1784, Augusta County, Virginia, died Washington County, Kentucky December 23, 1813; married William F. Young October 22, 1807; Thomas; Polly, who married James Schooling; Jane, who married John Schooling; Gordon; Robert: Margaret; James, and William McKittrick.
Descendant, Joe Thompson's letter states " Captain Jack's sons and daughters were as follows: James, Gordon, John, Robert, William & Thomas, daughters, Margaret, Jane, Polly Ann, and Amanda."
Between the two records we find the eleven children of Captain Jack McKittrick.
I found this biographical sketch on John McKittrick.
John McKittrick was a native of Virginia and was one of the earliest settlers in the vicinity of what is now the village of Mackville. He purchased a large tract of land, a portion of which was platted into a town, which was called after him. He was for that day an extensive farmer and slave owner, a man of considerable local prominence, and captain of the militia. He lived to an advanced age."
"Personal encounter between the prominent citizens of Washington County were not uncommon in early times. John McKittrick, one of the founders of Mackville, was indicted by the grand jury in 1797, for a breach of the peace by striking William Booth on the 28th of March last at the house of James McDonald in Washington County."
"Veterans of Mackville"
There were several veterans of the Revolution who resided in or near the town of Mackville. Chief among these were, John McKittrick, Sr., Joseph Sweeney and Adam Darnall, Jr.
John McKittrick, Sr., familiarly known as "Captain Jack" was a native of Augusta County, VA. He moved to Kentucky in 1793 and was one of the "Macs" for whom Maxsville, as the town was originally known, was named.
Captain Jack volunteered for service in the militia at Staunton, VA, Sept. 25,1777, and was assigned to Capt. George Moffet's company, under Col. John Dickinson. After a period of several months, during which time he marched against the Wyandotte Indians, McKittrick returned to his home where he remained until October 2, 1780, when he was drafted into the militia service of Virigina near Staunton in Sgt. James Tates's company in Major Triplett's Batallion for three months and marched to Hillsboro, North Carolina, to the relief of General Gates. He was later attached to the regiment of General Morgan and served as a sergeant at the battle of Guilford, North Carolina. His commission as captain came to him in 1781 when he commanded a three months tour and was present at Tarleton's defeat at the Cowpens.
Captain John McKittrick was twice married. His first wife dying, he married a second time on May 7, 1817, Sally Williams. By his first marriage he had 11 children. By his second marriage, none. He died February 1, 1839, and left a considerable estate. Among his real estate holdings were several lots in the town of Mackville. These were sold after his death to Stith Mayes, Henry Isom and Robert Reed. His children were Thomas, Margaret, James, Gordon, William, Robert, Jane, Amanda, Sarah, Polly, and a daughter whose name I do not know. She married Jeremiah Lowe.
Of the daughters, Jane married John Schooling, November 22, 1819. Polly married James Schooling, December 6, 1825. John and James Schooling were brothers and sons of James Schooling, Sr. who came to Washington County from Virginia shortly after the Revolution. Amanda McKittrick married James H. Young.
Rev. War Pension File:
McKittrick, John, Sr. or John McKitrick, Sr., S13647, VA Line, sol was b in Augusta Co Va. & he lived there at enl, he appl 20 Jul 1832 Washington Co KY aged 72 (he had moved there in 1793), sol d 1st Feb 1839, a son Thomas McKittrick signed p.o.a. 2 June 1853
Will of John McKittrick
It is my wish that my administrator pay, out of my estate the sum of one hundred dollars to the widow Sally McKittrick for her kindness and attention to me in my last sickness.
Second I do hereby direct my administrator to make to my son Thomas a deed to the tract of land for which he holds my bond.
Third to my daughter Margaret I give sixty acres to be laid off the south side of my home tract as so to include the mansion house to make her equal with my other children.
Fourth it is my will that my administrator sell at public auction on a credit of one year the residue of my real and personal estate. And the money to be equally divided amongst all of my lawful heirs with the exception of my sons James and Gordon McKittrick to whom I have given to each in lien on all claims on my estate the sum of one dollar.
I do hereby avoid all former wills.
Witness: His John Henderson John X McKittrick Joseph Willis Mark N.C. Richardson
From the will signing we have proof that John McKittrick could not write; therefore, it is unlikely he ever trained to be a Presbyterian minister. His grandfather was a minister and other members of the family could have been. All the records of Captain Jack were very similar which proved their accuracy.
McKitrick, John Arbitration Agreement 8 April 1840 11 heirs
William McKitrick, James McKitrick, James McKitrick administrator of Gordon McKitrck, Margaret Isolm, late McKitrick, Thomas McKitrick, Robert McKitrick, children of Rebecca Young, James Schooling's child, John Schooling infant child of Polly Schooling. By: Robert G. Mitchell, John Moore, John Henderson, Uriah Graves Margaret McKittrick married Henry Isom on July 22, 1837
McKittrick Cemetery. Located in Mackville, Kentucky in Bill Christenson's side lot, with a stone leaning on a tree. It further states that the "Thompson History of Mackville" says that Captain Jack McKittrick is buried along with his first wife, in this cemetery. Small family cemeteries have simply vanished from sight, and sounds like this one had in the early nineteen thirties.