Person:Duncan McFarland (1)

Duncan McFarland
b.est. 1695 Ulster, Ireland
  • HDuncan McFarlandest 1695 - 1782
  • WAnne Porterest 1700 -
m. est. 1718
  1. Ann McFarlandabt 1718 - 1786
  2. Jean Anne McFarland1723 - 1784
  3. Alexander McFarland1727 - 1802
  4. William McFarland1732 - 1791
Facts and Events
Name Duncan McFarland
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1695 Ulster, Ireland
Marriage est. 1718 Irelandto Anne Porter
Death? 1782 poss. Bath County, Virginia

Duncan McFarland was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 227.--18th March, 1767. Wm. Willson and Barbara to Duncan McFarland, £30, 100 acres on Jackson's River.

Disposition of Land in [then] Bath County, Virginia:

  • LAND: 1792 TENNESSEE, Greene County. Alexander, son of Duncan McFarland, Feb 20, 1792. "On February 20, 1792, Alexander McFarland of Green County, North Carolina (now Greene county, TN), by virtue of a power of attorney from his father, Duncan McFarland, sold 319 acres of land on Jackson River, Bath County, Virginia to Jacob Cleek. SOURCE: Bath County Deed Book 1, pages 66 and 68. "Early Western Augusta County Pioneers" 1957 by George W. Cleek [page 22].

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 18, 1753. - (453) Duncan McFarland and his son, William.
  • Vol. 1 - 1753-1754, Part 2. - May, 1753. Road established from Brown's bridge to the Glebe land, and Robert Campbell and John Trimble be surveyors, and with James Lusk, they clear and keep the same in order. We do appoint Robert Campbell and John Trimble overseers from John Brown's bridge to the Gleve House and the undernamed persons to clear the same: James Lusk, Robert Roberson, Samuel McCuchen, William Hunter, James Hunter, Robert Campbell's man, Mathew Wilson, William Wilson, John Wilson, Jr., John McCleery, James McCleery, Thomas Kirkpatrick and son, John Peevy, James Clarck, John Clarck, James Clark, Jr., Jacob Lockhart, James Lockhart, John Birtly, Josias Richards, William Marten, George Berry, William McFeeters, John McFeeters, William McFeeters, Jr., John Jameson, Patrick Marten, Joseph Marten, William Ward, Moses O'Freel and his man, Robert Philips, Robert Davis, Thomas Reed, Robert Scott, John Vance, Andrew Foster, William Bell, Alexander McKiney, John Speer, Abraham Mathan (Mashaw), Robert Young, John Young, Samuel Young, Hugh Young and his man, John Campbell, George Peevy, Robert McClenan, William Eackry, James Bell, Andrew Steel and his man, John McKiney, Patrick McCloskey, John McSlenan, John McCuchan, Samuel McCuchan, William McClintock, Thomas Peevy, James McCuchen, Duncken McFarlen.
  • Page 506.--18th March, 1755. Robert Young, plantationer, to William. Hugh and Joseph Young, his sons, for their better preferment and advancement Conveys his personal estate. Duncan McFarland, weaver, Thomas Bradshaw, weaver; (Robert called distiller). Teste: Francis Dame. Delivered: James Young.
  • MILITARY: 1760 VIRGINIA, Augusta County. Duncan McFarland. Too old. Court martial of Duncan McFarland Augusta County, VA 24 Sep 1760. Conclusion: exempted from Military Service due to old age. [SOURCE: "Virginia Colonial Soldiers" by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck 1988, page 329].
  • MIGRATION: 1767 VIRGINIA, Augusta County, Jackson River. "Duncan McFarland and family moved in 1767 to Jackson River in present Bath County, VA." [SOURCE: From Mary T. Haines].
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 21, 1768 - (45) John McCreery appointed road surveyor. John Hamilton appointed road surveyor from Warm Springs Road to Cap. Dickenson's, and to work with the tithables on Jackson's River, from Wm. Mann's to Duncan McFarland's, and tithables on back Creek--vice John McClenachan.
  • Page 312.--15th May, 1770. Robert Beverley, of Essex, to Henry Black, £16, 200 acres in Beverley Manor; corner Duncan McFarland, George Peary's line; Alexander Reachey's line. Delivered: H'y Black, August, 178_.

Records in Tennessee

  • 1783 Tax List, Green Co TN, Nolachucky.Aug 1790 Power of Atty. for father, Duncan to son, Alexander to sell land in Bath Co VA.


HISTORY: From the "Annals of Bath County" by Oren F. Morten 1917 Staunton, VA found at Staunton Public Library, Staunton, VA Page 198 under chapter "Families of Greater Bath" - Duncan Mc Farland seems to have come from Lunenburg County. Alexander and William were sons. The first was a soldier of the Revolution. He sold to Jacob Cleek and went to North Carolina. The other absconded about 1775, leaving his father-in-law to care for the wife and her seven children."

BOOK: Referenced in book on grandson, James McFarlane of Virginia (1766/1767); Duncan Mc Farland immigrated from Weter, Ireland in 1718 and married daughter of a Sea Captain, Anne Porter, in Augusta County, VA before 1750; was possibly from Lancaster Co, Pa, settled on the Jackson River, near Warm Springs, Augusta County (soon that part in Bath County); buried in unmarked graves in the George W. Cleek Cemetery, 13 miles North of Warm Springs on US Route 220.

HISTORY: VIRGINIA, Bath County. Page 397-398. MCFARLAND FAMILY. The Macfarlane Clan was one of the Highland Clans in Scotland.  :They moved from Aryleshire, Scotland to Ireland about 1601, where the name changed from Macfarlane to McFarland. There have been no fewer than 23 Lairds of Macfarlane, the last of whom came to America early in the 18th century. _____1. Duncan McFarland (1), died in Bath County, Virginia; married Anne Porter, daughter of a sea captain. Duncan McFarland was a weaver and was in Augusta County before 1750. He settled on Jackson River in what is now Bath County, Virginia. Both are buried near the George Cleek Cemetery in Bath County, Virginia in unmarked graves. The McFarland family abandoned their cabin cave on the east side of Jackson River just opposite their cabin. From the cave they saw their home and personal belongings destroyed and their livestock tortured and killed. After several years of discouragement by being continually harassed by the cunning Indians, descendants of Duncan McFarland sold their real estate to Jacob Cleek in February 1792 and settled in that part of North Carolina which is now included in the state of Tennessee. _____
Children: 4 (others?) _____2.
i. [ERROR] Robert McFarland (2), died in 1798; married Esther Houston, daughter of John Houston (1669-1755) and Margaret Crawford. He qualified a Lieutenant on November 16, 1752 (Abstracts from the Records of Augusta County, Virginia, Lyman Chalkley, Vol. II, page 55).
Their daughter, Anne McFarland (3), born 1723; married (1) in 1738, Captain Alexander Dunlap, born 1716; died 1744; married (2) in 1745, Robert Bratton, born May 20, 1712; died in 1785. (See Bratton Family). _____
3. ii. [ERROR] John McFarland (2), called "Old Scotland John", married Mary Montgomery. He was one of the first Elders in the Old Stone Church in Augusta County, Virginia. Two of his grandsons were active in the early settlement of the Tennessee border territory. They were Colonel Robert McFarland (son of Robert McFarland) and Colonel John McFarland (son of Benjamin McFarland). Colonel John McFarland represented Jefferson County, Tennessee in the Legislature at Nashville in 1824. John McFarland (2) qualified as Ensign on November 16, 1752. (Abstracts from the Records of Augusta County, Virginia, Lyman Chalkley, Vol. II, page 55). _____4.
iii. William McFarland (2), married _____ Gibson, daughter of Alexander Gibson and Mary _____. William McFarland served in the Revolution. [Note: some sources claim that this William McFarland was born abt. 1710, but this is in error. He appears to have been born sometime between 1728 and 1732, depending upon the source]
_____5. iv. Alexander McFarland (2). He was wounded in the Battle of Point Pleasant, October 10, 1774. (Ibid, Vol. I, page 254). SOURCE: "EARLY WESTERN AUGUSTA PIONEERS" by George W. Cleek, Staunton, Virginia 1957. Copy obtained from Staunton Public Library, Virginia.
ERRORS: Note that Robert (2) and John (2) were not children of Duncan McFarland, they were both sons of Robert McFarland of Rapho Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
  1.   Note: some estimates give Duncan McFarland's birthdate as early as 1684, but records indicate he was born later, likely about 1695. More research is necessary to determine more accurately his birthdate.