Person:John McKittrick (3)

John McKittrick, "Captain Jack"
b.abt. 1760
d.February 1, 1839
m. est 1750-1755
  1. Robert McKittrickbet 1754-1756 - bet 1824-1826
  2. Margaret McKittrickBef 1760 - AFT 1841
  3. John McKittrick, "Captain Jack"abt 1760 - 1839
  4. Isabella 'Isabel' McKittrickabt 1765 -
  • HJohn McKittrick, "Captain Jack"abt 1760 - 1839
  • WJane Hogshead1769 - bef 1817
m. 1783
  1. Rebecca Susannah McKittrick1784 - 1813
  2. Thomas McKittrick1785 - 1856
  3. William McKittrick1793 - 1803
  4. James McKittrick1794 - 1862
  5. Jane McKittrick1796 - 1860
  6. Polly McKittrick1800 - 1826
  7. Margaret McKittrick1806 -
m. May 7, 1817
Facts and Events
Name John McKittrick, "Captain Jack"
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1760
Marriage 1783 prob. Augusta County, Virginiato Jane Hogshead
Marriage May 7, 1817 to Sarah 'Sally' Williams
Death? February 1, 1839

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American Revolutionary War Veteran

Revolutionary War Pension Information

Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. X, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :

McKittrick, John Sr. - entered service 1777 in Augusta County, Virginia where born; moved in 1793 to Washington County, Kentucky, there granted Pension in 1832 at age 72; affidavit then in Mercer County, Kentucky, by John Magill, Sr. & Richard Holman that they served in Revolutionary War with soldier; soldier died 2/1/1839; son Thomas applied for Pension for arrears due father in 1853; surname also spelled McKitrick; query letter in file says soldier was born 7/3/17--, died & buried at Mackville, Kentucky; query letter in file in 1826 from descendant Mrs. Samuel Pendleton, Independence, Missouri. F-S13647, R1692.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 425.--19th October, 1784. Recorded. Charles Floyd, inventory and appraisement by John Nickel, John McGlamery, Jno. McKitrick. (Note: John McGlamery is suspected to have married John McKittrick's sister, Isabella).

Information on John "Captain Jack" McKittrick

John McKittrick "Captain Jack"

Captain John McKittrick, 1760? -1839, the son of Robert McKittrick, Sr., was born in Augusta County, Virginia.

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.

His pension file from the National Archives Number 5-13647 records his military record during the Revolutionary War.

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

"On February 21, 1839 the following named heirs of John McKittrick brought suit to have the will annulled. William McKittrick, Robert McKittrick, James McKittrick, John Schooling, Jeremiah Lowe, Thomas McKittrick, Gordon McKittrick, Margaret McKittrick, Amanda Young, James H. Young, Sarah McKittrick, and James Schooling. Witnesses to suit: John Henderson, William Smith, and John M. Smith."

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.

  1.   Graves, William T. Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters.

    Pension application of John S. McKittrick (McKitrick) S13647 f25VA
    Transcribed by Will Graves 5/7/13

    State of Kentucky Washington County
    This day John McKittrick Snr a Revolutionary Soldier came into Open Court it being a County Court for the County of Washington and made oath to the following declaration in order to obtain the Benefit of the late act of Congress for the Relief of certain Surviving Officers and Soldiers of the Revolutionary War passed the 7th day of June 1832. I John McKittrick Snr who being first sworn according to law declare that I am at this time a citizen of Washing [sic] County Kentucky and have been since the year 1793 previous to which time I was a Resident Citizen of Augusta County Virginia where I was born [, and where I lived] during the Revolutionary war and I am now in the 73rd year of my life and that I did on the 23 day of September 1777 Volunteer in the Militia Service of Virginia at Staunton in said State in Captain George Moffitt's Company under Colonel John Dickenson and was marched to the mouth of the great kenhaway [Kanawha] River against theWyandott Indians upon a three months tower [tour] of Duty which I faithfully performed and was honorably discharged and again on the Second Day of October 1780 I was drafted into the Militia Service of Virginia near Staunton in Captain James Tate's Company in Major Triplett's Battalion for three months and marched to Hillsboro North Carolina to the Relief of General Gates [Horatio Gates] and from thence was attached to General Morgan's [Daniel Morgan] Regiment near Camden and faithfully perform my duty as a Soldier in the Militia of Virginia Employed in the Revolutionary War and served on a tower to the Battle of Guilford [March 15, 1781] in North Carolina as a Sergeant in February and March &April 1781. I acted as Captain Commanded a Company of Militia a three months tower of Service in the year 1781 in the whole twelve months. I further declare that I hereby relinquish all Claim that I have to any pension or annuity I have on the United States except the present and I am not now a pensioner of the US or any other State. Witness my hand this 20th Day of July 1832.
    S/ John McKittrick Sr
    [Turner Smith, a clergyman, Alexander McDonald and Vincent Morgan gave the standard supporting affidavit.]
    Mercer County Sct.: This day John Magill Senior1 and Richard Holman Senior2 came before me a Justice of the peace in and for said County and made oath as follows (viz.) we the undersigned State on oath that we are well acquainted with Captain John McKittrick Senior and we know that he served in the Militia of Virginia in the Revolutionary War and have known him ever since & consider him as an honest good citizen and I John Magill Senior well remember of serving with him seven months in the Revolutionary War and were his messmate during said Service in the campaign of 1777 in Captain Moffitt's company as he has stated and also the campaign of 1780 and 1781 under General Morgan and that the said McKittrick started from Augusta County Virginia as Captain of a militia company and left home as Captain on a Tower of three months in the year 1781 I also remember of the said McKittrick's going on a Tower and was in the Battle of Guilford – and I Richard Holman remember that John McKittrick was drafted in Augusta County Virginia at the same time I was as he has stated and that I was personally with him and Tarleton's Defeat at the Cowpens [January 17, 1781] as witness our hands this July 20th 1832.
    S/ John Magill
    S/ Richard Holman, X his mark

    1 John Magill S31230
    2 FPA S31133

    [p 3: Power of attorney dated June 2, 1853 executed by Thomas McKittrick in which he claims to be the son of John McKittrick who died February 4th 1839.]
    [Veteran was pensioned at the rate of $95 per annum commencing March 4th, 1831, for service as a private, Sergeant & Captain in the Virginia militia for 12 months.]