Why the Father of William Patrick McCrory was most probably Hugh McCrory of Lancaster County, South Carolina

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William Patrick McCrory’s Father was probably Hugh McCrory of Lancaster County, South Carolina – summary of research (Dec. 4, 1988)

In light of conflicting information, we have reviewed past research and came to the same conclusion presented in our report of findings, that the father of William Patrick McCrory was most probably Hugh McCrory of Lancaster County, South Carolina. We used the genealogical and historical collection at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah for our research on the McCrory Family.

William Patrick McCrory was still alive in 1899, and he received a Confederate Pension for his participation in the Civil War. We were unable to find him listed in the 1900 Federal Census of Alabama, but were able to find his application for a Civil War Pension from the State of Alabama. According to his application, he enlisted in the 7th Alabama Cavalry at Pollard, Escambia County, Alabama, in August of 1863.

Since William Patrick McCrory had enlisted in Escambia County, we search the histories of that county, but nothing was said concerning him. A McCreary family from South Carolina had lived in Escambia, but it did not appear to be directly related to your family.

In addition to the above, we reviewed “Confederate Soldiers Records” from Alabama, as well as a collection titled “Parents of Alabama Confederate Soldier, 1862-1865”, neither of which provided any additional information about William.

After the above searches, we returned to our search of records in early South Carolina to see if we could possibly identify the father of William Patrick McCrory.

According to early deed records, Robert McCreary (possibly one of the sons of Captain Thomas McCrory) was living in Craven County (now Lancaster County), south Carolina, as early as 1764. His wife was named Mary. This early deed date would indicate that Robert was born at least twenty years earlier that the date (1764) given in the Ancestral File, and further research showed that the sons of Captain Thomas McCrory were all older than their ages given in the Ancestral File.

Early South Carolina Land Memorials (titles to land) indicated that both John and Thomas McCrory lived in Craven County, South Carolina (now Lancaster County) as early as 1775, with their land being located between Camp and Gills Creek on the Wateree River in the Waxhaws Settlement. This is important because the McCrory family traditions state that the family of William Patrick McCrory came from the Waxhaws District.

A search of the early records of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, from which part of Lancaster County, South Carolina, was formed, revealed that Robert McCorey was living there in 1779. According to the Ancestral File, Captain Thomas McCrory died in Mecklenburg County, in 1779.

The earliest records of Lancaster County, South Carolina, revealed that John McCrory of North Carolina sold part of his land between Camp and Gills Creek in 1790, and that this land had been obtained by a grant dated 17 March 1775. This land was described in the deed as being adjacent to Thomas McCrory (this would have to be his brother, Thomas, since his father Captain Thomas, was already dead).

According to a deed dated in 1806, Hugh McCrorey purchased 150 acres of land on Gills Creek in Lancaster County, South Carolina, and was living there at least as late as 1811. Past research in census records had shown that Hugh McCrory had a son of the right age to have been William Patrick McCrory.

At this point we decided to search the microfilmed copies of South Carolina land memorials rather than rely on abstracts. This search revealed that John McCrory was granted 250 acres of land in Craven County, South Carolina (now Lancaster County) on 22 August 1771, and that Thomas McCrory received a grant of 150 acres in the same area on 5 May 1773.

An analysis of the above land records leads to the conclusion that Hugh McCrory was probably the son of Thomas McCrory. However, since Thomas received land in 1773, he would have had to have been at least twenty-one years old at the time. He therefore was born sometime before 1752, rather that in 1758 as he has been listed in the Ancestral File.

Family tradition placed Robert McCrory in Wilkes County, Georgia, at the time of the family’s migration from South Carolina to Alabama. We therefore examined the records of Wilkes County to see if Robert actually lived there, and found that he did.

According to early deed and tax records, Robert McCrory, the brother of Thomas McCrory, was resident in Wilkes County, Georgia, as early as 1785. And he had descendants living there at least as late as 1837.

It appears then, from this and earlier research, that William Patrick McCrory was the son of Hugh McCrory (Patrick names his oldest son Charles Hugh McCrory), and that Hugh McCrory was the son of Thomas McCrory (born before 1752), who was the son of Captain Thomas McCrory and his wife, Hannah Crawford.

Submitted by Mary E. Petty, BA (History)
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Originally written by James W. Petty, AG, CALS, January 28, 1998)

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