Contributed by: Bill Vincent , in Baltimore, MD
Posted October 8, 2003 by Myrtle Bridges

Additional information posted August 17, 2007

Angus McAlister, and his older brother, Alexander emigrated from
Northern Kintyre, near the village of Clachan in Argyllshire in late 1770
and made settlements in old Richmond County.  Angus settled north of present
day Wagram in what is now Scotland County.  His brother, Alexander first
settled near Cartledges Creek, on the Pee Dee river, south of Ellerbe, in
present Richmond County.  While many of their families came with them,
others came after settlement was made.  My ancestor, John McAlister at age
10 arrived on the last ship that landed in the south with immigrants from
the Scottish Highlands in December 1775 and was escorted by Col. Woodford
and Col. (later General) Howe and others from Williamsburg, VA to NC.
   When the Revolution came, Angus stayed on his farm remaining neutral
while his 4th son, John, my ancestor, fought as a Whig, or patriot, in the
NC militia under Wade at both battles at Bettie's Bridge over Drowning
Creek, (now Lumber River) which was located just east of Wagram.  John
advanced from Private at age 15 to Sergeant after the first battle and to
Colonel at age 16 after the 2nd battle, but when Cornwallis surrendered
shortly thereafter, the commission meant nothing to him.  After the war,
John was elected to the state legislature for several terms and as a
delegate to the NC Constitutional Convention. He married 4 times (Lilly
McRae, Kiziah "Kitty" Dugar, Mary Dumas and Sarah Diggs Hailey) and died in
Richmond County in 1848 making a living as a farmer, land speculator, deputy
County Clerk and County Surveyor.
    I have fairly complete records of the descendants of my John, but would
like to know what happened to Angus' other children named in his 1808 Will,
namely, Daniel, Archibald, Charles, (my John), Gilbert and daughter,
Christian.  The last two children were undoubtedly named for the parents of
Angus's then wife, Barbara McMillan, namely, Gilbert and Christian Taylor
McMillan from Clachan, in Kintyre, Argyllshire, who had many descendants in
the area.
   I am also interested in the descendants of Angus' brother, Alexander
McAlister, who was a loyalist during the revolution and was forced to seek
refuge in Wilmington, NC, then Charleston, SC, then St. Augustine, FL until
the Spanish reclaimed FL from the British in 1784.  He was in London,
England after the war but returned via Nassau, Bahamas to Cumberland County,
NC in 1786 and resettled at his other plantation on Drowning and Buffalo
Creeks on the Cumberland/Robeson, (now Hoke) County line in 1791 and died in
1796  leaving a Will naming his wife, Florah, and his children, James,
Robert, Florah, who had married a McNair, Hector and Isobel, who shortly
thereafter married Daniel Montgomery. Interestingly, Alexander's executors
were the popular NC revolutionary war patriots, Col. Thomas Armstrong of
Cumberland Co and Alexander's nephew, my John McAlister, of Richmond Co.
   I am the Clan McAlister of America Line Coordinator for Angus McAlister
(CMA A17) and Alexander, (CMA A29) and would be pleased to share
information. Bill Vincent in Baltimore, MD

The following was contributed by: Jo Kilduff in Conway, Arkansas    Posted August 17, 2007 by Myrtle Bridges
Mrs. Sarah McAlister, died in Guntown, Miss., at the residence of Mrs. K. D. Cole, at 8:46 o'clock, p. m., 
November 14th, 1884, Mrs. Sarah McAlister, lacking but two days of being 92 years old… was the daughter of 
Marshall and Lydia H. Diggs, and was born in Anson County, N. C., November 16th, 1792. She married Mr. George 
Haley, February 28th, 1809, and removed to Richmond County, N. C. He died November 12th, 1818, leaving her 
a widow with three little children. She was married the second time to Mr. John McAlister in 1819. He died 
December 24th, 1848, leaving her with two daughters. She was thus the mother of five children, only two of 
whom survive. She came to Mississippi in 1876, and resided with her daughter, Mrs. K. D. COLE, in Guntown, 
member of the Methodist church for sixty eight or sixty nine years.
Source: 1885, 29 Jan. Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriages Notices, Volume II, 1866 - 1888, by Lowry Ware

1913, 9 Oct	Log Cabin Democrat Weekly Edition
From Saturday's Daily

At 9 o'clock last night there ended in this city the life of possibly, the last surviving child of a soldier 
of the Revolutionary War.  Mrs. Keziah D. Cole, daughter of John McCallister, who served in the American army 
in the first war against Great Britain, peacefully passed away, after gradually declining in health for several
weeks, at the home of Mrs. M. J. Maddox on Caldwell street.

"Aunt Kitty," as she was known to all her friends, celebrated the 93rd anniversary of her birth on June 10 last.  
For six years she had been an invalid as a result of an accidental fall in which her thigh was broken, but her 
mind remained clear and bright up to within a few days of her death. The body was taken this morning, to Mrs. 
Cole's former home at Guntown, Miss., and was accompanied by Mr. & Mrs. W. D. Cole.

Mrs. Cole's father, John McCallister, served for two years and three months in the war between the American 
colonies and Great Britain.  His daughter was in possession of a document from the United States department 
of the interior giving proof of this service and mentioning several important battles in which he was engaged.  
Throughout the latter portion of his life he drew a pension from the United States for his service and after 
his death, Mrs. Cole's mother, who died in 1885 at the age of 92, also drew a pension as a widow of a 
Revolutionary soldier.

Mrs. Cole was born in Richmond county, North Carolina, June 10, 1820.  She is the widow of an uncle of 
Major W. D. Cole, of this city, and after the death of her husband, she was been in the care of three 
generations of the Cole family, Major Cole's father, himself and his son, W. D. Cole, Jr.

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