EARLY McNAIRS OF RICHMOND COUNTY, NC
The research on this page is by William Gullickson and posted by Myrtle Bridges August 15, 2009
Descendants of Unknown MCNAIR
Generation No. 1
1. FNU2 MCNAIR (FNU1)
Notes for FNU MCNAIR:
The suggestion that Neil's and Alexander's father was named Edward has been made but is far from proven.
Anyway,... The source is a version about the antecedents of Neill from Alex McCollum, 3912 Berkshire Ave.,
Memphis TN 38108. He credits Kinloch McCollum, who was researching the McCollum family, who in turn got
it from someone else in Miss., name I didn't get, who was interested in the McNairs. The information
included a tree showing Eorn (John) McNair, his three sons Neil, Edward, and a third whose name was unknown
but who had a son named Malcolm, a preacher. [The grandson Malcolm would be the Malcom McNair born
August 24, 1776 in Robeson Co, NC, the younger child of John McNair and his 2nd wife Catherine Buie McFarland.
There is an extensive genealogy of this family of the net: http://www.carolshouse.com/page1.htm.]
This source, together with James Birtley McNair's McNair Genealogies..., and the local history mentioned down
below under Matthew Watson McNair all assert that Neill and the Alexander McNair who moved down to Simpson Co.,
Miss. were brothers. That Neill and Alexander were brothers is supported by the 1882 Richmond Co. NC estate
record of Catherine McNair. After bequests to various neighbors and churches, there was enough left over so
that her executor, Neill McNair Smith, was obliged to track down and list the heirs-at-law. These proceedings
are reproduced by Myrtle N. Bridges in Estate Records 1772-1933, Richmond Co. North Carolina, Book II.
Neill McNair Smith listed: 1) the children of Alexander McNair, names unknown, who reside in Mississippi; 2)
various children and grandchildren (listed, and noted below) of Neill McNair; 3) a few other people whose relation
I don't yet know yet: Gilbert and Alexander McNair, Alabama; Mrs. John Fairly, Richmond Co.; Daniel McLauren,
Miss.; L.L. McLauren and John M. McLauren, S.C.; Evander McKay, Miss.; Ann Graham, wife of Noah Graham, Miss.;
R.N. Fairly, Richmond Co.; and Mrs. M.A. McEachern, Robeson Co.
Children of FNU MCNAIR are:
2. i. NEILL3 MCNAIR, b. 1773; d. January 1856.
3. ii. ALEXANDER MCNAIR, b. 1774, Argyleshire, SCOTLAND; d. 1850.
iii. CATHERINE MCNAIR, b. 1805; d. November 30, 1882, ,,Richmond, Nc, US.
Generation No. 2
2. NEILL3 MCNAIR (FNU2, FNU1) was born 1773, and died January 1856. He married MARGARET PATTERSON.
She died Bet. 1819 - 1850.
Notes for NEILL MCNAIR:
Richmond Co., nc
Census data: 1810-1850 Richmond Co., NC. In 1790, Neill McNair would have been only 20, according to
Birtley McNair, 17 acc. to the 1850 census, so not sure that's he in the early censuses.
There are lots of Neills down in Richmond Co. One hint as to which is which is that ours seemed to refer to himself
as Neill McN. Esq. There was a suit brought by Matthew W. McNair (Neill's oldest son) and John C. Smith against Thorogood
Pate about a debt. NcNair and Smith (Matthew's sister Miriam's husband) had a store located at Neill McNair's place at
Springfield, and Pate was another merchant. The proceedings are in Myrtle Bridges, Our Native Heath, p. 73. Neill is
referred to as Esq. here. Elsewhere in the same book, Neill McN. Esq. reported for jury duty, Mar. 1844,
p. 85. Also, there is a death announcement for James Lock McNair, 12-year-old son of Neill McN. Esq., who died Dec 25, 1827.
The 1810 census entry for Neill McNair Esq., p. 212, reports two males b. 1800-10, one male 1765-84, three females
b. 1800-10, and one female b. 1765-84. Also interesting about 1810 census entry is that Neill is reported consecutively
with Alexander, by several accounts Neill's brother.
The 1850 Census entry, Williamson District, Richmond Co., shows Neill (77), Jane (50), Harriet (17), Miriam (15),
Archibald Patterson (35), and John C. McNair (32). Harriet and Miriam are Jane's daughters, mentioned in her 1875 will.
Some info about Neill comes from McNair, M'Near, and M'Neir Genealogies by James Birtley McNair (I read somewhere
that there was a 1970 addendum to this), 8 volumes, 315 pages, illustrated (Chicago 1923-8). Birtley McNair's
contributor about this family was John F. McNair, son of Matthew Watson McN. Neill b. Argyllshire, Scotland, came
to NC age 4, with brother Alexander, in 1777, according to this source. Birtley McNair says that it was he who
discovered that Alexander and Neill were brothers, gives no basis and I have yet to find any, although Neill and
Alexander were consecutive entries in the 1810 census. The 1850 census, in which Neill was reported as 77, verifies
birth year 1773.
I have a couple of pages from what looks like a local history (presumably Scotland Co.) which also says Neill and
Alexander were brothers. I don't know what the name of this source is, but it suggests that John F. McNair, the
subject of the article, was still alive at writing, so before 1927.
Neill's Dec. 1855 (executed 1858) Richmond Co. will available, I veiw it in Myrtle N. Bridges' book Final Words,
772 Original Wills..... Myrtle reports in a footnote that Miriam was the wife of John C. Smith, Sarah wife of
William Gibson, and Ann Eliza the wife of Warner Chance, the latter's children Sarah Margaret, John, Cornelius
and Agnes Jane Chance. Gives names of daughter Miriam Smith's son, Neill McNair Smith; he suggests that Neill McNair
Smith had sisters, but does not name them. Mentions daughter Sarah Gibson, who had no children at the time; mentions
daughter Ann Eliza Chance (dec'd); grandson Neill A. McNair (turns out to be Matthew's son); son John C. McNair;
daughter Jane McNair; son Matthew W(atson) McNair; dau. Catherine McNeill. Jane got the bulk of Neill's estate,
which was substantial, although previous gifts to Matthew and daughter Sarah Smith's family were mentioned.
Location of Neill's house mentioned in a discussion of boundaries of school districts, ca. 1840 (Bridges, Our
Native Heath, and at the Richmond Co. Genweb site): "...four hundred and forty eight chains to a corner in a
bay below Neill McNair's house west side of Gum Swamp, thence north eleven degrees west passing a few yards west
of Neill McNair's house and east of Godfrey Huccaby's and west of Mrs. Patterson's four hundred and forty eight chains..."
More definite location from an 1886 map included with one of Myrtle Bridges books, Our Native Heath. Neill McNair
gave daughter Jane most of his estate; she in turn willed it to her two daughters Miriam and Harriet and their husbands
Shockley L. Gibson and Nathan T. Gibson. The location of the residences of two Gibson families, one of which is labeled
S.L. Gibson, is shown on the 1886 map on either side of the road now called St. John's Church Rd., about a half mile
southwest of Old Rockingham Rd. This would correspond with the location of the "Shockley Gibson Cemetary" mentioned
in notes for Jane.
The local history I mention above states that Alexander and Neill lived 1 and a half miles apart in Scotland Co., thus
repeating Birtley McNair. So I'm not sure this is an independent source. In any case, the history says that Neill's
house was still standing and occupied; history was written 1927 at latest.
It appears that the family attended the Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, as all the children of Matthew Watson McN.,
at least all those still alive Feb. 16 1857, were baptized that date. Also various Patterson and Lytch relatives. This
church was located 20 miles east of Rockingham directly on the road leading from Rockingham to Lumberton.
It's possible that this Neill was a member of the NC House of Commons, as the lower house was called at the time. There
is a letter reproduced in The North Carolina Colonial Bar, by Ernest Hamlin Alderman (online), concerning a boundary
dispute between Rchmond and Robeson counties, addressed to Thomas Steele, member of the state senate, and HW Harington
and Neil McNair, members of the Commons from Richmond Co, in 1817, by L. Macalister, apparently the county surveyor for Richmond.
Notes for MARGARET PATTERSON:
Assumed dead by 1850, as she did not appear with the family in the census that year.
James Patterson's 1819 will is reproduced in Myrtle Bridges Final Words.... This James is assumed to be Margaret's
father just because he mentions a daughter Margaret married to a Neill McNair. How many can there be? Mentions that
oldest son is Alexander; second son John; that Mary McD. Shaw is his first-born daughter; that Margaret is his second
daughter; Jenet third; Nancy fourth; Sarah Jr youngest daughter; mentions land west of Beaver Dam on Gum Swamp; that
Samuel Watson Patterson was his third son; that James Patterson Jr. was his fourth and youngest son. Witnessed by John
and Alexander McNair. All info about James Patterson's family taken from this will, unless otherwise noted.
Children of NEILL MCNAIR and MARGARET PATTERSON are:
4. i. MIRIAM4 (MARIAN, MARY ANN)MCNAIR.
5. ii. SARAH MCNAIR, d. Aft. April 05, 1883.
6. iii. ANN ELIZA MCNAIR, d. Bef. July 1853.
7. iv. CATHERINE MCNAIR, d. Bef. November 30, 1882.
8. v. MATTHEW WATSON MCNAIR, b. 1805; d. 1873, ,,Richmond, Nc, US.
9. vi. JANE MCNAIR, b. February 26, 1805; d. February 26, 1875.
vii. JAMES LOCK MCNAIR, b. 1814; d. December 25, 1826, ,,Richmond, Nc, US.
10. viii. JOHN CALVIN MCNAIR, b. 1818; d. January 08, 1884.
3. ALEXANDER3 MCNAIR (FNU2, FNU1) was born 1774 in Argyleshire, SCOTLAND, and died 1850. He married EFFIE LITTLE.
Notes for ALEXANDER MCNAIR:
Simpson Co, MS
Info about family of Alexander McNair from James Birtley McNair, M'Nair, M'Near, and Mcneir Genealogies. Lived near
Elmore NC, about a mile and a half from brother Neill, moved to Miss. in 1850. Source gives wife's name, names of
children. Data submitted by Alex's son Thomas.
The move down to Miss. must have been between 1830 and 1840. Alex'dr appears in the 1840 census in Simpson Co. in
1840, and an Alexander, presumed this one, is in Laurel Hilll Twp., Richmond Co., in 1830. The latter is consecutive
with Roderick. [This Alexander had a son Roderick.] Furthermore, Alex's daughter had kids b. as early as 1843 in Simpson Co.
Further (unverified) info from Alex McCollum, Memphis: Neill's brother Alexander's (and therefore Neill's) father was
named Edward, and it was this generation who brought the family from Scotland. He came here when Alexander was three
and, according to the LDS, Alexander was born around 1774. Thus the move was around 1777. And he (Edward) came with
a least two brothers, who would therefore have been our Neill's uncles. One of those brothers was himself named Neill
(married to Margaret Martin), and the other, whose name is not known by the compiler, was the father of Malcolm McNair,
a preacher down in Richmond Co. Edward's brother Niell had at least four children, and the birth years of the two sons,
Niell Jr. and John, are given, 1759 and 1760. Son John, Alex McCollum says, also wound up in Simpson Co., and if he
came over as a child he would presumably have come over with his father Niell Sr. and brother Niell Jr. That in a
stroke would explain the presence of three Niell McNairs in Richmond Co. in the 1790 Census.
Most of this information, my cousin Alex McCollum says, comes from some Miss. books, the rest of the from one of the
McNairs living there. On cross examination, I find in the excerpt from the James Birtley McNair book I got from
Ruth Gladys that Alexander did in fact have a daughter named Catherine (Katie in the book) who married someone named
Leonard, no first name, in Miss.
I see in the 1790 Census that there were Edward McNairs in Richmond Co., and also I see in Thornton Mitchell that
there are wills there for three Edward McNairs, 1789, 1812, and 1825. Two of the wills are reproduced in Myrtle Bridges'
Final Words and neither mentions a son Alexander.
1810 census household in Richmond Co. consecutively with Neill McN. Esq. assumed to be this Alexander, In that household
are two males b. 1800-10, one b. 1794-1800, one male b. 1765-84, four females 1800-10, one female b. 1794-1800, one
female b. 1765-84.
Alexander McNair, Simpson Co. MS, from Holly Calvert: "Eacute;children of Alexander McNairEacute;Jane McNair b. about 1818 in
North Carolina and died between 1860-66. She married Needham Wesley Lee of Simpson Co. Mississippi and they had the
following children: Hugh Franklin Lee b. 1843 in Simpson Co., Needham Jefferson Lee b. 1845 in Simpson Co.,
John Calvin Lee b. between 1846-47, James Archibald Lee b. 1851, Henry Clay Lee b. 1855, Margaret Elizabeth Lee Thames b. 1848."
Children of ALEXANDER MCNAIR and EFFIE LITTLE are:
i. CATHERINE (KATIE)4 MCNAIR, d. 1863, ,,Covington Co., Ms; m. HENRY LEONARD.
Notes for CATHERINE (KATIE) MCNAIR:
From the Carolina Observer Apr 1827, issue: "In Richmond Co. NC on the 3rd inst. at the house of A. McNair,
Mr. Henry Leonard married Miss Catherine McNair."
Lived in Covington Co., MS.
11. ii. JOHN EVANDER MCNAIR, b. ,,,Nc, US; d. 1874.
iii. RODERICK MCNAIR, b. ,,,Nc, US; d. ,,,Texas.
iv. CORNELIUS MCNAIR, b. ,,,Nc, US; d. ,,,Nc, US.
v. RACHEL MCNAIR, b. ,,,Nc, US; d. ,,Simpson Co., Ms.
vi. DIANA MCNAIR, b. ,,,Nc, US; d. 1864, ,,Simpson Co., Ms.
vii. MARY MCNAIR, b. ,,,Nc, US; d. 1864, ,,Simpson Co., Ms.
viii. JANE MCNAIR, b. ,,,Nc, US; d. 1898, Columbia, Ms; m. FNU GRAVES, ,,Covington Co., Ms.
ix. BETSY MCNAIR, b. ,,,Nc, US; d. 1885, Williamsburg, Covington Co., Ms; m. FNU MCDONALD, ,,Covington Co., Ms.
Notes for BETSY MCNAIR:
From the Carolina Observer Apr 1827, issue: "In Richmond Co. NC on the 19th, Mr. Alexander McDonald of S. C. married
Miss Elizabeth McNair, the above are daughters [other was Catherine] of Mr. Alexander McNair."
x. BELINDY MCNAIR, b. ,,,Nc, US; d. ,,,Texas; m. FNU FULLENMEITER, ,,Covington Co., Ms.
xi. BELLE MCNAIR, b. ,,,Nc, US; d. 1900, Pineville, La.; m. FNU STUBBS, ,,Covington Co., Ms.
Generation No. 3
4. MIRIAM4 (MARIAN, MARY ANN)MCNAIR (NEILL3 MCNAIR, FNU2, FNU1) She married JOHN C. SMITH. He was born Bef. January 1856.
Notes for MIRIAM (MARIAN, MARY ANN)MCNAIR:
From the Carolina Observor marriage notices (online), 13 Apr 1831: "In Richmond Co. NC on the 31st inst. by Samuel
Goodwin Esq., Capt John C. Smith to Miss Mary Ann McNair, dau of Neil McNair Esq."
Notes for JOHN C. SMITH:
Mentioned in Neill's 1956 will.
Listed in PARENTS & CHILDREN IN ROCKDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN 1845: John G. Smith (father) James, Rebecca, Neill and Caroline.
Child of MIRIAM (MARIAN and JOHN SMITH is:
12. i. NEILL MCNAIR5 SMITH.
5. SARAH4 MCNAIR (NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) died Aft. April 05, 1883. She married WILLIAM GIBSON.
Notes for SARAH MCNAIR:
Sarah L. Gibson wrote her will in Richmond Co., 5 Apr. 1883, reproduced in Bridges, Final Words... . She mentions
sons William Z. Gibson, Thomas G. Gibson, step daughter Elizabeth Adams, daughters Mollie L. Gibson and
Sallie C. Gibson, the latter of whom got the bulk of the estate; also mentions stepson Nathaniel N. Gibson,
who was appointed executor. Bridges notes that at time of writing, all legetees (William Z., Thomas G., Mollie L.,
and presumably Sallie C.) were minors.
William Gibson wrote his will June 14, 1882, proved 1882, also reproduced in Bridges, Final Words... In this, he
mentions wife Sarah, who I assume to be the daughter of Neill. The same children listed in this will as Sarah's
above. Gibson also mentions 540 acres, the fact that sons William Z. and Thomas C. are his two youngest sons;
that Mary L. and Sallie C. are his two youngest daughters; and that two two daughters are less than 21 yrs. old,
at time of writing.
Children of SARAH MCNAIR and WILLIAM GIBSON are:
i. WILLIAM Z5 GIBSON.
ii. THOMAS G GIBSON.
iii. MARY L GIBSON.
iv. SALLIE C GIBSON.
6. ANN ELIZA4 MCNAIR (NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) died Bef. July 1853. She married WARNER CHANCE.
Notes for ANN ELIZA MCNAIR:
Ann Eliza had died by the time of Neill's 1856 will.
Notes for WARNER CHANCE:
Warner Chance died intestate in May 1853 and there was an estate record, reproduced in Bridges, Our Native Heath....
All kids names are taken from this source, unless otherwise noted. Ann Eliza not mentioned so apparently has died
by then. The entry mentions Chance's 460 acre property on Hitchcock and Spring Fork Creeks, Richmond Co., adjoining
lands of Frank Surgenor and John Dawkins. All children and grandchildren listed here, except children John, Sarah,
Agnes, and Cornelius, are from that record. Those four came from Birtley McNair, I guess.
Children of ANN MCNAIR and WARNER CHANCE are:
13. i. SARAH MARGARET5 CHANCE, d. Bef. 1853.
ii. JOHN CHANCE.
Notes for JOHN CHANCE:
Lived in Richmond Co. as of the 1882 estate record of Catherine McNair, which is reproduced in one of Myrtle Bridges
books, Estate Records 1772-1933...
iii. CORNELEUS CHANCE.
iv. AGNES JANE CHANCE, m. WILLIAM SNEAD.
Notes for AGNES JANE CHANCE:
Agnes Myers, Richmond Co., is listed among children of Ann Chance in the next-of-kin list in Catherine McNair's 1882
Richmond Co. estate record by executor Neill McNair Smith. See Catherine McNair, Neill's presumed sister, for more
on this record.
v. SAMUEL CHANCE.
vi. ELIJAH CHANCE, d. Abt. 1885.
Notes for ELIJAH CHANCE:
Elijah's 1885 will reproduced in Bridges, Final Words... Mentions wife Harriet and that there are children, whose
names are not given.
vii. NELSON G CHANCE.
viii. BENJAMIN CHANCE.
ix. RICHARD CHANCE.
x. WARNER JR. CHANCE.
Notes for WARNER JR. CHANCE:
Listed among PARENTS & CHILDREN IN ROCKDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN 1845 (Myrtle Bridges, Richmond Co. Genweb site):
Warner Chance, Jr. (father), Sarah Margaret (1 child).
xi. WILLIAM CHANCE.
xii. NANCY CHANCE, m. FNU GIBSON.
xiii. HARRIET CHANCE, m. JAMES WATSON.
14. xiv. ELIZABETH CHANCE.
15. xv. DORRY CHANCE, d. Bef. 1853.
7. CATHERINE4 MCNAIR (NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) died Bef. November 30, 1882. She married GILBERT MCNEILL March 24, 1846.
Notes for CATHERINE MCNAIR:
Myrtle N. Bridges, Estate Records 1772-1933 Richmond Co. NC Hardy--Meekins, Book II, (Genealogy Publishing Service,
573 Beasley Mine Rd., Franklin NC 28734-4144), p. 145: March 24, 1846 Issue Fayetteville Observer: "Married in Richmond
County on the 8th, Gilbert McNeill to Miss Catharine McNair, youngest daughter of Neill McNair, all of said County.
M&D Abstracts - 1841-1850 - Tyner."
Catherine and Gilbert McNeill are listed among heirs in Catherine McNair's 1882 Richmond Co. estate record by executor
Neill McNair Smith. This list included all living children of Neill and his brother Alexander McNair.
Notes for GILBERT MCNEILL:
Census data: 1850 Richmond Co., Williamson TWP, only child Margaret, age two. Family not apparently in Richmond Co.
after that census.
Child of CATHERINE MCNAIR and GILBERT MCNEILL is:
i. MARGARET5 MCNEILL, b. 1848.
8. MATTHEW WATSON4 MCNAIR (NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born 1805, and died 1873 in ,,Richmond, Nc, US. He married
MARTHA ANN ADAMS. She was born in ,,Marlboro, Sc, and died 1881. (Matthew W. McNair, Esq. has been appointed Postmaster
at Laurel Hill, in place of Duncan McLaurin, Esq., resigned, and the office has been removed to Mr. McNair's residence, 5
miles South of Laurel Hill. FayOb. Aug. 2, 1843) June 13, 2016 by Bridges
Notes for MATTHEW WATSON MCNAIR:
Info about birthdate, death, children's names, etc., from James Birtley McNair.
Buried in a cemetery described as "An Old McNair Cemetary," surveyed and contributed by Catherine McNeill: "As you
go from Laurinburg to Aberdeen, it is on the left off the Highway about a half mile (guess) in an area that used to
be called Elmore. It used to be in an Oak grove. This was evidently a larger cemetery than the listings would indicate,
as many sunken places, indicating old graves, could be found. This is now Scotland, but was Richmond when these people
lived and died": Father's Grave Mathew W. McNair [the W. is for Watson] died Dec. 12, 1873 age 68 yrs.; Mother's Grave
Martha Ann, wife of M.W. McNair died April 13,1881, aged 65 yrs.; Brother's Grave Wm. J. McNair son of M.W. and M.A. McNair
died Jan.9, 1857 aged 17 yrs, 11 mos, 11 da.
Listed among PARENTS & CHILDREN IN ROCKDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN 1845 (Myrtle Bridges, Richmond Co. Genweb site):
Matthew W. McNair (father),Neill, Julia Margaret and William.
Birthdates for some of MW's kids from "Memories and Documents About Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church and Her
People," a booklet I got somewhere. At the same time, Martha Jane McNair was baptized, no birthdate given.
The 1882 Richmond Co. estate record of Catherine McNair, presumably the sister of Alexander and Neill McNair,
lists heirs. The list is reproduced in Myrtle Bridges Estate Records 1772-1933..., includes Mary J. Peele, T.S. McNair,
Edward McNair, all of Richmond Co., among children of Matthew W. McN.
ABSTRACTS FROM FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER 1851-1854, transcribed and shared by Carolyn Gibbons 09 Sep 1852:DAt Springfield,
Richmond Co, on the 1st inst., Laurence L., infant son of M. W. & Martha Ann McNAIR, aged 21 days.
Notes for MARTHA ANN ADAMS:
That Martha Ann Adams was from Marlboro from the local history mentioned above.
Children of MATTHEW MCNAIR and MARTHA ADAMS are:
i. JULIA MARGARET5 MCNAIR.
ii. WILLIAM JAMES MCNAIR.
iii. MARTHA JANE MCNAIR.
iv. LAWRENCE MCNAIR.
16. v. NEILL ADAMS MCNAIR, b. March 02, 1835; d. February 16, 1922.
17. vi. JOHN FRANKLIN MCNAIR, b. October 19, 1843, ,,Richmond, Nc, US; d. December 30, 1927.
vii. SAMUEL PATTERSON MCNAIR, b. April 11, 1845.
Notes for SAMUEL PATTERSON MCNAIR:
Confederate Army, captured at fall of Fort Fisher below Wilmington, NC, Jan. 1865. Died on board ship a few
days later, buried Fortress Monroe, VA.
18. viii. ARCHIBALD MCNAIR, b. August 11, 1847; d. 1889.
ix. THOMAS LUTTERLOH MCNAIR, b. December 05, 1849.
x. EDWIN HENRY LILLY MCNAIR, b. November 11, 1854.
9. JANE4 MCNAIR (NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born February 26, 1805, and died February 26, 1875. She married
ARCHIBALD MCNAIR 1827. He died Bef. 1850.
Notes for JANE MCNAIR:
Jane's 1875 will reported in M. N. Bridges, Final Words... Jane mentions Hariet A. M. Gibson and Miriam A. Gibson,
and sons in law Shockley L. Gibson and Nathan T. Gibson (but fails to mention which is married to which). She also
mentions Archibald P. Gibson (see below). Will also mentions 350 acres on the east side of Gum Swamp (went to Harriet)
and more land on the west side of Gum Swamp, which went to Miriam. Jane specified that upon Miriam's death, the parcel
of land that she got was to be divided equally amongst her (Miriam's) daughters, except for the mansion house and
outbuildings, which were to go to Archibald P. Gibson, presumably one of Miriam's sons. Sons in law Shockley L. Gibson
and Nathan T. Gibson were executors. Will dated Dec. 19 1871.
Jane's birthyear from 1850 census.
Tombstone inscriptions from from the Shockley L. Gibson Cemetery, established ca. 1864, contributed by Alan Stubbs
to the Richmond Co. NC Genweb site. Described as: located near the intersection of the Old Stage Road and Hwy. 79 at
Springfield, NC in a small block fence: Jane McNair wife of Archibald McNair, mother of Miriam A. McNair Gibson and
Harriet A. McNair Gibson, Died Feb. 26, 1875 Age 70 yrs.; Miriam A. McNair Gibson Wife of Shockley L. Gibson B.
Aug. 15, 1833 D. Aug. 2, 1874; Shockley L. Gibson of CSA B. Nov. 16, 1825 D. Dec. 11, 1876; Rudolph McN., twin to
Theodore P., infant son of S.L. & M.A. Gibson b. May 17, 1874 d. Sept. 29, 1874; Theodore P., twin to Rudolph McN.
infant son of S.L. & M.A. Gibson, b. May 17, 1874 d. Sept. 19, 1874; E.J. Gibson Dau. of S.L. & M.A. Gibson B. Feb. 14,
1863 D. May 14, 1864; Archie P. Gibson son of Shockley & Miriam Gibson B. July 5, 1859 D. June 13, 1888; others.
Notes for ARCHIBALD MCNAIR:
Archibald was known as Capt. Archibald, of Fayetteville when he married Jane in June 1827. Married by Duncan Mcintyre
in Richmond Co. Archibald's previous wife Jenet, native of Greenock, Scotyland, had died in Fayetteville in Oct. 1826
at the age of 45. Also notable that Arch. McNair was the censustaker who listed the entire Norton clan "free-colored"
in the 1840 census.
Apparently dead by 1850, as Jane and daughters Harriet and Miriam were living in father Neill's household then.
Marriage Notes for JANE MCNAIR and ARCHIBALD MCNAIR:
Marriage performed by Duncan McIntyre. Captain Arch. McNair's previous wife Janet, native of Greenock, Scotland, had
died in Fayetteville NC in 1826, age 45.
Children of JANE MCNAIR and ARCHIBALD MCNAIR are:
19. i. HARRIET A.5 MCNAIR, b. 1833; d. April 08, 1899.
20. ii. MIRIAM A. MCNAIR, b. August 15, 1835; d. August 02, 1874.
10. JOHN CALVIN4 MCNAIR (NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born 1818, and died January 08, 1884. He married (1) CHRISTIAN NORTON
Bef. 1849. She was born Abt. 1825. He married (2) ELIZA ANN NORTON 1857. She was born 1840. He married (3) MAHALA NORTON
Bef. 1871. She was born 1853, and died December 27, 1927 in Conway, Horry, Sc.
Notes for JOHN CALVIN MCNAIR:
Birthyear from the 1850 census
(...although presumed youngest daughter Emma b. 1886.)
Census data: 1850, 1860 Richmond Co., SC. In 1850, 32 yrs. old living with his 77 year-old father Neill, sister Jane (50),
Jane's daughters Harriet (17) and Miriam (15), and Archibald Patterson (physician, either 32 or 52), presumed a relative
of John C.'s mother, Margaret Patterson.
In 1860, John C. (36) was in the household of Christian Norton (30) and her two children Margaret (11) and Mariam (10).
The implication of the entry is that the kids (last names not given) are named Norton, not McNair, as Christian Norton
appears to be head of household. It might be significant though that McNair's mother and youngest sister had the same
names as these kids. In the 1850 census, on the same page as the Neill McNair household in which John Calvin lives, is
the household of Betsy Smith (47), her daughter presumably Jane (22), with Christian Norton (22) and Margaret (2) and Mirriam (1).
In 1870, John McNair is 51, a carpenter and appears on the page following that showing Sallie Norton's household, living
with one Harriet Gin, a 14-year-old farmhand from the look of the entry. With McNair are Margaret (20, W) and Mary (18, W),
whose names and ages appear to be consistent with the two kids John C. McNair and Christian Norton are living with in 1860.
In the last Census in which McNair would have been alive, 1880, McNair and Mahala are in the same household, in Adamsville,
Marlboro Co., S.C., just a few miles across the border from Laurel Hill. Herein John C. McNair is 59 and Mahalah is 26.
Kids are Sarah C. (8); Alice (6); Lillie (my grandmother Frances Ann) (4); Archie (2); and Nora (1). Also in the household
are McNair's mother-in-law Sarah Norton (50); and sisters-in-law Mary (23), Lucy (15), and Jane (12). McNair is listed as
a farmer born in N.C., both parents born in Scotland (his mother, Margaret Patterson, turned out later to have been born in
Richmond Co.); Mahalah through Alice and all the in-laws were born in N.C. (parents born in N.C.); and kids Lillie through
Archie were born in S.C. (so the family must have moved to Marlboro County from Rockingham around 1875).
Marriage Notes for JOHN MCNAIR and CHRISTIAN NORTON:
Reported in the same household with John C. McNair and two children, the oldest b. 1849, in the 1860 census, so assumed
married before 1849. Later learned that older daughter Margaret C. b. 1848.
Notes for ELIZA ANN NORTON:
The only evidence of this marriage is a reference at the Richmond Co. Genweb site of a divorce, John Cale McNair (plaintiff)
from Eliza Ann Norton McNair. Married Apr. 1857, divorced 1860. Could our boy have been married to yet another Norton lady?
I'm assuming that's our John C. and that Eliza is the daughter of Elijah Norton, son of Isham Norton. Mary Norton Doggett
has McNair married to another of Elijah's daughters, Christian, b. aboout 1825, so the woman Christian in David Norton's
household 1850 and 1860 might be this daughter of Elijah.
Notes for MAHALA NORTON:
Mother's impression was that Mahala was known as "Haley Bright" when she was young. There is a note in the margin af
material received from Ruth Gladys McColl that she might have been connected to a man named Roderick Bright in some way.
Mahala married Roby Waters sometime after 1888, and moved to Horry Co. with him, their three kids, and Mahala's son Arch
McNair sometime between 1910 and 1920. Ruth Gladys McCall says that none of the McNair girls made the move, Atlanta and
Emma moving in with my grandparents Frances Ann and Milton T. Ammons back in Marlboro. The attraction in Horry was jobs
with the Tilghman Lumber Co., according to Arch.'s grandson Archie McNair.
Mahala buried in old Salem Church Cemetery near Cool Springs SC.
Marriage Notes for JOHN MCNAIR and MAHALA NORTON:
First child Sarah Catherine b. 1871, so assume parents married before that time.
Children of JOHN MCNAIR and CHRISTIAN NORTON are:
i. MARGARET5 MCNAIR, b. 1848, Buried Rose Hill Cemetary Marion Sc.
21. ii. MIRIAM AMANDA MCNAIR, b. June 15, 1850, Buried Rose Hill Cemetary Marion Sc; d. November 07, 1907.
Children of JOHN MCNAIR and MAHALA NORTON are:
22. iii. SARAH CATHERINE5 MCNAIR, b. August 19, 1871, ,,,Nc, US; d. December 12, 1939, ,,Scotland, Nc.
23. iv. LEE ALICE MCNAIR, b. August 08, 1873; d. May 27, 1945.
24. v. FRANCES (LILLIE) ANN MCNAIR, b. December 06, 1876; d. January 30, 1946, Charlotte Nc.
25. vi. ARCHIBALD C. MCNAIR, b. 1878; d. 1936.
vii. NORA MCNAIR, b. 1879; d. Bef. 1901.
Notes for NORA MCNAIR:
Mahala reported 9 of her ten children alive in 1910. Only one missing is Nora.
26. viii. ATLANTA FLORENCE MCNAIR, b. February 13, 1881; d. September 12, 1956.
27. ix. EMMA M MCNAIR, b. 1884.
11. JOHN EVANDER4 MCNAIR (ALEXANDER3, FNU2, FNU1) was born in ,,,Nc, US, and died 1874. He married
SARAH ADALINE WATTS. She was born in Lexington, Holmes, Ms, US, and died 1870 in Brookhaven, Ms.
Notes for JOHN EVANDER MCNAIR:
Lawyer and judge in Miss. Married to Sarah Adaline Watts in Covington Co., MS. All info about family from
Children of JOHN MCNAIR and SARAH WATTS are:
i. STEPHEN DUNCAN5 MCNAIR, b. ,,Covington Co., Ms; d. September 05, 1917, Jackson, Ms.
ii. ALEXANDER CORNELIUS MCNAIR, b. September 22, 1847, ,,Simpson Co., Ms; d. March 1912.
iii. REUBEN WATTS MCNAIR, b. February 10, 1849, ,,Simpson Co., Ms; d. February 03, 1922, Brookhaven, Ms.
iv. RACHEL ANN MCNAIR, b. 1851, ,,Simpson Co., Ms; m. FNU MCGEE, 1873.
v. JOHN EVANDER, JR.MCNAIR, b. 1854, ,,Simpson Co., Ms; d. 1860.
28. vi. THOMAS MCNAIR, b. March 11, 1856, ,,Simpson Co., Ms.
vii. CHARLIE MCNAIR, b. September 1860, ,,Covington Co., Ms; d. February 1898, Brookhaven, Ms.
viii. WILLIAM GEORGE MCNAIR, b. May 1862, ,,Covington Co., Ms.
ix. MATTIE JANE MCNAIR, b. 1864, ,,Covington Co., Ms; m. FNU DUNNING, Harriston, Ms.
Generation No. 4
12. NEILL MCNAIR5 SMITH (MIRIAM4 (MARIAN, MARY ANN)MCNAIR, NEILL3 MCNAIR, FNU2, FNU1)
Child of NEILL MCNAIR SMITH is:
i. MARION6 SMITH.
Notes for MARION SMITH:
Marion, residing Richmond Co. is listed among the next-of-kin submitted by her father as executor of
Catherine McNair's 1882 Richmond Co. will. Could also be Neill McN. Smith's sister, but I know of no such sister.
13. SARAH MARGARET5 CHANCE (ANN ELIZA4 MCNAIR, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) died Bef. 1853. She married JOSEPH SMITH.
Children of SARAH CHANCE and JOSEPH SMITH are:
i. RACHEL6 SMITH.
ii. CHARLES SMITH.
iii. THOMAS SMITH.
iv. AGNES SMITH.
v. JANE SMITH.
vi. SARAH ANN SMITH.
14. ELIZABETH5 CHANCE (ANN ELIZA4 MCNAIR, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) She married JOHN DAWKINS.
Children of ELIZABETH CHANCE and JOHN DAWKINS are:
i. ABIJAH6 DAWKINS.
ii. SALLY DAWKINS.
iii. JOHN DAWKINS.
iv. FANNY DAWKINS.
v. AARON DAWKINS.
vi. ATLAS DAWKINS.
15. DORRY5 CHANCE (ANN ELIZA4 MCNAIR, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) died Bef. 1853.
Child of DORRY CHANCE is:
i. WARNER6 CHANCE.
16. NEILL ADAMS5 MCNAIR (MATTHEW WATSON4, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born March 02, 1835, and died February 16, 1922.
He married (1) FLORA MCMILLAN 1854. He married (2) SARAH SHAW Aft. 1856.
Notes for FLORA MCMILLAN:
From McMILLAN / PATTERSON / BUCHANAN CEMETERY Surveyed and contributed by Catherine McNeill, posted at the Richmond
Co. genweb site: In Memory of Flora, wife of N.A. McNairborn Feb 3, 1823 died June 25, 1858; also their infant child.
Also: Sallie McNair wife of John K. McNeill born Aug 9, 1856 died July 20, 1889. Flora was a dau. of Gilbert McMillan,
married Neill Adams McNair in 1854. Sallie McNair was her only surviving child, She married John Knox McNeill from the
Waukulla section of Robeson Co. She also died rather young, leaving about six children, and was buried by her mother.
"Many years ago I was taken to this cemetery by my late father-in-law, who was the son of the Sallie McNair McNeill
listed here. I guess you would say it was near Laurel Hill, and not too far from the old McNair place, where the mill
was. I will try to get better directions if I can, it was hidden in woods then."
Child of NEILL MCNAIR and FLORA MCMILLAN is:
i. SALLIE6 MCNAIR.
Children of NEILL MCNAIR and SARAH SHAW are:
ii. FLORA LEE6 MCNAIR.
iii. MARGARET VIRGINIA MCNAIR, b. September 21, 1863.
Notes for MARGARET VIRGINIA MCNAIR:
Birthdate from the Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church pamphlet (see Matthew W. McN.).
17. JOHN FRANKLIN5 MCNAIR (MATTHEW WATSON4, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born October 19, 1843 in ,,Richmond, Nc, US,
and died December 30, 1927. He married JANE LYTCH January 16, 1868. She died August 17, 1905.
Notes for JOHN FRANKLIN MCNAIR:
Confederate Army 18th NC Infantry (Scottish Greys) May 1861, to Camp Dudley (Wilmington). Captured first engagement
Hanover Courthouse, kept at Governors Island NY and Fort Delaware until exchanged. Wounded, stayed in army Medical
Purveyors Office (Richmond) until Lee evacuated. Mustered out Greensboro, Apr. 26, 1865. All info about family from
Birtley McNair and from local history.
Grew tremendously wealthy in Scotland Co., the whole story in the local history. Worked family farm for three years
after the war; then got 13 acres and a mule; by 1871 has saved enough to start up his first store at Springfield NC;
second store in 1878 in Laurel Hill (sold that to his son-in-law Zebulon Vance Pate); third store in Laurenburg, the
John F. McNair Mercantile Co., which he still had at time of writing; 1888-1904 had McNair and Pearsall wholesale
grocers, Wilmington; Laurenburg (cottonseed) Oil Co., 1898 Scotland Cotton Mills; 1899 Dickson Cotton Mills; 1901
Waverly Cottom Mills; 1919 Prince Cotton Mills; State Bank of Laurenburg; 1921 the Dixie Guano Co.; the Hammond Co.,
wholesale grocer in Laurenburg; the Laurenburg and Southern Railway Company; president of Powell Bay Naval Story Co.,
Jacksonville FL; land in Florida; McNair Auto Company; 10,000 acres in NC; etc., etc.
The Old Laurel Hill Presbyterial Church booklet (see M.W. McN.) shows baptism of Mary, dau. of Jn. F. and M. J. McNair,
3/26/1876; also Sally McNair, dau. of J.F. and Mary Jane McNair, 6/2/1870, presumably Sarah Patterson McN. Also shows
John William, son of J.F. and Mary J., baptized 11/9/1873; Mary, same parents, 3/26/1876; James Lytch McN., baptized 7/27/1879.
Children of JOHN MCNAIR and JANE LYTCH are:
i. SARAH PATTERSON6 MCNAIR, m. ZEBULON VANCE PATE.
More About SARAH PATTERSON MCNAIR:
Christening: June 02, 1870
ii. MARTHA VIRGINIA MCNAIR.
iii. MARY MCNAIR.
More About MARY MCNAIR:
Christening: June 02, 1870
iv. INA MCNAIR.
v. JAMES LYTCH MCNAIR, b. October 01, 1878, ,,Richmond, Nc, US; m. GERTRUDE MCINTOSH, January 16, 1903.
More About JAMES LYTCH MCNAIR:
Christening: July 27, 1879
18. ARCHIBALD5 MCNAIR (MATTHEW WATSON4, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born August 11, 1847, and died 1889. He married BERTHA SIMMS.
Notes for ARCHIBALD MCNAIR:
Moved to Hallettsville TX about 1875. All info about family from Birtley McNair.
Children of ARCHIBALD MCNAIR and BERTHA SIMMS are:
i. JOHN ARTHUR6 MCNAIR.
Notes for JOHN ARTHUR MCNAIR:
Living Houston TX 1924.
ii. SADIE MCNAIR, m. CLAUDE BARNES.
Notes for SADIE MCNAIR:
Living Hallettsville TX 1924.
19. HARRIET A.5 MCNAIR (JANE4, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born 1833, and died April 08, 1899. She married NATHAN TALLY GIBSON.
Notes for HARRIET A. MCNAIR:
Buried in a cemetery described as the Nathan Tally Gibson Cemetery, Established 1887, contributed by Alan Stubbs to the
Richmond Co. Genweb site. Located "on the East side of the Elmore Road between Elmore & Springfield near Laurinburg, NC
about 50 yards in the woods": Harriet A. Wife of N. T. Gibson, B. March 1829, D. Apr. 8, 1899 Wife of Nathan Talley Gibson;
N. T. GibsonB. Jul. 9, 1835, Husband of Harriet A. McNair Gibson,D. Jan. 8, 1923; Evalena GibsonDaughter of Nathan Talley &
Harriet A. McNair, B. Jul. 13, 1873, D. Mar. 4, 1941, Never married.
From ABSTRACTS FROM FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER 1851-1854 transcribed and shared by Carolyn Gibbons: At Springfield, Richmond Co,
NC, on the 17th inst., (1853?) by Alex. C. McKINNON, Esq., Mr. William B.McMILLAN to Miss Harriet Ann McNAIR, all of said county.
Child of HARRIET MCNAIR and NATHAN GIBSON is:
i. EVALENE GEORGIA6 GIBSON.
Notes for EVALENE GEORGIA GIBSON:
Baptism from the Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church booklet, see M.W. McNair.
More About EVALENE GEORGIA GIBSON:
Christening: October 04, 1873
20. MIRIAM A.5 MCNAIR (JANE4, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born August 15, 1835, and died August 02, 1874. She married
SHOCKLY L. GIBSON. He was born November 16, 1825, and died December 11, 1876.
Notes for MIRIAM A. MCNAIR:
Death date, four of five children's names from a footnote in Bridges, Final Words... The note is attached to the will
of Miriam's mother Jane.
Children of MIRIAM MCNAIR and SHOCKLY GIBSON are:
i. ARCHIBALD P.6 GIBSON, b. July 05, 1859; d. June 13, 1888.
ii. FRANCES M. GIBSON, b. 1862.
iii. BENJAMIN F. GIBSON, b. 1862.
iv. LAWRENCE E. GIBSON, b. 1867.
21. MIRIAM AMANDA5 MCNAIR (JOHN CALVIN4, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born June 15, 1850 in Buried Rose Hill Cemetary
Marion Sc, and died November 07, 1907. She married ALBERT ELIJAH PHILLIPS. He was born April 10, 1848 in ,,Richmond,
Nc, US, and died April 16, 1918 in Laurenburg, Scotland, Nc.
Notes for MIRIAM AMANDA MCNAIR:
From George W. Phillips: "ELIJAH ALBERT2 PHILLIPS (SAMUEL1) was born April 10, 1848 in Richmond County, North Carolina,
and died April 16, 1918 in Laurinburg, North Carolina. He married (1) MIRIAM AMANDA MCNAIR. She was born June 15, 1850
in Scotland County, North Carolina, and died November 07, 1907.In the 1900 Census were 5 children with Miriam: Bennie
Horace b 5-13-1890, (my grandfather), Margaret J b 8-07-1879, John Elijah b 8-18-1872, Walter W b 8-16-1882, and Luther
A b 8-02-1886."
From EARLY MARRIAGE BONDS RICHMOND COUNTY, NC 1783-1872 at the Richmond Co. Genweb site: Philips Elijah, McNair Miriam
22 June 1871G. Norton JP.
Children of MIRIAM MCNAIR and ALBERT PHILLIPS are:
i. JOHN ELIJAH6 PHILLIPS, b. August 18, 1872.
ii. MARGARET J. PHILLIPS, b. August 07, 1879.
iii. WALTER W. PHILLIPS, b. August 16, 1882.
iv. LUTHER A. PHILLIPS, b. August 02, 1886.
v. BENNIE HORACE PHILLIPS, b. May 13, 1890.
22. SARAH CATHERINE5 MCNAIR (JOHN CALVIN4, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born August 19, 1871 in ,,,Nc, US, and died
December 12, 1939 in ,,Scotland, Nc. She married ELUID POLSTON January 06, 1933. He was born February 03, 1871,
and died January 04, 1932 in ,,Scotland, Nc.
Notes for SARAH CATHERINE MCNAIR:
Buried Pernassus Cemetary, Brownsville, SC (not sure whee I got that; Eugene Polston says Polston Cem., Tatum, SC
Sarah Catherine McNair Polston, 1870, Richmond Co., from Margie Robinson: "...Charles Polston...married to
Jane Driggers.... children: William (b 2/15/1865 d. 2/25/1931) married to Lee McNair; Charlie (b. 10/11/1862
d. 2/25/1916) married to Mary Norton; Elijah (b. 2/23/1860 d.9/26/1921); Phillip (b. 7/2/1868 d. 11/6/1926 married
Jane Norton; Eluid (b. 2/3/1871 d. 1/6/ 1933) Mom says he spoke with a "brogue" and she believed him to be Scots.
married to Sarah Catherine; Jessie ??; Lucy (b. 8/15/1853).
"Eluid had another brother whose name may have been Leo or Leroy, but mother never knew him. At the time that mother
knew them they lived in Marlboro County, S.C. (probably Bennetsville, S.C. which was the county seat), but some may
have lived in the southern part of North Carolina....possibly Lumberton or Laurinbury, NC.
"Eluid and Sarah Catherine had thirteen or so children, but several died: Emanuel ("Uncle Manny") married to Lela
(Graham?) (4 kids: Eugene...he is now deceased, but I met him once in Dallas....Cecil, Harold, Sarah Alice); Claude
Phillip married to Mae Wallace (kids: C.P. ...now deceased, E.L. who died within the last year, I believe); Winifred
(Mom says was a male); Virginia (died in infancy); Dorothy (died in infancy); and Carolyn (whom I knew slightly when
I was a teenager...); John Merritt (Mom's father) was married to Nellie Mae Medlin...kids were Rosa Nell (my mother),
Mary Helen, William Howard, Margaret Inez, John Merritt (died at two years of age), James Marion (died October of last
year), and Edna Lorraine; Victor Blue married Edna (maiden name unknown....no children); Marvin married Ethel Lee
(Lee is middle name...last name unknown) Kids: Ruby, Lis (deceased), Sybil, Grace, Marvin ("Sonny"), Mildred, at
least one more son whose name she cannot recall...; Dewey Lamar married Esther...one son named Richard; Ruth ...
died approximately Sept. of 1954 (We think she stepped on a nail on the boardwalk at VA BEACH while visiting and
died of tetanus. I was pretty young, but remember everyone being very upset.)
"Mom thinks that Sarah, Catherine's grandmother, who would not have been a Polston, was a Cherokee who was called
"Aunt Sal" and lived to be either 107 or 113...mother says she was "tiny, scarey, and looked like a prune!" Mother
says the Polston descendants were often dark haired (but not straight hair) and that some were somewhat dark complected,
but none had high cheekbones or other features that mother considers to be native American. Mother says her Polston
grandfather had blue eyes.
"Jesse may have been his brother, but I think that Reese and Jesse were Daddy's age (Daddy would be John Merritt Polston).
I did not know them and Jesse may have been named for his father. Jane Norton McNair married Phillip Polston....We never
lived near any of them, but Great uncle Phillip died when I was very small and Aunt Jane always lived with Uncle Marvin
and Aunt Ethel Lee....lovely little old lady. She never had children. One uncle committed suicide when I was very small
....2nd marriage problems...I must have been 6-8 and only overheard talk."
Buried Pernassus Cem., on Hwy. 38 towards Brownsville, according to Ruth Gladys.
Notes for ELUID POLSTON:
All information about Reece/Eluid Polston, his Polston and Parker ancestors and descendents, from Eugene Polston,
800 Kinwest Pkwy. Irving TX, dated 1991, by way of Margie Robinson. Same source for Sarah Catherine McNairs birth
and death dates, and John C. McNair's death date. It was my impression from Gene Polston's info that Reece and Eluid
were the same; not so, according to Margie. The name is Eluid.
More About ELUID POLSTON:
Burial: January 05, 1933, Polston Cemetary Tatum, Marlboro, Sc
Children of SARAH MCNAIR and ELUID POLSTON are:
i. JOHN MERRITT6 POLSTON, m. NELLIE MAE MEDLIN.
ii. ARLENE POLSTON.
iii. AILENE POLSTON.
iv. ELUID POLSTON.
v. VICTOR BLUE POLSTON, m. (1) EDNA TUCKER; m. (2) MAUDE LNU.
vi. JUANITA POLSTON.
vii. EMANUEL (MANNY) POLSTON, b. October 26, 1890; d. March 26, 1970, Bennettsville, Marlboro, Sc; m.
LELA MAE PARKER, March 12, 1912; b. May 09, 1874; d. June 30, 1971, Bennettsville, Marlboro, Sc.
viii. CLAUDE PHILLIP POLSTON, b. September 07, 1894; m. MAE WALLACE.
ix. MARVIN POLSTON, b. March 23, 1904; m. ETHEL LEE STEVENS.
x. DEWEY LAMAR POLSTON, b. July 11, 1911; m. ESTHER THOMPSON.
xi. RUTH POLSTON, b. November 12, 1913; d. September 1954; m. JOSHUA BRIDGEMAN.
23. LEE ALICE5 MCNAIR (JOHN CALVIN4, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born August 08, 1873, and died May 27, 1945. She
married WILLIAM J. POLSTON February 06, 1931. He was born February 15, 1865, and died February 25, 1931.
Notes for LEE ALICE MCNAIR:
Census data, 1910, Red Bluff Twp., Marlboro Co., SC. Names Boyd, Alma, Julia, William Jr., Johnnie, and Douglas
and birthyears taken therefrom.
Ruth Gladys McCall says husband's name was Reece. Buried Beaver Dam Cem, McColl SC.
Children of LEE MCNAIR and WILLIAM POLSTON are:
i. BOYD6 POLSTON, b. 1895.
ii. ALMA POLSTON, b. 1898.
iii. JULIA POLSTON, b. 1901.
iv. WILLIAM JR. POLSTON, b. 1904.
v. JOHNNIE POLSTON, b. 1906.
vi. DOUGLAS POLSTON, b. 1908.
24. FRANCES (LILLIE) ANN5 MCNAIR (JOHN CALVIN4, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born December 06, 1876, and died
January 30, 1946 in Charlotte Nc. She married MILTON THOMAS AMMONS. He was born October 02, 1875 in Bennettsville,
Marlboro, Sc, and died December 28, 1960 in Charlotte Nc.
Notes for FRANCES (LILLIE) ANN MCNAIR:
Grandmother always went by Frances Ann, or Annie, according to my mother (Ruth, her daughter); the 1880 census lists
her as Lillie.
There is an Ann McNair listed in the membership of the Ellerbe Springs Church in 1892, which I see at the Richmond Co.
Genweb site (it says the reference is from Scattered Seed by Myrtle Bridges). Ann would have been around 16 if this is
my grandmother Frances Ann. Not sure what denomination that was but the Richmond Co. site mentions that it grew out of
the Orange Presbytery in 1800, most if not all members Scottish. She is listed along with Alexander Quick and Nannie
Quick (now Wallace, it says), and says elsewhere that Alexander Quick was a deacon in that church. He might have been
the brother Alexander of Polly Quick, whose son, my grandfather Milton Thomas Ammons, married Frances Ann McNair around
1896. In fact, it was Alexander (or Alec) Quick that Milton Thomas Ammons was adopted by when MT's mother Polly Quick
died in 1881. This church, therefore, might be the connection between my grandparents Frances Ann McNair and M.T. Ammons.
From obit presumably in the Charlotte Observer: "Mrs Frances Ann Ammons, 70, for many years prominent in local church
and Sunday school work, died yesterday at a local hospital after an illness of several weeks....Mrs. Ammons was for many
years a leader in the Sunday school and activities of the Wesley Heights church, where she organized the "Frances Ann"
Sunday school cless, named in her honor....During recent years, Mrs. Ammons was active in the Women's Auxiliary of the
Bible Presbyterian church and was a member of the Peterson Bible class of the Dilworth Methodist church...survived by
her husband, M. T. Ammons, 1709 Kenilworth Ave.; six daughters, Mrs. Marie Williams of Washington, D.C., Mrs Paul Bridges
of Columbia S.C., Mrs. Gordon Gullickson of Fairfax, Va., Mrs. Lacy Lane of Marion, S.C., Mrs. K. M. Norris and
Mrs. F. H. Trull of Charlotte; three sons, E. M. Ammons and J. F. Ammons of Charlotte, and Thomas M. Ammons of Richmond..."
Notes for MILTON THOMAS AMMONS:
Born "Dunahoe plantation," close to Clio, according to Mother years ago. Five or six when mother Polly Quick died,
went to live with Polly's brother Alex when father Thos. L. married second wife.
Census data: 1930 Charlotte City, Mecklenberg Co., p. 119. Milton T. 54; Annie 54; Myrtle A. 20; Ruth G. 18;
Milton T. 16; Clare E. 14; Marie Williams 22; son James F. 31; James F.'s wife Rosa 26; James F. (Jr.) 2 5/12;
Thomas H. 5/12.
1920 Harleesville Twp., Dillon Co., SC, p. 126. MT 44; Annie 43; Ernest 17; Lena 14; Marie 12; Myrtle 10;
Ruthie 8; MT Jr. 6; Elizabeth 4.
1910 Bethea Twp., Dillon Co., SC, p 338. Milton T. 33; Annie 31; James F. 11; Eveline 10; Ernest 8; Lena 4;
Marie 2; Mirtle 11/12.
1900 Adamsville Twp., Marlboro Co., SC. Milton b. May 1875; Annie b. Apr. 1876; James F., b. Jan 1898;
Eveland b. Sept. 1899; Atlanta (sister) b. Jan 1880.
1880 Red Bluff Twp., Marlboro Co., SC, p. 503. Thomas 32; Mary E. 29; Asa H. 12; Milton 5; Luther 3.
Marriage Notes for FRANCES MCNAIR and MILTON AMMONS:
Family appeared in the 1900 census in Marlboro Co.,sc, where the families of both Milton Thomas and Lillie Ann lived.
Children of FRANCES MCNAIR and MILTON AMMONS are:
i. EVELYN6 AMMONS, b. September 06, 1899; m. LACY LANE; b. 1898.
Notes for EVELYN AMMONS:
Lane family lived Marion SC, Evelyn buried Lane Cemetary, Temperence Hill, SC. Kids Jacky, Joyce, and Milton Lane
alive as of Nov. 1994.
Notes for LACY LANE:
Census data: 1930, Moody, Marion Co., SC. Ages of everyone except Evelyn, name of mother-in-law from this source.
Got a list of kids' names from Ruth McCall, which omitted Freddie and included Milton (Buddy) Lane.
More About LACY LANE:
ii. ERNEST MCNAIR AMMONS, b. June 17, 1902, Gibson Nc; d. August 25, 1995, Charlotte Nc; m. ANNE ELIZABETH KENNERLY,
November 10, 1928; b. August 04, 1904, Charlotte Nc.
Notes for ERNEST MCNAIR AMMONS:
Eddie Ammons adopted, died young. Looked about 15 in a picture date Dec. 25, 1961.
iii. LENA AMMONS, b. July 25, 1905, Gibson, Nc; d. 1997; m. KENNETH MCCOY NORRIS, September 28, 1928;
b. August 08, 1903, Charlotte Nc; d. August 09, 1978.
Notes for LENA AMMONS:
Lena and Coy have two other grandchildren: Kerri and Meredith Norris. Don't know if their parent is Tim or Ken Norris III.
iv. MARIE W. AMMONS, b. May 16, 1907, Gibson Nc; d. October 24, 1989, Greensboro Nc; m. (1) FREDERICK NELSON REED;
b. January 1905; m. (2) WILLIAMS FNU, Bef. 1930.
Marriage Notes for MARIE AMMONS and WILLIAMS FNU:
In the 1930 census (Charlotte), Marie was shown in parents' household, Marie Williams.
v. MYRTLE AMMONS, b. May 16, 1909, Gibson Nc; d. June 12, 1990, Greensboro Nc; m. June 06, 1937.
Notes for MYRTLE AMMONS:
Obit: "..died June 12, 1990, and Carolinas Medical Center...Burial Guilford Memorial Park, Greensboro...G
ibson native...Survivors husband Paul; son Paul Bridges Jr. of Columbia; brother Ernest, sisters Ruth, Elizabeth,
Lena; three grandchildren..."
vi. RUTH GLADYS AMMONS, b. August 21, 1911, Latta Sc; d. October 14, 2002; m. GORDON GILBERT GULLICKSON,
February 17, 1937, Baltimore, Maryland; b. February 22, 1915, Marshall, Minnesota, US; d. January 14, 1976.
Notes for GORDON GILBERT GULLICKSON:
Marriage date, place from marriage license. Died Fairfax Hospital.
vii. THOMAS MILTON AMMONS, b. September 01, 1913, Latta; d. May 16, 1983, Virginia Beach, Va; m. MARGARET JONES,
March 14, 1942, Richmond, Va; b. July 20, 1921, Richmond, Va.
viii. ELIZABETH CLAIRE AMMONS, b. November 04, 1915, Latta; d. Charlotte Nc; m. FRANK H. TRULL, May 27, 1934; b.
June 11, 1915, Rock Hill, Sc.
25. ARCHIBALD C.5 MCNAIR (JOHN CALVIN4, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born 1878, and died 1936. He married ADDIE SMITH.
Notes for ARCHIBALD C. MCNAIR:
Household reported in the 1920 Census, Dog Bluff, Horry Co., SC., which I think is close to Conway: Archie 42; Adie 38;
Pearl 18; Claud 14; Howard 12; Carlile 9; Lefon 6; Burness 6; Eugene 4; Jessee 2 and 2/12; mother Mahaley Walters; and
Luther Walters 26. 1910 Census, Bethea, Dillon Co., SC, Archibald C. McNair 30; Addie 26; Pearl (?) 8; John 6; Claude 4;
Howard 3; Byron 5/12.
Both Arch and wife Addie Buried Baker's Chapel, Homewood, SC (near Conway).
11/07, made contact with Archie and Betty McNair, 3000 Bratcher Rd, Conway, Horry Co., SC 29526. Archie is the grandson
of this Arch. and reports that his grandfather's name was Archie Calhoun McN. (ca. 1878-1936); gave dates for his father
and siblings: Jessie (Jake) Theodore (1918-1977); Pearl McN. Jones (1902-1982); Bernice McN. Edwards (12/2/1914-5/5/1977);
Archie Lafon; Flauda Elizabeth; Claude (1906-1977); Carlisle (1911-1977). Archie sent pictures of Arch. Sr. as an older
man and the latter's mother Mahala as a young woman.
Notes for ADDIE SMITH:
Died at age 83, according to Ruth Gladys McColl.
Marriage Notes for ARCHIBALD MCNAIR and ADDIE SMITH:
Kids are from three different sources: Ruth Gladys McColl, whom my mother and I talked about this about 1995, from
memory; the 1910 Census; and the LDS. The death dates come from the latter. I think the fact that several are shown
dying in 1977 means that the record was submitted then.
The Census shows kids Claudia (1906), Byron (1910) who don't seem to appear again. Might check later censuses.
Children of ARCHIBALD MCNAIR and ADDIE SMITH are:
i. PEARL6 MCNAIR, b. 1902; d. 1982; m. FNU JONES.
Notes for FNU JONES:
Archie McNair of Conway tell me that Pearl owned motels, I think around Myrtle Beach. I think also my mother's
sisters Lena and Marie stayed in touch with Pearl and that Pearl was interested in genealogy.
ii. JOHN B. MCNAIR, b. 1903; d. 1917.
iii. CLAUDE MCNAIR, b. 1906; d. 1977.
Notes for CLAUDE MCNAIR:
Birthyear from the 1910 and 1920 censuses.
iv. HOWARD LUTHER MCNAIR, b. 1907; d. 1969.
v. BYRON MCNAIR, b. 1910.
vi. CARLISLE MCNAIR, b. 1911; d. 1977.
vii. ARCHIE LAPHON MCNAIR, b. 1914.
Notes for ARCHIE LAPHON MCNAIR:
Laphon was the Presbyterian minister in Nashville.
viii. BERNICE MCNAIR, b. December 02, 1914; d. May 05, 1977.
ix. EUGENE K. MCNAIR, b. 1916; d. 1977.
x. JAKE (JESSIE) THEODORE MCNAIR, b. 1918; d. 1977.
xi. FLAUDA ELIZABETH MCNAIR, b. 1921; m. JOHN HARTER.
Notes for FLAUDA ELIZABETH MCNAIR:
Lived (1994) in Florence SC.
More About JOHN HARTER:
26. ATLANTA FLORENCE5 MCNAIR (JOHN CALVIN4, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born February 13, 1881, and died
September 12, 1956. She married JOHN ALEX MCCALL 1905. He was born July 07, 1875, and died 1931.
Notes for ATLANTA FLORENCE MCNAIR:
Buried Magnolia Cemetary, Latta
Was shown living with my mother's family (Milton Thomas Ammons and Lillie Ann McNair) in Marlboro in the 1900 Census.
Birthdate and all other info about the family given by Ruth Gladys McColl (who was named after my mother, she said)
unless otherwise noted. Atlanta and Alex married in Cool Springs, near Conway, where Marguerite was born. Eventually
settled in Mallory SC, worked for Tilghman (Tillman?), running the commissary.
Obituary: ...daughter of Mahalia Bright and John C. McNair of Scotland Co. and the widow of John Alex McCall...
daughters Dorothy Fleming, Mrs. R. Lacy Johnson, both of Latta; Harold Guy McCall of Leaksville, NC and Coleman L. McCall
of Atlanta...member of Latta Babtist Chruch, interment and Magnolia Cemetary, Latta SC.
Children of ATLANTA MCNAIR and JOHN MCCALL are:
i. MARGUERITE6 MCCALL, b. March 10, 1907; m. ROBERT LACY JOHNSON; b. November 12, 1901.
More About MARGUERITE MCCALL:
Alive: 1995, Buried Rose Hill Cemetary Marion Sc
ii. HAROLD GUY MCCALL, b. December 09, 1909; d. August 10, 1962; m. BEATRICE OSBORNE; d. 1975.
Notes for HAROLD GUY MCCALL:
Police chief; my mother's age and her childhood friend in Charlotte. Dead by writing in 1994. Buried Eden NC.
iii. BRUCE HAMILTON MCCALL, b. 1910; d. 1911.
Notes for BRUCE HAMILTON MCCALL:
Buried Methodist Church Cem., Oak Grove, SC.
iv. COLEMAN LIVINGSTON MCCALL, b. December 31, 1914; m. HELEN MCCONNEL.
Notes for COLEMAN LIVINGSTON MCCALL:
Live Deerfield Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC.
More About COLEMAN LIVINGSTON MCCALL:
Alive: 1994, Buried Rose Hill Cemetary Marion Sc
v. ALEX FOSTER MCCALL, b. 1918; d. 1940.
Notes for ALEX FOSTER MCCALL:
Died in an auto accident, acc. to Ruth Gladys. Buried Magnolia Cem., Latta SC.
vi. RUTH GLADYS MCCALL, b. October 05, 1920.
Notes for RUTH GLADYS MCCALL:
Living in Latta as of Nov. 1994.
vii. DOROTHY MCCALL, b. October 09, 1923; d. April 26, 2006; m. FNU FLEMING.
Notes for DOROTHY MCCALL:
From obituary sent by Archie McNair Nov. 2007: Dorothy M. "Dot" Fleming, Latta, died April 26, 2006.
She was born Oct 5, 1932, in Dillon County, a daughter of John Alex McCall Sr., and Atlanta McNair McCall.
Survivors include a son, Gerry Fleming of Latta, three nephews, Jesse H. Johnson, PhD of Asheville, Buddy Johnson
of Latta [sons of sister Marguerite] and H. Guy McCall Jr., of Greensbory, N.C., and a niece, Kim McCall Menan
[last name not clear but daughter of brother Coleman] of Myrtle Beach. She was predeceased by her sisters
Ruth G. McCall and Marguerite McCall Johnson and brothers Bruce McCall, Alex McCall Jr., H. Guy McCall and
Coleman L. McCall. The funeral..." [Hard to read, might have the dates wrong.]
27. EMMA M5 MCNAIR (JOHN CALVIN4, NEILL3, FNU2, FNU1) was born 1884. She married HENRY M JAYROE.
Notes for EMMA M MCNAIR:
Family in the 1910 census Dillon Co., SC: Emma 24 (so implied birthyear 1886); Henry M. Jayroe 23; Henry M. Jr., 1.
1920 Census in Marion Co., SC: Henry M. 33; Emma 36 (implied birthyear 1884); Henry M. Jr. 9; Ruby 7; James R. 6;
Burnnette 4; Jackson D. 2. I'm using the birthyearr 1884, as it agrees with John C.'s deathyear.
Lived Marion, SC, buried Rose Hill Cemetary, Marion SC.
Children of EMMA MCNAIR and HENRY JAYROE are:
i. HENRY M. JR6 JAYROE, b. 1909.
Notes for HENRY M. JR JAYROE:
Drowned in his teens in the Peedee on a family picnic, according to family. Buried Rose Hill Cemetary, Marion SC.
ii. RUBY JAYROE, b. 1913; m. DURHAM MISHOE.
Notes for RUBY JAYROE:
Buried Charleston Cem.
iii. JAMES R. JAYROE, b. 1914.
More About JAMES R. JAYROE:
Alive: 1995, Buried Rose Hill Cemetary Marion Sc
iv. BENNETT (BURNNETTE?) JAYROE, b. 1916; d. Buried Rose Hill Cemetary Marion Sc.
Notes for BENNETT (BURNNETTE?) JAYROE:
Name Burnette came from Census; buried Whiteville NC.
v. JACKSON D. JAYROE, b. 1918.
Notes for JACKSON D. JAYROE:
Minister in Morehead City NC.
28. THOMAS5 MCNAIR (JOHN EVANDER4, ALEXANDER3, FNU2, FNU1) was born March 11, 1856 in ,,Simpson Co., Ms.
He married MARY ELLEN THOMPSON December 21, 1887 in Bogue Chitto, Ms. She was born September 11, 1863 in ,,Pike Co., Ms.
Notes for THOMAS MCNAIR:
Dentist, living Shreveport LA at writing of Birtley McNair book (1924 I think). All info about family from that source.
Children of THOMAS MCNAIR and MARY THOMPSON are:
i. JOHN ALEXANDER6 MCNAIR, b. October 25, 1888, Bogue Chitto, Ms.
ii. CORA AILEEN MCNAIR, b. December 11, 1891, Bogue Chitto, Ms; m. FNU THAMES, December 15, 1917, Brookhaven, Ms.
iii. ADALINE DELLA MCNAIR, b. October 10, 1897, Brookhaven, Ms.
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