McMAHAN Queries

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Looking for Rosa McMahan supposedly from Belton area, Anderson County, SC. Married James Clayton Campbell. No birth dates but born in the latter 1800's. Married the turn of the century years. Children born very early 1900's. She died in 1959 and he in 1970's. Beginning research on both lines.

I'm looking for the father of Robert Clay McMahan. Family stories indicate his mother was Roseanna Margarett Adkins, daughter of John G. Adkins and Nancy Covey. Robert Clay married Edna E. Pell of Paducah, Kentucky, where they resided most of their lives. Robert was possibly the youngest of nine children. Robert and Edna had seven children, two boys and five girls. The boys were Charles Marshal McMahan and Robert Clay McMahan, Jr. Charles was my grandfather and died in 1967 in Seattle, Washington. Robert Jr. died in 1980 in Lakeland, Florida. Both Robert Sr. and Charles were building contractors in Paducah, Kentucky. If anyone can give me some direction as to who Robert's father was it would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Michael P. McMahan
16823 - 33rd Avenue S.W.
Seattle, WA 98166
Update -- I've discovered that Robert Clay McMahan's father was Marshall McMahan.

Rodney C. McMahan, Sr., born 2/4/36, son of Robert Clay McMahan of Paducah, Kentucky. Grandson of Robert Clay McMahan of Paducah, Kentucky.

Rodney McMahan

Gary McMahan sent a report on sixteen John McMahans

Looking for descendents of Jean MURRAY and John MCMAHAN who married in Lancaster or Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania abt 1780. Jean was the d/o Col. John MURRAY and Margaret MAYES. Any ties to your lines?

Robert Miller

My family on my father's side came from Summertown, TN. I have been able to go back as far as my great-grandfather. Not much more is known. Some gravesites exist at Pleasant Garden Cemetery where a one-room church used to stand and McMahans, Walkers, Ratcliffes, Crosswaithes and many more familiar southern familes are found with some very old tombstones that date to the early 1800's. The church burned down several years ago but the cemetery remains open. Starting with my great grandfather:
James L. McMahan (25 Oct 1861 - 10 Dec 1921) had a brother named Vernon and sister named Ann.
James L. McMahan married Louise Elisabeth Walker (19 Oct 1871- Jan 1936).
James and Louise had eight children:
Samuel Henry McMahan (23 Mar 1898 - 8 Sep 1964) married Belle [Unknown] (7 Jul 1903 - 15 Jul 1975).
William Albert McMahan (14 May 1895 - 17 Jun 1951) married Mollie Burdella [Unknown] 24 Sep 1901 - 31 Jan 1990).
Andrew Frank McMahan (10 Oct 1900 - 18 Oct 1939) married Ollie Mae Nabors (Feb 1910 - 24 Nov 1950).
Evan S. McMahan (8 July 1893 - 14 Jun 1895)
Martie J. McMahan (6 Feb 1888 - 10 Jul 1910)
Manuel, Eatser and Ella (no information available)

I have two McMahans listed: Elendor or Nellie, married James E. BOONE. He was born 1832, Burke County, NC. She was born around 1829 and died 1860. I have listed her mother as Mary McMahan but no dad. Also I have listed Jeremiah BOONE as having married Sarah McMAHAN but no dates. These were all in NC, Burke County or Burnsville. I haven't had time to date these. Some are other sources rather than census.


I am researching the McMahan family of Kansas. William S. McMahan born approximately 1867 in Kansas, son of John H. McMahan and Mary E. Marshman, married Iva B. McKinney from Illinois. They moved to Oregon and had two children, Thomas Otis (Chatham) McMahan and Maude Clair (Maybelle) McMahan. William worked as an electric motorman in North Salem, Oregon, in 1907. At some time they went to California where William died in 1917 and Iva, his wife, died in 1986. Chatham T. McMahan died in the Veterans home in Yountvill, Napa County, California.

Tami Feldhaus

We are McMahans from Tennessee, Sevier County. I am looking for Aaron McMahan. I was in hopes that I would find his name here, but I guess this is the wrong line. Aaron was killed in 1896 by the White Caps here in Sevier County. They were like the KKK in a way. There is a book published about them (White Caps) and he has his own chapter in it telling of the murder. I cannot find any other info before him. He married Caroline Green in 1868 and they had many children. I have come to a brick wall. I have always been told by my father-in-law that a lot of the kids moved west, like to Texas or Arkansas. I have some info on that. Thanks.


I have a ggg-grandfather, John Riley McMAHAN, who married Mary Jane MULLINS. Their son was James Matthew McMAHAN, married to Sarah Nancy PURKEYPILE. James Matthew was born 7 Dec 1861 in Mendota, Putnam County, MO. I would appreciate any information on him, as I do not know his father or siblings. This is as far back as I have gotten on my McMAHAN side. I have checked Smoky Mountain and have not made any connections.

Dona Jean McMahan RONSPIEZ
P.O. Box 1006
Westville, OK 74965

I too am doing research on the McMahan family. I am a descendant of John Riley McMahan, of Missouri. One of his sons, John Calvin, moved to Sherman County, Nebraska. John Calvin is my great-grandfather. I ended up in Arkansas.

I am looking for a Cecil McMahan, John Calvin's youngest son. Cecil, my grandfather, disappeared when my father was little, and I have had no luck tracking him down. I have no desire whatsoever to contact him, only to find out where he went, and is he still even alive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. All of the information I have seen ends with John R....I would be able to add to that if anyone desires. Thank you for your time, and please let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks again.

Jon McMahan

Trying to find information on Andrew McMAHAN who married Jane WALKER and was father of Cathy Ann McMAHAN born 1808. Cathy married John Moore PAXTON. Any info appreciated.

Wayne Walker

My wife is a descendant of Birdie McMAHAN, her grandmother, daughter of Benjamin R. McMAHAN, b.7 Aug 1837, Greensburg, PA (perhaps Boardman Twp.,Trumbull Co., OH); m. ca. 1860 Sarah SPEIR of Mercer Co., PA; d.2 Dec 1884, Grant City, Worth Co., MO, buried in Grant City Cemetery (have tombstone photos).

Don & Tina Havlicek
357 South 400 West
Connersville, IN 47331-8746
(765) 825-2212

I would like to give some info on McMahan I have.
-- 16 Feb 1769 John McMahan petitioned to build a public mill on Hoggans Creek, Rowan Co., NC/
-- 17 Feb 1769, John McMahan was appointed constable for the forks of the Yadkin River area, NC.
-- 13 Feb 1770, bill of sale to Adam Mitchell from John McMahan. Adam Mitchell married Elizabeth McMahan in 1769.
-- John McMahan created will 8 July 1776 and probated/administered on 31 July 1776. Administered in Pennsylvania. The children I know of for this John McMahan are: James, Samuel, Jean/Jane, Agnes, Katherine. Possibly also a John Jr., Mary, Andrew and Wm.
-- There is a James McMahan born 1714 married a Suzanne [Unknown]. This James died in Rowan Co., NC, in 1799.
-- There is a James McMahan gaining plat of land 14 May 1754 in Rowan Co., NC.

My interest in McMahan is that Jean/Jane McMahan, found in July will of 1776 of John McMahan of Rowan Co., NC, married James Pursley -- my line. It has been in dispute among Pursley researchers for many years whether this Jean McMahan was really the wife of James Pursley. I think so. So Jean McMahan was dau of John McMahan. This Jean McMahan we know married in Antrim Co., Ulster, around 1740. Her first son was my John born about 1744. Pursley we know was in Ulster up to about 1764-66, due to birth places of children, etc. Their last child, David was only one born in US in 1768.

3700 U.S. Highway 45
Pinson, TN 38366

Do you have any info on a Fergus McMahan settled in upper SC late 1700's or early 1800's. Thanks.

Cleveland McMahan

Looking for info on Abner McMahan (b. ca. 1810 OH), married ca. 1839 Rebecca Jones (b. ca. 1820 OH). Had children: Mathias (1840-1927), Benjamin (ca. 1841-?), James (ca. 1843-?), Henry (1846-?), and possibly Mary (post. 1850-?) who married a Rev.Pickles(?). Resided Crawford County, OH, 1850. No record of family members before or after the 1850 census, except for Mathias who is in Porter County, IN, from before 1860 until his death in 1927.

Bill Pinnow

Rueben McMahan (McMahon) born in Ohio ca 1825, (probably Lawrence Co, OH) and is probably the son of Stephen McMahan who lived in Lawrence, Scioto Counties, OH, and in Greenup Co, KY, on the 1850 census. Reuben lived in Hamilton County, Illinois, by 1848 and married America Ann McElvaine on 1 Apr 1848. Stephen didn't move to IL until about 1855 and he was there on 1860 census.

Stephen married first Mary Lunsford and second Nancy Thompson. It is believed that Mary Lunsford was the mother of Reuben, but that has not been proven.

Stephen was in the War of 1812 from VA and Reuben was a veteran of the Mexican War.

I am trying to research my husband's roots for my grandchildren.

His father, Joseph David McMahan, Sr., came from Trinidad, Colorado, and married Florence Zimmer of Chicago.

Joseph's father was, we think, Earl McMahan of Trinidad, Colorado, who was married to Anna Downey. They had three children.... Joseph David born March 8, 1907, we believe in Trinidad; Harold born October 22, 1908; and Helen. Any help getting background on Earl and Anna Downey would be appreciated.

Carmen McMahan

I am researching McMahan/McMahon's in Knox County, OH. A Joseph McMahan was a land owner in 1816 and several others were in the 1820 census. I do not know where they came from or how they are related, but I am sure they are. The next generation I have established with a John McMahan, wife Margaret (Peggy) Carson McMahan as my GGGrandParents.

Bob McMahon

Have picture of Edward McMahan b: Feb 1823 NC of TN & AR. Holding a gun & cards. Unknown parents.

Edward McMahan b. Feb 1823,NC m. 1853 prob TN, d. aft. 1900 prob. Snowball, Searcy, AR. Sp: Sarah Hough/Huff b. Apr 1828 TN. Children: Gentry , Stephen, Leonard Harvey McMahan and 7 more. Need to fill in their family group and pedigree info. Any help is appreciated, source list a plus. I have more info. on Leonard and his son David Napoleon McMahan who married Minnie Bell Gladney both born in 1890's.

Jeanette Pope Jensen

My McMahans are from Green County, Kentucky.
John McMahan
Joseph married Martha Bagby
Junnie Cleveland married Verda Belle Jewell
Henry L. McMahan, Sr. married Ruth B. Kidd
Henry L. McMahan, Jr. married Elizabeth K. Combs (ME)

Henry L. McMahan, Jr.
2509 Allentown Road
Sellersburg, IN 47172-9714

I am looking for info about the parents (who were they?) of John Yance McMahan (died 1891), buried in Barnardsville, NC. He is, I believe, my gg grandfather. His son was Redmond Monroe McMahan, who was born in Rutherford Co., NC, and married Emma F. Haynes. My father located a tombstone for John Y. McMahan at Whitmore Cemetery in Barnardsville, NC. John Y. McMahan served in the Civil War with Company H, 2nd North Carolina Mounted Infantry Vols, US.

Sean McMahan

I am a descendant of Archibald McMahan. Our family lore is that a male McMahan sailed from Ireland with his 12 sons. He died aboard ship and was buried at sea. The voyage was about 6 months long. Arch is one of these sons. I have listed his wife as (Ann?) McNulty. Several of his male descendants have this as their middle or 1st name. I also have him listed as b. in AL. Arch resided in TN for many years. One family member states Arch had property in NC, although he has not been able to prove it. I would appreciate more information on his pension since other family member have not been able to locate it. Arch's grandson William McMahan m. Mary Malinda Black was my g-g-grandfather. He was married 3 times. Thanks so much.

Patti Goodwin

I am looking for info on my great-great-grandfather, David Isaac McMahan (McMahon?), b. Apr. 25, 1825 in TN, d. Feb. 4, 1887. His wife was Eliza Jane Ervin, b. Jul. 23, 1830 in eastern VA, died Oct 25, 1881. Their son, my great-grandfather, was Nathan Lafayette McMahan, b. Mar 11, 1858, d. Nov. 20, 1924, Kinnikinik, KY.

Dave Daulton

Looking or relatives or information of Edward J. McMahan ( Mississippi ? ) Founder of McMahan, TX in 1890s. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Tami L Atkins

My name is Bruce B. McMahan, born in Newark, IL, 6 Jul 1932. My Grandfather was Alexander McMahan, born in Elvaston, IL, on 15 Dec 1859, and died on 29 Sep 1948 in Roseburg, OR. His father was Oliver C. McMahan born 30 Jun 1833 and died 9 Sep 1871, birth place unknown He married Lois Miranda Tragee who was born 19 Apr 1839 and died 12 Aug 1911. place of birth and death unknown. I have a listing of his children including my grandfather. My father, Irving R. McMahan, was born in Herrold, SD, on 27 Mar 1898 and died 18 May 1991 in Rockport, TX. I am looking for dates and places of my ancestors, but keeping hitting dead ends because of ancient records. My grandfather Alex married a Lena May Seward who was born 28 Apr 1878 in Derby, Iowa. Her father was Jacob Seward who was born on 26 Nov 1835 and died 9 Feb 1911. Jacob was married to Ella Celestine Brimmer who was born 7 Jun 1851 and died 3 Oct 1937. I am also compiling the Seward line and have a lot of success along those lines. If you can find a connection for me to branch out further, I would appreciate it.

Bruce B. McMahan

My great-grandfather is Archibald McMahan. I know that my grandfather was born Charles William McMahan in 1901. I believe that he was born in the state of Tennesee. He married Stella Johson. Their children are: Melba, Robbie, Millie, James, Billy (or maybe William?), and Mary.

Marsha R Spear

I am Judith McMahan daughter of Samuel McMahan of Campbellsville, KY. Sam's father was David Abner of Green Co., KY, who was the son of Samuel Aaron also of Green Co. His father was Thomas W. born in 1819. His father was Samuel born in 1794 in Rockbridge, VA. He was the son of Andrew McMahan born in 1770.

Judy Massey

I am researching my gr-grandfather James B. McMahan and wife Annie Elizabeth Jones. James's father was David and mother was Margaret [Unknown]. James's birth 1844, Annie's birth 1848, David's 1815, and Margaret's 1822, all in Kentucky according to the census. This is as far back as I go on any of them. Please respond if you have further information. Thanks.

Betty Hood

Matilda McMahan was born 1840 in Westport, MO, and married to Richard Smith Wait in Polk County, Oregon, in 1855. In a 1912 published WAITE family history, Matilda was stated to be a granddaughter of Daniel Boone. Yet is was Daniel's brother Israel whose daughter married a McMahan. Another web memo said Isreal and wife both died young and their children were all raised by Daniel and his wife. A look-up from Oregon states a Richard McMahan born 1812 in KY settled on land on Polk County, OR, in 1851. Other research shows many Boones moving to Oregon around 1846. Can anyone get from Israel Boone to Matilda McMahan?? Thanks much.

Barbara Wait Krueger

Hey, I'm John McMahan and I live in Massachusetts this is a cool page!!!! I never knew there could be soo many John McMahans in the world. C-ya later.

John McMahan

Constantine McMahan b. in Ireland. Served in Rev. War in PA & VA. Next known location was in Wabash & Lawrence Counties in Illinois. Two sons were Andrew & Barnabus who was m. to Eliza Jane Blackburn. Their daughter was Sarahphene McMahan who m. James Benjamin Wright (a lay preacher), my great-gr-ather. Constantine McMahan was buried in Crawford Co., Illinois. Need any info on this man. The McMahans were allied with several families who in lived in NC, KY, IN, IL. Best wishes.

Elizabeth Noblitt

Looking for anything on the parents of my great-great-grandmother, Rebecca McMaho(a)n. Would like to know where her parents were and where they came from in Ireland. She was born in the US in 1812 and married my great-great-grandfather Asa Raines in 1831 in Virginia. Cannot locate anything on her side of the family. Thanks.

Carole Scott

My McMAHANs from Cocke County Tennessee:
Archibald Redmond McMahan
Eli McMahan
Sanders McMahan
Sanders McMahan Jr.
James Walter McMahan
James Walter McMahan
Kay McMahan Noska

Kay McMahan Noska
1407 Alvin Avenue
El Campo, Texas 77437

I am looking for information on Nettie McMahan b 8 Feb 1856 in IN. She was the daughter of ????? McMahan and Nancy Wooten. I believe that they lived around Fort Wayne. Nettie married Henry Risser about 1877. They lived in Ijamsville, Wabash county, by 1882. Nettie also went by the name of Antoinette.

My father was Sgt. John Creighton McMahan of Pensacola area, Burnsville, NC (Yancey County). Were there any records of my ancestors practicing "alternate religions?" Thanx.

Kay McMahan

I am trying to find the parents/siblings of Diana McMahan married to Abner Gwinn in Saline, Missouri, 31 May 1827. Family tradition says she was related to Daniel Boone in some way.

Tim Byars

My Joseph McMahan served in the Revolutionary War from Virginia, afterwards moving to Pennsylvania and Ohio.  I have received some information stating that his father was John McMahan. His eldest son was named John, born 22 Apr 1793 in Pennsylvania. John married 25 June 1819 in Hamilton County, Ohio, to Rachel Hugunin.  I am descended from this couple.

Sharon Bingham

I'm the granddaughter of Vula McMahan of Sand Mountain, Alabama, and was going through that branch's genealogy book "McMahan Blood" by Albert McMahan. "McMahan Blood" stated he possibly immigrated into Charleston around 1790 and was in Franklin Co. Georgia by 1818, when his son married Dicey Clark there. I'm not a serious student of genealogy but I do have degree in history. I'm mostly interested in the family's 18th and early 19th century history in America rather than who's related to who -- places more than people. I heard Albert McMahan was going to reissue McMahan Blood and have a mailing address for him, not e-mail, unfortunately, but if you have any info for me or if I can pass some to you, let me know.

Kathrine Clark

I am looking for info on Jediah Wiley McMahan, Born 1848 in Alabama near Rome, Georgia.  He married Arminda R. Wages in 1872 Conway County, Arkansas. These are his children: Thomas McMahan b. 1880; Elbert Lemuel McMahan b. 1883 m. Sarah Carolyn Scroggins; Lillie McMahan b. 1886; Jim Turner McMahan; Crosby McMahan; Girl unknown; Girl unknown; Boy unknown.

Connie Newby

Looking for information on McMahans from Dorcester and Caroline counties in Maryland.

R Hemp

Daniel MeMahan b. 10 March 1862, Pettis Co., Missouri- d. 21 Oct. 1937, Colorado; mother unknown, father from Ireland. Thank you.


I am trying to trace my grandmother's McMahan lineage.  My grandmother was named Sarah Lucy McMahan, born 9/29/1894 in Independence County, AR.  Her parents were Henry McMahan and Mary Eliza "Molly" Lane.  Henry was born about 1860 of unknown place. He died in Independence Co., AR, about 1899.  Mary Eliza Lane was born 11/28/1869 in Independence Co., AR.  Supposedly, based on family stories, Henry's father was John Porter McMahan married to Sarah Lee?.  They were married in NC near VA.  I would appreciate any information on Henry or John Porter or any leads on which McMahan lineage they might be from. Thank you.

Gayle Tapp

Looking for information on Washington McMahan married to Deliah. Daughter Hetty married Jeremiah Hinton. In there a relationship to the DeArman family?

Judy Hogg

I have an ancestor named Moses Mcmahan. I cannot find anything pertaining to his pedigree or descendants. I am wondering if he might be a descendent of Israel Boone. He was born either ab.1784 in Wash. Co., PA, or 1790/91 in Kentucky. Records show he married a Betsy Snowden 1/15/1816 in Estill Co., Kentucky. Apparently she died, because 2/4/1836 he married Sarah (Holtzclaw-Adams) Groom, in Clinton Co., MO, where he is also listed in the 1860 and 70 census lists. Can anyone help me...PLEASE?!...before I go nuts?

Marianne Daggett

Looking for information on Jane and Nancy McMahan -- married 1826 to brothers James and William Sissel/Sissell (M) in Belmont county, Ohio. Would like to know where the women were born and where and when died.

Ruthele Edwards
243 NW 2nd St
Ontario, Oregon 97914

I am researching Sarah McMahan who married Elisha Todd in Clark Co., KY, 10 Apr 1806. Their first child Jepthah was born 4 July 1808 in Estill Co., KY. Sarah and Elisha migrated to Howard Co., MO, 1810, where their second child Zaphnath was born 31 May 1810. He was my great-great-grandfather. Other children of Sarah and Elisha were Zattu Todd b. 4 Feb 1818 in Howard Co., Mary Todd b. before 1826 in MO, Ithra Todd b. 1826 Liberty, Clay Co., MO. I am wanting to know the parents and brothers and sisters of Sarah McMahan.

Nancy Newland

Researching John McMahan b ca 1800 d ca 1828 m. Elizabeth Bullard ca 1817 Claiborne Co., TN. ch: John b 1818, George R.(Richman?) 1821, Parmela b 1824, and Sarah b 1828. All children born Alabama. John Jr.'s obit states he was born in Madison Co., AL. Bullard relatives were in Madison and Cherokee, AL. Assume that John Sr. died. Elizabeth never remarried. 1840 Claiborne Co., TN., census lists Elizabeth with children. Elizabeth and family later moved to McDonald Co., MO, with Bullard relatives. 1830 Cherokee, AL, census lists a John McMahan with another male. I believe this to be son of Saunders McMahan and not the above John McMahan. Any and all suggestions are appreciated.

Ann Farnsworth

William Henry McMahan b. abt 1857 died 16 Mar 1938 Jersey Co., Ill. William fathered a Frank McMahan from marriage in Ill to unknown wife. I don't know if she died or if there was a divorce. William moved to Monterey, Ohio. Married 5-Sep-1883 in Williamsburg, Ohio, Sarah "Sallie" S. Breeding b. 6-Apr-1859 in Williamsburg, Ohio.Son Jesse E. McMahan b. 17-Mar-1890 in Monterey, Ohio, d. 21-Dec-1968. William and Sarah moved back to Illinois. I am looking for anything on William in Illinois.

R. N. McMahan

Please, I am looking for Daniel McMahan of Saline/Pettis Co., MO. I was given the following information and have requested the book to verify. "Pettis Co., Mo Marriages 1877-1885": Lic. 13 Aug. 1881 Dan'l McMahan of Saline Co. Mo, his father by adoption J.H. Taylor consenting, to Mattie A Davis of Hughesville MO, her consenting, m. 16 August 1881 at Hughesville by E.M. Berry V.D.M. I'm assuming Daniel's mother married Mr. J.H. Taylor. Death Cert. for Daniel McMahan b. 10 March 1862-d. 21 Oct 1934. 1910 Colorado census says Daniel and Daniel's mother was born in Missouri and Daniel's father was born in Ireland. I have tried unsuccessfully to find information on J.H. Taylor. Of course I would like as much information as possible but any thing would be helpful.


Trying to find out info on my GrGrGrandfather John McMahan. His wife was Emily (B-1862) theyhad 3 sons: Barnard (my GrGrandfather), Garfield, and Walter. I know that he and Emily in Swain Co., NC and that in the 1920's my GrGrandfather moved back to Buncombe County where my Grandfather was born. I do not know any other info on John. I think he might be a descendant of Archibald McMahan who I show purchased 500 acres of land in Buncombe County in Nov 1812. If you have any information on him, please let me know.

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