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McCall, Robert

McCall, Robert

Male 1752 - 1820  (68 years)

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  • Name McCall, Robert 
    Born 1752  County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • His gravestone says "He departed this life April 9th 1820 in the 68th year of his life." So birth date was between April 9, 1752 and April 8, 1753. I favor the commonly used year of 1752 rather than 1751.
    Gender Male 
    Address Address:
    4120 Littlejohn Church Road
    Lenoir, NC 28645 
    • (828) 758-1538 Parsonage
    Emigration 1775  Clarkstown, County Antrim, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    Pennsylvania, near Gettysburg 
    Settled Abt 1781  Henry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In the area that became Franklin County in 1785.
    Possessions 1791  Glade Hill, Franklin County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    200 acres +/- for £40 
    Address:
    Timber Ridge 
    • This is the land he sold to his son, William, in 1802.
    Settled Abt 1800  Burke County (now McDowell County), North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Address:
    North Cove 
    • Also described as "Lovelady Ford on the Catawba River" by George Halloway (http://feindholloway.com/mccall/rm1751.html), viewed

      Sometime after 1793, around 1800 to 1801, Robert sold his land in Virginia and moved to Burke County, North Carolina on the Catawba River near what is now the Burke and Caldwell County line. [Goforth]

      HAVE: Franklin County Indenture for transfer of land from Robert McCall "of the County of Burk and State of North Carolina of the one part, and William McCall of the County of Franklin and State of Virginia of the other part..." [8 January 1802, Franklin County VA Deed Book 4, pg. 325-326

      FIND: Jacob Grider to Robert McCall 15 August 1801
      Index and abstract of deeds of Yancey Co., N.C., deed book 1, which included portions of Old Buncombe & Old Burke counties / Williams, Sally
    Settled SAY 1805  Hartland, Lenoir Township, Caldwell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    (three miles NNE of Chesterfield) 
    Settled SAY 1807  Chesterfield, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Settled SAY 1812  Burke County (Now Caldwell County), North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Address:
    Littlejohn settlement 
    • <http://www.littlejohnumc.org/history_cs.htm>
      Littlejohn United Methodist Church was organized in the 1770's as a meeting house for several denominations: Baptist, Methodist, and Lutheran. As the frontier population increased, the Baptists and Lutherans were able to build churches of their own, and the meeting house became Littlejohn Methodist Episcopal Church. The church is named for members of the Littlejohn family who owned the land where the church was built. Abram Littlejohn became a Methodist preacher. 

      The first structure built was a log house with a "weight pole" roof and dirt floor. It was served by circuit riders from North and South Carolina. Early families include McCall, Kincaid, Puett, Setzer, and Corpening. The first Revolutionary soldier buried in Caldwell County was Thomas Hughes, who died near Littlejohn just after the Battle of King's Mountain. He was buried at Littlejohn cemetery. 
                      
      A second log building was erected in the early 1800's and served a growing area. Andrew Hull Tuttle came to the area as a peddler, married into the McCall family, and settled in the area. 
    Lived In 1819  Burke County (Now Caldwell County), North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Address:
    Littlejohn settlement 
    • In 1819, Robert exchanged his Catawba River home place with his son James, for the latter's half [181 acres] of the Pearson lands. James moved back to the Catawba River, dying there. Robert deeded [Will and Deed] the Sealy's Creek place to Andrew Hull Tuttle.
    Phone (828) 754-8744 
    _AMTID 290109526767:1030:113027375 
    _COLOR
    _UID 1705E74EE59AAA4C809C74FFD1776DE9F360 
    Died 9 Apr 1820  Burke County (Now Caldwell County), North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Address:
    Littlejohn settlement 
    Buried SAY 12 Apr 1820  Lenoir, Caldwell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Address:
    Littlejohn Methodist Church Cemetery 
    • Inscription on his gravestone reads:
      Sacred/
      to the memory of/
      Robert McCall/
      a native of___________ in /
      Antrim County, Ireland. He /
      departed
      this life April 9th /
      1820 in the 68th year of his
      age.
    McCall, Robert H headstone
    McCall, Robert H headstone
    Littlejohn Methodist Church, Lenoir, North Carolina
    Person ID I276  Tree_2_McCallroots
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2018 

    Father McCall, John,   b. 1698, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1781  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Moore, Helen,   b. Bef 1730,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1742 
    • a cousin, according to Goforth
    Family ID F153  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Aiken, Elizabeth,   b. 1752, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1838, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [9
    Married 1773  County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence Bef 1775  County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Clarkstown, Ballyruther 
    Children 
    +1. McCall, Margaret,   b. 12 Jan 1775, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1855, Lenoir, Caldwell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +2. McCall, William S.,   b. 1777, York County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. SAY Jun 1823, Glade Hill, Franklin County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    +3. McCall, Samuel Alexander,   b. 2 Feb 1777, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1854, Lenoir, Caldwell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +4. McCall, John,   b. 6 Nov 1780, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1838, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +5. McCall, James L.,   b. 23 Dec 1783, Henry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1845, Caldwell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    +6. McCall, Jessie Virginia,   b. 1786, Franklin County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1820, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
    +7. McCall, Elizabeth,   b. 1785–1786, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1871  (Age 85 years)
    +8. McCall, Robert II,   b. 16 Mar 1788, Henry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1848, McDowell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     9. McCall, Nancy,   b. Abt 1790, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1870, Caldwell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
    +10. McCall, Henry,   b. Abt 1792, Henry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1858  (Age ~ 66 years)
    +11. McCall, Alexander,   b. Abt 1794, Henry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1840  (Age ~ 46 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F126  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1752 - County Antrim, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1773 - County Antrim, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Address:
    Clarkstown, Ballyruther - Bef 1775 - County Antrim, Ireland
    Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSettled - Abt 1781 - Henry County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - 200 acres +/- for £40 - 1791 - Glade Hill, Franklin County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSettled - Address:
    North Cove - Abt 1800 - Burke County (now McDowell County), North Carolina
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    Link to Google MapsSettled - (three miles NNE of Chesterfield) - SAY 1805 - Hartland, Lenoir Township, Caldwell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSettled - SAY 1807 - Chesterfield, Burke County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSettled - Address:
    Littlejohn settlement - SAY 1812 - Burke County (now Caldwell County), North Carolina
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    Link to Google MapsLived In - Address:
    Littlejohn settlement - 1819 - Burke County (now Caldwell County), North Carolina
    Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Address:
    Littlejohn settlement - 9 Apr 1820 - Burke County (now Caldwell County), North Carolina
    Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Littlejohn Methodist Church Cemetery - SAY 12 Apr 1820 - Lenoir, Caldwell County, North Carolina
    Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Clarkstown farm - home of Robert & Elizabeth McCall before 1775
    Clarkstown farm - home of Robert & Elizabeth McCall before 1775
    Clarkstown, Ballyruther, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
    N 54.903356, W 5.898383
    Clarkstown
    Clarkstown
    Clarkstown manor - farm in County Antrim where Robert and Elizabeth were (likely) tenant farmers before their emigration to the Colonies in 1775.

  • Notes 
    • From "The McCall Family in America"
      Robert, son of John and Helen Moore McCall, was born in Antrim Country, Ireland, in 1752. In 1773, he married Elizabeth Aiken, who was of royal decent. Her parents objected to her marriage with Robert, so he stole her out a window and they ran away and were married. Elizabeth was born in Antrim County, Ireland, in 1752.

      Robert was a weaver by trade and could design anything for weaving. He designed a very fine linen tablecloth with the American Eagle on it and presented it to the king. The king took it as an insult, charged Robert with treason and ordered him arrested and beheaded. With the aid of some friends Robert managed to escape with his wife and six-month old baby. Some say they put him on a ship and labeled him as "potatoes." At any rate, Robert and family managed to sail from Clark County, Ireland, to America in 1775. They were six months in voyage. Upon landing in America, Robert's wife and baby made their home in Pennsylvania.

      Robert enlisted in the Revolutionary War and fought for the duration of the war. He was a Colonel of a North Carolina regiment under General Daniel Morgan and was with him at Saratoga and at Yorktown and was also present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis.

      After the war, Robert left PA and moved to Franklin County, VA. [Note added by George Goforth: family tradition says Henry County, as Franklin County was created in 1785 from parts of Bedford and Henry Counties, Virginia]. There he bought land and slaves.

      Sometime after 1793, Robert sold his land in Virginia and moved to Burke County, North Carolina, on the Catawba River near what is now the Burke and Caldwell County line. He became a man of importance, owning a large acreage of land and many slaves. He was a Methodist class leader both in Ireland and in America, and it is thought that he was a convert of John Wesley. Robert died in 1820 and was buried at Littlejohn's Methodist Church in Caldwell County. His wife died in 1838.
      + + + + + + + +

      [Following is the note from Glenn McCall, originally written by Dr. C. S. McCall in 1955]
      In 1791 Robert McCall bought 200 +/- acres for 40£ on Timber Ridge near Glade Hill, Virginia. He sold this land to his son William McCall, in 1802. The sale was after Robert and all the family except William had moved to Burke County, NC. In 1817, William McCall bought 93 acres for $350, lying in the bend of the Pigg River. This is also near Glade Hill. William's will is on file in the Franklin County Court House, in which he wills slaves to his daughter, etc.
      + + + + + + + +

      [Following is the note as edited and added by George Goforth]
      Sometime after 1793, around 1800 to 1801, Robert sold his land in Virginia and moved to Burke County, North Carolina on the Catawba River near what is now the Burke and Caldwell County line. Robert and his wife moved up to the Littlejohn settlement somewhat later, between 1812 to 1818. In 1819, Robert exchanged his Catawba River homeplace with his son James, for the latter's half [181 acres] of the Pearson lands. James moved back to the Catawba River, dying there. Robert deeded [Will and Deed] the Sealy's Creek place to Andrew Hull Tuttle.

      He became a man of importance, owning a large acreage of land and many slaves. He was a Methodist class leader both in Ireland and America and it is thought that he was a convert of John Wesley. On page 34, "Record Book", Burke Co., Court Term April 1838, disposal was made of the negroes belonging to Robert McCall's Estate at or shortly after the death of Elizabeth Aiken McCall, Benedict Bristol, Executor. "Negro girl Liddy and furniture willed to Nancy McCall, delivered over to her Negro girl Patsey "paid over" to A. H. Tuttle Six negroes, Franky, Adam, George, Fanny, Mariah, and Monroe willed to Peggy Shell and Jenny Bristol sold and paid over to the legatees [Sgd.] Benedict Bristol. B/S Nancy McCall to Lucius M. Tuttle for a negro girl named Sophia, dated Feb. 20, 1838. Deed of gift - Nancy McCall to her sister Elizabeth McCall Tuttle - of the negro boy William.

      <http://www.littlejohnumc.org/history_cs.htm>
      Littlejohn United Methodist Church was organized in the 1770's as a meeting house for several denominations: Baptist, Methodist, and Lutheran. As the frontier population increased, the Baptists and Lutherans were able to build churches of their own, and the meeting house became Littlejohn Methodist Episcopal Church. The church is named for members of the Littlejohn family who owned the land where the church was built. Abram Littlejohn became a Methodist preacher. 
                      
      The first structure built was a log house with a "weight pole" roof and dirt floor. It was served by circuit riders from North and South Carolina. Early families include McCall, Kincaid, Puett, Setzer, and Corpening. The first Revolutionary soldier buried in Caldwell County was Thomas Hughes, who died near Littlejohn just after the Battle of King's Mountain. He was buried at Littlejohn cemetery. 
                      
      A second log building was erected in the early 1800's and served a growing area. Andrew Hull Tuttle came to the area as a peddler, married into the McCall family, and settled in the area. 

  • Sources 
    1. [S255] McCall Genealogy, The [Goforth], 929.273 A1., pg. 3.

    2. [S930] McCall, Robert H (1806-1886) - FAG #44154991.
      A native of Antrim county, Ireland. Died April 9, 1820. Age 68.

    3. [S1366] Heritage of Burke County (North Carolina) {McCall}, pg. 292: biography 448.

    4. [S249] McCall in NC_English-Spicer, Julia - letter, November 14, 2004.

    5. [S285] McCall, Glenn letter with Doug's research, MCCALL_VA_5., pg. 3.

    6. [S255] McCall Genealogy, The [Goforth], 929.273 A1., pg. 4.

    7. [S1575] McCall, Robert (1752-1820) - FAG#14732499, 1820; 1752–1820; 14732499.

    8. [S1575] McCall, Robert (1752-1820) - FAG#14732499, 9 April 1820; 1752–1820; 14732499.

    9. [S1556] Legacy NFS Source: Samuel Anderson Mc Call - Published information: Family genealogies: birth-name: Samuel Anderson Mc Call.