Miscellaneous info, and Nuggets from recent Correspondence:


Gaelic: The common pronunciation of our surname today is (MAC-an-inch)..

According to the Clan MacInnes history, the Gaelic name MacAONGHAIS was pronounced (Mock-ah-noo-ish). Practice the Gaelic pronunciation a few times, and draw your own conclusions about the origin of "McA/I/Ninch"


Kentucky: About 1800 a great spiritual stirring took place on the frontier in Kentucky and Tennessee. ... One of the results of [this] "Second Great Awakening" ... was the Cumberland schism of 1810. ...in 1810, the Rev. James McGready and two others organized an independent Cumberland Presbytery. By 1829 the original Presbytery had expanded to seventeen with a membership of about 170,000. The Cumberland Church ... had grown to 114 presbyteries by 1906 ... the Cumberland Presbyterians were scattered through twenty-four states, especially strong in Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas.

"The American Church of the Protestant Heritage", by Vergilius Ferm, Editor; pub. 1953, Philosophical Library, New York, NY; pgs. 77-78, 83.

Question: so, was the Old Willow Springs Church a Cumberland Church?

New York: 1738-1740. "McInnish" in early Washington County, New York.

Nancy Emery [Spokane WA] found this –

"Most of these people came from Argyleshire, Scotland, across the channel from Northern Ireland. It's a sad story: the Governor of New York offered land for a settlement, but when they arrived the promise wasn't kept. Over 20 years later (1764), some of the colonists succeeded in getting a grant of land (the Argyle Patent) in Washington Co., NY. By then, many of the original passengers had either died or settled in other areas."

Document VIII. ... Persons brought from Scotland by Captain Lauchlin Campbell to settle the Kings Lands at the Wood Creek from 1738 to 1740. A List of Passengers from Islay with Captain Lauchlin Campbell bound for New York, July 1738 [via Cuba] ... Donald Shaw & Merran McInish his wife [pg. 36]; Passengers from Islay, June 1739 ... Charles McAlister & Catherine McInnish his wife [pg. 37]... Murdock McInnish & Merran McKay his wife, & Catherine, Archibald, Neil, Anna & Florence his 5 children; Neil McInnish & Catherine McDonald his wife [pg. 38]; two ancestors of Nancy Emery also came in 1739: James Nutt & Rebecca Creighton his wife.

Document IX. ... Persons brought from Scotland by Captain Lauchlin Campbell in 1738-1740. This list was probably prepared in 1763 [pg.39]

 9. Donald Shaw, Dead; [wife McInish], Son and daughter living [pg.40]

12. Charles McAlister, Dead; [wife Catherine McInnish], left two sons, three Children of the Eldest son living, & the youngest son [p.41]

18. Murdock McInnish, Dead, three Grandchildren by the Widow of his son Neil by another Marriage, and three by his daughter Florence

20. Neil McInnish, the son of Murdock above Mentioned, Widow Married to Allen McDonald [page 42];

In the book "The Argyle Patent And Accompanying Documents, Excerpted from History of the Somonauk Presbyterian Church", by Jennie M. Patten, "with Notes on Washington County Families", reprinted by Clearfield Co.

Unfortunately, there were no living "McInnish" males listed in 1763; apparently, Murdock's son Neil had no children, although his widow had  three by another husband, Allen McDonald. The "McInnish" surname could only have survived through Murdock's other son, Archibald, and there is no mention of Archibald McInnish's fate in the 1763 list. [notes[] /fm]


Pennsylvania: 1761, Residents of Fort Pitt [now Pittsburgh], included a

John McCantish [sic], Upper Town, house, 1 male, 1 female, no children;

Western Penn. Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 4, May 1976, page 128


McAninch Family History NL, Vol. III, No. 2, May 1995, pg. 2     page 1995-11


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