THE McEACHINs AND McNEILLs OF NORTH
McEachin was the brother of Patrick H. McEachin, the latter known
as Para Ban, and they came from Kintyre, Scotland, about 1765.
Whether there were other brothers or other members of the family is
not known. John McEachin settled in Robeson County, NC on Drowning
Creek, above Bethel Church on what has since been known as the
Laughlin McNeill place. John married Mary Currie and they had the
following children: <John> Archibald, James <Alexander>,
Edward, Peter, Mary, Flora, Nancy, and I <Margaret>, who
married Angus McNeill. <It appears that at least this paragraph
was written by Margaret McEachin McNeill, who died in 1809, which
means that the rest was probably written by someone else - see
letter at the end.>
Children of John
<John> Archibald married a McNeill <Sarah> and
afterwards a Smith <Sarah or Sallie>, lived in Telfair
County, GA, and had the following children: a son who died in
infancy, two daughters who died, Archibald, James C., John,
Alexander, and Annie, and their definite history except James C.
is not known. His Smith wife had Daniel, Hector, and Sarah, but
nothing is known of the definite history of all these children
except that there are a large number of them living in Telfair and
adjoining counties in GA.
James C., the son of Archibald named aforesaid, came from
GA to NC and married Sallie Morrison, settled near Laurinburg in
Richmond Co. and had the following children: W. Randolph and
Milton Eugene. After the death of his Morrison wife, James C.
married Sallie McDonald of Cumberland Co., and they had the
following children: Walter doB., John, Thomas, and
James married <Effie> Purcell and lived near Floral
College, NC, and had twelve children, namely: Calvin A. Purcell,
John Archie, and <sentence ends here - other probable children
include James A., Mary, and Harriet>.
Edward who married a Johnson and lived near the old place
in upper Robeson and had the following children: Major, Daniel J.,
Evender, and several daughters.
Peter, known as "Big Peter", married Miss Fairley, daughter
of Alexander Fairley, and like most of the other children settled
on part of the old place in upper Robeson and had one
Margaret, who married Mill Wall, and they had the
Nancy who married J.P. Tiddy.
Sallie, who married John McAlister.
Effie who married T.J. Ingram.
James, who married Frances Cox of Anson Co. James and
his wife had the following children:
Mial, who married Rosa Williams.
Edwin, who married Inez Lyles.
Bera, who married Inez Diggs.
Peter and John both died without
Flora married Archie Lytch and they lived about two miles
north of Laurinburg and had the following children:
James, who married a Shaw and had the following children:
Milton, John, Hector, Mstyinr <???!!!>, Mary Jane, Flora
W., and Sallie; these children married as follows:
John married ____ Patterson and had Archie and Flora.
Archie married ____ Gillie.
Flora married John Gilchrist, and she and her
Gilchrist husband had one son Angus.
Angus married ____ McMillan, and they had a son
whose name was John.
William Lytch married ____ McNair, and they had five
children, namely: Walter, Archibald, Flora, Lenora, and
Nancy married Hector McNeill and they had four children,
namely: John, Daniel, Almonda, and Sarah.
Sarah married a McDonald.
John married and settled near Rockingham and went south
after the war and has not been heard of since.
Almonda married Malcolm McNeill and had a number of
children, namely, D.C. who now lives at Laurinburg and
Margaret McEachin, the daughter who married Angus McNeill
referred to aforesaid and lived in upper Robeson and had the
following children, namely: Major Jack, Rev. Hector, Laughlin,
Daniel, Caulder, and two daughters.
Major Jack married ____ McCoy and had Archie, and Cattie.
Major Jack's first wife died, and he married ____ Buchnan and
had the following children by her: John B., Frank, Sallie, and
Archie married a McLean.
Cattie married Rev. A.N. Ferguson.
Flora did not marry.
Sallie married Capt. J.A. McPherson.
Frank married Miss Jinnie Elliott.
John B. married Sallie McEachern.
Rev. Hector McNeill married Mary G. Purcell and had
Judge T.A. McNeill, Fank P. McNeill, and two daughters who died
Judge T.A. McNeill married Miss Campbell Smith.
Frank P. McNeill married ____.
Laughlin McNeill married Mary McEachern and had the
following children: John, Archie E., Lawrence, Walter, Elisa,
Daniel Caulder McNeill married ____ McNeil, and they had
the following children: Cyrus, Cattie, and a daughter unknown.
The latter married Dr. Duncan Smith.
Cattie married ____ Harrington.
Cyrus married ____ Barbara. There was a son named
Hector who died unmarried.
One of Angus McNeill's daughters married William Gar.
McNeill, and had the following children:
Mary Ann, who married John H. McEachern.
Margaret, who married John M. McKinnon.
Carrie who married Hector Lytch.
James who married ____ Smith.
Angus McNeill's other daughter married little John
Mary, called Polly, married Angus McLean and this couple
had a daughter whose name was Elisa.
Elisa married Dr. Archibald Fairley and they had Mary Ann
and Effie Jane; the latter died in infancy. After the death of
her Fairley husband, Eliza married Daniel C. Stewart and they
had the following children: Dr. Lawrence, Dr. Angus, J.Walter,
Dougal, Daniel, Archibald, and Jeanette.
Mary Ann Fairley married Alexander Malloy and they had
one son whose name was Alexander; after the death of the
Malloy husband, Mary Ann married Dr. Archibald Patterson and
they had the following children: Katy, Elisa, Fairley, and
Alexander Malloy died unmarried.
Katy Patterson married ____ Breedan, and had two
sons, Archibald and ____.
Elisa Patterson married Hector McLean, and had the
Mary who died unmarried.
Dr. Peter, who married ____ Elliott, and they have
Hector and Alice.
Fairley Patterson married Emily Elliott and had the
following children: Janie, Mary Fairley, Eliza, Katy, Emily,
Carolyn, and ____.
Mary Patterson married AL. James
and had the following children: Hinton, Alexander, Hand,
Eliza Patterson, Walter, Fairley, and
Jeanette Stewart married Rev. A.N. Ferguson after the
death of her McNeill husband.
May 28th, 1935
will note as you read this history that it was evidently written by
someone in North Carolina, as it states that Jas. C. came from
Georgia back to North Carolina, and the definite history of the
others is not known. Jas. C. was my father.
Note too, that
the name is spelled McEachin. Also that this fixes my grandfather as
Like the other paper, or history, it is not
dated and I do not know who wrote it for Randolph, or
(Signed) W. deB. McEachin
PS: I forgot to say that
my brother, W.B. McEachin, did not write this McNeill genealogy.
Cyrus McNeill, son of Lauchlin, wrote it. I am unable to say if he
finished it before he died.
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