In the 1976 book titled From Kintail to Carolina, A Clan History, written by Donald MacRae, he mentioned on page 81 three brothers. They are Finlay (Philip), Duncan, and Donald who all ended up in North Carolina. They are all descendants of the Rev. Farquhar VII, Vicar of Kintail (1580 – 1662). Their father was Farquhar, grandfather was Finlay (killed at the battle of Glenshiel in 1719), great grandfather was John (Iain Breac), and then finally Rev. Farquhar.
Finlay (Philip) was said to have settled in Montgomery County NC and raised 9 sons. The sons were Christopher, Murdoch, John A, Alexander, Duncan, Colin, Roderick, Malcolm, and finally Donald.
Duncan was said to have lived for a while in Cumberland County NC, served as a Revolutionary War soldier, then moved to Anson County NC where he settled with his wife Margaret MacQueen and finally died before February 6, 1820. Since there was no will, 10 men were appointed by the Court of Pleas to divide his land up into 13 portions. The first and largest was for 228 acres and was given to his wife. Note: The name of the wife is never mentioned in the document. The 12 remaining equal plots were assigned by lot to the 12 children. The children were (as best as I could read were) Chris, Daniel L., Washington, John, William, Duncan, Patsy, Lewis, Angus, Elijah Curtis?, Shockley Adams, and finally John ???????. The final three names I must assume were men who married MacRae daughters and were very hard to read and one was impossible to read. This was finalized the April term 1820. Found in Book T pages 143 -145.
Donald was said to have lived for a while in Cumberland County NC like his brother, served as a Revolutionary War soldier, and then moved. The only thing we know about him is he married Catherine McRae. I have found a Farquhard McRae in Anson County NC whose wife was Catherine, but I do not know if Donald’s middle name was Farquhard or visa versa. I am posting this information in hopes that some of the descendants of Donald MacRae will share with their fellow Clan members his history. Where did he go and where did he finally die and who are his children?
Remember postings regarding all three brothers are welcome but remember that I am not an expert on the brothers. It will be our fellow McRaes who answer most of the questions! Also if you wish to communicate with someone about this info, please do it here so we all can share the information.
Note: Some of the info regarding Duncan and Donald was added by me and was not a part of the above mentioned book.
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