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Andrew and John McEver
Posted by: Dan McEver Date: October 06, 2001 at 10:15:51
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I've done a lot of research on Andrew McEver.

Andrew McEver took out a warrant of land in Lebanon Township of Lancaster County in 1737. He left Lancaster County sometime after 1744, where he is listed as a witness in a will along with Mary McEver, probably his wife. Sometime after 1744 he moved to Maryland, where he lived at least 10 years. In 1751 he took out a warrant for a 100 acre tract of land that he called, "Bethlehem." It was contained in the northern part of Maryland, then Frederick County, just a quarter a mile south of the PA border. In 1752 he got a patent for that tract.

I know from years of research that Andrew's children are as follows (in no particular order):

John, who married Margaret Collins in 1766
Margaret, who married Henry Leef
Mary, who married Picket Jones, then James McLaughlin
Isabelle, who married (most likely) Robert Gorrell

In 1752 there is also a lengthy record of Andrew McEver taking a Kirkpatrick to court for lack of payment on a mare which McEver sold him. In fact, Andrew had hired Daniel Dulaney, the famed and well-known attorney, to represent him in Frederick, the county seat. Dulaney's father, Daniel Dulaney Sr., was the founder of current Frederick, MD.

Andrew McEver is listed as a private in CPT Jonathan Hager's company in the Maryland Militia during the French/Indian War. The record was undated, but the bulk of the records where Hager's muster roll is contained ranged from 1757-1763. Hager was the founder of current Hagerstown, MD, for whom the town is named.

Andrew's daughter Margeret "McKeever" was listed in the Frederick County records in 1761 as "bearing a base-born child," so that implies Andrew was still in MD at that time. The father of the baby was listed as John Lemon, whom Margaret apparently never married. Eventually our Andrew moved to Cumberland County, PA where he died.

As implied above, the notion that Andrew McEver had a stepson named John Pickett is incorrect. The letters of administration of PICKETT JONES state that Mary McLaughlin (whom we know was a daughter of Andrew McEver), was listed as a widow of Jones. Therefore we know that there is indeed a Pickett Jones who wrote in his 1775 will, "my brother John McKeiver." But this Pickett was no stepson of our Andrew McEver. He was simply referring to his brother-in-law (his wife's brother).

Now to propose a question to this forum. I am interested in connecting my Andrew McEver to a John McEvers who took out a warrant of land in Paxton Township of Lancaster County in 1753. He paid taxes in that area 1756-58, and I believe the following marriage could be his daughter's:

Hugh WILSON married Isabella MCKEEVERS, St. James Episcopal Church, Lancaster County, PA, 8 Dec 1774. Source: Vol. 3, "Lancaster Co., Pa Church Records of the 18th Century," by F. Edward Wright, 1994, p 116.

I would like to know if this church were located in Harrisburg, which I believe absorbed what was "Paxtang" in 1753. That would strengthen my theory that this Isabella was John McEvers' daughter. It would also strengthen my proposal that this John McEvers was my Andrew McEver's brother. Can anyone enlighten me?

Dan McEver


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