Glad to see you back on the board brain storming about this. I need help! My information came from one of Charles McFalls' descendants. She and her cousin (another descendant of Alney (Allen) McFalls researched this family for many years, but they never got anything written up. Since corresponding with her, I have checked the LDS, Ancestry/Roots, and --- of course --- this site for family tree "stuff". As best I have been able to ferret out at this point, there are several "Alney" descendants working on this --- several of William Julius' --- at least one of Nancy Elizabeth's ("said to have" married Leroy Bedwell in Bradley County, TN in 1866), a descendant of Alice (who married James Riggs in Howell County, MO, in 1882), the desendant of Charles that I previously mentioned, and myself. I am a descendant of Alney's youngest child, Andrew John McFalls (who married Elmer Ada Wadley in Howell County, MO, in 1883).
Alney and Matilda had 10 children (by my count at this point) and said children were born from about 1845-1865 in southwestern NC and southeastern TN. I am trying to systematically work through the NC census data to first pick-up and then follow this family.
Last night I think I found Alney & Matilda in Cherokee County on the 1850 Census --- but the info is unclear and I need to do some more work. I have Matilda and three of the youngest children on the 1880 census in Texas County, MO. Alney is said to have died shortly after the Civil War and when my Great Grandfather Andrew John (born in 1865) was a very small child. On the McKinney family board I saw mention of a number of McKinneys moving to Texas County, MO, after the Civil War. Perhaps after Alney died, Matilda moved with these McKinney families, as, she was a McKinney.
I contacted Danny McBee who has done extensive research on Arthur McFalls and Emzey Hollifield. Alney is not listed as one of his children. However, Danny also said that Arthur had many children --- not all of whom have been accounted for. He is said to have had 3 wives (over time) --- namely, Teek (The Indian Woman), Delilah, and finally, Emzey (Emsay....etc.). I hold no investment in trying to pin Alney on Arthur. I'm just trying to dig for reliable information and will make a call only after much more research. If indeed Alney was born about 1818 (as I have been told), then he could be a brother to Susannah McFalls (daughter of Arthur & Emzey) as she was born in 1815 and is the only one of Arthur & Emzey's children McBee lists. He lists other children of Arthur, but they are from the other wives. Okay... Alney could also be a son of one of Arthur's older children, I guess. Arthur "is said to have been born" in 1751 --- Alney in 1818. As I see it, Alney is a candidate for a grandson one of the earlier wives or a son of the last wife Emsey.
I did not find any McFalls in the NC Muster Rolls of 1812. But another Militia list of that period shows --- in Burke County, NC --- DANIEL McFALLS (Reg.8,Co.13, Year: 1812) & JAMES McFALLS (Reg.7,Co.1, Year: 1814). In 1838, the Burke County Indian Removal Regiment reflects the following names: A.B. McFALLS in Co.E (could this be our Alney/Allen ?) & a JOHN McFALLS, Sergeant in Co.C.
After I work through some more of the census data, I will get back to you. PLEASE help me. I would like to get this family systematically researched and recorded, i.e., everyone's notes consolidated into a clear picture of Alney & Matilda's descendants. Sharon
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