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Francis & Mary Boyd McNairy
Posted by: Ray (ID *****7427) Date: May 29, 2005 at 00:26:33
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See the McNARY forum. There are also a couple of references to McNairys on the McNair forum.

McNairy County, Tennessee, was named for Judge John McNairy, Born March 1762 in Guilford Co., N.C., son of Francis McNairy and Mary Anna (or Anna Marie) Boyd. George Washington appointed him judge in North Carolina. He arrived in Nashville 1788, was Constitutional Convention delegate in 1796, Became Judge of District Court for Tennessee 1797, was a trustee of Davidson Academy and died 1837.

I'm interested in the Boyds.

Francis McNairy and Mary (Anna Maria) Boyd were married in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, April 28, 1761. The following is on record in Greensboro (Martinsville), North Carolina:
"This is to certify to all whom it may concern that on Tuesday, the 28th of April, 1761. Francis McNairy and Mary Boyd were lawfully married by Thos. Barton, Missionary, at Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They were married in St. James Episcopal Church."

A two-story house built by Francis and Mary Boyd McNairy in North Carolina before 1781 is still standing:

This two-story house was built by Francis and Mary Boyd McNairy before March 15, 1781, when it was used as a field hospital following the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The couple had ten children between 1763 and 1786. The eldest, John, studied law in Salisbury, NC and became acquainted with Andrew Jackson. When John returned to Guilford County, Jackson came with him and lived in the McNairy home during 1787-8.

Around 1820 this log house was covered with weather boarding and significant changes were made to the interior. It was moved from its original site in northwest Guilford County in 1967 so that the museum staff could supervise its restoration and operation. Guided tours allow the visitor to see furnishings typical of the time.

The children of Francis and Mary Boyd McNairy:
John MCNAIRY b: 10 MAR 1762 in Guilford Co.,NC
Mary Boyd MCNAIRY b: 15 JAN 1764
Andrew MCNAIRY b: 10 JAN 1766
Robert MCNAIRY b: 21 JAN 1768 in Greensboro,Guilford Co.,NC
Margaret MCNAIRY b: 5 JAN 1771 in Guilford Co.,NC
James MCNAIRY b: 20 JAN 1773 in Guilford Co.,NC
Catherine MCNAIRY b: 29 JAN 1775 in Guilford Co.,NC
James MCNAIRY b: 12 MAR 1777 in Guilford Co.,NC
Nathaniel Adams MCNAIRY b: 17 MAR 1779 in Guilford Co.,NC
Thomas MCNAIRY b: 6 APR 1785 in Guilford Co.,NC
Boyd MCNAIRY b: 10 DEC 1786 in Guilford Co.,NC

Last Will and Testament of Francis McNairy
Recorded March 10, 1812 (transcription by Dennis Wilson):
In the name of God Amen; I Francis McNairy of the county of Davidson and State of Tennessee, being Extremely weak Lame and in ____ old age, but of Sound and Disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. _______ I resign my Soul to God the creator and Giver of all Good: Item I desire that all and any of my estate both Real and Personal may be disposed of by my Executor hereafter named for the payment of my just debts: Item I Will and bequeath to my wife Mary McNairy my Negro man George for her support during her Natural life. After death I Will and bequeath the said Negro man to Boyd McNairy for himself. I Will and bequeath also to my said Wife Mary all My household furniture and Implements of ____ during her natural life. Item I give Bequeath and devise unto my Son Boyd McNairy a tract of Land in Williamson county which is out of a five thousand acre tract of land granted to George Parks to him and his heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to the sons and daughters of H___ H_____ Hamilton and to the sons and daughters of Elisha Nicholson all my property of ____ Either Road or _____ to be equally divided between them share and share alike. I ______ distributed the Little property I have among all my children but those to Whom I have Given Nothing and in _____ circumstances, And I believe that they ____ are all Equally dear to Me _______ I can say (Sorrowing that I shall soon make my Transit unto the Other World) that I love them all dearly. It is my Will and desire that my Executor dispose of as much of my personal estate as Will Purchase a Plain Ring for each of my daughters and daughters in Law to be kept in remembrance of me. Item I do hereby appoint John McNairy my Executor of this my Last Will and Testament In testimony whereof I have this ___ Day of Nov 1807 set my hand and affixed my seal; Francis McNairy (Seal)
Signed Sealed in Presence of the Testator and in the presence of us the Subscribing Wittnesses:
John Thompson
Francis Ca?
The Execution of Which Will as above recited was in court held for the County of Davidson January Session of 1812. Was proven to be that of the said Francis McNairy by the Oath of Francis Co? and ordered to be recorded Said Will was ______ July Session 1812 Duly proven by the oath of John Thompson the other Transcribing witness.
Record of said session page 851.

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