John McCutcheon of the Shenandoah Valley, Augusta County, Virginia- 1700-1755:

A new and updated paragraph has been added to Chapter two: A Name Study:

1719: Barrington, New Hampshire, USA:  An alphabetical list of about 250 immigrants to New England in a book by Ethel Stanwood Bolton, page 128, states: Phaedris McCutcheon of Barrington; from Londonderry, Ireland circa 1719; m. Judith; child Phaedris. Phaedris Frederick McCutcheon Junior was born in 1751 in Barrington. 18 This is the first documentation of a McCutcheon on North American soil. Phaedris Junior and his sister were orphaned and were raised by an uncle. There is also mention of a John McCutcheon who arrived with Phaedris Senior at the same time. It is thought this John may have been the uncle who raised both children.

1720:  John McCutcheon (1700-1755), a Scottish immigrant, arrived from Glasgow, Scotland, to Donegal, Pennsylvania about 1720. John was married to Dorothy Sproule.  It is possible that he also arrived with a brother, Samuel (1715-1798). Samuel was married to Frances Jeanette Noble. By 1730, John and his five sons had arrived in the Shenandoah Valley of Augusta County, Virginia. His five sons, Robert, James, John, Samuel and William were the progenitors of most of the McCutcheons in the United States. This line was the ancestor of “Big Bill” McCutcheon of the doomed Donner Party mentioned in Chapter 16.

1723, 4th March: Thomas Beatty in this & Mary McQuestion in the Congregation of Lisburn after orderly proclamation was married by Mr. Boydd at Portpatrick in Scotland. 20

1729, July 29th: Barrington, New Hampshire: There is a deed dated this date to a “Jonathon or John McCutcheon [called] Three mile streek”. This was a strip (streek) of land about two miles wide that ran from Dover through Barrington. 19 This was possibly Phaedris Seniors’ brother.

From land transfer deeds beginning on the 11th May 1747, 3rd July 1754, 5th October 1754, 28th September 1761 and lastly the 2nd of July 1761, Phaedris and/or his wife Judith, began selling pieces of this land to several different parties. Phaedris and his wife died in 1768 of ‘spotted fever’ which was probably a diphtheria epidemic, leaving their only two surviving children (Phaedris Frederick and a sister) orphans. In the book “McCutcheon {Cutcheon} Family Records” the author says there “is an interesting account of the early trials of Phaedris Frederick McCutcheon Junior, to obtain an education when left without parents and only one sister, in the care of an uncle…..” suggests that perhaps his father did not come from Londonderry alone but came with some of his own family. 19


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