John Patrick McMullan

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John McMullan, the son of Patrick Joseph McMullan and Mary Sinclair was born in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland in 1740. This city is on the west coast of Ireland, sixteen miles south of Galway City. It is a small seaport with most of the people either farming or living from the sea. During the period of John McMullan's early life there was much work in the small ship construction at Tralee and Galway. John was the brother to Frank (Francis), Sinclair, Patrick and Daniel who had gone to the city of Dublin to work as ship builders, carpenters, caulkers or repairmen to sailing vessels. John followed them there when he was eighteen years of age and worked as an apprentice at the same trade or as a tailor. When John McMullan was twenty years of age, he got employment on a large sailing vessel bound for the new world and Virginia.

Some say that John worked as a tailor for several years when he came to Orange, Virginia. This writer has never verified this, and it seems to me that he was mostly a planter and farmer as you can see by his will upon death that he owned several slaves and had so for many years.

John McMullan's grave was marked in 1896 as follows:

In Memory of John McMullan
Born in Ireland 1740
Emigrated to Virginia in 1760
Was a Soldier in the War of 1776 (Revolution)
Moved to Georgia in 1797
Died December 1817

John McMullan married, the first time, Theodosia Beasely, in Orange County, Virginia about 1766 or 1767; they had five children by this union. John McMullan later married Elizabeth Stowers in Orange County, Virginia 1786. She was born in Orange County, Virginia 1763 and died in Clayton County,Georgia in 1848. She was the daughter of Mark Stowers, a revolutionary war soldier. Elizabeth Stowers, wife of John McMullan, remarried years after his death to James Prather, January 24, 1839.

After the War was over, John McMullan was granted 400 acres of land on Swift Run Creek or River in Orange County, Virginia for his services in the Continental Army by the Commonwealth of Virgina.

From the land records of Elbert County, Georgia, 1791 - 1823, in the land lottery of 1806, John McMullan and twelve in his family received two draws, or about 1240 acres in Captain Isaac Barret's district. John McMullan was a testator to the will of William Alexander which was registered in June 1806, in Elbert County, Georgia.

From the book, "History of the McMullan and Allied Families" by Captain Albert McMullan, USNR Ret.

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Descendants of John McMullan

Generation No. 1

JOHN MCMULLAN was born 1740 in Dublin, Ireland, Co., of Dublin, and died 16 Dec 1817 in Elbert Co., GA.He married (1) THEODOSIA BECK BEAZLEY 1769 in Orange Co., VA. She was born 16 Jun 1756 in Orange Co., VA, and died Abt. 1779 in Wilkes Co., NC.He married (2) ELIZABETH STOWERS 1786 in Orange Co., VA, daughter of MARK STOWERS and HANNAH BRIANT.She was born 17 Feb 1763 in Orange County, VA, and died 1848 in Jonesboro,Clayton Co., GA.

Patrick Joseph and Mary Sinclair McMullen lived in Tralee Ireland from 1738 through 1743, then moved their family to Dublin, Ireland. So John may have been born in Tralee, Ireland, not Dublin. His parents and five brothers, Andrew, Francis, Sinclair, Patrick and Daniel remained in Ireland. They all had jobs in Dublin in the ship building industry. John made sails for ships in Dublin before getting a job on a ship bound to Virginia in 1760.


Found in DAR Centennial Index II: b. 1740 in Ireland, d. 1817 in Georgia, married Theodosia Beazley, Elizabeth Stowers, Private in Virginia under General George Washington at Valley Forge.States he made the first uniform for General George Washington.

After the American Revolution, he settled in Swift Run Gap of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Orange County, Virginia on 400 acres of land granted to him by the commonwealth of Virginia in 1796, for his services in the Revolutionary War. Swift Run Gap is an area in the extreme western portion of Green County, VA.Greene was formed from Orange County, VA in 1838.Swift Run Gap is the easiest way to cross the Blue Ridge Mountains in this portion of the state.The mountains are about 2,000 feet at this point.A large creek or run, originates near the top and was named Swift Run because the water moves quite fast.Rockingham County and the Shenandoah Valley are on the western side of the Blue Ridge.On the western side of Rockingham County is West Virginia.Some say John was instrumental in forming the first Methodist Church in that part of Virginia.

Reported in Haynes-McDonald, Heritage Quest, Haynes and Allied Families, John McMullan page 169:
John McMullan sold his land in Swift Run Gap in 1797 and moved to Elbert County, GA (that part of Elbert Co. became Hart Co. in 1853).John and his sons received 1240 acres of land in the Land Lottery of 1806.He livedwithin the territory of Sardis Baptist Church which was organized in 1811 and was later pastored by his grandson, Rev. James H. McMullan, son of Sinclair McMullan.

It was related by John's daughter Levina McMullen Smith to Judge Frank M. McMullan of Orange County, Virginia, that John was a tailor by trade and cut out and made the first military suit worn by George Washington after he was made Commander-in-Chief of the Army (this is recorded in History of Hart County, McMullan Family). John's occupation was Sail Maker, Tailor, Farmer.

John McMullan had fifteen children, five with Theodisia Beazley and ten with Elizabeth Stowers.Theodisia and John's relationship ended in 1784 or 1785, and she moved to NC with William S. Dula. He married Elizabeth Stowers and they remained in Virginia until their move in 1797 to Georgia.John died in 1817 in Elbert County, GA (now Hart County).Elizabeth died in Clayton County, GA in 1848.Johnwas buried in a family cemeteryon a hill on the north side of Big

Cedar Creek, east side of the public road.His grave was marked by a granite tombstone in 1896 at the suggestion of Judge Frank M. McMullan of Orange County, VA, his great grandson.The inscription reads:

DIED IN DEC., 1817

In the 1896 newspaper article about the erection of the monument to the memory of John McMullan, the following paragraph appears:

       "Nearly every honorable vocation has been represented by a member of this great family, and it is pretty generally true that whatever they undertook, success would surely follow.Many have risen to high and honorable stations, quite anumber being prominent in the ministry, some being distinguished lawyers, some being scientific farmers, and others who have labored in other fields have been equally successful."

The grave of John McMullan was marked at a dedication service May 19, 2002 by the Daughters of the American Republic.

I was in Decatur, Mississippi in 2003 and met Bonnie McMullan who has possession of John McMullan's trunk. John brought all of his possessions to America in that trunk. It was previously in the possession of Miley McMullan and we were afraid that when he had passed away that the trunk had been disposed of. A special thanks to Bonnie for taking care of such a valuable heirlloom! These photographs were from a trip I made to Decatur, MS in October, 2012.

McMullan name found to be spelled McMullen, McMullin, McMullian, and sometimes McMullien. Most often and in family records, it was spelled McMullan. Records for the Daughters of the American Revolution Library, Washington, DC, USA spell it McMullen.

John McMullen is listed in DAR Partiotic Index Centennial Edition Part II on page 1981 as having served as Pvt. from VA, and in Index to Rev. War Service Records Vol. III: L-R on page 1834 as serving as Pvt in 7th VA Reg.,(this is also known as 11th VA Reg). He served in 1777 as an Infantry Pvt. in Captain William Johnson's Company, 11th Virginia Regiment, under Col. Daniel Morgan. The February 1778 pay roll shows John McMullin in the company of Lt. Lamme of the 10th Virginia Regiment, commanded by Major Samueal Hawes.This 10th company was renamed the 6th, but then the 14th became the 10th, and care must be taken when reading these records to avoid error. A footnote on the pay card and muster card states that this company was designated at various times as Capt. David Laird's and Lt. Nathan Lamme's Company. For the first time, in March of 1778, we find a location given on the muster card and lists John as being in the hospital. It states that Lt. Nathan Lamme's Company was at Valley Forge (PA). John also is listed on two more muster cards April and May 1778 as being at Valley Forge but is out of the hospital at this time. (National Archives - Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers. Virginia: 6th Regiment Mc-My). Thus, our John McMullan, soldier of the American Revolution, was a soldier with George Washington at Valley Forge during that terrible winter, although he is listed as in the hospital one month.The hospital at that time most likely was a tent and thus he would have suffered as greatly as any soldier in Pennsylvania during that terrible winter. The fact that John McMullan was at Valley Forge with General George Washington for three months, has been confirmed by The Society of Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, Ancestor's page M -R.

Read the story "Ancient Chest" from the Newton Record in 1919

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Jay S. McMullan at John's Grave

John's grave panorma

Panorama View of John McMullan Cemetery - Hart County, Georgia

More articles about John McMullan:

John McMullan, Soldier, Continental Line in the American Revolution by Gale McDonnell Fuller

"Leaving Virginia - 1797. John McMullan's Trek to Georgia" by Emily Williams

John McMullan's Trunk

Contains articles by Ann Hunter Burkes and John Haynes

Last Will and Testament of John McMullan

Inventory of John McMullan's Estate

John McMullan's Military Muster Cards

Timeline for John McMullan's life This is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet from Gale Fuller and Beverly Adams. If you meet Gale or Beverly, please let them know how much you appreciate all of their hard work on our family's history!

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