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John and James McCullough, Indian Captives 1756

McCullough of Franklin County

Posted: 31 Mar 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 24 Jul 2001 7:24PM GMT
Surnames: McCULLOUGH, McCLELLAN, FORSTER, HARREN, HOLLIDAY, PARKHILL
While this may not be enough proof that this is "your" John, it should help with the family.

"History and Topography of Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Bedford, Adams and Perry County" by I. Daniel Rupp, 1846. From Chapter 33, p 483 entitled "History of Franklin County" 'Upton, a post village in Montgomery Township...about 2 miles from here, in Peters Township, reside the Mr. McCulloughs whose ancestors had been abducted by the Indians.'

From "Franklin County Will Abstracts, 1784-1826"
Will Book A, p 66-7. Will of James McCullough, Peters Township, Cumberland County, w/w 2 May 1778, w/p 15 Mar 1786. Wife Martha. Sons John and Hance the plantation I now live on. Daughters Jean McClellan and Mary Forster. Brother Archibald McCullough. Grandson James McClellan. Jannet Harren and Rachel Harren each to have a young heifer. James Holliday. Exec: Sons John and Hance and my trusty friend John McClellan. Wit: J. Maxwell, John Hunter, and John McClellan.
Will Book C, pp630-1. Will of John McCulloh, Senior, w/w 4 Sep 1822, codicil dated 3 Jan 1823, w/p 13 Feb 1823. Son John McCulloh. Wife Elizabeth. Daughter Susan Parkhill. Land in Indiana County, PA. Sons Joseph and James. Exec: Son John and son in law John Parkhill. Wit: Christian Cougher, Jacob Hess, William McClellan.

Records of the Upper West Conococheague Presbyterian Church, Mercersburg.
Baptisms:
31 Oct 1773- Martha, daughter of John McClelland
5 Nov 1775 - Rhoda, daughter of John McClelland
18 Aug 1776 - James, son of John McClelland
__ Feb 1780- Hance, son of Janet McClelland
13 Oct 1782- Nancy, daughter of James Parkhill
13 Feb 1783 - John, son of John McCullough
19 Feb 1789 - Susanna, daugher of John McCullough
__ Jan 1802 - child of Joseph McCullough
28 Mar 1807 - child of Josiah McCullough
4 Oct 1809 - John, son of Joseph McCullough
12 May 1810 - Alexander White, son of James McCullough
__ Oct 1811- David Fullerton, son of Josiah McCullough
4 Jul 1812 - Eliza Cunningham, daughter of John Parkhill
__ Sep 1812 - Mary McKinney, daughter of James McCullough

Marriages:
8 Nov 1774 - John McCullough and Mary McKinney
4 Mar 1788 - John McCullough and Eliza Cunningham
1 Jan 1801 - Joseph McCullough and Margaret McFadden
25 Apr 1810 - John Parkhill and Susanna McCullough

John McCullough, Ruling Elder for 24 years died 4 Jan 1823

John and James McCullough, Indian Captives 1756

Posted: 31 Mar 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Jun 2001 10:31PM GMT
Surnames: McCulloch, McCollough, McCullough
There is quite a lot of information on the James and John McCullough who were taken captive on 26 July 1756. The book God's Frontiersmen - the Scots Irish Epic by Rory Fitpatrick quotes James McCullough (the father's) diary. James left Belfast in 1745, landed at Newcastle, DE, and moved to Conococheague Cr. in the Cumberland Valley in about 1753 near modern-day Mercersburg. On 26 July 1756 James writes; "John and James Mcologh was taken Captive by ye ingins." His sons John (b. ~1748) and James (b. ~ 1751) were 8 and 5 at the time. According to this book, James disappeared completely. But after years of agonizing search, the father found John at an Indian camp in 1761. The boy could no longer speak English and had to be tied up for the journey home. In 1762, John escaped and rejoined the Indians until Pontiac's War (1764), when he voluntarily returned to his parents. John wrote a lengthy account of his captivity in 1806 ("A Narrative of the Captivity of John McCullough, Esq. Written by himself") which can be found in the PA Historical and Museum Commission. The original draft is in the PA State Archives, MG 6, Box 2, Harrisburg. The Bouquet Papers (1762)also reference James petitions to rescue his sons. In these papers, the boy's father describes the boys and said that John was held by a Delaware Indian near the Salt Licks, and James was given up to a French Ensign at Fort Duquesne. As good as the account is in documenting Indian customs and captivity, John never mentions his family and descendants.

There is a possiblity that this story of Indian captivity is tied to our family oral tradition, that my gggggrandfather, John McCollough (1770-1847) was orphaned after an Indian raid. John McC of the captivity would have been 22 in 1770, the year of birth of my gggggrandfather, and of perfect age to be his father. Does anyone know the descendants of John McCullough, Indian captive? If so, I would very much like to hear from them.

Re: Parkhill - McCullough families of Franklin County, PA

Posted: 4 Dec 2004 6:37PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 Aug 2005 5:49AM GMT
Surnames: Parkhill
It appears that the McCullough family and my ancestors the Parkhill family were intertwined.

I am a 3rd g-grandson to James PARKHILL, husband of Elizabeth CAMPBELL, s/o James (b 1750 Ire - d 1838 Franklin Co., PA). Also veteran of War of 1812.

Others mentioned Nancy (b 1782) and John (b 1780) -husband of Susanah McCullough were siblings of James.

I would like to hear from anyone connected to the Parkhill family.

Re: John and James McCullough, Indian Captives 1756

Posted: 2 Apr 2008 7:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McCullough, Parkhill
Could the below listed Sussanah be in your family?

James PARKHILL(b-1750 Ire-d-1838 Franklin Co., PA)
married Jane _?__
children:
John (b 1780 - ?) married Sussanah McCullough in 1810
Nancy (b 1782 Franklin Co - ?)
Andrew (b 1784 - ?)
Samuel (b 1788 - ?)
James (b 1790 Franklin Co - 1838 Ohio)

Doug ds312 at hotmail dot com

Re: John and James McCullough, Indian Captives 1756

Posted: 15 Sep 2008 10:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
I believe I am a descendant of John McCullough. My family lore always spoke of a McCullough ancestor who was taken with Indians along with his brother with my ancestor returning home and then back to the Indians. So, this story fits perfectly with what I heard from my father when I was little. I am a descendant of Alexander White McCullough, who I believe was a grandson of John. I would then be the ggggggrandson of John McCullough.

Re: John and James McCullough, Indian Captives 1756

Posted: 19 May 2010 9:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McCullough
Hello James - You are correct, Alexander White McCullough was John's grandson. How are you descended from AW?
You can find him, and what I know about him and his descendants, here http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lazenbylin...

Bill

Re: John and James McCullough, Indian Captives 1756

Posted: 20 May 2010 1:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Bill, thank you for the reply. My grandmother was Addie Ramey. Edward Ramey was her father, and Adeline Chambers McCullough was her grandmother. Alexander White McCullough was Adeline's father.

Thanks for the link!

Re: John and James McCullough, Indian Captives 1756

Posted: 20 May 2010 3:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
I seem to remember contact with someone on the Ramey line at some point, but will have to search old emails.

I'd love to add more info on Edward's line if you would like to share it. The Contact button at the bottom of my pages will lead you to my email.

Cheers,

Bill

Re: John and James McCullough, Indian Captives 1756

Posted: 6 Feb 2013 4:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am descended from Cunningham Mc Cullough b. 30 Sept. 1824 d. 12 June 1895 m. 1849 to Margaret Jane Dunn. I am looking for information of his ancestry. Diana
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