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John McCutchen, Sr.

 

 

95. John McCutchen, Sr.: (Married: Susanna (Susana) (Susannah) Caldwell (#96) (probably in the early 1790s in either Virginia or Kentucky [Source: The May Family of Kingston, Ohio; a genealogy of Henry and Susannah McCutchen May and their descendants, with sections on the McCutchen and Taylor families and related lines by Richard Holman May, 1969, page 36, The Ohio Historical Society]; on 9 March 1790. [The source of this green information is Mary Hammersmith (descended from Nancy McCutchen, daughter of John and Susanna (Caldwell) McCutchen), who wrote to Susan Snyder (#2) in an e-mail in 2002 that the marriage information was copied by Mary L. Kirkham from the McCutchen Bible.] on 9 March 1790 in Kentucky [Source: Ross County, Ohio Early Families Vol. IV. by Ross County Genealogical Society: 1998, p. 161 & 311, Ohio Historical Society, compiled by John Gray, P.O. Box 86, Mount Victory, Ohio 43340.]

Born: 1767 in Scotland [Source: The May Family of Kingston, Ohio... genealogy]. 1767 [Source of green information: Family Bible; Mary Hammersmith thinks that John was from an area in old Bourbon Co., Kentucky, northeast of the city of Paris.] [When she compiled the McCutchen-Caldwell Genealogy for Ross County, Ohio Families Vol II by Ross County Geological Society in 1979, p. 145-146, Ohio Historical Society, Mary Hammersmith stated that he was born in 1767 probably in Augusta County, Virginia.] 1767 in Augusta Co., Virginia [Source: Ross County, Ohio Early Families Vol. IV. ] of James McCutcheon (#189) [Source: Ross County, Ohio Early Families Vol. IV]. & Unknown Mother (#190).

Died: Before 1822, somewhere along the Mississippi River [Source: The May Family of Kingston, Ohio 1969, p. 37 compiled by Richard Holman May. (Reference: Virkus, F. A. Co. 1928, The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, Volume III, page 317, Chicago, Illinois) This date was assumed to be correct by Richard Holman because in some references; Susanna was referred to as being a widow in 1822. (Reference: Federal Writers Project of Ohio, Works Progress Administration 1938, Chillicothe and Ross County, see page 78, under Kingston)]. John died on the Natchez Trace 3 July 1822. [Source: Mary Hammersmith e-mail and information in the McCutchen Family Bible.] [When she compiled the McCutchen-Caldwell Genealogy for Ross County, Ohio Families Vol II by Ross County Geological Society in 1979, p. 145-146, Ohio Historical Society, Mary Hammersmith stated that he died 3 July 1822 at Pigeon Roost, Choctaw Nation, MS.] 3 July 1822 Pigeon Roost, Choctaw nation, MS [Source: Ross County, Ohio Early Families Vol. IV] Before August 1822: he died of cholera morbus on his return from New Orleans, at Pigeon Roost, Choctaw Nation, Mississippi. [ Source: Olive Branch, Printed and Published Weekly-Founded 1816 by James Foster, Circleville]

 

[His sibling included, but is probably not limited to:

a) Thomas McCutchen: (Married: Martha Entrekin) Born:? Died:? ] (The source of this blue information is History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio, published by Williams Bros, 1880, p. 271. It states "Martha, the youngest daughter [of James Entrekin] went to Kentucky, and lived with her married sister, Mrs. James Parks, and there married Thomas McCutchen, a brother of John McCutchen, who lived and kept a tavern near where William W. Entrekin now resides."

 

Miscellaneous:

According to The May Family of Kingston, Ohio Genealogy page 36, “McCutchen has also been spelled McCutchan, McCutcheon, and MacCutcheon. Some descendants came to write the surname as Cutcheon with M as the middle initial. (Source: McKee, Florence McCutcheon (Mrs. S.W.) 1931, THE McCUTCHEON (CUTCHEON) FAMILY RECORDS (pages 3, 5, 6) Commonwealth Printing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan) “Mac” is the equivalent of son and Hutcheon was derived from Hugh of Eoghn (Gaelic), put together “Mac Hutcheon” (son of Hugh of Eoghn) gradually became McCutcheon and its variations. According to Mrs. McKee, the McCutcheons belonged to the McLeods of Assynt, or were a “sept” of the great clan of McDonald.

McCutcheons lived around Dumfries, Scotland, and in the reign of King James VI (I of England), moved to northern Ireland near Londonderry. From there many McCutcheons (Presbyterians) came to New Hampshire, establishing a “northern” branch of the family in the United States.”

John McCutchen "was reportedly born in Scotland in 1767 and emigrated to Virginia that same year." (Source: Virkus, F. A. Co. 1928, The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, Volume III, page 317, Chicago, Illinois.)

In a December 5 2002 e-mail from Mary Hammersmith (a descendent of Martha McCutcheon (#48)'s sister (Nancy)) to Susan Leach Snyder (#2), Mary stated “I am descended from John McCutchen and wife Susanna Caldwell, who had an inn on the northern edge of Kingston on the Ross-Pickaway County border. John McCutchen, Sr. settled in Kentucky in 1793. Settled in Ohio, April 7th 1805. Different members [his children] lived at New Holland and Kingston and Joseph lived at McCutchenville, Crawford Co., which still exists. He [Joseph] was a member of the Ohio legislature of the winter 1843."

Also according to Mary P. Hammersmith, 1424 Lark Lane, Naperville, Illinois 60540, who compiled information for Ross County, Ohio Families Vol II, by Ross County Genealogical Society, 1979, p. 145-146, Ohio Historical Society, John McCutchen Sr. was both an innkeeper and a farmer.

According to The May Family of Kingston, Ohio genealogy and its reference to Clift, G. Glenn, 1954 “SECOND CENSUS” OF KENTUCKY, 1800 (from tax lists) page 184 Frankfort, Kentucky, John McCutchen (SR.) is "listed as a taxpayer in Harrison County, Ky., in 1800, [Source: Clift, G. Glenn 1954, "Second Census" of Kentucky, 1800 (from tax lists) page 184 Frankfort, Kentucky], but was not listed in the First Census of Kentucky in 1790. If there, he was perhaps not a taxpayer. He moved with his family to Ross County, Ohio, between 1802 and 1809, apparently about 1808 [Source: Williams Bros. 1880, History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio]. On June 2, 1809, he was present for the will of Robert McFarlane [Source: Robinson, George Jr. (abstractor) and Mrs. Harry M. Rankin (indexer and typist) 1961 Abstract of Will Books A, B, C, and D, Ross County, Ohio], probably at Chillicothe, Ohio. There may have been a daughter Hannah born in 1808 or 1809. (A Mrs. Hannah Kinnear, wife of Samuel Kinnear, who died on Sept. 10, 1828, 'in the 20th year of her age', was buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Kingston, near the graves of James McCutchen, son of John and Susanna McCutchen, and of Eliza Ross Rockwell, daughter of same parents.) Eliza Ross McCutchen, apparently the youngest child of John and Susanna McCutchen, was born June 5, 1812, and probably in Chillicothe, Ohio."

According to The May Family of Kingston, Ohio genealogy p. 36, "John and Susannah McCutchen apparently had several children. Susannah, seemingly the oldest, was born on October 2, 1794, in Kentucky. James was born in 1795 or 1796, probably in Kentucky. Joseph was born on February 2, 1798, in Harrison Co., Kentucky (Source: Leggett, Conaway & Company 1884, HISTORY OF WYANDOT COUNTY, OHIO, pages 1031, 1033, 1035, and 1053-55), Chicago, Illinois.) John McCutchen Jr. was born ‘near Lexington, Kentucky’ (Source: Lewis Publishing Co., (The) 1888, BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD AND PORTRAIT ALBUM OF TIPPECANOE COUNTY, INDIANA, page 624), possibly in Fayette County, in 1802 (Source: Virkus, F.A. Co. 1928 THE ABRIDGED COMPENDIUM OF AMERICAN GENEALOGY, Volume III, page 317, Chicago, Illinois).

Additional sources show that John and Susanna had 10 children in all: Mary, Susannah, James, Joseph, Nancy, John, Martha (#48) (known as “Patsy”), Cyrus, Hannah, and Eliza Ross. (Source of green: Mary Hammersmith in her e-mail to Susan Leach Snyder (#2) in 2002...family bible) (Source of orange: Ross County, Ohio Early Families Vol. IV by Ross County Genealogical Society: 1998, p, 161 & 311, Ohio Historical Society; compiled by John Gray, P.O. Box 86, Mount Victory, Ohio 43340.

John owned and operated two taverns; one was licensed in Pickaway Township in Pickaway Ohio on May 11, 1807 and the other was licensed in September 1815 in Chillicothe, Ohio. The tavern in Pickaway Township, Ross County (later to become Pickaway County) was located on State Route 159, just north of Kingston. During the War of 1812, British prisoners were invited to the dancing assemblies, held in the ball room of John's Chillicothe tavern.

The map below was created by R. V. Wood in 1972 to show Ohio's history from 1811 to 1820. Highlighted on this map in red are the two approximate locations of John's taverns. The northern-most tavern is just north of Kingston and the southern-most is the one in Chillicothe. Also noted on this map is that Kentucky was previously part of Virginia. That fact helps clarify why some information states John was born in Kentucky and other information says he was born in Virginia.

According to The May Family of Kingston, Ohio genealogy, page 37, and its reference to Virkus, F. A. Co. 1928 THE ABRIDGED COMPENDIUM OF AMERICAN GENEALOGY, Volume III, page 317, Chicago, Illinois, the date of death for John is given as 1822. “Before 1822, however, his wife is referred to as a widow.” (Source: Federal Writers Project of Ohio, Works Progress Administration, 1938, CHILLICOTHE AND ROSS COUNTY, see page 78, under Kingston.) “He has no gravestone in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery where his wife and some of their children are buried. The circumstances of his death are unknown, but Dane Ellis of Kingston, has told the compiler (Richard Holman May) that it is his impression that John McCutchen Sr., died somewhere along the Mississippi River." An article that appeared in the Olive Branch, published in the Pickaway Quarterly on November 1961, describes his death as caused by cholera morbus and it states that he died on his return from New Orleans at Pigeon Roost, Choctaw nation, Mississippi.

A poem describing his death is included in the Olive Branch article.

 

Thus far from home the unmorn’d stranger dies
No loving wife to close his dying eyes;
No tender friends to weep around his bed
Or, mourning, lay him with the silent dead.

 

 

Lifetime Events Summary for John McCutchen:

Event
Date
John's age
Birth
1767
0
Revolutionary War
1775 - 1783
8 - 16
Marriage
1790
23
Birth of Children
1791-1812
24 - 45
Birth of daughter (Martha (#48))
1804
37
Licensed tavern in Pickaway County, OH
1807
40
Licensed tavern in Chillicothe, OH
1812
45
War of 1812
1812 - 1815
45 - 48
Death
1822
~ 55

 

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