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The Scottish Kincaids and Our McMurry Families

     The Kincaids can be traced back to Aykfrith who died in 1064 and his wife Egfrida. He lived in Northumberland and was quite a wealthy man for his time. The first to use the surname Kincaid, or a variation of it, was William Kyncade who was born in 1230. It was about this time that adults in England and Scotland were compelled to assume family surnames. Throughout history the Kincaids had close ties to the Stuarts or Scotland. After backing the Stuarts in the unsuccessful Stuart or Jacobite Rebellion against the English in 1715 some of the children of James Kincaid were obliged to leave Scotland and came to America. Among these was David Kincaid my ancestor.

     See Charts for my descent from David Kincaid.

     Sallie Kincaid, granddaughter of David Kincaid above, married Samuel McMurry. They had three sons, William, John, and Samuel. Sally's husband, Samuel, was killed March 25, 1792, in an Indian raid at Buchanan's Station in Tennessee. Sally returned to Kentucky where her family lived and in 1796, Sally had another son, Simpson. There is no record of who his father was. One researchers indicates that it is believed that a Mr. Simpson accompanied Sally back to her family in Kentucky and that Simpson's father may have had the surname Simpson.

     The three sons of the elder Samuel later returned to Tennessee to claim the land of their father. Simpson did not share in the division of the land. However, over the years he cared for his half-brother, John, who suffered intermittently from insanity and eventually obtained some of his land. Simpson married Jane Clark and had at least four children, William Clark, Charles, Mary J., and Elizabeth. My Kincaid/McMurry descent is through William Clark McMurry.

     Although Simpson used the surname McMurry, he may not in fact have any McMurry blood in him as his father was unknown. Therefore, I have combined the McMurry and Kincaid families in this report concentrating mainly on the Kincaid family as it certainly is one of my family lines.

Sloan Family with other associated New England families

     Associated New England families include Griswold, Hicks, Hull, Humfrey, Leigh, Pinney, Pratt, Pyssing, Thrall, Warner.

     It is through the Sloan family that some New England seasoning is added to the southern stew that makes up my ancestry. George Sloan Sr. immigrated to Connecticut from Ireland in the mid-1750s with his wife Mary Campbell and their children. His son Thomas Sloan Sr. married Susannah Pratt and had nine children. Their son Thomas Sloan Jr. married Hannah Barnard and had nine children. John Henry Sloan, a son of Thomas and Hannah, moved first to New York where he married Angeline Elizabeth Jessup in 1829. Families of Early Hartford indicates that John married a Rebecca Bowles in 1828. This may have been a first wife who died after the marriage. John and Angeline moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1841 where he ran the Leviathan Livery Stable in downtown Nashville. It is through Susannah Pratt, wife of Thomas Sloan Sr., that the additional New England seasoning is added to my stew. Some of the New England surnames connected with this seasoning are Griswold, Hicks, Hull, Humfrey, Leigh, Pinney, Pratt, Pyssing, Thrall, and Warner. Clicking on the surname will take you to the English progenitor of the family.

     See Charts for my descent from George Sloan Sr.

Towne Family of Salem, Massachusetts

     William Towne and his wife Joanna Blessing came to America in 1635 along with their children settling in Salem, Massachusetts. William was the grandson of Robert Towne of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Three of William's daughters, Rebecca Nurse, Mary Estey, and Sarah Cloyes, later were to be accused of witchcraft in the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Two daughters, Rebecca Nurse and Mary Estey, were tried and hung as witches. The third daughter, Sarah Cloyes, barely escaped with her life as the people of Salem finally came to their senses and ended the trials. See The Salem Witch Trials for a chronological list of events during the trials.

     Our line of descent is through one of the sons of William Towne and Joanna Blessing, Jacob Towne who married Katherine Symonds. A later descendant Elizabeth Town, daughter of William Towne and Mary Reynolds, married Joseph Jessup and their daughter Angeline Elizabeth Jessup married John Henry Sloan in 1829 before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1840.

     See Charts for my descent from Robert Towne of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.

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     If the surname of an individual is unknown, I have indicated this by a ?.

     If the given name of an individual is unknown it is indicated by "Unknown."