The Scottish Kincaids and Our McMurry Families

Kincaid/McMurry Charts

     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.