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GENERATION 5






THE BUTLER-FARNSWORTH FAMILIES and CONNECTIONS

ANCESTORS of JacK BUTLER

GENERATION 5

GENERATION 6

GENERATIONS 7-9

GENERATIONS 10 and 11

GENERATIONS 12-14

GENERATIONS 15-17

GENERATIONS 18-20

GENERATIONS 21-23

GENERATIONS 24 and 25

GENERATIONS 26-28

GENERATIONS 29-33

ANCESTORS of Sarah-Sallie FARNSWORTH

GENERATION 5

GENERATION 6

GENERATION 7

GENERATION 8

GENERATIONS 9-11

  


GENERATION 5


Generation No. 5

      16.  Henry Farnsworth21,22,23, born Abt. 1748 in Virginia; died 24 Apr 1816 in Greene Co., Tennessee.  He was the son of 32. Thomas Henry Farnsworth and 33. Mary Brinson.  He married 17. Margaret Jane McKeehan 1770.

      17.  Margaret Jane McKeehan24, born Abt. 1750.  She was the daughter of 34. Samuel McHan/McKighan and 35. Margaret Farnsworth.

 Notes for Henry Farnsworth:

Henry Farnsworth Sr. , also known as Major Farnsworth, well known

in Greene Co. Tennessee circles.

The main source of this family history is "Farnsworth Memorial II"

by Moses Franklin Farnsworth, 1974

 The families of Farnsworth in the United States and in Canada are probably of English or Scottish origin, and may have derived their name from one of two places in Lancashire, England, bearing the name of Farnsworth. One of them is in the parish of Prescott, not far from Liverpool, on the way to Manchester, in the Hundred of Salford. The word is a Saxon descriptive compound, from "fern" (Anglo Saxon fearn), the fern plant, and "worth", in Saxon English, a valuable farm, or estate, the whole signifying a ferny land, farm or estate, the places to which the name applied having been very productive of ferns. Farnworth in the parish of Dean, was an ancient manor of about 1400 acres, with a manor court, and had upon it, a stone residence that bore the name of Farnworth Hall. It was standing and occupied as the manor house as late as Queen Elizabeth2. . It was probably occupied as a residence in the days of Joseph and Matthias Farnsworth, the early emigrants to this country. The old manor is now a town, and has become noted as a place for the manufacture of paper. The largest mills in that trade in England are there. It has a population of about 25,000. The introduction of the "s" into the name is no doubt a corruption, and probably arose from some notion of euphony. The Groton (American) records almost uniformly spell the name without an "s" until about 1750; but the usage of the family had changed somewhat earlier. The pronunciation in early times in this country was probably as if spelled "Farnoth", as it is spelled in some records. So far as is known, three Farnsworths were the only emigrants of the name, who settled in America. They are Joseph, Matthias and Thomas. Joseph Farnsworth of Dorchester came over with the Dorchester company in 1628. Matthias Farnsworth (more than likely a brother of Joseph) was residing at Lynn in 1657; he probably moved to Groton in 1660; he is the grandfather of Matthias, taken prisoner in 1704. Thomas Farnsworth, a Quaker, who apparently was connected in some way with the adventure of William Penn, came to Bordentown in 1681. In August 1704, Matthias Farnsworth III was taken prisoner by the Indians and carried into Canada, where he was delivered to the French. By the parish records of Montreal we see that he was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church there, and the record as made in French, gives his name as Matthias-Claude Farneth. The name Claude was given to him by his godfather, Claude Ramezay, Governor of Montreal. The name Farneth is the appropriate spelling of Farnoth pronounced by the young prisoner. He was naturalized at Montreal and he married on the 2nd of October 1713, Catherine Charpentier, by whom he had twelve children. The first record that we have of Henry Farnsworth, Sr. is when he leased land in Loudoun County, Virginia, through an attorney from a man of the Barbados Islands. Henry served in the Revolutionary War from Loudoun County as lieutenant and captain. A John Farnsworth, thought to have been his brother, was killed in the war, apparently before April 14, 1778 when aid was given his widow. After the war was over, Henry and his family made their way south and settled in East Tennessee, where he had a land grant of almost 1000 acres on Richland Creek, tributary of the Nalichucky River, which with the Holston and French Broad becomes the Tennessee River. Henry was on the Greene County tax list in 1783 and by 1805 all his sons were also listed. An Adonijah Farnsworth was also in Loudoun County, Virginia at the same time as Henry, with his wife Hannah; they had sons, John and Robert, both over 16 years in 1787. The origin and relationship of the Loudoun County Farnsworths has not been found. Several researchers have concluded that Henry must have come from Hunterdon County, NJ and descended of Thomas Farnsworth of Bordentown, through his son, Henry. However, the story has been handed down and strongly believed by descendants in Greene County that Henry was in fact descended from Mattias Farnsworth, who was born at Eccles, Lancastershire, England on July 20, 1612. He was a weaver by occupation; died January 21, 1688. Mattias was the son of Richard Farnsworth, born in Eccles, Lancastershire, England about 1584; married on January 12, 1608 to Elizabeth Marshe, born November 1, 1584 at Eccles.  It is also believed that Henry's father or grandfather fought and lost his life in the Revolution in the battle of Bunker Hill.

Notes for Margaret Jane McKeehan: 

THE MCKEEHAN STORY

 From Ireland to Scotland to Tennessee to Arkansas to Texas

 by Wallace Clark McKeehan (1913-2001) and Wallace L. McKeehan (b. 1944)

        Who was Malando McKeehan?  In stories to his children, James Washington McKeehan (1870-1956) referred to his grandfather named Malando McKeehan from Clare County, Ireland.   Genealogical records indicate that Landon C. McKeehan (1798-aft. 1860) appears to be the grandfather of James W. McKeehan.  The name Landon appears in families of descendants.  In addition to Landon C., a John McKeehan (b. 1794 Greene Co.,TN; m. Nancy Reaves 1818) named a son Landon (b. 1829; m. Martha Overholser 1855). This could be the John D. McKeehan who said that he had known Sarah Maria Sylar McKeehan (James Washington McKeehan's mother) all her life and attested to the validity of her marriage to Charles Coffner McKeehan for Sarah’s pension application. Alexander Haywood and Mary Catherine Sylar McKeehan named their oldest son, Charles Landon McKeehan. The common usage of the given name Charles in the family suggests that Landon C. may have been Landon Charles. Landon C. McKeehan’s birthplace, Greene County, Tennessee is deduced from census and other records, although conceivably he was an Irish immigrant or descendant of one named Malando who became known as Landon. It is notable that the name Malando can be converted to Landon simply by dropping "Ma" and adding an "n".  Alternatively the name Landon could have evolved into Malando down through the years in stories by family members who had long lost contact with the folks back in Tennessee.  Immigrants often Americanized the spelling of their names when they had a foreign sound.  Landon McKeehan’s father (probably born before 1780) or grandfather may have been an Irish immigrant named Malando McKeehan and the name became compressed into more recent generations in family stories. It has also been suggested that Landon may be the surname of his mother’s family since given names of children that were a mother’s maiden name was not uncommon in the period.

       Family legend says that ancestor Malando McKeehan immigrated from Clare County, Ireland to Glasgow, Scotland where he met and married wife Nancy before immigrating to America. Although Landon McKeehan married a Nancy, there is no evidence to link her or her family to Scotland (Nancy’s family, the Girdners, appears to be of German origin).  A legend related to this migration in the family was that a McKeehan ancestor married into a family in Scotland who were owners of prosperous woolen mills. Upon the death of the McKeehan husband, the widow willed the huge fortune to the related McKeehan families of America. James Washington McKeehan (the authors' father and grandfather) said that he worked on proving a relationship in the early part of the 20th century and was the source of the legend. The story goes that they made progress in the reconstruction until coming to a home in east Tennessee that had burned and with it the critical records which were in a family Bible. A similar legend has been reported by descendants of James Washington’s older brother, Charles Houston, and a descendant  of another McKeehan line originating in GreenCo, TN, that of Fred and Florence Brandon McKeehan of Hamilton County, Tennessee, so far an unlinked line to the one described here.

      Another family legend was that the line was related to Sam Houston who was governor and US Senator from Tennessee before emigrating to Texas to lead the fight for Texas independence and become the first President and later Governor of Texas.   This legend may have some basis in that a Samuel Houston was a close friend of the Hartley and Sylar families of Virginia and Tennessee who married into the McKeehan family.  A Samuel Houston was named executor of the Last Will and Testament of Peter Hartley in RoaneCo, Tennessee in 1827.  Houston and Hartley have been used to the present for given names of descendants.

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THE LEGEND OF MALANDO AND NANCY MCKEEHAN

[as told to Wallace Clark McKeehan (1913-2001) by his father James W. McKeehan (1870-1956)]

       This is the story of ancestors Malando and Nancy McKeehan of Clare County, Ireland and Glasgow, Scotland as passed by father James Washington McKeehan primarily at fireside family gatherings to son W.C. McKeehan. Never written until the present, the story was passed among descendants and relatives mouth to mouth and no doubt has been changed, enhanced and embellished according to the story teller’s imagination. However, the basic theme of the same story appears in parallel in stories related by descendants of James Washington McKeehan’s brothers and sisters which indicates a common origin for the legend presumably originating from Charles Coffner McKeehan and continued after his death by widow Sarah Maria Sylar McKeehan and their older sons. With the advent of radio and television and other forms of external entertainment, the fireside family gatherings and story-telling sessions disappeared and hopefully replaced by good written records of the lives of those now living who will become the ancestors of generations to come. It is hoped that future research will identify and verify the authenticity of this oral record of our earliest Irish and Scottish ancestors.

       Malando McKeehan. Working with his hoe in the spring among the neat rows of young potato plants on the McKeehan family farm in County Clare, Ireland, young Malando wondered to himself how much longer the family can survive before real starvation sets in due to the repeated years of crop failure due to the drought and insects. With hope, he worked the wilted and insect-cropped potato seedlings, he thought maybe this season is the end of the failures and a return to the bountiful harvests that he had heard of from his elders. Sadly, the summer brought only dry heat and more insects and as harvest came the crop was smaller than ever giving rise to temporary thoughts of desperation. Malando made his difficult decision amid pangs of disloyalty, he thought Oh Ireland, Oh Ireland, they call you the Emerald Isle, like my grandfather, my father before, I have loved you, but now there’s no choice, I must leave but only for a while until the desperation lifts and then I shall return.

       Taking his only living possession, his horse, he saddled up and rode out of County Clare on the one hand deceiving himself that it was only for a while, but deeply knowing he would never return. He headed northwest having heard tales of opportunities in the great city of Glasgow where jobs were plentiful and even paid enough where one could save a little for the future. A farmer by birth, Malando like many of his descendants was resourceful and could be classified a "handyman", willing and ready to do about anything within his skills and intellect to earn his way. Selling his horse near Belfast, he managed passage across the North Channel to the industrial city of Glasgow. Compared to the desperation in Clare County, he found the tales of life in the city true beyond his imagination with shipyards, trade, coal industry and woolen mills galore. You could pick the place you wanted to work and he went to work at once in the woolen mills where he sooned gained favor with the local owner because of his hard work and dedication to the job. Sooner rather than later the young Clare County Irishman met the owner’s daughter Nancy and it was love at first sight. Marriage soon followed and Nancy’s father was pleased with his new son-in-law and entertained thoughts of his taking over the business.

      The news of opportunities and riches in the new world, America, was sweeping Glasgow like wildfire. Tales of unlimited, virgin land just for living on it and improving it abounded. Agents for ship’s captains were making attractive offers for passage at sums not out of the range of the newlyweds earnings and savings from Nancy’s father’s mills. Evenings around the fireside were spent talking of the new land and all the details related to getting there and forsaking old Ireland and now Scotland. They spoke of their countrymen who were selling all just to meet the fare to the new land. Having no assets in land, Malando pondered whether he and Nancy could gather the funds to make a contract with the ships departing for America, whether in order to save enough to meet the costs that they would be too old to make the move. The scene changed quickly when Nancy’s father became ill and never recovered. By the bedside of father-in-law and father, Malando and Nancy learned that his will was written. The dying father knew the young couple’s dreams were toward the new land, America, their enthusiastic conversations by the evening firesides had not escaped him. Not giving them the details, he assured them that they would be taken care of and all the McKeehan families of America. He blessed and approved of their dreams of the new world and even wished that he could go along. Immediate provisions were made from his assets for their fare to the new land.

      Being frugal with their meager assets, Malando and Nancy made the deal for passage to America. The ship they chose had no first, second or third class. Those with money could at best bribe a crewman for a temporary and private spot on the crowded vessel in which to rest or escape the crowd. Seasickness, loss of sleep, poor rations and facilities was the norm, but could not dampen the enthusiasm and anticipation for the opportunities in the new land. There were no safes or security, if one had possessions one kept them on one’s person the entire voyage. Where Malando and Nancy landed on the eastern shores of America, no one knows, but legend says there were mountains to cross. [Written by W.C. McKeehan in 1998 prior to his death in 2001]

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 LANDON C. MCKEEHAN (1798-1860/70)

 NANCY GIRDNER (1805-1900)

Parents: Michael & Huldah Beach Girdner

 Children

Charles C. | Alexander H. | Mitchell | Lafayette | James | Therese | Samuel W. | William W. | Doctor E. | Jane | Mary E.

 Map State of Tennessee 1798

     This work begins with Landon C. McKeehan in Greene County, Tennessee. We have no documented information about his parents or brothers and sisters and their origin except legend (see "Legends-Fact or Fiction?"). Around the turn of the 19th century, when local written records began to appear in the region the surname and related spellings appear frequently in Greene County, Tennessee. There are much fewer McKeehans in surrounding counties in the state. Authorities on British surnames say that the surname is Irish and fairly restricted to Clare County, Ireland. The spelling is thought to be the anglicization of the Gaelic MacCaochain. The Mc or Mac denotes son or descendant of Caochain. Caochain was an ancient personal name derived from Caoch meaning "blind." It is also possible the surname is the anglicized MacCathain which was a Gaelic given name derived from "cath" meaning "battle." It was common in the Middle Ages to name children after saints of which there is a St. Cathain. The McKeehans of Ireland belong to the tribe of Dalg Cais (Dalcassian) and claim to descend from Brian Boru, King of Munster and all Ireland until he fell at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.

     The origin of the McKeehan line described here and whether the current spelling of it was that originating in Ireland or Scotland is unknown. The spellings McAighan, McCain, McCean, McHighan, McIan, McKaen, McKean, McKeenah, McKeghan, McKeon, McKighan, Millighan/Mileghan and other variants of the foregoing with a "G" for the "K," one single "e" instead of double "e," and "e" for the "a" of "han" appear on documents that appear to refer to persons named McKeehan either contemporary to the inscription or in previous or subsequent generations. Many of these are likely the interpretation of the recorder of the document as to how the name sounded, but also could be changes implemented by individual families for diverse reasons. The names John, George, James, Samuel and Benjamin McKeehan appear frequently in early Greene County documents in the period late 18th and early 19th centuries.  The name Landon is rare.  A contemporary of Landon C. McKeehan, John McKeehan (b. 1794 GreeneCo; m. Nancy Reaves), had children William W., Landon and Susan Malcolm.

     One of the earliest informative wills in Greene County, Tennessee is that of "Samuel Mehan McAighan" (Mehan is thought to be a recording error, probably meant Mchan, writer is giving a choice of surname, Mehan or McAighan) who died in 1785, which at that time was part of the State of Franklin.  He left assets to wife and children, Margaret, James and Mary.

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      In the Name of God Amen The 11 of March 1785 I Samuel Mchan of Greene County Franklin State being of perfect mind and memory only weak in Body and calling to mind my Mortality. Do make and ordain this my last will and Testment touching such worldly Estate as I am possessed of I dispose of in the maner and form following Viz: In the first place, after all my lawfull debts are payed I give to my Beloved wife one third of my Estate both real and personal for the term of her life. My sorrel mare she is to have in part of her share. Secondly I give and bequeth to my three Children Margret James and Mary the remaining part of my Estate to be equally divided amongst them. Thirdly after my wifes death I bequath her part of the Estate to be divided equally amongst the whole of my children. Lastly I alow the money due for service to be saved and laid out for the use of the family to purchase salt and other nesseryes. I likewise constitute My wife and my brother Henery Fernsworth, my sole Executors in this my last will and testment I likewise alow my Exers to bind out my son James to a good trade if he is like to prove disobedient to his mother. Lastly I do ratify and Confirm this to be my last will and testment In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day XXXXXXXXXXXX above writen, Signed sealed and delivered.....Samul McKighan {Seal} in presents of us Benjamin Jameson, James O (his mark) McKighan

     From page 671 of microfilm Roll #A6261 in the Dallas Public Library which is copied from some loose Greene Co, TN records. A handwritten copy of the will was made after 1785 and entered into the GreeneCo records which is also on microfilm. The pages have RULE DOCKET, COUNTY COURT at the top, and Samuel McKighan's will is on pages 177a and 178.  At the bottom of the microfilm copy is an identification slip which reads:  The Last Will & Testament of Saml Mchighan 1785 3-11-1785 177-a 178-(There is writing that shows through onto the will from the opposite side and may affect the punctuation).  Transcribed verbatim and provided by Lawrence Dyer.  The reference to "my brother Henery Fernsworth" is thought to actually be Samuel's brother-in-law Henry Farnsworth suggesting that wife Margaret's maiden name was Farnsworth.

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      Living near the Landon McKeehan household in the 1840 census was a George H. McKeehan (b. 1799; m. Elizabeth Millard; children: Priscilla, James, Franklin, Alfred Lafayette, Sarah E. and Rachael Caroline). Both households moved from Greene to Monroe Counties at about the same time. Living with George H. in 1840 was a 90-100 year old male (b. 1730-1740) who could be the father of the clan.  A working hypothesis of some McKeehan researchers is that James McKeehan, the son of Samuel McKeehan mentioned in the above 1785 will, is the 81 year old James living in the household of Robert and Mary (Polly) (McKeehan) Simpson in the 1850 census of MonroeCo and the husband of Elizabeth Lauderdale (m. 1797 in GreeneCo).  James and Elisabeth McKeehan are speculated to have had children Mary (Polly) (m. Robert Simpson), George H. (m. Elizabeth Millard), James (m. Nancy Hollingsworth), Samuel (m. Susan Overholtzer), Anna (m. Ephraim Overholtzer) and Jane (m. Robert Hays).  Margaret McKeehan in the 1785 will of Samuel Mehan/McAighan is thought to be the wife of John Lauderdale of Nolichucky (m. 1796) and Mary in the 1785 will has been speculated to be the wife of John Brown (m. 1801 GreeneCo).  By pure speculation, the process of elimination and proximity in time and geography, it has been speculated that Landon McKeehan might also be a son of James and Elizabeth Lauderdale McKeehan.

     The latter part of the 19th century, the McKeehan surname and variants of it was notable in counties of eastern Pennsylvania.  Census records indicate the James McKeehan (b. 1769) of GreeneCo, TN was born in PA by census record and other GreenCo McKeehans were also from the region.  The German-speaking Girdner family can be traced to NorthamptonCo, PA prior to their arrival in GreeneCo in 1792, but McKeehans preceded them.  The most extensive work on McKeehans of PA is The Families of Joshua Williams and John McKeehan of Cumberland, County, published 1928.   To date there is no evidence to link the GreeneCo McKeehans to that group, although the first names are strikingly similar.  Revolutionary War records of PA list numerous individuals whose spellings of the surname would indicate they are McKeehans, e.g. McKean, McGeehan, McGighans, McGeghan, McKighan, spellings which also appear in East Tennessee.  The Families of Joshua Williams and John McKeehan of Cumberland, County speculate the following on the origin of the CumberlandCo McKeehans:

 Of interest in tracing the McKeehan and allied families is the following from "Scotch-Irish Pioneers", by Charles Knowles Bolton, page 267: "A Southern stronghold of Presbyterianism was in the neighborhood of Newcastle, Delaware. The narrow tongue of land between the upper shore of Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware river is shared by Maryland and Delaware, Maryland's portion includes the Elk River, and is known as Cecil County. Delaware's portion is called Newcastle County, with Wilmington, its chief city, at the mouth of Christiana Creek. North of these two counties, and across the Pennsylvania line, are Lancaster and Chester counties, (all known as Chester County from 1682 to 1729), extending from the Delaware River to the Susquehanna River.

"This territory, south a few miles from Philadelphia, became the mecca for Scotch emigrants from Ireland. "These emigrants pushed up through Newcastle County to cross the Pennsylvania line, hoping to escape from Maryland and its tithes. Unfortunately, at this very time, the exact line of the boundary was in dispute between Lord Baltimore and the heirs of William Penn, and many of the settlers flocked in and preempted land in dispute without obtaining right or title. To add to the confusion, the Penn family were in a state of domestic discord, so that their agent, James Logan, allowed very few grants in any place after the year 1720. An exception was made however in case of Scotch-Irish, people who, said Logan, 'if kindly used, will I believe be orderly, as they have hitherto been, and easily dealt with; they will also, I expect, be a leading example to others'." These grants were made for a settlement which was called Donegal.

Also from page 280 of Mr. Bolton's book: "In looking over the map of Pennsylvania we find that these townships, Donegal, Paxtang, Derry, and Hanover (near the Susquehanna) and Drumore, Coleraine, Fallowfield, and Sadsbury (along Octorara creek, which marks the Western line of Chester County after 1729), together with the Brandywine farms a little north of Wilmington, the Neshaminy lands north of Philadelphia, and Allen township, ten miles west of Easton, comprise the earliest settlements of the Scotch-Irish in Pennsylvania. The settlers who first occupied these fertile lands entered America at the ports of Philadelphia and Newcastle."

Among the signatures to a memorial dated March 26tb, 1718, and addressed to "the Right Honorable Colonel Samuel Shute, Governor of New England" from, "we, whose names are underwritten, Inhabitants of Ye North of Ireland. . doe assure His Excellency of our sincere and hearty inclination to Transport ourselves to that very excellent and renowned Plantation, upon our obtaining from Ms Excellency suitable encouragement". .. etc., is that of John McKeen. Other signatures are those of Alexander McBride, Bart, James Patterson, James and George Campbell, Mr. Patterson, and James Alexander. Inasmuch as our McKeehans, McBrides, Pattersons, lived in the same vicinity and intermarried through many generations, it is possible that the above John McKeen was our emigrant ancestor. There was no dependable uniformity of spelling at that date, even in the case of a single individual. This is exemplified in the military records preserved in the Pennsylvania Archives, where the same man's name is given as "Alexander McKeehan" and "Alexander McKean" within a few lines.   The tradition in every branch of the family is that practically every McKeehan of possible age for service was in the Revolutionary War, and the records of Pennsylvania prove that many of them were. Old time carelessness of spelling often makes it difficult to identify these soldiers.

Map State of Tennessee 1821

Census, marriage and various records from eastern Tennessee indicate that LANDON C. MCKEEHAN was born in 1798 in Greene County, Tennessee, was a farmer and the father of CHARLES COFFNER MCKEEHAN. Landon married NANCY GIRDNER in 1820 in Greene County. By 1821 Landon, Nancy and family had moved to Monroe County where Charles Coffner was born in 1821. He made a land transfer to Adam Mowry in 1830, to Elijah Perck? in 1831 and served as a member of the Monroe County quarterly court in 1831. Documents referring to where some of the children grew up indicated the family probably lived in or near Sweetwater in MonroeCo.  Landon and family appear in the 1840 census in Monroe County and in Bradley County in 1850. Oldest sons, Charles Coffner and Alexander Haywood, enlisted for the Mexican War in 1847 in Athens in current McMinnCo which was probably the closest office to their MonroeCo home rather than their residence. Landon last appears in the Bradley County census in 1860 and on a deed transfer of 120 acres on which he resided to James Biggs for $423 the same year. Absence from the 1870 census of Tennessee and other records suggest that Landon may have died between 1860-1870. However, a L.C. McKeehan gave the marriage bond at the wedding of Landon’s grandson, Alexander Hayden McKeehan (son of Alexander Haywood McKeehan) in Knoxville, Knox County in 1887. Wife Nancy Girdner McKeehan died at age 95 in 1900 in Knoxville of pneumonia and is buried there in New Gray Cemetery.

Map State of Tennessee 1840

Nancy Girdner, born in GreeneCo, TN,  was the ninth and youngest child of Michael Girdner Sr. (born 1754 in Pennsylvania) and Huldah Beech (born about 1766 in Nobletown, Massachusetts). Michael was German-speaking as indicated by his will written in 1815 in Greene County which was in German.  Michael was the son of German immigrants David (born bef. 1734) and Christina Girdner.  The Girdner surname is an apparent anglicization of the German Göertner, Gaertner or Gärtner, probably the counterpart of the English surname Gardener.   In records from Tennessee, the surname appears as Gardner, Gurtner, Gurdner and Girtner. From which German-speaking country in Europe they came from and how and where they arrived on the east coast is unclear.  The David Girdner family settled in Heidelberg Township, Northampton County, PA.  According to descendants, Michael Girdner Sr. met his wife Huldah Beach while serving in the Revolutionary War in either Maine or Massachusetts with Huldah's brother.  Huldah was daughter of Nathan and Desire Bixby Beach of Nobletown, MA.  The Girdner families came to Greene County, TN with two horses and a wagon in 1792 on a seven week journey according to Goodspeeds History of Tennessee.  After Michael Girdner Sr.’s death in 1815, Huldah Beach Girdner married Lewis Ball who died in 1832. A deed transfer from Monroe County in 1832 in which Huldah wills Michael Jr. land in Greene County providing he will take care of her for life indicates that Huldah may have spent her final years with son, Michael Jr., in Monroe County near daughter Nancy and son-in-law Landon McKeehan.  A number of documents in Monroe County indicate that Michael Girdner Jr. and family moved from Greene County to Monroe County, Tennessee at about the same time as the Landon McKeehan family where oldest son CHARLES COFFNER MCKEEHAN was born in 1821.

http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/mckstory1.htm

More About Henry Farnsworth and Margaret McKeehan:

Marriage: 1770

     

Children of Henry Farnsworth and Margaret McKeehan are:

        8            i.   John M Farnsworth, born Bef. 1772 in Piscatua, New Jersey; died 11 Aug 1830 in Greene Co., Tennessee; married Jane Jameson 1787 in Greene County, Tennessee.

                     ii.   George Farnsworth, born 1770 in Greene Co., Tennessee; died 27 Jul 1812 in Greene Co., Tennessee; married Agnes Nancy Jameson.

                     iii.   Jane Farnsworth, born 1772; married Alexander McAlpin.

                    iv.   Henry Farnsworth, born 1775 in Loudoun Co., VA; died 06 Oct 1851 in Greene Co., Tennessee.

                     v.   Mary Farnsworth, born Abt. 1777; died Bef. 1870 in Greene Co., Tennessee.

                    vi.   David Farnsworth, born 08 May 1785 in Greene Co., Tennessee; died 29 Apr 1860 in Walnut, Buncombe Co., TN.

                    vii.   Benjamin Farnsworth, born 1785; died 27 Jul 1831.

                   viii.   Sarah Farnsworth, born Abt. 1784 in Greene Co., Tennessee; died 1858 in Greene Co., Tennessee.

                    ix.   Perline Farnsworth

      18.  Benjamin Jameson25, born 1740 in Ireland; died Abt. 05 May 1788 in Charles Co. Maryland.  He was the son of 36. Robert Jamison and 37. Betsy Young.  He married 19. Jane Campbell.

      19.  Jane Campbell, born 1743 in Ireland; died 1807 in TN.

     

Children of Benjamin Jameson and Jane Campbell are:

        9            i.   Jane Jameson, born 1765; died 11 Aug 1830 in Greene Co., Tennessee; married John M Farnsworth 1787 in Greene County, Tennessee.

                     ii.   Agnes Jameson, born 1771 in VA.

                     iii.   Samuel Young Jameson, born 03 Sep 1766.

                    iv.   John Campbell Jameson, born 1780 in Greene,  TN.

                     v.   Henry Jameson

                    vi.   Anne Jameson

                    vii.   Robert W. Jameson

      28.  John Miller, born 27 Mar 1757 in Davidson, NC; died 25 Sep 1837 in Douglas, NC.  He was the son of 56. Georg Miller and 57. Glory Litzler.  He married 29. Mary Nancy Goss 20 Jun 1783 in Lexington, Davidson, NC.

      29.  Mary Nancy Goss26, born 07 Feb 1766 in Rowan, NC; died 16 Jun 1837 in Davidson, NC.  She was the daughter of 58. Joseph Goss and 59. Ann Margaret BILLING.

More About John Miller and Mary Goss:

Marriage: 20 Jun 1783, Lexington, Davidson, NC

     

Children of John Miller and Mary Goss are:

        14          i.   Benjamin Miller, born Feb 1796 in Lexington, Rowan, NC; died 02 May 1883; married Parmilla.

                     ii.   Elizabeth Miller, born Abt. 1784 in Lexington, Rowan, NC.

                     iii.   Margaret Miller, born Abt. 1785 in Lexington, Rowan, NC.

                    iv.   Joseph Miller, born Abt. 1789 in Lexington, Rowan, NC.

                     v.   Polly Miller, born Abt. 1791 in Lexington, Rowan, NC.

                    vi.   Barbara Miller, born Abt. 1792 in Lexington, Rowan, NC; died 05 Mar 1855 in Lexington, Rowan, NC.

                    vii.   Nancy Miller, born Abt. 1793 in Lexington, Rowan, NC.

                   viii.   SALLEY/ Sarah Miller, born Abt. 1795 in Lexington, Rowan, NC.

                        ix.            John MAJOR Miller, born Abt. 1799 in Lexington, Rowan, NC.

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