An American Family History

Mercy Lupton Haines McCormick

Bucks County, Pennsylvania is one of three original Pennsylvania Counties and was formed in 1682. Originally it was a large territory that included all of what would later be Berks, Northampton, and Lehigh.

New Jersey's first permanent European settlement was in 1660.

Mercy Lupton Haines McCormick was born in 1734 in Solbury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Joseph Lupton and Mary Scarborough.

She moved to Frederick County, Virginia with her family about 1740.

Her first husband was Joshua Haynes (Haines). He was the son of Abram Haines and Grace Hollingshead and was born about 1721 in Evesham Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.

Joshua requested a certificate from Haddonfield Monthly Meeting in New Jersey on March 10, 1745/46, to Opeckon. The certificate was signed on April 14, 1746.

In 1750 Joshua Haines, Abraham Haines and George Washington acquired 1122 acres of land on the South Branch of the Bullskin Creek. This property was divided, Joshua and Abraham Haines taking 700 acres. In 1752 Joshua Haines sold his share to Abraham Haines.

Joshua and Mary's children included:
Mary Haynes Collett (1753, married Daniel Collett),
Grace Haynes (1753), and
Joshua Haynes (1754).

Joshua died in 1754. He died intestate. His estate was finally settled in 1760 by James and Mercy McCormick.

Mercy married James McCormick about 1757. James was born about 1730 in Frederick County. His parents were Dr. John and Anna McCormick.

Mercy and James' children included:

Moses McCormick (1758),
Rachel McCormick Lockhart (1759, married Samuel Lockhart),
William J. McCormick (1765),
James McCormick (1768 , married Jemima Violet),
Sarah McCormick (1770),
Mercy McCormick Griggs (1772, married Thomas Griggs),
Elizabeth McCormick (1774, married her cousin John McCormick),
Joshua McCormick (1775).

James died in April, 1803.

First printed in Boston 1745
Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.



It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.

from Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania, Volume 2
by James Hadden

The emigrant ancestor of the McCormicks, of Fayette county, Pennsylvania, herein recorded, was Dr. John McCormick, who emigrated from Ireland to Virginia between the years 1730 and 1740.

In the Orange county, Virginia, records there is a deed, under date of May 21, 1740, from Just Hite to "John McCormick, of Orange county," for three hundred and ninety-five acres of land. Later he took up other grants adjoining this property, which was located in that part of Orange county that later became Jefferson county, West Virginia.

It was on this estate near Summit Point that in 1840 he built '"The White House," which was still standing in 1903. He was a graduate in medicine of the University of Dublin, and brought to this country with him a large and valuable medical library, which at his death was sold to Dr. Cramer, then the leading physician of Charlestown.

He died in 1768, leaving a wife and eight children.

In his will, made May 8, 1768, and recorded February 8, 1769, he mentions wife Anne and sons James, John, Francis, William, George, Andrew, daughter ''Mary Tate, wife to Magnus Tate," and "Jean Bryen, wife to James Bryen." His wife and son James were executors of his estate.

It is indicated that he was married before coming to this country, but the maiden name of his wife cannot be found. The descendants of his eight children are scattered throughout many states. It is said of the early members of the family that they were singularly unobtrusive people, content in happiness derived from their own family relations, being extremely clannish; both the men and women were strictly honorable, affectionate, domestic and courteous; one of their marked characteristics was a strict regard for the truth.

One of the heirlooms of the family was an old English prayer book which descended from Dr. John McCormick to his son Francis, and was given by him to his son Thomas at his marriage, but was unfortunately destroyed during the civil war. In it was the family tree on parchment; on another page. Dr. John McCormick in a blue broadcloth suit with brass buttons: another, the marriage scene; and yet another, Anne McCormick with a blue bodice and yellow silk or satin skirt, with a branch in her hand and a bud; an
other, a death scene, coffin, etc., and a notice of dates, births and death beneath. The dates were all in the year 1700.

Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

Collett vs. McCormick--O. S. 156; N. S. 55--Complainants are Daniel Collett and Mary, his wife, late Mary Haynes, daughter of Mrs. Mercy McCormick.

James McCormick died testate April, 1803, leaving sons and daughters, Moses, James, Joshua, Sarah, Samuel Lockhart and Rachel, his wife; John McCormick and Elizabeth, his wife. Thomas Grigs and Mercy, his wife.

Mrs. Mercy McCormick, widow of James, was widow of Joshua Haynes, father of Mary Collett.
Joseph, father of Mary, died November, 1804.
James McCormick's will of Berkeley County dated 16th August, 1798. Son James and his son Eli; daughter Rachel and her son Ezekiel; daughter Sarah; son Joshua; daughter Marcy Griggs; daughter Elizabeth; son Moses.