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.