Our McCay/McKay line begins with Daniel McCay, who was born in December of 1756 in Scotland and died about 1816 in South Carolina, probably Pendleton County. He was the son of Thomas McCay, who was the son of William McCay, both born in Scotland.
According to family tradition, Daniel was born in mid December of 1756 in Scotland. He had red hair, was 6 feet 9 inches tall and had a light complexion. A Daniel McCay arrived in New York in 1773 and family tradition says he did arrive in New York with ten gold guineas (about $25) in his pocket.
Daniel served in the Revolutionary War and his military records is in "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War". He joined the American Army on 19 April 1775 at Lexington and Concord under Major Bradish in Col. Finny's Regiment from the province of Main.
During the winter of 1777-1778, Daniel served under General Washington at Valley Forge. Beginning in January 1780, Daniel was Sergeant-Major under Captain Sylvanus Smith and Colonel Rufus Putnam at West Point. He had been transferred from the Massachusetts 15th Regiment to the 5th with Smith. As of January 10, 1781, Daniel was 24 years and one month old. His record continued until Febrary 1782 when he was at Garrison West Point.
Daniel had been wounded in the hip in 1778 when he was on a gunboat on Lake Champlain and a gun burst. That wound was sewn up and then he was wounded again at Saratoga with injuries to his left breast and right knee.
After the war, Daniel migrated to Spartenburg County, South Carolina and then to Pendleton County where he filed for a Revolutionary War pension on 25 Oct 1814. He stated in his application that he was formerly of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the part that became Main. He needed financial assistance to support himself and a nearly blind wife and four small children. He was finally granted two-thirds of an Ensign's pension but it is believed he died shortly after completing the application in 1816. (the above information was shared by Bonny and Jim McDaniel)
Daniel married Elizabeth "Betsy" Stanley, about 1796-1800 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, the daughter of Lewis and Adah Martin Stanley. Daniel was married at least once before he married Elizabeth Stanley (see pension application reference "4 small children". Daniel and Betsy moved with her parents from Spartanburg County to Pendleton County between the years 1808 and 1909.
The children of Daniel and his first wife may be:
Daniel S., b. abt 1792/married Rhoda Jane Hill
William B., b. abt 1794 SC
Archibald, d. abt 1839/married Martha Wheeler
The possible/probable children of Daniel and
Elizabeth Stanley are:
Jerusha, b. abt 1804/married Harbert (Arthur?) Hill
John married Katie Alford
William Alexander, b. abt 1797, d. aft Sep 1872, married Nancy Golden in SC.
Martin Stanley, b. 29 Jul 1806 married Martha Collins
Archibald McCay, the son of Daniel S. and Rhoda Jane Hill McCay, was born about 1816 in North Carolina and married before 1841 to Mary, who was born about 1815 in South Carolina, their children are:
Elizabeth b. abt 1841
Rhoda Ann b. abt 1843 married Young Thomason
Judy b. abt 1846
Susan b. abt 1847
Daniel T. b. abt 1849 married Sarah abt 1872
Archibald, Jr. b. abt 1858
William H. McCay, the son of Daniel S. and Rhoda Jane Hill McCay, was born 30 Jun 1822 in North Carolina and was married twice, his first wife's name is unknown. He married 27 Dec 1849 in Murray County, GA, Temperance Mincey Steppe, who was born 28 Dec 1811 in South Carolina, the daughter of Aaron and Mary Stanton Mincey. By her first husband Temperance had sons, Nelson, b. abt 1837; Newton, b. abt 1840 and George b. abt 1842.
These three sons are often listed as "McCay" children on the census records.
William died during the Civil War and is buried in Nashville, Tennessee; Temperance
died 1 Jul 1897 and is buried in Epworth Methodist Church Cemetery in Epworth, Fannin
William McCay and his first wife had one child:
John Frances b. abt 1847/d. aft 1868
William McCay and Temperance Mincey Steppe had these children:
James Turner b. 20 May 1853
Martha Ann, b. 3 Mar 1856
Margaret "Peggy" McCay, the daughter of Daniel S. and Rhoda Jane Hill McCay, was born 14 Jun 1824 in Georgia and
married 28 Nov 1844 John Pinckney Cochran, born 2 Dec 1821, the son of Joseph/Jacob and Patsy Pool Cochran. The children of Margaret and John are:
Mary b. abt 1846//married James Black
Rhoda Jane b. abt 1848//married Arthur E. Kiker
Jacob M. b. abt 1850
Daniel McCay b. abt 1852
Martha E. b. abt 1853
John Pinckney, Jr. b. abt 1856
Margaret R. b. abt 1858
Joseph Elisha Brown b. abt 1860
Ferninand L. b. 19 Feb 1863
George Virgil b. abt 1865
Harbert Nathan b. abt 1868
Andrew b. abt 1869
Robert Charlie McCay, the son of Daniel S. and Rhoda Jane Hill McCay, was born about 1825 in Georgia and
died about 1867 in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. He married about 4 Nov 1845 in Lumpkin Co., GA,
Anna Watters Jay, daughter of Thomas and Anna Welahel Watters. Their children are:
Mary Margaret b. 25 Dec 1846
Robert Daniel b. 15 May 1849
John Thomas b. 15 May 1849
Nancy Francis b. 15 Sep 1851
Sarah M. (Amanda) b. 20 Apr 1855
Archibald Frances b. 30 Sep 1867
Meligon William b. 19 Jul 1860 married Bettie Ratley
Andrew Berry b. 6 May 1862 married Molly Ratley
John Henry McCay, the son of Daniel S. and Rhoda Jane Hill McCay was born about 1829 in Georgia, married
1. Nansey, b. abt 1831 GA, they had one child:
Charity (Clarissy) b. abt 1849
2. Elizabeth b. abt 1835 in North Carolina, they had these children:
Addy b. abt 1855
Mary b. abt 1857
Jonathan b. abt 1859
Jerusha McCay, the daughter of Daniel S. and Rhoda Jane Hill, was born about 1830 in Georgia and married
Thomas S. Lively, a blacksmith, born abt 1815 in South Carolina, before 1847, their children are:
Daniel b. abt 1847
John P. b. abt 1849 married Mary E. Grarrison
Rhoda J. b. abt 1852 married Elisha P. Green
Joseph b. abt 1856
Andrew b. abt 1858
William b. abt 1858 (twin to Andrew)
Edward H. McCay, the son of Daniel S. and Rhoda Jane Hill McCay was born in Sep 1831 in Georgia and
married Polly A. abt 1882, the 1900 census lists one child for them:
John A. b. Apr 1883
Harbert Thomas McCay, the son of Daniel S. and Rhoda Jane Hill McCay, was born about 1833 in Georgia and married
1. Talitha Francis Cook, the daughter of Daniel and Sarah Chitwood Cook, on 17 Sep 1854 in Fannin County, Georgia. Their children are:
Sarah E. b. abt 1858
Hester b. abt 1860
For more information on Talitha's Cook family contact Bonny McDaniel.
2. Margaret Witt, their children are:
Frances A., b. 1878 Polk Co. TN
Margaret E., Apr 1880, Polk Co. TN
Rhoda Ann McCay, the daughter of Daniel S. and Rhoda Jane Hill, was born 22 Jun 1835 in Georgia and married 28 Feb 1858 in Fannin County, William McDaniel Galloway, born 2 Aug 1839, son of William Frazier and LaVisa McClure Galloway. Rhoda Ann died on 21 May 1896 in Bartow County, Georgia. She and William McDaniel are both buried in the Old Cassville Cemetery, Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia. Their children are listed with Our Galloway family.
Sarah R. McCay, the daughter of Daniel S. and Rhoda Jane Hill McCay, was born about 1842 in Georgia and married on 4 Sep 1861 in Fannin County, Georgia, Zemri V. Thomason, son of Young John and Easter Grindle Thomason. We have no further information about this family.