Sunday, July 26, 2020

A Brief Synopsis of the Family of Malcolm McQueen

A photo of the Lacy Thompson house, last house in the defunct town of Lawrenceville, Montgomery County, NC 

The family of Malcolm McQueen was scattered like dust in the wind. His wife, Nancy had obviously died and Malcolm may have been in ill health, himself. He had lost everything he may have had and his younger children had been distributed among family and neighbors. 

He didn't live long after 1850, and did not make it to 1860. This is just a critical look at who were probably his children.

Malcolm was one of the sons of Alexander Murdock McQueen and his wife Mary Nickelson McQueen. His family were some of the newer immigrants from Isle of Skye, Scotland, to arrive at the port of Wilmington, NC, to make their way up the Cape Fear River to Chatham County and from there, into Moore and Montgomery Counties.

Murdoch McQueen last appears in the 1830 census of Montgomery County. His will was probated in 1831 in neighboring Richmond County, with several papers included in the husk from Montgomery County, and even summons of individuals from Cabarrus County. There was a suit filed, included in his probate papers by John Morrison vs Daniel McCormack, administer of A. M. McQueen, dated 1837. There was an unknown relationship between John Morrison and the McQueen family, unknown to me at this time, at least. A portion of this suit is shown above.

Name:Murdock McQueen
[Murdoch McQueen] 
Home in 1830 (City, County, State):East of Pee Dee and Yadkin River, Montgomery, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5:1
Free White Persons - Males - 70 thru 79:1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29:1
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69:1
Free White Persons - Under 20:1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:1
Total Free White Persons:4
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):4

Some of the older children of Alexander Murdoch McQueen were born in Scotland. Malcolm was born in 1809 in North Carolina. Most likely in Chatham County, but from what I can tell, most of his life was spent in Montgomery County.

Name:Malcolm Mcquean
Home in 1840 (City, County, State):East Pee Dee River, Montgomery, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9:2 Calvin and Alexander
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39:1 Malcolm
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5:2 Mary and Sarah
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39:1 Nancy
Persons Employed in Agriculture:1
Free White Persons - Under 20:4
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:2
Total Free White Persons:6
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves:6

In 1840, there were 3 households of McQueens in Montgomery County, Alexander, his brother, Elizabeth, his sister who never married, and Malcolm. Malcolm and Nancy had 4 children by then, Margaret, who was born in 1843, was yet to come.

Name:Nancy A McQueen
Birth Year:abt 1808
Home in 1850:Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Line Number:6
Dwelling Number:301
Family Number:303
Household Members:
Nancy A McQueen42
Margaret J McQueen8
Malcom McQueen41

In 1850, Malcolm is counted twice. First, with Nancy and Margaret Jane, where it's stated he was a Laborer, on the 21st of August, 1850, by C.W. Wooley and the second time on September 3, 1850, again by C.W. Wooley, when he and his son, Calvin, were working for A. A. McCaskill. In the first one, notice the order of the inhabitants of the home. Nancy A McQueen is the Head of Household, followed by Margaret J and then Malcolm. I do not believe this is Malcolm's wife Nancy. I believe this is his sister Nancy, as he had one. She has custody of his youngest daughter, Margaret, and Malcolm is boarding. I may be wrong, but this is how I see it. Married women were never the Head of Household, their husband was.

Name:Malcom McQueen
Birth Year:abt 1807
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1850:Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Industry:Industry not reported
Line Number:22
Dwelling Number:458
Family Number:460
Household Members:
Alexd A McCaskill33
Rijoecy McCaskill20
Frances M McCaskill5
Archibald McCaskill2
Mary Lamb2
Malcom McQueen43
Calvin McQueen18

 Of his other children, second son, Alexander, is living with Ferebee Wright, widow of Edward Wright, and Wilson Wright/Williams. They're all pretty much in the same neighborhood.

Name:Alexander McQueen
Birth Year:abt 1836
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1850:Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Attended School:Y
Line Number:34
Dwelling Number:452
Family Number:454
Household Members:
Fereby Wright65
Wilson Williams22
Alexander McQueen14

Daughter Sarah, age 10, is living in the household of a 70 year old Nancy McCaskill, possibly her grandmother. Also in the home is laborer, John C. Northcott.

Name:Sarah A McQueen
Birth Year:abt 1840
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1850:Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Attended School:Y
Line Number:29
Dwelling Number:366
Family Number:368
Household Members:
Nancy McCaskill70
James McCaskill35
Sarah A McCaskill25
Flora McCaskill22
John C Northcott21
Sarah A McQueen10

Sarah ends up marrying John C. Northcott. Daughter, Mary, age 15, is living in the home of John and Christian Morrison.

Name:Mary McQueen
Birth Year:abt 1835
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1850:Moore, North Carolina, USA
Line Number:18
Dwelling Number:1270
Family Number:1270
Household Members:
John Morrison63
Christian Morrison52
Mary McQueen15

John Morrison's lawsuit against the Administrtor of the Estate of  Malcolm's father, Alexander Murdoch McQueen, is included in the probate files. I have not yet determined the relationship between John Morrison and the McQueens. John and his wife Christian were married in 1845 in Montgomery County. At 58 and 47, it was probably not the first marriage for either. Christian was a McCaskill when she married John Morrison. I can't tell if it was her married name or a maiden name.
Mary McQueen's mother was a McCaskill. Christian may have been related to Mary or John Morrison may have been related to Mary through a first wife. Much more research will need to be done before any theory can be made feasible.

By 1860, there is no Malcolm and no Nancy and he did not leave an estate record. As for the children, Calvin McQueen would marry a neighbor, Margaret Smith, just days after C. W. Wooley counted him in the 1850 census with his father.

Name:Calvin McQueen
Enlistment Age:28
Birth Date:abt 1834
Birth Place:Montgomery County, North Carolina, USA
Enlistment Date:22 Feb 1862
Enlistment Rank:Private
Muster Date:22 Feb 1862
Muster Place:North Carolina
Muster Company:E
Muster Regiment:22nd Infantry
Muster Regiment Type:Infantry
Muster Information:Enlisted
Casualty Date:26 Jun 1862
Casualty Place:Mechanicsville, Virginia
Type of Casualty:Wounded
Muster Out Date:27 Jul 1862
Muster Out Information:died wounds
Side of War:Confederacy
Survived War?:No
Title:North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster

Together, they would have 4 children, Martha, James, Margaret and Calvin. Only the oldest and youngest survived until adulthood. Calvin was killed in the Civil War in 1862. He also had a daugher Mary, with Diza Maners (McQueen). I can not confirm if they were married or not. In a court case, Dizie testified that her oldest daughter, Mary, was the daughter of Calvin McQueen, son of Malcolm.

Calvin McQueen 1832-1862

Calvins widow, Margaret Smith McQueen, would also end up in court in 5 years after his death for giving birth to a child out of wedlock. She testified that this child, her son, Larkin, was the son of a D. D. Deaton.  Through the process of elimination, I have determined that D. D. Deaton was most likely Dison Deaton. The only other male "D" Deaton old enough to have been the father of Larkin was a Daniel Deaton, and like Calvin McQueen, had fallen in the Civil War. He was deceased years before the birth of Larkin McQueen.

The Ballad of Maggie McQueen

Alexander McQueen is a bit of a mystery and I will look at him a bit more later.

Alexander McQueen 1836-1870

Mary E McQueen 1839- after 1873

I also blogged on Mary McQueen, who was taken to court on a bastardy bond with Kindred Stewart, an older, married man, who was found living in the household of the Stewart family, wife and all, in 1870 with her child.

Name:Mary E McQueen
Birth Year:abt 1839
Home in 1860:Brutons, Montgomery, North Carolina
Post Office:Macedonia
Dwelling Number:168
Family Number:168
Household Members:
Kindred Stuart45
Sarah E Stuart31
Wm E Stuart15
Martha A Stuart14
John R Stuart10
Daniel A Stuart6
Mary A Stuart4
Jas B Stuart1
Mary E McQueen21
Marquies L McQueen7/12

I also blogged on their story.

Chicken of the Woods

Mary had been living with John Morrison and his wife, Christian McCaskill Morrison, in 1850 when she was 15. John Morrison is listed in the estate papers of her grandfather, Alexander Murdock McQueen, suing the administrator of the estate. Mary had two children: Sarah Isabelle McQueen (1856), father unknown and Marquis Lafayette (McQueen) Stewart (1859-1863).

Sarah Ann McQueen Northcott 1840-1928

In 1850, Sarah Ann McQueen, aged 10, was living with 70 year old Nancy McCaskill, maybe her grandmother. Also living there was a young man a decade older than her, John Calvin Northcott.

Name:Sarah Ann McQueen
Birth Year:abt 1838
Marriage Date:28 Jan 1873
Marriage Place:Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Spouse:John Clark Northoutt
Spouse Gender:Male
Spouse Race:White
Spouse Age:42
Event Type:Marriage

A few decades later, in 1873, John and Sarah were married. They settled into marital bliss for a brief spell, but sadly, John Clark Northcott would be deceased before 1880. They did have a son together, Archibald "Archie" Franklin Northcott, born in 1874, a year after the wedding. John Clark Northcott did not leave a will. His death may have been sudden, and the marriage was obviously a short one. He could have died anytime between 1873 and 1880.

Name:Sarah A. Worthcut
[Sarah A. Northcut] 
Birth Date:Abt 1845
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Hollingsworth, Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
House Number:49
Dwelling Number:74
Relation to Head of House:Self (Head)
Marital status:Widowed
Father's Birthplace:Scotland
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Household Members:
Sarah A. Worthcut35
Archie F. Worthcut6
Flora Mc Askill50

A few years later, Sarah Ann was now 35 and widowed with a young son.  Fifty year old Flora McCaskill is listed as her Aunt. This was certainly the same Flora McCaskill who was also living in the home of 70 year old Nancy McCaskill in 1850. This adds substance to my idea that Nancy was Sarah Ann's Grandmother. I've not done a great deal of pull apart work on the McCaskills. They were numerous and their propensity for renaming children with the same names as Aunts, Uncles and cousins can lead to a great deal of confusion. Flora was an independent woman, who had a land grant of her own in 1854, on Cabin Creek.

Name:Byancia J Northcutt
Birth Year:abt 1885
Marriage Date:23 Oct 1910
Marriage Place:Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Mother:Sarah A Northcutt
Spouse:Oliver A Luther
Spouse Gender:Male
Spouse Race:White
Spouse Age:38
Spouse Father:Silas Luther
Spouse Mother:Elizabeth Luther
Event Type:Marriage

Sarah Ann McQueen Northcott was not finished with her family. In 1885 or 1886, she gave birth to a daughter named Bianca Jane Northcott.. Bianca is sometimes seen as Byancie or some variation of that, so I've just been calling her Beyonce'.

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In 1910, Bianca married Oliver Luther. On their marriage license, his parents are given as Silas and Elizabeth Luther. On Beyonce's, only her mother, Sarah Ann Northcott is listed, with father left blank. Now, looking through family trees, there  are multiple descendants of Biancey and Oliver Luther listing her father as John Clark Northcott or Northcutt. I hate to tell them, but they are not Northcotts. A man who died before 1880, and is throughly not seen again, he didn't just abandon them, he disappeared completely, on to another realm..... did not father a child in 1885. A few even have this illusive "Franklin Northcott" as her father. Franklin was her brothers middle name.  I sincerely hope her 9 year old brother, at the time, was not her father. And he was not. In fact, a few dilligent researchers have apparently discovered that her father was one Martin Cagle, which makes a great deal of sense, as there were numerous Cagle's in the neighborhood.

I have just made it through the 1840 and 1850 bastardy bonds. I am sure once I get into the 1860's and beyond, I may find some of the clues to the appearance of these mysterious babies. The Scots in this area seemed to have a propensity towards them.

Northcutt Tombstone from Find-A-Grave

Sarah Ann spent most of her widowhood living with her son, Archie. She lived a long life, passing away in 1928 at the age of  88. She is buried at the Macedonia Presbyterian Church, where she was also baptized in her youth,  with her son, Archie, who never married.

Name:Archid Northcott
Birth Date:29 Mar 1876
Birth Place:, North Carolina, United States
Residence Place:Montgomery, North Carolina
Death Date:23 Feb 1952
Death Place:Butner, Granville, North Carolina, USA
Father:Clark Northcott
Mother:Sarah Mcqueen

Archie joined her in 1852, at the age of 77. Archie had amassed a small estate, having no one to spend it on, and left will, leaving everything to his sister, Bianca, her daughters Rosa Bell and Ruby Gray and their children. Sarah Ann McQueen Northcott only had the two granddaughters.

Margaret Jane McQueen

Margaret was the youngest daugther of Malcolm and Nancy McCaskill McQueen. She was seen living with Malcolm in one of his two appearances in the 1850 census, living with whom I believe was his sister, not his wife. Both were named Nancy.

Name:Margaret McQueen
Birth Year:abt 1843
Birth Place:North Carolina
Home in 1860:Brutons, Montgomery, North Carolina
Post Office:Troy
Dwelling Number:241
Family Number:241
Attended School:Yes
Household Members:
Wilson Wright34
Disey Wright25
Mary A Wright7
Daniel Wright5
David Wright4
Sampson Wright10/12
Elizabeth McQueen11
Margaret McQueen17
Willis D Wright17

Ten years later, she is living with the family of Wilson and Diza Wright/Willams. Diza had a child, Mary Ann, by Margarets brother, Calvin. In places she is listed as a McQueen, but I've not found any documentation that Calvin and Diza were ever legally married. That does not mean that they were not. However, he did marry Margaret Smith in 1851 and have several children with her, and Diza's daughter with Calvin was born about 1853, so it appears to have been more of and affair.

Diza's husband Wilson, and again, I find no proof of a legal marriage in this relationship either. Wilson's surname was interchangibly Wright and Williams. This indicates that most likely, his parents were not married, and he was known by both names.

Also boarding with the Wright-Williams was Elizabeth McQueen, 11. Elizabeth was the daughter of J. B. McQueen and Nancy Britt McQueen and the granddaughter of Malcolms brother, Alexander M. McQueen, Sr. She was therefore Margaret's first cousin once removed.

Another unusual thing about this family grouping is that while Diza was a Caucasian of the area's dominating Scottish ilk, Wilson was a man of color. What color exactly is debatable, as he was most certainly of mixed race. He seemed to be able to cross the colorline quite easily, as well. He may have had some African ancestry, but there is some indication he was part Native American, instead. It's also very likely he was tri-racial. There were, and still are, remnant bands of Native Americas centered in nearby Robeson and Scotland Counties, that would make their way into Montgomery, Moore, and Richmond Counties, primarily, looking for work. They had tried to adopt the European ways of living and farming, to fit in. At the time, they were called Croatan for the most part. Today, they are known as Lumbee, Tuscarora or Haliwa-Saponi. They were a handsome people, and many of these local farm girls would swoon. I've found several instances in my own Stanly County, where a local girl had found love, but not marriage, with one of these Native American migrants.

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Lumbee PowWow from Lumbee Tribe Homepage

While in any other place in the South, prior to the Civil War, or even afterwards, this family grouping would have been unheard of, it stirred no stew in this portion of Montgomery County. It was not alone in its existence, and not totally uncommon. For a white woman to marry or live with a non-white man was one thing, but for two young white orphans girls to be placed or to live in their family home as boarders, that was something unseen almost anywhere else in this time frame.

Name:M M Mcquean
Birth Date:Abt 1868
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Troy, Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Dwelling Number:96
Relation to Head of House:Daughter
Marital status:Single
Father's Birthplace:Scotland
Mother's name:M J Mcquean
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Months Not Employed:2
Household Members:
M J Mcquean38
M M Mcquean12

Margaret would never marry, but that does not mean she did not become a mother. On August 7, 1867, she gave birth to a daughter she named Marjorie M. McQueen. Above is the mother/daughter listing in 1880. Margaret is not to be found in 1870. Neither was Mary E. McQueen or Sarah Ann McQueen Northcott or their Aunt Flora McQueen. It seems the 1870 census taker missed an entire neighborhood.  Who knows, maybe they wanted to be missed.

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Margaret would not make it to 1900, but Marjorie would. Marjorie also never married, but that does not mean she did not become a mother. At the age of 31, Marjorie Magdalene McQueen gave birth to a son she named Theodore. She would raise him in Troy and work as a Cook. Theodore would take care of his mother, then, after he was grown. He married at 22, to Ada Scarboro and they raised a family of  4 children, and lived in Montgomery County.

Marjorie lived to be 81, and truly has one of the saddest death certificates I have ever read. She died of Myocardial Infarction after falling and breaking her hip. She suffered for 14 long days.

1914 montgomery county school
Okeewemee School, including Theo McQueen. Shared by Jim Kelly

In summary, Malcolm McQueen died in his 40's and left a scattered array of children whose lives did not lead him to have the abundance of descendants that most 19th century families produced.

The immediate descendants of Malcolm and Nancy McCaskill McQueen were;

1) Calvin McQueen 1832-1862

    With Diza Maners McQueen Williams:
       A) Mary Ann McQueen Rich 1854-1902

    With Margaret Smith McQueen
       B) Martha Jane McQueen Hubbard 1855-1918
       C) James Andrew McQueen 1856 - before 1870
       D) Margaret E. McQueen 1860 - before 1870
       E) William Calvin McQueen 1861-1928

   Note: Margaret's son Larkin born in 1867 was not Calvin McQueen's, but by a D.D. Deaton.

2) Alexander Malcolm McQueen 1837-1870. No known children.

3) Mary E. McQueen 1839-1873
     A) Sarah Isabelle McQueen McQueen 1857-1931
     B) Marquis LaFayette (McQueen) Stewart 1859-1863

4) Sarah Ann McQueen Northcott or Northcutt 1840-1928
     A) Archibald Franklin Northcott 1876-1952
     B) Bianca Jane Northcott Luther 1885-1962

5) Margaret Jane McQueen 1843- bef 1900
    A) Marjorie Magdalene McQueen 1867-1941

Some members of this family may have been buried at the Old Scottish Cemetery just across the county line in Moore County, in the McCaskill Family cemetery, the Laurel Hill Cemetery, or the Macedonia Presbyterian Church Cemetery in unmarked or no longer marked, graves.

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