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Mary Sloan[1]

Female Est 1740 - 1784  (~ 44 years)

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  • Name Mary Sloan 
    • d/o Fergus Sloan
      First wife, Mary Sloan, died at sea on voyage from Ireland. 3 wives-unsure of order. He was in Iredell Co., NC by 1765. May have come through PA. Moved to Tennessee where there are many descendents still living.
    Born Est 1740  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1784  Statesville, Iredell Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12268  My Reynolds Line
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2019 

    Father Fergus Sloan,   b. 1724, Ulster Province, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1812, Lincoln County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Ann Elizabeth Robinson,   b. Est 1724, Ulster Province, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1747  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8112  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Milligan,   b. Est 1730, Londonderry, N. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1780  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    • Children of James Milligan and Mary Sloan:

      Alexander MILLIGAN b: in Iredell Co, NC
      William MILLIGAN b: in Iredell Co, NC
      Hannah MILLIGAN
      Bettie MILLIGAN
      Sarah MILLIGAN b: in Iredell Co, NC
      Mary MILLIGAN
    +1. John Milligan,   b. 1755, County Donegal, Ulster Province, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1839, Washington Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F7366  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    DAR - Hugh Reynolds of Iredell
    DAR - Hugh Reynolds of Iredell
    DAR - Hugh of Iredell.pdf

  • Sources 
    1. [S100] Internet Source,
      By Richard Gwynallen

      Mary Sloan
      (circa 1745 ? 1774)
      Fawn has the interesting experience of having one woman, Mary Sloan, as her 6th and 7th great grandmother. How that came to pass we shall see.

      The Sloan clan enters our family tree when Mary Sloan married James Milligan in the province of Ulster Province, probably County Antrim, in Ireland around 1762. I have no immigration records, but Sloan and Milligan family members have a tradition that Mary and James immigrated with James? father Andrew in 1765, arriving in Pennsylvania, then moving to North Carolina. The basis for this date is that in a newspaper article in the Statesville Landmark (North Carolina) in 1880, McCammie Milligan stated that an apple tree was still living on the old hold place after 115 years and it was planted by his great-grandfather, Andrew Milligan. With such firm proof, how could one doubt the date?

      We are descended from two daughters of Mary and James, Hannah and Mary Margaret. Hannah married Moses Boyd in North Carolina about 1790. They were the grandparents of Nancy Angeline Boyd, who married John Murdock in 1867. John was introduced in the story, ?John Franklin Murdock ? Another mid-19th Century North Carolina Life?. In that line, Mary Sloan is Fawn?s 6th great grandmother.

      Mary Margaret married William Witherspoon about 1785 in North Carolina. They were the grandparents of John Murdock who married Nancy Angeline Boyd in 1867. In that line, Mary Sloan is Fawn?s 7th great grandmother.

      There are differences of opinion as to whether Mary Sloan is a much younger sister of Fergus Sloan or is his daughter. Fergus was born in 1724 in Ulster. He married Ann Elizabeth Robinson in about 1747 in Ireland. Given Mary?s date of birth and general agreement that she married in Ireland and emigrated many years after Fergus, I am inclined to see Mary as Fergus? much younger sister; still, many have her listed as his daughter. Fergus? parents were George Sloan and Mary Campbell. Fergus and Ann are thought to have immigrated first to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, then moved into the Iredell, North Carolina area in 1750 or 1751. Fergus died in Lincoln County, North Carolina in 1812.

      On 15 March 1755, Fergus purchased 640 acres of land on Buffalo Branch from John Oliphant, a land speculator, who had received the grant from Lord Granville two years prior. Ramsey, in his book, Carolina Cradle, described Fergus as being in the Salisbury District as early as 1750 but landless and itinerant.

      There were other Ulster Scots Presbyterians from Pennsylvania scattered within ten miles of Fergus Sloan, so some may have accompanied him from Pennsylvania. About the year 1765 Fergus Sloan donated the ground for Fourth Creek Presbyterian Church (now the First Presbyterian Church of Statesville) for the ?use and benefit of the Presbyterian Society, commonly called the Fourth Creek Congregation Society,?. . . ?with the privilege of the spring,? and helped to hew the logs for the church building.

      If you click on the link below you can view a map that depicts landowners in the Fourth Creek Congregation, Iredell County, North Carolina. [see map at link] Notes at the bottom of the map give directions to the center of the congregation. One of the notes reads, "At the Meeting House" Statesville was located in 1790. The Court House of Iredell County, N. Ca.

      According to a Daughters of the American Revolution record, during the Revolutionary War, Fergus Sloan served with the Salisbury District North Carolina militia as a private.

      In 1789 about 50 acres of his land were purchased for the Town of Statesville for 12 shillings an acre. The knoll behind the Fourth Creek Church was the site of the first log courthouse which opened in 1790. This was a hastily built log courthouse erected to open in time for the June Session of the County Court in 1790. In August 1790 lots were sold on Broad and Center Streets, with the courthouse at their intersection, and on Meeting, Front and Tradd Streets.
      The village around the courthouse grew slowly, with a population of only 215 in 1850. Other forms of development did occur. Roads were shifted to pass the county seat, and it became a stopping place for stagecoaches, with a few taverns to take care of the travelers. In 1801 the first post office was established. In 1820 a new brick courthouse on the square took the place of the old log one.

      Though I have nothing in Fergus? own hand or transcribed from his telling, there are a variety of stories told about him. These are a couple:

      According to Dr. P F. Laugenour, in his 'A History of Iredell County':

      'THE FIRST STILL set up anywhere in North Carolina, according to tradition, was set up and operated by Fergus Sloan near the spring north of Stockton street, about 200 yards east of Tradd street, not far from his residence which, as near as can be ascertained at this day, stood on the knoll west of the ravine that runs down from the spring. It is said that Mr. Sloan brought that still from the old country and that he sent a wagon to Philadelphia to bring it here to perform service for our ancestors in producing, what was considered among those early settlers, one of the indispensables to life and comfort in a frontier country.?

      According to Minnie Hampton Eliason in her 1915 ?Fort Dobbs, Historical Sketch? referring to a day in 1758 or 1759:

      'Today there are fifteen or twenty men, old and young, going out to Moses Potts' place on a foraging expedition. One of the first things Fergus Sloan sees when they reach the place is a young horse of his that had been turned loose. He converts the rope he has brought to bind fodder into a halter an puts it on the horse.

      'Hardly have the men gotten to work before they are attacked by the Indians and seven are killed before they have a chance to defend themselves; the others are fleeing for their lives toward Fort Dobbs, the Indians in hot pursuit, across the creek and up the steep banks of a ravine . . . .

      'The Indians' war whoops make Fergus Sloan's horse unmanageable and it runs down the other side of the creek through a muddy bottom. William Morrison, familiarly known as 'Smith Billy,' is running after him with an Indian well-nigh at his heels. Fergus Sloan has now gotten his horse under control and stops him every little bit to point his unloaded gun at the Indian, who falls back, letting Billy Morrison come up, though not near enough to mount, for Fergus has to move on or they'll both be tomahawked.'

      Fergus Sloan seemed to live happily in the area with his children and grandchildren until about 1801 when he suddenly left home and friends and was never heard from again. Some say it was due to a court case he brought and lost, his departure representing his displeasure with the community.