McCurdy Genealogy
Direct Descendancy from Chief Gilchrist Makurerdy

by Susan Presley Laney
  The following is a compilation of general information I have acquired on my McCurdy lineage. I do not claim it to be complete or accurate as I have used many sources (albeit, reliable). However, I have tried to verify from more than one source. Like any genealogy research, all is subject to speculation!

Mary Ann McCurdy Haws was my great-great-grandmother. I claim my lineage through her son, George W. Hawes (m. Missouri Marshall Mayes). His daughter, Rose Palestine "Pat" Hawes married William Leonard Presley, and my father, William Monroe Presley, b. 3/10/1920, d. 4/25/1996, was one of their two sons.

14th Generation
MARY ANN MCCURDY, b. 1825, Limestone Co., AL; m. 1) Jefferson Haws, b. 1818, Floyd Co., KY (son of Sampson and Polley Mathis Haws); m. 2) Ancel Marshall. Sampson was born in "old" Montgomery Co., VA, abt 1790, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Haws.

13th Generation
ELIJAH MCCURDY, JR., b. 11/18/1798, 96th Dist.,S.C, d., 11/20/1875, Dekalb Co., AL, m. Rosa Ann Jones (dau. of John and Mary Jones from Ireland), b. abt. 1803, 96th Dist., S.C., d. 8/22/1889, Dekalb Co., AL. He and his wife, Rosa, are both buried at Mt. Hermon Cemetery near Ft. Payne, AL. (Photo of grave site)

12th Generation
ELIJAH MCCURDY, SR., "The McCurdy that went South,"[1] b. 1760, Chester Co., PA, d. 1800, moved to Abbeville, S.C. bef. 1784, m. (before 1790) Ann Handy Harris (dau. of Rev. John Harris, M.D., b. 9/29/1725 of Welch parents, who settled on the eastern shore of Maryland early in the eighteenth century, and Mary Handy Harris, b. 11/8/1733 in Somerset Co., MD, d. 1791), b. abt. 1765, Snow Hill, MD,

11th Generation
LIEUTENANT JOHN MCCURDY, b. abt. 1735, Westmoreland Co., PA, d. abt. 1820 in PA , m. Mary Fox, who was supposedly of royal lineage. Lt. John McCurdy was a 2nd Lt. of Wilson's Pennsylvania Battalion. He was appointed Guard of Stores on 10/20/1777, in Carlisle, PA, holding that position until Oct. 1778. [2]

10th Generation (see suggested correction)
DAVID MCCURDY, b. 1709, Cavan Parish, Ire., moved to America, Westmoreland Co., PA, m. Susan Madden.

9th Generation (see suggested correction)
JAMES MCCURDY, b. 1668, Cairn, Ballintoy Co., Antrim, Ire., m. Jerusha Murray (a cousin of the Earl of Mar) in 1689.

8th Generation
PETHERIC MCCURDY "the refugee," [3] b. 1640, Isle of Bute, Scotland, m. in 1667 to Margaret Stewart, a direct descendant of the Stewart King, Robert II, of Scotland. Margaret was the daughter of Charles Stewart who disagreed with his royal cousins. He stepped into the ranks of the Presbyterians and later escaped to Ireland. Petheric McCurdy, of the "Cairne," and his brothers, David, William and Daniel, also escaped from the Isle of Bute, Scotland,to Northern Ireland in Nov, 1666. It is written that they traveled by boat out the Clyde River to the sea and to Northern Ireland. They were Presbyterians escaping religious persecution.

7th - 1st Generation [4]
Daniel McCurdy, b. 1622, Donald 4th, b. 1598, Fingal, b.1575, killed 1600, Donald 3rd, b. 1550, killed 1600, Donald 2nd, b. 1520, Donald 1st, b. 1464, Chief Gilkrist Makurerdy, b. 1420.



  1. Rev. John Harris, a Presbyterian minister, was instrumental in establishing the first Presbyterian church in S.C., and was a Revolutionary war patriot. He also served in the Second Provincial Congress for the 96th Dist., which became Abbeville, S.C.

  2. Mary Handy's parents were Col. Isaac Handy, b. 1706, Somerset Co., MD, and Ann Dashiell (dau. of Thomas Dashiell), b. 1707 in Somerset Co., MD (m. 4/27/1726). Isaac Handy's parents were Samuel Handy, b. 1635, England, and Mary Sewall, b. bef. 1665.

  3. Samuel Handy came to Maryland in 1664 where he married Mary Sewall in 1679, she of MANORIAL MATTAPANY (through her father, Hon. Henry Sewall, Lord of MATTAPANY), St. Mary's Co., MD. Samuel Handy acquired the estates of "Anna-messex Hill," Pemberton's Chance," and "Pemberton's Good Will." Son, Isaac, and his wife, Ann Dashiell, had a home on the Wicomico River that is still of distinction. [5]

  4. Mary Sewall was a dau. of the Hon. Henry Sewall, who was Secretary of Maryland, and Jane Lowe, who was the dau. of Vincent Lowe, b. 1594, and Ann Cavendish of London, Eng., dau. of Henry Cavendish of Tutbury Priory of Staffordshire, Member of Parliament, son of Sir William Cavendish and his wife, Elizabeth Hardwick. [6]


  1. The Ancestral McCurdys, by H. Percy Blanchard, Chapter IX, p. 36.

  2. Military History of Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks, by Lt. Col. Thomas G. Tousey, M.C. United States Army, p. 95.

  3. Blanchard, Chapters VII and VIII.

  4. Blanchard, Chapter VI and Chart One.

  5. Register of Maryland's Heraldic Families, Period from 1634 March 25 to 1935 March 25, Tercentenary of the Founding of Maryland, by Alice Norris Parran, author and editor.

  6. Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland, by J.D. Warfield, A.M., p.55, and Maryland Genealogies, Vol II, p. 503).



Hawes Narrative
Descendants of Samuel Haws
Descendants of John McCurdy
Ancestors of Ida and Pat Hawes
Hawes & Presley Photographs
Hawes & Williams Photographs
George W. Haws Pension Papers
Jefferson Haws Civil War Papers
Family Stories

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