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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - June/July 2005
Clan McCord

Dear Members,

In the next few days you will be receiving in the mail the Election Ballot for officers of our McCord Family Association (Clan McCord Society). It would be appreciated if you would promptly sign and return the completed ballot.

We are very proud of our Advisory Board Member, Brigadier General Tom McCord, who will be inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame in June at an Army Base near Tucson, Arizona. General Tom McCord graduated from Texas A & M University just before WWII began, served over 30 months in the Pacific in the jungle wars there as head of a Rifle Company and then Battalion Executive Officer. He was then was assigned in Berlin, Germany as a Lt. Colonel after attending Defense Language School at Monterrey California studying Russian. Tom was in Berlin when the Berlin Wall went up, which were some very harrowing days there! Tom was then Chief of U.S. Military Liaison to Commander Group of Soviet Forces Germany, and was stationed in Berlin. This was also the time when a notorious Soviet KGB officer defected in Berlin and told Tom's defector unit of the KGB officer's assassination of a dissident with a poison weapon. This was a front-page story at the time and still remains akin to the story of the Bulgarian/Soviet KGB's attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul in the early 1980's in Rome. Tom was later appointed to be Assistant Chief of Staff G2, lst Field Force Vietnam and also Assistant Chief of Staff G2, U.S.Army Pacific, from which he retired. We are very proud of General Tom McCord's great honor in being inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame! Congratulations Tom!

On a recent visit to North Carolina to speak at a Seminar on Crisis Management and Risk Assessment before a religious organization, I had the great pleasure of attending the Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte N.C. The Church is celebrating it's 250th Anniversary (formed in 1755) and they extended a very warm welcome to me and have since invited our Society to participate in the Church's 250th Anniversary Celebration on September 11, 2005. Please join us if you can. They have been made aware of the several McCord families who lived in the Charlotte area before and during the American Revolution, some of whom are buried in the Sugaw Creek's oldest cemetery (they have 3 cemeteries near the Church). I will be asking some of our members in the area to represent our Society at some of their Anniversary-related celebrations in June and August 2005, as well as to attend the September 11th celebration with yours truly. Our ancestors lived in Mecklenburg-Lincoln counties in N.C., starting in the 1760's and on through the American Revolution.

Four sons of William McCord who built Fort McCord in 1756, a son, John McCord, of David McCord of Derry, and James McCord, who also lived near Fort McCord and emigrated later from N.C. into South Carolina, lived near Charlotte at those times, as did other McCords. Dr. Symm McCord who is descended from William of the Fort's son John, Jack McCord who is descended from James McCord, and our Senior Research expert Dr. Tom Hill's ancestors of William of the Fort's family were also there. 

David McCord, son of William of Fort McCord, also lived in Charlotte and participated in the famous "Hornet's Nest" battle in Charlotte during the American Revolution where British General Cornwallis' troops were routed in 1780. David married a sister of Abraham Lincoln's grandmother, named Shipley. Elizabeth McCord who was there also married a brother of Abraham Lincoln's grandmother. So we have much early McCord history to celebrate, along with the Sugaw Creek Church! We hope you can come to the September 11th Celebration!

Some most interesting and delicate developments continue regarding Fort McCord, PA. When we are able to discuss it, it will be shared with you, the parties involved having asked that it not be further discussed at this time. As you know, for many months we have worked to have Ft. McCord declared a National Historic Site on the Register of Historic Places in America, and we have received much fine cooperation from the Pennsylvania State History and Museum Commission personnel. 

Services for our very distinguished former Vice-President David McCord will be held May 29th at Estancia N.M. where he lived for several years. David McCord was also of the William McCord family of Fort McCord. Dave had been an expert Chinese linguist, teaching Chinese first as a Professor at Yale University, then at the Defense Language Institute at Monterrey California. There he served with a mentor and close friend who had been a missionary in China for many years and was the author of the book, They Called Us White Chinese. Dave later recruited Chinese linguists for the National Security Agency and the Top Secret Air Force Security Service. He will be sorely missed by all of us. For years he assisted many thousands of McCords in their family research. Our Senior Researcher Don McCord of Tennessee will be receiving Dave's most extensive files, some 700 binders on McCord families which he accumulated over his lifetime, so his legacy will continue!

Our Advisory Board member, Dr. Charles Reynolds, is in Belfast, Northern Ireland for the launching of his book, He Leadeth Me: The Travail and Triumph of The Scotch-Irish. which has just been published. Dr. Reynolds was the keynote speaker at our 2004 McCord Reunion in New Holland, PA and was the recipient of the coveted Order of British Empire from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace earlier, which is one of the highest honors in the British Government. We know his book will do well and we congratulate him on it!

We also learned through some research after the Reunion that our Society member Henry Sims and his sister Jane Johns and her daughter, Karen Caldwell, are related to a member of the British House of Lords, a very distinguished family. Congratulations all! Later this Fall there will be published on this web site profiles of our new members which you will find very interesting. New and renewal memberships for 2005 have been coming in at the rate of one or more a week and we are very proud of each of you! Funds in our Society's bank account stand at $1,711.00, with no indebtedness, of which we are also very pleased. 

Research of mine has been accumulating which appears to indicate that the ancestor of President George Bush, Hugh Weir, lived nearby Fort McCord in the early 1700's as did the ancestor of General Sam Houston of Texas fame. These three families, the Weirs (also spelled Ware and Weare), the McCords, and the Houstons, then "tracked" each other down into Augusta, later Rockbridge County, Virginia, and then into Washington County North Carolina (now Tennessee) during the American Revolution where some of the Weirs and McCords served in the Colonel John Sevier's Regiment together during the American Revolution. John Sevier was later first Governor of Tennessee. 

Two of Hugh Weir's sons were Captains in Sevier's N.C. Regiment and served at the Battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina. James McCord, Sr. and David McCord, Jr., sons of David of Derry, served in Col. Sevier's Regiment in the Washington County State Militia with the Weirs during the Revolution. 

After the Revolution, Hugh Weir's son,Jonathan, from whom President Bush is descended, and some of his family members moved to Blount County, Tennessee at the same period as did the James McCord Sr.'s family and the Houstons. Some of the Weirs, McCords and Houstons intermarried. 

General Sam Houston's private Secretary, Washington D. Miller, who was later Secretary of the Treasury in General Sam Houston's Republic of Texas, was the brother of Caroline Miller, the wife of Campbell W. McCord, son of James McCord Jr, grandson of David of Derry. The General Sam Houston and the McCord families were very close. All of this is most interesting and will be posted shortly on Jack McCord's website for your reading.

There is much more going on with our Society. Stay tuned to this website to read it as it is published and thank you for joining with us in 2005 as members of our great Society! 

Jim McCord
President, Clan McCord Society (McCord Family Association)
P.O. Box 471, Leola PA 17540
15 April 2005
Phone 717-656-4452
Clan McCord Society Home Page 
Jack McCord's McCord Newsletter website:

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