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Michael McCarty II (1754-1843)


Michael McCarty



In 1706, Anglican parishes were created and were the main divisions of Colonial South Carolina until 1769.


Michael McCarty II1 son of Michael McCarty and Mary Jane Dulaney was born on Feb 16, 1754 in South Carolina in the area that was renamed in 1800 as the Edgefield District.


There is no known documentation that states his parents or all of the descendants of this Michael McCarty. There are disagreements as to his birth and death years. This biography lists the general consensus of most sources in hopes that others will make additions/deletions/corrections and add additional documentation if available.


There is a significant difference in the reported birth and death years of Michael McCarty. Examples

  • "A History of Edward McCarty ..." states that he was born on Feb 16, 1754 and died at 90 years of age in 1843 according to his RW pension records.

  • "McCarty Family History" states that Michael was born in 1732 and died in 1854 at 122 years of age according to bible records of Tillman McCarty, a grandson of Michael McCarty.

  • Above source also states that he died March, 1860 (typo?) and that his death certificate gives his age.

  • Find A Grave comments that he was in the 1850 Census Mortality Schedule which lists his age as 106 (b. 1744) and his birth location as Virginia. FAG lists 1754 as his birth year.1,2,3,4,5

In 1769, the 96th District was one of the new districts formed in South Carolina to replace the Anglican parishes.



Michael McCarty age 17 married Jane Ellen Bryant age 13 in 1771 in 96th Dist, SC.2

Michael served in the military btw 1777 and 1782 in South Carolina Revolutionary War.5

He lived in in 1778 in the in Camden District, South Carolina, 1769, 1800.6

In 1780 he was on the. Petit Jury list. In Camden District, South Carolina, 1769, 1800 for the area between the Broad and Catawba Rivers.7


His wife, Jane Ellen Bryant, died in 1780 in Edgefield, 96th Dist, SC at 22 years of age.2


Michael McCarty age 26 married Martha Boddie age 24 daughter of Unknown Boddie c. 1780.2,3


Edgefield Co SC was one of the seven counties formed within the Ninety-Sixth District in 1785.

Michael McCarty , 36, appeared as Head of Household in the census in 1790 in Edgefield Co, 96th Dist, SC. Michael McCartney: males 1<16, 2>16; females 4. Dennis McCarty and Nathan Boddie appear on same page.

Michael lived in 1800.

Edgefield Co Ninety-Sixth District SC was renamed as Edgefield District in 1800. Michael McCarty , 46, appeared as Head of Household in the census in 1800 in Prince Williams, Beaufort Co, South Carolina. Males 1 10-15, 1>45; females 1<10, 1 26-44. right Michael?.8


Michael McCarty was the Head of Household in the census in 1810 in Edgefield Dist, SC. Michael McCarty: males 2 16-25, 1>45 (bef 1765); females 1 16-25, 1 26-44, 1>45 (bef 1765); 3 slaves.


His wife, Martha Boddie, died in 1810 in Edgefield Dist, SC at 54 years of age.2


Michael McCarty age 57 married Nancy Phillips age 26 c. 1811.2,4



Michael McCarty was the Head of Household in the census in 1820 in Edgefield Dist, SC. Males: 2<10, 1 10-15, 1 26-44, 1>45(bef(1775); females 2<10, 1 26-44 (1776-1794); male slaves 1<14; female slaves 1<14.


The family of Michael McCarty moved from South Carolina to Jefferson Co, Alabama in 1827. Jefferson Co, Alabama.5


Michael McCarty was the Head of Household in the census in 1830 in Richland District, South Carolina. Michael McCarty: males 1 70-79; females 1<5, 1 30-39; 1 slave.9

Michael McCarty granted Revolutionary War Pension No. S11049 beginning [d] for the sum of $68.33 in in Elyton, Jefferson Co, Alabama. It continued until Nov 17, 1843 when he died.3 Michael applied for a Revolutionar War Pension Application on May 12, 1835 in Jefferson Co, Alabama aged 81.He lists his service record and birth date and location and states that he has no documentation of his age. States that he moved to Alabama in 1827.5 Michael was SC.

He was listed in the census in 1840 in Jefferson Co, Alabama. : Michael McCarty 90, veteran10

Michael McCarty was the head of household in the state census in 1840 in Jefferson Co, Alabama. : Michael McCarty 90 was on Revolutionary War Pensioners Census.11,12

Michael died on Nov 17, 1843 in Jefferson Co, Alabama.1,2,3 He was buried in Jefferson Co, Alabama.3

He. NOTE: Much of this biography comes from the unpublished McCarty Family History by Minnie Eva McCarty Tipton.

'Michael McCarty born 1732, died 1854--age 122 years.' So reads an entry in the Bible of James McCarty, great-grandson of this Michael.James copied the entry from the bible of his father, Tillman McCarty,son of Philip McCarty, son of Michael.

This Michael McCarty was born in Edgefield, South Carolina.

In the 1810 census of Edgefield, South Carolina, the home of these McCartys, there are at least three Michael McCartys. In the Revolutionary history of this section of South Carolina, four Michaels are found. In 1820 two Michaels still remain in Edgefield, but in 1830 no Michael appears in the census at all.

Mrs. Eula McCarty Lansford of Crockett, Texas, says, 'My father told me that his great-grandfather Michael lived in Jefferson County,Alabama, and that he once owned the land on which Birmingham now stands and leagues and leagues besides.' Her father, Michael, was brother of James and son of Tillman.

A Michael McCarty of Jefferson County, Alabama, lived in Short Creek and owned land there, but diligent search has not shown that he was a large land owner in Jefferson County.

On July 18, 1834, Michael McCarty sold land to Amos Lea for $300. It is listed in Book 5, p. 153 as N.E. 1/4, Sec. 20, Township 17, Range5, west. John B. Ayers is witness. The deed was signed 'Michael McCarty' and 'Nancy McCarty.'


In Book 6, p. 248, March 26, 1838, Michael borrows $56 from Robert Waldrop to be paid on March 1, 1839. Michael, as security, uses a 10 year old Negro boy, Loose. This agreement is witnessed by Nehemiah Taylor, Amos Lea, and A. C. Waldrop.

Michael had five sons and at least three daughters, if he is the father of Philip McCarty of Dale County, Alabama, and of Penelope McCarty Musgrove of Blount County, Alabama. Mike McCarty, Jr., was surely his son, and Henry, James, and Benager were three other sons living near him in Jefferson County.

If Michael was the father of Penelope Musgrove, he was also the father of two other daughters (given names unknown) one of whom married a Philip Slaughter and the other a Talliferro, probably Philip.

Michael and Nancy gave their consent for the marriage of Henry McCarty and Elvira Gilley December 9, 1838.

Descendants and friends of Benager and James McCarty of Jefferson County, Alabama, testify that James and Benager were Michael's sons and half brothers of Henry.

In a letter from Mr. John Trice of Quinton, Alabama, 1955, concerning Michael McCarty of Jefferson County he says: 'I am a great-grandson of Michael McCarty. My mother was Mary Ann McCarty, daughter of Benager McCarty, son of Michael, the Revolutionary soldier. I heard my Uncle Philip Wilson McCarty speak of him . . . . I do not know whether Michael ever lived in what is now Birmingham. Elyton was the county seat in Michael 's time. . . .I have heard from my mother and others that the McCartys came to Dale County from Edgefield, South Carolina.My mother had an Uncle Henry who was a half brother to her father Benager.'

In a letter from Mr. Thomas Salter Quinton, Alabama, on January 18,1956, he had this to say about the Jefferson County McCartys: 'My fore parents came to Alabama with the McCartys in the period 1810-1820. My grandfather lived with the McCartys until he grew up and married. During that time James McCarty moved to Dale County, made a crop, sold it in the field, and moved back to this location. My grandfather, Silas Nathaniel Salter, drove a team of oxen to Dale County, spent the period of time they stayed there and then drove back here......I own the land that James McCarty entered in 1832 or 1833.

'Mahala McCarty, daughter of James, married Justice Berry, and they had one son, James. He told me that old Michael rode horseback from Short Creek to Brake Bend, about ten miles, in 1850, took sick and died at their house, age105. I would guess that he is buried in the Brake Bend, as there is an old cemetery there but there is no one living now that would know. Michael had a son Henry. His wife, Elizabeth Elvira, lived with my family more than a year when I was a boy. She said her uncle toted her on his back from South Carolina to Alabama. Aunt Elvira, as we called her, died in the Walker County Alms House when she was near 100 years old. Her husband was a teacher. They had only one child, Owen Alcy. (Alsa).'

Mr. Trice also stated that James Justice, son of Mahala, said Michael died at the home of his grandparents, Rebecca and James McCarty.

Judge Philip McCarty, judge of an inferior court in Macon County,Georgia, from 1840 to 1842, moved to Dale County in 1842 where he remained until his death in 1879. His father and at least one brother,'a red-haired old man who could put his hands on his horse's back and vault into the saddle' lived in Alabama, according to Mrs. Pet Maynard, one of Philip's granddaughters. He visited Philip many times in Dale County, riding horse back from his home to Dale.

Horse back riders figure prominently in the traditional history of the McCarty family. Michael, father of Philip, is said to have ridden horse back from South Carolina to Alabama. Philip rode from Georgia to Alabama on horse back; and Michael, age 106 rode to his death in Short Creek.

Though the connection is not too plain, three things indicate that this Michael was the father of Philip McCarty. First, Michael lived inJefferson County, and so did Philip's father Michael. Second, Jamesa nd Benegar were Michael's sons, and there are strong indications that these two sons were Philip's brothers. James moved to Dale County, and Philip was already living there. Then the family names of these three McCartys and of Henry, too, are similar. Philip had a son Alsa, and sodid Henry. Philip's second wife's name was Mahala, and James had a daughter Mahala. Alsa, Philip's son, had a daughter Catherine, and sodid James. Philip had a sister Penelope and both James and Benager had daughters named Penelope. Philip had a daughter Mary Ann, a son James, Michael, and son Wilson, a son Philip and so did Benager.4



Jane Ellen Bryant2 and Michael McCarty had the following children:




Martha Boddie2 was the daughter of Unknown Boddie (1735?- ). She and Michael McCarty had the following children:




Nancy Phillips2 and Michael McCarty had the following children:




Find A Grave. Custom Id: 48; online.


Ancestry Family Trees. Custom Id: 29;


A History of Edward McCarty and His Descendants. Custom Id: 934;


McCarty Family History. Custom Id: 132; personal copy.


Revolutionary War Pension Record, May 12, 1835, Michael McCarty, Pension Application,


South Carolina, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890. Custom Id: 167;


U.S., Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820. Custom Id: 676;


1800 United States Federal Census


1830 United States Federal Census


1840 United States Federal Census


Alabama Census, 1810-90. Custom Id: 258;


Revolutionary War Pensioners Census, 1841. Custom Id: 909;