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 Jenet Gilchrist “Jennie Bahn” <I>Smith</I> McNeil

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Jenet Gilchrist “Jennie Bahn” Smith McNeil

Daughter of John & Margaret (Gilchrist) Smith. She arrived in America wirh her family at the age of 11 in 1731.

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"There is more data about "Jenny Bahn" McNeill in the anecdotal section of the Cumberland Co, NC history. Generally, she was an astute business woman, befriended many Argyle emigres, land speculator, drove cattle to market to the north, met and knew luminaries such as Flora MacDonald and was a supporter of the loyalist efforts (however some suspect she may have sold cattle and horses to either side if they had the coin to pay for the items.)

Jennie Bahn McNeill, born Jenet Smith, daughter of John Smith, from the Longstreet section of Cumberland Co., was known for her beauty; a trait that acquired her the name, Bahn, a Gaelic word for fair (Jenny the Fair). She married Archibald McNeill of the Barbecue section of Harnett. Not only for her beauty, she was known for her sprightliness, her wit, unusual talent for business, and was regarded as second to none in the Scottish settlement for energy of character, second only to Flora MacDonald. she was also said to be a personal friend of Benjamin Franklin, which may have accounted for her many business connections.

After her death, her sons had a huge gravestone carved and sent from Scotland. It was so big and heavy that it fell while trying to get it off of the barge in North Carolina. It lay on the river bank for years before someone was finally able to get it to the gravesite."





  • Created by: Robert Garms & Margaret Stier-Garms
  • Added: 9 Nov 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 61357483
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jenet Gilchrist “Jennie Bahn” Smith McNeil (1720–11 Nov 1791), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61357483, citing Church of the Covenant Cemetery, Spring Lake, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Robert Garms & Margaret Stier-Garms (contributor 46905852) .