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 Patrick McCullough

Patrick McCullough

Birth
Northern Ireland
Death 8 Jan 1811 (aged 75–76)
Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 6283056 · View Source
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The following is excerpted from Edward Miles McCullough, "The McCullough Family", unpublished manuscript, ca.1944:

The founder of our branch of the McCulloughs in America, was Patrick McCullough, born in Ireland, in 1735. The place of his birth is not known; but the fact that he was of stout Presbyterian stock, might possibly, although not necessarily, indicate his family came from Ulster in northern Ireland, the home of Irish Protestantism. That, however, is merely a matter of conjecture, without definite basis in fact.

Against such a theory, may be set the fact that the family sailed from Cork, on the south coast of Ireland, in 1750, for their new home in America. The real truth is, we have no information relative to the other members of Patrick McCullough's family. We only know that the McCullough family, of which Patrick was one of the children, sailed from Cork, landed in Philadelphia and quickly settled somewhere in Chester County, Pennsylvania; the exact location is unknown. At that time, Patrick McCullough was a lad of fifteen. Who were the other members of his family, or what became of them, is not of record, --at least so far as I have been able to find.

The next positive date in Patrick McCullough's life, is August 1775. At that time, the first Presbyterian church to be founded west of the Allegheny mountains, was organized in Patrick McCullough's home, near the settlement of Pigeon Creek, in Washington County, about eight miles from the present town of Washington, in western Pennsylvania. Twenty five years had passed since the family had landed in Philadelphia; and Patrick McCullough then was 40 years old.

Not only was Patrick McCullough one of the founders of the Pigeon Creek Presbyterian church, but he maintained an active interest in it, to the end of his days....At his death in 1811, he was buried in the old Presbyterian Cemetery at the rear of the meeting house. The old church, then standing, was replaced by a brick edifice, in 1829, which still is standing and in excellent condition.

When the Revolutionary War broke out, Patrick McCullough enlisted in a Company of Pennsylvania Militia, raised in Washington County. In Volume II, page 204, Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, he is listed as a private in Captain Ramsey's Company. This fact is further borne out by the certification, of which the following is a copy:--"Patrick McCullough served as a private in the 3rd Class, on the Class Roll of Captain Robert Ramsey's Company, Washington County Militia, list undated, in the war of the Revolution. (Signed) H.H. Shenck, Archivist, Pennsylvania State Library and Museum, Harrisburg."
Beginning in 1781, Patrick McCullough started his judicial career, being first Justice of the Peace, then Judge of the Common Pleas Court and also Justice of the Orphan's Court of Washington County, Pennsylvania. (See Creigh's History of Washington County and also Crumrine's History of Washington County.)

As newcomers poured in, to more and more develop western Pennsylvania, Patrick McCullough prospered and became a man of prominence. He was a Judge, owned a large farm near Pigeon Creek, possessed a number of slaves and was man of influence in his church and community. In later life however, becoming convinced that slavery was contrary to the will of God and the spirit of the United States Constitution, he manumitted his slaves.

...notwithstanding the fact that Patrick McCullough had a substantial home and slaves in 1775, I have encountered no record or suggestion, of his having a wife or family, up to that date. Then came the Revolutionary War and his enlistment in the Washington County Militia, with no indication of home ties. In 1781 he began his judicial career, with still no record or mention of wife or family. By that time he was 46 years old and apparently a confirmed bachelor. Four more years passed, Patrick McCullough evidently living alone. By that time, he had reached the age of fifty, easily old enough to be a Grandfather; but still he remained unmarried. By then it was 1785.

Suddenly Patrick McCullough left Pigeon Creek and made the long hard trip over the mountains, across practically the entire width of Pennsylvania, back to Chester County, near Philadelphia, the scene of his youth. There in 1785. he married Hannah Smith, a pleasant faced, sunny mannered Irish woman, then 34 years old and sixteen years younger than her husband. Their bridal tour was the rough roads and twisting trails across the mountains to Pigeon Creek. At long last, Patrick McCullough had, not a mere house, but a home and a wife.





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In / Memory / of / PATRICK McCOLLOUGH / who departed this life / January 8th 1811.


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  • Maintained by: John W. Coffey
  • Originally Created by: Cindy Morton Scherer
  • Added: 22 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6283056
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Patrick McCullough (1735–8 Jan 1811), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6283056, citing Pigeon Creek Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by John W. Coffey (contributor 47365586) .