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*Samuel Drenning
b. abt 1680 County Antrim, Ireland
Married:
Ann Thompson

CHILD:
*William Drennon b. 1707 County Antrim, Ireland

William Drennon
b. 1707 County Antrim, Ireland
d. bef 1770
Married: 21 Feb 1727/1728 Carnmoney, Antrim, Ireland
Vera Clair
b. abt 1710 County Antrim, Ireland

CHILD:
*Samuel Drennan b. abt 1728 County Antrim, Ireland

Samuel Drennan
b. abt 1728 County Antrim, Ireland
d. 13 Apr 1787 Bedford County, Pennsylvania
(Notes for SAMUEL DRENNING: The following was taken from the Bedford County Archives Vol. 7 page 120. Information was obtained from Bedford and Westmoreland papers; Sam'l DRENAN.his receipt for 3.7.6 for assisting the Surveyor Gen'l to lay out the Town of Bedford. Dated 19th June, 1766.

ABSTRACTS OF 18TH CENTURY LAND APPLICATIONS,BEDFORD CO. ARCHIVES VOL. 1 ROB-18 PAGE 95. : Samuel Drennon. 200 acres in Cumberland Valley, 2 miles from Ft. Bedford, adj Proprietary's claim & William Ross (Rose). 10 Mar 1767, claim # 3004.; Page 100: John Keen, 300 acres in Cumberland Valley, adj. William Ross (Rose) and Samuel Drennon, on Great Road, extending to Wills Mt. 1/20/1767, #2492 ; Page 107: Robert Ross (Rose). 300 acres adj. Alexander Smith & Samuel Drennan in
Cumberland Valley. 1/25/1767, #2987.

From St. Clair's Bedford, Volume 10 # 2 page 1; Calander of Transactions,Bedford County, Deed Book A 23 May 1782, Deed, Samuel Drenning (also DRENON) of Bedford Twp., Bedford County, yoeman, to Thomas VICKROY, of Bedford Town, Bedford County, yoeman, Lot #37 in Bedford Town, Bedford County.

From St Clair's Bedford, Volume 10, #4 page 25; 1786 Bedford Township, Bedford County TAX LIST: SAMUEL DRENNEN; No taxable items listed.

The following is from the "Bedford County Archives, Vol 1 page 64 "titled Administration Bonds"; 4/13/1787 Samuel Drennen, dec'd. Ann, widow.

Sources: Jeanette Oelkers, Betsy Wardner and Carson Brown

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Notes for SAMUEL DRENNING: The following was taken from the BedfordCounty Archives Vol. 7 page 120. Information was obtained from Bedfordand Westmoreland papers; Sam'l DRENAN. his receipt for 3.7.6 forassisting the Surveyor Gen'l to lay out the Town of Bedford. Dated 19thJune, 1766.

ABSTRACTS OF 18TH CENTURY LAND APPLICATIONS, BEDFORD CO. ARCHIVES VOL. 1ROB-18 PAGE 95. : Samuel Drennon. 200 acres in Cumberland Valley, 2miles from Ft. Bedford, adj Proprietary's claim & William Ross (Rose). 10Mar 1767, claim # 3004.; Page 100: John Keen, 300 acres in CumberlandValley, adj. William Ross (Rose) and Samuel Drennon, on Great Road,extending to Wills Mt. 1/20/1767, #2492 ; Page 107: Robert Ross(Rose). 300 acres adj. Alexander Smith & Samuel Drennan in
Cumberland Valley. 1/25/1767, #2987.

From St. Clair's Bedford, Volume 10 # 2 page 1; Calander ofTransactions, Bedford County, Deed Book A 23 May 1782, Deed, SamuelDrenning (also DRENON) of Bedford Twp., Bedford County, yoeman, to ThomasVICKROY, of Bedford Town, Bedford County, yoeman, Lot #37 in BedfordTown, Bedford County.

From St Clair's Bedford, Volume 10, #4 page 25; 1786 Bedford Township,Bedford County TAX LIST: SAMUEL DRENNEN; No taxable items listed.

The following is from the "Bedford County Archives, Vol 1 page 64 "titledAdministration Bonds"; 4/13/1787 Samuel Drennen, dec'd. Ann, widow.

Sources: Jeanette Oelkers, Betsy Wardner and Carson Brown)
Married: bef 1762 Bedford County, Pennsylvania
Anne Baxter
b. 1740 Pennsylvania
d. aft 13 Apr 1787 Bedofrd County, Pennsylvania

CHILD:
*Catherine Drennan b. 25 Jan 1769 Pennsylvania

Catherine Drennan
b. 25 Jan 1769 Pennsylvania
d. 22 Feb 1862
(Catherine Drennan is probably the daughter of Samuel Drennan (Drenning), who arrived in what is now Bedford Co PA in the early 1760�s. He owned 200 acres of land in Cumberland Valley, Cumberland County, 2 miles from Ft. Bedford, PA. in 1767. Bedford Co. PA was not formed until 1771. S amuel was a Revolutionary War veteran as was his son, William Drennan b 30 Nov. 1762. William served in Capt. Davidson�s Company. (From unpublished information, the source unknown, which was in the files of James D. Boor, Box 203, RD 1, New Enterprise, PA 16664)

The immigrant ancestor of the Drenning (Drennan) family was probably William Drennan, a religious prisoner, transported to New Jersey from Edinburgh, Scotland during the 1680�s. According to family tradition, the Drennings are Irish, but are likely Scotch-Irish who came from Scotland and settled in Ulster, northern Ireland, William had three grandsons born in Chester Co. PA: Thomas, Samuel and John. Thomas move gto South Carolina, John to Tennessee, and Samuel to Bedford Co., PA. Consequently, we can assume that Samuel is the ancestor of our grandmother Catherine and the other Drennans who lived in Bedford Co. PA. (From unpublished information, the source unknown, which was in the files of James D. Boor, Box 203, RD 1, New Enterprise, PA 16664)
Married: 2 Mar 1785
John Wesley McCormick
b. 30 Aug 1754 Frederick County, Virginia
d. 18 Apr 1837 Fayette County, Indiana
(SR. JOHN WESLEY2 MCCORMICK I (THOMAS MCCORMICK1 JT) was born 30 Aug 1754 in Frederick Co. VA, and died 18 Apr 1837 in Fayette Co. IN. He married CATHERINE DRENNAN 02 Mar 1785 in Bedford Co. PA, daughter of SAMUEL DRENNAN and ANNE BAXTER. She was born 25 Jan 1769 in Pedford C. PA, and died 22 Feb 1862 in Fayette Co. IN.

Notes for SR. JOHN WESLEY MCCORMICK I:

John McCormick was born 30 Aug 1754 in Virginia. He died 8 Apr 1837 and is buried at the City Cemetery in Connersville, Indiana. He was married in 1785 to Catherine Drennen 1769-1862. He had eight sons and six daughters. John Jr. 1791-1825 married Bethia Case; William born 1793 married Susannah Woolverton; James 1797-1858 married Patsy Perkins; Catherine born in 1808; Mary 1813-1815. Source Page 269, Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana, 1938.

DAR application of Altie Gladden Wheeler

John McCormick enlisted twice from Virginia. This first enlistment was in the year 1776. His Captain was James Robinson under Colonel Christian. His sescond enlistment was also from Virginia. His Captain was James Shelby. His Colonel's name was not stated. His third enlistment was from Pennsylvania in 1780 in Captain McCall's Company. After his first two terms of service, which were on the frontier of Virginia, he moved to Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He engaged in the Indian fight at Matapo River. His application for a pension was September 15, 1832. Hs residence Fayette County, Indiana. His age 78 years. After his death, his widow, Cathering, was pensioned until her death in Februaru 1862. The evidence is founded upon information received from the War Department giving John McCormick's record as a soldier and his application for a pension. The records are to be found in the Record and Pension Office of the War Department. See National Number 5833.

From Indiana Biographies:

The McCormick Family McCauley, the English historian, said "The history of a country is best told in a record of the lives of its people." In conformity with this idea we will endeavor to present the history of these two families. The history of the McCormick family can be traced back to an early period in Scotland. During that period of Scotch history known as the "Covenanters" when the trouble arose between the established church and the Presbyterians, the McCormicks on account of persecution emigrated to the northern part of Ireland. They remained there for a time and later emigrated to America settling in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

John McCormick, Sr. a descendent of the McCormick family that came to America about the year 1700, was born about thirty miles from Winchester, Virginia, August 30th. 1754. At that time it was a province of Great Britain. The McCormicks were loyal to the king, but being opposed to the tyranical sic measures of the English government, early cast their lot with the colonists in their struggle for independence. John McCormick Sr. served in the Revolutionary war from 1776 to 1783, as the records in the War Department show. His first enlistment in 1776 was in Captain James Robinson�s Co. in Col. Church�s regiment, He again enlisted January 8th. 1778, in Captain James Shelley�s Co. and afterward served in Captain Mark�s Co. 14th Virginia regiment, subsequently in the same Co. with the 10th Virginia regiment under Col. Charles Lewis. His last enlistment was from Pennsylvania for three month�s service. A part of his service was against the Indians on the frontier. The records show that he engaged in a fight with the Indiana on the Wataga sic River. His residence at the time of his first enlistment was Molachucky sic River, Virginia, now a part of Tennessee. In 1780 at the expiration of his second enlistment he located in Bedford, Pennsylvania. On the 24th of March he was married to Catherine Drennen at Bedford, Pa. And in 1808 the whole family moved to Ohio, and settled in Preble County not far from Eaton. The overland trip was made in wagons, then down the Ohio River in flatboats.

They remained in Ohio only a short time then "Westward Ho," journeyed to the territory of Indiana. The remained sometime at the fort at Connorsville as there was trouble with the Indians at that time, but Mr. McCormick was the first man to leave the protection of the fort and venture to settle elsewhere. He located on land adjoining Connersville, and there spent the rest of his life, dying April 18th. 1837, aged 83 years, 7 months, and 19 days Catherine McCormick, wife of John McCormick, was born January 25th 1769, in the state of Pennsylvania. She was pensioned as her husbands widow, and survived him until February 22, 1862, and passed away at the age of 93 years and 28 days.)

CHILD:
*Anne McCormick b. 6 Aug 1787

* denotes a direct lineage

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