was born say 1630. Loeser finds nothing to prove the connection of this John Maccubbin to a John Maccubbin of Knockdolian, Scotland, as has often been suggested.1
He married Elinor (?)
. The claim that John Maccubbin married Susan, daughter of Samuel Howard, as made by Warfield2
, cannot be supported. In fact, there is no evidence that he married any Howard woman or, in fact, had a wife other than Eleanor. The will of Samuel Howard, made 28 Feb. 1702/3 and probated 9 Nov. 1703, does mention grandchildren John, Samuel and Elizabeth Maccubbins but Elizabeth was still single and John and Samuel were not yet 18, much younger that the like-named sons of John Maccubbin, Sr. They were, in fact, sons of John Maccubbin, Jr.3
Confusion may also have resulted from the fact that Eleanor, widow of John Maccubbin, married John Howard, Sr., a brother of this Samuel Howard.
Ellis Browne claimed three hundred acres of land for transporting himself, Edward Stone and John Maccubbin to Maryland in 1649. [Patents 5:462-3].4
"Genealogy of the Welsh and Hyatt Families
Author: Luther W. Welsh
Call Number: CS71.W442
JOHN MACCUBBIN, IMMIGRANT.
I. Jn. Maccubbin, the writer's Scotch ancestor, prob. came to Md. in 1659 (or 1659-60), the yr. in wh. he took up "Timber Rock" in A. A. Co. His marriage, not until 6 yrs later (1665), indicates that he was then a young man, b. prob. c1640.
His will, dated 9.21.1685, proved 7.31.1686 (doubtless the year he died), names his wf. Ellenor, exec; four sons (Sam, Wm., Zachariah and Moses, who were under 18 yrs. of age, that is, b. after July 1667), to each of whom he left 50a. of "Wordrape" on the north side of South R; and his son John (clearly his eldest son, b. before July, 1667), to whom he bequeathed, without age restriction, 140 acres, "Brampton," on the n. side of South R. (Annap. 4.207, as given in Md. Cal., v. 2). No das. are given in the will, although he had at least 2 das. then living, viz., Eliz. (See Sec. 1, Sam Howard's will, 1702-1703), and Sarah (Sec. 1, will of Jn. Hwd., Sr., 1695-96, and will of Elinor Hwd., 1705-11, below).
"Old Kent," 50 yrs. ago, wrote (p. 150) of Nicholas Maccubbin (gd. son of Jn.1) that he was "a Scotchman (called Maccubbin in the Lowlands, but whose name in his native Highlands was MacAlpine), who claimed descent from Kenneth II, surnamed MacAlpine, who died in 858, and who, having united the Scots and Picts under one sceptre, was the first King of all Scotland." This claim of descent from the royal line of Scotland's Kings, who reigned for 25 generations, seems to have been accepted as authentic by Md. genealogists (See "Founders," 177; Miss Lantz, B. Sun, 6.10.1906; "Marylanders of Royal Blood," B. Sun, 9.23.1906; Col. Fams. IV, Maccubbin). Mr. R. R. Griffith, whose genealogy is composed entirely of descs. of Jn. Maccubbin1 through his da. Sarah, contented himself with saying that his Maccubbin forbear was "a scion of an ancient Scottish family."
It is rather strange that the published "genealogies" are exceptionally erroneous concerning Jn. Maccubbin's marriage and children. Thus, "Founder's," p. 177: "Jn. Mccbn. m.1 Susan Howard of Sam, and m. Elinor, who was, as I believe, of the fam. of Dr. Chs. Carroll and Jas. Cll. of A. H. Par., both of whom were wss. to her will in 1711" (1705). Miss Lantz, B. Sun, 6.10.1906: "Jn. Mccbn., Colonist, m.1 Sarah Hwd. of Sam and had Jn., Zach., Wm., Sam and Moses; m.2 Eleanor, believed to be Carroll. and had Sarah., thought by descs. of Jn. to have been the only child by his 2d wife, as the other chn. are named in the will of their gd. fa. Saml. Howard" (only 3 Macubbin chn. are named in this will). Comes now Col. Fams. IV with the same or similar errors: "Jn. Mccbn. m.?? Susan Hwd., da. of Saml. Hwd. and Cath. Warner, and had Jn., Sam., Wm., Zach., Moses and Eliz; m.2 Elinor Carroll (conjecture now given as fact), and had Sarah, only child by 2d wf." "Abridged compend of American Genealogy" [published 1925] has the faults of the above, or worse (See pp. 50, 192, 381). The facts, with proofs, are as follows:
(1st). Jn. Maccubbin m.1 a da. of Saml. Hwd., by whom he had 3 chn. only, Jn., Saml., and Eliz. (will of Saml. Hwd. Sec. 1). (2d). The above sons, Jn. Jr. and Saml., are named in their father's will above: Jn. as the chief beneficiary, over 18 when the will was made, 9.21.1685; and Saml., as under 18. This proves that Jn. was b. prior to Sep. 21, 1667 (c1666), that Saml., the 2d son, was b. after Sep. 21, 1667 (c1668), and that Eliz., as the 3d and last child by 1st wf., was b. about 1669 or 1670 (confirmed by date of birth of Sarah, the next child, below). (3d). These facts established, others follow, viz.: That Jn. McC. m. his 1st wife in 1665 (possibly earlier, but not later); That she, if not over 15 or 16 at marriage, was b. not later than 1650 (c1649), and that her mother (wife of Saml. Hwd.) must have been at least 16 yrs. older, that is, b. c1633 (See Sec. 1, Saml. Hwd.).
Note--There is no reason to believe that Jn. McCubbin's 1st wf. did not d. before her husband remarried. Hence, unless Sam. Hwd. had 2 das. of the name Susan, Jn. McC.1 did not m. Susan Howard, as Susan was living in 1702, and is named in her father, Saml. Howard's, will of that date. Nor was Jn. McC.'s 1st wf. Sarah Howard of Saml., if "Founders," p. 70. is correct in stating that Sarah m. Peter Porter. It is probable that a. da. of Saml. Howard, whose name is unknown, older than Sarah and Susan, was Jn. Maccubbin's 1st wf. She d. soon after the birth of her only da., Eliz., who, in such case, may well have been given the mother's name.
Jn. Maccubbin m.2 Elinor(???), who survived him and m., as her 2d husband, Jn. Howard, Sr. (See wills of her husbands). Sarah Mcbn. was the da. of Jn. and Elinor, and m.1 Wm. Griffith, immigrant, and m.2 Th. Reynolds (See will of Jn. Hwd., Sr., 1695, in Sec. 1; will of Wm. Gth., 1699, Annap., Book H. fol. 302; will of Elinor Hwd., 1705, below). Sarah's 2d m.--to Th. Reynolds--occurred 11.30.1699 (St. Anne .372). Her 1st m.--to Wm. Gth.--was in 1687, not later than Jan. 1687-8, as her eldest child, Orlando Gth., was b. 10.21.1688 (See Gth. Gen., p. 2). Thus, only 17 yrs. intervened between the birth of Eliz. (c1670), Jn. Mcbn.'s da. by his 1st wf., and the marriage of Sarah (1687), his da. by his 2d wf. This means that Jn. Mcbn.'s Howard wife d. c1670 (the year her last ch. was born), that he m. his 2d wf. Elinor c1670-71 (prob. 1671), and had Sarah, b. 1671 or 1672, and only 15 or 16 yrs. old when she m. Wm, Griffith in 1687. Sarah was thus, unmistakably, the eldest ch. of Jn. Mcbu. and his 2d wf. Elinor, and his other chn., Wm., Zach. and Moses were b. after Sarah, chn. of Elinor, not of the Howard wife."5
John MacCubbin is on the ancestor roster for the Colonial Dames XVIIth Century. According to the listing, John MacCubbin migrated to America
in 1659. John MacCubbin was born ca. 1630 and married Elinor who was deceased by 1685. He was a landowner in Maryland about 1660.6
John Maccubbin appears to have already held some land when he obtained his oldest known land patent, in 1665, for Timber Neck.4
In 1665, he patented 40 acres called Timber Neck. On 13 Nov. 1666, he bought Brampton, 100 acres, from Richard and Rachel Beard. On 14 March 1675 he bought Wardrope, 200 acres, from Mary Gardner.4
He left a will on 21 September 1685 at Anne Arundel County, Maryland
. It was probated on July 31, 1686. His widow, Eleanor, was named the executrix and willed her dower rights. His sons Samuel, William, Zacharias and Moses got the 200 acres of Wordrape on the north side of the South River, equally. These sons were not yet 18. Son John got the 140 acres of Bramton, also on the north side of the South River.7,8