McVicker, Moreland, Pinnell, Scruggs Surname Genealogy




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Moreland, McVicker, Pinnell, Scruggs and allied families

Moreland, McVicker, Pinnell, Scruggs and allied families


An Introduction


Our Maternal family ancestors are, for the most part, “Scots-Irish” and English in origin.  Most if not all of our family arrived in America prior to the Revolutionary War.  The Scots-Irish have always been known as fiery and restless people.  It seems that they were perpetually on the move in an effort to find “greener pastures” or to quote Daniel Boone, more “elbow room.”   There are no great or famous persons within this family tree.  Most supported their families through farming and stock-raising.  Some were lawyers, teachers and preachers.  On the whole they were pretty much just “regular folks”.


Many of our grand-fathers and mothers witnessed
 or played an integral part in some of the great and
 remarkable events that shaped the development
 of America during the past 380 years.

Our  10th great-grandparents  Joris and Catalyntje Rapalje were  a  part  of  the  Huguenot  refugee colony

that came over from Holland to  New Netherland, in 1624.  Michael Pauluszen (Michael son of Paul), was born about 1610 in Flanders.   He came to America as a young man sometime prior to 1640.  Both Rapalje and Pauluzen settled at New Amsterdam, the 17th-century Dutch colonial settlement that served as the capital of New Netherland, and now known as the great city of New York.  Giles Carter, of Gloucestershire, England, landed At the Colony of Virginia  around 1653 as an indentured servant.   In  1677,  then  a landowner  in  Henrico County,  Giles  was

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intimately involved  with  our  9th great-grandfather  Captain James Crewes  in the  historic event known

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as Bacon’s Rebellion   Abraham Eades was one of many citizens of Albemarle County, Virginia such as Thomas Jefferson and his brother Randolph Jefferson to sign the Albemarle County Declaration of Independence, on April 21st, 1779, the original of which is preserved in the rooms of the Virginia Historical Society in the city of Richmond.    During   the   American   Revolutionary   War,    Our  6th great-grandparents Nicholas and Hannah (Bracken) Bishop provided at least four of  their sons to the

cause of liberty.  Because their family was so involved with the support of the War the British Loyalists burned the Bishop home and destroyed or carried away anything of value with the exception of a few family papers or records that were saved when Hannah sat on them during this awful act of war.  The elderly Nicholas was taken prisoner by the British and held captive in a jail in Camden, South CarolinaMichael Dickson  and  Nicholas Bishop, III  were  both  present, on August 6, 1780  at  the  Battle of Hanging Rock  in  South  Carolina.   Observing  it  all  was   13-year-old  Andrew Jackson,  who

later  said  that  he  modeled his own fighting style after the brave men of Hanging Rock.  Samuel Scott Scruggs spent the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge , as a Private in General George Washington’s Continental ArmyBenjamin Peachee served in the 2nd New Jersey Regiment and fought in the Battle of Monmouth.  He was also present the night British   Major John Andre  was  hanged  as  a  spy  at  Tappan,  New  York   on October  2, 1780Robert  Douglass was  present at the siege of Yorktown, in 1781, which effectively  ended the American Revolutionary War.  He also served as a teamster in the War of 1812. 

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John Robert McVicker, and his father James McVicker were both in the Union Army during the American Civil WarAlbea Scruggs and six of his brothers served in various regiments of J.E.B. Stuart's  Virginia Cavalry in the Army of Northern Virginia during the same conflict.



We believe that many of our grandparents are
 excellent examples of individuals and pioneer
 families who participated in the westward expansion
 of the U. S. during the 18th and 19th century


Our great-grandfathers James Kerr, Nicholas Bishop, Jacob Leyenberger and Jacob Christman are typical of the thousands Scots-Irish and German pioneers who traveled the “Great Wagon Road” south from Pennsylvania through the Shenandoah Valley into Virginia and the Carolinas, prior to the American Revolutionary War.  After the War many of our great grand-parents crossed the Appalachian Mountains.  They made these dangerous journeys by moving up mountain valleys and through gaps on ancient Native-American pathways.

They moved into the wild lands of Tennessee and Kentucky as the Indians moved out or even perhaps at times before.  In 1787, our grandparents Robert Douglass his wife Mary Cummings and young family moved from Augusta County, Virginia to the upper part of East Tennessee.  In 1794 William Walker moved from the Virginia Frontier into Kentucky as did Robert  Brown in 1797.  Our 6th   great-grandparents Benjamin and Anna (Abbott) Peachee traveled the Pennsylvannia Road and the Ohio River during their migration from New Jersey to Kentucky around 1794.

As the westward expansion of pioneer settlers proceeded across the American Continent during the 19th Century many of our ancestors were in the vanguard of pioneers to enter the newly created territories west of the Mississippi River.  Our 3rd great-grandfather Asa Pinnell came to the Missouri Territory about 13 years after it was included into the Louisiana Purchase.  It is most probable that he pushed other early poineer families of Maries County hard for the honored place as the "first settler" and if he did not win the race, he undoubtedly ran a close second.  Around the same time Asa’s parents Peter and Ann Pinnell migrated to Missouri along with several of their children’s families which included their daughter Dorcas and son-in-law Stephan Sullivan.  This group settled along the Meramec River upon the advice of none

other than Daniel Boone via the aforementioned Stephan Sullivan’s Uncle also a Stephan Sullivan and an associate of Boone’s.  Apparently Boone remarked to him the following, "Sullivan, this is the region that I was telling you about. In these hills you will find copper, lead and game in abundance."  George Moreland was born 1775 in Maryland.  His restless nature kept him moving west

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throughout his long life.  He eventually died in Missouri in 1853.  In between George and his wife Hannah produced 10 offspring and resided in South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Illinois.  The family of our 3rd great-grandparents William and Sarah (Douglass) Rhodes traveled via the Cherokee Trail and the Old Spanish Trail with the Turner-Duke wagon train to California in 1857.  Along the way they narrowly missed being involved in the “Mountain Meadows Massacre” that occurred in the Utah Territory on September 11 of that year.  Our Rhodes ancestors are listed among the pioneer families of Tulare County having arrived there as early as 1860.

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The following the surnames of direct ancestral lines found in our maternal family tree.  Web pages have or will be constructed for each name.  For more information about a specific family you are invited to click on the appropriate surname link listed below.   Please note that we have two distinct GREEN, JOHNSON, PARKER, and WALKER families in this database.

·        Abbott

·        Armstrong

·        Ashbury

·        Ball

·        Bennett

·        Barrie#

·        Bickombe

·        Bishop

·        Bleasdale

·        Blew

·        Bonde

·        Booker

·        Bracken

·        Brown

·        Campbell

·        Carter

·        Childress

·        Christman

·        Clemens#

·        Cloue

·        Countis

·        Crewes

·        Cummings

·        Demoss

·        Dickson

·        Douglass

·        Eades

·        Eubanks#

·        Faust

·        Gardner

·        Geisler

·        Gobel

·        Godwin

·        Greason

·        Green(1)

·        Green(2)

·        Howson

·        Johnson(1)

·        Johnson(2)

·        Kerr

·        Kraemer

·        Langston

·        Lineberry#

·        Loux

·        Luz

·        Mason

·        McVicker

·        Moreland

·        Mougenat

·        Neely

·        Neuvillers

·        Parker(1)

·        Parker(2)

·        Peachee

·        Pinnell

·        Portner

·        Rapalje

·        Rhodes

·        Ringenbach

·        Robertson

·        Rohrbach

·        Ross

·        Royston

·        Scruggs

·        Sheperd

·        Smythes#

·        Sonst

·        Stahlin

·        Sturler

·        Thon

·        Trico

·        Vanderford#

·        Vinnell

·        Walker

·        Webb

·        Werli#

·        Wright

·        Yarbrough

·        Zandt

# Other prominent spelling variations:   Berry / Barry;   Clemmons;   Eubank / Ubanck;  Leyenberger / Lineberger;   Smithes;   VanderVoort / Vandiford;   Verly

Additional information about the persons in our database  as   well  as   a   complete

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listing of individuals with this surname may be reviewed by clicking on this LINK.

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We have archived copies of our family newsletter.  The Newsletter is published quarterly, and focuses upon interesting aspects in the lives of our ancestors included in the family tree of our maternal ancestors. Inquiries concerning this publication should be directed to us via the contact information found at the end of this page.


Use the following LINK to view the past newsletters pertaining to our maternal family.



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MMPS Surnames

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If you have an elementary knowledge of heraldry you may wish to use this practice to trace your founding forefather.  If you know the geographical place (country, county, city) where the family coat-of-arms was first identified, you may well search its history for the family name in question in order to find your direct ancestor.  Remember that most noble European family pedigrees have been thoroughly researched and published.   By putting together the family surname with the known location you may find a treasure trove of valuable information about your ancestors.  Upon pursing your research you should be aware of the possibility of variant spellings of the surname.  See Variations of the Surname for more information about variant spellings of the surname.

Many family historians who have not connected with a noble ancestor may just want to know what their family coat-of-arms looks like.  If this is the situation you must know that except for a few cases, there is really no such thing as a standard "coat of arms" for a surname.  A coat-of-arms is a design usually granted only to a single person not to an entire family or to a particular surname.  Coats of arms are inheritable property, and they generally descend to male lineal descendents of the original arms grantee.  As a result you are advised to seek out a coat-of-arms for the locale where your ancestor resided.


Our galleries contain full-sized images of Coats-of Arms that pertain to the surnames of our direct ancestral lineage, as listed above in our “Surname Index”.   As most surnames have many variant spellings we suggest that you also view the galleries of our other two sub-sites as they make have a surname that is similar or has a slightly different spelling that the one you are researching.

Use this LINK to find images of many unique coat-of-arms in a wide


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variety of surnames many of them not found anywhere else on the internet.

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Immigrant ancestors

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Almost everyone has had a desire to know from where his or her ancestors emigrated.  Once this discovery is made you will most likely begin to track your ancestors back in time and place. Finding an immigrant ancestor's place of origin is the key to finding earlier generations of the family. It provides access to many family history resources in that home area. Once you know a former place of residence or a birthplace, you may be able to add more generations to your pedigree. Learning about your family's history and experiences can be a source of enjoyment and education for you and your family.



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database identified as progenitors of their family lines in America:


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research to  learn more about Ancestors  who immigrated to the New World:

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War Veterans

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The discovery that an ancestor was involved in one of our national wars or conflicts is usually an exciting and fulfilling experience.  The information we glean from records regarding military units and battles fought tends to provide researchers and their families with a heightened feeling not only our ancestors’ sacrifices but also our own sense of having roots back to those important events that made our country what it is today.    Information about the war veteran’s of one’s family is also an excellent means of gaining the attention of children as well as indifferent relatives.


A Guide to Researching Your Military Ancestors


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America’s wars, and the various military units in which they served our country:

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Listed below are some of the American military units in which our ancestors served.    These links will take

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you to the webpage where you will be able to access the story of each unit and the men who served in them.

2nd New Jersey Regiment - Continental Line (Revolutionary War)

10th Virginia Regiment - Continental Line (Revolutionary War)

Pennsylvania Militia, Westmoreland County Rangers (Revolutionary War)

South Carolina Militia - (Revolutionary War)

Militia of Augusta County, Virginia- (Revolutionary War)

2nd Virginia Cavalry Regiment (CSA)  (Civil War)

5th Virginia Cavalry Regiment (CSA)  (Civil War)

11th Indiana Cavalry Regiment (USA)  (Civil War)

150th Indiana Infantry Regiment (USA) (Civil War)

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picture galleries of the afore- mentioned military units.

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     The documents contained herein have been located during our research of this family, and used as evidence to prove many of the facts contained within the database of this family’s record.

     Most of these documents can be considered as primary or secondary.  Primary evidence is usually defined as the best available to prove the fact in question, usually in an original document or record.  Secondary evidence is in essence all that evidence which is inferior in its origin to primary evidence. That does not mean secondary evidence is always in error, but there is a greater chance of error.  Examples of this type of evidence would be a copy of an original record, or oral testimony of a record’s contents.  Published genealogies and family histories are also secondary evidence.

     Classifying evidence as either primary or secondary does not tell anything about its accuracy or ultimate value.  This is especially true of secondary evidence.  Thus it is always a good idea to ask the following questions: (1) How far removed from the original is it, (when it is a copy)?;  (2) What was the reason for the creation of the source which contains this evidence?; and (3) Who was responsible for creating this secondary evidence and what interest did they have in its accuracy?

SOURCE:  Greenwood, Val D., The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 2nd edition, Genealogical Publishing  Co., Baltimore, MD 21202, 1990, pgs. 62-63

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2006 Genealogy
Research Trip

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During the entire month of April, 2006 we were fortunate to have had an opportunity to take a genealogy research trip.  During that time we drove from New Jersey to California and back.  Along the way we stopped at many county courthouses, libraries and historical societies.  We also visited with several family members both near and distant.  At each place we spent much time collecting information about our maternal family.  We maintained a journal of our daily activities that you may find interesting to read.  We also took photographs of the people and places visited as well as the many family records we were able to locate.  Both are offered here for your scrutiny in the hope that you may find something of interest to you and your research.

Use the following LINK to view the entire daily journal of our trip.



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During our research we have collected images and photographs that are of general interest to a particular family.  Some of them are presented on this website because we believe they tend to provide the reader with additional information which may aid in the understanding of our ancestors past lives.


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