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    Michael McNally, a native of Epsom, Surrey, England was the first of the McNally line to settle in New Brunswick. He came to the United States with his father, Richard Henry McNally who died Oct. 10, 1780 in Flushing, NY. Research done by various McNally family members shows that he was listed as a volunteer in Captain David Kinlock's Troop of the British Legion Cavalry on Oct. 27, 1778.  He was approximately 15 years of age when he volunteered.  He was later promoted to Adjutant, February  1779.  By the end of the Revolutionary War he was an Ensign in the Prince of Wales Royal American Regiment.   He was mustered out of the Prince of Wales Regiment Oct. 14, 1783 in Saint John, New Brunswick and first settled in Maugerville.  A few years later he moved to Lower Queensbury in York County.  The area he settled in was later to become known as McNally's Ferry.  Pictured below is the sword belonging to him.  It is now in the hands of Rev. John Hugh McNally, his 4th great grandson.

 

Michael was born in 1764 and died at his home January 13, 1848.  His obituary stated that he was a professor of Religion. There are petitions on file at the Provincial Archives  that reveal he was the master of a school about 1820. The book, Fredericton, New Brunswick, British North America by Isabel Louise Hill, includes the following about Michael McNally: " In October, 1824 the Rev. Dr. James Somerville, missionary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, wrote to London that he could 'recommend Mr. McNally, a teacher in the Parish of Queensbury, for the Society's allowance.'" He married Sarah Ruth Bradley and had at least 15 children.  These children and their descendants have scattered to many parts of the world.  A further tribute to McNally's Ferry can be found by following the link on my homepage.  To find more information on the descendants of Michael McNally you can follow the reports link from my homepage.

Below is a picture of his headstone.