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The following article appeared in the Spring 1999 issue of the Clan MacIntyre Society newsletter.

Charles McIntire of Virginia — (1720 - 1784)

By Robert A. Sapp

The story of Charles McIntire of Virginia is an interesting study in the possible combination of fact and assumption. The McIntires of present day West Virginia have a lore surrounding Charles McIntire. In their book, “Charles McIntire of Colonial Virginia,” researchers June McIntire Taylor and Lois McIntire Salisbury provide a colorful study of the multiple marriages of Charles McIntire.

Taylor and Salisbury show four marriages for Charles McIntire. The first was to a woman named Coley. This is based on a letter from Thomas McIntire to his son, and the letter refers to the health of “Grandmother Coley.” This presumes that Charles is Thomas' father. His second wife was Ann Sullivan based on a marriage return in 1769. which is noted in the Pennsylvania Archives. It is believed that his third marriage was to a Jean Steuart of Doneagle, Ireland. Charles and Jean were in the will of Andrew Steuart of Faifax, Virginia, in 1775. The last marriage to Eleanor is based on her signing a land transaction to Robert Miller with Charles in 1777. Eleanor's maiden name is shown as Evans and the widow of Walter Alexander. He was a Revolutionary War patriot who died in 1778. These marriages could also be that there was more than one Charles McIntire in Colonial America.

There may have been four Charles McIntires in colonial America. The first records noted are two land grants to Charles McIntire in Frederick County, Virginia, by Thomas, Lord Fairfax, Baron of Cameron in Scotland, in 1763 and 1766. It is noted that a Nicholas McIntire also received a land grant in the county from Lord Fairfax in 1757. A portion of Charles' land grants was sold to Thomas McIntire in 1772 and 1783. The remaining portion of the land grant was sold to Robert Miller in 1777.

The McIntires of early Harrison County, Virginia (now West Virginia), believe that Charles had six sons and one daughter: John, Charles, James, Samuel, William, Andrew, and Sarah. It is believed that Eleanor is the mother of these children. A submittal to the Church of Latter Day Saints archive file by Arley Cunningham in 1928-1929, shows a 1750 marriage for Charles and Eleanor in Berkley County, Virginia. It is assumed that Charles McIntire was born about 1720 and died about 1784.With the proceeds of the 1772 land sale, 100 pounds, Charles probably applied them to acquiring land in Monongalia County, Virginia (then West Augusta territory). He made settlement in 1773 on 400 acres of land on the West Fork of Monongahela River, below the mouth of Simpson creek. He also had preemption on 1000 acres adjoining. Tradition has Charles leaving the area due to Indian attacks. His family returned to the area later to claim the lands through tomahawk rights and as heirs of law.

In the spring of 1776, the galley “Hero” was commissioned to protect the James River area of Virginiafrom the British. Charles McIntire was a crew member of the “Hero” and served until he was drafted into the Virginia Continental Line, the Virginia 15th Regiment on March 13, 1778. The “Hero” was decommissioned and dismantled in 1779. Charles was in the Valley Forge Encampment during the 1777-1778 winter. He served in the Virginia Regiment until December 1779.

During his military service, he apparently took leave in 1779 to sign a petition to the Virginia Legislature to form the county of Monongalia, a portion of the West Augusta territory that was on the West Fork of the Monongahela River. Charles signed the petition as Charles Mcgintire, whereas his son signed as Saml Macintier. Charles' service record indicate a furlough for the first 15 days of April 1779.

The quit rent account for Lord Fairfax of 1780 shows Charles McIntire with 200 acres of land in Berkley County, Virginia. Charles sells this land, the last of his Lord Fairfax land grant, to Thomas McIntire in 1783. The rest of his land holdings were in Monongalia County, Virginia, which became part of Harrison County in 1784. Tradition holds that Charles McIntire converted his assets to Continental money which became worthless and lead to his death in 1784.

It is noted that Eleanor McIntire was shown on a 1783 tax list for Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Westmoreland and Monongalia counties adjoin and were in a disputed boundary area that was not settled until the Mason-Dixon line was drawn. Does this mean that Charles McIntire was deceased in 1783?

Thomas McIntire of Frederick County, Virginia, is connected to the seven children of Charles McIntire that settled in Harrison County, Virginia, through land transactions that occurred in 1802. In two quit claim deeds, Thomas McIntire sells for five shillings the Charles McIntire lands in Harrison County to Charles, James, Samuel, and Andrew McIntires. John, the eldest, was killed by Indians in May 1791. The lands of Charles McIntire had already been previously surveyed and recorded by Samuel and Andrew as Charles' heirs at law in 1785. Samuel, and his wife Elizabeth, conveyed land to James McIntire in 1796 in performance of their father's will. Charles McIntire's will may have been recorded in Monongalia County court, which is said to have burned, or may have been an oral will of which the family was aware. Thomas McIntire's conveyance of five shillings was probably a sibling release on his brother's estate. A similar situation is noted in another Harrison County family where eight surviving siblings convey clear title to the widow of their brother for consideration. Thomas was probably Charles' brother.

Charles' wife, Eleanor, died at age 86 in Harrison County in 1818. The death is recorded in her daughter's family Bible. The daughter's name is Sarah McIntire Ashcraft. Eleanor is shown on the 1787 Harrison County tax list with two males under the age of 21 who were probably William and Andrew.

In “Charles McIntire of Colonial Virginia,#&148; there are inconsistencies and assumptions that need to be reviewed and confirmed by additional research and documentation.

I welcome any comments on the content of this study and am willing to share what I have with fellow McIntire researchers. You can write me at my e-mail address: or by regular mail at 2649 Club Valley Drive, Marietta, GA 30068-3519.

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