Mark--I was interested in your message posted on August 25, 2000, on GenForum concerning the McCulloch Family Tree.
My mother's maiden name and direct paternal ancestry is "McCollough," which has a history in the American colonies/U. S. that dates back to the end of the 17th Century or beginning of the 18th Century.
If you can review various messages posted on this GenForum by Mark McCollough (a cousin of mine)and my responses to him---as well as those of others---, you would be able to get a bit of the background of our searches for our immediate family history on this side of the Atlantic. Also, if you could review the message posted by Christie Cox dated June 22, 2000, you would find a genealogical family tree that goes back to the 1500s in Scotland. That latter family tree probably includes part of the direct lineage of me and Mark McCollough. My direct lineage becomes a bit fuzzy prior to the mid-1700s, and that is the connection that is a bit puzzling to me (I reside in the state of Virginia) and Mark McCollough (who resides in the state of Maine, U. S. A.). We are uncertain if our Scottish lineage came directly from Scotland or if it came through England or Ireland before the first direct ancestor reached the American colonies. Also the precise geographic origin in Scotland is not clear at this point.
The McCulloch name itself has also been the recipient of numerous spelling alterations over the centuries, both in the old Scottish homeland and the Americas, as well as in Ireland. In American chronicles alone, the spelling of the name of the same person can vary from "McCulloch" to "McColloch" to "McCullock" to "McCollock" to "McCullough" to "McCollough" to "McCullah" etc.
The lineage of Mark (Maine) and me began in the American colonies (according to our immediate family verbal cum written lore) as "McColloch," although other non-family biographers and story-tellers have written it down as "McCulloch"---your family spelling. Around the beginning of the 1800s, our immediate family name spelling became what it is today: "McCollough."
Suffice it to say that our immediate lineage was directly involved in the very earliest pioneer settlings of areas in the western mountain ranges of the early colonial Commonwealth of Virginia and were part of the lead frontier explorers and settlers that opened up the Ohio Valley prior to the American Revolutionary War in the early 1770s. That led to the simultaneous family settlements in what is now West Virginia (Wheeling being the most noteworthy) and western Pennsylvania (in and around Pittsburgh). There are chronicles about this direct McColloch/McCulloch family involvement, and Mark and I trace our immediate lineage back to a region north of Pittsburgh in Butler County. We have common great-great grandparents that grew up there.
Should you be interested in collaborating with us in our more extended search back into Scotland, as well as in any of your searches on this side of the Atlantic for your relations, please let me know. I would like to find better source materials and histories concerning the McCulloch clan in Scotland, as well as a better understanding of the clan's origin and branching out over the centuries, both in Scotland and outside of Scotland.
We have good source materials in the U. S., but one has to be a bit of a sleuth in order to locate them and piece together the information in a usable form. My ultimate goal is to utilize today's technology in order to bring some cohesive order to the chaos that reigns and develop a reasonable history and basic family tree upon which other branches of the clan can hang their own family leaves.
I lived in Europe for many years and traveled the British Isles frequently on business and occasionaly for pleasure. Unfortunately I never got further north than the Midlands of England, but I did have the good fortune to tour the Irish Republic and visit my direct forefathers' (the old gaelic Lynskey sept) old homestead in Athenry (17 miles east of Galway). There are still some of my direct relatives on that side in Ireland (that family emigration took place in the late 1840s/early 1850s), and I would be delighted, if I could find a more direct connection back to the Scottish side of my family.
Let me know, and I would be happy to provide you with the appropriate e-mail and mailing addresses for further, more detailed collaboration.
Best regards. Jerrie Lynskey
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