Magill vs McGill
We heard from a Ruth Johnson (email: AzaleaBlsm@aol.com) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, who says, "Your webb site is very interesting to me because I also had an ancestor named William Magill who came from Scotland via Ireland to Augusta County, Virginia via Pennsylvania.
"But that is where the similarity ends. Their life stories are not at all the same. He was not a Presbyterian Minister. He had a plantation and operated a Ferry called Magill's Ferry at what is now Bridgewater, Virginia and his main crop was Flax. He was supposedly the first settler there. The barn on the site of the plantation is still standing.
"He had a son also by the name of William who had a son by the name of Robert, who, for whatever reason, spelled his name McGill. But after him, the spelling of the name reverted back to Magill. At some point, Robert and his family relocated to Greene County, Tennessee, all except for one daughter who remained behind and married Jacob Dinkle.
"The reason I am writing to you other than the odd coincidence of the names is that the crests you show are the same ones we claim as the Magill crests. I wonder if we went back far enough, we would find that we are from the same family."
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