Rash's Surname Index
Notes for Daniel MCCARTY
Daniel McCarty was a wealthy Virginia planter. Historical Atlas of Westmoreland County states Daniel was born in l679 in England, the son of Dennis and Elizabeth (Billington) McCarty. He was a Captain in the Colonial Militia, a Sheriff in l7l0 and a Justice in l7l4. A plaque in the Old Courthouse in Warsaw, Richmond County, Virginia lists the names of both Daniel and his father, Dennis McCarty, as being among the first Prosecuting attorneys of that county. Daniel McCarty is buried in the Old Yeocomico Church Cemetery in Westmoreland County, VA. Inscription on his tomb is not legible but a sketch from church records states "Here lyeth the body of Daniel McCarty, who departed this life the fourth of ----l724, in the forty-fifth year of his age. He was endowed with many virtues and good qualifications but the actions proceeding from them bespeak their praise."
Clara S. McCarty ---- MCCARTY'S OF VIRGINIA -----
"DANIEL, son of Dennis and Elizabeth Billington McCarty, was born 1679 and died May, 1724. He married first Elizabeth Pope, widow of William Payne and daughter of Humphrey Pope of Pope's Creek, (VA). She had four children named Payne and eight (including twins) named McCarty. Descendants of the half brothers and sisters named Payne are recorded in PAYNES OF VIRGINIA by Col. Brooke Payne. He married second, Ann Lee, widow of William Fitzhugh of 'Eagles Nest' and daughter of Richard and Lettice Corbin Lee.
Children, First marriage (Elizabeth Pope)
Anna Barbara - married Major John Fitzhugh of 'Marmion'
Dennis - married Sarah Ball
Daniel - married Penelope Higgins
Billington - married Ann Barber
Winifred - married Robert Massey (The name Winifred has been handed down through at least three other occasions. - DWF)
Sarah - married Thomas Beale
Daughter died infant
Thaddeus - died in his 19th year
Second marriage (Ann Lee)
Ch. Ann - died young.
To have been a second generation in the colony, Daniel McCarty seems to have attained an amazing position of prominence, achieving many honors and acquiring much estate.
In 1705 and 1706 he was one of the representatives from Westmorland County to the House of Burgesses. Th Journals of that body show that on October 20, 1705, the house 'Resolved that Mr. George Eskridge and Mr. Daniel McCarty are Duly Returned Burgesses to serve in the Present General Assembly for the County of Westmoreland, and in the same month he was appointed one of the four members of the 'Committee of Privileges and Elections'
On August 3rd, 1715, he was elected Speaker of the House of Burgesses succeeding Peter Beverly, and on April 23rd, 1718, he was elected to the same important office. It has been said that this session over which Daniel McCarty presided was 'chiefly memorable for a bitter quarrel between Governor Spotwood and the House of Burgesses', and the session of 1718 is also described in the preface of the printed Journals as 'one of the most exciting (assemblies) that occurred in Virginia colonial history. It required much tact and good judgment on the part of the presiding officer to meet the situations that arose over the bitter the Governor and the House. McCarty, however, seems to have been held in high esteem by his fellow members, and May 20th, 1718, the House passed the following resolution: 'That the sum of One hundred pounds out of the money in the Treasurer's hands be paid to the Speaker as a token of the Respect the House bears him.'
Daniel McCarty received a number of patents, and his landed property at the time of his death were situated in four counties, viz.: Westmoreland, Richmond, Stafford, and Prince William, and four years after his death his executors acquired for his estate another tract of land in Spotsylvania County. Listed in his inventory was 'The Library of Daniel McCarty', (considered quite extensive) and his will, couched in all the extravagant wordage of the times, he disposes of large estates of land, houses, slaves, jewelry and plantations.
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