McCornack, Mary

Birth Name McCornack, Mary
Also Known As McCornock, Marion
Also Known As Cornack
Gender female
Age at Death 75 years, 11 months, 9 days


Sailed on the Golden Rule from Whithorn, commanded by Captain Cragg in 1775. Landed in New York September, 1775. Mary brought her 8 children with her to America after her husband's death. They settled in Whiting,VT near Springfield in Pittsfield township, Windsor Co., VT.

In William's letter to son Daniel, he states his mother, grandmother, and two sisters died in Albany, NY. Could his grandmother be the Margaret McRoberts who married James Martin and later Noah Gaylord? "The History of Springfield" says this Margaret is an heiress and that she and James Martin had an Inn and Tavern, which later became known as Gaylord's Inn.

from Terry McRoberts

In Sep. 1775, Mary came to the U.S. with her children possibly on the ship "Golden Rule" commanded by Captain Cragg, Sept. from Scotland to Whiting (near Springfield in Pittsfield Township), Windsor Co., Vermont in the Hawk Mountains.
From Jeannie (McRobert) Brookshire:
There is some discrepancy as to where she died-sources (see James' notes) state either Addison or Rutland County, Vermont. William, her son, in his note to Daniel, his son, he states his mother, grandmother and 2 sisters died in Albany, NY.
According to Betty Rode she possibly came to US on the Golden Rule, commanded by Captain Cragg in Sept. 1775. REM (?) reports that she arrived with her children in 1775, settled in Whiting, Windsor, VT in the Hawks Mountains.
OLD UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS LIST: Mary McRobert (some names reference New York) at end of the Revolutionary War, Loyalists moved into New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Upper Canada. List is official register of families and individuals who adhered to Unity of Empire before the Treaty of Separation in 1783. (Internet source) On a list shows McRobert, Mary...Home District not sure what that means. According to Jean Kneeshaw, she was told that Chas Smith McRobert's family had lived in Canada before returning to New York.
Naming of children: Jannot could be her mother; her third daughter named after herself, her second son, William could be her father.
Noted By Peggy ???:
On January 1, 1781, The Springfield Village adopted resolution 3 exempting the Widdow McRoberts' land from War rates. In addition, resolution 2 set prices for beef (1 pound, 10 shillings per ewt), pork (3 pounds per ewt), flour (18 shillings per ewt), rye (4 shillings per bushel), and Indian corn (3 shillings per bushel). At the beginning of the meeting, Selectmen Samuel Scott and Nathaniel Weston notified and warned "the freeman and other inhabitants" of a subsequent meeting scheduled for January 12 at the house of Roger Bates in order to decide how they would determine how they would meet the requirements of the State, to "victual the men that shall be raised to guard our frontiers, for the year ensueing, and any other business the town shall think proper when met."


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1737-02-21 Kirkinner, Wigtownshire, Scotland    
Death 1813-02-01 Albany, NY    


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McCornock, Jamesabout 1700before 1742-07-00
Mother Broadfoot, Janetabout 1704
    Sister     McCornock, Agnes 1721-04-03
         McCornack, Mary 1737-02-21 1813-02-01


Family of McCrobert, James and McCornack, Mary

Married Husband McCrobert, James ( * between 1732 and 1734 + between 1772 and 1774 )

message board post by Greg Bender:
My ancestor John/James Mcrobert was born in Scotland (circa 1734) & apparently died while living in Kirkinner Parish at a farm Clutagh.Also lived at places called Knockeffrick & Meikle Clutchad. Married Mary (polly) Mcornack/Mcornock/Mcormack circa 1755. He died in Scotland and the next year she took the children and went to America.
Their son William sent the following letter to one of his sons: (1832 or later):
"I was born in September 1761. I lost my father in June 1774. Sailed for New York on board of "Golden Rule" commanded by Captain Cragg. Landed at New York the later part of September. James Martin who married my grandmother had a son of the same name that came to Boston in 1772. Wrote to his father to sell and come to him, which he did. In Albany my mother , grandmother, and 2 sisters died. My mother having 8 children. I was born in Clutak, in parish Kirkiner near Wigton Sailed from the Isle of Vohleosgn (sp. ?). My uncle David, minister of the gospel, fell on the Isle and later died near Dumfree. I feel concerned for Lycurgus that he may get bit by snakes. From your affectionate father, William"
[note - closest island is Isle of Whithorn. There is a James Martin in Albany, NY then, with a large household]

See Statistical Accounts of 1791-1799 for Scotland, Wigtonshire, Kirkinner for general account of the parish -
"Between 40-50 persons emigrated from this parish to America, in the year 1775, with a view to settle there as planters or artisans" [ed. And for good reason! A grim account of tenant farmers suffering under excess taxes and rising rents. This period of Scottish history is called "The Lowland Clearances" - and ]

Possible relatives that arrived in the same period -
Peter McRobert b.1736, farmer, res. Drumlanrig Dumfriesshire, immig. May 1774 from Kirkcudbright to NY in ship Adventure (PRO.T47.12)

About Kirkinner:

Name Birth Date Death Date
McRoberts, William1761-09-001839-08-25
McRoberts, Jannot1756-07-28
McRoberts, John1758-07-311813-04-04
McRoberts, Mary1763-03-23
McRoberts, Margaret1765
McRoberts, Penelope1765-09-11
McRoberts, Elizabeth17691828-12-24
McRoberts, James1770