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William McCauleyAge: 87 years17381825

Name
William McCauley
Given names
William
Surname
McCauley
Name suffix
Esq.
Also known as
Col. William McCauley
Note: The 'Esq.' designation for William is of uncertain origin, but it was used in the 1779 tax list and elsewhere. It appears to have be given him because of the offices he held: justice (JP); chief justice of Orange County, sheriff, 'High Sheriff' in 1798. state legislator, state senator. Whether he had any formal legal training is unknown.
Birth
Said to have been born in County Antrim
September 1738
Note:

William McCauley's birth date and parentage remain uncertain (October 2017). Most family trees say he was born in September of 1738. A few give 1747 as the year. Until a reliable record either primarily in Ireland or secondarily from the early family in America, the question remains unresolved. [February 2019: Probable birth dates of William's first children suggest that the 1738 date is probably correct.]

For more on this see the will of William Loung (Long) in Catherine Johnstone’s media and Andrew Mitchell’s will in Wm McCauley’s media.

MarriageCathrin Wife of Wm McCauleyView this family
yes

MarriageCathrin Wife of Wm McCauleyView this family
yes

Address: Assumed to have been in Orange County, North Carolina.
Note:

Where and when this marriage occurred is unknown. There is no known documentation of it. [Early Orange County NC documents have been lost due to burying them to protect them from capture by the British and then forgetting where they were buried.]

What is known comes from the 1837 pension application of William's sister-in-law. the widowed Martha McCauley, who states "This Declarant first became acquainted with the aforesaid Mathew McCauley in the year of 1775, when the said Mathew came to New Hope in the aforesaid County and lived with his brother William McCauley, esq., who was neighbor to the Declarant's father, Charles Johnston."

Since the best evidence indicates that William had several children prior to 1775 (and probably at least 2 before 1766), it's clear that his wife Catherine and children James, Jane and John (and possibly Mary "Polly") were present with him in that year in Orange County. Also, since most trees for this family indicate arrival in North America in the 1770s, this strongly suggests that a marriage and births of the first two (or more) children occurred in Ireland.

So it is possible that Catherine was also of Ulster, married William there, came with him to America and is the mother of all of his children (and was, therefore, not the wife and widow of William Long or, probably, a Jonston). Or she may have been as described above.


There is a conjecture that this William McCauley married a Nancy Jacobs, who had previously married one Isaac Craig. This is based upon "A Historical Sketch of New Hope Church, in Orange County, N.C." written in 1891 by a Rev. Craig, who lists these marriages without providing dates for them. The abstracts of marriage bonds in Orange County NC (Holcom, Brent H. Marriages of Orange County, North Carolina, 1779-1868. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001), does indeed show an initial marriage of Nancy Jacobs to Isaac Craig and a subsequent marriage of Nancy Craig to William McCauley. However, the first marriage occurred in December of 1838 and the second in March of 1861, both long after the death of this William McCauley.

Birth of a brotherMathew McCauley
1750 (Age 11 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Jane McCauley
1756 (Age 17 years)

Note:

Jane McCauley McCollum Based on records below, her birth was between 1756 and 1765 Her marriage year (1787) may suggest a year closer to 1765 than to 1756.

1820 Census Orange County NC - Aug 7 Jane McCollum > 45 Females: < 10 1 16-25 2 ≥ 45 1 (Jane: * 1775 or before) Free colored male < 14 1 (Jacob?, but he was not free, and Wm McCauley was alive)

Where was husband Henry?

1810 Census Hillsborough, Orange Co NC Henry ≥ 45 Jane ≥ 45 Males < 10 1 16-25 2 ≥ 45 (Henry) Females < 10 2 10-15 2 ≥ 45 1 (Jane: * 1765 or before)

1800 Census Hillsborough, Orange Co NC Henry 26-44 Jane 26-44 Males < 10 2 10-15 1 16-25 1 26-44 1 (Henry) Females < 10 2 26-44 1 (Jane: * 1756-1774)

Immigration about 1769 (Age 30 years)
Shared note:

Letters written by William J McCauley (grandson of Mathew and Martha McCauley) in 1896 to a cousin state that William was the first of the two brothers to come from northern Ireland to the American Colonies and that he did so 1-2 years before Mathew emigrated.

A letter from recent passengers of a ship (including Matthew McCauley) was published in the Belfast News Letter in 1771 announcing their safe arrival in Philadelphia. Although not proven, this appears likely to have been our Mathew McCauley. If that is the case, and if the statement in the paragraph above is correct, then William would have come to America in 1769/1770.

As William seems to have been rather well-established in Orange County NC by 1775, he may have come quickly there after arriving in America. Where Mathew was and what he did between 1771 and his arrival (attested to by his wife when a widow) in Orange County in 1775 are unknown.

Birth of a son
#2
John McCauley
about 1770 (Age 31 years)

Birth of a son
#3
James McCauley
1771 (Age 32 years)
Hillsborough, Orange, North Carolina, USA
Latitude: N36.075424 Longitude: W79.099747

Note: This birth date is probable based upon date of marriage. The 1758 date is alleged by applications to the SAR based upon faulty data. Capt. James McCauley in Marion's Brigade in SC was a James McCauley who lived there in the 1770s and 1780, not our JM.
Birth of a daughter
#4
Mary “Polly” McCauley
January 1774 (Age 35 years)
Property
85 acres on Mark's Creek
February 9, 1774 (Age 35 years)
Note: This transaction is noted in an 1788 deed in which William McCauley sold this land to a William Andrews. "...being part of a Tract of land granted to Thomas Loyd By the Erle Granville by Deed Bearing Date the 11th day of May 1757 and since Conveyed by the said Thomas Loyd to Thomas Brown by Deed beat Date 31 day of January 1763 and since Conveyed by the said Thomas Brown to William McCauley by deed Bearing datew the 9th day of February 1774...."
Birth of a daughter
#5
WmMc Daughter McCauley
about 1775 (Age 36 years)

Birth of a son
#6
Matthew McCauley
1776 (Age 37 years)
Local Government Appointment
Appointment as Justice of the Peace
December 23, 1776 (Age 38 years)
Note:

Appointments of officers of the courts were made during the Fifth Provincial Congress of North Carolina in Halifax NC. Those appointed for Orange County were:

Alexander Mebane, Senr., Lawrence Thompson, John Hawkins, John Butler, Eli McDaniel, John Hogan, William McCauly, Charles Abercrombie, Richard Binningham, Robert Abercrombie, Junior, James Hogg, William Johnston, Thomas Hart, Nathaniel Rochester, Alexander Mebane, Junr., James Freeland, William Rainey, James Scarlet, John Paine, Richard Holman, Robert Parks, Thomas Rice, George Moore, John Atkinson, James Saunders, William Moore, William Hubbard, John Douglass, Junior, Thomas Taylor, Joseph Allison, Robert Blackwell, Spill Coleman, Jeremiah Poston, James Rice, George Jerot, Esquires for the County of Orange

Member of NC Legislature
He also becomes "Esq." in the tax rolls.
1777 (Age 38 years)
North Carolina, USA
Latitude: N35.175003 Longitude: W79.125015

Member of North Carolina Legislature 1778 (Age 39 years)

Land Claim
Land Claim 500 acres Orange Co NC
March 10, 1778 (Age 39 years)
Note: This seems to be the first appearance by either William or Mathew McCauley in the records of Orange County, North Carolina. 500 acres on New Hope Creek.
Residence 1779 (Age 40 years)
Residence
Appearance (first?) on the Orange County tax roll. http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/orange/census/earlytax2.txt
1779 (Age 40 years)
Residence
Appearance (first?) on the Orange County tax roll. http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/orange/census/earlytax2.txt
1779 (Age 40 years)
Member of NC Legislature 1779 (Age 40 years)
North Carolina, USA
Latitude: N35.175003 Longitude: W79.125015

Birth of a daughter
#7
Catherine McCauley
1780 (Age 41 years)
Birth of a son
#8
Charles McCauley
December 28, 1780 (Age 42 years)
Property
100 ac on the New Hope
March 1, 1787 (Age 48 years)
Marriage of a childHenry McCollum Sr.Jane McCauleyView this family
November 6, 1787 (Age 49 years)
Member of NC Senate between 1784 and 1788 (Age 45 years)
North Carolina, USA
Latitude: N35.175003 Longitude: W79.125015

NC State Convention, Member
To consider ratification of the U S Constitution
1788 (Age 49 years)
Hillsborough, Orange, North Carolina, USA
Latitude: N36.075424 Longitude: W79.099747

Senator, North Carolina General Assembly
Senator for Orange County
1788 (Age 49 years)

Real Estate
Sale of Land
March 28, 1788 (Age 49 years)
Address: North of Marks Creek Sale of 185 acres (approximately) by William McCauley to William Andrews
Note: This deed traces the history of the land and refers to a 1774 deed (no longer extant) in which William McCauley acquired the land, possibly the first mention of William in America.
Residence
Although there is a William McAuley listed in the 1790 US Census in Moore County NC, tax records from that year in Orange County show our William McCauley to be there. Of note is that Orange County's census records for 1790 have been lost.
1790 (Age 51 years)
Event
Tax - Orange County 1790
1790 (Age 51 years)
Marriage of a childJames McCauleyCatherine ChapmanView this family
January 12, 1792 (Age 53 years)
Land gift - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
With his brother, Mathew, gives 250 acres (100 acres from William; 150 from Mathew) toward the founding of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They are among several such donors.
November 1792 (Age 54 years)
Chapel Hill, Orange, North Carolina, USA
Latitude: N35.913200 Longitude: W79.055855

Founding, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Masonic apron worn by William McCauley for this occasion, the laying of the cornerstone of the university's first building, is in the Wilson Library at UNC.
October 12, 1793 (Age 55 years)
Chapel Hill, Orange, North Carolina, USA
Latitude: N35.913200 Longitude: W79.055855

Property
Donation of 100 acres to the University of North Carolina
October 6, 1796 (Age 58 years)
Marriage of a childJohn McCauleyJennett “Jane” BlackwoodView this family
April 12, 1798 (Age 59 years)
Marriage of a childMatthew McCauleyNancy ChapmanView this family
November 7, 1799 (Age 61 years)
Death of a wifeCathrin Wife of Wm McCauley
October 27, 1800 (Age 62 years)
Address: New Hope Presbyterian Church Old Cemetery Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina
Note:

A burial in the Old New Hope Episcopal Church cemetery for a C Mc[Cauley] gives a date of death of 27 Oct 1800. Probably because there is also a Wm McCauley also buried there, this has been taken to be Catherine "Catred" McCauley. However, the 1800 census, taken on 4 August, does not include a female to fit Catherine.

From email of 3 October 2018 from William Burlingame:

"Katherine [Catherine] died in 1800, and her gravestone at New Hope [Presbyterian Old Cemetery] was a small piece of slate with very basic information carved on it. Her burial is attested to by several data items and is hardly remarkable." [See media item "William's Burial Site.pdf"]

Residence 1800 (Age 61 years)
Hillsborough, Orange, North Carolina, USA
Latitude: N36.075424 Longitude: W79.099747

Marriage of a childWilliam TrousdaleCatherine McCauleyView this family
December 26, 1801 (Age 63 years)
Marriage of a childCatherine McCauleyView this family
December 26, 1801 (Age 63 years)
Marriage of a childAndrew McCauleyMary “Polly” McCauleyView this family
November 26, 1805 (Age 67 years)
Residence
Census record not located for William McCauley in 1810. See note.
1810 (Age 71 years)
Note:

1810 Census: I do not reliably find an entry for William McCauley in th 1810 US Census for Orange County NC.

There are entries for two primary possibilities: Bill McCauley - too young; and Wm McCauley - eldest male is 26-44 as is eldest female; there are no slaves; inconsistent with our William McCauley

Our William McCauley was 72 years old in 1810. His wife had died 10 years before. Their youngest known child, Charles, waa 29 or 30 in 1810. He would marry in 1811 and could possibly still have been at home with his father. There is no census entry for Charles McCauley for 1810. Nor is there evidence that William McCauley was with one of his married children.

I went manually through all of the scans of Orange County census records for that year.

Marriage of a childCharles McCauleyMary WilsonView this family
October 2, 1811 (Age 73 years)
Guardianship
William's eldest living son, John, is appointed administrator for his father's affairs. See next-to-last page of probate records.
August 19, 1815 (Age 76 years)
Restriction: Show to visitors
Federal Direct Tax
760 acres on New Hope Creek worth $860
1816 (Age 77 years)
Hillsborough, Orange, North Carolina, USA
Latitude: N36.075424 Longitude: W79.099747

Death of a daughterWmMc Daughter McCauley
before 1818 (Age 79 years)

Note: The will of her father, William McCauley Esq, dated 1818, contains no reference to the mother (or father) of William's named grandson, James Reaves/Reeves.
Death of a daughterCatherine McCauley
1818 (Age 79 years)
Residence
Abstract of will written 1818, proved 1826.
1818 (Age 79 years)
Death of a sonJames McCauley
between April 3, 1818 and December 31, 1818 (Age 79 years)
Chapel Hill, Orange, North Carolina, USA
Latitude: N35.913200 Longitude: W79.055855

Will
Will is written.
April 3, 1818 (Age 79 years)
Residence
17 slaves. 8 + 1 child are specifically dealt with in Wm McCauley's 1818 will. See notes.
1820 (Age 81 years)
Note: 1820 Census: There are two entries for William McCauley in 1820 in Orange County. Both have a free white male > 45 years of age. Only the one chosen for use here fits the pattern of slave owning appropriate to this William McCauley. Specifically, this is the only record to match William's 1818 will and later census findings regarding one Jacob McCauley (a slave born circa 1810). The other William McCauley entry could only match with Jacob, if Jacob was a "free colored". That cannot be true, however, because he was later bequeathed to William's daughter Jane, later sold to Charles McCauley and finally inherited again by Charles' son, Mathew J. W. McCauley. He is found in the 1870 census next to his former owner in Orange County.
Seeking repayment
Power of Attorney
August 26, 1820 (Age 81 years)
Address: Mathew and brother William both appoint George J McCauley (son of Mathew), and Mathew also appoints James McCauley (son of John, and probably, grandson of Mathew, to obtain from James McCauley of Dickson County TN the monies owed to them by the said James.
Death of a brotherMathew McCauley
September 6, 1821 (Age 83 years)
Chapel Hill, Orange, North Carolina, USA
Latitude: N35.913200 Longitude: W79.055855

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Death
Age: 87
December 20, 1825 (Age 87 years)
Note: 20 Dec 1825 is the date most commonly given for the death of Wm McCauley. Although this would certainly be consistent with a filling of probate in the Feb 1826 court term, there is no known documentation giving an actual date of death. It would have been expected that his death would be published in the Hillsborough Recorder, but all publication dates that might reasonably have contained such a notice no longer exist so far as is known. Nor is there a notice in the Raleigh Register for which there are existing scans for all publications dates for the time in question.
Burial
DOUBTFUL: Buried in the Presbyterian Church yard
after December 20, 1825
Note:

This alleged burial appears to be based upon a memorial tablet in the churchyard of the New Hope Prebyterian Church south of Hillsborough upon which are inscribed the names of congregation members who were in the Revolutionary War. The tablet does not state that those persons were buried there, and the church has no record that Wm McCauley was buried in either the old or the new cemetery.

The so-called "Morrow Papers" state that William was buried "on his own land", while a letter written in 1896 by William M McCauley (grandson of William's brother Mathew who lived on some of his grandfather's land) seemed to state that Mathew and William were both buried in the same cemetery, that being the one currently known as the (Mathew) McCauley Cemetery near University Lake in Carrboro NC. Suffice it to say that no actual burial place has yet been discovered for William.

Will
Will of 1818 probated
February 1826 (43 days after death)
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
himself
12 years
younger brother
Family with Cathrin Wife of Wm McCauley - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage:
Marriage:
son
-13 years
daughter
16 years
son
James McCauley
Birth: 1771 32 29Hillsborough, Orange, North Carolina, USA
Death: between April 3, 1818 and December 31, 1818Chapel Hill, Orange, North Carolina, USA
3 years
daughter
2 years
daughter
2 years
son
5 years
daughter
1 year
son

Birth

William McCauley's birth date and parentage remain uncertain (October 2017). Most family trees say he was born in September of 1738. A few give 1747 as the year. Until a reliable record either primarily in Ireland or secondarily from the early family in America, the question remains unresolved. [February 2019: Probable birth dates of William's first children suggest that the 1738 date is probably correct.]

For more on this see the will of William Loung (Long) in Catherine Johnstone’s media and Andrew Mitchell’s will in Wm McCauley’s media.

Immigration

Letters written by William J McCauley (grandson of Mathew and Martha McCauley) in 1896 to a cousin state that William was the first of the two brothers to come from northern Ireland to the American Colonies and that he did so 1-2 years before Mathew emigrated.

A letter from recent passengers of a ship (including Matthew McCauley) was published in the Belfast News Letter in 1771 announcing their safe arrival in Philadelphia. Although not proven, this appears likely to have been our Mathew McCauley. If that is the case, and if the statement in the paragraph above is correct, then William would have come to America in 1769/1770.

As William seems to have been rather well-established in Orange County NC by 1775, he may have come quickly there after arriving in America. Where Mathew was and what he did between 1771 and his arrival (attested to by his wife when a widow) in Orange County in 1775 are unknown.

Marriage

Where and when this marriage occurred is unknown. There is no known documentation of it. [Early Orange County NC documents have been lost due to burying them to protect them from capture by the British and then forgetting where they were buried.]

What is known comes from the 1837 pension application of William's sister-in-law. the widowed Martha McCauley, who states "This Declarant first became acquainted with the aforesaid Mathew McCauley in the year of 1775, when the said Mathew came to New Hope in the aforesaid County and lived with his brother William McCauley, esq., who was neighbor to the Declarant's father, Charles Johnston."

Since the best evidence indicates that William had several children prior to 1775 (and probably at least 2 before 1766), it's clear that his wife Catherine and children James, Jane and John (and possibly Mary "Polly") were present with him in that year in Orange County. Also, since most trees for this family indicate arrival in North America in the 1770s, this strongly suggests that a marriage and births of the first two (or more) children occurred in Ireland.

So it is possible that Catherine was also of Ulster, married William there, came with him to America and is the mother of all of his children (and was, therefore, not the wife and widow of William Long or, probably, a Jonston). Or she may have been as described above.


There is a conjecture that this William McCauley married a Nancy Jacobs, who had previously married one Isaac Craig. This is based upon "A Historical Sketch of New Hope Church, in Orange County, N.C." written in 1891 by a Rev. Craig, who lists these marriages without providing dates for them. The abstracts of marriage bonds in Orange County NC (Holcom, Brent H. Marriages of Orange County, North Carolina, 1779-1868. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001), does indeed show an initial marriage of Nancy Jacobs to Isaac Craig and a subsequent marriage of Nancy Craig to William McCauley. However, the first marriage occurred in December of 1838 and the second in March of 1861, both long after the death of this William McCauley.

Property

This transaction is noted in an 1788 deed in which William McCauley sold this land to a William Andrews. "...being part of a Tract of land granted to Thomas Loyd By the Erle Granville by Deed Bearing Date the 11th day of May 1757 and since Conveyed by the said Thomas Loyd to Thomas Brown by Deed beat Date 31 day of January 1763 and since Conveyed by the said Thomas Brown to William McCauley by deed Bearing datew the 9th day of February 1774...."

Local Government Appointment

Appointments of officers of the courts were made during the Fifth Provincial Congress of North Carolina in Halifax NC. Those appointed for Orange County were:

Alexander Mebane, Senr., Lawrence Thompson, John Hawkins, John Butler, Eli McDaniel, John Hogan, William McCauly, Charles Abercrombie, Richard Binningham, Robert Abercrombie, Junior, James Hogg, William Johnston, Thomas Hart, Nathaniel Rochester, Alexander Mebane, Junr., James Freeland, William Rainey, James Scarlet, John Paine, Richard Holman, Robert Parks, Thomas Rice, George Moore, John Atkinson, James Saunders, William Moore, William Hubbard, John Douglass, Junior, Thomas Taylor, Joseph Allison, Robert Blackwell, Spill Coleman, Jeremiah Poston, James Rice, George Jerot, Esquires for the County of Orange

Land Claim

This seems to be the first appearance by either William or Mathew McCauley in the records of Orange County, North Carolina. 500 acres on New Hope Creek.

Real Estate

This deed traces the history of the land and refers to a 1774 deed (no longer extant) in which William McCauley acquired the land, possibly the first mention of William in America.

Residence

1810 Census: I do not reliably find an entry for William McCauley in th 1810 US Census for Orange County NC.

There are entries for two primary possibilities: Bill McCauley - too young; and Wm McCauley - eldest male is 26-44 as is eldest female; there are no slaves; inconsistent with our William McCauley

Our William McCauley was 72 years old in 1810. His wife had died 10 years before. Their youngest known child, Charles, waa 29 or 30 in 1810. He would marry in 1811 and could possibly still have been at home with his father. There is no census entry for Charles McCauley for 1810. Nor is there evidence that William McCauley was with one of his married children.

I went manually through all of the scans of Orange County census records for that year.

Residence

1820 Census: There are two entries for William McCauley in 1820 in Orange County. Both have a free white male > 45 years of age. Only the one chosen for use here fits the pattern of slave owning appropriate to this William McCauley. Specifically, this is the only record to match William's 1818 will and later census findings regarding one Jacob McCauley (a slave born circa 1810). The other William McCauley entry could only match with Jacob, if Jacob was a "free colored". That cannot be true, however, because he was later bequeathed to William's daughter Jane, later sold to Charles McCauley and finally inherited again by Charles' son, Mathew J. W. McCauley. He is found in the 1870 census next to his former owner in Orange County.

Name

The 'Esq.' designation for William is of uncertain origin, but it was used in the 1779 tax list and elsewhere. It appears to have be given him because of the offices he held: justice (JP); chief justice of Orange County, sheriff, 'High Sheriff' in 1798. state legislator, state senator. Whether he had any formal legal training is unknown.

Death

20 Dec 1825 is the date most commonly given for the death of Wm McCauley. Although this would certainly be consistent with a filling of probate in the Feb 1826 court term, there is no known documentation giving an actual date of death. It would have been expected that his death would be published in the Hillsborough Recorder, but all publication dates that might reasonably have contained such a notice no longer exist so far as is known. Nor is there a notice in the Raleigh Register for which there are existing scans for all publications dates for the time in question.

Burial

This alleged burial appears to be based upon a memorial tablet in the churchyard of the New Hope Prebyterian Church south of Hillsborough upon which are inscribed the names of congregation members who were in the Revolutionary War. The tablet does not state that those persons were buried there, and the church has no record that Wm McCauley was buried in either the old or the new cemetery.

The so-called "Morrow Papers" state that William was buried "on his own land", while a letter written in 1896 by William M McCauley (grandson of William's brother Mathew who lived on some of his grandfather's land) seemed to state that Mathew and William were both buried in the same cemetery, that being the one currently known as the (Mathew) McCauley Cemetery near University Lake in Carrboro NC. Suffice it to say that no actual burial place has yet been discovered for William.

Shared note

William McCauley was, like his brother Mathew, born in County Antrim in what is now Northern Ireland. The brothers emigrated to South Carolina in the early 1770s and settled in Orange County, North Carolina. Both served as officers in the Revolutionary War, William reaching the rank of Captain (possibly Colonel). William was also a member of the state legislature as well as being one of the state's commissioners for considering acceptance or rejection of the 1787 Constitution of the United States of America. In the early 1790s he donated land (250 acres in aggregate with that of his brother) for the founding of the new University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). Some of their papers are in the archive of the UNC-CH Library.

Note

William McCauley - Offices Held

NC House (Wikipedia) 1778 1779 1780-81

NC Senate (Wikipedia) 1783 1784, April 1784, October 1785

Shared note

What do we know about William McCauley's first years in North America? Not much, despite numerous unsourced claims to the contrary.

These comments from his sister-in-law Martha's application for a pension were made in 1837:

"This Declarant first became acquainted with the aforesaid Mathew McCauley in the year of 1775, when the said Mathew came to New Hope in the aforesaid County and lived with his brother William McCauley, esq., who was neighbor to the Declarant's father, Charles Johnston...."

So, William McCauley established himself in the New Hope area of Orange County, North Carolina, prior to 1775, and his brother came to join him there in that year. William McCauley was a neighbor of Charles Johnston, father of Mathew McCauley's future wife, Martha.

This statement by Martha opens some doubt on the story of how the brothers came to North America. Did they arrive together as in the Mathew-in-a-barrel story? If so, where was Mathew while William established himself in Orange County? And, if William's wife, Catrin, was a daughter of Charles and Martha Johnston, as is widely claimed, why does Martha McCauley fail to make any reference at all to her supposed sister?