Through the centuries the MCKISSICK family was affiliated with
many different clans through marriage. The clan CAMPBELL claims the MCKISSICK
family as a sept or directly affiliated family,
entitled to clan rights including the use of the clan tartan shown here.
From The CAMPBELL History
The CAMPBELL family first
appears in the records of Argyllshire where they were
recorded as an ancient Argyllshire family before the
year 1100.†† The notable CAMPBELL family is
shown in the ancient manuscripts and cartularies as tracing their ancestry to Strathclyde Briton origin.
The CAMPBELL family is
distinguished as a Clan in it's own right, starting
about the 1100's, and now an ancient and illustrious family.† Did you know, that in ye old days a family
could not qualify for clan status unless they had the proven ability to put 250
armed men ahorse within one hour to defend their
clan, lands and properites. As well as providing a
fighting men for their leige lord and king. Read on
to learn more about the fascinating CAMPBELL Clan history.
ISAAC, ISAACS, MACISAAC, MACKESSACK,
MACKISSOCK, MACKESSOCH, etc.
These all come under MACISAAC of which they are spelling
The family is early found in mid-Argyll. One version of their
origin is that they are part of the Clanranald sept of the same name though this may be questioned.
Other users of these names from a different original may be
"Sons of the Servant of St. Kessog",
venerated on Loch Lomond and the Black
Isle and sometimes MacKessogs. Mac is sometimes
dropped and the name can appear as Kissock, etc.
The MCKISSICK family first appears in the records of Inverness where they
were recorded as an ancient Inverness family before
the year 1100.
The notable MCKISSICK family is shown in the ancient manuscripts
and cartularies as tracing their ancestry to Dalriadian
Dalriadic Scots (500 -
Roman historians recount the raids of the Scots and Picts on Briton's northern frontier as early as 297 AD. In
360 BC, Ammianus Marcellinus
wrote that "savage tribes of Scotti and Picti, having broken the truce, were ravaging the parts of
Roman Britain in the neighbourhood of the
walls." In 365 CE, he noted that the "the Picti,
Saxones, Scotti and Atecotti harassed the Britons continually." In 367 AD,
a large force of Pict and Scots raiders overran Hadrian's Wall and ravaged
the lands beyond. Campaigns by Theodorus (384 AD) and
Stilchio (396 AD) helped settle the frontier
temporarily. However, troops were later withdrawn from the region to fight on Rome's other
hard-pressed borders. In 450 AD, Gildas recorded that
the Britain's call for
help (The Groans of the Britons) against the "foul hordes of Scots and Picts" had gone unheeded by Rome.
The Scots referred to in these accounts were from the Irish tribe Dal Riata.† They hailed from the Antrim coast and part of
the province of Ulster. They crossed
the narrow Irish sea in their hide
boats (curraghs) and mounted raids among the Attecotti and into Roman Britain. Over time, many stayed
behind. Later, conflict between two Riatan tribes,
the Dal Fiatach and the Dal nAraide, prompted a subchieftain named Cairpre Riata to lead his tribesmen across the water to settle in Scotland. Through these
migrations, the Dal Riatan
kingdom eventually spanned both Northern
Ireland and a small portion of western Scotland.
According to the Irish chronicler Abbot Tigherac,
Fergus Mor Mac Erc, King of the Dal Riata, transferred his throne from Antrim in Northern
Ireland across the channel in 500 AD to join
other Riatans living near Loch Linnhe in Scotland. This marks
the beginning of this DBA Dalriadic Scots. Fergus Mor built his stronghold on a
hilltop ("Dun") in the Moss of Crinan
overlooking the Add, a small streamlet which flows into Loch Crinan. Dunadd became the capital
of the Dalriadic kingdom, which came to encompass the
areas of Argyll, Kintyre and the Inner Hebrides.
The balance of the kingdom was divided into three districts among
Fergus' relatives. Brother Angus and his tribe held the islands of Jura and Islay. Brother Loarne was given the region that still bears his name. The
third (comprising modern Cowall and Kintyre) was passed down to Fergus's great-grandson Comgall. These four kinship groups -- Cenel
Gabrain (the direct line of Fergus Mor), Cenel
Loairn (the sons of Loarne),
the Cenel nOengusa (the
sons of Angus) and the Cenel Comgall
(the heirs of Comgall) were to contend throughout the
history of Dalriada for the throne.
The first five years of Dalriadic rule
were turbulent, but the third king Comgall was
reputed to have ruled for 30 years without strife (507-538 AD).
In 558 AD, King Brude Mac Maelchon of the Picts resoundly defeated the Dalraidic
King Gabran in battle and in that same year Gabran died (whether or not he died in the battle is
unclear). No further battles are recorded for 15 years.
Conall, son of Comgall, succeeded Gabran as king
of Dal Riata. Conall welcomed the exiled Columba
(Colum Cille) from Ireland, and sent him
on a peace embassy to the Pictish king. It was
apparently successful, for in 563 AD, in apparent agreement with the Pictish king, Conall granted Columba the island of Iona on which to
build his famous monastery. Columba then commenced
his work of converting the Picts to Christianity.
In 568 AD, King Conall and his kinsman,
Colman Becc of Ireland, led a
campaign into the Inner Hebrides to consolidate
his rule over Soil and Islay. The death of Conall in 574 AD lead to
a succession crisis, with the kingship due to revert from Conall's
line by tradition to the sons of Gabran. Columba intervened and proclaimed Aedan
as king over his elder brother Eoganan. This prompted
a rebellion by Dondchad, the son of Conall and supporter of Eoganan's
claim to the throne. Aedan prevailed over Dondchad in a battle fought at Kintyre,
thus cementing his claim to the throne.
The balance of this period is not well recorded, although it is
believed that the rise of Christianity and the power of Columba
and his successors exercised in non-secular matters encouraged relative peace
and prosperity between Dalriada and her neighbors,
the Picts to the east and north, and the Britons to
the south. Then came the Saxons of Berneicia
and Deira, which were later joined to form Northumbria.
King Aedan lead
a Dalriadic/Strathcyde Breton army against Ethelfrid of Berneicia, but was
defeated decisively at Daegsastan (circa 597 AD).
This defeat, coupled with the news of the death of Columba,
prompted Aedan to relinquish his throne and retire to
Kintyre, where he died at age 80.
In 613 AD, a Dalriadic contingent fought
with a unified British army (with contingents from Gwynedd,
Powys, Pengwern and Dumnonian) against the Saxon invader Ethelfrid
at Chester. The battle failed to slow the
Saxon king, who continued his campaign and slew 1200 British monks of Bangor who where
attempting to avert the battle with prayer. Ethelfrid
then seized Deira from his brother Edwin, and
combined them into the new Kingdom of Northumbria, which Edwin
recovered in 617 AD
Then King Penda of Mercia
and Caedwalla (Cadwallon)
of Wales joined forces against Northumbria, killing
Edwin and destroying his army at the battle of Heathfield
Chase in 633/634 AD. Caedwalla was given the
Northumbrian throne by Penda, but lost it again to
Oswald, son of Ethelfrid, who fought a series of
battles with Penda to defend it. Oswald's army
included a contingent of Scots (including monks from Iona) provided by
King Domnall Brecc of Dalriada. With the defeat and death of Penda,
Oswald and his heir Owsy reigned supreme. They seized
Edinburgh, the last major stronghold of the
British Votadini kingdom of Goddodin. Unable to
resist, Dalriada and the Pictish
kingdoms were forced to swear fealty to the Northumbrian bretwaldas.
As evidenced by the Convention of Druim Cett (575 AD), the Dalriadic
Kings in Scotland had apparently
continued to rule over and collect taxes from the Riatans
who remained in Ireland. However, Domnhall, king of the Ui Neill
defeated Congal, king of the Dal
nAraide and Ulster (the nephew
and agent of King Domnall Brecc
of Dalriada) at the battle of Magh
Rath in 637 AD, effectively ending Dalriadic control over their Irish possessions.
In 642 AD, King Owen of Strathclyde
defeated an invading Dalriadic army at the Battle of Strathcarron, killing the Scottish King Domnall
Oswy's heir Egfrid ascended to the Northumbrian throne in 670 AD and
mounted campaigns in the north to consolidate his hold over the Scots and Picts. Dalriada and the Picts fought unsuccessfully for independence, the Picts suffering a massive defeat in which their dead were
reputed to lie so thick in two rivers that the Northumbrians could walk
dry-shod from bank to bank. Thereafter Egfrid annexed
Galloway, drove the Britons entirely out of Cumbria, seized Carlisle and the famous
Columban monastery at Lindisfarne, and subjected
the Mercians to his rule. Egfrid's
subsequent foray into Ireland was repulsed,
after which he mounted a major invasion of the north in 685 AD. The Picts feigned a retreat, drawing the Northumbrians deeper
into the highlands to Lin Garan (or Nechtan's Mere) a marshy lake in Forfarshire where an
ambush had been laid. Egfrid was killed in the
subsequent battle and his army all but annihilated, thus ending the
Northumbrian control over Pictland and Dalriada and allowing the Picts
to occupy as far south as Lothian. Contingents of Strathclyde
Britons and Dalraidic Scots may have fought with the Picts at the battle of Nechtansmere
Subsequently, Kings Eugene VI of Dalriada
and Alfred of Northumbia cemented a friendship based
on their mutual interests as scholars. Alfred was raised in the Monastery at Iona, whereas Eugene had been
trained by Adamnan, abbot of Icolm-Kill.
Peace prevailed for ten years, although relations between Dalriada
and the Picts became increasingly strained and
conflict only averted due to the mediation of Adamnan.
The peace was spoiled, however, when the Southern Pictish King Nechtan converted to
the Roman rite and expelled the Columban priests, who
fled to Dalriada. With religious lines drawn between Rome and Ireland, the conflict
broadened and diversified. A period of religous civil
war ensued between the Northern and Southern Picts, and war
between the Southern Picts and Dalriada, who had allied themselves with the Northern Picts. Then a civil war erupted in Dalraida in c. 725 AD, when Echdach
usurped the throne of Dungal. Finally, the reunified Picts under King Oengus attacked
and overran Dalriada between
731-736 AD, forcing the Dalriadic king into brief
exile in Ireland. Oengus continued his aggressive expansion southward until
defeated by the Strathcylde Britons at the battle of Catohic (Mocetauc) near Glasgow in 750 AD
In 768 AD, King Aed Fin lead a Dalriadian army into the
southern Pictish province of Fortriu and fought a
battle the outcome of which is not known. Thereafter, the Dalriadic
kingship list becomes somewhat conjectural. The following is offered as a
plausible but not certain history.
In 781 AD, Constantine mac Fergus became King of the Northern Picts. Over the next ten years, he extended his
rule south and west. In 798 AD, the Vikings made their first appearance on the
scene and posed a constant threat to both the Picts
and Dalriadic Scots for the next 200 years. In 809 or
810 AD, Conall mac Aed relinguished the throne of Dalraidia according to Irish annalists (perhaps because of
the Viking threat), and the Dalriadic nobles
recognized Constantine as their king,
thus unifying the Picts and Scots for the first time.
Constantine and his heir and brother Oengus referred
to their joint kingdom as Fortren. From this point
forward until the accession of Kenneth Mac Alpin, the
exact line of "Scottish" kings or claimants to the former Dalriadic throne is unclear.
In 832 or 834 AD AD, Oengus
died giving rise to another succession controversion.
One of several candidates, the Scot Alpin claimed the
Pict throne by virtue of his mother's royal Pictish blood. The Picts elected
another, prompting Alpin to take the field. A battle
was fought at Restennet, near Forfar,
resulting in the death of the Pictish king and a victory
for Alpin despite heavy casualties. But rather than
recognize Alpin's claim, the Picts
elected a new king and raised a new army. In a second confrontation fought near
Dundee, the Picts
mounted their camp attendants on baggage horses and held them in concealment
until a key juncture when they appeared on a hill overlooking the battleground.
The appearance of this "second army" caused the Scots to panic and
rout. Alpin's nobles were captured and executed on
the spot, and an attempt to ransom Alpin was refused.
He was beheaded and his head placed on a pike, which was carried home to adorn
the battlements of the Pictish stronghold at
An alternative history of this battle (reputedly fought in 839 AD)
is also told. In this account, Norse Vikings came upon the Scot and Pict armies locked in combat and stopped to watch the
outcome. After the Picts had prevailed and beheaded Alpin, the Norse attacked the victorious Picts, killing King Eogahann and
scattering his army.
In any event, the victory ended immediate hostilities with the
Scots, but prompted civil war among the Picts
(perhaps due to the death of Eogahann and renewed
conflict over a successor). This period of respite allowed Kenneth the Hardy,
son of Alpin and successor to the Dalriadic
throne, to recruit his strength. After three years, Kenneth Mac Alpin was eager to take the offensive, but was hampered by
nobles reluctant to renew hostitilies. In the fourth
year, Kenneth invited his nobles to a banquet. After the revelry, and as his
nobles drifted off to sleep, a young kinsmen of Kenneth appeared dressed
"in a luminous robe, made out of the phosphorescent skins of fish,"
and with a long speaking tube. This apparition exhorted the befuddled nobles to
avenge the death of Alpin, and they apparently took
heed of what appeared to be a divine message. The Dalriadic
army subsequently took the field, crossing into southern Pictish
lands and defeating a Pictish force near
Stirlingshire. A series of battles followed, until finally the Pictish king and his army were trapped near Scone by the River Tay and destroyed.
A less generous version of Kenneth's ascession
involves the story of another banquet to which were invited various Pictish nobles who opposed his claim to the throne.
Purportedly a pit was dug underneath the floor of the banquet hall. After much
wine had been consumed, the floor supports were removed and the Pictish nobles fell into the pit and were slaughtered by
In any event, in A.D. 843, purportedly Kenneth Mac Alpin ascended the throne as ruler of Alba, the unified
kingdom of the Dalriadic Scots and Picts. Pictish resistance
apparently continued for several years, however, for it is recorded that King Aethelred II of Northumbria had sent
military assistance to the Picts in their
unsuccessful fight against invading Scots as late as 846 AD. This later date
marks the beginning of the DBA Prefeudal Scots.
of Name of Campbell
There are various theories re the origin of the name
"Campbell"; usually accepted now is that it comes from the Gaelic
"CAM BEUL" meaning "Crooked Mouth" - the nickname of Sir
Colin Mor's grandfather.
The version that gives to it a Norman origin - "De Campo Bello" - can be ignored.
"The name [Campbell] appears to
derive from the Gaelic "Cam Beul", meaning
Crooked Mouth; while those who bear it are called Clan Diarmaid
as the supposed descendants of the handsome Ossianic
hero with whom the wife of Fingal fell in love.
"In revenge, Fingal challenged Diarmaid to slay the wild boar that harried the neighbourhood, and then to measure its carcass against the
lie of its bristles, with his bare feet. A bristle pierced Diarmaid's
Achilles heel, and Fingal refused him a draught of
his healing cup as Diarmaid lay dying.
"Scotland's supreme interpreter
of Gaelic song, J. C. M. Campbell, is among those who have left a recording of
Come to the Colonies
I have read quite a number of early McKissick references from the
1700's on this forum, including a lot on Daniel McKissick of NC, as well as
many other names scattered about the colonies of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North
Carolina during the 1700's. These three colonies
were linked by road transport routes at that time,
and not far separated geographically.
The early Scots/Irish McKissicks located in those
areas are closely related by their origin in N. Ireland.
Historically, demographic movements of that sort send various
members of a large extended family from their homeland to one region so they
can link up with other relatives, often due to sea transportation patterns.
From that original migration point such families branch off to other areas
nearby. In following generations they spread further.
The Philadelphia area was one
common arrival spot for Scots/Irish colonial immigrants. It is possible that
all of the Kissicks of Virginia and NC came
originally to Pennsylvania as cousins and
brothers and branched off from there. However, it is possible that their
arrivals were more widespread in the seaports of Virgina
I am making a list of the locations of the earliest ancestor of
each Kissick branch out there with dates and
location. Please respond with your earliest ancestor located, if you have found
their name on the Protestant Householders list of 1740, and if you have any
information on the ship or point of arrival.
Can't say for sure but I have an Anna McKissick listed that might
fall in your time frame. She is the daughter of Daniel P. McKissick & Mary
J. Weedin. I don't have a birthday or spouse. But an
older brother was born in 1850. The McKissick line is from SC and then to Clinton county, Missouri. There are other who have more information on this line of the
McKissick family. Daniel McKissick is the son of Daniel McKissick and Mary
Take Highway 102 West out of Bentonville, Ark. to Centerton and turn north on Main in Centerton. It is a small town and the cemetery is easy to
find, across the street from the Methodist Church. The headstone
is centered almost directly across from the church and sets about 3 rows back
from the highway.
I was there about two weeks ago and took pictures of the large
white headstone that the DAR / Sar
established. There are also two rather large raised flat crypts for the McKissicks. There is also a Wilson buried there
beside the DAR stone.
The DAR stone is very nice and easy to read.
It has the symbols of both the DAR and the SAR at the top and at
the bottom states that "dedicated by James Bright Chapter D.A.R."
"Sacred to the memory of
JANE WILSON MCKISICK
CAPTAIN DANIEL McKISICK
Both were Patriots of the
War of the American Revolution"
STAMPS, LAFAYETTE COUNTY, AR
The town of Bentonville, the county seat of Benton County, dates its existence from the spring of 1837, when Dr.
Nicholas Spring opened a store on the townsite.
Shortly afterward Robert Cowan, Barnett Forsyth and David McKissick were
appointed commissioners to lay out the town. John G. and William T. Walker came
about this time and started a second store. The town was incorporated on January 10, 1849, and in 1860 it had five general stores and some other
business enterprises. In February, 1862, a detachment of General Curtis' army
marched through the town. One soldier lingered behind and got into a
controversy with some of the residents, which resulted in his death. The next
day the soldiers returned and learned of the death of their comrade, which
incited them to apply the torch to the town. Thirty-six buildings were burned,
though it may be said to the credit of the Federal commander that this was done
without his orders or knowledge. It is said that later several other buildings
were burned by the citizens to prevent their occupation by Federal troops. After
the war the town was rebuilt and was again incorporated at the January term of
court in 1873. Bentonville is centrally located, on the St. Louis & San
Francisco Railroad, in the great fruit belt of Northwestern Arkansas. Apples from Bentonville have taken first price at great
industrial expositions. The largest apple evaporating plant west of the Mississippi is located here. Owing to the great fruit growing
interest, the United
a weather bureau and a branch of the department of entomology here for the
benefit of the orchardists. There are three banks,
three cooperage plants, one of which has a capacity of 700 apple barrels a day,
two fruit evaporators, one daily and two weekly newspapers, a large nursery,
municipal light and waterworks, two public school buildings, a vinegar and
cider factory, two lumber mills, ice factory and cold storage plant, churches
of five different denominations, a flour mill with a daily capacity of 125
barrels, a large canning factory, a number of well stocked stores, well shaded
streets and many cozy homes. The population in 1920 was 2,313
College of Liberal Arts University of South Carolina
Pendleton Streets Columbia, South Carolina 29208
MCKISSICK'S 6TH BATTALION OF YORK COUNTY MILITIA OF WHICH WAS ORGANIZED IN 1776.
Soldier of 1812 (David McKissick)
The Pike Guards was organized in Washington
County, Arkansas, on May 2, 1861.
Assigned to Colonel Gratiotís regiment of Arkansas State Troops as Company C,
the Pike Guards fought at the Battle of Wilsonís Creek, Missouri, August 10,
1861, sustaining 12 casualties ó 4 killed, 8 wounded ó including the company
commander, Captain Samuel R. Bell. A month after the battle, the Arkansas
State Troops were mustered out of service and disbanded. The Pike Guards
mustered out on September
1, 1861. Most of its members subsequently enlisted
in regular Confederate regiments, including the 1st Battalion Arkansas Cavalry,
17th Arkansas Infantry and 34th Arkansas Infantry. Some later served in
the Indian Territory.
(All enlistments were at Fayetteville on May 2, 1861)
McKissick, D C ó Private.
McKissick, Joseph ó Private.
Tumlinsonís Independent Company Cavalry.
Wiley A. Tumlinsonís cavalry company was organized at
Waldron, Scott County, Arkansas, on July 4, 1862. The company mustered
into Confederate service at Big Creek, Sebastian County, Arkansas, on July 20, 1862. Tumlinsonís company operated as an independent cavalry
troop until September
16, 1862, when it was dismounted to serve as an infantry
company. Tumlinsonís company fought at Prairie
Grove, Arkansas, December 7, 1862.
During the armyís reorganization after the battle, Tumlinsonís
company was transferred to Cockeís Arkansas Regiment
as (new) Company K on December
McKissick, John C ó Private.
McKissick's Creek (near present-day Centerton) in Arkansas
Camp McKissick's Spring
1 block south and 1
block west of Centerton City Hall in Benton county. 1st and 2nd
Divisions of the Federal Army were encamped here just prior to the battle of
Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge).
Benton County Arkansas Cemetery Index
MCKISSICK†††††††† DAVIS†††††††††††††††† 1788 1863†††††††††† McKISSICK-CALLIS
MCKISSICK††††† †††JAMES†††††††††††††††† 1848 N.D.†††††††††† CENTERTON
MCKISSICK†††††††† JANE†††††††††††††††††† 1844 N.D.†††††††††† CENTERTON
MCKISSICK†††††††† MARGARET†††††††††† 1796 1870†††††††††† McKISSICK-CALLIS
MCKISSICK†††††††† MARY††††††††††††††††† 1854 N.D.†††††††††† CENTERTON
MCKISSICK†††††††† R.W.†††††††††††††††††† N.D. 1883†††††††††† CENTERTON
MCKISSICK†††††††† SAMUEL R.†††††††††† 1817 1903†††††††††† McKISSICK-CALLIS
MCKISSICK†††††††† SAPHRONIA††††††††† 1841 1929†††††††††† McKISSICK-CALLIS
LIST OF HEADS OF
HOUSEHOLD 1840 BENTON
OLDHAM, WILLIAMSON SIMPSON (1813-1868).
Soon afterward he moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he prospered in the practice of law and in
politics. On December 12, 1837, he
married Mary Vance McKissick, the daughter of the wealthy James McKissick; the
couple had five children. Mary died, and on December 26, 1850,
Miretta Pearl MCKISSICK
30 Dec 1888 - 18 May 1963
30 Dec 1888, Kansas/Oklahoma/Florida  
18 May 1963, Miami, Dade Co., Florida 
Memorial Park, Enid, Garfield Co., OK 
Father: Judson Grant
in an Automobile in 1910
In the first automobile in
Magnolia, Arkansas, on November 20, 1910, the
groom, Burkett Daniels, and the bride, Lessie Henry,
who are in the rear seat, have just been married. Up front, on the left, is
Duke Emerson, owner of the 1910 Cadillac, and on the right is Buck McKissick.
Standing are Floy Warren and
Callye Daniels. In the backgound
is the First Baptist parsonage, home of Brother Scarbrough
who wed the couple. (Photograph courtesy of Lessie