The slaves of the Great Great Grandfather of John McCain

A puzzle: I am interested in the Original John McCain (John McCain’s III great grandfather, the son of the slave owner). Was he never in the military? Did he live in Carroll County, Mississippi his entire life? Apparently he was sherriff and the owner of a plantation of sharecroppers. John must have been 12 when his father died in the civil war. His son and his grandson became admirals and his great grandson is running for president! Why isn’t it John McCain III not John McCain IV? 

I was researching the ethnicity of John McCain (he is Scottish, Irish and English) and discovered that McCain’s great great grandfather, William Alexander McCain (1812-1863), was a slave owner

William died at the age of 51 in the war between the states. He was born in North Carolina in 1812. McCain married Mary Louisa McAllister in 1840. She was 18, he was 28. William was a farmer, and they had 6 children in 1860 – four girls and two boys, aged 17 to 5 months.

William also owned 52 slaves – 48 of them had the race of “B”, 4 of them had the race of “M”. 23 were female, 29 were male. The youngest was 6 months, the oldest was 62. Here is the age break down:

0-10 years of age: 13 children

11-19 years of age: 7 teenagers

20-55 years old: 25

55 years of age and older: 7

Here is the link:

http://www.wargs.com/political/mccain.htm

The great-great Grandfather of John McCain was William Alexander McCain (1812-1863). He had John McCain (1851-1934) who had Admiral John McCain (1884-1945) who had Admiral John McCain (1911-1981) who had John McCain (1936- ), the Republican Nominee who is running for president. It looks like John’s father, grandfather, and great grandfather were all named John so he should be known as John McCain IV.

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5 responses to “The slaves of the Great Great Grandfather of John McCain

  1. CCREED

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE NAMES OF ALL
    THE SLAVE ON THE GREAT,GREAT,GREATFATHER JOHN S.
    MCCAIN.

    • veronica mccain-davis

      my name is veronica mccain and i to would like to know the names of all the slaves of john s.mccain great great great grandfather.also thank you. veronica mccain -davis

  2. Ccreed,
    The 1860 Mississippi census does not list the names of the slaves only their age, sex, and race.

  3. veronica mccain-davis

    my name is veronica mccain and im wanting to know more about my family the mccains my children need to know their people also i would like to really get more info. please im very interested

  4. Veronica,
    I looked at that link again http://www.wargs.com/political/mccain.htm, and here is the “Slave Schedule” of William McCain, which does not list the names of the slaves only age, sex, and race (I wish it listed their names!). I would also love to know more about your family story. Do you have any information that you could share with me?
    Mark Cole, 1 50 M W

    1860 Mississippi, Carroll Co., Police District 2, Page 16
    Slave Schedule

    W A McCain 1 60 F B 11
    1 30 M B
    1 29 M B
    1 22 M B
    1 20 M B
    1 25 F B
    1 5 M B
    1 62 M B
    1 40 F B
    1 22 F B
    1 21 M B
    1 18 F B
    1 16 F B
    1 5 M B
    1 3 M B
    1 1 F B
    1 44 M B
    1 33 F B
    1 17 M M
    1 9 M B
    1 7 F B
    1 5 M B
    1 3 M B
    1 60 M B
    1 60 F B
    1 30 F B
    1 28 F B
    1 24 F B
    1 11 F B
    1 9 F B
    1 2 F B
    1 16 M B
    1 26 M B
    1 60 F B
    1 38 M B
    1 26 M B
    1 24 M M
    1 55 F B
    1 30 M B
    1 27 M B
    1 25 M B
    1 23 M B
    1 21 F B
    1 19 F B
    1 11 F M
    1 6/12 M M
    1 28 F B
    1 10 F B
    1 8 M B
    1 2 M B
    1 45 M B
    1 26 M B

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