~~All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing~~
in Rowan Co, NC
dated 16 Dec 1784 was probated in Rowan Co NC 1785.
Rowan Co, NC
Marriage 1 PAINTER b: Ireland
- John CLIFFORDb: ABT 1746 in Ireland
- **Eleanor CLIFFORD b: BET 1750 AND 1755 in
- Catherine CLIFFORD b: in Ireland
The name Clifford evolved from the Gaelic O'Clumain/O'Clymhain thru Coleman to Clifford. It was Anglicized to Clifford There
is a connection to the Gaelic as well as to the old tribal designation Ui Fiachrach.
Thus O`Clumain is made Clifford in Limerick, Kerry and Mayo, and Coleman in Carlow and Wexford.
CLIFFORD "Ford at the cliff."
It is an old and accredited tradition in the Highlands, that the Lamonds or Lamonts were the most ancient proprietors of Cowal,
and that the Stewarts, Maclauchlans, and Campbells obtained possession of their property in that district by marriage with
daughters of the family. At an early period a very small part only of Cowal was included in the sheriffdon of Upper Argyle,
the remainder being comprehended in that of Perth. It may, therefore, be presumed that, on the conquest of Argyle by Alexander
II, the lord of Lower Cowal had submitted to the king, and obtained a crown charter. But, in little more than half a century
after that event, we find the High Steward in possession of Lower Cowal, and the Maclauchlans in possession of Strathlachlan.
It appears indeed, that, in 1242, Alexander the High Steward of Scotland, married Jean, the daughter of James, son of Angus
MacRory, who is styled Lord of Bute; and, from the manuscript of 1450, we learn that, about the same period, Gilchirst Maclauchlan
married the daughter of Lachlan MacRory; from which it is probable that this Roderic or Rory was the third individual who
obtained a crown charter for Lower Cowal, and that by these intermarriages the property passed from his family into the hands
of the Stewarts and the Machlauchlans. The coincidence of these facts, with the tradition above mentioned, would seem also
to indicate that Angus MacRory was the ancestor of the Lamonds.
traced the name
back to it's origin:
The words " Cliff " and "Fiord"9sp?)
. Michael1 Clifford was born Abt. 1725 in Ireland, and died Abt. 1784 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He married (1) Unknown
Painter. He married (2) Elizabeth. He married (3) Sarah Gray Moffet.
Children of Michael Clifford and Unknown
John Clifford, born Abt. 1746 in Ireland; died 1826 in Rowan County, North Carolina.
Clifford, born in Ireland; died Aft. 1789 in Lincoln County, Tennessee. She married Charles Westerman; died Abt. 1820 in Booneville,
Catherine Clifford. She married Unknown Pippins.
Children of Michael Clifford and Elizabeth
Eve Clifford. She married Ebenezer Eaton.
Elizabeth Ann Clifford.
Michael Clifford and Sarah Moffet are:
Michael Clifford, born Abt. 1759 in New Jersey or Maryland.
Sarah Clifford. She married (1) Isaac Wilcoxson. She married (2) Richard Haines.