Person:MCMAHON, John Jorden (1805 - 1857)
|MCMAHON, John Jorden (1805 - 1857)|
|Person ID (Link to genealogy):||GED link I12339|
|Date born:||22 Oct 1805|
|Born in:||Harrisonburg, Virginia|
|Date died:||3 Jun 1857|
|Died in:||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Buried in:||Courtland Cemetery, Courtland, Alabama|
|Father:||MCMAHON, William (1780 - 1846)|
|Mother:||PATTON, Rebecca (1783 - 1856)|
|Spouse(s):|| SHACKELFORD, Harriet C (1812 - 1902)|
|Occupation details:||entered a partnership with Andrew Bierne in a mercantile, Bierne & McMahon, An 1841 newspaper reports that the grocery store of John J. and Robert G. McMahon in Gainesville was stocked with crockery and staple goods that could only be bought for cash (Reynolds 1955:76). He continued in business in Courtland until the fall of 1841. He then joined a New Orleans-firm as a cotton factor/commission merchant in the firm of McMahon, Trotter & Pearsell, which later became McMahon & Pearsall.|
|Fawcett book:||MCMAHON, John Jorden (1805 - 1857)|
From Bill Fawcett's book:
JOHN J. McMAHON, SR. was born 1805 in Augusta County, Virginia to William and Rebecca McMahon. He moved to Courtland, Lawrence County, Alabama in 1828 and entered a partnership with Andrew Bierne in a mercantile, Bierne & McMahon. In 1829 he acquired his first land in Lawrence County (T. 6 S., R. 7 W., S. 8, SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 [Cowart 1991]). Three years later (1/7/1832) he acquired an additional 79.61 acres (T. 5 S., R. 6 W., S. 35 NE 1/4 [Cowart 1991]). John McMahon employeed Lyle B. Fawcett as a clerk in his firm (1834-35). John McMahon’s house (S. Lane/Jefferson St) in Courtland still stands and is listed on the National Register (NR#87001454).
On August 20, 1835 John J. McMahon married Harriet C. Shackelford (1812-1902), a daughter of Dr. Jack Shackelford (McMahon Family Bible). She was born in Winsboro, South Carolina. Her father fought during the Texas Revolution at Goliad.
On September 9, 1835 John acquired a third parcel of land (T. 5 S., R. 8 W., S. 11, S 1/2). About then, his father, William McMahon, brought his family to a plantation to the north of Courtland from Harrisonburg, Virginia. It was abt 1830 near the Wheeler ("Magnolia") plantation. In 1840 (Census) their household included 2 males < 5 years (F.S. & W.J.), 1 male 15-20 years, 1 male 20-30 years, 2 males 30-40 years (J.J. + W.P.?), 1 female 10-15 years, and 1 female 20-30 years (H.C.S.). An 1841 newspaper reports that the grocery store of John J. and Robert G. McMahon in Gainesville was stocked with crockery and staple goods that could only be bought for cash (Reynolds 1955:76). He continued in business in Courtland until the fall of 1841. He then joined a New Orleans-firm as a cotton factor/commission merchant in the firm of McMahon, Trotter & Pearsell, which later became McMahon & Pearsall. According to the 1850 census (#105), the children of John J. and Harriet C. McMahon were F.S. McMahon (1836-89), William J. McMahon (1838- ), Robert B. McMahon (1844- ), John J. McMahon Jr (1846-1913) and Harriet C. "Lilly" McMahon (1849- ). They valued his real property at $6460. John J. McMahon died of cholera during an epidemic on June 3, 1852/57 in New Orleans, after 6 days illness, and was returned to Courtland for burial on June 8 (Moulton Advertiser 6/9/1904; Lawrence County News 3/28/1902). The 1857 date is more likely for his death, because on November 26, 1852 J.J. McMahon acquired another parcel of land (T. 5 S., R. 7 W., S. 9, W 1/2 of NE 1/4 [Cowart 1991]).
By 1860 his son, F.S. McMahon, practiced medicine, while living near Courtland with his mother and siblings (W.J., R.B., H.C. [1860 census #235]). Their estate had declined in value to $2049. Harriet C. McMahon died at her home near Courtland on Saturday, March 22, 1902. They buried her in the Courtland cemetery (Lawrence County News 3/28/1902).
From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.
This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.
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