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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (Mc)

Country: USA
Clan Associations: MacComb
Entry: The following link contains the story of Alexander MACOMB Sr., fur trader, stock/bond trader, shipper, etc. (1748-1831)

Synopsis MACOMB (aka McCOMB):
Partner in the fur trading firm: MACOMB, EDGARS and MACOMB, a virtual shipping monopoly granted on Lake Erie, by the British government from 1768-1812. Possibly one of originating partners in the North West Co. Alexander MACOMB Sr. was handed the responsibility by Alexander Hamilton, US Secretary of Treasury, to create the first ever Stock and Bond market on Wall St. NYC in 1792.
His brother, William McCOMB, represented Detroit at the first British Legislature at Niagara, Upper Canada, in 1792.

The rest of MACOMB (aka McCOMB) family:
From; General Alexander MACOMB Jr, Victor at the Battle of Plattsburgh, NY, War of 1812; John Navarre McCOMB, military cartographer and engineer, assigned in 1830, to map the trails leading westward in the US, and David Betton MACOMB, adjutant to Sam Huston, acting as Washington laison joining Texas the Union.

Some of the notable McCOMB Clan (sept of Clan MacThomas):

0) Alexander MACOMB c1652. The only thing we know about him is his establishing the Scottish Society in Rhode Island, North American Colonies.

1) John McCOMB, Quaker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania arriving in 1688. Possibly the same John McComb captured at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, Scotland. In 1694 discloses historical account that lead to the end of the Quaker Oligarchy in Pennsylvania, from events of a court hearing that McComb was implicated in ...the Keithian - Lloydian Quaker split. The court absolved all accused and lead to election of a Non-Quaker government.

2) Eleazer McCOMB - Delegate to the 4th US Continental Congress, 1781. Many Congressional records at the Libary of Congress. He makes recommendation to site the US Captial at Washington DC.

3) James McCOMB SR. - He is the mysterious Mr. McCOMB that appears in George Washington Letters (soon all to be on-line). This family branch still has letters of the dinner invitations from George Washington. He was the owner/operator of a Salt Petre Manufacture in Princeton NJ. He moves his family near Bennington, Vermont after the American War of Independence (fully researched and no direct relation to my Bennington McCOMBS). He is married to Brigette MOTT, a Quakeress.

4) James McCOMB Jr. Son of James McCOMB Sr. Begins the American War of Independance with British Col. Robinson's "Guides and Pioneers" in New York City. Ends the war with Col. John Simcoe's "Queens Rangers" with the rank of Sergeant. Granted land in St. John New Brunswick as an United Empire Loyalist in 1784. Read an article about him here.

5) John McCOMB Jr. - Architect of NYC "Old City Hall" finished in 1811, built Montauck Light House (1792) on Long Island, and many more. Designed in the "Federalist" style. His house designs were very popular with the influential Quakers of the Eastern seaboard. I believe he was the founder of the "Mechanics Lodge" in NYC. Read a review about his work here.

6) Alexander MACOMB (aka McCOMB) Sr.
Partner in Detroit shipping firm: MACOMB, Edgars, and MACOMB, granted a shipping monopoly by British for Lake Erie, Upper Canada in 1783. Initial letters of 1st year operation, 1783 of North West Co.indicate that Alexander and his brother William McCOMB own 9 of the orginal 15 shares. Their cousin John Askin owns one share. First year profits were c32,000 lb Sterling.
Land Spectulator, Banker, and USA Government consultant (1786-1831)

7) William McCOMB Sr. - Brother to Alexander MACOMB Sr. Co-founder of MACOMB, EDGAR, and MACOMB, Co-founder of North West Co. in 1783. First MPP to British Niagara Legislature 1792-1795 representing Kent Co. and all points west and north to the Hudson's Bay. He is directly implicated in the known British agent, Col. Beckwith journals and meetings with Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of Treasury about the Western Native support for the British Government, in 1786, New York City. Hamilton is pro-British on form of government. At the time of his death in 1796 he is considered one of the richest men in North America. He remained ambiguously Loyalist at Detroit (ambiguous due to lack of records/journals).

8) James McCOMBS. Taught at the Naval Academy at Newark New Jersey, but identified as a British Citizen in the US "British Alien Census of 1811", He sails aboard one of  William Edgars China trade ships, to Canton China that year. He marries the youngest daughter of a wealthy Chinese Mandarin, by the last name of HOAM, near the Old English Factory. It is known that William Edgars, Alexander MACOMB, and William McCOMB are partners in the China Trade at this time.

9) US General Alexander MACOMB Jr., youngest son of Alexander MACOMB Sr. Victor at the Battle of Plattsburgh NY, 1814. Later to become Chief General of the USA army 1828-1841.

10) David Betton McCOMB, third son of William McCOMB Sr. General with Sam Houston's army. Responsiblities include legal laison with Washington, to negotiate Texas into the Union (1837).

11) Col.John Navarre McCOMB (aka MACOMB), nephew of General MACOMB jr. USA Engineer and Cartographer. Maps the Rio Grande River in Texas, the westward trails to Oregon, etc. A personal friend of "Samuel Clements -aka Mark Twain". Lends him money to start his speaking tours at San Francisco.

12) Alexander MACOMB MASON. Joined Confederate Government during the American Civil War. His grandfather was one of the signers of the US Declaration of Independance. His duties with the Confederate Government involve negotiations with Britian and France to supply the south with arms. Captured at Detroit visiting family upon his return through Canada from his first mission. After the war he leaves the USA for Eygpt and maps one of the Nile's tributaries to its source. Later becomes an official in the Kafhir's Egyptian government and negotiates a Treaty with Sudan.

The list goes on. Inventors, Gold discoveries in Southern states, Southern Platantion owners, Quakers in the Underground Railway, Shakers, Native Indian chiefs, etc.

Murray McCombs

See also the Clan McComb page

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