Did Murdock Chisholm live on the land in proximity to Broom’s Branch? I do not know, but I believe he probably did. Could there be another Broom’s Branch near Mountain Creek in Richmond County? I guess it is possible, but I do not know of one. Have I properly located Murdock Chisholm’s 50 acres of land? I believe I have found the right area even though I do not know the exact location of his 50 acres. Broom’s Branch is a short branch in length so the location of the 50 acres would be in a limited area.
Several factors make me believe I have found the correct area. Daniel Chisholm, son of Murdock bought land from William Stringfellow, recorded in Deed Book C, page 551 and sold land that was once Murdock Chisholm land to his son Enoch Stringfellow. In an 1817 letter Eli Stringfellow, son of Enoch Stringfellow stated he was the uncle of Mary Chisholm (later Mary Chisholm Ewing) daughter of Daniel Chisholm, son of Murdock. While I have not figured out how Eli is the uncle of Mary, nevertheless Eli said it in the letter. So, the Chisholm’s and Stringfellow’s were in the same general area, probably were neighbors, had business dealings with one another and appear to be related but as of this day, I do not know exactly how. Also, the AWE Capel map has Stringfellow Branch on it.
The question now becomes what happened to Murdock Chisholm after he sold his land recorded in Deed Book B, page 403, Richmond County?
Facts that were known when I began to search for Murdock Chisholm after the land sold:
1. Anguish Chisholm, son of Murdock was issued a grant for 50 acres of land November 17, 1790. The land was in Montgomery County on Mountain Creek. The description indicated it joined Murdock Chisholm. Malcom Chisholm, son of Murdock is one of the chain carriers.
2. Anguish Chisholm, son of Murdock was issued a grant for 50 acres of land December 20, 1791. The land was in Montgomery County on Mountain Creek. The description indicated it joined Murdock Chisholm. Angus (Anguish) Chisholm, son of Murdock and Daniel Chisholm, son of Murdock were chain carriers.
3. John Chisholm, son of Murdock was issued a grant for 50 acres of land June 7, 1799. The land was in Montgomery County and on the west side of Mountain Creek. The description indicated it was near Murdock Chisholm's second corner. The survey work for this land appears to have been completed May 4, 1797, and John Chisholm, son of Murdock and Murdock Chisholm were chain carriers. I do not know when Murdock Chisholm died but this bit of information indicates he was alive May 4, 1797.
4. Murdock Chisholm died intestate owning 100 acres of land.
5. I did not find a 100-acre grant to Murdock Chisholm. He must have bought his land from an individual.
6. In 1843 Montgomery County deeds were destroyed by fire.
7. I saw a grave marker in the Scotch Cemetery at the end of Rush Rd. (NCSR No 1538) that had Dock on it. I felt like that stood for Murdock. That marker is not there now. It was destroyed by people who vandalized the cemetery. One record (I do not know if it is correct) I saw indicated Murdock was 88 years old when he died.
8. Daniel Chisholm, son of Murdock is buried in the Scotch Cemetery at the end of Rush Rd (NCSR No 1538).
9. John C. Chisholm, son of Daniel sold 988 acres to Benjamin Rush December 19, 1834.
10. The location of the grave of Benjamin Rush.
11. The location of one old Rush home place.
12. The location of Rush's mill.
13. I had been told of the location of a very old house in the area on the property of Cleo Wooley.
My hope was to find a deed after 1843 that referenced back in time to the 100 acres of land Murdock Chisholm owned. After looking at many deeds in the area, I found a deed dated April 4, 1845, from Yancy B. Howell to Samuel Usher recorded in Deed Book 16, page 87. Another deed of interest is Deed Book 16, page 302. A map was also found in Deed Book 136, page 415.
When you read Deed Book 16, page 87, you can see it specifically mentions the Murdock Chisholm old hundred-acre survey. You can also see the property line that was one side of the Murdock Chisholm land. On the map, 100 acres is listed below Deed Book 20, page 74, and to the right of the 100 acres a house is shown. I believe this is the Murdock Chisholm house.
It is remarkable that even today the general shape of a portion of the Murdock Chisholm 100-acre tract can be seen on the Montgomery tax map.
Mr. Arron W. E. Capel II bought the house shown on the Map in Deed Book 136, page 515 from Cleo Wooley. Mr. Capel bought the house because it was the closest in age to his Richmond County circa 1797 Isaac Ewing house (also called Touchstone House), was of similar construction and even type of nails used. Mr. Capel took pictures of the house before he secured the material he needed.
Could there have been another very old house on the 100 acres of land? That is possible but the present-day heirs of Cleo Wooley are not aware of one.
I do not have any information on Murdock Chisholm prior to 1783 other than his daughter Rachel married James McMillian and James served in the Revolutionary War. Rachel told some stories of her encounter with Tories when James was at war.
In addition to having a gold mine in the Beaver Dam Creek area, Angus (Anguish) Chisholm, son of Murdock, had a store. One document I saw listed his son, Whitson H. Chisholm as a merchant.
F. G. Harris, in his book entitled “Harris’ from Essex, England and Allied Families” Volume 11, lists the children of Angus (Anguish) Chisholm and Sally Myrick Harris as:
1. Lindy Chisholm married an Alexander
2. Eliza Anne Chisholm married William Littlejohn
3. Whitson Chisholm married Martha Stanback
4. Margaret H. Chisholm married Wiley Jones Littlejohn
Recent research on the Angus (Anguish) Chisholm Family by genealogist Sue Forshee Cooper is shown below.