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Daniel McKissick
(1755 - March 18, 1811)

The following excerpts were taken from:
Emmett R. White's Revolutionary War Soldiers of Western North Carolina: Burke County Volume I; Southern Historical Press, Inc. Greenville, SC 1998.

 

Daniel McKissick/McKissock was born circa 1755. During the Revolutionary period he resided in southeastern Burke County (later Lincoln and then Catawba County.) He was married to Jane Wilson around 1776 and had nine children, they are as follows:

Margaret - born 1777
John - born 1784
Joseph - born 1791
Mary - born 1779
James - born 1782
David - born 1786
Daniel - born 1789
Wilson - born 1794
Elizabeth - born 1797

 

He served as one of the ranking officers under Col. Charles McDowell's Burke Regiment. While serving in the 2nd Rowan Regiment, McKissock participated in the Cross Creek Expedition in February of 1776, which was the cleanup operation following the battle of Moore's Creek Bridge. In the summer of 1776, McKissock was along side Col. McDowell on the western frontier fighting against the Cherokee Indian raid. They held Cathey's Fort until they were relieved by a large expeditionary force of General Griffith Rutherford. 

 

After being relieved from duty at the fort, McKissock took part in the Cherokee Expedition of August and September of that year. Upon his return to Burke County in 1778, he was active against local Loyalist in the area, and began his one year term as High Sheriff. He was appointed as field officer, of the Burke Militia serving under Lt. Col. Hugh Brevard, with the rank of major. In June 1780, McKissock, Lt. Col. Brevard, Capt. John Hardin, Major Joseph McDowell, Capt. John Bowman, Capt. John Dobson and others joined forces with the Rowan Militia to suppress Torie forces in Lincoln County. They won a major victory at Ramsour's Mill on June 20,1780, but that victory did not go without severe consequences. 

 

Capt. Dobson, and Capt. John Bowman, who was serving as Burke County Sheriff at the time, were mortally wounded. McKissock, although escaping death, was critically wounded in the left arm, leaving him permanently disabled. After his injury, he became involved in administrative duties of the war, but did not participate in fighting. In early 1782, due to his seniority in rank, he presided over the court martial proceedings of Col. Charles McDowell, who had been brought on charges presented by another Burke Sheriff, James Davidson (see Sheriff James Davidson for more information). 

 

Following the cessation of the war, Maj. McKissock became a military auditor of the Morgan District, and in 1782 was one of the Commissioners chosen to select the new county seat of Lincoln County. He became very active in Lincoln County Court affairs until his move to Bedford County, Tennessee in 1807. Records indicate that McKissock applied for and received a pension from the State of North Carolina due to his wounds received at Ramsour's. He died in Shelbyville, Tennessee on March 18, 1811. His widow, Jane, lived in Bedford County until 1836 when she moved to Benton County, Arkansas.

 

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