Clan Information

Through the centuries the MCKISSICK family was affiliated with many different clans through marriage. The clan CAMPBELL claims the MCKISSICK family as a sept or directly affiliated family, entitled to clan rights including the use of the clan tartan shown here.


From The CAMPBELL History

The CAMPBELL family first appears in the records of Argyllshire where they were recorded as an ancient Argyllshire family before the year 1100.   The notable CAMPBELL family is shown in the ancient manuscripts and cartularies as tracing their ancestry to Strathclyde Briton origin.


The CAMPBELL family is distinguished as a Clan in it's own right, starting about the 1100's, and now an ancient and illustrious family.  Did you know, that in ye old days a family could not qualify for clan status unless they had the proven ability to put 250 armed men ahorse within one hour to defend their clan, lands and properites. As well as providing a fighting men for their leige lord and king. Read on to learn more about the fascinating CAMPBELL Clan history.




These all come under MACISAAC of which they are spelling variations.

The family is early found in mid-Argyll. One version of their origin is that they are part of the Clanranald sept of the same name though this may be questioned.


Other users of these names from a different original may be "Sons of the Servant of St. Kessog", venerated on Loch Lomond and the Black Isle and sometimes MacKessogs. Mac is sometimes dropped and the name can appear as Kissock, etc.


From The MCKISSICK History

The MCKISSICK family first appears in the records of Inverness where they were recorded as an ancient Inverness family before the year 1100.

The notable MCKISSICK family is shown in the ancient manuscripts and cartularies as tracing their ancestry to Dalriadian origin.


Dalriadic Scots (500 - 846 AD)

Roman historians recount the raids of the Scots and Picts on Briton's northern frontier as early as 297 AD. In 360 BC, Ammianus Marcellinus wrote that "savage tribes of Scotti and Picti, having broken the truce, were ravaging the parts of Roman Britain in the neighbourhood of the walls." In 365 CE, he noted that the "the Picti, Saxones, Scotti and Atecotti harassed the Britons continually." In 367 AD, a large force of Pict and Scots raiders overran Hadrian's Wall and ravaged the lands beyond. Campaigns by Theodorus (384 AD) and Stilchio (396 AD) helped settle the frontier temporarily. However, troops were later withdrawn from the region to fight on Rome's other hard-pressed borders. In 450 AD, Gildas recorded that the Britain's call for help (The Groans of the Britons) against the "foul hordes of Scots and Picts" had gone unheeded by Rome.


The Scots referred to in these accounts were from the Irish tribe Dal Riata.  They hailed from the Antrim coast and part of the province of Ulster. They crossed the narrow Irish sea in their hide boats (curraghs) and mounted raids among the Attecotti and into Roman Britain. Over time, many stayed behind. Later, conflict between two Riatan tribes, the Dal Fiatach and the Dal nAraide, prompted a subchieftain named Cairpre Riata to lead his tribesmen across the water to settle in Scotland. Through these migrations, the Dal Riatan kingdom eventually spanned both Northern Ireland and a small portion of western Scotland.


According to the Irish chronicler Abbot Tigherac, Fergus Mor Mac Erc, King of the Dal Riata, transferred his throne from Antrim in Northern Ireland across the channel in 500 AD to join other Riatans living near Loch Linnhe in Scotland. This marks the beginning of this DBA Dalriadic Scots. Fergus Mor built his stronghold on a hilltop ("Dun") in the Moss of Crinan overlooking the Add, a small streamlet which flows into Loch Crinan. Dunadd became the capital of the Dalriadic kingdom, which came to encompass the areas of Argyll, Kintyre and the Inner Hebrides.


The balance of the kingdom was divided into three districts among Fergus' relatives. Brother Angus and his tribe held the islands of Jura and Islay. Brother Loarne was given the region that still bears his name. The third (comprising modern Cowall and Kintyre) was passed down to Fergus's great-grandson Comgall. These four kinship groups -- Cenel Gabrain (the direct line of Fergus Mor), Cenel Loairn (the sons of Loarne), the Cenel nOengusa (the sons of Angus) and the Cenel Comgall (the heirs of Comgall) were to contend throughout the history of Dalriada for the throne.


The first five years of Dalriadic rule were turbulent, but the third king Comgall was reputed to have ruled for 30 years without strife (507-538 AD).


In 558 AD, King Brude Mac Maelchon of the Picts resoundly defeated the Dalraidic King Gabran in battle and in that same year Gabran died (whether or not he died in the battle is unclear). No further battles are recorded for 15 years.


Conall, son of Comgall, succeeded Gabran as king of Dal Riata. Conall welcomed the exiled Columba (Colum Cille) from Ireland, and sent him on a peace embassy to the Pictish king. It was apparently successful, for in 563 AD, in apparent agreement with the Pictish king, Conall granted Columba the island of Iona on which to build his famous monastery. Columba then commenced his work of converting the Picts to Christianity.


In 568 AD, King Conall and his kinsman, Colman Becc of Ireland, led a campaign into the Inner Hebrides to consolidate his rule over Soil and Islay. The death of Conall in 574 AD lead to a succession crisis, with the kingship due to revert from Conall's line by tradition to the sons of Gabran. Columba intervened and proclaimed Aedan as king over his elder brother Eoganan. This prompted a rebellion by Dondchad, the son of Conall and supporter of Eoganan's claim to the throne. Aedan prevailed over Dondchad in a battle fought at Kintyre, thus cementing his claim to the throne.


The balance of this period is not well recorded, although it is believed that the rise of Christianity and the power of Columba and his successors exercised in non-secular matters encouraged relative peace and prosperity between Dalriada and her neighbors, the Picts to the east and north, and the Britons to the south. Then came the Saxons of Berneicia and Deira, which were later joined to form Northumbria.


King Aedan lead a Dalriadic/Strathcyde Breton army against Ethelfrid of Berneicia, but was defeated decisively at Daegsastan (circa 597 AD). This defeat, coupled with the news of the death of Columba, prompted Aedan to relinquish his throne and retire to Kintyre, where he died at age 80.


In 613 AD, a Dalriadic contingent fought with a unified British army (with contingents from Gwynedd, Powys, Pengwern and Dumnonian) against the Saxon invader Ethelfrid at Chester. The battle failed to slow the Saxon king, who continued his campaign and slew 1200 British monks of Bangor who where attempting to avert the battle with prayer. Ethelfrid then seized Deira from his brother Edwin, and combined them into the new Kingdom of Northumbria, which Edwin recovered in 617 AD


Then King Penda of Mercia and Caedwalla (Cadwallon) of Wales joined forces against Northumbria, killing Edwin and destroying his army at the battle of Heathfield Chase in 633/634 AD. Caedwalla was given the Northumbrian throne by Penda, but lost it again to Oswald, son of Ethelfrid, who fought a series of battles with Penda to defend it. Oswald's army included a contingent of Scots (including monks from Iona) provided by King Domnall Brecc of Dalriada. With the defeat and death of Penda, Oswald and his heir Owsy reigned supreme. They seized Edinburgh, the last major stronghold of the British Votadini kingdom of Goddodin. Unable to resist, Dalriada and the Pictish kingdoms were forced to swear fealty to the Northumbrian bretwaldas.


As evidenced by the Convention of Druim Cett (575 AD), the Dalriadic Kings in Scotland had apparently continued to rule over and collect taxes from the Riatans who remained in Ireland. However, Domnhall, king of the Ui Neill defeated Congal, king of the Dal nAraide and Ulster (the nephew and agent of King Domnall Brecc of Dalriada) at the battle of Magh Rath in 637 AD, effectively ending Dalriadic control over their Irish possessions.


In 642 AD, King Owen of Strathclyde defeated an invading Dalriadic army at the Battle of Strathcarron, killing the Scottish King Domnall Brecc.


Oswy's heir Egfrid ascended to the Northumbrian throne in 670 AD and mounted campaigns in the north to consolidate his hold over the Scots and Picts. Dalriada and the Picts fought unsuccessfully for independence, the Picts suffering a massive defeat in which their dead were reputed to lie so thick in two rivers that the Northumbrians could walk dry-shod from bank to bank. Thereafter Egfrid annexed Galloway, drove the Britons entirely out of Cumbria, seized Carlisle and the famous Columban monastery at Lindisfarne, and subjected the Mercians to his rule. Egfrid's subsequent foray into Ireland was repulsed, after which he mounted a major invasion of the north in 685 AD. The Picts feigned a retreat, drawing the Northumbrians deeper into the highlands to Lin Garan (or Nechtan's Mere) a marshy lake in Forfarshire where an ambush had been laid. Egfrid was killed in the subsequent battle and his army all but annihilated, thus ending the Northumbrian control over Pictland and Dalriada and allowing the Picts to occupy as far south as Lothian. Contingents of Strathclyde Britons and Dalraidic Scots may have fought with the Picts at the battle of Nechtansmere


Subsequently, Kings Eugene VI of Dalriada and Alfred of Northumbia cemented a friendship based on their mutual interests as scholars. Alfred was raised in the Monastery at Iona, whereas Eugene had been trained by Adamnan, abbot of Icolm-Kill. Peace prevailed for ten years, although relations between Dalriada and the Picts became increasingly strained and conflict only averted due to the mediation of Adamnan.


The peace was spoiled, however, when the Southern Pictish King Nechtan converted to the Roman rite and expelled the Columban priests, who fled to Dalriada. With religious lines drawn between Rome and Ireland, the conflict broadened and diversified. A period of religous civil war ensued between the Northern and Southern Picts, and war between the Southern Picts and Dalriada, who had allied themselves with the Northern Picts. Then a civil war erupted in Dalraida in c. 725 AD, when Echdach usurped the throne of Dungal. Finally, the reunified Picts under King Oengus attacked and overran Dalriada between 731-736 AD, forcing the Dalriadic king into brief exile in Ireland. Oengus continued his aggressive expansion southward until defeated by the Strathcylde Britons at the battle of Catohic (Mocetauc) near Glasgow in 750 AD


In 768 AD, King Aed Fin lead a Dalriadian army into the southern Pictish province of Fortriu and fought a battle the outcome of which is not known. Thereafter, the Dalriadic kingship list becomes somewhat conjectural. The following is offered as a plausible but not certain history.


In 781 AD, Constantine mac Fergus became King of the Northern Picts. Over the next ten years, he extended his rule south and west. In 798 AD, the Vikings made their first appearance on the scene and posed a constant threat to both the Picts and Dalriadic Scots for the next 200 years. In 809 or 810 AD, Conall mac Aed relinguished the throne of Dalraidia according to Irish annalists (perhaps because of the Viking threat), and the Dalriadic nobles recognized Constantine as their king, thus unifying the Picts and Scots for the first time. Constantine and his heir and brother Oengus referred to their joint kingdom as Fortren. From this point forward until the accession of Kenneth Mac Alpin, the exact line of "Scottish" kings or claimants to the former Dalriadic throne is unclear.


In 832 or 834 AD AD, Oengus died giving rise to another succession controversion. One of several candidates, the Scot Alpin claimed the Pict throne by virtue of his mother's royal Pictish blood. The Picts elected another, prompting Alpin to take the field. A battle was fought at Restennet, near Forfar, resulting in the death of the Pictish king and a victory for Alpin despite heavy casualties. But rather than recognize Alpin's claim, the Picts elected a new king and raised a new army. In a second confrontation fought near Dundee, the Picts mounted their camp attendants on baggage horses and held them in concealment until a key juncture when they appeared on a hill overlooking the battleground. The appearance of this "second army" caused the Scots to panic and rout. Alpin's nobles were captured and executed on the spot, and an attempt to ransom Alpin was refused. He was beheaded and his head placed on a pike, which was carried home to adorn the battlements of the Pictish stronghold at Abernethy.


An alternative history of this battle (reputedly fought in 839 AD) is also told. In this account, Norse Vikings came upon the Scot and Pict armies locked in combat and stopped to watch the outcome. After the Picts had prevailed and beheaded Alpin, the Norse attacked the victorious Picts, killing King Eogahann and scattering his army.


In any event, the victory ended immediate hostilities with the Scots, but prompted civil war among the Picts (perhaps due to the death of Eogahann and renewed conflict over a successor). This period of respite allowed Kenneth the Hardy, son of Alpin and successor to the Dalriadic throne, to recruit his strength. After three years, Kenneth Mac Alpin was eager to take the offensive, but was hampered by nobles reluctant to renew hostitilies. In the fourth year, Kenneth invited his nobles to a banquet. After the revelry, and as his nobles drifted off to sleep, a young kinsmen of Kenneth appeared dressed "in a luminous robe, made out of the phosphorescent skins of fish," and with a long speaking tube. This apparition exhorted the befuddled nobles to avenge the death of Alpin, and they apparently took heed of what appeared to be a divine message. The Dalriadic army subsequently took the field, crossing into southern Pictish lands and defeating a Pictish force near Stirlingshire. A series of battles followed, until finally the Pictish king and his army were trapped near Scone by the River Tay and destroyed.


A less generous version of Kenneth's ascession involves the story of another banquet to which were invited various Pictish nobles who opposed his claim to the throne. Purportedly a pit was dug underneath the floor of the banquet hall. After much wine had been consumed, the floor supports were removed and the Pictish nobles fell into the pit and were slaughtered by Kenneth's men-at-arms.


In any event, in A.D. 843, purportedly Kenneth Mac Alpin ascended the throne as ruler of Alba, the unified kingdom of the Dalriadic Scots and Picts. Pictish resistance apparently continued for several years, however, for it is recorded that King Aethelred II of Northumbria had sent military assistance to the Picts in their unsuccessful fight against invading Scots as late as 846 AD. This later date marks the beginning of the DBA Prefeudal Scots.


Legend: Origin of Name of Campbell


There are various theories re the origin of the name "Campbell"; usually accepted now is that it comes from the Gaelic "CAM BEUL" meaning "Crooked Mouth" - the nickname of Sir Colin Mor's grandfather.


The version that gives to it a Norman origin - "De Campo Bello" - can be ignored.


"The name [Campbell] appears to derive from the Gaelic "Cam Beul", meaning Crooked Mouth; while those who bear it are called Clan Diarmaid as the supposed descendants of the handsome Ossianic hero with whom the wife of Fingal fell in love.


"In revenge, Fingal challenged Diarmaid to slay the wild boar that harried the neighbourhood, and then to measure its carcass against the lie of its bristles, with his bare feet. A bristle pierced Diarmaid's Achilles heel, and Fingal refused him a draught of his healing cup as Diarmaid lay dying.


"Scotland's supreme interpreter of Gaelic song, J. C. M. Campbell, is among those who have left a recording of this ballad."



McKissick's Come to the Colonies

I have read quite a number of early McKissick references from the 1700's on this forum, including a lot on Daniel McKissick of NC, as well as many other names scattered about the colonies of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina during the 1700's. These three colonies were linked by road transport routes at that time,

and not far separated geographically. The early Scots/Irish McKissicks located in those areas are closely related by their origin in N. Ireland.


Historically, demographic movements of that sort send various members of a large extended family from their homeland to one region so they can link up with other relatives, often due to sea transportation patterns. From that original migration point such families branch off to other areas nearby. In following generations they spread further.


The Philadelphia area was one common arrival spot for Scots/Irish colonial immigrants. It is possible that all of the Kissicks of Virginia and NC came originally to Pennsylvania as cousins and brothers and branched off from there. However, it is possible that their arrivals were more widespread in the seaports of Virgina as well.


I am making a list of the locations of the earliest ancestor of each Kissick branch out there with dates and location. Please respond with your earliest ancestor located, if you have found their name on the Protestant Householders list of 1740, and if you have any information on the ship or point of arrival.


Arkansas McKissicks

Can't say for sure but I have an Anna McKissick listed that might fall in your time frame. She is the daughter of Daniel P. McKissick & Mary J. Weedin. I don't have a birthday or spouse. But an older brother was born in 1850. The McKissick line is from SC and then to Clinton county, Missouri. There are other who have more information on this line of the McKissick family. Daniel McKissick is the son of Daniel McKissick and Mary "Polly" Kent.


Take Highway 102 West out of Bentonville, Ark. to Centerton and turn north on Main in Centerton. It is a small town and the cemetery is easy to find, across the street from the Methodist Church. The headstone is centered almost directly across from the church and sets about 3 rows back from the highway.


I was there about two weeks ago and took pictures of the large white headstone that the DAR / Sar established. There are also two rather large raised flat crypts for the McKissicks. There is also a Wilson buried there beside the DAR stone.


The DAR stone is very nice and easy to read.

It has the symbols of both the DAR and the SAR at the top and at the bottom states that "dedicated by James Bright Chapter D.A.R."


It says,

"Sacred to the memory of



wife of




Both were Patriots of the

War of the American Revolution"



The town of Bentonville, the county seat of Benton County, dates its existence from the spring of 1837, when Dr. Nicholas Spring opened a store on the townsite. Shortly afterward Robert Cowan, Barnett Forsyth and David McKissick were appointed commissioners to lay out the town. John G. and William T. Walker came about this time and started a second store. The town was incorporated on January 10, 1849, and in 1860 it had five general stores and some other business enterprises. In February, 1862, a detachment of General Curtis' army marched through the town. One soldier lingered behind and got into a controversy with some of the residents, which resulted in his death. The next day the soldiers returned and learned of the death of their comrade, which incited them to apply the torch to the town. Thirty-six buildings were burned, though it may be said to the credit of the Federal commander that this was done without his orders or knowledge. It is said that later several other buildings were burned by the citizens to prevent their occupation by Federal troops. After the war the town was rebuilt and was again incorporated at the January term of court in 1873. Bentonville is centrally located, on the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad, in the great fruit belt of Northwestern Arkansas. Apples from Bentonville have taken first price at great industrial expositions. The largest apple evaporating plant west of the Mississippi is located here. Owing to the great fruit growing interest, the United States established a weather bureau and a branch of the department of entomology here for the benefit of the orchardists. There are three banks, three cooperage plants, one of which has a capacity of 700 apple barrels a day, two fruit evaporators, one daily and two weekly newspapers, a large nursery, municipal light and waterworks, two public school buildings, a vinegar and cider factory, two lumber mills, ice factory and cold storage plant, churches of five different denominations, a flour mill with a daily capacity of 125 barrels, a large canning factory, a number of well stocked stores, well shaded streets and many cozy homes. The population in 1920 was 2,313



McKissick Museum

College of Liberal Arts University of South Carolina
Bull and Pendleton Streets Columbia, South Carolina 29208 




Soldier of 1812 (David McKissick)

The Pike Guards
The Pike Guards was organized in
Washington County, Arkansas, on May 2, 1861.  Assigned to Colonel Gratiotís regiment of Arkansas State Troops as Company C, the Pike Guards fought at the Battle of Wilsonís Creek, Missouri, August 10, 1861, sustaining 12 casualties ó 4 killed, 8 wounded ó including the company commander, Captain Samuel R. Bell.  A month after the battle, the Arkansas State Troops were mustered out of service and disbanded.  The Pike Guards mustered out on September 1, 1861.  Most of its members subsequently enlisted in regular Confederate regiments, including the 1st Battalion Arkansas Cavalry, 17th Arkansas Infantry and 34th Arkansas Infantry.  Some later served in the Indian Territory.
(All enlistments were at Fayetteville on May 2, 1861)

McKissick, D C ó Private.
McKissick, Joseph ó Private.

Tumlinsonís Independent Company Cavalry.

Captain Wiley A. Tumlinsonís cavalry company was organized at Waldron, Scott County, Arkansas, on July 4, 1862.  The company mustered into Confederate service at Big Creek, Sebastian County, Arkansas, on July 20, 1862Tumlinsonís company operated as an independent cavalry troop until September 16, 1862, when it was dismounted to serve as an infantry company.  Tumlinsonís company fought at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, December 7, 1862.  During the armyís reorganization after the battle, Tumlinsonís company was transferred to Cockeís Arkansas Regiment as (new) Company K on December 16, 1862.

McKissick, John C ó Private.


McKissick's Creek (near present-day Centerton) in Arkansas

Camp McKissick's Spring

1 block south and 1 block west of Centerton City Hall in Benton county. 1st and 2nd Divisions of the Federal Army were encamped here just prior to the battle of Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge).


Benton County Arkansas Cemetery Index
MCKISSICK         DAVIS                 1788 1863           McKISSICK-CALLIS
MCKISSICK         JAMES                 1848 N.D.           CENTERTON
MCKISSICK         JANE                   1844 N.D.           CENTERTON
MCKISSICK         MARGARET           1796 1870           McKISSICK-CALLIS
MCKISSICK         MARY                  1854 N.D.           CENTERTON
MCKISSICK         R.W.                   N.D. 1883           CENTERTON
MCKISSICK         SAMUEL R.           1817 1903           McKISSICK-CALLIS
MCKISSICK         SAPHRONIA          1841 1929           McKISSICK-CALLIS



McKissick, David
McKissick, James


Soon afterward he moved to
Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he prospered in the practice of law and in politics. On December 12, 1837, he married Mary Vance McKissick, the daughter of the wealthy James McKissick; the couple had five children. Mary died, and on December 26, 1850,

Miretta Pearl MCKISSICK
30 Dec 1888 - 18 May 1963
OCCUPATION: Music Teacher
BIRTH: 30 Dec 1888, Kansas/Oklahoma/Florida [73] [74]
DEATH: 18 May 1963, Miami, Dade Co., Florida [75]
BURIAL: Memorial Park, Enid, Garfield Co., OK [76]
Father: Judson Grant MCKISSICK

Married in an Automobile in 1910

In the first automobile in Magnolia, Arkansas, on November 20, 1910, the groom, Burkett Daniels, and the bride, Lessie Henry, who are in the rear seat, have just been married. Up front, on the left, is Duke Emerson, owner of the 1910 Cadillac, and on the right is Buck McKissick. Standing are Floy Warren and Callye Daniels. In the backgound is the First Baptist parsonage, home of Brother Scarbrough who wed the couple. (Photograph courtesy of Lessie Daniels)