Introduction

Virgil V. McNitt recorded the early history of the McNitt family in America in his book The MacNauchtan Saga (Palmer, MA: Privately Printed, 1951). The intent of this study is to correct and update Mr. McNitt's information and to record the history of one branch of the family which the Saga does not document well.

 This history consists of biographical sketches of Daniel McNitt Jr., Jane Moores, and each of their children, a genealogy of Daniel and Jane's descendants through four generations, and ancestry charts on Daniel and Jane. It includes almost two hundred of their descendants, although the record is by no means complete for several of their children.

 Daniel and Jane were both born in the eastern part of the United States in the years just after the Revolutionary War. They married and had their children while living in central New York state. In 1835 they moved to Ohio, and most of their descendants lived in Ottawa, Kent, Muskegon, and Hillsdale Counties in Michigan; Seneca, Sandusky, and Ottawa Counties in Ohio; or Chicago, Illinois. Besides McNitt, family names appearing most frequently among their descendants are Cole, Coleman, and Hankinson.

 As much as possible, I have based this study on primary sources: official birth, death and marriage records; records of land transactions; gravestones; and federal and state census records. I use biographical sketches in county histories, newspaper obituaries, and correspondence with various members of the family to supplement the primary sources.

Anyone wishing to supply corrections or additional information on any of the individuals described in this study should contact wmcnitt@hotmail.com