The Daniel and Nancy McMillan McKay cabin, Philadelphus, Robeson County,
NC; photograph taken c.1920. L to R: Morris Pate, Chesley Pate, Willie
Pate, Carmichael "Mike" McKay, James Franklyn "James"
mother identified this cabin as having been on the J.F. McKay farm where
she grew up, and she said this is where her grandfather, J.F. McKay was
born in 1849. It was probably built by either the McCorvey family (who,
until 1813 when they sold it to the widow Effie McMillan, originally owned
the J.F. McKay property on the north side of Hwy. 72) or it may have been
built by Daniel McKay and family after his marriage to Nancy McMillan
around 1812. Daniel's widow, Nancy McKay, and her five children lived
there after Daniel's death in 1819. Nancy resided in the cabin most of
her life until her death in 1863. Her son, Dougald McKay died here in
1865. Both of them are buried in a small graveyard across the road in
a circle of brush in the middle of the field.