attempts to gather as much information as possible about those with the surname
McHorse. It seems that we're all descended from John W.
McHorse who was born in 1819. He must have changed his name to McHorse
from something else, because all attempts to trace his origins have failed. If
you have any information that can be added to this site, please contact me at
"cmchorsejr at satx dot rr dot com."
John W. McHorse 1819-1897
some of the ideas I've heard concerning where the name McHorse came from. If
you have other information, please let me know. I'll be glad to include it. One
of these days, with the help of the internet, I think the truth will emerge.
rumored that the original name was McHuse. A story
circulated in at least one McHorse family that J. W. McHuse
met Sam Houston when he moved to Texas. It was Mr. Houston that suggested
McHorse as a better name for a Texan.... and thus the
name change." - Barry Kirkland
as the name McHorse goes...it will probably be one of the unsolved mysteries.
Aunt Wadie and Florene says that papa McHorse always said it was Whitehorse. A
second cousin in Abilene says that my uncle Elton had all of the papers on the
McHorse family and that the original name is in these papers. She never did
give them to me while I was there. Elton always maintained that we were of
Indian origin...in fact he received grants from two tribes for his children's
education. However, my question is, which side of the family was he referring to? Also, the McHorse daughter said all of the info they
have on the McHorse family is in the Library in Abilene." - Marshall
talked to a genealogy researcher and he thinks we came from Scotland as our
name was McHorseberg or burg, not sure of the
spelling." - John McHorse
#1 - John's father was a stowaway on a boat (I assume from Scotland) and he
changed his name (from McHall or McHale) when he
arrived at Ellis Island. It's my understanding that Kendra Meadows McHorse
researched the issue and actually traced the McHorse name back to the records
at Ellis Island. Theory #2 - the McHorse name evolved from another name when
the original person/McHorse married/mixed with Indians in the Carolinas."
- Scott McHorse
"I am a
direct descendant of John McHorse on my mother's side. I have heard the Sam
Houston story all of my life, but in the version I have heard, upon meeting
John at age 17 just before the Battle of San Jacinto, Houston suggested he
change his name from "McHOUSE" to McHorse,
a more "Texan" name." - Terry L. Simmons