I descend from Cornelia van Zandt who married Lucas Covert. I am
related to threw Mary Covert. Mary, their daughter married William
McNees who is the son of William McNees who is the son of William and
Jane McCormack McNees.
Mary Covert and William McNees had Marcus McNeice.
Cornelia van Zandt was born 15th May 1738 in New Jersey and died in
Butler County, Pennsylvania. She was baptised on the 15th of May 1746
Her father was Peter Praa van Zandt and Sarah Willemszen.
I do not know if I am right-I am not claiming that what you have about
the history of the McNees's are wrong. I just thought because a river
in germany is called the River Neisse which is the current boarder of
germany is the origins of the Clan MacNies is kind of weak.
I thought McNees is Americanized due to the sensus people trying to
figure out how to spell Gaelic names back then. Though, MacNiec is a
sept of the Clan MacGregor and the MacNiecs where beaten in a fierce
battle way long time ago in scotland over clan wars and territory and
only a few were left that lived on a Island. Those remaing McNees's
were soon there after killed except for one by the clan MacNab? That
remaining McNees is known as the father of all american McNees/MacNiec/McKnees
etc I have seen McKnees as that i have ancestors whose siblings
spelled their name that way in the turn of the last century.
I bid you all good luck in the family research, i myself am finding
more and more on the McNees/MacNiec's all the time , being related to
them myself threw alot of Scottish lines like the MacMillans,
MacCormicks, Leslie and Campbell
Philip O'Duibne Campbell