David was born 1758 in Guilford, North Carolina, and died 1815 in Dickson, Dickson, Tennessee. He married Margaret McClain on March 06, 1786 in the Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina.
David fought in the War of 1812 as a private in the 1 Regiment Mounted Gunmen (Dyer's) Tennessee Volunteers. A partial history of this regiment is as follows. David's official participation is still being researched:
BRIEF HISTORY: One of two regiments which Dyer commanded at different times of the war, this regiment was part of General John Coffee's cavalry brigade throughout most of the Creek War. The unit participated in most of the battles of the war, including Talladega (9 November 1813), where they formed the reserves, and Horseshoe Bend (27 March 1814). There were several companies of "spies" in the regiment: companies of cavalry that were sent on reconnaissance patrols and usually took the lead in the line of march for Jackson's army.
DESIGNATION: 1st Regiment of West Tennessee Volunteer Mounted Gunmen
DATES: September 1814 - March 1815
MEN MOSTLY FROM: Davidson, Dickson, Williamson, Bedford, Maury, Montgomery, Rutherford, Smith, and Stewart Counties
CAPTAINS: Bethel Allen, Ephraim D. Dickson, Robert Edmonston, Robert Evans, Cuthbert Hudson, Thomas Jones, James McMahon, Glen Owen, Thomas White, Joseph Williams, James Wyatt
BRIEF HISTORY: Part of Coffee's brigade at New Orleans, most of this regiment took part in the night battle of 23 December 1814. Most of the company muster rolls show casualties from this engagement. Portions of this regiment also participated in the capture of Pensacola from the Spanish in West Florida (7 November 1814). The initial rendezvous point for this unit was Fayetteville, Tennessee. From there they passed through Fort Hampton, to Baton Rouge, and finally to New Orleans.
David's Will was proved in open Court by oaths of Samuel McAdoo and Thomas Burkett recorded 4/14/1815. Book A page 33-34-35 Dickson Co., TN on April 14, 1815.
Children of DAVID MCADOO and MARGARET MCCLAIN are: i. SARAH MCADOO, b. 1792, Guilford, North Carolina; d. 1860, Henderson, Tennessee, m. Thomas Burkett. ii. JOHN MCADOW. iii. SAMUEL MCADOW. iv. JANE MCADOW. v. DAVID MCADOW. vi. MARY MCADOW.