The McMicking family started immigrating to the thirteen colonies in America as early as the late 17th century.
Most departed from Stranrear and Port Patrick inScotland and settled largely in the British colonies of New York,
Pennsylvannia, New Jersey, Maine and New Hampshire.
Some archived records show the arrival of McMickens, McMickins and McMickings around 1690 in Pennsylvannia.
The largest settlement of McMickings was in the colony of New York in the counties of Tryon and Delaware. This
region was occupied by immigrants from Scotland, Germany and the Netherlands (Holland) from 1700 to 1780.
Many of the family migrated south to the Carolinas, with some settling in Michigan, particularly around the Detroit area. But the majority who arrived prior to 1790 remained in the regions around Albany and westward toward the Catskill Mountains. During the American Revolutionary War (War of Independence), large numbers of the McMicking family in New York, Pennsylvannia and Maine remained loyal to Britain and came under much persecution, even imprisonment.
These family members were designated "loyalists" by the revolutionists and "Empire Loyalists" by Britain. Most joined militias such as Butler's Rangers and Guy Johnson's Forresters and along with Indian bands from the Iroquois Nations led by Joseph Brant of the Mohawks and Seneca Tribes, fought the Americans before being forced to flee northward to Fort Niagara in upper New york and Fort Henry in Upper Canada, and others. The vast majority of these McMickings eventually settled in the Niagara region of Upper Canada.
Some McMickings joined the revolution and became American citizens. Over the years they migrated westward and southward to occupy many states within the USA. Most McMickings on the west coast of the USA actually migrated there from British Columbia in the later part of the 19th century and early 20th century. Most were descendants of Robert Burns McMicking (1843-1915), prominent British Columbian pioneer.
And, during the 20th century to the present day, many McMicking family members from Canada have immigrated to the USA - and visa versa.
Regardless of where they live today or their past history the McMickings in the USA share a common bond and a common ancestry to other McMickings all over the world and can trace their ancestry back to Scotland, namely to Thomas MacMickin(g) and Elizabeth McHarg, whose descendants have been found in the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, India, Phillipines and of course Great Britain.