In 1685 an young Scottish boy by the name of Charles
McAnally was playing on the bank of the
Charles ran enthusiastically back to his home. On the way,
he encountered a stranger on horseback. “What is your hurry?” the man asked.
Charles told the stranger what he and his friends had discovered and that he
was running back to get his father. The stranger told Charles that it would be
faster if he hoped on his horse and let him take him back to his house. The
young Charles trustfully mounted the horse and was taken, not to his house, but
to the port and put on a ship about to embark to
Several months later, 10-year-old Charles McAnally arrived
I tell this story in March at the time of St. Patrick’s day
even though the origin is in
This story was passed down through the generations orally, but is also found recorded in an 1837 document by a Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, David Rice McAnally.