Orange Co, North Carolina was formed 1752 from Bladen, Johnston, & Granville. Deed transactions in Johnston County 1750 from James McILWAIN / McIllwain / McElwain / Mackilwean/ McIlwean to James Forrest and 1752 from James Forrest to Abram Taylor. In 1752 James Forrest is mentioned in the Minutes of Court in the Orange Co record and the 1755 Tax List of Orange Co lists James Forrester and his sons Thomas, William, and James. James Forrester moved from VA to NC where he was listed on the 1755 tax list of Orange Co NC, along with his sons Thomas, William, and James. James Forrester d.1755, will probated in Dec 1755 Court. Court March 1760 - Letters of Admin on Estate of James Forrest granted August Court 1760 - William Forrest, Adm’r of James Forrest, filed inventory. ............... James MACKILWEAN (b.late 1600s) is recorded in North Carolina in 1738. One surce thinks that he was born in Scotland, moved to Ireland as a child with family and that he and 2 brothers, Robert and Andrew came to America. He settled in Craven Co area with his family and was prominent person in colony. His was a surveyor, appointed to several public offices, big land owner, and his daughter was married to first Gov.of NC
James McIlwean bc 1710 of North Carolina m. Mary Nixon, had son, Francis McIlwean who m. Mary Nixon.
Would James McIlwain who sold land 1755 to James Adair have been connected to : John McIlwain b.1786co Antrim, N. Ireland m.1stly (co. Antrim, N. Ireland ?) Jenny Houston, children: James Thomas John Mary William Hugh Samuel
James McIlwain m.2ndly Sarah Logan b.1784 co Antrim, N. Ireland. Emigrated in 1798 and settled in South Carolina before leaving to go to Indiana. They had son, James McIlwain. .................... Adair files.HA12/F2/1/99.County Antrim, N. Ireland. AD1749.Part of lease from William Robert Adair to Archibald McElwain, carpenter.