We may all be kin because we came from the same Scottish-Irish forebears, but I, descendent from "James of Rowan," would also like to see the records straightened out. What do you suggest?
I hope that someone will persuade me otherwise, but, without better bases than I have currently seen, I am not even willing to state that James is from Cecil County MD or that he is the James, who was son of Moses. All that I accept without question is that he was probably born 1725-1730; that he was in Rowan County and had at least two sons, James Jr. and Matthew, there in the 1750s; that he and family moved to Spartanburg County SC in the 1760s or early 1770s; that he served as a Revolutionary War soldier for a short time and became ill; and that he apparently died in Spartanburg SC about 1810.
Traditionally, researchers have reported James's wife as Mary, who may have been Mary Steele, but I have seen no supporting documents or "Grandma said . . . ." Maybe someone has additional information on the marriage.