Patrick:Thanks for responding to my post.The reference to Archibald Alexander, (b. 1708), marrying 2nd "Jane Margaret McClure" (b. abt 1727), who would be a daughter of Nathaniel McClure (b. abt 1685), and not Jean McClure (b. abt 1733), daughter of James McClure (b. abt 1690), is further evidence that James McClure, who wrote the 1914 book about the early McClures, was incorrect in stating that "Jane" McClure, a daughter of James McClure, married Archibald Alexander.
Nathaniel McClure's will named a daughter Margaret, but no Jean, and it also named Archibald Alexander as an executor.
James McClure's will named a daughter Jean, but no Margaret or Jane, and named William Givens of South Carolina as an executor.
As a descendant of William Givens, who married Jean McClure, I am trying to set this record straight.I have been researching this off and on for about four years, ever since I first read James McClure's 1914 book in Clayton Library in Houston.I copied the pages, and then penciled in "wrong" about the part of "Jane" marrying Archibald Alexander.I did not know then that I was correct in questioning that assertion.
Further research shows that James McClure and Samuel Givens, father of William Givens, were neighbors in the Beverly Manor area of Orange County, both having bought land there about 1739, when they arrived there.Both families came over about the same time, and both had children born in Northern Ireland.Both were Scotch-Irish, and both are mentioned in "Chalkley's Chronicles."
It is known that James McClure's family went to South Carolina for a short time, after an attack by indians, and where William Givens had removed to, and that in 1756 James McClure wrote his will in South Carolina naming William Givens as an executor.It is somewhat odd that his will is supposed to have been written on the same day that William Givens and Jean McClure married in South Carolina.But I suppose such things happened back in Colonial times.
James McClure went back to Virginia, and died there in 1761.Nathaniel McClure also died in Virginia in 1761.I am satisfied in my own mind that the McClure daughter who married Archibald Alexander was "Margaret Jane" or "Jane Margaret" (I have seen it both ways), and that "Jean" also "Jennet or Jannet" McClure, daughter of James McClure, married William Givens.I would be happy to hear from others who may either support or contest this position. Bill Love at (firstname.lastname@example.org).