To Virginia Rice Love:In response to your claim that Archibald Alexander married 2nd Margaret Jane McClure, daughter of James McClure and Agnes____, I dispute that claim.I have seen it written before, by one James McClure in his 1914 book, and I believe it to be wrong, and it has caused me to research it off and on for four years.
You will see more of my claim, here in this forum, as well as in the McClure forum and the Givens forum, that the McClure who married Archibald Alexander was Margaret Jane McClure, daughter of Nathaniel McClure, who was a brother of James McClure.Jean McClure, daughter of James McClure and Agnes____ married William Givens, son of Samuel Givens.
I descend from William Givens and Jean McClure.Nathaniel McClure, who was Margaret Jane's father, died in VA in 1761, as did James McClure, Jean's father.
Nathaniel McClure named in his will a daughter named Margaret, but no daughter named Jane or Jean.He named Archibald Alexander as an executor of his estate in his will.Excerpts from his will can be found in Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia.This is what Nathaniel's will says about wife and children:
"Wife, Mary; eldest son, Holbert (Halbert?), sons James and Nathan? (their young brother and sisters).Rest of children, vis: Halbert, Mary, Alexander, Hanah, Thomas, Margaret, Dorothy, Moses.Executors, Alexander and Moses McClure and Archd. Alexander."This will would lead one to believe that the McClure daughter who married Archibald Alexander came from the union of Nathaniel and Mary.The marriage date of Archibald Alexander and Margaret Jane McClure is said to be 1757, a year after Jean McClure's marriage.
James McClure's will said "In the name of God.Amen.The twenty third day of September, 1756, I, James McClure of South Carolina, Tylor, (Taylor), etc. etc. - - I will and ordain that my son James shall have my Bible and big pot - I will and ordain that my son Samuel have the next bigest pot, I will and ordain that my wife Agness have the use of both pots etc. etc. - - I will that my son James pay to my daughter Eleanor a shilling Sterling, and a shilling Sterling to my daughter Jean and a shilling Sterling to my daughter Esther, and I make and ordain Wm. Givens and Willliam McClure my sole executors of this my will to take care and use the same perform in witness whereof etc. etc."
There is no mention of a daughter named Margaret or Jane.
William Givens had already removed to South Carolina from Beverly Manor, Orange Co. VA by 1756.James McClure's family was also living in South Carolina in 1756.The marriage date of William Givens and Jean McClure in South Carolina is reported to be Sept. 23, 1756, which is the same date as James McClure's will.Odd, but it could have happened in Colonial America.
This will of James McClure, and the other findings, seem to make it clear that Jean McClure, daughter of James, married William Givens of South Carolina, not Archibald Alexander of Orange Co. VA.
If you or anyone else has proof to the contrary, please let me know.Otherwise, I shall continue to conclude that the facts show that Archibald Alexander married Margaret Jane McClure, daughter of Nathaniel McClure, not Jean McClure, daughter of James McClure.Incidentally, what branch of the Love's did you marry into?
Bill Love of Galveston.