Thank you for reading about J.C. McAfee and being prompted to ask re your John S. McAfee.
There are many researchers the world over who read this Genforum.com site, and they are eager to help you.Here is what I briefly known about the early Rutherford, NC McAfees' James McAfee family....such may give you some ideas.
Go to the 1790 census and look for James McAfee under the 1790 Census.I believe you will find five males...which would include my generational grandfather and his brother who later were:NC Honorable James McAfee Jr., and his brother, NC Honorable Robert McAfee who was also Capt. Robert McAfee during Revolutionary War; there was an elder brother whom we know as William McAfee, the NC Hunter, who is held to have hunted with Daniel Boone.Note: Since my generational grandmother was Mary Twitty Miller, I know that her generational grandfather was the VA Capt. William Twitty who with Daniel Boone were cutting the KY Trace.Capt. Twitty was killed in an Indian Ambush.So...is it possible that NC Hunter William McAfee hunted with Daniel Boone since Boone was associated with the Twittys'? It is certainly possible....and a story for another day.
Anyway, to continue, there are three sons accounted for...out of the 1790 NC census (William, James Jr., Robert). What happened to the fourth male...was he a son...a cousinship? The fifth male could have been the father....or other related member. Please look at the ages of the males in the 1790 James McAfee family.
In looking at latter 1700's and my early 1800's Rutherford County, NC line, (James McAfee Jr.) there is a Dr. John Miller McAfee, so somewhere in the McAfee family at-large, there must be other John McAfee individuals.
Knowing some of the history of the various lines of the McAfees'... from my own research, there are other John McAfees' in other families to consider and I will list two of them:
1.The John H. Burton (married Sarah Whitmire) family out of Raburn County, GA..near the NC border, and one or more of their children married into the McAfee family.There was a John S. Burton who married Carrie McAfee....and Stella Burton married Thomas H. McAfee. (Note: This is the line from which descends the now deceased Colonel Broadus McAfee, who was CO of a Ft. Bragg unit, and whom my Grandfather personally knew.)
2.There is a John T.M. McAfee who was early into Charleston, SC and who moved to Chester, SC, where he had a hotel, a merchandising store, and he had a plantation.Tracing John T.M. McAfee was not easy as there was little personal information re him that I could find in the records.So....I thought about this for a bit.Having a law degree I knew well the legal research sites used for pulling up specific cases, so I just went into the SC jurisdiction, and pulled up every legal case in which John T.M. McAfee appeared and printed out the case and studied it.From this effort, I was able to find a copy of his marriage contract which had been made part of the evidence, and I was able to find the names of his children, one of whom was named John McAfee.So...here is a second possibility.Note: Chester SC is within 15 miles of York, SC, where are recorded the very early deed records of James McAfee Jr....and again, this James McAfee Jr. is son of James McAfee Sr. of old Tryon County, NC who died in about 1769; at least his probate matters are of this date per court records.To date, I have not found a tie between John T. M. McAfee of Charleston, then, Chester and the James McAfees' of my line which are recorded in adjoining SC counties.
The will of my own earliest known American generational grandfather of Rutherford, NC, James McAfee Sr., (died ~1769) is missing from the NC Archives, but the index to the records lists him, his wife, Margaret, and other members of the family who were mentioned in the now missing will. (It has been missing for some years.)
Old Anson County NC deed records of mid-1700's reflect James McAfee and wife, Margaret and their property.
Please know that this is McAfee information which I know just off the top of my head and I do hope that it will renew your interest in searching for your family. Again, there are other McAfee researchers who know the personal lines of their families in great detail, and you may, also, hear from them. Just remember to consider every shred of evidence, and follow up on your ideas.
Please do keep us abreast of your research efforts....we are interested!