I have studied the McClary over the last couple of day.
I think you are likely correct that John McClary, the person who was deeded 420 acres from William Beverley on February 4, 174849 (you say April 4th, but I question this), is likely the eldest generation in Augusta Co., VA.I would estimate his date of birth about 1700.You have it a little earlier.In either case, we are in the same general generation.
You are correct about the location of this 420 acres on the Western border of Beverley Maonr.I have a map of Beverley Manor also and I see where it it.It is surrounded by George Hutchenson, Thomas Kirkpatrick and Nathaniel Patterson.John Wilson has two parcels very nearby.
In 1751, James McClary and John McClary are listed as inhabitants near Capt. John Wilson.While James McClary could be John McClary's brother, later record make it seem more likely that James McClary is John McClary's (eldest?) son.
In May 1753, James McCleerey & John McCleerey were appointed to clear a road from McCleary's fields to Wilson's fields.Whether this is father (John) and son (James) or two son of John McClary, Sr., I cannot determine.
On 12 Mar 1755, James McLeary convered a tract of 200 acres to his son, James McLeary, part of 420 acres conveyed by (Wm.) Beverley to John McLeery on February 4, 1748.Delivered to James McLeary in November 1758.Adjacent to Thomas Kirkpatrick and John Clerk.This documents is what causes me to think that the James McClary in the 1751 and 1753 documents above was the son of John McClary, Sr., rather than his brother.I think it is important to note that Mr Clark/Clerk is now a neighbor.
On March 15, 1755, John Wilson deeds 306-1/2 acres of land containing the North Mountain Meeting House to the trustees of the Meeting House that included James McClery.This record does lead to the possibility that James McClary, son of John McClary, Sr., was too young to be given a trusteeship to the North Mountain Meeting House, giving support to the possibility that there was a James McClary, brother to John McClary, Sr.
On August 17, 1762, John McClerey, Sr., deeded 100 acres to his son, John McClerey, Jr., located at the head branch of the Middle River of Shanandoah, part of 420 acres conveyed to John McClerey, Sr., on February 4, 1748.Delivered May Court 1767.
On February 9, 1773, John McCleery's wrote his Will that provided for his wife,
Margaret and to his children, James, John, Samuel "to each daughter 1 shilling;" executors, son James and John Thompson; Witnesses Robert Clark and
Mathew and Robert Patterson.The Will was apparently proved in the October-November timeframe in 1776.This appears to be the Will of John McClary, Sr.
I agree that it appears that the James McClary who gave his deposition in Fayette Co., KY in 1798 was most likely the James McClary, son of John McClary, Sr.
I still cannot tie any of these McClary's into my Hugh McClary/McLarry.Do you see any connection with your McClarys?