James and Nathaniel McClurg show up in tax records in Nottoway VA in the 1790s.James first appears in 1791 and is recorded separately for several years before he moved in with his father-in-law, Samuel Morgan.Nathaniel only appears in 1798, paying one white poll and for one horse.
This is probably the same Nathaniel who married Polly Redd in neighboring Prince Edward VA 1800 and moved to Greene Co GA.James and family moved to Abbeville SC about 1807. Both James and Nathaniel named daughters Harriet--which may or may not mean anything!
When I first began posting info on James, Bill McClurg responded (see message 547 below) with the suggestion that James was a first cousin to the Dr. James McClurg who represented VA at the Constitutional Convention. There is still no definite "proof" of Nottoway James' parentage, but more and more it looks like Bill was right.
The Monroe McClurg bio cited by Bill says only that James' (but doesn't name him) great grandson, Monroe McClurg of MS, was related to VA and PA McClurgs--and it is true that Dr. James of VA and Bill's line in PA were descendants of brothers, Walter (father of Dr. James of VA) and John McClurg who came from Scotland several decades before the Revolution. The Monroe bio also says James of Nottoway came from Scotland, and another bio of Monroe says Dr. James of Richmond VA was his great great uncle.This isn't true--they were cousins--but it's probable that Dr. James' father Walter (as well as Walter's brother John of PA) probably was James of Nottoway's uncle and therefore Monroe's great great uncle.
Records from Stranraer, Wigton, Scotland indicate Walter and John had two brothers who apparently stayed in Scotland --James and Thomas. James and Nathaniel were probably sons of one of them.
As I said--still no real proof, but more and more the evidence is pointing to the scenario Bill described several months ago---James (and I include Nathaniel, either a younger brother or cousin)was born in Scotland before 1765 to a son (James or Thomas) of James McClurg and Barbara Vance. In adulthood, probably just after the Revolution, he came to Virginia where his first cousin Dr. James McClurg was living--and somehow wound up in Nottoway. He owned no property in VA--but he married well and when he died in Abbeville SC 1812, he owned land and slaves.
Nathaniel, who was probably a little younger, either came from Scotland with James or joined him later in Nottoway. No coincidence they were both in Nottoway 1798.
Additional research/evidence is needed, and it would be very helpful if one of the MS descendants of James would do the DNA test, but basically Bill McClurg and I have narrowed the hunt to the McClurg family who came to America from Wigton, Scotland.All descendants are welcome to join us in the search!