William McIlwee b1791, John H. McIlwee b1793in Md. and George McIlwee born 1798 in Md. seem to be three sons of David McIlwee who died young c1805. Some have mentioned another possible brother of these three as David McIlwee born 1795. Does anyone know of any daughers that David who died c1805 may have had? Some have suggested that these orphans may have been taken care of by Isaac Zane who operated a furnace in the Marlboro area. It could not have been Isaac Zane as he died in 1795. However, Zane had a partner named Mordecai Bean who operated their other furnace at Mountain Falls and he may been instrumental in these young McIlwee orphans care. Isaac Zane had a son Isaac Zane Jr but he died before his 21st birthday. Another line of McElwees that I have been trying to connect is the Michael McElwee born 1771 and married Biddy McDermott. It seems his sons were Michael McElwee Jr. born 1794 in Md. and John E.(Captain)McElwee born 1798 Bath Co.,Va.These are the McElwees who lived in the Hot Springs, Warm Springs and Low Moor areas of Virginia. Some move to the Marlinton, Minnehaha Springs area of West Virginia. These two lines of McIlwee/McElwees I have not been able to connect yet. In Abbeville, S.C. a David McElwee buys land there in the years 1762, 1763,1764,1765 and 1768. Also buying land in Abbeville, S.C.is John McElwee 1764 and 1773; Daniel McElwee buying land in 1766; William McElwee buying land 1773 and 1775.James McElwee is in the 1790 Census for Abbeville. All this info is on the Library of Virginia website. It seems there was some travel by these McElwees to the York Co., S.C. area. All these McIlwee/McElwee families (and I only see about 5 or 6 lines)seem to originate in County Donegal specifically the area known as Fanad. Many come to America via the Philadelphia port and then to the southernmost counties of Pennsylvania. They are Scots-Irish Presbyterians. From Pennsylvania they move southward down through Maryland and into Virginia and then into the Mecklenburg co. N.C. area. James, John and William McElwee all buy land in Mecklenburg Co., N.C. between 1767 and 1769. I strongly suspect that the William McElwee mentioned here is married to Janet Black. The James McElwee is married to Jane Carmichael and the John McElwee is married to Jane Adams. william McElwee lived very close to the battle field where the "Battle of Kings Mountain" was fought in 1780. A few of the McElwees fought at Kings mountain. If anyone has any info on the mysterious David McIlwee who died c 1805, please let me know. Happy McIlwee/McElwee hunting!!Roy McIlwee, Scranton, Penna.