Here's what I have on the McFarlains. It states that James Mcfarlain(land), the founder of the family in Louisiana, either came from Belfast as an infant in about 1815 with his parents (names unknown) or was born in Virginia. I haven't been able to substantiate either yet. He was raised and educated there (not sure of the county or town). He married Abigail Hayes in Virginia around 1851. Shortly thereafter, they moved to St. Mary Parish LA and became successful planters. They had the following children:
William Lee b. about 1851 Andrew Doyle b. about 1853 Jerome b. about 1855 Mary b. about 1857 (later married E. Venable)
Abigail died shortly thereafter giving birth to Mary, and the family moved to Grand Chenier and then to Calcasieu Parish (now know as Jeff Davis Parish) and purchased a farm around the Jennings area.
James remarried to a women named Mary B. Guidry and the following children were born:
Clamonce b. about 1863 (later married Nerville Cart) Velerie b. unknown (later married Joseph Beard) Columbus b. about 1865 Victoria b. unknown (later married C. A. Guillard)
William Lee married Louisa Gatte (Gott) around 1870. The following children were born:
Andrew Lee b. 1871 Odeele b. 1874 Christopher b. 1876 Israel b. 1879 Robert b. 1881 Alba b. 1883 Elvie b. 1886 Albert b. 1888 Willis b. 1890 Willey b. 1893 Wilbert b. 1896 Walter b. 1899
Andrew Lee married first to Amente Gatte around 1891, but she past away a few months later.
He then remarried Matilda Ravey (Ravais), daughter of Henry Ravey and Elizabeth Trahan, in 1892. The following children were born:
Nora Agnes b. 1893 Wesley Jr. b. 1895 Amos b. 1896 Mary Abbie b. 1897 Allen b. 1899 Lloyd L. b. 1901 Elmer E. b. 1903 George W. b. 1905 Alton b. 1906 Vern Mell b. 1908, died 3 months
He married for a third time to Laura Frame, daughter of John Frame and Olive Darbonne, in 1909. The following children were born:
Columbus Paul (Calvin) b. 1910 Una Eva b. 1911 Jester J. b. 1913 Earn Lee b. 1917
I am stuck trying to find info on James Mcfarlain. I haven’t been able to place him in Virginia, I don’t know his parents names, and I haven’t been able to find them on any ships’ list or immigration records from Ireland. If you come across anything, please let me know. I hope this info helps. Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call me at 337-558-5450. I'll be happy to share any additional information I come across.