Further examination of the 1790 Wilmington, New Hanover, NC census raises several questions about the claim that the wife of the Rev. Thomas McLain 1771-1855 of NC & Greene Co, TN was Elizabeth Doty.
In 1790 Wilmington, New Hanover, NC, an Elizabeth Doty was living next door to a Thomas McLain, and several researchers have claimed that this is the Thomas & Elizabeth McLain who moved to Greene Co, TN about 1800. However, according to the 1850 Greene Co, TN census, Thomas was age 79 and Elizabeth age 77.That means that in 1790, Elizabeth (?) McLain was 17, yet the Elizabeth Doty in the 1790 census was a head of household, and living in the household were 1 male under the age of 16 and 2 females.If this Elizabeth Doty did become the wife ofThomas McLain of Greene Co, TN, who were the male and female living with her in 1790 and what became of them?
The LDS files include two marriage records for a Thomas McLain on 22 feb 1786, one to Elizabeth Doty and one to Elizabeth McBride.If the bride was Elizabeth Doty in 1786, she is not likely to have been living next door to her husband and under her maiden name in 1790.
There is considerable evidence suggesting that Elizabeth McLain, w/o Thomas of Greene Co, TN was Elizabeth Duff, d/o Shadrach & Deborah (Dixon) Duff of Guilford Co, NC, but it is not conclusive.
If anyone has any proof of Elizabeth McLain's maiden name or has information that supports one theory or the other, I would be most appreciative.