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Re: James and Fortune McLemore 1690
Posted by: James McLemore, III (ID *****8777) Date: November 07, 2007 at 07:48:06
In Reply to: Re: James and Fortune McLemore 1690 by Robert McLemore of 1307


James did not have a middle name (few people did in that age, and they were usually rich, noble or royal), so no middle initial is appropriate. He did have, or sometimes went by, a religious by-name - his family back in Ayrshire seems to have been quite religious in a time of religious fervor, and frequently gave their children Biblical names (e.g., Abrahaim) or saintly names (e.g., Mungo), and James seems to have gone occasionally during the 1690's by the name of Florens (usually rendered phonectically Florence), the name of a male saint recognized in early Scotland, which may be the source of your confusion.

Fortune or "Fortain" (apparently the Scottish equivalent) was probably the daughter of John and Margery Gilliam, or is so believed today by most McLemore researchers (but apparently not by at least one Gilliam family researcher - see Greg Gilliam's recent posting on this board), but it is unlikely that she lived 109 years. I am unaware of a death date for her, it occurred after 1736 when she appears for the last time in the records, but how much after that is anyone's guess, though it was unlikely to have occurred more than ten years later, and almost certainly not in 1774 as you have indicated.

You say you descend through their child John and his wife Faith (as do I), and you give her Maiden name as Howell. I believe that that may be correct, but the case for it is not as strong as that for Fortune's maiden name being Gilliam. But the given name Howell enters the family (as does the given name Joel) through this couple, and probably through her - both the name Joel and the name Howell appear exclusively among John and Faith's descendants for the next century.

Since you are also descended from Joel, who moved from VA to SC to establish a family there, I would like to ask you a question, which, if you have done a lot of research in the records there you may be able to answer. The late Dr. Rudy Leverett, in his book on Maj. Moses McLemore, CSA ("Ole Rosinheels"), in his appendix, gave a notation of a death in 1818 of a Hezekiah McLemore in Richland County, SC. I was wondering if you (or anyone else who has done work on the SC family) may be familiar with this event and can shed a bit more light on it.

Hezekiah, to my knowledge, was a name used up until that time (and for a while thereafter) only by the McLemore family of southeastern North Carolina, not South Carolina. The earliest member of that family in Sampson County NC to be so named was the oldest son of Archibald McLemore, and he was born about 1783. He disappears from there about 1810 +/- a few years, and it is my thought that he may have moved over into SC to take up residence near his cousins, the sons of Joel McLemore, in Richland County. I would be very interested if anyone could give me more information and/or record citation that might prove this theory, especially any estate information that might include the identification of any heirs for this Hezekiah. He is a potential father for a man named Raiford McLemore (b. ca. 1815 - Hezekiah also had a brother so named) and this Raiford had a son named Joel, which name does not otherwise appear in the NC family. If the NC Hezekiah moved to SC, married a SC McLemore or one of their close friends or associates, he could have been the father of this Raiford (Named for his own brother) who might have grown up in SC amongst the SC McLemores, and named one of his own children Joel as a consequence, even though he later moved back to Sampson County, NC.

Indeed, any such help in proving, disproving or fine tuning this theory would be greatly appreciated by more people than just myself.

Jim McLemore

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