The following is my genealogy to my ancestor James Alexander McCarter:
Jack McCarter, Jr. – (1926-1989) Texas businessman who moved from Waxahachie to Dallas, experiencing its rise to modern cosmopolitan city along with the spiritual challenges that presented for himself and others – my father
Jack McCarter, Sr. – (1898-1963) Texas businessman in Waxahachie who paid off the debts his father left behind, with a nice store for his posterity
Henry Clay McCarter – (1871-1931) Texas businessman transplanted from Mississippi who committed suicide following a business failure associated with a catastrophic fire to his cotton gin business outside El Paso, in a place called Deming, New Mexico that people at the time thought was to be the “Chicago of the South”
James Henderson McCarter – (1832- 1917) Mississippi farmer whose first wife died, leaving him seven young children and a servant in the household
Alexander McCarter – (1789-1860) large plantation and hat factory owner (inherited from his father) in Georgia in the ante-bellum South
James Alexander McCarter – (c 1756-1830) large plantation and hat factory owner in Georgia who donated property to start historic Hebron Presbyterian Church of Georgia.
Information about Hebron Presbyterian Church can be found at: http://hrcga.org/hebron-presbyterian-banks/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebron_Church,_Cemetery,_and_Academy . Information about the church as well as James Alexander McCarter and his family can be found at: https://books.google.com/books/about/Hebron_Presbyterian_Church_God_s_Pilgrim.html?id=YcxMtTlvsV4C .
I am still seeking to establish the precise ancestry of James Alexander McCarter, but I have good reason to believe that when his ancestors crossed the Atlantic Ocean they had changed their name to McCarter from McArthur, as did other McCarters in the nearby vicinity of South Carolina. These other McCarters in the nearby vicinity of South Carolina descended from Donald McArthur (aka Donald MacArthur) (circa 1624- circa 1684), the Earl of Glencare, whose estates were confiscated and his title broken by Cromwell, as did possibly James Alexander McCarter. Donald McArthur was husband of Agnes McKinlay (1620-1690). Donald McArthur was born and died in Gargunnock, Stirlingshire, Scotland. Donald McArthur’s closer ancestors were:
- Fingin Riabach MacArthur (married Lady Elena Mac Arthur) – (1571-1624) Earl of Glencare. His wife, Lady Elena Mac Arthur, lived 1588-1640.
- Donal Mac Arthur, Earl of Glencare – (1518 – 1596)
- Donal an Dumin Mac Arthur – (1481 – 1531)
The above were all part of the MacArthur clan, described at: http://www.scotclans.com/scottish-clans/clan-macarthur/macarthur-history/ . As noted there:
“The legends of King Arthur are well known and historically contradictory. From the Welsh-speaking areas of Strathclyde (in which Glasgow now lies), Rheged and Gododdin (in which Edinburgh now lies), the earliest surviving Scottish poem tells of the resistance leader Arthur fighting against the English of Northumbria when they defeated Gododdin. When Scotland’s Welsh-speaking Kingdoms were wiped out the language returned to Wales and Cornwall. Arthurian legend was taken with it to be transplanted and developed all over these areas. Arthur’s Seat, however, remains solidly beside Edinburgh. An ancient Celtic couplet ran, ‘the hills and streams and MacAlpine but whence came forth MacArthur?’ so old is the name. The MacArthurs fought beside Robert the Bruce for Scotland’s independence and gained mid-Argyll lands from the King’s opposers as a reward. From here the MacArthurs prospered and spread, growing into two successful houses – the MacArthurs of Loch Awe and the MacArthur Campbells of Strachur. In the thirteenth century a MacArthur married the heiress of Duncan mac Duibhne. Later the Clanh Ua Duihne carried the nickname Cam beul. So through the MacArthurs came the Campbells. When James I returned from his English imprisonment his wrath fell upon the MacArthurs among others. Through a wave of executions and estate seizures the MacArthurs were stunted and the Campbells became the predominant race north of Glasgow.”
So as explained above, clan MacArthur and clan Campbell are really two branches of the same family. That intersection is interesting because through my father’s side I am descended from the MacArthurs of Scotland and through my mother’s side I am descended from the Campbells of Scotland (see http://www.puritans.net/my-genealogy-back-to-archibald-campbell-iii-earl-of-argyle/ ).