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SandaMullens (View posts)
Posted: 26 Feb 2003 1:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am searching for information on Sarah McQuain, she married John Parsons from Jackson Co.Wv. Ibelieve she was from Nicholas or Webster Co. Their daughter Minnie is my ggrandmother.There are several other children and most lived in Nicholas and Webster Counties. Would love any more information if anyone has any, thanks Sandra


Chris McQuain (View posts)
Posted: 14 Apr 2003 7:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
My grandmothers maiden name is Parsons


Sandra_Mullens (View posts)
Posted: 25 Apr 2003 11:54AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Nov 2005 12:37AM GMT
Surnames: Parsons, Russell
Hi,was your family from Wv? I have a Nicholas Co.Wv families
website if you are interested,My gggrandfather came from Jackson Co. Wv. I have a Russell online tree on my site that has Parsons in it and there is a Parsons site that I am on. If
interested my email is Sandra

Re: SARAH McQUIAN / Alexander McQuain from Scotland

duchovlet (View posts)
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 8:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McQuain, McQuian, McQuine, McQuin, MacQueen, McQueen, Bodkin, Boykin, Botkin
My brother is currently in Scotland for a month and would like to do some McQuain family research. (Variations McQuian, McQuine, etc.) Anyone with ** ANY LEADS OR INFORMATION ** as to Alexander McQuain and our Scottish heritage, please contact me privately at with the title McQUAIN FAMILY in the subject line. If you know where he may look for info (churches, universities, historical societies, parish records) PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP!

I am a direct descendant of Alexander McQuain who immigrated to the USA from Scotland c. 1752 prior to the Revolutionary War and settled in Pendleton Co., WV, USA. He came as an indentured servant to the Bodkin (Botkin, Boytin) family and married the daughter Mary Bodkin. They had about 11 children.

Alexander possibly studied religion/priesthood at the University of Edinburgh. (This is a possible lead from LDS records another family member did.) There may have been 2 other Alexander's at the university at the same time, studying the same, or it could all have be the same person.
Possibly Alexander was from Edinburgh (Midlothian), the Isle of Skye, or I have seen a post here on boards alluding to Inverness in the Highlands as well.
Possibly Alexander's father was Duncan or Malcolm. (That seems to stick in my mind from info received 35 years ago from a McQuain relative.)
My brother will be in Edinburgh and will also be at Isle of Skye and traveling to other Scottish regions. Don't be shy to suggest a lead as to where he might look. It's not too often we can take advantage of someone actually being in the homeland.

Please share this info with other McQuain researchers at and similar geneology websites.
I do have my direct line back to Alexander, and a few other tangents, and family photos. I'm happy to provide it to anyone when I have the time to dig it out. It's been a while since I could devote proper time to research but I'm always trying!

- Barbara (duchovlet)

Re: SARAH McQUIAN / Alexander McQuain from Scotland

duchovlet (View posts)
Posted: 28 Jun 2011 2:41AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McQuain, McQuian, McQueen, MacQueen, McQuene, McQuine, McQuin, Bodkin, Boykin, Botkin
This is a followup to my previous post. Sorry if this confuses you. I'm confused about everything myself.

Here is a RootsWeb link we came across regarding possible Alexander McQuain ancestors:

The RootsWeb link contains some conflicting names and dates, but I wondered if the above sparked a memory or lead with anyone?

What I find, from the above link and what I previously wrote, seems tied into Scottish religious and other history (Jacobite Rebellions?) - very, very little of which I know about. I have, very briefly, heard of McQueens immigrating to the Carolina's before (way prior to Alexander McQuain) and I know McQueen is a possible spelling variation of McQuain, plus the names *may* share a tartan. I never heard of a direct tie from the Carolina McQueens into the 1770 Alexander McQuain line though. The above RootsWeb link, however, suggests a possible connection if dates and stuff would match up better.

Did perhaps a grandfather, father (Alexander McQueen) uncle, brother, or other relation of Alexander McQuain's immigrate to the Carolina's because of the Jacobite Rebellion? Then possibly marry in the USA/Virginia (to Henrietta Cooper) and go back to Scotland, have kids (Charles, our Alexander, and William), then the father/relation came back to the USA, dying in Culpepper VA? Possibly the kids (Charles, our Alexander, and William) were abandoned in Scotland by the parents and immigrated themselves later on?

Some of this sort of goes with various theories I have heard. Please correct me if wrong, but if I read the RootsWeb link correctly (even though dates don't quite match up) the lineage might be (each number representing a generation):

5 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN m.Henrietta Cooper
6 Charles MCQUEEN
6 Alexander MCQUEEN (ie our old Alexander McQuain) m. Mary Bodkin
6 William MCQUEEN

I don't have my direct line and other info in front of me but the same names keep popping up and I know it was practice to name sons after fathers, grandfathers, brothers, etc. I recall an old family member saying our Alexander McQuain's dad was Duncan or Malcolm. Maybe it should have been Alexander's GRANDFATHER was the Duncan?

Any clarity or leads is appreciated.

Thanks, duchovlet
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