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McIver Family Papers, 1825, 1834-1849

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Biographical Sketch

The McIver family in South Carolina was descended from Roderick McIver (1736-1768), immigrant from Scotland. He married Rachel Edwards (1740–1746) and they had three children; Evander Roderick McIver (1760-1823); Catherine McIver (1762-1796); and John Edwards McIver (1764-1801).

David Rogerson Williams McIver (D.R.W.) was the son of John Edwards McIver. He was born in Charleston in 1794, but after his father died in 1801, his mother moved the family to Society Hill. D.R.W. was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, became a farmer on the Pee Dee River. He made a profession of religion in 1834 when he was forty, and was baptized at the Welsh Neck Baptist Church. Rev. Furman and the church deacons encouraged D.R.W. to become a minister because he was an eloquent speaker. He moved to Dallas County, Ala. where he was ordained in 1844 and served pastorates at Prattville and Wetumpka. In 1856, he moved to DeSoto Parish, La., where he served the Kingston and Mansfield Churches until 1862. He died on February 10, 1863 and is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery.

John Kolb McIver was a brother to D.K.W. McIver, born on January 29, 1789 in Darlington District. He graduated from the South Carolina College in 1808, and received his medical degree from a northern college. He was a prominent Baptist laymen in the Welsh Neck church. His daughter, Mary Marshall McIver, married Richard Furman 1816-1886, nephew of James C. Furman. His sisters were Ann J. McIver and Mrs. Sarah Eliza Griffin. Upon his death in 1846, his will stipulated that his cousin Mrs. C.M. Fort [Catherine M. (Botsford) Fort, 1792-1883] would be a guardian to his younger daughter, and she would run the household.

Alexander Markland McIver was a brother to D.K.W. McIver, born on February 21, 1799 in Darlington District. He graduated from the South Carolina College in 1817, and studied law with Judge Evans, then at the Bar, and was admitted to the Bar of the Law Court in 1820, and then to the Court of Equity in 1828. He was a member of the House of Representatives of S.C. 1830-1833. He was elected Solicitor of the Northern, now the Eastern Circuit in 1841. He was re-elected three times and died in his third term on July 10, 1850.

William Marshall McIver (1818-1839) was a son of John Kolb McIver (1789–1846) and Sarah E. Marshall McIver (1799–1846). He completed his work at South Carolina College in 1837 and began medical studies, but died suddenly in 1839.

James Clement Furman was born on December 15, 1809, in Charleston, South Carolina to Richard Furman and his second wife, Dorothea Burn Furman. James C. Furman was sixteen when his father died in 1825. He was baptized at age nineteen, subsequently abandoning the study and practice of medicine to pursue a ministerial career. Furman received his license to preach in October 1828. In March 1830, he became the twelfth student at the Furman Theological Institute located at the High Hills of Santee. In April 1832, Furman was ordained by the Charleston Baptist Church. Furman traveled the state in the early years of his ministry as an evangelist, and in the fall of 1833, he accepted a call from Welsh Neck Church in Society Hill, S.C. where he stayed until 1844, then becoming a senior professor at Furman Institution, located in Winnsboro.

Source: McMaster, Louise McIver, Helen Howard Smedberg McIver, Frank Adam, and Colice Campbell. Roderick McIver and His Family. 1952.