According to the death certificate of John Thomas McLain,b 1878, and died 24 March 1970, his father was James S. McLain and his mother ws Susan Walls. (Her last name is really Wells.)
James Stephen McLain was born 23 May 1853 in Arkansas and died 24 June 1938 in Floyd County, Texas. His father was Amos McLain and his mother was Elizabeth (Ann) Garrett. Accoring to Arkansas marriages his parents were married in 1849 in Randolph County, Arkansas.
Name: Amos McLain
Marriage Date: 1849
Spouse: E. A. Garrett
Susan Smith McLain was born around 1855 according to her death certificate. She died 4 March 1942 in Castro County, Texas. Her parents were John Wells and Harriett Alcorn. They were also married in Randolph County, Arkansas.
Name: John Wells
Marriage Date: 1848
Spouse: Harriet L. Alcorn
Evidently, Amos McLain, the father of James, died before October 1860. That is when Elizbeth married William White. I believe James McLain appears as James White on the 1870 Randolph County, census.
Name: Elisabeth McLain
Marriage Date: 1 Oct 1860
Spouse: Wm A. White
Here is a URL for one resercher's site. She has the place of marriage for William White and Elizabeth McLain as South Carolina.http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&d...
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Here is a URL for the family of Susan Smith Wells:http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&d...