I just came across this old post of yours. I am Claudia McDanel Boyer's granddaughter (Ryman and Nancy Stevens daughter). My mother was Verle Boyer Chambers, only child of Claudia McDanel and Ryman Nathaniel Boyer.
I am looking at my McDanels because I just finished reading, "Reunion" which traces the author's McDanel, McDaniel, McDonald, McDonell family to Scotland. I find that we are all McDonald no matter how the name is spelled. There is only Clan Donald.
Nancy Chambers Lindley