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nally Hebrew ; meaning man, earthly. In Wales the form Adams
is simply the genitive, son being understood hence Adams, son
of Adain.

Numerous families of this name are to be found in Nor-
mandy. This is true, particularly of Brix and Stottevast, the
reason being that many of the lords bore the name of Adam and
it was adopted by their vassals as a tribe or clan name.

Mr. Adams is descended through his mother from the Parkers,
an old and distinguished family, and he has derived from them
many admirable traits which together with his inheritance from
his father's people has produced a happy combination.

The Parkers drifted into North Carolina from Virginia
and are easily traced back to England, where the name is honored
and has produced numerous distinguished men. Bishop Meade
in writing of old families of Virginia makes mention of seven
of the name of Parker. Josias was in Congress from 1789 to
1801 and there were seven Parkers representing Virginia in Con-
gress from 1819 to 1821. Some of the family moved to Westmore-
land County where the Honorable Richard Elliott Parker was
born in 1783. He was a brilliant lawyer and represented the
State as legislator; in 1837 he served in the Senate and was
afterwards Judge of the Supreme Court of appeals. He died in
1840. His brilliant son Eichard served Virginia as a Representa-
tive from 1849 to 1857.

Coming nearer to the present day, the name of Francis Way-
land Parker stands out conspicuously as a great educator and a
man who acquired a wide prominence by introducing a method
of teaching which was entirely new in this country. He was the
author of numerous works on educational subjects.


The oratorio, "Hora Novissima" is the work of Horatio Wil-
liam Parker, an American composer of note, who was born in

Alton B. Parker of New York, who was the Democratic
nominee for President of the United States in 1904, has attained
a national reputation. Prominent in legal circles as well as in
politics, he has been Judge of the Supreme Court of the State of
New York and has held other important offices.

The Parkers trace their descent from Keginald C. Parker
who accompanied Edward the First to the Holy Land and re-
ceived from him a grant of land for his services.

Mr. Adams is descended in both paternal and maternal lines
from families who trace their ancestry back to "Old England."
Truly a goodly land and a sturdy race from which to spring.

On June 9, 1887, Mr. B. B. Adams was married to Miss
Florence Bandy, who was born May 26, 1867, in Lincolnton,
North Carolina. She is the daughter of Professor James Marcus
Bandy and Martha Leonard Bandy. Professor Bandy was a suc-
cessful teacher, and for many years held the chair of Mathe-
matics in Trinity College at Durham, North Carolina. Mr.
Adams has seven children four sons and three daughters. The
oldest son, Jesse Blake, after a course at High School and Trin-
ity Park, studied law at the University of Virginia, and is now
practicing at Four Oaks, North Carolina. The second son, Hugh
Bandy, after the course in Trinity High School, was graduated
from Trinity College and is now engaged in business. Ruth
Adams was graduated from the Greensboro College for Women,
and married W. C. Boren, Jr., of Greensboro, North Carolina.
Anne was also a graduate of the Greensboro College for Women,
and married Dr. Ben. F. Royal of Morehead City, North Carolina.
The three younger children, James Morrison, William Gaston,
and Florence Bandy are still at home.

Mr. Adams' statement that he can do things better than
write plans of ideals, is amply proved by his brilliant success in
his chosen fields of endeavor.


THE progenitor of the Maclver, or Maclvor, family of Scot-
land was Ivor, Son of Duncan, Lord of Lechow, who lived
in the time of King Malcolm IV. The name is derived
from the Norse, Ivarr. The family estates were originally
Lergachonzie and Asknish, and also some lands in Cowal.
Although the Mclvers were numerous, for some reason they
never became an independent clan, but continued as septs of the
Campbells of Argyle, the Robertsons of Strowan, and the Mc-
Kenzies of Seaforth. The motto of the chief of the Clan Camp-
bell was, "Do not forget." To this the Maclvers would reply
with their motto, "I will never forget." That they were sturdy
and independent folk is shown by the fact that during the rising
of "the 7 45" in Scotland, when the Campbells of Argyle espoused
the cause of the reigning sovereign, the branch of the Mclvers
affiliated w T ith them declined to follow, and went out in a body
in favor of Prince Charles, following the standard of the Mac-
Donnels of Keppoch. At the Battle of Culloden, by their ov/n
desire, they were drawn up in a body and occupied such a posi-
tion that they would not be in opposition to the Argyle men, who
wore the same badges and tartans as their own.

That branch of the Maclvers who became affiliated with the
McKenzies of Seaforth was found in Wester-Ross as early as the
thirteenth century. In one district of Scotland, ten hundred
and seventy-two persons of this name were found in a census
of 1861.

Some time between 1575 and 1585, a Maclver colony settled
in Caithness. Here they lived near the Gunns, between whom
and the Maclvers feuds existed for generations.

Although Scotch, Scotch-Irish and Irish emigration to Amer-
ica took place from the date of the first settlement of the colonies
down to recent times, it was not until the middle of the eigh-
teenth century that Scotch and Irish names became frequent in
records, and their descendants numerous in certain sections.
After the battle of Culloden many Scotch families emigrated to
America. It was in 1756 that the names of M'lver and M'Intosh
first appeared among the early records of Old Cheraws, South
Carolina, when one Sarah M'lver received a grant of land on
Lynch's Creek. It was about this period that Roderick M'lver,
who may have been related to the above mentioned Sarah, came
to Cheraws. He came directly from Scotland, where he had mar-



ried his tirst \\ilV, Anne Rogerson. Soon after liis arrival in
South Carolina he married Rachel, daughter of the Reverend
Joshua Edwards, by whom he had three children, Evander, John
E., and Catharine. Evander married Sarah Kolb, and they have
left many descendants. Evander was for many years a promi-
nent member of the Welch Neck Church. His brother, John E..
married Mary Anne Williams, and their children were: John E..
who died when just entering manhood; Ann Eliza, who married
John W. Davis; Catharine, who died in infancy; David Rogerson
Williams, who married, first, Caroline Wilds, and later Martha
E. Grant; Thomas E., who married Eliza M'Intosh, and after-
wards Sarah Bacot; and Alexander, who married Mary Hanforn.
< Catharine M'lver. sister of John E. and Evander, and daughter
of Roderick, married first Josiah Evans, and later the Reverend
Edmund Botsford, a Baptist preacher. Her father, Roderick
M'lver, died March, 1768.

In 1772, three Mclver brothers, whose names were Donald.
John and Evander, came to North Carolina. They traced their
descent back to the Mclvers from the Isle of Skye, off the west
coast of Scotland, which indicates that they belonged to that
branch of the family identified Avith the McKenzie clan. The fact
that there was some similarity in names between this group of
brothers and the M'lvers of Cheraws, South Carolina, would
seem to indicate a relationship between the two families. Three
years after their advent into North Carolina, the Mclver brothers
allied themselves with the colonists, and rendered brave service
during the Revolution.

There were frequent references to persons of this family
name in North Carolina records during and after the Revolu-
tionary period. One Alexander Mclver, of Wilmington, was a
signer of a petition which was sent to the legislature, and favor-
ably considered. In Cumberland, North Carolina, lived some
individuals of this name. In the year 1790, in or near Favette-


ville, lived Alexander Mclver, whose family included, besides
himself, a son over sixteen, three boys under sixteen, his wife,
or daughter, and six slaves. In Favette District, Moore Countv,

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lived Rorey Mclver, whose family included "five males over 16,"
and "two females." In the same district and county lived five
other Mclver families, these being: the family of John, which
included, beside himself, one boy, and (apparently) a wife and
six daughters; Duncan's family, including (apparently) three
sons, a wife and daughter; the family of Angus, which included,
beside himself, one woman relative, probably wife, and two small
boys; Alexander's family, including "two males over 16," two
under 16, and "two females," and the family of Daniel B. Smith
Mclver, which included himself and a woman relative, doubtless
his wife. In Richmond County, Fayette District, Margaret Me-


Iver was the head of a family, including oue young man, four
small boys, and a woman or girl besides herself.

Evander Mclver, one of the three brothers before-mentioned,
who was a son of Kenneth Mclver, was the ancestor of the late
Duncan Evander Mclver of Sanford, who was born about one-
half mile from Buffalo Church, on February 15, 1861. He was
the son of Wesley and Jane Mclver. Wesley Mclver was a son
of John Bann Mclver, who was son of John Bann Mclver, who
was son of Evander, above-mentioned.

Duncan Evander Mclver attended the Union Home School
in Moore County, and later studied under Professor John E.
Kelley, after which he went to the Binghani School at Mebane,
and thence to the University of North Carolina, which he entered
in 1879, and where he remained two years. Among his classmates
in the university were many who have later become distinguished
in various walks of life in North Carolina, and with some of
them, such as Craig, Winston and Daniels, he formed friendships
which lasted throughout life. He was regarded as a brilliant
student, and his popularity with the student body w r as such that
he was elected Ball Manager of the Commencement of 1880, a
much coveted honor.

Leaving the University he became a farmer on the old home-
stead near Sanford. In 1886, then just twenty-five years old, he
was nominated by the Democrats as their candidate for the State


senate for the district, composed of Moore and Randolph Coun-
ties. He was then only of the mimimum age permitted under
the law for a member of the State senate. His republican oppon-
ent, Colonel Kichardson, was a veteran campaigner. The young
man conducted a most brilliant campaign against the veteran
and beat him. Notwithstanding his youth, he made a notable
record in the senate and became one of the leaders of that body.
For the remainder of his life he was a prominent figure in North
Carolina politics, always in demand as a political speaker, and in
the campaigns of 1898 and 1900 he was not only one of the effec-
tive speakers but wielded a great influence, and contributed
largely to the victory for white supremacy and the suffrage

At the time of his death he was County Chairman of his
party, and a member of the State Executive Committee. One of
the most notable incidents of his life occurred in 1902. At the
Congressional Convention held in Monroe, he was a candidate for
the nomination with a strong following. It was a battle royal.
After an all-night session, during which two thousand ballots had
been taken, Mr. Mclver made a speech which no one who heard it
ever forgot. In that speech he frankly admitted that the nomina-
tion to Congress would satisfy the dearest wish of his heart, but
realizing that personal ambitions should not come in the way


of what he conceived to be the public welfare, he withdrew from
the contest in the interest of harmony.

After farming for a time he spent a few years in the mer-
cantile business at Sanford, but this was not his true calling.
He re-entered the University in its law department, was gradu-
ated in due course, and admitted to the Bar in 1897. He was
thirty-six years of age when, in the prime of his mentality, with
experience gathered during fifteen years of activity, and with a
generous outlook on life, he stepped into what proved to be a
good practice from the start. During the remainder of his life
he steadily increased that practice, leading, in connection with it,
a life of intense activity in business and politics. An able lawyer,
he was associated in most of the celebrated cases of his section
between 1897 and 1912. He served as County Attorney of Moore
County and, after Lee County was organized, occupied the same
position in the new County.

In the business life of the town his activities were limited
only by his physical endurance. He stood a tower of strength in
favor of every movement for the up-building of the community,
both in a moral and material way, and was a steadfast opponent
of every form of vice. The local paper in speaking of him after
his death said that the graded schools of Sanford, the water-
works, street improvements, and many like public interests stand
as monuments to his memory, and to those who were associated
with him in this work. He easily became the foremost citizen of
his town. He was a leader in the movement that resulted in the
formation of the new County of Lee, and contributed liberally
of his means, his time and his ability. His associates fully ac-
knowledged that a large part of the glory of the victory was his,
and his friends rejoiced that he had lived to see the fruition of
his hope.

He was a true Scotchman. The Scotch blood dominates that
section of North Carolina. The religious atmosphere was tinc-
tured strongly with Scotch Presbyterianism. Those familiar
with that form of religious faith know of its simplicity and its
robust character. The men who grow up with that environment
are, as a rule, forceful, aggressive, simple in habit and direct in
action. These Scotch Presbyterians are a reticent folk when it
comes to a display of their feelings.

Duncan Mclver would have ranked anvwhere as an orator


of more than usual power. He possessed a commanding presence,
was original in expression, widely informed, had great personal
magnetism, and was one of the effective speakers of his day. On
occasions where the subject for discussion was left to his discre-
tion he almost invariably chose such matters as would tend to
the up-building of character, inspire in the young a noble ambi-
tion and spur them on to a proper performance of the grave


duties of life. He evidently believed in the responsibility of
parents, as is evidenced by one of his sentences, which sank deep
in the minds of his hearers, and which is as follows: "No one
has the right to take from Almighty God the unformed elements
of greatness, to call into being a living soul, and leave it without
the opportunity of training and development."

His faith was of the unquestioning sort. An elder in the
Presbyterian Church, a teacher in the Bible class, he was a pro-
found believer in the truths of Christianitv, and his constant

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aim was to contribute to a forward movement of humanity to the
extent of his opportunity. The old hymn sung at his funeral:

"How firm a foundation,

Ye Saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith,
In His excellent word."

expresses briefly the type of that militant Christianity which
Duncan Mclver so well represented. He believed in that foun-
dation and built on it.

He was married on January 25, 1893, to Kate Scott, daughter
of Major John W. Scott, and of his marriage there are five sons
and two daughters, Wesley, Duncan, Julian, Winslow, Margery,
James and Jean. In the prime of life, attacked by disease, he
went to Kochester, Minnesota, to have an operation performed
by the celebrated Mayo Brothers, and though at first the opera-
tion appeared successful, a turn for the worse came and he died
in Kochester on September 5, 1913, being in his fifty-third year.
The account in the local paper, which gave the greater part of
its issue to a record of his life and an account of the funeral,
illustrates very forcibly the esteem in which he was held by the
people among whom his life had been spent. Perhaps the most
affecting incident connected with that sad hour was the resolu-
tions of respect passed by the pastors of all the colored churches,
and the leading people of that race, which testified, not only to
his high character, but to the great loss which had befallen them
as a race by reason of his death. No stronger evidence of the
justness of this man's character could have been given than those
simply phrased resolutions of the humbler element of the com-

The Mclver family of the Carolinas has made a most honor-
able record as to citizenship. While a great many of those who
bear the name have been unassuming citizens, content to do their
duty in the ordinary walks of life, a few have risen to great
heights of public usefulness. Alexander Mclver did a great
work in the educational line in North Carolina, filling many
important positions in the schools and colleges of the State,
and for four years was State superintendent of public instruction.


Charles Duncan McTver, a first cousin of Duncan E. Mclvcr
and one oi' his contemporaries, was one of the most eminent edu-
cators the State lias ever produced, and the vast work done by
him in the interest of education has made his memory a precious
one to the people of North Carolina. Over the line in Sou
Carolina Henry Mclver, of another branch of the family, was
one of the strong men of that State, serving it in many capacities
and rising to the position of chief justice.

One of the leading papers of the State in an editorial written
at that time used as its concluding paragraph the following
words :

"North Carolina has need of men of the type of Duncan Mc-
lver. He stood ever for the right, his voice raised against the
wrong. He served his town and County and State well and these
will miss him sorely. And to those who had the honor of his


friendship his death comes as a personal loss. He was a man
among men and North Carolina is a poorer State because he has
been called to the beyond.'


IN speaking of Scotland and the Scottish clans one always
thinks of the Highlands, overlooking the fact that the South
of Scotland had a few great families which, while not con-
forming to the clan governments as the Highlanders did, yet
were in effect clans. The greatest of these, in point of numbers,
were the Scotts. Then came the Kennedys, the Johnstons, the
Elliotts and one or two others less known. The Scots and Ken-
nedys were the two great lowland clans, the Scotts centrally
located and the Kennedys on the southwest coast. For centuries
the headship of the Kennedy family has been held by the Earls
of Cassilis, whose later title is Marquesa of Ailsa. The head of
the Scotts is the present premier nobleman of Scotland, the Duke
of Buccleuch. This great Scotch family sent numerous offshoots
to America in the early days, and these offshoots have developed
into many families which have furnished a great number of

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men to our public service as well as a much larger number to the
ranks of good citizens, who do not aspire to high place or position.
The Virginia family has been specially notable and the Carolin-
ians have been hardly less so than the Virginians.

The late Major John Winslow Scott, of Sanford, was from
every standpoint a splendid illustration of this sturdy stock.
Possessed of a superb physique, with good health until the very
close of his long life, of strong intellect, abstemious habits and
scrupulous integrity, no man was more highly esteemed and no
man contributed more effectively to the upbuilding of the section
in which he lived. He was born in Wake County on December
14, 1823, and died on the train while returning home from a health
resort in 1907, being then in his eighty-fourth year.

He was educated at the Lovejoy Academy in Raleigh, and
one of the best schools in the State, and at the time of his death
the only one of his schoolmates living was the venerable Doctor
Kemp P. Battle, of Chapel Hill. Major Scott literally outlived
his generation. He elected to enter upon a business career, which
he followed in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Baltimore for some
years, and then located at Haywood, in Chatham County. His
great business ability combined with industry and prudent econ-
omy brought him a large measure of success in his chosen field.

While living at Haywood, on March 24, 1858, he married
Kate McLean, who survived him with four of their ten children.
The four surviving children were Mrs. T. M. Cross, Mrs. D. E.



Mclver, S. Vance Scott, of Scotland, and Doctor Charles L. Scott,
of Greensboro. Twenty-rive years before his death he moved to
Moore County, and for the last fifteen years of his life was a resi-
dent of Sanford. He did more for Sanford than any other one
man. He found a little besotted village of three hundred peo-
ple, and left it a flourishing town of between three and four
thousand. He was the first man to invest money in manufactur-
ing interests at that place, and from the first investment he
was always ready to take hold of anything that had behind it
sound business principles and offered any advantage to the

He never lost touch with Raleigh, in which city he had first
engaged in business, and up to the day of his death served as a
director of the Commercial and Farmers Bank of that city. He
was one of the early Prohibitionists of North Carolina, and put
into that fight the same qualities which he carried into his busi-
ness. A few weeks before his death, in talking with a reporter of
the Charlotte "News and Observer," to which he had been a life-
time subscriber, he made a statement about Sanford that tells in
a few words so plainly the good effects of doing away with the
liquor traffic that it is here reproduced verbatim. Major Scott

"When I came to Sanford, I found that a large part of the
people here then were drinking people. Whiskey had the place,
and had it bad, so I began to work for temperance and prohibi-
tion, as I believe in prohibition, practically never having tasted

"By continually keeping at it the town of Sanford was
finally made a dry town, for in 1894 prohibition went into effect
here. I went before the Legislature in 1893 and it finally passed
an act which shut whiskey out of Sanford, and then it began to
grow. Not alone was Sanford made a dry town, but the act
provided that for three miles from the crossing of the Seaboard
Air Line and Southern Railroad tracks there should be no sale
of whiskey. This territory was obtained for prohibition because
of the school interests and in the fight for it I was backed up by
the patrons of the school and we won. It was a victory worth
winning, for I believe that with whiskey being sold in it, Sanford
was crippled, without it that Sanford would wake up and make

"And what I believed has proved to be the truth. When
there was whiskey-selling going on, Sanford had bars and no
manufactures. Now we have nianv manufactures and no bar-


rooms. Shutting out whiskey gave Sanford an increase of popu-
lation, for in twenty-three years with whiskey being sold there
were only 300 people here. From 1894 to 1900 over 700 people


had come and in 1900 our population was 1,045. Since that time
we have jumped ahead and we have now from 3,500 to 4,000. "

Keen business man as he was, he did not subordinate the
moral to the material, and everything that was contributory to
the moral upbuilding of the State commanded his active support.
At his funeral the Kev. N. D. Me Neil made a concise statement,
which in very few words describes most fitly his life as a church-
man. Mr. Me Neil said :

"Though he was a man of more than ordinary wealth and
influence, he was modest, unassuming, humble, carrying to a ripe
old age the manners and graces of the old-time gentleman. He
disliked idleness, wastefulness and intemperance, but encouraged,
helped and believed in those who tried. Above all and better than
all, he was an humble follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Nearly


fifty years ago he became a member of the Haywood Presbyterian
Church. He was an honored, exemplary and efficient elder in

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