His wife was Jane Hunter, born in Muckamore, Antrim, Ireland, May 11, 1786. They married in Antrim, Ireland on July 14, 1809.
I find James McAlpin in Dutchess County, New York, in U.S. federal census records in 1820, 1830, and 1840. Unfortunately, these years only show the name of the head of household, so I have to guess at who else is included in the household based on the numbers in the following columns.
|1820 U.S. Federal Census, Clinton, Dutchess, New York, record for James McAlpin|
In 1820, James McAlpin's household contained seven people. He was "engaged in manufactures" and was a "foreigner not naturalized."
|1830 U.S. Federal Census, Fishkill, Dutchess, New York, record for James McAlpin|
By 1830, James McAlpin had moved from Clinton to Fishkill and his household was up to ten people and he is again a "foreigner not naturalized."
|1840 U.S. Federal Census, Fishkill, Dutchess, New York, record for James McAlpin|
In 1840, his household is back down to seven (children married and moving out, I'm guessing), and although (on the next page) 4 are employed in "Manufacture and Trade," there is no indication of whether James is now a naturalized citizen.
The number and names of their children are a little unclear, but over the years, I have found evidence for seven children: Rebecca, James, David, William, Hugh, Jane, and Catherine.
|Courtesy Stephanie LaRose Photography|
Generation 2: David Hunter McAlpin (1816-1901), a well-known tobacconist and real estate investor. I have previously shared his lengthy New York Times obituary (which happens to note that his father was from Ireland).
Generation 3: Frances Adelaide McAlpin (1860-1937)
Generation 4: Charles McAlpin Pyle (1893-1966)
Generation 5: Charles McAlpin Pyle, Jr. (1924-1993)
Generation 6: Me
My two secondary sources for much of this information are:
 Doris McAlpin Russell, McAlpin(e) Genealogies 1730-1990: Alexander McAlpin of South Carolina and Georgia and His Descendants plus other McAlpin(e) Families of North America (Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, Inc., 1990)
 Pyle, Smith and Allied Family Histories (Privately published, 1951), which I mentioned in the Surname Saturday post for my Pyle line.