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I have just discovered that my 4th great grandparents, Alexander McLeod and Flora McLeod were born in Scotland.  I know that they were not married to each other when they came to America.  I found a marriage record that shows that they married on May 10, 1830.  Her maiden name was Flora McNish.  

He was born about 1801 and she was born about 1806-1807.

I have not been able to find the family in any US Census records before 1830.  All of their children were born in Cumberland County,NC.  

On the 1850 US Census, it shows their oldest child being 19 years old which would have put him being born about 1831 which falls in line with their marriage in May of 1830.  

How do I figure out from where in Scotland they are from and about what time they migrated to America?
WikiTree profile: Alexander McLeod
in Genealogy Help by Amy Weatherford G2G5 (5k points)
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Alexander McLeod

 in the U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project)

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    Name: Alexander McLeod
    Birth Date: 1803
    Birth Place: Scotland
    Age at event: 43
    Court District: Rhode Island
    Year of Arrival: 1828
    Date of Action: Sep 1846
    Thank You.  I did see this.  How do I know that this is the right person?  There were so many Alexander McLeod's born about the same time in Scotland.
    I don't know if it's the right person. I guess you just keep digging and see if you can tie this record to another record and so on.

    Betty

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