I believe that John, Patrick, William and James may be the children of James McFarland and Sarah Randall and they emigrated from Ireland. (they were Scotch-Irish). I got this from a search of the international index at www.familysearch.com
. The birthdate of John (12-3-1775) matched a birthrecord of a John born in Ireland. Can anyone else confirm/disprove this.
Also on record is a deed from 1785 in Rutherford Co., that stated William Horton sold Ann Snowden a tract of land on Green River. The deed had a notation that the acreage included "James McFarland's improvements". So a James Mcfarland must have been in the area before 1785. Perhaps James Mcfarland and Sarah Randall emigrated to Rutherford also???