y Dead Reckoning began as a family history for Bill McIver’s children and grandchildren. But the story morphed from genealogy to historical autobiography as the author researched the westward migration of his 18th century immigrant Scot forbearers and wrote about the profound events of his early life that included the Great Depression, World War II, Korean War and First Vietnam War.
The author’s search for his roots and the elusive basis for the family’s notion that “there was something special about being a McIver,” led him to tracing his Scottish ancestors from their arrival in colonial North Carolina, to slaveholding decades in Georgia and Alabama, to soldiering for the Confederacy, to Methodist ministries in Texas. Through personal stories, family characterizations and vignettes of history makers, we follow the McIver clan as they navigated, seemingly by dead reckoning, from Scotland to Texas. [continue ...]