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McClure Family, 





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Presses of Frank A. Oweu, 

Petersburg, Virginia. 








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This Book is an eifort to preserve the names and some- 
thing of the deeds of those who established the McClure 
family in America. While the result is fai- from satisfac- 
tory, I feel that I have rendered to the name in general, 
and to my own family in particular, a real service. 

The work is the product of vacation days and rare leisure 
nroments, thrown together lathei- than carefully arranged. 
It is the log cabin of our- early ancestors rather- than the 
modern mansion, to which I hope it will in time give place. 

While all with whom it has been my privilege t<i converse 
or coriespond have shown for the undertaking the gieatest 
interest and concern, to whom ] express my sincei-e appre- 
ciation, there are a number who have rendered special ser- 
vice and whose names T wish U) mention in particidar. 
First, the late Col. Charles McCiure, of 111., Avhose intere>!t 
in the subject moved me primarily to the undertaking; 
Eev. A. D. McClure, D. !>., Wilmington, N. C; Prof. Geo. 
M. McCIure, Danville, Ky.;Prof. C. F. W. McCIure, Prince- 
ton University; Rev. James W. McXUure, Cynthiaiui, Ky., 
Mr. Wallace M. McCIure, Knoxville, Tenn.; Mr. Hugh S. 
McCIure, New York City; Mr. Wm. A. Mc(0]ure, Fairfield, 
Va. ; Mrs. N. J. Baker, Nace, Va., Mr. Edward Frazer, 
Lexington, Ky.; Dr. .1. D. McCIure, London; Mr. John 
Wilfried McCIure, Dublin. 

The classitication of the material which covers ovei- two 
hundred years, seven generations, is as follows: 

The fii-st generation, born aVjout 1700, is undesignated. 

The second generation, born about 1733, is designated 
A, B, C, etc. 

The third generation, born about 1767, is designated 
I, 11, HI, etc. 

The fourth generation, born about 1800, is designated 
1, 2, 3, etc. 


The lifth {general ion. Ixtin mIjouL 1S;^;>, is tlcsignated 
(1), (2), (3), etc. 

The sixtli }i;enerali()ii. lioin alxuit lS(i7, is (Icsignuted 
a. h, c, etc. 

The sr\('i)th geiieiiitioii, lioiii nhoiil 1!)(>(). is dcsifjiiutert 
(II), ( b), (e), etc. 

There are tloubtU'ss (M-rors and omissions oIIkm- than typo- 
graphical, to wliich readei-s will kindly call i)i\ attention. 

It is my desire to have memhei-s from tlie \arioiis l)rauch- 
cs of the family send me from time to time all items of 
family interest, marriages, l)irtlis and deal lis, that they 
may be caivfully lilcd as a bjisis of information foi" any fu- 
ture family record. 

And may there be fiiUilled irnto irs the prophecy of .Jer- 
emiah, who said unto the house of the Kechabites, "Thus 
saith the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, Because you 
have obeyed the commandment of.lonachib your father and 
kept all his precepts and done according to aJI that he hath 
commanded you, Thereforv thus saith the Fjord of Hosts, 
the fxod of Israel, Jonadab the son of RechaV) shall not want 
a man to stand before me forever." 

.J, A. McC'I-L'KE. 
Petersburg, V^irgiuia, ^ 

<)ctol)ei- 15, 1914. 


THE ORIGIN of the name McCluke has been frequently 
discussed in the genealogical literature of Great 
Britain. The following theories have been advanced: 

1. The name (variously spelt McClure, McCluer, Mc- 
Clewer, Maclure, McLewer, McLure, and McLuir), comes 
from the Gaelic word MacLobhair, pronounced MacLour, 
and means ''son of the leper," 

2. That it comes from the Gaelic MacGioUa-odhar (which 
in the genitive is uidhar and pronounced ure), contracted 
to Macllure and hence McLure or McClure, and means 
"son of the pale one." This theory is advocated by Rev. 
Edmund McClure, M. A., London, Secretary of the Society 
for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge. 

3. That it is a derivation of the Gaelic MacLeabhair, 
(pronounced MacLour) and means "son of the book," i. e. 
they were the teachers in the Clan McLeod, just as the Mc- 
McRimmons (or McCrimmons) were the clan pipers. They 
were MacLeabhair McLeods, McLeabhair (McLour, Mc- 
Lure, McClure), eventually becoming the sir-name. Sev- 
eral Gaelic scholars deny this derivation of the name, tho' 
admitting the very ancient tradition of the McClure tutor- 
ship in the Clan McLeod. 

4 That the name is identical with MacLir (or MacLur) 
the seagod of Ireland and the Isle of Man. This theory is 
advanced in an article published in the Dublin University 
Magazine on the late Sir Eobert McClure, the navigator. 

5. The McClures were originally a Manx family, the first 
legendary king of the Island being a Mananuan McClure, 
is the tradition inherited by the McClures of Manchester, 
England, to which family belong the late Sir John W. Mc- 
Clure, M. P., and the Very Eev. Edward C. McClure, D. 
D,, Dean of Manchester. Held also by Sir Edwaid Stanley 


6. That the name means "great bruiser." An ancient 
king of Scothmd was attacked by highwaymen. One of 
his attendants so distinguished himself by his prowess that 
he was called MacCIure, "Mac" signifying "great" as well 
as "son of." A blow from the fist is still known in Scot- 
land as a dure. 

7. That it originated in the ancient sport of Falconry, in 
which the lure wjis used to recall the falcon. The crest of 
this family of McLures is a hand in armour holding a fal- 
coner's lure. 

8. A soldier from the ancient town of Lure in Normandy 
crossed over with William the Conquerer. He Avas re- 
warded for his service by a grant of land in the Island of 
Skye and was known as DeLure, Mac being later substitu- 
ted for De, to harmonize with the Gaelic custom. J 

9. The theory advocated by Rev. J. Campbell McClure, 
Minister of Mary kirk, Kincardinshire, Scotland, is that 
the McClures are a sept of the Clan McLeod. In addition 
to extant records in Galloway of the McClure family, show- 
ing it to be of McLeod origin, Mr. McClure states that the 
family tradition handed down to him through a long line 
of long-lived ancestors is, "In early times a sept of the Mac- 
Leods left the Island of Skye for Ulster, where the north- 
ern Irish slurred the 'd' of MacLuide (as it was then pro 
nouuced) into 'r,' hence, MacLure. Later many of the 
name passed over from the northeast of Ireland to Galloway, 
thus to ^Yigtonshire and so on to Ayrshire. These dis- 
tricts to day contain many McClures." 

It is certain that McClures are in some way connected 
with the Clan McLeod, evidenced by the fact that the old- 
est traditions of the family in Scotland take them back to 
the Isle of Skye; the traditions of Skye link together the 
McClures and the McLeods; McClures have always had 
the same motto, crest and tartan as the McLeods, and their 
right to them has never been called in question. 

McClure history, then, properly begins with the Mc- 


Some authorities aver that they are of Irish descent. In 
an old volume of the Ulster Journal of Archaeology there 
is given a long pedigree of the McLeods, deducing them 
from various Scottish chieftains and princes, back to one 
Fergus Mor MacBarcha. The generally accepted theory is 
that they descended from Leod, one of the three sons of 
Olave the Black, King of Man and the Isles, tho' it is said 
that there is no documentary evidence extant to prove this 

Leod, born early in the 13th century, married the daugh- 
ter of MacRailt Armuinn, a Norwegian chieftain, and by 
her acquired large possessions in Skye, including the fort- 
ress of Dunvegan, which is still in the possession of the 

They held mainland estates under the Crown as early as 
1340, and island estates at the same time under the Lords 
of the Isles. When the final forfeiture of the Lords of the 
Isles took place at the end of the 15th century, the McLeods 
got charters of their island estates from the crown. 

Their name is conspicuous in Scottish history. They 
occupied the post of honor at the battle of Harlaw, 1411; 
they were at the battle of the Bloody Bay, 1485; they took 
part in the negotiations to transfer the allegiance of the 
Highland chiefs from the Scottish to the English king and 
signed the commission under which these negotiations were 
carried on. They took part in the battle of Worcester, 
1661, led by Sir Norman McLeod of Bernera, where they 
lost 700 men. 

Treated by Charles II with the grossest ingratitude, they 
took no part in subsequent Stuart uprisings, tho' there is 
a letter extant from James II, dated Dublin, 1690, implor- 
ing McLeod to join Dundee. 

It is said that the name (Maklure) occurs in Scotland as 
early as the 12th century. A very old record is one of 
1485, where Ewin MakLureand Gilbert Mak Lure witnessed 
a contract between Thomas Kennedy of Blaresguhan and 
Margaret Kessox, of Little Dunrod, Kirkcudbright. These 
McClures are supposed to have been friends (or relatives) 


of the Kennedy (Seneschal) of Carrick in Scotland and ca- 
dets of the Carrick family of McLures of Bennane. These 
are all Galloway folk. 

In the Acta Dom. Audit., published by the government 
in 1839, there is, under date of October 6, 1488, a decree 
that Johue Lord Kennydy, Johne of Montgomery and 
Michiell McLure shall devoid, &c., the lands of Barbeth 
to Janete Hamiltowu. There is a record of January 24, 
1489, that Johne Lord Kennydy, Johne of Montgomery, 
and Michell McClure shall pay to Janete Hamiltown, &c. 
(Note the two spellings of the name in this short extract.) 

Barbeth is close to Kirkintulloch, northeast of Glasgow. 

It is claimed by some that the original home of the Mc- 
Clures in Scotland Avas in the southwest, probably in Gal- 

Andrew McClure, late of Glasgow, now of London, states 
that Ayrshire is full of McClures. In Munsey's Magazine, 
February, 1911, in an article on Robert Burns, illustrated 
with a photograph of old AUoAvay Kirkyard, the name 
George McClure appears on one of the stones. Many of 
the family are buried here. Rev. J. Campbell McClure, 
Kincardineshire, Scotland, belongs to this family. There 
is a family tradition that one of his ancestors, an ecclesi- 
astical reformer, suffered persecution under Charles II in 
those well known days when the heroic and faithful Cove- 
nanters were subjected to such unholy treatment. His 
home in Dalmellington was invaded and all his furniture 
taken out and burned. 

A member of one of the Scottish families states: **The 
earliest ancestor we actuallv know of is Martin McClure, 
who lived at Balmaghil in Kirkcudbrightshire about 1750, 
where, I believe, he is buried. He had five sous: William, 
John, David, Robert and Andrew, all of whom came south, 
we being descendents of the eldest, and I know more or less 
of the descendents of the others. The crest and arms of 
our branch are, — 

Arms: Argent, on a chevron engraOed azure, in chief 


two roses, and in base a quatrefoil, gules, a martlet be- 
tween two escallopes of the first. 

Crest: An eagle's head, erased, proper." 

Mr. Eobert W. McClure, of the firm of Black, McClure 
& McDonald, Glasgow, writes, February 17, 1913: "My 
grandfather, James McClure, was a sea captain and I rather 
think was born in Bargany Estate, a few miles from Gir- 
van. My father, James McClure, was Parochial School- 
master in Eiccarton, near Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.." 

Ian Maclaren has given a master's touch and added inter- 
est to the name in Scotland in his portrayal of William 
McLure, in A Doctor of the Old School. — "A tall, gaunt, 
loosely made man, without an ounce of superfluous flesh on 
his body, his face burned a dark brick color by constant 
exposure to the weather, red hair and beard turning grey, 
honest blue eyes that look you ever in the face, huge hands, 
with wrist-bones like the shank of a ham, and a voice that 
hurled his salutations across two fields, he suggested the 
moor rather than the drawing room. But what a clever 
hand it was in an operation, and what a kindly voice it was 
in the humble room when the shepherd's wife was weeping 
by her man's bedside. ***** He was 'ill pitten the 
gither' to begin with, but many of his physical defects were 
the penalty of his work, and endeared him to the glen. He 
could not swing himself into the saddle without making 
two attempts and holding Jess's mane, neither can you 
'warstle' through the peat-bogs and snow-drifts for forty 
years without a touch of rheumatism. But they were hon- 
orable scars, and for such risks of life men get the Victoria 
Cross in other fields. McLure got nothing but the secret 
affection of the Glen, which knew that none had ever done 
so much for it as this ungainly, twisted, battered figure, 
and I have seen a Drumtochty face soften at the sight 
of McLure limping to his horse. 'His father was here afore 
him,' Mrs.McFadyen used to explain, 'atweenthem, they've 
hed the country side for well on tae a century.' " 


"Aye, dear Maclure; him maist o' a' 
We lo'c, and thro' the drifts o' sna', 
Unniindfu' o' the north wind raw 

We tearfu' come; 
Wi' a' the mourning glen to draw 

Near-haun his tomb. 

An' barin' there cor heids we pray 
That we may so live ilka day 
That when we come to pass away 

Frae a' things here, 
Truth may the tribute to us pay 

O' love wrung tear." 

The scene of the doctor at the home of Tammas and Annie 
Mitchell is of peculiar interest to the McClures of Augusta 
county, Virginia, when it is remembered that the Mitchells 
and McClures were friends and among the first settlei-s of 
Augusta county. 

The name is frequently found in Scotland to-day, and as 
in America, they are usually among the substantial mem- 
bers of their communities. Dr. John Watson, on his last 
visit to America, introductory to an address in Philadel- 
phia, speaking of the Scotch families in the United States 
and their noble ancestry, mentioned especially the McClures 
and requested any of the name to come forward and speak 
to him at the conclusion of his address. 

The late Earl of Stair, Scotland, states that the McClure 
family is one of the oldest in the list of the Scottish Unti- 
tled Aristocracy. 



When and why did members of the family emigrate from 
Scotland to Ireland ? There are two answers to this question. 

First, in the Planting of Ulster. Following the accession 
of James VI of Scotland to the throne of England, 1603, 
the Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnell inaugurated a general 
rebellion against the King. ^ The eifort failed, resulting 
ultimately in 511,465 acres of land, six counties in the 
province of Ulster, being forfeited to the crown. 

James sought to settle upon these lands a Protestant 
population. Grants of land and numerous privileges were 
held out as inducements. Thousands availed themselves 
of the advantageous offer, and settled with their families 
upon these forfeited estates. 

Among these emigrants were three McClures from Ayr- 
shire, Scotland, supposedly brothers, who crossed over the 
channel to Ireland in 1608. 

One settled at Saiutfield, County Down. In this branch 
of the family the name Anthony frequently occurs, as it 
does also in an Ayrshire family of McClures ' 'represented 
now as sole survivor by Mr. William McClure, Solicitor, 
of Hill Crest, Wigton, Scotland." 

From him descended the late William Waugh-McClure, 
Justice of the Peace, Windsor Terrace, Lurgan, Ireland; 
also Thomas McClure born 1716, married in 1750 Elizabeth 
Ealston, the ancestor of John Wilfrid McClure, the author 
of several articles on The McClure Family published in the 
Belfast Witness, 1904, and from which the facts here stated 
are taken. He was connected for a number of years with 
the Munster and Leinster Bank, Dublin. This couple, 
Thomas and Elizabeth McCl.ure, were weavers, the latter 
being famously deft in the use of the distaff. They died 
aged 101 and 102, respectively. 

The most distinguished of the McClures of Down was 
Rev. Eobert McClure, for sixty-three years pastor of the 
Presbyterian Church at Anuahilt, ordained and installed 


April 29, 1760. His great grandson. Prof. Jolin Ro})inson 
Leebody, M. A.. D. Sc. of Magee College, Londonderry, 
furnishes the following: 

*'My great-grandfather, the Rev. Robert McClure, was 
minister of Aunahilt from 1760 to 1823. His family re 
sided near Belfast where they owned some property. From 
this Mr. McClure derived income sufficient to live in easy 
circumstances. His staff of servants included a butler — 
not a usual luxury for a Presbyterian minister either then 
or now. His wife was a daughter of Archdeacon Benson, 
of Hillsborough, and a grand-daugher of a former Bishop 
of Down and Connor. Mr. McClure was on terms of inti- 
macy with the country gentry and a great favorite with 
the ^Marquis of Downshire, with whom he used to dine 
every Wednesday at the castle. Many offers of promotion 
were made to him if he would consent to join the Episcopal 
Church, which he resolutely declined. 

He had a numerous family, but of the history of several 
of them I have no details. 

One of his daughters married Rev. Dr Wright, his as- 
sistant and successor. Another. John Robinson, a gen- 
tleman farmer near Hillsborough, who was my grand- 
father and after whom I am named. Another, Rev, Mr. 
Ashe, an English rector. One of his younger sons, Arthur, 
was in the army, and I believe attached to the staff of the 
Duke of Kent, After retiring from the army he resided 
near Lisburn, and I recollect being at his house when a 
boy. He used to tell that he had frequently carried our 
late Queen in his arms when she was a child. 

Mr. McClure was the Moderator of the Synod 1779; 
preached from Philip , 4: 1-5, At the opening of the Synod 
in 1780 his sermon on I Timothy, 4: 16, was printed. 

Mr. McClure is described as a man of distinguished ap- 
pearance. I have heard my mother say that she remem- 
bered seeing him frequently when she was a girl, and her 
recollection of him was a tall, Avhite-haired old gentleman 
with an ear trumpet. I may mention an anecdote I have 
heard which illustrates, amougst other things, the diflfer- 


ence between the present standard of ministerial propriety 
and that current a century ago. Near Hillsborough, at a 
place called The Maze, there is a race-course, once very fa- 
mous, and I believe still of considerable repute. Riding to 
it one morning during the race week with some of the local 
gentry, he overheard an altercation between a woman and 
her son, whom she was endeavoring to persuade to stay 
away from the races. To the final declaration of the youth, 
^Iwill go; there is our minister going, ^ Mr. McClure merely 
remarked, 'No one will ever say that again,' turned his 
horse round and despite the exhortations of his friends for 
being so needlessly scrupulous, rode home and was never 
seen on a race course again." 

The second brother settled at Crumlin, County Antrim, 
ancestor of the late Sir Thomas McClure, (1806-1893), M. 
P. from Belmont, son of "William McClure and Elizabeth 
Thomson and grandson of Thomas McClure and Anne Swan, 
of Summer Hill, County Antrim; whose remote ancestor 
was an oificer under William III, at the Battle of the Boyne. 

The third brother settled in Armagh, ancestor of James 
l^IcClure, of Armagh ''attained 1688 in the reign of James 
II, along with quite a number of other Protestant land 
owners in Ireland." He is referred to as "James McClure, 

Dr. David Miller, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church 
of Armagh, writes under date of January 28, 1913: "My 
records of the 18th century, baptisms and marriages, are 
very defective, covering only the period 1707-28. I can find 
only one entry with the name McClure; it is a marriage — 
John McClure and Margaret Martin, June 13, 1723. The 
name does not seem to have been common about Armagh, 
nor is it yet. In the records of the Synod of Ulster I notice 
that an Elder, James McClure, attended the Synod at An- 
trim in 1705. His minister's name was Archibald Maclane, 
who could not have been the minister of the Armagh church, 
for his name was John Hutcheson, but his congregation 
was in the Presbytery of Armagh. 

The second distinct emigration of McClures to Ireland 


was from 1661 to 1688. Under the last two Stuarts the 
acts of oppression in Scotland were so severe and so con- 
tinued that to escape them many sought a refuge with 
their countrymen, who had colonized Ireland in peaceful 
times. Crossing the channel in open boats, exposed to the 
greatest danger, they reached the friendly shores of Ireland 
and found a hearty welcome and homes free for a little 
while from the oppression that made them exiles. 

In Boswell's "Tour through the Highlands," he men- 
tions under date of October 16, 1773, meeting at the house 
of The Mac Quarrie, "Chief of Ulva's Isle," a Capt. Mc- 
Clure, of Londonderry, master of the Bonnctta sailing 
vessel. He says: ''Capt. McClure was of Scottish ex- 
traction, and properly a MacLeod, being descended from 
some of the MacLeods who went Avith Sir Korman Mac- 
Leod, of Beruesa, to the Battle of Worcester, and after the 
defeat of the Eoyalists, fled to Ireland, and to conceal 
themselves took a different name. He told me there were 
a great number of them about Londonderry, some of good 

We have another native of Londonderry in the person 
of Captain Eobert McClure, born about 1775, "an officer 
in the old 89th Foot and served abroad." He saved the 
life of a fellow-officer, General le Mesurier, a gentleman of 
considerable property and a native of Guernsey, who after- 
wards became guardian to his son. Capt. McClure, while 
stationed at Wexford with his regiment, married in 1807 
Jane, d. of Archdeacon Elgee. His son. Sir Robert John 
Le Mesurier McClure (1807-1873) was the discoverer of the 
North-west Passage, for which he received a large grant 
of money, the thanks of Parliament and knighthood. 

A distinguished soldier died recently in Dublin in the 
person of William McClure-Miller, formerly of Ochiltree, 
Ayrshire. On his retirement from the service, he was ap- 
pointed Governor of H. M. Prison at Arbour Hill, Dublin. 
He served in a regiment of Lanceis and passed through no 
less than twenty-eight engagements on the foreign field, 
some of them the most important and decisive in the his- 


tory of recent times. Like those of his name in general, 
he was long-lived and his death, though he had passed the 
four score limit, was hastened by an accident. Paternally 
a McClure, he was obliged on succeeding to some property 
to assume the second name of Miller. He left a son and 
namesake who is one of the clerks in H. M. Prisons' Board, 
Dublin Castle. A long and description memoir appeared 
in the Dublin papers at the time of his decease. 

There are records on a tombstone erected at Findrum, 
County Donegal by Andrew McClure, Surgeon, Eoyal 
IS'avy, to the memory of his ancestors whose remains lie 
deposited in the vault beneath, and who for upwards of 
two hundred years had resided at Findrum. This tomb 
has inscribed upon it the coat- of -arms, crest, and motto 
of the McClures, 

About 1850 there was published an article on Surnames 
in Down and Antrim, at which time not a single parlia- 
mentary voter named McClure lived in Co. Down and only 
three in Co. Antrim. There were many of the name living 
in East Donegal. "James" was a common name among 
them, but still more common was ' 'Eichard. ' ' There were 

"Fiel Dick, Deel Dick and Dick of Maghesnoppin, 
Red Dick, Black Dick and Dick who supped the broughin," 

all alive at the same time and all related. 

Eev. W. T. Latimer, Eglish Manse, Dungannon, Ireland, 
writes June 6, 1913: ' 'My great grandmother, Bell Kelso, 
died 1781, aged 58. A sister of hers, probably younger, 
married a Donegal McClure, whose Christian name I don't 
know. The family all went to America, including a daugh- 
ter who married a Mr. Elliott. A sister, Susanna McClure, 
in 1764, married John Dill of Springfield, Co. Donegal, 
whose son Samuel was minister of Donoghmore, Co. Done- 
gal. Captain McClure, the arctic explorer, belongs to this 
Donegal family." 

In my judgment this Donegal McClure was Samuel who 
died in Eockbridge county 1779, leaving a wife, Mary, and 
among other children, Jean Elliott. 

Mr. J. W. Kernohan, M. A., Secretary of the Presbyte- 


rian Historical Society of Ireland, writes on Aug. 5, 1913; 

"We have not in our care church records of East Done- 
gal, nor do I know of any except one in Magee College, 
Derry. I have searched the Muster Roll, 1631, and the 
Hearth Tax List, 1663, for Co. Derry, but did not find a 
single ]\IcClure. There is a register of Burt neighborhood 
(Co. Donegal, near Londonderry) for the years 1676- 
1719, but the searching of the book would mean some labor 
and time." 

Rev. A. G. Lecky, author of "The Days of the Laggan 
Presbytery," writes August 7, 1913, of Co. Donegal: 

"Among the names of the men who paid Hearth Tax in 
the Parish of Raphoe, 1665, there are two John McClures 
of Augheygalt, and a Gilbert McCluer in the adjoining 
Parish of Donoghmore. Also, amongst the names of El- 
ders from Raphoe who attended meetings of the Laggan 
Presbytery between the years 1672-1700, are John, Arthur 
and Richard McClure. Also John McClure from Burt, 
near Londonderry. The name has always been a common 
one in this district. There are at present six McClure seat 
holders in the congregation of Convoy." Rev. Francis 
McClure of Carrigut, Co. Donegal, died in the United States 
some years ago M'hile on a visit to his son. 

Rev. John J. McClure, D. D., of Capetown, South Africa, 
writes September 9, 1913: "My father, Rev. Samuel Mc- 
Clure, who ministered at Crossroads, near Londonderry, 
and who died in 1874, came from Dernock, near Bally- 
money, Co. Antrim, where his forefathers had been for some 
generations. They came originally from some place in the 
southwest of Scotland." 

It is generally agreed that the Irish McClures are not 
one familv, but are descended from a number of ancestors 
who emigrated from Scotland after 1608. They liave not 
as a rule preserved their genealogies, hence the difficulty in 
tracing connection between them and determining the place 
and date of their origin in Scotland. The Ulster Journal 
of Archaeology, vol. II, p. 160, states that the center of 
the McClure families in Ulster is in Upper Marsareene, the 


most southern barony in Antrim. They are now all over 
Ulster, and those in one village or town are generally un- 
conscious of any connection with those of another. 

It is said of the descendants of the McClure who settled 
first at Knockbreda, near Belfast in Co. Down, 1608, that 
some of them settled in Belfast, some in Lisburn, Bally- 
mena and other places in Co. Antrim. Some Avent further 
afield into Derry, which has several monuments of them. 
There are tombstones in the old burying ground atKnock- 
breda going back to the early years of the 18th century. In 
Carmany churchyard, Co. Antrim, there is the grave of 
Isabella McClure, daughter of Archibald McClure of Bel- 
fast, who died February, 1788, aged seven years. 

At the Tercentenary Celebration of Presbyterianism in 
Ireland, held in Belfast June, 1913, J. W. Kernohau, M. 
A., in his address on Irish Presbyterianism, said in con- 
clusion: "Indeed, in the commercial and professional an- 
nals of Belfast, it would be found on inquiry that if the 
names of the outstanding Presbyterians were eliminated, 
* * * it would be robbed of much of its moral, material 
and intellectual strength.'' In the list, which he gives in 
this paragraph, we find the name McClure. 

Several of the Ireland McClures claim a coat of arms 
as do those of Scotland, generally similar to that of the late 
Sir Thomas McClure, of Belfast, namely, a domed tower 
and pennant, but while his motto was Spectemur agendo, 
theirs is Paratus sum, which is also the motto of the Mc- 
Clures of Lancashire, though their coat of arms and crest 
are different. 

In addition to the arma, crests, &c., of the McLeods, 
which belong equally to the McClures, we find in Eobsou's 
Heraldry, Vol. II, and Fairbairn's Crests, Vol. I, under 
McLure, (orMacLure,) Scotland: 

ARMS — Argent on a cheveron engrailed azure between 
three roses, gules, a martlet of the field. 

CEEST — An eagle's head, erased, proper. 

MOTTO— Paratus sum. 



ARMS — Argent, a cheveron, azure, between two roses, 
gu. in chief, and a sword, point downward, in base of the 

ARMS — Argent, a dexter hand erased, fesseways gales 
holding a dagger, point down, azure, in chief three cres- 
cents, sable. 

CREST— A domed tower, on top a flag, all proper. 

MOTTO— Mauu forti. 

See also Burke's Landed Gentry. 

The minutes of the Presbyteries and Synod of Ulster 
give some interesting information . 

We find in the minutes of the Laggan Presbytery 1672- 
1700, the name of 

Richard McClure, Elder from Uonoughmore, 1679. 

Arthur McClure, Elder from Raphoe, now Convoy. 

John McClure, Elder from Raphoe. now Convoy. 

Richard McClure, Elder from Raphoe, now Convoy, 1693. 

John McClure, Elder from Burt, near Derry, 1698. 

The name occurs frequently in the records of the General 
Synod of Ulster, 1691-1820. 

James McClure, Armagh Presbytery, 1705, 12, 15. 

John McClure, Belfast Presbytery, 1723. 

Thomas McClure, Templepatrick Presbytery, 1733. 

Daniel McLewev, Templepatrick Presbytery, 1738. 

William McLewer, Templepatrick Presbytery, 1710. 



The period of Covenanter persecution in Scotland was one 
of comparative quiet in Ireland, but persecution came 
again under James II. And later in the reign of Anne 
(1702-1714), ynder the Test Act, they were made exceed- 
ingly uncomfortable. Unless they conformed in worship 
they could hold no public office, nor be married by their 
own ministers, nor bury their dead by their own simple 
rites, nor build churches, nor buy land, nor employ teach- 
ers except those of the Established Faith. Thus deprived 
by oppressive laws of every position of trust or honor, de- 
nied the liberty of speech, the free exercise of conscience, 
together with burdensome restraints on their commerce and 
extortionate rents from their landlords, they began to look 
toward America as another and a better home. 

Says Froude: "In two years which followed the Antrim 
Evictions, 30,000 Protestants left Ulster for a laud where 
there was no legal robbery, and where those who sowed the 
seed could reap the harvest." The government, alarmed 
at this depletion, gave relief and checked the emigration 
for a while. But in 1728 it began anew, and from then to 
1750, it is estimated that 12,000 came annually from Ulster 
to America. 

Physically and morally, of all the people in the world, 
these Scotch Irish were the best suited by nature and by 
Providential training for building up a new country. Some 
of them were scholars, as Robert Alexander, a Master of 
Arts of Dublin University, who, in 1749, built on land 
now owned by Samuel Finley McClure, near Old Provi- 
dence Church, Augusta County, Va., the log school- house, 
sowing the seeds of learning, of which Washington and Lee 
University is the ripening fruit. 

Landing in Pennsylvania, some of them crossed the AUe- 
ghanies and settled the western part of the State. Another 
stream flowed southward, entering the beautiful Shenan- 
doah Valley, spreading over Augusta and Botetourt and 


Koclvbridge counties; and then some of them vainly dream- 
ing that there could be upon this continent a more beauti- 
ful or fertile country, pushed on to Southwest Virginia, to 
Tennessee, Kentucky and farther west. Others turning 
eavStward crossed the Blue Eidge and found homes in South 
side Virginia, or pressing on, settled the piedmont section 
of the Carolinas. 

That they were pioneers in the American Revolution 
and the struggle for religious liberty is an oft told tale. 

Among the hrst of these settlers in the upper Valley of 
Virginia were a number of McClures. In writing of them and 
of their descendants, I fully agree with Sir Walter Scott, that 
' 'Family tradition and genealogical history are the very 
reverse of amber; which, itself a valuable substance, usually 
includes flies, straws and other trifles; whereas these stud- 
ies being in themselves very insignificant and trifling, do, 
nevertheless, seem to perpetuate a great deal (if what is rare 
and valuable in ancient manners, and to record many curi- 
ous and minute facts, which could have been preserved and 
conveyed through no otlier medium." 

And also the saying of Edmund Burke, "People who 
never look backward to their ancestoi"S will never look for- 
ward to posterity." 

THI-; McCIARE HOMl^STEAl), Al (il SIA (U., VA. 


pRo^r GiioRGr. II to Wim.iam ]?i;vi;ui.i;y. IT^C). 

I'miM W'lT.i.iAM I{i;vi;ni.i;v ki Sakah Hamsi;y. ITiiH. 

From Sarah Ramsi;y io .Iohn Fi:i.t()n. 17."):!. 

I-'rom .loiiN Fvi.To.N TO .Iamks Fvi.ton. ITS!). 

From .Iamks Fulton to .Iohn McCliri;, l.Slit. 

l"i<(iM .Iim\ M(;(j,rni; ro MAriiii:\\ 'I'ihim r'sn\ Mr(!i rni; 

Sr.. ist:!. 

McClures in Virginia. 

JAMES McCLURE, the founder of the family in 
Augusta county, was born in the north of Ireland 
about 1690, came to America with his wife, Agnes, and 
five children, and settled in Long Meadow on Middle 
Eiver of the Shenandoah, about five miles north of Fish- 
ersville. The first mention of his name is found in Hume's 
Old Field Book, page 53, "survey for James McClure, cor- 
ner to Jno. Hart, in Geo, Eobinson's line, 8 br. ye 18, 1738. " 
His deed for land is recorded in Deed Book 3, p. 247, 
Orange Court-house, Va., and is as follows: 

This Indenture, made the fifth day of June, in the 
year of our Lord one thousand and seven hundred and 

Between William Beverly, Gent, of the County of Es- 
sex, of one part, and James McLure, of the County of Or- 
ange, of the other part, Witnesseth That the said William 
Beverly, for and in consideration of the sum of five shil- 
lings, current money of Virginia, to him in hand paid by 
the said James McLure at or before the Sealing & Delivery 
of these Presents, the receipt whereof is hereby Acknowl- 
edged, Hath Granted, Bargained & Sold, & by these Pres- 
ents doth Grant, Bargain & Sell unto the said James Mc- 
Lure all that tract of Land Containing four hundred and 
eight Acres, more or less, being part of Beverly Mannor, 
Beginning at a white oak in George Robinson's line 
* * * * to the Beginning, and all Houses, Buildings, 
Orchards, Ways, Waters, Water Courses, Profits, Comod- 
ities, Hereditaments and appertenances whatsoever, to the 
said premises hereby Granted, or any part thereof Belong- 


ing, or iu any wise appertaining: And the Reversion & 
Reversions, Remainder & Remainders, Rents, Issues & 
Profits thereof, To Have and to Hold the said Tract of 
Land and all & singular other the Premises hereby Granted, 
with the appertenances, unto the said James McLure, his 
Ex'rs, Adm'rs & Assigns, from the day befoie the date 
hereof, for and during the full Term & Time of one whole 
year from thence next Ensueing, fully to be Compleat & 
Ended: Yielding and paying therefor the Rent of one Ear 
of Indian Corn, on Lady Day next, if the same shall be 
Law^fuUy demanded; to the Intent & Purpose, that by Vir- 
tue of these presents, and of the Statute for Transferring 
Uses into Possessions, the said James McLure may be in 
Actual Possession of the Premises, and be thereby enabled 
to accept & take a Grant & Release of the Reversion & In- 
heritance thereof to him & his heirs. In Witness Where- 
of, the said William Beverly hath hereunto set his hand 
& seal the day & year first above written. 

W. Beverly. (Seal.) 
Sealed & Delivered in the presence of 

James Porteus, 

Thos. Wood, 

John Latham. 

On page 218, Order Book, 1739- '41, Orange Court-house, 
we find the following record of his importation: 

At a Court held for Orange County on Thursday, the 
24th day of July, 1740, James McClure made oath that he 
imported himself, Agnes, John, Andrew, Elionor, Jean 
& James McClure Juu'r, at his own Charge from Ireland 
to Philadelphia & from thence into this Colony, and that 
this is ye first time of his proving his and their rights iu 
order to obtain Land wc'h is ordered to be certified. 

Hon. Joseph A. Waddell, LL. D., iu an address at the 
celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Augusta Stone 
Church, October 18th, 1899, said of these first settlers: 
''They came oh foot or horseback and could bring little 
with them besides tools and implements of labor, and seed 
corn obtained in older settlements in Pennsylvania. Each 


family located according to its will and pleasure, not troub- 
ling themselves about land titles, and after erecting rude 
cabins, set to work to clear and cultivate the land. For 
at least a year the lirst comers must have subsisted on wild 
meat, the deer and other game which abounded, without 
bread or any substitute for it. During the first twelve or 
fifteen years the dwellings were hardly better furnished 
than the wigwams of the Indians. There were no tables, 
chairs, knives and forks, glass or chinaware, and many 
things now found in the humblest homes . The mention of 
'cart wheels and tire' in an inventory of 1746 is the first 
intimation of a wheel-vehicle in the settlement. But horses 
and cattle were numerous and "the big ha' Bible, was 
found in nearly every cabin." 

Of the life of this pioneer we have but little information. 
He was a charter member of Tinkling Spring Presbyterian 
Church, organized 1740, as shown by its sessional records. 
His name is signed to the following: 

"Know all men by these presents yt we ye under Sub- 
scribers Do appoint and Constitute our trusty and welbe- 
loved friends. Colonel Jas. Patton, John Finley, George 
Hutchison, John Christian and Alex'r Brackenridge, to 
manage our piiblick affairs, to Chuse & purchase a piece of 
ground to build our meeting house upon it, to collect our 
minister's salary and to pay of all Charges Relating to said 
Affairs, to get pay of the people in proportion of this & to 
replace seats in our said meeting house, wch we do hereby 
promise to Reimburse them; they allways giving us a 
months warning by an advertisement on ye meeting house 
Dore and a majority of the above five persons provided all 
be apprised of theire meetting; theire acting Shall Stand 
these persons above named Shall be accountable to ye min- 
ister and Session twice Every yeare for all theire proceed- 
ings Relating to the whole affair to which we Subscribe our 
names in the presence of the Re'd Mr. Jno. Craig. 

August ye 14th, 1741, Copia Vera." 

The Baptismal Register, 1740-1750, kept by the pastor, 
Rev. John Craig, and now in the possession of Gen. John 


E. Roller, Harrisonburg, Va., gives the record of the bap- 
tism of his two youngest children, viz: 

'^Samuel, child of James McClure, baptised Nov. 7, 1740. 

Ksther, child of James McClure, baptized Nov. 8, 1741." 

The Chalkley Records, Vol. II, p. 28, show that there 
was a schoolhouse on James McClure's land, built 1747, 
"at the foot of the hill in the meadow." So far as I have 
any information, this is the oldest record of a schoolhouse 
in Augusta county. 

In the record of the court proceedings of Augusta coun- 
ty, 1749, he appears as plaintiff, with a minute to the effect 
that he and the defendant having agreed out of court, the 
case was discontinued. 

On p. 222, Order Book 2, 1751 he and his wife, Agnes, 
appear in court as witnesses for John Finley, and received 
for their services 150 pounds of tobacco each. 

His will is recorded in Book 3, p. 47, Augusta County, 
and is as follows: 

''In the name of God. Amen. The twenty third day of 
September, 1756, 1, James McClure of South Carolina, Tylor, 
being very sick and weak in body but perfect mind and 
memory thanks be given unto God therefor calling unto 
mind the mortality of my body, and known that it is or- 
dained for all men once to die, do make and ordain this 
my last will and Testament, that is to say principally and 
first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands 
of Almighty God that gave it and my body I Recommend 
to the earth to be buried in Decent Christian burial at the 
discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the 
general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the 
jMighty Power of God and as touching such Worldly Es- 
tate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, 
I give, demise, dispose of the same in the following Man- 
ner and form. 

Imprimis, I will and ordain that my son James shall have 
my Bible and big pot. 

Etem, I will and ordain that my son Samuel have the 
next bigest pot, 1 will and ordain that my wife Agness 


have the use of both pots during her life, I will and ordain 
that my Movable Estate shall be equally divided between 
my dearly beloved wife Agness and son James and my son 
Samuel. I will and ordain that my plantation Shanado, 
be equally divided between my two sons, James and Samuel. 
I will and ordain that my son James pay to my son John 
one shilling Sterling. I will that my son James pay to my 
son Andrew one shilling Sterling. I will that my son 
James pay to my daughter Eleanor a shilling Sterling, and 
a shilling Sterling to my daughter Jean and a shilling Ster- 
ling to my daughter Esther, and I make and ordain Wm. 
Givens and William McClure my sole executors of this my 
will to take care and use the same perform in witness 
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and 
year above written. 

James McCluke, (L. S.) 

Signed sealed & delivered by the said James McClure as 
and for his last will and testament. 
William Hanna, 
William Beard, 
William McClure. 

At a court held for Augusta County, August 18, 1761, 
this last will and Testament of James McClure dec' 
was proved by William Hanna, one of the witnesses there- 
to, who also made oath that he saw William Beard & Wm. 
McClure the other evidences sign the same, and that they 
are since dead and John McClure Eldest son and heir at 
law of the said deceased, having appeared in Court & de- 
clared he had no objection to proving the said will, it is 
admitted to record and Wm. McClure one of the executors 
being dead and William Givens the other Executor resid- 
ing in South Carolina, Administration of with the will an- 
nexed, is granted James McClure son of the said Deceased 
he having with security complied with the law." 

His giving his residence as, ' 'South Carolina, Tylor, ' ' 
calls for explanation. 

Probably the terrible drought that prevailed in the Val- 


ley during 1755, together Mith Gen. Braddock's defeat 
.Inly 9th of the same year, leaving the settlers nnprotected 
from the Indians, caused him to move temporarily to South 
Carolina where other friends and relatives had settled. 
''The consternation was universal, and many of the set- 
tles on the western frontier fled across the Blue Ridge, 
and even to North Carolina." — Annals of Augusta County, 
p. 109. 

"Tylor" probably should have becji written, "tailor," 
indicating that in addition to his farming he followed a 

His two older sons who had families in Augusta Couuty 
certainly did not accompany him. He doubtless returned 
to Augusta previous to his death, 1761. His grave is pro- 
bably among the many unmarked around Tinkling Spring 

The following is from The Watchman of the South, 
June 7, 1844: 

"The settlers of the great Valley of Virginia congre- 
gated in neighborhoods, and laid their dead side by side, 
near their places of worship, unless some hard necessity 
turned them to another place of sepulture. * * * * * 
You may find the resting place of the Pioneers of the Val- 
ley by following the footsteps of the immigration as it 
advanced from the Potomac to the CataAvba. ***** 
Often, very often, in the midst of the forest of graves, 
you cannot tell where rest the men and women who had 
courage to lead the way in settling beyond the mountains, 
and give what Governor Gooch desired for his province, 
a line of defence against the savages, buying immunity in 
their religion, by the freedom from fears and alarms and 
massacres, their biavery conferred, at their own peril, on 
the settlers below the Blue Ridge. 

In some few spots you are among the ancestors. Were 
the graves to give up their dead, and the dust be fashioned 
into bones and sinews and put on flesh like the forms that 
mouldered there, you would gaze on the determined visage 
of the men and the calm decision of the matrons — the toil- 


worn frames, the labor- hardened hands of a generation that 
loved a chvirch without a prelate — a generation that fled 
from the oppression that harrassed their ancestors for cen- 
turies, and like them ungovernable in their demands for the 
unalienable rights of man — a generation of men and women 
that accomplished in their poverty what wealth cannot pur- 
chase, and reared another generation to hazard death for 
freedom of conscience and liberty of person, ' 'for a State 
without a king." Such a one you may find at TINKLING 
SPRING in Augusta County, Va. 

Going down from the splendid prospect from Rockfish 
Gap to the edge of the "late country," as the Sage of Mon- 
ticello termed it, you enter the bounds of the oldest con- 
gregation in Augusta; one that contends with Opequon for 
the honor of being the first in the great Valley, and the first 
in the State after the days of Makemie — the congregation 
of the Triple Forks of the Shanandoah, which formerly 
stretched across the Valley from the Gap to the Western 
Ridge in the horizon. You are, too, in the bounds of that 
division of the congregation named Tinkling Spring, which 
assembled to worship God in the Southeastern part of the 
congregation, the Old Stone Church being the place for as- 
semblage for the Northwestern part of the settlement tra- 
versed by the paved road. Ministers were few and men 
went far to worship; far as it would now be estimated, as 
then eight or ten miles were an ordinary ride — or walk — for a 
Sabbath morning to the house of God. 

But we were searching for the graves of the settlers. 
Come to this yard to the west of the church, surrounded 
by a stone wall in the shape of a section of a horseshoe. 
* * * * Come down now to this Southwest end. In the 
irregular piece of ground, surrounded on three sides by a 
stone wall, full of mounds, but not a single inscription. 
Here is the resting place of the ashes of the ancestors of 
many families in Virginia and Kentucky. Men whose 
names are woven by their descendants in the web of politi- 
cal and religious courts in colors too vivid to be unnoticed 
or mistaken. Here are the sepulchres of the men that 


turned the wilderness into habitations, waiting for the com- 
ing of the Son of God when the graves shall give up their 
dead. Let no spade or mattock ever hereafter disturb the 
soil that vegetates so luxiniously over their ashes. The 
time is coming — is already at hand — when history shall 
present to the living the actions of these venerable dead, 
and posterity will glory in deriving their descent from the 
settlei*s of the Valley of Virginia." 


James and Agnes McClure left seven children. 

A. John McClure, the oldest, was born in 1717, as shown 
inChalkley, vol. II, p. 5; came to Augusta county with his 
father 1738, and settled on South River, near Lyndhurst, 
six miles south of Waynesboro. His farm joined Edward 
Hall and John Coulter. His deed for 359 acres, dated 
March 1, 1749, is recorded D. B. 2, p. 692, Staunton, Va. 

His name appears frequently in the extant records of the 

On the muster roll (spelled McClewer) 1742 of Capt. Jas. 
Cathreys's company, tenth in the list. 

On August 21, 1757 he, with others, was directed to clear 
a road from Edward Hall's to Wm, Long's mill. 

He was a juror 17B7. 

On December 15, 1778, he deeded to Andrew Alexander, 
a son-in-law, 204 acres "being part of the plantation John 
McClure now lives on, on the waters of the South river cor- 
nering John Coulter and lOdward Hall." 

The last mention of his name in the county record is Au- 
gust 28, 1791, when he appeared as a witness in a case of 
Edward Hall vs. .Fohn Coulter. He wa^s then 74 yeare of 
age. He died intestate about 1798. The date is fixed by a 
court record of June 19, 1798, when George Hutchison, his 
son-in-law, was appointed guardian of hLs youngest child, 
an invalid daughter, Eleanor, 

The family records do not give the name of his wife, but 


from known facts it is practically certain she was Elizabeth 
Steel, daughter of Andrew Steel, who died in Augusta 
county 1764, 

The family Bible now owned by M. T. McClure, Sr., 
Spotts wood, Va. , gives the name and date of birth of their 
eleven children : 

I. Anne McClure, born October 27, 1745. 

Baptized by Rev. John Craig, Nov. 10, 1745. 
She married Geo. Hutcheson. Daughter, 
1. Margaret, b. Feb. 19, 1785, d. Oct. 

27, 1870. 
She mar. Nov. 10, 1807, Isaac Hutchinson. 
(1). George Hutchinson, father of the late 
Henry Hutchinson, of Staunton, Va. 
(2). John Lewis Hutchinson, of Point Pleas- 
ant, W. Va. 

II. EsTHEE McClure, b. Aug. 6, 1747, baptized by 

Eev. John Craig, Sept. 13, 1747, died Sept. 18, 
* III. James McClure, b. Sept. 24, 1748, baptized Nov. 
6, 1748, and died in Augusta Co. 1784. See 
Chalkley, Vol. I, p. 236. 
IV. Jean McClure, b. Jan. 6, 1751, d. single 1837. 
V. Elizabeth McClure, b. Aug. ist, 1753. She m. 
Dec. 29, 1790, Francis Alexander. Among her 
descendants was the late Frank Alexander of 
Staunton, Va. 
VI. Martha McClure, b. July 31, 1756. She married 
about 1778, Andrew Alexander, Jr., (sou of 
Andrew and Catherine Alexander) . 

1. Catherine Alexander, who m. Jan, 1, 1798, 

Jas. Arbuckle, of Greenbrier Co. 

2. John Alexander, whose descendants now 

live on, or near, the farm where John 
McClure settled. 


\U. Maky McClure, b. Nov. 14, 17o8. She is possi- 
bly the Mary (Polly) McClure, who m. Thomas 
McCullough April 5, 1808. Chalkley, Vol. I, 
p. 396, gives a suit, John McClure vs. Thomas 
McCullough. ''Writ 10th Jan., 1788. About 
1783 defendant removed to the French Broads." 
He was living in Blount county, Tennessee 1795, 
VIII. John McClure, b. March 25, 1761, died April 2, 
IX, Margaret McClure, b. Nov. 21, 1764andm. April 
7, 1796, Rev. John McCue officiating, Andrew Hendereon, 
son of Samuel and Jane Henderson, of Augusta County. 
They emigrated early in the I9th century to Blount County, 
Tenn. The writer of the following letter addressed to Mr. 
John McClure, Junior., Augusta County, Virginia State, 
Waynesborough, is probably her son. — 

''State of Tennessee, Greene County, March 25, 1819. 
Respected Counsin, I embrace this opportunity of writ- 
ing to you, to inform you that I am in good health at pre- 
sent, trusting these lines will reach you and find you in 
the same. There has been great affliction in father's 
family, death has visited the family. Brother Samuel de- 
parted this life the 19th of this month, he was taken with 
the flux the first day of the month. Father is lying 
very low at this time, the flux appears abated, an old com- 
plaint appears to grow more fatal. The rest of the family 
is in tolerable health at present. Grandfather and Aunt 
Anne are in good health they both wish to be remembered 
to you and all the relations. Brother George and Aunt 
Anna has returned from Blount County. Mr. Vhites and 
Uncle Hutchisons familys has been afflicted with the fever, 
I will mention the names of those that have been afflicted 
with the fever. Mrs. White, Sally, Anna Jorden, Eliza 
Drusilla, James Diddle. Uncle William was confined to 
bed six weeks, John White lay in the fever five weeks 
and continues very low. Miss Peggy White is in good 
health and also requests me to remember her to you. It 
appeai-s that the journey has been a benefit to her and 


Grandfather and Aunt Anna. I have heard that Mr. Ful- 
ton has sold their plantation. You may inform them that 
there is a plantation in Blount County for sale, five hun- 
dred and thirty-two acres of land nicely improved, one 
hundred of bottom land, all of good quality, the price six 
thousand dollars. A number more plantations in this 
County for sale. Please remember me to all enquiring 
friends. Miss Betsy Fulton in particular, please write the 
first opportunity the particulars of the place. I have sent 
two letters to Augusta, one to Uncle Daniel Henderson, an- 
other to Cousin John Alexander. I have not received any 
answer yet — another letter to William Thome. My reason 
for not writing to you sooner I was waiting to hear of 
Uncle William settling himself he has not purchased land 
yet. Aunt Anna wrote a letter to Miss Betsy Fulton, and 
has received no answer yet, we wrote the letters in Jan- 
uary that we sent by the mail. Please to give respects to 
your father- in -laws family that is Mr. George Pilson. 
Grandfather and Aunt Anna Avishes you to remember them 
to George Pilson and family. We have had a remarkable 
warm winter and it appears like being a very sickly sea- 
son in this country. I wrote this letter in a hurry. 

I add no more at present but remain your affectionate 
friend and well wisher. 


John McClure, Jr." 

XI. Eleanor McClure, b. September 15, 1769, In- 
valid, died single. Geo. Hutcheson appointed her guardian 
June 19, 1798. 

X. Andrew McClure, b. July 18, 1767, and died at 
the home of his son, John, near Old Providence church 
December 30, 1847. His grave is marked in Bethel Ceme- 

He married, on January 15, 1789, MaryMitchel, fourth 
child of Thomas Mitchel and Elizabeth (McClanahan) 
Moore, Eev. Archibald Scott, pastor of Bethel church, 
officiating. His wife died 1795, and from that time until a 


few years before his death, he seems to have had uo settled 
home, living with his sisters aud children, frequently walk- 
ing back and forth from Waynesborough to Old Provi- 
dence, a distiiuce of twenty-five miles, even when past 
seventy years of age. Unlike his father and his sons, he 
owned but little property. In personal appearance, he is 
said to have been a large, muscular man strickingly like 
his son John, whose photograph appears in this book. 

The only extant reference to him is in a letter to his son 
John, from Samuel Coursey, dated, Xenia, Ohio, August 
11, 1817. ''How is your old father? I was going to write 
to him, but he talked of going away from our house and I 
did not no where and I thought he would not get it, but 
tell him I am wide awake and ask him, if he wins as much 
tobacco off Wm. Hutchison and the rest of the fellows about 
there as he used to do. ' ' 

M. T. McClure, his grandson now living (1914) near 
Spootswood, Va., remembers him very distinctly, and 
states that while he sometimes imbided too freely he was a 
constant reader of the Scriptures. He also remembers 
hearing his grandfather and father talk of the battle of 
Point Pleasant, and is distinctly of the opinion that his 
grandfather told him, though only fourteen years old, he 
was present and participated in the battle of Guilford 
Courthouse. We know that Colonel George Moffett early 
in 1781, led a liattalion of Augusta county men to North 
Carolina aud participated in this battle. However I find 
no record of his ever having applied for a pension. 

He was a soldier of the War of 1812, as shown by the 
following documents now in the hands of the writer, also 
the records of the Departments at Washington: 

"Know all men by these presents that I, Andrew Mc- 
Clure, late a soldier in Capt. Thomas Sangster's Company 
in the Twelfth regiment of Infantry, who was enlisted the 
first day of March, 1814, to serve during the war and hon- 
orably discharged from the army of the United States 
March 30, 1815, as will more fully appear by my original 
discharge hereto annexed, have and by these presents, do 


nominate, constitute and appoint my son, John McClure, 
my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name and in 
my behalf to procure and receive from such officer, person 
or persons as shall be lawfully authorized to grant the same, 
a WAEEANT for the quantity of land to which I am en- 
titled for the service rendered by me as a private soldier in 
the army of the United States during the late war, ' ' &c. 

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and 
seal at Staunton, in the county of Augusta and State of 
Virginia this first day of August, 1816. 


Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of John Bum- 
gardner, John Alexander and Wm. Clarke." 

The War Department furnishes the following: ' 'Andrew 
McClure enlisted March 4, 1814, at Staunton, Va., as a 
private of Capt. Sangter's Company, 12th U. S. Infantry, 
and was discharged March 30, 1815, at Fort Covington, by 
reason of the expiration of his term of service. ' ' 

The Department of the Interior, General Land Office, 
gives the following: ^'On March 4th, 1819, military bounty 
land warrant No. 20883 for 160 acres was issued to Andrew 
McClure, private in Capt. Sangster's Company, 12th U. S. 
Infantry, war 1812. The warrant was located Nov. 27, 
1820. Patent was issued to the soldier Nov. 27, 1820, and 
is recorded in Vol. 5, p. 291, Patent Eecords." 

There is a tax receipt of February 2, 1825, of ten dol- 
lars on this property. Other than this it seems that the 
owner never took possession of the land. 


Andrew ^IcClure and Mary ]Mitchel had live children. 

1. James McClure, b. Augusta county, Va., Novem- 
ber 4, 1789, and died at his home near Rogersville, 
Teun., April IJ, 18G6. He emigrated about 1815 to A.she 
county, N. C, removing a year or two later to Lebanon, 
Russell county, Virginia, thence to Tennessee. The fol- 
lowing letters give in brief outline this period of his life: 

"Jeffeesonton, N. Carolina, June 23, 1816. 
Dear Brother: 

I embrace this preasent opportunity of informing 
you that I am well at preasant and all my family, which 
is But Small. My wife gives her best Respects to you. I 
am out of the way of hearing from you by way of private 
opportunity, I received a letter from you during this Spring, 
which was the only acct I have had for some time. I re- 
ceived a letter from Sister Polly in the month of May, Avhich 
was the last acct I had from your Country for some time. 
I have no knews from this Country that is worth writing. 
I have some idea that I shall Take a ride to the Western 
Country the latter part of the summer or winter, and if I 
find that I can be pleased with the Country, I shall in all 
probability leave this Country as soon as possible. I do 
intend to erect a tan-yard l)etAveen this and next Spring if 
I should leave this Country, wdiich I think I will at this 
time. If I should go 1 want Brothei- Thomas to go with 
me when he is done learning liis trade. I think he can do 
a« well, and better peihaps, than whaie he is. I wrote a 
letter to him some time ago. Iff can get what money is 
owing to me I can establish myself some whai'e that per- 
haps I can make a living. If Thomiis had about three or 
four hundred dollars in (/ash with what I shall have, if 
he should be inclined to go with me, we could make a 
grand Establishment in the western Country. If Thomas 
should be inclined to go with me if you have any money 
that you will not want to make use of, if you will lend it 


to him, I will be his Security for any amount you can let 

him have, that is provided he should engage in any busi- 
ness with me. A mechanick can make but little by work- 
ing Journey work, iinless he can get the management of a 
tan-yard, which is not easy got. I do not wish to persuade 
Thomas to do anything that would not promote his in- 
terest. As he is not settled nor myself as yet, I should be 
glad to have him with me, as our Occupations will suit to 
go together, and perhaps we might by doing business, be 
an advantage to each other. I should be glad if we could 
all settle near each other; as none of us is settled yet, it 
would be a great satisfaction to me if it could be the case. 
I have enclosed a letter to our father, give it to him the first 
opertunity. I shall write to you this Summer some time 
and by that Time I shall be determined. Write me Avhen 
you receive this letter. Give my respects to all my friends. 
No more at preasent. 

John McClure, Waynesborough, Va. " 

''Lebanon, Eussell County, Va., August 13, 1820. 
Brother, I send you a few lines to inform you that 
we are all well at present hoping that this may find you all 
in the same situation. I have nothing to write to you, 
Polly and myself arrived safe home in five days from the 
day we left Mateers, which was very hard riding. Polly 
stood riding much better than I expected. We rode 103 
miles in two days. Thomas will move in three or four 
weeks. Times is very tough in way of money, property is 
selling very low. I find it very hard to sell leather for 
money, how I may do this fall and winter I cannot tell. 
I have a great deal of work to do this fall. Tell Betsy I 
will write to her shortly. Give my respects to Aunt Betsy 
and all the rest of the Family. Tell Betsy that Thomas 
Alderson and Mary Jane Hanson was married while I was 
in Augusta, at last. If you don't think proper to write to 
me occasionally you may let it alone. 


Mr. John McClure, Greenville, Virginia." 


<'Lp:banon, Rubsell County, Virginia, Feb. 15, 1828. 
Dear Brother, I now write you a few lines at this 
time, to let you know that we are all yet alive and in good 
Health at present, and shall be glad to hear that ray letter 
may find you all enjoy ingthesame Blessings. I heard from 
Thomas McClure two weeks ago, him and his family was 
well at that time, the last account I had from Polly she 
had a very severe spell of sickness, was then on the Recov- 
ery. Thomas is going to move froraScott the first of March 
to Hawkins County in Tennessee, as I have understood. I 
have not seen him for some time, I expect to go and see 
him before he moves. Tell Betsy I received her letter a 
few days since and will write to her before a great while. 
I have no knews of Consequence to write to you. 

Thare was two murders committed in Scott County this 
winter. Money is very scarce in this Country. I find it 
very hard getting along, give my Respects to Mr. Fulton 
& Aunt Betsy and your wife and Family. No more at 
present. JAMES McCLURE. 

Mr. John McClure, Augusta County, Virginia: 

The post office at Greenville." 

"Lebanon, Russell County, Va., Sept., 10, 1830. 
Dear Brother, I received your letter ,on yesterday 
informing me of your well fare. We are all in good Health 
at present hoping this may find you in the same state of 

I expect to move from this place in ten or twelve days to 
Hawkins County, Tenn. You will hereafter write to me 
thare. Give my best respects to Aunt Betsy, tell her I 
will write to her after I move. Give my Respects to your 
wife and children. My Father, Uncle Thoraa.s and Family. 
AVrite to me in the course of a month. 1 have nothing 
more to write at pjesent. 


Mr. John McClure, Greenville, Va." 

As shown by the above letters he settled in Hawkins 
county, Tennessee, in the fall of 1830, having bought a 
farm of 500 acres, 2i miles west of Rogersville, bord^ering 

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.IAMi:S McCMHi:. 



the Knoxville and Bristol "stage" road. Here in a large 
log house he kept a tavern, and in addition to his farming 
operations ran a tan -yard. About 1847 he built a large 
l)rick house on the hill top, a noble monument for that part 
of the country in ante-bellum days. 

The advent of the railroad put an end to stage coach 
travel and the need of a tavern. Giving all his attention 
to his farm he became, according to universal agreement, 
the best farmer in Hawkins county. He was especially 
noted for his excellent fences with painted gates, which he 
required all passers to use. His motto was "Good fences 
make good neighbors, ' ' and consequently keep his in ex- 
cellent repair. 

In personal appearance he was large and muscular, with 
the characteristic McClure voice that could be heard across 
his farm. In politics he was a Jackson Democrat; in re- 
ligion both he and his wife were "blue stocking" Presby 
terians, and tho' in his latter years he rarely ever attended 
services, having become totally deaf, he saw that his family 
went in the ''carry all" to Rogers ville every Sabbath. 

His letters above are written in a neat, bold hand show- 
ing that while his spelling and grammar are not up to the 
present day standards, he excelled in penmanship, evident- 
ly having had considerable early training. He was a man 
of superior intelligence, well posted and a great reader. 

He is remembered as a man of bold independence of ac 
tion as well as of thought, for despite his deafness he al- 
ways insisted upon walking in the middle of the road. It 
was this independence that caused his death, being run 
over and seriously injured by a company of Union Cavalry, 
from which he never fully recovered. He and his wife are 
buried in the family plot near his home. 

He married November 28, 1815, Susan Montgomery, 
(May 17, 1791— March 22, 1876), of Washington County, 
Va., Rev. Edward Crawford, of the Augusta family, then 
pastor in Wasiiington Co., officiating. She was possibly a 
gi'anddaughter of William Montgomery, who emigrated from 
Augusta to Washington Co. in 1769. Tall and handsome 


in appearance, she was a fitting helpmeet to her strong and 
pioneering husband. 

Her father, Richard Montgomery, a Revolutionary sol- 
dier, lived near Meadow View, Va., where he was an Elder 
in the Rock Spring church. Her mother was Elizabeth 

James and Susan (Montgomery) McClure had ten 

(1). Mary Anne and Eliza Jane, twins, born July 27, 
1817, and died Jan. 1, 1826, and Dec. 16, 1817, respec- 

(3). Elizabeth, b. Apr. 21, 1819, d. May 12, 1877. 

She m. about 1844, Alexander Mason Doak, born at 
Tusculum, Tenn., March 26, 1819, and died August 22, 
1903. He was a son of Rev. Samuel W. Doak, founder of 
Tusculum College, and Sarah Houston McEwen, and grand- 
son of Rev. Samuel Doak, D. D., founder of Washington 
College, Tenn., and Hester Montgomery, both originally of 
Augusta Co. 

In the McClure burying ground near Rogersville, Tenn., 
there is a stone bearing the following inscription: 

"In memory of our father and mother 
Rev. A. M. Doak, 

Aged 84 years. 

Elizabeth McClure, 

Aged 58 years. 

"They died as they lived, Christians." 

Eight children, viz: 

a. James M., b. Apr. 14, 1845, and died in the Con- 

federate Army 1863. 

b. Sarah A. 

The following obituary gives the outline of her life: 
"Mrs. W. A. Kite, of Johnson City, Tenn., died on Au- 
gust 14, 1912, at the home of her brother-in-law, Mr. W. 
C. Wells, of Marvin, Tenn., and her body lies buried in 
the cemetery of that village. 

She was born October 2, 1846, married Captain W. A. 
Kite, who survives her, at St, Clair, Tenn., November 2, 


1870. For the last thirty years they have lived in John- 
son City. 

Mrs. Kite, who was Miss Sallie A. Doak, wa« a grand 
daughter of Rev. Samuel A. Doak. D. D., whose name is 
eminent in the religious and educational annals of Tennes- 
see. Washington College and Tusculum College are both 
monuments of his pioneer and constructive zeal, and his 
works still follow him in the sterling, spiritual qualities of 
the people of this section. Mrs. Kite was true, in her life 
and character, to this tine strain in her blood. 

She was converted at the age of thirteen, and was ever 
afterward a faithful and diligent member of the Presby- 
terian church. Her unselfish and intelligent fidelity and 
her fervent prayers were a source of encouragement and 
power to the people of God among whom her lot was cast. 
She is deeply mourned by a large number of devoted 
friends. She is survived by four sisters arid two brothers. 

Her patience in long and painful illness, and the confi- 
dence with which she awaited her end, Avere born of deep 
and well-grounded convictions in a heart that knew and 
loved Him to whom she had committed her all. 

G. G." 

c. Sue v., b. April 14, 1848. Lives single at Green- 

ville, Tenn. 

d. Samuel H., b. Jan. 12, 1850. Not married. 

e. Mary A., b. May 30, 1853, m. J. J.Morrison, lives 

Romeo, Tenn, 

f. Pandora E., b. Dec. 14, 1854, m. W. C. Wells, lives 

Marvin, Tenn, 

g. Alice F., b. Feb. 1, 1857, m. F. A. R. McNutt, lives 

Festus, Mo. 
/(. Robert H., b. Jan. 17, 1859, m. Cleopatra White, 
lives Johnston City, Tenn. 
(4). Mitchell, b. in Russell Co., Va., Aug. 16, 1820, 
emigrated with his father to Hawkins Co., Tenn., where 
he died Jan. 22, 1876, a prominent farmer and a respected 
citizen. He was a Southern sympathiser, but was not a 
soldier of the Civil War. 



He m. on Dec. 26, 1843, B#ersheba Cobb Kyle, of a pro- 
miueut Hawkins Co., family. Eleven children, 

a. Sara Alice, b. June 1, 1846, living in Knoxville, 

h. Jos. K., b. April 22, 1847. Lives near Whitesburg, 
Tenn. A good farmer, a loyal Presbyterian and 
a staunch Democrat. He married, Oct. 13, 1870, 
at the bride's home near St. Clair, Tenn., Hilah 
Morrisett, Rev. John W. Bachman, D. D., now 
of Chattanooga, Tenn., officiating. His only 
daughter, B^rsheba Alice, who lives with him, 
was b. Aug. 12, 1877. His son, Richard Hugh, 
was born Aug. 26, 1879, and died May 19, 1896. 

c. B^sheba Ann, b. April 7, 1849, d. Aug. 16, 1849. 

d. James A., b. Dec. 29, 1851, d. Nov. 10, 1855. 

e. Absalom K., b. July 16, 1854, now of Pennington 

Gap, Va,, Farmer. He married, Oct. 13, 1887, 
at her mother's home in Hickory Flats, Va., 
Mattie W. Carnes, her brother, Rev. J. W. Carnes, 
officiating. They have no children. 

/. John B., b. Aug. 21, 1856, and d. Jan. 18, 1903. 
His widow lives in Memphis, Tenn. i- ct . 

g. Mary A., b. Dec. 11, 1860, m.thelate Sevier, 

who d. in Knoxville, Tenn., 1905. v\c» 

h. William K., b. Nov. 9, 1863, m. June 18, 1889, in 
the Church Street M. E. Church, South, Knox- 
ville, Tenn., Rev.J.W. Bachman, D. D., officiat- 
ing, Eliza Parsons Lewis. She was b. Jan. 18, 1870. 
Her father S. Duff J. Lewis, son of a Methodist 
minister, was a soldier in the Confederate Army, 
and later connected with a wholesale house in 
Knoxville. Her mother, Helen Wallace Arthur, 
of Covington. Ky., was of a prominent and 
wealthy family, tracing her ancestry through her 
paternal grandmother to the Scotch nobility. Her 
brother was for a number of years a member of 


(a). Wallace Mitchell McClure, b. July 30, 1890. 
B. A. University of Tenn., 1910; Bachelor of 
Laws (U. of Tenu.,} '11; Student Harvard 
Law School 1911-12; Student University of 
Wisconsin 1912; Student Columbia Univer- 
sity, candidate for Ph. D. 1913, Member 
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity; President of 
Chi Delta Literary Society and a representa- 
tive in debate against University of Cincin- 
nati '07, and Texas, '11. Editor-in-Chief 
Tennessee University Magazine 1909- '10, Ben- 
net Prize for E]ssay '11 and McClung Medal for 
Moot Court work '11. 

(&). Margaret Duff McClure, b. Oct. 6, 1892. B. A. 
University of Tenn., 1913, Chi Omega frater- 
nity and Phi Kappa Phi honorary fraternity, 
(c). William Kyle McClure, Jr., b. Dec. 4, 1894. 
Student University of Tenn. Member of the 
Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. 
(d). Robert Lewis McClure, b. Nov. 12, 1909. 
i. Margaret Rice, b. Aug. 9, 1865, living single in 

j. Hugh Walker, b. Jan. 9, 1868, m., 1899. Travelling 

Salesman, Albany, Ga. 
k. Andrew Fulton, b. July 16, 1870. He owns "Horse- 
shoe Bend," the old home place near Rogers ville, 
Tenn., where he is a successful farmer. He is a 
Presbyterian "now and for always." In politics, 
a Democrat. 

He married, Oct. 14, 1903, in the Royal Oak Pres- 
byterian Church, Marion, Va., Sallie Phipps Mil- 
ler, daughter of Daniel C. Miller and Charlotte A. 
Phipps, the Rev. J. McD. A. Lacy, oificiating. 
They have two children (a) Charlotte Miller, 
born in Marion, Va., March 15, 1905, (b) Mary 
Fulton, b. "Horseshoe Bend, " Rogersville, Tenn., 
Oct. 2, 1907. 

38 .Mc( ; J J U lOS IN \ 1 1:( H N 1 A . 

(6). Nancy, b. June Hi. 1823. visited when a gii'l, her 
uncle in Augusta ('o.. d. s. .Fan. 27. 1882. 

(6). -Montgomery, b. March 25. 1825, and d. June M, 
1892. He wa.s also a farmer in Hawkins Co., where he 
lived and died. Like his brother, Mitchell. h«' wiusaSouth- 
eru sympathier, but wa.s not in the servic*;. 

He niar., .June 16, 1864. Cynthia A. Johnson (Oct. 20, 
1841 — Jan. 14, I884j. Koth are buried in the family plot 
near Rogei"Sville. 

a. John Sandford, b. June 24, 1865, m., 1906, lives 

in New York City. 
6. Sarah Johnson, b. July 24, 1867. 

c. James Andrew, b. Sept. 30, 1869, married and lives 

in Knoxville, Tenn. 

d. AnnaC, b., Nov. 13, 1872, d. June 16, 1904. 
f. Susan Louisa, b. Nov. 4, 1874, d. May 9, 1904. 

/'. Thomas Mitchell, b. Nov. 4, 1878, was accidentally 

killed, Seattle, Washington, April 14, 1907. 
f/. Mattie Lee, b. Sept. 27, 1883, m. E. R. Goodman 
and lives at Church Hill, Tenn. 

(7). Mary A., b. May 8, 1827, m. Dunlap, and 

died at Knoxville, Dec. 10, 1901. Son, George. 
(8). Virginia, b. June 16, 18H0, d. Oct. 19, 1877. 
(9). Margaret, b. Mar. 18, 1832, and d. Sept. 10, 1904. 
She m. Oct. 13, 1850, Col. James White, a prominent citi- 
zen of Hawkins Co. The following letter to John McClnre 
of Augusta (>)., his wife's uncle, is of interest: 

"Matamoras, Mexk^o, Oct. 28th, 1868. 
Dear Uncle: 

You may be somewhat surprised to receive thisoom- 
niunication from this place, but so it is. The President 
ru)minate(l. and on the 28 of July last 1 was confirmed by 
the Tnited States Senate Consul at this port, and on ar- 
rival here on the 9th Sept. received my commission and 
exequatur and commenced the discharge of my ofiicial du- 
ties as a representative of the U. S. Government. 1 have 
had my ups and downs such as 1 suppose are common to 


all Americans among foreigners, but I do think in my par- 
ticular case the obstructions on the Road to Jordan have 
been wonderfully augmented, — unable to speak the lan- 
guage of natives, I am not only cut off from conversational 
& social enjoyment, but stand like a deaf and dumb man 
when others are happy and full of mirth (perhaps a part 
of it at my expense). Add to this the heat of a climate al- 
most insufferable, water warm and impure, musketoes of the 
most improved breed and unlimited quantity; fleas friendly 
and abundant, and Mexicans who can and will upon the 
shortest possible notice steal not only your every article of 
personal property, but I verily believe could nearly steal 
a chew of tobacco out of your mouth without your notice. 
I have had one complimentary visit from them in this way. 
I was one night robbed of every particle of clothing, watch, 
valice, boots, shoes, socks and even to my looking glass, 
wash bowl & pitcher. This was verry soon after I opened 
my office as consul and was intended I suppose as a polite 
compliment to myself and government, and to show me 
how appreciative of my presence the natives were. In all 
they stold from me about $400, leaving me like Adam found 
himself in the garden — naked. 

I am much disappointed in the character and induce- 
ments to stay in the place & will at the earlyest day I can 
do so resign my position & go home to my dear Mag and 
children, where I can at least be happy if I am not mak- 
ing so much. 

I have no local or general news that would be of any in- 
terest to you escept it be that War and Revolution seem 
to be the order of the day here, which is always the case 
in this Republic; the citizens heare are looking for revolu- 
tion now every day, but of this I of course, fear nothing. 
I have Uncle Sam's Stars & Stripes waving over my office. 
An emblem of nationality everywhere; a protection, & 
everywhere respected. 

Well, now I have nearly consumed my sheet and have 
written almost nothing. How is Aunt, how is Consin Sally, 
her husband, her two sweet little childi-en; how is Tom, his 


clever little rebel wife and baby ? In a word, how are 
you all, is a question I would love to have answered. 

1 wish you to CvSpecially remember me to each and every 
one of these, but above all, to Aunt and Consin Rally; tell 
Tom his baby must be named Andrew Johnson. Or See 
Sonw Afore (Seymour). 

When you have an opportunity to do so remember me 
to Andrew & familey in Staunton, and especially toPhebe; 
poor child, foi- a long while after 1 left Andrew's I could 
scarce fail to think of her & her affliction. My kindest re- 
gards and compliments to Mr. Bumgardner & family. All 
of whom were verry kind to \nv when in Greenville. 1 
will, I think, be at home in December and probably go to 
Washington. Soon after which, if I do. Twill try to again 
give myself the pleasure of a visit to your hospitable roof. 

With love to all and assurance of my highe^st respect and 
esteem, I have the honor to be veriy truly j'our obdt. 
servt JAMES WHITE, U. S. Consul. 

Matamoras, Mexico. 

Me. John McClure. 

There were several children. Among them: 
<^^ ^ ./ «. Jame« White, .Sr., who m . a Miss Lincoln of Marion, 
Va., now lives in Oklahoma, — the parents of JLdn- 
coln and James White, (^wi.) Mattie Lee, a star 
graduate of the Mary Baldwin Seminary, Staunton. 
Va., now married and living in Walla Walla, 
Wash., Margaret and others. 
b. Ida White, who now lives near Rogersville at the 
old White homestead, which is the site of the first 
house built by James McChire on settling in Tenn. 
(10). Martha, b. Sept. 4, 1836, d. Sept. 22, 1901. She 
corresponded as long as she lived with her first cousin, M. 
T. McClure, of Spottswood, Va. 

2. Mary McClure, b. in Augustacounty 1791, emigrated 
to Kussell County, Va., 1820, where she m. John M. Hen- 
dricks, of the same family ,as Vice-President Thomas A. 
Hendricks. Later moved to Calaway county, Mo. The fol 
lowing letters were written to her brother. John McClure. 


''EsTEBViLLE, ScoTT Co., Va. , June 23, 1823. 

I take this opportunity of writing you a few lines to 
let you know that we are well at present. I have nothing 
particularly to write to you. I was at a great camp meet- 
ing last week in Lee. It was the greatest meeting that 
ever I was at; you might hear them shout a mile. There 
is no other society here but Methodist. I like them better 
than any other society. There were some fine meetings 
here at the courthouse. 

Tom calls his son James Alexander. James has built 
him a fine house; have not been to see him for a year. I 
intend going there in a few days. I like Scott better than 
Russell. The people here are more moralise. Times is toler- 
able hard here at this time. I look for James here in a few 
days. Tom is doing tolerable good business here. Write 
to me how many children you have, what you call them 
all. No more at present. When I write to you again I 
have more to write . 


John McClure." 

"Hawkins County, Tenn., June 7, 1830. 
Dear Sire. 

I drop you a few lines to let you now that we ar in 
good health at this time, hoping thes lines may find you 
and your family enjoying your health. I have nothing 
particular to write to you at this time. I want you to tell 
Mathew Pilson that twenty dollars of that money that he 
let me have proved to becounterfit. A twenty dollar note 
on the United States Bank payable at Charlestown. I want 
you if you pleas to tell hira to writetome amediately what 
I must do about the note. I want him to send me twenty 
dollars of good money, as I have lately bought me a tract 
of land and am very nedey for the money. Tell him not to 
fail in writing to me as soon as possible. And while you 
ar telling him be shoure not to forget to write yourself and 
let us now how you ar all doing. Polly will write to 


Aunt Betsy iu a few days concerning Betsy's affaii's accord- 
ing to her request. So we remain yours with respect, 
To John McCluee. ' ' 

Hawkins County, Tenn., June 15, 1833. 

I take my pen to let you know that we are well; hope 
thes few lines may find you the same. John went to see 
the new country this spring. He saw Tom in Indiana; he 
has nothing, everything he has is sold. He is a distrest 
man; he has not got his children. It would make you 
sorry to see the distress of Tom, James is going to move 
here this fall to this place. Want you to write to me when 
you get this letter. No more, 

Mr, John McClure." 

"Calaway County, Mo., April 20. 
Dear Brother, 

1 sit down this day to let you now that we are all 
well at this time and hoping that these few lines may find 
you all well at this time. I have met with a great loss by 
fire, I had everything in the world burned but my houses; 
nearly every pannel of fence I had was burnt and the two 
adjoining farms were also burnt. There has been a great 
destruction here by water; the Missouri river was so high 
that it was from ten to fifteen feet deep over all the bot- 
toms. It swept ofi" all the houses on the river. A great 
many lost everything they had. Corn and wheat crops 
failed here last season. The reason was it was so wet that 
people could not tend their crops; as to my part I did not 
rase hardly any. I have my meat and bread both to buy 
this year. I think I would of had enough to do me if I 
had not got it burnt. 

Dear brother I have a great deal of trouble and difficulty 
in getting along. There is a great deal of sickness and 
death here. There is a disease here that is something like 
the collery. There is not a person that takes it that gets 


over it; no person lives over twenty-four hours. I have got 

^n twelve acres of corn this year. Dear brother, I would be 

very glad and thankful if you would send me ten dollars in 

a letter. I don't think there would be any difficulty in 

sending it in a letter. T would not have called on you for 

any assistance, but I have nothing to buy meat and bread 

with; it can't be got for nothing but the money. I wrote 

to Brother James to sent me ten dollars. I met with the 

great loss in March . I send my best respects to your family 

and my father and Aunt Fulton. Write to me as soon as 

you get this letter. 

John McClube." 

"Callaway County, Mo., June 26. 
Deab Brother. 

I sit down this evening to let you now that we are 
all well at the preasent time and hoping that these few 
lines may find you all enjoying good health. I received 
your letter this morning and fifteen dollars in it. I am 
very glad and thankful to you for it, for I stood in great 
need of it. I have in twelve acres of corn this year; corn 
and wheat crops are very good here this season. Corn and 
meat is very scarse here. My neighbors were good and kind 
enough to help me to fence in twelve acres. I got the 
money you sent by Mr. Stuart, that, and what Brother 
James sent me saved my land. I have seven children liv- 
ing, four sons and three daughters. My oldest daughter is 
dead. My neighbors say they will help me to fence in my 
farm. I have three head of horses and three milk cows. I 
think after I get my land fenced in I can make a support. 
My oldest boy is fifteen years old. My boys all ways made 
me a support until last year; the crops failed here last year. 
I like to live in Missouri very well, but there is a great 
deal of sickness here; nearly every person has the chills and 
fever here in the fall. I live about ten miles from Uncle 
Bily Mateer; his children are all married but two. I would 
be glad to see you in this country. Brother James was out 
here about three years ago. Tobacco is six dollars a hun- 


dred here. This is a great country for to make sugar. 1 
made about 200 pounds of sugar here this spring. Every 
thing is cheap here but corn and bacon. I send my best 
respects to Ant Betsy and my father and to you and your 
family. I want you to write whenever you can for I am 
glad to hoar from you all. I intend to put some of my boys 
out to a good trade after this year. I got a letter from 
Brother James in March. No more at present, but re- 
member your sister, 

John McClure." 

These letters were written about 1845. 

In a letter from Mr. Daniel Nolley to Mr. Andrew 
Stuart, Waynesborough, Va., dated Fulton, Mo.. March 
30,1841, I read, "you mentioned in your letter to the 
Major that Mrs. Hendrick's brother would like to know 
her situation. I was much pleased to see that they think 
of her and that there is some probability that they can 
render some assistance. Mr. Hendricks had when he died 
a verry pretty tract of land worth about $1,000; of avail- 
able means to the estate, exclusive of laud there is but little 
— say $100. I cannot tell you how much the estate owes, 
but I suppose it would amount to about $700, depending 
on a settlement yet to be made with a man who was his 
partner in a corn speculation. It will therefore require 
about $600 to save the land of Mrs. Hendricks which, with 
the property she has, will enable her to live comfortably. 
I feel much interest on her account, and if her friends can 
help her with that amount, it will do more for the comfort 
of a helpless family than could be done in almost any other 
case. Will you go and see them in reference to this mat- 
ter and get them, if they can do anything for her, to do so 
as early as convenient. Will you write me on the subject 
as soon as they can determine this matter?" 

In a letter to same party from IMr. James Steele Hender- 
son, dated Fulton, Mo., 8th March, 1847, I read, '^P. S. 
Mi's. Hendricks, sister of our friend .John McClure, you 
know, resides near here. Her husband died in debt and 


left her in rather destitute condition with large family of 
children . Her brother in Tennessee has helped her some. 
I would be gratified if you could see John McOlure and ask 
a small friendly aid. I feel much interest in her behalf. 


I regret after several efforts I have not been able to com- 
municate with any member of this family. 

Of her four sons and three daughters I have no definite 
information. Mr. John N. McCue, of Auxvasse, Mo., 
states that Mr. Andrew Hendricks, of Bachelor, Missouri, 
probably belongs to this family. 

3. Elizabeth McClanathan McClure b. in Augusta 
Co., 1792, and died single in Hawkins Co., Tenn., 1829, 
where she was keeping house for her brother Thomas after 
the death of his first wife, Phoebe Hendricks. 

The following letters written by her to her brother John 
in Augusta Co. , are of interest not only from the stand- 
point of family history, but for the insight they give into 
the conditions and ideals of her generation. 

''Scott County, Va., March 28, 1828. 
Brotheb and Sister: 

I now take my pen to inform you that I am well at 
present and hoping that these few lines may find you all 
enjoying the same blessings. We got landed here last 
Tuesday about 1 o'clock, I was verj^ tired travelling, I 
thought it a very long road. We had very good weather 
all the time, but Sunday morning it rained on us a little 
bit, Thomas family is all well, but the young man that 
lived with him took the fever in a week after he left home 
and is very sick at this time, the doctor has give him out 
since we came home but he appears to be better this morn- 
ing, it does make very much against him he is lying at his 
hous wher he boarded, they wood pay no attention to 
him, they wood let him ly there days and not make his 
bed, you may judge from that what sort of people they is 
here. Thomas went down to his place yesterday to see 
about his things, the man was not able to go when he was 


gone, he will be home this evening. He cant move till this 
man gets so that he ean leave him. This is a very dis- 
agiveable place to me 1 am glad Thomas is going to move 
from here. I haint got acquainted with many yet some of 
the« Ishmalites come in to see this sik man, they run in 
like they ware scared and never speak. We have arocken 
chair 1 just sit and rock and look at them. They wont 
wait for a introduction — is that your sister? Y^es sir — it 
is funny to hear them. I want you to rite to me when you 
get this letter how you all is — how Ant Betsy is and all 
the children is and how Sally is and how old Ant Moor 
is, 1 long to hear from yon all. We haint had no word 
from James since we came home. Give howdy to Aut 
Betsy and uncle and all our friends and to your father. 
Eite and direct your letter to Eogersville we wont be here 
for a letter to come. I will write more particulai-s the next 
time. No more at present but remain your sister, 



"Hawkins County, Tenn., Nov., 2, 1828. 
Hrother and Sister: 

I have taken up my pen this morning to let you 
know that I am still in the land of the living and in good 
health, thanks be to the great giver of all mercies for it. 
r haint much news to rite to you at present, Thomas and 
family is Avell, he has had a great deal of trouble about his 
business he is not improving his tauyard fast. We had a 
very dry summer since haivest. Corn is better than we 
expected, fall grain wjis very good, wheat is lifty cents a 
gushel in trade, corn won dollar a bariel. Money is very 
sciirce in this Country. I have had a great deal to do for 
some time back. Thomas hjis had the workmen at his 
house. I have had no body to help till liist week, we hired 
a black woman for a whil«\ Thomas was up to see James 
about too weeks ago they wir all well then, he and his wife 
had the fever, his wife w;ts very bad he had but a slight 
turn, his blak family had it and one died. Thomas had 
his daughter up theie going to school all summer, he 


brought her home with him. Tell Pheby and Peggy Mit- 
chell that I received their lettei-s evening before last. You 
rote to me that you had plenty of line flax dont forget me 
and save some till I come home, flax is not plenty here 
they work all on cotton here and that dont soot me. This 
is Court week here and we have some boarders, it does 
keep me busy for I have always a pack of men to work for. 
Some times I wish there was no men. Pheby says that 
the children is learning very fast I am glad to hear it, 
don't forget Sally she is my favorite child among all. Tell 
Sis to learn to right fast and rite to me, take my love to 
yourself. No more but remain your eflfectionate sister 
until death, BETSY M. McCLURE. 

John and Jane McClure. 

Dear Ant: 

I rite you a few lines to let you know that I have 
not forgot you yet. I have had my health very well since 
I left home, I got very lean in the summer but I am like 
the rabits begining to faten when the white frost comes. 
I was sorry to here of Ant Moores death and of so many 
deaths of the sore throat. Thomas treats me very well, 
he gets me anything I want, he thinks he never would 
have got along if I had not been with him. I have done 
a great deal for him it has been a great charge on me, but 
I hope the Lord will enable me to walk in the Christian 
path to fulfil my duties to them, it has caused me to have 
some serious times. My trust is strong in the Lord that 
he will guide me in all difficulty. Send me word when 
you want me to come home. Please to except my love for 
I must conclude and bid you good evening. No more but 
remain your neise until death. 

Betsy Fulton." 

''Hawkins County, Tenn., January, 27," 1829. 
Dear Brother and Sister: 

I wonst more take up my pen to let you know that 
we are all well. I have understood you is all getting well 


again and I wa.s very glad to hear it. Brother Thomas is 
away from home at this time, he is gone with hoises to 
Carolina, he had some of his own and he bought some 
more and got them low and is to pay part of them in trade, 
they wij- very nice saliable horees and in good order. He 
stiirted about ten days ago, I dont look for him foi' six 
weeks, I have all his business to attend. 1 wish you and 
Jane would come out and stay all night with me and let 
me see your fine son Avhethei- he is worth ownen. John, 
you and Jane is doing good business when you have two 
sons, no wonder you raised a hundred bushels of potatoes, 
r suppose if you all live to another year you will double 
your measure and old Mary another bit of a girl. Mr. 
and Mrs. Torbet and family is her this night. Give howdy 
to Uncle Thomas and family and write to me what has be- 
come of Mary Mitchell, J have heard of all my friends but 
her. Tell Mathew and Mary that I received thir lettei"S. 
I want to know what is become of Billy Moor. I have un- 
derstood tliat he has rented out his place, if I had been at 
home would have tried to put that notion out of his head. 
Want to see you all very bad and the children. Jane, 1 
send as much callico as makes Mary and Sarah bonets and 
George gallowses, if I had nown that Torbet was going to 
Augusta 1 would have had some caps for Ant and you. 
Give howdy to all the Children for me and take my love to 
youi-selves. No more. Your sister. 

•John and .Jane McOll'ke.-' 

Uncle and Ant: 

T rite a few lines to let you know that I have not 
forgot >()u yet, I tV'cl satisiied to here that you is spared in 
the land of the living, for 1 have herd of so many old peo- 
ple died since I left home and young as well as old. 1 have 
great reason to be thankful, so far I have my health very 
well aD fall and winter, feel that i cant return thanks 
enough for it. I feel a poor unworthy creatiire, many such 
kind mercies bestowed upon me, but 1 still ti-ust and hope 
that the great giver of all these kind mercies will guide 



.lOIlN .McC.LlUK, 




us all in that path of duty if we will only use the means 
that is sent to us but when we do our best it is too little. 
I think Thomas trys to fulfil his command in religion, he 
keeps worship twist a day. I think he is a good Chris- 
tian in heart but him and me cant agree in sentiments, I do 
not like the ways of their church, I dont get much to 
preachen. I just think sometimes that if I was at Bethel 
and here Mr. McFarland it would revive my cold spirit. 
I must conclude and bid you good evening. No more your 



James and Betsy Fulton." 

She died suddenly about a year after writing the above 
letter and is buried in the family lot near Rogersville, 

4. John McClure, b. near Waynesboro, Va., May 28, 
1794, and died at his home near Old Providence Church 
April 26, 1873. His grave is marked in the Bethel Cemetery. 

His mother, dying when he was less than two years old, 
he was raised by a great aunt, Sarah Steele, of Augusta Co. 

He m. July 27, 1819, Jane Pilsou (June 14, 1797— Sept. 
18, 1882), dau. of George Pilson and Elizabeth Thompson, 
removed the same year to the home of his uncle and aunt, 
James and Betsy Fulton, which he later inherited and 
where he lived for lifty-six years, one of the most pros- 
perous farmers and highly respected citizens of that sec- 
tion of the county. 

His father being practically without property, his early 
educational advantages were limited. He had, however, 
some school privileges, as did his brothers and sisters. His 
English Grammar published at Holgate, near York, 1795, 
is in the hands of the writer. 

He was twice elected Ruling Elder in Bethel, but his 
conception of the office was such that he could never bring 
himself to feel that he was worthy to accept it. 

In 1829, in company with Mr. John B. Christian and his 
brother-in-law, Mathew Pilson, he made a trip on horse- 


back to Russell and Washington Counties, Va., then 
through Kentucky, (Ihio and Indiana, a distance of about 
1800 miles. The following letter was written to his wife 
while on the trip: 

'^SuxLiVAN County, Indiana, Oct. 30, 1829. 
My Deajk and Affectionate Wife. 

I just take holt of my pen to inform you that I am 
well at preasent and hoping that these few lines may find 
you and the rest of the family enjoying the same like bless- 
ings. We are now at William McCutchan's, all enjoying 
good health. I was very much disappointed in not getting 
a letter at London; I was verry anxious to hear from you 
when I was there, as I expected a letter. We are going to 
start to-morrow morning on strait to the Missouri. Our 
horses has stood it tolerable well. My horse got gravel, 
but is better. Mr. Christian's horse has a very sore back. 
It is a little uncertain whether we will be home agin 
Christmas. The roads are verry bad traveling, there has 
been a great dele of raine. I have seen a heap of fine coun- 
try. I saw Nathaniel Steele at Robert McCutchan's in 
Ohio. They were all well; I was glad to see them. Wm. 
McCutchan's family are all well. 

If ever we live to get home and see you I can tell you a 
good deal, and hope it is the Almity's will that we will see 
each other again in this w^orld. No more, but remain your 

afifectn husband, 


Jain McClxiee." 

I give below a number of letters found among his pa- 
pers. In addition to the bits of family history they con- 
tain, they are interesting in giving something of the con- 
ditions of a hundred years ago. The following are from 
Capt. Samuel Steele: 

"2d June, 1817, Geeen Brier, Va. 
Dear Sir. 

I want you to send the axes and the publick rifles; 
make a twist of straw and rop all along and send moles 


and wipers and Fanny's saddle, and Fanny wants all the 
thread that Betty has except the blanket yarn; all the wool 
and flax and cottin thread & wants Sally to keep her spin- 
ning wool if she has nothing else to spin. Fanny wants as 
much of the wool sold as will get as much cambrick as will 
make a spread and as much musling as will line it. If you 
can, get it five quarters wide. I want you to keep old Tom 
in the meadow, as he ain't worth anything in the field. 
We are well. Send ,the rum. 


Fanny wants Salley to give Betty a little of the mo- 
lases and Patsy Henderson some. I want you to send me 
one side of harness if you can get it without paying money . 
I don't care about it being very heavy, and send me a Tee- 
cattle and pay for it out of the wool, if you can get it at 
Waynes Borough. 

John McCluee." 

"7 August 1817, Geeen Brier, Va. 
Dear Sir: 

I have been wanting to hear from you and know 
what sort of a crop and what prospects of raising money 
for Bell this fall as I am in nead and what sort of a colt 
the sorl mare has and how everything is doing. I have 
rote to David McClure, that I hav a fine mare I wish him 
to take in Bells money. No more, only let me know how 
the meadows is. 


Don't be so particular about not having anything to rite 
you certainly can always have something to rite." 

The following letter is from Martha (Steele) Henderson, 
d. of James Steele and Sarah Wright: 

''Gala WAY Co., Missurie, June 24th, 1830. 

My Highly Esteamed Friende: 

I take my pen to write a fewlinese to you to informe 
you that we are all injoying good helth. Jane haste in- 
tirely recovered her helth. I have nothing particular to 


wright to 5'ou, but that our friendship might live and not 
dye is my object in writing to you for you ever appeared 
to me as though you was a brother, it woode gratify me 
very much to here perticularly from you as we have never 
herde only Mr. Pilson wrote to Alexander that he thought 
that it would be very uncertain whether ever you woode 
come to this Country or not. I was afraid that when you 
was here, that you was not well enough pleased with 
the Country to come to live in it, though you had not a 
very good chance. I thinke that if you were here at this 
season of the year and had more time, you woode be better 
pleased, it would be a graite gratifycatiou to me if you 
ever moved anywhere that you would come to this part of 
the Country, altho I have never incoraged a friende that I 
have to come to this Country paste their owne inclination 
for I often wonder how it is that we are here ourselves, but 
I believe that whare ever people have to go to hav there 
bodyes deposeded there is always a meanes to take them 
there. I have often thought my Friend how much I lement- 
ed after my friends and how often I woode walke to the 
perere and looke as farre as I could see homewarde but oh 
I have got something to lement for now. I have often re- 
flected on that, but my Friende these Providential thinges 
let it nevei be so harde with us we are not oblidged to give 
up to it, I was not so much surprised lately as I was when 
I herde of the death of two such blooming youths as your 
sister and cousin. I am deapely and senseablj' afected for 
all your loses and particular for youre aunte, who raised 
her from a childe and who felte to her as tho she was a 
daughter, but all that we have to comfort us in this life is 
that we would wish to hope, that our lose is gane to our 
neare and deare reletives. The Scripture tells us that we 
are not to morne, as those that have no hope. 1 muste 
conclude my letter. I send my love to you and cousin 
Jane, to youre uncle and aunte Fulton and your uncle Mit- 
chel and aunte Mitchel and all the children and to Mr. 
Mathew Pilson and the reste of the family, 



P. S. Youre Uncle Mitchel watched the post office for 
some weeks after you got home for a letter. I woode like 
to have a letter from you." 

The relation of Samuel Coursey, the writer of the fol- 
lowing letter to John McClure, is not known. He must 
have been a kinsman, as Andrew McClure made his home 
with them: 

"Xenia, Ohio, August the 11th, 1817. 
Honored Sir. 

I now take this opportunity of writing to you to let 
you know that I have been well since I left that country; 
hoping when you receive these few lines you may be enjoy- 
ing the same state of health, as for me to give you a full 
estimation of things I have seen during my absence from 
you I will not attempt, for I have not time, but when I 
come home then we will talk things over in full. I am 
highly pleased with this country and some parts of Ken- 
tucky, and much better pleased with some of the people. 
John, I tell you I think if you had come along with me out 
here we would both married before we would leave this 
country and in the best of familyes. There are one or two 
little girls here that seem to me that one of there names 
must be Coursey. John, I only wish you were here to go 
with me to the quiltings and visitings I have to attend to 
here with so many sweet little girls we would live fast I 
know. But stop, I forgot, how is them little Creek girls 
and Anuy and Jane H. and Phebe and Jane P. and all the 
rest of the girls in that Country, are they all well. Say 
yes and tell them I am well to thank fortune * * * * 
I think you may tell the people that I am coming home 
soon, I am waiting on John Hutchison as I know he will 
be good company and he says I shant go till he is redy. 
Tell Sarah that I heard of some of her relations out here 
and will go and see them if I can possibly. Give my com- 
pliments to my father's family and Wm. Hutchison's family 
and John Diddle's family and all enquiring friends and so 
remain your friend and well wisher. 



AVilliain Beiryhill was a cousiu, son of Alexander Berry - 
hill who m. Rachel Thompson April 6, 1786. 

''Bachelors Nunnery, 
Green County, Ohio, Aprile 2, 1820. 
Mr. .Iohn McClure. 

Sir, after my best respects to you and yours, I drop 
yon this line to let you know that I am still able to kick 
yet and have been kicking since I came home from Vir- 
ginia, I have had my health tolerable well though some- 
what unfortunate the last of February or the first of March. 
1 had like to of got my leg broke by hawliug shingle bolts 
in the waggon and throwing the bolts out of the waggon I 
had like to of threw myself out with one and to of broke 
my back. 1 thought the Bachelors Nunnery would soon 
come to a close for T thought I was to kill myself. But I 
have got able to kick again. I have put up a large barn, 
or at least it is 60 feet long by 25 wide and upward of 30 
high, you may call it what sise you please, I have got every- 
thing redy to nail on the shingles . I want to put u.p a set 
of corn cribs as soon as I finish my barn, T have got the 
logs cut and this will be the fourth building that I have 
put up since I came home, or to the Bachelors Nunnery. 
T have and will have fifty or upwards acres of laud opened 
and under fence this summer. I have had four hands 
working since last faul till last weak. I paid one of 
and sent him to work for his family, another went to bed 
last Sunday evening as usual and was a corp by three 
o'clock the next morning, his wife says she knew nothing 
was the matter with him till he was strugling his last. Tell 
Jane that I am coming to help her to eat that big cheese 
for I expect it will be a fat one and I am truly fond of good 
things and sweet things and true things. But sour things 
and faulse things 1 bid them good night. I suppose I 
might with propriety if report is true say Betsy child what 
are you doing. But 1 say keep a kicken for the blackest 
day h;vs not come yet. I must leave this olT and give you 
a hist^)ry of ouv niarkett. Flour in Cincinnati is)t<3, whisky 
40 cents, rye 37 i, corn 25, wheat from 37* to 50 cents, 


bacon 6i to 8 cents. I was offered several hundred of 
bacon for 61 cents. But I had no wife nor child to feed 
and in course I did not want to buy. I am yours with 
respect. WM. L. BERRYHILL. 

Now, you will not forget to answer this line by the next 
post if you please and give me a full detail of all transac- 
tion that has occurd or taken place, since I left that part 
of the world. I expect to see you all by the first of August 
next, if I am spared. I have rote to Phebe and Mathew 
Pilson and have received no answer since. I suppose they 
think me not worthy of their attention. But you can tell 
them I am fat raged and saucy as usual and still true 
hearted and don't care for the purtiest " 

In addition to his farm of 699 acres in Augusta Co., 
John McClure at one time owned some land in Ohio. 

"Know all men by these presents that I, John McClure 
of Augusta County, and State of Virginia, lease unto 
George Harmon of the aforesaid County, and State of Vir- 
gini, a tract of land lying on Deer Creek, Madison County 
and State of Ohio, for the term of one year, in considera- 
tion of which the said George Harmon obligates himself 
to make all the outside fencing, good staked and riders 
for the true performance of which we bind ourselves, our 
heirs, executors, or administrators in the penal sum of one 
hundred dollars. Given under our hand and seals this 
10th day of September 1822. 



Aech'd Stuart, Jr." 

"State of Ohio, Madison County, 5th April, 1828. 
Sir: I have not yet been informed, whether the con- 
tract between yourself and Mr. Dawson had been com- 
pleted and having no instructions what to do, have on my 
own responsibility let both of the places out on the same 
term for the present year, that you rented them for: Tom 
Orpurd takes hoth. I have not received much of the rents 
yet. Samuel Houston died last fall was a year, his ap- 


praisers are unsettled. Ephraim DaAvson died last Wiuter, 
his estate will not seen be settled. So that all I shall 
shortly receive will be what I get from Orp\ird who has 
paid for the first year and says he will soon pay the second, 
r wrote to you (perhaps a year past) that a proposal had 
bt^en made concerning the purchase of your land, the man 
who wanted to buy it has not yet purchased and still de- 
sires to hear fiom you concerning Terms «S:c. Your Friend, 


"Fairfield, July 31, 18^2. 
Dear Sir. 

Cousin Jane requested me to write to you when I re- 
turned home and let you know how she was. I left the 
White Sulphur on the 23rd; she was then as well as could 
be expected. The water had a tendency to sicken her a 
good deal when she first used it, but after a few days it had 
a better effect. There Avas a great crowd, 2i0 persons, and 
many new arrivals. My mother and her wish my father 
to start so as to be there by the 13th August; they were well 
situated and appeared to enjoy themselves tolerable well. 
You must not forget to write to her once a week as she 
requests it of you. She had not heard a word from any of 
you from the time she left home. I wrote to Matthew Pill- 
son a few days before I set out, which news you have re- 
ceived. She said that she would be glad that Matthew 
would go out and spend a week with them. I would be 
glad if he could go. AYe are all well. 

Yours respectfully, 


Me. John McClure, Greenville, Va." 

John Beaty Ava.s a friend and neighbor. The Beaty farm 
Joining Old Providence Church, now owned by Samuel 
Finley McClure, was bought from the astate of John Mc- 

''Dublin, AYayne County, 1a., Jam-. 7th, 1832. 

Dear Friend. 

At my father's request I write you a few lines. We 
all lauded in Ta. the 19th Oct. The old man had to stop iu 


Eichmond, about four miles in the State, partly on account 
of bad health and partly on account of bad roads and 
shackling teem. His bay filly failed before we got to Lewis- 
burg and he swoped her off; we then got along tolerably 
till we came into the Ohio where the roads became bad. 
His old bay mare gave out & he had to buy one, otherwise 
we got along well. The rest of us went about 40 miles 
further and stopt in Henry County, the roads being so ex- 
cessive bad that we thought imprudent to venture. Byers 
and myself then set out on horseback to visit the Warbash 
Country & went thro Marion, Boon, Mongomery & Clinton, 
& returned not satisfyed. We met with your brother. He 
removed from Tennessee and is keeping public house in 
Frankford, in Clinton County, We breakfasted with him. 
His family is well. I have settled about 18 miles west of 
Eichmond in a small village and have purchased some pro- 
perty. The old man has purchased land within a mile & 
half of this place; has sold his waggon & two horses; the 
waggon for $100, the old bay mare that he got of Eowan 
for $50, the little pony for $40. He is now lying verry low 
and not much hopes of his recovery. He was verry much 
exhausted with fatigue when he stoped, but had recruited 
verry much untill the cold weather set in about the last of 
Nov. when he was taken suddenly ill with a relapse of his 
old complaint. Dr. Hindmad, of Eichmond, is his physi- 
cian, but does not entertain much hopes of his recovery. 
I was to see him a few days since; he was a little better, 
but has no hope, or but verry little, of ever being better. 
He requested me to write to you and let you known his situa- 
tion. He wishes you to fetch your deed out with you, and 
also Alexander's and Thornton's and let William sign them 
all here, as he thinks it somewhat doubtfuU whether Wm. 
can go in shortly if he should be called off * * * * Grain 
of all descriptions here is scarce and verry high, and of 
course, somewhat hard on emigrants. I believe I am thro. 
Give my respects to all my old neighboi-s. Tell Jas. Eowan 
that I will write to him shortly. My respects to your good 
lady and all the family. 

While I remain your affectionate friend, 



N. B. My Bob horse could not stand hard times, he quit 
eating a few days after I started and has hardly come to 
his appetite yet. Duiing the trip he was compleaning 
every few days of the bots or cholic & was verry near loos- 
ing his eye sight. I have swoped him off. 


In politics, John McClure was an old line Whig, strong- 
ly opposed to Secession, but when the crisis came gave his 
five sons to his State, two of whom paid the price in blood. 

In appearance he was six feet, a man of great strength 
and endurance. In early life he made frequent trips to 
Scottsville and Richmond, marketing his produce, either 
driving his six horse wagon in person or accompanying on 
horseback his negro driver. 

The following obituary Avritten by his lifelong friend, 
Rev. Horatio Thompson, D. D., for nearly fifty years pas- 
tor of the Old Providence Church and one of the trustees 
of Washington College that elected Gen. Robert E. Lee 
to its presidency. "He filled a large place in the commu- 
nity giving moral tone wherever his shade was cast. A 
peacemaker, a benefactor — the poor man's friend and the 
idle man's dread. He was the Christian and gentleman of 
olden times — holding both sacred and honor bound. As 
he lived he died. We all say, a patriarch has fallen. He 
was a Presbyterian, and true to its code — a lover of all 
good without blushing to acknowledge it. A husband, 
father and grandsire, as devotedas these lofty names imply. 
He travelled to the tomb Avith manly bearing, where 

'The trav'ler outworn with life's pilgrimage dreary 
Ijays down his rude staff, like one that is weary, 
And sweetly reposes forever.' 

H. T." 

Of his wife Jane Pilbon it was written: 

"She connected herself with the Presbyterian Church of 
Tinkling Spring under the pastorate of the Rev. John 
McCue about the year 1816; removed her membe.iship to 
the Presbyterian Church of Bethel, being a consistent 


member for near G6 years. She died in perfect peace in 
hope of a glorious immortality." 

There were eight children born of this union. 

(1). Mary Mitchell. The following obituary appearing 
in the local papers at Gazelle, California, gives the outline 
of her life: 

"Our last week's Journal chronicled the death of Mrs. 
Mary M. Harris. As a slight tribute to her memory, and 
an offering of esteem to her many friends and relatives, 
on this coast, as well as in the Eastern and Southern States, 
we will give a brief sketch of the life of this most exem- 
plary woman. 

Mrs. Harris was a native of Virginia; she was born June 
12th, 1820, and passed peacefully away May 10th, 1892, 
aged nearly 72 years. She was the oldest of eight child- 
ren, of whom but one, the youngest, survives her. 

Miss Mary McOlure was married when twenty years old, 
to Mr. Harris. In 1854 they moved to Illinois. Mrs. Har- 
ris was the mother of eight children, only live of whom 
survive her; four of this number are now residing in this 
country, near Gazelle, respectively, Mrs. B. B. Bdson, 
John, Life and Susie Harris, Mrs. Harris accepted the 
bitterness of sorrow and loss with which her life was for 
many years overshadowed with patient fortitude, 

Her's was one of those rare sweet natures, endowed 
with a Christ- like spirit, which shone out with a steady 
light, illumining her daily life of care with a mild radi- 
ance, almost pathetic in its gentle constancy. When her 
youngest child was but four years old, her husband sud- 
denly dropped dead in the street, of heart disease, and 
after rallying from this first great shock of grief and afflic- 
tion, she took up the burden of life with heroic grace. 
Her eldest child — she whom we know as Mrs. Life Edson — 
being at that time only sixteen years old, 

Mrs. Harris raised all her family of eight, to be good 
and useful men and women. Three have since died, two 
being snatched away as suddenly as was their father. In 
addition to the care of her own family she raised two of 


her sister's children, a niece and nephew, their mother 
dying when they were very young. 

The niece. Miss Stuart, W5is with her during the past 
year. She, with Mrs Harris' own children, were untiring 
in their devotion and cai"e, doing everything in their power 
to make the last months of her life as comfortable as possi- 
ble. She was always very happy with her children, who 
have all done credit to her careful training, and who award- 
ed her to the full, that meed of honor and praise, justly 
due — if not in words — in that daily manifestation of love 
and respectful tenderness, so grateful to a faithful mother's 
heart . 

Mrs. Harris had been a member of the Presbyterian 
Church since early girlhood. Her's was a true Christian 
life, and she has no doubt found as many loving friends 
awaiting her in that bourne across the mystic river, as she 
has left here to mourn her loss. 

With this assurance, let us not mourn, but rather re- 
joice with her in the sweet summons: 'Come up higher, 
thou good and faithful servant, thy lamp of life hath 
been kept burning, and thy way is not dark for thee. 
Enter now into the joy of thy rest.' 
May 23rd, 1892. J. P. C." 

She married Jan, 16, 1848, Thomas Harris, of Augusta 
County, Rev. A. B. McCorkle, pastor of Bethel Church, 

Her eight childi'en are: 

a. Jane Elizabeth; m. E. B. Edson. 

h. James, died in Iowa: m. Julia Page; left tAvo children, 
(a) Minnie, who d. s., and (b) Jennie, who m. a Bancroft. 

c. Sarah Margaret, b. 1844, m. 1772 Samual A. Light- 
ner, of Augusta Co. She d. Oct. 17, 187.3, and is buried at 
Bethel. The following is from The Telegraph, published at 
Dixon, la., where she lived before moving to Guthrie, Iowa: 
'Died near Staunton, Va., Mi-s. Sarah Lightner, wife of 
Samuel Lightner and daughter of Mrs. Mary M. Harris, 
of Guthrie, la., aged 29 years. 


This sad intelligence brings sadness to a very large cir- 
cle. So well known in this vicinity, her bright and lovely 
character rendered her a favorite among her friends. She 
was married last December at Guthrie, Iowa, and thence 
removed with her husband to Virginia, where she had a 
pleasant, happy home. For a number of years she was a 
member of the Presbyterian church at this place. She was 
an earnest, warm-hearted Christian, and she died as 
she had lived. Many hearts go out in sympathy to those 
dear friends who, in her loss have been so suddenly and 
deeply bereaved." 

d. John McClure, living single on his ranch at Gazelle, 

e. William Mason, m. Celia Sampson; died, leaving one 
son, Frank Sampson Harris. 

f. Mary Susan, living single near Gazelle, Cal. 

g. Eliphelet, farmer, living single near Gazelle, Cal. 
h. Orpha Pilson, d. s. 

(2). George WASHiNGTOisi McClure, born Jan. 1, 1822. 
A conservative farmer and highly respected by his neighbors. 
He was less aggressive and successful as a business man 
than his father, but resembed him in his integrity and 
uprightness in the various relations of life. In personal 
appearance he was more like his father than any of the 
sons, standing six feet with broad shoulders, a man of great 
physical strength. 

The following brief obituary notice appeared in the Cen- 
tral Presbyterian at the time of his death: ''Died, Dec. 
11, 1890, at his home near Spottswood, Va., after an ill- 
ness of ten months with Bright's disease, Mr. George W. 
McClure, in the 68th year of his age. He had been a mem- 
ber of New Providence Church for many years and was one 
of our best citizens, and was beloved by all who knew him. 

'An honest man, the noblest work of God,' " 

Like his four brother, he Avas a soldier of the Civil War. 

Having a wife and three small children, he did not enter 
the service at the beginning, but provided a substitute. He 
later enlisted, a private in Company H, 52nd Va. Eegiment, 


and served until tiiken prisoner at Petei'sburg, Va. , March 
25th, 1865: In this battle he fought beside his brother 
.biines. Oi'dered to charge a battery, they reached the 
guns, one to die, the other taken prisoner. He Avas given 
permission to carry his brother from the field. 

He married, first, February 28, 1850, Margaret Finley 
Humphreys, (October 5, 1829— March 27, 1870), daughter 
of Aaron Finley Humphreys, an Elder in Bethel Church. 
Five children: 

a. Alexander Stuart, b. December 15, 1850, noAv of 
Staunton, Va. He m. October 26, 1882, Emma E. Moore, 
of Rockbridge County. Three children, viz., — (a) Ida 
Margaret, b. August 9, 1885; (b) Kathleen Fiuley, b 
October 9, 1891; (c) Claudie Bell, b. March 30, 1893. 

b. Jaue Ann, b. August 25, 1853, lives near Spottswood, 
Va. She married (the second wife) October 25, 1881, 
Samuel A. Lightuer, (1841-1904), sou of Jacob Lightner 
and Mary Pilson. Four children, (a) Charles Thompson, 
b. January 20, 1885, and married, February 23, 1910, Bes- 
sie Wilson Ruff; (b) Frank Bell, b. January 5, 1887; (c) 
John Pilson, b. September 20, 1882, d. November 10, 1884; 
(d) Finley Alexander, b. January 20, 1893, d. July 27, 1893. 

c. Mary Lou, b. April 25, 1857, and married November 
18, 1880, Wm. H. Wade. They live near Browusburg, 
Rockbridge County. Their children are (a) Finley Moore, 
b. October 24, 1881; (b) Geo. Wm., September 11, 1883, 
and m. June 10, 1908, Mary Maude Templeton; (c) John 
Edwin b. July 15, 1885, and m. February 2, 1909, Grace 
Berry Templeton, (d) Samuel Bell, b. March 1, 1887, m. 
December 30, 1908, Mary Ann Potter; (e) Zachariah 
Walker, b. December 8, 1888; (f) James Alexander, b. 
October 4, 1890; (g) Jacob Nevius, b. July 13, 1892; (h) 
Margaret Jane,, b. August 6, 1894; (i) David ^^'hipp]e, b. 
May 3, 1896, d. March 28, 1897; (j) Charles Thompson, b. 
February J, 1898, d. November 5, 1900; (k) Robert 
McClure, b. March 13, 1901; (1) Frank Lightner, b. Decem- 
ber 8, 1902; (m) Fjeddie Pringle, 1). February 2, 1906, d. 
July 17, 1906, 


d. John Finley, b. September 1, 1861, and died February 
4, 1906. He was a successful farmer, and one of the best 
business men of his community. He was from early youth 
a member and for several years before his death an efficient 
Deacon in New Providence Church. He married Novem- 
ber 28, 1894, Anna Poage Willson, b. March 9, 1864, 
daughter of John Edgar Willson and Elvira Ann Brooks, 
and sister of Colonel James W. Willson, Superintendent 
of the New Mexico Military Academy, Eos well, N. M. 
He bought soon after his marriage the farm near Fairfield, 
Va., formerly owned by his wife's father, where he died of 
asthma in the 45th year of his age. Their children are, 
(a) George Edgar, b. October 26, 1896; (b) Elvira Brooks, 
b. October 9, 1898; (c) James Finley, b. July 16, 1901; (d) 
Finley WHlson, b. October 17, 1903. 

e. Sallie Bell, born June 3, 1864, married December 8, 
1885, Frank M. Oates, (1863-1911), of Pope County, 
Arkansas, where she died June 3rd, 1887. 

George W. McClure married, second, March 19, 1872, 
Susan Rebecca Foutz, born May 15, 1850, daughter of 
Henry T. Foutz and Mary Jane Craver, of Rockbridge 
County. Four children: 

/. Clara Steele, b. January 2nd, 1873, and married (the 
second wife) April 4, 1899, John W. Martin, of Nelson 
Co., Ya., who died February 20, 1910, aged 61 years. 
Issue (a) Elnora, b. January 11, 1904. 

g. Minnie Merle, b. December 29, 1877, is living single, 
Spottswood, Va. 

h. Clay Pilson, b. December 17, 1879. Has bought the 
farm his father owned, where he is engaged in farming and 
stock raising. 

i. Lillie Luster, b. June 2, 1885. 

(3). Sarah Steele McClure, b. Feb'y 23, 1824, d. 
April 9, 1873. 

The following obituary was written by Rev. Horatio 
Thompson, D. D., pastor of Old Providence Church: 

"Died, April 9th, in Augusta county, Va., Mrs. Sarah 


S,, consort of the late Andrew Stuart, in the 50th year of 
her age. 

It is an instinct of nature to recall the past. As we 
draw the veil aside, blessed memories rise up before us. 
Now, joyous in the bygone — now sad, that they are gone 
forever. To name the subject of this obituary fills the 
heart with emotion and the eye with tears. She was all 
that we moan when we speak of woman in her loveliest 
sense; a Christian without pride, a wife without discontent, 
a mother without a frown, a neighbor without an enemy. 
To forgive was the attribute of her nature; to make every 
one happy was a law of her heart. As might be expected, 
she was loved and mourned by all. 

Her disease was consumption which, though protracted, 
was tenacious of its claim. At the decease of her amiable 
husband, she, with two orphan children, were taken into 
her parents' house, where each member bore a part of her 
grief, and brothers and sisters drew around her with dou- 
ble affection. But there she must not stay. She is hur- 
ried from a kind father's house to the home of a heavenly 
Father. Now it is that afflictions join hand in hand. The 
father and daughter enter upon the same pilgrimage as if 
by agreement. Daily they exchange calls with feeble step 
till flesh and heart fail and she sleeps to wake no more. 

Two lovely children mourn her Joss and numerous friends 
and neighbors attended her to the toml). She was a mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian church at Bethel, and there rests 
from every toil. Here's is eternal fruition — ours to mourn. 
'Even so, father.' " 

She m. Andrew Alexander Stuart, son of Archibald 
Stuart and Polly Alexander. 

Two children, — 

a. John Thompson, m. Sadie McGilvray, of Richmond, 
Va. One child, John T. Jr.; d. i. 

1). Mary Steele, m. William T. Hutchinson, of Rock- 
britlge Co. One child, Mary Stuart. 

For the Stuart Family see Waddell's Annals of Augusta 
Co., p. 366. 




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(4). Andrew Wellington McClure, b. May 19, 1826, 
and died at his home (now the residence of Rudolph Bum- 
gardner), 205 N. Augusta street, Staunton, Va., Feb'y 12, 
1878. Buried at Bethel. Of the firm of Bumgardner & 
McClure, he was for a number of years a merchant at Green- 
ville, and later at Staunton, Va. He was a soldier iu the 
Civil War, 10th Va. cavalry, Capt. Ed. Fulcher's com- 
pany. Gen. Beale's Brigade. Dick, his war horse, lived 
for many years after the war, showing a bullet wound in 
the neck. 

In personal appearance he was 6 ft. 2 in. in height, a strik- 
ingly handsome man. 

He married April 5, 1853, Mary Bumgardner, (Aug. 9, 
1836— Oct. 20, 1884), oldest d. of Lewis Bumgardner and 
Hettie Anne Halstead. 

Ten children — 

a. Phoebe Jane, a lifelong invalid, b. Oct. 31, 1855. 

b. Malinda Halstead, b. August 22, 1858, m. Warren 

Case, now deceased, and lives in Jacksonville, 111. 
Two children: Warren and Mary. 

c. Mary Stuart, b. March 9, 1863, m. JohnH. McClure. 

Four children. 

d. Frank, d. i. 

e. Alice Clara, b. Apr. 17, 1865, m. Horace Bougere, 

ofLouisana. Two children living: Ethel and Carl . 

f. John Andrew, d. i. 

g. Hettie Anne, b. March, 1870, m. James Capps, of 

Jacksonville, 111. One child, James Capps, Jr. 
h. Sarah Steele, b. Sept., 1872, m. William Wilcox 

and lives in Birmingham, Ala. Four children: 

William, Frederick John, Malinda and James 

i. Andrew Wellington, Jr., d. i. 

j. Katie Wellington, b. Feb. 7, 1877; m. June 10, 1903, 
Richard C. Reynolds, of Jacksonville, 111. 


(5). James Alexander McClure, born Oct. 21, 1828; 
owned a farm deeded him by his father near Spottswood, 
Va., where he was living at the beginning of the Civil AYar. 
He was mortally wounded in a charge on Fort McGilvray. 

The story of his life has been written as follows: 'Mames 
A. McClure, of Augusta Co., Va., fell mortally wounded 
in the battle of March 25, 1865, near Petersburg, Va. 

Brought up by pious parents in the ways of wisdom and 
that virtue which ennobles our nature, his whole life was a 
verification of the promise made to those who train up 
their children in the way they should go; and like the 
young man our Saviour loved, it might almost be said of 
him, that he kept all of the commandments from his youth 
up. In the formation of a character so correct as to be al- 
most faultness, the governing principle was not fear, but 
love — the love of God, of his Saviour and of virtue. Con- 
sequently when duty called he hesitated not to go, though 
it were to the mouth of the cannon where he fell. 

In every station and relation in life he acted well his 
part where all the honor lies; but beyond all this there 
were distinctive characteristics that marked the man and 
caused him to be respected and beloved by many of his 
fellows. His disposition was frank, cheerful and happy; 
his benevolence disinterested, his generosity whole-souled 
and free, while meanness was an utter stranger to his na- 
ture. To him there was a luxury in doing good; and to 
crown all his faith in Christ was a single childlike simpli- 
city, beautiful to him who witnessed it, and exciting the 
feeling 'of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. ' 

With such a character, it is not necessary to say that he 
was all a neighbor, a friend, a father, a husband could be. 
It was in these relations that his modest unobtrusive vir- 
tues shown most brightly and here the blow falls with the 
most crushing weight." 

The following from the Minutes of Mt. Carmcl Sassion. 

''The Session of Mt. Carmel Church, on receiving the 
mournful intelligence that James A. McClure, a member 
of this body, had fallen on the battlefield mortally wound- 


ed, and soon after expired, in order to express their high 
appreciation of his worth, and pay an humble tribute of 
respect to his memory, adopted the following minutes: 
Whereas, It has pleased our Heavenly Father to remove 
by death one of our members, James A. McClure, there- 
fore resolved, 

1. That we accept of the affliction as coming from God, 
and bow submissively to His righteous and sovereign will. 

2. That in his early death this congregation has lost an 
efficient office-bearer — a useful and beloved member. 

3. That we tender our warmest sympathies to the family 
and friends of the deceased, and commend them to Him 
whose grace can soothe and heal the broken heart. 

4. That a copy of the above be forwarded to the family 
and published in the Central Presbyterian, 

JAMBS HENEY, Clerk of Session." 

He was ordained a ruling elder in the Mt. Carmel Church 
at an early age. 

He entered the Confederate service early in the war as a 
private in Co. H, 52ud Va., Infantry, in which service he 
gave his life, March 26, 1865. 

The following letter is from his brother-in-law to the 
father, John McClure, Greenville, Va. 

"Sam Steele's, April 2nd, 1865. 

Esteemed Friend. 

I write to inform you that we have just heard from 
George and James through James T. Black, who wrote to 
his wife who is in Eichmond on a visit to her brothers and 
she writes to her friends, that they are both prisoners in 
the hands of the enemy, and that James is badly wound- 
ed — having his thigh broken. AVe have not heard what 
part of the thigh or any particulars. You will please in- 
form Cousins Eebecca and Margaret. 

Wh are tolerably well and will go up this week if not 
disappointed in getting a horse. 

Very respectfully, 



P. S. They were taken prisoners in the fight of the 26 
of March." 

He married, April, 1853, Kebccca Hemphreys, (May 19, 
1832-September 3, 1896) d. of Samuel Humphreys, and sis- 
ter of Caroline, wife of Eobert Tate Wallace, Eev. James 
Humphreys, Dr. William Humphreys, Captain John Hum- 
phreys, and Mrs. Jane Donald. Two children: 

a. John Howard McClure, b. June 30, 1854, now living 
near Brookewood, Augusta Co. where he is extensively en- 
gaged in farming and stock raising. 

He married Mary Stuart, daughter of Andrew Wel- 
lington McClure, Sr., and Mary Bumgardner. Four children. 
(a). Hugh, b. March 12, 1889, student Virginia Military 

Institute. Bank Clerk, Staunton, Va. 
(6). Edward Donald, b. May 3, 1891, student Washington 
and Lee University. Merchant, Spottswood, Va. 
(c). Eeba Bell, b. May 17, 1893. 
(d). Mary Alice, born Jan. 14, 1901. 

b. Samuel Finley McClure, b. Feb. 10, 1858. 

He lives at Spottswood, Va., of the firm of Spencer & 
McClure, where he owns a large farm, and is one of the 
most honorable and successful business men of his section 
of the county. 

He was while quite young made a deacon in Mt. Carmel 
congregation, and at present is one of their most efficient 
Euling Elders. 

He married, first, Anna McChesney, who died leaving no 

He married, second, April 29, 1908, Mayme Smith, d. of 
Edward Lewis Smith and Clara Weir, both of Eockbridge 
County. Two children. 

(a.) Samuel Finley, Jr., b. June 24, 1909. 
(6.) Jean Weir, b. January 3, 1914. 

Edward Lewis Smith was born in Eappahannock County, 
the son of Oliver Perry Smith and Margaret Massie. 

Clara Weir was the daughter of John Weir and Marga- 
retta Brooks, the latter a daughter of Eleanor Mayberry, 
of Philadelphia. 


(6). John Pilson McCluee was born Apr, 9, 1831, and 
died at his home in Augusta County Jan. 3, 1865, from the 
effects of an accidental wound. Like his father and bro- 
thers he was a farmer, and was settled in his home at the 
beginning of the war. The following obituary notice, pub- 
lished at the time of his death and written by Eev. Horatio 
Thompson, D. D., gives in brief the story of his life: 

''At a time when the harvest of death is so abundant and 
the young men of the South are falling by thousands, it 
may be thought unnecessary to chronicle their names, but 
every true soldier is a star, and his position in the social 
and national firmament is important, though 'one star may 
differ from another star in glory.' As such, posterity 
claims the right of fellowship with the gallant dead, Avhen 
the drama ends, and naught but the soldier's name remains 
upon the scroll of his country. Hence we record for the 
future reader the name of John P. McOlure. 

Nothing brilliant accompanied his chilhood and youth 
except a strict tenacity for truth and honesty. It was re- 
served for the last years of his life to develop the true pa- 
triot in his full proportions. He was Southern to the death, 
and truer steel was never hilted, nor more resolutely 
wielded, for it was tempered in the fire of patriotism. 

When the war broke out he was pronounced unfit for ser- 
vice from an oganic affection of the heart, but in the sec- 
ond year of the war he believed his services were demanded 
and volunteered in the 14th Va. Cavalry operating in West- 
ern Virginia. All hailed him as a valuable accession, 
especially the members of his own company, the 2nd Eock- 
bridge Dragoons. In this command his moral worth was 
most salutary and was only equalled by his bravery. Find- 
ing the service too severe for his constitution, he procured 
a substitute and returned to his welcome home. (Here his 
influence was also salutary, as who will not discover upon 
entering that little circle where a lovely wife and four 
children meet the visitor with that subdued demeanor and 
gentle smile, which tells the story of a deceased husband 
and father). 


But Congress soon ordered to the field all who had placed 
substitutes in the ranks and again home is lied and the sol- 
dier's armor girded on. Tie entered the 23id Va. Cavalry, 
where he continued till the time of his death, which was 
occasioned by au accidental wound terminating upon the 

Owing to his bravery he Avas employed in scouting and 
detached service by his Generals. 

At the battle of Piedmont his horse was shot, and near 
Staunton, as General Hunter in his memorable raid passed 
through the Valley, he was foremost in a charge and cap- 
tured several prisoners. He afterwards entered the enemy's 
camp making discoveries of importance. He was one of a 
small party of scouts who gladdened the citizens of Timber 
Ridge and Lexington on the morning of the 14th of June, 
tilling all hearts with joy as the Confederate war-horse and 
gallant soldiers wound their way along the gloomy waste, 
and charging into Lexington captured several prisoners 
while a Yankee regiment was yet in town. As the party 
rode up to our door we supposed they were 'Jessie Scouts, ' 
and asked if he were a prisoner. He said he was not, and 
that they were Confederates. Such intelligence after such 
suspense filled us with emotion. 

But there was something in this good citizen and soldier 
which exalts him above the praise of men. He was a 
Christian. In early youth he gave himself to Christ and 
united with the Prasbyterian Church at Bethel. He was 
cheerful even in war and hopeful under discouragements. 
He was affectionate and devoted to parents, who yet live 
to cherish his memory and recount his filial ofiices. As a 
husband, he was all that is embraced in that hallowed 
woid. As a father, he was tender and loving, yet manly 
and dignified. 

Death came upon him suddenly, though ready for his 
coming. He was fii-st to discover that death was approach- 
ing, and being asked if he was afraid to die, said 'Oh no, 
I have long lince given myself to God; 'O God, thou art my 
Rock, in Thee will I put my trust.' Then bidding all pres- 


ent farewell, he .said 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. ' He 
was universally beloved. A large connection mourn his 
loss, but especially those who bear the widow's grief and 
weep the orphan's tears. But this promise is theirs, 'I will 
be a husband to the widow and a father to the orphans.' 

H. T." 

The funeral was preached by Eev. Wm. Pinkerton, pas- 
tor of the Mt. Carmel Church from Ps. 37:18, "The Lord 
knoweth the days of the upright and their inheritance 
shall be forever." His grave is marked in the family plot 
at Bethel Church. 

It will be of interest to his posterity to know that with 
the exception of the organic trouble referred to above, he 
was a magnificent specimen of manhood, standing six feet 
two inches, and his unusual feats of strength are still re- 
membered by those who knew him in his early manhood. 
He was a most delightful companion, with a sense of hu- 
mor and a rare gift of wit that was more than once a means 
of grace. Soldiers of his command still relate how in the 
most terrible hour of battle, in the most dangerous situa- 
tions, he would make some droll, unusual remark that 
would provoke a peal of laughter and send men into the 
charge of battle with a smile. 

He married February 14, 1856, Mary Tate Wallace, 
daughter of Eobert Tate Wallace and Caroline Humphreys, 
two families prominent in Augusta Co., from its earliest 
settlement. She survives with their four children, viz. 

a. Eobert Wallace McClure, b. May, 14, 1857. He 
was for a number of years a public officer in Augusta 
Co. ; one of the first deacons ordained 1873, and treasurer 
of Bethel Church, and at present one of its leading Elders. 
He lives near Greenville, Augusta Co., where he is a pro- 
minent farmer. He married November 22, 1893, Ada 
Brubeck, the only child of Jacob Brubeck and Essie Ott. 
Four children: 

(a) Virginia Wallace, b. October 2, 1894. 
(&) Eobert Vance, b. November 22, 1895. 


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(c) Mary IMildred, b. September 23, 1897. 
(rf) Rssie Ott, b. April 15, 1899. 

h. John Marshall McClure, b. April 14, 1859, and was 
named by his grandfather McClure for Chief Justice 
John Mai"shall whom he greatly admired. True to the 
best family tradition he also is a prosperous farmer and 
lives about three miles north of (^Id Providence Church. 

As a ruling I']ldcr, he has for a number of years been 
proiuinent and useful in the large Bethel congregation. 

He married November 6, 1890, Linda Sproul, daughter 
of Archibald Alexander Sproul and Engenia Bumgarder, a 
great granddaughter of Rev. Archibald Scott, the Revolu- 
tionary War pastor of Bethel congregation. She died 
after a few years. He married second, December 3, 1912, 
Mary Scott Storey, d. of Rev. G. T. Storey, of Houston, 

c. Charles Dorsey McClure, b. April 13, 1861. He 
now owns and lives on the McClung farm adjoining that of 
Marshall McClure, and operates the old McClung Mill. 

He married Ella Mish, a daughter of James Smith and 
Cornelia Wallace and widow of the late George Mish. Six 

(a). Mary George, b. February 3, 1889, and died June 
1, 1890. 

(6). Carrie Louis, b. August 25, 1890. 

(c). Edna, b. Fehruary 21, 1892. 

(d). Lucy Moore, b. February 9, 1894. 

(e). Charles Dorsey, Jr., b. September 15, 1902. 

if). Russell Carlyle, b. November 6, 1904. 

d. Carrie Pilsou McClure, b. August 3, 1864. She m. 
June 29, 1892, James Scott Callison, an alumus of Wash- 
ington and Lee, and the University of Virginia. He is a 
useful and influencial citizen and a valuable and efficient 
member of Bethel church. Three children: 

(a). Mary Wallace, b. August 13, 1893, alumna Mary 

Baldwin Seminary and Converse College, S. C. 
{{)). James Waller, b. March 1, 1895. 
(c). Marshall McClure, b. November 9, 189G. 


(7). Elizabeth, b. June 5, 1833, d. July 23, 1833. 
Buried at Bethel. 

(8). Matthew Thompson McCluee, named for a great 
grandfather, born July 23, 1834. He lives at the old 
McClure home where he and all his brothers and sisters 
were born, and where his father and grandfather died, one 
mile northeast of Old Providence Church. He is the last 
of his generation. Like his father and grandfather and 
great grandfather he has lived to be eighty years old. 

He has for many years been looked upon as one of the 
most intelligent and successful farmers of his section. 
Without a scientific education, he has through years of 
experience mastered many of the facts of agricultural chem- 
istry to the advantage of his community. Even the very 
briefest sketch of him would be imperfect that did not men- 
tion his keen sense of humor that has made him through- 
out his life a delightful companion and welcome guest; a 
hopeful disposition Avith an indomitable will and a strong 
character that has ever enabled him to rise triumphantly 
above the misfortunes of life. 

He has served in a number of positions of trust and 
honor in his community, such as over seer of roads, school 
trustee, chairman of his district party (Democratic) or- 
ganization. Urged by friends to become a candidate for the 
Legislature he resolutely declined. Along with two other 
gentlemen, J. M. Harris, and Baxter Rowan, he founded, 
and fostered for several years, a Classical School at Old 
Providence that was of untold benefit to numbers of young 
men and women, who Avould never otherwise have been 
prepared for College or secured a High School education. 
He has through a long life labored for every interest of 

his community, religious, educational, political and com 

Like his four older brothers he was a soldier in the Civil 

The following papers bear on this period: 


"Camp r)2nd Virginia lufantry, Dec. 16, 1863. 

To all whom it may concern. 

The hearer hereof, M. T. McClure, Commissary 
Sergeant of the 52nd Va. Regiment, aged 29 years, 5 ft. 9 
inches high, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, and 
by profession a farmer; born in Augusta Co., State of Vir- 
ginia, and enlisted at Staunton, in the County of Augusta, 
on the 31st day of July, 1861, to serve for the period of 12 
months, is hereby permitted to go to his home in the 
County of Augusta, State of Virginia, he having received 

a furlough from the day of to the day of 

at which period he will rejoin his company or regiment at 
Somerville Ford or wherever it may be, or be considered a 

Subsistence has been furnished the said Serg. M. T. Mc- 
Clure to the 16th day of December, 1863, and pay to the 
31st day of October, 1863, both inclusive. 

Given under our hand at Camp 52nd Va. Reg't, this 
16th day of December, 1863. 

G. M. COCHRAN, 52nd Va. Reg't. 

The reason Sergeant M. T. McClure desires a furlough, 
is that he has just heard of the extreme illness of his mother 
in Augusta County, Va., whom he desires to visit. The 
applicant's character as a soldier has been unexceptionable. 

G. M. COCHRAN, Capt. 

This application was endoreed as follows: 

"52nd Virginia Regiment, Dec. 16, 1863. 

The applicant has never received transportation to his 
home and back under the law of Congress when on fur- 
lough of Indulgence. 

Resp'y forwarded and approved. 

G. M. COCHRAN, Capt. 52nd Va. Reg't." 
"Hd. Qrs 52nd Va. Reg., Dec. 16, 1863. 
Respectfully forwarded and approved. 


Sergt. McClure has always been a most faithful and ex- 
emplary officer. 

This extraordinary application is submitted under the 
painful circumstances of the extreme illness of his aged 
mother, of which he has just received reliable intelligence. 

Col. Com'ng 52nd Va. Eeg't." 

''Hd. Qrs Pegram's Brig., Dec. 16th, 1863. 

Approved and respty forwarded. 

JOHN PEGEAM, Brig. Gen'l." 

''Head Qrs Early's Division, Dec. 16, 1863. 

Eespectfully forwarded and approved for 15 days to be 
counted as part of the regimental quota under G. O. 84. 

HAEEY T. HAYS, Brig. Gen. Comd'g." 

''Hd. Qrs 2nd Army Corps, Dec. 17, 1863. 

Eespectfully forwarded and approved under Gen. Hays' 

E. S. EWELL, Lt. Gen'l." 

''Hd. Qrs. A. N. Va., 17th Dec, 1863. 

Eespectfully returned as recommended by Gen'l Hays. 
By order of Gen'l Lee. 

W. H. TAYLOE, A. A. G." 

Entering the Confederate service as Com. Sergeant in Co. 
I., 52nd Va. Infantry, made up of men of Augusta Co., 
Sam'l A. Lambert, Captain; John B. Baldwin, Col., they 
were first attached to Gen. Edward Johnson's Brigade, af- 
terwards com'd by Gen. Early, who was succeeded by Gen. 
Pegram. Stonewall Jackson's Corps. 

He was on Nov. 23, 1861, commissioned Second Lieu- 

"The Commonwealth of Virginia. 

To M. Thompson McClure — Greeting: 

Know you That from special trust and confidence 
reposed in your fidelity, courage and good conduct, our 


Governor in pui-suance of the authority vested in him by 
the Constitution and Laws of this Commonwealth, doth 
commission you a Second Lieutenant of Light Infantry in 
the 98rd Regiment of the 13th Brigade and nth Division of 
the Virginia ]\Iilitia to rank as such from the 23rd day of 
November, 1861. 

In testimony whereof I have hereunto signed my name 
as Governor and caused the seal of the Commonwealth to 
be affixed this 5th day of February, 1862. 


On the reorganization of the army he was retained as 
Commissary Sergeant Co. I, in which capacity he served 
until the close of the war. 

Early in 1865 he was made Fii-st Lieut:, with rank of 
captain, the office being reserved for either Capt. James 
Bumgardner or Capt. John Plumphreys, prisoners, in case 
either should be exchanged. The surrender came before 
he received his commission. He has preserved his parole, 
which is as follows: 

"Appomattox Courthouse, Va., April 10th, 1865. 

"The Bearer, M. T. McClure, Com's'y Serg'tof 52nd Va. 
Regt. of Early's Brigade, a Paroled Prisoner of the Ai-my 
of Northern Virginia, has permission to go to his home and 
there remain undisturbed. He is entitled to take with him 
one private mule. 

S. W. PAXTON, Capt., 
Com'd'g 52nd Reg't Va. Infantry." 

Pocketing his parole he mounted his little mule with an 
old blanket for a saddle (his saddle was stolen the night 
before), and set out for home. Leaving Appomattox in 
company with Capt. S. W. Paxtou and Dr. John Gibson, 
they spent the first night at Lynchburg, proceeding up the 
canal they spent the second night at Riverside with the 
Shields, the third night near Fairfield with Capt. Paxton, 
reaching home on the afternoon of April 14. 

He rented his father's farm, which he later partly in- 


herited and partly bought, and where he now (1914) lives, 
a worthy and honored citizen. 

He married July 27, 1865, Sarah Catherine Bumgard- 
ner, h. in Carroll Co. Mo., March 18, 1842; daughter of Lewis 
Bumgardner and Hettie Ann Halstead, Eev. Francis Mc- 
Farland, D. D., officiating. 

It was a home building indeed, the family had been liv- 
ing in cramped quarters since the loss by fire of the sub- 
stantial and commodious brick structure built in 1844, and 
no sooner settled than he erected the present brick build- 
ing, inferior in size and appointments to the former one, 
but the scene of a happy home, and with the exception of 
the oldest, the birthplace of their nine children, as follows: 

a. Lewis Bumgardner McClure, b. in Greenville, Va., 
Feb. 12, 1866. 

After a good business education, secured at a classical 
school at Tinkling Spring and at Dunsmore's Business Col- 
lege, he located in 1887 in Eussellville, Arkansas. He has 
been for a number of years Cashier of the People's Ex- 
change Bank of that place, enjoying the confidence and 
the esteem of his community. 

He was ordained an Elder in the Southern Presbyterian 
Church of Eussellvill, April 6, 1892. Was a commissioner 
from Washburn Presbytery to the General Assembly of the 
Presbyterian Church in the United States, Lexington, Va., 
May, 1903. 

Married May 8, 1890, Allie Bayliss, d. of Benjamin 
Franklin Bayliss and Sarah Evants, both of Pope County, 
Arkansas; the former a Confederate soldier, and at the time 
of his death in 1886, was clerk of the Circuit Court of his 
County. His father, Andrew Jackson Bayliss, moved to 
Arkansas from Tennessee in 1836. He was one of the 
pioneer school masters in that part of the State. He later 
practiced law, and for many years served as a clerk and as 
Judge of the County and Probate Court. He personally 
preserved the records of his county from destruction dur- 
ing the Civil War by removing them to the Ozark Moun- 


tains where he concealed them in a cave, bringing them 
back after the close of the war. Five children: 

(a). Mary, b. July 19, 1891, and d. July 21, 1891. 

(b). Lewis Bayliss, b. Nov. 16, 1892, and d. Jan. 14, 

(c). Benjamin Thompson, b. Jan. 28, 1896, student at 
Washington and Lee University. 

(d). Thomas Bumgarduer, b. Aug. 7, 1896. 

(e). John Bayliss, b. Mar. 12, 1900, and d. July 14, 1900. 

b. Jane Thompson McClure, born April 2, 1869; m. 
Dec. 27, 1902, Edwin Bumgardner. They live at Walnut 
Grove, the old McOlure home, the comfort of her parents 
declining years. She exemplifies in her energy, unselfish- 
ness and ability, the very best traditions of her people; a 
rare and noble woman. By her energy and unselfishness 
made a college education possible for four of her brothers. 

c. Anne Halstead McClure, b. Sept. 28, 1870, and m. 
Oct. 4, 1893, Samuel Walter McCown, b. April 4, 1854, 
son of John Kinnear McCown and Mary Wilson; a ruling 
Elder in New Mammouth Church, as was his father before 
him. A conservative farmer and one of Rockbridge's most 
highly respected citizens. Their children, unusually at- 
tractive, are: 

Mary Wilson and Katherine Bumgardner, twins, b. Oct. 
1, 1894. 

Agnes Stuart, b. Sept. 30, 1895. 

Margaret Jean, b. Jan. 25, 1897. 

Samuel AValter, Jr., b. June 22, 1898. 

Sarah Jaquiline, b. 3Iay 9, 1900. 

Halstead McClure, b. Aug. 29, 1901. 

Katherine, a child of brightest promise, and of unusual 
gifts of grace and nature, died of typhoid fever August 29, 

d. .James Alexander McClure, b. Dec. 12, 1872. Student 
W. and L. University and graduated A. B. in June, '99. 
In The Calyx (W. and L, Annual) 1899, p. 19, we read, 
"James Alexander McClure, 'Yon Cassius hath a lean and 
hungry look.' He is genuine Scotch -Irish. In '96 was Final 


Orator of Graham- Lee Literary Society, and in '99 Debater 
at the Intermediate Celebration of same society; member of 
Eing-tum Phi Staff '99, and Vice-President Y. M. C. A. '99; 
Valedictorian Class '99. "Will enter the Christian ministry." 
The Southern Collegian, June, 1899, page 233:'' The valedic- 
tory address was delivered by Mr. James A. McClure, of 
Virginia. Mr. McClure's speech was excellently written 
and delivered, and the latter portion, taking leave of Lex- 
ington and its fair ladies, was full of humor and kept his 
audience convulsed with laughter." P. 274, "Mr, McClure 
captured his hearers at the start, and by the time he had 
reached the quarter- stretch he had them 'going all his 
way.' " 

Entered Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va., 
Sept., 1899, and graduated B. D. 1902. In his senior year 
was Editor-in-Chief of The Union Seminary Magazine. 

Entered Princeton Seminary as a gradute student 1902, 
and graduated B. D. in 1903. Pastor Second Presbyterian 
Church, Petersburg, Va. Author of ' 'The McClure Family." 

Mar. Dec. 31, 1903, at the home of the bride, Rev. R. A. 
Lapsley officiating, assisted by Rev. C. F. Myers, Josie 
Charlton Gilkeson, d. of John William Gilkeson and Mar- 
garet Letitia Tate. Five children: 

(a). Margaret Randolph, b. Front Royal Va., Feb. 24, 
1905; baptized by Rev. Chas. F. Myers, May 28, 1905. 

(b). John Gilkeson, b. Buena Vista, Va , Nov. 5, 1906; 
baptized by Rev. A. H. Hamilton, Jan. 4, 1908. 

(c). Jane, b. Henderson, N. C, July 29, 1907; baptized 
by Rev. H. B. Searight, March 19, 1909. 

(d), Katheriue Bumgardner, b. Henderson, N. C, April 
13, 1910; baptized by Rev. Alexander Sprunt, D. D., May 
24, 1911. 

(e). James Alexander, Jr., b. Petersburg, Va., Aug. 4, 
1912; baptized by Rev. C. R. Stribling, April 6, 1913. 

e. Andrew Wellington McClure, b. Dec. 25, 1874. After 
a full commercial education he filled positions in Richmond, 
Roanoke and Staunton, Va., and in Bristol, Tenn. In this 


last named city he was ordained an Elder in the Central 
Presbyterian Church. Now located in Macon, Ga. 

He m. Oct. 5, 1904, Julia Elizabeth Deyerle, d. of Henry 
Doyerle and Sarah Price, of Rocky Mount, Va., an alumna 
of Hollins Institute. One child: 

(a). Sarah Katherine, b. Jan. 25, 1907. 

f. William Warren McClure, b, Nov. 26, 1877, an 
alumnus of Washington and Lee University and Duns- 
more's Business College. He emigrated to the West in 
1897, tilled positions in N. D. and Washington, finally set- 
tling in Lewiston, Idaho, where he now lives. 

He m. Nov. 7, 1906, Anna Edith Day, born near 
Albany, N. Y., July 26, 1879. Her father, Wm. Day, was 
born in Wedmore, England, Dec. 25, 1851, and came to 
New York State, 1870. Her mother, Elizabeth Cox, was 
born of English parents in Glamorganshire, Wales, April 
11, 1859, and emigrated to New York State, 1871. Wra. 
Day and Elizabeth Cox were married near Albany, N. Y. , 
in 1876, moved to California in 1880, and to Washington 
State 1883. 
Children, — 

(a). Willara Thompson McClure, b. Aug. 18, 1907. 

(b). Lewis Day McClure, b. Sept. 25, 1910. 

(c). Georgauna McClure, b. Aug. 6, 1912. 

g. Mary, b. Aug. 11, 1879, d. Sept. 6, 1879. 

h. John, b. Dec. 16, 1880. A. B., Washington and Lee 
Universitj^ 1904. Graduate student Chicago University. 
1908 and 1914. Professor of Chemistry in New Mexico 
Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico. 

He married June 18, 1913, Caroline Matilda, dau. of Mr. 
and Mrs. G. Frederick Fordon, of Geneva, N. Y. 

i. Matthew Thompson McClure, Jr., b. April 27, 1883. 
Student Washington and Lee University, 1900- '05; student 
University of Virginia, 1906-'07 and 1909-1910; student 
Columbia University, 1910-'12. 

Degrees: B. A., Washington and Lee, 1904; M. A., 
Univei'sity of Virginia, 1907; Ph. D., C'olumbia Univer- 
sity, 1912, 

THE I:rv7 YCr.K 




Principal Louisa High School, Louisa, Virginia, 1907- 
09; instructor in philosophy University of Virginia, 1909- 


assistant in philosophy Columbia University, 1910- 
University Fellow at Columbia, 1911- '12, Is now 
(1914) teaching philosophy at Columbia University. 

Was debater and medalist, Graham- Lee Literary So- 
ciety W. and L. U., 1901. 

Member of the Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia, 
and Theta Delta Chi fraternity, author of ' 'A Study of the 
Eealistic Movement in Contemporary Philosophy," and 
joint author of "Guide to the Study of the History of 

5. Thomas McClure, youngest child of Andrew and 
Mary Mitchel McClure, was born near "Waynesboro, Au- 
gusta County, Va., August 11, 1795, named for his grand- 
father, Thomas Mitchel, raised by his aunt, Elizabeth Mit- 
chel Fulton, his mother having died when he was three 
weeks old. The following letters, now in the hands of the 
writer, together with a newspaper notice of his death, give 
us the outline of his life: 

^'Clinton County, Ind., June 18, 1830. 
Dear Brother and Sister. 

I gladly embrace the preasant oportunity of inform- 
ing you that we enjoy tolerable degree of health, for which 
reasons we feel thankful to God for His mercies towards us 
and sincerely hope these lines will find your family enjoying 
the like blessing with my good old uncle and Ant Betsy, 
whom I oftimes have desired to see and converse with face 
to face and have prayed that our Heavenly Father would 
comfort them in their declining years with the riches of 
His grace, and as their bodies ripen for the grave, their 
souls may be ripening for heaven and glory beyond this 
vale of tears. My oald friends contend for the promise 
they that prove faithful till death shall have a crown of 
life at God's right hand, for oui" lives is frail and uncer- 
tain. See the instance of our dear sister, who was a few 
months agow in good health is now in eternity. I sup- 


pose you are anxious to know what I am doing and how I 
am doing. I am raising a crop on the twelve mile pe- 
rarah near the Wabash in the above named county, one 
mile from where the county seate is located, where a sale 
of Lotts will take place in July when I am desirous to seat 
myself for my business, for there is a great opening at 
prea.sant and the sooner I embrace the opertunity the bet- 
ter. It has the prospect of being a very rich country. It 
is settling very fast and with men of wealth. My staying 
so long from my family is very painful to me, but my mis- 
fortunes has forced me to try to make something for my 
family. I have above 30 acres in corn and oats and looks 
equal to any ever I saw. I think I shall have grain in 
abundance and grain is very high yet on account of people 
mooving so fast to this country. I design go wing back to 
Russell and Scott in July or first of August to try to set- 
tle up my affaire. I would be very glad to see yon onst 
more, but it is impossible for me to get to that country this 
season and move, for I am determined to move to a new 
country where I can have some chans to get a good home. 
Give our Love and respects to all enquiring friends. This 
from your loving Brother till death. 


"Clinton County, Ind., July 18, 1830. 
Dear Brother: 

I again take up my pen to adress a fieu lines to you, 
least you should not get the first, and say through mercy I 
am enjoying health, but my companion has been very unwell 
for near 3 weeks past and recovers slowly. ]\Iy crop looks 
well. I think I shall, if the season is good, have upwards 
of 12 hundred bushels of corn agreeable to the calculations 
amongst the people. I have betwixt 4 and 5 acres of the 
best oats ever I saw. Their is all the encouragement for 
people to work that is necessary and every thing bears a 
very fair price; a fine wheat country. We had a sail of 
Town lots on Monday last; Lots soald High and ready. I 
purchased one of the first chois lots in town . We have 
three payments, equal one in hand two annually. All I 


lack of settling myself is a little capital; people gave me all 
the encouragement I could ask. I intend starting in to 
Russell and Scott about the first of August to settle my 
business and moove my children. I feel distressed in mind 
about the situation of my family, being separated, but I 
am trying to do the best I can for them. I desire greatly 
to see you and rote to you to meet me at James' in Lebe- 
non about the first of September. Remember my love to 
all enquiring friends. This is from your loving Brother 
until death. THOS. McCLURE." 

"Clinton County, Indiana, Nov. 19, 1838. 
Dear Aunt. 

I received your letter by cousen T. C. Mitchel, which 
gave me much satisfaction to hear you were still in the 
land of the living enjoying tolerable health and alsow found 
us enjoying the like blessing and feel thankful to God for 
His goodness. I still have it in contemplation to pay you a 
visit as soon as circumstances will admit of it. As to my 
having forgot you how shal I forget one hoo has done sow 
much to instruct me in the path of virtue. My daily 
prayer to God is that he may keep us all in the path of 
virtue and piety. My daughter, Elizabeth Fulton, would 
be very glad to gow to that country to see you, but cir- 
cumstances will not admit of it at this time. Thomas Mit- 
chel sais he will bring my bed and things as he mooves 
next fall. If not I will come as soon as I can. I would 
be glad to say more to you, but the gentlemen are in a 
hurry, I must Desist at preasant. 

'^Dear Brother, I have neither room nor time to rite to 
you. I hope you with myself will endeavor to doo better 
for the time to come rite to me as soon as you can. I will 
Doo so too, and give my Best love to All my enquiring 
friends. Sow farewell. 



The following letter was dictated: 

"Indianola, Iowa, Dec. 16, 1866. 
Dear Brother. 

Your welcome letter was received in due time and 
read with much interest. I was truly glad to hear you 
was yet among the living and enjoying such a good de- 
gree of health. Myself and family are enjoying moderate 
health. I am able to go about the place. I have been 
able to do but little for several years. I have been af- 
flicted with a heart disease for several years and have lost 
my hearing to such an extent that I am not able to under- 
stand well, ordinary conversation. My wife is also fail- 
ing very much; old age with its attendant infirmities has 
stolen upon us. I will now give you a brief history of my- 
self and family. I first settled in Clinton County, Ind., 
and in a few yeare removed to Howard County, Ind., and 
lived there several years. I had several severe attacks of 
fever of different kinds and some of the family were sick 
almost all the time. I lost a great deal of stock by disease 
and finally became dissatisfied with the country, sold out 
and came to Iowa and settled where I now live, about six 
miles from Indianola. My oldest son, James Alexander, 
died twelve years ago. My oldest daughter, Elizabeth 
Fulton, is married and living in White County, Ind. Mary 
Ann, my next daughter, married Mr. J. P. ^S^est, is living 
near Virginia City, Nevada. Thos. Mitchel is married and 
living near by (our farms join). Abigal Caroline married 
a Mr. Owen, is living about a mile from me Amos Har- 
rison is married and living near me (our farms join). 
Sarah Jane married a Mr. Trimble, is living about a mile 
from me. I have two sons at home yet, Francis Asbury 
and Hosea Andrew; two sons died when small, John and 
William. I had one son, Amos Harrison, who served three 
years in the war and returned home safe. We sympa- 
thize with you in the loss of your sons, we know some- 
thing of the feelings such a sad less occasion. I own a good 
farm here and have a comfortable home where I expect to 


spend the remainder of my days. I came to Iowa in the 
year 1861; the country was then very new and thinly set- 
tled in this part, there has been quite a change since that 
time; the country is still improving rapaidly; in another 
year we will have a railroad completed to our county. Our 
country is very healthy and is well adapted to agriculture 
and stock raising. 

''Nothing would afford us more pleasure than to visit 
you and talk with you of "by gone" days, but we are too 
old and feeble to attempt so long a journey. We would be 
glad to spend a few weeks among the hills of our native 
State, but cannot hope to realize the pleasure. We would 
be glad to have you and your wife visit us and see our new 
country. I suppose father is not living; I have heard 
nothing of him since I left Virginia. I should be glad to 
know something concerning his last days, when and where 
he died, etc. Some apology for my long silence perhaps is 
due you. For many years it has been negligence; some 
times thoughts of the past deterd me. I propose to forget 
the past and do better in future. I shall be pleased to hear 
from you often. 

' 'Your affectionate Brother, 


The following obituary appeared at the time of his death, 
as also the following letter, and the obituary of his wife: 

"INDIANOLA, Iowa, June 4th, 1871. 
Me. John McClure: 

Dear Uncle — I avail myself of the present oppor- 
tunity to write you a letter; which, but for the sad intelli- 
gence it must convey, I would take pleasure in doing. 

I will first inform you of our loss, in the death of Father, 
which occurred on December 31st, 1870. 

His health had been failing for several years, but he was 
able to be up most of the time until about ten months 
prior to his death when he was taken very sick; was con- 
fined to his bed most of the spring and summer; his health 
improved with the return of cool weather, until about a 


week before his death wheu he became very hoai-se and was 
soon attacked witli his old disease (heart trouble), under 
which he sank. 

He was attended by the best medical skill the county 
afforded. His sufiferings were intense, but he bore them 
without a miirmui- or complaint. We sent you a paper 
some time since, containing an obituary notice of his death, 
from which you will learn of his religious life, &c. 

Mother's health is very poor this spring. Sister Sarah 
Trimble is living with us and keeping the house. 

We should be glad to hear from you often. We would 
be pleased to have our relatives visit us, hoping that our 
beautiful and fertile country might tempt them to settle 
with us. 

Mother joins me in expressing the highest regards to 
yourself and family. Hoping you will favor us with an 
early reply, I remain your 

Affectionate nephew, 

F. A. McCLURE." 

"Thomas McCluee. — Brother Thomas McClure was 
born in Augusta County, Virginia, August 11th, 1795; 
emigrated to Russell County, Virginia, in 1817, where he 
was united in marriage to Miss Phoebe Hendrix. In 1820 
he was converted and joined the M. E. Church, under the 
ministry of Rev. David Adams, of the Holston Conference. 
In 1827 his wife died; two years subsequent he married 
Ruth, the widow of Rev. H. E. Pendleton, and moved to 
Clinton County, Indiana. In 1851 he moved to Warren 
County, Iowa, where he lived till the time of his death, 
which occurred December 31st, 1870. 

"Father McClure for fifty years was a consistent mem- 
ber of the M. E. Church, fully subscribing to her doctrines 
and usages. He was faithful in the discharge of all his 
public, social and private duties, and for thirty yeare sus- 
tained the ofiice of chiss leader. His house was frequently 
used for religious worship, and was always the home of the 
itinerant. And though for the last few months prior to 
his death he was deprived of the privilege of meeting with 


God's people for religious worship, on account of bodily in- 
firmities, his trust in God remained unshaken and he bore 
his afflictions with Christian fortitude. A short time be- 
fore his death, by his request, the sacrament of the Lord's 
supper was administered to him. We had a memorable 
time; his soul was filled with joy in the Holy Ghost, and 
when near the Jordan of death he was enabled to give 
glory to God, that he was going home to heaven. 

* 'Thus after having been a bright and shining light in 
the church militant for half a century, he has been trans- 
planted into the church triumphant; and though the 
church, his aged widow and children feel their loss, yet 
they know it is his eternal gain. M. S." 

''Death of a Noble Warren County Woman. 

Indianola, Iowa, August 19, 1878. — Editor Register: 
A gloom has been cast over this community by the death 
of one of the oldest and most esteemed ladies of our county. 
Mrs. Euth McClure, of this city, died this morning at 4 
o'clock, her age being seventy-six years. She was born in 
Scott County, Virginia, from which place she moved to In- 
diana. With her husband and family she came to this 
county twenty-seven years ago, since which time she has 
remained here. She was a model woman and a noble 
mother. Four sons, Frank and Hosea of this city, Thomas 
of White Oak township, and A. H. of Missouri. They are 
all respected citizens, giving evidence of a wholesome and 
Christian raising. Mrs. McClure also leaves two worthy 
daughters, Mrs. H. H. Trimble, of White Oak, and Mrs. 
S. S. Owens, of this city. Mrs. McClure had been a faith- 
ful member of the M. E. Church for sixty years, and her 
last moments were those of a woman who had been devoted 
to her moral and Christian duties. C." 

From these and the family Bible we gain the following 

He m. Feb'y 17, 1820, Phoebe Hendrix, b. March 27, 
1798; d. Apr. 25, 1828, a sister of John M. Hendricks, who 
m. Mary McClure, sister of Thomas. 


Four children: 

(1). Elizabeth Fulton, b. Jan. 17, 1821; m. March 5, 

1848, Eichard N. Boulden, 
(2). James Alexander, b. Nov. 11, 1824, d. s. 1854. 
(3). A daughter b. Nov. 11, 1824, and died Nov. 18th, 

(4). Mary Ann, b. March 23, 1826; m. Aug. 18, 1847, J. 

P. West. 
He m. second, July 28, 1829, Mrs. Ruth Pendleton. 
Eight children: 
(5). Ajbigail Caroline, b. Dec. 13, 1830, and m. Sept. 

15, 1854, S. S. Owens. No children. 
(6). AViLLiAM H., b. March 15, 1833, d. i. 
(7). Thomas Mitchel, b. Dec. 30, 1834; m. March 22, 

1855, Mary Jane Latimer. Six children, viz: 

a. Judge John Thos. McClure, RosweU, N. M., b. April 

3, 1856; m. Nov. 10, 1886, Clara Webster. Issue: 
(a). Gretchen, b. April 3, 1893. 
(b). Thos. Mero, b. July 21, 1895. 

b. Mary Caroline, b. Mar. 13, 1858, d. s. June 27, 1879. 

c. Amos Price, b. March 27, 1862, d. infancy. 

d. Dora Florance, b. Dec. 2, 1864; m. Oct. 13, 1887, L. 

H. Wilder. Son, Mark, b. April 12, 1891. 

e. Frank Homer, b. Jan. 1, 1867; m. June 26, 1895, Fan- 

chon Clark. No. children. 

f. Ethelyn Dell, b. May 17, 18—. 

(8). Amos Harrison, b. May 14, 1837; m. March, 1867, 

Martha Rogere. Seven children. 
(9). Francis Asbury, named for Bishop Asbury, b. 

Oct. 23, 1839, d. April 23, 1908. 
(10). Sarah Jane, b. Aug. 23, 1841; m. Oct. 25, 1866, 

H. H. Trimble. Four children. 
(11). John Wesley, b. Aug. 18, 1844; d. i. 
(12). Hosea Andrew, b. Nov. 22, 1847; m. Nov., 1873, 

Elizabeth Lucas. Two children. 
Some additional facts relative to the life of Thomas 
McClure are set forth in the letters of his sistere, Elizabeth 
and Mary (q. v.). His unsuccessful career as a tanner re- 
minds us of the early failures of Hon. Alexander Kelly 
McClure, LL.D., in the same business, and his drifting to 
Iowa, shortly to return to Pennsylvania. 



B. Andrew McCluee, the second son of James and 
Agnes McClure, was born in the north of Ireland about 
1720, came with his father to Augusta county, where he 
married about 1742 Eleanor Wright. 

The first mention of his name is Aug. 25, 1738, in Hume's 
Old Field Book, p. 67. His deed for 370 acres is dated 
Feb. 20, 1739, "being part of the Manor of Beverley in the 
county of Augusta, ' ' and cornering Joseph Teas, Daniel 
Monahan and James McClure, his father. 

Judging from the records, he was a large and successful 
farmer. His name appears frequently in the court records 
and always in honorable connection. 

The records at Eichmond show that he was a soldier of 
the Eevolution, having in 1775 served 68 days as a private 
in Capt. David McOlure's company. His son, Andrew, after- 
wards Eev. Andrew McClure, of Kentucky, served 68 days 
in this same company as ensign. 

In the following Augusta petition, headed by George 
Moffett and James Allen, followed by "William McClure and 
others, we find the name of Andrew McClure occupying the 
thirteenth place. 

"Augusta Co., September 29, 1779. 

"We, whose names are under written, having seen and 
considered the plan proposed by the House of Delegates 
for establishing the privilege of the several denominations 
of religious societies at the last session of the Assembly, do 
hereby declare our hearty and cheerful concurrence, with 
the same as being not only agreeable to our declaration of 
rights, but likewise may be a great means for laying a per- 
manent foundation to maintain that liberty which we are 
so earnestly and so jointly contending for. 

And therefore to our Legislature do we acknowledge our 
most hearty thanks as a small part of that tribute which 
we owe for that most just and candid proposition which 


appeal's to us to be very equally in favor of all the good 
citizens of this very extensive commonwealth. 

It is likewise our humble desire and request that the 
General Assembly will be pleased to pass the said bill with- 
out the least alteration." (See State Library, Eichmond, 

His will, recorded in Will Book 7, p. 168, was written 
Feb. 20, 1789, and proven July 21 the same year. 

He mentions his wife, Eleanor, two sons, John and 
Josiah and a daughter, Elizabeth Trimble and her son, 
John Trimble. "To my son, Josiah, the tract of land I 
now live on, 265 acres." "That my beloved wife, Eleanor, 
be comfortably and sufficiently maintained by my son, 
Josiah." His sons, John and Josiah, executors, David 
and John McClure, witnesses. 

There were nine children. 

I. Esther, bap. June 17, 1743. Died in infancy. 

II. Elizabeth, bap. Nov. 10, 1745, mar. a Trimble. Her 
son, John Trimble, em. to Ky., where he died previous to 
1828, leaving eight children, viz: Elizabeth, who mar. 
Frederick Stip, John, James, Napoleon, Harvey, Andrew, 
Franklin and Jane, 

III. James, born May 16, 1748, baptized by the Eev. 
John Craig, September 25, 1748, died in Augusta County 
Sept. 13, 1899. 

He received from his father March 21, 1776, a tract of 
laud. The deed reads "Andrew McClure, yeoman, to Jas. 
McClure, yeoman, 370 acres of land beginning at the cor- 
ner of Joseph Teas and Daniel Monahan. 

He was a soldier of the Eevolution. The records at Rich- 
mond show that he served from October 22nd to November 
24th, 1782, with Capt. Nathan Houston and Gen. George 
Eogers Clarke. 

He mar. May 18, 1773, Elizabeth, dau. of John Kerr, of 
Augusta Co. She died 1824 testate. See W. B. 14, p. 468. 
They had eight children, viz: 

1. Andrew, b. about 1775, m. Oct. 25, 1800, Mary 
Steele, dau. of Andrew Steele, of Augusta. They em. to 


Green County, Ohio, and were living there 1829. (See D. 
B. I., p. 357, Jessamine Co., Ky.) 

2. John, b. about 1777, m. Aug. 18, 1808, Jane Steele, 
dau. of Andrew and Mary Steele, of Augusta, Rev. John 
McCue ofaciating. He died testate Dec. 8, 1829. (See 
W. B. 17, p. 312, Satunton, Va.). 


(1). James, b. Aug. 27, 1816, and died in Augusta. 
Married (first) Martha Bush, of Louisa County, Va. Seven 
children. Married (second) 1859, Mrs. Elizabeth Jane 

(2). Andrew Steele, b. Dec. 1, 1819, and died in 
Augusta Dec. 31, 1894. Like the others, a farmer. He m. 
Elizabeth Clasby, who died April 21, 1866. 
Ten children: 

a. Mary E., b. Dec. 10, 1845, m. A. H. Cox, Au- 


b. John W., b. Nov. 11, 1847, m. Miss Foster, 


c. Cyrus W., b. Mar. 19, 1849, d. May 27, 1851. 

d. Rebecca J., b. July 19, 1851, m. Wm. H. Cheno- 

with, of Ohio. Two sons. 

e. Martha C, b. Sept. 29, 1853, m. Rufus Kindig. 

Six children. 
/. James B., b. June 20, 1855, m. Emma Whitesell. 

One son. 
g. George E., b. May 31, 1857, m. Liza Abel. One 

son. Farmer, near Crimora, Augusta Co. 
h. Laura A., b.Nov. 30, 1859. Died single in Ohio. 
i. Alice P., b. Jan 29, 1862, m. Charles Swagert, of 

(3). Mary Jane, b. Sept. 27, 1821, d. s. March 1, 1892. 

3. Margaret, b. about 1780; d. s. 1838. Her will is re- 
corded in book 22, p. 221, Staunton, Va. 

4. James P., b. about 1782; m. Jan. 26, 1806, Elizabeth 
Strong, of Augusta Co., Rev. John McCue ofB.ciating. Em. 
to Green County, Ohio. Was living in 1829. 


5. Samuel H., b. about 1785, m. on February 14, 1805, 
Barbara Fauber, Kev. John McCue ofliciating. Died in 
Augusta (flinty at an early ago, leaving one child, Eliza- 
beth, who mar. on March 8, 1838, Jacob Shrcckhise of Au- 
gusta County, Eev. Jas. Wilson officiating. From her des- 
cended Miss Martha McClure Shreckhise, a highly talented 
young lady, now living in Staunton, Va,, a graduate of the 
Mary Baldwin Seminary. 

6. JosiAS, b. about 1787, and died about 1800. 

7. Eleanor, b. August 23, 1789, m. March 3, 1814, Jos. 
Peck, Eev. John McCue officiating. She died June 3, 1859, 
at the home of her nephew, Andrew Steele McClure. Her 
grave is shoAvn in the old cemetary at Tinkling Spring. Her 
son, Henry Peck, was an honored citizen and for some years 
sheriff of Augusta County. 

8. Elizabeth, b. 1791, d. s. 1833. Her will is recorded 
at Staunton, Va. 

IV. Samuel (twin brother to James, above) b. in Agusta 
County May 16, 1748, and died in Clark County, 111., De- 
cember 18, 1845. He received from his father, 1781, 306 
acres of land in four tracts, which he and his wife, Jane^/^^^s^z^^*-*-^ 
later conveyed to his brother John, (See D. B. 23, p. 390). 

The following is found among the Draper papers in the 
Wisconsin Historical Society: 

"Clark County, State of Illinois. 

At the April term of the Circuit Court in and for the 
County of Clark and State of Illinois, begun and holden at 
Darwin on Monday, the 22d day of April, A. D. 1833, 
came Samuel McClure, who made the following declaration 
in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of 7th 
of June, 1832, relative to the surviving officers and soldiers 
of the Eevolution. The said Samuel McClure, being first 
duly sworn in open court, doth on his oath say, that he 
was born in Augusta County, Virginia, in the year A. D. 
1748: that he first volunteered for a period of three months 
under Capt. George Mathews; that they rendezvoused at 
Staunton in Virginia, from thence they marched to the 


head of Green-brier Creek, where they erected a fort (War- 

That in the next year he volunteered for and served for 
a peried of three months under Capt. William Anderson; 
that they marched to a place on Brier Creek called Clover 
Lick; that he subsequently served under Capt. Thomas 
Smith; that in this last named expedition they had three 
or four companies, and the companies under command of 
Col. Bowyer, who marched from Staunton to the south-east 
side of the Blue Eidge, where they rendezvoused a few days 
and then marched directly towards Eichmond in Virginia, 
and when they arrived at Eichmond were joined by other 
forces and all marched from there down James Elver to- 
wards Jamestown, under the command of Baron Steuben; 
that they were subsequently discharged at Eichmond. That 
he again volunteered under one Capt. Zaccheus Johnson; 
that they rendezvoused on the top of Blue Eidge at Eock 
Fish gap. 

That they were then joined by several other companies 
and marched towards Norfolk and continued their march 
for near two hundred miles, when they turned to the left 
towards the Eappahannock Eiver and went to about three 
miles above York, Virginia; from thence to a place called 
Burnt Church, which was then headquarters. 

That he served two tours of three months each under 
Capt. Johnson; that in the expedition under Capt. Smith 
he served three months; that he has no documentary evi- 
dence of his services and that John Caldwell is the only 
person known to him who could testify as to his services. 

The court then put the following interrogatories to the 
aforenamed applicant, viz: 

Qu. 1st. Where and in what year were you born ? 
Answer — In Augusta County, Virginia, in the year 1748. 
Qu. 2nd. Have you any record of your age, and if so, 
where ? 

Answer — In my father's Bible. 

Qu. 3rd. Where were you living when called into service 


and where have you lived since the Revolutionary War, 
and where do yo\i now reside? 

Answer — I have since the war lived one year in Tennes- 
see, seventeen years in Fayette County in the State of Ken- 
tucky; I now live in the County of Clark and State of 

Qu, 4th. How were you called into service — were you 
drafted or did you volunteer, or were you a substitute, and 
if a substitute for whom ! 

Answer — I was a volunteer. 

Qu. 5th. State the names of some of the regular officers 
who were with the troops where you served, such Continen- 
tal and militia regiments as you can recollect and the gen- 
eral circumstances of your service. 

Answer — The general circumstances of my services, so 
far as I recollect them, have been already stated. I can 
recollect the names of many ofi&cers, but I cannot, after 
such a length of time, attempt to say whether they belonged 
to the regulars, or militia, or what particular regiment 
they belonged to. I recollect the names of Baron Steuben, 
Gen'l Scott, Gen'l William Campbell, Col. Bowyer, Major 
Willis, Major Long, Major Guy Hamilton, Capt. Johnson, 
Capt. Thomas Smith, Generals Lafayette and AYashington. 

Qu. 6th. Did you ever receive a discharge from the ser- 
vice, and if so by whom was it given and what has become 
of it? 

Answer — I received discharges when my tour of duty ex- 
pired. I cannot say who signed them, but I lost my dis- 
charges and all evidence of my services in the year 1784, 
under the following circumstances: I was moving from 
North Carolina to Kentucky and we, with several other 
families, were attacked and defeated on our Avay atSkagg's 
Creek . 

Sworn to and subscribed in open court the day and year 
aforesaid. Samuel McClure. 

And the court do hereby declare their opinion that the 
above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and 
served as he states. 


1, John Caldwell, do herby certify that I was born in 
the year 1755; that I first became acquainted with Sam- 
uel McOlure, who has subscribed and sworn to the above 
declaration in the year 1778. That in the year 1780 I was 
drafted as a militiaman under Capt. Long. That I served 
several months in the Revolutionary war against the Brit- 
ish; that said Samuel McClure served also for some months 
to my certain knowledge, but I cannot at this day say how 
long. I knew him three or four years before we served to- 
gether. I knew him afterwards in Tennessee and also since 
he resided in the State of Illinois. I have never heard any 
doubts expressed as to his services. I am seventy -eight 
years old and the said Samuel McClure is several years 
older than I am. I remember hearing of the defeat of Sam- 
uel McClure and his party on their way to Kentucky while 
I was at Richmond, in Virginia. 

Subscribed and sworn to in open court the day and year 
aforesaid. John Caldwell. 

State of Illinois, ) ^ , 
Clark County, j 

This day personally appeared before the undersigned, a 
Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Clark and 
State of Illinois, Samuel McClure who, being first duly 
sworn according to law, deposeth and saith that, by reason 
of old age and the consequent loss of memory, he cannot 
swear positively as to the precise length of his services, but, 
according to the best of his recollection, he served not less 
than the period mentioned below and in the following 
grades, to- wit: I served as a private in the year seventeen 
hundred and seventy-four, a period of three months and 
sixteen days under Capt. George Mathews against the In- 
dians, six nations. 

And I served a period of three mouths in the next year 
(1775) against the Indians under Captain Wm. Anderson. 
And I also served three months as a mounted Rifleman 
against the British under Captain Thomas Smith. 

I also served two tours of three months each under Capt. 
Johnson against the British, when we drove Lord Corn- 


wallis into Little York in Virginia. This last named tour 
under (.'aptain Johnson, was the last I rendered the United 
States, and I was discharged by Captain Johnson in Au- 
gust in the year seventeen hundred and eightj^-oue, and 
Corn wallis was taken the same fall after I left the army. 
It was in June, 1774, that I entered the service under 
Captain Mathews. I cannot say positively, but I think 
that in the tour under Capt. Johnson, Abraham Smith was 
our Colonel and one Guy Hamilton was our Major, but in 
the previous tour Wm. Bowyer was our Colonel. I think 

one Long Avas our Major, and I think he belonged to 

the Regular Army. Under Capt. Smith, Charles Baskin 
was our Ensign. I was eighty-five years of age on the 16th 
day of May A. D. 1833. 

I have never directly or indirectly received one cent of or 
from the United States or any one of the United States for 
my services, and I do hereby relinquish every claim what- 
ever to a pension or annuity except the present, and I de- 
clare that my name is not on the pension role of any agency 
in any State. And for the services hereinbefore men- 
tioned I claim a pension. 

June 21st, 1833." 

The following obituary appeared in The Union, City of 
Washington, Jan. 13, 1846: 

"And still another of the choice spirits of '76 has gone 
to his rest. Samuel McClure was born in Augusta County, 
Virginia, 16th May, 1748, and died at the residence of his 
grandson, Samuel McClure, Esq., in Clark Countj^, 111., 
the 18th December, 184.5. He Avas a soldier of the Revo- 
lution, a brave and good man. Shortly after the close of 
the Avar he removed Avitli his family to Kentucky. On his 
way they were overtaken by a party of Indians, his Avife 
taken prisoner and his four childen butchered. He made 
his escape, obtained help, overtook and severely punished 
the Indians and secured his Avife. They arrived in Lex- 
ington without property, Avithout children, but thanks to 
the strong arms and stout hearts of such men as Samuel 


McClure, not without a country. In early life he joined 
the Presbyterian Church, and his after life showed the 
sincerity of his vows. He voted for Washington, Jefferson, 
Madison, Jackson, YanBuren and Polk for the Presidency. 
He was a true patriot; all the ends he aimed at were his 
country's and his God's. He died in peace, and his de- 
parture to the spirit land more resembled the visitings of 
a calm sleep than the presence of the king of terrors. He 
was a man of good education and beloved by all who knew 
him. It is deemed right that when such a man passes off 
the stage of action his memory should receive this passing 
notice, though a fuller sketch of his eventful life would be 
gratifying to his friends." 

An account of the Indian encounter at Skagg's Creek 
given in Collins' History of Kentucky, Vol. 2, p. 760, is 
as follows: 

''In the year 1785 the camp of an emigrant named Mc- 
Clure was assaulted in the night by Indians near the head 
of Skagg's Creek in Lincoln County and six whites killed 
and scalped. Mrs. McClure ran into the woods with her 
four children and could have made her escape with three 
if she had abandoned the fourth; this, an infant in her 
arms cried and gave the Indians notice where she was. The 
Indians killed the three older children, compelled Mrs. 
McClure to mount an unbroken horse and accompany them 

She was rescued the next day by her husband and Capt. 
Wm. Whitley," 

Mr, Charles Kurtz, of Paris, 111., under date of Nov. 20, 
1911, writes: 

' 'Samuel McClure was a very prominent citizen of Clark 
County. He acted as sheriff there for several years and 
owned a small amount of land in Edgar County. ' ' 

V. John McClure, son of Andrew McClure and Eleanor 
Wright, was born in Augusta Co. about 1750. Is men- 
tioned in his father's will, 1789, and administered on his 
estate. He was also a Eevolutionary soldier, serving as 
shown by Virginia records extant, in Capt. Eobt. Barnel's 


Company, Col. John Logan's Regiment May 3, 1781, to 
May 25, 1781. 

Also in Lincoln Militia 1782, John McClure, Lieut, to 
Capt. John Boyle, Col. Benjamin Logan. 

He received by patent from the Commonwealth of Vir- 
ginia, Dec. 24, 1787, 1,000 acres of land in Jessamine Co., 
Ky. He moved to Kentucky soon after this and died sin- 
gle in Jessamine Co. in 1819. In Minute Book D., pp. 107- 
110, Jessamine Co., we find the following: ^'On May 17, 
1819, a writing, purporting to be the last will of John 
McClure deceased, was produced in court by John Trimble 
(whose mother is a sister of McClure and one of the de- 
visees and executors named in the will) who moved the 
court for probate thereof and admission to record, which 
was opposed by the heirs of said McClure, to- wit: David 
Wilson, Andrew McClure, William Sullivan and Alex. 

This CvState was later owned by his nephew, Andrew 

VI. JosiAH McCluee, born about 1752, one of the exe- 
cutors of his father's estate. He and his wife, Sally, were 
living in St. Louis Co., Mo., in 1825. 

VII. Andrew, (Rev. Andrew McClure, of Kentucky), 
born in Augusta Co. in 1755; graduated from the Augusta 
Academy (now Washington and Lee University) with A. B. 

After leaving school he did some work as a surveyor in 
Augusta. "May 22, 1773, surveyed for Mr. Geo. Gibson 
the annexed plot of 1,264 acres of laud in Augusta County, 
Beverely Manor lying on a branch of Christian's Creek 
called Black's Run. 


This was copied by Mr. Edward Frazer, of Lexington, 
Ky., from "Andrew McClure, his Book of Mathematics," 
in Mr. Frazer's possession. There is a court record where 
Andrew McClure on Aug. 17, 1773, wiis appointed a road 
surveyor for Augusta Co. He, like his father and bro- 
thers, was a Revolutionary soldier. The Virginia State 
Library gives the fragmentary record that he served 20 


days in 1775 with Lieut. Francis McClure and 88 days as 
Ensign under Capt. David McClure. 

We find further in the House Journal, on February 12, 
1777, the following: "Congress having resolved that this 
Board forthwith cause to be levied two hundred men 3 
garrison forts Pitt and Eandolph, to be commanded by two 
captains, four lieutenants and two ensigns. In conformity 
thereto Eobt. Campbell and John Eobinson are appointed 
captains, Thadly Kelly and Andrew McClure first lieuten- 
ants." The record shows that Capt. Eobinson, 1st Lieut. 
Andrew McClure, 2nd Lieut. Brenton and Ensign Wal- 
lace were placed in command at Fort Eandolph, known later 
as Point Pleasant. 

He later entered the ministry of the Presbyterian Church, 
being received as a condidate by Hanover Presbytery at 
the Augusta (Stone) Church, November, 1781. 

'^He visited Kentucky in 1784, but returned to Virginia 
and was ordained pastor of Eoan Oak. He could not for- 
get, however, the charms of Kentucky, and in 1786 re- 
moved thither with his family. In 1787 he organized the 
Salem and Paris Churches, and in 1789 took charge of the 
latter, where he remained till his decease in 1793 in the 
39th year of his age." — Davidson's History of the Presby- 
terian Church in Kentucky, p. 83. See also Bishop, p. 
282, and Bishop's Eice, p. 69. 

In Collins' history of Kentucky, vol. I, p. 461, "Eev. 
Andrew McClure removed to Kentucky in company with 
Mr. Craighead." He was licensed at New Providence Oct. 
24, 1782. His parts of trial were. Popular Lecture, 2 Cor., 
3:18; Exegesis, Eev., 1:10 to end; Sermon, John, 17:17. 
The summer following he preached at Wilson's, in the 
Sinks, at Indian Creek, Eich Creek, Anthony's Creek, 
Jackson's Eiver and the Pastures. 

He was ordained at Bethel May 19, 1784, In vol. II, 
written minutes of Hanover Presbytery, there was "a call 
from Sullivan County, N, C, for Mr. Andrew McClure in 
particular, or any other whom Presbytery might appoint. 
A call also from the north and south forks of Eoan -Oak to 


Mr. Adrew McClure. It was ordered that both calls be 
presented to Mr. McClure. He accepted the one from 
Roan-Oak, The congregation of the north and south forks 
of Roan-Oak having signified their earnest desire to have 
Mr. McClure ordained as soon as conveniency Avould admit, 
Rev., 22:4 was assigned hioi for his trial sermon." 

"The first church in Bourbon County was Presbyterian, 
organized in 1787 at Paris by Rev. Andrew McClure, who 
had been preaching in the place occasionally for three 
years."— CoUins' Vol. II, p. 72. 

He was present, a charter member, and the first clerk of 
Transylvania Presbytery, the first Presbytery of Kentucky, 
organized in the court-house at Danville, Ky., Tuesday, 
Oct. 17, 1786. See Collins', Vol. II, p. 457, and Minutes 
of Transylvania, Vol. I, p. 96. 

In the miuutes of the meeting of October 1, 1793, held 
at Cane Run Church, we find, '^The Rev. Andrew McClure 
departed this life Aug, 25, 1793, in the 12th year of his 
ministry and the 39th of his age." 

He was buried in Paris, Ky.; his grave unmarked. 

In a family Bible, now owned by Mr. Edward Frazer, 
Lexington, Ky., we find the following: 

"Commencement of matrimony August 29th, 1782, 

between And. McClure and Rebeckah Allen. 

James Allen McClure was born Nov. 20th, 1783. 

Eleanor Wright McClure was born November 

25th, 1785. 
Polly McClure was born January 5th, 1788. 
Andrew McClure Avas born Sept. 5th, 1790." 
His wife, Rebeccah Allen, Avas a daughter of James and 
Mary Allen, of Augusta Co., and is mentioned in his will 
written April 28, 1788. The other children were ^Margaret 
Bell, Agnes Shields, Elizabeth McNair, Mary, Francis and 
James Allen, Jr. 

In Dr. Jos. A.Waddell's Address at the 150th Anniver- 
sary of Augusta Stone Church Oct. 18, 1899, Ave read: 

"One of the first elders was Captain James Allen, who 
lived near the place called Willow Spout. The earliest men- 


tion I have seen of him was in 1742, when he was ap- 
pointed constable by the court of Orange County for the 
part of the country west of the Blue Eidge, an immense 
domain thinly settled, except immediately around Staun- 
ton. In 1756 he was captain of a militia company of 
sixty-eight men. IsText we find his name signed in Oct., 
1776, to a paper forwarded by several companies of militia 
and free holders of Augusta to the first Legislature of the 
new State on the subject of religious liberty. The signers 
demanded that all religions denominations within the Do- 
minion be forthwith put in full possession of equal liberty 
without preference or pre-eminence. Up to that time no 
dissenting minister was authorized by law to perform the 
marriage ceremony, and all the people were required to 
contribute to the support of the Established Church." 

Dr. Waddell further says" that in Oct., 1783 or 1784, 
a large party of people went from this congregation to 
Kentucky, — Trimbles, Aliens, Moffetts and others. They 
went on horseback by a circuitous route, and very dan- 
gerous on account of hostile Indians. Every man carried 
a rifle and every woman a pistol, and they did not fail to 
take their Bible, the Confession of Faith, the Shorter 
Catechism and Eouse's Version of the Psalms." It was 
probably at this time and with these people that Eev. An- 
drew McClure first went to Kentucky. 

His will is recorded at Paris, Ky. 

"In the Name of God, Amen. 

I, Andrew McClure, of the County of Bourbon, and 
State of Kentucky, being very sick and weak in body, but 
of perfect mind and memory, thanks be unto God; calling 
unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it 
is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain 
this my last Will and Testament; that is to say principally 
and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the 
hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I re- 
commend to the earth, to be buried in decent. Christian 
burial at the discretion of Executors, nothing doubting but 


at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again 
by the mighty power of God. Aiid as tonchiiig such 
worldly estate, wherewith it has pleased God to bless me 
in this life, I give, demise and dispose of the same in the 
following manner and forever: I give and bequeath to 
Rebekah, my beloved wife, my plantation whereon T now 
live, with all the profits and advantages accruing therefrom 
by cultivation to her and her children during her life, and 
at my wife's death I give and becpieath to my two little 
daughters, Eleanor Wright McClure and Polly McClure, 
the said plantation to be equally divided between them, 
and to be freely possessed and enjoyed by them and their 
heirs forever. 

Also I give and bequeath to my two little sous, James 
Allen and Andrew, my plantation contained in two deeds 
and lying on Howard's Creek in Clark County, to be 
equally divided between them in quantity and quality, and 
to be freely possessed by them and their heirs forever, 
together with all the advantages accruing therefrom from 
now and henceforward. Also my two negroes, Isam and 
Doll, I grant and allow to be set at liberty, if from the 
judgment of their OAvners and the Executors, they shall 
have served truly and faithfully; Isam until the age of 
thirty-five years and Doll thirty-three. 

Also my cash and cash bonds I give and bequeath to my 
two sons, James Allen and Andrew, to be speedily put to 
interest and kept for the use of their education. 

Also my negro girl, Doll, I give and bequeath to my 
dearly beloved wife, Rebekah, during her servitude; like- 
wise my negro boy, Isam, ius long as she remains single, 
but after marriage I allow the boy to be hired during his 
servitude and his wagas applied for the use of the educa- 
tion of my children. 

Also I allow ten pounds of the arrearages due to me on 
Howard's Creek, when it can be collected, to be put into 
the hands of the Transylvania Presbytery for Charitable 


In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal 
this fifteenth day of August, one thousand seven hundred 
and ninety -three. 


Teste: William Maxwell, William Craig, Alex. Martin." 

Four children. 

1. James Allen McClure, 1st., b. in Augusta Co., 
Va., Nov. 20, 1783; went to Kentucky with his parents in 
1786; thence to Illinois in 1833, settling on a farm near 
Carlinville. The last years of his life were spent in Wash- 
ington, D. C, in the employ of the government, where he 
died July 28, 1849. He is buried in the Congressional 
Cemetery, where a stone marks his grave. He married, 
about 1806, Frances Dickerson, dan. of Martin and Ee- 
becca Dickerson, of Jessamine County, Ky. She died in 
Illinois March 13, 1844. 

The following letters, furnished by Mr. Edward Frazer, 
of Lexington, are of interest: 

"Washington City, D. C, March 17, 1846. 

Dear Sister. 

I promised you when I left your house last that I 
would write pretty soon to you after my arrival at this 
place. Well, as an excuse for not writing sooner I have 
no very good reason except laziness to give. You know 
well that I have all my life been sorely afflicted with that 
cause. I now write you and thank God that my health 
and strength and unprofitable life are preserved, and that 
I am in the land of the living and in the state of repent- 
ance. I arrived here safely on the last of November and 
swore in, and entered upon the duties of my office on the 
2nd of December last, and have never missed a day in the 
discharge of my official duties. I am on a salary of a $1000 
per annum, paid monthly. Expenses in this city are high. 
Board cannot be had in decent families for less than |4 
per week, besides your washing and other expenses. I am 
boarding with Col. Laughlin, the second officer (Eecorder) 
in the General Laud Office. He is a Tennesseean with 


whom I had a slight accjuaintancc in that State. He is a 
very learned man; has large library of books and newspa- 
pers from every part of the Union. He Ls wealthy and 
does not take Ijoarders, but took a fancy to me and invited 
me to come and live Avith him. 1 have a line room to my- 
self and all my wants attended to. I never did live in a 
more agreeable family in my life, and it is close to our office. 
I have never as yet been to hear any of the debates in Con- 
gress. It is a mile from our office to the Capitol. We are 
closely confined from 9 in the morning till 3 in the evening 
without anything to eat till about 4 o'clock, w^hich is our 
dinner hour. I generally take a biscuit in my pocket and 
eat it at about 12 o'clock with Avater, Avhich refreshes me 
very much. I do not know how such close confinement 
may agree with me when the warm weather sets in. Old 
Uncle Samuel McClure died on the 15th Dec'r last, at a 
very advanced age; upwards of 90. There Avas a short 
obituary notice of his death in the papers here. \Yith the 
light that brief notice gave and Avhat I knew of the old 
man myself, I, with the aid of a friend, have written out a 
more extended obituary and sent on the manuscript this 
day to the editor of the Kentucky Gazette at Lexington for 
publication in that paper, and I have requested the editor 
to send a paper containing the notice to the post-ofiice at 
Lexington addressed to you as a relative of the deceased, and 
also a paper addressed to my Brother AndrcAV at Nicholas - 
ville. I have made mention in the above notice, of the 
names of our venerable father and grandfather, Avho have 
long since been numbered among the dead. I want you by 
all means to see what Ave have written. 

I heard from home the other day; all my dear children 
were avcU then. Ha^s Amanda written to the girls ? She 
promised me pointedly she would. Have the boys send on 
the salve for William. Write or let William or the girls 
or James write. I should be glad to hear from you, for 
next to my own children you stand highest in my aflfec- 
tions. I have no news but Avhat you have in the newspa- 
pers. There Avill be no war. Give my respects to all the 


children without exception. Excuse errors, for I am writ- 
ing by candle-light and cannot see the lines and have not 
time to make corrections. I am my dear sister, 
Most affectionately your brother, 


Mrs. Polly Sullivan, Lexington, Lafayette Co., Ky. 
I will write to-morrow night to Brother Andrew." 

''Washington City, August 7th, 1849. 
My Dear Sir. 

Being fully sensible of the painful shock which the 
contents of my last letter would necessarily inflict on the 
already lacerated feelings of Mrs. White and yourself, I 
have delayed all further communication on the melancholy 
subject until now, hoping that time in the interim, in some 
small degree at least, would so much assuage and mitigate 
our common sorrow, as to enable me to write more calmly, 
and you and the faithful sharer of all your joys and sor- 
rows to receive the farther relations which I feel it my 
duty to make concerning the death of your beloved kins- 
man, in a spirit of greater resignation than you could have 
commanded while the unexpected event was so fresh, and 
overwhelming in its natural effects on the mind of affec- 
tionate children. I say children, because Mr. McClure 
loved you in all the fullness of affection of a father for a 
son. No man ever loved more ardently, sincerely and im- 
partially than he did every member of his family. With- 
out objects on whom he could constantly lavish the affec- 
tions of a heart made up of love and universal charity, the 
world would have been to him a dreary wilderness, and 
life itself a meaningless blank. But to those who knew 
him, as you have known him, I need not say a word as to 
the goodness and purity of his heart, or of his kind and 
affectionate disposition. 

My chief object in writing, is to inform you and his chil- 
dren, as truly as I can, of a few details relating to his last 
days and hours which I was incapable of setting down in 
any sort of order when I wrote to you last. Although Mr. 


McClure hoped, as did his friends, until the last fatal 
chan^'o in his case, that he would be able by easy and care- 
ful travel to ^et home — at all events to get to Cincinnati — 
Avhich he esteemed as home; but for many months he had 
been fully satisfied that his days were numbered and that 
his life, if he got up and out in the world again, would be 
but short. He had thought and rellected so maturely on 
the subject that he had become reconciled to death and 
willing to die whenever God in His good privideuce should 
choose to call him hence. As to death, his only wish and 
constant prayer was that he might be enabled to die, when- 
ever the time should come, without bodily pain and long 
suffering. As to religion, he talked with a number of 
friends — clergymen of different denominations, Presbyter- 
ians, Baptists and Methodists. They often prayed with 
and for him. He said he felt comfort from such visits and 
exercises. He consulted his Bible much in the course of 
the last year. He has left it to be sent home, a small, 
beautiful pocket Bible, which he used most. He could 
read it conveniently lying in bed, and had it nearly always 
in reach. While he could sit up he used a Bible of mine, 
in royal octavo form, on account of the large, plain print, 
it being an edition of the Bible society, and of course 
without notes or commentaries. I suppose he has de- 
clared to me, in the fullest coufience, fifty times in the last 
six months, that he had full and perfect trust in the mercy 
and goodness of God, and that he confided and trusted 
himself, as to all his hopes of this world or eternity, to the 
mercy and justice of his Creator. He said again and again, 
that that gracious providence which had preserved him from 
so many evils through life, would assuredly bring him in 
safety to the end, and to the better and more perfect state of 
another and happiei'lifc, in which he now fully l)elieved. On 
Sunday, the day before he died, he declared to myself and 
others his perfect resignation to the will of God in what- 
ever was to happen, and in being secure in that happy im- 
mortality in which his late pious father and beloved wife 
had trusted and believed. He often adverted to a promise 


he had made to his wife on her death bed to endeavor to 
become a Christian, and how anxious he had ever been to 
fulfill it. In our private intercourse, long before he was 
smitten down by disease, he had told me of this promise, 
and often dwelt upon his determination to fulfill it, with 
tears. Early in his confinement, in the latter part of last 
year, and frequently since, he informed me how much he 
had regretted through life, that when he was a youth in 
Kentucky, and after quitting school, he had read Pain's 
attacks on religion with great avidity, and many other 
similar works, and that his guardian, the late Judge Trim- 
ble, of Kentucky, was an avowed infidel and never dis 
couraged him from such reading Though he never be- 
came an infidel himself — never adopted deistical opinions — 
yet, he said his course of reading, and the unbounded faith 
he had in Trimble's judgment, made him ever ready to 
doubt, and ever ready to quote the opinions he had read, 
and such as he had heard Trimble advance in conversa- 
tion against the truth of the Christian religion. Trimble 
was truly a man of splendid talents, and possessing an 
amiable and excellent character, and being a man univer- 
sally esteemed, made his opinions more dangerous to young 
men. He said that reading the works of Paley, Dick and 
Lord Brougham on natural religion, in Illinois, had en- 
abled him more nearly than anything else, to shake off 
those early imbibed prejudices. During the summer and 
fall of 1846, and winter of 1847, when he lived in my 
house with me, I bought and persuaded him to read with 
me, and talk over together, Bishop Butler's Analogy be- 
tween natural and revealed religion. This work he con- 
fessed put to shame all the infidel books he had ever read. 
Still they had left the early impression of youth which had to 
be rooted out, but I had no doubt of his being an earnest 
seeker after the real truth during the last two years of his 
life, and I have no doubt of his having found it to his own 
satisfaction. It was in this that he was enabled to put 
away from him the very great fear of death which haunted 
him so much when I first met and lived in his company 


As to his worldly matters he made no Will. He always 
said his children knew precisely what disposition he wished 
made of his effects. As to some small things I have heard 
him speak, Brando's Encyclopedia of Science, valuable 
large book — and a copy of Webstei''s large Dictionary with 
Worcester additions, publishes by the Harpers. I think he 
wished Milton to have them if he perseveres in his design 
of becoming a scholar or professional man. His little Bible 
I have no doubt he desired some one of his daughters to 
have, but I never heard him say. 

Being removed from office some weeks before his death 
I had all his sympathies in my favor. I have no doubt of 
his having been more pained at the event mentally than I 
was myself. We talked freely about it. As I had pur- 
chased a cottage and few acres of ground in the suburbs in 
a shady, high, dry and well Avatered place, surrounded by 
groves and wholly out of the noise of the city, though in 
its chartered limits, we had agreed that as soon as he could 
ride a little better than he found he could then on trial, 
and as a means of gaining strength by change of air and 
scenery, and as a training for his journey until he got 
strength enough, he would go with me where we would 
live in the quiet of country life, with as much of books and 
friends as we might desire to see or read; and finally, that 
if travel should turn out to be impracticable till frost or 
next spring, or if he could not get off at all, that we Avould 
remain together in our retreat, doing the best Ave could — 
living in frugal comfort and in charity with all the world, 
for neither of us since we resided here had ever had the 
slightest dispute or controvei-sy with any man. Our friend- 
ship, which commenced in a slight acquaintance in Ten- 
nessee, about thirty years ago, had increased daily, as I 
sincerely believe, for the whole term of our service in 
Wiusliington. In our retreat, sick or well, we Avould have 
been mutual helps. We had proceeded in the plan so far 
as to have made estimates of expenses, supplies, and every 
outfit necessary to begin with. Although I ardently de- 
sired to see him get off home, and had urged him to go 


home last October and November when he got up and 
worked five or six weeks in his room; a time when Judge 
Young had promised him, through me, leave of absence, 
and when no change of administration was expected. His 
fears then principally, were that if he got to Cincinnati, 
or Illinois, by easy stages of travel, he might become sick 
there, be compelled to overstay his time, and that possi- 
bly he might get so decreped from his stricture as not to be 
able to come back at all, though able for the business of 
his desk if here, and that in some of these contingencies he 
might lose his place. I had no such fears — at any rate of 
the last, for Judge Young has continued until lately and 
he and myself since Judge Young resigned, and before I 
was removed got his pay continued to 1st of September 
next if he lived so long, and leave of absence till then. This 
could have been done if he had been lying sick at home 
under the circumstances of his case. The few weeks he 
was able to write last fall, I am sure is the only time within 
which time he could have gone home since he was taken 
first with serious illness about 4th July, 1848. 

When he lost his sons he suffered greatly on both oc- 
casions. On one of the occasions — the last — I feared for 
his reason for some days. I got him to travel with me, 
when we went to Baltimore, thence doAvn the bay in a 
steamer to Norfolk, Virginia, where we inspected the pub- 
lic works and national shipping, especially the Pennsyl- 
vania, the largest ship in the world. Thence we went up 
James river 130 miles to Eichmond, and examined the 
paintings and statues of Washington and Lafayette in the 
capitol. Thence home. In this journey of about 500 miles, 
all in cars and steamboats, we were engaged nearly three 
weeks. It was during that excursion that I discovered the 
wonderful effect change of place, scenery, company, &c., 
had upon him, both bodily and mentally; and as it was so 
very favorable, I have ever during his whole last illness 
endeavored to get him to go home — to ride out when he 
could — and lastly, it was the good effects of that trip 
which made us both think that to retire with me to my hill 


in the suburbs, when we could not take any longer trips, 
would be salutary. In every design we have attempted 
for his recovery and assistance, Col. Cabell, the two 
Youngs, and other friends have all concurred and all in 
agreement with the advice of his excellent physician, Dr. 
Hall. I find that the proof of the immortality of the soul, 
and life in eternity after death, being knoAvn to David, as 
is disclosed in the incident of his determination to go to 
his dead son who could not come to him, as related in 1 2th 
chapter of 2 Samuel, is a portion of the Bible which Mr. 
McClure has been in the habit of reading and meditating on 
deeply. In my Bible he has marked with pencil in the 
margin from the 15th to the 23rd verse, inclusive. The 
blessed book being true I now hope he is with his sons, his 
sainted wife and pious father and others who proceeded 
him. In meantime may heaven bless you and yours. 


To Wm. McKim White." 

There were fifteen children. 

(1). Melinda McClure, born about 1808 and married 
Oct. 6, 1829, Larkin B. Smith in Kentucky. 

(2). Amanda McClure, b. about 1810, was married to 
William McKim White in Carlinville, Illinois, Aug. 2nd, 
1836, by. F. M. S. Smith. They removed to Cincinnati, 
Ohio. Several children were born, only two living to ma- 
turity, Antoinette and Frank. She died in Cincinnati in 
July, 1883, having survived her entire family. 

(3). Andrew McClure, b. about 1812, was married to 
Mary Fishback August 17th, 1841, by F. M. S. Smith. 
They had one child, Grundy McClure. 

(4). Mary McClure, b. about 1814, d. s. 

(6). Elizabeth Jane McClure, was born Jan, 12th, 
1817. She was married to Dr. Grundy Blackburn July 28, 
1835, by S. M. Otwell, and died 1908. They had five 

a. Adelaide, b. Oct. 10, 1836, d. Oct. 20, 1852, 

b. ICdmonia, born 1838, d. Jan. 1852. 


c. Grizzell, b. Sept. 11, 1841; married Grove Lawrence, 
a native of Connecticut. Three children: 

(a). Grove P. LaAvrence, living in St. Louis. 
(b). Hal Lawrence, married, lives in Seattle, Washing- 
ton. Three sons, 
(c). Lida Blackburn Lawrence married Charles Wiley, 
of Charleston, Illinois, Later they moved to 
Seattle, Washington. They were both drowned 
while on a pleasure trip in British Columbia, 
July 13th, 1910. They left three children: 
LaAvrence Wiley, born Sept. 27, 1895. 
Marian Wiley, born Sept. 27, 1897. 
John Wiley, born 1905. 
All living in Seattle, Washington. 

d. Newton B., b. 1845, d. i. 

6. Emmons, b. May 1. 1849, d. s. 

(6). John McCluee, born September 22, 1818, and died 
February 16, 1894. Married Elizabeth Campbell, daugh- 
ter of William and Ann Campbell, April 6th, 1858. There 
were three children: 

a. W. C. McClure, born Feb. 28, 1859. 

b. John McClure, born Feb. 11, 1860, died October 11, 


c. Theodore McClure, born January 7, 1865, and died 

August 3rd, 1911. 

(7). James Allen McClure, 2nd, was born in Shelby- 
ville, Tennessee, April 12th, 1820. In 1832 he moved with 
his parents to CarroUton, and thence to Carlinville, 111., 
where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits. He died 
March 2nd, 1901. He married Ellen Collins, daughter of 
Enos and Margaret Groniger Collins, on December 20th, 
1855. Her family came from Pennsylvania to Ohio, thence 
to Illinois. She Avas born in Ohio November 21st, 1833, 
and died March 28th, 1903, in Carlinville, 111. They had 
five children namely: 

a. Col. Charles McClure, b. Sept. 28, 1856, d. Nov- 
19j 1913. The following, which appeared in the Car- 


Unville Democrat at the time of his death, gives the out- 
line of his life: 

''Col. Chaeles McClure. 

Early Thui-sday morning, November 20, relatives in this 
city were informed by cable of the death on the preceding 
day of Col. Charles McCIure, at Fort William H. Seward, 
near Haines, Alaska. 

On Saturday previous they had been informed by wire 
that Col. McCIure had undergone a very serious operation 
for an illness that began November second, and that there 
were but slight hopes for his recovery. On Sunday morn- 
ing a reassuring message was received and in the absence 
of information to the contrary during the succeeding days, 
his relatives and friends here had hoped that the crisis had 
passed. Accordingly, the death message came as a great 

Charles McCIure was born on a farm three and one-half 
miles south-east of Carlinville, on September 28, 1856. He 
attended the district school and later was a student at 
Blackburn College. Subsequently he won in a competitive 
examination and became a cadet at the United States Mili- 
tary Academy at West Point. From that institution he 
graduated in June, 1879. By choice and by education he 
was a soldier. He had an exalted idea of his profession 
and quickly demonstrated his soldierly efficiency. He gave 
his country the very best of his ability, and in whatever 
capacity he served, from Second Lieutenant to Colonel, he 
did his best. Early in his military carees he studied law, 
and was admitted to the bar in Illinois in August, 1885. 
The government, at various times and in various Avays, 
availed itself of his broad legal knowledge. 

Col. McCIure was united in marriage in this city on Oc- 
tober 3, 1882, with Miss Mae Walker, daughter of former 
Senator and Mrs. C. A. Walker. One child was born of 
this union, Charles W. McCIure, now a first lieutenant in 
the regular army and with his company doing service on 
the Mexican border. 


T'.r vl^! YCr.K 



The remains will be brought from Alaska to this country 
and interred in the Arlington cemetery at Washington, D. 
C. The uncertainty of ship transportation at this season 
of the year renders it impossible to determine at this time 
when the funeral services will be held. 

Col. McClureserved his country thirty-eight years. From 
the beginning to the end he was faithful and earnest. He 
was modest and gentle, but forceful and aggressive, when 
force and aggression were demanded. He was a student, a 
thinker; he believed in preparation in all things. He was 
a natural soldier. He sought to understand his duties and 
endeavored to do well his part. As a young of&cer on the 
frontier in 1879; as the instructor in military tactics at the 
University of Illinois for three years; as an officer at posts 
in all parts of this country; as the Judge-Advocate of the 
Department of Columbia for four years; as special assistant 
to the Judge- Advocate General in the revision and codi- 
fication of the military laws of this country; as the special 
counsel for the Government in the prosecution of Captain 
Carter; as a soldier on the battlefield in both Cuba and 
Philippines in the Spanish -American War; as Assistant to 
Gen. AinsAvorth, Chief of StafT of the U. S. Army in Wash- 
ington; as Colonel of the 30th U.S. Infantry at San Fran- 
cisco, and finally as the commandant of the military posts 
in the territory of Alaska, he was always earnest, patriotic, 

Though stricken down in the prime of life, with his work 
only partially finished. Col. McClure has left a record which 
is a credit and an honor to the county and the State of his 

He was buried in Arlington Dec. 8th, 1913, where the 
officers and men of his regiment, as a token of love and 
esteem, erected a monument to his memory. 

Author, "The Opinions of the Judge- Advocate," a 
standard work. 

His son, Lieut. Charles Walker McClure, of the 7th U. 
S. Infantry, was born July 23rd, 1883, married April 17, 


1900, Justine Semmes Moran, daughter of John Valle 
Moraii and Emma Eltridge Moran, of Detroit, Mich. 

b. Frank McClure, born Sept. 28th, 1856. He married 
Adelle King, daughter of Captain Lucien King and Alraira 
Lemen King, of Kane, Illinois, Sept. 9th, 1879. He is 
Vice-President of the South Arkansas Lumber Co., with 
headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. Three children have been 
born to them: 

(a). Charles King McClure, born Sept. 12, 1881, in 
Kane, Illinois; married Mary Hicks, daughter 
of L. B. and Clara Lambert Hicks, of Hender- 
son, Ky., Oct. 8th, 1908. They have two 
children, Charles King McClure, Jr., born July 
10th, 1910, and Lambert Hicks McClure, born 
November 22, 1912. 

(&). Florence Adelle McClure, born April 11th, 
1884, in Kane, Illinois. 

(c). Sudie Louise McClure, born June 19th, 1887, 
Kane, Illinois. 

c. Milton McClure, Jr., born September 3rd, 1858. Died 
April 9th, 1913. He married Rose Orwig, daughter of 
William and Jane Orwig, in Beardstown, 111., May 20th, 
1885. He achieved great success in his chosen profession, 
the law. 

He was the nominee of the Republican party in 1909 for 
Justice of the Supreme Court, Fourth Illinois District. 

Appropriate memorial exercises were observed by the 
Cass County Bar Association on May 19, 1913, with ad- 
dresses by Hon. J. Joseph Cooke, Hon. Guy R. Williams, 
Hon. Chas. A. E. Martin, Hon. A. A. Leeper and Judge 
Harry Higbee. 

He left one son (a) Floyd Milton McClure, b. March 31, 
1890, in Beardstown, 111.; m. March 1914, Beulah Glen- 
dinning, dau. of Frank and Alice Glendinning, of Beards- 
town. Lawyer. 

d. James Enos McClure, born August 8th, 1867. On 
September 30th, 1897, he was married to Emma Florence 
Parker, daughter of Henry and Harriet King Parker, of 


Kane, Illinois. He was admitted to the bar in 1893, but pre- 
ferring newspaper work is now editor of The Carlinville 
Democrat. He has held many positions of trust in the 
State. Two daughters: 

(a). Harriett McClure, born Nov. 9th, 1900, 
(b). Dorothy McClure, born Sept. 

e. Edmonia Blackburn McClure, born March 21st, 1870. 
Married August 8th, 1894, Jesse Peebles, son of Judge L. 
P. and Sarah Odell Peebles, of Carlinville, Illinois. A dis- 
tinguished lawyer. They have three children: 

(a). Martha Allen Peebles, b. June 3rd, 1898. 
(6). Don McClure Peebles, b. Sept. 7th, 1900. 
(c). Pauline Peebles, b. Feb. 3rd, 1904. 

(8). Amelia McCluee, b. , died July 19th, 1851, 

of cholera. Married Alexander McKim Dubois, Oct. 31st, 
1844, at Carlinville, 111. Their children were: 

a. Nicholas Dubois, born April 7th, 1846, married Or- 
lena Eliza Daws, of Carlinville, 111,, November 16, 1871, 
and now lives in Springfield, Illinois. Their son, Alexan- 
der Daws Dubois, was born in Springfield, Illinois, Dec. 

19, 1875. He married , and has a daughter, Charlotte 

Amelia Dubois, born Springfield, 111., August 3, 1897. 

b. Catharine McKim Dubois, born May 7, 1849, and 
married Ethan Allen Snively at Carlinville, 111., Feb. 23, 
1876. Mr. Snively has held many prominent political po- 
sitions in Illinois. They now live in Springfield, Illinois. 

c. James McClure Dubois, born June 15, 1851, died July 
17, 1851, 

(9 and 10). Felix and Paul McCluee, twins. Felix 
died Nov. 20, 1847, in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was in 
a medical school. 

Paul died in Carlinville of cholera. 

(11). Martha McCluee, born 1822, died Nov., 1887, 
Married Dr. Levi Woods, of Carlinville, Illinois, on March 
15, 1844, by F. A. Eamsay. Two children were born of 
this marriage: 

a. Frances Woods, b. Feb, 9, 1848, married Judge Whit- 


lock, of Jacksonville, II]., on October 19, 1869, died May 
1, 1892. 

b. William McKim Woods, born June 28, 1850. Was 
a physician. Married Lolah Walker, daughter of Senator C. 
A. Walker and Permelia Dick Walker, on May 23rd, 1882. 
One son was boru to them, namely, Chas. Herbert Woods, 
born March 4, 1883. Is an attorney in Carlinville, 111. 
Married Nov. 26, 1910, Norma Hoblit, daughter of A. 
Lincoln Hoblit and Josie Stanley Hoblit, of Carlinville, 
111. They have one son, Dick Hoblit Woods, born on 
March 20, 1913. 

(12 and 13). Tully and Rebecca MoCluee, died in 

(14). Frances McCluee, born on Jan. 27, 1831, at 
Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Ky. Died Nov. 9, 1888, 
at Carlinville, Illinois. Married Samuel Sayword Gilbert, 
an attorney of Carlinville, August 6, 1851. Children: 

a. Amelia, born August 22, 1852; died Sept. 3, 1852. 

b. Edward Addison, an attorney at York, Nebraska, 
born July 6, 1854, at Carlinville, 111. Married Louise 
Mayo, daughter of Samuel T, and Elizabeth Palmer Mayo, 
of Carlinville, January 1st, 1878, in Carlinville. They 
have the following children: 

(a). Elizabeth M. Gilbert, now Mrs. L. W. Childs, 
York, Nebraska. 

(6). Frances Louise Gilbert, now Mi-s. E. G. Brown, 
Long Beach, California. They have two living 
children, Gilbert J. Brown, born April 6, 1907, 

and Brown, born Oct. 30, 1913. One child, 

Frederick J. Brown, died in infancy. 

(c). Edward Addison Gilbert; Avas married to Mina 
AJexander, of York, Nebraska. They have one child, Ed- 
ward A., born in 1911. 

(d). Margaret Palmer Gilbert, now IVIrs. Fisher, of 
York, Nebraska, has one child born in De- 
cember, 1913. 

c. Samuel S., Jr., b. Dec. 14, 1856, d. Aug. 9, 1858. 

d. Claribel, b. Nov. 14, 1859, d. March 14, 1860. 


e. Charles Frederick Gilbert, an attorney at York, was 
born August 12, 1862, at Carlinville. Married Pearl Barce- 
fer, of Kansas City, Mo., December 16, 1891. No children. 

f. William White Gilbert, dealer in real estate at Mus- 
kogee, Oklahoma, was born January 27, 1865, at Carlin- 
ville, Illinois. Married Mary Bronaugh, daughter of Perry 
Bronaugh, of Virden, Illinois, in June, 1903. 

(15) . Milton McCluee, Sk., born in Nicholasville, Ky., 
in 1832. Died January, 1903. Married Martha K. Neale, 
of Springfield, 111., in 1854. They had two children: 

a. James Allen McClure, born August 7, 1856. He 

devotes his time to real estate and other in- 
terests. In 1905 he married Mary Agnes Davis, 
daughter of Mr. Landon and Myra Davis, of Boli- 
var, Missouri. 

b. Harriett B, McClure, married Thos. B. Mellersh, 

of Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born Feb. 1858, 
and died in San Francisco, Cal. They have two 
children, Neale Mellersh, now of San Francisco, 
Cal., and Claude M. MeUersh, of San Francisco, 
2. Eleanoe Weight McCluee, second child of Eev. 
Andrew McClure, born in Augusta Co., Va., Nov. 25, 1786, 
was taken as an infant to Bourbon County, Ky., 1786. 
She was killed July, 1817, by lightning striking the Pres- 
byterian Church where she was worshipping. There is ex- 
tant a printed notice of her funeral from her home on Hill 
street, Lexington, Ky., July 21, 1817, at 10 o'clock A. M. 
She was twice married. First to John Lawson, of Lex- 
ington, Ky., and second to L. McCullough. 

Her only child, Maey Pieece Lawson, was born June 
16, 1807; m. March 23, 1825, John Bowman and died Sept. 
28, 1862. Her thirteen children: 

(1). Eleanoe Lawson, b. Dec. 30, 1825, and d. in 

Gates ville, Texas, in 1907 in her 82nd year. She 

m. Aug. 3, 1843, Philip S. Woodward and had 

five children, three of whom married. 

(2). Isaac Bowman, b. March 1, 1827, m. Grandison 


B. Smith, Dec. 21, 1848; nine children, four of 
whom married. 

(4). John Bowman, b. Feb. 1, 1830, d. i. 

(5). Lawson, b. Jan. 3, 1835, d. i. 

(6). Amelia Sullivan, b. April 19, 1837, m. Oct. 7, 
1856, Guilford H. Slaughter; died Dec. 25, 1909. 
Four children, a. Mary Henry, m. B. Whit- 
field; no children, b. Sallie Amelia, m. Ed- 
mund Leyon, five children, c. May Byrd, m. 
G. W. MeriAveather, three children, d. John 
H. G.; two adopted children. 

(7). George W., b. Jan. 7, 1840, d. s. Jan. 1, 1862. 

(8). Margaret Campbell, b. Sept. 20, 1841, d. i. 

(9). Joseph Lawbon, b. Dec. 20, 1842, d. i. 

(10). John, b. Dec. 13, 1844, d. i. 

(11). Elizabeth, b. May 17, 1846, d. i. 

(12). Susan Ann, b. Dec. 8, 1847, m. John K. Smith; 
no children. 

(13). Sarah McClure, b.Sept. 18, 1852; m. Feb. 23, 
1881, Joseph H. Jones; no children. She lives at St. Beth- 
lehem, Tenn., the only one of the thirteen children living, 
and very kindly furnished the above information. 

The following letter, furnished by Mr. Edward Frazer 
and published with his permission, is from Eleanor Mc- 
Clure's second husband. It is written in a neat, clear hand: 

"Columbus, Feb. 6, 1837. 
Dear Friend William. 

As the bearer, Mr. Mason, intends being in Lexing- 
ton, I imbrace the oppertunity to write you a few hasty 
lines, just to state we are all in our usual health. I have 
not heard anything from yourself or family since I had the 
pleasure of seeing you last faul. When my sou Davie was 
here a few weeks past he informed me that it was his im- 
pression that your honored and very aged father had de- 
parted this life, but at what time he was unable to say. 

It was my impression when I last saw him that his days 
were but few, but that he was ripened for an incorruptable 


crown. I should be very glad indeed to have a letter from 

I had a letter lately from Hugh M. Allen stating the 
death of Martha Allen, which took place on the 16th ulto. 
As he was prevented from seeing her on her death bed by 
reason of confinement from a severe fall by which two of 
his ribs were broken, could not give us the particulars of 
her death, but was informed Jane intended to write us on 
that subject shortly. 

I have had several letters from son Harvey since my re- 
turn from the West. His own and wife's health, together 
with greater part of the children, was still bad, very bad. 
His object is to move back to Columbus as soon as he can 
arrange his affairs, that is some time the insuing spring, 
although he is at a difficulty what he will engage in as a 
way of living, I believe I told you of Matilda's son, who 
was in ill health when I was in Illinois. In a recent letter 
she states he grew worse and worse until he lost use of 
all his limbs, also the use of speech, which remained for 
upwards of six weeks, but has happily recovered his usual 
health and use of his speech and limbs, &c. 

My own health was much benefited by the late journey, 
and thus far much better than it was the last winter and 
summer. Part of my hours are occupied in teaching Daugh- 
ter Gravis to make vests and overalls, otherwise I should be 
called an entire gentleman (that is nothing to do). Eobt. 
Milton has quit farming and now lives in Cincinnati and 
engaged in some business as a clerk I believe. I find two 
Kentucky gentlemen were on business with our Legislature 
(about slavery), but nothing I believe has yet been trans- 
acted respecting their mission unless their memorial to the 
Honorable body. After all, negroes will run away from 
your State, be harboured and forwarded on their way to 
Canada, and you cannot help yourselves. If the whites do 
not engage in it, there are sufficient number of blacks in 
the State to do so, of which they boast without scruple. 
In fact, altho a large majority of our citizens are not Abo- 


litionists, there appears an appathy about the matter, so 
what is every bodies business is no bodies at all. 

You may see that petitions have lately been presented 
our Legislature from sundry colored people about the beue- 
lit of our school system, &c. 

The Dutch have had their advocates in the house to have 
appropriations of the school fund so that the German lan- 
guage may be kept up; also a petition has been before the 
Legislature for like privilege to the Welch, to keep up the 
native language, &c. Our internal improvement and 
school system are inviting a debt on the State which has 
raised our taxes to such a degree as to be really burden- 
some and the prospect of increasing the State tax alone 
is about 14 mills to the dollar. My tax on a 42 foot lot with 
common improvements, was upwards of $64, besides city 
tax of upwards $15, and no doubt as the last year increased 
more than 30 per cent, the next will be in proportion. But 
it is useless to complain, lest you be called an enemy to 
the poor. 

Since Mr. Smith went to the great house at Frankfort I 
have no news from Lexington. As 1 have to write a couple 
other letters, I must conclude by saying I got a compleat 
loco-foco letter from Jas. McClure since my return. They 
are all well. He says there are two of his daughters liv- 
ing in Cincinnati. I hope to see them when I pass through 
that place at a future time. Our love to Sister Sullivan 
and family. Your friend, 


Capt. William Sullivan, near Lexington, Ky." 

3. Maky McCluee, third child of Eev. Andrew Mc- 
Clure, was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, Jan. 5, 
1788, and died Aug., 1880. She married Capt. William 
Sullivan (Feb. 23, 1780— July 11, 1842), a son of William 
Sullivan, Sr., who moved from Virginia to Fayette Co., 
Ky., sometime prior to 1779. Twelve children, all born 
in Fayette County: 

(1). James Wilson, b. Jan. 11, 1807, d. May 2, 1878. 

(2). Hleanoe, b. Nov. 2, 1808, d. Oct. 9, 1816. 


(3). Amelia, b. Nov. 10, 1810, d. Dec. 6, 1831. 
(4). Andbew, b. Oct. 26, 1812, d. Oct. 12. 1816. 
(5). John, b. Sept. 16, 1814, d. Aug. 1, 1815. 
(6). Maey McClube, b. May 7, 1816, d. Dec. 9, 1836; 

m. Hewitt; son, Wm. Andrew, b. Aug. 13, 

1836, d. i. 
(7). Elizabeth, b. Oct. 5, 1818, d. Jan. 12, 1889. 
(8). William M., b. Nov. 27, 1820, d. June 13,1857, 

m. Dec. 17, 1850, Lucy B. Allensworth, No 

children . 
(9). Haeet, b. April 8, 1823, d. i. 
(10). Maetha, b. Aug. 18, 1825, d. s. Feb. 15, 1901. 
(11). Alexander Campbell, b. April 22, 1829, d. i. 
(12). Adison, b. April 25, 1831, d. i. 
Jameb Wilson Sullivan, the oldest of these children, 
was married three times; first on July 16, 1839, to Jane S. 
Gatewood, who died Sept. 18, 1842, leaving no children. 

He married second. Map 19, 1846, Maria Louisa Fleming 
(July 19, 1817— July 20, 1862), a daughter of Leonard 
Israel and Nancy Marshall Fleming, and granddaugher of 
Col. Wm. Fleming, of Virginia. (For a sketch of Colonel 
Fleming see Whitsett's Biography of Caleb Wallace, Wad- 
dell's Annals Augusta County, and Foote's Sketches of 
Virginia 2nd, p. 268). 

Her great grandmother was Mary Marshall McClanahan, 
aunt of Chief Justice Marshall, and wife of Eev. Wm. 
McClanahan, of Virginia and North Carolina. 

They had six children, viz: 

a. Andrew McClure, born in Lexington, Ky., March 

11, 1847, graduated at University of Kentucky 
(Transylvania), 1869, and settled at St. Louis, 
Mo.; married July 25, 1885, Jessie Peel Young. 
No children. He is the senior member of the law 
firm of Sullivan and Wallace, St. Louis. 

b. James Eichard, b. May 3, 1853, d. ; m. Sallie 

Hamilton, of Lexington, Kentucky; two children, 
John, d. i. and Annie, wife of Eev. Joseph G. 


Armister, pastor of the Christian Church at Walla 
Walla, Washington. One child. 

c. Bryan, b. Jan. 15, 1855, d. s. at Lexington, Ky. 

d. Fleming, b. Jan. 15, 1855, living single in St, Louis. 

e. Mary, b. July 10, 1857; m. Dec. 17, 1884, Wm. F. 

Stanhope, of Fayette County, Ky., and died with- 
out children May 15, 1885. 

f. Nannie, b. Aug. 12, 1858, d. s. at Lexington, Ky. 
They are all buried in the family lot in the Lexington, 

Ky., Cemetery. 

He married third, Feb. 14, 1867, Sarah Boone, a widow 
from Bourbor County, Ky. No children. 

Elizabeth Sullivan, the other child of Mary McClure, 
who left descendants, m. Joseph F. Frazer, b. Spotsylvania 
Co., Va., Feb. 11, 1818, and d in Kentucky Oct. 12, 1883. 
Four children: 

a. Elizabeth, d. s.; b. Martha, d. s; c. Mary Sullivan; d. 

The two latter now live in Lexington, Ky. , and have 
rendered valuable assistance in the preparation of this 

William Frazer, their remote ancestor, settled near Nor- 
folk, Va., early in the 18th century, where he remained 
until his sons were educated at William and Mary College. 
Moving to Spotsylvania Co., his son, James m. Elizabeth 
Foster, d. of Anthony Foster of that county. Five sons 
and one daughter. 

Anthony Frazer, the oldest of these, was b. March 22, 
1754. Was first Ensign and later Lieut, in the Revolu- 
ary War. He married Hannah Herndon. Ten children, 
of whom Edward Frazer, the third son and fourth child, 
was born Feb. 1785. He married Elizabeth Frazer, d. of 
his uncle, John Frazer and Betty Fox. One sou, Joseph 
F, Frazer. 

4. Andrew McClube, fourth child and youngest son 
of Rev. Andrew McClure, b. Bourbon County, Ky., Sept. 
5, 1790, and died Jessamine County, Ky., Aug. 18, 1849, 
of cholera after an illness of twelve hours. He was for a 


good many years a successful merchant of Lexington, Ky., 
but during the last years of his life devoted himself almost 
entirely to his farm. His home, a beautiful estate in Jes- 
samine County, is still known as "The McClure Place." 

He m. Jan. 23, 1827, Eachel Sarah Barton, (b. January, 
1790, d. Nov., 1874), d. of John Barton, a family well 
known both in Virginia and Kentucky. 

They had one child: 

(1). Saeah Barton McCluee, b. June 27, 1828, d. 
Aug. 17, 1866. She m. Feb. 21, 1854, Isaac Shelby (Dec. 
28, 1815— July 1, 1873), son of General James Shelby and 
grandson of Isaac Shelby, the first Governor of Kentucky. 

Two children: 

a. Sarah Barton, b. at Lexington, Ky., Sept. 20, 1859; m. 

Oct. 14, 1884, Edmund Shelby Kinkead (Oct. 14, 
1856— Oct. 2, 1910), a son of Judge Wm. B. and 
Elizabeth Shelby Kinkead, of Covington, Ky. 
Two children: 

(a). Edmund Shelby Kinkead, Jr., b. Oct. 3, 1885. 

(b). Elizabeth Fontain Kinkead, b. Oct. 29, 1887. 

b. James, (July 24, 1861— June 23, 1862). 


C. Eleanoe McCluee, the third child and oldest 
daughter of James and Agnes McClure, was born in Ire- 
land about 1725, and died in Augusta County, Va., in 
1799. Her will is on file in box 41, office of the Clerk 
of the Circuit Court, Staunton, Va. 

She married about 1755, Hugh McClure, who was pro- 
bably a son of William McClure of page 21. 

They owned a good estate near Fishersville, Augusta 
County, where Hugh died 1872. 
They left seven children: 

I. Isaac, who died single in 1828, His will, written 
Feb. 5, 1828, was proven April 21, 1828, by the 
oaths of John McClure, Samuel H. McClure and 


Elizabeth Kerr. David Bell and Hugh McClure, 
Jr., administrators. 

II. John, d. s. 1820. 

III. David, who on Sept. 29, 1795, married Elizabeth 
Holmes, d. of Samuel Holmes, of Shenandoah. 

In his will, proven February, 1834, (See W. B. 19, p. 
375, Staunton), he gives "the Old Mansion property, as 
laid ofif by Isaac McClure for the support of their brother, 
Hugh," to his son, Hugh, Jr.; the land on which he re- 
sided to his son, Samuel H. McClure; two hundred acres of 
the land formerly owned by his brother, John, deceased, 
to be laid ofif for the support of his son Isaac. His three 
daughters, Elizabeth, Rachel and Eleanor, were to be paid 
$700 each. 

His personal property was valued at $2,332.67, and he 
owned bonds worth $2,180. 

Of his six children mentioned above: 

1. Hugh, was born Oct. 29, 1796, and died Oct. 7, 1876. 
A large farmer, a member of Tinkling Spring Church, 
where his grave is marked. 

His wife was Jane Bell of Augusta County. No children. 

2. Samuel H., died single, 1834. For his will see Book 
20, p. 74. 

3. Isaac, born in 1800, died single Oct. 24, 1887. His 
grave is marked at Tinkling Spring, 

4. Elizabeth H., married Samuel Bell Kerr, of Au- 
gusta. She died about 1877, leaving five children. 

(1). Alexander Kerr, who married Fannie Homan and 
left five children: 

a. Charles H. Kerr, m. Annie Borden. 

b. A daughter, m. M. A, Coiner. 

c. Frank A. Kerr, m. Sadie Borden. 

d. Howard L. Kerr. 

e. Richard Kerr, m. Jessie McNeil, of Staunton, Va. 
(2). David McClure Kerr, m. Kate Myers and left five 

children, viz., Arthur B., Wilbur M., Emmett W., Lee 
and El van. 


(3). Elizabeth E., m. P. J. Link, died 1900. Two 

a. Alice V., m. C. C. Thompson. 

b. Hester N., m, W. H. Landes. 

(4). James T. Kerr, m. Sarah Myers. Three children, 
viz., Hugh McClure, David Bell and J. Newton. 

(5). Samuel Holmes Kerr, m. Mary E. Bondurant. Four 

a. Hugh Holmes Kerr, Commonwealth's Attorney, 
Staunton, Va.; m. Sarah E. Eock. 

(a). Elizabeth Holmes. 

b. E. Bondurant Kerr, m. (2nd) Lucy G. Waddell, 

c. Janetta Waddell. 

d. Elizabeth Barry. 

5. Eachel, m. J. B. McCutchan, of Augusta Co. 

6. Eleanor, b. Oct. 9, 1804, and died single Dec. 6, 
1891. Her grave is marked at Tinkling Spring, new ceme- 

IV. Agnes McClure, m, Eobert Pilson, and was living 
in Kentucky in 1808. Her children, Hugh, Anna, Eichard 
and Polly, were living in Ohio in 1833. 

V. Esther MoClure, m. July 7, 1806, Isaac Trotter, 
Eev. John McCue, pastor of Tinkling Spring, officiating. 

VI. Hugh, "of unsound mind" died single. 

VII. Joel, died single. 


D. Jane McClure, the second daughter and fourth 
child of James and Agnes McClure, was born in Ireland; 
came with her parents to Augusta County 1738, and mar- 
ried 1757, (second wife) Capt. Archibald Alexander, born 
Cunningham Manor, Ireland, February 4, 1708. They 
lived near Timber Eidge, Eockbridge Co., in which church 
he was a ruling elder. 

The Alexander Genealogy has been carefully worked out 
in Eoger's Memorials of the Earl of Sterling and the House 


of Alexander, and in a chart by Mr. Francis Thomas An- 
derson Junkin, LL. D., of Chicago. 

The facts of his life are so fully given in Waddell's An- 
nals of Augusta Co., aud in Alexander's Life of Dr. Archi- 
bald Alexander, p. 6-7, that it is not necessary to repeat 
them here. 

His will, recorded at Lexington, Va., was written Nov. 
29, 1779, and proven Feb. 1, 1780. 

There were seven children by this marriage: 

I. Mahy, b. July 4, 1760. She m. first, John Trimble, 
b. Aug. 24, 1749, aud d. 1783, leaving one son, James, b. 
July 5, 1781; and died near Nashville, Tenn., 1824. For 
further information see Waddell's Annals of Augusta. 
She m. second, Lewis Jordan and moved to Tennessee. 

II. Margaret, b. Feb. 1, 1762, d. s. 

III. John, b. July 28, 1764, and d. 1828. He was a 
soldier of the Revolution, substituting for his half brother, 
William, who was married and had a family. (See Alex- 
ander's Life of Dr. Archibald Alexander, p. 15). 

IV. James, b. Oct. 4, 1766, m. Martha Telford. 

V. Samuel, b. Feb. 1769, m. McCoskie. 

VI. Archibald, b. March 3, 1771, m. Isabel Fatton. 

VII. Jane, b. 1773, m. Rev. John W. Doak, of Wash- 
ington Co., Tenn., son of Rev. Samuel Doak, D. D., (1748- 
1830). She was the mother of Rev. Alexander A. Doak, 
of Washington Co., Tenn., father of (1) Rev. A. S. Doak, 
b. Sept. 10, 1846, now pastor of the Presbyterian Church 
Lenoir, Tenn., (2) Rev. S. H. Doak, father of W. H. 
Doak, M. D., the father of Rev. A. H. Doak, pastor Pres- 
byterian Church, Wilmore, Ky. 

E. James McClure, Jr., the third son and fifth child 
of James and Agnes McClure, was born in Ireland about 
1730; was the youngest of the children that came with his 
parents to Augusta County. He received pay 1758, for 
militia service. See Hening, Vol. VII, p. 181. 

He administered on his father's estate in 1761, receiving 
according to the terms of the will, one half of the farm. 


The only further information, is that found in Chalkley, 
vol. Ill, p. 384: "Aug. 27, 1761, Jas. McClure, of Craven 
County, South Carolina, to John Eamsey, 408 acres de- 
vised to James and his brother Samuel, by will of father, 
James McClure, and descended to grantor by survivorship, 
being the same that James the father bought of William 
Beverly, 6th June, 1739. Delivered: Wm. Eamsey 5th 
Oct., 1772." 

It is probable that he emigrated to Craven County, N. 
C, instead of Craven District, S. C. The records at New 
Bern, Craven Co., N. C, give a deed to James McClure 
1760. There is no further mention of his name. Under 
"Wills, the Craven County records contain that of Jacob 
McClure, 1837, who mentions a son, Elisha McClure. 

F. Samuel McClure, the fourth son and sixth child of 
James and Agnes McClure, was born after parents came to 
Virginia. He was baptized by Eev. John Craig Nov. 9. 
1740. According to the terms of his father's will, 1756, he 
was to share the farm equally with his brother James. It 
seems from the record of his brother James that he died 
prior to 1761. 

G. Esther McClure, the youngest child of James and 
Agnes McClure, was born about 1741; was baptized by 
Eev. John Craig Nov. 8, 1741; is mentioned in her father's 
will 1756. No further record. 

With these we conclude the records of the descendants 
of James and Agnes McClure, the original settlers. 



A. FiNLEY MoClure, possibly a brother of Jameb, set- 
tled in Augusta County as early as 1739. The name suggests 
his connection with the Finley family, well known both in 
Augusta Co. and in the north of Ireland. His deed for 440 
acres "A part of the mannor of Beverly" joining Patrick 
Campbell and David Mitchel, is dated Feb. 28, 1739, Or- 
ange C. H. His name spelled McClew^er, appears 1742 on 
the muster roll of Capt. John Christian's company of mi- 
litia, third in a list of seventy-six. The Augusta records 
give two transfers of land, viz., 1742 and 1748, when he 
seems to have located in the western part of the county. 
The last mention of his name is 1768, when he witnessed a 
deed for John Tate. 

He was probably the father of Michael McClure, who 
lived in that neighborhood, born about 1750 and married 
between 1774 and 1778 Mary Wetzell. (Chalkley, Vol. I, 
p. 377). 

He witnessed the will, 5th Nov., 1780, of Archibald 
Gilkeson. Is mentioned in Wm. McPheters' list of tith- 
ables, Augusta, 1781. 

We find him in the Rockingham County census of 1784, 
giving his family as six. 

Having married a Wetzell, we are inclined to the opin- 
ion that he is the ancestor of John McClure, of Franklin, 
Pendleton Co., W. Va. 

Martin Wetzell, of Augusta County, in his will written 
Feb. 9, 1795, and proven April 8, 1795, names John Mc- 
Clure, his grandson, his sole heir and executor. (Will 
Book T, p. 20, Chalkley HI, p. 249). This Wetzell family 
mentioned in McClung's Western Adventure, was well 
known. Martin's brother, Lewis Wetzell, was the most 
renowned Indian fighter of his time. They were sons of 
John Wetzell, an early settler. 

The following information was furnished me by Mr. John 
McClure, Franklin, W. Virginia: 


''My grandfather, John McCluee, was born in Au- 
gusta County 1777, and died in Franklin, Pendleton Co. 
W. Va., 1858. He was related to the Wetzells, but I do 
not knoAV just how the relationship comes in. He came to 
this county in 1798 and married Elizabeth McCoy Oct. 15, 
1799. Two children: 

1. Elizabeth, who died young. 

2. John, born 1805 and died 1854. He m. Feb. 25, 
1829, Sidney Judy (Dec. 5, 1808— March 19, 1888). Five 
children : 

(1). Elizabeth, b. 1829, d. 1912. Married Amby 

(2). Katherine, b. 1833, d. 1857. Married Jacob 

(3). John, b. June 1, 1838, and m. 1867 Eebecca J. 

(4). Wniiam, b. 1846, a Confederate soldier. Killed 
at Lynchburg, Va,, June 17, 1864, in Hunter's 
(5). A child, died in infancy." 
John McClure, now (1914), seventy-six years old, is one 
of the best known citizens of his section of the State. As 
president of The Farmers' Bank of Pendleton, a large land 
owner and dealer in live stock, he has for years been 
looked upon as a leading figure in the material develop- 
ment of Pendleton and adjoining counties. Both he and 
his wife are highly esteemed members of the Franklin Pres- 
byterian church. 

He may be a descendant of John McClure, who was 
doubtless a kinsman of Finley and James, and who lived 
near what is now Dayton, Eockingham County, Va. 

B. John and Mary McClure came to Augusta county 
as early as 1740 and like James were members of Eev. 
John Craig's congregation. His Baptismal Eegister gives 
the names of five of their children, viz: 
James McClure, baptized Nov. 2, 1740. 
Ann McClure, baptized March 29, 1741. 
Mary McClure, baptized Nov. 28, 1742, 


Jean McClure, baptized July 14, 1745. 
Elizabeth McClure, baptized May 21, 1746. 
Thomas McClure, baptize! Sept. 5, 1748. 

They moved, 1749, to the south fork of the North Eiver 
of the Shenandoah, within the present limits of Rocking- 
ham County. His deed for 400 acres from George II is 
dated Dec. 15, 1749. (See records, Richmond, Va.) 

His name is signed to the South Fork road petition of 
1749, along with Daniel Smith, William Logan and others. 
(Chalkley, vol. I, p. 433.) Also with Daniel Harrison, 
James Magill, Gabriel Pickens, et al., 1754, to a petition to 
"The Worshipful Court of Augusta County." (Chalkley 
I. p. 313.) He bought, 1751, 387 acres from Daniel Har- 
rison on Muddy Creek, on north side of North River, deed- 
ing the same date his original 400 acres to Silas Hart. His 
farm joined James Magill. 

Another transaction is dated 1768, witnessed by Benj. 
Logan and Elizabeth McClure. Again in 1767, when John 
and Mary McClure convey to John Houston 200 acres on 
Muddy Creek. (Chalkley, vol. Ill, p. 481.) 

Was sued by James Magill, 1770, for saying "Would 
hang as high as Gilderoy." 

The last mention of his name in the Augusta records is 
1773. As his home after 1778 was in Rockingham, any 
facts after that date would be in the records of that county, 
which unfortunately were burned. 

Of his children — 

I. James McClure was b. about 1739. Possibly the 
James McClure of Cherokee County, S. C. (See McCur- 
dy's S. C.) 

II. Ann, b. 1741, m. John Logan, Augusta County. 
Emigrated to Kentucky; ancestors of the Hon, John G. 

III. Maky, b. 1742, m. August 8, 1763, Col. Benjamin 
Harrison of Rockingham County, son of Daniel Harrison. 
Qualified Lieutenant- Colonel May 8, 1778. She died 1815, 
leaving sixteen children, viz: 

1. Robert, m. 1784, Polly Harrison. 


2. Daniel, m. 1784, Anne Patton 

3. John, m. 1792, Ann Tallman. 

4. Benjamin, m. March 22, 1791, Polly, d. of John Hall, 

by Rev. Wm. Wilson. Em. to Kentucky. 

5. James, m. Anna Wilson, Em. to Kentucky. 

6. Edith, m. Samuel Mc Williams. Em. to Kentucky. 

7. Margaret, m. 1797, Ezekiel Logan. 

8. Jane, m. Rev. Wm. Cravens. 

9. Peachy (1777-1848), m. 1802, Mary Jane Stuart. 

10. Fielding, m. 1800, Ann Quinn. Em. to Kentucky. 

11. William, m. (1) Jane Young, (2) McClure. 

Em. to Kentucky. 

12. Jesse, m. 1794, Elizabeth Wilson. 

13. Thomas. 

14. Parthenia, m. 1804, Reuben Harrison. Em. to Ken- 

16. Marellah. 
16. Endocia. 
(See also WaddelPs Annals, p. 152.) 

Among the many living descendants of Mary McClure is 
Miss Jannetta Burlingham of Shullsburg, Wis. 

IV. Jean, b. 1745, m. Col. John Logan, of Augusta 
County, cousin of the one above. Em. to Kentucky. (See 
Green's Historic Families of Kentucky), Daughter Mary 
m. Otho Holland Beatty, whose daughter Jane m. Joseph 
Ballenger, of Lincoln County, Ky. 

V. Elizabeth, b. 1746, m. after 1768, a McKey of Rock- 
ingham County, son, Joseph McClure McKey. 

VI. Thomas, b. 1748. Was doubtless the Thomas Mc- 
Clure of N. C, Ensign, Revolutionary War, enlisted April 
1, 1776. Mentioned in Wheeler's History of N, C, p. 80, 
from Salisbury District. Was wounded in the fight at 
Hanging Rock August 6, 1780, in which battle Capt. John 
McClure was mortally wounded. In my judgement he is 
the great grandfather of Mr. Adolphus B, McClure, of Az- 
tec, New Mexico, who, in a letter dated July 18, 1911, 
gave me the following: 

"My family originated in Scotland, from whence a Pres- 


byterian minister and his two sons emigrated to Ireland. 
There is a tradition that they were weavers by trade. 
Coming to America they settled in Virginia, where my 
grandfather, Thomas McClure, was born about 1775. He 
had a brother, John, an Indian fighter, who went to Ken- 
tucky. Also a sister, Matilda, who married a Skidmore 
and went to Kentucky. Her grandson, Peyton Skidmore, 
died in Aztec, N. M., in 1902, and left an only daughter, 
Mrs. Lucy Hoyle, one-eigth Cherokee Indian. She is now 
a widow, wealthy and beautiful. Thomas McClure moved 
to N. C. prior to 1800, and died near Dalton, Ga., 1865. 

His children, born in N. C, were (1) Andrew, (2) John, 
b. 1800 and died at the foot of Pike's Peak in 1880. He 
left a son, William, who now lives near Gordon, Erath 
County, Texas; (3) William, who lived and died near 
Waynesville, Haywood County, N. C, leaving two sons, 
Pinkney and Rowland; (4) Thomas; (5) a daughter, who 
m. a Moody and had two sons, — Joseph who lived in Jack- 
son County, N. C, and Rev. Hiram Moody, a Baptist 
preacher, who was in Texas 1875 and afterwards in Okla- 
homa; (6) Col. Joseph McClure, born near Raleigh, N. C, 
July 16, 1810, m. October 29, 1835, on a farm that is the 
present site of Birmingham, Ala., Patience McLain; com- 
manded a regiment in the Mexican War, and died in Fay- 
ette County, Ala., Nov. 2, 1856. He left five children: 

a. Martha A., b. Murray County, Ga., Jan. 23, 1837, m. 
J. J. Spain April 23, 1855, and now lives with her family 
near Alto, Texas. 

b. Thomas M., b. Murray County, Ga., Sept. 14, 1840, 
lives near Alto, Texas; is the father of Rev. J. T. McClure, 
of Dallas, Texas. 

c. Columbus C, b. Murray County, Ga., August 9, 18 — , 
died in Winchester, Va., February 9, 1862. A marble 
slab shows his grave in the N. E. corner of the old ceme- 
tery there. A Confederate soldier. 

d. Adolphus B., b. Fayette County, Ala., February 25, 
1848, now lives at Aztec, N. M. ; interested in real estate. 


e. Henry C, b. Fayette County, Ala., June 2, 1850, and 
died in Palo Pinto County, Texas, October 9, 1889. 

As further proof of my conclusion, a Skidmore family 
lived in Eockingham County, neighbors to the McClures. 
(SeeMcClures inN. C.) 

Green, in "Historic Families," states that Egbert and 
William McClure of Kentucky were brothers of Ann and 
Jane Logan. If so, they were younger brothers, born 
after 1748. 

VI. EOBEET McCluee is mentioned in Augusta County 
records (Chalkley, vol. Ill, p. 144) as a member of Capt. 
John Gilmore's company in his expedition against the 
Cherokees, 1778. 

The Eevolutionary War records at Washington, D. C, 
show that he served as Sergeant in a Virginia infantry reg- 
iment. Collins' History of Kentucky, vol. II, p. 554, 
speaks of him as being in Lincoln County, Ky., 1784, and 
the Eichmond, Va., records show that he received, Feb. 1, 
1795, by virtue of two treasury warrants, 29,300 acres in 
Harrison County, Ky. Is mentioned as being in Ohio 
County, Ky., June 9, 1796. 

VII. William McCluee was a soldier of the Ee volu- 
tion, as shown by the Washington, D. C, and Virginia re- 
cords. Emigrated to Kentucky, settling at Stanford, Lin- 
coln County, in 1789. Through the interest of his per- 
sonal friend, Gen. Benj. Logan, moved to Shelby County. 
(See Collins, vol. II, p. 474.) Wife, Eebecca. Among 
their children were: 

1. Jane Allen McCluee, b. Sept. 3, 1783, was living 
June, 1871. She married a Stuart; parents of the late Judge 
James Stuart, of Owensboro, Ky. 

2. Eobeet McCluee. No record. 

C. Pateick McCluee, mentioned once in Chalkley, vol. 
Ill, p. 25. "June 17, 1752, Martha Mahan's bond as ad- 
ministratrix of Patrick McClure, with sureties Patrick Mar- 
tin, Wm. McFeeters." Probably the father of Patrick 
McClure, a Eevolutionary soldier from Virginia. Martha 
Mahan was doubtless his wife. 


I ). W ILLIAM McCluee, who witnessed the will of James 
McC'lure, 1 756, and died prior to 1 761. N()|record of either 
deed or will. He was doubtless the father of, 

I. Hugh McClure, of p. 123. 

II. JosiAs McClure. In 1797 Josias McClure acquired 
a tract of land, ' 'being the same granted to James McClure 
by patent." He mentions in his will, written 1814 and 
proved 1817, his wife, Jane, and his friends, Isaac, David 
and Hugh McClure, Ann Hutcheson, wife of George H., 
Sr., Agnes Pilson, d. of Hugh McClure, deceased; Mary 
McKenny, d. of And. McClure, deceased; John McClure, 
son of AndrcAv and grandson of Mitchel; and Hugh Mc- 
Clure of unsound mind. Jane McClure his wife was a 
daughter of William Johnson, Augusta County. For her 
will, 1817, see W. B. 12, p. 389. 

III. William McClure. He was doubtless the signer 
of the Augusta Petition on p. 89. Chalkley, vol. Ill, p. 
473, gives his deed for land on Middle River, in Beverley 
Manor, August 16, 1768. Teste: John Stuart, Hugh Al- 
len, Andrew McClure. April 16, 1793, William and Eliz- 
abeth McClure sold 198 acres on Middle River. In 1818 
William McClure, in Richmond, Va., sold for $3,500, one- 
third of 500 acres in Augusta ('ounty . There are McClures 
now living in Richmond, probably his descendants. 


This county being set off in 1777 from Augusta and Bot- 
etourt, information prior to that date is found in the re- 
cords of those counties. There is nothing to shoAv that the 
family is closely related to that of Augusta. As it is moral- 
ly certain that both families came from near Raphoe, Coun- 
ty Donegal, it is probable that the Augusta family is des- 
cended from John McClure and the Rockbridge family from 
Arthur McClure, both of whom were Ruling Eldei-s in the 
Raphoe congregation, 1700. They were doubtless related. 

Of the Rockbridge family, 


Halbeet McCltjee came to the county about 1740. As 
there is no record of his importation it is probable that he 
first settled in Pennsylvania. The earliest mention of his 
name is 1742, on the list of Capt. McDowell's militia com- 
pany. His deed is recorded in Book I, p. 203, dated March 
19, 1746. "Benjamin Borden to Halbert McClure, 230 
acres on North branch of James River, corner of Samuel 
McClure." This was in the bounds of Timber Ridge con- 
gregation, where, in 1753, he signed the call for Rev. John 

His will, proven 1754, is recorded atStaanton, Va. (See 
Chalkley, vol. Ill, p. 34. "Halbert McClure, gentleman." 
He mentions his wife Agnes, a nephew, Halbert, son of his 
brother John, deceased, and two sons, Alexander and Na- 

A. Alexander McCluee, b. about 1717, was a mem- 
ber of Capt. John McDowell's company, 1742. His deed 
for land on Mill Creek is dated 1747. Was a Ruling Elder 
in Timber Ridge Church, signing the call to Rev. John 
Brown, 1753, and represented his congregation in Hanover 
Presbytery, 1760. His wife Martha was probably a daugh- 
ter of James and Martha Moore, of Timber Ridge. He 
died 1789. His will is recorded at Lexington, Va. Eight 

I. Halbeet, b. about 1748; was living in Rockbridge, 

II. James, b. about 1750; probably the James McClure 
who was a Revolutionary soldier, private on Capt. Elliot's 
ship. The Richmond, Va., records give his deed 1772, 
from George III, for land in that part of Botetourt that in 
1777 became a part of Rockbridge County. 

III. Nathaniel, b. about 1752. Deed from George III 
for 150 acres on James River, Botetourt County, 1774. 
Probably emigrated to Kentucky. The Richmond, Va., 
records give a grant to Nathan McClure, 1786, in Lincoln 
County, Ky. 

We find in Collins' History of Kentucky, vol. II, p. 685, 
for 1788: "Lieut. Nathan McClure following Indian hoi-se 


thieves was shot and mortally wounded, dying the succeed- 
ing night in a cave. He was an active officer and his loss 
was deeply deplored." 

IV. Alexander, Jr., settled in Botetourt, now Rock- 
bridge County. His wife Agnes was probably a first cousin ; 
daughter of Moses McClure. He died about 1810. Her 
dower was set off Nov. 25, 1828. Five children, viz: John 

^ who died about 1817, Thomas, Moses, Isabella who mar- 
ried Andrew Hall, Catherine, who married James Taylor. 
(See Rockbridge County records. ) ^ 

V. Samuel, a Revolutionary soldier; member of Capt. 
Thomas Rowland's company, Col. Wm. Fleming's regiment, 
1777, Botetourt County. He married, January 24, 1782, 
Rosanna Steele, daughter of Nathaniel and Rosanna Steele. 
A son, Nathaniel, mentioned in the latter's will, 1795. 

VI. John, who, by the terms of his father's will, re- 
ceived land in Kentucky. Possibly the John McClure of 
Harrison county, Ky. , pentioned 1817. Probably the John 
McClure of Botetourt, in Capt. John Murry's company, 
Col.Wm. Fleming's regiment, 1775. (See Dunmore's Wars). 

VII. Susanna, No record. 

VIII. Martha. No record. 

B. Hannah McClure, d. of Halbert and Agnes Mc- 
Clure, m. Robert Allison, of Rockbridge County. Eight 
children: James, Mary who m. Davidson, Agnes, Robt., 
Francis, Halbert and Janet. Robert Allison died 1769, 
Alexander and John McCluer, executoi-s. Chalkley, Vol. 
Ill, p. 109. 

C. Moses McClure was probably the oldest son of Hal- 
bert and Agnes, born about 1710 and died 1778 intestate. 
Was a member of Capt. John McDowell's company, 1742. 
His laigc farm on the south side of North River cornered 
Nathaniel McClure, John McCUure and Thomas Paxton. 
Was a member of Timber Ridge Church 1754. He married, 
about 1 745, Isabella Steele, daughter of David Steele. She 
died 1797. Her will is recorded at Lexington, Va. Their 
children were four sons and five daughter, viz: 

1. David McClure, (Captain in the Revolutionary War 


and on March 4, 1777, was appointed Lieutenant- Colonel of 
the county of Ohio, Ky. (See Eichmond, Va., records, ) He 
married Eleanor Steele, daughter of Nathaniel Steele, and 
is mentioned by him in his will, 1795. In 1805 he sold his 
large farm to his brothers, Alexander, Moses and Halbert, 
and emigaated to Grant County, Ky. The records give 
the names of two sons: 

1, Halbert McCluee, mentioned in the will of Na^ 
thaniel Steele, 1795. 

2. David McClure, Jr., mentioned in the Eockbridge 
records, 1817. 

One of these is doubtless the ancestor of the late Moses 
McClure, who died an old man in Grant County, Ky., 1907, 
and of Ezra K. McClure, the son of John McClure, of Crit- 
tenden, Grant County, Ky. 

II. Halbert McClure, born about 1750 and died in 
Eockbridge County about 1830. He married a daughter 
of Nathaniel and Eosanna Steele, and is mentioned in their 
wiUs. Son, 

1. Moses McClure, born about 1785 and died May 10, 
1829. He married, about 1812, Elizabeth Jones. Six 

(1). Alexander, born September 22, 1813. 
(2). Nicholas J., born Novemember 23, 1815. 
(3). Mary Steele, born August 26, 1817. 
(4). Moses F., born June 6, 1819. 
(6). David K., born December 27, 1827. 
(5). William Preston McCluer, born April 12, 1822, 
married. May 11, 1843, Nancy Jane Shields. 
Six children. 
a. Napoleon Bonaparte, born March 30, 1844, and 
died June 4, 1904. Married Sallie Wilson 
April 9, 1784. Four children, 
(a). Harry Scott McCluer, born March 28, 1875. 
Married Nora Echols September 18, 1906. 
Two children, Lois Argyle, born June 2, 
1907, and Elizabeth, born Jan. 13, 1908. 
(6). Frank Wilson McCluer, born October 13, 1876. 


Married Daisy Lee Butler Sept. 9, 1906. 
Dentist, Lexington, Va. Two children: 

a. Anna Lee, born Oct. 14, 1907. 

b. Frank Wilson, Jr., born Feb. 13, 1909. 
(c). Annie F., Sept. 16, 1878— Aug. 16, 1886. 
(d). E. Blanche, Oct. 23, 1884— July 28, 1886. 

b. Bettie, born April 20, 1848, d. s. 

c. Emma J., born May 13, 1850. 

d. Rachel P., born November 7, 1853. 
f. Mattie S., born June 20, 1858. 

e. John AV. born August 25, 1856. Farmer and mer- 

chant, Fairfield, Va. Six children, 
(a). William A. born June 25, 1895. 
(6). Margaret E., born May 10, 1898. 
(c). Mary Ethel, April 28, 1901— Dec, 9, 1903. 
(d). Eleanor Blanche, born July 16, 1902. 
(e). John Donald, born March 15, 1905. 
(f). Walton Malcolm, born Sept. 20, 1907. 

III. Moses McClure, mentioned with Alexander and 
Halbert McClure in Rockbridge records 1807. In 1832 
Moses McClure bought from Alexander H. McClure and 
his wife Jane of Union, Ky,, their land on north branch 
of James River. 

IV. AxEXANDER H. McCluee was probably the young- 
est of the children, b. Oct. 31, 1774, and died in Kentucky 
May 9, 1843. He m. fii-st, Martha Elliot, of Rock- 
bridge County on Oct. 29, 1795. Five children: James, 
Hannah, Susan, Peggy, and Patsy, who m. Jacob Myers, 
parent of Alexander Myers. 

He ra. second, Sept. 20, 1810, Jane Gibson, and soon 
after emigrated to Grant County, Ky. Seven children: 

1. Thomas, who m, a Coons; thirteen children. 

2. Elizabeth, who m. Harry Brown; ten children. 

3. Alexander, d. s. 

4. Nancy; m. a McClure from Ohio. 

5. John, b. Sept. 20, 1820, d. Nov. 5, 1871. He mar- 
ried Ann Berthena Larvell. Five children: 

a. Rev. James W. McClure, a Presbyterian minister, 


living in Cythiana, Ky. He m. in S. C. a Miss Steele, a 
descendant of Archibald Alexander Steele, of Va. Five 

b. Robert R. 

c. Moiver J. 

d. Mary E. 

e. Lawrence W.; d. when three years old. 

6. William Haeyey McCluee, m. Lucinda Brown. 
Three children: 

a. Archibald Alexander McClure, m. a Ransom. 

b. Thomas Wesley McClure, m. a Linsey. 

c. Betty Alice McClure, d. at sixteen. 

7. Kitty McCluee, d. s. at twenty-two. 

Of the five daughters of Moses and Isabella McClure, 
Agnes married her cousin, Alexander McClure; Rosanna 
m. a Love; Susanna, died single; Isabella married David 
Steele; Betsy probably married Alexander McClure, son 
of William. 

D. Nathaniel McCluee, son of Halbert and Agnes 
McClure, born about 1712. Wife, Mary. Probably the 
same that settled first on Middle River of the Shenandoah, 
member of Captain John Christian's militia company 1742, 
and whose son, Alexander, was baptized by Rev. John 
Craig, March 10, 1749. In Rockbridge County, was a 
member of Capt. John Buchanan's militia company 1742. 
His farm (deeded 1747), was on Mill Creek, cor. Moses 
McClure. Was constable 1745; member Timber Ridge 
church 1753, signing the call for Rev. John Brown. He 
died 1760 and his wife Maey died 1767. For their wiUs 
see Chalkley, Vol. Ill, pp. 62 and 101. Ten children: 

I. Halbeet, b. about 1740. M. Mary Henderson and 
died 1771. Three children, Mary, Isabella and Phebe. 
See Chalkley, Vol. Ill, p. 122. 

II. James was living in Rockbridge 1772. Is said to have 
emigrated to Georgia. 

III. Nathaniel, born about 1747. Was living in Rock- 
bridge 1768. 


IV. Dorothy, probably married David Dry den. Sons, 
Nathaniel, AVilliam and Thomas. 

V. Maky, married Joseph Reed, of Rockbridge County. 

VI. Hannah, married John Smiley, of Rockbridge Co. 

VII. Alexander, born 1749, died about 1765. 

VIII. Thomas, born 1753. Botetourt County. Was 
in battle of Point Pleasant 1775 in Capt. John Murry's 
company. Probably emigrated to Mecklenburg County, 
N. C. See McClures in N. C. 

IX. Margaret, born 1757, married a Lee. Emigrated 
to the South. 

X. Moses, born 1760, Probably the Moses McClure 
1790 in Mecklenburg County, N. C. See McClures in N. C. 

E. Samuel McClure, wife Mary, possibly a Kelso. 
He was probably the oldest son of Halbert and Agnes Mc 
Clure, and the first to settle in the county, as Halbert's 
farm joined his. He was a member of Capt. John Buchanan's 
company of militia 1742. He died 1779, and his will is 
recorded in Lexington, Va. Nine children: 

I. Samuel McClure lived in Forks of James River. 

II. WiLLAM McClure, m. Dec. 26, 1769, Jean Trimble, 
dau. of James Trimble ahd Sarah Kersey of The Cowpast- 
ure. His deed for 274 acres in Forks of the James, cor. to 
Samuel McClure, is dated 1769. He signed a caU for Rev. 
Wm. Graham to Monmouth church. He died 1785. His 
will is recorded at Lexington, Va. Eight children: 

1. William, m. Jan. 20, 1790, Mary Shields, dau. of 

Jane Shields, a widow. Em. to Woodford Co. Ky. 

2. James, d. s. 1827. Will, Lexington, Ky. 

3. Samuel, soldier of War of 1812. 

4. Alexander, soldier of War of 1812. Wife, Betty 

was living 1827. 

5. John, m. 1st Jane ; 2nd Nancy ; died in 

Rockbridge County 1834. Four children: 

(1). James Madison, b. about 1810, student at 

Washington College 1828. D. S. 
(2). John Trimble. 
(3). William Franklin. 


(4). Eglantine, m. Addison J. Henderson. 

6. Saeah. No record. 

7. Mary. No record. 

8. Agnes. No record. 

III. Alexander McCluke. No record. 

IV. Anne McClure. No record, 

V. Agnes MoClure m. James Campbell. 

VI. Elizabeth McClure. No record. 

VII. Hannah McClure. No record. 

VIII. Jean McClure m. an Elliot. 

IX. Mary McClure m. a Eatliff. 

Alexander McClure, of Eastern Virginia, doubtless be- 
longs to this family. He m. Nancy Dupuy. Seven chil- 
dren: Abram, Mary who m. a Campbell, Samuel, Alex- 
ander who m. Webb, William, Bartlett who m. an Ashby, 
and Achsa who m. a Bacy. (See Virginia Historical Soc. 
V. 177). 

Cora T. McClure, who m. Henry Craig Ewell May, 1873, 
and died March 25, 1874, probably also belonged to this 


John McClure, the brother of Halbert, died prior to 
1748, intestate. He was doubtless the John McClewer who, 
with two Alexander McClewers, Halbert and Moses Mc- 
Clewer, were members of Capt. McDowell's company of 
militia, 1742. His son, 

A. Halbert McClure, nephew of Halbert, Sr., was born 
about 1738. Possibly the Halbert McClure who settled 
on the Holstein, 1793, and ancestor of Eev. Arthur Mc- 
Clure, a Methodist minister, born in East Tennessee Feb, 
16, 1801, entered the Tennessee Conference 1822, and died 
September 26, 1825. "A young man of much promise, ex- 
cellent in abilities and graces, and an eloquent and success- 
ful minister." — Conference Minutes, vol. I, p. 550, 

It is my opinion that the following McClures, who set- 


tied on lands adjoining the sons of Halbert McClure, were 
also sons of John. 

B. Aethur McClure. His deed from Benj. Borden, 
1749, for land on Mill Creek corner to David Dryden. 

He married, about 1750, Frances , possibly a daugh- 
ter of Johu and Mary McNabb. A son, Arthur McClure, 
born about 1752, added to list of tithables, 1768. The 
father of John Arthur McCluer, born in Rockbridge Coun- 
ty. He married Isabella McCorkle of Rockbridge and set- 
tled about 1775 on James River, near Buchanan. He died 
1854. Six sons and three daughters, among them Capt. 
John A. McCluer, who married his cousin, a Miss Wilson, 
of the Rockbridge family; parents of Mrs. N. J. Baker, of 
Nace, Botetourt County, Va. 

C. James McClure. A deed for 200 acres ''on a branch 
of James River called the Mary," 1748. He was living, 
1790, in Amherst County. A son, John McClure, grand- 
father of Esther McClure, who married Elijah Goodwin, 
grandparents of Mrs. Stanley Beasley, of Petersburg, Va. ; 
of Lucy McClure, who married a Pugh, of Charlottesville, 
Va.; and of John McClure of Nelson County, who married 
a Slaughter and emigrated to Bloomington, 111. 

D. John McClure. His farm on James River cornered 
Moses McClure and Thomas Paxton. He was a member of 
Timber Ridge, signing the call 1753 for Rev. John Brown. 
He died about 1780. His wife Catharine signed the call 
1789 from Monmouth church for Rev. Wm. Graham. A 

I. John McCluer, born about 1750 and died 1822. His 
will is recorded at Lexington, Va. He lived four miles 
from Lexington and four miles from the junction of the 
North and James Rivere. He m. about 1775 Nancy Steele. 

Seven children: 

1. Arthur McCluer, farmer, lived at Fancy Hill, 
Rockbridge County; died 1855. He m. Nancy Edmond- 
son. Five children: 

(1). Dr. John Edmondson McCluer, b. 1798, united 
with Monmouth Presbyterian church Sept. 23, 


1822, and d. at Eichmond, Va., Nov. 13, 1873. 
Alumnus Washington College; surgeon C. S. A. 
He m. Martha Parry, of Eockbridge. Son: 

a. Charles E. McCluer, b. 1836 and died at the 
home of his son, Chas. P. McCluer, Tarboro, 
N. C, June 14, 1914. Electrician. For many 
years an Elder in the Third Presbyterian 
church, Eichmond; Ya.; lived later in Norfolk, 
Virginia, .ft  ..-■ -^r" :■"''. .i*":r-' ;.;'#"•'*? 

(2). Paxton McCluer, d. s. 

(3). Dr. David McCluer, d. s. I^^V^' ^^' 

(4). Sally, m. 1st, 1825, William McClure, Jr., Wood- 
ford County, Ky. See Eockbridge County re- 
cords. M. 2nd a Craig. 

(5). Eobert Campbell McCluer, b. 1816, d. in Eock- 
bridge County in 1881. Farmer, Euling Elder 
in the Falling Springs Presbyterian church, 
where he is buried. He m. Mary Parry. Eight 

a. Arthur D., Alumnus Washington College; Con- 

federate soldier 27th Virginia Eegiment; killed 
at Malvern Hill July, 1862. 

b. John Parry, Alumnus Washington College, Su- 

perintendent of Schools, Buena Vista, Va. An 
Elder in the Buena Vista church. He married 
Emma Steele. One daughter: 
(a) . Isabelle McCluer, who m. John Alexander Stuart, 
an Elder in the Buena Vista church. They 
have two children: 

a. John Alexander, Jr. 

&. Parry McCluer. 

c. Louisa v., m. Samuel Gilmore. Six children, viz: 

William, Charles, Evelyn, Edward, John and 

d. Nancy E., m. David E. Laird. Five children: 

David, Edwin, Frank, Parry and Eobert. 

e. Martha J., m. James Harry Gilmore. Four chil- 

dren: Arthur, Eev. Eobt. C. Gilmore, pastor 


Prefibyterian church, Fredericksburg, Va., 
Thomas and William. 

f. Sarah H., m. Rev. H. R. Laird. Five children: 

Mary, Harvey, Henry, Lilla and Arthur. 

g. Roberta E., m. Joseph S. Paxton. Two children: 

William and Robert Paxton. 
h. Lilla K., m. Rev. Alex. F. Laird. Son, John 

2. John Steele McOluee, Captain of a militia com- 
pany 1812. Farmer. Lived at Locust Grove, the home- 
stead. He m. first a Haven, born and raised near Chris - 
tiansburg, Montgomery County, Va. 

He m. second, Seges Price Cameron, of Rockbridge Co. 

(1) . John Grigsby McCluer, Alumnus Washington Col- 
lege. Confederate soldier Twelfth Virginia Cav- 
alry. Lawyer, Parkersburg, W. Va. Two sons: 

a. James Steele McCluer, graduate Washington and 

Lee University. Lawyer Parkersburg, W. Va. 

b. John Cameron McCluer, graduate Washington 

and Lee University. Lawyer Parkersbury, W. 

3. Nathan McCluer, b. Sept. 11, 1789, and died Aug. 
8, 1855. Farmer, living on Buffalo Creek, five miles from 
Lexington. An Elder in Falling Springs Presbyterian 
church. He m. Feb. 22, 1821, Jane McChesney (1793- 
1845). Two children: 

(1). Nancy Jane, Nov. 8, 1821- Aug. 8, 1855; m. Jona- 
than Poage Lackey. 

(2). John William, b. March 21,1830, d. Aug. 7, 1882. 
He m. September 4, 1855, Elizabeth Catharine 
Shafer. Five children: 

a. Robert Shafer, Alumnus W. and L. University. 

Living, Roanoke, Va. 

b. Charlas (-hristian. Alumnus W. and L. Univer- 

sity. Farmer, Cherokee, Tex. 

c. William Bittinger, W. and L. U. Chicago, 111, 


d. Hugh Brock, W. and L. U. Farmer; m. Eva 

Steele. Dead. 
€. Frank. 
4. Egbert McCluer, Physician, surgeon TJ. S. Army. 
Alumnus Washington College. United with Monmouth 
church Oct. 1, 1820. Emigrated to St. Charles County, 
Mo., 1829, where he died Sept. 21, 1834. 

He m. Sophia Campbell, dau. of Prof. Samuel Campbell, 
of Washington College, and Sally Alexander. 
Four children: 

(1). Janetta Campbell, who m. Dr. John Muschany, 

St. Charles City, Mo. Several children. 
(2). Samuel Campbell, m. Lucretia Fawcett. The fol- 
lowing appeared at the time of her death: 


Was born in Harrisonburg, Va., June 2nd, 1822, and 
died at her home in St. Charles County, Mo., March 10th, 
1913, in the ninety-first year of her age. 

She was a daughter of Mr. Jos. Fawcett. Her mother's 
maiden name was Keyes. The Fawcett family are be- 
lieved to have been of the Huguenot stock . Mr, Fawcett 
moved to Missouri about the year 1834, and settled at ^'Old 
Franklin" in Howard county. Two years later the family 
moved to St. Charles, one of the old French towns of Mis- 
souri. At that time French was the principal language 
spoken on the streets and in the shops. Here the subject 
of this sketch passed her girlhood. While yet in school 
she united with the Presbyterian church in St. Charles. 
She was married in December, 1841, to Mr. Samuel C. Mc- 
Cluer, of Dardenne, St. Charles county, who died in 1888. 
He was a son of Dr. Eobert McCluer, of Lexington, Va. , 
who moved to Missouri in 1829. From the time of her 
marriage till her death she continued to reside in the same 
neighborhood, and was all these years a member of the 
Dardenne Presbyterian church. She was the mother of 
ten children, eight sons and two daughters, all of whom 
are living except one daughter, Henrietta, who died in 


her 46th year. Every one of her children is a member of 
the Presbyterian church. Two of her sons, Uncas and 
William, are ministers of the gospel, the former in Arkan- 
sas, the latter in Kentucky; two, Oscar and Thojnias, are 
ruling elders in the church at O'Fallon, Mo., and two, 
Arthur and Louis, are deacons in the O'Fallon and the 
Dardenne churches respectively. One son, Curtis, re- 
sides near the old home and the youngest, Egbert, is a 
teacher in South Dakota. The surviving daughter, SuSAn, 
married Eev. Wm. McCarty, who died in 1901. 

Such a record speaks for itself. Mrs. McCluer was a wo- 
man of rare attainments. Her home was ordered with 
wisdom and fidelity. She was a diligent student of the 
Scriptures and held with intelligent conviction the system 
of doctrine taught in the Westminiser Confession of Faith. 
In the rearing of her family she was careful to inculcate 
the truths of the Scriptures — endeavoring to instill those 
sound principles of religion which regulate the life. Her 
aim w^as to train her children by precept and example 
rather than by simple compulsion. She was a life-long 
reader of good literature, both religious and secular, and 
was well informed about the great issues in the church and 
in the State. Her greatest interest in things beyond her 
own community was in Missions, Home and Foreign. For 
the great work of propagating the gospel in the world at 
large she prayed, and to this cause gave liberally of her 
means. To the last of her extreme age she retained full 
possession of her mental faculties and talked with interest 
about the subjects which had so long been foremost in her 
mind. He death was peaceful — a fitting close to a life of 
Christian service. 

In this age of progressive ideas let us remember that 
some ideas have been fixed for us in the Word of God, and 
that among them is that of a true, godly woman. The 
memory of such a one let us cherish and let us hope and 
pray that God will continue to raise up those who in the 
home and in the church will promote His glory. 

a. Rev. Uncas McCluer d. at Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 


16, 1913. He m. first Charlottee Wakins, of 
Virginia; second, Elizabeth J. Morgan, of Va. 
Seven children. ''Mr. McCluer's ministry was 
a long and useful one, and the many whose 
lives have been ennobled and uplifted by his 
labors will deeply regret his loss. ' ' 

(3). Nancy Calhoun, m. Rev. Thomas Watson. Son, 
Rev. Samuel McCluer Watson, of Howell, Mo. 

(4). Robert Alexander McCluer, m. Sophia Ellen 
Brown. Nine children: 

a. Rev. Edwin Brown McCluer,D. D., b. St. Charles, 

Mo., Dec. 20, 1854. Moderator Synod of Vir- 
ginia 1906; Associate Editor The Presbyterian 
of the South. Pastor Presbyterian church, Bon 
Air, Va. Children: Edwin Alexander, Alum- 
nus W. and L. U.; and Margaret. 

b. Clarence Eugene. 

c. Charles. 

d. Claiborne Davis. 

e. Mattie Janetta. 

f. Samuel Bascom. 

g. Robert Watson, 
h. Nannie Sophia, 
i. Horace. 

Of the three daughters of John McCluer and Nancy Steele, 

5. Catherine m. Samuel McCorkle, of Rockbridge Co. 

6. NANCy, joined Monmouth church August, 1820; m. 
Dr. Jas. H. Alexander, of Rockbridge. 

7. Jane, probably m, a Byars, 



Daniel McClure was born Inverness, Scotland, May 
15, 1765, came to America about 1804 and settled at 
HaiTper's Ferry, Ya., where he died Feb. 10, 1815. His 
wife, Elizabeth, died at Harper's Ferry Sept. 27, 1808. 
Two children: 

1. Henbt McClure, who settled in North Carolina. 

2. Daniel McClure, Jr., b. Inverness, Scotland, 

1800; m. Jane McKee 1826. He lived in Up- 
perville, Fauquier County, Va., later moved to 
Eockbridge Co., finally settled in Bath County, 
where he died, 1884. Jane, his wife, died 1888. 
Their children were two sons and five daughters. 

(1). Asbury C. McClure, killed at Gettysburg 1863. 
His name appears in the Eockbridge records, 
Sept. 2, 1861. 

(2). William C. McClure, b. TJpperville, Va., Sept. 5, 
1828. Married 1st, 1851, Margretta McLaugh- 
lin, of Eockbridge Co. He m. 2nd, April, 1855, 
Mary Martha Alexander, dau. of Eobt. Alex- 
ander, of the well known Eockbridge family. 
She was born near Wesley Chapel Dec. 14, 1833; 
d. June 16, 1893; buried at Falling Springs 
church. Wm. C. McClure d. at Glasgow^, Va., 
June 4, 1907, and is buried at Falling Springs. 
He was a veteran of both the Mexican and 
Civil War. Nine children, viz: E. D. and A. 
A. of Lynchburg, Va.; William A. McClure, 
Eoanoke, Va.; V. B. McClure, San Francisco, 
Cal.; H. A. McClure, Dallas, Texas; Joseph 
Scott, E. W., Emma and Nettie, of Glasgow, 
Va. Joseph Scott McClure is an eflBcient ofiBcer 
in the Glasgow Presbyterian church. 



Territorial overlapping of Augusta, Botetourt and Eock- 
bridge causes confusion in seeking to locate the early set- 
tlers of the two latter counties. While there were a num- 
ber of McClures in Botetourt between 1770 and 1775, most 
of them lived in that part of the county that was cut off in 
1777 in forming Eock bridge and properly belong to the 
family in that county. 

There were one or two families that settled in the present 
limits of Botetourt. 

John and Maey McClure settled in the Long Bottom, 
south side of James Eiver 1764. His wife was an Allen, 
probably a daughter of Capt. James Allen, of Augusta 
County, and a sister of Hugh and Malcolm Allen, of 

In his will recorded at Fincastle, the county seat, he 
mentions three sons: 

I. Malooln McClure, m. Elizabeth Evans. He died 
May 2, 1791. His will is recorded at Fincastle. Two 
children : 

1. John McClure, who was living in Botetourt 1813. 

2. Mary McClure, who m. prior to 1813, Walker 

Stuart of Eockbridge, grandfather of Mr. W. 

C. Stuart, of Lexington, Va. 
The widow, Elizabeth (Evans) McClure m. about 1795 
Alexander Crawford, of Eockbridge County, an Elder in 
New Providence church. 

II. Samuel McClure received land from his father 
1769. Was about to move out of the State Sept. 23, 1803. 
Three sons; John the oldest. See Chalkley, Vol. II, p. 89 
and 250. 

III. Nathaniel McClure, b. 1774, and m. Mary Jane 
Porter, b. 1773. Emigrated to Grant County, Ky, A 
son, John Allen McClure, b. in Kentucy 1797, m. Eunice 
Keeler Fish. Daughter, Laura McClure, b. in Grant Co., 
Ky., married a Eankin. Judge J. T. Simon, of Cynthiana, 


Ky., who m. a McClure, is an authority on this branch of 
the family. 

The records mention Mathew McClure as one of the 
appraisers of the estate of Robert Huston September, 1761. 
(Chalkley III, p. 66). Probably Capt. Mathew McClure, 
a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration. See McClures in 
North Carolina. 

William McClure, mentioned 1771. Probably the 
William McClure, brother of Capt. Mathew McClure, of 
Mecklenburg County, N. C. 

The McClures of Lawrence County, Ky., are also from 
Botetourt county. The following outline was furnished 
me by Prof. George M. McClure, M. A., of Danville, Ky: 

"The branch of the clan from which I am descended, 
came from Scotland before the Revolution, settling first on 
the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Later, members moved to 
Virginia and settled in Botetourt county. My greatgrand- 
father, Richard Renshaw McClure, Avas a soldier in Wash- 
ington's army. He came to Kentucky after the Revolu- 
tion and settled in Lawrence county. Two of his sons, 
William (my grandfather) and Mordecai, served through 
the war of 1812. One son, John, remained in Virginia and 
I have no information as to his history. The family Bible 
of Richard McClure and Mary CraAvford, his wife, was for 
some years in ray father's family and the data as to births, 
marriages, &c., was complete. It was loaned to another 
member and in some manner lost." 

George M. McClure, Editor The Kentucky Standard and 
professor in the State institution, Danville, Ky., m. a Miss 
Jasper, of Jessamine County. Four children: 

Francis Jasper McClure m. Louisa Batterton, of Dan- 
ville, Ivy., Feb. 18, 1914. 

William McClure, a graduate of the State University. 

A daughter, graduate of Caldwell College. 

A son, not grown. 

Dr. William B. McClure, of Lexington, Ky., and Mr. 
R. C. McClure, a prominent attorney of Louisa Ky., are 
his brothers. 


Possibly Capt. Francis McClure, ''who formerly lived 
at Wheeling Creek," killed in battle near the present site 
of Pittsburg, June, 1774, and George McCluee, Virginia 
soldiers of the Eevolution, belong to this family. See Pey- 
ton's History of Augusta County and Dunmore's Wars p. 
37. Gen. Geo. M. McClure lived in Bath, N. Y., 1819. 

Admiral Schley has written of his McClure ancestors of 
the Eastern Shore of Maryland. — Cosmopolitan, Dec, 1911. 


Several of the name appear in the directory. With one 
exception they are probably descendants of William Mc- 
Clure, of Augusta County. 

Mr. E. Mortimer McClure, of the firm McClure, Daven- 
port, Taylor Co., real estate brokers, a well known citizen 
of the city, writes me that his father. Dr. Eobert McClure, 
was born in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, 1832, and his 
only surviving children are Eobert M. McClure, for several 
years postmaster at Gordonsville, Va., and himself. 

Three of his father's family came to America, viz., a 
brother, David McClure, who settled in Boston, and two 
sisters, Margaret and Elizabeth, who lived single in Brook- 
line, a suburb of Boston, Mass. 



The last of the name to emigrate to Virginia is represented 
in Mr. George Cochran Auld McClure, who lives near Front 
Eoyal, Warren County, and who very kindly gave me the 
following information: 

William McClure, his remote ancestor, was born in 
Stranraer, Wigtown, Scotland, 1698. Married a niece 
of Viscount Kenmure. Forced to leave Scotland for aid- 
ing the cause of Prince Charlie, 1745, he settled in Charles- 
ton, S. C. Two sons: 

1. William McClure, b. about 1742. Two children, 
Janet and Sarah, b, about 1795. 


2. Cochran MoClube, b. 1744 and died Jan. 5, 1820. 
Cotton planters and shippers they added to the large 
estate inherited from their father. Being loyalists they 
removed to Loudon on the outbreak of the Revolutionary 
War, returning at its close. During the war of 1812 they 
returned permanently to London where they died. The 
family vault may be seen in Bunhill Fields. 

Cochran McClure left three children, James, John, and 
"William who was born June 29, 1790, and died of yellow 
fev^er in the West Indies 16th May, 1832. Hem. his cousin, 
Janet MoClure, 23rd May, 1823. Two children: 

(1). Janet MoEL AND McClure. 

(2). William Bainbridge McClure, b. in London 
1824; educated at the Royal Naval School, Eng. ; 
resigned and went to the West Indies. Re- 
covered from yellow fever and settled in Alex- 
andria, Va., where he m. 5th Oct. 1848, Ann 
Auld. He died at St. Paul, Minn., 15th March, 
1904. He was a great traveler, having several 
times circumnavigated the globe. Three sons: 

a. Charles McClure, of Sidney, Australia. 

b. George Cochran Auld McClure, Arco, Va. 

c. John McClure, married. Children, Janet Morlaud, 

John, Merrill and others. 



It is morally certain that the families in North Carolina 
and Virginia were related. The first mention of the name 
is EiOHABD McClure in petition Nov. 22, 1744, for 300 
acres of land in Currituck County. He was doubtless a 
brother of James and John McClure, of Chester County, 
Penn. It is stated in Clarke's Colonial Eecords that on 
Dec. 4, 1744, he was paid one hundred pounds for his ser- 
vices as Clerk of the Committee of Public Accounts at 

''Aprjl 20, 1745. 
Gentlemen of His Majestie's Council. 

We have resolved that Eichard McClure, Clerke of the 
Committee of Publick Accounts, be allowed forty pounds 
for acting as Clerke of the said Com. this session, &c. 

WiLL^M Heeeitage, Cl'ke Gen'l As'bly.'' 

It is certain he did not remain in Currituck, but moved 
either to the western part of the State or back to Penn. 

John McCluee died in Mecklenburg County, 1778. His 
will is recorded at Charlotte, book B, p. 57. Son, Joseph 
and a brother, Charles. Jas. Montgomery and Wm. Mc- 
Lure, witnesses. 

The census of 1790 gives the following: 

In Burke County, 1790. 

A. Andeew McCluee, two sons over sixteen, five under 
sixteen and four daughters. 

B. Feancis McCluee, two sons over sixteen, three 
daughters. He is doubtless the Francis McClure, Eevo- 
lutionary soldier, who enlisted in 1777. 

In Eutherford, an adjoining county, 1790: 

A. John McCluee, two sons over sixteen, two daughters. 

B. John McCluee, three sons, all under sixteen. 


C. RiCHAED McCluee, two sons over sixteen, three under 
sixteen; two daughters. Rovolutionary soldier, pensioned 

In Mecklenburg County, 1790: 

A. John MoCluee, Je., three sons over sixteen, one 
under sixteen; two daughters. 

B. John McCluee, Je., two sons under sixteen, three 
daughters. Probably son of Mathew. 

C. Moses McCluee, son of Thomas; two sons under 
sixteen, two daughters. 

D. Moses McCluee, Je., single. Probably of the Rock- 
bridge family. See p. 140. 

E. Capt. Mathew McCluee. 

F. Thos. McCluee, Se., one son over sixteen, one un- 
der sixteen, one daughter. Revolutionary soldier, ensign, 
wounded and pensioned. See p. 131. 

G. Thomas McCluee, Je., married. No children. Pro- 
bably son of Mathew. 

H. ''Widow" McCluee, one son over sixteen, one un- 
der sixteen; one daughter. Possibly the wife of Captain 
John McClure, of South Carolina, who died in Charlotte 

I. William McCluee, two sons over sixteen, two un- 
der sixteen ; five daughters. Probable brother of Captain 
Mathew McClure. 

In Orange County, 1790: 

Heney McCluee, two polls and 1,230 acres of land. 

John McLuee died in Mecklenburg County 1817. His 
will is recorded. Book E, p. 21, Charlotte, N. C. He mar- 
ried about 1774, Ann McKeagan. Six children: 

I. Hugh, b. about 1775, and died single in Mecklen- 
burg County 1840. His will is recorded, Book H, p. 74, 

II. Thomas, b. 1779, and d. 1860. He m. 1825 Ann 
Ferris Camfield. Son, 

1. Judge John Joseph McLure, a prominent citizen 
and Elder in the Purity Presbyterian church, 


Chester, 8. C. He m. Bettie Mcintosh. Sev- 
eral children: 

a. J. C. McLui-e, Chester, S. C. 

b. Elizabeth, b. in Chester, m. Paul HemphiU, of 

South Carolina. 

III. William. 

IV. John. 

V. Patsy, died single after 1840. 

VI. Ann, died single after 1840. 

The best known of the early North Carolina McClures is 
Capt. Matthew McCluee referred to in Wheeler's 
History of N. C, p. 70, as one of the signers of the Meck- 
lenburg Declaration of Independence, May 20, 1775. In 
The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the 
Lives of its Signers, by Geo. W, Graham, M. D., p. 123-4, 
we read, "In the North of Ireland, about 1725, was born 
Matthew McClure, where he married; came to America and 
settled in Mecklenburg County, five miles south of David- 
son College about 1751. It is an evidence of his worth 
that he was chosen one of the delegates to the Mecklenburg 
Convention of May, 1775. It is not known that he filled 
any other public position. His house was a rendezvous 
for the patriots of his section. In January, 1782, the 
County Court ordered that no person in Charlotte or within 
two miles of the place, should be permitted to sell any 
spirituous liquoi-s so long as the hospital was continued in 
that town and employed Matthew McClure to take posses- 
sion of all such contraband liquors for the use of the hos- 
pital, as the commanding officer should direct. Too old 
himself to enter active service in the field, his sons were 
much engaged in the army." 

His name is mentioned a number of times in Clark's 
Colonial Eecords of N. C. 

He died 1805 about 80 years of age. In his will, re- 
corded May 4, 1805. (See Book E, p. 4, Mecklenburg Co.). 
He disposes of his 1,000 acre farm in Mecklenburg Co.; 
800 acres to his son, William, and 200 acres to his grand- 
son, Matthew, the son of William; $200 to his son, 


Thomab; $1,000 to his daughter, Sarah, the wife of John 
Henderson and the mother of Jennet Henderson; bequests 
to his daughter, Martha, wife of Hugh Houston; to hia 
daughter, Jane, w, of Wm. Kerns, and to her four chil- 
dren by her first husband, Geo. Houston; to his d. Betsy, 
wife of Samuel Harris, and their two children, Jamas and 
I*eggy: to his son, Joseph, "if he can be found;" to Mat- 
thew, son of his brother, William McCJure, deceased of S. 
C, and to Matthew Morrison, his kinsman of S. C. 

He mentions other property in lands west of the Alle- 
ghanies, and owned in 1790, six slaves. 

The witnesses were William Alexander, Jos. McKnitt 
Alexander, and J. M. L. Alexander, The administrators, 
Samuel Harris, Wm. Kerns and Jos. McKnitt Alexander. 

This is doubtless the Matthew McClure who was in Au- 
gusta County 1760, and who is mentioned only once; one 
of the appraisers of the estate of Robert Houston. Chalk- 
ley in, p. 66. 

A family certainly connected with that of Mecklenburg 
County, N. C, settled some time before the Revolution on 
Pacolet River, Cherokee County, S. C. The records at 
Greenville, S. C, give deeds and wills of James, James R., 
John, Richard, Samuel, Thomas W., MoUie, et al. The 
best known ancestor is Mary (Gaston) McClure, known 
in the history of South Carolina as * 'The Heroine of the 
Cherokee." She was a sister of Dr. Gaston, a Revolu- 
tionary patriot and is said to have been born 1725 and died 
1800. Four sons in the Revolutionary War. 

I. Capt. John McClure, wounded at Hanging Rock 
Aug. 6,1780, and died in Liberty Hall, Charlotte, N. C, Aug. 
18. Gen. Davis spoke of him as one of the bravest men he 
had ever known. See Vol. XII, p. 129, ''The South in the 
Building of the Nation." It is also probable that this 
family is descended from John McClure, of Burt, near 

He left a son, John McClure, who m. Mary Porter; 
parents of Hugh McClure, who m. Margaret Grain; parents 


of Eliza Jane McClure, who m. Dr. Abram Da Vega in 
South Carolina. 

II. Ensign James McClure, also wounded at Hanging 
Eock Aug. 6, 1780. He, with his brother-in-law, Edward 
Martin, while melting pewter to make bullets were cap- 
tured by Huck and condemned to death. For the full ac- 
count see McCurdy's History of South Carolina, p. 594. 

III. Hugh McCluee, Eevolutionary soldier. Mc- 
Crady's History of S. C, p. 762, giving the personnel of 
the Provincial Congress, 1775, says: "It is at least signifi- 
cant that we find among the returned none of the Brattons, 
McLures, Hills, Gastons and Laceys who so distinguished 
themselves when the war of the Eevolution rolled back to 
the upper part of the State." 

IV. De. William McCluee, mentioned in Wheeler's 
History of N. C, p. 79, as a soldier of the Eevolution, ap- 
pointed April 17, 1776, surgeon Sixth Eegiment; trans- 
ferred June 7, 1776, to the Second Eegiment, Col. John 
Patten, Commanding. Was captured at the fall of Fort 
Moultrie, May 12, 1780, and later exchanged. 

From a number of letters from him to Gen. Sumter, pub- 
lished in the Colonial records of N. C, we learn that he 
had an uncle, a Dr. Gaston, killed by the enemy; that 
all his property in S. C, "which was considerable," had 
been lost by the war; that his aged mother, who was in 
affluent circumstances in S. C, had been reduced to pov- 
erty by the war; that in the year 1776, in S. C, he was 
surgeon for the Eighth Virginia Eegiment in addition to 
his own; that he was detained in New Bern, N.C., forsome 
time by reason of ill health. 

He was in 1784 appointed one of the trustees and direc- 
tors of the New Bern Academy. He was on Dec. 29, 1785, 
appointed one of the commissioners on pension claims. 

On Nov, 22, 1785, the Legislature appointed a committee 
"to examine the model of a boat invented by Dr. McClure, 
which is represented to be calculated to improve the inland 
navigation of this State." 

In the Senate Journal for December, 1786, ' *we nominate 


Dr. TTilliam ]\[cClure, &c., &c., Councillors of State," to 
which office he was elected. 

In 1790 the Senate endoi-sed memoranda submitted by 
him. He died in New Bern, N. C, 1804. 

The New Bern, N. C, records show that he owned a 
great deal of property in and around the town. 

Heitman gives his death at 1825. This is positively 
wrong, as his will is recorded in Book B, Folio 207, New 
Bern, written 1794 and proven 1804. Wife, Elizabeth. 
Judging from the wiD he had no sons. He speaks of his 
brothers and sisters, but not by name. He mentions two 
daughters, Fanny Bachelor and Hannah, who was not to 
marry until she was twenty and to live with Margaret 
Gaston. See Heitman, p. 275. 

The name is found in various places in North and South 
Carolina. Paul Wheeler McLure, Spartanburg, belongs to 
one of the original families. Also Rev. Daniel Milton Mc- 
Lure, b. Flat Rock, N. C, 1835; graduate Davidson Col- 
lege and Oglethrope University 1858; Columbia Theologi- 
cal Seminary. Ordained 1864 and died 1865. 

Thomas Henry McClure, Jr., of Charleston, S. C, is a 
descendant of David McClure, who came from London- 
derry, Ireland. Had a son, William John McClure, father 
of James and William McClure now (1913), living in Chat- 
tanooga, Tenn,, and Thomas Henry McClure, Sr., his father. 
Misses Emily and Margaret McClure, of Charleston, also 
belong to this family. 

Doubtless the best known to-day of the family in the 
Carolinas is Rev. Alexader Doak McClure, D. D., the 
beloved pastor of St. Andrew's Presbyterian church, Wil- 
mington, N. C, since 1891. 

His grandfather, William McClure, was born near 
Ballemouy, County Antrim, Ireland; was brought when 
three years old to America by his parents, who settled in 
Tennessee about 1790. He married at Greenville, Tenn., 
later moving to Marshall County. 

Rev. Alexander Doak McClure was b. at Lewisburg, 
Tenn., July 9, 1850, and was named for his father's friend, 


Eev. Alexander Doak, of p. 126. Graduated at Princeton 
University 1874, and Princeton Seminary 1879. Ordained 
1878. He m. 1888 Eoberta Calloway, of Louisville, Ky. Two 
children: Edwin McClure, graduate Davidson College, 
and Elizabeth McClure. 

A brother, Eobert G. McClure, is married and lives in 
Indianapolis, Ind. A sister, Mrs. John B. Knox, in An- 
niston, Ala. 

This family is probably related to that of S. S. McClure 
of McClure's Magazine. 

Eev. H. E, McClure, a retired Presbyterian minister 
living in Waynesboro, Ga., states that his grandfather, 
James McClure, came to Georgia from South Carolina many 
years ago. The family, a large one, settled first in Mary- 
land; some of them em. West. His family was related to 
that of the late Hon. A. K. McClure, LL. D., of Phila- 


The only family in the State known to the writer, is that 
of James McClure, a prominent citizen and merchant of 
Fayette, Jefferson County. Alumnus Washington and 
Lee University, 1877. Delta Psi fraternity. Assistant Pro- 
fessor Jefferson College, Miss. His father was born in 
Campsie, Scotland, where his grandfather was a school 


Two sons of John McClure, of near Londonderry, Ire- 
laud, probably the John McClure, Euling Elder in the Con- 
gi-egation of Burt, 1700, came to Boston in 1729. 

A. David McClure removed to Brookfield, where he left 
a numerous posterity. Among them — 

I. David McClure, Jr., (1735-1813). Surgeon in the 
Bevolutionary War. He m. Lucy Kibbe. Two sons: 

1. Dr. David McClure, Jr., physician, Stafford, 

New York. 

2. Samuel McClure, m. Nancy Caroline Calhoun. 

Three children: 
(1). Augusta, m. George W. Archer. 
(2). Mary, m. Henry C. White. 
(3). Wm. H., m. Olive Merrill, dau. Olive C. McClure, 

b. Cedar Falls, Iowa, and m. Frederick Markley. 

B. Sajviuel McClure, the other son, remained in Bos- 
ton, and was the first Elder of the First Presbyterian 
church of Scotland in Boston, elected July 14, 1730. His 
children were: Jane, m. Kob'tFullerton; David, drowned 
at sea; Anna, m. Matthew Stewart; Samuel, m. Martha Mc- 
Clure; Margaret, m. Thomas Stinson; John, m. Aug. 5, 
1740, Rachel, d. of William McClintock, of Londonderry, 
who came Avith the McClures to America. McClintock, with 
his parents, suffered the horrors of the siege of London- 

John McClure d. Aug. 30, 1769. 
IFive children: 

1. William, b. Sept. 3, 1741, m. first, Martha Weir; 
second, Tammy Burns, both of Boston. Was Lieut, of a 
Privateer, Boston, Bevolutionary War. Captured and died 
at sea 1783, returning from lOngland. 

2. Samuel, b. July 6, 1743. Captain, Revolutionary 
War; commanded a company of militia at Ticonderoga 
1777. Died July, 1815, at Concord, N.H. Married, first, 

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Abigail Dean, of Exeter; second, Miriam Dalton, of Haver- 

3. John, b. March 3, 1745. Major, Eevolutionary War, 
Ga. regiment, died, Boston, May 18, 1785. He m. first, a 
Davis, of Savannah, Ga. Second, Sarah Davis, dau. of 
Jas. Davis, of New Bern, N. C. He is mentioned in the 
New Bern records 1782. One son, 

(1). James Davis McClure, mar. a Smith, of Cape Cod, 
Mass. He died at sea, 1808. Two sons, 

a. Jesse McClure. 

b. James Henry McClure, b. in the first house built 

in Washington, N. C, June 4, 1808. He married 
Louise Ellis, of near Greenville, Pitt County, N. 
C, He died Nov., 1902. A highly respected 
citizen. Ten children, viz: Mary Lurana, Emma 
Felicia, Oliver Hunter, Susan Matilda, Louisa, 
George Ellis and John Frederick Latham. Three 
others, a daughter and two sons, died infants. 

John Frederick Latham McClure was born July 8, 1855, 
m, Anna Katherine Habourn, of Washington, N. C, Jan. 
29, 1890. They live in Washington, N. C; members of 
the Presbyterian church. One child living, James Henry 
McClure. A second sou, Charles Tilghman, d. i. 

4. Eachel, b. Dec. 10, 1746, m. Capt. H. Hunter, a 
merchant in Boston. Died December, 1813. 

5. Eev. David McClure, D. D., b. at Newport, E. I., 
Nov. 18, 1748, graduated at Yale College in 1769. Before 
graduating he formed a purpose to become a missionary to 
the Indians. The following letter from his mother and 
father bears on this early purpose: 

"Boston, July 30, 1764. 

Dear and Loving Son — You have greatly rejoiced 
all our hearts in expressing your zeal and resolution for the 
glory of God in the service of His Son, Jesus Christ, to 
carry His gospel among the aboriginal natives. It is the 
most honorable employment in the world. O, my son, I 
have given you up to God, soul and body. Many prayers 


I have put up to heaven for you. I hope God is answer- 
ing them now. O, my son, go on in the strength of the Lord 
and in the power of His might. You may expect onsets from 
Satan, the World and the Flesh, but the more you find 
yourself assaulted by them be still more earnest at the 
Thorne of Grace. The Lord's promise stands sure, "They 
that seek Me early shall find Me." Give not way to dis- 
couragements. Your loving father and mother, 

John and Rachel McClure." 

After four years spent among the Indians, he was compell- 
ed to abandon the mission on account of the Revolutionary 
War, He returned to New Hampshire, was installed pas- 
tor at NcAv Hampton church 1776, and at East Windsor, 
Conn., 1786, where he died June 25, 1820. He wrote sev- 
eral books, among them a history of East Windsor. He is 
described as ' 'a small man, well formed and with very at- 
tractive manners— a man of culture and scholarship." He 
was a trustee of Dartmouth College, from which he received 
his D. D. in 1800. 

Hem. first, 1780, Hannah, youngest d. of Rev. Ben j. 

Pomeroy, D. D., of Hebron County, and secondly, Mrs. 

Elizabeth Martin, of Providence, R, I. His children were: 

(1). Abigail Wheelock, bap. Sept, 10, 1786; m. Dec. 

22, 1801, Oliver Tudor, of East Windsor. Five 


(2). Rachel McClintock, b. Oct. 29, 1783; m.Nov. 27, 

1806, Elihu Wolcott, of East Windsor. 
(3). Mary Ann; died July 12, 1789. 
(4). Susannah Willys, bap, Nov, 16, 1788; d, s, aged 

about 35. 
(5), Hannah Pomeroy, bap. Aug. 28, 1791, died Aug. 
25, 1804. 

The Diary of Dr. David McClure, an exceedingly inter- 
esting book and containing an outline history of his family, 
was published 1899 by John P. and William R. Peters, of 
New York. 

6. James, b. Feb. 25, 1750. Mar. Eliz. Randlet, of 


Exeter, 'N. H. Capt. and owner of a merchant ship. Died 
in Dublin, Ireland, March, 1791. 

7. Daniel, b. March 13, 1753. Died in Savannah, Ga., 
Sept. 15. 1775. 

8. Thomas, b. Nov. 21, 1754; m. first, Nancy Hunter, 
Bristol, Me. Second, Mary Wilson, of Boston. He, like 
his father and grandfather, was an Elder in the Federal 
Street, the first Presbyterian church of Boston. He left 
the church when it became Unitarian under Dr. Channing. 
Two greatgrand-sons now live in New York City, viz: Wm. 
E. Peters, a distinguished lawyer, andRev. John P. Peters, 
rector St. Michael Protestant Episcopal church. 

9. Jane, b. July 27, 1757. Married James Randlet, of 
Exeter. Died about 1805. 

10. Nancy, b. Aug. 5, 1759. Died in Boston. 

11. Joseph, b. Sept. 3, 1761. Farmer, married and lived 
in Bedford, Maine. 

12. Benjamin, twin, b. Sept. 3, 1761. Sea captain. 
Died at Exeter Feb. 18, 1787. 

13. Ruth, Dec. 26, 1763— Oct., 1765. 

Doubtless belonging to this family was Rev. Alexander 
Wilson McClure, D. D., b. Boston May 8, 1808; educated 
at Yale and Amherst Colleges and Andover Theological 
Seminary, class 1830. Pastor and Editor, died Sept. 20, 
1855. "Dr. McClure was truly a learned scholar, a genu- 
ine wit, keen dialectician and a practical controversialist. 
Ardent and honest as the sunlight, abounding in good feel- 
ing and simple in manners as a child, he was a man of posi- 
tive convictions, fearless of consequences in the advocacy 
of truth and in assailing popular error. Yet with all 
his exuberant mirth and knowledge of the world. Dr. Mc- 
Clure was pre-eminently a devout and humble Christian 
minister." — Sprague's Annals of the American Pulpit, 
Vol. II, p. 7. 

Another living member of this family, is Arthur G. Mc- 
Clure, of New York City. 



Prof. Charles F. W. McClure, of Princeton University, 
kindly gave me the following outline of his family: 

A. David McCluee, founder, was born about 1720; 
emigrated from the north of Ireland, possibly Londonderry, 
to Boston, 1740, thence to Chester, N. H., and in 1743 lo- 
cated in Candia, N. H., then, or a little later, called Charm- 
ingfare. His home was a mile or two from the Green in 
Raymond. He married in Ireland, Martha Glenn, who 
came with him to Boston. He perished in a snow storm 
about 1770. 

They left three children: 

I. Elizabeth, born Nov. 25, 1738, m. Oct., 1761, Al- 
exander McClure, b. 1734. 

Twelve children: 

1. Jane, or Jean, b. 1763, d. i. 

2. Jane, b. June 2, 1765, m. Ezekiel FuUerton of Ray- 
mond, N. H. Issue — 

(1). John M., (2) James, (3) Betty. Aboutl793the 
family moved from Raymond to Cambridge, Vt. 
2. Maetha, b. June 31, 1766, m. Smith. 

4. Maey, b. Dec. 1768. 

5. James, b. June 9, 1771, d. s. 

6. Alexander, Jr., b. Oct. 11, 1773, d. Feb. 8, 1850. 

7. Betty, b. June, 1775, d. i. 

8 and 9. Twine, b. Oct. 1777, died at birth. 

10. Elizabeth, b June 19, 1780, m. Jonathan Nay, of 
Georgia, Vt. 

11. Hannah. 

12. Fanny, b. April 24, 1784, d. July 5, 1815. 

6. Alexander MoClure, Jr., sixth child of Elizabeth 
and Alexander McClure, Sr., married, first, Sarah Nay, of 
Raymond, N. H. . Nine children: 

(1). Samuel, m. Mary Oilman, of Raymond, N. H. 
three children: H. G. McClure, T. F. McClure, 
a daughter who m. S. B. Gove. 
(2). James, d. in N. Y. 


(3). Thomaa, b. 1830, d. April 28, 1832. 

(4). David, settled in Cambridge, Mass., d. Jan. 20, 

1852. Married Sarah Barrage. 
(5). John ISTay. 
(6). Sarah, d. Nov. 28, 1912. 
(7.) Elizabeth, m., first, Moses Hoyt, of Eaymond; 

second, Eev. B. G. Manson. 
(8). Abigail, d. i. 
(9). Mary, d. i. 
Alexander McClure, Jr., m., second, a cousin, Martha 
Varnum. They had nine children: 

(10). Moses, died in California, 1858. 

(11). Alexander, 3rd, died in California, 1858. 

(12). Martha Glenn, died in Eaymond. 

(13). Frederick, died in Eaymond. 

(14). Jesse. 

Four other children died in infancy. 

(5). John Nay McClure, fifth child of Alexander and 
Sarah (Nay) McClure, m. Mary, daughter of 
Isaac Brown, of Fremont, N. H. Three child- 

a. Charles Franklin McClure, b. in Eaymond, N. H. 
1828; was living Nov. 16, 1913. He m., 1851, 
Joan Elizabeth Blake, daughter of Sherburn 
Blake, of Eaymond, N. H. Five children: 

(a). Mary Louise, m., first, Edward Custer; m., sec- 
ond, T. S. EUery Jennison, of Boston. 

(6). Elizabeth Pierce, m. E. V. Bird, of Boston. 

(c). Arabella Hersey; single. 

(d). Charles Freeman William, Professor of Compar- 
ative Anatomy, Princeton, N. J.; single. 

(e). Ethel Melvina, m. Dr. Edward Briggs, of Boston. 

6. John Freeman; died single. 

0. Susan Melvina, m. Seth M. Williams. 

II. Mart, second child of David McClure and Mar- 
tha Glenn, m. Thomas Patten of Candia, N. H. They 
had 12 children: 


1. Elizabeth, mother of Martha Varuum, second wife 

of Alexander McClure, Jr. 

2, Martha; 3. Sarah; 4. Rachel; 5. Margaret; 6. 

Hannah; 7. Ruth; 8. Mary; 9. Joan; 10. Sam- 
uel; 11. Moses (father of Rev. Moses Patten, of 
Rochester, Vt.); 12. Thomas (father of Thomas 
Patten, of Raymond). 
III. James, third child of David McClure and Martha 

Glenn; m. Mehitabel Burpee, of Candia, N. H. They had 

seven children: 

1. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 26, 1770; m. Dearbon, of Wood- 

stock, N. H. 

2. James, b. Sept. 1, 1771; died infancy. 

3. Mehitabel, b. Jan. 31, 1774; m. Bursel, Candia, N.H. 

4. James, b. Nov. 4, 1776. 

5. Rebecca, b. Feb. 13, 1780; m. Hall, Candia, N. H. 

mother of Orrin Hall, of Cambridge, Mass. 

6. Nathaniel, b. April 9, 1785; went west when young. 

7. Sally, b. July 19, 1792; m. Thomas Patten. 
Other McClures in New Hampshire were — 

David McClure, b. Goflfstown, N. H., 1758, and died 
1835. He was a Revolutionary soldier. Sergeant to Capt. 
John Duncan. He m. Martha Wilson. Son, Manly W. 
McClure, who m. Martha M. Page; parents of Mary Mc- 
Clure, wife of James Clark. 

Capt. James McClure, b. in Londonderry, 1753. Set- 
tled in New Hampshire. Revolutionary soldier. Captain 
4th Continental Artillery. Died 1840. Married Mary 


Rev. Jamrs Gore King McClure, D. D., President of 
the McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, waa b. at 
Albany. N. Y., Nov. 24, 1848, and graduated at Yale Col- 
lege 1870, Princeton Seminary, 1873. 

Under date of Oct. 22, 1910, he gave me the following 
statement; *'My own branch of the Mc(Jlures came to Al 


bany, N. Y., in 1801, from the north of Ireland. We never 
have been able to connect ourselves with any other branches 
of the McClures in America, nor have we been able to as- 
certain anything about the original family in the north of 
Ireland, My grandfather's name was Archibald McClure, 
and his wife, Elizabeth Craigmiles. There are various fam- 
ily traditions about the character and life of my ancestors 
in the north of Ireland, but they afford no definite histori- 
cal basis for the ascertaining of a geneaological line." 

I learn from another source that Archibald McOlure, be- 
fore emigrating to America, resided in or near Belfast. 
There is a family tradition that his ancestors in Scotland, 
during the persecution of the Covenanters, were once hid- 
den under a load of hay, into which the soldiers thrust 
their weapons, but without doing injury to those concealed. 
See page 13. 

There is a village near the Delaware Eiver in Broome 
County, N. Y., called McClure Settlement, probably of the 
Pennsylvania family. There are a number of McClures in 
New York City, among them a prominent law firm, David 
and John McClure. 

Samuel Sidney McCluee, founder of McClure 's Maga- 
zine, was born at Drumaglea, County Antrim, Ireland, Feb. 
17, 1857. He states in his Aiitobiogrophy (1913) that his 
family came to Ireland from Galloway, Scotland, about two 
hundred years ago. It is stated elsewhere that his remote 
ancestor was Daniel McLewer, supposedly descended from 
the Huguenot family of De la Charois, of noble French ex- 
traction which claims descent from John, Duke of Gascony. 
This Daniel may be the same Daniel McLewer who was an 
Elder attending Templepatrick Presbytery, Ulster, 1738. 

His mother, Elizabeth Gaston, descended from a French 
Huguenot family that came to Ireland after the revocation 
of the Edict of Nantes. Mary Gaston, the mother of Dr. 
WiUiam McClure, who died at New Bern, N. C, 1804, 
doubtless belonged to this same stock. 

S. S. McClure, speaking of his grandfather, Samuel Mc- 
Clure, said: "He was a man so constituted that he not 


only would not yield in opinion — he could not. I believe 
before changing his mind on a point on which he had de- 
termined, he might have been tied to the ground and cut 
to piecas inch by inch." 

Rev. William Eamsey, in his letter published in the Au- 
tobiography, says of William McCluee, brother of Sam- 
uel, ''There are no doubt many of his equals in honesty 
and principal, but none could exceed him or his family, or 
indeed any of the McClures. He is often in my mind, not 
only as a devoted Christian, but as so upright in word and 
deed that, when I lost him I knew of none to fill his place 
in my heart." 

Samuel McClure had seven sons, among them Thomas 
McClure (1832-1860). His widow, Elizabeth (Gaston) 
McClure, with her four sons, Samuel, b. 1857, John, b. 
1858, Thomas, b. 1860, and Robert B., came to America, 
settling in Indiana, 1866. Robert B. McClure died at Yon- 
kers, N. Y., May 30, 1914. 

Mr. Hugh S. McClure, with the American Exchange Na- 
tional Bank, New York, belongs to a family that lived 
atDeruock, near Bollymouey County, Antrim. His father, 
Rev. Samuel McClure, ministered at Cross-roads, near Lon- 
donderry, where he died 1874. Has a brother, Rev. John 
J. McClure, D. D., Capetown, South Africa. 


The first mention of the name in America is in Pennsyl- 
vania. The family is probably more numerous there to- 
day than in any any other State in the Union, while de- 
scendants are to be found in every section of the country. 
The earliest record is that of Robeet MoCluee, in Dau- 
phin County, 1722. 


Four brothers settled in Currituck County, N. C, about 
1740. Not finding the climate healthful, James and John 


emigrated to Pennsylvania and settled in TJwchlan Town- 
ship, Chester County. Their deed is dated Oct. 12, 1748. 
Of these brothers: 

A. James McClure m. Mary Lewis and left a daughter, 
Esther. No further record. 

B. John McCluee, b. 1705, m. about 1743, Jane Ahll, 
and died March 25, 1777. Jane, his wife, died Feb. 15, 
1762. Four children: 1- &^'^^^«"'^ ^ (.«>/ 

I. Esther, b. Sept. 10, 1744, m. Williams. 

II. Capt. James McCluee, a Eevolutionary soldier 
with Gen. Proctor, b. Jan. 11, 1746; m. his first cousin, 
Esther McClure, daughter of James and Mary Lewis Mc- 
Clure. Four children, viz: Jape, Eachel, Mary and Silas. 
Silas married and left a son, James, an Elder in the Nant- 
meal Presbyterian Church, 1870. 

III. Mary, b. Oct., 1747, d. s. 

IV. Joseph, b. Oct. 27, 1749, m. Martha Thompson, of 
Uwchlan Township; died Oct. 15, 1827. Martha, his 
wife, died Nov. 23, 1829, aged seventy-three years. Eight 
children, viz: Jane, Elizabeth, James, Joseph, Martha, 
John, Eachel and Mary. Of thase, 

3. James, lived near Landisburg, Perry County. One 
of the first Elders in the Landisburg- Presbyterian Church, 
1823. Died after 1852. He m. Hannah McKay. Son, 
(1). William McKay McClure, one of the first Elders 
in the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church, Perry 
County, 1834. Two sons. 
a. William E. McClure, m. Ida Coulon. Died 1899. 
h. Charles V. McClure, dealer in Eeal JEfetate, Greene, 
Iowa, and to whom I am indebted for the in- 
formation of this branch of the family. He 
was born August 24, 1845. Soldier in the War 
between the States; private Co. H, 49th Penn. 
Vol. Infantry, 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac. 
Two sons — 

(a). Charles A. McClure, was private in the 49th Iowa 
Vol. Infantry, Spanish-American War. Promo- 
ted by President McKinley to 2nd Lieutenant 


in the regular Army. Resigaed on close of hos- 
tilities in the Philippines. 
(6). James Barrett McClure was floor clerk (1912) of 
the United States Senate. 
4. Joseph, was ordained an Elder in the Brandywine 
Manor Church, 1830. 

6. John McClure, b. in Chester County July 26, 1791; 
m., first, Feb. 6, 1816, Elizabeth Mackelduff, of Honey- 
brook. She died August 22, 1822. Two sons. 

(1). Dr. Joseph M. McClure, ordained an Elder in the 
Xantineal Presbyterian Church, Chester County, 
1870. He died some years ago, leaving a wid- 
ow and tAVO daughters, viz: Margaret, living 
at Lyndell, Chester County, and Mrs. Wm. 
Pemrock, Atlantic City, N, J. 
(2). James McClure. 
He married, second, January 13, 1824, Elizabeth Mackel- 
duff, a first cousin of his first wife. Three children. 
(3). Elizabeth, m. Robert Xeely. 
(4). John, who married and left a daughter, Mrs. 
Adda B. McSparran, Peter's Creek, Lancaster 
(5). Samuel M., d. s. 
He died Feb. 9, 1873. Elizabeth, his wife, died Dec. 15, 
1867, aged seventy-three years. The address of Rev. A. 
Nelson HolUfield on the occasion of his death, delivered at 
the Fairview Presbyterian Church, Wallace, Chester Co., 
Feb. 13, 1873, is preserved in book form. The following 
is from this address: 

"The McClure family, ever since its settlement in the 
American coloni&s, has been highly respectable. John, 
(the grandfather of the deceased) and all of his family, 
were persons of superior intelligence. They were well-to do 
in wordly possessions, industrious, honest and economical. 
During the period that preceded and succeeded The De- 
claration of Independence, they were warm and active 
partisans of the American cause. From conviction, they 
were Federalists, and espoused the principles of George 


Washington, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, as op- 
posed to those of Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr and James 
Madison, Strange to say, with but two exception, all of 
the decendants have adhered to the political faith of their 
forefarthers, being, to-day, republicans. Two of the family, 
(at least) rendered efiicient service in the revolutionary 
war, James and Benjamin, the eldest and youngest sons of 
John. The former was commissioned a Captain of Infan- 
try. He was captured by the British near the close of hos- 
tilities, and imprisioned at Long Island, from whence he 
succeeded in effecting his escape, and returned to his fath- 
er's home. The war terminating shortly afterwards he 
did not return to his post in the army. Turning from the 
scenes of war, we come down to more peaceful times. In 
the year 1812, a poor woman died, leaving two children 
only a few days old. A neighboring farmer, of means and 
respectability attended the funeral. He there saw the 
helpless orphan boys. Who was to care for them? Their 
father was not in circumstances to permit him to employ a 
nurse. As the neighbor observed these things, his heart 
was touched with sympathy. But he did not stop with 
that. When the funeral was over, he returned to the ten- 
ant house where the children were, and having obtained 
the grateful consent of their father, took them up, one on 
each arm, and carried them one mile to his home, and pre- 
sented them to his astonished wife to care for. That man 
was Joseph McClure, the father of the deceased. When they 
became older, he sent one of them to reside with the deceas- 
ed. These boys are now old men. One resides in this 
township, an honest, sober and industrious citizen. The 
other lives in the west, a Methodist Minister. According 
to the records of the Brandywine Manor Church Session, 
Joseph McClure was an elder there in 1814, but for how 
long a time preceding that date we are unable to say, as the 
minute of 1814 is the oldest we could find. December the 
9th, 1826, the following minute appears upon the Sessional 
Eecords of Brandywine Manor Church: 'Session regret to 
learn that Joseph McClure, an aged member of Session, be- 


ing lately stricken with palsy, we cannot expect from him 
his usual service.' This family has furnished the church 
with several elders. As we have seen, Joseph, (the father 
of the deceased) was an elder in 1814. Two of his sons, 
Joseph and the deceased, were ordained ruling elders, and 
installed over the congregation about the year 1830, they, 
together with a number of persons, founded this, the "West 
Nautmeal Presbyterian Church. The deceased was install- 
ed a ruling elder here in 1840. Joseph M, McClure, M. D., 
(son of the deceased) and Jas. McClure, (grandson of James 
and Esther McChire) were ordained as ruling elders, and 
installed over this congregation in 1870. In 1872, Joseph 
M. McClure, M. D., was elected by the Presbytery of Ches- 
ter a Commissioner to the General Assembly, and was pres- 
ent in that body at Detroit, Michigan, The deceased was 
one of the most efi&cient ruiling elders of the two churches 
with which he was connected. In his younger days he 
was a very excellent reader, and it frequently happened 
that, in absence of the pastor, he was called upon to read 
a printed sermon, which service he invariably performed 
with great acceptance to the people. He was always in his 
accustomed seat in church, until the infirmities of age com- 
pelled him to have some consideration for the weather. 
One of his former pastors, Eev. D. C, Meeker, says on this 
point, in a recent letter: 'He was exemplary, and often 
self-denying in his attendance upon the services of the 

Another preacher, the Eev. B. B. Hotchkin, D. D.: 
'He was devoutly solicitous for the prosperity of the church; 
free-hearted in serv-ice as a member of its Session and Fis- 
cal Board; cordial towards his associates in ofiice, studious 
of things that make for peace; ever ready to bear his part 
in its social devotions; lending to the pastor the support 
of his influence; and as watchful for it as a father for a child. 
You knew him only when these qualities began to feel the 
impairing effect of advancing age; I knew him when they 
were in their vigor.' 

No man ever thought more of his church. He was con- 


secrated to its service in youth, and life's setting sun found 
the veteran of four-score years at the post of duty and of 
honor. Not only as a ruling elder did he serve the church 
of his fathers, but rendered efficient service as a trustee for 
near a half a century. When the first church was built 
here, he and his brother Joseph subscribed one-fourth of 
the whole amount required to complete the structure, and 
when we began to agitate the subject of building this new 
church edifice, he was the first one to subscribe. He 
headed the list with one thousand dollars. Subsequently 
he largely increased that sum. The deceased was a man 
likely to be misunderstood by strangers. They might con- 
sider him harsh, haughty, overbearing. But such was far 
from the truth. Whatever his naturally reserved manner 
might indicate, he had a sympathizing heart, was of a very 
benevolent disposition, and exceedingly kind and friendly. 
In the social relations of life, he endeared himself by his con- 
stancy and afi'ection. He was given to hospitality. His 
house has long been the minister's home, and nowhere were 
they more warmly welcomed or generously treated. The 
deceased was a great reader, but wasted no time on litera- 
ture of a light character. His Bible, Burden's Village Ser- 
mons; The Grace of Christ, by Dr. Plumer, and Eeligious 
Experience, by Dr. A. Alexander, (together with the Pres- 
byterian and Evangelist) completed his reading library. Al- 
though he possessed many other valuable works, these 
were his favorities. Thus he spent the close of his long 
life, reading religious books and good papers. He could 
repeat the Shorter Catechism to his dying day, asking and 
answering the questions himself. By industry he amassed 
a large property. But that he was rich in faith and good 
works is more worthy of record. The aroma of the good 
name he has left behind him is a more inestimable heritage 
than the fortunes of the Eothschilds, or the wealth of the 
Astors; a name honorably associated with the Covenanters 
of Scotland, the battle for priceless freedom on these west- 
ern shores, and the establishment of the early Presbyterian 
Church in America." 


V. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 20, 1751, d. s. 

VI. Rachel, b. March 20, 1754; m. John Neal, of Slate 
Ridge, Lancaster County. Five children. 

VII. Jane, b. January, 1757, m. Johu Wallace, of Honey- 
brook, Chester County. Son and five daughters. 

VIII. Benjamin, b. Sept. 9, 1759, d. 1821. Lieut, to 
Capt. George Crawford, Col. James Dunlop, Revolutionary 
War. He m, Agnes Wallace, of (yhester County. Eight 
children, viz: Robert, Jane, Mary, Elizabeth, John, Wil- 
liam, Esther and James. Mary m. Rev. Wm. Kennedy, 
Daughter Mary Jane m. Crawford Hindman. 

It will be observed that the names of this family are 
similar to those of a family in Augusta County, viz. John 
McClure, of Chester Co. Pa., (1705-1777), eight children: 
Esther, James, Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, Rachel, Jane and 

John McClure, of Augusta County, Va. (1717-1797), 
eleven children: Anne, Esther, James, Jane, Elizabeth, 
Martha, Mary, John, Margaret, Andrew and Eleanor. 


The best authority on this and all the Pennsylvania fam- 
lies is Mr. C. P. McClure, of Bunola, Pa. He has compiled 
a Family History. It is to be regretted that it has not 
appeared in print, as it doubtless contains much informa- 
tion of general interest. Associated with him in his un- 
dertaking is Mr. Roy Fleming McClure, of Chattanooga, 
Tenn., and Mr. J. H. McClure, of Elizabeth, Pa. 

John McClure, b. in Scotland 1G96, came to Pennsyl- 
vania from the North of Ireland 1715; m., 1730, Janet Mc- 
Knight, sister of John McKnight, Esq., the well known 
Justice of Cumberland County, Pa. Settled in Cumber- 
land County about 1732, where he died 1757. Eight 
children, viz: 

John. Andrew, who is supposed to have married Jean, 
a first cousin, daughter of Abdiel McClure, b. in Glasgow, 
1702; son Abdiel, born in Carlisle 1750, ancestor of Rev. 


James T. McClure, pastor of the First U. P. Church, Wheel- 
ing, W. Va., for forty- nine years. 

Charles, Eichard, Margaret, Jean, Eunice and 
Catherine. The above may be the Margaret McClure of 
Big Spring Presbyterian Church, Cumberland County, who 
signed, 1786, the call for Eev. Samuel Wilson. 

The Eichmond, Va., Standard, vol. Ill, p. 7, gives the 

Margaret McClure, m., April 4, 1776, John Parker, 
of Cumberland County, b. 1740. 

Chas. McClure, b. Carlisle, Pa., 1739, m., first, Emelia 
who died Feb. 1, 1793, aged 28 years. Two children: 

1. John McClure, m. Jane Blair and left four child- 

ren, viz: Catherine, Aurelia, Mary, and John, 
who d. s. 

2. Mary McClure, who m. Joseph Knox. 

Hem., second, Mrs. Eebecca Parker, widow of Maj. Alex- 
ander Parker. She died at Carlisle April 13, 1826, aged 
sixty-three years Four children. 

3. Charlotte. 

4. Charles, married Margaretta Gibson. Son, Major 

Charles McClure of the U. S. army. Sons, 
George and William McClure. 

5. Judge Wm. B. McClure, Pittsburg, Pa. 

6. Eebecca, m. Eev. F. T. Brown. 

Miss Emma McClure, of Elk Lick, Somerset County, be- 
longs to this line. 

John McClure, with Andrew Blair and others, was or- 
dained an Elder in the Second Presbyterian Church, Car- 
lisle, 1833; had been an Elder in the First Church. 

Joseph McClure, from Carlisle, 1767. Signed the call to 
Rev. John Steel. 

James McClure, who settled, 1780 in Newport, Ky., is 
supposed to belong to the Cumberland family. Died in 
Newport, 1830. 

He m. Jane Miles, who was drowned at Vevay, Ind., 
March 8, 1818. Six children: 

1. Sarah, m. David Perry; Died about 1815. 


2. John, m, Hester Lloyd of Pennsylvania; died of 

yellow fever at Baton Rouge, La., 1826. Three 
children, viz: Eliza, James W. and Julia. 

3. James H., b. Nov. 13, 1800, m, Mary Lewis; d. in 

Texas. No chilnren. 

4. Eliza, twin, b. Nov. 13, 1800; d. May 24, 1868.; 

m. Capt. Samuel Perry. Six children. 

5. David, drowned at Vevay, Ind, March 8, 1818. 

6. Frances S. O., b. June 28, 1803, d. Feb. 4. 1890; 

m., Sept. 11, 1821, Capt. Samuel Carter, Their 
youngest daughter, Jane, b. Dec. 20, 1833; m. 
James B. Still well; lived it Seattle, Wash. 
Miss Mary E. Applegate, of Chicago, belongs to this line. 

Two nephews of James McClure of Newport, from Pitts- 
burg, but of the Cumberland family, emigrated to Illinois 
about 1845. 

''Col. John B. McClure, of Peoria, with his brothers, 
Robert and Samuel, were from Shippensburg, Cumberland 
County. He married a lady from Wisconsin. Daughter 
Mary living 1868. Robert lived in Gluey, 111. Physician. 
Samuel d, in Pennsylvania." 

Col. John D. McClure, of Peoria, was born in Franklin 
County, Pa., 1835, settled in Peoria, 1849, and died there 
March 3, 1911. 

Judge David MoCluee, b. in Ireland 1726, lived in 
Cumberland County, Pa.; died in Sherman's Valley, Pa., 
1796. Married Jane McCormick. Sou, William McClure, 
b. about 1760, m. Jane Byers. Son, William (1797-1856), 
m. Margaret Beaver. Daughter, Emily C. McClure, m. 
William Warmington. 

Mc('lure, a village in Snyder County, probably got its 
name from the Cumberland family. There are several Mc- 
Clures living now in this section — large and prosperous 

Col. Alexander Kelly McClure, LL. D., is perhaps the 
most distinguished of the name in Pennsylvania. Member 
Penn. Legislature, candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia, 


personal friend of President Lincoln. Best known as Ed- 
itor of the Philadelphia Times. 

He was born in Sherman's Valley, Perry County, Pa., 
January 9, 1828, and spent his early years on his father's 
farm. With his older brother he divided his time week 
about at a country school. In 1846 he made his first visit 
to Philadelphia in order to get work as a journeyman tan- 
ner. He found no work there and tramped to New York, 
where his luck was no better. He worked his way west 
until he found himself in Iowa, but still his ill fortune in 
the tanning trade stuck to him. He then journeyed back 
east and that fall, in spite of advice to the contrary, went 
into the printing business, starting with the Sentinel, the 
Mifflin local paper. 

At his suggestion an outline history of his family was 
prepared by Eev. G. O. Seilhamer, Chambersburg, Pa. 
Col. McClure's sudden death prevented its being published, 
which is to be regretted, as it doubtless contains much of 
interest to the family in general. 


William McClure, a Covenanter of Dumfries, Scot- 
land, was with his family driven by persecution from his 
home and country and settled in Ireland. His youngest 
sou, James, emigrated to America, settled, first, in Lan- 
caster County, Pa,; removed in 1772 to Bloomsburg on the 
Susquehanna, where he built the well known Fort McClure. 
Eevolutionary soldier. 

He had five children: Margaret, Josiah, John, Priscilla 
and James. Margaret, the oldest daughter, m., Dec. 10, 
1783, Maj. Moses Van Campen of New York, and died at 
Dansville, New York, March, 1845. Col. James McClure, 
the youngest child, was born in 1774, m. in 1796, and died 
at the old homestead, October 4, 1850. His children were 
Margaret, James, Mary, Samuel, Eleanor, Josiah, Charles, 
Priscilla, Benjamin and Alfred. The Eev. Alfred James 


Pollock McClure, a clergyman of the Episcopal Church, 
now living in Philadelphia, belongs to this family. 

He and his daughter, Miss Abby McClure, have put into 
permanent form the record of their branch of the family. 

See Penn. Magazine of Biography, vol. XXXI, pp. 504- 
506 (1907). 


Miss Martha McClure, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, is an au- 
thority on this branch of the family. 

EiCHARD McCluee, from the north of Ireland, settled 
about 1725 in Paxtang township, then Lancaster, now 
York county. Four sons born in Ireland. 

A Thomas, d. in Paxtang, 1765. Wife, Mary, d. in 
Hanover April, 1775. Six children, viz., John, wife Mary; 
mar. 1775, lived in Mt. Pleasant township; William; Mary, 
m. Joseph Sherer; Martha, m. Andrew Wilson; Jean, 
James Bumey; Thomas, m. Mary Harvey. 

B. Charles, wife Eleanor. He died prior to 1761. 
Nine children, viz: Arthur, Eebecca, Jennett, William, 
John, Martha, Eleanor, Charles, Margaret. 

C. John, wife Mart. Died in Hanover 1762. Four 
children, viz: James, William, Jane, who m.Wm. Waugh, 
Ann. Of these, James was b. 1733, m. Mary Espy and d. 
at Hanover Nov. 14, 1805. Nine children, viz: James, d. 
s. Sept., 1815. Martha, m. a Wilson; three children. 
William, son James. Frances. Isabel, m. Jos. Catheart. 
John. Mary, m. Snodgrass. Andrew, m. and em. to Ohio. 
Six children, viz: John, Hugh, Scott, Andrew W., Ann 
and Bell. The fourth son. Dr. Andrew W. McClure em. 
to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, 1856. Mar. Emily Conaway Porter, 
a dau. Martha McClure. 

D. Eichard, eight children, viz: Alexander. William, 
m. Margaret Wright. Jonathan, m. Sarah Hays. Andrew, 
w., Margaret. Poan, wife Hannah, d. in Northumberland 
County, Oct. 8, 1833. Margaret, m. Sept. 7, 1757, John 
Steel. David, m. Margaret Lecky. Katherine, m. Eobt. 



Samuel MoCluee, b. in Belfast, Ireland, 1736, d. in 
Phila. 1790. Revolutionary Soldier. Mar. Jenet Graham. 

I. David McClure; m. Ann Russell. Son, 

1. Dr. David McClure, m. Eliza Shute Stewart. 
(1). Dau. Elise, b. in Phila., m. Henry Payson Gre- 
gory; parents of Elise Gregory, b. Oakland, Oal., m. Lloyd 
Bowman. A nvimber of the name are now living in and 
near Phila. 

Rev. Robert E. McClure, D. D., of Blairsville, Pa., gave 
us the following information: 

His great grandfather, with three brothers, came to 
Phila. from the north of Ireland. 

One of them left. four sons, viz: Andrew. John, who 
died in West Middletown, Pa., and whose children all died 
single. Richard. Dr. Robert McClure, b. in Phila. 
and died in Washington County, Pa. Left a sou, Robert 
Brown McClure, the builder of the first threshing machine 
in the United States, He m. Letitia Templeton and left 
nine children, viz: Aaron T. McClure, living in Washing- 
ton County, Pa. ; Rev. Wm. S. McClure, D. D., pastor 
Second U. P. church, Xenia, Ohio. Dr. James A. McClure," 
Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Emma K. MacDill, Middletown, 
Ohio; Mrs. Alice E. Snodgrass, Pittsburg, Pa.; Miss EttaM. 
McClure, teacher, Pittsburg, Pa.; Miss Anna L. McClure, 
West Middletown, Pa.; Mrs. Jas. E. Ralston, West Mid- 
dletown, Pa.; Rev. Robert E, McClure, D. D., pastor U. 
P. church, Blairsville, Pa. 

The following appeared in the New York Times, Dec. 21, 

A Bible carried under his left arm saved the life of the 
Rev. Dr. R. E. McClure, pastor of the United Presbyterian 
Church here and President of the Indiana County Anti- 
Saloon League, last night, when an assassin's bullet struck 
the Bible, perforating it and Dr. McClure's clothing. 

On his way home from a sick call Dr. McClure was pass- 


ing two men in a shadowed spot in Stuart street, when he 
heard a whistle. At the signal one of the men leveled a 
revolver at the minister and fired. The bullet went wild. 
A second bullet passed through the Bible and touched Dr. 
McClure's skin, but did not break it. Unhurt, the clergy- 
man picked up a brick and threw at the men, who fled. 
One of the men lost his hat, which the minister turned 
over to the police. 

Dr. McClure has been unrelenting in his prosecution of 
liquor law violators, and to this is attributed the attempt 
to murder him. He is a Trustee of Westminster College 
and one of the best known temperance workers in the State. 

EoBERT McClure, a Eevolutionary soldier, lived in Wil- 
liamsport, Pa. He m. Mary Hepburn. Two children, viz: 
1. Hepburn McClure, m. Martha Biles Anthony, d. Annie 
Eachel. 2. William McClure, m. Hannah Smith; son 
Edwin Parson McClure, m. Elvira Grier, dau. Margaret, b. 
in Eushville, Pa. 

John McClure, who died in Morgantown, W. Va., 1874, 
doubtless belongs to the Pennsylvania family. He m. 1835, 
Martha Steele (1809-1910), b. in Greene County, Pa., dau. 
of John Steele, b. in Augusta County, Va,, 1769. Three 
children, among them, Olivier McClure, of Morgantown, 
W. Va. 

William McClure; who was president of the corpora- 
tion of Dayton, Ohio, 1808. He was a Trustee of the First 
Presbyterian Church of Dayton, Ohio, organized 1801. 

Miss Jean Wilkinson, Pueblo, Col., writes that she is a 
descendant of William McClure, who died in Tuscarora Val- 
ley, Pa. He had a son Willian, father of Harvey, father 
of Eleanor, mother of Miss Jean Wilkinson. William Sr. 
and Jr., were Eevolutionary soldiers. She says, ''Mollie 
McClure, the heroine of the Cherokee massacre, was of our 
family." See p. 156. 

The Pennsylvania State Library gives records of the fol- 
lowing Eevolutionary soldiers, viz: Alexander, Andrew, 
Francis, George, James, John, Martin and Patrick Mc- 
Clure. Several of these are doubtless the same that ap- 
pear in the Virginia records. 



John McClube (1725-1777), founder of the family in 
Botetourt county, was a son of Halbert and Agnes Mc- 
Clure of p. 135, and not a son of Arthur as stated on p. 142. 

Besides the three sons, Samuel, Malcolm and Nathaniel, 
of whom sketches are given on p. 149; he had nine chil- 
dren, viz: Alexander, Mary, Agnes, Jennet, Hannah, Re- 
becca, Halbert, Moses and John. 

John is said to have been born 1775, and was therefore 
the youngest. Married Isabella McCorkle. Nine children, 
viz: Samuel, Andrew, James, Capt. John A. who m. a 
Wilson, parents of Mrs. N. J. Baker, of Nace, Va.; Wil- 
liam, Catherine who m. a Flaherty, Mary who m. a Kish, 
Joseph and Margaret. A granddaughter, Margaret, in 
Missouri. Samuel and William em. to Kansas. 

Alexander McClure, b. 1797, who m. Sarah Hardy of Bed- 
ford County, Ya., and em. to St. Louis, Mo., doubtless be- 
longs to this family. 

In Hening, Vol. 7, p. 181, James, John, James, Hugh 
and Halbart McClure, in Capt. Alexander Sayer's com- 
pany, were paid Aug. 31, 1758, for military service. 
Alexander and Moses McClure, for provisions. 

The Virginia State Library gives a fragmentary record 
of the following McClures in the Eevolutionary War: 
Capt. David McClure, Capt. William McClure. First Lieu- 
tenants Andrew, Francis and John McClure. Ensign Geo. 
McClure. Privates Alexander, Andrew, James (Navy), 
John, Nathan, Patrick, Robert, Samuel and William Mc- 

In the War of 1812: Privates Alexander, Andrew, Arthur 
and Samuel. 

We find in the "Official Records, War of the Rebellion" 
that more than forty McClures served as officers in the 

Civil War. Among them — 
From Indiana (Wabash), Lieut. T. W. McClure. 
From Illinois, Col. John D. McClure, Capt. Geo. W, 


McClure, Capt. T. J. McClure, Capt. Samuel M. P. McClure, 
Lieut. James A. McClure. 

From Iowa, Lieut's H. M. McClure and Joseph D. Mc- 
Clure; Serg. J. M. McClure, who died in prison at Ander- 
sonville, Ga., Sept. 8, 1864. 

From Kansas, Capt. James R. McClure. 
From Kentucky, P. McClure, died prison, Anderson- 
ville, Ga., May 10, 1864. 

From Michigan, R. McClure, died prison, Anderson - 
ville, Ga., Sept. 9, 1864. 
From Xew York, Lieut. Thos. J. McClure. 
From Missouri, Capt. T. J. McClure, Serg. Joseph 

From Ohio, Capt. Addison S., son of Charles McClure, 
Maj. Daniel McClure, Lieut. Geo. D. McClure, Maj. John 
McClure, Capt. Oliver S. McClure, Capt. Wm. H. McClure, 
Capt. Wm. M. McClure. 

From Pennsylvania, Col. Alexander K. McClure, Capt. 
William McClure (15th Cavalry), Capt. Wm. M. McClure, 
(2nd Artillery), Dr. Samuel McClure. 
From Wisconsin, Capt. Wm. McClure. 
Confederate soldiers: 

Georgia, Lieut's J. J. McClure, (Clay Co.), and W. H. 
McClure, (Pike Co.). 
Mississippi, James E. McClure. 
Tennessee, Lieut. Robert G. McClure. 

Nathan McClure, of Russell County, Ky., was a mem- 
ber Kentucky Constitutional Convention, 1849. Member 
of the House, 1833-'39; Senate, 1848, '61-'63. 

Bryan S. McClure, Ky., Legislature 1871-'73. 

R. C. McClure, Louisa, Ky., minority leader Ky. 
Legislature 1912. 

John D. McClure, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge 
of Ky., 1849. Grand High Priest, Ky., 1854. 

Rev. W. K. McClure, Methodist minister, 1914, Perry- 
ville, Ky. 

The name occurs frequently in Missouri. Mrs. W. C. 


Wilson, a descendant of John McClure, of Eock bridge Co., 
Va., states that Miss Nellie McClure, now Mrs. W. J. Har- 
bicht, of Wentzville, Mo., is a niece of Joel and Milton 
McClure, who em. from Kentucky to St. Charles County, 
Mo., about 1825. There is a Margaret A. E. McLure 
Chapter, U. D. C, St. Louis. Mr. Claude McClure be- 
longs to the family for whom the town, McClure, 111., is 

JosiE McClure, b. 1864, in Gallatin, Mo., m. Wm. W. 

Eev. W. G. McClure was pastor, 1890, the Southern 
Methodist church, Marshall, Mo. 

Miss Mary McClure, Madison, Ind., is said to belong to 
the Southern family. 



This family came to Virginia from County Donegal, Ire- 
land. Eev. James Alexander was pastor of the Eaphoe 
Presbyterian church, 1678-1704. Archibald Alexan- 
der was an Elder im the Taboyn (now Monreagh) church 
about the same time. 

The Alexander genealogy is given in Eoger's Memorials 
of the Earl of Sterling and the House of Alexander, and 
Chart by Francis Thomas Anderson Junkin, LL. D., Chi- 
cago, from which the following is taken: 

A^ A Norse settlement was early established in Arran and 
Bute and other islands in the West of Scotland under the 
Viking Conn Chead Chath of the Hundred Battles. His 
descendant, Viking Somerled, about 1150, exercised pow- 
erful authority in the Western Isles, disputing the sover- 
eignty of Scotland with David I. In 1164 he entered the 
Firth of Clyde with a fleet of one hundred and sixty ves- 
sels, intending to usurp the Scottish Crown. He was de- 
feated at Keiifrew and there slain. (Chron. Man. A. D., 
1104-1164) . He married, about 1140 (second wife) Affrica, 
daughter of Olave the Red, King of Man, and had three 
sons: DouGAL, from whom came subsequently the Ducal 
House of Argyle; Angus, the third son, who became Lord 
of the Isle of Bute; and Ranald, the second son, who be- 


came Lord of the Isles of Mull, Kintyre, &c. His son Don- 
ald was the father of Angus (d. about 1290), whose grand- 
son John, Lord of the Isles, married Margaret, daughter 
of Eobert II, King of Scotland, grandson of King Eobert I, 
the Bruce. Her descent from the old English kings of the 
House of Cerdic is as follows: King Ecgberht, d. 836; his 
son. King Ethelwulf, d. 855; son, King Alfred the Great, 
d. 899; son. King Edward the Elder, d. 927; son, King 
Edmund, d. 946; son. King Edgar, d. 975; son, KingEthel- 
dred the Unready, d. 1016; son. King Edmund Ironside, 
killed 1016; son, Edward the Confessor; daughter Saint 
Margaret, who m. 1068 Malcolm III, .King of Scotland, 
d. 1093; son, King David I. of Scotland, d. 1158; son, 
Henry, Earl of Huntingdon; son, David, Earl of Hunting- 
don, brother of King William IV, the Lion; second 
daughter, Isabella, m. Eobert Bruce, Lord of Annandale; 
son, Eobeit Bruce, the Claimant; son, Eobert Bruce 
Earl of Carrick, who m. Isabella, Countess of Buchan, 
of the family of Macduff; son, Eobert I, the Bruce, 
King of Scotland, b. 1274 and d. June 7, 1329, m. Isabel 
of Mar; daughter Marjory m., about 1316, Walter Fitz 
Allan, the High Steward of Scotland; son, Eobert II. King 
of Scotland, 1370, and founder of the Stewart (or Stuart) 
dynasty; his daughter Margaret m. John, Lord of the Isles, 
the father of Alexander, Lord of Lochaber, whose son, 
MacAlexander, is looked upon as the real founder of the 
House of Alexander. His descendant, Thomas Alexander, 
in a legal instrument dated March 6, 1505, is mentioned as 
Baron of Menstrey. His son, Andrew Alexander, Baron 
of Menstrey, died prior to 1527. His wife was Katherine 
Graham. Their son, Alexander Alexander, Baron of Men- 
strey (1529), m. Lady Elizabeth Douglas, daughter of 
Thomas Douglas, eldest son of Sir Eobert Douglas of Loch- 
leven by his wife Margaret, daughter of David Balfour of 
Burleigh, an ancestor of the Earls of Morton. (See Doug- 
las' Peerage, vol. II, p. 273). Alexander Alexander had 
a son, Andrew Alexander, Baron of Menstrey (1544), whose 
son, Alexander Alexander, Baron of Menstrey, d. about 


1565. His wife was Elizabeth Forbes. His son, Wiliam 
Alexander, had two sons, Alexander Alexander, Baron of 
Menstrey, who was the father of William Alexander, Earl 
of Sterling, and Thomas Alexander, b. in Scotland 1630, 
but removed to Ireland 1652 for distaste of the Rump Par- 
liament of Cromwell. "An intense Presbyterian, but loyal 
to the Catholic Stuarts, of whom he was a blood kinsman." 

A daughter, Margaret, m. Joseph Parks, who occu- 
pied lands in County Donegal. Daughter, Margaret. A 
son, William, "remarkable for his carpulency, married 
and had four sons: Archibald, Peter, Robert and William. 

A. Archibald, the eldest, was b. Cunningham Manor, 
County Donegal, Feb. 4, 1708, and m. Dec. 31, 1734, his 
first cousin, Margaret Parks, "a pious woman, of a spare 
frame, light hair and florid countenance." (Foote's 
Sketches). He did Colonial service; Captain in the Sandy 
Creek Expedition. Eight children. 

I. Eliza, b. in Ireland Oct. 1735. Came with her parents 
to Pennsylvania 1736, and Augusta County 1747, finally set- 
tled on Timber Ridge. She m., about 1754, John McClung 
of Rockbridge (b. 1732), whose sister Mary m. Judge Sam- 
uel McDowell, of Rockbridge. Three children: 

1. Joseph, lived and died on Timber Ridge. Left de- 

2. William, m. sister of Chief Justice Marshall. Was a 
distinguished Judge in Kentucky. Father of Col. Alexan- 
der K. McClung and Rev. John A. McClung, D. D. See 
"Marshall Family," Virginia. 

3. Margaret, the oldest child, was b. October, 1755; "a 
famous beauty;" m., about 1775, Robert Tate. Died 
Sept. 23, 1839. Buried at Bethel. Son, James Tate; father 
of John Addison Tate; father of Margaret Letitia Tate; 
mother of Josie (Gilkeson) McClure. See Tate Family. 

II. William, the second child, was b. at Nottingham, 
Penn., 1738; married Agnes Reid; nine children, among 
them Andrew Alexander, 1768-1844, who m., 1803, 
Anne Dandridge Aylett (1778-1818), daughter of Col. 
William Aylett and Mary Macon, of King William County, 


Va., and Rev. Archibald Alexandek, D. D., LL. D., 
(1772-1851), President of Hampden Sidney College and 
founder (1812) of Princeton Seminary. 

Capt. Archibald Alexander m., second, 1757, Jane Mc- 
Clure, daughter of James McClure, of Augusta County, 
See p. 125. 

B. Peter Alexander d. in Londonderry. His wife 
and children came to America, settling probably in Ten- 
nessee or Kentucky. 

C. Robert Alexander, a Master of Arts of Trinity 
College, Dublin, came to Augusta 1743, and in 1748 estab- 
lished, near Old Providence Church, on land now owned 
by Samuel Finly McClure, the Augusta Academy, "the 
first classical school in the Valley," the beginning of Wash- 
ington and Lee University. He m. Esther Beard, daugh- 
ter of Thomas Beard, who d. in Augusta, 1769. He died 
testate 1783. Ten children. 

I. Eleanor, m., June 26, 1790, Samuel Wilson. 

II. Sarah, m., April 5, 1786, John Wilson. 

III. Peter, m., March 27, 1787, Jennie, daughter of 
Samuel Steele, of Augusta County. Em. to Woodford 
County, Ky. 

IV. Robert, m., Jan. 28, 1796, Jane Beard, daughter 
Mary Martha, m. April 2, 1855, second wife, William C- 

V. William, m., Nov. 29, 1793, by Rev. John Brown, 
Sarah Henry. 

VI. Ann; VII. Esther. VIII. Hugh; IX. James; X. 
Thomas . 

D. William Alexander, wife Martha, died intestate 
Augusta, 1755. Six children: William, who died 1768, 
James, John, Agnes, Mary, George. 

James Alexander, m. Sept. 11, 1759. He died testate 
1809. Five sons and five daughters, viz: Andrew, m., 
Sept. 16, 1788, Nancy, daughter of John Hamilton; Ga- 
briel; James; John, m., Nov. 27, 1788, Sarah Gibson; 
William; Dorcas, m., Feb. 19, 1794, Samuel Pilson, Jr.; 


Blizibeth, m., Feb. 1, 1785, Samuel Tate; Maey, m., 
1785, Charles Campbell; Margaret; Martha. 

Closely related to these four brothers was James Alex- 
ander, member, 1740, of Tinkling Spring Church. He 
was doubtless the father or brother of — 

A. Andrew Alexander, who d. testate in Augusta, 
1789. Wife, Catherine. Sons, James and Andrew, Jr., 
who m., about 1778, Martha McClure. He d. 1787. Two 
children. See p. 25. 

B. Francis Alexander, lived on Long Meadow. Wife, 
Elizabeth. Died testate 1792. Sons, Gabriel; John, m., 
Feb. 13, 1791, Rachel Miller; Francis, "to be schooled by 
Gabriel;" William; Jannet, m., March 11, 1790, her first 
cousin, John Alexander; Dorcas, m., 1798, Aug. Smith. 

C. Gabriel Alexander settled, 1749, on South River. 
Wife, Dorcas. Died testate 1779. Six children, viz: 
Francis, m., Dec. 29, 1790, Elizabeth McClure (Seep. 25); 
Gabriel; James; John, m., March 11, 1790, Jannet Al- 
exander; Dorcas Lackey; Margaret. 

Agnes, wife of James McClure, founder of the Augusta 
County family, was probably an Alexander. 


In Foote's Sketches of Virginia, Second Series, p. 262, 
we read, "George Baxter and Mary Love were emigrants 
from Ireland at a very early age, landing on the banks of 
the Deleware. The parents of George dying soon after 
their arrival, he was received into the family of Thomas 
Rodgers. This gentleman had married Elizabeth Baxter 
and emigrated from Londonderry to Boston, Mass., in 1721. 
In about seven years he removed to Philadelphia. George 
Baiter, when of mature years, followed his emigrating 
countrymen in their search for a home on the frontiers of 
Virginia and chose his residence in Mossy Creek congrega- 
tion, once a part of the Triple Forks, and afterwards of 
Augusta church. In the course of his life he represented 
his county in the Legislature about fifteen times. He 


reared his family according to the customs of his father- 
land and the habit of his emigrating countrymen, in in- 
dustry and economy, giving all an English education in a 
manner as liberal as circumstances would permit, choosing 
if possible, one child of talent for a liberal education and 
a professional life. 

Maky Love, his wife, left among her descendants a 
memory precious for her exemplary piety and prudent con- 
duct as a wife and mother, in situations calling every day 
for the exercise of Christian graces and seldom offering oc- 
casion for the lofty display of any accemplishment. The 
lives of her eight children were her best eulogy. Vigor, 
frankness, uprightness and industry characterized all the 
members of the family, reared in the simplicity and hard- 
ships of a frontier life. The mother laid the foundation of 
morals and religion in her children while they were young, 
and expressed the most decided unwillingness to part with 
any of them till their faith in Christ was established. Her 
unremitting attention to the spiritual concerns of her chil- 
dren was followed by the unspeakable reward of seeing them 
all consistent professors of religion, according to the faith 
she trusted for her own salvation. The Bible, the Sabbath, 
the Assembly's Catechism, the preaching of the gospel, 
family worship and private instruction, were things of 
solemn interest to the family from the earliest recollections, 
and connected iudissolubly with the memory of their par- 
ents, the influence was tender and perpetual. The image 
of the mother stood before the children rejoicing when 
their triumphed, and weeping when they sinned." 

His wife was a dau. of Col. Ephraimand Elizabeth Love. 
He was for many years an elder in the Mossy Creek church. 
A Eevolutionary soldier; qualified lieutenant Nov. 23, 
1778, and captain March 12, 1779. Of their eight chil- 
dren, Eev. George Addison Baxter, D. D., the second son 
and third child, was born July 22, 1771. Mar. Ann 
Fleming, dau. of Col. Wm. Fleming, of Botetourt County. 
Was President of Washington College (now W. andL. U.), 
and professor in Union Theological Seminary. 


Rebecca Baxter, the youngest child, was b. 1783, and d. 
Feb. 25, 1817. Her grave is marked in Bethel Cemetery. 
She m. James Tate, great grandfather of Josie Charlton 
Gilkeson, who m. James A. McClure. 


This family belongs to Switzerland, where Rudolph 
Baumgaetnee, of Basle, was one of the leaders in the re- 
bellion that won freedom from Austria. A large portrait 
of Lucas Baumgaetnee in armor is shown in one of the 
art galleries of Munich. 

Hans Baumgaetnee, the founder of the Augusta family, 
settled on "Stony Lick, a branch of the Shanandore, oppo- 
site Great Island." This is in the present limits of Rock- 
ingham County. His deed for 400 acres of land is dated 
September 25, 1746. His will was proven March 22, 1751, 
(See Chalkley III, p. 21). Sons, John and Christian; 
daughters, Mary, Elizabeth and Madley. grandson, Jacob 

The family have no record of John, the older brother. 
The name, however, occurs several times in the records of 
the Valley. 

Godfrey Baumgardner settled on New River, 1762. 

Rudolph Bumgardner was living in Hampshire County, 
1784, married and had six children. 

Christian, David and Peter Bumgardner were living sin- 
gle, 1785, in Shenandoah County. 

Cheistian Bumgaednee, the younger brother, b. about 
1740, settled on a farm adjoining the present Bumgard- 
ner home, Augusta County . Chalkley, vol. II, p. 49, shows 
that he was a Colonial soldier, serving with Wiishington iu 
his campaign of 1754, for which he was pensioned. A let- 
ter from his friend, Gen. Daniel Morgan, recently lost or 
mislaid, shows that he was also with Washington at Brad- 
dock's defeat. He qualified Lieutenant of Foot Nov. 17, 
1757. He did service in the Revolution and died the day 
following his return from the war. His son, 


I. Jacob Bumgardner, b. Feb. 8, 1769, and died Aug. 
25th, 1859. He m., June 28, 1785, Mary Waddle, daugh- 
ter of John and Mary Waddle, a family from Saxe-Wei- 
mer, S^witzerla;nd:, who owned the present Bumgardnerhome 
and who gave the land for Bethel Church. Ten children: 

1. Christian, b. 1786. Em. to Kentucky. A son, An- 
thony Wayne. 

2. Polly, m. Jacob Kunkle, of Augusta. 

3. Jacob, ensign to Capt. Samuel Steele, War 1812. Em- 
igrated to Kentucky. Son, Jacob. 

4. David; d. s. 

5. William, Em. to Kentucky. 

6. John, m. Jane Clarke, of Staunton. 

7. Betty, m. Abel Gibbons. Lived near Bethel. 

8. Sarah, m. Alexander McGilvray. Died in Greenville. 
Twelve children, the late Eev. William McGilvray, of 
Eichmond, and Sarah, wife of J. Alexander Bumgarder, 
of Bethel. 

9. James, m. Maliuda McCorkle, of Rockbridge County. 
He is mentioned in Waddell, p. 433. "A meeting was 
held at Greenville June 11, 1836, to attempt to raise a com- 
pany of militia to engage in war against the Creek Indians, 
which was called to order by James Bumgardner." 

Five children — 

(1). Col. William Bumgardner, m. Pocahontas Happer. 
Three children. 

(2) . Jacob Alexander Bumgardner, m. Sarah McGilvray. 
Five children living, viz: Eugenia, single; Malinda, m. 
Charles Berkeley and has four children; Edwin, m. Janie 
T. McClure; Tillie, m. James M. Lilley; Alexander. 

(3). Mary, m., Dec. 27, 1863, Capt. James Bumgardner. 
Six children living. 

(4). Eugenia, m. Archibald Alexander Sproul. 

(5). Betty, m. the late Livingston Murphy, M. D,, for 
many years the distinguished Superintendent of the Mor- 
gantown Asylum, Morgantown, N. C. Three children, viz: 
Mary, Dr. Alexander Murphy, of Goldsboro, N. C, and 
Dr. James Murphy, of New York. 


10. Lewis, b. Aug. 17, 1806, and d. Oct. 11, 1890. He 
m. Nov. 5, 1833, in Lexington, Ky., Hettie Anne Halstead 
(Nov. 10, 1815— Jan. 25, 1872). He lived for a number 
of years in Carroll County, Mo., where his older children 
were born. Returning to Virginia, he was a merchant in 
Greenville and later in Staunton. Ten children: 

(1). Capt. James Biimgarduer, b. Feb, 18, 1835, gradu- 
ate University of Virginia, Captain Co. F., 52nd Regiment, 
C. S. A. ; a distinguished lawyer, Staunton, Va.; m. Mary 
Bumgardner Dec. 27th, 1863. Six children living, viz: 

James Lewis Bumgardner, a graduate of W. and L. Uni- 
versity, lawyer, Beckley, W. Va,; m. Ophia Ellison. Two 
children, Mary Mildred, Eunice Ellison. 

Rudolph, graduate W. and L. University; lawyer, Staun- 
ton, Va.; m. Nannie, daughter of Rev. W. N. Scott, D. D., 
of Staunton. Two children, Mary Margaret, Rudolph, Jr. 

Four sisters, single, viz: Minnie, Gussie, Eugenia, Nellie. 

(2). Mary, b. Aug. 9, 1836; m. Andrew "Welliugtou 
McClure, Sr. (q. v.) 

(3). Daniel Halstead, Aug, 27, 1838— July 23, 1847. 

(4). William, Aug. 29, 1840— Oct. 2, 1841. *^ 

(6). Sarah Catherine, b. March 18, 1842; m. M. T. Mc- 
Clure, Sr. 

(6). Augusta Virginia, b. Feb. 7, 1844; m., Dec. 9, 1897, 
J. F. Taunehill, Sr. 

(7). Lewis, Jan. 24, 1846— May 18, 1847. 

(8.) Jacob, b. April 1, 1848, and d. May 16, 1902. He 
m., March 21, 1894, Minnie May Jones, of Allentowu, Pa. 
Two sons, Walter and Jacob. 

(9). Malinda, Aug. 20, 1851— Nov. 20, 1854. 

(10). Lewis Milton, b. Nov. 22, 1853; graduate U. of 
Va.; lawyer, Staunton, Va. Died single May 6, 1888. 

The Halstead Family, English, settled early in New 
York. John Halstead was captured the night the English 
took the city, Revolutionary War, and like many other 
pri.soners, died of suffocation. His wife wiis a Nichols, a 
descandant of Gov. Nichols of New Jersey. Three sons, 
Christopher and John, who lived aud died iu New York 


City. The office of the Corporation of Trinity Church con- 
tains a number of Halstead records; marriages, births, 
baptisms, etc. Daniel, who was five years old when his 
father died, married, in Trinity Church, Hetty Sprongand 
em. to Lexington, Ky. Nine children, viz: John, married 
and lived in Kentucky; Christopher married and lived 
in Illinois. His copy of Josephus is now owned by Eev. 
J. A. McClure. Maria, d. s.; Sarah, m. James Harvey 
Burch, of Missouri; Eliza, m. James Scantland, of Ken- 
tucky; James married and lived in Illinois; Alexander 
lived in Illinois; Hettie Anne ra. Lewis Bumgardner, of 
Virginia; Mary Ellen m. Zophar Case, of Cleveland, O., 
parents of Warren Case, who m. Linda McClure. 

The Sprong Family traces its descent back through 
the Brower and Bogardus families to Aneke Jans, grand- 
daughter of William of Orange and the Bourbon princess 
Charlotte. Aneke Jans settled in N, Y, with her husband, 
Roeloff Jansen, in 1630. She m. second, Everardus Bo- 
gardus, the second pastor of the church in New Amsterdam. 

Bogardus died December 27, 1647, and Aneke Jans in 
1663. They owned seventy acres in what is now the heart 
of New York City. The subsequent litigation growing out 
of this and the lease by the Trinity Corporation, is gener- 
ally known. (See Bogardus Chart, Genealogical Depart- 
ment, New York City Public Library). 

The Sproul Family, of Augusta County, is probably 
descended from John Sproul, an elder in the Raphoe Pres- 
byterian church, Co. Donegal, Ireland, 1700. 

William Sproul settled on Moffett's Creek about 1750, 
and died testate 1806. He was tAvice married; first, Aug., 
1757. Wife, Jane. Four children, viz: James, Alex- 
ander, who m. May 15, 1781, Jane Beard; William, 
Margaret, who m. a McCutchen. 

He m. secoud, June 23, 1773. Wife, Susanna. Eleven 
children, viz: Joseph, Oliver, John, Charles, whom. 
Margaret, a daughter of Dr. Alexander Humphreys, of 
Staunton, was a lawyer in Frankfort, Ky. Samuel, Jane 


who m. Juue 23, 1793, John Weir, of Rockbridge. Sidney, 
who m. Jan. 21, 1799, Joseph Beard. Maey, d. s., Martha 
m. Robert Hutchinson, of Rockbridge, Fanny, who m. 
Thomas Thompson, of Augusta. Nemsy. 

John Bproul, b. about 1785, m. about 1820 Matilda 
Scott, daughter of the Revolutionary War pastor of Bethel 
church. He was ordained an elder in Bethel Sept. 18, 1831, 
and died May 22, 1849. Seven children. 

(1). Susan Jane, b. July 7, 1822, m. Samuel Bell. 

(2). Frances Elizabeth, b. February 15, 1824, m. A\^m. 
White, of Lexington, Va. 

(3). Emeline, born March 1, 1826. 

(4). William Scott, b. February 4, 1828, d. s. 

(6). Matilda, born Jan. 26, 1833, d, s. 

(7). Martha Ann, b. February 20, 1837, m. Archibald 
G. Christian, parents of Lee Christian, who m. Julia Smith, 
and others. 

(5). Archibald Alexander, b. April 29, 1831. Ordained 
an elder in Bethel August 4, 1866. He married Eugenia 
Bumgardner. Nine children, viz: 

James Bumgardner, b. Sept. 7, 1860, d. i. 

John Alexander, b. Jan. 9, 1862, Clifton Forge, Va. 

Wm. White, b. April 17, 1863, an elder in Bethel. Mar. 
Kate Lapsley, of Anniston, Alabama. Four children. 

Matilda Scott, b. February 9, 1865, d. s. 

Malinda, b. Sept. 15, 1866, m. John Marshall McClure. 

Archibald, b. January 10, 1868, a distinguished gradu- 
ate of W. and L. U. Married Mary Cotton, of N^ew York. 
Died. A son. 

Eugene E., born August 3, 1870, d. s. 

Frances, living in Clifton Forge, Va. 

Hugh Bell, born November 12, 1873, student W. and L. 
U. Married Agnes Miller, of Staunton. Five children. 


Eleanor Mitchel, a widow, and her son, John Mitch- 
el, settled in Augusta County, 1747. Their farm cornered 
John Tate and David Doak. 

John Mitchel died testate 1771. See Chalkley III, p. 
120. Wife, Elizabeth. Six children. 

I. Thomas. His Bible is now owned by M. T. McClure, 
Sr., a desendant. He was born Sept. 23, 1732, and died 
testate Dec. 30, 1806. Eevolutionary soldier. He m. first, 
Dec. 27, 1757, Elizabeth McClanahan Moor, widow of 
Samuel, son of AudreAV, who was accidently killed 1752. 
A sou, Andrew, b. 1750 and died August 10, 1791. Wife, 
Martha, parents of Mrs. Andrew Lusk. 

Elizabeth Moor; d. August 1, 1777, "in the forty-ninth 
year of her age." Five children, viz: 

1. William, b. October 5, 1761, m. September 15, 1785, 
Agnes Brownlee. 

2. Thomas, Jr., b. Dec. 7, 1763. Went West. 

3. Elizabeth, b. March 1, 1766, d. Sept. 11, 1850. M. 
September 28, 1810, James Fulton (1755-1834). Buried at 
Old Providence. John McClure, a nephew, lived with 
them and inherited from them ,1819, the farm now known 
as the McClure Homestead, one mile north of Old Provi- 
dence church. 

4. Mary, b. December 23, 1768, and died 1795. She m. 
January 15, 1789, Andrew McClure. 

5. Isabella, b. Sept. 1, 1771, m. Dec. 16, 1807, John 
Doak. Buried at Bethel. 

Thomas Mitchel m. 2nd Nov. 6, 1781, Elizabeth Wales. 
She d. July 11, 1806. Dau., 

6. Jane, b. Dec. 1, 1782, m. 1st, James Mateer, son of 
James Mateer, Sr., and Elizabeth Wright. James Mateer 
d. 1812, testate. Fouj' children, ^iz: William, Mitchel, 
Eliza, Isabella. Jane Mitchel Mateer m. 2nd, William Ma- 
teer, a widower, with five children, viz: Catherine, John, 
Polly, William, Jr. and Virginia Mitchel, b. Sept. 28, 
1824, baptized at Bethel April 1, 1825. She m. a Wood 
in Missou]]. They em. to Missouri, and had three chil- 
dren, \'iz: Ann who m. a Miller, Sally who in. Peyton, 


and Samuel, father of Mr. Albert Mateer living (1913) Cal- 
wood, Mo. 

In a letter from Callaway County, Mo., June 24, 1830, I 
read that Isabella Mateer was taken sick on her way out 
and that "Mr. Hannah took a carriage and T)rought her 
home." One would judge from the Augusta records that 
the Mateers, Mitchels, Doaks and Hannahs Avere related. 

The following letters from William Mateer, son of James 
Mateer, and Jane Mitchel, to his first cousin, John Mc- 
Clure, are of interest: 

"Caloway County, Mo., Dec. 20, 1827. 
Dear Cousin, 

I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well 
and hope that these lines may find you and family well. In 
the first place would let you know that I had a tedious trip 
to this country. I was two months and four days from 
time I left home until landed on Salt river, and found this 
country much what I expected to see in every shape and 
form; found a great quantity of good land and a vast quan- 
tity of perrare, and some poor looking land. This country 
lays very level, but still roling enough to carry the water 
off the ground in a short time. I have been up the Miss- 
sippie 147 miles from St. Louis, and from there 75 or 80 
miles up toward the headAvaters of the Salt river, and from 
there across to the Missouri river. I have likewise been 
200 miles up the Missouri from mouth and find the country 
much the same. Springs is very scarce, but I find the peo- 
ple that make use of creek water equally as healthy as them 
that have springs, and considered by some more so, but 
water can be had conveuyently by sinking wells from ten 
to thirty feet. Stilling is a good business in country where 
a man has a mill of his own to grind his grain. JMiils are 
scarce in this country; almost all hoi-se mills, and then you 
must grind yourself and with your own hojses and give the 
sixth bushel. You can get stills in country from 20 to 25 
per cent lower in the gallon than in Virginia, and the head 
throwed in. Whiskey is two shillings pei- gallon by the 


barrel and from 50 to 62^ by the retail, and a great deal of 
it is sold in that way. Corn is one dollar per barrel, pork 
$2, beef $1.50, wheat 37 i, rye two shillings, coffee from 20 
to 25 cents, sugar 12^ cents, and store goods is as cheap as 
in Virginia; all but iron, that is ten cents, though but little 
of it made use of. Horses goe without shoes, and a man 
that has to get his plow -irons sharped twist a year thinks 
his blacksmith work a heavy tax on him. 

There can be no good entrys of land in this neighbor- 
hood; there can be a great settlement made about 6 

miles from Henderson's on the headwaters of Eiver. 

There is no settlement within several miles, so a man may 
situate himself just as he sees proper. If you come to this 
country next fall, come through Kentucky, cross the Ohio 
at Albany 4 miles below the falls and from there to Vin- 
sane on the Wawbash, which is 120 miles, and from there 
to St. Louis 160 m., to St. Charles 20 m., from there here 
85 m. The distance from where you live to St. Louis don't 
excede 770 miles that rout. Eight me a letter and let me 
know your notion sertenly about coming to this country by 
the first of Aprile. I want you to fetch me a Virginia wife 
out here; some hansome and clever girl. Tell Betsy young 
girls is ready sale here; but old maids rate at 25 cents a 
hundred. I have not room to write any more; give my 
compliments to uncle and aunt, Jane and Betsy. Likewise 
take them to yourself, and believe me your sincere friend, 

William Mateee. 

Mr. Joun McClure, Greenville, Va." 

John McClure, since the last letter, had made a trip to 
Missouri on horseback, with Matthew Pilson, his brother- 

"Balls County, Mo., December 20, 1829. 
Dear Cousin, 

I take this opportunity of informing you that I am 
well and hope that these lines may find you and your 
family well I have nothing to write worth your attention. 
David, Hannah and Eobert got to Salt river and all is well 
except Jane Henderson, and she is able to walk about, but 

198 THE :vnT('Hi:L FAMILY. 

mends slow. I see no change in times since you left here, 

only the people still continue coming into this section. T 

had forgotten when I said there had been no change oi- 

alteration since you left here; there has been one case of 

murder in New London a few days ago. We in the upper 

part of the county disown London altogether and wish 

them great success in killing one another until the place 

becomes properly clensed. 1 believe J have nothing more 

about our country or people. I would be glad to hear from 

you and know what part of Missouri you and Mr. Pilson 

is best pleased with and whether Mathew feels like moving 

since he has got home or running on a while longer. Write 

to me without delay. Give our respects to uncle and Betsy 

McClure, Mathew Pilson and Jane. Nothing more. 

Your humble servant, 

Wm. Mateer. 
Mr. John McClure, Greenville, Va." 

II. Eobert Mitchel, b. about 1734. Surveyor, 1774. 

III. John Mitchel, d. 1783. 

IV. James Mitchel, b. about 1740. Eevolutionary Sol- 
dier, Lieutenant in Captain James Tate's company. Was 
a charter member and with Colonel Eobert Doak, was one 
of the first Elders in Bethel Church at its organization 
1779. A number of his books are now in the Library of 
the Author. Among them the Trial and Triumph of Faith, 
inscribes '^James Mitchel, his hand and pen, June ye 12 
1773." He died 1806. Four children : 

1. Thomas, m. April 4, 1786, Margaret, dau. of James 
Callison, Died 1816. Seven children, among them, Wilson 
Mitchel, b. Jan. 10, 1796. 

2. James, m. dau. of William and Jane Brown. 

3. Sally, m. May 30, 1785, Eobert Beard. 

4. raizabeth, m. Feb. 16, 1793, Eobert Callison. 

V. Eleanor, m, Mathew Willson, Sr. an Elder in Bethel. 
Eight children, among them Mathew Willson, Jr. also an 
Elder in Bethel. 

VI. Mary, m. a Wright. 

JAME8 Callison, "otherwise lately called James (-alii- 


son in the settlement, Albemarle Co. Va.," and his wife 
Isabella, settled in Augusta Co. 1749. He died testate 
1789. Eleven children : John, whose dau. Isabella m. 
Feb. 25, 1801, Joseph Evans. James, em. to Ky., sons 
Anthony and Isaac, of Bath Co. Va. Margaret, m. 1786, 
Thomas Mitchel. Eobert m. 1793, Elizabeth Mitchel. 
William, Dorathy, Jean, Agnes, Mary, Eleanor, and Isa- 

James Scott Callison, who m. Carrie Pilson McClure, 
and his sister, Mary Dell, who m. Eev. C. D. Waller, son 
and dau. of the late James Callison, doubtless belong to 
this family. 


John McCown, founder, settled in Eockbridge County 
about 1740, militia service 1742; Constable in Forks of 
James, 1746, died testate, 1783. His farm 437 acres deed- 
ed by Benjamin Border 1750, is still in the family, the home 
of Eobert McCown near Eockbridge Baths. His son 
John McCown, Jr., was born about 1740, father of 
Capt. John McCown, b. March 17, 1784. He m. Polly 
Culton, (May 3, 1786, June 23, 1869.) 

''Died on the 11th, of April 1850, at his residence in 
Eockbridge Co., after a few days of severe suffering from a 
violent attack of pneumonia, Capt. John McCown, in the 
66th year of his age. In the death of our friend, society 
has lost a most valuable citizen, and the Presbyterian 
Church, of which he was a member, and a ruling elder, 
one of its chief pillars. Whilst he was kind and open 
hearted to other denominations of Christians, he was a 
whole souled Presbyterian; devoted to the standards and 
policy of the Presbyterian church. The cause of Zion 
seemed to be always near his heart, and whenever a call 
for aid for any pious and Christian enterprise was pre- 
sented, his hand and his heart were always open. 

But whilst we feel deeply the loss of so valuable a friend 


and moraber of our church, we are consoled with the con- 
sideration, that having tinished his laboi*8 in his Masters 
vineyard here, he hjis been taken up to receive his crown 
amongst the redeemed above. (Signed) D." 

His son John KinnearMcCown was b. Feb. 24, 1811. 
He m. Mary Wilson. Issue, Robert, Horatio, Rev. James 
H., Agnes, Sarah who m. Samuel Wilson, Emma who m. 
Capt. John McNeD and Samuel Walter who ra. Anne Hal- 
stead McClure. 

"At a meeting of the Session of oS^ew Monmouth church, 
January 17th, the following tribute to the memory of elder 
John K. McCown was adopted and ordered to bespread on 
the minutes: 

John K. McCown, the venerable elder of this church, 
died January 5th, 1892, in the 81st year of his life. Des- 
cended from a pious ancestry, this good brother confessed 
Christ in early life, and by the grace of God, held fast the 
profession of his faith unto the end. About fifty-two 
years he served the church as a ruling elder, having been 
ordained to that office in the year 1840, As a session, and 
in behalf of all our members, we would give expression to 
our high appreciation of his Christian character and official 
fidelity, and our sense of loss by his removal. His love of 
truth and righteousness, his devotion to the cause of God, 
his strong sense of duty, and his great decision of char- 
ter, made him a most valuable ruler in the house of God, 
while his influence for good could not fail to be felt by the 
whole community. Not only did he train his own house 
in the fear of the Lord, giving two of his sons to the min- 
istry of the gospel, but his daily life was a constant re- 
buke to all evildoers. AVhile Ave mourn his death, surely 
we may comfort ourselves with the word of the Lord and 
say 'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.' 

By order of Session. 

D. A. Penick, Moderator." 



Samuel Pilson, founder of the family in Augusta, is 
mentioned by Foote in connection with the organization of 
Tinkling Spring Church, 1740. Two sons: 

A. EiCHAED PiLSON; was living in Albemarle Co. 1773. 
His son Egbert Pilson, m. Agnes McCluee. Their 
children, Hugh, Ann, Richard and Polly, were living in 
Ohio, 1833. 

B. Samuel Pilson, b. 1739, died after 1807. Road 
surveyor, 1773. Probably m. a Hutcheson. Three sons. 

I. John, d. s. Elder in Bethel. 

II. Samuel, m February 19, 1795, Dorcas, dau. of James 
Alexander. Em. to Ohio. 

III. George, (1765-1833), m. Jan. 4, 1796, Elizabeth 
Thompson, b. 1764, d. December 17, 1861. Five children: 

1. Jane, (June 14, 1797 - September 18, 1882). Mar. 
John McClure. 

2. Phoebe, m. John S. Thompson. 

3. Samuel, 1807-1811. Buried at Tinkling Spring. 

4. Mary, m. Jacob Lightner. Two sons: Geo. P., living 
near Spottswood, Va., and the late Samuel A. 

5. Matthew, m. November 5, 1834 Lavinia Finley. Five 
children left descendants. Others died single. 

(1) Samuel Finley, who d. March 10, 1914. M. Ellen 
Finley, of N. C. Two sons: 

The late Rev. Matthew Finley Pilson, and Edward Pil- 
son, who died 1914. 

(2) George, m. Ellen Lambert. Two sons, Lacy and 
Blair Pilson. 

(3) Dr. William Pilson, son, W. H. F. Pilson, Lawyer, 
Staunton, Va. 

(4) Frank, m. Carrie Finley of N. C. Two daughtei-s. 

(5) Matthew Thompson, m. Anna Hogshead; five child- 

Matthew Thompson settled in Augusta County about 
1740. Died in 1753. His will is recorded Staunton, Va., 


mentioning sons, William, John, Matthew, and Matthew 
his grand son. This family while doubtless related is not 
the one directly connected with the McClures through the 

Two brothers, Charles and William Thompson came to 
Augusta Co. from Penn. prior to 1750. Charles' name ap- 
pears only once on the county records, 1752. In the 
Americanized P^ncyclopjedia Britannica Vol. X p. 6835 it is 
stated that he was born in Maghera, Co. Antrim, Ireland, 
Nov. 29, 1729. He came to America in 1740; studied in 
New London Penn. and later conducted a Quaker school 
at New Castle. In September 1774, he went to Philadel- 
phia with his bride, a sister of Benjamin Harrison, the 
Signer, having been chosen Secretary of the first Conti- 
nental Congress. He died in Lower Merion, Penn., Aug, 
16, 1824. He declined a place in President Washington's 
Cabinet that he might complete his translation of the 
Scriptures, a set of which he presented to each of his 
nephews and nieces. The books are still in the Pilson 

They were joined by a third brother, Matthew, their 
father accompanying him died en voyage and was buried 
at sea. 

William m; 1761 d. 1815. Nine children: 

I. Mathew. who d, 1806. 

II. Margaret. 

III. Elizabeth, m. a Wilson. 

lY. William, (1770-1835). Buried at Bethel. 

V. Eachel, m. April 5, 1780, Alexander Berryhill. 

VI. Martha, m. March 29, 1787, Eobert Talbert. 

VII. Jane, m. Aug. 21, 1792, Thomas Brown. 

VIII. John, m. Dec. 3, 1793, Jane Blackwood, (Nov. 5, 
1768, May 28, 1842). Sons William and John. 

IX. Mary, m. June 8, 1799, Eobert Willson, Jr. 
Matthew, m. Sept. 20, 1763. Wife Sally, probably 

an Alexander. Died 1822. Four children : 

I. Elizabeth, (17641861), m. George Pilson. 

II. Jean, m. Dec. 27, 1791, Andrew Hunter. 


III. Mary, m. Oct. 10, 1797, William Shields. 
lA^. Matthew, Jr., d. s. 


George Draper m. Eleanor Hardin in County Done- 
gal, Ireland, came to Philadelphia 1728, and to Virginia 
about 1740. Constable 1747, died 1748, probably killed 
by Indians. Son, John, b. 1730; dau. Mary, b. 1732. 

Col. Thos. Ingles, possibly a son of William Ingles, 
an Elder 1700, in Monreagh Presbyterian church. County 
Donegal, came to Virginia about 1740, settling 1749 in 
what is now Montgomery county. His son. Col. William 
Ingles, was b. 1729 and m. 1750 Mary Draper above. 
He was commissioned Captain of Foote Aug. 24, 1754; 
Justice 1769; died testate 1782. His home was destroyed 
by Indians July 30, 1755, and his wife and two children 
carried away captive. For the full account see Foote's 
Sketches of Virginia 2nd, p. 149; Hale's Trans -Alleghany 
Pioneers, p. 11, and Waddell's Annals of Augusta County. 

"Being a woman of extraordinary courage and tact, she 
ingratiated herself with the savages, making shirts for them 
and gaining their good will in a hundred ways. Her two 
older children were, however, separated from her, and she 
then determined to escape if possible. The narrative of her 
courage and sufferings on her trip home is almost incredi- 
ble. She was absent about five months, of which time 
forty-two days were passed on her return." — Waddell, p. 
144. She d. at Ingles' Ferry Va., February, 1815. 

Six children: 

I. Thomas, b. 1751, m. Ellen Grills. 

II. George, died in captivity. 

III. Susan, m. Gen. Abraham Trigg. 

IV. Ehoda, m. Capt. Bird Smith. 

V. Mary, m. John Grills. 

VI. John, b, 1766, lived in Montgomery Co. Elder in 
the Presbyterian church. Mar. Margaret Crockett, of 
Wythe County. Nine children, among them Malinda 


Charlton, b. 1805, and Margaret Crockett Ingles (1808- 
1878), who m. 1st, Thos. Hyde; 2nd, Wm. J. Gilkeson, 
grandfather of Josie Charlton Gilkeson, wife of James A. 


William Gilkeson from the north of Ireland, settled 
in Lancaster County, Pa., about 1730. He m. Margaret 
Lynn, dau. of Hugh Lynn from near Philadelphia. He 
em. to Frederick County, Va., settling near Kernstown, 
1765, where he died 1778. Buried at Opequon church. 
His will is recorded at Winchester, Va. Eleven children: 

I. Hugh, born in Pa. 1748 and d. in Augusta County 
1806. His will is recorded at Staunton, Va. Hem. Eliza- 
beth Guthrie (1746-1830), dau. of John and Ann Guthrie, 
who came to America on the same boat with the Gilke- 
sons. Six children: 

1. Margaret, (1773-1816), m. May 15, 1794, John Guth- 
rie, Augusta County. Ten children. 

2. Ann, m. Jan. 29, 1801, James Craig, Kentucky. 

3. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 25, 1778, m. her cousin, David, 
son of Wm. Gilkeson. 

4. David (1782-1866), m. Polly Humphreys. Elder in 
Tinkling Spring. Six children, viz: 

(1). Hugh Lynn, b. 1810, d. s. in Illinois, 1836. 

(2). Margaret, 1812-1848, m. (2nd wife) 1839, Andrew 
Patterson, of Brownsbury, Va. Three children. 

(3). David Carlisle, b. 1815 and died Aug. 22, 1864. 
Confederate soldier. M. Jan. 20, 1842, Harriet Newall 
Finley (1821-1886). Four children, viz., Virginia Ruth, 
Carrie Belle, m. 2nd wife, James W. Wallace; Samuel Fin- 
ley, an Elder in Bethel, d. s. 1913; Elizabeth, who m. 
Samuel Brown, an Elder in Hebron. 

(4). Elizabeth, b. 1820 and m. 1852, 2nd wife, Rev. W. 
W. Trimble, of Missouri. 

(5). James, lived in Fauquier Co. Six children, viz., 
Betty, Mary, Carrie Belle, who m. a Guthrie of Miss.; 


Carlisle, Harry and Samuel, who m. a Martin and lives (an 
Elder) in the Shemeriah congregation, Augusta County. 

(6). John A,, m. Dec. 18, 1851, Isabella Sterrett Humph- 
reys, b. Jan. 17, 1831. Five children: 

a. Hugh Finley, b. Oct. 18, 1852, m. Dec. 8, 1881, Lula 
Tate Larew, dau. of John T. Larew. Dau. Margaret. 

b. Frank Humphreys, b. Nov. 18, 1854, m. Nov. 19, 
1885, Mattie B. Hanger. 

c. Eev. Charles David Gilkeson, b. June 30, 1863, m. 
Oct. 15, 1891, Margaret Leyburn, of Lexington, Va. Sou, 

(a). Charles Leyburn, b, April 26, 1899. 

d. William J. e. Emma J. 

5. William (1784-1864), m. Sarah, dau. of his uncle, 
John Gilkeson, of Frederick County, Va. Four children: 

(1). Andrew Todd Gilkeson, m. Emma Heiskell. Four 
children, viz., William, Belle, Clara and Harry. The latter 
m. Mary McKee, of Buena Vista, Va. 

(2). David Gilkeson, m. Mollie Gamble, of Ga. Three 
children, Lillie who m. Walter Guthrie, of Miss. Lula and 
Belle now (1914) living in Waynesboro, Va. 

(3). Hugh William Gilkeson, d. 1900 in Ga. 

(4). John Gilkeson, m. Bettie Patterson, d. without heirs, 

6. James, m. Eliza Crawford. Lived near Springfield j 
Ky. Two children: 

(1). Elizabeth, m. Eev. A. A. Hogue, Lebanon, Ky. 

(2). James A., m. a Hopper, sister of Eev. Jas. Hopper, 
of Perry ville, Ky. Four children, Joseph, Maggie, James 
E., Katie. 

II. William, b. in Penn. Aug. 29, 1750, came with his 
parents to Frederick Co., 1765, thence to Augusta. The 
Staunton records give his deed dated May 1, 1780. "David 
Kerr to William Gilkeson of Frederick County, part of 
tract that Andrew Cowan formerly lived on in Beverley 
Manor." This farm, "Hillside," is still the Gilkeson 
home, now owned by the family of the late M. F. Gilkeson, 
his grandson. A record 1785 says he "was of good char- 
acter here and below in Pennsylvania." Foote, 2nd p. 


356, states that Rev. Conrad Speece preached at his house 
April 5, 1.S13. He m. Sakah Love (Aug. 29, 1752 — Juue 
27, 1826), widow of James Guthrie. He d. July 3, 1828. 
Their graves are marked at Bethel. Children: 

1. Nancy, m. an Irvine. Buried at Bethel. 

2. Margaret, m. Aug. 21, 1799, Elijah McClenachan. 

3. Lovie, m. Dr. John Tate. Illinois. 

4. Jane. Dismissed from Bethel church April 21, 1821. 
Is said to have m. a Herring. 

5. William J., I). 1789 and m. Margaret Crockett Ingles, 
of Wythe Co., widow of Thomas Hyde. She left one sou, 
Thomas Hyde, father of the family now living near Stuart's 
Draft, Augusta Co. 

Seven Gilkesou children: 

(1) Francis McFarland, b. Aug. 42, 1838. Is living 
Culpeper, Va. ; Alumnus Washington College; mar. Fanny 
Greene. Eight children, viz: Fanny who m. Leon Nalle, 
Lovie B. who m. F. E. Porter, Frank, AYm. Irvine, Sadie, 
Mary who m. J. D. Coleman, J. Archibald, m. and lives 
in Ealeigh, N. C, Nannie, m. H. V. Frazier. 

(2) John William, b. March 2, 1840, baptized May 3, 
1840. Died of pneumonia March 25, 1907. Farmer. 
Alumnus Washington College (1859), now Washington and 
Lee University. One of the first deacons of Bethel church 
and for many years Treasurer. First Lieut., 25th Va. 
Regiment, C. S. A. Was captured and confined for eigh- 
teen months on Johnson Island. He m. Margaret Letitia 
Tate. Seven children: 

a. John Hansford, b. Aug. 4, 1869. Graduate and in- 
structor Virginia Military Institute. Student V. of Va. 

b. Margaret Randolph, b. Oct. 12, 1870. Graduate 
Mary Baldwin Seminary. 

c. Edna Ingles, b. Dec. 25, 1876. Graduate M. B. S. 
Teaching 1914 in Cairo, I'^gypt. 

d. Anna, d. eight yeai-s old of diphtheria. 

e. Josie Charlton, b. March 28, 1880. Graduate M. B. S. 
Mar. Dec. 31, 1903, James Alexander McClure. Six 


children: the youngest, Josephine Charlton, was b. Peters- 
burg, Va., Sep. 13, 1914. 

f. Eebecca Baxter, b. Nov. 22, 1882. A. B., Mary 
Baldwin Seminary, Ph. B,, M. A., University of Chicago. 
Teacher (1914) Ward-Belmont College, Nashville, Tenn. 

g. Mary Tate, b. Now, 5, 1889. Graduate Stonewall 
Jackson Institute; mar. Oct. 15, 1912, Wm. Allen Wallace. 

(3). Sarah Margaret, b. Jan. 27, 1842. Living Staun- 
ton, Va. 

(4). Irvine Waddell, b. March 12, 1844, died . 

Physician, Mint Spring, Va. Mar. Catherine J. Gilliam. 
Two children, Hansford, single; Catherine, who m. Dr. 
Wm. Deekeus of Staunton, Va. Dau. Amelia Catherine. 

(5). Lovie Jane Herring, bajitized Apr. 23, 1848. Mar, 
Dr. Carter Berkeley of Staunton, Va. Six children, viz: 
Edmund, Charles Carter, m. Malinda Bumgardner, Ean- 
dolph Carter, Mary Randolph Spotswood, Janet Carter, 
Brooke. The following is from one of the daily papers: 
"Maj. Randolph Carter Berkeley, of the U. S. Steamship 
Prairie, a native of Staunton, Va., the son of a Confederate 
officer, was the first American to land at Vera Cruz at the 
beginning of hostilities." 

Admiral Fletcher in his report to Cougress June 7, 1914, 
said, ' 'I have similarly to record that the conduct of Major 
R. C. Berkeley U, S. M. C, (et, al.) were eminent and con- 
spicuous in command of their battalions. These officers 
were in the fighting of both days and exhibited courage and 
skill in leading their men through the action," 

(6). Emma Cornelia, b. April 8, 1849, d, i, 

(7). Millard Filmore, b. Feb. 2, 1853, and d. in Au- 
gusta County March 6; 1914. He owned the old Gilkeson 
home "Hillside," and was for mauy years a prominent and 
useful citizen of Augusta County, An Elder in Bethel and 
later in the First Presbyterian church, Staunton, Va. He 
m. Betty Eskridge, Three children, viz,, Eskridge (1914), 
ofBluefield, W, Va., m, Elizabeth Jones, of Staunton. 

Jane, m. L. W. Wilson, a civil engineer and Maslin. 

John Gilkeson of Bethel, who m, about 1820 Jane, was 


probably a brother of William J. Gilkesoii. They were 
dismissed from Bethel Oct. 16, 1830. Two sons, viz: 

Isaac, b. March 4, 1824. 

David, b. Sept. 13, 1827. 

David Gilkeson, of Staunton, who m. Elizabeth Gilke- 
son, dan. of Hugh, may also have been a brother of Wil- 
liam J. 

III. John Gilkeson lived in Frederick County. He 
m. Sarah Vance Dec. 1, 1793. Eevolutionary soldier. 
Commissioned Major May 3, 1780. Buried at Opequon, 
See Cartmell's History of Frederick County. Nine children: 

1. Elizabeth, b. Nov, 13, 1775, m. John White, of Win 
Chester, Va. 

2. Margaret, b. March 28, 1777, m. Reynolds, of Ky. 

3. Mary, b. Aug. 8, 1779, m. a Limerall, of Ky. 

4. Susan, b. Aug. 22, 1781, d. s. 

5. Col. John Gilkeson, b. Sept. 15, 1783, and d. Feb. 27, 
1856. M. Lucy Davis. Four children: 

(1). William D., m. a Baker of Winchester, Va. Four 

children, viz., William D., Jr., James, Frances 

and another son. 
(2). James, em. to Missouri. 
(3). Lucy m. a Woods, of Staunton. Dau. Janet 

Woods. A childhood playmate of Woodrow 

(4). John, em. to St. Louis. 

6. Sarah, b. March 20, 1785. m. William Gilkeson, her 
first cousin, sou of Hugh. Four children. 

7. Nancy, b. June 24, 1788, m. Stephen Davis. 

8. Martha, b. Nov. 24, 1790, m. Rev. A. A. Shannon, 
of Kentucky. 

9. James, b. Aug. 5, 1793, m.Bell. Three children: 
(1). John Bell Gilkeson, of Mooretield, W. Va. 

(2). .1. Smith Gilkeson, of Winchester, Va., ra. aCabell. 
Two children: 

a. Mrs. A. M. Baker, Winchester, Va. 

b. Heniy, em. West. 

(3). Robt. B. Gilkeson, Romney, W.Va. Two children: 


a. Henry B. Gilkeson, Romney, W. Va. 

b. Edward Gilkeson, Parkersburg, W. Va. Mar. a 
dau, of the late Rev. G. W. Finley, D. D. Dau. Margaret. 

IV. Samuel, Revolution soldier; qualified Captain Aug. 
4, 1779. Hugh Gilkeson, 1797, wrote from Frankfort, Ky., 
to his wife Elizabeth that he had been unable to find any 
trace of his brother Samuel. 

V. David, a Revolutionary soldier, died in prison. 

VI. Isaac, m. a Shauklin. Son John lived in Green- 
brier County. 

VII. Ebenezer, m. a Shankiiu. Dau. Margaret. Lived 
Greenbrier County. 

VIII. Susan, m. John Armour. 

IX. Maktha, m. Alexander Gait, of Pennsylvania. Two 
sons, John; and William, who had two sons, W. R. Gait, 
and A. W. Gait, of Pequea, Pa. 

X. Nancy, m. William Vance. 

XI. Janetta, m. Thomas Marshall, of Virginia. Son, 
William, who m. his first cousin, Margaret Gilkeson, of 


Robert Gilkeson came to Augusta a generation ahead 
ol" the Bethel family. The two families are not known to be 
related. There is a tradition that they met for the first 
time on the boat en voyage to America. His deed for 400 
acres of land on a branch of Middle river, near North Moun- 
tain, is dated Jan. 22, 1747. 

He is mentioned in the records of Aug. 20, 1746; con- 
stable, 1756. He d. 1775. His will is recorded Staunton, 
Va. Chalkley III, p. 141. "Well stricken in years." 
Wife, Rebecca. Three children, viz: 

I. Archibald, wife Sarah, from the Calfpasture. His 
will was proven 1782. Was private in Captain Patrick 
Martin's militia 1756. Surveyor of highways 1767. Five 
children, viz: 


1. Robert; was living in Augusta 1799. 

2. James; Kevolutionary soldier at Battle of PointPleas- 

ant, 1774, in Capt. Eobert Mc('lanahan's company. 
See Dunmore's Wars. 

3. Hugh; was living, Augusta, 1791. 

4. Eebecca, m. Oct. 25, 1797, George Moffett. 

5. Francis, possibly the oldest son, b. Oct. 29, 1769, and 
m. Oct. 1, 1799, Mary, dau. of James Hogshead. She wa.s 
b. May 19, 1777, and d. Sept. 6, 1860. Francis d. Jan, 
21, 1842. Eight children, viz: 

(1). Hugh, b. Oct. 4, 1800, m. Matilda Hogshhead. 

Three children, David F,, Thomas, Mary. 
(2). Grace, b. Sept. 21, 1802, m. Thos. C. Poage, 
(3). James, b. Feb. 14, 1805, m. Eebecc-i Trimble. Two 

children, William G., Margaret. 
(4). Jane B., b. Dec. 20, 1806, m. Silas H. Hogshead. 
(5). Malinda, b. Dec. 4, 1808. m. James McClung of 

Bethel church. 
(6). Eobert G., b. July 9, 1811, m. Margaret Shields. 
(7). Eebecca A., b. Sept. 10, 1813, d. s. 
(8). Francis, b. 1816, m. Martha A. Crawford. Seven 


a. William F., Elder in Tinkling Spring; m. first, aCald- 

well; son, Crawford, and several daughters; m. 2nd 
Lou Smith. Died 1912. 

b. AureliusE. Elder Presbyterian church, Churchville, 


c. Mary P. 

d. Nannie C. 

e. Emma A. 

f. SaUie. 

g. Carry S. 

II. Margaret, m. David Hogshead. 

III. Isabel, m. Hugh Brown. 



Philip Humphreys was martyred Nov. , 1558, at Berry 
St. Edmonds, Co. Suffolk, England, for denying the su- 
premacy of the pope and rejecting the mass. 

John Humphreys, sixth or seventh in descent from 
Philip, m. Margaret Carlisle, a cousin , They were both 
of Co. Armagh, Ireland. Eleven children, among them: 

1. David Carlisle Humphreys (1741-1826) m. about 1770, 
Margaret Finley, d. of Wm. Finley and a niece of Eev. 
Samuel Finley, D. D., (1716-1766) born in Co. Armagh, 
President of College of New Jersey, now Princeton Univer- 
sity. Ten children: 

1- Margaret Finley, b. 1773, m. Nov. 24, 1797, Samuel 
Blackwood. Six children. 

2. John, b, about 1775. Em. to Indiana. 

3. Ann, b. about 1778, m. Oct. 26, 1798, Archibald 
Rhea. Died young. 

4. Betsey, b. about 1780, m. Feb. 19, 1801, Sam'l Mc- 
Cutchan, Elder in North Mountain Church. Ten children. 

5. Polly, b. about 1782, m. David Gilkeson. 

6. Samuel, b, 1785, Elder in Bethel. Mar. Margaret, 
dau. of John Moore of Rockbridge. Nine children. 

( L). Caroline, b. 1813, m. Robert Tate Wallace. 

(2). Rev. James M. Humphreys, b. 1816. Dau., wife of 
Eev. Sam'l Gammon, D. D., missionary in Brazil. 

(3). David Carlisle, 1817-1848. 

(4). Capt. John Moore Humphreys, b. 1820. Co. I, 52 
Va. Regiment, C. S. A. 

(5). Samuel, b. 1821, died in Arkansas. 

(6). Dr. William Humphreys, Ij, 1823, m. a dau. of Rev. 
Francis McFarland, D. D., pastor of Bethel. Son, Prof. 
D. C. Humphreys of W. & L. U. Dau. Theta, m. Eev. G. 
T. Storey. 

(7). Howard A., b. 1826. 

(8). Margaret Jane, b. 1829, m. 1851, Hon. Wm. Don- 
ald. D. June 28, 1914. Son, Sam'l Donald, of Staunton, 


(9). Rebecca Weir, b. 1832, m. April, 1853, James Alex- 
ander McClure. 

7. Tirzah, b. 1787, m. 1815, James S. Willson of Rock- 
bridge, an Elder in Mount Carrael Church. 

8. Hannah, b. 1789, d. s., buried at Old Providence. 

9. Infant, died. 

10. Aaron Finley, b. 1794, Elder in Bethel. Mar. Nancy 
Sterrett, (1803-1881) dau. of James Sterrett of Plebron, 
Augusta Co. Seven children, among them, 

(1). Margaret Finley, b. Oct. 5, 1829, m. Geo. W. Mc- 

(2). Isabella Sterrett, b. Jan. 17, 1831, m. John A. 

Wllliam Henderson, gentleman, son of John Hender 
son, gentleman, of Fifeshire, Scotland, ni. February 7, 1705, 
Margaret Bruce. Their third son, Samuel Hendei-son, b, 
Nov. 28, 1713, d. Jan. 19, 1782. For his will, see Chalk- 
ley III, p. 163. Jane, his wife d. 1800. Ghalkley III. p. 
219. Nine children, viz. Alexander, Andrew, David, 
Florance, James, Rebecca, Samuel, Jr., Sarah, William. 
Andrew, m. April 7, 1796, by Rev. John McCue, Mar- 
garet McClure. Em, to Blount Co., Tenn. 

George Hutcheson and his wife EIleanor from 
Lancaster Co., Pa., and settled on Long Meadow, joining 
Samuel Pilson. His deed is dated Feb. 21, 1738. One of 
the first Elders of Tinkling Spring, 1740. Died intestate, 
1766. Issue: 

I. John, b. about 1740, m. June 25, 1764. Son, John, Jr. 

II. George, 2nd. b. about 1742, m. about 1770, Anne 
McClure. Issue: 

1. John, m. March 9, 1793, Margaret Finley. 

2. Eleanor, m, April 1, 1794, Joseph Henderson, Jr. 

3. George, 3rd. m. December 4, 1798, Betty Stuart. 

4. Margaret, b. 1785, m. 1807, her cousin Isaac Hutch- 
inson of Greenbrier. See p. 25. 

III. William, settled in Greenbrier Co., sons, Isaac, 
("above) and George, who m. Jan. 7, 1786, Margaret Camp- 

IV. James, whose dau. Jane, m. Nov. 26, 1801, Capt. 
Thos. Caldbreath. 



Andrew Steele, d. testate 1764. Mentions four child- 
ren, viz: Elizabeth who possibly ra. John McClure, p. 25, 
Sarah, Robert, Samuel, b. about 1724 and died testate, 
1799. Seven children. 

I. Mary, II. Sally, III. Samuel, who d. June 8, 1837. 

IV. James, whose dau. Jane m. 1799, Eobert Garden. 

V. Catherine, who m. Thomas Jackson. 

VI. Jenny, who m. 1787, Peter Alexander, p. 187. 

VII. Eobert, whose dau. Mary, m. 1801, Wm. Mc- 


David Steele, b. about 1700, d, testate 1747. Wife 
Jannet. Eight children, viz: Jannet, Rebecca, Martha 
who m. Teas, Isabella who m. about 1745, Moses McClure. 
Samuel d. testate 1796, five children. 

I. Mary, m. a Rankin; son Samuel Steele Rankin. 

II. Jenny m. Col. Cunningham; son, Samuel Steele 

IV. Catherin, m. 1799, William Handly, Jr. 

V. Nancy, m. 1799, Joseph Evans. 

VI. William. 

Robert, died testate, 1800. Six children, Mary; 
Eleanor who m. an Allen; Martha who m. Thomas Pax- 
ton: John, father of John Jr., William, David b. aboutv a, 
1755, lived at Steele's Tavern. He m. MARY^'^dau. of ' "^ 

! ^I^^jj^&anrmel-Steele; their dau, Jane m. 1796 George McCormick. 

Thomas, died testate, 1803. Six children, viz. Cath- 
erine, Jane, Rosanna, Sally, Robert and William. 

Nathaniel, d. testate 1796. Wife Rosanna. Six child- 
ren viz: I. Eleanor who m. Capt, David McClure. 

II. Rosanna who m. 1782, Samuel McClure. P. 136. 

III. Mary, who m. Halbert McClure. P. 137. 

IV. Daughter who m, Archibald Blackburn; dau. Ros- 

V. Martha, who m. 1789, Eobert Cooper, dau. Eliza- 

VI. Nathaniel, d. 1802. Son Nathaniel, 3rd, dau, Sally. 


Samuel Steele (1709-1790). m. a Fultou, aunt of 
Eobert Fulton, the inventor. Seven children: 

A .James (1735-1802), m. Sarah Wright. Five children. 

I. Andrew, (1766-1832), m. June 18, 1795, Elizabeth 
Tate, dau. of Capt. James Tate. 

II. Sarah, 1769-1827, d. s. Probably the Sarah Steele 
that reared John McClure. P. 49. 

III. Martha, 1771-1855, m. Daniel Henderson. Seep. 51. 

IV. Samuel 1773-1835, m. Fanny Hunter. See p. 51. 

V. John, d. s. 1804. Chalkley III, 225. 

B. Samuel, 1736-1808, m. Sarah Hunter. Dau. Cath- 
erine, m. 1787 John Thompson, of Eockbridge. 

C. Andrew, (1743-1800), wife Mary. Six children. 

I. Andrew, Jr., m. 1798, Martha Crawford. 

II. John, m, 1800, Polly Bush. 

III. Polly, m. 1800, Andrew McClure, Jr. 

IV. James, V. Sarah, VI. Jean. 

D. Mary, m. David Steele. . 

E. Margaret, m. 1788 David Buchanan. 

F. Martha. G. Sarah (1737.1808. ) 



Magnus Tate, the first of the name in Virginia, emi- 
grated from the Orkney Islands, North of Scotland and 
landed at Philadelphia May 20, 1696, eventually locating 
in what is now Jefferson County, West Virginia. He is 
said to have died in September, 1747. Sarah Tate m. 
1779 Bishop James Madison, of Eockingham County. 

John Tate, the founder of the family in Augusta County, 
settled near North Mountain October, 1744, and was '-ac- 
quainted with the lands for two years before he came to 
live in the neighborhood." See Chalkley III, p. 31. 

In addition to his farm, he owned and operated a mill. 
His name occurs very frequently in the Augusta records; 
as Justice in 1784, and Overseer of the Poor 1786. 

His wife, Mary Doak, belonged to the well known Au- 
gusta family. Brother-in-law of Francis Beaty. 

He died March, 1801. Five sons and a daughter. Cir- 
cuit Court Wills, Book 1, p. 41. 

I. Thomas Tate, b. about 1740, m. October, 1764, Jane 
Campbell, dau. of Charles and Margaret Campbell and a 
sister of Gen. Wm. Campbell. His son, 

1. Charles Tate, m, his first cousin, Mary Tate, d. of 
Gen. Wm. Tate. Three sons, 

(1). Charles Tate, 2nd, married and left, 

a. Charles Tate. 

b. John Tate, who m. Rebecca Tate, of Augusta 

County. Son, Friel Tate. 

c. Nannie, who m. Major David Graham, of Gra- 

ham's Ford, Va. Eight children. 

d. Thomas Leonidas Tate, member Board of Visi- 

tors V. M. I., member Virginia Legislature 
and Senate; Ruling Elder, He m. Lucy Gil- 
mer. Lives, Draper, Va. 

(2). Leonidas Tate. 

(3). Dr. Thomas M. Tate. Member Virginia Senate. 
Father of Thomas Green Tate, Culpeper, Va. 

II. James, b. about 1744; alumnus Augusta Academy. 


Captain in Revolutionary War. Participated in the battle 
of C'owpens: killed in battle of Guilford March 15. 1781. 
His company was composed of men from Bethel and Tink 
ling Spring congregations. Schenck says: "Capt. Tate, 
of Virginia, so distinguished at Cowpens, received a ball 
which broke his thigh." Hem. Sarah, dau. of Edward 
Hall. Five children: 

1. John, b. 1774, and d. Missouri about 1866. He pro- 
bably m. about 1800, Mary, dau. of William Anderson 
England. Grandfather of Rev. John C. Tate, Presbyterian 
minister, Clarksville, Teun., and Eev. L. B. Tate, Korea. 

2. Col. Isaac Tate, of Callaway County, Mo., m. Jane, 
dau. of Daniel and Martha (Steele) Henderson. Grand- 
parents Mr. John N. McCue, Auxvasse, Mo. 

3. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 28, 1778; m. June 10, 1795, Andrew 

4. Polly. 

5. Sally. 

Sarah Tate, his widow, m. May 4, 1785, Hugh Fulton and 
em. to Flemingsburg, Ky. 

III. Eleanor, baptised by Eev. John Craig, Nov. 5, 
1747. Mar. about 1770, Benjamin Stuart, b. 1736, son of 
Archibald and Janet Brown, sister of Eev. John Brown. 
Came to Augusta 1742. Five children: 

1. Maj. Archibald Stuart of War of 18 12. M. first, Polly 
Alexander, dau. of Francis Alexander and Elizabeth Mc- 
Clure. Three children, Andrew Alexander who m. Sarah 
McClure, Ellen who m. Jas. Brooks, parents of Charles 
Brooks and Mrs. Mary Booker; Martha died single He m., 
second Mary Henderson; two children, Mary, wife of Sam-1 
Steele, and Benjamin, who m, Clem Willsoii. The latter 
family lives in Fort ^^''orth, Texas. 

2. John, em. to Indiana. 

3. Xancy, m. an Alexander. 

4. Mary, m. Nov. 5, 1788, John McClung, 

5. Elizriboth, m. Dec. 4, 1798, Geo. Hutehe.son, Jr. She 
m. second. Dr. James Allen. See Stuart Family, Wad- 
dell, p. 367. 


IV. John, bap. by Eev. John Craig, Feb. 26, 1749, 
Alumnus Augusta Academy; member Virginia Legislature, 
Trustee Staunton Academy 1792. Married about 1774, 
Jane. Died Dec. 1802. Nine children: 

1. John, Jr., m. Feb. 27, 1794, Betsy McClanahan, dau. 
of Elijah McClanahan, Sr., and Lettice Breckenridge. Em. 
to Ky. 

2. Isaac, em. to Kentucky after 1800. 

3. Mary, m. Samuel Finley, Sep. 20, 1796. 

4. Nancy, m. Adam McChesney, Jan. 10, 1800, dau. 
Jane Eliza. 

5. Ellen, m. John Finley of N. Carolina. 

6. Drucilla, m. Eev. John D. Ewing. 

7. Jane, m. Jacob Van Lear, Augusta Co. 

8. Elizabeth, m. Nov. 5, 1823, John Moffett. 

9. Clorinda. 

Jane, the widow lived in the Bethel congregation, near 
Greenville. Died June 1834. 

V. Gen. Wm. Tate. Physician. Educated at Augusta 
Academy and College of New Jereey. Revolutionary soldier. 
Mar. Nancy (Agues) Mitchel of Phila. Three children: 

1. Dr. Mitchel Tate. 

2. Dorcas who m. John Campbell. 

3. Mary who m. Charles Tate. 

Thomas and William Tate emigrated from Augusta to 
Washington Co. Va. 1783. 

VI. Robert, b. March 1753, and d. July 9, 1832. 
Farmer. Revolutionary soldier. Married about 1775 
Margaret, (a famous beauty) dau. of John McClung and 
Elizabeth Alexander of Timber Ridge. She was born Oct. 
1755 and d. Sept. 23, 1839. Ten children: 

1. James, b. 1781, d. July 15, 1857. Farmer. He m. 
fii-st, Rebecca Baxter, dau, of Capt. Geo. Baxter of the 
Revolution and Mary Love, dau. of Col. Ephraim and 
Elizabeth Love. Sister of Dr. Geo. Addison Baxter of 
Washington College and Union Theo. Seminary. Four 


(1). George Baxter, b. 1809, m. Mary Young. He d. 
March 9, 1837. Dau. Mary George Baxter Tate. 

(2). Robert, d. 8. 

(3). Johu Addison, b. .Jan. 12, 1815, and d. Nov. 21, 
1854. Farmer. Merabei- Virginia Legislature. He m. 
Apr. 7, 1836 Margaret Randolph b. 1819 and d. Feb. 1907; 
dau. of John Randolph, b. in Charlotte Co., Va., Feb. 
26, 1790, and d. in Middlebrook, Va., Oct. 11, 1861, and 
Mary Jane Frazier (1797-March 25, 1849) dau. of John 
Frazier (1750-Juiy 11, 1832) and Mary Frazier (1761- Jan. 
18, 1843). 

John Randolph, a cousin of John Randolph of Roanoke, 
ran away from home at sixteen, settling in Augusta. He 
was a merchant and became wealthj . Letitia, a daugter 
m, AVm. F. Smith, of Greenville, parent of J. Ran , Mrs. 
Anna Lilly, Mrs. Wilson Brown, Mrs. Mary Randolph, 
Mrs. Lee Christian and Prof. W, Ballard Smith of Mc- 
Donough, Md. His sou, John T.Randolph, m. Anne Far- 
ish, lived and died Charlottesville, Va., leaving four sons, 
viz., William who m. his first cousin, Mary Smith, parents 
of Edmund and Bruce Randolph of Augusta Co., Thomas 
F., Dr. John, and Walter Randolph. 

John A. Tate and Margaret Randolph left three children: 

a. Mary Jane, m. Dr. John M. Tate, of Greeuville,Va. 

b. Rebecca Friel, b. Oct. 1, 1839, m. John Tate, of 

Wytheville, Va. 

c. Letitia Margaret, b. Feb. 19, 1844, m. John W. 


(4). Margaret Amanda, b. Jan. 12, 1815 (twin) and d. 
Nov. 6, 1836. Mar. July 9, 1835 Charles Lewis Peyton, 
an Elder in Bethel, son James Peyton of Greenbrier, m. an 
Esk ridge. 

Jas. Tate m. second, Mrs. Charlotte Beale. Two children: 

(5). James Allen, b. July 14, 1832, d. i. 

(6). Col. Wm. Poague Tate who m, first, Margaret, dau. 
of Joseph Kayser of Alleghany Co. Two children: 

a. Isabella, b. Sep. 6, 1843, m. Charles Cameron. Four 


children, viz., Margaret m. John Opie, Jr., of Staunton; 
Ellen, m. Eobt. Palmer; Charlie. 

Mar. second, Sarah Christian, who m. second, Eev. W. T. 
Eichardson, D. D., Editor Central Presbyterian; dau. Nellie 
Tate, now Mrs. Talbott, of Waynesboro, Va. 

b. Margaret, b. May 27, 1846, m. Cyrus Creigh. 

2. John, m. first, Nancy, only dau. of Wm. Moflfett, of 
Augusta. Seven children: 

(1 ) . Major Wm . Moffett Tate, an Elder in Bethel and in 
Staunton. Mar. first, MattieFrazier; 2nd, Kate, 
dau. of Dr. Addison Waddell. Son, Addison 
Waddell Tate. 

(2). Eobert, em. to Illinois. 

(3). Dr. John Tate, of Greenville, Va. ; mar. Mary 
Jane Tate. Eight children. 

(4). Dr. James Tate, father of Miss Nannie Tate of 
Mary Baldwin Seminary. 

(5) . Melancthou. Em. to Florida. 

(6). Margaret, m. Dr. Steele, Illinois. 

(7). Elizabeth, m. Joseph Hite, Illinois. 

(8). Eebecca, m. Blackburn, Illinois. 

3. William, m. Elizabeth McClung. Son, William; em. 
to Florida. 

4. Elizabeth, m. Sept. 5, 1793, Col. James Allen. Em. 
to Michigan. 

5. Mary, b. 1777 and d. June 23, 1856; mar. April 24, 
1794, Samuel Wallace, parents of Eobt. Tate Wallace, et al. 

6. Ellen, m. Samuel Patterson; d. Jan. 9, 1865. 

7. Phcebe, m. Samuel Wilson, Brownsburg, Eock bridge 
County. Three children, viz: Esteline who m. Andrew 
McClung, parents of Jas. McClung, of Lexington, Va. , and 
others. Sally who d. s.; and Eebecca whom. Col. Sterrett, 
of Eockbridge, parents of Mack and Tate Sterrett. 

8. Eebecca, m. Eeid Alexander, Eockbridge Co. 

9. Isabella, born 1795, died Dec. 31, 1818; m. John B. 

10. Sally, d. s. 



This family is famous in the annals both of Scotland and 
Ireland. We find Rev. Jas. Wallace, pastor Presbyterian 
Church TTrney, Co. Donegal 16.54-74, and .lames Wallace, 
elder in liouaughmoie, Co., Donegal, 1672-1700. 

James Wallace, doubtless of the Donegal family, set- 
tled in Augusta county 1748; mar. Elizabeth daughter of 
John Campbell and Elizabeth Walker, He died 1780. It 
seems that he had but one son, viz 

William Wallace, who m. Jane, dan. or John Hunter 
and who died intestate, 1779. Five children viz: 

James, William, Samuel, Frances and Mary. 

Samuel, m. May 24, 1794, by Eev. John Brown, Mary, 
dau. of Robert Tate and Margaret McClung. Six children, 

1. Eleanor, m. .lune 13,18,39, Samuel Withrow. 

2. Jane, m. Thos. Webb. 

3. William, m. Mary Shields. Issue: 

(1) John Samuel, b. Nov. 14, 1859, d. s. 

(2) Francis Robert, b. Jan. 21, 1852; m. Dolly Shields. 
Three children, viz. Alexander, married and lives in 
Kentucky. William Allen, m. Mary Tate Gilkeson; Eliza- 

(3) Elizabeth, m James McFarland of Staunton, Va. 
Parents of Frank Patterson and ^^'allace ]\rcFarland. 

4. Elizabeth, m. Jan. 27, 1824, Archibald McClung, 

5. Mariah, m. Dec. 29, 1825, Benjamin McClung. 

6. Robert Tate, m. Jan. 26, 1832, Caroline Humphreys. 
Five children. 

(1) Margaret, b. March 11,1833, m. Benjamin McClung 

(2) Mary Tate, b. Sept. 27, 1834, m. John P. McCiure. 
A grand-daughter Mary Margaret, dau. of John Marshall 
McClure and Mary Scott Storey, was b. July 21, 1914. 

(3) Eleanor Amanda, b. 1837, d. s. 

(4) Cornelia, b. Feb. 10, 1839, m. Jas. B. Smith. Parents 
of Ella, wife of Chas D. McClure, and Mrs. William F. 
Gilkeson, and others. 

(5) Jas. William, b. June 20, 1844, m. 1st, Ophelia Will- 
son. 2nd, Carrie Gilkeson. Three children by his first 

a. Clarence Willson, b. 1871, Chattanoogo, Tenn. 

b. Dr. Harry M. Wallace, b. 1873. Greenville, Va., m. 
Lucy Baker of Staunton. Two children. 

C.Robert Tate, b. 1881. Graduate W. and L. U., Stu- 
dent Union Theo. Seminary, 


Gilbert MoClure, of Donoghmore, Co. Derry, Ireland, 
died teste, 1687. 

EiCHARD McClure, of Gartau, Co. Donegal, Ireland, 
died testate, 1709. 

Robert McClure, gentleman, Co. Monaghan, Ireland, 
died testate, 1673. 

David McClure, oldest son of David of Candia, N. H., 
m. a Miss Dinsmore and moved to Deering, N. H. Their 
son, David, 1758-1835, of Antrim, N. H., m. Martha Wil- 
son. Eleven children. See p. 166. 

David McClure, of Co. Donegal, settled about 1720 in ^ 
Lancaster Co., Pa., where he died 1749. Wife, Marga- 
ret. Three daughters and live sons. Of these, Alexander, 
David and John settled in Baltimore. The latter is proba- 
bly the ancestor of John McClure of Baltimore, who m. 
Mary Anne Thornbury, whose daughter Georgianna Vir- 
ginia m. John Thomas Schley, parents of Bear Admiral W. 
S. Schley. William, d. s., Randall m. Ann and had Alex- 
ander, James and .John. 

James, John and Thomah McClure settled in Ira, Vt., 
about |1779. Soldiers of the Revolution. James died in 
Middletown Feb. 22, 1815, aged sixty-seven. Samuel Mc- 
Clure, soldier of the Revolution, lived in or near New- 
bury, Vt. 

Robert McClure (a brother William), b. 1734, set- 
tled in West Pennsboro, Columbia Co., Pa. He m. about 
1755, Margaret Douglas. Three sons: 

I. William, b. 1759, m. (1st) Agnes NcKeehan. Four 
sons, 1, John, who em. to Ohio. 2. Robert. 3. Alex- 


ander, who no. Isabella Anderson; parents of Col. Alexan 

der Kelly McClure, b. 1828. He married 2nd McKee- 

han and had James, Samuel and Joseph. 
4. William, who m. and had Robert, at one time curatoi' 
of the United States mint at Philadelphia. 
II. Alexander. III. Robert. 

The Pa. Muster Rolls of 1776-1783 give: 
Andrew MeClure, private, 1778, Washington Co. 
James McClure, private, 1781, Northumberland Co. 
John McClure, private, 1781, Cumberland Co. 
John McClure, 1778, Washington Co. 
Samuel McClure, 1781, Northumberland Co. 

New York McClures in the Revolution were: 
Moses McClure, Continental line, 1st Regiment. 
Moses McClure, Continental line, 2nd Regiment. 
William McClure, Continental line, 2nd regiment. 
William McClure, Continental line, Pawling's Regiment. 


James McClure, Chester, Pa., m., 1763, Pa ttie Simpson, 

Dr. McClure, Lexington, Mo.,m. about 1830, Eliza Hord. 

Maggie McClure, of Mo., m. about 1870, Thos. Nathaniel 
Mudd, of the Maryland family. 

Robert Arthur McClure, son of Dr. John E. McClure, of 
the Rockbridge family, m., February 18,1846, Margaret 
Downey Morrison (1827-1854). Three children: 

Belle Arthur, b. Dec. 16, 1846. 

Anna May; 1). June 24, 1849. 

Charles Rol)ert, b. August 10, 1852. 

Lucy Eglantine McClure, daughter of James and grand- 
daughter of Robert McClure of Ireland, m., March 10, 1840, 
Dr. James Hunter Merriweathcr, of Todd Co., Ky. 

Mary McC'lure dau. of Henry McClure, and Mary Turner 
of Vt., m., March 28, 1855, Cyrenius Lyman. 

Lucretia McClure (May 26, 1793,— Sept. 11, 1862) dau. 
of Thomas McClure, and Nancy Hunter of Bristol, Me., ra., 
May 26, 1817, Edward Dyer Peters. See p. 163. 


The following are Eockbriclge Co., Ya., marriages. 
Agnes McClure m. Win. Douglas Dec. 21, 1803. Seep. 181. 
Alex. McClure m. Betsy Paxton Nov. 17, 1808. Seep. 140. 
Arthur McClure m. Naucy Edmondson Jan. 5, 1798. See 

p. 142. 
Catherine McClure m. Samuel McCorkle April 26, 1804. 

See p. 147. 
Catherine McClure m. James Taylor Feb. 11, 1808. See 

p. 136. 
David McClure m. Ehoda Jones Nov. 25, 1819. See p. 137. 
Elizabeth McClure m. Jacob Morgan Jan. 1, 1801. 
Fanny McClure m. Flamin Byers Jan. 26, 1804. Seep. 147. 
Isabella McClure m. Andrew Hall, May 20, 1799. Seep. 136. 
Jane McClure m. Joseph Paxton Nov. 22, 1792. Seep. 147. = 
John McClure m. 1st, Jen?iet McClure June 2, 1808. See 
pp. 140 and 181. 
John McClure m. 2nd, Nancy Cunningham Nov, 11, 1824. 

See p. 140. 
John McClure m. Isabella Hall Nov. 28, 1799. See p. 136. 
John McClure m. Ann McFall April 9, 1801; See p. 136. 
John E. McClure m. Martha Parry Sept. 3, 1823. Seep. 143. 
Malcolm McClure m. Eliz. McClure Dec. 14, 1786. See p. 149. 
Martha McClure m. John Jamison Feb. 27, 1800. Seep. 136. 
Mary McClure m. Nathan Dryden Aug. 30, 1785. Seep. 181, 
Mary McClure m. David Templeton May 10, 1791 Seep. 141. 
Moses McClure ra. Eliz. Jones Feb. 18, 1812. See p. 137. 
Nancy McClure m. Jas. H. Alexander April 13, 1820. See 

p. 147. 
Nathan McClure m. Jane Porter Sept. 17, 1795. Seep. 149. 
Eobert McClure m. Sophia Campbell Dec. 18, 1815. Seep 145 
Sally McClure m. Wm. Grigsby Jan. 7, 1790. See p. 241. 
Susanna McClure m. Jos. Stephenson Aug. 19, 1794. See 

p. 136. 
Wm. McClure m. Sallie McClure Nov. 12, 1823. Seep. 143. 
On page 123, add, 

VIII. Mary McClure, m. Dec. 27, 1785, Alexander Mc- 
Kinny. Em. to Kentucky. 

IX. Eleanor McClure, m. Feb. 27, 1786, David Wilson. 
Em. to Kentucky. 


Page 9, line 21, for "attained" read attainted. 
25, line 24, omit "d. single 1837." 

40, line 21, for "James White, Jr." read Charles White. 
46, line 13, for "1829" read February, 1830. 
60, line 24, for "1848" read 1840. 
60, line 31, for "1772" read 1872. 
65, line 25, for "Louisana" read Louisiana. 
65, line 31, for "William" read William Frederick. 
65, line 31, for "Frederick John" read John. 
79, line 28, for "1907" read 1908. 

90, line 25, for "1899" read 1799. 

91, line 6, for "Satunton" read Staunton. 

92, line 1, for "Samuel H." read Samuel. 
103, line 4, for "Andred" read Andrew. 
123, line 31, for "1872" read 1782. 
135, line 24, for "childrsen" read children. 
140, line 22, for "ahd" read and. 
142, line 8, for "father" read cousin. 
142, line 10, omit " about 1775." 
142, line 33, for "seven" read eight. 

147, line 29, for "probably m. a Byars" read m. Jos. Paxton. 
149, line 18, for "Malcoln" read Malcolm. 
168, line 21, for "BoUy money" read Ballymoney. 
186, line 10, for "carpulency" read corpulency. 
189, line 7, for "Maky" read Mary. 
192, line 37, for "Nichols" read Nicols. 
194, line 9, for "Susan Jane" read Emeline. 

-^(5(^ iNDEX. ■■^'^y^ 


Alexander Family, The, 184. 
Alexander, A., 56. 
Alexander, Andrew, 25, 186. 
Alexander, Capt. Arch., 125, 186. 
Alexander, Rev. Arch., 126, 187. 
Alexander, Francis. 25, 188. 
Alexander, James, 187. 
Alexander, Rev. James, 184. 
Alexander, Dr. Jas. H., 147, 223. 
Alexander, Jos. McKnitt, 156. 
Alexander, Robert, 15, 187. 
Allen, Capt. Jas , 100, 149. 
Allen. Mary, 149. 
Allen, Rebecca, 100. 
Allison, Robert, 136. 
Applegate, Mary, 176. 
Arbuckle, James, 25. 
Arbuckle, John, 56. 
Arthur, Helen W., 36. 
Auld, Ann, 152. 
Baker, Mrs. A. M., 208. 
Baker, Mrs. N. J., 142, 181. 
Barton, Rachel Sarah, 123. 
Baxter Family, The, 188. 
Bayliss, Allie, 77. 
Beard, Esther, 187. 
Beasley, Mrs. Stanley, 142. 
Beaty, Francis, 215, 
Beaty, John. 57. 
Bell, Jane, 124. 
Berkeley, Dr. Carter, 207. 
Berryhil I, Alexander, 202. 
Berryhill, Wm. L., 55. 
Blackburn, Dr. Grundy, 110, 
Blake, Joan E,, 165. 
Bogardus, Everardus, 193. 
Bougere, Horace, 65. 
Bowman, John, 117, 
Bowman, S. McClure, 118. 
Brown, Mrs. E. G., 116. 
Brown, Samuel, 204. 
Brubeck, Ada., 71. 
Bumgardner Family, The, 190. 
Burch, Jas. Harvey, 193. 
Burlingham, Janetta, 131. 
Callison Family, The, 72, 198. 
Camfield, Ann F., 154. 
Campbell, Elizabeth, 111. 
Campbell, Sophia, 145. 

Campbell, Gen. Wm , 215. 
Capps, James, 55. 
Carlisle, Hon. John G., 130. 
Case, Warren, 65. 
Christian, Lee, 194. 
Clark, Fanchon, 88. 
Collins, Ellen, 111. 
Cotton, Mary, 194. 
Coursey, Sam'l L., 28, 
Craigmiles, Elizabeth, 167. 
Crawford, Alexander, 149. 
Crawford, Mary, 150. 
Crockett, Margaret, 203. 
Day, Anna E.. 80. 
Deekens, Dr. William, 207. 
Dickerson, Frances, 103. 
Doak Family, The, 34, 35, 126. 
Draper Family, The, 203. 
Draper, Mary, ?203. 
Dryden, David, 140. 
Dubois, Alex. M., 115. 
Dupuy, Nancy, 141. 
Echols, Nora, 137. 
Edmondson, Nancy, 142. 
Elliot, Jean, 141. 
Elliot, Martha, 138. 
Ellison, Ophia, 192. 
Eskridge, Elizabeth, 207. 
Ewell, Henry C, 141. 
Fauber, Barbara, 92 
Finley, John, 19. 
Finley, Rev. Samuel, 211. 
Fish, Eunice K., 149. 
Fishback, Mary, 110. 
Fisher, Mrs. Margaret, 116. 
Fleming, Maria Louisa, 121. 
Fleming, Col. Wm., 121. 
Frazer Family, The, 122, 
Frazer, Edward, III, 122. 
Frazier, John, 218. 
Fulton, Betsy, 27, 195. 
Fulton, James, 195. 
Gammon, Rev. Sam'l, 211. 
Gaston, Dr., 156. 
Gaston, Elizabeth. 167. 
Gaston, Mary, ^56. 
Gilbert, Chas. F., 117. 
Gilbert, Edward A., 116. 
Gilbert, Wm. W., 117. 



Gilkeson Family, The, 204.* 
Gil more, Rev. Robt. C, 143. 
Gilmun, Mary, 164. 
Glendinning. Heulah, 114. 
Graham, Maj. David, 215. 
Grills, John, 208. 
Guthrie, John, 204. 
Hall, Andrew. 136. 
Halstead Family, The, 192. 
Hanna, William, 21. 
Hardin. Fleandr, 203. 
Harper, Amby, 129. 
Harper, Jacob, 129. 
Harris Family, The, 61. 
Harris, Samuel, 156. 
Harrison, Col. Benj., 130. 
Hemphill, Paul, 155. 
Henderson, Alexander, 27. 
Henderson, Andrew, 26. 
Henderson, Daniel, 27. 
Henderson Family, The. 212. 
Henderson, Mary, 139. 
Hendrix, John M., 87. 
Heudrix, Phoebe, 86. 
Hicks, Mary. 114. 
Hogshead, James, 220. 
Holmes, Elizabeth, 124. 
Houston. Robert, 156. 
Hoyle, Mrs. Lucy, 132. 
Humphreys Family, The, 211. 
Hutcheson Family, The, 212. 
Hutchinson Family, The, 25. 
Hutchinson, Wm. T., 64. 
Hyde, Thos., 206. 
Ingles Family, The, 203. 
Jackson, Thomas, 213. 
Jans, Aneke, 193. 
Johnson, Cynthia A., 38. 
Jones, Elizabeth, 137. 
Jones, Joseph H., 118. 
Kerr Family, The, 124. 
Kerr, F.lizabeth, 90. 
King, Adelle, 114. 
King, Lucien, 114. 
Kinkead, Edmund S., 123. 
Kinkead, El.zabeth F., 123. 
Knox, Mrs. J no. B., 159. 
Kurtz, Charles. 97. 
Kyle, Beersheba Cobb, 36. 
Lap.sley, Rev. R. A., 79. 
I.arew, Lula Tate, 205. 
Latimer, Mary J.. 88. 
Laughlin, S. H., 110. 
Ijawrciiee, Grove, 111. 
{jawrence, H;d, 111. 
Law.son. Mary V., 117. 
Lewis, DuflJ., 36. 

Lewis, Eliza P...36. 
Lightner, Chas. T., 62. 
Lightner, Frank B., 62. 
Lightner, Geo. P., 201. 
Logan, John. 130. 
Logan. Col. John, 131. 
Love, Col. Ephraim, 189. 
Love, Mary, 189. 
Lucas, Elizabeth, 88. 
Lynn, Hugh, 204. 
McCall, Elizabeth, 34. 
McChesney, Jane, 144. 
McClung, James, 219. 
McClure, Aaron T., 179. 
McClure, Abby, 178. 
McClure, Abdiel, 174. 
McClure, Abigail Caroline, 88. 
McClure, Abigail Wheelock, 162. 
McClur^^ Absolom K., 36. 
McClure, Capt. Addison S., 182. 
McClure, .J^dolphus B., 131. 
McClure, Agnes, 18, 20, 135. 141, 181. 
McClure, Alexp.nder, 135, 136, 137, 

140, 141, 164, 165, 178, 181, 221. 
McClure, Rev. Alex. Doak, 158. 
McClure, Alexander H., 138. 
McClure, Col. Alex. K., 176, 222. 
McClure, Alexander Stuart, 62. 
McClure, Rev. Alfred Jas. Pollock, 

McClure, Alice Clara. 65. 
McClure, Amanda, 110. 
McClure, Amelia, 114. 
McClure, Amos Harrison, 88. 
McClure, Andrew. 4. 11, 18, 27, 89, 

90, 110, 122, 132, 153, 174, 178, 

181, 222. 
McClure, Rev. Andrew, 98. 
]\IcClure, Andrew Fulton, 37. 
McClure, Andrew Steele, 91. 
McClure, Andrew Wellington 65, 

xMcClure, Dr. Andrew W., 178. 
McClure, Ann, 130, 178. 
McClure, Anna C, 38. 
McClure, Anna L., 179. 
McClure, Anne, 25. 
McC'iure, Anne Halstead, 78. 
McClure, Archibald, 13. 167. 
McClure, Arthur, 12, 14, 142, 178, 

McClure. Rev. Arthur, 141. 
McClure, Asbury C, 148. 
McClure, Be.ip^'.nin, 174, 177. 
McClnr.>, licr-jamin T., 78. 
McCluro, Bryan S., 182. 
McClure, Carrie Pilson, 72. 



McClure, Catherine, 136, 137, 175, 

McClure, Charles, 153, 175, 177, 178. 
McClure, Col. Charles, 110. 
McClure, Major Charles, 175. 
McClure, Charles A., 169. 
McClure, Charles C, 144. 
McClure, Charles D., 72. 
McClure, Charles E., 148. 
McClure, Charles F., 165, 
McClure, Charles F. W., 165. 
McClure, Charles King, 114. 
McClure, Charles P., 143. 
McClure. Charles V., 169. 
McClure, Lieut. Charles W., 118. 
McClure, Clara Steele, 68. 
McClure, Clay Pilson, 63. 
McClure, C. P., 174. 
McClure, Cochran, 152. 
McClure CoraT., 141. 
McClure, Curtis, 146. 
McClure, Cyrus W., 91 
McClure, Daniel, 14, 148, 163. 
McClure, Major Daniel, 182. 
McClure, David, 4. 124, 160, 164, 

166, 179,221, 223. 
McClure. Capt. David, 136. 
McClure, Dr. David, 160. 
McClure, Judge David, 176. 
McClure, Rev. David, 161. 
McClure, Dora Florence, 88, 
McClure, Dorothy, 140. 
McClure, Edmonia B., 115. 
McClure, Rev. Edmund. 1. 
McClure, Rev. Edward C, 1. 
McClure, Edward Donald, 68. 
McClure, Sir Edward S., 1. 
McClure, Eleanor. 18, 21, 27, 92, 

123, 177, 178. 
McClure, Eleanor Wright, 117. 
McClure, Elisha, 127. 
McClure, Elizabeth, 25. 34, 90, 129, 

131, 174. 
McClure, Elizabeth F., 88. 
McClure, Elizabetli Jane, 34, 110, 
McClure, Elizabeth M., 45. 
McClure, E. Mortimer, 151. 
McClure, Esther, 20, 25, 127, 169. 
McClure, Ethelyn Dell, 88, 
McClure, Etta, 179. 
McClure, Ewin, 3. 
McClure, Felix, 115. 
McClure, Finley, 128, 
Mc(Jlure, Finley Wilison, 63, 
MoClure, t<"lorence Adelle, 114, 
McClure, Frances, 116, 176 
McClure, Francis, 153. 

McClure, Capt. Francis, 151. 
McClure, Rev. Francis, 12. 
McClure, Francis Asbury, 88. 
McClure, Francis Jasper, 150. 
McClure, Frank Homer, 88. 
McClure, Frank Wilson, 137, 
McClure, George, 181, 
McClure, George C, A., 151. 
McClure, George D,, 182. 
McClure, George E., 91. 
McCJlure, George Edgar, 63. 
McClure, Gen. George M., 151. 
McClure, Prof. George M., 150. 
McClure, George W., 61. 
McClure, Capt. George W., 181. 
McClure. Gilbert, 3, 12, 221. 
McClure, Halbert, 135, 137, 139, 141, 

McClure, Hannah, 140, 141, 181, 
McCluer, Harry Scott, 137, 
McClure, Henry, 148, 154, 
McClure, H. E. Rev., 159. 
McClure, Hepburn, 180. 
McClure, Hettie Anne, 65. 
McClure, Hosea Andrew, 88. 
McClure, Hugh, 68, 123, 165, 157, 
McCluer, Hugh Brock, 145. 
McClure, Hugh S., 165. 
McClure, Hugh Walker, 37. 
McClure, Isaac, 123. 
McClure, Isabel, 178. 
McClure, Isabella, 13. 
McClure, Isabelle, 143. 
McClure, Jacob, 127. 
McClure, James, 5, 9, 14, 17, 18, 20, 

21, 25, 30, 90, 91, 126, 129, 135, 

142, 157, 159, 166, 169, 170, 175, 

177, 178, 181, 221. 222. 
McClure, James A., 179, 183. 
McClure, James Alex., 66, 
McClure, Rev, James Alex., 79, 
McClure, James Allen, 103, 111, 
McClure, James Andrew, 38, 
McClure, James Davis, 161, 
McClure, James E., 182, 
McClure, James Enos, 114, 
McClure James Finley, 63, 
McClure, Rev. James G, K., 166. 
McClure, James Henry, 161. 
McClure, James Madison, 140. 
McClure, James P., 91. 
McCluer, James Steele, 144. 
McClure, Rev. James W., 138. 

- McClure, Jane, 79, 125, 174. 
. McClure, Jane Allen, 133. 

- McClure, Jane Ann, 62. 
McClure, Jane Thompson, 78, 



McClure, Jean, 18, 21, 25, 125. 

McClure, Jean Weir, 68, 

McClure, John. 4, 9, 12. 14, 21, 24, 
49, 80. 91, 97, 129, 136, 141, 142, 
149, 15r>, 154, 155, 169, 170, 174, 
175, 178, 180, 181, 221, 222, 223. 




Mc( 'lure 

Capt. John, 156. 
Maj. John, 161. 182. 
John B. , o6, 176. 
,lohn Cameron, 144. 
Rev. J. Campbell, 2, 4. 
Col. John D., 176, 182. 
Dr. John E., 142. 
John Finley, 63. 
John F. L., 161 
John Gilkeson, 79. 
Judge John G., 63. 
John Howard, 68. 
Rev. John J, 12. 
John Marshall, 71. 
John Parry, 143. 
John Pilson, 69. 
John Handford, 38. 
John Steele, 144. 
Judge John Thos.. 88. 
Rev. J. T., 132. 
Jonn W., 91, 138, 144. 
Sir John W., 1. 
John Wilfrid, 7. 
.Joseph, 132,153,156,169, 

Joseph K., m. 
Joseph M., 170, 
Josias, 134, 177. 
Josie Charlton, 
Katie, 65. 

Katherine, 129, 178. 
Katherine B., 79. 
Lewis B., 77. 
Lewis D., 80. 
Lillie L., 63. 
Mrs. Lucrelia 145. 
Jjuey jMoore, 72. 
Malcolm, 149, 181. 
Malinda H., 65. 
Margaret, 26, 38, 140, 178, 

Margaret Duff, 37. 
Margaret Rice, 37. 
Margaret R., 79. 
Mary, 25, 40, 41, 120, 129, 
149, 164, 175, 178. 
Mary A., 38. 
:Slary Alice, 68. 
Mary Ann, 34, 88, 162. 
iMary Fulton, 37. 
Mary Lou, 62. 

McClure, Mary Margaret, 220. 
McClure, Mary Mildred, 72. 
McClure, Mary Mitchel, 59. 
McClure, Marv Stuart, 65. 
McClure, Martha, 25, 40, 115, 136, 

McClure, Martha J., 143. 
McClure, Martin, 4, 180. 
MC lure, Capt. Matthew, 155. 
McClure, Mathew Thompson, 25, 

28, 73, 80. 
McClure, Mattie Lee. 37. 
McClure, Michael, 128. 
McClure, Michel 1, 4. 
McClure, Milton, 114, 117. 
McClure, Minnie M.. 63. 
McClure, Mitchel, 35. 
McClure, Montgomery, 38. 
McClure, Moses, 136, 137, 138, 140, 

154, 181, 222, 223. 
McClure, Nancy, 138, 163. 
McClure, Nancy J.,, 38. 
McClure, Napoleon B., 137. 
McClure, Nathan, 135, 144, 182. 
McClure, Nathaniel, 135, 139, 149, 

McCiure, Nicholas J., 137. 
McClure, Oliver S., 182. 
McClure, Olivier, 180. 
McClure, Oscar, 146, 
McClure, Patrick, 133, 181. 
McClure, Paul, 115. 
McClure, Reba Belle. 68. 
McClure, Richard, 12, 14, 153, 154, 

175, 178. 
McClure, Richard R., 150. 
McClure. Robert, 4, 145, 176, 180. 
McClure, Capt. Robert, 10. 
McClure, Dr. Robert, 151. 
McClure, Rev. Robert, 7. 
McClure, Sir Robert, 1, 11. 
McClure, Robert Alex., 147. 
.McClure, Robert Campbell, 143. 
McClure, Robert G.. 159, 182. 
McClure. Robert Lewis, 37. 
McClure, Robert M., 151. 
McClure, Robert Shafer, 144. 
iMcClure, Robert Vance, 71. 
McClure, Robert W., 5. 
McClure, Robert Wallace, 71. 
McClure, Samuel, 11, 20, 92, 127, 

136, 140, 149, 160, 167, 168, 177, 

179, 181. 
McClure, Cai)t. Samuel, 160. 
McClure, Dr. Samuel, 182. 
McClure, Rev. Samuel, 12, 151. 
McClure, Samuel Campbell, 145. 



McCIure, Samuel Finley, 15,68,187. 

McClure, Samuel Sidney, 167. 

McClure, Sarah Alice, 36. 

McClure, Sarah Barton, 123. 

McClure, Sarah Jane, 88. 

McClure, Sarah Johnson, 38. 

McClure, Sarah Katherine, 80. 

McClure, Sarah Steele, 65. 

McClure, Sudie Louise, 114. 

McClure, Susanna, 11, 136, 138. 

McClure, Susan Louisa, 38. 

McClure, Susannah Willys, 162. 

McClure, Theodore, 110. 

McClure, Thomas, 7, 14, 81, 130, 
131, 132, 140, 154, 163, 178, 221. 

McClure, Sir Thomas, 9, 13. 

McClure, Thos. Bumgardner, 78. 

McClure, Thomas Mero, 88. 

McClure, Thomas Mitchel, 38, 88. 

McClure, Hev. Uncas, 146. 

McClure, Virginia, 38. 

McClure, Virginia Wallace, 71. 

McClure, Wallace Mitchel, 37. 

McClure, William, 4, 5, 7, 14, 21, 
133, 134, 140, 150, 151, 154, 168, 
177, 178, 180, 181, 221, 222, 223. 

McClure, Dr. William, 157. 

McClure, William A., 148. 

McClure, Dr. WiUiam B., 151. 

McClure, William Bainbridge, 152. 

McClure, William Bittenger, 144. 

McClure, W. C, 110. 

McClure, William C, 148. 

McClure, William Harvey, 139. 

McClure, William Kyle, 36,' 37. 

McClure, Wilham Preston, 137. 

McClure, William Thompson, 80. 

McClure, William Warren, 80. 

McCullough, L., 120. 

McCullough, Thos., 26. 

McCorkle, Malinda, 191. 

McCorkle, Samuel, 147. 

McCormick, George, 213. 

McCormick, Wm., 213. 

McCown Family, The, 78, 199. 

McCoy, Elizabeth, 129. 

McCue, John N., 45, 216. 

McEwen, Sarah H., 34. 

McGilvray, Sadie, 64. 

Mcintosh, Bettie, 155. 

McKay, Hannah, 169. 

McKee, Jane, 144. 

McKee, Mary, 205. 

McKragan, Ann, 154. 

McLaughlin, Margaret, 148. 

McLure, Judge J. J., 154. 

McNutt, F. A. R., 35. 

McSparran, Mrs. A. B., 170. 
Mackeldufl; Elizabeth, 170. 
Mateer Family, The, 195. 
Mateer. Billy, 43. 
Mellersh, Claude M., 117. 
Mellersh, Neale, 117. 
Miller, Agnes, 195. 
Miller, Sallie Phipps, 37. 
Mitchel Family, The, 195. 
Montgomery, James, 153. 
Montgomery, Richard, 34. 
Montgomery, Susan, 33. 
Moody, Rev. Hiram. 132. 
Morrison, Matthew, 153 
Murphy, Dr. Alexander, 191. 
Murphy, Dr. James, 191. 
Myers. Rev. Chas. F., 79. 
Nay, Jonathan, 164. 
Nay, Sarah, 164. 
Orwig, Rcse, 114. 
Owen, S. S., 87. 
Parry, Martha, 143. 
Parry, Mary, 143. 
Parker. Emma F., 114. 

Patten, Thomas, 165 

Patterson, Andrew, 204. 
Peck, Eleanor, 92. 
Peebles, Jesse, 115. 
Pemrock, 2ytrs. Wm., 170. 
Peters, Rev. J. P., 163. 
Peters, W. R., 163. 
Pilson Family, The, 27, 49, 58, 201. 
Pomeroy, Rev. Benj., 162. 
Ralston, Elizabeth, 7. 
Randolph, John, 218. 
Reed, Joseph, 140. 
Reynolds, Richard C, 65. 
Rogers, Martha, 88. 
Scott, Nannie, 192. 
Shafer, Elizabeth, 144. 
Shields, Jane, 140. 
Shields, Nancy Jane, 137. 
Shreckhise, M. McClure, 92. 
Simon, Judge J. T. , 149. 
Skidmore, Rebecca J., 129. 
Smiley, John, 140. 
Smith, Capt. Bird, 203. 
Smith, Edward Lewis, 68. 
Smith, Mayme, 68. 
Sprong Family, The, 193, 
Sproul Family, The, 193. •— 
Steele Family, The, 211. 
Stribling, Rev. C. R., 79. 
Storey, Mary Scott, 72. 
Strong, Elizabeth, 91. 
Stuart, Andrew A., 64, 67. 
Stuart, Judge Jas., 133. 



Stuart, John Alex., 143. 
KStuart, \V. ('., 149. 
Sullivan, Andrew M., 121. 
Sullivan, C'apt. Wm., 120. 
Sullivan, Jas. Wilson, 121. 
Talberl, Robert, 202. 
Tale Family. The, 216. 
Tannehill, J. F., 192. 
Thompson Family, The, 201. 
Trigg, Gen. Abram, 208. 
Trimble, Elizabeth, 90. 
Trimble, Jean, 140. 
Trimble, virs. H. H., 87. 
Trimble, John, 90. 
Trimble, Rev. W. W., 204. 
Trotter, Isaac, 126. 
Vance, Sarah, 208. 
Varnum, Martha, 166. 
Walker, l.olah, 116 
Walker, Mae, 112. 
Wallace Family, The, 220. 

Waller, Rev. C. D., 199. 
Watson, Rev. Samuel M,, 147. 
Webster, Clara 88. 
Weir, .lane, 194. 
Weir, John, 194. 
West, J. P., 88. 
Wetzell, Mary, 128. 
White Family, The, 40. 
White, Wra. McKim, 110. 
Wilcox, William, 65. 
Wiley, Lawrence, 111. 
Wilkinson, Jean, 180. 
Wilson, Mary, 16;5. 
Wilson, Sal lie, 187. 
Wilson, Rev. Samuel, 176. 
Willson, Matthew, 198. 
Woods, Dr. Levi, 115. 
Woods, Janet, 208. 
Wright, Eleanor, 89. 
Young, Jessie Peel, 121.