b.ABT 1722 County Antrim, near Coleraine, Ireland
m. abt. 1722
m. bef. 1752
Facts and Events
James McClung was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Information on James McClung
From The McClung Family Association Web Site: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~rootsr/PA-Wm.htm
1-3 JAMES McCLUNG
The first (possibly) child of William McClung (2-2) was born probably in County Antrim, near Coleraine, Ireland. (Date estimated at 1722). This family emigrated from Ireland in 1740. He landed at Philadelphia and lived about two years in Lacaster Co., PA. James moved to the "Borden Grant" in Augusta (now Rockbridge) county, VA and settled on a farm on the east bank of South River, three miles east of Fairfield. He erected his home in a narrow glen between the river and the mountain and about midway between the Little Mary and Big Mary Creeks. The original house was burned but his neighbors assembled and built another for him and had it ready for occupancy within a week. This building is still standhing, after the lapse of more than a century. This residence will be referred to hereafter as "Mary Glenn."
Two reasons have been assigned for his having selected this location instead of the level and more open portions out in the valley. First, because of its proximity to the mountain, where the grazing was fine and where game was abundant. Second, the chance of greater immunity from the incursion of Indians.
The following we--authenticated story is told of James McClung: Soon after his immigration to Virginia, while in the timber making rails with which to fence his farm, he was attacked by five savage Indians, who proposed to relieve him of his scalp. He asked permission to finish splitting his log before being scalped. His request was granted. Under the circumstances he found the log very difficult to split. He asked the Indians to assist him. Thinking they should have his scalp all the sooner, they consented. He placed them on opposite sides of the log, with their fingers in the split, giving them orders to pull with all their might while he should drive in the wedge. Then with a desperate stroke he knocked out the wedge, causing the log toclose upon their fingers, thus holding them fast while he amidst their shrieks and curses, dispatched them with his axe.
Since this tragic incident has been attributed to Daniel Boone and others, the sources of this information will here be given. The first is Mr. John H. Denison, the owner of the farm where the episode occurred. He asserts that he was raised an orphan boy in the home of James McClung's grandson, James Gardner McClung, and that the said James Gardner often talked of the event and attributed it to his own grandfather. The second is Miss Susan Hite, still living at the age of nearly 78 years. She assets that she was born and reared in the immediate neighborhood of the McClungs; that she has oftenheard the incident related, and that she never heard itattributed to any other than James McClung. She likewise had often seen the Indian graves on the original McClung farm.
The third is Mrs. Hettie McClung Hanna, who was born and reared within two miles of where the scene occurred. She asserts she has always understood it was a McClung who die the killing, but can not say which one of them it was. The fourth is Phebe McClung, a grand- daughter of James McClung. She lived about eighty-five years; and a short while before her death, told the writer personally that it was her own grandfather who killed the Indians. They were buried near the place where they were killed; namely, on the second level above the "Cold Spring," which flows into Little Mary's Creek, three miles east of Fairfield, VA.
James McClung was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and for his services received grants of land in Kanawha County, VA (now WV) and in Kentucky.
James married Ann Gray and they had fourteen children. His will is on record in Lexington, VA.
1-4 NANCY (AGNES G.) McCLUNG PAXXX
The first child of James and Ann Gray McClung was born 25 Dec 1752. (Nancy is the nickname for Agnes and G. was believed to stand for Gray.) She married William Patton. They lived near Fairfield, Virginia and reared six children. William died 19 Nov 1825 and Nancy died 8 Mar 1833. They are probably buried at Timber Ridge Cemetery.
Their children were: Anna b. 1782; Margaret b. 1792; John; McClung Patton b. 1795 md Elizabeth Trice; James, and another son.
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The second child of James and Ann Gray McClung was born ca 1754. She married Matthew Patton. They made their home in Dayton, Ohio. They had one son: William Patton who lived in Dayton, Ohio.
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The third child of James and Ann Gray McClung was born in VA. She married Andrew Reid. They resided at "Mulberry Hill," one mile below Lexington, VA. The were said to own a fine home and live in luxury. "One negro did nothing but care for the roses." "Silk window curtains hung down to the floor."
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The fourth child of James and Ann Gray McClung was born in VA. She married a Mr. Trotter.
5-4 MARY McCLUNG PAXXX
The fifth child of James and Ann Gray McClung was born in VA. She married a Mr. Hamilton. They moved to Indiana.
6-4 WILLIAM McCLUNG PAXXX
The sixth child of James and Ann Gray McClung was born probably at "Mary Glen," three miles east of Fairfield, Rockbridge, VA about 1761-2. He probably received his education at Liberty Hall Academy, now Washington and Lee University. He was a teamster in Washington's army during the Revolutionary War. The following incident is told of his army experiences: "On a certain occation he was driving an army wagon containing some empty barrels. The road being very rough, the barrels made a rumbling noise. The British army, encamped not far away, heard the noice and supposing it to be the drums of the American troops, called for a line of battle and made ready for a fight."
He moved from Rockbridge County, VA to Wilkes Co. Georgia in 1787. He was a farmer. The following church certificate was given him by the session of the Presbyterian church at Timber Ridge, Rockbridge Co., VA:
"That the bearer, William McClung, was a single young man when he left this society the 15th of May, 1787, and from his childhood behaved without blame or reproach, was admitted to full communion with the church and left us free from any imputation that would expose him to public shame or the censures of the church, is certified at Timber Ridge Sept. 2nd, 1788.
By: John Lyle, William Walker, John McClung, Elders."
William married 12 Nov 1789 Euphemia Cunningham in Greene County Georgia. She was born 9 Feb 1769 to Patrick Cunningham, a wealthy cotton planter. The following pen-picture of Euphemia is given by her grand-daughter: "Height about 5 ft 2 inches; weight about 130 lbs; hair dark auburn; eyes light brown; nose slightly prominent; complexion fiar, fresh and healthful; not prematurely aged in appearance. She was an exceedingly neat and cleanly housekeeper."
Apparently William worked for Patrick Cunningham at first. There are records showing him dealing in slaves for his father-in-law. William McClung owned a farm of 391 acres in Wilkes County, Georgia on Upton's Creek. See: Deed Index in Wilkes County. He also owned a farm of 213 acres in Greene County, GA. on Richland Creek. The Deed Index may show this purchase in 1797. William probably made the friendship of other McClungs in the area. At the same time we have John, the Revolutionary Soldier from NC, SC and GA and also George who married Jane Myrada Whatley living in Wilkes, Warren and Greene Counties in Georgia. They all removed from that area about the same time.
William moved his family to Blount County, Tennessee about 1806. The following church certficate was given William McClung upon his departure from Wilkes County, GA:
"Smyrna, GA: 13 Jan 1806: That the bearer, William McClung, an elder, and Euphemia, his wife, have lived in this congregation a number of years past and behaved in a sober, Christian manner--are in the communion of the church and leave us with unimpeachable character, is certified by the pastor: Fras. Cummins."
The first year they lived on the Houston farm, on Nine Mile Creek, eight miles southwest of Maryville, TN. The next year he entered a 300 acre farm on Baker's Creek, Blount (now Loudon) County, adjoining the present village of Greenback, TN. Her, about the year 1810, he built a large brick house, in which he dwelt the remainder of his life. He was an Elder in the Baker's Creek Presbyterian Church for probably thirty years.
The following pen picture of him was furnished by William Craig, whoknew him intimately for twenty-five years: "William McClung was tall, slender, raw-boned, about six feet high; slightly stoopt in his old age. In his prime he stood erect. He had rather narrow shoulders; head medium size; hair gray and mediumlength, beard heavy; upper lip cleanshaven, according to the custom in his day; eye-brows rather heavy; nose medium size; cheek bones prominent; eyes dark gray, sharp and piercing; face lean. He was a man of good sense, lively, and full of fun; joking with the neighbors, and servants in his employ. He was a very religious man."
He seems to have been a man of fair education. The only civil office he ever held so far as known was that of Justice of the Peace. His Will is recorded in Blount County, TN. While carrying a basket of corn to feed his hogs, he stepped on a corncob, fell, and dislocated his hip, which accident hastened his death. He was buried in the family grave-yard about two furlongs south of the house. He died 14 Feb 1837 in his 70th year.
Euphemia remained on the farm until her death 28 Jan 1843. She was buried by his side. They had eight children, some who became prominent in their lives.