Facts and Events
James McClung was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
James McClung Sr.'s land (Borden Tract MW, 2 Tract: 1) 200-acres, patented in 1754; and 2) 390-acres acquired from John McKee (Macky) in 1763) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. (Note: land of James' son Henry McClung is adjoining the tract acquired from John McKee to the northeast).
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 397.--21st August, 1754. Same ‘’(From Borden's executors)’’ to James McClung, plantationer, £6, 200 acres, part of 92,100; John Mackey's corner on Mill Creek; corner to Ned, the blacksmith; McDean's line. Delivered to Wm. Lusk, June, 1757.
- Page 510.--14th May, 1763. John Macky, farmer, to James McClung, Sr., £120, 390 acres on Mill Creek of James River, cor. Baptist McNabb. Proved by witnesses. Delivered to John McClung, May, 1773. (Note: John McKee (Macky) is possibly the brother-in-law of James McClung (not proven), additional research necessary).
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 345.--14th September, 1765. James McClung and Mary ( ) to Henry McClung, £60, 150 acres, part of 390 acres whereon James now liveth; corner tract belonging to Henry McClung. Teste: James Dryden, Samuel McClung. Delivered: James McClung, Jr., 7th April, 1796.
- Page 348.--14th September, 1765. Same (From James McClung and Mary ( )) to William McClung, £50, 212 acres on Mill Creek; corner Henry McClung; corner Jacob Gray, Wm. Dean's line; corner survey intended for James Greenlee. Delivered: James McClung, 10th June, 1789.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records: [unless otherwise listed]
- Vol. 1 - APRIL 1, 1747. - (191) Rebecca Hays, Isabella Taylor, Sarah Paxton, Elizabeth Davis, Mary McClung, Agnes Gray, Esther Lyle, Agnis McClure, Catherine McNabb, Jane Hall, Prudence Campbell, Elizabeth McCroskie and Hannah Miller appeared and their husbands recognized that they appear at May Court to testify against Rebecca Buchanan, Jr., and Senr., Mary Ann Campbell and Ruth Buchanan. John Carmichael also recognized.
- (192) Trial of Rebecca Buchanan, Jr., on suspicion of murder, and Rebecca Buchanan, Sr., Mary Ann Campbell, Ruth Buchanan, alias Carmickell, on suspicion of being accessories. All acquitted except Rebecca, Jr., who was committed for trial at Williamsburg.
- (193) Thos. Paxton, James McClung, Isaac Taylor, Gilbert Campbell, Wm. Hall and Andrew McNabb recognized that their wives, as above, appear as witnesses: William Lusk in behalf of Agnis Grey; Saml. Davis in behalf of his mother, Eleanor Davis; Moses McClure in behalf of his mother, Agness McClure; Andrew Hays in behalf of his mother, Rebecca Hays; Silas Hart in behalf of Esther Lyle. Acknowledged themselves as above. Wm. Henry also acknowledged as above. (Note: the records in April and May 1747 refer to the murder trial of Rebecca Buchanan, who was accused of killing her baby).
- Page 396.--23d April, 1751. John Gray's will, yeoman--Wife, Agness; son, Jacob; son, William; son, David; son, Joseph; son, Benj.; daughter, Ann Gray; son, Saml.; son, John; daughter, Elizabeth. Executors, son Samuel and John Lyle. Teste: Archd. Alexander, James McClung, Daniel Lyle. 27th November, 1751, proved by all witnesses, and both executors qualify, with sureties Archd. Alexander and James McClung.
- Vol. 2 - MARCH, 1765 (B). - McClung vs. Berrisford.--John Berrisford owned land on North Branch James River, adjoining William Halman, John Harper and James Edmondson. He sold in 1761 to James McClung, but before deed was made Berrisford died, leaving no sons, but seven daughters--Mary, Catherine, Margaret, Agnes, Frances, Lydia and Jennet. Most were infants.
- Land Grant Survey; Page 36 - Robert McClenahan, 375 acres. Adjoining James McClung. Robert Campbel. Mentioned Benjamin Borden. May 29, 1765. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 14].
- In the name of God, Amen: this second day of October AnnoDom. One thousand seven Hundred and Seventh nine I James McClung of Rockbridge County and commonwealth of Virginia being sick & weak in Body but of sound & disposing memory & calling to mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordainthis my last Will and Testament.
- Principally & first of all I recommend my soul to God who gave it & my Body to the dust to be decently interred at the discression of my Executors and for such worldy Estate wherewith it hat pleased God to bless me I dispose of in manner following:
- Imprimis I order that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid out of my estate.
- Item I give and bequeath to my son Henry his Heirs and assigns for ever one hundred and forty acres of land part of the tract I now live on adjoining James Doughterty's and Samuel Lyles Land.
- Item I give and bequeath unto my son William his heirs and assigns for ever Eighty acres of land the part of the tract I now live.
- Item I give and bequeath to my son James one chest and one pair of blankets.
- Item I give and bequeath to my son William one horse and saddle one Pair of Steel yards my grand-stone cane cutting knife chairs Tongs and crooks and all my iron tools and utensils one blanket and one quilt and one large Bible and two volumes of Harvey's works and one large Jugg.
- Item I give and bequeath to Mary McClung, Williams Daughter a small Gilt Trunk.
- Item I order that the remainder of my estate be equally divided amongst my three sons James, Henry and William and my daughter Agnes Gray.
- And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons, James and Henry, executors of this my last Will and Testeament and all other Will or Wills by me heretofore made I do declare to be void to all intents and purposes.
- Witness my hand and seal this second day of September Anno Dom. 1779.
- (Signed) James McClung
- Signed, sealed and published and declared to the said James McClung to be his last Will and Testament in presence of us.
- Jas. McCarrell
- Richard Carr (his mark)
- James Lyle, Jr.
- [Source: Rockbridge County, Virginia, Will Book 1.]
Information on James McClung
From The McClung Family Association Web Page:
1-2 James McClung, Jr. of Pennsylvania
McClung Genealogy, 1904 and Updates
James McClung was probably born in Ireland. He probably came with his family from Ireland to Philadelphia, PA about 1740. (We have yet to locate ship passenger list). He moved to Rockbridge Co., VA with his brother, William and Hugh, about 1742. He is thought to have married Mary McKy. We have this note from a newspaper clipping:
"John McKy had but few relatives. The McClungs were his nephews. Some say he gave them a tract of land; others, that they gave him a little gray mare in turn. It is said when James McClung married a girl who had gone out to service, they called her a serving girl) that old Grandfather said: 'O never mind, wives are hard to get;' which shows some were somewhat clannish. John McKy died in 1773. Henry McClung and William McClung were two of the appraisers of his estate."
He is believed to be the James McClung, Sr. who in 1753, signed a call to the Rev. John Brown to become pastor of Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church in Augusta (now Rockbridge) County, VA. (See Foote's Sketches of Virginia, pp 96-8). James is also supposed to be the James McClung whose will is recorded at Lexington, VA, in Will Book 1.
On Sep 5, 1786, William McClung was made co-executor. William McClung, Joseph Reid and Thomas Buford were the administrators.
THE DESCENDANTS OF JAMES AND MARY McKEY McCLUNG
James and Mary had children: James, Henry, William, and Agnes. If there were more children than this, they probably died before James II. The McClung Gen (1904) has these children out of birth order. We will attempt to correct this as we are informed.
3-3 JAMES McCLUNG
The FIRST child of James and Mary McKy McClung was born in Va ca 1728 in Ireland. He married ca 1750 Elizabeth (Bettie) Houston, aunt of Gen. Sam Houston of Texas, and daughter of Robert Houston. (See Houston Family by Rev. Samuel Rutherford Houston, D.D., p. 36). They had nine children (most birthdates estimated).
1-4 AGNES McCLUNG
The first child of James and Elizabeth Houston McClung was born ca 1752 in Rockbridge Co., VA. She married a Mr. Snodgrass.
2-4 JANE McCLUNG
The second child of James and Elizabeth Houston McClung was born ca 1755 in Rockbridge Co., VA. She married a Mr. Patton.
3-4 ANNIE McCLUNG
The third child of James and Elizabeth Houston McClung was born ca 1758 in Rockbridge Co., VA. She married 27 Dec 1791 to James Martin.
4-4 ESTHER McCLUNG
The fourth child of James and Elizabeth Houston McClung was born ca 1761 in Rockbridge Co., VA. She married 9 Sep 1802 to John McCullough.
5-4 MARGARET McCLUNG
The fifth child of James and Elizabeth Houston McClung was born ca 1764 in Rockbridge Co., VA. She did not marry. She died at the home of William H. Letcher, father of Gov. John Letcher of Lexington, VA.
6-4 JOHN McCLUNG
The sixth child of James and Elizabeth Houston McClung was born ca 1767 in Rockbridge Co., VA. He married 6 Dec 1814 to Jane Beggs in Rockbridge Co., VA. They are believed to have had a daughter named Phoebe, heir of her grandfather, James McClung. See his WILL.
7-4 JAMES McCLUNG III
The seventh child of James and Elizabeth Houston McClung was born 1770 in Rockbridge Co., VA. About 1801 he married Mary Ann Henry, a descendant of the Patrick Henry family of Virginia. They emigrated about 1815 to Madison County, KY; thence about 1825 to Charleston, IN and then on to Livoinia, IN. He died 9 Aug 1834 in Indiana. They had ten children.
8-4 SAMUEL McCLUNG
The eighth child of James and Elizabeth Houston McClung was born ca 1772 in Rockbridge Co., VA. He died in Maysville, KY.