Facts and Events
James McClure was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Survey in Augusta County, VA
From Hume's Survey Book:
- (53) ( ) ye 18, 1738, survey for James McClure, comer to Jno. Hart in Geo. Robinson's line. 8 br. ye 18, 1738 (same as above).
Survey for adjoining tract:
- (83) ( ) ye 22, 1738, survey for Danis Monahan, beginning at James McClure's, Andrew McClure's.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
James McClure's land (Beverley Manor SE, 408 acres, 1739) 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: this land is adjoining the tract acquired by James McClure's son, Andrew McClure, to the southwest).
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 247-52. 5-6 June 1739. William Beverley, Gent., of Essex County to James McLure of Orange County. Lease and release; for ₤12.4.10 current money. 408 acres in Beverley Manner... in George Robinson's line... (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: James Porteus, Thos. Wood, John Latham. 28 June 1739. Proved by James Porteus, Thos. Wood and John Latham. [Relinquishment of dower as above, Beverley to Smith] [Orange County Deed Book 3, pg. 17].
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 132.--15th February, 1748-9. William Mitchell and Margaret (his wife) to James McClure. Branch of James River called the Mary, 200 acres patented to William, 26th September, 1746.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 310.--27th August, 1761. James McClure, of Craven County, South Carolina, to John Ramsey, £56.12. 408 acres divided 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 Wm. Beverley, 6th June, 1739, in Beverley Manor, Geo. Robinson's line. Delivered: Wm. Ramsey, 5th October, 1772.
Will of James McClure
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 47.--23d September, 1756. James McClure's will, taylor, of South Carolina--Son, James, Bible and big pot; son, Samuel, next biggest pot; wife, Agness, to have use of both pots; sons, John and Andrew; daughters, Eleanor, Jean, Esther. Executors, Wm. Givens, Wm. McClure. Teste: Wm. Hanna, Wm. Beard, Wm. McClure. Proved, 18th August, 1761, by Wm. Hanna, other witnesses are dead. James, eldest son and heir, appears and waives objection to proving the will. Executor Wm. McClure is dead. William Givens lives in South Carolina. Administration granted to son, James McClure, who qualifies, with Andrew and Hugh McClure.
- Vol. 2 - Page 227--Will of James McClure of South Carolina, Tyier, 23d September, 1758. Sons, James, Samuel, John, Andrew; wife, Agnes; daughters, Eleanor, Jean, Esther.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 18, 1761. - (51) James McClure's will proved. Wm. Beard and Wm. McClure, two of the witnesses, are dead, and John McClure, eldest son and heir of decd., appeared and said he had no objection to proving the will, it is recorded. Wm. McClure, one of the executors named, is also dead, and Wm. Givens, the other executor, lives in South Carolina. Admn. is granted to James McClure, son of decd.
Processioning List of 1755
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 152. (1755)--Jno. Finley, Wm. Thompson processioned in Cap. Thompson's Company as follows, viz: For Samuel McCune, for Wm. Logan, for Wm. Johnston, for Widow Thompson, for Thos. Thompson; Widow Frazer, present Robert Modey; for Rob. Moody; for Andw. McClure, present Jno. Hutchison; for Jno. Hutchison; for Hugh McClure, for Richard Pilson, for Zechoriah Smith, for Widow Sayre, for Andw. McClure, for John Campbell, for John Black, for Archd. Stewart, for Rob. Finley, for Alex. Henderson, for Wm. Patterson, for Jno. McClure, for George Caldwell, for John Thompson, for Wm. Palmer, for James Gillespey, for James Hamilton, for Saml. Steele, for James McClure, for Widow Campbell, for Robert Patrick, for John Ramsey, for Wm. Finley, for John Finley, for David Henderson, for Isaac White, for Adam Morow, for Alex. Thompson, for Wm. Thompson, for Wm. Caldwell.
Records of James McClure in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - APRIL AND JUNE, 1746. - James Davis vs. Andrew McClure and James McClure.--Bond dated 25th August, 1743. Andrew was from Bucks County. James McClure from Augusta. James Davis of Augusta. Writ dated 25th January, 1744.
- Page 673.--28th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) to Charles Dalhouse, 414 acres in Beverley Manor. Samuel Gay's corner; James McClure's line; corner George Robinson. Teste: Francis Beaty, Thomas Stewart.
- Vol. 2 - EXECUTIONS. - APRIL, 1801. - Estill vs. Ramsey--Deed, 5th June, 1739, Beverley to James McClure, of Orange County, 108 acres (s/b 408 acres) in Beverley Manor, George Robinson's line. Test: James Porteus, Thomas Wood, John Latham. Declaration: Samuel Estill and Jane, formerly Jane Teas, daughter of William Teas, vs. John Ramsay. Memorandum of deed from Beverley to John Hart, dated 23d, 24th July, 1740, George Robinson's line, corner Beverley Manor line. Deposition, 13th October, 1792. John Dalhouse. John Finley, aged above 60 years. Deponent went to school in 1747 in the house mentioned by Thomas Turk in his depositions. The house was on James McClure's land. Andrew Steel, aged about 56 years. Silas and John Hart were brothers and first purchasers. Andrew McClure, son of James McClure, under whom Ramsey claims. Andrew said he was present at the first running of the line for Hart. William Finley. Samuel Steel. Andrew Ramsey, aged 47. Deed, 24th February, 1740. Daniel Manahan, of Orange County, to Joseph Teas, 900 acres in Beverley Manor. Cor. Joseph Tees and Andrew McClure, Beverley Manor line. John Hart's line, James McClure's line. Test: G. Home, John Pickins, William Williams. Deed, 21st February, 1738. Beverley to Daniel Monahan, of County Augusta. Test: Richard Winslow, John Lewis, John Newport. Depositions 5th March, 1801. Andrew Steel, aged 58, son of Samuel. Andrew Ramsey, aged 50. John Ramsey, father to defendant. James Steel, aged 63, son of Samuel. Original deed, James McClure to John Ramsey. Original deed, Beverley to John Hart, 1740. Deposition Thomas Turk, aged 88 years, taken October 1798. He helped to build a schoolhouse about 50 years ago at the foot of the hill in the tenant's meadow; it was on McClure's land. Original deed, McClure to Ramsey, 1762. Original patent, Dunwiddie to Joseph Teas, August, 1756, 200 acres in Rockfish Gap.
Information on James McClure
From "Down the Blue Ridge", The American Dustbowl, Professor J.W. Woody:
- The first known schoolhouse in Augusta County was on James McClure's tract "at the foot of a hill in the meadow." James became a charter member of the Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church in 1740, one of whose first tasks was to obtain a Presbyterian minister from County Donegal, the thirty-year-old John Craig. That church is still thriving near the Fishersville exit from I-64. A few miles east of the church, along the South River in present day Waynesboro, young Andrew McClure took 370 acres in 1738. His father, James, bought an adjoining 408 acres in 1739, and another 359 acres in 1749. This James McClure (1685-1761) had been a tailor in Raphoe, County Donegal. When he sailed with his wife Agnes and seven children into Delaware Bay, his was probably not the only McClure family among the large Scots-Irish emigration to Pennsylvania. In 1732, his 72-year-old father, James Arthur McClure, died at sea.