Person:John McCleary (3)

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"Land Grant" John McCleary
b.est. 1695-1700 prob. Ireland
d.Bet. 9 Feb. 1773 - Abt. 1776 Augusta County, Virginia
  • H"Land Grant" John McClearyest 1695-1700 - Bet 1773
  • WMargaret UnknownBef 1706 -
m. bef. 1724
  1. Samuel McClearyest 1722-1735 -
  2. John McClearyest 1722-1735 -
  3. James McCleary1724 - Abt 1816
Facts and Events
Name "Land Grant" John McCleary
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1695-1700 prob. Ireland
Marriage bef. 1724 to Margaret Unknown
Death? Bet. 9 Feb. 1773 - Abt. 1776 Augusta County, Virginia

John McCleary was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


John McCreary's land (Beverley Manor NW, 420 acres, 1748) 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.

Acquisition of Land in Augusta County

  • John McCleary "Land Grant John" received a land grant of 420 acres in Augusta County, Va on 04 Feb 1748. A map of The Beverley Patent shows Johns grant to be on the western boundery of Beverley Manor and identifies all his neighbors. (from post)

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 508.--12th March, 1755. John McLeary, yeoman, to James McLeary his son, plantationer, love and affection and £10; 200 acres, part of 420 acres, conveyed by Beverley, 4th February, 1748, in Beverley Manor Thos. Kirkpatrick's line, a head branch of Middle River of Shanandoe, James Clerk's line. Livery, &c., John McLeary. Delivered: James McLeary, November 1758.
  • Page 387.--17th August, 1762. John McClerey, Sr., ( ) to John McClerey, Jr., his son, £6, in Beverley Manor on head branch of Middle River of Shanandoah, conveyed to John, 4th February, 1748, part of 420 acres, containing 100 acres. Acknowledged. Delivered to John McClerey, May Court, 1767.

Will of John McCleary

  • Page 457.--9th February, 1773. John McCleery's will--To wife, Margaret; to son, James; executors, son James and John Thompson; to each daughter, 1 shilling; to son, John; to son, Samuel. Teste: Robert Clark, Mathew and Robert Patterson.

Notes on John McCleary

From post:

THE LOST GENERATION Posted by: Glain Martin (ID *****8857) Date: May 18, 2006 at 19:39:39

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The McCleary family has been very difficult to trace. In an effort to find my ancestor I literally logged every McCleary, McClary, McCleery, McCleerey, McCleerie, McClery and McClerey I could find in the Colony of Virginia between the years 1700 and 1800. My sources included the Internet, The Family History Center, the Public Library and the Federal Archives. I found a lost generation and therein found my ancestor.

John McCleary "Land Grant John" received a land grant of 420 acres in Augusta County, Va on 04 Feb 1748. A map of The Beverley Patent shows Johns grant to be on the western boundery of Beverley Manor and identifies all his neighbors. This proved invaluable in determining that John's three sons, James, John and Samuel, also lived on the 420 acre grant. It also established that the above spellings for the name were all used on the same individuals.

Neither James McCleary or his brothers owned land in the Borden Grant or Beverly Manor until "Land Grant Johns" son John was sold 100 acreas in 1762. Some researchers have confused James McClure for James McCleary. This James McClure received a 408 acre land grant in Beverley in 1739, died in 1761, and was the son of James McClure of Northern Ireland. No relation to the McClearys.

In a 1798 deposition, James says he settled in Augusta County "In the spring of 1742". This along with other early Augusta County records suggests that James was probably born as early as 1724 if not before. "Land Grant John" was probably born about 1695 to 1700. Many of his neighbors were first generation Scots and there is a good possibility John was also. James McCleary had three sons of record; John born about 1752; Samuel born about 1755 and James born about 1758. John and Samuel served in the American Revolution and I believe both received land grants in Fayette County, KY even though Samuel's 1,125 acre grant is the only one I have seen referenced. James followed his sons to Fayette County KY before 1798. Elizabeth McCleary is living in Woodward County, KY in 1810. Woodward was formed from Fayette. Elizabeth was James' daughter-in-law, wife of son John. Elizabeth was the daughter of Charles Berry a neighbor of "Land Grant John" and a first generation Scot. (Note: from other sources, the Elizabeth "McCleary", daughter of Charles Berry married Samuel Henry, son of Robert Henry and Sarah Davis. In fact, Charles Berry, in his will named his daughter "Elizabeth Henry". The Elizabeth Berry that married John McCleary (son of the above-mentioned James) was the daughter of George Berry (cousin of Charles) and Agnes Hall).

"Land Grant John's" son John had a son named John and he is my ancestor.

There's a lot more but this is enough for now. Glain