Facts and Events
John McClure was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
John McClure's land (Beverley Manor SE, 359 acres, 1749) 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 Andrew McClure, John McClure's brother and James McClure, John's father is nearby to the northeast).
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - Muster List of 1742: No. 12 - Capt. John McDowell's List: John McDowell, Captain; James McDowell, Ephraim McDowell, David Breeden, Alex. McClewer, John McClewer, Halbert McClewer, Sam McRoberts, Thomas Taylor, John McKnab, And. McKnab, Thos. Whiteside, Malco Whiteside, John Aleson, David Bires, Alex. McClure, Moses McClure, John Gray, Patt McKnabb, Wm. Hall, John Miless, Wm. Miles. James Hardiman, Charles Quail, Wm. Wood, Hen. Kirkham, Gilbert Gamble, James Gamble, Rob. Young, Math. Young, _____ Long, _____ Long, James More, Hugh Cunigham, James Cunigham, John Cares, Frances McCowan, Hum. Beaker, John Peter Salley, Mitch. Miller, Loromor Mason, John Matthews, John Cosier, Irwin Patterson, Edward Patterson, Joseph Finney, Michael Finney, Sam Wood, Rich. Wood, Joseph Lapsley.
Information on John McClure
From "The McClure Family", Presses of F. A. Owen, 1914, pg. 26:
LINE OF JOHN McCLURE.
James and Agnes McClure left seven children.
A. John McCLURE, the oldest, was born in 1717, as shown in Chalkley, 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 county. 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 1767. 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 cornering John Coulter and Edward Hall."
The last mention of his name in the county record is August 28, 1791, when he appeared as a witness in a case of Edward Hall vs. John Coulter. He was then 74 years 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 his 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., Spottswood, 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 Pleasant, W. Va.
- II. Esther McCLURE, b. Aug. 6, 1747, baptized by Rev. John Craig, Sept. 13, 1747, died Sept. 18, 1747.
- 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. 1st, 1753. She m. Dec. 29, 1790, Francis Alexander. Among her descendants was the late Frank Alexander of Staunton, Va.
- V. Elizabeth McClure, b. Aug 1st, 1753. She married 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., (son 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.
- VII. Mary McClure, b. Nov. 14, 1758. She is possibly 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, 1761.
- IX. Margaret Mcclure, b. Nov. 21, 1764 and m. April 7, 1796, Rev. John McCue officiating, Andrew Henderson, son of Samuel and Jane Henderson, of Augusta County. They emigrated early in the 19th century to Blount County, Tenn.
- 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 Cemetery. He married, on January 15, 1789, Mary Mitchel, fourth child of Thomas Mitchel and Elizabeth (McClanahan) Moore, Rev. 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 no settled home, living with his sisters and children, frequently walking back and forth from Waynesborough to Old Providence, a distance 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.
- Andrew McClure and Mary Mitchel had five children.
- 1. James McClure, b. Augusta county, Va., November 4, 1789, and died at his home near Rogersville, Tenn., April 11, 1866. He emigrated about 1815 to Ashe county, N. C., removing a year or two later to Lebanon, Russell county, Virginia, thence to Tennessee.
- 2. Mary McClure, b. in Augusta county 1791, emigrated to Russell County, Va., 1820, where she m. John M. Hendricks, of the same family as Vice-President Thomas A. Hendricks. Later moved to Calaway county, Mo.
- 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.
- 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 County, Va. He married July 27, 1819, Jane Pilson (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 fifty-six years, one of the most prosperous farmers and highly respected citizens of that section of the county.
- 5. Thomab McClure, youngest child of Andrew and Mary Mitchel McClure, was born near Waynesboro, Augusta County, Va., August 11, 1795, named for his grandfather, Thomas Mitchel, raised by his aunt, Elizabeth Mitchel Fulton, his mother having died when he was three weeks old. He emigrated to Russell County, Virginia in 1817, where he was united in married to Miss Phoebe Hendrix on February 17, 1820, a sister of John M. Hendricks, who married Mary McClure, sister of Thomas. 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 until the time of his death, which occurred December 31st, 1870.
- XI. Eleanor McClure, b. September 15, 1769, Invalid, died single. Geo. Hutcheson appointed her guardian June 19,1798.