John McClure, of the Shenandoah River, VA
Facts and Events
John McClure was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land in Virginia:
- Page 201 - John McClure, 300 acres, North River. Adjoining Hugh Duglass, John Logan, John McGill, William Herron, Morris. Mentioned that the line runs to the mouth of Dry River. July 14, 1772. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 73].
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 194.--16th June, 1757. John Smith's appraisement, by John Malkem, Hugh Douglass, John McClure.
- Vol. 2 - ADMINISTRATORS' BONDS. page 403, 1767-- page 81, John McClure, North River Shenandoah.
- Page 145 - William Herron, 225 acres between Cooks Creek and North River. Adjoining Snowdon, McClure and his own land. January 24, 1769. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 52].
- Page 511.--21st August, 1770. Samuel ( ) Briggs and Mary ( ) to John Logan, Ł45, 120 acres, part of 380 acres patented to John Megill, 12th May, 1759, and conveyed to Samuel, 19th August, 1761, on north side of North River of Shannadore; corner John McClure, opposite James McGill's. Teste: Samuel Patterson, George Rutledge. Delivered: John Logan, June, 1773.
Information on John McClure
From "The McClure Family", by James Alexander McClure, pg. 129:
John and Mary Mcclure came to Augusta county as early as 1740 and like James were members of Rev. John Craig's congregation. His Baptismal Register gives the names of five of their children, viz:
James McClure, baptized Nov. 2, 1740.
Ann McClure, baptized March 29, 1741.
Mary McClure, baptized Nov. 28, 1742.
Jean McClure, baptized July 14, 1745.
Elizabeth McClure, baptized May 21, 1746.
Thomas McClure, baptized Sept. 5, 1748.
They moved, 1749, to the south fork of the North River of the Shenandoah, within the present limits of Rockingham County. His deed for 400 acres from George II is dated Dec. 15, 1749. (See records, Richmond, Va.)
His name is signed to the South Fork road petition of 1749, along with Daniel Smith, William Logan and others. (Chalkley, vol. I, p. 433.) Also with Daniel Harrison, James Magill, Gabriel Pickens, et al., 1754, to a petition to "The Worshipful Court of Augusta County." (Chalkley I. p. 313.) He bought, 1751, 387 acres from Daniel Har rison on Muddy Creek, on north side of North River, deeding the same date his original 400 acres to Silas Hart. His farm joined James Magill.
Another transaction is dated 1768, witnessed by Benj. Logan and Elizabeth McClure. Again in 1767, when John and Mary McClure convey to John Houston 200 acres on Muddy Creek. (Chalkley, vol. III, p. 481.)
Was sued by James Magill, 1770, for saying "Would hang as high as Gilderoy."
The last mention of his name in the Augusta records is 1773. As his home after 1778 was in Rockingham, any facts after that date would be in the records of that county, which unfortunately were burned.
Of his children:
- I. James Mcclure was b. about 1739. Possibly the James McClure of Cherokee County, S. C. (See McCurdy's S. C.)
- II. Ann, b. 1741, m. John Logan, Augusta County. Emigrated to Kentucky; ancestors of the Hon. John G. Carlisle.
- III. Mary, b. 1742, m. August 8, 1763, Col. Benjamin Harrison of Rockingham County, son of Daniel Harrison. Qualified Lieutenant-Colonel May 8, 1778. She died 1815, leaving sixteen children,
- IV. Jean, b. 1745, m. Col. John Logan, of Augusta County, cousin of the one above. Em. to Kentucky. (See Green's Historic Families of Kentucky). Daughter Mary m. Otho Holland Beatty, whose daughter Jane m. Joseph Ballenger, of Lincoln County, Ky.
- V. Elizabeth, b. 1746, m. after 1768, a McKey of Rockingham County, son, Joseph McClure McKey.
- VI. Thomas, b. 1748. Was doubtless the Thomas McClure of N. C, Ensign, Revolutionary War, enlisted April 1, 1776. Mentioned in Wheeler's History of N. C, p. 80, from Salisbury District. Was wounded in the fight at Hanging Rock August 6,1780, in which battle Capt. John McClure was mortally wounded. In my judgement he is the great grandfather of Mr. Adolphus B. McClure, of Aztec, New Mexico, who, in a letter dated July 18, 1911, gave me the following:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 World Family Tree, Cd number 19, Tree number 1417.