Facts and Events
Moses McClure was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Moses McClure's land (Borden Tract SW, 3 Tracts: 1) 180 acres patented in 1748; 2) 380 acres patented in 1749; and 3) 110 acres (adjoining his 380-acre tract) patented in 1755) 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: not shown on this map is the 325-acre tract acquired from John McClure and Mary in 1764, which may have been located outside of the Borden tract. Also located nearby were tracts acquired by Moses' brothers Nathaniel, Alexander, Samuel, John, nephew Halbert McClure and first cousin Arthur McClure).
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 525.--20th May, 1748. 40 shillings. Benj. Borden, &c., to Moses McClure (sold in testator's lifetime), 180 acres, part of 92,100; Spanish oak on east side Mill Creek; corner to Nathaniel McClure, crossing the Warar Run. Acknowledged, 20th May, 1748.
- Page 307.--21st August, 1749. B. Borden to Moses McClure. 380 acres of 92100, crossing South River. Corner John McClure. Corner Thomas Paxton. Delivered: as above.
- Page 222.--21st May, 1755. Borden's executors to Moses McClure, plantationer, £3, 6, 110 acres, part of 92100, Moses McClure's old line, cor. Moses Whitesides, Thos. Paxton's line.
- Page 572.--16th May, 1764. John ( ) McClure and Mary ( ) to Moses McClure, £250, 325 acres on Northeast Branch of James. Delivered: John McClure, June, 1766. (Note: John McClure was Moses McClure's brother).
Land Grant Surveys in Virginia:
- Page 130 - Moses McClure, 400 acres. Adjoining Bordens patent and his own land. February 18, 1769. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 47].
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 275.--12th May, 1753. Moses McClure and Isable to Samuel Paxton, 165 acres on North Branch James on a place called Spreading Springs Teste: Thomas Paxton, Thomas Paxton, Andrew Stephenson.
Estate Records of Moses McClure
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - McClure vs. McClure--O. S. 149; N. S. 51--David McClure in Rockbridge complains that his father died intestate in 1778. David is eldest son. Moses died suddenly. He left children, viz: David, Moses, Alexander, Halbert and Betsey, Susannah (since dead), Agness, Isabelle, Rosanna.
Processioning List of 1755, 1760 & 1767/8
- "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 151.--1755: David Dryden and Wm. Hall processioned as follows, viz: For Moses McClure, for Alex. McClure, for Ro. Allison, for Moses Trimble, for Robert Huston, for Samuel Lyle, for David Dryden, for Archd. Alexander, for Thos. McSpadden, for Mathew Lyle, for Thomas Paxton, for George Stevenson, for Robert Allison, for Thos. Paxton, Joyner; for Isaac Taylor; for Jno. Davison, for Jno. Robison, for Reynolds's Orphans, for Nathaniel McClure, for William Hall, for Wm. Caruthers, for Samuel Gray, for John Maky, for Baptist McKnab, for Jno. Lowery, for Widow McCleary, for Thos. Paxton, for Moses Whiteside, for John Stevenson, for Wm. Lusk, for John Allison, for Jno. Dule (Lyle?), for John McClure, for Moses McClure, for Danill Dyle (Lyle?).
- Page 286.--1760: Processioned by Samuel Lyle, Wm. Lusk: For AndrewHall, for David Dryden, for Baptis McNab, for James Thompson, for Nathaniel McClure, for Alex. McClure, for Robert Allison, for Moses McClure, for Wm. Ramsey, for Samuel Lyle, for Reynold's Orphans, for Moses McClure, for John McClure, for Wm. Caruthers, for Thomas Paxton, for Samuel Paxton, for Nathan Peoples, for Robert Allison, for John White, for Archibald Alexander, for Robert Teris (Tevis?), for Thomas McSpadden, for Samuel Gray, for John Maky, for Moses Trimble, for John Maky, for Isaac Taylor, for John Davison, for Moses Whitesides, for Samuel McCroskrey, for Daniel Lyle, for Wm. Lusk, for John Lowrey.
- Page 443.--Processioned by Wm. Caruthers, David Gray, 1767, 1768: For John Paxton, for Nathl. Evans, for James Robertson, for Wm. Ramsey, for Alex. McClure, for James Harries, for Saml. McCaskrey, for Widow Davidson, for Wm. Caruthers, for Jno. Peoples, for Thomas Paxton, for Patrick Lowrey, for John Dailey, for Thomas Dreydan, for Moses McClure, for Benj. Gray, for David Gray; for Widow Taylor, And. Taylor present; for Widow Huston, Jno. Huston present; for Joseph Reed.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - LIST OF MUSTERS IN AUGUSTA COUNTY, 1742: 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.
- Vol. 1 - (15) Moses McClure vs. George Hall--Judgt. for Deft., suit "dismist and the bill sued on be damned and shall not be given out of this office."
- Page 82.--26th February, 1746-7. Isaac Bean's estate; settlement. Sworn to 16th May, 1748. May 16th, 1748. Received of James Burk full satisfaction for the within account I say received by me.--Moses McClure.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 20, 1747. - (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.
- Page 265.--21st May, 1747. Benj. Borden, &c., to Nathaniel McClure (sold in testator's lifetime); 180 acres, £5.7.6, part of 92,100 acres patented, &c., on North River, Worm Run; corner to Moses McClure, on east branch of Mill Creek. Teste: Jno. Bramham, Jr.; Thos. Gordon, John Finley. Acknowledged, 21st May, 1747.
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY, 1749 (B). - Moses McClure vs. John Wilson, the distiller.--Bond dated 4th February, 1748-9.
- Page 304.--25th August, 1749, Benjamin Borden to John McClure 205 acres of 92100, on No. Branch James. Corner Moses McClure. Delivered: John Stevenson, 26th March, 1753.
- Page 48.--26th November, 1751. Borden, etc., to John Stephenson, 290 acres of 92100, Mill Creek; corner Moses McClure, Warm Run; corner Alexander McClure; corner Robert Allison; corner James Thompson. Teste: John Lyle, Joseph Kenedey, Baptist McNabb.
- Page 255.--16th May, 1753. John Stephenson and Jane James to William Ramsey, 290 acres on Mill Creek in Borden's tract; cor. Moses McClure, Worm Run; Alexander McClure; cor. Rob. Allison; cor James Thompson. Teste: Walter Davis, Wm. Gay, Wm. Kerr. Delivered: John Davis, May, 1757.
- Page 413.--21st August, 1754. Same (From Borden's executors) to William Gray, £9, 300 acres, part of 92,100; corner Moses Whiteside's new survey; Moses McClure's line and new survey, adjoining Moses' old land. Delivered to Benjamin Gray. 26th September, 1773.
- Page 140.--17th March, 1756. Joseph Paxton's appraisement by John Smiley, Moses McCluer, John McClure. 18th March, 1756. John Bowyer's bond as guardian (chosen) to James McDowell, orphan of John McDowell, with sureties Joseph Lapesly, Richard Woods.
- Page 356.--11th November, 1756.: Alex. McClure and Susanna ( ) to Thomas Dredin, £38, 163 acres on North Branch of James, cor. James Moor. Teste: John Lapslie, Wm. Lapslie, Moses McCluer, James Thompson. (Note: Alexander McClure was Moses McClure's brother).
- Page 18.--5th February, 1761. Nathaniel McClure's will--Wife, Mary; eldest son, Holbert, £10 to cure his sore leg, above his share; sons, James and Nathan? (their young brother and sisters). Rest of children, viz: Halbert, Mary, Alexander, Hanah, Thomas, Margaret, Dorothy, Moses. Young sons to be put to trades. Executors, Alexander and Moses McClure and Archd. Alexander. Teste: David Dryden, Wm. Carleton, Hannah Allison. Proved, 19th May, 1761, by Dryden and Carleton. Executors refuse. Administration granted widow Mary, who qualifies, with John Allison, Saml. McClure, Baptist McNabb. Mary's mark ( ), Allison's mark ( ), McNabb's mark ( ). (Note: Nathaniel McClure was Moses McClure's brother).
- Page 468.--17th June, 1763. Thomas Paxton and Rebeka ( ) to Mathew Robertson, £40, 210 acres on Southeast Branch of James River, part of the tract where Thomas now lives; corner Moses McClure. Teste: Benj. Benit, Stephen ( ) and Margaret ( ) Rentfroe.
- Page 380.--14th August, 1767. William Carruthers and Margret ( ) and Mathew Robertson and Elizabeth ( ) to Moses McClure, £1.5, 3-1/2 acres on South River, a branch of North Branch of James River, Moses McClures line. Teste: Joseph Walker.
- Page 45.--23d September, 1767. Mary McClure's settlement of estate of N, McClure--Cash paid for funeral expenses for my child; cash paid for schooling the children; cash paid Halbert McClure, one of the heirs; cash paid Joseph Reed, one of the heirs; cash paid James McClure, his part; cash paid Nathl. McClure, his part; cash paid Jno. Smiley, his part; cash paid Thos. McClure, his part; cash paid Margt. McClure, her part; cash paid Moses McClure, his part. Recorded on motion of Baptist McNabb.
Information on Moses McClure
1778. Moses McClure (wife Isabella Steele) deceased, intestate, 3 Nov 1778. Isabella and David McClure, eldest son of Moses, are named as administrators. McClure vs. McClure--O. S. 149; N. S. 51--David McClure in Rockbridge complains that his father died intestate in 1778. David is eldest son. Moses died suddenly. He left children, viz: David, Moses, Alexander, Halbert and Betsey, Susannah (since dead), Agnes, Isabelle, Rosanna.
1. MOSES3 MCCLURE (HALBERT2, JAMES ANDREW1) was born Abt. 1710 in Raphoe Parish, County Donegal, Ireland, and died 01 Dec 1778 in Lexington, Rockbridge Co, VA. He married ISABELLA STEELE 1745 in Augusta Co, VA, daughter of DAVID STEELE and JANET. She was born Abt. 1726 in Ireland, and died Abt. 1797 in Lexington, Rockbridge Co, VA.
Children of MOSES MCCLURE and ISABELLA STEELE are:
- 2. i. LTC David4 McClure, Sr., b. 1747, Augusta Co, VA.
- 3. ii. Halbert McClure, b. Abt. 1750, Augusta Co, VA; d. 10 May 1829, Rockbridge Co, VA.
- iii. Moses McClure, b. Abt. 1754, Rockbridge Co, VA.
- 4. iv. Agnes McClure, b. 1759, Rockbridge Co, VA; d. Aft. 1829.
- 5. v. Rosanna McClure, b. 1762, Rockbridge Co, VA.
- vi. Susanna McClure, b. Abt. 1765, Rockbridge Co, VA.
- 6. vii. Isabella McClure, b. Abt. 1768, Rockbridge Co, VA.
- viii. Elizabeth McClure, b. Abt. 1770, Rockbridge Co, VA.
- 7. ix. Alexander McClure, b. Abt. 1771, Augusta County, VA; d. 1840, Union County, KY.
The next summer, on August 21, 1749, Borden sold another tract in his grant – to Moses McClure; it was 380 acres for which McClure paid two pounds. The deed describes it as being intersected by the South River and lying on “Water Run,” a branch of Mill Creek. About this time, probably a few years before, John, Halbet, and Nathaniel McClure, all sons of James McClure – the name had many forms since the days in Scotland when it was McLure – settled in the Timber Ridge community, now in Rockbridge County. Their names appear on the call of TimberRidge Presbyterian Church for the pastoral service of the Rev. John Brown, in 1753. The Moses McClure, who bought the tract of land on South River in 1749, was a a son of Halbert McClure and is mentioned in his father’s will which was probated, May 15, 1754.