Samuel McClure, of James River
Facts and Events
Samuel McClure was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Samuel McClure's land (Borden Tract SW, 282 acres, 1752) 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: several other related McClure's were located nearby).
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's (unless listed otherwise):
- Page 256.--20th May, 1752. Same ‘’(From Borden, &c)’’ to Samuel McClure, 282 acres of 92,100. Woods Creek; corner tract formerly belonging to Henry Kerkham.
- Page 354.--12th May, 1762. Samuel McDowell and Mary to Samuel McClure, £45, 400 acres by patent 1st June, 1741, on the Poak Hill Branch. Delivered: Wm. Foster by your order, February, 1768.
- Page 26 - Samuel McClure, 70 acres, Fork of James River. February 10, 1763. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 10].
- Page 92.--17th October, 1769. John McClure and Mary ( ) to Samuel McClure, £80, 90 acres, part of tract whereon John now liveth on south side of James River; corner John McClure. Delivered: Samuel McClure, Jr., as per affidavit, 28th September, 1802.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 50.--19th November, 1760. Samuel McClure and Mary ( ) to James Campbell, £160, 232 acres in Forks of James on Woods Creek; cor. Jno. Paxton. Delivered: Benj. Estill, November, 1763.
- Page 54.--19th November, 1760. Same ‘’(From Samuel McClure and Mary ( ))’’ to James Gilmore, £100, 190 acres in Forks of James on Cedar Creek ; cor. Rob. Poage's land, Thomas Hatton's line, John Darrick's line; cor. Samuel Walker and John Allison. Delivered: James Gilmore, November Court, 1766.
- Page 421.--15th June, 1769. Samuel McClure and Mary ( ) to William McClure, £100, 274 acres in Forks of James River, corner Samuel McClure, John Poage's line. Teste: Samuel McClure, John and James Trimble.
Will of Samuel McClure
Rockbridge County, VA Will Book 1, pp.53-4.
- WILL OF SAMUEL McCLURE
- In the name of God Amen I Samuel McClure of Rockbridge County being Advanced in years and Infirm in Body (tho of Perfect and Sound Memory) and Calling to mind my Mortality do make and appoint this my last Will and Testament ---
- My soul I Resign to God who gave it. Hoping for Mercy through the Mercy of Jesus Christ Ð And my Body I give the Grave to be buried at the Discretion of My Executors --- My worldly Estate I dispose of in he following Manner VIZ:
- I order and Require that all my Just Debts be paid out of my Estate --- I give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Wife Mary one third of all my Movable Estate and her living in the Mansion House during her Natural life Together with her Bed and Bead Cloaths, and necessary Houshold furniture, Also a Sorrel Mare Branded "M" on the Buttock.
- I give and Bequeath to my son Samuel the plantation whereon I live containing about 184 acres to him and his heirs and assigns forever upon his paying to my son Alexander the sum of Two Hundred Pounds Lawfull Money when the said Alexander shall be at the age of Twenty One Years or as soon after as he conveniently can paying Lawful Interest from that time --- Provided that if my said son Saml. Shall die without Marrying the Land shall descend to my son Alexander and to his Heirs and assigns forever Provided also that if Alexander shall die before he marries or comes to the age mentioned above the above obligation on Samuel shall be Void.
- I give and Bequeath to my son Samuel _____ horse Coalt which he now Claims, also a plow and Tacklings to be his Entire property.
- I give and Bequeath to my son Alexander a Dark bay horse Coalt claimed by him Also a plow and Tacklings to be his Entire property
- I give and bequeath to each of my Daughters Elizabeth and Anne a horse and their Saddle _______ for each of them to be reserved out of my Stock or purchased by my Estate at the Discretion of my Executors together with a Bed and bed Cloaths to each of them and also the chests which are now claimed by them --- I do Require that one work horse be Reserved for the use of the plantation to remain on it while my wife lives. And afterwards to be Disposed of in the same manner with the Rest of my Movable estate --- I do require that my Servant Man named George Drummand (?) do Remain on the plantation for the use thereof, and if he behaves in a becoming Manner and as a faithful Servant (which shall be Judged of by my Executors) he shall be Entitled to his conviction bill at the Beginning of the last Year of his Servitude otherwise he shall continue in Servitude during the term mentioned in the said Bill.
- I give and bequeath to my son William McClure my Daughters Agness Campbell Hannah McClure Mary Ratliff and Jean Elliot each the sum of Twenty Shillings --- \all the Remainder of my movable Estate I do order to be sold and equally divided amongst my children Samuel Elizabeth --- Anne and Alexander.
- I do constitute and appoint my wife Mary McClure my son Wm. McClure my son Samuel McClure and John Trimble or any three of them to be the sole Executors of this my last Will and Testatment. Witness my hand and seal this 13th day of March 1779.
- Sealed and Delivered
- Samuel ( ) McClure
- in the presence of
- John McClure
- Robert Erwin
- Hannah Parker
- I do hereby order and Require that it shall be in the power of my Executors Mary McClure, Wm. McClure and John Trimble or any two of them, if they shall Judge at the time my son Alexander comes to age that the part left to him is not equivalent or equal to that left to my son Samuel to order or compel Samuel to pay him the said Alexander an additional sum so that the whole exceed not five hundred pounds and a reasonable time be allowed him to pay he additional sum. And I do order that this clause be considered as a part of my will in the same manner as if it had been inserted in above.
- Witness my hand and Seal the day and year above written.
- Sealed and Delivered
- Samuel ( ) McClure
- in the presence of
- John McClure
- Robert Erwin
- Hannah Porter
- At a Court held for Rockbridge County the 4th Day of May 1779
- This last will and Testament (with the Codicil Annexed) of Samuel McClure Deceased was presented in Court by Mary McClure William McClure and Samuel McClure the Executors therein named and proved by the oaths of John McClure, Robert Erwin and Hannah Porter, the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said Executors who made oath according to Law Certificate is granted them for obtaining probate thereof in _____ form giving Sureties whereupon they together with William Ramsey & Joseph Walker and John Porter their Sureties ____________ and acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of Eight Thousand pounds with conditions required by Law.
- Andrew Reid
Source: Transcribed by: "NS" <email@example.com>
Records of Samuel McClure in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 203.--19th March, 1746. Benj. Borden to Halbert McClure (sold in lifetime of Benjamin, Sr.); 203 acres for £6.1.6 current money Virginia, part of 92,100 acres on north branch of James River; corner to William Hall's land; corner to Samuel McClure. Witnessed and acknowledged as above.
- Page 532.--20th May, 1747. 20 shillings. Benj. Borden to James Brandies (sold in Benjamin's lifetime), 2,000 acres, part of 92,100; corner to Samuel McClure; James Thompsons line, bunch of box wood on Mill Creek, and to North River. Acknowledged, 20th May, 1748.
- Page 146.--14th December, 1748. Robert Kirkham's will--Wife, Sarah; son, Henry; daughter, Nancy; daughter, Elizabeth; daughter, Margaret; daughter, Sarah. Debt to be paid to Elizabeth Sommers. Executrix, wife Sarah. Teste: Jno. and Ro. Moore, Saml. McCluer, James Trimble. Presented 17th May. 1749, by Sarah, and proved by all witnesses.
- Page 221.--8th May, 1749. Benjamin Borden to James Randolph, 200 acres part of 92100. Corner Samuel McClure, James Thompson's line. Mill Creek.
- Page 30.--20th March, 1754. Drury Bealy's (Bailey) appraisement, by John Lapsley, Saml. McClure, John Paxton.
- Page 261.--20th April, 1754. Same ‘’(From Borden’s executors)’’ to Abraham Brown. Benj., in his lifetime convenanted to sell 400 acres to Abraham. 480 acres, cor. John Paxton's old and new survey; cor. Alex. McCorkel; cor. Samuel McClure.
- Page 42.--15th May, 1754. Saml. McClure's bond as guardian (appointed) to Halbert McClure, orphan of Jno. McClure, with sureties Richd. Woods, David Dryden.
- Page 309.--15th May, 1756. James Young and Sarah, Patrick Young and Isabell to Andrew Hall, £50, 110 acres being the tract where James Young now liveth, including James Young's mill in the Fork of James River, crossing Whistle Creek, cor. Patrick Young. Teste: Jno. Lapesley, Samuel McCluer. Delivered: Wm. Bowyer, August, 1758.
- 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 is Samuel McClure's brother).
- Page 267.--17th June, 1763. James Trimble and Sarah to Arthur McClure, £30, 206 acres in Fork of James River; corner James Trimble; corner Samuel McClure. Delivered: A. McClure, November, 1775.
- Page 541.--8th March, 1764. Michael Fenney and Cathrine ( ) to William Foster, £120, 365 acres in Fork of James on which Michael now liveth; corner Samuel Moore and Samuel McClure, Holman's line, McDowell's land. Teste: John Eger, Christian Godfrey Milliron. Delivered: Wm. Foster, 1768.
- Page 534.--15th August, 1766. Stephen ( ) Arnold and Jane ( ) to George Campbell, £40, 120 acres at the Cove on south side James River, crossing Elk Creek. Teste: Daniel Evans, Samuel McCluer (?).
- Page 546.--7th October, 1767. John ( ) Huchens (Hutchens) and Martha ( ), of Johnson County, North Carolina, to John Hickman, £20, 309 acres in Fork of James River, oak corner to Michael Dockerty's in Erwin Pattersons line; corner Thomas Williams. Teste: James Edmuston, Abram Brown, Samuel McClure. Delivered: John Hickman, September, 1782.
- Page 338.--27th February, 1767. John Byers (Buyers), blacksmith, to Samuel McClure. £18.9.6, mortgage of cows and smith tools. Teste: Joseph Walker, James Trimble.
- Page 102.--21st November, 1772. Thomas Bell, son and heir of Joseph Bell, deceased, to Andrew McClure, on Long Meadow adjoining land on which Joseph formerly lived. Teste: John Patrick, Tully Davitt, Thomas Bell. Delivered: Samuel McClure, February, 1778.
- Page 296.--19th May, 1774. Sarah ( ) Hutcheson, widow of Thomas Hutcheson, deceased, to Andrew McClure. assignee of John Williams, carpenter. Thomas had sold to William 100 acres known as the Strawberry Draft (Thomas died on or about month of April, 1772). Delivered: Samuel McClure, February, 1778.