d.10 November 1818
Facts and Events
Thomas MCClure was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- American Revolutionary War Veteran
Revolutionary War Pension Information
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 3, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
McClure, Thomas - entered service abt. 1780 in Virginia; died 11/10/1818; married 3/30/1778 to Janet, Botetourt County, Virginia; widow granted Pension age 85 in Scott County, Kentucky, 1836; 1st child died in infancy; other children's births: John 8/10/1780, Caty 1/24/1783, Nathaniel 11/8/1784, Nancy 9/16/1786, Jinny 5/12/1788, Betty 2/11/1790, William 9/6/1792 & Peggy 1/6/1796. F-W8429, R1669.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia
- Volume I - AUGUSTA COUNTY COURT RECORDS. ORDER BOOK No. XI
- NOVEMBER 17, 1767. - (339) Thomas McClure aged 14, orphan of Nathaniel McClure, chose Halbert McClure guardian. John Cassaty, aged 16, orphan of Neil Cassaty, chose Saml. Davis his guardian. Samuel Davis qualifies administrator of Neil Cassaty.
- Graves, William T. Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters.
Pension Application of Thomas McClure W8429 Janet McClure VA
Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris. Revised 19 Aug 2014.
County of Scott }
State of Kentucky }
On this day personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid Janet McClure a resident of the County of Scott State of Kentucky Aged eighty fife years who being unable by reason of bodily infirmity to appear in Court being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 4, 1836
That she is the widow of Thomas McClure who was a Soldier on the Virginia line during the war of the Revolution. In consequence of her great age and loss of memory she is unable specify particular periods of his services but do well know he was in the services more than three years and was in various battles and was in the battle fought at Guilford Court House South Carolina [sic: Guilford Courthouse NC, 15 Mar 1781] and was in the engagement under Captain Marrow at the time he was slain in battle and in various other engagements during the war of the revolution Many of the circumstances which transpired at this great length of time she is unable to detail and many of the papers of her husband have been lost and destroyed and she now presents his discharge which shows that he belonged to Captain [John] Mills Company and Colonel Green Ridgement [sic: Gen. Nathanael Greene’s Southern Division] and was Honorable Discharged on the 23 day of March 1781 and she refers to this and the Record, as the only evidence in her power to produce and prays that a pension may be granted to her a poor widow of the Revolution who husband has spent the pain of his life in the services of his Country and left her poor and entirely dependent
She further declares that she was married to the said Thomas McClure in Botetourt County State of Virginia on the thirtieth day March seventeen hundred and seventy eight and the best evidence she is able to provide of her marriage is her family record of the ages of her children Her first child died in her infancy and she has no record of her age her second was her son John who was borne on the tenth day of August seventeen hundred and eighty The foregoing before is her true and genuine family record of the ages of her children all of which was borne after her marriage to their father the said Thomas McClure and her husband the aforesaid Thomas McClure died on the tenth day of November eighteen hundred and eighteen and she has remained a widow ever since his death as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed Given from under my hand this 27 day of December 1858
Janet [her X mark] McClure
Botetourt March 23 1781
I Do Certify that Thomas Mcclure a solder in my Company staid out his time till Legally Discharge Buy
General Green Given under my hand
John Mills Capt
NOTE: Janet McClure apparently applied earlier and was rejected, because the file contains a copy of a resolution in the House of Representatives dated 10 Feb 1840 calling for an inquiry “into the propriety of granting a pension to Mrs Janet McClure, widow of Thomas McClure, whose declaration and papers are now on file in the office of the Commissioner of Pensions.” Her pension for six months service by her husband was issued on 15 March 1849.
Janet McClure’s application was certified by two of her children, Nathaniel and Nancy McClure, as they each signed their names. The family record is transcribed below.
John McCluer was born the 10th of august 1780
Caty McCluer was born the 24th of january 1783
Nathaniel McCluer was born The 8th day of november 1784
Nancy McCluer was born the 6th of September 1786
jinny McCluer was born the 12th of may 1788
Betty McCluer was born the 14th of february 1790
William McCluer was born the 6th of September 1792
Peggy McCluer was borr the 6th of january 1796
- the date listed for the Declaration of Janet McClure in 1858 is problematic with the other information listed. Janet McClure could not have been 85 years old in 1858 [making her born abt. 1773], with a marriage date in 1778, as she would have been only five years old. The date listed of Janet's deposition is more likely in 1838, [making her born abt. 1753], which would have made her abt. 25 years old at her marriage in 1778, which is more plausible.