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Thomas McClung (abt. 1734-1784) and the controversy regarding the Battle of Point Pleasant

October 10th was the 244th anniversary of the Battle of Point Pleasant. It was fought on October 10, 1774, primarily between Virginia militia and Indians from the Shawnee and Mingo tribes, in what is now Mason County, West Virginia. The Battle of Point Pleasant is considered by some historians to be the first engagement in the American Revolutionary War. Fought along the Ohio River, Indians under the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk attacked Virginia militia under Colonel Andrew Lewis, hoping to halt Lewis's advance into the Ohio Valley. After a long and furious battle, Cornstalk retreated. After the battle, the Virginians, along with a second force led by Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, marched into the Ohio Valley and compelled Cornstalk to agree to a treaty, ending the war.

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Thomas McClung, who may have fought in that battle, but was apparently not listed on any of the Muster Lists, and according to some "family tradition" died heroically in the celebrated battle. In fact, a recent published work gives a colorful account of his death in the battle, but there are numerous records showing that Thomas McClung had out-lived the celebrated battle by another ten years. His person page provides many of the records in Augusta, Rockbridge and Greenbrier Counties that prove that some stories passed down from generation to generation need to be checked against the records and primary sources before they can be proven to be factually correct. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge

This month we use this Challenge to memorialize an American music legend's life and celebrate the acclaim for which she earned during her lifetime. Her death reminds us of another soul singer, a peer of hers during the 1960s and 70s, who together have been honored by being referred to as THE KING OF SOUL (Otis Redding Jr.) and THE QUEEN OF SOUL (Aretha Franklin). They were born within a year of each other. Their powerful voices continue to be the standard by which all other soul singers are measured.

You can read more about this month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge and help in bringing details of the lives of these two well known musicians and their families to life. Have fun.