Person:James McClanahan (13)

James McClanahan
d.Bef 27 May 1777
  1. James McClanahanBef 1710 - Bef 1777
  2. Elijah McClanahan, "Olde Elijah"Bef 1710 - Aft 1789
  3. Robert McClanahanBef 1714 - Abt 1791
  • HJames McClanahanBef 1710 - Bef 1777
  • WMary CochraneBef 1712 - Bef 1782
m. Abt 1730
  1. John McClanahanEst 1730 to 1740 -
  2. James McClanahan1735 - 1823
Facts and Events
Name James McClanahan
Gender Male
Birth? Bef 1710 Prob. County Antrim, Ireland
Marriage Abt 1730 to Mary Cochrane
Death? Bef 27 May 1777

James McClannaghan.

It is recorded in the land office at Harrisburg, Pa., that a warrant was issued at Philadelphia, May 17, 1734, to James McClannaghan, to take up two hundred acres of land on Octorara Creek, in Lancaster County. This warrant was returned as transferred to William Webster on the 18th of December, 1746. A few months after this transfer, i. e. t on the 18th of April 1747, James McClannaghan took out a warrant for one hun- dred and fifty acres of land along the Maryland line. For this and for other land he received a patent in 1762. His will was made on the 6th of June, 1764, and was probated on May 27, 1777. There was a Scotch-Irish settlement on Octorara Creek, and the most of the settlers of the Cum- berland Valley in Pennsylvania, came in from the lower counties.

This James McClannaghan came to America, as nearly as can be ascertained, about 1739, from the North of Ireland, and died A. D. 1771. His son, James McLenahan, married Isabella Craig, of Cecil County, Maryland, in 17-61. Their son, James, married Elizabeth Boggs, of whom were born five children, the eldest of which was J. King McL,enahan, now living in Hollidaysburg, Penn. Their son John married E. Johnston and begat Thomas Johnston (who became a prosperous mer- chant of Philadelphia), and Isabella, afterwards Mrs. George Brown, of Baltimore, who built the "Brown Memorial Church." William McLena- han, the sixth child of James and Isabella, mar- ried Mary Gregg, and begat four children, the second of which was James X., who was a mem- ber of the Thirty-first Congress, from 1849-53.

The similarity of the names — McClannaghan and McClannahan, and the identity of many of the family surnames, together with the coincidence in the time of their coming to America from the North of Ireland, render it very probable that James and Robert were near of kin, and probably brothers.,437119

McClanahan Lineage From: "Dennis Stamm" <>

JAMES McCLANAHAN, son of John and Janet (Buchanan) McLanahan of County Armagh-Ireland, of Scotch-Irish descent, immigrated to Pennsylvania, from Co. Armagh, Ireland, sometime prior to 1734. He seems to have first settled on Octorara Creek, in Lancaster County, where he purchased a tract of 200 acres, the warrant of survey for the same being dated 17 May, 1734. (Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, XXIV, 466.) He later purchased a large tract of land at a point which became Greencastle, Franklin County, to which he removed, and there lived in a log fort. He continued his residence at this point until his death. On 18 April, 1747, he received a warrant of survey for 150 acres, which tract was not surveyed until 8 May, 1768, when it was returned as containing 293 acres. (See Land Office Records.) Mr. McLanahan did not engage in public life, finding more congenial occupation in clearing his broad acres, and tilling the soil. He married, presumably about 1730, Mary Cochrane, whose ancestry has not been traced. His last will and testament, dated 6 June, 1764, was proved 27 May, 1777, and names wife Mary and sons James and John. He probably died shortly before the latter date, and, after the custom of that day, was buried on his own plantation. His widow was the executrix of his will, and survived him until 1782. Her will, dated 26 October, 1779, was proved 11 June, 1782, and names grand-daughter Mary Minor, daughter of her son John, who was then deceased, and grand-daughters, Margaret and Mary, daughters of her son James, the latter being named as the executor of the will. Children of John and Mary (Cochrane) McClanahan: I. John McLanahan. He is said to have married Miss Agnew. II. James McLanahan, born 5 October, 1735: died 17 April, 1823.