Person:John McClung (4)

John McClung, Sr. of Rockbridge County, VA
b.abt. 1705 Galloway, Scotland
m. ABT 1705
  1. William McClungbef 1704 - bef 1784
  2. Matthew McClungbet 1705-1720 -
  3. Mary McClungbet 1705-1720 -
  4. Isabel McClungbet 1705-1720 -
  5. Charles McClungbet 1705-1720 -
  6. John McClung, Sr. of Rockbridge County, VAabt 1705 - 1787
  7. James McClung, Sr.est 1705/07 - abt 1779
  8. Hugh McClungest 1725-1730 - ABT 1786
  • HJohn McClung, Sr. of Rockbridge County, VAabt 1705 - 1787
  • WJanet Thompsonabt 1708 - 1743
m. Abt. 1726
  1. John McClung, "Curly John" of Bath County, VAabt 1731 - 1830
  2. Thomas McClung, of the Battle of Point Pleasantabt 1734 - bef 1784
  3. James McClung1736 - 1790
  4. William "Grandfather Billy" McClung1738 - 1833
  5. Joseph "Sinking Creek Joe" McClungabt 1740 - 1836
  6. Capt. Samuel McClung, of Muddy Creek1743 - 1806
  • HJohn McClung, Sr. of Rockbridge County, VAabt 1705 - 1787
  • WRebecca Stuartbet 1710-1722 - 1781
m. abt. 1744
  1. Charles McClung1748 - 1793
  2. Nancy McClung1750 -
  3. Edward "Ned" McClung1756 - 1792
  4. Jannet McClungabt 1758 -
Facts and Events
Name John McClung, Sr. of Rockbridge County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1705 Galloway, Scotland
Alt Birth? 1706 Ulster, Ireland
Marriage Abt. 1726 Pequea, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United Statesto Janet Thompson
Marriage abt. 1744 Augusta County, Virginiato Rebecca Stuart
Death? February 1787 Rockbridge County, Virginia

John McClung was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 212.--21st November, 1759. Robert Houston to Samuel McDowell, John McClung, John Lyle (Lisle) Wm. Alexander and John Thomson, trustees, appointed in name of trustees of Presbyterian Congregation of Timber Ridge, 5 shillings, 1 acre and 9 perches, part of Robert's plantation upon which acre, &c., the Presbyterian Meeting House is erected. Teste: Archibald Alexander, Mathew Lyle, John McClung, Jr.
  • Page 388.--20th June, 1769. William Ward, of South Carolina, to John McClung. £52.10, 279 acres, part of Borden's 92100, and 30 acres, being part of an entry of King's land adjoining the same; corner Thomas Wilson. Teste: John Handley, Edward ( ) Thompson, Thomas ( ) McClung. Delivered: Daniel Kidd, January, 1779.
  • Page 187.-[abt. 1773/74] - William Alexander to John McClung. 304 acres whereon said Alexander now lives. Teste: Samuel Lyle. Samuel McDowell, Wm. Alexander.

Processioning List of 1760

"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 276.--1760: Processioned in Capt. Moore's Company by John Stephson, Nathaniel Evins: For Nathaniel Evins, for Wm. McCreerey, for Thos. Willson, for John Stevenson, for John McClung, for Wm. McClung, for Alex. Moore, for Adam Reed, for Wm. Hays, for Wm. Paris, for Thomas Bard, for John Cunningham, for Mathew Huston, for John Mountgumery, for Wm. Moore, for Wm. Lockridge, for Thomas Boyd, for John Boyd, for Thomas Hill, for Robert Ware (Wire), for Wm. Hays, for Wm. Beard, for Wm. Wardlaw, for Andrew Steel, for James Steel, for Joseph Kennedy, for John Lowry, for Samuel Huston, for James Eakins, for John Hanly, for John Logan, for Alex. Logan, for Alex. McNutt, for James McNutt, for John Rosman, for Andrew Dunkin, for John Wardlaw, for Wm. McCanless, for James Cowdan, for John Moore. (Note: John and his son William are likely the ones listed in this processioning list).

Estate Records

  • In the fall of 1781 John McClung Sr., was taken to the home of son, John McClung, Jr. shortly after his wife died and before he quit housekeeping. Not content there, he returned shortly to his own home. After his daughter, Janett, married, he lived with Nancy [McClung] Moore from the Spring of 1782 until his death in 1787. His estate was in litigation for many years. All children, many grandchildren, and depositions from them and other people were recorded in Chancery Court documents. A decree issued by Superior Court of Chancery held at Staunton 12-5-1810 ordered William Moore and wife Nancy [McClung], daughter of John McClung, Sr. to convey their interest in the land to Joseph McClung of Greenbrier Co., VA (Aug.Co. Chancery Ct records and Rockbridge Co. DB H, 119). Joseph McClung of Greenbrier Co., Va, sold land to John McClung, Rockbridge Co., by deed dated 10-28-1812 (Rkbg DB H,204). Administration of estate of John McClung dec., granted William Moore 2-1788 Rockbridge Co. Court; inventory and appraisement of personal estate recorded 6-7-1791, Rockbridge Co. Court.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's: [unless otherwise stated]

  • Page 127.--21st October, 1754. Robert Mean's will - To John McClung. Money in hands of Edward Thomson and Thomas Thomson. To the said Thomas McClung, the note of James Nilly, which is in hands of Thos. Black; wife a keeping, to said John. Teste: James Gay, Jenot Warrick. Proved, 21st November, 1755, by the witnesses; administration granted Thomas Thompson, nephew and heir-at-law of Robert Means, who qualified with sureties Hugh Hicklin and George Wilson.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 21, 1755. - (507) Robert Means's will proved. Admr. moved for by Thos. Thompson, his nephew and heir-at-law, and also by John McClung, who married Jennet, niece of decd - given to Thomas.
  • Page 70.--20th March, 1759. Archibald Alexander to Wm. Alexander, £8, 208 acres; corner Mrs. Cummins, Thos. McSpeden's corner. Teste: Jno. McClung, Joseph Alexander, James ( ) Edmeston.
  • Page 215.--18th September, 1759. John ( ) Coyler (Coyler, Collier, Colyer) and Sisely ( ) to Robert Huston, £25, 95 acres on a branch of Bufflow Creek called Colyer's Creek patented to John, 16th June, 1756, on creek; corner Jno. Summers. Teste: Wm. Lusk, John ( ) Alleson, John McClung.
  • Page 289.--16th April, 1763. James Greenlee's estate appraised, by Saml. McDowell, Jno. McClung, Jas. McDowell--Negro slaves; Robt. Brownfield's note, Robt. Telford's note, Geo. Seaton's note, David Griffey's note, Lewis Morgan's note, Jno. Logan's note, Jno. Skilton's note, Robt. Bradshaw's note; debt vs. Thos. Cottrel. Insolvent notes of Lawrence Moiren, Joseph and Robt. Tarr, Ezekiel Clements, Jno. Ross, Thos. Taylor, Lawrence Moiren, Patrick Downing, Wm. Centern.
  • Page 377.--Processioners appointed as follows, viz (1764): William Robinson and James Robinson, from Heads of Roanoke to Fort Lewis. William Bryan and James Neilly, from Fort Lewis on Waters of Roan Oke. James Rowland and Joseph Montgomery, Thomas Ramsey and James Lawderdale, on Waters of Catawbo and James River on the South Side. James McGayvock, James Gilmore, John Poage, John Thompson, between Buffalo and James River. John Paxton, Abraham Brown, Andrew Miscampbell, Alex. Collier, between Buffalo and the North River to the North Mountain. Wm. Taylor, Thos. Paxton, Moses Whitesides, Jno. McClung, from North River to Beverley's line between the Great Road to the Court House and South Mountain. Andrew Hall, James Buchanan (son of William), Thos. Berry, James Trotter, from North River to Beverley's line between the Great Road to the Court House, by Cap. Bowyers and the North Mountain.
  • Page 503.--18th December, 1766. David Bryan's will, of Roanoke-- Executors, wife, brother William and John McClung; to daughter, Mary, infant; to son, William; to son, David; has sold tract to William Cox, deed to be made to him. Tcste: Thos. Barnes. Thos. Lloyd, Wm. Bryan. Proved, 18th March, 1767, by Barnes and Bryan. Elizabeth (her mark), the others refusing, qualifies, with Wm. Christian, Walter Crockett, Robt. Breckridge.
  • 20 May 1768, p. 168. Augusta County Road Orders: Ordered that John McClung, James Greenlee, James Cowdon, and James McDowell, or any three of them (being first Sworn) View the Most Convenient Way from David Moores to Capt. Saml McDowell and make report of the Conveniences and Inconveniences Attending the same to the next Court. [1]
  • Page 354.--14th August A. D., 1770. John Stephenson's estate, appraised by Thomas Wilson, John McClung, James McCampbell, James Buchanan--William Chambers' account, insolvent; John Michel Siver's bond, not all solvent; Eracker Smith, James Doearn.
  • Page 23.--17th November, 1772. Recorded. James McDowell's appraisement by Archibald Alexander, John McClung, Alex. Stewart, John Lyle--7 negroes, 1 weaver called Christopher Lightfootder, 1 servant boy called Jack McGuire.
  • Land Grant Survey - Page 269 - James Ewin, 122 acres, Middle River. Adjoining John McClung, Robert Patterson, Matthew Wilson, Samuel McClung. March 2, 1775. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 92-93].
  • Page 459.--19th November, 1776. Archibald Alexander's bond as sheriff, with John McClung, Wm. Alexander, Robert Carruthers, James Lyle.
  • Vol. 1 - DECEMBER 19, 1786. - (187) Claim of Joseph Thompson for one gun, appraised at £800, reduced by scale to £3, 4/ specie--allowed. Claim of Robert Stuart for 1 beef. Claim of John Sutlington for 3 bushels wheat. Claim of John McClung for 422 lbs. beef. Claim of James Hughart for 787 lbs. beef. John Dickinson for beef. Ralph Lafferty for beef. Wm. Rhea for beef. James Young for 3 days driving cattle. Alexr. Kirk for 2 days driving cattle. Isham Berry for one certificate for militia service under Capt. Wm. Grissem of Albemarle for £4, 13, 4, dated 9 July, 1783. Isham Berry for one certificate for militia service under Capt. Henry Burke, dated June 4, 1783.

Records in Rockbridge County, VA

  • 18 May 1778 - John McClung, John Lyle and James Lyle inventoried the estate of Robert Lusk. USGenWeb Archives
  • 10 February 1792: [Wm. Moore v. McClung's Heirs (John McClung)]: The Commonwealth afs. of Virginia. To the Sheriff of _______ County. Greeting you are hereby commanded to summon John McClung, Junr., Alexander McClung, Charles McClung, Edward McClung, Jennet McClung & Rachel McClung Heirs of Thomas McClung Deceased, Mary McClung, Jennet McClung, William McClung Heirs of James McClung Deceased & John McClung, Samuel McClung, Edward McClung & Charles McClung, Wm. McClung, David Moore & Jennit his wife Heirs of John McClung Snr. Deceased to Appear before the Justices of our Court of Rockbridge County at the Courthouse on the first Tuesday in march next then and there to answer & Bill in Chancery Exhibited against them by William Moore and this they shall in no wise Owrit [?] under the penalty of one hundred pounds each, and have then there this Writ. Witness Andrew Reid Clerk of our said County Court of Rockbridge at the Courthouse the 15th Day of February 1792 - and in the 16th year of our Foundation.
(Signed) A. Reid.
  • 12 November 1799: [Wm. Moore v. McClung's Heirs (John McClung, Sr.)]: The Answer of John McClung son of Thomas (McClung) to the Bill of complaint against himself & others exhibited in the County Court of Rockbridge by Joseph McClung. This answer being for himself & also as Guardian for Rachel McClung & Thomas McClung infants & orphans of the said Thomas McClung deceas. and for Jinney McClung, Sally McClung, Polly McClung & Edward McClung Infts. & orphans of Edward McClung dec'd.
  • 12 November 1799: [Wm. Moore v. McClung's Heirs (John McClung, Sr.)]: The joint answer of Alexander McClung, Edward McClung & Jane McClung children of Thomas McClung dec'd and Joseph Dixon & Nancy his wife late Nancy McClung daughter of James McClung dec'd to the Bill of complaint exhibited in Rockbridge Court against them & others by Joseph McClung. These defendants saving to themselves all just proper exceptions to the Complaintants Bill for answers thereto saith - That they know only from information that the sales mentioned from their Grandfather to their Uncle James, from him to Edward & from him to the Complaint. took place - However if the Complaintant can prove to the satisfaction of the Court that said sales did actually take place they cannot in justice prove his demand. Wherefore, they pray to be hence discharged.
  • 12 November 1799 - [Wm. Moore vs. Heirs of John McClung, Rockbridge County, VA] - Edward McClung & Jane McClung children of Thomas McClung Deceas'd came before me a Justice of the Peace for said County and made oath that the within file is justly stated as far as relates to their knowledge. Given under my hand this 12th day of November 1799. (Signed) James McCay.
  • [abt. 1 Jan. 1800] - The answer of John McClung son of Thomas McClung to the file of complaint exhibited against himself & others in the County Court of Rockbridge by William Moore.
The answer being for himself & also as Guardian for Rachel McClung & Thomas McClung Infts. [Infants] & orphans of sd. Thomas McClung & for Jinny McClung, Sally McClung, Polly McClung & Edward McClung Infts. [infants] & orphans of Edward McClung dec'd. [Note: the suit "William Moore vs. the Heirs of John McClung" in Rockbridge County establishes and proves the children of this John McClung as well as several of his grandchildren and is a key record in establishing that his son Thomas McClung DID NOT die in the celebrated Battle of Point Pleasant in October 1774, as some have written].

Information on John McClung

John MCCLUNG [Parents] 1, 2 was born in 1718 in , Galloway, Scotland. He died in 1788 in Rockbridge, VA. He married Rebecca STUART.

[Notes] Rebecca STUART 1, 2 was born in 1722 in Galloway, Scotland. She died in Rockbridge, VA. She married John MCCLUNG.

They had the following children:

M i Thomas MCCLUNG died on 10 Oct 1774. [s/b died bef. 17 Aug. 1784]
M ii Joseph MCCLUNG.
M iii William MCCLUNG was born in 1738. He died on 18 Jan 183
M iv James MCCLUNG died in 1790.
M v John MCCLUNG was born in 1733. He died in 1830.
M vi Captain Samuel MCCLUNG was born in 1744. He died on 10 Apr 180
M vii Edward MCCLUNG was born in 1756. He died in 1792.
M viii Charles MCCLUNG 1, 2 was born in 1748. He died on 27 Jan 1793 in , Kanawha, VA.
F ix Nancy MCCLUNG was born in 1750.
F x Janett MCCLUNG was born in 1762.

John McClung was born in Ulster, Ireland. He came to America as an indentured servant in 1720. He met his wife Rebecca Stuart in 1726. Rebecca Stuart was born in Galloway, Scotland in 1710, the daughter of Andrew Stuart and Eleanor Dalloway. According to Church records, she was Christened in Londonberry, Ireland, in 1710.(W.H.Egle's N&Q) After her fathers death in 1715, Rebecca resided with her brother, Archibald Stuart. She eventually accompanied him to the American Colonies, where he traveled to escape religious persecution (Source-US and Canada Passenger and Immigrations Lists-1500-1900, Source Publication Code #9255.7. While living in Lancaster County,Pennsylvania, Rebecca met and married John McClung, a Scotch-Irish immigrant who came to America in 1720 as an indentured servant. Their marriage bond (dated August22, 1726)was posted in the Presbyterian Church of a small Scotch-Irish settlement (now Pequea,PA) near Chickies Creek that had been founded in 1724 (Source-book 'Early Stuart Family Immigrants in America')

Rebecca and John originally had a homestead near the Natural Bridge in Virginia (Source-Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia). Eventually, John McClung bought 279 acres of land in Augusta County, Va, 249 acres of which were part of Benjamin Borden's tract and 30 acres were part of King's land adjoining the same. (Source- Augusta Co. Deed Book, pg 15, 388).Rebecca and John had ten children, three of whom were heros in the Revolutionary War (Source- Sons of the American Revolution).

Rebecca Stuart McClung died in 1781 at the age of 71 and was buried on the family farm, which her husband John later sold to his son Edward. Rebecca was related to the Hon. Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart, who was Secretary of State in President Franklin Pierce's cabinet. He was Rebecca's brother Archibald's grandson (Source-The McClung Genealogy) and it was through his descendants that it was proven through DNA that Rebecca was the mother of John McClung's children.

John McClung died in 1787, although it is often written that he died in 1788, because that was the year his will was probated. John was considered to be a patriot by the Sons of the American Revolution for the help he gave to the soldiers during the war.

  1.   ROOTS-L.

    The Greenbrier McClung's

    John's first wife and mother of his children was Janet Thompson, daughter of John Thompson who died in 1743. Her brothers were James, Robert, and the Thomas Thompson, administrator in the will of Robert Means. Her aunt was Nancy, wife of Robert Means.

    John McClung came from Ireland and settled with his cousins in what became Rockbridge County, VA. At the time he came, his wife was Rebecca Stuart. There is ample evidence that this was the second wife, and not the mother of his children. Eva Christensen who died in the 1960s had come to that conclusion after many years of research. Some of her notes were published in Journals. The following letter from Evelyn Witeck summarizes the research done by these two women:

  2.   Emmick, David J. Defending the Wilderness, pg. 6.

    John McClung was born in Ireland and died in 1706 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He was married first to Janet Thompson who died in 1743. Their children were John, James, William, Joseph and Captain Samuel. John married Rebecca Stuart after Janet's death. Their children were Thomas, Janett, Edward, Charles and Mary. The sons all settled in Greenbrier except John Jr. Daughters Nancy and Janet also stayed in Rockbridge County.

    - this date is obviously in error, more likely a year of birth. John McClung died in 1787 in Greenbrier County, Virginia [later West Virginia].