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William McCLURE

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  • Name William McCLURE 
    Born 1750  Cumberland County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1815  Allegheny County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Taylor Cemetery, Allegheny County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) McClure, Cicero Pangburn and McClure, Ray Fleming, Pioneer McClure Families of the Monongahela Valley: Their Origins and Their Descendants, Akron, OH: Press of the Superior Printing Company, 1924, pp. 29-31:

      WILLIAM McCLURE, the oldest son of John McClure and Martha Denny, was born at Willow Grove Farm near Carlisle, Pa., in 1750. He married there about 1775, Mary McAllister, oldest daughter of Daniel McAllister and his wife Elizabeth, and a granddaughter of Archibald McAllister and his wife Jean McClure. It will thus be seen that William McClure's wife was his second cousin.

      He had doubtless visited western Pennsylvania with his father, and at the opening of the land office for the new survey, he made application, dated April 3, 1769, for a tract of land on the Monongahela River in what is now Forward Township, Allegheny County. "All Men's Choice'' was surveyed Oct. 3, 1769, and was the earliest survey made in that vicinity. This fine tract of land remained in the family until 1858. It is now owned by the United States Steel Corporation as a manufacturing site.

      William McClure had received a good education in the east, and was a man of more than ordinary ability. On September 1, 1791, he was commissioned a justice of the peace, which office he held during his life. He managed the farm and made extensive improvements, but a large portion of his time was given to the duties of his office, transacting an immense amount of business. Almost all of the old legal papers of his neighborhood bear his name and attest to his superior fitness for the position he filled.

      During the Whiskey Insurrection of 1794-5, he did not indorse the extreme measures resorted to, and at the collapse of the movement, many of his neighbors took the oath of allegiance to the Government before him.

      The first house at All Men's Choice was on the river bottom a short distance from "Deer Lick Spring;" it was doubtless the typical settler's cabin. All remains of it have long since disappeared. The second house was of quite a pretentious character. It was built of hewed timber, three stories in front, with a basement of stone. It is said that forty thousand bricks were used to build the huge chimneys and fireplaces, wood being the only fuel then used. The few remains of this house can yet be seen at the corner of the road above the Wallace mansion.

      William McClure died of fever, in the spring of 1815, at sixty-five years of age. His wife, Mary, lived to extreme age, dying in May, 1847, at eighty-nine years. Both are buried at West Bend Cemetery, Forward Township, Allegheny County, Pa.

      William and Mary McClure had the following children: . . .

      [i] Elizabeth McClure, born 1776, died in infancy. . . .

      [ii] John Washington McClure, married Jane Barkley. . . .

      [iii] Daniel L. McClure, married Hannah McFarlane. . . .

      [iv] James McClure, married Elizabeth Applegate. . . .

      [v] Elizabeth McClure, married William Gilkeson. . . .

      [vi] Martha D. McClure, born May 30, 1787, married John Porter, resided in the vicinity of the old home for many years. She d. s. p. about 1844 and is buried at West Bend Cemetery. . . .

      [vii] William McClure, married Jane Rodgers. . . .

      [viii] Samuel McClure, married Mary Haines. . . .

      [ix] Jane McClure, married Robert Martin. . . .

      [x] Mary McClure, born July 1, 1797, died in infancy. . . .

      [xi] Holiday McClure, married Elizabeth Ross. . . .

      [xii] Maria McClure, born March 7, 1803, always called "Mary," the next older sister, having been so named, but she died in infancy. So it came about that two of the daughters of William and Mary McClure were called Elizabeth and two Mary, names that for generations have had the first place in this branch of the family. Mary McClure cared for her mother in her declining years, and after her death in 1817, she moved to Monongahela City, Pa., where in company with her niece, Elizabeth Gilkeson, she spent the rest of her life. She died unmarried, Nov. 6, 1869, and is buried at West Bend Cemetery. She was "Aunt Mary" to all who knew her, a most excellent woman.


      William McClure
      Birth: 1750, Pennsylvania, USA
      Death: 1815, Elizabeth, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA

      Family links: Spouse: Mary McAllister McClure (1758 - 1847); Children: James McClure (1781 - 1861), Samuel McClure (1792 - 1866), Jane McClure Martin (1794 - 1873), Mary McClure (1803 - 1869)

      Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA

      Created by: Paul Kyle
      Record added: Apr 22, 2007
      Find A Grave Memorial# 19053725
    Person ID I41338  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 

    Family Mary McALLISTER,   b. 1758, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1847, Allegheny County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married Abt 1775  PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Elizabeth McCLURE,   b. 6 Jul 1784, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1835, Harrison County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 19:38:14 
    Family ID F17737  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart