Descendants of James McClure
Generation No. 1
1.JAMES1 MCCLURE1 was born 1733, and died November 14, 1805 in McClure's Fort, Columbia Co., PA.He married MARY ESPY December 23, 1760 in Paxtang Twp.,Lancaster Co, PA, daughter of JOSIAH ESPY and ELIZABETH CRAIN.She was born 1745 in Hanover Twp, Lancaster Co., PA, and died 1818 in Columbia Co., PA.
The Espy Family in America by Florence Mercy Espyp. 81 states the following:
Mary, b. 1745; m Dec. 23, 1760, by Rev. John Roan, to James McClure.
Pennsylvania Genealogies – Espy of Derry p. 219 Gives the following: [abbreviations mine]
Mary Espy, (Josiah, George, Josiah,) b. 1745, in Hanover Twp., then in Lancaster Co, Pa; m. James McClure, b 1733, in Paxtang Twp. then in Lancaster Co, PA; d. Nov. 14, 1805, at McClure’s Fort, now Columbia Co, PA.He removed in 1769 to the “Wyoming settlement,” and settled upon the west bank of the North Branch of the Susquehanna river, about one mile about the mouth of Fishing creek, where he built a log house, surrounded by a stockade, which was known as McClure’s fort.He was a member of the Committee of Safety during the Revolution, and a man of prominence during that illustrious era.Of his children we have little knowledge.One of his daughters became the wife of the somewhat famous Major Moses Van Campen.A son, James McClure, who died upon the old homestead on Oct. 4, 1850, was the youngest child, and the first one of white parents born in that section of PA.
The Espy-Espey Genealogy Book Vol. 3 p.2-3: [abbreviations mine]
Espy-McClure, Mary, third child of Josiah and Elizabeth (Crain) Espy, was born in 1745 in Honover Twp., Lancaster Co, Pa.She died in 1818 in Columbia Co, Pa. She married 23 Dec. 1760, with Rev. John Roan officiating, James McClure.James McClure was born in 1733 in Paxtang Twp., died 14 November 1805 at McClure’s Fort, Columbia, Pa.
James removed in 1769 to the “Wyoming settlement,” and settled upon the west bank of the North Branch of the Susquehanna river, about one mile about the mouth of Fishing creek, where he built a log house, surrounded by a stockade, which was known as McClure’s fort.He was a member of the Committee of Safety during the Revolution, and a man of prominence during that illustrious era.The following information on the “History of Columbia County” is from Hal Carter:
p. 40 – “In the year of 1772 Mr. James McClure settled upon the west bank of the north branch of the Susquehanna River, about one mile above the mouth of Fisher Creek, in what is now Columbia Co.He obtained a patent for his farm from the heirs of Wm. Penn under the name of “McClure’s Choice.”The McClure tract was originally in the application of Francis Stewart, dated April 3, 1769.”
Their children were:
Col. James McClure, Jr., b. 1770, d. 4 Oct. 1850 on the old homestead. From “History of Columbia County,” p. 41:“…was the first white child born in this section of Pa.”“A large part of West Bloomsburg, Pa., is built on the old McClure Survey.”
As you can see most of the above commentaries copied information from each other and none site original or primary sources. Also, I would think that James and Elizabeth would have had many more children as was common in those days.Perhaps none of the other children survived their infancy.It goes on to give the children of Maj. Moses Van Campen and Margaret Espy of which they list five.
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