“History of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania”
Chicago : A. Warner Co., 1889
Cushing, Thomas, 1821.
“FRANCIS C. McCLURE, Murrysville, was born in Steubenville, Ohio, Dec. 20, 1819. His grandfather, FRANCIS McCLURE, came from Ireland, settled on a farm in Mifflin Twp., this county, about 1780, and died there April 24, 1843, in his one hundred and fourth year. He was several times in the legislature, and was associate judge of Allegheny Co. for over 30 yrs. ANDREW, son of FRANCIS McCLURE, was born in Mifflin, (pg. 491) and learned the fulling and dyeing business at Steubenville, and afterward engaged at it in Mifflin. He married MARGARET ABRAMS, a native of Steubenville. During the latter part of his life he followed farming, and died in 1858, in his 61st yrs. He had 6 children: F. C., SARAH (KELLEY), ALEXANDER McKIM, ANDREW WILLIAM, MARGARET (RHODES) and SUSAN (ABRAMS). FRANCIS C. McCLURE attended subscription schools. When 18 yrs. old he began to work at the carpenter’s trade, and helped build the first free schoolhouse in Mifflin Twp. He engaged in farming in that township for 19 yrs., and for a short time in Westmoreland Co. In 1864 he came to Patton and purchased 126 acres near Murrysville, on which several gas-wells have been recently sunk. MR. McCLURE has been school director 11 yrs.; also collector and supervisor. He is a republican, and with his family is associated with the Murrysville Presbyterian Church.
MR. McCLURE was married, in 1843, to CATHARINE ANN, a daughter of GEORGE and MARY (GREGORY) LANG. Their 5 living children are ELIZABETH (McWILLIAMS) in Penn, Westmoreland Co., Pa.; FRANCIS SAMUEL, at home; WILLIAM MATTHEW, in Franklin, Westmoreland Co.; ALEXANDER WINFIELD, in Penn, Westmoreland Co.; MELISSA BELLE, at home. GEORGE A., the second child, was murdered by robbers near McKeesport, while in search of goods stolen from his store at that place; AMANDA ELLEN, the youngest, died at the age of 22; SARAH AGNES, MARGARET and MARY SUSAN died when small. WINFIELD’S daughter, MARY REBECCA, resides with her grandparents, her mother being deceased. MR. McCLURE has seen the fifth generation of FRANCIS McCLURES, and voted 12 times for president, on the whig and republican tickets.”