3. Unknown2 McClure (unknown1) was born in Scottland before 1680.
A Brief summary of the McClure family; Typescript by Florence Luella (Gillespie) Pucket, Cleveland, OH as supplied by Margaret Evans Sica of New Castle, Pa.
New Castle upon the Delaware was for many years the chief port of entry for the large Scotch-Irish emigration that poured into the American Colonies in the 18th century. From it there went out for years to the frontier settlements of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas a steady stream of thousands of Ulsterman, choosing rather to face the perils of the wilderness in the new country that the oppression of British tyranny in the old.
It is this port the McClure family entered America. We have the names of but a brother and sister, John and Jean McClure.
John McClure, born in Scotland, probably at Glasgow, about 1696, came to America in 1715, married in 1720 to Janet McKnight, who was born in Ulster, Ireland in 1702 and died in Pennsylvania on January 30, 1780.
They probably remained for a number of years in the vicinity of New Castle, and about 1732 they, with a number of relatives and friends, came to the Cumberland Valley, then in Lancaster County, now Cumberland County, PA. John McClure took up a large tract of land situated on both sides of Letort's Spring, Middleton Township. In 1751 the county seat of Cumberland County was located immediately west of and adjoining John McClure's farm and the town of Carlisle was laid out.
This farm, one of the best in the valley, had many natural advantages. Letort's Spring (or Creek) has its source in that vicinity, and furnished a never failing spring of pure water. It seldom froze and was prized greatly by the early settlers for sites for grist mills, etc. A short distance east of Carlisle on the creek once stood a natural grove of willow trees and from this the farm took its name "Willow Grove". This grove was the favorite pleasure resort of that community. John McClure died in 1757, aged 61 years.
His second son, John McClure, born in 1723 married Martha Denny at Cunberland County, Pa., and they lived on a portion of the Willow Grove farm on the east side of the spring. From his father's will he inherited "all my lands lying on the east side of the Spring with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging----together with a house commonly called his own".
On the 16th of May, 1786, John McClure purchased the tract of land on the Monongahela River, known as "Amity", and here he spent the rest of his life. He died July 1811 and is buried at Lebanon Church, Mifflin Township, Allegheny County.
The third child of this union was John McClure, who was born on January 7, 1766. By the conditions of his father's will, he inherited "Amity Plantation", now the site of the boroughs of Homestead and Munhall on which is build the great steel works of the U.S. Steel Corporation.
He was a man of ability and of good reputation. He took an interest in public affairs and the political questions of his time. He married Agnes Topping, a lady of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, who was born July 22, 1771. He died on February 6, 1833, his wife died April 22, 1858. Both are buried at Lebanon Church, Mifflin Township, Allegheny County, PA.
They had 9 children, the youngest being Abdiel McClure, born on July 18, 1816 at the Homestead Farm. He died Sept. 23, 1887. He married Anna, daughter of Daniel Risher of Mifflin Township. She was born December 14, 1818.
Abdiel McClure was left the western quarter of his father's farm, and resided on it until his death. Upon this tract of land the original plan of Homestead was laid out. He was prominent and held a number of publec offices. He gave the land upon which the First Presbyterian Church on Homestead was built, and was an elder in that church. They had 8 children, the second born being Matthew L. McClure. Matthew L. McClure was born December 24, 1841, and died 1911. He was a member of Co. H, 14th. PA Cavalry in the Civil War. He was an architect at Homestead, Pa and an elder in the first Presbyterian Church. He married Hannah Read on Sept. 13, 1866, and she died in 1919 at Hamilton, Ohio.
They had 2 children, Abdiel Read McClure and Florence Luella McClure.
Abdiel R. McClure was an outstanding architect in Pittsburgh, PA. He was unmarried. He died at the age of 82 in Pittsburgh March 21, 1950.
Florence Luella McClure was born on August 24, 1880 and died March 14, 1957 in Hamilton, Ohio. She married Amos Ewing Gillespie on June 26, 1899 and they had 7 children -- 4 sons and 3 daughters.
Note----I am Florence Luella Gillespie Puckett, the fourth child of Amos and Florence L McClure Gillespie. The line of my McClure ancestors of Pennsylvania is:
John McClure wed Janet McKnight
John McClure wed Marhta Denny
John McClure wed Agnes Topping
Abdiel McClure wed Anna Risher
Matthew McClure wed Hannah Read
Florence McClure wed Amos E. Gillespie
Unknown McClure had the following children:
+ 8 i. John3 McClure I was born 1696.
9 ii. Jean McClure was born about 1696. She married Archibald McAllister in Cumberland Co, PA, about 1717. Archibald was born about 1700. Archibald died September 7, 1768 in W. Pennsboro, Cumberland Co, PA, at 68 years of age. (See Archibald McAllister for the continuation of this line.)
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