Fourth Generation

30. Francis4 McClure (Samuel3, Halbert Samuel2, James Arthur1) was born in Raphoe, Donegal, N. Ireland 1740. Francis died April 22, 1843 in Mifflin, Allegheny Co, PA, at 102 years of age.

He married Margaret McClure Lancaster Co, Pa., August 8, 1782. Margaret was born in Paxtang Twp, Lancaster Co, PA October 10, 1762. Margaret was the daughter of Alexander McClure and Martha unknown. Margaret died April 23, 1834 in Mifflin, Allegheny Co, PA, at 71 years of age. A Francis McClure in the 1810 census Mifflin Twp, Allegheny Co PA page 155.

Of his life in eastern Pennsylvania we know nothing beyond the fact that his name appears on the lists of Lancaster County's soldiers in the Revolution, and we have the date of his marriage. The marriage was probably satisfactory to Francis' father, for we learn that shortly thereafter, while Francis and his wife were still in the Paxtang Settlement, Samuel McClure sent to his daughter-in-law a silk dress, and to his son some silverware. On the spoons is engraved "S. M." The old man charged that the silver was to be given to the oldest child, who, if a boy was to be called Samuel, if a girl, Sarah. Francis' brother, the ship surgeon, brought these gifts to America, but could not leave his ship to come so far inland as the settlements upon the Susquehanna, so Francis McClure traveled to the coast to receive them, he having had a letter from his father advising him of his brother's coming.

Judge McClure was an active man, and fond of sports; and had a bugle which had come from Ireland, and used to be seen often with his neighbor, old John McClure, of Amity (now Homestead) in their favorite amusement of fox hunting, and the notes of Judge McClure's bugle were a familiar sound on the hills of Mifflin Township. Often he would have his political friends from Pittsburgh out to hunt with him. When over a hundred years of age, he is said to have ridden on horseback to see his daughter in the vicinity of New Castle, Pa., and to visit his kinsmen, the McClures of Cherry Hill, near Wheeling, Virginia, seventy miles away. When on his way to Wheeling, he would stop with Dr. Robert McClure at Washington, Pa.

Francis McClure and Margaret McClure had the following children:

child 73 i. Sarah5 McClure was born in Mifflin, Allegheny Co, PA August 18, 1783. Sarah died April 13, 1860 in Lincoln Twp, Allegheny Co, PA, at 76 years of age. buried at Lebanon Churchyard, Mifflin Township She married Alexander McClure in Pennsylvania, November 3, 1801.

Alexander was born Lancaster Co, Pa. 1778. Alexander(3598) was the son of Richard McClure and Margaret Laird. Alexander died December 7, 1860 in Lincoln Twp, Allegheny Co, PA, at 82 years of age. buried at Lebanon Churchyard, Mifflin Township (See Alexander McClure for the continuation of this line.) Alexander was her cousin.

child 74 ii. Martha McClure was born in Mifflin, Allegheny Co, PA December 5, 1785. Martha died January 1807 at 21 years of age. She married William Barnett McClure about 1805. William was born in Paxtang Twp, Lancaster Co, PA March 14, 1779. William was the son of Andrew McClure and Margaret Barnett. William died January 8, 1862 in Beaver Co, PA, at 82 years of age. (See William Barnett McClure for the continuation of this line.)

child 75 iii. Samuel McClure was born in Mifflin, Allegheny Co, PA April 14, 1788. Samuel died December 9, 1866 at 78 years of age. He married Elizabeth Mahaffey about 1808. Elizabeth was born about 1788. Elizabeth died March 23, 1841 at 52 years of age.

child 76 iv. Alexander McClure was born in Mifflin, Allegheny Co, PA February 27, 1790. Alexander died August 27, 1818 in Mifflin, Allegheny Co, PA, at 28 years of age.

child 77 v. Ann McClure was born in Mifflin, Allegheny Co, PA April 30, 1792. Remembered by the grandchildren and great grand children of Francis and Margaret McClure, and by many others of the kindred as "Aunt Ann." Her father left her a house and tract of land by his will; which she called her home but she spent most of her time visiting among the various McClures and related families in Western Pennsylvania. Wherever there was sickness, she was called for. She had strong family pride. She was an active worker in Mifflin United Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member. During her father's lifetime, she used to accompany him in his favorite amusement of fox hunting, and was as much at home on horseback as he, at eighty years of age she would allow no one to help her on her horse. She is buried in the graveyard of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, in Mifflin Township, Allegheny County, Pa

child 78 vi. Elizabeth McClure was born in Allegheny Co, PA July 7, 1794. Elizabeth died June 5, 1848 at 53 years of age. buried at Lebanon Cemetary, Allegheny Co., Pa She married Robert McClure June 16, 1818.

Robert was born in Allegheny Co, PA August 10, 1792. Robert was the son of John McClure III and Agnes Topping. Robert died March 27, 1859 in Allegheny Co, PA, at 66 years of age. buried at Lebanon Cemetary, Allegheny Co., Pa (See Robert McClure for the continuation of this line.)

child 79 vii. Andrew McClure was born in Mifflin, Allegheny Co, PA January 18, 1797. Andrew died April 26, 1858 in Mifflin, Allegheny Co, PA, at 61 years of age. He married Margaret Abraham. Margaret was born in Steubenville, Jefferson Co, Ohio November 14, 1793. Margaret died March 27, 1875 at 81 years of age.

child 80 viii. Margaret McClure was born in Mifflin, Allegheny Co, PA November 23, 1799. She married John Criswell February 5, 1828. John was born about 1798. John was the son of James Criswell. (See John Criswell for the continuation of this line.) They lived in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Criswell is remembered as a tall, stately woman, and very proud. The family were United Presbyterians

child + 81 ix. Francis McClure was born November 26, 1802.

child 82 x. Mary Ann Riddle McClure was born in Mifflin, Allegheny Co, PA February 23, 1805. Mary died August 2, 1835 at 30 years of age. She married James Gallagher. James was born about 1804.

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