I recently found a Lincoln County court case (#915) in the KY State Archives that spanned about 20 years and 200 pages. This suit involved disputes among the heirs of Arthur and Frances McClure and contains much genealogical information. Based on the information in the suit and marriage records, I have put Arthur's family together as follows.
Arthur McClure, b. est 1725. He married Frances (McNabb?), 1750, b. est 1730, d. 1805, Lincoln Co., KY. On Lincoln Co., KY tax rolls, 1791-95. Arthur died intestate in the spring of 1796 in Lincoln Co., KY His son Robert and son-in-law William McElwee were administrators of his estate. Some heirs were not satisfied with the division of the estate and after Frances died in the fall of 1805, a suit was filed by them in Pulaski Co., KY to recover a share of the slaves in the possession of Robert Modrell and his wife Jenny that they had bought from Frances. This suit was dismissed in 1811. Then in 1821 Jane McClure Walker, along with Jonathan James (her son-in-law) and William Barnett (both executors and administrators of her husband Alexander Walker's estate) filed suit in Lincoln Co., KY which concerned the same issues in the earlier suit plus a claim to part of the land occupied by Robert McClure. This case was dismissed in 1827.
The children of Arthur shown below are those named in the suits. There may have been additional children who were already deceased and without heirs at the time the 1806 suit was filed. A transcript of the Pulaski Co. suit was included in the later Lincoln Co. case. The Lincoln Co. suit is Case #915 and is available (originals and on microfilm, Sept. 2003) in the Kentucky State Archives in Frankfort.
From the court cases, Arthur clearly had two daughters named Jane. "Why" is unknown at this time, perhaps Frances was not his first or only wife. Frances was on Lincoln Co., KY tax rolls 1796-1805. Arthur and Frances lived in Rockbridge Co., VA before moving to Lincoln Co., KY sometime in the 1780's.
I. John McClure, b. est 1751-1755, d. ca 1822. Resided in Rutherford Co., NC by 1796? Could be the same John McClure (Sr.)who gave a power of attorney to his son, John Jr. on 13 Oct 1796 "To ask, demand, sue, recover from the estate of Arthur McClure, decd. To take whatever means he thinks proper in law or equity." The timing is right. From the Lincoln Co., KY lawsuit, it is known that John McClure was not an inhabitant of KY.
II. Nathan McClure, b. est 1755, d. May 1788, near Mt. Victory, Pulaski Co., KY. Served as Lt. in KY militia. Killed by Indians. Historical marker erected 1967 to mark his grave. Died intestate, apparently no children or wife. Father and brothers & sisters were heirs. Two parcels of land were surveyed for him in July 1784 in Lincoln Co., KY. They were part of Treasury Warrant No. 8141. One parcel contained about 400 acres, the other about 255 acres. Both were on the "waters of Salt River & Chaplains fork." Survey recorded in Lincoln Co., KY Survey Book 11, 1784-1785, pp.343-4. Land was entered in Dec 1782, in Survey Book 5, 1779, p. 187 & 194. There may have been additional parcels.
Some of the land claimed by Nathan was also claimed by Izriel Ellis. This dispute was settled between them in 1784, but Ellis didn’t follow through with a deed. Later (1816) this matter was the subject of a lawsuit filed in Lincoln Co. by Robert McClure who wanted to clear the title of the land that he possessed as an heir of his brother Nathan and father Arthur. The suit is Case #775 found in the Kentucky State Archives in Frankfort. The case is styled, “Robert McClure vs. William Pearl.”
III. Jane McClure, b. ca 1765, VA probably. She married Alexander Walker, 28 Mar 1788, in Lincoln Co., KY, d. ca 1819, Madison Co., KY. Alexander: His will was probated 5 Jul 1819 in Madison Co., KY. Had step-daughter Dayley Keef (Delila Walker m. Thomas Keeth 20 Feb 1813, Madison Co., KY) named in his will. Dayley's parents are unknown.
A. Frances "Fanny" Walker. She married Jonathan James, 10 Jan 1817, in Madison Co., KY.
IV. Robert McClure, b. ca 1765, VA probably. He probably married Margaret "Peggy" Hinds, 2 Apr 1788, in Lincoln Co., KY, (daughter of James Hinds) d. aft 1820. Robert died 1820, Lincoln Co., KY. His children and their spouses sold land inherited from him in 1828. Deed is recorded in Lincoln Co., KY Deed Bk. N page 42.
On Lincoln Co., KY tax rolls 1787-1809. On 1810 Lincoln Co. Census: 1 male 45+, 1 male 0-9; 1 female 26-44, 2 females 0-9, 2 or 3 females 10-15; 1 slave. On 1820 Lincoln Co. Census: 1 male 45+, 1 male 16-25; 1 female 45+, 1 female 16-25, 2 females 26-44; 1 slave 26-44. He may have had more than one wife. Peggy is probably the mother of dau. Frances, but may not be the mother of children born after 1800. Robert died of some debilitating disease.
A. Francis "Fanny" McClure, b. betw 1789-1796, Lincoln Co., KY. She married Horatio Cox, 14 Oct 1819, in Lincoln Co., KY, b. bef 1776. Resided in Lincoln Co., KY in 1828.
B. Nathan McClure, b. ca 1802, Lincoln Co., KY. He married Almira Goff, 23 Apr 1827, in Lincoln Co., KY. Resided in Lincoln Co., KY in 1828.
C. Drusilla McClure, b. ca 1804, Lincoln Co., KY. She married Campbell Menifee, 23 Dec 1825, in Lincoln Co., KY. Resided in Lincoln Co., KY in 1828.
D. Rachel McClure, b. ca 1805, Lincoln Co., KY. She married Joel Forbis, 23 Dec 1826, in Lincoln Co., KY. Resided in Lincoln Co., KY in 1828.
E. Mary "Polly" McClure, b. ca 1806, Lincoln Co., KY. She married William B. Cox, 14 May 1827, in Lincoln Co., KY. Resided in Montgomery Co., MO in 1832.
V. Mary McClure, b. est 1766. She married Nathaniel Dryden, 3 Aug 1785, in Rockbridge Co., VA, b. est 1764. Mary died bef 1821. Nathaniel: Resided in Lincoln Co., KY and then in Bedford Co., TN by 1823.
A. John Dryden.
B. David Dryden.
C. Nancy Dryden. She married William Woods.
D. Mary "Polly" Dryden. She married ___ Nail.
E. Fanny Dryden. She married ___ Adams.
F. Nathaniel Dryden.
G. James Dryden.
VI. Rebecca McClure, b. est 1769. She married Robert Ellison, 15 Dec 1794, in Lincoln Co., KY.
VII. Eleanor "Ellin" McClure, b. est 1761. She married David McClure, 8 May 1782, in Rockbridge Co., VA, b. est 1757. They did not move to KY with her parents.
VIII. Agnes "Nancy" McClure, b. est 1765. She married William McElwee, 19 Oct 1791, in Lincoln Co., KY, b. est 1761, d. bef 1821, Lincoln Co., KY.
IX. Jane "Jenny" McClure, b. ca 1771, poss. Pulaski Co.,KY. She married Robert Modrell, 25 Mar 1797, in Lincoln Co., KY, b. c. 1767, York Co., PA, (son of Robert Motheral and Elizabeth ______) d. 1842/43, Buchanan Co., MO. Jane died Dec 1843, Buchanan Co., MO. Birth estimate based on Buchanan Co., MO 1840 Census and age at marriage. Mother gave consent for marriage, therefore under age 21 in Mar 1797. Estate probated in Buchanan Co. Robert: From census records born betw. 1765-1771. His parents lived in York Co., PA 1760-1775 then moved to Mechlenburg, NC. He was in Pulaski Co., KY by 1798. Served in Revolutionary War. Was a Capt. in the War of 1812. He was Pulaski Co. sheriff and served in the KY legislature in 1806. Belonged to the Pisgah Presbyterian Church in Somerset, KY. Estate probated in Buchanan Co., MO.
A. Elizabeth Modrell, b. 16 Jan 1798, prob. Pulaski Co., KY. She married Isaac Cowan, 15 Apr 1815, in Pulaski Co., KY, b. 15 May 1790, prob Russell Co., VA, (son of Andrew Cowan and Mary Alexander) d. aft 24 Apr 1873, prob Lafayette Co., MO. Elizabeth died 27 Jul 1840, prob. Lafayette Co., MO. Curator and guardian document in Lafayette Co., MO show her deceased by 1844. Her minor children are due to inherit from her father, Robert Modrell of Buchanan Co., MO. Isaac: Marriage recorded in Book 1 1798-1820, Pulaski Co., KY. Married by Thos. Hill He served in the War of 1812 under Capt. Robert Modrell KY Mtd. rangers. His pension application was approved 9 Jun 1873. In 1870 lived with dau. Elizabeth Rhodes in Lafayette Co., MO. Some of his pension application papers were signed in Saline Co., MO, but his post office was given as Concordia, Lafayette Co., MO. In 1860 he was living next to dau. Louisa in Andrew Co., MO. In 1850 he lived in Lafayette Co., MO with 2nd wife, Eleanor Dysart.
B. John Modrell, b. betw 1800-1810, prob. Pulaski Co., KY. He married Elizabeth McCullough, 24 Dec 1843, in Buchanan Co., MO. Birth estimate based on 1840 Buchanan Co., MO Census.
C. Wilson Modrell, b. betw 1810-1820, prob. Pulaski Co., KY. He married Mary or Rebecca Reeves, 19 Jun 1845, in Buchanan Co., MO. Wilson died c. 15 NOV 1855, Buchanan Co., MO. Birth est. based on 1840 Buchanan Co., MO Census. Estate probated in Buchanan Co., MO. Homesteaded east of St. Joseph, MO.
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