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Re: Charles and Matthew McClurg of Co. Down
Posted by: william mcclurg (ID *****5219) Date: June 17, 2008 at 13:16:44
In Reply to: Charles and Matthew McClurg of Co. Down by Adrian Rea of 591

Hi Adrian, Yes, it always appears that when one little bit of information is found, it opens up two additional questions. But to keep stirring the pot, something always seem to turn up.

The information on your Charles is of recent times but the name Charles may be a bit significant in the over all picture of these McClurgs.

Here's my sad story. Henry McClurg b 1833 in Mercer County PA finally migrated West and by 1862, he had settled in the State of Wasington. He was the first Supertendient of Schools for Snohomish Co WA. He and his Indian Bride, Martha founded the town of Monroe, Washington.

In later life, Henry went over to Vancouver Island, with his son James McClurg. He died here and is buried at the St. John's Angelican Church yard at Cobble Hill. Henry McClurg's father was William McClurg who came from Limavady, Ireland to Mercer County PA prior 1800.

I have searched and found the names of most of Henry's children and probably there are none of his family living.

And at my level of recording genealogy, I have documented Henry fairly well. Until......I find that Henry died in 1908 and buried in row 1 grave 15. In row 1 grave 13 is Charles McClurg b. 1803 and died 22 Jan 1920, and in row 1 grave 14 is Lousia b.1806 died 22 Jan 1919.

So I found the answer to my question as to where and when Henry died and was buried, but this opens two more questions, who is Charles and who is Lousia, they definitely are not the parents of Henry McClurg. And if you do the math on those grave markers, one lived 117 years and the other 113 years. They both out lived this Henry McClurg b 1833.

I surmise Charles McClurg must be from Ireland who came into America at about the time that Joseph & William of Mercer Co PA did. I do not know when William and Margaret McClurg married, so this birth date of 1803 could place him as their son born in Mercer, and an Uncle to the Henry McClurg buried at Cobble Hill, BC.

Therefore, when I see those repeating first names of the McClurg's of Northern Ireland showing in your charts as well, I highly suspect that the name Charles indicates all these folks mentioned are someway related to you as well.
Charles is a name that is mainly from McClurgs of Northern Ireland. It takes a lots of pounding to get a brick knocked loose from the brick wall.

It may seem strange to many that some McClurgs went to Canada from the North of Ireland since most of them all went to Philadelphia and then walked across PA to wherever their relatives had settled.

After reading a letter written by William McClurg in 1839 back home to Ma and Pa about his trip across the north Atlantic in a scooner for America did I find the reason why some did get off the scooner when it came to Nova Scotia.

William said they were becalmed for two weeks in the North Alantic. All were sea sick and when that wind did pick up and send them on to Nova Scotio, about half the passengers got onto land for good. William wanted to walk the rest of the Way to PA to join his brother in Mercer County, PA. but instead went on by scooner to Philly and then hiked across country to Westmoreland Co PA when Uncle James lived and then on up to Mercer County.

There is much data out there on the McClurg surname. But it's from these bits of info that sooner or later we break these brick walls.


William T.

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