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1878 map offers hints on McClure-Smith-Hutcinson line
Posted by: FD Taylor (ID *****2294) Date: July 19, 2006 at 11:42:39
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Looking at the 1878 maps of Jefferson County townships (available on the rootsweb.com USGenWeb project site for the county), I’m trying to find the answer to a vexing question. I see my ancestors’ or their cousins’ properties scattered around a fairly concentrated area. A. Moore and Ephrm. Perrin are in southeastern Warsaw Twnsp, near the headwaters of Laurel Run. Various other Moores are to the southeast in southwestern Washington Twnhp, near the Britton and Orr families. I know how these families interrelate well enough. Then to the east of them in southeastern Washington Twnsp. the map shows Jas. Smith on several properties. This is near the community of Smithtown, just west of the modern town of Falls Creek. In the middle of the Smith property is the residence of a J.Hutchinson. And to the south of these is a J.McClure.

Then, turning south to northeastern Winslow county, in the Pancoast community, apparently just south of the aforementioned J.McClure is a R.McClure. And just to his south is a T. Hutchinson. There may be a couple of other families that are related here – the map is a little difficult to read.

Anyway, here’s what I’m trying to resolve. My grandfather Kenneth F. Moore, b. 1915 in Jefferson County, was the son of Lawrence E. Moore and Harriet Jane Smith. I know the Moore side (which also includes Burtops, Brittons and Perrins). And I know most of the Smith side (Atwells and more unrelated Smiths), but I am having trouble researching the family of Harriet’s mother Mary McClure.

I’ve had one researcher tell me her father was John and another say it was Richard. Both would fit the names of apparent neighbors to James Smith’s family (Harriet’s father’s father). What’s more, apparently Mary McClure’s mother’s maiden name was Hutchinson.

Again, all of this fits the map. And, researching the Smiths, I find that one of Harriet’s great-uncles married a McClure in Ireland before they all came to Pennsylvania in the early 1800s. I'm guessing that's not a coincidence (if it had been Smiths coming up twice in the McClure line, I would say it was, but not the other way around).

So, given this geography, can anyone help me fill in the blanks for the specific McClures and Hutchinsons in my tree?


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