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Re: "Land Grant John" McCleary Ca 1695 - 1773 Augusta County, VA
Posted by: Glain Martin (ID *****8857) Date: May 23, 2006 at 13:06:04
In Reply to: "Land Grant John" McCleary Ca 1695 - 1773 Augusta County, VA by Glain Martin of 472

In logging the events set forth in Chalkey's Chronicles it became obvious that the names I listed in the above post were all used on the same individuals.

With the exception of "Land Grant John's" son John, none of the McCleary brothers owned land in the Borden Grant or Beverley Manor. Son John was sold 100 acres of the 420 acre tract on 17 Aug 1762.

One of the reasons the lost generation was not discovered is the confusion between the name McCleary and McClure. This confusion has created problems for a lot of researchers including me. The James McClure family arrived in the Augusta County area before 05 June 1739 when James McClure Sr., received a 408 acre grant in Beverley Manor. James Sr., and his family immigrated from Northern Ireland not to long before 1739. There is some evidence that James Sr. came over first and his family followed later. James Sr.'s children included, James Jr., Samuel, Halbert, John, Nathaniel and William. James Sr. died in Augusta County, VA in 1761. All of James Sr.'s children settled in Augusta County and with their descendents there was a lot of them. None, are related to the McCleary's.

James McClure is an ancestor to our Bush Presidents. The Bush line was through James Jr. His family included wife Agnes and children John, Andrew, Eleanor, Jean, James, Samuel and Esther.

In a 1798 deposition taken in Fayette County, KY, James McCleary, "Land Grant John's" oldest son says he settled in Augusta County in 1742. This along with other early Augusta County records suggest that James was probably born as early as 1724, if not before. "Land Grant John" was probably born about 1695. Many of his neighbors were first generation Scots and there is a good possibility John was also. I believe John lived in York County, VA immediately before moving to Augusta as did some of his neighbors.

James McCleary had three sons of record. John born about 1752, Samuel born about 1755 and James born about 1758. John and Samuel served in the American revolution and I believe both received land grants in Fayette County, KY even though Samuel's 1,125 acre grant is the only one I have seen referenced. James, the father, followed his sons to Fayette County before 1798. The 1810 census for Woodward County, KY (Formed from Fayette County) includes Elizabeth McCleary. Elizabeth was the wife of James' son John and the daughter of Charles Berry, a neighbor of "Land Grant John's". Charles Berry was a first generation Scot.

Compare the events in Chaulky's Chronicles to the Beverly Manor map and you will readily see that all of the McCleary (or whatever spelling they use) events included the immediate neighbors of "Land Grant John's".

Theres a lot more but this is enough for now. Glain






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