|America Ann Daniel-McClure
1873 - 1955
America Ann Daniel was born 14 JAN 1873 (birth date is Per death certificate and her autobiography).
The birth date recorded on America’s headstone (see below) is incorrect per these same supporting
documents (including NC Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994). She married Henry Alexander McClure on
December 12, 1889 in Towns County, GA. (Click on the date for an image of the marriage certificate.)
She is my great great grandmother.
She died of stomach cancer on 11 DEC 1955 in Hayesville, Clay County, NC. Henry preceded her by
three years and she was widowed at the time of her passing. Her death certificate was signed by Mrs.
Lee Chastain (daughter Savannah). Both of them are buried in Old Union Baptist Church Cemetery,
Towns County, Georgia.
America’s brother, John Thomas was not born until about 1876; information suggests that he died
around 1890 from Typhoid. It is said (See her Heritage of Union County article) that Nellie and her
children, America and John Thomas all contracted the disease. Nellie and America survived; John
Thomas did not, having died 6 months after America's marriage. JT only appears on the 1880 Cherokee
County, North Carolina census.
In the Heritage of Union County article about America McClure, it says that her parents, John and Nellie
Daniel, first surfaced in Fannin County, Georgia and that America was born there. Per her recently
discovered hand-written autobiography, I believe this is a true statement. Other documents providing her
birth place, including her death certificate, are probably incorrect. I have been unable to locate the
young family in that particular Georgia 1870 census.
Note: Family bibles spell Nellie Caldwell Daniel's maiden name as Carvell, Carver, or Colwell.
John and Nellie moved to Copperhill, TN when America was five . Her father worked there for two
years, then in 1880 moved his family to Persimmon Creek in Cherokee Co., NC. They were listed as
living in the Notla Township in the 1880 Cherokee County Census (The family starts at the bottom of the
first page and continues at the top of the second. ). It says John (age 47) is a farmer and Nelley H. (age
43) is his wife. America is 7 and her brother, John T (Thomas) is 4. Also living with them at that time was
Sarah Caldwell (15) “step-daughter”.
I have quite a few photographs of Henry and America. (See Henry's bio page and his photo page). She
is dark haired and petite. And even in the formal photo of her with her young children there is a ghost of
a smile. He seemed to always sport a large handlebar mustache and was not much bigger than she was.
The article about her in the Heritage of Union County has some incorrect information, but does give a
little tidbit. It mentions that she wrote something of a story about her life or kept a diary. I commented
that "I would love to be able to read it." Dori Andersen, daughter of Donald Earnest McClure, emailed me
and shared a complete scan! It was like Christmas! Now you can click on this link to read this special
family treasure too!
I believe that she led a rather nomadic childhood, but says that she never lacked for food or clothing.
The autobiography is a revealing look at life near the turn of the century and how the Civil War still held a
place in their thoughts.
According to her daughter, Savannah: “Mother did a lot of cooking, kept house and took care of us
children. She made all of our clothes as she was a good hand with a needle.” Information received from
Doris Anderson (Donald Earnest McClure's daughter, shows she was a talented quilter; some of which
still remain in the family.
I wonder how America got her unusual name. It was not a typical name for the time period and would
welcome any information. Her father was a Confederate soldier, her mother a southern Civil War
survivor. One can only speculate that the name was representative of the feeling in the country 4-5
years after the war ended.
America and Henry had 9 children. More on their family and documentation can be found on her
husband, Henry's, bio page.
Back Row: America Daniel McClure holding her daughter Georgia
Second Row: John Daniel (America's father), Thomas McClure
(son of America),Nellie Caldwell (America's mother)
Front Row: Birdie McClure and Vallie McClure (America's
America and her parents
John Daniel and Nellie Caldwell
Old Union Baptist Church Cemetery
Note: The place of birth on this document is probably not correct. Also the date of
her birth appears to be incorrect on the headstone. These suppositions are
backed up with other documentation.
A newly discovered picture. Not sure of
the date. But if I find it, I will edit this