Cousin Ward and I emailed (email@example.com) back and forth transcribing the 1816 Auction of Andrew McClure’s
Estate and otherwise comparing notes. These are some of those notes and may contain items of interest.
Andrew McClure/Mary Wilson
Andrew McClure Jr/Debra Aiken
Thomas Jasper McClure/Sarah Wilson
Thornton Jasper McClure/Lydia Medford
William Virge McClure/Berta Pharr
Jasper Burton McClure/Fay Ward
-Virge Ward McClure (me—age 69-2011)
“I have a photo of Bill McClure & wife tombstones [probably his grandfather] from Greenhill Cemetery in
Waynesville with the matching dates to your listing. The tombstones are located quite close to the caretakers
shack near top of graveyard. I will send when I run across it again. My notes and materials are very disorganized.
Many of the original Haywood County McClure’s including Andrew Sr. are believed to be buried in unmarked
graves in the McClure family cemetery in McClure Cove near Clyde, NC. I have visited and found in bad shape
Cemetery in Waynesville which is 6-7 miles away from McClure Cove. …I will try to correlate with location of
McClure Graveyard. Some believe Andrew was buried in Crabtree church cemetery but I think he was buried in
“Looks like Andrew had 150 acres on Crabtree Creek. Those old deeds are something. Almost all use a tree or
stump or such as corners. All we need to do is locate the 1800’s White Oak and Spanish Oak on Crabtree Creek
and we have it nailed down. Next time I’m in Haywood will try to look it up in Court House. The Frances Magee
who bought from Andrews heirs may have held it for long enough to be in the land records office.”
“Thomas McClure (one from Jackson County) told me a fellow named Davis (now deceased) from Waynesville
took him over to Crabtree Creek area and showed him where Andrew McClure’s cabin was. Said it had been there
when he was a boy but was later torn down. I’ll ask Thomas if he can pinpoint about where the cabin was located
on Crabtree Creek. I’m sure he has seen the deed you forwarded. Thomas is a descendant of your Thomas
(Andrew Sr oldest son). He figured it out from land records but has never shared the details. Thomas says that
Andrew moved into Haywood County by traveling north from Rowan County up through middle of NC then
following French Broad west and finally crossing into Haywood County by going up Sandy Mush creek and
crossing through mountain gap at head of Sandy Mush Creek into Crabtree Creek.. I’m not sure how he learned
that this was the route but it makes sense and I figure it was the best route to avoid the wild Indians still living in
|Cousin Ward was a great deal of help when working with the documents concerning
Andrew McClure's Estate Sale of 1816 as well as being instrumental in working out
where Andrew might be buried.. See More Andrew McClure for the rest of the
Estate Sale images and more information.
I felt this was important to be placed here, on Ward's page because his commentary
and previous research were invaluable.
Referencing above notations and the fact that he emailed me a different version of the sale:
“It appears the version I sent you is a transcription done to enter the data into the Will/Estate sale records Book A
in a standard format. Both are signed by Joseph (his mark X—evidently couldn’t write) & approved by Robert Love
who was big wheel in Haywood County area during that period. It is likely the data entered into the Book A was
written by Robert Love as hand writing looks same. He corrected many of the misspellings.”
“You can see the page numbers (my writing) of Book A at the top right. We can probably get a more legible copy
from the NC Records office.”
“Interesting to note that Col. Robert Love who was Clerk and received $1.60 and final signature of Thomas Love
are quite impressive. Col. Robert Love was founder of Waynesville, NC and Thomas Love was in NC legislature
responsible for formation of Haywood County. It was a small world back in those days with few inhabitants in the
area. This Andrew McClure document could become quite famous.”
Ward provided me with another signer’s info:
Benjamin O’Dell, the first, son of Samuel O’Dell, the first, of Shenandoah County, Virginia, married prior to 1767,
Mary Weaver, daughter of John George Weaver and sister of John Weaver.
Her family founded the town of Weaverville, near Asheville, North Carolina. After his marriage, Benjamin lived in
Powell’s Fort, but removed to Washington County, Tennessee, where he acquired a land grant on Brush Creek with
By 1790, he had removed to Buncombe County, North Carolina, where he owned land on both sides of the French
Broad River. The 1800 census shows Benjamin there and in 1803, he was granted a deed to 250 acres on the
French Broad River. He died about the year 1810.
His children were: John, who by the 1800 census had a wife and six children under ten years; the second son
probably an infant. Benjamin O’Dell II was born August 11, 1771, in Shenandoah County, Virginia, the son of
In 1800, he married Mary McKay of the French Broad River, in Cocke County, her home being on the site of the
present home of John and Hester Susong and at which she was probably born. The family of Mary McKay O’Dell
was deeply religious. Her father was one of the charter members of Big Pigeon Baptist Church and its first clerk.
Benjamin O’Dell transferred his property interest from Buncombe to Haywood County soon after its organization in
1806, owning property on Richland Creek, Scott’s Creek, and Waynesville. Benjamin O’Dell II was one of the first
county judges for Haywood County. He was ordered “to view and say of erecting Iron Works in the county,” was
appointed to oversee matters pertaining to the moral welfare of the community, such as “baseborn-born-begotten
children” and his last recorded task was “to oversee the election of Congressman in June, 1819.”
He removed to Cocke County, where he was living in 1830. Further records were destroyed by fire. [IT: Records
copied from family Bible owned by his grandson, Thomas O’Dell and wife Rita Jane Thomas O’Dell, by Ann, wife of
the Reverend Arthur Lee O’Dell of St. Paul, in 1935.
Photo posted on Facebook with the following information:
Virge says: This is a picture with my mother & older sister In front yard of Ward house on Substation Rd
(although Virge lived on the corner of Pisgah Drive and Rhoda) It was located a couple houses before Sandra,
Charles & Phil Williams' house. (Pisgah High School is now behind the house)
Virge says - Earlier my mother & the Ward family lived in this house. When the Ward children were all
grown, grandmother moved to Asheville and operated a Tourist Home on Merrimon Ave. Grandfather,
Henry Ward, stayed in Canton and lived at the boarding house above Wright's Grocery store on corner
beside the paper mill where he worked until retirement. The Ward's & Byers were originally from
Henderson County and moved to Canton because of jobs. The house on Sub Station road is still there
but seems much smaller now.
L-R Jean McClure, Fay Marie Ward McClure, Virge Ward McClure -- 1943
|The Reeces' were good friends with Ward McClure’s grandfather. When he ran the commissary at Spruce (New
Sunburst) in the late 1800s-early 1900s. It was a logging town above Lake Logan at the head of the West Fork
of Pigeon River in Haywood County NC. Some of the later generations turned out to be mean as snakes and
most avoided them.
There are a bunch of Reece's living up above Sunburst (Lake Logan) who knew my grandfather well. Several still
living there but the old timers have all died out. I heard a story from Park Ranger about one of the Reece's. He
told me the Reece would hike up the river trail with his dogs and camp with no tent or anything during middle of
the winter. When asked how he kept from freezing to death he replied that when he got cold he would just throw
on another hound dog.!! LOL
"Norma, I received and am pleased with your book. I have come to conclusion that Andrew McClure father was
Thomas McClure. Please google "The Nottingham Settlement" which is Phd thesis about group of Scot-Irish that
migrated into NC in 1750's settling in the present day Greensboro area. One of those in the group was Thomas
McClure. [I did find this thesis and Thomas' name appears twice as a signer on a tax petition, that was all]
There are records of Andrew McClure & Francis McClure (probably his sons) serving as chain carriers for
survey of property for Thomas McClure. It was also common practice to name 1st son after your father and
Thomas McClure was 1st son of Andrew. I believe the reference to Thomas McClure is around page 170 but it’s
been awhile so not sure. But if you read all chapters of the Thesis carefully you will find Thomas McClure name
for sure. If you research you should also find Andrew & Francis McClure being chain carriers for survey of
Thomas McClure land. This is different from your book but I believe it is likely correct.
No none really knows for sure before Andrew but it’s interesting to speculate and keep digging for information."
Link to the thesis mentioned above: http://scholarworks.iupui.edu/handle/1805/2028