John McClure was born May 21, 1801, in North Carolina.  He died on September 11, 1881, in Huerfano County,
    Colorado. He was the son of Thomas McClure and (possibly) Sarah McGaha. He first married Sarah (Allen) in
    1822 in North Carolina; from the Census and other sources we believe she was born ca. 1804 and died between
    1852 and 1860.  His second marriage was to Margaret [Gribble per DNA] ca. 1860-1864, in North Carolina.  She
    was born ca. 1831, in North Carolina (per 1870 Huerfano County, CO census).

    John McClure is the grandson of Andrew McClure and is my 3 times great grandfather.
Note on Sarah Allen:
The Edgin family tree on says that John’s first wife is Sarah Allen (b: 1804; d: 1862). The
name may be correct, but I think they have the wrong marriage date. The information on her last name
is also repeated in various other sources on the Internet, including the NC Marriage Collection 1741-
2004 found on  This document says they married in 1822.
    I located an 1840 Buncombe County NC census(Pg 1) (pg 2) that I am fairly certain is the right family. This
    census says that there are 2 males under 10 (Thomas, George), 1 male 5-10 (Joseph), 1 male 10-15 (James), 2
    males 15-10 (George and one unknown male), and 1 male 30-40 (John).  On the female side of the house it
    shows one girl 5-10 (Rachel) and 1 female 30-40 (should be Sara Allen McClure).  

    I have also learned that John and his family owned two slaves; a female age 24-36 and a female under the age
    of ten.  This is the only family member I have found evidence of them being slave owners.  It also shows that
    there are 11 people total in the household and that 4 are employed in Agriculture. Below are cutouts from the
    whole page. Their information appears on Line 17.  All Census Column headings can be found HERE.
*Thumbnails of cut-outs are used to facilitate page
Sometime in the early 1840’s John and his family moved to Georgia.

1850 Census showed John McClure living in Union County, GA.  His occupation is a Farmer and along with wife
“Sary” his children are recorded here as Rachel, Joseph, William, Thomas, Maryann, Jane and John. Also listed as
living in the household is Henry Setton who has the occupation of a Laborer.  There is also a notation that the Value
of Real Estate Owned for John was $1000. John’s father, Thomas McClure, is on the same page at line 33.  His son,  
John Alexander is on line 16. John’s family starts on line 8.
    The 1860 Towns County GA Census lists John McClure on line 9, He is married to Sarah (who is 3-4 years
    younger than John) and children are recorded as Joseph (24), Thomas (21), Mary Ann (17, who is listed as Male,
    but is the child born at the right time), Mary Jane (15), and Julia (8). Also listed with the family are Isabel (10) and
    Elizabeth (7).

    While his son, John A., is not listed I agree with Joanne Black, who wrote the Heritage of Union County Article on
    John Alexander, it was an error and he was just left out.

    John’s occupation is listed as a Farmer and he showed $3000 as value of his real estate and $256 as personal
    property value.

    I found an 1860 Macon County, NC Census that lists his future wife, Margaret Clark, still living with her first
    husband and children.

    John and his family moved from North Carolina to Georgia in the early 1840’s.  He owned lots or parts of lots, 37, 35,
    54 and 55 existing in Union County until incorporated into Towns County at its formation. (See his father's, Thomas
    McClure, page for more info.)

    This land involved John and his family in court disputes that spanned nearly ten years.

    This information is recorded in an article in the Heritage of Union County GA.

    On the same topic, Joanne says:

    The bond information [above] on our John is from Towns County Superior Court minutes, 1856-1888 that I read and
    made cryptic notes about.  I suspect this episode played some part in John's decision to move his family to Colorado.
    Many had such hardships after the war that they left the area.

    In 1870* John and Margaret sold personal belongings and the above lots to William Patton.

    By the fall of 1870 John and Margaret resided in Colorado.  The Sheriff seized the parcels of land in 1877 and held
    a public sale by which the land was “knocked off” to William Patton for $30.00, who was assigned the right title and
    interest of John McClure.  John McClure died in Colorado 11 September 1881.
    In the fall of 1870, John and Margaret moved out west. The 1870 Census shows John McClure living in Huerfano
    County, Colorado Territory.  His wife, Margaret, is shown as a housekeeper.  Children who moved with him are
    listed as Mary, Adeline and Charles.  William Clark (who is a step-son) and J. Worth (17 yrs. old-laborer) are
    included in the household.  His occupation is listed as a farmer and he showed $4500 as value of his real estate
    and $2500 as personal property value. I noticed that children, Mary, Adeline and Charles were born in Georgia.
    His occupation is listed as a farmer and he showed $4500 as value of his real estate and $2500 as personal
    property value.
*If anyone has digital images of
documentation to support this
information, I would be interested in
adding it to my family archives.
    Since he died in 1881, he should appear in an 1880 census, however I have been unable to locate a copy.

    I spent a lot of time researching where he was buried and can now provide pretty good evidence that he is buried in
    Thomas Rogers Cemetery in Colorado, along with his daughter Mary and 2 others.  I could not track down his wife,
    Margaret’s death date or place, but she may be the other McClure grave in Thomas Rogers.  We may never know.

    More on John McClure and the Colorado Connection can be located HERE. Further information is also provided on
    daughters, Mary McClure Wayman and Adeline McClure Sisely & others and their time in Colorado via this link.
Children of John and Sarah McClure:

  1. George W. McClure – b: 1824, NC; m: Talitha Cami Owenby on 27 MAR 1846, Union County NC
  2. James McClure – b: 10 JUN 1825, NC (as recorded in the Gribble family Bible)
  3. Rachel Matilda McClure – b: 1831, Mecklenburg, NC; m: John William Gribble on 29 JAN 1854
  4. Joseph M. McClure – b: 3 FEB 1834, NC; d: 27 MAR 1907, Canton, Cherokee County, GA; m: Mary Malinda (Crawford)
    Patton on 17 FEB 1861 in Towns County, GA.
  5. William George McClure – b: 1836, NC; m: Sarah Jane Quarles ca. 1858
  6. Thomas William McClure – b: 5 APR 1839, NC; d: OCT 1880, Blue Ridge, Fannin County, GA; m: Mary Ann Elizabeth
    Quarles on 6 SEPT 1863
  7. Mary Ann McClure – b: 1841, NC; d: 8 JUL 1882; m: Charles Wayman; Buried Thomas Rogers Cemetery, Huerfano
    County, CO
  8. Sarah Jane McClure – b: 1845, NC; m: John Waldroup on 17 FEB 1861 in Towns County, GA.  (Note: married same
    day as brother, Joseph)
  9. Julia McClure – b: 27 DEC 1850, Towns County, GA; d: 12 DEC 1925, Crowell, TX; m: George Washington Gribble on
    17 DEC 1868, Towns County, GA
  10. Matilda Elizabeth McClure – b: JUL 1851, Union Co. GA; m: William Woodward Patton on 15 DEC 1868, Towns Co. GA
    (d: 1920, Monroe City, Blount, TN)
  11. John Alexander McClureb: 17 JUL 1848 (Source: 1880 Census Repository Book); d: 18 JAN 1929, Towns County,
    GA; m: Martha Ann Townsend  ca. 1866 (b: 31 MAY 1849 (per headstone in Old Union Cemetery) in Union County,
    GA, d: 11 APR 1927 (per death certificate), in Towns County, GA
  12. Isabelle – b: 1852 – appears only in the 1860 census
  13. Rebecca Rejean McClure - mentioned once and does not appear on any census pages

Children of John and Margaret McClure:

  1. Adeline Delilah McClure – b: 1866, GA
  2. Charles McClure – b: 1868, GA
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There is speculation that Margaret Gribble was John's second wife, however, I am still working on
verifying that information.
New!  DNA says yes, the Gribble's are part of the story
Note on John and Sarah's son Thomas William McClure:

Thomas W. McClure (1839-1880), son of John and Sarah McClure of Brasstown Valley, married Mary Ann Elizabeth
Quarles, daughter of John Quarles and Rebecca King. He later joined the USA forces during the Civil War as reflected in
the Report of Adjutant General of the Tennessee 5th Regiment Mounted Infantry - Co. C & Co. D: Thomas W. McClure, 25,
enlisted Aug. 5, 1864, mustered Sept. 23, 1864.

He survived the Civil War only to be shot and killed by William Stanley over a chew of tobacco on Oct. 18, 1880 in Fannin
County. "On 15 Oct. ult. in Fannin Co., Thomas McClure was murdered by William P. Studley alias Pres... Issued 16 Nov.
1880." Abstracts from the Governors Proclamations in the Executive Minutes. Published in "The Georgia Black Book..." by
Robert Scott Davis Jr. [Records show name as Standley]