Descendants of James Andrew McClure

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Welcome! This website was created on Mar 22 2002 and last updated on Apr 01 2011.

There are 390 names in this family tree. The earliest recorded event is the birth of McClure, James Andrew in 1660. The most recent event is the death of McClure, Opal Reba Payne in 2006.The webmaster of this site is Debi McClure. Please click here if you have any comments or feedback.

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About Descendants of James Andrew McClure
This lineage has been traced back to Ireland. From there, James Andrew McClure 
brought his family to America around 1732 (at age 72). He died enroute and was 
buried at sea. The remaining family settled in and around Rocbridge County, 
Augusta, VA. 
Rockbridge County, VA was formed in 1778 from Augusta and Botetourt Counties. 
However, the settlement within the bounds of present day Rockbridge began in 
1737, in Borden's Grant. The area was then a part of Orange County, VA. Augusta 
County began keeping records in 1745, and covered what is now many states. 
In 1770, Botetourt County was formed from Augusta. The present Maury River 
formed part of the boundary. It was then called North River. You will see 
individual references to Botetourt and Augusta here.

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A little history: Many thousands of Scots-Irish immigrants came prior to 1776, 
with large-scale immigration beginning in 1718. Immigration to America was at a 
standstill during the American Revolution (1775-1783), but following the 
Revolution many Scots-Irish continued to come to the United States.  For the 
purposes of this article, the term 'Scots-Irish' refers to settlers who were 
born in or resided in Ireland but whose earlier origins (whether personal or 
ancestral) were in Scotland. They have also been called 'Scotch-Irish,' 'Ulster 
Scots,' and 'Irish Presbyterians.'Historical Background: Scots-Irish immigrants 
came from the historic province of Ulster (in the north of Ireland). Scottish 
settlers began to come in large numbers to Ulster in the early decades of the 
James I, the English monarch, sought to solidify control by transferring land 
ownership to Protestants and by settling their lands with Protestant tenants 
(English and Scottish). Scottish settlers continued to come to Ireland 
throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.   Scots-Irish immigrants 
settled in the American colonies from the 1600s. However, the first major 
migration of Scots-Irish to America was a group that came with Rev. James 
McGregor from County Londonderry to New England in 1718. They arrived at 
Boston, and many of them moved to New Hampshire, establishing the town of 
Londonderry. The majority of the Scots-Irish who came to America in the 
colonial period settled in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Carolinas. 
Nonetheless, there was significant Scots-Irish settlement in each of the 
thirteen American colonies. Many of the earliest Scots-Irish immigrants (of 
the 1720s and 1730s) first settled in Pennsylvania. Many then moved down from 
Pennsylvania into Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas. From there immigrants 
and their descendants went on to populate the states of Georgia, Kentucky and 
Tennessee in the 1780s and 1790s. There are a myriad of possible reasons for 
the immigration of so many of the Scots-Irish to America in the 1700s. High 
rents and religious persecution have often been blamed. Most of the Scots-Irish 
came freely to the American colonies, although there were also some who were 
deported as prisoners or came as indentured servants. Others came with British 
Army regiments and remained in the American colonies. It is important to keep 
in mind that just because an ancestor came from Ireland to America during the 
colonial period does not mean that he/she was necessarily Scots-Irish. Many 
Anglicans, Catholics, and Quakers also came from Ireland during this time 
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