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Andrew
McClure
1748-1815
    Sometime between the year 1800 and 1810, Andrew and Mary McClure moved to Haywood County from Rowan [Burke]
    County, North Carolina. Haywood County was the newest county in North Carolina, with the bill for the new county being
    [According to the NO 1850 Census Index, Haywood County was created from Buncombe on December 15, 1808].

    In January of 1810, the North Carolina General Assembly officially recognized the town of US Federal Census of 1910,
    [sons] Andrew McClure Sr., Thomas McClure, John McClure, Andrew McClure Jr., and The first court session for Haywood
    County was ordered by the North Carolina General Assembly, and was to be held at Mount Prospect in March of 1809.
    There seems to be only one record of a court session being held at Mount Prospect, and later sessions were held in
    private homes until the courthouse was completed. It appears from the records that Mount Prospect was called the ‘burnt
    cabin’ in later sessions of court, leading me to believe that the building was destroyed, making it necessary to hold court
    sessions in private homes. No one knows exactly where Mount Prospect was located, and no records actually give an
    exact location other than it was approximately five miles from Main Street.

    The primary business of this early court was that of building roads. There was a Court Order for a road to be constructed
    from Alexander’s Ford on the Pigeon River to the burnt cabin (Mount Prospect). The men who were assigned to build this
    road were those who lived on the route that the road was to take. They included Elihu Chambers, Nicholas Ferguson,
    William Chastine, John McClure, George Cathey Jr., Andrew McClure Sr., Jacob McFarland, Samuel McMullins, James
    Chambers, John Howell, Edward Hyatt, James Moore, Felix Walker, Ruben McFarland, Joseph McClure, James McClure,
    John Welch Sr., Hezehkiah Ellison, James Lovingood, and John McFarland, Esquire.

    Note from me (Norma Stamp): It seems that Grandma Tine’s (Clementine Irene McClure’s) great-grandfather and all of his
    sons, including her grandfather, were very instrumental in building the town of Waynesville and Haywood County. Her
    family was here when Haywood County was being born.
Story about Andrew McClure from Ancestry.com posted in 2008.
It is a public post by pickleman:

Arriving in Haywood County
Of Note:
    Per Haywood County. Deed book C, pg 102 & 103,  dated 2 April 1834, shows a land settlement [HAYWOOD COUNTY,
    Thomas’, chapter)

    “Betw... Thomas McClure, John McClure, Andrew McClure, William McClure, James McClure, John McClure administrator
    for Joseph McClure, dec’d., James Bradshaw & Margaret his wife, Peter Mason & Mary his wife, Thomas Kimsey & Ann
    his wife.”

    John Andrews’ Rootsweb site — which I have used as a basis for much of my research — lists the following recorded
    events under the name Andrew McClure:

  • Property: 1780 Burke County, North Carolina. Received land grant # 380 and # 438.
  • Event: Settled in 1780 Entered land. Burke County, North Carolina. “Burke County, Land Records 1751-1809”.
  • Probate: 6 MAR 1781 Bond for John Davidson vs. John Harris. With James Forgey. “Burke County Land Records 1751-
    1809”
  • Event: Tax List 1795 1 Poll. Capt. John Hawkins Co., Burke County, North Carolina, Tax Records, 1755-1821 Vol IV.  (* a
    poll is a white adult male)
  • Event: Tax List 1796 1 Poll. Capt. John Hawkins Co., Burke County, North Carolina, Tax Records, 1755-1821 Vol IV.
  • Event: Tax List 1797 1 Poll. Capt. Joseph Dobson’s Co., Burke County, North Carolina, Tax Records, 1755-1821 Vol IV.
  • Property: 1834 His heirs sold land in Haywood County, N. C. to Francis Mc Kee (McGee)
Estate of Andrew McClure
    We may never know what kind of person Andrew McClure was, but we can learn how he lived from what he left behind.
    There turned out to be quite a bit of information on what happened to Andrew McClure’s possessions after his death.  
    My initial search turned up the following from some Rootsweb pages:

    December 20, 1815
    Andrew and Mary’ son, Joseph, made application as Administrator in Haywood County, North Carolina. (See copy of
    Administration Bond filed December 20, 1815). We also have quite a complete copy of the Estate Auction that was held.

    This is a great document.  Along with some help from Joanne Black, I have transcribed all the documents I found and
    have included this transcription as well as jpgs of the proceedings in another article entitled Andrew McClure Estate
    Auction 1816 (see below).

    Posted on July 6, 2002 by John Andrews
    …This would normally indicate that there was a Will. BUT, there is no Will in County Records. I submit to you that
    Andrew died intestate (NO WILL). Under Old English Common Law property went to the wife.

    In the following it would appear that Mary Wilson McClure died intestate also. The children came to an agreement to
    equally divide all her assets and that is what the document below is for. SO this would indicate that Mary died in late
    1833 or early 1834.
Estate Bond for Andrew McClure
From: Joanna Black <jcnana@cox.net>
To: ‘Norma’ <norma.stamp@AncestrySearcher.com>
Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2011 10:07 PM
Subject: RE: received auction listing form Andrew McClure 1816

Transcription of administrative bond regarding Andrew McClure’s Estate                  

State of No Carolina Haywood County {Know all men by these presents (sic) that we Joseph McClure Henry Plott & John
McCamish are jointly and  
severally held & firmly bound unto Ben j amin  Odle esquire Chairman of the said court of pleas &
quarter  
sessions in the county aforesaid  in the sum of two hundred pounds lawfull (sic) money of the said state.

To which payment will and truly to be made & done we do bind ourselves and each of us  
our and every of us our heirs  &
jointly and  
severally firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals &  dated  the 20th day of December AD 1815  

The condition of this obligation is such that whereas the above Bound in Joseph McClure hath made application and is
appointed administrator of the Estate of Andrew McClure Senior deceased now if the above Bound in Joseph McClure doth w
ll & truly make & return a  
true  & perfect inventory of all the goods & chattle (sic), rights &  credits  of the said  deceased
Estate which shall  come  to his knowledge and such  
other  things will  well & truly do which may be lawfull (sic) & necessary
to make in his administration according to law __  Then the above obligation to be void or otherwise to remain in full force &  
virtue   Witness our  handz  (sic) & seals this date above

Joseph (x his mark) McClure    
Henry Plott    
John McCamish

(The magistrate?)  AL Erwin

“The bond to administer does not have anything to do with money owed by Andrew.”

“Joseph was just following North Carolina law in effect at that time.  Since Andrew had not made a will, someone had to inform
the court so an administrator could be appointed. The right to administer an estate belonged to next of kin, usually the
spouse or son (usually the eldest, but not always).  The person appointed to administer the estate had to qualify to act by
appearing before a probate authority, take an oath to discharge their duties, and to post a bond.  After that they received a
letter of administration which enabled them to settle the estate. The administration appointment was typically made at the next
term of the quarterly county court following the decedent’s death — meaning he had died within the preceding three months.”

“The administrator then had to determine what the estate consisted of, discharge all debts and claims against the estate and
collect any money owed to the deceased. He had to present an inventory within a certain time period (usually 90 days). In this
case the family held a “vendue” or estate sale. The estate sale account is what we have.  Joseph would have had to provide
an account to the court of all money taken in or paid out in behalf of the estate.”

“Mary would have had a right to one third of the real property owned by Andrew at the time of his death.  She may have
petitioned the court for her dower portion and/or year’s provisions.”  

“I don’t remember the exact date of the deed that established the heirs of Andrew McClure (used in my article), but that
original sale may have been after Mary’s death. I would have to read it again and refresh my memory on this.”

“Hope my fill-ins show up in
bold for you.  “Jointly and Severally” was a common phrase in legal documents of the time.  
Benjamin Odle resided in Haywood County in 1810.”
Andrew McClure Estate Auction 1816
Andrew McClure's Estate.
    ** I originally thought the numbers in this column were Pounds – Shillings – Pence.  But after further research I learned
    believe the numbers in the right column are Dollars and Cents. There was a ½ Cent coin issued 1793-1857. Then after
    I did this research, I came across the below mentioned “other copy” of the auction.  It clearly showed dollar signs.

    Joseph, Andrew, Thomas, William and James were Andrew Sr. sons.
    Peter Mason was daughter, Mary’s, husband.
    Thomas Kimsey was daughter, Nancy Ann’s, husband.
    The eldest son, John, was not present; nor was daughter Margaret and her husband James Bradshaw.
    I was sent another copy of these documents that were from a Will Book (A) found  by Ward McClure in the basement of
    the Haywood County Court House. He says:

    “The one I sent was from Haywood County Will Book "A" pages 16 & 17. It appears it was recorded in the Will Book A by
    Robert Love, Clerk, and approved by Thomas Love. The Love’s were most prominent family in WNC during that period.
    …Probably among the elite because there were literate.”

    The pages are arranged a bit differently, there are totals at the bottom of some of the columns with a proper dollar sign
    in front of the numbers and there is the notation at the bottom of the last page that reads:
We the Committee Appointed to Settle the (?) Estate of Andrew
McClure deceased with Joseph McClure Administrator
do allow as follows:                                                                                Total Value of Estate                  
$270.40                                        

Joseph Carson allowed for (?) Receipt Filed       $ 4.00                Allowances                        $15.60

Col R Love Clerk for his fee in administration      $ 1.60                Ballance of Estate             $254.80         
                                                                                         18th June 1817
Allowed Joseph McClure for his services as        $10.00        
Administrator of estate of deceased                  
----------                                                                                                                
                                  $15.60                Signed: Thos. Love
      
                              
Benjamin O’Dell for
F [Felix]. Walker                

*Felix Walker was Haywood County land speculator and NC Congressman at the time.  
Click on the thumbnails to see
Estate Auction Listing
.
And in Closing

    …many of the early McClure’s that stayed in the area are buried in the McClure Cemetery near head of McClure Cove on
    Hyder Mountain. This is near Clyde, Haywood County, NC. Others are buried close by in the Crabtree Baptist Church
    Graveyard, Fincher Graveyard and other small graveyards in Crabtree & Iron Duff area. As many of the old graves are
    not marked its hard to say exactly who is buried where but it’s likely that Andrew McClure, Sr. & Andrew McClure, Jr. are
    both buried in the McClure Cemetery.
The following information was taken from the book
Cemeteries & Family Graveyards in Haywood
County, NC, published June 1, 1979 and written by
George Augustus Miller, Sr:
The McClure Family Cemetery is a very small cemetery located in the McClure Cove Section near Clyde. GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 35.55330, Longitude: -82.92970
Clarification:

The McClure Family Cemetery is a very small cemetery located in the McClure Cove Section near Clyde.

To reach the cemetery,

Take US 19 and 23 N to the center of Clyde, NC.

At the blinker light, make a left (right if coming from Canton) through the business section and continue until you cross a bridge
that passes over the Pigeon River (.2 mile)  

You will approach a stop sign just after crossing the bridge.

Make a left at this intersection and continue for 2.3 miles where you will approach another stop sign.

Turn Right on this paved road (will pass under I40).

Immediately after you have gone under the overpass, turn right onto the dirt and gravel road.

This is McClure Cove Road. Go .5 mile to an intersection.

Turn left on dirt road for .1 mile – landmark is a green frame home on the left.

Just before the house is a drive that leads beside the house over a bridge to a metal cattle gate which is locked.

The McClure Family Cemetery is approximately .5 mile beyond this gate and atop the hill to your right marked by a large oak
tree.

The old road is now overgrown and is not passable by vehicle.

Follow this lane which leads to your right up the hill, then double back across the hill and turn right to the cemetery.  

This cemetery is very hard to locate and the road difficult to follow, but by using the oak tree as a guide, you should be able to
locate this cemetery.  To insure you are on the right track, please inquire from residents of the area to its exact location.

The McClure Cemetery is a family Cemetery and is fenced in without a gate.  There was only one tombstone which (the author)
could identify (in 1979) along with another grave with a metal marker.  There are approximately 30 graves located here and
marked with small marble slabs, but have no identification.  Graves (the author) could read and identify are listed below


Miley Green McClure                                            James E. McClure

Wife of W. R. McClure                                          - -     11-22-1955

2-7-1867        3-23-1940                                   (Thornton Jasper’s half brother, son of  TJ and  Massey Snider)



William Riley McClure          

2-20-1854    2-20-1928           Clyde, NC

(Thornton Jasper’s brother)



Additional information is available on findagrave in McClure Cemetery

These later burials are of another family line that I have not covered in these pages.  But the information may be of use.