Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Thomas McClanahan

Male Bef 1731 - 1809  (> 78 years)


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  • Name Thomas McClanahan  [1
    Born Bef 1731  Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Feb 1809  Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I024134  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2019 

    Father William McClanahan,   b. Aug 1700, St. James Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1771, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Mother Martha Smith,   b. 1708, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1770, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 63 years) 
    Married Abt 1725  Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F03653  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Strother,   b. 1730, St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1824, Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married Abt 1750  Hanover Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Strother McClanahan,   b. Abt 1751, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1795, Bourbon County, Kentucky - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
     2. Clara McClanahan,   b. Abt 1754, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Thomas Strother McClanahan,   b. 1754, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1834, Breckenridge County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     4. Margaret McClanahan,   b. 11 Sep 1757, Fauquier Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1841, Colombia, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. Sarah McClanahan,   b. Abt 1760, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1820, Woodford County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     6. Agnes McClanahan,   b. Abt 1765, Fauquier Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1835 and 1839, Bourbon County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     7. Anne McClanahan,   b. Abt 1770, Fauquier Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F14683  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=vedemarce&id=I00953

      The will of Thomas McClanahan was dated 4 May 1807 and recorded February 1809 in Will Book C, p. 476, Bourbon County, Kentucky., but it does not make absolutely clear the relationship of all the persons named therein. It does make the relationship clearer than in the published abstract, which reads:

      Charles M. Franklin, Bourbon County Kentucky Will Abstracts 1786-1816, Indianapolis, Indiana 46239, Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 1984.
      These abstracts include Will Books A-E as found in the Clerk's Office of Bourbon County, Kentucky. Note in the copy of the will, immediately following, that it does in fact name Aggy Elgin as a daughter.
      p. 41.
      McClanahan, Thomas. Names:
      Dau-in-law Elizabeth, wife of William McClanahan, dec.
      Gr. Son Thomas McClanahan, son of William McClanahan
      Gr. Son William McClanahan, son of William McClanahan
      Gr. Dau Sally McClanahan
      Gr. Dau Polly McClanahan
      Son Thomas McClanahan
      Dau Clary, wife of David Hickman
      Dau Peggy, wife of Robert Johnston
      Gr. Son William Johnston
      Gr. Son Maurice Langhorne
      Gr. Dau Peggy, wife of Robert W. Dudley, dau. of Wm. McCl.
      Gr. Dau Agatha, wife of James Pullin, dau. of William McCl.
      Relation not given:
      Lucy, wife of William Brown
      Elizabeth, wife of John Harrison
      Aggy, wife of Samuel Elgin
      Sally, wife of Thomas Ashford
      Ann, wife of Isaiah Elkins.
      Executor: Thomas McClanahan
      Wit. Elizeman Basey
      William Love
      Alfred Basey


      This is taken from the manuscript by Marshall McClanahan, pp. 8-10, not from the original document:

      BOURBON County, Kentucky., WILL BK. C, PG. 476, WILL OF THOMAS McCLANAHAN, SR.:

      I, Thomas McClanahan of the County of Bourbon, State of Kentucky, being weak and very infirm, but of sound mind & memory, do make & ordain this my last w. & T.
      Item: I g. & b. to the heirs of my son, William McClanahan, Dec'd., 1072 acres of land, including the plantation whereon I now live, to be divided in the manner and form following, viz. unto my grandson, Thomas McClanahan, one hundred acres, to include the plantation whereon he now lives, to be laid off in a square figure, and to my grandson William McClanahan, one hundred acres, to begin at Thomas McClanahan's East line at a place that will leave two fifty acre lots on the north, to run south and east to include the plantation whereon I live, fifth acres, of which, including the dwelling house and buildings, I wish peaceably to be enjoyed by Elizabeth McClanahan, widow of my son, William McClanahan, dec'd., during her natural life. I give to William Browning and Lucy his wife fifty acres of land, which is already deeded him by Benjamin Bell; to John Harrison and his wife, Elizabeth, fifth acres already deeded him by myself. To James Pullen and Aggy his wife, fifty acres of land to be laid off in the N.W. corner. To Sally McClanahan fifty acres, and to Polly McClanahan, fifty acres, and to Elizabeth McClanahan, widow of my son, William McClanahan, dec'd., fifty acres to be laid off in the safe part, the residue having a claim upon it. It is my will that what is saved to be equally divided between my afsd. daughters and widow of my son, William McClanahan, deceased.
      Item: I g. & B. unto my son, Thomas McClanahan, Jr., seven hundred and two acres of land beginning at a walnut tree and a cedar tree, N.W. corner to Thomas Strother's survey, running east E hundred and thirty poles to William Harrison's survey, ... thence three hundred and forty poles to the south line of Thomas Strother's survey, thence north to the beginning, including the 702 acres which includes the 284 acres deeded to me by Thomas Strother, also 220 acres already deeded my son, Thomas McClanahan, Jr. beginning at a corner made for me on Heath's west line, running west, ... N.W. corner: thence south with my west line to a corner betwixt sd. Hickman and Samuel Hockman and Elgin, to a corner ... heirs on Heath's line, thence north to the beginning, also twenty acres on the east side of Heath's survey, beginning at Heath's so. corner running so as to include the spring where William ... now lives, to a corner on Wait's line, thence west with the sd. ... to Heath's line, thence south to the beginning, making in whole 440 a.
      Item: I g. & b. to Robert Johnstone and Peggy his wife, during their natural lives, all that tract or parcel of land, lying on the east of David Hickman, beginning at Heath's W.E. corner running to what's called Brent's Road to Larkin Field's line; thence with that line and Willis Field's line to Wait's line, thence to Waite's ... to Hinkman's corner on sd. line; thence with Hickman's line to the beginning being 400 acres including fifty acres already deeded by me. to my grandson, William Johnston and at their deaths to be equally divided betwixt my grandson, William Johnston and unto Maurice Langhorne, 202 a.
      Item: I g. & B. to Samuel Elgin and Aggy his wife, during their natural lives, all that tract of land lying on the west and south of David Hickman's whole tract, beginning on Heath's line, a corner made for sd. Hickman and Elgin, running with a dividing line betwixt them to the corner on the west line; thence south to Giltner's corner, thence east with his line to Thomas Benson's corner, thence with his line to his N.E. corner, thence south to a sugar tree and walnut, Thomas Strother's corner; thence WT. to Heath's S.W. corner thence to the beginning, supposed to be 500 acres, and at their deaths it is my will and desire that the sd. five hundred acres be sold and the money arising there from to be equally divided betwixt the surviving heirs and legal representatives of my daughter, Aggy Elgin.
      Item: I g. & b. to Thomas Ashford and Sally his wife and Isaiah Elkins and Anne his wife, all my lands lying in the county of Woodford, known by the name of Clover bottom, supposed to be 1400 acres, to be equally divided between the sd. Thomas Ashford and Isaiah Elkins, agreeable to quantity, each being confined to the place they first settled.
      And lastly, I do appoint my son, Thomas McClanahan, my lawful executor to carry out this my last W. & T. into effect, and to dispose of all my estate, both real and personal,not heretofore disposed of and the money arising therefrom to remain in his hands for the purpose of making good any land that may be lost out of any that I have bequeathed my children, and after defraying such expense, if any, the balance to be equally divided amongst my legal heirs and representatives, viz: giving to the heirs and representatives of my son, William, deceased, one seventh part of such residue.
      In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this fourth day of May in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and seven. Thomas McClanahan, L.S.
      In the presence of us:
      Edmond Basye
      William Love
      Alfred Basye
      BOURBON COUNTY COURT, February term, 1809
      This last W. & T. of Thomas McClanahan, dec'd. was produced in open court and proved by the oaths of Elizamond Basye, William Love, and Alfred Basye, and ordered to be recorded. Attest: Will Gerrard, Jr. C.B.C.
      CODICIL TO THOMAS McCLANAHAN's WILL: I, Thomas McClanahan of the County of Bourbon and State of Kentucky, do this 12th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight, make & publish this codicil to my last W. & T. bearing date the 4th of May. in the year of our Lord one thousand eighteen hundred and seven & incorporate this codicil with all the alterations, explanations, and amendments herein contained as part thereof. WHEREAS in & by the sd. last W. & T. I gave and devised to James Pullen and Elizabeth McClanahan, widow of my son, William McClanahan, dec'd, each fifty a. of land as described in the sd. last W. & T. Now I do hereby revoke and annull said devisees and bequests & do hereby declare that my will is and I hereby devise the sd. fifty acres of land as described in the sd. last will & testament (and therein devised to James Pullen) to Elizabeth McClanahan, widow and relict of my son, William, dec'd., and to her sons, Thomas and William McClanahan, as trustees for the benefit and trust for Agatha Pullen, wife of James Pullen and her sons, free from the control of the sd. James Pullen, hereby vested in the sd. trustees the legal title thereof, and I do hereby further devise & bequeath to Elizabeth McClanahan, widow of my son, William McClanahan, deceased and her sons Thomas and William as trustees for the benefit and exclusive use of the sd. Peggy Dudley, my granddaughter as afsd., and her heirs, free from control or disposal of her husband, Robert W. Dudley, and whereas also in my last W. & T. to the heirs of my son, William McClanahan, dec'd., or to the husbands of the females of sd. . . .'s therein set forth the manner of the sd. devisees and described as to different parts, quantities to be given until I had disposed to 500 a. and the balance to-witt: two hundred acres whereof the title of which I then thought and still think doubtful devised to Elizabeth McClanahan, widow of my son, William, dec'd., and her six daughters, to be equally divided among them, provided the sd. 202 acres of land should be saved. Now I do hereby declare it to be my last W. & T. & do give this explanation thereto, that the sd. doubtful balance of 202 acres of land is to be, and that the same is hereby vested in the sd. widow and six daughters, equally, so as to pass to them all the title thereto of which I am now possessed, except the shares the two daughters of the sd. Elizabeth McClanahan, namely Agatha Pullen the wife of James Pullen and Peggy Dudley, wife of Robert W. Dudley, the legal title to which two shares of the sd. balance of 202 acres of land is not to pass to the sd. Agatha Pullen and Peggy Dudley but is hereby vested in their mother, Elizabeth McClanahan, widow & relict of William McClanahan, dec'd., & in Thomas and William McClanahan, sons of the sd Elizabeth McClanahan, as trustees for the benefit and use of the sd. Agatha Pullen and Peggy Dudley & their heirs, respectively, to be by the sd. trustees held, possessed and enjoyed for the use afsd. free from the control of their husbands, James Pullen and Robert W. Dudley, in the same manner as the afsd. 50 acres of land to the sd. devisees, each are herein devised to sd. trustees to be enjoyed. But it is further declared to be my last W. & T. that if any part of the sd. doubtful balance of 202 acres of land should at any time hereafter be lost, the sd. devisees thereof, to-wit, the sd. widow McClanahan and her six daughters are not to be remunerated out of my estate for such loss by my ext'r. out of the provision I have hereunto made for the devisees of my last W. & T. out of whose shares, respectively losses may happen, or in any other manner whatsoever, and whereas by my last W. & T. I willed & requested that my son, Thomas McClanahan, Jr., my sole ext'r. should dispose of or sell all the balance of my estate not specifically devised by my sd. last W. & T. Now I do hereby will and appoint the proceeds of sd. sale residue of my estate as a fund to satisfy the devisees of my last W. & T. & to be in lieu of any of the lands by my sd. will devised, & in my last W. & T. mentioned, out of these shares respectively, a loss of land has already happened, since the making of my sd. last W. & T. in a suit which has already been decided in the Court of Appeals between me and Thomas Respess &etc. and that the residue of the sd. fund arising from the sale of my estate as afsd., if any, after repairing and making good the sd. losses of land which may have already taken place, shall be appropriated for the purpose of making good any losses which any of the devisees in my last W. & T. mentioned may hereafter sustain, it is also my will & desire that if the fund hereby provided in the hands of my executor for the purpose of making good to my sd. devisees any losses in land which already have or hereafter may happen, should at any time prove deficient for that purpose, the balance of losses unsatisfied and for the satisfaction of which sd. fund shall be insufficient shall be made up by the devisee so losing by a contribution of all the devisees to my sd. last W. & T., sd. contributions to be made in proportion to the value of the several shares of land to them devised in my sd. last W. & T., and to prevent disputes and difficulty in ascertaining the value of any shares of land in my sd. will devised to any of my devisees which shall have already or may hereafter happen to be lost, I hereby constitute the following mode of ascertaining sd. value by my sd. extr. and any of my sd. devisees who now have or may hereafter lose any part of the land to them devised, shall select and choose an umpire, and they, or a majority of them with their umpire, shall ascertain the value of the land so lost & certify the same under their hands and seals after being duly sworn, agreeable to law, which value so ascertained shall be paid by my executor accordingly when the fund herein provided for that purpose shall come into his hands, and it is further provided that the value of any share so lost for which contribution is requisite and the value of each devisee's share who has had to contribute in order to ascertain the amount of the contribution from each shall be ascertained in the same manner and by the same number of disinterested men and their umpire chosen by the party who has lost and the party contributing as has already been herein provided, in disposing of or applying for fund for losses heretofore provided in the hands of my executor, and lastly it is my desire that this my present codicil be annexed to and made a part of my last W. & T. to all intents and purposes. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal the date above written.
      Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Thomas McClanahan as a codicil to the will annexed to be his will and on the presence of:
      Elijah Webb
      George Ellis
      Cornelius Calvert
      Thomas Mazing
      John L. Hickman
      William Johnston
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      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://elkrun.thediocese dot net/
      URL title: Old Elk Run Church Preservation Committee
      Note:
      A LIST OF TAXPAYERS FOR HAMILTON PARISH. 1751 (*)

      The following list of taxpayers was originally published in the Bulletin of the Fauquier Historical Society in June 1923, pages 239-242, under the title "List of Taypayers, Elk Run and Vicinity, 1751." The article states it is from the Account Book of Capt. John Crump, Sheriff of Prince William County, and that, "The original book was presented to the Fauquier Historical Society in 1922, by Col. Malcolm H. Crump, Bowling Green, Kentucky."

      The person who furnished a copy of this list to your editor (I have mislaid my note, so he will have to be anonymous for now) attempted to locate the original book, but his contacts at the present-day Fauquier Historical Society have no information about its current location. We would appreciate it if persons having knowledge of the book would come forward. It is likely to have other valuable information.

      Elk Run is a watershed which is now in southern Fauquier County. Before 1759, when Fauquier County was created, these were residents of Prince William. Your editor has not analysed the geographic distribution of names on this list, but will follow the suggestion of the original publisher that it is probably southern Hamilton Parish.

      BERRY, Enoch
      BLACKBURN, Jno.
      COOMBS, Jno.
      COOMBS, Jos.
      DODSON, Josh.
      EVANS, Thos.
      HOLTSCLAW, Jacob
      LUTTERELL, Rchd.
      LUTTERELL, Wm.
      LATTIMORE, Jno.
      LUTTERELL, Rchd., Jr.
      MAUIZY, Henry
      McCLANAHAN, Thos.
      NELMS, Saml.
      NEWTON, Ben.
      POPE, Danl.
      POPE, Humphrey
      PEYTON, Yelverton
      POPE, Edwd.

      Form of Account:
      1751. To Jno. CRUMP
      To 5. County & Parish Levys.

      The above list (the initial semi-alphabetic list) appears to have been compiled in 1751, and was probably added to through 1755 (the names out of order near the end of the list are probably new taxpayers in this district). The manuscript no doubt contains additional details about property owned or taxes owed by each individual. From the size of the list and the "parish levys" note at the end, I would guess it contains tithable information about all households in the district, not just those of land owners.

      The list is important as a census of many residents of Hamilton Parish only six years after Dettingen Parish was cut off. (Most are no doubt residents though some of the names may represent non-resident taxpayers). No register or vestry book of Hamilton Parish survives from the colonial period. (DW)

      (*)"A List of Taxpayers for Hamilton Parish, 1751" Newsletter of the Prince William County Genealogical Society, v. 10, no. 6 (December, 1991), pp. 43-45. Reprintd from "List of Taxpayers, Elk Run and Vicinity, 1751,"Bulletin of the Fauquier Historical Society, June 1923, pp. 239-242, with some added comments by Donald L. Wilson.
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      1759-1761 Fauquier County Minute Book (Antient Press); pp. 1
      Fauquier County Court 24th of May 1759
      A Commission of the Peace bearing date WILLIAMSBURG the Seventh day of May last under the Seal of the Colony as a Dedimus Potestatem for administering the Oaths directed to THOMAS HARRISON, JOSEPH BLACKWELL, JOHN WRIGHT, WILLIAM BLACKWELL, JOHN FROGG, JOHN BELL, WILLIAM EUSTACE, JOHN CHURCHHILL, WILLIAM GRANT, JOHN CRUMP, DUFF GREEN, YELVERTON PEYTON, THOMAS MARSHALL, GEORGE LAMBKIN, WHARTON RANSDALL, ELIAS EDMONDS, THOMAS McCLANAHAN and RICHARD FOOTE, Gent., or any four or more of them whereof any of them, the said THOMAS HARRISON. JOSEPH BLACKWELL, JOHN WRIGHT, WILLIAM BLACKWELL, JOHN FROGG, JOHN BELL, WILLIAM EUSTACE, JOHN CHURCHHILL or WILLIAM GRANT should be one were read by virtue of the Dedimus Potestatem, the said THOMAS HARRISON having first taken the Oaths appointed to be taken by Act of Parliament instead of the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy the Oath appointed to be taken by an Act of Parliament made in the first year of the Reign of his late Majesty, King George the first, our Royal Father Intituled, "An Act for the Further Security of his Majestys Person and Government and the Succession of the Crown in the Heirs of the late Princess Sophia, being Protestants, and for extinguishing the hopes of the pretended Prince of Wales and his open and secret Abettors," also the Test together with the Oath of a Justice of the Peace and the Oath of a Justice of the County Court in Chancery which said Oaths were
      administered to him by the said YELVERTON PEYTON and THOMAS MARSHALL; And then the said THOMAS HARRISON administered all the before mentioned Oaths to the said WILLIAM BLACEWELL, WILLIAM EUSTACE, JOHN CHURCHHILL, WILLIAM GRANT, YELVERTON PEYTON, THOMAS MARSHALL and GEORGE LAMKIN, who made and subscribed the Test

  • Sources 
    1. [S750068] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. II, from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, 645.