Friday, June 4, 2010

Mary "Polly" (McComsey) McClure

Birth:   1791
             Kentucky, USA

Died:    1880
             McDonough County, Illinois

Mary "Polly" (McComsey) McClure was born in Kentucky, a daughter of John and Jane Forker [aka Farquehr] McComsey.

In 1810 she married Greenup McClure ("sometimes spelled McLure") in Shelby County, Kentucky. In about 1831, she and her children accompanied her husband, his parents, his brother James, and brother-in-law Samuel Workman in removing to Morgan County, Illinois. In 1835 her husband made the first of two land purchases in McDonough County which gave him a total of 160 acres in section 22, Bethel township, McDonough County, Illinois.

Greenup and "Polly" McClure were the parents of: James Q. (born: 1811); Martin (born: 1814); Sarah Jane [Venard] (born: 1815); Lucy Ann [Brundage] (born: 1819); Margaret [1. Harris 2. Cooper] (born: 1821); Lorrin [Thompson] (born: 1823); Robert Lee (born: 1827); Mary Elizabeth [1. Hoover 2. Hudson] (born: 1832); and Georgetta (born: 1838).  Dan Venard's research suggests that there were possibly at least three other children born to this couple before they left Kentucky who may have died in childhood or infancy.

In the 1870 census, Polly McClure resided with her daughter-in-law Lydia McClure (wife of her late son, James Q.) in the householdof Lydia's son James R. McClure in Bethel Township, McDonough County.

Primary source documenting this burial and biographical details:
  •  "Venard-Van Antwerp-. . . McClure . . . etc. Genealogy," by Daniel Lloyd Venard, 1983, Macomb, Illinois, and "Corrections & Additions for Venard-Van Antwerp Genealogy" by Daniel Lloyd Venard, 1988.
  • Additional biographical information comes from census records, vital statistics, and marriage records from Ancestry.com, and the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.
  • The stones for her and her spouse have been missing since before 1983. The cemetery is in disrepair with many missing and obliterated stones as of November 2007 and even worse condition in May 2010 with increasing damage.

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