01 May 2012

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - McClure (James)

James McClure v Harriett McClure (Journal 13 p293 - 5 Dec 1885; Journal 14 p276 - 6 Mar 1888; p379 - 23 June 1888; p460 - 28 Nov 1888; Roll 42 Box 139 case number 1533 - 16 Oct 1885)see Samuel Edward McClure

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 30 September 2012)

The couple was married on 1 Apr 1845 according to James, with no location mentioned.  New information suggests the marriage may have taken place in Beaver Co, PA.

Name: James Mcclure
Gender: Male
Birth Year: 1828
Spouse Name: Harriet Mathild Mchaffie
Spouse Birth Year: 1828

1 Apr 1845 marriage 
An interesting possibility exists that Harriet’s brother, William McHaffie married Margaret Jane McClure, possibly James’ sister c1854 in Beaver Co, PA; this couple was enumerated in Bryan, Pulaski Twp, Williams Co, PA in 1880, but before and after this census they lived in Beaver Co, PA.

1850 Greene, Beaver, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_750; Page: 288A; Image: 568.
h/h 306/318 McClure, James 28 PA tailor
Harriet M 22 PA
William J 1 PA

1860 Hookstown, Beaver, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1071; Page: 352; Image: 358; Family History Library Film: 805071.
h/h 108/101 McClure, James 34 OH tailor
Harriet 32 PA
William 11 PA
George 7 PA
Mary 5 OH

US Draft Registration for Greene Twp, Beaver Co, PA – James McClure 34 PA married

Name: James McClure
Residence: Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Enlistment Date: 27 Jun 1863
Side Served: Union
State Served: Pennsylvania
Service Record: Enlisted as a 1st Lieutenant on 27 June 1863.
Commission in Company H, 56th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on 27 Jun 1863.
Mustered Out Company H, 56th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on 13 Aug 1863.

28 Nov 1888 Fulton Co, OH divorce action

William Jackson (July 1848 pos Beaver Co, PA - )
George (July 1852 pos Beaver Co, PA - )
Mary (c1855 PA - )
Samuel Edward (Jan 1861 Beaver Co, PA – 2 July 1936 Concord Twp, Elkhart Co, IN)
Hiram W (c1864 PA - ) in 1889 Hiram was a tailor, living in Fort Wayne, Allen Co, IN

Fort Wayne Gazette, 7 Feb 1895 p5 c1
A telegram was received in the city by Hiram McClure, of Wells Street, announcing the death of his father at Ashley, Ohio.  The funeral will be at Bryan, Ohio and Mr McClure left to be in attendance.

James C McClure was born c1826 in Holmes Co, OH and died c1895 in Ashley, DeKalb Co, IN; his military pension information corresponds with the 1883 pension application as certificate #163062.  His physical description was as follows: 5’10” in height with dark hair and dark complexion, tailor as occupation; service in Co G 101st PA Infantry and Co H 140th PA Infantry

Bryan Democrat, 12 April 1866
Burglary – On Friday night McLure’s Merchant Tailor Shop was entered through a back window and robbed of clothing to the value of $250.  The villains executed the job with consummate skill, removing the glass from the sash without breaking it.  No clue to the perpetrators has been discovered.

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Arrested – Since writing the above a fellow calling himself Davis was arrested near Stryker on suspicion of being concerned in the robbery of McLure’s Tailor Shop.  All the missing clothing, except one coat, was recovered and the fellow brought to this place and committed to jail to await an examination.  From the circumstances connected with the arrest there can be little doubt of a conviction.

Note - I am fairly sure this is McClure even though the article names the tailor as McLure.

In the 1870 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, p36, the family was listed as James 45 OH tailor, Harriet 42 PA, William (no age) PA, George 18 PA, Mary 15 PA, Etta Wright 19 PA, Eddie McClure 10 OH, and Hiram McClure 6 PA.  James may have been a Civil War soldier, but that has not been confirmed; if so, he applied for and received as a resident of Bryan, OH a CW veteran’s pension for disability to his knees and received as of Oct 1879 a payment of $12 per month.  The McClure family was enumerated in the 1880 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census  p647B, as James McClure 50 OH tailor, Harriet 51 PA, Edward 19 PA, James 16 PA.  Note that their youngest child’s name changed from Hiram to James.

In the 1883 Military Pensioners book there is a listing for James McClure of Bryan, OH who suffered from synovitis of the knees; he was born in 1831 and died in 1895 with burial in Brown Cemetery, Center Twp, Williams Co, OH.  His CW service was enumerated as Co G 101th and Co H 140th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (cert # 163, 062).

Bryan Democrat, 10 Jan 1884
J. McClure, merchant tailor, Lockhart’s block, has a fine assortment of piece goods, from which he is prepared to make to order single garments or full suits in any style desired and guarantee fits.

In the Bryan newspapers, such as The Bryan Democrat, 4 Mar 1886, p5 c1, Jas. McClure, merchant tailor, was located on Lockharts Block, the southwest corner of the court square in Bryan.

James charged Harriett with being willfully absent for three years or more and gross neglect.  He brought RA Scott and AL Miller to court as witnesses.  A divorce was granted and Harriet was given $15 as alimony.  On 30 Oct 1886 in Wms Co James McClure remarried Mrs. Harriett M. McClure (Marriage V5 #893) so evidently the couple reconciled, but it appears to be only temporary because on 6 Mar 1888 James brought a suit for divorce again.  On 28 Nov 1888 he asked that the court papers be sent to Fulton Co, OH; nothing further is known.

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