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Thomas McClurken, b. 1756

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Re: Thomas McClurken, b. 1756

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Sorry it took me so long to reply. No excuse.

Eugene L. Benton eugenebenton@aol.com

The text below are the wills of John McClurken and his son, John Mcclurken. Thomas McClurken is identified in his father's (i.e. James McCluken) will, and Matthew McClurken is listed as a witness to John McClurken's will. I retrieved these wills from the South Carolina Digital Archives.

If you choose, I will email you my descendants chart for James McClurkam (aka McClurken, McClurkin, McLurkin, McClerkin, & O'Lekin) , of whom I am a direct descendant through his son John McClurken.


Will of James McLurkan
9th December 1794

In the Name of God Amen
I Jams McClurken of Chester County and State of South Carolina being well and enjoying a common state of health and sound in mind and memory calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die I in the first place give my soul to God who give it not doubting at the general resurrection to receive the same again leaving my body to be buried in decent order at the discretion of my executors and touching that worldly estate it pleased God to bless me with I depose and bequeath in the following way and manner Viz. In the first place I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Thomas McClurken all my body clothes of every kind - Secondly I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Eleander and my well beloved son Samuel and my well beloved daughter Jean and my well beloved daughter Catherine and my well beloved daughter Genet, my son James's children and my daughter Lilly’s children one dollar a piece or four shillings & eight pence sterling. Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my two well beloved grandsons, sons of my son John, Andrew and James McClurken, all my lands to be equally divided quantity and quality also twenty three pounds ten shillings and six pence sterling of debt due by their father unto me to be equally divided betwixt my said two grandsons. But in case one of them should die without Issue the survivor shall enjoy the whole him or them or their heirs freely to be possessed and enjoyed forever but in case they both are removed by death before they have lawful issue in such a case my lands shall be sold at public sale and the amount with the aforesaid debt of twenty three pounds ten shillings and six pence sterling shall be equally divided betwixt my grandchildren, James McClurken, my son Samuel's son, and Jams Boyd, my daughter Catherine's son and James Wair my daughter Jean's son, James McClurken [daughter Genet's son] and Mary Young, my daughter Eleander’s daughter. The remainder of my property whatsoever it may be it is my will that it be equally divided amongst these my aforementioned grandchildren, Viz. James McClurken, James Boyd, James Wair [Sic], James McClurken, and Mary Young In the last place I constitute ordain and appoint John Mabin and David Wair [Sic], my well beloved sons-in-law, executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legassee [Sic], bequests and executors by me in any ways before ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of December one thousand seven hundred and ninety four and in the nineteenth year of American Independence. his James X McClurken Mark Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said James McClurken as his last will and Testament in the presence of the under Subscribers Stafford Curry James Brown James Strong

State of South Carolina County of Chester

To Wit: Personally appeared Stafford Curry and James Strong in open court and made oaths according to law, that they saw James McClurken sign by making his mark, acknowledge his seal and pronounce the within instrument of writing as his last will and testament and they believe he was in his proper senses at that time, and that they in the presence of the testator and each other together with James Brown signed the same at the same time as subscribing witnesses thereto. Teste 21 Sept 1795 Samuel Lacey, Clerk Chester Court


Will of John McClurken

In the name of God Amen - I John McClurken of Fairfield County & state of South Carolina being weak in body but sound in mind & memory calling to mind the mortality of my body & that it is appointed for all men once to die –---- I settle my affairs in the following way & manner First I give my soul to God who gave it not doubting to receive it again at the general Resurrection leaving my body to be buryed [Sic] in decent burial order at the discretion of my Executors ---- & as touching what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose of and bequeath in the following manner ---------- First I leave & bequeath unto my well beloved wife Margaret all her apperal [Sic] viz. her body clothes her bed & bedding spinning wheel & saddle valse [Sic] one third part of all my personal property after all my lawful debts are paid freely to be enjoyed by her & her heirs forever & also one third part of my real estate or lands to her to be enjoyed during her widowhood. ----------- Secondly I leave & bequeath to my beloved sons Andrew & James & all & singular the remainder of my estate real & personal to be equally divided between them at a convenient age at the judgment or discretion of my Executors -------------- Thirdly my will is that at my death all my household furniture & movable property of every kind except my Negreo [Sic] wench be sold at publick [Sic] sale said wench to remain unsold during my wife’s widowhood the use of which wench I allow to her for the raising & schooling my two sons but if she ld [Sic] please God to remove one or both of my sons by death in their nonage the one that survives shall enjoy the others part & if both should die & my wife remain a widow my will is that my whole estate shall devolve to her till death continuing a widow & then be at her disposal as she sees cause but in case she should mary [Sic] & my sons die without issue in such a case I have leave & bequeath the whole of my real estate & my two sons part of any personal estate to be equally divided between my brother Samuel and sister Ellioner’s daughter Mary & my sister Jane’s son John & my sister Gennet’s daughter Catherine by them & their hiers [Sic] to be freely possessed & enjoyed forever & further I allow unto my beloved wife Margaret the sum of Three Pounds Sterling to be taken from the neat amount of my personal estate for the purpose of buying a suit of clothes. --------- Lastly I constitute make & ordain my loving father-in-law Andrew Walker & William McQuiston my sole Executors of this my last will & testaments & I do hereby utterly disallow revoke & disannul all & every other Testament wills legacies [Sic] requests & Executors by me in any way beforenamed [Sic] willed and bequeathed rattifying [Sic] & confirming this my last will & Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal seventy second [Sic] Day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & Ninety Two 1792.
Signed Sealed & Published & John McLurken {Seal}
Declared by the said John Mc- Proved Feb. 12, 1793
Lurken as & for his last will & Recorded in Book No 2
Testament in the Presence of Feb. 21, 1793
Us who were Present at the signing D. Evans C. F. C.
& sealing whereof Apt. 43 File 665
Staffd Curry
Mathew McLurken

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