At the top of the list of Hoosiers in hubby's family tree: 2nd great-grandparents Benjamin McClure and his wife Sarah Deming (or Denning) McClure, an early settler in the Wabash county area.
Wabash had a number of McClure families, and of course Benjamin is NOT the most celebrated or documented, although he did pitch in to build the community in several ways. (The most famous McClure in Wabash is Samuel McClure, considered the first permanent white settler in the county.)
Benjamin and Sarah's first children were born in Ohio, where the couple was married; their children born in Indiana include:
- Martha Jane McClure, who married William Buck Cloud
- Train C. McClure, who married Gulia Swain (and, after Gulia's death, remarried to Rebecca E. Abbott) - Isn't "Train" an interesting first name? His occupation was "oil mill operator" according to the 1880 census. He served in the Civil War, too.
- Elizabeth D. McClure (who married John W. Austin)
- Addison D. McClure (who died of an accidental gunshot wound at age 18)
- William Madison McClure (hubby's great-grandpa, who married Margaret Jane Larimer)
- John N. McClure
- Amanda "Callie" Caroline McClure (I don't know much about her--yet)
As usual, thanks to Jim Sanders for this week's genealogy blogging prompt.
A special thank you to Harold of Midwestern Microhistory blog, who just posted news of thousands more Indiana marriage records being available at Family Search (click here). If you're researching Indiana ancestors, check out Harold's blog.