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Family: Patriot Capt. William McClanahan, Sr. / Sarah Nealey/Neeley (F7112)  [1, 2, 3, 4

m. 7 Mar 1769


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  • Father | Male
    Patriot Capt. William McClanahan, Sr.

    Born  25 Dec 1741  Augusta County, Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1819  Roanoke, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Married  7 Mar 1769  Botetourt, Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Captain Robert the Founder Immigrant McClanahan | F7084 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Sarah Breckenridge | F7084 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Sarah Nealey/Neeley

    Born  Abt 1751  Augusta County, Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1824  Roanoke, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Father  James Nealey/Neeley/Neely | F7252 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Margaret Jane Grymes/Grimes | F7252 Group Sheet 

    Elijah McClanahanChild 1 | Male
    + Elijah McClanahan

    Born  20 Apr 1770  Pittsylvania County, Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1 Dec 1857  Roanoke, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    McClanahan Cemetery Roanoke, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Agatha Strother Lewis | F7089 
    Married  1 Sep 1795  Botetourt County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Male
    + Green McClanahan

    Born  3 Oct 1782  Virginia  Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1820  Vinton, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Elizabeth Griffin | F7074 
    Married  10 Jun 1808  Augusta Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 3 | Male
    + John McClanahan

    Born  30 Apr 1780  Prob. Roanoke, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1814   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Lucy Walton | F7083 
    Married  Feb 1806  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 4 | Male
    + James of William McClanahan

    Born  10 Sep 1777  Prob. Roanoke, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1865  Roanoke, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Elizabeth [niece of signer] Walton | F7132 
    Married  Apr 1808  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 5 | Female
    + Nancy McClanahan

    Born  15 Aug 1772  Burwell Estate, Salem, Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1859  Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Thomas Madison | F8050 
    Married     
    Spouse  William [Walton] Lewis | F7716 
    Married     

  • Notes  Married:
    • Children of William McClanahan and Sarah Nealey:
      Elijah McClanahan
      Green McClanahan
      James McClanahan
      Jane McClanahan
      John McClanahan
      Mary Polly McClanahan
      Nancy McClanahan
      Samuel McClanahan
      Sarah McClanahan
      Thomas McClanahan
      Washington McClanahan

  • Sources 
    1. [S107] Family Histories, http://www.archive.org/stream/mcclanahans00whitgoog/mcclanahans00whitgoog_djvu.txt.
      William McClanahan.
      William was the fourth son of Robert, the Founder. He was born December 25, 1740, and died in 1819. He moved from Augusta Couuty to Botetourt before the battle of Point Pleasant, and settled on or near what is now the McAdam road, three or four miles east of the present site of Salem, in Roanoke County. The farm was afterwards owned by one Cavell. All the land around there, called afterwards "The Barrens," was covered with scrub oak and scrub pine, over which a deer could leap, as Colonel James McClanahan, son of William, said in 1865, to a social company, of whom I was one.
      The Indians were sometimes seen lurking about. This fact greatly alarmed the family on one occasion when the lad, Elijah McClanahan, was belated after nightfall while returning, with a bag of corn meal, from the mill. Their joy was equally great when a diligent search in the night, in which all the neighbors joined, was rewarded by his being found.
      William McClanahan was married to Sarah Neely, March 7, 1769, at the home of her parents, on the creek east of Salem, between that town and the present city of Roanoke. This place was owned, until within a few years past, by Mr. Jerry Fitzer. Her family afterwards moved to Tennessee.
      Mr. McClanahan removed to the south bank of Roanoke River about 1780, beside "the Big Spring", as it was called for nearly a century and a half. It is now known as the Crystal Spring, at the foot of Mill Mountain, on its southwestern side, 'and supplies the city of Roanoke with water. Here he built a house of hewn logs, with two large rooms on the ground floor, and a passage between, one and one-half stories high. After a while two rooms were added. The two chimnies, built of stone, at the ends of the house, were large and contained large fire-places. The house stood northwest and southeast; in front of the right or chamber window of the present house (1894), and distant from it about sixty feet. The northwest end was a few feet to the right of the present walk, which extends from the front door of the house now occupied by Wm. S. McClanahan to the yard gate. It had a porch in front, facing Tinker Mountain. Port-holes were cut in the log walls, through which to fire upon attacking savages. The stairway was within the house. In later years the log walls were weather-boarded. So it stood until 1855, when it was removed by E. G. McClanahan.
      Offspring of William McClanahan, Sr.,
      and Sarah, his Wife.
      1. ELIJAH McClanahan-b. April 20, 1770; married September 3, 1795, Agatha Strother Lewis, daughter of Colonel Andrew Lewis, who then lived on Bent Mountain; offspring, twelve children. Colonel Andrew Lewis was fourth son of General Andrew Lewis.
      2. Nancy McClanahan ; born August 15, 1772; married Colonel William Lewis, son of General Andrew Lewis; owned and lived on what is now called the Burwell estate, near Salem; afterwards moved to Alabama; offspring, a large family; Dr. Andrew Lewis was one of them; Lewis was her second husband; the first was Thomas Madison; Dr. William Lewis, who married Miss Mary McFarland, daughter of Rev. Francis McFarland, D. D., a Presbyterian minister of Augusta County, Virginia, was her son; the Rev. Frank W. Lewis, of Clinton, Louisiana, was their child.
      3. Jane McClanahan ; born November 27, 1774; married Andrew Lewis, grandson of General Andrew Lewis ; offspring, a family of six children; owned and lived on the farm now (1894) owned by Captain R. B. Moorman, on the northwest of Roanoke.
      4. James McClanahan ; born September 10, 1777; married Elizabeth Walton, of Georgia, in April, 1808; offspring. nine children? six sons and three daughters; owned and lived on a farm southwest of Roanoke city, and distant about one mile, on the Norfolk and Western Railroad.
      Colonels Elijah and James McClanahan.
      [Colonel Elijah McClanahan was a man of noble build in body, mind and spirit. In person, he was tall and large, without being portly; his countenance was impressive, blending kindness and candor with gravity; his disposition was cheerful and sociable his probity beyond all reproach; and the love and fear of God governed his life. He was a tower of strength in the Presbyterian Church at Salem as a ruling elder, and was the chief builder of the church at Big Lick. His name in the church extended beyond his own Presbytery. It was considered a privilege by strangers from a distance to know him. His brother, Colonel James McClanahan, was very much like him. It would be difficult to compare and impossible to contrast them. When I went to Roanoke to live in June, i860, their names were on the lips, of everybody. They were better and more favorably known, it seemed to me, than any two men in the county. A noble pair of brothers. Long should their memory be cherished and honored by their descendants.]
      5. John McClanahan; born April 30, 1780; married Lucy Walton, February, 1806, sister of William Walton, who lived one mile west of Salem and was an elder in the Salem church, noted for his piety; offspring, five children, two sons and three daughters; Charles, Sarah Griffin and Lucy Tosh brought up families; lived on a farm adjoining the old homestead on the Franklin turnpike; died in 1814.
      6. Washington McClanahan; born October 3, 1782; unmarried; died in 18 16, from lung trouble, caught, it was said, by sleeping between damp sheets, at a hotel, while stopping on a journey.
      7. Green McClanahan; born October 3, 1782; twin brother of Washington; married Elizabeth Griffin, of Staunton, Virginia, June, 1808; lived on a farm on Glade Creek, one mile or more east of Vinton; died in 1820; offspring, three sons and two daughters.
      8. Mary McClanahan; born March 19, 1785; married Dr. Marcle, of Liberty, (now Bedford City), Bedford County, Virginia; offspring, four children; Dr. Marcle, after her death in 1819, went West.
      9. Sarah McClanahan; born October 13, 1788; married Moses Cook ; lived on Tinker Creek in homestead called "Rocky Dale;" offspring, five children; the widow, with two daughters, Sarah and Julia, moved to Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, where she died ; (only Sarah and Nancy, of the nine children, died outside of Roanoke County). Mr. Cook was a talented lawyer, of much personal popularity, as was his son William after him; Mrs. Cook was a woman of extraordinary beauty and received much attention in society. Not one of the nine children had a double name.

    2. [S130] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elijah_McClanahan.
      Elijah McClanahan (April 20, 1770 died 1857) (aka Elijah McClanachan; McClanechan, etc.) was a noted planter and soldier in western Virginia and the Roanoke Valley. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the 5th/121st Virginia Militia in the War of 1812, and was one of the largest landholders in what later became Roanoke County, Virginia.
      Elijah McClanahan was the son of William and Sarah Neely McClanahan, along with three brothers: John, James and Green.[1] He was also very generous, and probably already had the Smallpox, because at the age of 13, on October 10, 1783, he was "...allowed five pounds for attending a Continental soldier with the small pox."[2] By the age of 22, he was granted a license to keep an ordinary or Tavern in their house.[3]

      Elijah McClanahan married on September 3, 1795, Agatha Strother Lewis (born March 15, 1779, and died June 14, 1852), granddaughter of Colonel Andrew Lewis (soldier), who then lived on Bent Mountain, Virginia. They had twelve children: 1. Elizabeth; married Dr. Gabriel Nash; second husband was Dr. Cox, of Missouri; offspring, several children. 2. Sallie; married Edward White, brother of Alexander White, of Fort Lewis; offspring, seven children. 3. Mary; married R. D. Montague; offspring, five. She was mother-in-law of Judge George Junkin, whose son, William Junkin, is now (1894) missionary in Corea. 4. Agnes; married Dr. John Ingles; offspring, four, one of whom is Mrs. Colonel Thomas Lewis, of Roanoke. 5. Lucy; married William Johnston; offspring, six. 6. Nancy; married Colin Bass. 7. Catharine; married Thomas Ingles; offspring, five. 8. Fannie; married Thomas Micou, of Essex County, Virginia; second husband, Rev. Charles Miller; grandmother of Rev. W. McC. Miller; offspring, five. 9. Jane; married Rev. J. N. Lewis; offspring, two. 10. Peggy; died young. 11. William; engaged to marry Patsy Lewis; both died from fever without having married. 12. Andrew.[4]
      War of 1812

      On August 11, 1795, he took an oath of Captain of the Virginia militia.[5]

      With the organization of the 5th Virginia Militia, Elijah McClanahan was promoted to Lieutenant colonel (United States). He is also listed as the Lieutenant Colonel of the 121st Regiment, Virginia Militia, during the War of 1812.[6]
      Post war

      He was a substantial landowner in Virginia, and "Colonel Elijah McClanahan was the owner of most of the land that ultimately became the Northwest section of Roanoke City ([Roanoke, Virginia])."[7] As early as 1798, he purchased along with his partner and father-in-law, Colonel Andrew Lewis (soldier), two plots of land of 92 and 84 acres each along the Little River (New River) in Montgomery County, Virginia.[8]

      He is credited with owning over 1,500 acres, and with farm holdings valued at over $75,000.[9]

      When the county was formed in 1830, Elijah McClanahan was appointed the sheriff by the governor. "In those days, the duties of the sheriff were somewhat different than they are today. He was charged with collecting taxes, preparing a list of "insolvents", and keeping the jail. His salary was paid through the collection of fees."[10]

      Colonel McClanahan served as a justice when Roanoke County, Virginia, was formed from part of Botetourt County, Virginia. He later was appointed the first high sheriff. "He was also among the trustees chosen at the founding of the town of Salem, among the founding elders of Salem Presbyterian Church (Salem, Virginia), and one of the largest landholders in the county."[11]

      Elijah McClanahan was one of the justices of the county court in 1838, 1852 and 1856.[12]
      Roads

      "Elijah McClanahan, Elias thomas, Lewis Harvey and William McDermed were appointed commissioners to lay off public roads in the county into properr and suitable districts, along with allocating the tithables."[13] Elijah McClananhan was also prominently involved in the Allegheny Turnpike Company, and early turnpike in western Virginia that became part of the Valley Pike, and eventually U.S. Route 11 in Virginia.[14]
      Villa Heights Home

      Elijah McClanahan built a home in 1820. "Built in 1820, the house was owned by Lt. Col. Elijah McClanahan, a War of 1812 veteran. The original Federal architecture was renovated in the early 20th century with Classical revival features on the interior and exterior and has been known as the Compton-Bateman house."[15] This property was later to be known as part of the Villa Heights, Roanoke, Virginia neighborhood in Roanoke, Virginia. Originally named "Long Meadow" by Col. McClanahan, over the years the name of the house was known as "Villa Heights", from which the neighborhood was named, to the Compton-Bateman house, as it is known today.

      "The original dwelling of Villa Heights, built by Elijah McClanahan in 1820, was a comparatively modest Federal style house, compared to its 20th century evolution. However, it was still quite a substantial house for this area during the second quarter of the nineteenth century and, compared to most of the surrounding farmsteads of the time, would have been an iconic and impressive building. Character-defining features of its original Federal design included unpainted Flemish bond, load-bearing brick construction, a molded brick water table, and a five-bay facade with symmetrical fenestration and stone window sills. Today the fašade also features Classical Revival detailing around the entry, notably a round-arched opening with a fanlight transom and five-light sidelights, but it is undetermined as of yet if these were part of the original design or if they were added in a later alteration."[16]
      Death and burial

      Colonel Elijah McClanahan is buried with his spouse and other members of his family in the McClanahan Family Cemetery in Roanoke, Virginia.[17]
      References
      "William McLenachan's Will, 1820." Kegley, F. B. Kegley's Virginia Frontier: The Beginning of the Southwest, the Roanoke of Colonial Days, 1740-1783, with Maps and Illustrations. Roanoke, Virginia: Southwest Virginia Historical Society, 1938. Pages 532-533.
      Summers, Lewis Preston, George W. L. Bickley, and Charles B. Coale. Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 1929. Page 383.
      Summers, Lewis Preston, George W. L. Bickley, and Charles B. Coale. Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 1929. Page 448.
      White, H. M. The McClanahans. 1894. [1] Chapter IV. Also pages 40-42. Roanoke, Virginia. The Stone Printing and Manufacturing Company. 1894.
      Summers, Lewis Preston, George W. L. Bickley, and Charles B. Coale. Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 1929. Page 462.
      Writers' Program (U.S.). Roanoke, Story of County and City. [Roanoke]: [Stone Print. and manufacturing Co.], 1942. Page 330.
      Findagrave.com
      Summers, Lewis Preston, George W. L. Bickley, and Charles B. Coale. Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 1929. Page 934.
      Kagey, Deedie Dent. When Past Is Prologue: A History of Roanoke County. Roanoke, Va: Roanoke County Sesquicentennial Committee, 1988. Page 132..
      Kagey, Deedie Dent. When Past Is Prologue: A History of Roanoke County. Roanoke, Va: Roanoke County Sesquicentennial Committee, 1988. Page 106.
      Cox, Ray. 2017. Early Roanoke County founder rests at well-groomed gravesite. Roanoke Times. Apr 10, 2017.
      Kagey, Deedie Dent. When Past Is Prologue: A History of Roanoke County. Roanoke, Va: Roanoke County Sesquicentennial Committee, 1988. Page 705.
      Kagey, Deedie Dent. When Past Is Prologue: A History of Roanoke County. Roanoke, Va: Roanoke County Sesquicentennial Committee, 1988. Page 107.
      Virginia. Alleghany Turnpike Company Records. 1847.
      Roanoke Times. March 20, 2018. "Historic mansion in northwest Roanoke added to state landmarks register."
      National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. "Villa Heights". Section 7, page 5.
      Findagrave.com
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    3. [S130] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elijah_McClanahan.
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      Breckenbridge, James. 1783-1904. Papers. Abstract: Correspondence (chiefly relating to Breckinridge's legal career and his land speculation in western Virginia and Kentucky), legal papers, deeds, militia orders and returns, receipts, accounts, and other papers. Includes description of iron works in Wythe County, Va., Mutual Assurance Society receipts, and rates charged by ordinary keepers (1770). Topics mentioned in correspondence include Virginia and U.S. politics, local elections, War of 1812, settlement of Kentucky and Tennessee, Indian wars, slavery, and Virginia militia, with specific references to formation of Kentucky government, congressional sessions of 1793-1797 and 1805-1812, the Kentucky Resolutions (1798), troubles with squatters in Indian territory, expeditions against Indians (1791 and 1813), collection of whiskey taxes, excise taxes, the national bank, internal improvements, trial of Aaron Burr, mill owned by Breckinridge, and support of two illegitimate children. Correspondents include John Breckinridge, Robert Breckinridge, William Breckinridge, Henry Clay, Francis Walker Gilmer, Peachy R. Gilmer, George Hancock, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, John Marshall, Elijah McClanahan, James McClung, Francis Preston, John Preston, William Preston, Martha Jefferson Randolph, Archibald Stuart, and Bushrod Washington.
      National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. "Villa Heights".
      Roanoke Times. March 20, 2018. "Historic mansion in northwest Roanoke added to state landmarks register."
      White, H. M. The McClanahans. 1716. Abstract: Family history and genealogy compiled by White of the McClanahans, a Scotch-Irish family that settled in Virginia after 1716. The book describes the family's involvement in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Included is information on the Poage family.
      References

      "William McLenachan's Will, 1820." Kegley, F. B. Kegley's Virginia Frontier: The Beginning of the Southwest, the Roanoke of Colonial Days, 1740-1783, with Maps and Illustrations. Roanoke, Virginia: Southwest Virginia Historical Society, 1938. Pages 532-533.
      Summers, Lewis Preston, George W. L. Bickley, and Charles B. Coale. Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 1929. Page 383.
      Summers, Lewis Preston, George W. L. Bickley, and Charles B. Coale. Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 1929. Page 448.
      White, H. M. The McClanahans. 1894. [1] Chapter IV. Also pages 40-42. Roanoke, Virginia. The Stone Printing and Manufacturing Company. 1894.
      Summers, Lewis Preston, George W. L. Bickley, and Charles B. Coale. Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 1929. Page 462.
      Writers' Program (U.S.). Roanoke, Story of County and City. [Roanoke]: [Stone Print. and manufacturing Co.], 1942. Page 330.
      Findagrave.com
      Summers, Lewis Preston, George W. L. Bickley, and Charles B. Coale. Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 1929. Page 934.
      Kagey, Deedie Dent. When Past Is Prologue: A History of Roanoke County. Roanoke, Va: Roanoke County Sesquicentennial Committee, 1988. Page 132..
      Kagey, Deedie Dent. When Past Is Prologue: A History of Roanoke County. Roanoke, Va: Roanoke County Sesquicentennial Committee, 1988. Page 106.
      Cox, Ray. 2017. Early Roanoke County founder rests at well-groomed gravesite. Roanoke Times. Apr 10, 2017.
      Kagey, Deedie Dent. When Past Is Prologue: A History of Roanoke County. Roanoke, Va: Roanoke County Sesquicentennial Committee, 1988. Page 705.
      Kagey, Deedie Dent. When Past Is Prologue: A History of Roanoke County. Roanoke, Va: Roanoke County Sesquicentennial Committee, 1988. Page 107.
      Virginia. Alleghany Turnpike Company Records. 1847.
      Roanoke Times. March 20, 2018. "Historic mansion in northwest Roanoke added to state landmarks register."
      National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. "Villa Heights". Section 7, page 5.
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