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Elijah McClanahan

Elijah McClanahan[1]

Male 1770 - 1857  (87 years)

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  • Name Elijah McClanahan 
    Born 20 Apr 1770  Pittsylvania County, Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    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  [2
    Person ID I19100  My Reynolds Line
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2019 

    Father Capt. William McClanahan, Sr.,   b. 25 Dec 1741, Augusta County, Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1819, Roanoke, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Sarah Nealey/Neeley,   b. Abt 1751, Augusta County, Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1824, Roanoke, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married 7 Mar 1769  Salem, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 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
    Family ID F7112  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Agatha Strother Lewis,   b. 15 Mar 1779, Augusta, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1852, Roanoke, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1795  Botetourt County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Children 
     1. Nancy McClanahan,   b. 1814,   d. 1903, Christiansburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     2. Mary Frances McClanahan,   b. Abt 1820,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F7089  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Elijah McClanahan
    Elijah McClanahan
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    Memorial Elijah and Agatha McClanahan
    Memorial Elijah and Agatha McClanahan
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    Documents
    Map of 1779 North Carolina
    Map of 1779 North Carolina
    1779NCarolina.jpg
    Nancy McClanahan Bass-Obit
    Nancy McClanahan Bass-Obit
    The Times Dispatch
    Sep 15, 1903
    Roanoke Virginia Index of Wills 1838-1903
    Roanoke Virginia Index of Wills 1838-1903
    RoanokeVAIndexofWills1838-1903Vol1.jpg

    Headstones
    Memorial to Elijah McClanahan
    Memorial to Elijah McClanahan
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    Elijah McClanahan
    Elijah McClanahan
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    Histories
    Elijah McClanahan-Proposed Monument
    Elijah McClanahan-Proposed Monument
    The News Leader
    Oct 21, 1998
    Elijah McClanahan-Estate Land Sale
    Elijah McClanahan-Estate Land Sale
    Richmond Enquirer
    Feb 5, 1858

  • Sources 
    1. [S245] Vital Record (Ancestry), https://www.ancestry.com/mediaui-viewer/tree/48003988/person/13744129216/media/1abb0085-3af5-4c32-8f79-50a0cbf4e936?_phsrc=Tkn324&_phstart=successSource.
      4. ELIJAH3 MCCLANAHAN (JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born 1718 in Bath, Alleghany County, Virginia, and died 1794 in Augusta County, Virginia. He married (1) ANN EWING Abt. 1735, daughter of WILLIAM EWING and ANN SHANNON. She was born Abt. 1714 in Belfast, Ireland, and died Mar 1767. He married (2) LETITIA BRECKENRIDGE Sep 1749 in Augusta County, Virginia. She was born Abt. 1728 in Derry, Ireland.
      Notes for ELIJAH MCCLANAHAN:
      From: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~mabry/collins/np61.html#iin1312 [this link does not work]
      Elijah McClenachan (ca 1713 - 1789) was likely born in County Antrim, Ireland, as was his older brother, Robert. Records show Elijah's parents were John and Agnes (McChubit/McCubbins) McClenachan. Speculation is that Elijah's parents left County Ayrshire, Scotland sometime prior to 1700 and migrated to County Antrim, Ireland where John McClenachan was a merchant.
      Elijah, or "Olde Elijah" as he became known, came to America with his older brother Robert in 1727. Tradition states they came through Philadelphia. Accompanying them was Robert's father-in-law, Alexander Breckenridge and his family. The Breckenridge reference is included only because "Olde Elijah's" first born son, also named Elijah, married Letitia Breckenridge, daughter of Alexander, about 1749. There has been much confusion on this marriage, as many people feel that Letitia was "Olde Elijah's" second wife. The Indian massacre in 1764, described below, negates this speculation.
      At this time, there is very little known of the time "Olde Elijah" spent in Pennsylvania and he apparently came to Virginia around 1740, again traveling with his brother Robert, who bought considerable acreage in the Beverley Patent in what is now the area in and around Staunton in Augusta County "Olde Elijah", unlike his brother Robert, did not leave much of a paper trail and as far as we know, none of his children were baptized. Records do show that he was married to Ann Ewing (Owen) at an early age as their first child, also named Elijah, was born 1728-1730. Based on "Olde Elijah's" date of birth, he would have been fifteen to sev-enteen at the time of his son's birth. Again, "Olde Elijah's" birth date of 1713 is only shown in one place.
      Some people had thought him born in 1718, but the similarity between an 8 and a 3 on old documents is enough to more readily accept the 1713 date. Besides, that would have made "Olde Elijah" only ten or twelve when his first child was born. The children of "Olde Elijah" and Ann Ew-ing are as follows:
      1. Elijah, Jr. - Born 1728-1730.
      2. Robert (?)
      3. David (?)
      4. William, December 25, 1733. He married Sarah Neeley and was one of the founders of Roanoke, VA.
      5. Margaret (?), married John Crockett and moved to North Carolina.
      6. Mary, or "Polly" was born in 1746/1748 and married Robert McCreary. Their great grandson, James B. McCreary became one of Kentucky's best loved governors (elected twice) and was also a respected soldier of the Civil War.
      7. Jennie (?), married a William Holliday.
      8. Hannah (?), married a John Greenlee, Jr. She narrowly escaped the Indian massacre by hiding under a log.
      9. Infant son, no name-no birth date. Killed in the Indian massacre early 1764.
      The Indian massacre took place in early 1764 in what is now known as Bath County in an area called "The Cowpasture." It was here that "Olde Elijah" lost his wife, Ann and their youngest child, both killed by the Indians. "Olde Elijah" himself was severely tomahawked, but was saved only by the fact that he had a pen in his hat. The Indians, realizing he could write, did not kill him and apparently wanted his writing ability for an unknown reason. However, not long after the massacre, Captain Lewis, following the raiding party with a group of local militia, came upon the Indians. "Olde Elijah" was rescued as well as several other captives. This was attested to in a letter written by Reverend John Brown who wrote to Colonel William Preston in June 1764 the following, "Captain Lewis came up with the Indians that killed the people at cowpasture and one Frenchman and it is thought wounded some Indians and rescued several prisoners, among whom were old Elijah McClanachan."
      Further evidence of this massacre was written personally by "Olde Elijah's" grandson, Colonel Elijah McClanahan of Roanoke, Virginia, son of William and Sarah (Neeley) McClenachan. Colonel Elijah McClanahan corresponded with Lyman C. Draper. In one of these letters, dated 19 March 1846, is given a vivid account of the massacre.
      Letter dated March 19, 1846. Again, this is only part of the entire letter addressed to Lyman C. Draper: "Your other inquiry is as to my father's birth and decease. When I had the pleasure of seeing you at Bent Mountain, I mentioned the circumstances of my father's mother and his younger brother being killed by the Indians in what is now Bath County and that part of it called the Cowpasture, what county it was then, I can't say. My grandfather was wounded at same time and taken prisoner and pursued. The prisoners all retaken and my grandfather tomahawked and hurt in the head by the Indians on finding they were overtaken, but was carried in and lived. He told me of several incidents that occurred whilst on his march with the Indians. Such as taking two small children (There mothers prisoners) by the heels and dashing their brains against a tree because they cryed and that they held two counsels about him together, he being very unable to travel on account of his wound and that he was saved by a pen in his hat showing he could write for which they were desirous to take him to the nation. My grandfather was from Ireland and an excellent scholar."

    2. [S32] Find-A-Grave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=88797960.
      Col Elijah McClanahan
      Birth 20 Apr 1770, Augusta, Virginia
      Death 1 Dec 1857 (aged 87)
      Roanoke, Virginia
      Burial: McClanahan Cemetery, Roanoke, Virginia

    3. [S80] Google Books, https://books.google.com/books?id=_UU3AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA27&lpg=PA27&dq=william+mcclanahan+married+sarah+neeley&source=bl&ots=3IXR8bnmca&sig=MJ9Asso72qpEpAhKlE03-83PgFE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjgiMD6y9fWAhXD5yYKHYaQBfkQ6AEITTAG#v=onepage&q=william%20mcclanahan%20married%20sarah%20neeley&f=false.
      Offspring of William McClanahan, Sr. and Sarah [Nealey] his wife.
      Elijah b. 20 Apr 1770; m. 3 Sep 1795, Agatha Strother Lewis, d/o Col. Andrew Lewis, who then lived on Bent Mountain; 12 offspring. Col. Andrew Lewis was fourth s/o General Andrew Lewis.

    4. [S100] Internet Source, http://showalter.blogspot.com/2011/03/.
      Elijah McClanahan
      1998.26.59
      February 1830
      Final page of a letter from George Hancock in Louisville, Kentucky, to Edward Watts near Salem, Virginia, regarding the account between John Tompkins and Hancock, including several bonds of Elijah McClanahan, and instructions for the money when the bonds come due

      1998.26.60
      December 6, 1829
      Letter from George Hancock in Louisville, Kentucky, to Edward Watts near Big Lick (now Roanoke), Virginia, regarding several matters of business, including bonds, debts, payments, estates, and lawsuits, and also Hancock's intention of returning to Virginia in the spring; he mentions Henry Edmundson, J. W. Richardson, William Lewis (whom he expected to see in Ohio but missed), Jacob Flegar (whom he saw in Fincastle, Virginia), Backus, Wood (the master commissioner in the estate of John Caswell Griffin), Grabil (or Graybill) and Wilson (whom he is suing in chancery), Allen Taylor, James Littlepage Woodville, Elijah McClanahan, and William C. Williams.
      1998.26.67
      August 30, 1831
      Deed for the sale of a 250-acre tract of land to Edward Watts by Elijah McClanahan as executor of James Mason, the land lying south of the Roanoke River near the eastern border of Botetourt (now Roanoke) County, Virginia; also mentions William and Samuel Seagraves and Peter and Jacob Kefauver.
      1998.26.68
      January 22, 1832
      Statement of the account of Elijah McClanahan with Edward Watts, showing $14.60 due on a note after payments to the heirs of Rowland Madison and carriage of flour to Pattonsburg (now Buchanan), Virginia, and Lynchburg, Virginia.
      1998.26.30
      1830s?
      List of title papers belonging to Edward Watts, for land conveyed to him by Adams, Breckinridge, Douglas, Eskridge, Langhorne, Lewis, McClanahan, Mills, Nofsinger, and Pitzer.
      Breckinridge to Watts No 4 p 154
      same to same 4 " 348
      Adams to ~~ 11 " 415
      Eskridge M. to ~~ 16 " 469
      McClanahan to ~~ 17 " 2
      Pitzer to ~~ " 154
      Lewis to ~~ " 432
      Langhorne to ~~ 18 337
      Nofsinger to ~~ 19 435
      Mills to ~~ 21 586
      Douglas to 21 629
      Division of A. Lewis land Book C page 322

      1998.26.31
      August 1-2, 1820
      Plat and land division among the heirs of Andrew Lewis; the heirs include Jane (McClanahan) Lewis, Sarah Nealy (Lewis) Wood, John Lewis, William Lewis, Patsy Lewis, Samuel Lewis, Emeline Lewis, Eliza Lewis, and Jane Anne Lewis; the land was in Botetourt (now Roanoke) County, lying roughly between the Great Road (Orange Avenue, route 460) and Mill Branch (now Lick Run). The text of this document is contained in 1998.26.12, 1998.26.31 and 1998.26.32. The first is incomplete, lacking the plat at the beginning and a few lines at the end. The third has some additional information at the end. There are trivial differences in the texts.
      1998.26.48
      March 1826
      Note for $100 from Drury Childers, George Bright and William Muse to the estate of William McClanahan, witnessed and signed, and receipted as paid in full by Elijah McClanahan, for the rent of Glade Creek mill.
      1998.26.01.b
      August 5, 1817
      Copy of a land agreement between Edward Watts and William McClanahan, by which McClanahan sold to Watts his remaining interest in land bought by William Watts, Edward?s father, from John Breckinridge; the land adjoins holdings of the Evans family.
      1998.26.02
      March 1, 1786
      Plat and survey of land in Botetourt (now Roanoke) County for William McClanahan; the land adjoins holdings of John Breckinridge, the Evans family, and John Meux, and was assigned to McClanahan by William White. The land lay partly along Peter Evans? Big Spring Branch (Crystal Spring), flowing into the Roanoke River.
      1998.26.03
      December 6, 1792
      Indenture, or deed, between John Neeley and Susanna his wife and James Neeley and Catherine his wife of the one part, and Peter Evans of the other part, for sale of property in Botetourt (formerly Augusta, later Roanoke) County; some missing parts in 1998.26.01.a. The purpose of this document appears to be to clear the title of the three tracts of land described, each of 400 acres. They had been granted to Mark Evans by patent in 1748. On the death of Mark Evans, his eldest son Daniel Evans inherited the property, and in 1751 sold it to Peter Evans, whose kinship is not specified but who must have been a younger son or brother of Mark Evans. However, Daniel Evans's two daughters, Susanna and Catherine, were coparceners, which is to say, they shared in the inheritance. As a result, they had a legal claim to the property, but in this document of 1792 they in effect confirm their father's sale. The two sisters had both married men named Neeley (the spelling varies), who also therefore shared the claim. John and James Neeley may have been brothers, but that is not specified here.
      1998.26.05
      April 30, 1806
      Copy of a deposition by Daniel McNeill in a lawsuit over land by John Breckenridge against Mark Evans and others; like 1998.26.03, this document attempts to settle disputed claims over land along the Roanoke River in present Roanoke County, Virginia, and known as ?The Barrens?. Among the claimants and surveyors mentioned are William Carvin, John Poag, William Preston, Francis Smith, the heirs of William Watts, Daniel Evans, Peter Evans, James Neelley, Robert Breckenridge, John Neilley and his wife Susanna Evans, and James Neilley and his wife Catherine Evans.


    5. [S126] United States Archives, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/roanoke/cemeteries/mcclanahan.txt.
      Roanoke County VA Archives Cemeteries....McClanahan Cemetery
      ************************************************
      Glenna Garnand Garner January 13, 2009
      MCCLANAHAN CEMETERY - Roanoke County, VA
      Located: on a Knoll on the East Side of 24 Street between Loudon Ave and Melrose Ave.
      TAKEN FROM TOMBSTONES, OBITS, DEATH RECORDS AND TOMBSTONE RECORDS TAKEN
      PRIOR TO 1920 BY THE ROANOKE VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND WPA SURVEY:

      MCCLANAHAN, Agatha Strother Lewis 13 Mar 1779 - 14 Jun 1852 Wife of Elijah; Grand-daughter of General Andrew Lewis
      MCCLANAHAN, Elijah, COLONEL 20 Apr 1770-01 Dec 1837 (Death Record Has Died 01 Dec 1857; Age 87 Yrs 7 Mos 10 Days; Wid of Agatha; Son of William & Sally McClanahan; Informed By E B McClanahan)
      MCCLANAHAN, John No Date - 16 Jul 1854 Age 1 Yr 9 Mos 6 Days; Son of E B & F E

    6. [S130] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elijah_McClanahan.
      Bibliography

      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.
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      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.
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      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.
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      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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    7. [S47] Newspaper Article, https://www.roanoke.com/news/early-roanoke-county-founder-rests-at-well-groomed-gravesite/article_fe5bbde1-f44b-5da4-90bd-4a9c547988be.html.
      The Roanoke Times (Roanoke.com)
      Early Roanoke County Founder Rests at Well-Groomed Gravesite
      The McClanahan Cemetery was restored by the Historical Society of Western Virgiia, a Boy Scout service project and jail trustees.
      A short walk up a gentle hill just off Melrose Avenue and 24th Street Northwest in Roanoke City reveals a site of just one example of the society's beneficiaries, a restored graveyard linked to the earliest days of Roanoke County.




    8. [S46] Marriage Record/Certificate, https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE113575&vid=FHD&vid=FHD.
      McClanahan, Elijah m. Agatha Lewis, 1 Sep 1795 Botetourt Co., VA

    9. [S32] Find-A-Grave.com.
      Children of Elijah and Agatha Lewis McClanahan:
      Elizabeth Madison McClanahan Cox, 1799?1891
      Mary Thomas McClanahan Montague, 1805?1871
      Lucy Anne McClanahan Johnston, 1809?1888
      Agnes L McClanahan Ingles, 1812?1888
      Nancy McClanahan Bass, 1814?1903
      Catherine McClanahan Ingles, 1817?1887