Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hepburn McClure 1809-1890


Hepburn McClure
Died 1890
Buried in Williamsport Cemetery
Married
Martha Biles Anthony
Died Sep 1873
Buried in Williamsport Cemtery

Children:
Mary McClure 1846 – 1931 M. Robert Knox
Catherine McClure 1846 – 
Elizabeth McClure 1846 – 
Louisa McClure 1852 – 1897- M. Samuel Forney 
Anna R McClure 1854 – 1926 (never married)
Hepburn McClure 1856 – 
William McClure 1859 – 
Rachel Ray McClure 1864 – 


Catherine & Elizabeth are the same age in the 1850 census, and were most likely twins.


Hepburn McClure was a son of Robert McClure, who was one of the three first lawyers to locate in Williamsport in 1795. He was born November 24, 1809; studied law with his father and was admitted to the bar of Lycoming county about 1830. He served as postmaster of Williamsport and prothonotary of Lycoming county. At the time of his death, which. occurred in the spring of 1890, he was the oldest member of the bar.

May 18, 1839 - Appointed Postmaster

1850 Census
Name: Hepburn Mcclure
Age: 40
Birth Year: abt 1810
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 215
Household Members:
Name Age
Hepburn Mcclure 40
Martha Mc Clure 27
Catharine Mc Clure 4
Mary Mc Clure 3
Elizabeth Mc Clure 4
Hanna Hall 17

PA Land Warrant:

Name: Hepburn McClure
Acreage: 86
Warrant Date: 24 Dec 1855
Warrant Location: Clinton

1860 Census
Name: Hepburn Mcclure
Age in 1860: 50
Birth Year: abt 1810
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Williamsport East Ward, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Williamsport
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Hepburn Mcclure 50
Martha B Mcclure 37
Catharine A Mcclure 14
Mary M Mcclure 12
Elizabeth C Mcclure 10
Louisa L Mcclure 7
Annie R Mcclure 5
Hepburn Mcclure 3
William A Mcclure 7/12
Ellen Stinebacher 19
Lucy B Stinebacher 16

1870 Census
Name: Hepburn Mcclure
Age in 1870: 60
Birth Year: abt 1810
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Williamsport Ward 3, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Williamsport
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Hepburn Mcclure 60
Martha Mcclure 47
Catherine Mcclure 4
Mary Mcclure 22
Annie Mcclure 15
William Mcclure 10
Rachel Mcclure 6
Dolly Fink 27


1880 Census
Name: Hepburn Mcclure
Age in 1860: 50
Birth Year: abt 1810
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Williamsport East Ward, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Williamsport
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Hepburn Mcclure 50
Martha B Mcclure 37
Catharine A Mcclure 14
Mary M Mcclure 12
Elizabeth C Mcclure 10
Louisa L Mcclure 7
Annie R Mcclure 5
Hepburn Mcclure 3
William A Mcclure 7/12
Ellen Stinebacher 19
Lucy B Stinebacher 16

1890 - Death


Research:
HISTORICAL SKETCHES
of the Bench and Bar of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

http://www.lycolaw.org/history/sketches/18a.htm
Hepburn McClure
Hepburn McClure was a son of Robert McClure, who was one of the first three lawyers to locate in Williamsport in 1795. He was born November 24, 1809, studied law with his father and was admitted to our bar in 1830. He served as postmaster of Williamsport and prothonotary of Lycoming County. At the time of his death, in the spring of 1890, he was the oldest member of the bar.
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The Historical journal, Volume 1
 edited by John Franklin Meginness
page 357-358


Of the twenty three appointees the majority are now dead The oldest living of the number is Hepburn McClure Esq and he is in his 78th year He was appointed under the administration of Van Buren to succeed Hughes and removed when Harrison was elected When first appointed he changed the office to a frame building which stood on the site now occupied by the hardware store of Kline & Co He introduced great improvements by having letter boxes with glass in front so that the letters and papers could be seen The office at that time only paid about $800 per annum During his postmastership a singular circumstance occurred The contractor who carried the mail to Elmira died In due time a letter came from the Department directing Postmaster McClure to announce a letting He did so and Ben Hall obtained the contract gave bail and entered upon his duties In a short rime Mr McClure received another letter from the Department inquiring who gave him authority to announce a letting and give out a contract He referred the Department to the previous letter directing him what to do That settled it He never heard from the Department again on that subject It is supposed that a clerk unfamiliar with the law had committed the blunder and it was allowed to rest

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Robert McClure, a Revolutionary soldier, lived in Williamsport, Pa. He m. Mary Hepburn. Two children, viz: 1. Hepburn McClure, m. Martha Biles Anthony, d. Annie Rachel. 2. William McClure, m. Hannah Smith; son Edwin Parson McClure, m. Elvira Grier, dau. Margaret, b. in Rushville, Pa.
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