Hi: Here is what info I have on the Meglamre Family and the Clantons on down through Jackey Clanton who married George Whitehorn. Also all I have on George Whitehorn and Jackey Clanton's family. Any additional info on George and Jackey's descendants will be greatly appreciated. Tom.
THE CLANTON FAMILY
John Clanton sailed from London, England on October 24, 1635 aboard the ship, The Abraham, and landed in early 1636 at Jamestown, Virginia. Nothing is known of this early immigrant except that he was 26 years of age at this time. There was a Marmaduke Clanton who was an indentured servent in Charles City County, Virginia in July of 1657. Unfortunately, early records concerning the Clanton family in Virginia are very scarce and the documentation to put together the family units of these early days are sorely missing. Some have stated that John was father of Marmaduke, who was father of Edward (our progenitor) but this has all been mere speculation with no documentation whatsoever. They are, however, probably some sort of relation from back in the old country.
An Edward Clanterne (also spelled Clanton in some records) was transported from England by William Bell in 1656 to Charles City County, Virginia. Edward Clanton was a freeman in this county in 1673, at which time we find the following: "Judgement to Thomas Blayton against Richard Wathen, who appeared by John Stith his attorney, for 120 lb. dressed pork he had promised to pay for Edward Clanton. The promise proved by oath of John Ellis." Edward died by 1679, leaving an orphaned son named William. Edward's wife (name unknown and probably a second wife and not the mother of William) married Richard Spencer. Spencer and his wife attempted to embezzle the estate of Edward away from William, who (sometime between the years of 1687-1695) brought the matter to court and was awarded damages. He said he was thirty-one at the time, giving his birthdate as 1656-1664. Being called an orphan in 1679 he would not be born prior to 1658. It is "believed" that this William is the same person who appears in the following paragraph.
William Clanton is first located in the early Surry County, Virginia records witnessing cattle mark's for Thomas and Richard Adkins on September 7, 1686. In this same year he is also mentioned as an agent for the estate of George Loveday. He is probably identical with the William Clanton who is listed on a tax list as a landholder in 1704 Prince George County, Virginia along with a Richard Clanton. This William is probably the William Clanton who wrote his will on 15 September 1725 and probated in Surry County, Virginia on 21 September 1726 who named his wife Mary, sons Nathaniel and Richard, and daughters Joanna and Agnes. An Edward Clanton (either brother or eldest son) was one of the witnesses to the will. Twenty five years later Mary Clanton, a widow, leaves her will in Surry County, naming her daughter Wiggins, mentioning there are other daughters, and sons Nathaniel, John and William. She also gives one dollar to Thomas Clanton, son of Edward Clanton, deceased. This was the Edward that witnessed William's will. A Richard Clanton, probably William's son, died in this county several months earlier than Mary so this would account for his not being mentioned. Researchers have stated this Mary to be the same person in both cases and have given her the maiden name of Holt, and we shall proceed along with this assumption.
The Edward Clanton that witnessed William's will in 1725 and died in Brunswick County, Virginia in 1741 married Sarah (maiden name said to be Evans) and are the parents of Thomas, Benjamin, Charles, Sarah, William, Edward, Ann and Mary.
1) Richard Clanton, possibly the Richard that is listed along side William on the 1704 Prince George County tax list. This Richard was born by 1683. Richard married Agnes West, daughter of John and Agnes (Jones) West of Amelia Co., Va;, and owned land on the south side of the Nottoway River in Surry County as early as 1729. Richard died there in 1750 On July 21, 1752 the Surry County court appointed the sale of the widow's property as a widow at that time could not hold land without a guardian or a son at least 21 years of age. Her property, exclusive of her cattle, was sold for 60 pounds, 8 shillings and 1 pence; her cattle were sold for 1 pound 17 shillings and 6 pence. Her brother-in-law, John Clanton, collected 1 shilling and 8 pence for a man named John Rachett. They were the parents of Richard, David, Ephraim and Agnes (the latter three being described as orphans), and probably others. (See Volume Three for their family).
2) Nathaniel Clanton, born in Virginia, probably Prince George County or Surry County. He married Mary (some say her maiden name was Holt, others Holsenbock). Nathaniel was given by the will of his assumed brother-in-law Nathaniel Phillips, dated 1730, all of Phillips estate. This will was not probated until 1738. On August 7, 1752 Nathaniel sold to Benjamin Soesberry for 50 pounds "two tracts of land in Albemarle Parish with one being 95 acres (being a patent dated 24 March 1725 granted to Nathaniel Phillips) and sold by him to Nathaniel Clanton, bounded by Col. Henry Harrison, John Gilliam and Charles Mabry. The other tract is 150 acres (being the lower part of 400 acres granted Edward Clanton on 27 Sept 1729) which Nathaniel Clanton bought from Edward Clanton on 21 April 1731." He dated his will in Sussex County, Virginia on 14 February 1759. It was probated there that year on April 20. His wife was still living at that time. (See later for their descendents).
3) William Clanton. Some say that he married Hannah Briggs, but this cannot be documented. He may be the William Clanton that died in Granville Co., North Carolina in 1760; we shall proceed on the assumption that this is the case.
4) Joanah Clanton, said to have married Nathaniel Phillips. Nathaniel received a patent of 95 acres in Albermarle Parish, Surry Co., Va., on March 24, 1725. In his will in Surry County, Virginia, dated 22 February 1730, he states, "To Nathaniel Clanton all my Estate." It was probated 21 Feb 1738, witnesses being Edward and Sarey Clanton. Joanah died by April 20, 1759. They are said to be the parents of John and Benjamin Phillips.
5) Agnes Clanton. She married Mr. Wiggins, said to have been an Admiral in the English navy named Thomas Wiggins. They have been reported to have moved to England before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. There was a Thomas Wiggins that was a Godparent to a niece of Agnes in 1742.
6) John Clanton, (not named in father's Will in 1725, but listed in Mary's Will of 1750)) married Amy Wyche, possibly the daughter of Peter and Alice (Scott) Wyche. John is listed in the records of Surry County, Virginia, as purchasing 130 acres of land south of the Nottoway River on 15 March 1741, and again purchasing 224 acres in the same location on Aug 16, 1756. In 1753 he was given 40 shillings by his wife's assumed grandfather George Wyche in his will. On May 16, 1760, John and Amy sold to William Rogers "for consideration of one half the cost of taking up and making sure 224 acres...100 acres on south side of the Nottoway River and bounded by Cornelius Loftin, the said William Rogers and Richard Avery. Witnesses: Nathaniel Holt and Levi Gilliam." William Rogers and Richard Avery were witnesses to his mother's will in 1750. On Sept 15, 1763, John sold for 5 shillings to his son-in-law Henry Andrews one ten year old negro boy slave named Peter. John dated his will in Sussex Co. in Albemarle Parish on 11 Apr 1778, and it was probated Aug 16, 1781. Amy dated her will 16 Oct 1803 in Sussex Co, and it was probated 5 Jan 1804.
CHILDREN OF JOHN AND AMY (WYCHE) CLANTON (#6):
1) Lucy Clanton, born in Surry (later Sussex) County, Virginia. She married, probably in Sussex County, to Henry Andrews, born about 1740. Henry purchased land in 1758 in Sussex County from Lucy's cousin David Clanton. Henry, of Brunswick County, Virginia, purchased a negro boy from his father-in-law in 1763.
2) Elizabeth Clanton, born 23 May 1740 in Albemarle Parish, Surry (later Sussex) County, Virginia. No further information on her and she is not mentioned in her father's will in 1778.
3) Abby Clanton, born April 17, 1742 in Surry County (later Sussex), Virginia. She married prior to 1761 to Nathaniel Holt. He was the Executor of the will of his wife's brother, Drury Clanton, in 1781, and witnessed several deeds of his father-in-law; Nathaniel died 1811 in Sussex County, Virginia.
4) Drury Clanton, born 17 August 1744 at Albemarle Parish, Surry, later Sussex County, Virginia. He married prior to 1771, probably in Sussex County, to Sarah Newsom, daughter of Robert and Catherine Newsom. Drury resided in 1768 in Halifax County, North Carolina; in Bute County, N.C. in 1769, and by 1771 was back in Sussex County, Virginia. Drury contributed 940 pounds of beef to the army during the fight for independence from England. Drury rote his will dated 9 October 1781 in Sussex Co., Virginia, which was probated on 21 February 1782. Sarah is listed on the 1787 tax list of Sussex County and may very well be the female listed over forty-five years of age in the 1810 census of Sussex County in the household of her son John Clanton. See Drury Clanton and Sarah Newsome section for their descendents.
5) Martha "Patty" Clanton, born 14 April 1747 at Albemarle Parish, Surry (later Sussex) County, Virginia. She married ca 1769 in Sussex Co., William Roe. She was living in 1804.
6) Mary Clanton, born 2 December 1750 in Albemarle Parish, Surry (later Sussex) County, Virginia; she married John Gilliam, son of Hinchea and Mary Gilliam, born in Virginia in 1743. He left his will in Franklin County, Tennessee in 1825.
7) Amy Clanton, twin to Mary, born 2 December 1750 in Albemarle Parish, Surry County (later to become Sussex County), Virginia. She is not mentioned in will of father or mother.
8) John Clanton, born 31 December 1758 at Albemarle Parish, Sussex County, Virginia. During the American Revolution he sold brandy to the members of the Continental Army. The following record is found:
This is to certify that in conseuences of the late Provision Law, We have received of John Clanton, Eight Gallons of Brandy at 25 pounds per Gallon. I allowed him--- dollars for carriage which the Provision Law is payable at the Treasury, within Six months from this date with an Interest at the rate of Six per centum thereon with an allowance for the depreciation of Money. Given under our hands this 19 day of September 1780.
John also is listed as contributing 200 pound of beef to the Colonial army.
John married Sarah "Sally" Meglamre, daughter of Reverand John and Lettice (Nelms) Meglamre, born about 1761. John was a large plantation owner, and he died in Sussex County, Virginia in 1790 between the months of July and September. His widow married in that county on 15 Sept 1791 to Edward Whitehorn, son of John and Elizabeth Whitehorn. Edward died in Sussex Co., Virginia in 1819. She left Sussex County in 1841, going with her son John M. Whitehorn to Hardeman Co., Tennessee, where she died in 1842.
Sarah had three children by Edward Whitehorn, namely Elizabeth Anne, born 1792 (married Oct 2, 1816 in Sussex Co., Va., to David Newsom; John M. Whitehorn; and Nancy M. Whitehorn, born 1803 (married on April 2, 1824 to Richard Bailey). John Whitehorn, the son, was born February 5, 1795 in Sussex County, Virginia. John served 110 days as a private in Col. Isaac Mitchell's Company of the Virginia Militia during the War of 1812. He married in Greensville Co., Virginia on December 23, 1819 to Elizabeth Cain. In 1841 they moved to Hardeman Co., Tennessee, and the following year to Port Caddo, Texas. In western Harrison Co., Texas, John bought land, built a large cotton plantation, a log way station, post office in his store, a cotton gin, and although not a Mason, built a place above his store for James F. Taylor Lodge. He gave land for a school, a church and cemetery for slaves. He named the settlement Ash Springs, which was on the stage route from Mansfield, Louisiana to Starrville, Texas. John died there March 25, 1878.
There exists some erroneous reports that our John Clanton married Sarah Holt, daughter of Charles Holt, instead of Sarah Meglamre. There is documentation that a John Clanton did marry Sarah Holt, as is evidenced by her father's will in 1773 which he mentions his daughter Sarah, wife of John Clanton. But this is a different John Clanton, relationship not yet known. John, the son of John & Amy, was only fourteen years of age at the time. More evidence on our John marrying Sarah McGlamre is taken from Goodspeed's Biographical History of Mississippi in a section on their son Robert Clanton, which mentions his grandfather being John McGlamre, a Babtist Preacher. John McGlamre became guardian to the children of John and Sarah Clanton, and in the will of John McGlamre he names his daughter Sarah Whitehorn. As mentioned above, Sarah married (2) Edward Whitehorn. On the marriage record of their daughter Rebecca Clanton it states her mother's name as Sally Whitehorn. Also, the name of Nelms is given for the middle name of one of their daughter Jackey Clanton's sons. John and Sally also have a grandson named John Meglamre Clanton. The reason for listing the evidence for this is that there have been books published which has the erroroneus statement that John Clanton, son of John and Amy (Wyche) Clanton, married Sarah Holt. For children of John and Sally (Meglamre) Clanton please see in the Meglamre family below.
THE MEGLAMRE FAMILY
Edward McGlammery resided in Somerset County, Maryland. He wrote his will there March 25, 1721 and it was probated in 1723. His wife was Sarah Keene, daughter of William Keene. His next of kin were reported as Mary McGlammery and Sarah Elgate. He named his three sons as:
1--George McGlammery, named on land records in Somerset County, Maryland in 1730's. He was still a bachelor in 1723 when he sold 150 acres to his grandfather William Keene.
2--Edward McGlammery, born about 1704. He married Ann. Edward was a Presbyterian and member of the Racawakin Church in Worcester and Wicomico Counties, Maryland. He left his will dated April 19, 1743 and states he had a number of children "under the legal age". His next-of-kin were listed as George McGlammery and David Hale. Edward's children are John (In November 1757 he accused his stepfather John Flint of slandering his wife and persuading his mother not to give him his dower in his father's estate. The slander charge was dropped but the other matter was held over for court. John married Sarah -- maiden name possibly Davis -- and he died 1769 in Worcester County when his next-of-kin were listed as Isaac and George McGlammery. His children were Edward, Levin, Elijah and unnamed daughters), Mary (married in 1745 to David Magee and moved to Georgia), Solomon, Sarah (possibly married Thomas Flint, son of John Flint), Isaac (died September 14, 1772 in Worcester County, Maryland. He married Ann. At the time of his death his next-of-kin were listed as David Magee and Methe Altend), Anne and Edward (perhaps this was the Edward McGlammery who served in the Revolution from Maryland). Ann and Edward were born Feb 3, 1739 in Stephens Parish, Somerset County, Maryland. After Edward died in 1743 his wife Ann married John Flint, who died 1771.
3--William McGlammery, nothing else known except he is listed on 1733 tax list of Somerset County, Maryland. It is believed he was the father of:
A--John McGlammery (name spelling changed to Meglamre). He was born June 7, 1730 in Maryland. As a resident of North Carolina, John sold 81 acres of land known as "Benjamin's Security" in Worcester County, Maryland on February 15, 1765 to William Parsons and also on the same day sold 50 acres of a parcel of land called "New Holland" to Joshua Nelms (remaining 550 acres of this "New Holland" land was sold to Edward Meglamre). In August of 1776 John purchased two tracts of land in Southampton County totaling 285 acres. According to an address by Garnett Ryland at the unveiling of the monument to John at the Antioch Church in Sussex County, Va., on June 12, 1932, it stated that John was the son of William Meglamre. He was of old Presbyterian stock and breeding, but when at thirty-five he joined the Baptist Church at Fishing Creek in North Carolina. In 1767 he was ordained to be a minister and the following year he became pastor at the Kehukee Church in Halifax County, North Carolina. In 1770 he crossed over into Virginia and preached at the homes of Henry Bailey and Henry Andrews in Sussex County, and in 1772 became the pastor at the newly organized church on Racoon Swamp (later called Antioch) in Sussex county. John also became moderator of the Kehukee Baptist Association and held that position for twenty years, at which time it included sixty one churches with over five thousand members in two states. It had become so large that the association was divided and John held the post of moderator of the Virginia division called the Portsmouth Association. In 1794 his declining health compelled him to relinquish the pastorate. John died December 13, 1799. Tradition pictures John as tall, blue-eyed and broadshouldered, with the lithe body of an Indian. He loved singing and among the books and papers were manuscript hymn and tune books in his own hand.
John married in St. Stephens Parish in Northumberland County, Virginia on October 17, 1756 to Lettice "Lettie" Nelms, daughter of Joshua and Sarah (Northen) Nelms, born November 14, 1738 in Northumberland County, Virginia. They moved to Granville and Halifax Counties, North Carolina, and on August 8, 1776 purchased 285 acres of land in Sussex County, Virginia. John died across the Sussex border in Southampton County, Virginia on December 13, 1799. Lettie died there in February of 1807.
CHILDREN OF JOHN AND LETTICE (NELMS) MEGLAMRE:
1) Sarah "Sally" Meglamre, born about 1758 in Virginia. She married about 1780 to John Clanton, son of John and Amy (Wyche) Clanton, born December 31, 1758 at Albemarle Parish, Sussex County, Virginia. During the American Revolution he sold brandy to the members of the Continental Army. The following record is found:
This is to certify that in conseuences of the late Provision Law, We have received of John Clanton, Eight Gallons of Brandy at 25 pounds per Gallon. I allowed him --- dollars for carriage which the Provision Law is payable at the Treasury, within Six months from this date with an Interest at the rate of Six per centum thereon with an allowance for the depreciation of Money. Given under our hands this 19 day of September 1780.
John also is listed as contributing 200 pound of beef to the Colonial army. John was a large plantation owner, and he died in Sussex County, Virginia in 1790 between the months of July and September. Sally married (2) in Sussex County on September 15, 1791 to Edward Whitehorn, son of John and Elizabeth Whitehorn. He died there in 1819. Sally moved to live with her son John in Hardeman County, Tennessee in 1841 and died there in August of 1842.
2) Elizabeth Meglamre, married there in Sussex County on January 2, 1794 to Philip Bailey, son of Henry and and Wilmoth (Wyatt) Bailey, born about 1762 in Virginia. Philip had previously been married to Ann Whitehorn, daughter of John and Elizabeth Whitehorn, and had nine children by her. Elizabeth died in Jarratt, Sussex County on August 31, 1833. Philip died there September 21, 1834.
3) Hettable "Hetty" Meglamre, married in Southampton County, Virginia on December 5, 1797 to Thomas Northcross, son of Richard and Jane (Stratton) Northcross, probably born January 8, 1757 in Sussex County, Virginia. Hetty died 1842 in Southampton County.
4) Mary Meglamre, married in Southampton County, Virginia on January 14, 1796 to William Lundy. Mary died there in 1797.
5) John Meglamre, born June 29, 1774 in Southampton County, Virginia. John married in Sussex County on June 30, 1798 to Mary "Polly" Stuart, possibly daughter of William and Jemima (Johnson) Stuart, born December 6, 1775 in Sussex County. John inherited the 285 acres of land that his father's plantation was on in Southampton County, Virginia. hey are listed in the 1850 census of Southampton County; John died there on May 7, 1851 and Mary died there February 25, 1853.
DESCENDANTS OF JOHN AND LETTIE (NELMS) MEGLAMRE:
CHILDREN OF JOHN AND SALLY (MEGLAMRE) CLANTON (#1):
6) Drury Clanton, born in Sussex County, Virginia on May 16, 1782. His father died when he was but eight years old, at which time he was put under the guardianship of his grandfather John Meglamre, a Baptist minister. Drury was raised in the Baptist religion, but somewhere along the line he was converted to the Methodist faith. Drury married, in Virginia (no court record has been located) on November 23, 1802 to Jemima Walpole, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Harrison) Walpole, born April 11, 1782 in Virginia, probably Brunswick County. The will of his father John Clanton stated that his land was to be equally divided between the three brothers, but it appears that in 1805, Drury, with his mother and step father Edward Whitehorn, had an intention of not turning over the shares to Henry and Robert, now under the guardianship of a Nathaniel Chambliss. On November 7, 1805 this Chambliss entered into the Sussex court on behalf of Henry and Robert to have the court assist them in dividing this tract of land on Racoon Swamp. The court ordered this to be done and Drury and his mother, along with Whitehorn, consented to let it happen. The court assigned several people to divide it fairly, thus on February 5, 1806, Drury was dealt out 203 acres on the north side of Racoon Swamp and 105 acres on the south side of the aforesaid swamp. Drury and Jemima moved to Tennessee by 1807 and settled on Mill Creek, the site of Buchanan's Fort, located nine miles from present day Nashville in Davidson County. On May 30, 1808 he purchased 95 acres there. Drury served in the War of 1812 from Davidson County, and after the war remained in this vicinity, selling 105 acres of his Sussex County land to Benjamin Wren, and purchasing an additional five acres in Davidson County from Henry Hyde on July 13, 1816. Their next move was in 1818 to Montgomery County, Missouri, his land entry being dated March 13, 1819 and was paid off on December 10, 1825. On July 1, 1823, Drury, as a resident of Montgomery Co., sold his 96 acres on Mill Creek to Frederick Owen. Drury, beside being a farmer, was also a minister, and the first Methodist church in Montgomery County was organized at his home by Rev. Robert Baker and Drury; a Sunday school was also organized there at the same time, and the first camp meeting in the county was held there on what was called the Loutre camp ground. Drury, who stood over six feet in height, had his home on a branch called Pinch about five miles south of Danville. Captain John Baker had given this name to this branch because the people who lived upon it were always "in a pinch" for something to live on. The following was taken from a diary a man kept in the 1820's : "Drury Clanton of Loutre, Missouri, was evidently a tobacco grower who went to town to sell a load of tobacco, stayed to attend a Methodist conference, took dysentary and died within a few days." Drury died in Saint Louis, Missouri on September 19, 1827. Jemima died in Montgomery Co., Missouri on August 5, 1846.
7) Henry L. Clanton, born February 2, 1784 in Sussex County, Virginia. After the death of his father in 1791, Henry was placed under the guardianship of his grandfather John Meglamre. After his grandfather's death in 1799, Nathaniel Chambliss was appointed his guardian. On November 7, 1805, Chambliss entered into the Sussex County court on behalf of Henry and Robert Clanton to have the court assist them in dividing their father's tract of land on Racoon Swamp with their brother Drury. Their mother, along with Drury and their stepfather, Edward Whitehorn, apparently had no intentions on turning over their share of the land to them. The court ordered it to be done, so the defendents agreed to do so. From this, Henry acquired ninety-seven acres on the north side of Racoon Swamp and one hundred and thirty-nine acres on the south side. By 1807, Henry moved to Williamson County, Tennessee, where he married on July 2nd of that year to Branchy Dilliard. He took part in the War of 1812, and in January 1815 fought at the Battle of New Orleans. From Williamson County, he moved to the neighboring county of Davidson. Henry married (2) in Davidson County, Tennessee, on June 26, 1816 to Polly Browning Hailey, daughter of James and Ann (Haynes) Hailey, born July 3, 1790 in South Carolina. On August 20, 1817, Henry Clanton of Davidson County sold 140 acres on the waters of Hurricane Creek in Rutherford County, Tennessee, to John Walpole for $500. About 1820 Henry moved to join his older brother Drury in Montgomery County, Missouri. After 1840, Henry moved from Montgomery County to Jasper County, Missouri.
Henry wrote his will on April 16, 1845, and it was probated in Jasper County in August 1845, he having died on May 5th of that year. His will can be found in the Callaway County Deeds, Vol. 1, pp. 371-73. Polly Browning (Hailey) Clanton died in Jasper County not long after Henry, on October 24, 1845.
Henry and Polly are the parents of Newman Haynes Clanton, whose sons were Ike and Billy Clanton at the Gunfight at the OK Corral.
8) Rebecca Clanton, born in Sussex County, Virginia on 27 February 1785. She married there on 4 March 1802 to Edmund Bailey who was born in Sussex County on 7 January 1779, the son of Philip Bailey and Ann Whitehorn. Philip Bailey, the father of Edmund, had married second on 28 December 1798 to Elizabeth Meglamre (#2). Rebecca died in Sussex County, Virginia on 10 August 1846, and Edmund died there on 5 July 1847.
9) Robert Clanton, born in Sussex County, Virginia on 28 May 1787. His father died when he was but four years old and his grandfather, John Meglamre, was appointed his guardian. After Robert was about thirteen years old his grandfather passed away and Nathaniel Chambliss was appointed guardian. Robert's mother, stepfather and older brother Drury appeared to be relunctant to give over the share of land from his father's estate, so in 1805 Chambliss took his ward's case to the Sussex County court, and in 1806 the defendants agreed to the equal division of land. Robert received 99 acres of land on the north side of Racoon Swamp and 150 acres on the south side of the same swamp. Robert moved to North Carolina, where he married (1) Deborah Murphy on 15 April 1815. Deborah died prior to October 14, 1817 when, as a resident of Hertford County, North Carolina, Robert sold 315 acres of land in Sussex County, Virginia, to Richard Clements. Robert married (2) on 14 October 1818 in Murfreesboro, Hertford County, North Carolina to Sarah Smith, who was born 15 September 1796. The following article on Robert Clanton is taken from Biographical And Historical Memoirs Of Mississippi, vol 1, Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, 1891:
Col. Robert Clanton was one of the very first settlers of the great county of Panola, Mississippi, and one of the noblest, bravest and best of Christians. He was of Scotch and Irish or English blood and of a giant family. He was an expert with tools, firearms and the sword. His father, John Clanton, served in the war of 1776. He had a large family and much property, and his two elder sons were Drury and Henry Clanton, who immigrated to Missouri via Tennessee. Robert was the youngest and smallest, though over six feet in height, and sinewy and very active. He married Deborah Murphy, an Irish girl, April 15, 1815, and had one son born to her, but both soon died. He married Mrs. Sallie Wilson who was formerly Miss Sarah Smith, a native of Halifax county, North Carolina, but who was raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, by her uncles Tom and John Brooks, who were the principal citizens of the town of Portsmouth. She was an orphan who was born September 15, 1796. Her former husband, Captain James Wilson, was lost on his first voyage out from Norfolk after their marriage. She is believed to have been of English and German blood. About twelve or eighteen months after his death she moved to Murfreesboro, North Carolina, and engaged in the millinery business through the kindness of friends, for she was still poor, with one baby girl she called Eliza, who lived and married Matthew Clanton, and bore him a large family of children. (Matthew Clanton was second cousin to Robert. Matthew was an important member in the Mystic Clan of land pirate John Murrell). About 1819, Robert Clanton was a well-to-do citizen of Murfreesboro, North Carolina, having built near there a fine watermill, and being the owner of a very rich farm. But sickness forced him away from the rich cotton land, and, emigrating West,
the family first stopped at Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee, in 1822, then settled in Madison county, Tennessee, Col. Clanton owning a farm now midway between Jackson and Denmark, where he had a store. He named his place Mount Olivet, and there most of his children were born. In Tennessee he was called a good farmer, and he made money, for he was very energetic, industrious and economical. In 1836 he bought a large keelboat and loaded it with provisions, etc., at Jackson, Tennessee, and with great difficulty and at great expense he brought it up to Burlingham, Mississippi, on the Tallahatchie River, making the river navigable. Col. Robert Clanton opened a provision store in his boat and one in 1837 on his farm, about two miles and a half north of Burlingham. This was then called the Indian Nation, and his principal customers were the Chickasaw Indians, and his son Timothy, his clerk, gained the love of the Indians. Robert's keelboat was sunk at Burlingham. In 1837 or 1838 he moved to Belmont, Mississippi, and he built the first grist and sawmill on Clanton's creek ever erected in Panola county, and planted the first orchard in the county, and was the principal stockholder in the company that built the first bridge across the Tallahatchie at Belmont, and became the sole owner. The bridge was built of heart cypress and was six hundred yards long. Its first cost was $3,000 and his son Alfonson was the first tollkeeper. He assisted in organizing Panola county, being of the Belmont party, and was one of the delegates to locate the county seat, and his party elected a majority of the delegates, but influences were brought to bear which resulted in the location of the county seat at Panola town. In 1836 he began the improvement of a large tract of land about ten miles east of Belmont, on the hills, on which he raised one or two crops, but which, owing to an unexpected law of congress, as it would seem, as well as to the purchase of Mr. M. McGehee, he had to abandon, unremunerated for his many improvements. Having his choice of sections by favor, in 1836, he purchased for $2,500 section ten, township seven, range seven west, of Walker, Williams and Williams, which is a very large section. He cleared large fields, built a fine residence and ginhouse and planted a large orchard. But having purchased many town lots in Belmont, and Belmont having failed to secure the seat of justice, his loss was almost ruinous, and his troubles were augmented by a great drift, which compelled him to ply a ferry boat in crossing the Tallahatchie River.
In 1840 he moved upon the section mentioned, where has since been the home of his heirs. The locality has since come to be known as Clanton City. Colonel Clanton lived a Christian democrat in word and deed, and, after a long illness, his death occurred on the 19th of May, 1856. He was a strong, well-learned, Jackson democrat, having in his younger days lived with General Jackson in Tennessee and imbibed and assimilated some of his noble patriotism; a volunteer in the cavalry of the War of 1812-14 and postmaster for many years at Rees crossroads. He was an early member of the Christian church and always a zealous
Bible reader, and having studied the Scriptures for five years almost without intermission, a great light seemed suddenly to burst upon him, which he could see but which he was never able to explain, though he often tried to do so. He reared a large family, to all of whom he gave a thorough education, or, at least, the best he could afford them, requiring them to be truthful and honest Christians and patriots, for his grandfather, McGlemery was a Baptist preacher and Robert was an early Baptist. His widow survived him until August 26, 1872, and died as she had lived, a devoted Christian, for Mrs. Sarah Clanton was one of the noblest Christian women that ever lived. In 1833 she was immersed "in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost," after studying the New Testament diligently. She tried to live up to its commandments, and was an example of excellency in her Christian duties, both as a mother and as a wise teacher of their children, and they were a joyous, pious, thoughtful and industrious family, with every hope, apparently, of great future glory and renown in their beloved United States. But death stops often the pride of us all, and thus were they made to mourn their losses; but Col. Robert Clanton was second to no one, nor was his family second to any other.
10) Jackey Clanton, born in 1790 Sussex County, Virginia. She married there on 17 December 1810 to George Whitehorn, who was born about 1779 in North Carolina, the son of Philip and Mary Whitehorn. In 1811 George Whitehorn purchased land from his brother-in-law Robert Clanton. In 1818, he sold the land in Sussex County and moved to Tennessee. Jackey died by 1860, which year George was living with his son Jacob in Carroll County, Tennessee. George died there in 1867.
CHILDREN OF EDWARD AND SALLY (MEGLAMRE) WHITEHORN (#1):
11) Elizabeth Anne Whitehorn, married October 2, 1816 in Sussex County, Virginia to David R. Newsom, son of Randolph and Sarah (Mason) Newsom, born about 1780 in Sussex County, Virginia. David was a widower with four children. David died shortly before January 19, 1821 in Sussex County, the date his estate was appraised. Elizabeth died a few days earlier than David.
12) John M. Whitehorn, born February 5, 1795 in Sussex County, Virginia. John served for 110 days as a private in the War of 1812 with Colonel Isaac Mitchell's Company of the Virginia Militia. He married on December 23, 1819 in Greenville County, Virginia to Elizabeth Cain, born in that county on July 15, 1800. Sometime between 1827 and 1830 they moved to Hardeman County, Tennessee. In 1842 they left Tennessee and moved to Port Caddo, Texas. John bought land in the western portion of Harrison County and established a large cotton plantation, a log way station, post office in his store, a cotton gin, and although not a Mason he built a place above his store for James Taylor Lodge. He donated land for a school, a church and a cemetary for slaves. John named the settlement Ash Springs. It was located on the stage route from Mansfield, Louisiana to Starrville, Texas. John died at Ash Springs, Harrison County, Texas on March 25, 1878; Elizabeth died there October 16, 1885.
13) Nancy M. Whitehorn, born about 1803 in Sussex County, Virginia. She married there on April 2, 1824 to Richard Bailey, son of Wyatt and Phoebe (Woodland) Bailey, born about 1801 in Sussex County, Virginia. Richard died there in 1825.
CHILDREN OF PHILIP AND ELIZABETH (MEGLAMRE) BAILEY (#2):
14) Zilpah Bailey, born 1804 in Sussex County, Virginia. She married there on February 3, 1825 to Nathaniel Whitehorn.
15) Elizabeth Bailey, born 1807 in Sussex County, Virginia. She married Seymour Northcross.
16) Martha M. Bailey, born January 11, 1811 in Sussex County, Virginia. She married there on June 24, 1833 to William Newsom, son of David and Patty (Whitehorn) Newsom, born March 28, 1812 in Sussex County, Virginia. They moved to Haywood County, Tennessee, where William died December 22, 1878. Martha died there July 18, 1892.
CHILDREN OF THOMAS AND HETTABLE (MEGLAMRE) NORTHCROSS (#3):
17) John Meglamre Northcross, born February 15, 1799 in Sussex County, Virginia. He moved to Alabama by 1831. He married, possibly in Alabama, to Sarah Larison Oakes. By 1840 thet were living in Tippah County, Mississippi. He later moved to Texas.
18) Sarah Northcross, born September 8, 1800 in Sussex County, Virginia. She married Mr. Thomas.
19) James Northcross, born October 25, 1802 in Sussex County, Virginia. James married (name unknown) and after her death he moved to Texas in 1831. He was a Methodist minister. James married (2) in 1835 to Sarah Parrent Jenkins, a widow with three children. James and Sarah had one child (name unknown). James served in Captain Robert Coleman's company during the Grass Fight, took part in the seige at Bexar, and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Captain William Carey's artillery company. He was killed in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. A family story states his land was left to his brothers John and Richard who looked it over and then turned it down because it was too woody and wouldn't grow cotton.am
20) Elizabeth Northcross, born September 28, 1804 in Sussex County, Virginia. She married Mr. Rust.
21) Richard Northcross, born February 5, 1806 in Sussex County, Virginia. He married Frances Thomas (another source gives her maiden name as Ray), born December 11, 1805. They moved to Hardeman County, Tennessee and later to Kentucky. Richard served in the Civil War and was killed during a seven day battle near Richmond, Virginia in 1863.
22) Northern Nelms Northcross, born July 18, 1809 in Sussex Copunty, Virginia. Northern moved to Alabama by 1833 and it was probably in that state where he married Margery Marshall, daughter of Hugh and Ann (McPherson) Marshall. They moved to Tennessee by 1837 and were living there at the time of the 1850 census. At some point Northern went west to California, as he died there in Orange County on January 15, 1881.
23) Maria Northcross, born January 15, 1812 in Sussex County, Virginia. She died young.
CHILD OF WILLIAM AND MARY (MEGLAMRE) LUNDY (#4):
24) Nancy Lunday, named in the will of her grandfather John Meglamre.
CHILDREN OF JOHN AND MARY "POLLY" (STUART) MEGLAMRE (#5):
25) Littleton Meglamre, born May 17, 1799 in Sussex County, Virginia. He married November 1, 1821 to Elizabeth Green. Littleton is last known to be residing in Sussex County, Virginia in 1850. (#135 0n census).
26) William Meglamre, born December 19, 1800 in Sussex County, Virginia. He married on December 24, 1829 to Mary Jane Tomlinson. Mary died April 23, 1832. William married (2) May 16, 1844 to Elizabeth Mason. William died May 25, 1846; Elizabeth died February 6, 1851.
27) Nancy Johnson Meglamre, born December 4, 1802 in Sussex County, Virginia. She never married. Nancy died November 17, 1872.
28) James Meglamre, born May 21, 1804 in Sussex County, Virginia. (There is a James living 1850 in Barbour Co., VA., but he is probably of the Augusta family).
29) Jack Meglamre, born May 4, 1806 in Sussex County, Virginia. Jack married on November 5, 1828 to Mary Owen. Mary died December 29, 1841; Jack died July 8, 1845. (He may be the John McGlamery in Montgomery County, Indiana in 1830).
30) Sarah Stuart Meglamre, born April 25, 1808 in Sussex County, Virginia. She married December 20, 1840 to George Miskell. George purchased the 285 acres of land that was the original Meglamre farm in Southampton County from the estate of his father-in-law. George died about 1874. Sarah died May 1, 1888 in Southampton County, Virginia.
31) Mary Meglamre, born October 4, 1810 in Sussex County, Virginia. She married on January 8, 1834 to Nicholas Partridge. Mary died July 15, 1886.
32) Elizabeth Moore Meglamre, born May 26, 1813 in Sussex County, Virginia. She died, unmarried, on July 17, 1835, probably in Sussex County, Virginia.
33) Caroline Margaret Meglamre, born September 24, 1819. She died, probably unmarried, on February 16, 1885.
THIS IS ALL I HAVE ON JACKEY CLANTON AND GEORGE WHITEHORN'S DESCENDANTS> ANY ADDITIONS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED>
DESCENDENTS OF GEORGE AND JACKEY (CLANTON) WHITEHORN
Jackey Clanton, daughter of John and Sally (Meglamre) Clanton, was born in 1790 Sussex County, Virginia. She married there on 17 December 1810 to George Whitehorn, who was born about 1779 in North Carolina, the son of Philip and Mary Whitehorn. In 1811 George Whitehorn purchased land from his brother-in-law Robert Clanton. In 1818, he sold the land in Sussex County and moved to Tennessee. Jackey died by 1860, which year George was living with his son Jacob in Carroll County, Tennessee. George died there in 1867.
CHILDREN OF GEORGE AND JACKEY (CLANTON) WHITEHORN:
1) a daughter, born 1810-15, Virginia.
2) Jacob H. Whitehorn, born 1815, Virginia. He married Kiziah A. Petty, who was born 1815 in Dickinson, Tennessee, the daughter of Thomas Petty and Jane Darwin. Jacob was a farmer in Carroll County, Tennessee, where he died in 1878.
3) Virginia Whitehorn. She was either the first daughter who was born 1810-15, or the second daughter who was born 1815-20 in Virginia.
4) a son, born 1820-25 in Virginia.
5) David Whitehorn, born 1820-25 in Virginia. He married in 1846 to Naomi Ann Dees. He died prior to 1850.
6) Rebecca Whitehorn, born 1826-7 in Virginia. She married Thomas W. Stacy, a farmer, who was born 15 October 1814. In 1850 they were residing in Decatur County, Tennessee. Rebecca died most likely by 1860, as in that year Thomas Stacy is living in Carroll County, Tennessee, with a second wife, Martha J., who was born in Tennessee about 1817. Martha is most likely the mother of the two youngest Stacy children who are listed in their household in the 1860 census: Thomas W., age 2, and Yancey E., age 5 months. Thomas died 4 September 1894.
7) Martha Whitehorn, born 1828-9 in Tennessee. She married November 7, 1847 in Carroll County, Tennessee to James M. Ezell, a farmer who was born 1820-21 in Tennessee. They resided before 1870 to Hornbeck, Obion County, Tennessee.
8) Joseph Nelms Whitehorn, born January 1830 Tennessee. He was a farmer in Carroll County, Tennessee. Joseph married Sarah Vaughn, who was born June 1829 in Tennessee. He died in 1912, and Sarah died in 1914.
9) Ruth Whitehorn, born 1830-31, Tennessee.
10) John Whitehorn, born 1833-34, Tennessee. He may be the John Whitehorn born 1834-5 Tennessee, who is listed on the 1880 census living in Obion County, Tennessee, married to Sarah, who was born 1830 Tennessee.
CHILDREN OF JACOB AND KIZIAH (PETTY) WHITEHORN (#2):
11) George Thomas Whitehorn, born April 1843 in Tennessee. He married Mary J. (maiden name not known), who was born May 1842 in Tennessee. They resided in Carroll County, Tennessee, where George was a farmer. (Another source gives his wife as Ada Bradbury).
12) Henry B. Whitehorn, born 1845 Tennessee. He is not listed on the 1870 Tennessee Census index.
13) Elvis Bell Whitehorn, born 1847 Tennessee. He married Paralee (maiden name not known), who was born 1842-8 Tennessee. Elvis was a farmer and was living next door to his father in the 1870 census of Carroll County, Tennessee.
14) James Whitehorn, born May 1850 in Carroll County, Tennessee. He married Sarah Parsons, born November 28, 1869 in Carroll County, 1870 Tennessee. Either James or Sarah died March 10, 1904.
15) Joseph David Whitehorn, born 1852-3 Tennessee.
CHILDREN OF THOMAS AND REBECCA (WHITEHORN) STACY (#6):
16) Wesley F. Stacy, born 1847-48 Tennessee. He is gone from home by 1870.
17) George W. Stacy, born 1853-4 Tennessee. He is most likely Rebecca's son, named for her father George Whitehorn.
CHILDREN OF JAMES AND MARTHA (WHITEHORN) EZELL (#7):
18) James B. Ezell, born 1851 Tennessee. He is a farm laborer in 1870 Obion County, Tennessee, on his parents farm.
19) Virginia Ezell, born 1854 Tennessee.
20) Georgia Ezell, born 1859, Tennessee. Probably died young.
21) Zoamil Ezell, born January 1864 in Tennessee. He married Florence (maiden name unknown), who was born September 1872. She had married first Mr. Fielder (Fiedler).
22) William Dixie Ezell, born 1865-6 Tennessee.
23) John L. Ezell, born 1869, Tennessee.
CHILDREN OF JOSEPH NELMS AND SARAH (VAUGHN) WHITEHORN (#8):
24) George Berry Whitehorn, born 1857 Tennessee. He married Nancy F. (maiden name unknown), who was born 1861-2 Tennessee. They were living in Carroll County, Tennessee in 1920.
25) James Emerson Whitehorn, born 1859 Tennessee.
26) Permicy / Pernicey Whitehorn, born 1861-2 Tennessee.
27) Jackey E. Whitehorn, born 1864-5 Illinois.
28) James M. Whitehorn, born 1868-9 Illinois.
CHILD OF JOHN AND SARAH WHITEHORN (#10):
29) Laura J. Whitehorn, born 1870-1 in Tennessee.
CHILDREN OF GEORGE AND MARY WHITEHORN (#11):
30) Laura Whitehorn, born 1864-5 Tennessee.
31) William H. Whitehorn, born January 1867 Tennessee. In 1900 Carroll County, Tennessee, William is living with his two sons at the home of his father. Wife's name unknown.
32) Nannie Whitehorn, born May 1882, Tennessee.
33) Murray Whitehorn, born May 1882, Tennessee, twin to Nannie.
CHILD OF ELVIS AND PARALEE WHITEHORN (#13):
34) Mary A. Whitehorn, born 1867-8, Tennessee.
CHILDREN0 OF ZOAMIL AND FLOREN0CE EZELL (#21):
35) Myrtle Ezell, born February 1894 Tennessee. Married John Andrew Carter.
36) Lucie (Lacie) Ezell, born July 1895 Tennessee.
37) Ella Ezell, born June 1897 Tennessee.
38) Nellie Ezell, born July 1898 Tennessee.
CHILD OF GEORGE AND NANCY WHITEHORN (#24):
39) Lillie Whitehorn, married Mr. Crider
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM H. WHITEHORN (#31):
40) Howard Whitehorn, born 1891 Tennessee.
41) George G. Whitehorn, born 1896 Tennessee.