Notes for James II McClaugherty: James McClaugherty ll, son of James and Agnes (McGarre) McClaugherty, was born in 1780 in Ireland. He grew up to be a powerful man of 6', 6" height. On August 5, 1802 he married Sarah (Sally) Mullins, (b. 1782 - d. Jan 8, 1859),daughter of John and Sarah (Ballard) Mullins. James acquired land near Glen Lyn, Virgina in Nov. 1816 and built a log house near New River which the family occupied until 1836 when a new house was built of 30,000 hand-made bricks which were made on the farm using slave labor. The house is in use today, and is featured in the book "Old Virginia Houses, the Mountain Empire" by Emmie Ferguson Farrar and Emilee Hines.
The house is typical of houses of that period, built with slave labor. The log kitchen stands in the rear, detached with servant quarters overhead. There are fireplaces in each room, a large one in the kitchen where the cooking was done. The original shingles were handmade, the window frames are made of locust, and most of the small window panes are still in use. James is said to have been very painstaking in everything he did and built substantially.
It is said that at the close of the War Between the States, the land, several thousand acres, owned by McClaugherty, was surveyed and was supposed to be included in West Virginia. McClaugherty got on his house and rode to Richmond, Virginia, and told them, "No-by G- -, you are not cutting me off of Virginia. I fought for the South and I'm going to stay in it." It is stated that this is the reason that the line was run in such a peculiar shape. A close inspection of the map of Virginia will show a definite area of land protruding into West Virginia. This is the land of James McClaugherty.
James died April 12, 1854, intestate. An inventory was made of his personal property on August 4, 1854 by James Adair, George W. Brown, Parkinson Shumate and George W. Janey. It was presented to the Court by Manelius Chapman, administrator of the estate, on Sept. 11, 1854. This document is recorded in Giles County Will Book 3, pp 309-312. Pages 313 - 318 of Will Book 3 records the sale of James McClaugherty's property on August 5, 1854.
Sale of the home and 489 acres is recorded in Mercer County, West Virginia, Deed Book "A", pp. 211 -212 transferring from the heirs of James McClaugherty to Anderson Shumate who was the highest bidder for the property at $12,231. James and Sarah's daughter, Jane married a Shumate, and the house is in the Shumate family, still in use today.
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