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Sterling McLemore

Male Abt 1765 - 1814  (~ 49 years)


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  • Name Sterling McLemore  [1, 2, 3
    Born Abt 1765  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 May 1814  Fayette County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • James McKinney writes that Sterling paid taxes on 200 acres of land on Skaggs Creek as early as 1806, and may have been there earlier.  McKinney also writes that in April 1805, William Bethuram (sic), a neighbor of Sterling's, married a Sarah McLemore. It is not known if this was Sterlings' youngest sister, Sally, or a daughter of Sterling's.

      James McKinney adds that the land Sterling paid taxes on was on James Thompson's 4266 acre landgrant. Sterling did not have a deed to the property. In April 1807 James Kincaid bought the entire landgrant from Thompson's heirs. Sterling was present and was a witness, when the deed was made.

      Paul Williams, noted, however that In a book dealing with Rockcastle (Kentucky) Pioneers it mentions a William Bethurum marrying a MARY McLemore in 1805 not Sarah/Sally---and that per another article dated 14 Oct 1987 "Family Research Manager" Loren C. Beougher of Raytown, MO cited "William Bethurum marriage to Mary McLemore 5 Apr 1805, Pulaski Co., KY"-- William is son of Benjamin -- Paul also noticed that one of the siblings of William & Mary [his name is Allen] also was shown as married to a McLemore.

      Melba Gene McLemore shows that on the 1782 Surry County, NC Tax List he had no land, one horse, and a total taxable valuation of 6 pounds. She further indicated that the Feb. 1786 NC State Census for Surry County lists Sterlin, over 21, with a wife and two sons a two daughters. On February 25, 1787, he witnessed a deed for his father, in the Surry County Deed Book D:20. He is also indexed in the 1799 Deed Book G:113, Ephraim McLemore, deceased to Sterling McLemore.

      1790 Census
      North Carolina, Randolph County
      Roll M637_7 Page 100 Image 0174

      737 McLemore Sterling 1 3 3
      873 McLemore Wright 1

      Melba also provided a copy of his Estate Probate Records, from Fayette County, Kentucky, August 1815. The actual scanned images are in the documents section of this file.

      Rebecca & Joel McElmore Act. and Adm.
      In account current with the Estate of Sterling McElmore

      To amount of sale of goods and chattles of the Estate $245.46; To cash paid by John Lewis 8.00; To (cash paid by) Richard Alsom 2.00; to (cash paid by) Rueben Cave/Carr 23.00; to (cash paid by) Sheriff of Fayette County 50.00; by balance 7.44; (Total Amount) $335.90 By cash paid H. Atchison $6.12; by (cash paid) A. Campbell 2.50; by (cash paid) J.P. Rucker 15.25; by (cash paid) Sterling McLemore, Jr. 6.87 1/2; by (cash paid) Aron McLemore 9.00; by (cash paid) Stephen Torry(sp?) 22.63; by (cash paid) Thos. Walker 31.71; by (cash paid) John Webber 19.00; by cash funeral expenses S. McL. Dec'd 16.87 1/2; by amt due M. Lewis U. ??? 9.74; by paid Joel McLemore 168.62 By service rendered on Administration 25.00; by cash paid Attorney 2.50 (which totals) $335.90 by Ballance Overpaid $7.44 In pursuance of an order of the July County Court we the subscribers have made the settlement with Rebecca & Joel McLemore administratrix & administrator of the Estate of Sterling McLemore Dec'd which settlement ??? above drawn. (Signed by) Thos. D. Miller, Jas. Headly, and J. Bucker.

      Melba lists the inventory of his estate, dated 17 May 1814, as follows:

      1 Cupboard 13.00
      One Bureau 13.00
      One Dining Table 5.00
      One Chest 3.00
      One Table 1.50
      11 chairs, some without bottoms 3.00
      One bed and furniture & bedstead 14.00
      One do 16.00
      One do 14.00
      3 Coverlids 9.00
      One bed & underbed 8.00
      One lot of knives and forks 3.50
      Cupboard ware 5.00
      2 pewter dishes and spoons 2.00
      One womans saddle and small bridle 5.00
      One dutch over 1.25
      One pot and pothooks?? 1.50
      One pott rack 2.00
      One small pot & hooks 0.50
      One pair of shovel and ??? 2.00
      One small churn 0.25
      One Shado??shade?? 1.25
      2 cotten wheels 3.00
      One Hachell? 1.75
      One ritrh? 2.50
      One Loom & Packing 7.50
      2 Water Partes? 0.75
      One Jack S??? 7.00
      4 barrels 1.50
      One Grindstone 2.00
      One logg chain 2.00
      One plow and strechers 7.00
      One cuting bo??? 3.00
      Two Halter Horns and a pair of Harns 1.50
      Bridles  & Hip Strap 1.75
      Carpenter Tools 7.50
      3 Sickels 0.50
      One trow 1.00
      One rasp 1.00

      One lot of old irons 1.75
      2 pair of cotten cards 1.00
      One flat iron ??? & nippers?? 0.75
      One bell and currecombe?? 0.75
      Wood 1.75
      One plow cl?? and swing?? 4.00
      Two hoes 1.50
      One Bay Horse 40.00
      One do do 20.00
      One Bay Mare 25.00
      4 Sheep 6.00
      6 Hoggs 7.00
      One Red Cow calf & Bell 11.00
      One do do do 6.00
      One Brown Yearling 3.00
      One lot of old books 1.75
      One bound duo> on Reuben?? Cave?? 23.50

      Total Amount 356.75/100
      Thomas D. Miller, James Healey??, James P. Rucker Compliers
      Wedo here by acknowledge the atwo appraisement to be true and correct this 13 day of February 1815 Rebeccah x McElmore her Mark
      Joel McElmore
      Fayette County
    Person ID I2052  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Ephraim McLemore, Jr.,   b. Abt 1738, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1798, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Hannah Hudspeth,   b. Between 1740 and 1745, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1760  Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • James McKinney writes that Ephraim's will listed his wife, Hannah and 11 children. The children were: Sterling, Wright, William, Martha, Cary, Hannah, Rebecca, Fanny, Gillum, John and Sally. He cites Surry Co N.C. Will Abstracts as his source.
    Family ID F1343  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

    Family Rebecca ???,   b. Between 1760 and 1770, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Bef 1782  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • The Heritage Book of Coffee Co TN 1836-2004, article 867
      Sterling McLemore
      Sterling McLemore, son of Ephraim McLemore and Hanna Hudspeth, first appears on the NC tax lists of 1784-1787 in Surry Co showing one male age 21, two males under 21, and over 60, and three females of all ages.
      He is found on the 1790 census for NC in Surry Co but is not shown in 1800.
      He is found on the insolvent Tax List of 1790 Montgomery Co NC.
      He received a land grant from the State of N.C., Grant
      # 2081, for 100 acres. By 1810, he is found on the census of Rockcastle Co KY. He is shown as male age 45 and up. His wife is in same age bracket. His household has two males and two females under age 10, two males and two females ages 10-16,, and three males and one female ages 16-26.
      Sterling McClemore born by 1765, probably in NC, died May 1814 in Fayette Co KY. Married by 1782 to Rebecca ____ born abt 1764 in NC. According to 1850 Mortality Schedule for TN. Their known children [as assumed from the intestate
      probate papers, lawsuits and deeds found in Fayette Co KY are;
      1. Joel b 1780-90 in NC
      2. John
      3. Abner b ca 1785 in NC, died between 1860-70 in AL md unknown wife abt 1811 in Rockcastle or Fayette Co, KY.
      4. Sterling C. Jr. b 1775-91, died abt. Mar 1825 in Lincoln Co TN, married Martha [Patsy] Whitaker on 5 Oct. 1811 in Fayette Co KY. Martha then married Mr. Pegram and died abt 1881.
      Their son, S. J. McLemore, is found on the 1850 census of Davidson Co TN. He was born 29 Dec, 1822 in Lincoln Co TN and died 20 June, 1896 in Coffee Co TN. His 8 children are named in Case #1072 of Probate Papers of Coffee County, TN.
      5. Rebecca b 1780/90, married Signor Allen on 13 Mar 1815 in Fayette Co KY. Consent of her mother, Rebeccah McLemore, is given. They appear on the 1820 census of Lincoln Co TN.
      6. Hannah b 1780/90, married Benjamin Wright on 19 Sept, 1814 in Fayette Co KY. They appear on 1820 & 1830 Lincoln Co TN census. Her mother, Rebeccah, consented to the marriage.
      7. Martha [Patsy] b 1780/90 married James R. Brown ib 30 Nov, 1816 in Fayette Co KY.They appear on the 1820 & 1830 census of Lincoln Co TN and on the 1850 census of Coffee Co TN. James R. Brown died abt Feb 1855 in Coffee Co TN.
      Sterling and Rebeccah McLemore probably had more children but their names are not known at this time.

      Post by Virginia KEEFER on the McLemore Family Genealogy Forum (http://www.jenforum.org/mclemore/messages/1146.html)
    Children 
     1. John McLemore,   b. Aft 1783, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Joel H. McLemore,   b. Abt 1784, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1870, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years)
     3. Abner McLemore,   b. Aft 1785, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
     4. Sterling C. McLemore,   b. Abt 1790, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1823, Lincoln County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
     5. Martha McLemore,   b. Between 1793 and 1795, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Hannah McLemore,   b. Between 1794 and 1800, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Probably Wright McLemore, Of Arkansas,   b. Abt 1800, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1849, Jefferson County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
     8. Rebecca Elizabeth McLemore,   b. Abt 1802, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Maybe Lucretia Jane McLemore,   b. 30 Oct 1804, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1877, Crockett, Houston County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     10. Maybe Nicholas McLemore, Tn Or Ky > Louisiana,   b. Between 1805 and 1811, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Maybe Keton Jones McLemore, Of Ky > Ark > La. > Tex.,   b. Between 1808 and 1811, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2008 
    Family ID F8148  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1765 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Bef 1782 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 May 1814 - Fayette County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    McLemore, Sterling, Feb Court 1815, Fayette County, Kentucky, A
    McLemore, Sterling, Feb Court 1815, Fayette County, Kentucky, A
    Sale of Sterling McLemore Estate, Feb Court 1815, Page A
    McLemore, Sterling, Feb Court 1815, Fayette County, Kentucky, B
    McLemore, Sterling, Feb Court 1815, Fayette County, Kentucky, B
    Sale of Sterling McLemore Estate, Feb Court 1815, Page B
    McLemore, Sterling, Feb Court 1815, Fayette County, Kentucky, C
    McLemore, Sterling, Feb Court 1815, Fayette County, Kentucky, C
    Sale of Sterling McLemore Estate, Feb Court 1815, Page C
    McLemore, Sterling Estate Probate Records, Lexington, Kentucky, August 1815 p 1 of 3
    McLemore, Sterling Estate Probate Records, Lexington, Kentucky, August 1815 p 1 of 3
    Rebecca & Joel McElmore Act. and Adm.
    In account current with the Estate of Sterling McElmore
    To amount of sale of goods and chattles of the Estate $245.46; To cash paid by John Lewis 8.00; To (cash paid by) Richard Alsom 2.00; to (cash paid by) Rueben Cave/Carr 23.00; to (cash paid by) Sheriff of Fayette County 50.00; by balance 7.44; (Total Amount) $335.90.
    McLemore, Sterling Estate Probate Records, Lexington, Kentucky, August 1815 p 2 of 3
    McLemore, Sterling Estate Probate Records, Lexington, Kentucky, August 1815 p 2 of 3
    By cash paid H. Atchison $6.12; by (cash paid) A. Campbell 2.50; by (cash paid) J.P. Rucker 15.25; by (cash paid) Sterling McLemore, Jr. 6.87 1/2; by (cash paid) Aron McLemore 9.00; by (cash paid) Stephen Torry(sp?) 22.63; by (cash paid) Thos. Walker 31.71; by (cash paid) John Webber 19.00; by cash funeral expenses S. McL. Dec'd 16.87 1/2; by amt due M. Lewis U. ??? 9.74; by paid Joel McLemore 168.62.
    McLemore, Sterling Estate Probate Records, Lexington, Kentucky, August 1815 p 3 of 3
    McLemore, Sterling Estate Probate Records, Lexington, Kentucky, August 1815 p 3 of 3
    By service rendered on Administration 25.00; by cash paid Attorney 2.50 (which totals) $335.90 by Ballance Overpaid $7.44

    In pursuance of an order of the July County Court we the subscribers have made the settlement with Rebecca & Joel McLemore administratrix & administrator of the Estate of Sterling McLemore Dec'd which settlement ??? above drawn. (Signed by) Thos. D. Miller, Jas. Headly, and J. Bucker.

  • Sources 
    1. [S206] McLemore, James L. III ("The Early History of the McLemore Family of Virginia and the Carolinas").

    2. [S325] Johnson, Will (wjhonson@aol.com) "Research of Will Johnson, professional genealogist" Ver. 2008-11-12 ; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=wjhonson.

    3. [S569] Wright, Douglas (pdwright@bresnan.net) Ver. 2007-12-30 ; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=douglaswright44.