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Charles McLemore

Male 1828 - 1900  (~ 56 years)

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  • Name Charles McLemore  [1, 2, 3
    Born Between 1824 and 1828  Williamson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 1880 and 1900  [3
    • At the time of the 1880 Federal census, he was widowed and living with the family of his son John in Gibson County, TN.
    • (Research):
      Census Information:

      1850 Census
      Tennessee, Carroll County, District 1
      Enumerated 2 Sept 1850
      Stamped 13
      McFarlin, William M 58 NC
      McFarlin, Everline F 28 NC
      McFarlin, James W M 26 Tenn
      McFarlin, William M 24 Tenn
      McFarlin, Franklin M 18 Tenn
      McFarlin, Dicey H. F 14 Tenn
      McFarlin, Amanda F 12 Tenn
      McFarlin, Sylvester M 4 Tenn
      McLemore, Charles M 24 Tenn
      McLemore, Sarah A F 21 Tenn

      1860 Census
      Tennessee, Madison County, District 5, Post Office Denmark
      Enumerated 10 July 1860
      Page 98
      Charles McLemore 36 M Overseer Tenn
      Sarah McLemore 28 F Tenn
      Jno McLemore 10 Tenn
      James McLemore 8 Tenn
      Mary McLemore 6 Tenn
      Wm McLemore 4 Tenn

      1870 Census
      Tennessee, Carroll County, District 1, P.O. Lavinia
      Enumerated 23 Jun 1870
      Pages 21 and 22, Stamped 259
      McLemore, Charley 43 M W Works on Farm Tn
      McLemore, John 19 M W Works of Farm Tn
      McLemore, James 17 M W Works on Farm Tn
      McLemore, Mary E 14 F W Keeping House Tn
      McLemore, William 12 M W Tn

      1880 Census
      Tennessee, Gibson County, Heaths, First Civil District
      Enumerated 4 June 1880
      Page 8 SD 5 ED 32
      McLemore, John Head  W M 30 M Farmer Tn Tn Tn
      McLemore, Elizabeth W F Wf 35 M Keeps House Miss --- ---
      McLemore, William W M 11 Son S Works on Farm Tn Tn Ms
      McLemore, Lonnie W F (sic) 3 Dau (sic) Tn Tn Ms
      McLemore, Infant W M 3/12 Son Tn Tn Ms
      McLemore, Charles W M Father 55 Wd Works on Farm NC NC NC
    Person ID I25540  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Atkins J. McLemore,   b. Abt 1798, Franklin County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, Gibson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married Bef 1827 
    Family ID F8487  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah A. McFarlin,   b. Abt 1829, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1860 and 1870, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Married Abt 1849  [3
     1. John Washington McLemore,   b. Jul 1850, Carroll County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1919, Medina, Gibson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
     2. James Alfred McLemore,   b. 6 Dec 1852, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1938, Medina, Gibson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. Mary E. McLemore,   b. Abt 1854, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. William G. McLemore,   b. Abt 1858, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2011 
    Family ID F8654  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Between 1824 and 1828 - Williamson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    McLemore DNA Study Results NOVEMBER 2011  (see spreadsheet PDF at bottom of this page)
    Part of the R1b1 group (highlighted in salmon)
    The main purpose of this study was to prove that the immigrant founders of this family in America, James Macklemore and Abraham Macklemore, were brothers. If brothers, then the y-DNA of the direct male descendants of both men would match. However, instead of confirming this, it appears that we have AT LEAST two distinct yDNA groups, with three additional potential lines. The first cluster of matching yDNA has ten members, who are part of the R1b1a2 haplogroup (highlighted on the spreadsheet in salmon). The R1b DNA haplogroup, is the most common in Western Europe. Two of the ten participants can trace their lines back to the immigrant Abraham Macklemore, the husband of Mary Young. Another member (m268) can trace himself back to Moses McLemore b. ca. 1738 who is thought to be a son of Wright McLemore, grandson of William Macklemore, and great-grandson of the immigrant James Macklemore. If both these members are correct in their paper trails, AND if Amos can be proven to be a great-grandson of James Macklemore, then the assumption that James and Abraham have a common paternal ancestor is correct as descendants of both men share the same yDNA. The other seven members of this first cluster all have the McLemore surname, and all can trace their lineages back to McLemore men who predate the Civil War, but have not conclusively linked themselves back to either James or Abraham.

    The second cluster in the study have three members to date (this group is highlighted on the spreadsheet in green). They are all in the E1b1 Haplogroup, which is rare in Western Europe. All of them match each other, but do not match any other McLemores yet tested. All three of these members can trace their ancestry to John Macklemore of Virginia, the husband of Faith. Two of them descend from his son Burwell, and the third from his son Joel. But, as discussed above, IF we have also proven that the immigrants Abraham and James Macklemore are brothers, then it follows that John Macklemore could not be the biological son of the immigrant James, as the yDNA of these two clusters is very different.

    Our current thinking is that John was likely a son of Fortune’s and a stepson of James Macklemore, who raised him as his own. Alternatively, it may still be proven that James and Abraham were not brothers. They may share the same surname, but not the same paternal ancestry. More proven descendants of James and Fortune Macklemore will need to be tested to confirm or refute either theory.

    As an interesting side note, it had long been assumed that the Revolutionary War Soldier John McLemore, who lived for a time in North Carolina and died in Tennessee, was a son of Burwell MacLemore and Amy Gilliam. However, current DNA evidence indicates this could not be correct. This is because two descendants of Archibald McLemore of Knox County, TN, a son John McLemore the Revolutionary Soldier, are both part of the larger R1b1a2 cluster (highlighted in salmon). They do NOT match the DNA of Burwell’s other descendants in the E1b1 cluster. Therefore, it is evident that the John McLemore who moved to Tennessee and was the father of Archibald McLemore CAN NOT be the same John McLemore who was a son of Burwell McLemore.

    In addition to the two groups discussed above, there are three McLemore DNA volunteers who don’t match any of the McLemores in either of the first two groups, OR match each other. One of these men (highlighted in purple on the spreadsheet) is a descendant of Hiram McLemore of Lee County, VA and later Breathitt County, KY. Hiram has been speculated to be a son of John McLemore and Ruth Steelman, a grandson of Ephraim McLemore, and great grandson of the immigrant James. However, if James and Abraham Macklemore are brothers, then Hiram could not be a biological descendant of James. He would have to match the group of ten McLemore’s in the first group. Although Hiram McLemore's descendant is also part of the R1b1 Haplogroup, he is more than 10 markers removed (based on 25 markers tested) from being a match to any of the other R1b1 McLemore’s, and therefore could not share a common ancestor in a genealogically significant time period.

    The second unmatched volunteer (highlighted in blue) is a direct descendant of the McLemore family that moved from North Carolina to Jones County, GA and then onto Montgomery County, AL. He is part of the R1a haplogroup, common in many parts of Eurasia and Scandinavia. He can trace his line back through four generations of James McLemore’s to James Macklemore Jr, thought to be the son of James and Fortune. But again, if James and Abraham are brothers, then he could not be a biological descendant of James Macklemore, the immigrant.

    The third unmatched volunteer (highlighted in brown) descends from James Madison McLemore born 1861 in Louisiana and died & buried 1918 in Van Zandt County, Texas. He is thought to be a son of William Kearney McLemore b. 1825 and d. 1889, also buried in Van Zandt County, Texas. He is in the I1 haplogroup, which is the most common group in Scandinavia.

    It is currently not known why these McLemores do not yet match any other study members. It is possible that there were several founding McLemore lines, instead of just one as has been long assumed. Or another possibility could be that undisclosed adoptions have occurred through the generations of descendants of both James and/or Abraham.

    Please help us to continue to unravel these DNA mysteries by volunteering to take part in this study. Email me for more details (, or you can enroll directly at this websites listed below.

    or here

    Also, if you have had your yDNA tested outside of the Morrison group, please let us know. We would be glad to add your results to the spreadsheet.

    If you have trouble viewing this spreadsheet, email me at and I can send you an excel spreadsheet or PDF.

  • Sources 
    1. [S321] Freeman, Mark ( "Mostly Southern" ; Ver. 2008-09-19 17:51:13.

    2. [S144] 1850 United States Federal Census [ database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005, (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432, 1,009 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1850 United States Federal Census, the Seventh Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, age as of the census day, sex, color; birthplace, occupation of males over age fifteen, and more. No relationships were shown between members of a household. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1850 Federal Census.), Tennessee, Carroll County, District 1 Enumerated 2 Sept 1850 Stamped 13 151-151 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1099] McLemore, Charles-Family Researcher and Descendant (