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William Kearney McLemore

Male Abt 1825 - Abt 1889  (~ 64 years)


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  • Name William Kearney McLemore  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1825  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1889  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Holly Springs Cemetery, Van Zandt County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Dr. Paul McLemore emailed, in March 2010, that "My fathers grandfather is William Kearney McLemore b 1825 d 1889 this is on the tombstone Holley Springs Cem, Van Zandt Co., Texas, He came from Shreveport, Louisiana to Van Zandt county"

      The 1880 census shows that W. K. McLemore was born in North Carolina. John Simpson McLemore, buried near him in the Holly Springs Cemetery in Van Zandt county, instead reports his fathers place of birth as Mississippi in 1880 and as Tennessee in 1900. And J. M. McLemore, who is likely son James Madison McLemore, reports in 1880 that his father was born in Indian Territory, but later reports North Carolina.

      Peggy Stewart Gore also shows William Kearney McLemore as being born in Tennessee.
    • (Research):
      Census Listings:

      Description: 1880 United States Federal Census

      Name: W. K. Macklymore
      Home in 1880: Van Zandt, Texas
      Age: 54
      Estimated birth year: abt 1826
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
      Father's birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's birthplace: North Carolina

      Occupation: Farmer
      Marital Status: Widower
      Race: White
      Gender: Male

      W. K. Macklymore 54 NC NC NC
      Ellen Macklymore 20  MS NC Al
      Nancy Macklymore 15 La NC Al
      Annie Macklymore 12 La NC Al
      Milton Macklymore 10  LA NC Al
      Albert Macklymore 8 La NC AL
      ED 123 Van Zandt Texas
      FHL Film 125330 NA Film T9-1330
      Page 120C

      (Courtesy of Melba Gene McLemore)
    • (Medical):A direct male descendant, still bearing the McLemore surname, participated in the Morrison yDNA study. He was predicted to be in the I1 haplogroup, the most common group in Scandanavia. However, he does not currently have any matches among the other 15 members with the McLemore surname in the study. 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.
    Person ID I27521  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2015 

    Family 1 Rebecca Ann Gore,   b. Abt 1839, Barbour County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1875, Van Zandt County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Married 17 Mar 1854  Attala County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Margaret "Margie" Amelia McLemore,   b. Jul 1856, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1935, Navarro County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     2. John S. McLemore,   b. Dec 1857, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1911, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)
     3. Ellen McLemore,   b. Abt 1860, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. James Madison McLemore,   b. 2 Dec 1861, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1918, Van Zandt County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     5. Nancy J. "Nannie" McLemore,   b. Dec 1864, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Annie McLemore,   b. Abt 1868, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Melton Green McLemore,   b. 16 Aug 1869, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1931, Canton, Van Zandt County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     8. Albert Wilson McLemore,   b. 20 Jan 1873, Bossier Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1942, Canton, Van Zandt County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 25 May 2010 
    Family ID F9001  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Angelina Castleberry,   b. Abt 1844, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 27 Jan 1884  Van Zandt County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Groom's Name: W. K. Mclemore
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      Bride's Name: Angelina Castleberry
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      Marriage Date: 27 Jan 1884
      Marriage Place: , Van Zandt, Texas
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      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M73062-1
      System Origin: Texas-VR
      Source Film Number: 1578918
      Reference Number: 2:SXK0XB
      Collection: Texas Marriages, 1837-1973
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2012 
    Family ID F11109  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1825 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Mar 1854 - Attala County, Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Jan 1884 - Van Zandt County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt 1889 - Texas Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Documents
    McLemore DNA Study Results NOVEMBER 2011  (see spreadsheet PDF at bottom of this page)
    The yDNA of a descendant of someone thought to be a direct male descendant of William Kearney McLemore is listed in the brown section of this excel spreadsheet, tenth row. To date, there are no other matches to this line. They are in the I1 haplogroup, which occurs at greatest frequencty in Scandinavia.
    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 (stxstrong@gmail.com), or you can enroll directly at this websites listed below.

    http://www.geneticousins.com/morrison/

    or here

    http://www.familytreedna.com/project-join-request.aspx?group=Morrison

    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 stxstrong@gmail.com and I can send you an excel spreadsheet or PDF.


  • Sources 
    1. [S791] Van Zandt County, Texas Cemeteries - Holly Springs ; http://txgenweb3.org/txvanzandt/cemetery.htm.

    2. [S308] 1880 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005., (1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880. T9, 1,454 rolls. This database is an index to 50 million individuals enumerated in the 1880 United States Federal Census. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, occupation, relationship to the head of household, race, sex, age at last birthday, marital status, place of birth, parents’ place of birth. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1880 Federal Census.), ED 123 Van Zandt Texas FHL Film 125330 NA Film T9-1330  Page 120C (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S787] McLemore, Dr. Paul--Family Member.

    4. [S789] FamilySearch.org, Texas Marriages, 1837-1973.