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Wright McLemore, Of Arkansas

Male Abt 1800 - Bef 1850  (~ 49 years)

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  • Name Wright McLemore  [1
    Suffix Of Arkansas 
    Born Abt 1800  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1850  Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Melba Gene McLemore noted that in both the April 7, 1824 and July 5, 1826 issue of THE VILLAGE MESSENGER, published in Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee, a Wright M'LEMORE was listed among those for whom dead letters were being held at the Fayetteville Post Office. This makes him very likely a brother of Joel and Sterling McLemore, whose families were in Fayetteville, Tennessee during this same time frame.  Joel and Sterling were sons of Sterling and Rebecca McLemore of Fayette County, Kentucky, originally from North Carolina.

      It is possible, however, that Wright was instead a son of Wright McLemore and Sarah Ransome of North Carolina.

      Melba Gene McLemore has the following Oral Family History from Coy McLemore, born 1940 and living in Sheridan, Arkansas in July, 2005:

      "His Daddy (Eluas McLemore) spoke often of his grandfather, Wright McLemore. He said that Wright and a brother came to Arkansas together. Granddaddy Wright stayed in Arkansas, and the other brother left for Lousiana..." (very likely this was Keton Jones McLemore, born ca 1809 in Kentucky and living in Sabine Parish, Louisiana at the time of the 1850 census). Coy didn't recall were the McLemore's lived prior to Arkansas, but reported that the family was Scoth/Irish.

      Dolores McLemore McKee reports that all three of Wright's sons died as a result of the Civil War, and that his sons all left children to be raised by their mothers and family members.
    • (Research):Census Information:

      1830 Census
      Richland, Arkansas, Arkansas Territory
      Wright McLemore
      One Male under Five
      One Male 30-40
      Two Females under Five
      One Female 30-40

      Keaton J. McLamore (indexed as Raten) is in an adjacent hou

      W. McLemore
      is on the 1833, 1834, and 1837 Jefferson County, Arkansas Territory Tax List

      Wright McLemore
      is on the 1838, and 1839  Jefferson County, Arkansas Territory Tax List

      1840 Federal Census
      Richland, Jefferson County, Arkansas
      Roll 18 Page 231
      W. McLemore
      One Male under 5
      Two Males 5 to 10
      One Males 10-16
      One Male 30-40
      One Male 40-50
      Two Females 10-15
      One Female 20-30

      Following listing was that of W. Flanakin.

      Wright appears to have died prior the 1850 census enumeration. The children from his first family can be found living a few households away from his later wife, Jane.

      These listings for 1850, courtesy of Melba Gene McLemore, are as follows:

      1850 Federal Census
      Arkansas, Jefferson County, Bayou Bartholomew Township
      Enumerated 8 November 1850

      HH 293-301
      Jane D. McLemon 38 F $1000 Illinois
      Samuel C. "" 13 M Arkansas  <--Appears to have been stepson of Wright's based on marriage date
      James " 9?/7? M Arkansas <--If age 9, appears to have been a stepson of Wright's based on marriage date
      Sarah "  1 F Arkansas

      HH 294-302
      James Bridges 26 M Farming Unknown
      Mary Bridges 15 F Arkansas <--Daughter of Jane McLemore, above

      HH 296-304
      John McLemon 23 M Farming $100 Tenn
      Rufus " 19 m Farming Tenn
      Columbus " 17 M Farming Tenn
      Burnetty 21 F Farming Tenn?
      Felix Webb 27 M None Tenn
      HH 296-304
      Jane (Webb?) 18 F Arkansas
      Catherine (Webb?) 2 F Arkansas
    • (Medical):Y DNA Results, FTDNA Haplogroup:


      A direct male descendant volunteered to have his DNA tested. The results can be found at, under the user ID #ag2C5. The FamilyTreeDNA kit number is 87115.

      The descendant was a participant in the Morrison DNA study. His DNA was a high definition match to two other McLemore's (not previously proven to be related), as well as to a McElmurry from Kentucky.   See the results for Group O at the following website:

      The McLemore's that he matched were (1) a descendant of Keton Jones McLemore, born in Kentucky and living in Sabine Parish, Louisiana in 1850 (they were one step removed at 25 markers); and (2) a descendant of John McLemore, born 1822 in North Carolina and living in Decatur County, Georgia in 1850 (they were two steps removed at 25 markers).
      The different markers, in each case, were rapidly mutuating.

      According to FamilytreeDNA in Houston, the probability that the two DNA donors share a common ancestor, is as follows:

      In comparing 25 markers, the probability of sharing a common ancestor within the last...

      4 generations is
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      20 generations is
      24 generations is

      In addition to this above matches, the Wright McLemore descendant also matches to two proven descendants of Abraham Macklemore, the immigrant, and John McLemore, born 1762, the Revolutionary soldier who left descendants in Knox County, Tennessee; Dade County, Missouri; Illinois; Mississippi; and Alabama, and a McElmurry of Kentucky.

      Each of these matches, including the McElmurry, can be found indexed in these files.

      The members of R1b are believed to be the descendants of the first modern humans who entered Europe about 35,000-40,000 years ago. Those R1b forebearers were the people who painted the beautiful art in the caves in Spain and France. They were the contemporaries (and perhaps exterminators) of the European Neanderthals. R1b is the most common Y haplogroup in Europe - more than half of men of European descent belong to R1b. Fourteen of the 30 most common haplotypes in the database are typical of R1b.
    Person ID I28643  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Family 1 ??? ???,   b. Bef 1809,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Bef 1827 
     1. John H. McLemore,   b. Between 1827 and 1829, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1862, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)
     2. Vernetta Jane McLemore,   b. Between 1829 and 1830, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860  (Age ~ 32 years)
     3. Rufus K. McLemore,   b. Abt 1831, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1862, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years)
     4. Sterling C. McLemore,   b. Abt 1833, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1862, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years)
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2007 
    Family ID F9264  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah Rhea,   b. Bef 1817,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 23 Feb 1837  Jefferson County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2007 
    Family ID F9367  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Jane G. "The Widow" Wheldon ???,   b. Abt 1812, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 24 Sep 1844  Jefferson County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Melba Gene McLemore notes that Jane WHELDON (a widow) married Wright McLEMORE on 24 Sep 1844 in Jefferson County, Arkansas.
     1. Sarah McLemore,   b. Abt 1849, Jefferson County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2007 
    Family ID F9265  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1800 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Feb 1837 - Jefferson County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Sep 1844 - Jefferson County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 1850 - Arkansas Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Documents
    McLemore DNA Study Results NOVEMBER 2011  (see spreadsheet PDF at bottom of this page)
    yDNA results for Direct Male Descendant of Wright McLemore b. 1800 North Carolina, fifth row, m203
    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. [S501] McLemore, Melba Gene-Family Researcher/Family Group Sheets, Correspondence, Email ( ;, (