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The McClintock Family

Our Family History

Noble and Eleanor McClintock were born in Ireland in the 1780s, but details of their lives are still very sketchy. They likely married in about 1810, though I'm not sure on which side of the ocean. The first record we find of the family is in 1825 when Noble purchased 160 acres of land in Harrison county, Ohio, 30 miles northwest of Wheeling, West Virginia. (Virginia, in 1825.) In 1830 the family was living in Archer (Harrison co.) with five children, the oldest born in about 1812. The only other record I have of Noble is when his will was probated in 1849. I assume he died in about 1848. According to the census, Eleanor was livin in Stock township, just west of Archer, by herself in 1840.  I can only find two of the sons living elsewhere that year and am inclined to believe the family lived with Eleanor but were missed in the census.  Eleanor remained Stock township until her death in 1866. There is conflicting information in the few records we have as to the birth places and dates of the kids, so we don't know when the family, or perhaps Noble and Eleanor separately, before they married, immigrated to the United States. My guess is that they came in about 1810, passing through New York and Pennsylvania before settling in Ohio.

The Kids

I have not identified the oldest child, as he did not appear with the family again. In 1839 one of the other sons, John, was living in Wheeling, Virginia very near a William McClintock.  Both were ship carpenters. It's likely that William is the missing brother.  Unfortunately, he disappears. A William McClintock married Artimasa Hill in October of 1830 in Wood county, Virginia, just a short ways down the Ohio River from Wheeling. John's family settled in Wood county several years later, so again it's possible that this William McClintock is also the missing son, but I'm searching for more definitive proof.

Johnathon McClintock married Hannah in about 1836. I first find their family in Wheeling in 1839. Their oldest children were William, born in 1837, and Sarah, born in 1839.  Records show several of the McClintocks born in Ohio, but because Wheeling was in Ohio county, Virginia, I think some of the records are confused. My best guess would be that John, a ship carpenter, was working and living in the big city of Wheeling where he met Hannah, a native of Pennsylvania, and that the kids were born in Wheeling, too.  In any case, they remained in Wheeling into the 1850s. James was born in 1852, then Joseph in 1847.  Joseph was born in Kentucky, so they may have lived there briefly, but they were back in Wheeling in 1850.  By 1860 they had moved down the Ohio River to Parkersburg and had three more children: Amanda (b. 1850), Henry (b. 1856), and Benjamin (b. 1859).  John passed away in 1869. In early 1880, Hannah filed for the pension of her son Joseph, who fought in the Civil War, but I find no further trace of her.

James McClintock graveA family bible says that James McClintock was born in Wheeling, Virginia, in 1819.  Though the date seems correct, I now think it more likely that he was born elsewhere, possibly Ohio, Pennsylvania or New York.  He learned the ship carpenter trade (i.e., he built boats).  In 1850 he was living in Wheeling with his (first) wife, Mary E. Their son, Gyp Marten (aka J.G. or George), must have been born shortly after the census was taken but again, records give conflicting information of either Kentucky or the Indian Territory in Oklahoma. We next see James in 1860 way down the Ohio River in western Kentucky.  He married Ann Wilkins, a native of Union County, probably in about 1857.  They settled in Kentucky coal country, in nearby Crittenden and Hopkins counties, and raised their 6 sons there.  The other children were Albert Byron (b. 1859), Jefferson D. (b. 1861), William Henry (b. 1865), Robert Lee (b. 1867), and John (b. 1869).  All but the youngest were working in the mines near Earlington, Kentucky by 1880.  Albert died in Earlington in about 1880.  James died there in 1882.

A note about names:

The (James) McClintock boys were obviously named after some famous people of that time.  Here's a little information about their famous namesakes.

Jefferson Davis was born in Kentucky to a family of military and civil leaders.  He was appointed by President Monroe to West Point at the age of 16.  He fought in many battles against Native American tribes, and later against the Mexicans in Texas and California, to annex these territories to the United States.  He was prominent in politics, and served many positions in government, including Senator and Secretary of War.  He argued vehemently for preservation of the Union, but became the South's spokesman for States' rights.  After the seccession of the Southern States, Davis was elected the first President of the Confederate States of America, though this did not happen until the year after the birth of our Jefferson Davis McClintock.

William Henry Harrison was the 9th President of the United States.  He was a famous pioneer war hero, having fought several battles against Native Americans to push them further west and open up more land for white settlement.  The most famous may have been the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811.  In the War of 1812, Harrison defeated a combined British and Indian army and killed the famous Tecumseh, a leader of a group of Native American tribes that had united to fight the continued westward expansion and settlement of their lands.  One month after his election to the Presidency in 1841, he contracted pneumonia and died, the first US President to die in office.

Robert E. Lee was the famous US Army general from Virginia, who resigned his commission so that he would not be required to go to war against his fellow Virginians.  He then reluctantly led the Confederate States' military.

I do not know of any famous Albert Byrons or Johns after whom these children might have been named.

Why Western Kentucky?

In 1861, the state of Virginia seceded from the Union, but the folks in the western part of the state refused to secede and set up their own government.  In 1863, the independent state of West Virginia was formed.  In view of the names given to the McClintock boys, it's pretty sure that James was politically very pro-South.  Perhaps he left West Virginia to escape their insufferable liberal politics.  The easiest way to head south, and still hope for work as a ship builder was to travel down the Ohio River, probably from the Wheeling area.  We first find the family in "Bells Mines", a little community about 3 1/2 miles from Weston, a port on the Ohio River.

Let's Not Forget the Girls in Ohio

We left Noble and Eleanor's daughters, Margaret (b. 1823) and Elizabeth (b. 1825), back in Harrison county.  Margaret was last seen living near her mother in Stock township in 1850. Elizabeth lived with her mother until Eleanor's death in 1866. She remained in Stock township until her own death in 1888. Although census records from 1840 to 1880 consistently indicate she was born in about 1825, usually in New York, her death record says she was born on the ocean in 1808.  This is a discrepancy of 17 years! One more example of the uncertainty in the McClintock origins.

Choctaw Nation and beyond

Back to the James McClintock family.  It appears that after James' death, most of the family moved to the Choctaw Nation in the Indian Territory (present day eastern Oklahoma) in the late 1880s or early 1890s.

1890 Map of the Indian Territory and Oklahoma

Gyp: JG (aka Gyp aka George) married Jennie and in 1880 they lived in Earlington, where he worked in the mines.  I don't know what became of Jennie, but in 1885, in Hopkins county (i.e., near or in Earlington),  Gyp married Tillie Storton, a native of Indiana, daughter of immigrants from France and England.  There were no children by either of these marriages, as far as I know.  By 1900, they were living in Lehigh, in the Choctaw Nation of the Indian Territory, located in what is now Coal County, Oklahoma.  Gyp was a "Hotel Keeper", but had been unemployed for 6 months of the previous year.  He died in Lehigh in 1908.  Tillie remarried C.P. Taylor a few years later somewhere in Coal County.

Albert:  Albert died in Kentucky in about 1880, probably near Earlington.

Jeff: Jeff also moved to the Choctaw Nation, to South McAlester, not far from Lehigh, in present day Atoka County.  In 1891, he married Mrs. Ilian Burke.  I found an unmarried Jeff D. McClintock in Houston in 1893, working for the I&GN railroad, and in Quintana in 1900.  This is either a different Jeff in Texas, or his marriage to Ilian was very short-lived.

William: [I'm not sure where William went.  We know that he died in 1924 in San Bernardino, California.  In prior years, I found only one William H. McClintock whose census data (birthdate, birth state, parents birth states, and a coal miner) match our William H., and pending further information am assuming they are one and the same.]  William married Margaret Baird, a native of Livingston, Kentucky, in Mansfield, Arkansas in 1899, then moved to Saginaw, Michigan, where he worked in the coal mines.  They had no children of their own.  Elmer Collett, Margaret's daughter by a previous marriage, lived with them.  I last find William in Saginaw in 1920.  In 1923, only Margaret is listed in the city directory and in 1930 she is a widow, still living in Saginaw. Our William passed away in California in 1924.  He could have been visiting, or he may have separated from his wife, or he may have moved there to recuperate from a lung disease developed from so many years working in the coal mines.  It will take some research to sort this out. Margaret Baird McClintock died in Saginaw in 1955.  [Another research area: There was a William McClintock charged with 127 other defendants in a larceny case in the Fort Scott, Arkansas, court files for 1885. Fort Scott is near Mansfield.  I haven't had time to research this, yet, to see if this is our William.]

Robert:  Robert also moved to Lehigh, Choctaw Nation.  In 1892, he married Katie, one of seven children born to John and Mary McLaughlin Covington.  Robert worked in the coal mines until he was about 60 years old.  They had five children, all but Zelma born in Lehigh:  Albert (b. 1894), Robert (b. 1899), Rita (b. 1903), Zelma (b. 1906 in Colgate/Coalgate), and Mary (b. 1911).  Life must have been very hard there.  In 1900, Robert had been unemployed for one year.  In 1910, he had not worked for 8 of the previous 12 months.  Sometime in the 1920s, Robert and Kate and some of their children moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma, where they remained until Robert's death in 1949.  Kate moved to San Francisco, where she passed away in 1960 at the age of 86.

John:  In 1894, John married Nora Banes in the Choctaw Nation.  They lived in Lehigh.  Their two kids, Vivian and Lawrence, were born in "Oklahoma" (probably in Lehigh, in the Indian Territory), in 1897 and 1903, respectively.  In 1910, the family had moved to Tyler, Texas, where John was working as  a brakeman with the railroad.  Lawrence was living with Nora's sister, Bridget, and her husband, Lon Edge, in Bonita, Arizona.  Lawrence was listed as an adopted son, and their only child.  Lon and Bridget owned a home in Lehigh in 1900.  Perhaps life was very hard (there seemed to be a lot of unemployment) and John and Nora gave Lawrence to the Edges to raise.  In 1920, John, Nora, Bridget, and Lawrence (now 17) were living in San Bernardino, California.  John was still a brakeman for the railroad.  In about 1926, Lawrence married Kathleen (last name unknown), born in Tennessee in 1909.  By 1930, the family had moved to Montebello, in Los Angeles County.  Vivian McClintock Hopkins may have been married and remained in San Bernardino.  She was a resident of Colton, in San Bernardino County, when she passed away in 1985.  John passed away in 1934.  At some point, Nora and her no-longer-married son moved to San Diego.  In 1942, Lawrence enlisted in the Army there.  Nora passed away there in 1955. Lawrence died there in 1962, and is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

California Calls:

Robert Lee's oldest son, Albert, was not going to work in the mines.  He started a weekly dance, hiring a band and renting out a hall, which was quite popular for a while.  But the local boys weren't happy about the Coalgate boys coming and dancing with the Lehigh girls, and the dances ended.  He spent some time hopping trains to explore other parts of the country.  He joined the Army, reportedly to get out of Oklahoma, in about 1911. (He lied about his age to get in.)

Albert McClintockAlbert was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco, where he became a star pitcher for the Presidio baseball team.  During World War II, when his unit was shipping out to fight in Germany, inspectors would always find something wrong with his equipment and he would have to stay behind.  Albert suspected later that the base commander did not want to lose his star player so told the inspectors to create the equipment problems.  Most of the units shipping out at the time were being gassed in Germany, so he thought his baseball talent probably saved his life. He was a sergeant when he left the service in about 1919.  After the army, Albert played semi-pro baseball.  The players were paid only if they won the game, not if they lost, so this was not a viable way to earn a living. Early in his post-army baseball career, pitching for the Clement Drugs team, he injured his arm.

While stationed in San Francisco, Albert met Adeline Magnani, oldest daughter of Giuseppe and Mary Magnani, an Italian family recently arrived from New York City.  In 1918 they married; he left the army a short time later. Their three children, "Bud", Stanford and Betty, were born in San Francisco.  In the 1920s, they moved to Oakland, where Albert began his 28 year career as a mail carrier. He became very active in the postal carriers union (NALC), serving as President and Treasurer throughout the years. Adeline was very active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the organization. An avid bowler, Albert was named to the Alameda County Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1967.  He passed away in 1977.  Adeline remained in their home in Oakland until her death in 1990, leaving 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Albert's sister, Rita, came to San Francisco in the early 1920s where she married Vincent DeMaris in 1924. Their son, Bob, was born there in 1926.  Rita's sister, Zelma, was married on the same day in San Francisco, perhaps in a joint ceremony, to Dennis Feen. Zelma died in 1927, one year after the birth of their son, Denny.  Rita passed away in 1979. I know little of their families.

Stayed in Oklahoma:

Albert's younger brother, Robert, stayed in Lehigh with his parents.  He became a pharmacist. He had reportedly considered moving out to California, but didn't think he would be able to pass that state's exam. In 1934, Robert married Delores Herndon. I have little information on their family.  He passed away in Prague, Oklahoma in 1966.

Mary remained in Oklahoma until at least 1930.  She passed away in Utah in 1981. I have no information on her life.

[Background: collage of old McClintock family photos]

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