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McClurkin Name Study

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This is a One Name Study for the name McClurkin. Our goal is to make sure that all McClurkin profiles on Wikitree are well sourced, connected, with bios. And to add sourced profiles for further McClurkins, not yet on wikitree.


Currently there is no McClurkin Y-DNA project. If you are a direct male line McClurkin Descendant who had done a Y-DNA test or is interested in testing please contact the project Manager.

Brick Wall McClurkins

  • James H McClurkin (abt 1720-1795) Came to South Carolina aboard the ship Dunluce with Rev William Martin and his ten children. His family is documented through land grants and by his 1795 Will and the Will of his son John.
  • "John" McClurkin (abt 1724-??) Came to South Carolina in the early 1770s his family is not as well documented, but can be pieced together from his son's pention files, and a letter written by a great grandson.
  • Richard McClurkin (abt 1750-bef1784) Came to South Carolina with the Rev William Martin group and claimed land for himself and a wife. His wife's will names their five daughters.
  • Adam and Tine McClurkin were the enslaved people freed by Thomas McClurkin when he joined the covenantor church. They had two sons Jacob and Isaac and appear to have taken the McClurkin name as they appear as a free black families on the 1820 and 1830 censuses.
  • James McClurkin of Galgorm Parks - County Antrim was married to Hannah Telfair and left a will in 1810, which named his eight children.
  • Hugh McClurkan was born, probably in Ireland, in 1775 and lived in Allegheny Pennsylvania. His wife's name is unknown, but his will mentions four children.
  • Robert McClurkin was born in Ireland in 1795 and was a linen manufacturer living in Town Parks, Larne Parish.
  • Hugh McClurkin was born in Ireland in 1799 and immigrated to Black Brook, Clinton, New York before 1836. He was married to Maria J Tomlinson.
  • Thomas McClurkin was listed in his daughters marriage record in Broughshane Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Nothing else is known about him. He was likely born circa 1805.
  • Caswell McClurkin was born in North Carolina in 1814, likely as a slave. He and his wife, Priscilla Williams appear on the 1870 census of Henderson Tennessee.
  • Thomas McLurkin was born about 1818 in Antrim Ireland. He was convicted of Cattle stealing and, along with his brother James, was transported to Australia. He married Maria Rotton and had five children in West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia
  • Ellen "Nelly" McClurkin was born in Virginia about 1821, likely in slavery and lived in Chester South Carolina with her son Barry after being freed
  • Hat McClurken was born in North Carolina about 1825, likely as a slave. He was living in Carroll TN in 1870 with several probable children.
  • Charles McClurkin was born in Virginia about 1828. He and his wife Dealie were likely freed after the civil war and were living with their family in Talladega, Alabama in 1870.
  • Simon McClurkin was born in South Carolina about 1834, likely as a Slave. He fought in the Civil war for the Union. He was married to Louisa McDaniel and had five children living in Chester SC.
  • Susan McClurkin was born in Tennessee in 1838, likely in slavery. She and her five children were living in Grainger, Tennessee in 1870.
  • Patrick McClurkin was born in Virginia in 1838, likely as a slave, He and his wife Lydia Hendricks appear on the 1870 cenus in Talladega, Alabama.
  • Thomas McClurkin was born in Ireland Oct 1850. He emigrated to the United States in 1877 and soon after married Mary Spence. They lived in Philadelphia and had several children together.

Task List

  • Add and sourced profiles for the three South Carolina McClurkins and all their children .
  • Identify other McClurkin profiles on Wikitree and ensure they have valid sources and complete bios
  • Work backwards from McClurkin profiles on wikitree, not connected to any of the listed brick walls, and add any new brick wall McClurkins who are found.
  • Add and source profiles for all of the known grandchildren of James and John McClurkin with the McClurkin name.
  • Add all known great grand children of James McClurkin with the McClurkin name.
  • Connect unconnected McClurkins to the main tree
  • Complete the below speadsheet of Chester County SC McClurkin Deeds
  • Create spreadsheets for McClurkin deeds from other South Carolina Counties (Fairfield, Laurens)
  • Create Profiles for all free back families on the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses and see if they can be correlated enslaved people on the 1860 slave Schedules under McClurkin Slave owners

African American McClurkins in 1870

This is a maintenance list and will be removed once all profiles are added:


Tennessee- Complete

South Carolina- Complete


Note: most of these are websites containing McClurkin research and should be used as aids for finding primary records, not as primary sources themselves

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