Archibald McClurken

1794 - 1853

By: Roger Kemps © 2010


Archibald McClurkin was born on November 11, 1794 in South Carolina. He died on April 7, 1853 in Perry County Illinois.


His parents were Thomas McClurken (1756 - 1845) and Elizabeth Smith (1767 – 1852). Archibald and his parents were Scotch-Irish. His siblings were:


·      John (May 4, 1792 – July 12, 1874)

·      Nancy (December 25, 1797 – November 9, 1857)

·      James (January 5, 1801 – October 8, 1875)

·      Thomas (March 31, 1805 – January 10, 1867)

·      David (June 22, 1811 – March 18, 1880)


Archibald shows up in the 1800 Census of Chester County, South Carolina along with his parents, brother, John, and another male child (under 10), another male (15 – 25), sister, Nancy (under 10) and 4 slaves.


Archibald shows up in the 1810 Census of Chester County, South Carolina (male 10 – 15) along with his parents, brothers, John, James and Thomas, and sister, Nancy.


Archibald was a soldier in the War of 1812. He was a private in Mean’s 1st Regiment of the South Carolina Militia (along with his brother, John).


Archibald married Sarah King of South Carolina in 1818. Sarah was the daughter of the Reverend William King and Nancy Neil. Archibald, Sarah, Nancy and the Reverend King are all mentioned on page 343 of “Our Banner Volume 2.” Additional details about the King family are also provided on that page.


Archibald and Sarah were Covenanters. They had six of their children while living in Chester County South Carolina:


·      Elizabeth Thomas was born in 1820 and died between 1850 and 1860.

·      A son was born in 1822 and died between 1840 and 1850.

·      Nancy Kimble was born on August 30, 1823 and died on February 3, 1846.

·      A daughter was born in 1827 and died between 1840 and 1850.

·      A son was born in 1831 and died between 1840 and 1850

·      Martha A Davis Hendricks was born on November 9, 1833 and died on March 15, 1904.


Archibald and Sarah show up in the 1820 Census of Chester County, South Carolina along with their daughter, Elizabeth.


In 1830, Archibald’s brothers, James and Thomas, moved their families to Washington County, Illinois. (For an explanation of the circumstances associated with the move, see Covenanters). In 1833, his brother, John, and their father, Thomas, sold their land and moved their families to Washington County Illinois. On August 22, 1834, Archibald and Sarah sold their land and moved to Washington County Illinois. In 1836, Archibald purchased 160 acres in Section 7 of what became Oakdale Township. For the details of their purchases, see Archibald McClurken Land.pdf.


Archibald and Sarah had three more children while living in Washington County Illinois


·      An infant was born in 1835 and died in 1837. This child was the first burial in Oakdale Cemetery.

·      Thomas Valentine was born on October 18, 1836 and died on January 26, 1870. He was wounded in the Civil War.

·      Archibald was born on August 6, 1839 and died on March 16, 1915.


Archibald is mentioned in “History of Oakdale Township” (see references):


·      Page 4; “The first burial in the cemetery was that of a child of A. McClurkin.”

·      Page 4; “The first steam-mill was put up by James and A. McClurkin about the year 1836. It was a flouring and saw-mill. It burned down in 1842, and was not rebuilt.”

·      Page 119; Section 7 1836-2-13


In 1839, Archibald purchased 40 acres, in Section 36 of Township 5 South – Range 3 West, in Perry County and the family moved there.


In “Perry County” page 207, we find “They remained in Washington County until 1840 where they farmed and were partners with his brother James. They operated one of the first mills in that county. In 1840 they moved to Perry County where they engaged in farming and partnership with their son-in-law, David Thomas, started the first mill in Perry County. Their homestead was located south of Pinckneyville, where the County Clerk’s office is now located.”


Archibald and Sarah show up in the 1840 Census of Perry County, Illinois, along with nine children.


Archibald and Sarah show up in the 1850 Census (District 7 of Perry County, Illinois), along with three of their children: Martha, Thomas (Valentine) and Archibald.


Archibald died on April 7, 1853. He is buried in the Pinckneyville Illinois Cemetery.


Sarah died before 1860. She is also buried in the Pinckneyville Illinois Cemetery.


Reference sources and files:


1800_Thomas_McKlirkin.pdf  see line 2

1810_Thos_McKlirkin_Chester_SC.jpg see line 19

War of 1812 South Carolina Veterans  see Mean’s 1st Regiment South Carolina Militia

1820_ Thos_McKlirkin_Chester_SC .jpg  see line 23

1840_Archibald_McClurken.pdf  see line 7

1850_Archibald_Sarah_McClurken.jpg  see line 29

“Our Banner Volume 2” page 343

Archibald McClurken Land.pdf

Genealogy Trails Washington County, Illinois Website

History of Oakdale Township” and references

“Perry County, Illinois” page 207

Narratives of Randolph County.pdf  pages 66 through 73                                          





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