Thomas J. McClurken

1828 - 1861

By: Roger Kemps © 2009

 

Thomas J. McClurken was born on October 7, 1828 in Chester County, South Carolina. He died on November 27, 1861 in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

His parents were James McClurken (January 5, 1801 - October 8, 1875) and Sarah Rodman Hood (June 7, 1803 - April 15, 1884).

 

His siblings were:

 

·      Mary Jane Hood Sloane was born in 1823 in Chester County, South Carolina. She died on March 10, 1857 in Oakdale, Illinois.

·      Margaret Hood Mitchell was born in 1825 in South Carolina. She died on September 16, 1900 in California.

·      Elizabeth Smith McKelvey was born on October 14, 1830 in South Carolina. She died on August 21, 1923 in Randolph County, Illinois.

·      Nancy J. Owens was born on April 10, 1833 in Washington County, Illinois and died on May 26, 1899.

·      John Rodman was born in 1836 in Washington County, Illinois. He died on May 2, 1914 in Yakima, Washington.

·      David W. was born in 1839 in Washington County, Illinois. He died on August 4, 1916 and is buried in Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, California.

·      Sarah Ellen Walker was born in 1840 in Washington County, Illinois. She died on October 31, 1924.

·      James Hood McClurken, Jr., was born on March 29, 1843 in Oakdale, Illinois. He died on November 13, 1933 and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery (New Section, Row 20, Grave 30).

·      Andrew Todd was born on May 1, 1846 in Washington County, Illinois. He died on March 4, 1922 in Nobby, Missouri.

·      Clara Amanda McClurken was born in Oakdale, Illinois on June 7, 1849. She married Samuel Henry Kemps. Clara died on May 27, 1936 and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery (Old Section, Row 12, Grave 50).

 

Thomas shows up in the 1840 Census as a male 10 – 15, along with his parents, eight siblings and an uncle.

 

Thomas shows up in the 1850 Census, along with his parents and nine siblings.

 

Thomas J. McClurken married Elizabeth Walker on September 9, 1858. Oakdale Cemetery records suggest that they had twins on July 3, 1859. One child, died on July 3, 1859 and is buried in the Old Section, Row 4, Grave 10. Elizabeth also died on July 3, 1859 at the age of 24 years and 10 months. She is buried in the Old Section, Row 4, Grave 1. For an image of the headstone, see this link.  The other twin, Elizabeth, died on September 24, 1859 and is buried in the Old Section, Row 4, Grave 2.

 

Thomas shows up in the 1860 Census, along with his parents and four siblings.

 

Thomas enlisted as a Private in Company F of the 10th Regiment of the Missouri Infantry on August 1, 1861 in Coulterville, Illinois and received a $100 cash bounty. On August 10, 1861, he was mustered in as a Corporal in St. Louis, Missouri. He died of typhoid fever on November 27, 1861 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was 33 years, 1 month and 20 days old and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery (Old Section, Row 4, Grave 3), near Oakdale, Illinois. For an image of the headstone, see this link.  Although the Missouri and National Park Service databases identify a middle initial of T., a closer examination of the Service Card reveals that the initial is clearly different from the T in Thos, and is actually a J.

 

The History of Oakdale Township includes a few references to Thomas:

·      Page 14 lists Thomas as part of the Covenanter Soldiers’ Roll of Honor

·      Page 34 lists Thomas as a member of the Oakdale Reformed Presbyterian Church who had Given Service to their Country in the Civil War

·      Page 45 lists Thomas as one of the 49 soldiers where flags were placed on their graves on Decoration Day.

 

Thomas also appears in the Covenanter Soldiers’ Record of Oakdale, Ill.

 

At the time of his death, Thomas owned 136 acres of land in Sections 35 & 36 of Plum Hill Township (T2S, R4W). This property was originally purchased, from the government, by his father-in-law, John Walker.

 

The Probate Records are available at Thomas_McClurken_Estate_1861.

 

Reference sources and files:

 

1840_James_McClurken.jpg see line 6

1850_James_Sarah_McClurken_pg2.jpg see line 3

1860_James_Sarah_McClurken.jpg see line 6

Thomas_McClurken_Civil_War References.pdf

Thomas_McClurken_Civil_War.pdf

National Park Service Civil War Soldiers Database

Missouri State Archives Soldiers’ Records

Illinois State Archives

History of Oakdale Township and references

Covenanter Soldiers’ Record of Oakdale, Ill.

Thomas_McClurken_Estate_1861

Thomas_McClurken_1861_Probate_Records.pdf

Narratives of Randolph County.pdf  page 73

Oakdale

Oakdale Cemetery Website

Genealogy Trails Washington County, Illinois Website

Charlene Deutsch Research

 

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Last updated  2/18/2011