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James H. McClurken
James B. McClurken
Thomas McClurkin
John Calvin McClurkin
Sarah McClurkin
David McClurkin
Anna McClurken
Andrew T. McClurken

Furnished By : Laura Peterson

Washington Co., IL
     From : Nashville Journal, Nov 23, 1933, p. 8 column 1

James H. McClurken was born on a farm about one mile west of Oakdale
on March 29, 1843, and departed from this life quietly and peacefully
Nov. 13, 1933 at the age of [illegible] years [obscured] and 14?
days. The departed is was? the son of the late James and (Sara?)h
McClurken, one of a family of [11? obscured] children --five brothers
and six sisters. He was united in marriage to (Eliza)beth Olivia
Kemps on Jan. 6 [obscured] who preceded him in death June

Washington Co., IL
     From : Nashville Journal, March 28, 1901

Walter McClurkin, who is attending college at Beaver Falls, was
called home by the sudden death of his grandfather, James McClurkin.

Died, on last Sabbath evening, Jas. B. McClurkin, after an illness of
only a few hours. He was among Elkhorn's early settlers, living on
his farm west of town until within the last year, when he and his
daughter moved to town to enjoy ease. Eighty-six years of
[C]hristian and inoffensive living is seldom found in a community and
such were marked characteristics of James B. McClurkin.

Washington Co., IL
     From : Nashville Journal, Feb 11, 1898, page 3, column 2

Thomas McClurkin, aged 81 years, departed this life at his home near
Oakdale last Sunday.

Mr. McClurkin was numbered among Washington county's pioneers and for
many years has resided, as one of our county's most prominent and
successful farmers, near Oakdale. He was a faithful member of the
R.P. church, of Oakdale, and was honored and held in high esteem by a
large circle of acquaintances. The funeral services were held at the
residence by Rev. French and the remains were followed to the Oakdale
cemetery, their last resting place, by a large concourse of friends
and relatives.

Washington Co., IL
     From : Nashville Journal, Jan 11, 1912, p. 1

John C. McClurkin died last Sabbath evening, Jan. 7, at the home of
his sister, Mrs. Richard Murray, seven miles east of Centralia, in
the 73rd year of his age. Mr. and Mrs. Murray came with the body to
Oakdale, where the funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon in
the Covenanter church of which he was a member. Mr. McClurkin was
never married and always resided near Oakdale, where he was born and
raised and where he has two surviving brothers, Cameron and Aquila
McClurkin. His brother, Rev. Samuel R. McClurkin, who was pastor of
a Presbyterian church in Ohio, died a few months ago.

     From : Nashville Journal, page 5, column 4:
"Died, April 14th, Sarah McClurkin after a very lingering illness."

Nashville Journal, 18 Apr 1884, page 5, column 2:

The widow of James McClurkin, who died near Oakdale on Tuesday,
aged 81, was one of the first Covenanter settlers
who came to this county from South Carolina in 1833 to 1836. She was
kind a sympathetic; her services were always freely given to her
neighbors in distress and sickness, and she possessed in an eminent
degree the virtues of a true Christian woman.

     From : Nashville Journal, 12 Aug 1926. pg. 7, col 3

David McClurkin Funeral
The funeral of David McClurkin, a former residence of this
community, but mmore recently of Murphysboro, was held Monday at
Sparta in the R.P. church of which he was a member. Interment was
made in the cemetery west of Oakdale beside his wife, who preceded
him some months before.

ANNA McCLURKEN      From : Nashville Journal, Nashville, Illinois,
          March 22, 1877, p. 3 column 3.

The sad information reached us on the afternoon of last Thursday that
Mrs. Anna McClurken, wife of Mr. Andrew F. McClurken, who resides
near Oakdale, had committed suicide. The particulars of this sad
affair, as given to us, area as follows: Mrs. McClurken, for some
five months or more, has not been of sound mind taking the affliction
by spells and during that time the family carefully watched over
her. But sometime early in the morning of the 13th inst she slipped
from the house, and about 4 o'clock of that morning the family missed
her. They then commenced a general search, and about daylight they
found her shoes and two shawls that she had worn lying at the top of
an old unused well in the field, which was located about one-fourth
mile from the house. The well had been covered with plank which were
weighted down with stone; but she removed a part of the coving and
slipped herself down, feet foremost, into the well, which contained
about ten feet of water. The deceased leaves four small children and
a kind and affectionate husband, and many other relatives, to mourn
the sad loss. Squire J. P. Hibbard (acting coroner) was called upon
that morning to hold an inquest over the body, and a verdict in
accordance with the above facts was given.

Obituary (no source information-this is probably from a clipping from
my grandmother, who was the granddaughter of Andrew T. McClurken)

Died at h is home at Nobby, Mo., March 4, 1922 at 8:20 p.m., Bro.
Andrew T. McClurken. Born at Oakdale, Ill., Washington County, Mary
4, 1846, and departed this life March 4, 1922, aged 75 years, 10
months and 3 days. His first wife preceded him 42 years ago. To
this union was born 4 children, 3 boys and one girl. One son
departed this life in the year 1895. His second marriage was to Miss
Bell Charmicael in the year 1884. To this union was born 7 children,
5 girls and 2 boys. One departed this life in infancy. Jesus
said, "Suffer little children to come unto Me and forbid them not,
for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." Mark 10 XIV

Bro. McClurken was converted and joined the Presbyterian church at
Spring Valley in Camden County, Mo., in the year 1890 , and always
lived a faithful Christian life and taught his children to live in
the faith of the God of Daniel and often said when the Lord called
him he was ready to go. He left to mourn their loss, his widow and
children, Thadd, Todd, Sady, Clady, Della, Nellie, Ethel, Nannie and
Johnnie, and 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild and a host of

He came to this country over 40 years ago and located on Rainey Creek
and entered a farm which the family owns yet. On this piece of land
he put in a water mill and run that for many years, then went to Big
Niangua river and bought a large roller mill and run that for a dozen
years and sold out and came to Nobby and bought 20 acres of land and
put in a flouring mill which is running now. He has been a man of
business. He stood high as a business man in the community. The
community has lost one of its best citizens. He is not dead but has
just shut the door of this earthly tabernacle and gone to live
in "That House Not Made With Hands." Dear children, one and all,
meet me in heaven. I am gone from earth but not forgotten. I have a
crown of life to wear with stars in it and I sing a cheering song, as
the preacher said it pays to serve Jesus.

The funeral was conducted by Revs. C.B. Angle and M.T. Hockman to a
large crowd of weeping friends.



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