|Birth: ||Apr. 24, 1794|
|Death: ||Jun. 16, 1865|
At the age of seventeen James McClure was a private in the Indiana Militia in the Indian War in the autumn of 1811 at the Battle of Tippecanoe under General William Henry Harrison.
On the 26th of September 1811 General Harrison, in command of the military force, including infantry, regulars, and militia, left their headquarters in Vincennes, on the eastern shore of the Wabash River, on the extreme western edge of the state of Indiana and began a military expedition to the north to engage a Shawnee Indian chief known as "The Prophet" and his warriors.
On the morning of the 7th of November the battle took place just north of present day Lafayette, Indiana. The Indian force of 350-1000 warriors inflicted thirty-seven fatalities and one hundred fifty-one wounded on the army of General Harrison. At least thirty-eight Indians were killed.
James McClure also participated in the Indian War of 1812.
James McClure was born on 24 April 1794 of unknown parents in the State of Indiana. Little is known of his siblings, although Samuel, Robert, Thomas, Charles, John, and William A. McClure were also in the Battle of Tippecanoe, and may have been brothers. Several McClure men with these given names purchased land in the 1830-1840's in McLean and Tazewell counties.
James McClure married Mary [Polly] Campbell, daughter of Joseph Campbell and Sarah [Givens] Campbell of Lincoln County, Kentucky. They made their home in Illinois in 1816, two years before the State joined the Union. They settled in Vermilion County, Illinois, where he purchased eighty acres of land in the Western Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section Nine in Township Seventeen North, Twelve West, measured from the 2nd Prime Meridian, on the 20th of November 1826.
James McClure was a Corporal in Captain Charles Dorsey's company in Tazewell County, Illinois during the Black Hawk War of 1832.
James McClure died on June 16, 1865 at the age of 71 years, 1 month and 22 days, and was buried beside his wife in the plot of land from his farm that he donated to the Township for a cemetery.
Created by: Bev
Record added: Sep 10, 2004
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