Martha <I>McClure</I> Gaston

Martha McClure Gaston

Death 21 Oct 1836 (aged 81)
Prairie Bluff, Wilcox County, Alabama, USA
Burial Gastonburg, Wilcox County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 54080440 · View Source
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Martha McClure, a daughter of James and Mary [née Gaston] McClure, was born in Cloughwater, County Antrim, Ireland. At the age of about seven, Martha's family emigrated to America and settled along the banks of Fishing Creek in the Chester District of the back-country of South Carolina. They lived near her maternal uncle, John Gaston and his family.

On May 14th 1776, Martha married her 1st cousin, Hugh Gaston, a son of Uncle John. The following known children were born to this union:
John (1779-1855)
Ebenezer (1782-1860)
William (1785-1840)
Mary (1789-1845)
James Hugh (1792-1869)
Martha (1795-1875)
Margaret (1795-1860)

After the revolutionary war, in which her parents and brothers played a patriotic role, Martha and Hugh raised their children in the bounds of Purity Presbyterian church near Richburg. In the early 1820's, they emigrated west to Wilcox County, Alabama and settled near Shell Creek. Here she lived until her death.
Death Notice
"Died on the 13th of June, 1836, at the house of Mr. D. Boyd, in Wilcox Co., Ala., Mr. Hugh Gaston, Sen., in the 86th year of his age, and on the 21st of Oct., his partner, Mrs. Martha Gaston, aged 81…Mr. and Mrs. Gaston were married on the 14th day of May 1776…Mr. Gaston was ordained a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in Purity congregation, Chester Dist., S. C., more than 40 years ago…a soldier in the Rev. war… interred in the burying ground at Shell Creek Church, six miles from Prairie Bluff, Wilcox Co., Alabama."

Published in The Charleston Observer
November 19, 1836

Family Members



to the memory of
who died
October 21st 1836,
in the 82nd year of her age.
"Long experience have I known
thy sovereign power to save.
At thy command I venture down
securely to the grave."


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