Joseph McCluer

Joseph McCluer

Belchertown, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 11 Sep 1833 (aged 58)
Wales, Erie County, New York, USA
Burial Franklinville, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
Plot Elevation 1,684 feet
Memorial ID 57619493 View Source

Grandson of Justice James MacLUER (1711–1787) born in Perthshire, Scotland and Mary Gaston MacLUER (1715–1790). The MacLUERs were a sept of the Clan MacLEOD of Dunvegan and Harris in Scotland.

Son of Joseph MacLUER (1744–1817) and Rebecca Densmore MacLUER (1742–1814). (There are no records of his birth in Belchertown. I am going to Boston to research his birth. ~ 15 Aug 2018)

Christened on 10 Sep 1775 in Greenwich, Hampshire County, MA. (Greenwich no longer exists, as it was flooded by the Quabbin Reservoir. However, I have been told the vital records are available at the Quabbin Visitors Center. In the Fall of 2018 I discovered there are NO records of his christening.)

Married Betsy GRICE on 18 Nov 1793 in Halifax, Windham, VT. They had the following children:
Polly McCLUER (1794–1794)
Samuel McCLUER (1795–1829)
Emily McCLUER (1798–1870)
Robert Manley McCLUER (1800–1853)
Joseph Grice McCLUER (1802–1874)
David McCLUER (1805–1880)
Freeman McCLUER (1807–1878)
Harriet McCLUER (1809–1857)
Adeline McCLUER (1812–1814)
Caroline McCLUER (1814–1856)
General Joseph McCLUER was one of the first pioneers in what we know today as Cattaraugus County, New York. He was educated as a doctor, but decided to become an agent and surveyor for the Holland Land Company.

During 1805 while surveying, he built a log cabin on present day Elm Street. In 1806 he moved his family, along with 5 other families to the Ischua Valley. They all lived in the log cabin while building their own homes. It was here that he established McCluer's Settlement, now known as Franklinville, NY. More information is available at the Franklinville-based Ischua Valley Historical Society website.

In the act of March 11, 1808, it was specified that the first town-meeting should be held at the house of Joseph McCluer. He served as a Captain in the War of 1812. He represented the counties of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Niagara in the Assembly of 1814-1815. He was appointed the first postmaster and served as such from 1816 until 1833. He served as County Clerk in 1821, and was a General in the State militia.

He died 11 Sep 1833 while visiting a friend in Wales, Erie County, NY and was buried in the family cemetery near his home. During the summer of 1878, the family remains were moved to the newly established Mount Prospect Cemetery.

Read about General Joseph in "Everts 1879 History of Cattaraugus County, New York" - Franklinville on Page 308. A link to this book is available on the Ischua Valley Historical Society webpage under Our Communities - Franklinville.
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