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FOUNDERS OF LARGE FAMILIES.

Many of these voters were founders of large families...

...Samuel McClure, who was the presiding judge in Bloomfield Township's first election, was born in Greenbriar County, Virginia, May 4, 1785, and was married to Nancy Levisay, born September 1782, in the same county on February 12, 1801. They moved to Bloomfield in 1811. They had ten children and their descendants now form perhaps the most numerous family connections in the county. The oldest daughter, Margaret, married Charles Slavens, who was born in Virginia March 6, 1796. This occurred August 29, 1821, and they located in Pike County, where the husband died April 16, 1871. The wife survived until she was an octogenarian. Reuben Slavens, their son, was a soldier in the Civil War, and served as commissioner and treasurer of Pike County. It is a coincidence that his son, Jacob Slavens was elected treasurer of the same county as a republican November 3, 1914, although the county is strongly democratic. Samuel Slavens, named for his grandfather, Samuel McClure, was one of the famous Andrews raiders in the Civil War, and was one of the seven patriots hanged by the Confederates June 20, 1862. Nancy, a sister of Reuben and Samuel Slavens, married Hugh Gilliland, Martha, the second daughter, married Samuel Stephenson January 25, 1826, and Arthur McClure, her brother, married Jane Stephenson the same day.

Nancy McClure married Benjamin Callaghan February 15, 1826. She lived until March 2, 1891, and died in her sixty-eighth year. Polly McClure married William Smith February 12, 1829. Betsy married John Corner December 23, 1830, and they returned to Virginia. Suzannah married Joseph Cackley September 1, 1836; Jacob Warwick McClure married Emily Burns February 18, 1841. Thomas Perry McClure married Lucinda Miller July 14, 1842, and Charles Slavens McClure, the tenth child, married Margaret Callahan May 20, 1852. This roster of names indicates that the McClures became allied with many of the other pioneer families and those alliances were multiplied by the grandchildren until many of the inhabitants of Bloomfield, Franklin, Scioto and Hamilton are of the McClure blood...

A Standard History of the Hanging Rock Iron Region of Ohio:
An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with an Extended Survey of the Industrial and Commercial Development
edited by Eugene B. Willard, Daniel Webster Williams, George Ott Newman, Charles Boardman Taylor
Published by Lewis Pub. Co., 1916.