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Mini Bios of People of Scots Descent

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History of Greenbrier County 
J. R. Cole 
Lewisburg, WV 1917 
p. 246-248


John McClung, who emigrated from Scotland to Ireland about 1690, and from there to Virginia, finally, was the ancestor of James F. McClung. (See sketch of John McClung and family.)

Of the seven sons of John, Samuel McClung (Devil Sam) before mentioned had a son, Stuart, born December 24, 1836, died September 12, 1901. He was the father of James F. McClung. On March 29, 1860, Stuart McClung married Mary George, born at Dawson (see sketch of George family). Their children were Joseph Albert, born March ,5, i86i Sarah Elizabeth, December 4, 1862; Margaret Rebecca, wife of W. B. Hayes (see sketch) James Franklin, June, 1867; Samuel, October 17, 1869; Callie Jane, January 30, 1872, married August 31, 1892, to John Cook; Mary M., May 12, 1874, married June 27, '900, to W. F. Mc-Dowell; Louise Alice, December 22, 1876, married Dexter Spangler; Spencer Hill, September 22, 1879; Lelia Ruth, February 8, 1882, married James H. Jarrett.

James Franklin McClung was reared a farmer. He and his brother, Samuel, own and operate a seven-hundred-and-fifty-acre tract of land, on one-half of which stands the old house. It is on the part belonging to James F. Here is the homestead of the Stuart McClung family and the place where the children roamed at will in childhood.

After the subject of our sketch had received his education, the best his district school could give him, he became a traveling agent for the next twenty years of his life, first for Abney Barnes & Company, dry goods merchants of Charleston, W. Va., and finally for Hutcheson-Stephenson Hat Co., of the same city. He was with each firm for ten years, and probably no man in the State knows more about the people and country of the twenty-five counties through which he traveled during that time than does James F. McClung.

Without an accident or a day of sickness he went to and from the Jackson river back to Big Sandy, on the Kentucky border, and from the Little Kanawha to the Virginia mountains on the north, unarmed, but always welcomed, though his route took him everywhere among the feuds of the McCoys and Hatfields of the State.

James F. McClung was married to Miss Ella V. Gunter, of Charleston, Kanaw~a county, West Virginia, October 26. 1911. Her father, John Gunter, was born and reared on a farm in Augusta county, Virginia, near Staunton; came to Kanawha county after the close of the Civil war and settled on a farm and engaged in the coal business at Big Chimney, on the Elk river. At that time there was a lock and dam in Elk river and steamboats plied the river, by which means Mr. Gunter shipped his coal to Charleston, where he supplied the leading factories with coal. Miss Ella Gunter was born on Elk river, August 27, 1880, and was educated in the Charleston schools. John Gunter married Miss Katherine Seafler, of Beaver county, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Her parents emigrated from Germany about 1834, landing at Baltimore, after which they settled on a farm in Beaver county, Pennsylvania. Three sons and a daughter are living in Pittsburgh.

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