Person:MCCLUER, Samuel Campbell (1821 - 1888)
|MCCLUER, Samuel Campbell (1821 - 1888)|
|Person ID (Link to genealogy):||GED link I573|
|Date born:||Nov 1821|
|Born in:||Rockbridge County, Virginia|
|Date died:||20 May 1888|
|Died in:||Dardenne, Missouri|
|Father:||MCCLUER, Robert (1792 - 1834)|
|Mother:||CAMPBELL, Sophia Alexander (1795 - 1833)|
|Spouse(s):|| FAWCETT, Lucretia Catherine (1822 - 1913)|
|Fawcett book:||MCCLUER, Samuel Campbell (1821 - 1888)|
From Bill Fawcett's book:
SAMUEL CAMPBELL McCLUER, son of Robert McCluer and Sophia Alexander Campbell of Rockbridge County, Virginia, was born in November 1821. They moved to St. Charles County, Missouri in 1829 and settled at Dardenne (Shoemaker 1943:441; Bryan and Rose 1876:171). Samuel, or Sammy, as he was known to his friends, grew to be a bear of a man, over 6' tall After his father's death (1834) he moved with his mother and siblings to St. Charles where he met the sixteen year-old short (5') red-head, Lucretia C. Fawcett (Kirby n.d.). According to their daughter Susan, there was a lot of romance in connected with their marriage.
They were married at the Fawcett Tavern/Hotel in St. Charles, Missouri on December 22, 1841 (Marriage 28:211; Johnson 1982). Soon after, they moved back to Dardenne Township (1850-1870 Censuses) where they farmed and lived in a small log cabin until they built a large brick home, known as Nutshell, to the west of the cabin. The brick house built 1853-1857, still stands along with theoriginal cabin, behind it. Slaves made the bricks in a nearby kiln and local clay. Later, the cabin served as a kitchen, with cooking being done in a large rock fireplace by slaves who lived above the kitchen. A slave cabin stands across the ridge to the north, along with a brick smokehouse and barns (Drummond 1976:248). Their land was between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, about 40 miles west of St. Louis.
One of Mrs. McCluer's slaves was scalded in a steamboat explosion in June 1850 (Columbia Statesman 6/7/1850 2/5). Samuel McCluer was known as a thrifty farmer. They were members of the Dardenne Presbyterian Church (1842-1913). On June 26, 1852, Samuel McCluer joined the Dardenne Presbyterian Church (Watson 1977:348). In 1852 his household included 3 white males < 10 years, 2 white males 21-45 years, 1 white female < 10 years, 1 white female 21-45 years, and 5 slaves (1852 Missouri Census: 23).
In 1856 Samuel McCluer fell from a roof, and took a year or two to recover. During this time his eldest son, Uncas, then thirteen, supervised much of the daily operation of the farm (Kirby n.d.). The 1860 census lists a Savanna/Susanna McCluer (1795 VA - ) as living with Samuel and Lucretia McCluer's household (#1418) at Dardenne. This might be Sophia, his mother.
At some point after about 1860, the McCluers built a larger house, 6 miles from O’Fallon, known as Harvest Home.
During the 1870s Virginia Fawcett would often spend a month of each fall with the McCluers. They lived in a plain but large house, and did all of the farm labor themselves, except during harvest. They did have a kitchen servant. While Virginia visited them in the October 1880, Presbytery met at the Dardenne church, about 2 miles from the McCluer’s farm, but bad weather prevented her attendance. The McCluers entertained many of the strangers attending Presbytery. All of the McCluers but the two youngest were members of the church (Letter V Fawcett to E Fawcett 11/8/1880).
On November 2, 1880 Lucretia McCluer left for a week long visit with her brother-in-law, Henry McCluer. Her daughter, Susan, traveled with her to Mexico, 8 miles west of Dardenne, to visit a friend. Susan then went to Boonville and Sedalia, before returning to Mexico (Letter V Fawcett to E Fawcett 11/8/1880).
Samuel C. McCluer died at Dardenne on March 20 (gravestone) or 29 (church records), 1888 at age 67 years, 8 months, 21 days; and is buried in the Dardenne Church Cemetery (McElhiney 1970:75; Johnson 1987). His obituary ran in the St. Charles Banner (vol. 8, no. 11-15; Oct. and Nov. 5, 1896).
The 10 children of Samuel C. McCluer and Lucretia Fawcett were born in the Dardenne Township, St. Charles County, Missouri (censuses: 1850:83 #1309; 1868:
- 161; 1870: #72D; 1876: #50B; Bryan and Rose 1876:172, Kirby n.d.): (1) Rev.
Uncas McCluer (1843-1913), (2)Oscar B. McCluer (1849-1931), (3) Curtis McCluer (1851-1922), (4) Susan McCluer (1853-1938), (5) Arthur McCluer (1854-1950), (6) Louis ‘Louie’ McCluer (1857-aft 1950), (7) Rev. William ‘Billy’ C. McClure (1859-1933), (8) Thomas ‘Tom’ W. McClure (1860-1923), (9) Robert “Austin or Bob” McCluer (1864-1933), (10) Henrietta ‘Net’ McCluer (1866-1911).
The descendants of Samuel and Lucretia McCluer include Hunter and Bessie
McCluer (brother and sister) of Florida, Elizabeth McCluer Calhoun and John
McCluer (sister and brother) of North Carolina, Lucy Ann McCluer of South
Carolina, Camilla McCluer Edwards (sister of Lucy) of Denver, Paul McCluer of
California; and of Missouri--Mary Nelson, Betty Smith and George M. Johnson
(brother and sister), Virgil McCluer III and Margaret (Peggy) Betwel (brother
and sister), Samuel McCluer, Rev. Charles McCluer, Henry McCluer, and Henrietta
McCluer (Phelps) (Watson 1977:173, 352).
From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.
This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.